October 03, 2005
Strong Upgrade Revenues and 2D to 3D Migration Drive Autodesk Growth
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Acquisitions/Agreements/Alliances


Autodesk, Inc. announced that RAM International, a structural analysis software provider, will integrate RAM Structural System with Autodesk Revit Structure software, built specifically for building information modeling (BIM). Revit Structure automatically updates design files with materials analysis results and enables structural engineers to coordinate changes seamlessly with members of an extended project team. By adopting BIM, teams can more effectively create, manage and share building designs, realizing ideas for building design and structural performance.


American Electric Power has signed an agreement with GE Energy and Bechtel Corporation to begin the front-end engineering design process for a commercial-scale, Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC) clean-coal plant in the 600- megawatt range. This will be the first such engineering and design agreement undertaken for an IGCC plant of this scale.


AEC CADCON, a provider of enterprise-wide engineering solutions and systems integration to the AEC marketplace, has recently been named a Certified Riverbed Technology Partner.


Riverbed Technology is the pioneer in wide area data services, a fast growing product category that solves the problems of latency and bandwidth that plague a wide variety of applications over distributed networks.


Announcements


netGuru, Inc. has remedied its failures to seek or obtain stockholder approval for certain issuances of equity securities and to file a notification form for listing of additional shares for those issuances.


On September 8, 2005, netGuru verbally notified Nasdaq pursuant to Nasdaq Marketplace Rule 4350(m) that netGuru intended to file a late notification form pursuant to Nasdaq Marketplace Rule 4310(c)(17)(A) and to seek stockholder approval pursuant to Nasdaq Marketplace Rule 4350(i)(1)(A) for the issuance of 10,000 shares of common stock to a former director for director services rendered and for the issuance of five-year options to purchase up to 5,990 shares of common stock to seven persons for software consulting services rendered.



The new issue of
BE Magazine, published by Bentley Systems, Incorporated, brings readers highlights of the BE Conference 2005 experience. This "time for learning," which provided more than 300 hours of Bentley Institute professional training, 45 technology update sessions, and 116 best practice sessions, was a record-setting event. It exceeded last year's attendance by more than 20 percent, drawing to the Baltimore Convention Center architectural, engineering, and construction (AEC) professionals and owner-operators from 43 countries and 644 organizations. Collectively, these attendees earned more than 11,000 Bentley Institute
Learning Units.


IMSI, provider of house plans online and a developer and publisher of precision design, and consumer and business software solutions, announced its financial results for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2005. For the twelve months ended June 30, 2005, IMSI reported a net loss of $1.8 million, or ($0.06) per share on net revenues of $13.9 million. Pro forma revenue including discontinued operations was $23.3 million versus $12.0 million reported the prior year. Net revenues increased by thirty nine percent (39%) in our core Houseplans(TM) and software businesses, as compared to the previous fiscal year, reflecting the continued growth in the Houseplans(TM) business and in software
product sales led by our flagship application TurboCAD(R).


Awards


Dexter + Chaney, Seattle-based developer of Forefront(R) Construction Management Software, has been named for the second straight year to the “Software 500.” The listing of the world's largest software and services providers is compiled by Software Magazine. Dexter + Chaney placed 398th on the list, with 2004 revenues of $12.5 million. IBM and Microsoft were first and second, respectively.


The Orange County Great Park Corporation Board of Directors at its meeting yesterday unanimously selected three world-renowned landscape design firms as semi-finalists to compete to be the Master Designer of the Orange County Great Park.

The three firms selected as semi-finalists are Mirrales Tagliabue EMBT of Barcelona, Spain; Royston Hanamoto Alley & Abey of Mill Valley, California; and Ken Smith, Landscape Architect of New York in partnership with Ten-Arquitectos of Mexico City, Mary Miss Studio of New York and Mia Lehrer and Associates of Los Angeles.


Appointments


Tech Soft America (TSA), provider of graphics components to the CAD/CAM/CAE software industry announced the addition of Jennifer Ferello to the company's Business Development Team. This extension of the Business Development team follows and complements the recent expansion of TSA's R&D team.


