September 19, 2005
Meridian Systems’ Ninth Annual User Conference Report
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Hurricane Katrina Relief and Recovery Announcements

Intergraph Corporation announced it is working with local, state and federal relief agencies in responding to Hurricane Katrina's devastation. The company is providing technical assistance and monetary aid in support of the relief, recovery and rebuilding efforts on the U.S. Gulf Coast.

Intergraph will donate $50,000 to the American Red Cross and has also established an employee-matching fund for up to an additional $50,000 to be donated to the American Red Cross. The company is also currently working to establish an "Intergraph Charitable Foundation," which will initially focus on providing assistance to the emergency first-responder community engaged in relief and rebuilding efforts.

Bentley Systems, Incorporated announced that its contribution to the rebuilding after Katrina will be to “provide special assistance to architectural, engineering, and construction (AEC) firms that have been displaced by Hurricane Katrina or are contributing to rebuilding efforts in the Gulf Coast region.”

What this means is that Bentley plans to make available for free whatever Bentley design software AEC firms might need to get back to work. Bentley also makes this offer to other organizations who are helping to restore infrastructure along the Gulf Coast.

The software, which includes MicroStation, and 60-day renewable licenses are available for immediate download. All that's required is the completion of a simple registration process. For details, go to the

Quantapoint and AVEVA are offering aid and assistance to restore operations to facilities in the Gulf Coast in the form of donations to provide humanitarian relief and will provide resources and assistance to bring projects and business operations back on line, helping to rebuild the region and its infrastructure for its people. AVEVA and Quantapoint will also accelerate the delivery of the Laser Model Interface, which enables Quantapoint laser scan data to be used within AVEVA's PDMS.

To contact a Quantapoint representative, please call +1-412-653-0100 or
Email Contact . To contact an AVEVA representative, please e-mail

NUDURA from FutureStone insulated concrete form technology (ICF) is being offered at steep discounts to those set to rebuild on the Gulf Coast. Up to nine times stronger than traditional wood framed construction, the wall system can withstand wind forces as high as 250 miles per hour(1). This "sustainable building technology" provides for the sturdiest of structures, reduced insurance premiums and an incredibly energy-efficient building. FutureStone is offering a 20% discount to any builder or homeowner that is rebuilding after Hurricane Katrina.

Please visit
Nudura for more information.

Other Announcements

Seminar on ArchiCAD and the Virtual Building Approach Provides 28 AIA Learning Credits, October 10-14 at Ahwahnee Hotel, Yosemite Valley, Calif. For additional details or to register for the event, please visit website .

Avatech Solutions, Inc. announced it will host two Open Houses in North Carolina that will include complimentary training and technical support led by members of Avatech's National team of experts. The Open Houses take place September 21 in Raleigh and September 22 in Charlotte, from 1pm-7pm.

Visit the
website for more information.

Oce will have records management experts available at the company's booth during the ARMA '05 conference to discuss the effective use of RFID technology and other best practices in records and information management. The prestigious gathering is the 50th anniversary conference for ARMA, the oldest and largest association for the records and information management profession. ARMA International's 2005 conference will be held at the Navy Pier Festival Hall in Chicago, IL. from September 18 - 21.

Facing much tougher competition, more demanding customers, and new legal requirements, UK architects and engineers are actively seeking to strike new paths in meeting upcoming challenges. This is one of the results of a major European industry study just completed by Maisberger Whiteoaks on behalf of the Nemetschek Corporation, a leading software supplier for design, build and management of buildings and real estate.

New Products

Meridian Systems, provider of software for managing projects, programs and facilities, announced the availability of Prolog Manager version 7.5 to more than 300 customers, resellers and business partners at the Meridian Systems User Conference.

REALVIZ, a provider of image processing software development, has confirmed, that they will begin shipment of version 5 of their multi award-winning panorama software, Stitcher this month. Stitcher is a professional-level application, used by thousands of professional photographers, architects, multimedia and 3D artists worldwide, and enables the creation of superb wide-angle panoramas for the Web, film, print, and 3D.

QuadriSpace is pleased to offer a student version of its 3D publishing software. This special product and pricing is designed to immediately involve universities and students in 3D publishing activities. 3D publishing is an integral part of 's product lifecycle and is expected to grow rapidly in the next 5 years.

DAZ Productions Inc., a developer of professional-quality 3D software and models, announced the launch of DAZ(R) Studio, a free, feature-rich 3D animation software package that puts a complete virtual photo and motion picture studio at your fingertips. With preconfigured 3D scenes, poseable characters, animals, environments, clothing and accessories, DAZ Studio is the easiest way to quickly create high-quality digital images and animation for games, multimedia, illustration and photography applications.

