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Meridian Systems, an enterprise solution provider for optimizing the plan, build and operate phases of real estate, construction and other infrastructure programs; and Event 1 Software Inc., are enabling construction companies to integrate front-office project management with back-office accounting. More than 25 companies, like Webcor Builders, W. L. Butler Construction, and Gerald Martin General Contractor, use the Event 1 Integrator to link Prolog Manager with Timberline accounting, maintaining revenue and reducing administrative costs.

AVEVA Group plc has announced that Viewpoint Americas 2005, the 16th annual conference for users of its VANTAGE(R) plant design and engineering lifecycle management solutions, will take place June 27-29, 2005 at The Astor Crowne Plaza, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. Shell International Exploration and Production (Shell), is hosting this year's event. Shell has been an active Viewpoint participant since 1989.

Autodesk, Inc. announced Autodesk Media and Entertainment division. Formerly known as Discreet, the division will remain dedicated to providing innovative products and services for the film, video, gaming, and related media and entertainment markets.

Autodesk Inc. announced that it will broadcast a webcast in conjunction with its upcoming Investor Day on Wednesday, April 6, 2005. Autodesk execs will discuss market factors, corporate strategy, and financial metrics. Wednesday, April 6, 2005 from 8:30 a.m. to approximately 2:00 p.m. EDT. To listen to the live call, please go to

Washington Group International Inc. announced that CH2M-WG Idaho, LLC has been selected by the U.S. Department of Energy to lead the $2.9 billion environmental cleanup of the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) site in Eastern Idaho. CH2M-WG Idaho, LLC is comprised of Denver-based CH2M HILL and Boise-based Washington Group.

New Products

Canon U.S.A., Inc. unveiled the next generation of its award-winning(1) DR scanner line with the introduction of the new DR-5010C and DR-2580C scanner models - providing compactly designed, enhanced color workflow solutions with superior speed, high image quality and proven reliability.

Informative Graphics Corp. (IGC) announced the release of its ActiveX-based Brava!(R) Reader v2.2 Windows desktop and Web software to enable sharing of document images and CAD design content. Brava Reader is available for distribution free of charge.

Bentley Systems, Incorporated will debut its DigitalPlant solution in Europe at the new Plant Engineering Life Cycle Conference (PELC) 2005, being held April 11 in The Hague, Netherlands. PELC 2005 will bring together executives and a wide range of experts from oil, gas, and process and power industry companies from across Europe and beyond - a number of which are already taking advantage of DigitalPlant's many capabilities.

Best Software announced the availability of Realtime Learning, a new training service that offers live, instructor-led Web-based sessions on the use of Timberline Office software. Realtime Learning's live-session format follows the successful 2003 launch of Anytime Learning, a subscription-based series of recorded narrated online sessions, which can be played and re-played at any time.

Autodesk, Inc. announced it has begun shipping Autodesk (R) Combustion(R) 4 software for Windows(R), the highly anticipated upgrade to its visual effects desktop software solution. Autodesk Combustion 4 software features a complete set of sophisticated tools for visual effects creation, including vector paint, particles, effects, animation and 3D compositing tools.


Dexter + Chaney's Forefront(R) Construction Management Software has won a “Best of 2004: Editor's Choice Award” from Construction Executive magazine. Forefront won the “Best Suite Upgrade” category of the competition.

The CAD Society, a not-for-profit CAD industry association, announced the winner of the 2005 CAD Society Leadership Award.

The recipient of this year's award is Robert McNeel, founder and president, Robert McNeel & Associates. The award will be presented at a ceremony on April 16 at COFES2005: The Congress on the Future of Engineering Software, being held in Scottsdale, Ariz.


Christopher Haakon has joined IDELIX Software's Board of Advisors. Mr. Haakon is the former CEO and general manager of Boeing Autometric.

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Speedy desktop search tools raise security concerns By Heather B. Hayes, March 28, 2005, Federal Computer Week-- Today's super-size hard drives don't come close to storing the billions of gigabytes of information found on the Web, and yet federal workers often have a significantly easier time locating an obscure document in cyberspace than they do finding a dated but much-needed e-mail message in their inbox.

Upcoming Events
April 5 - 7, 2005
Place: Bahia Resort Hotel

San Diego, CA USA
The Congress will offer information for:
  • Educators
  • Researchers
  • Industry Professionals
  • The aim of the Congress is to provide academics and industry professionals a forum to present and discuss revolutionary research findings, technological advances, emergent trends, and functional characteristics that are shaping the future of the Architecture-Engineering-Construction Industry.

    The Congress is hosted by the Construction Research Council of the Construction Institute. The Council is a working group of academics and industry professionals that seek to advance the knowledge and practice of engineering by stimulating discussion and encouraging innovative research in the field of construction engineering and management.

    The previous Construction Research Congress was held in March 2003 in Honolulu, Hawaii. More than 150 papers were presented to nearly 200 attendees. It is anticipated that the 2005 Construction Research Congress will be similar in magnitude to the 2003 event.
    April 12 - 13, 2005
    Place: Sheraton Premier at Tysons Corner

    8661 Leesburg Pike, Vienna, VA USA

    Our design and construction industry is frequently labeled as an industry slow to change and embrace
    new technologies and new processes. We have seen remarkable innovations but they often are
    adopted only by one or two sectors, attributed to industry fragmentation. This meeting sets up a
    challenge for us to identify ways in which we can transform our industry not only in the extent to which
    we embrace innovation, but also in the breadth and depth to which we extend the embrace.
    April 13, 2005
    Place: Sheraton Premiere