Implementations


Autodesk Inc. announced that L. Robert Kimball & Associates, a U.S.-based architectural and engineering firm, has standardized on Autodesk's building and collaboration software to create, manage and share building designs and documentation. Autodesk delivered Kimball Associates a comprehensive solution including DWF Composer, Autodesk Architectural Desktop, Autodesk Buzzsaw and Autodesk Building Systems software products to help the firm improve construction documentation, accelerate the design process, facilitate communication with partners and help its clients realize their ideas faster.


New Products


Motive Systems has started to ship M-Color 9, the latest version of its presentation plotting software for AutoCAD. With M-Color 9 users can create hand-drawn effects and one-click drop shadows, or use such features as translucent bitmaps and translucent gradient fills to create presentations that truly share the designer's vision. M-Color 9 runs with AutoCAD 2006-R14 and AutoCAD LT 2006-2002 on Windows XP/2000 and is available for customers at
www.m-color.com/try. Motive Systems' M-Color


IMSI, a developer and publisher of precision design and consumer software solutions, announced the release of IMSI PDF to Word, version 2.0. IMSI PDF to Word converts PDF files into Microsoft(R) Word and Rich Text Format (RTF) documents, allowing easy access to and editing of content from PDF files. The program recovers the text, graphics and formatting of the original PDF file without requiring installation of Adobe(R) Acrobat(R) or Microsoft Word. IMSI PDF to Word also generates PDF files from Microsoft Word documents!


Cimmetry Systems Corporation, an Agile Software Corporation company, announced the immediate availability of AutoVue version 19. AutoVue is a collaborative visualization software solution for the industrial, automotive, aerospace and defense, electronics and high tech, medical device, and AEC markets.


e3D Interactive has purchased four 64-bit RenderDrive hardware ray-tracing systems from ART VPS. The RD6400 models each contain 16 AR350 ray-tracing processors that will be used by e3D to render architectural visualizations for commercial and residential projects.


Oce, a provider of digital document management and delivery solutions, announced that Oce Business Services has introduced new Oce MAX(TM) performance management software. The application enables organizations to more effectively and proactively manage business processes associated with document management.


Around the Web


Microsoft's nightmare inches closer to reality by Jim Kerstetter and Elinor Mills, CNET News.com, September 23, 2005 -- In an extensive memo called "The Web is the Next Platform" that was introduced as evidence in Microsoft's antitrust trial five years ago, Microsoft engineer Ben Slivka described a "nightmare" scenario for the software giant.



Upcoming Events

Date:
October 5 - 7, 2005
Place: St Julien Hotel & Spa

900 Walnut Street, Boulder, CO USA
Welcome to 3D Base Camp!


Brad Schell (our illustrious founder and fearless leader) has - for some time now - envisioned a time and place for SketchUp users to come together and learn, share ideas, get to know each other, and just have some fun. As part of the SketchUp 'family', many of you have contributed to our gallery, user stories, demos, tradeshow booths and website, not to mention the evolution of SketchUp. We'd like this to be the live opportunity to do all of that and more.


Ascend to a Higher Aptitude!


We're calling this event '3D Base Camp' because it will help you reach the pinnacle of proficiency in SketchUp. This is the time and space to gather up tools, fuel, resources, for the rest of the trip up your personal 3D mountain. And '3D Base Camp' feels right, too, because we believe in challenging ourselves -- every day and in every way.


We've put together some dynamite sessions that merge applications with specialists, allow maximization of SketchUp skills (it's up to you how far you take them), and offer up a fully open platform for idea exploration. We're also pretty excited that Stewart Brand, Modern Renaissance Man, award winning author and publisher, is sketching up something cool as our Keynote Speaker. We've also blended in a couple of great activities that highlight our hometown of Boulder, Colorado, and the people that are the very heart of @Last Software.
 
Date:
October 7 - 9, 2005
Place: Washington DC, DC USA
The AIA Regional and Urban Design Committee (RUDC), the AIA Housing and Residential Design Committee, and the AIA Center for Communities by Design will collaborate in cohosting the conference, to be held October 7-9, 2005 at the Wyndham City Center Hotel in Washington, D.C.