Canon U.S.A. Inc., the nation's market share brand leader in black-and-white and digital color copier/printer solutions(i), announced the introduction of the imageRUNNER(R) 2016/2020 Series of multifunctional devices (MFPs). The new imageRUNNER 2016/2020 Series boasts a range of product enhancements to help increase productivity and reduce the cost of document production and distribution for small offices and workgroup environments.

Mathsoft(R) Engineering & Education, Inc., calculation management provider, released a new version of Mathcad(R) - the world's most widely used calculation software - that promotes innovation and improves productivity by capturing and re-using knowledge locked in engineering calculations. The new offering, Mathcad 13, provides expanded support for the Mathsoft Calculation Management Suite(TM), the first enterprise software solution designed to help organizations drive innovation and profit from their quantitative engineering information.

Around the Web

Check out the
Building Keynote at the BE Conference 2005 by Brad Workman on AECCafe. This keynote session set the framework for the building agenda throughout the conference.

Upcoming Events

September 17 - 23, 2005
Place: Hotel Alcron

Prague, Czech Republic
Conference Overview

Once the realm of the great Austro-Hungarian Empire, the heart of Central Europe is enjoying a cultural, economic, and political renaissance after emerging from a century of tumult and turmoil. The AIA Committee on Design conference in Prague will explore design of buildings, sites, and the city in relationship to the political, social, cultural, and economic transitions and the permanence of the historical, climatic, and geographic environment. The architectural heritage of the hundred-spire city of Prague provides the background for Czech Modernism of the 20th century. The conference will focus on the architecture and society of the Interwar period, referred to as the Golden Age of
Modernism. To be examined are works of Art Nouveau, Czech Cubism, Functionalism, Socialist Realism, and new developments since the Velvet Revolution and Velvet Divorce. At the crossroads of Europe, the cross-fertilization of ideas between Czechs and other cultures is evident in the arts and architecture of Prague.

Conference Highlights

• Stay in Prague’s Jazz Age Hotel Alcron, just off Wenceslas Square. Tour and discuss the Old Town Square, Hradcany Castle, and the Charles Bridge. Visit and discuss the Art Nouveau Obecni dum (Municipal House), the Cubist Dum u cerne matky bozi (House of the Black Madonna), and the Functionalist Baba Housing Estate.

• Take an all-day tour to Brno to explore and discuss Mies van der Rohe’s Villa Tugendhat and the permanent exhibition pavilions built in the Interwar period.

• Meet with award-winning Czech architects, including Ladislav Labus and Josef Pleskot, and noted architectural writer Vladimir Slapeta, Hon. FAIA.
September 24 - 28, 2005
Place: Double Tree Hotel

San Antonio, TX USA
Sessions on the following topics are tentatively planned, but all practical papers are welcome.

  • Geology & Origin of Sinkholes & Karst

  • Karst & Sinkholes in Evaporites

  • Karst Hydrology & Dye Tracing

  • Geoenvironmental Engineering in Karst

  • Modeling Groundwater Flow in Karst

  • GIS, Databases, and other Computer Applications for Karst

  • Legal Issues and Governmental Programs Related to Karst

  • Geophysical Applications to Investigating Karst

  • Foundation and Geotechnical Engineering in Karst

  • Prevention and Remediation of Sinkholes Karstic Settlement

  • Karst Hydrology of the Edwards Aquifer

    September 26 - 30, 2005
    Place: Sydney, Australia
    This event is the major annual gathering of leaders in engineering education internationally. Since its inception in 2002 in Berlin, the colloquium has strived to be a conference with very topical themes, with speakers selected from around the world for their expertise and ability as speakers.

    September 28 - 29, 2005
    Place: Dearborn, MI USA
    At Product Lifecycle Management Road Map 2005 join Donald H. Brown, leading industry analysts from CPDA, key industry players, and front-line implementation experts as they discuss their experiences in addressing strategic PLM topics. Find out about their successes in making technology work by linking it across the whole product lifecycle, the obstacles they encountered on the way, and how they developed strategies to overcome them. Product Lifecycle Management Road Map 2005 represents a strategic conference focused on the issues confronting end users in
    design and engineering. Presentations will cover collaboration across the whole enterprise, knowledge capture and reuse, PLM interoperability, Open CAD and tight integration, up front simulation early in the design cycle, up front manufacturing constraints, the business benefits of PLM; and more. Join the CPDA team in Dearborn, MI on September 28 & 29 to find out how PLM can deliver immediate results to your bottom line.
    September 28, 2005
    Place: The Music Center at Strathmore

    North Bethesda, MD USA
    The Design Awards Program of AIA Maryland is held each year in September. It seeks to honor and bring attention to distinctive works of architecture created by Maryland architects. The program is dedicated to recognizing and applauding works of architecture exhibiting design excellence and promoting public awareness and appreciation of the diversity, quality and scope of Maryland architecture

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