February 21, 2005
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Bentley Systems, Inc. announced that it is providing assistance to firms in the design, construction, facility management, and real property industries seeking to do business with the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA). The GSA has asked firms to document by March 15 their use of building information modeling (BIM) technology based on Industry Foundation Classes (IFC) data exchange standards, and Bentley is helping them respond.

TRIRIGA announced its Annual International User Conference to be held Aug. 17-19, 2005 at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Registration is now available online at


IMSI®, developer and publisher of consumer, business and precision design software solutions, announced its financial results for the three and six months ended December 31, 2004. For the three months ended December 31, 2004, IMSI reported net revenues of $6.0 million and net income of $129,000, or $0.00 per share. Net revenues from continuing operations increased 155% from $2.4 million as compared to the same period in the previous fiscal year reflecting the strength of its business segments and the continued expansion of its Houseplans network of websites.

New Products

GiveMePower Corporation, a provider of next-generation computer-aided design (CAD) and graphics development software for Windows(R) mobile, wireless and desktop computing, announced immediate availability of its new PowerCAD(R) CE 5.5 line of mobile/wireless CAD and digital blueprint management software.

Discreet, the media and entertainment division of Autodesk, Inc. announced combustion(R) 4 software, the highly anticipated upgrade to its visual effects desktop software solution. combustion software for Windows(R) and Macintosh(R) will feature a complete set of sophisticated tools for visual effects creation, including vector paint, particles, effects, animation and 3D compositing tools.

Rasterex Software announced the release of version R7 of their popular family of viewing products for Windows. RxView allows users to view & print more than 250 different file formats (2D & 3D CAD, plot-files, PDF files, Office documents, raster images etc.), without the need to have the expensive design software accessible to the user.

Around the Web

The Wall Street Journal recently reported on digital art, a new field that includes software art. The “art” is none other than computer code which directs images and sounds that are viewed on people's walls or flat screens in offices and homes. Some more interactive works are being sold for $1,000 share to geographically dispersed collectors who want to manipulate a piece simultaneously. All that's needed is a wireless mouse to be able to click on a shape and drag it into the image. The new art will be distributed on DVD.

There is a downside to buying digital art as opposed to traditional art: DVD piracy is rampant, and most traditional art collectors don't need an IT department to view their masterpieces.

A Virtual Philadelphia Comes to Life , CNET News.com - Created with GeoSim Systems in conjunction with the city's downtown improvement district, this 3D model integrates with shop listings and rental space.

So what the heck are web services? BusinessWeek Online, February 8, 2005-Back in 1999 when Bill Gates first talked about .NET and web services, Microsoft was on the edge of a huge shift. Today every big and some smaller companies offer Web services, which represent the next big technology change in computing. But many still ask of web services - what are they?

IBM Invests $100 million in Linux Push , CNET News.com, January 17, 2005-- IBM plans to spend $100 million over the next three years to build support for Linux into desktop applications for its Workplace software.

Upcoming Events

Date: February 15 - 18, 2005

Place: Orange County Convention CenterOrlando, FL USA

Join us for the one event that focuses totally on roofing. With 300+ exhibiting companies displaying their products and services within 800 idea-filled booths, the event will attract a worldwide audience of more than 8,000 commercial and residential roofing contractors, builders, replacement contractors, remodelers, building owners, facility managers, architects and designers. Included in the educational conference are 39 seminars in a multi-track program taking place over four days. The International Roofing Expo is THE must-attend event for residential and commercial roofing professionals to stay abreast of market directions, trends and cutting-edge technology. Owned and produced by
Hanley Wood Exhibitions. Sponsored by the National Roofing Contractors' Association [NRCA].

Kim RogersMarketing

ManagerInternational Roofing Expo

Hanley Wood Exhibitions


Freeport Parkway, Suite 200,Irving, TX

75063P.O. Box 612128, Dallas, TX 75261-2128

Direct 972.536.6353 | Fax 972.536.6365

IABSE Conference - 'Role of Structural Engineers towards Reducation of Poverty '

Date: February 19 - 22, 2005

Place: New Delhi, India

Date: February 22 - 25, 2005

Place: Technical University of ViennaVienna, Austria

2005 MAIN TOPICDecisions concerning the future - which means all decisions - should be based on a good analysis, no matter if it is the purchase of stocks, the choice of a site for a company or investments in infrastructure.Urban and regional planning deals with medium to long term developments and decisions cannot be revised at any time without bigger expenditure - it is a must to make decisions well-considered.To predict future developments different kinds of models are used. However, sometimes it happens that in spite of the best analyses and predictions the world does not behave like predicted by the underlying model.Some examples of unpredictable developments are the overcoming of
"divided Europe" at the end of the 20th century, the development of "New Economy", physical disasters like flood waters, avalanches and so on.How can planning handle such unpredictable events? Which models and methods are used in other disciplines?

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