Communities on the Line: Transit and the Design of 21st-Century Communities will reinforce the need for excellent design when planning transit-oriented development (TOD). Our agenda will include keynote addresses, engaging educational sessions, and a terrific selection of tours that illustrate the history and state-of-the-art practice for TOD and the role of transit in community building.


Targeted attendees will include AIA-member architects, local government and nonprofit representatives, developers, and transit professionals. Partnerships with the American Planning Association and the Urban Land Institute are being sought for this event to ensure that both public and private viewpoints are vested in the conference.
 
Date:
October 7, 2005
Place: New York, NY USA
No matter the project, you need everyone working together. Attend Acrobat 7.0 on Tour and in four short hours, you'll learn how Adobe Acrobat 7.0 Professional delivers more reliable and secure document exchange to every member on every team.


Discover Acrobat 7.0 solutions tailored to your industry.

We're committed to helping you understand exactly what Acrobat 7.0 can do for your next project.
  • Learn how to solve common document collaboration problems.
  • Discover how companies in your industry have gained a competitive edge with Acrobat 7.0.
  • Participate in exclusive breakout sessions for general business, AEC, legal and manufacturing.
  • Learn best practices to automate, integrate and improve your workflows.

  • Who should attend:

    IT/MIS, Marketing, Sales, Finance, HR and Legal Professionals, Architects, Engineers, Contractors, Project Managers, Government, Educators. And anyone looking to work effectively, efficiently and accurately.
     
    Date:
    October 11, 2005
    Place: Anaheim, CA USA
    No matter the project, you need everyone working together. Attend Acrobat 7.0 on Tour and in four short hours, you'll learn how Adobe Acrobat 7.0 Professional delivers more reliable and secure document exchange to every member on every team.


    Discover Acrobat 7.0 solutions tailored to your industry.

    We're committed to helping you understand exactly what Acrobat 7.0 can do for your next project.
  • Learn how to solve common document collaboration problems.
  • Discover how companies in your industry have gained a competitive edge with Acrobat 7.0.
  • Participate in exclusive breakout sessions for general business, AEC, legal and manufacturing.
  • Learn best practices to automate, integrate and improve your workflows.

  • Who should attend:

    IT/MIS, Marketing, Sales, Finance, HR and Legal Professionals, Architects, Engineers, Contractors, Project Managers, Government, Educators. And anyone looking to work effectively, efficiently and accurately.
     
    Date:
    October 12 - 15, 2005
    Place: Baltimore Convention Center

    Baltimore, MD USA
    The Remodeling Show, produced by Hanley Wood and sponsored by the NAHB Remodelors Council, is the industry event for this $183 billion market. It’s the national gathering for remodelers, custom builders and residential architects. These professionals come together to preview the latest products and services, expand their knowledge through the educational program and network at exciting industry events.

    See more on the event home page ...
     
    Date:
    October 13, 2005
    Place: San Francisco, CA USA
    No matter the project, you need everyone working together. Attend Acrobat 7.0 on Tour and in four short hours, you'll learn how Adobe Acrobat 7.0 Professional delivers more reliable and secure document exchange to every member on every team.


    Discover Acrobat 7.0 solutions tailored to your industry.

    We're committed to helping you understand exactly what Acrobat 7.0 can do for your next project.
  • Learn how to solve common document collaboration problems.
  • Discover how companies in your industry have gained a competitive edge with Acrobat 7.0.
  • Participate in exclusive breakout sessions for general business, AEC, legal and manufacturing.
  • Learn best practices to automate, integrate and improve your workflows.

  • Who should attend:

    IT/MIS, Marketing, Sales, Finance, HR and Legal Professionals, Architects, Engineers, Contractors, Project Managers, Government, Educators. And anyone looking to work effectively, efficiently and accurately.
     
    Date:
    October 15 - 17, 2005
    Place: Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center

    San Antonio, TX USA
    Join colleagues and friends to learn how large and important the role of architecture is in helping people of all walks stake their claim to The Good Life.


    An affordable registration fee enables you to attend your choice of more than 30 professional development sessions presented by some of the nation's top-rated speakers (many from the AIA Convention's Top 25 List). Plus, you'll have ample opportunity to browse the Expo's 240+ booths, take part in welcoming Texas' newest architects to the profession, congratulate TSA's 2005 Honor and Design Award recipients, and enjoy dinner or a beverage along San Antonio's famed Riverwalk.