    8661 Leesburg Pike, Vienna, VA USA
    Inaugurated last year as the Construction Institute's signature conference, Mega Projects of America is a one-day, two-track event highlighting major achievements in North America. Also featured this year is a session on the Kabul to Kandahar Road in Afghanistan. Included in the schedule is the Peurifoy Award address and a CEO Forum addressing the insurance, surety and claims side of the construction industry. This projects also include the Miami Intermodal Center, Woodrow Wilson Bridge Project, Galveston Causeway, Olivenhaim Dam and much more! Last year's projects include a keynote address by Virginia Governor, The Honorable Mark
    R. Warner, the National Air and Space Museum, Stephen F. Udvar-Hazy Center, and the 10 Best Practices in Construction.
    April 14 - 17, 2005
    Place: The Scottsdale Plaza Resort

    Scottsdale, AZ USA
    The 6th annual COFES is the setting for an intense conversation on the future of engineering software within the context of business realities. Join us as we explore seven developments that will have an impact on your company's future survival and success.
    April 15 - 19, 2005
    Place: Anchorage, AK USA
    • Technical Paper Presentations in Both Oral and Poster Format
    • Plenary Speakers to Entertain and Educate
    • Panel Discussions to Stimulate Thinking
    • Local Tours Designed to Satisfy Everyone
    • Exhibit Hall to Learn About New Products and Services

    April 19, 2005
    Place: McCormick Place

    Chicago, IL USA
    Get the latest information on the National CAD Standard (NCS), including the Uniform Drawing System (UDS), and learn how this unique tool dramatically improves the way drawings are produced and used. This workshop will include hands-on exercises and examples of NCS-compliant drawings.

    Enrollment is limited to ensure a quality education experience with a low faculty-to-attendee ratio. Register early to secure your space!

    All cancellations MUST be submitted to CSI in writing. Cancellations received up to 14 calendar days before the seminar begins are subject to a $75 cancellation fee. No refunds will be issued for cancellations received less than 14 calendar days before the seminar. Please mail cancellation notifications to CSI Attn: CSI Member Services, 99 Canal Center Plaza, Suite 300, Alexandria, VA 22314-1588. If insufficient enrollment necessitates canceling the Academy, all tuition will be refunded. CSI is not responsible for non-refundable airfare or other travel arrangements.

    April 19 - 20, 2005
    Place: Wyndham Grand Bay Coconut Grove

    Miami, FL USA
    Influencing the Implementation and Acceptance of Emerging Technologies

    At a Glance:

    Influencing Change - Art Stout, Intel

    Valuing Emerging Technologies - Charles Wood, FIATECH

    Leveraging Academic Research to Improve Your Bottom Line - Dr. Jesus de la Garza, NSF; Dr. Jorge Vanegas, Georgia Institute of Technology

    Smart Chips: Making Sense with Sensors

    Stageworks: Computer-based Project Modeling and Control Methods - Frank Matthewson, Bechtel

    Procter & Gamble's Advancement of the Capital Projects Technology Roadmap - Jack DeBrunner, The Procter & Gamble Company; Ray Topping, CH2M HILL

    Interoperability Progress and Challenges

    Challenges and Rewards in Automating the Engineering and Design Process: A Case Study - Robert Carr, Robertson Ceco Corporation

    Implementation of Work Flow Management Technology - A Case Study - Fernando Espana, Strategic Project Solutions; Paul Reiser, The Boldt Company

    April 20 - 24, 2005
    Place: New York Hilton & Towers

    New York, NY USA
    TCFE's mission is to apply engineering principles to investigate failures and performance problems of engineered facilities, and develop practices and procedures to reduce the number of future failures. TCFE uses the Forensic Engineering Symposium to disseminate information on failures and practices to mitigate failures, and provide a forum to discuss ethical practice within the field of forensic engineering.

    April 20 - 24, 2005
    Place: New York Hilton & Towers

    New York, NY USA
    April 20 - 24, 2005
    Place: McCormick Place

    Chicago, IL USA
    The New World of Master Format at the CSI Show & Convention offers 14 Tracks
    of Education Programs for your continuing education and career development.
    Earn over 30 LUs and CEUs! Tracks include:
  • MasterFormat 2004 Edition
  • Project Life Cycle
  • Safety & Security
  • OmniClass
  • Case Studies

    April 21 - 22, 2005
    Place: Seattle’s Bell Harbor International Conference Center

    Seatlle, WA USA
    Hundreds of new features have been added to Forefront, and this is your once-a-year opportunity to learn first-hand how they work. Get an inside look at SQL setup and security, prepare for your upgrade to Version 12, gain how-to knowledge of specific features, and gather insight from customers who are already running the software.
    April 26 - 27, 2005
    Place: Holiday Inn Boxborough Woods

    Boxborough, MA USA
    DesignCon has successfully demonstrated the value of a focused, practical educational conference for electronic-design engineers presenting solutions to their most pressing design problems.

    The technical programs and exhibitions at DesignCon East 2005 will address the same areas that have made DesignCon a valuable educational experience for semiconductor and electronic-design engineers, providing a high-quality educational program tailored to meet the needs of engineers working in the Eastern region of the United States.
    April 28, 2005
    Place: Hilton Houston NASA Clear Lake

    Houston, TX USA
    Bringing the Best Minds in the Industry Together For You :

    PlantSuccess promises to bring you the latest information about IT integration to help you improve your productivity. We deliver on that promise by assembling leading industry executives and experts to share their experiences with you.

    At PlantSuccess conferences, you’ll hear about what worked and why. You’ll hear about the trends that are about to affect your business and the pressures you may be feeling right now — delivered in an organized, professional format.

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