    Keynote speakers have been carefully chosen to inspire and motivate:


    Dr. Freeman Hrabowski

    President, University of Maryland, Baltimore County


    The Honorable Jeremy Harris, Hon. AIA

    Former Mayor of Honolulu


    The ever-expanding line-up of optional events will offer a range of exceptional, creative tour destinations featuring venues all contributing to The Good Life in and around San Antonio.


    Sunset Station, the site for the Host Chapter Party, is part of a multi-million dollar restoration and development program. The Station is the original 1903 Southern Pacific Depot and was one of the main stops along the famous Sunset Limited Route to California. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Station was called "the building of 1,000 lights" because of the many electric lights installed during construction (see Texas Architect, July/August 1999 issue).
     
    Date:
    October 16 - 19, 2005
    Place: Lotte Hotel Jamsil

    Seoul, Korea (South)
    The ICCEM will bring together researchers, engineers and practitioners to present the latest accomplishments, innovations and potential future directions in construction engineering and management. It will provide opportunities for making new acquaintances and strengthen personal relationships with the participants. You can experience beautiful and exotic Korean culture as well.
     
    Date:
    October 18, 2005
    Place: IA USA
    Each year, AIA Iowa holds a booth design contest for all convention exhibitors. The grand prize is a free exhibit booth at the 2005 AIA Iowa Convention. This year's Exhibit Booth Awards winner is Workspace, Inc., in booth 20a. The Exhibit Booth Award encourages quality and excellence in displays at the Exhibit Hall.
     
    Date:
    October 19, 2005
    Place: NAHB National Housing Center

    Washington, DC USA
    This semiannual conference provides an outstanding opportunity to learn about economic trends, government policies, and developments in the housing industry. Panels of nationally recognized experts will discuss the Outlook for the Ecomomy and Housing, the Regional Housing Outlook, and the results from NAHB's recent surveys.
     
    Date:
    October 19 - 22, 2005
    Place: Westin Century Plaza Hotel & Spa

    Los Angeles, CA USA
    The AAH annual fall conference, "Realizing a Sustainable Architecture for Health: Resources, Responsibility, and Renewal," will be held at the Westin Century Plaza Hotel & Spa in Los Angeles. Conference topics will include strategic choices: reuse or replace; healthcare design and the LEEDTM process; flexibility and adaptability: what should healthcare facilities invest in—and how much; green materials in healthcare; master planning strategies for healthcare facility renewal and long-term survival; the price of sustainable healthcare design: initial and life-cycle costs; responsible options for energy resource and medical waste management; drawing the “green” line: comparison of designer
    and owner perspectives; and several case studies. Look for additional information and a postcard in early spring 2005, and check this Web site for up-to-date information.
     
    Date:
    October 19, 2005
    Place: Boston, MA USA
    No matter the project, you need everyone working together. Attend Acrobat 7.0 on Tour and in four short hours, you'll learn how Adobe Acrobat 7.0 Professional delivers more reliable and secure document exchange to every member on every team.


    Discover Acrobat 7.0 solutions tailored to your industry.

    We're committed to helping you understand exactly what Acrobat 7.0 can do for your next project.
  • Learn how to solve common document collaboration problems.
  • Discover how companies in your industry have gained a competitive edge with Acrobat 7.0.
  • Participate in exclusive breakout sessions for general business, AEC, legal and manufacturing.
  • Learn best practices to automate, integrate and improve your workflows.

  • Who should attend:

    IT/MIS, Marketing, Sales, Finance, HR and Legal Professionals, Architects, Engineers, Contractors, Project Managers, Government, Educators. And anyone looking to work effectively, efficiently and accurately.

     
    Date:
    October 21, 2005
    Place: Toronto, Canada
    No matter the project, you need everyone working together. Attend Acrobat 7.0 on Tour and in four short hours, you'll learn how Adobe Acrobat 7.0 Professional delivers more reliable and secure document exchange to every member on every team.


    Discover Acrobat 7.0 solutions tailored to your industry.

    We're committed to helping you understand exactly what Acrobat 7.0 can do for your next project.
  • Learn how to solve common document collaboration problems.
  • Discover how companies in your industry have gained a competitive edge with Acrobat 7.0.
  • Participate in exclusive breakout sessions for general business, AEC, legal and manufacturing.
  • Learn best practices to automate, integrate and improve your workflows.

  • Who should attend:

    IT/MIS, Marketing, Sales, Finance, HR and Legal Professionals, Architects, Engineers, Contractors, Project Managers, Government, Educators. And anyone looking to work effectively, efficiently and accurately.

     
    Date:
    October 24, 2005
    Place: Philadelphia Airport Marriott

    Philadelphia, PA 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.

     
    Date:
    October 24, 2005
    Place: The Renaissance Vinoy

    St. Petersburg, FL USA
    Tradeline’s 17th Annual Academic Science Buildings Conference! Whether you're setting plans for new science-building construction or renovation projects, formulating new science building standards and guidelines, or pushing to get more utilization from existing research and science teaching facilities, don't sign off on anything until you see the new plans, features, and numbers! Attend Tradeline's 17th annual college and university facilities conference to make sure you build the right facility and to save your institution millions of dollars
    through new cost-saving options and investment mistakes avoided on biology, chemistry, biochemistry, and biomedical research buildings, nanotechnology facilities, advanced teaching platforms, and more. 2004 Academic Science Buildings Conference Highlights: - $5.5 Billion worth of new building projects represented, - $40.4 million average project size per attendee - Projects represented (new, renovation, expansion):

    administration, architectural, biology, biochemistry, biomedical, commerce, chemistry, engineering, health sciences, neurosciences, medical, proteomics, research, research labs, stadium, science, science & teachings, science lab, social science, and wet lab.


    For more information go to http://www.TradelineInc.com/Academic or contact Bill Nothofer @ 925-254-1744 x 19 or via email at bill@tradelineinc.com
     
    Date:
    October 26 - 28, 2005
    Place: USA
    In today’s competitive business environment, architecture firm leaders must successfully develop leadership from within to help them achieve excellence in their practices, win new commissions, and provide outstanding service to their clients. Success in these areas is often due to the ability of skilled leadership teams to build a clear and focused vision, maintain a passion for exploring new ideas, continually adapt to new conditions, and hold a deep conviction to meet long-term goals.


    No longer is the charismatic “bigger than life” leader the answer for many of our best firms. In this conference, the AIA Practice Management Knowledge Community and the
    AIA New York Chapter have invited firm leaders who have committed themselves to building great organizations that will last beyond their tenure and that will thrive in a changing world. Architects from some of our country’s most successful firms will share their knowledge of team leadership, mentoring, business development, and management. They will lead seminars, facilitate workshops, and join us in roundtable discussions that will help define a new model for leadership and a fresh approach for firms that are on the road to “getting to great.”

     
    Date:
    October 27 - 29, 2005
    Place: Los Angeles, CA USA
     
    Date:
    October 27 - 29, 2005
    Place: Hartford, CT USA
    Please join us for completion of our 2005 two-conference series on federal, state, and local advocacy for excellence in learning environments. "Implementing the Dream: Collaboration Required" will focus on exemplary models of state and local advocacy throughout the United States. Watch for more information as it becomes available at
    Date:
    October 28, 2005
    Place: Chicago, IL USA
    No matter the project, you need everyone working together. Attend Acrobat 7.0 on Tour and in four short hours, you'll learn how Adobe Acrobat 7.0 Professional delivers more reliable and secure document exchange to every member on every team.


    Discover Acrobat 7.0 solutions tailored to your industry.

    We're committed to helping you understand exactly what Acrobat 7.0 can do for your next project.
  • Learn how to solve common document collaboration problems.
  • Discover how companies in your industry have gained a competitive edge with Acrobat 7.0.
  • Participate in exclusive breakout sessions for general business, AEC, legal and manufacturing.
  • Learn best practices to automate, integrate and improve your workflows.

  • Who should attend:

    IT/MIS, Marketing, Sales, Finance, HR and Legal Professionals, Architects, Engineers, Contractors, Project Managers, Government, Educators. And anyone looking to work effectively, efficiently and accurately.

     


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