October 10, 2005
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by Susan Smith - Managing Editor
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Tech Soft America (TSA), provider of graphics components to the CAD/CAM/CAE software industry now offers custom development services to assist with, or perform outright, the development of applications using TSA components.


The Alfred A. Arraj United States Courthouse located in Denver, Colorado, was recently highlighted at the 2005 World Sustainable Building Conference in Tokyo, Japan. The courthouse, built by the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), was the only submission by the 2005 U.S. Team for the Green Building Challenge, an international effort to evaluate and improve the performance of buildings worldwide. Members of the US Team include some of the top experts in the country in sustainable design. Started in 1996, the Green Building Challenge, collaboration among 12 participating countries, was established to develop approaches for measuring the environmental performance of
buildings taking into account regional and national conditions.


Primavera Systems, Inc., announced the formation of a new public sector group and launch of a public sector-specific project management product suite. Together, Primavera's public sector group and solution offer the federal government a trusted and global leader in Virtual Building(TM) solutions, has signed California-based Gelfand Partners Architects to its worldwide roster of ArchiCAD® 9 users. Gelfand Partners selected ArchiCAD based on its proven functionality, interoperability and prevalence of use.


Bechtel and FEMA surpassed a major goal by delivering over 5,400 trailers since September 8 for Mississippi residents who lost their homes during Hurricane Katrina.

As of Thursday, Sept. 29, 5,457 trailers had been delivered for occupancy, and over 7,700 residents had moved in. Bechtel's work on FEMA's disaster relief efforts is employing about 1,600 people. Most of the work is being performed by local suppliers and contractors who are being identified with help from local construction

Solved online provides dynamic new web resource for Acrobat and PDF users from the mechanical engineering and AEC community


Solved magazine enters a new phase in its development with the launch of Solved online, a new Internet resource for users of Adobe Acrobat and Adobe PDF from the MCAD and AEC community. Solved online, incorporating the interactive Solved Forum, will go live on 26 October 2005.


Awards


Dexter + Chaney has been named to Deloitte's prestigious “Fast 50” Program for Washington state, a ranking of the state's 50 fastest-growing technology companies. Dexter + Chaney has made the ranking for nine years in a row. It is the only company to make the ranking for nine consecutive years.


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.


Moves


Avatech Solutions, Inc., provider of design and engineering technology for the manufacturing, building design and engineering markets, announced that the company has made another bold expansion move by opening an office in Houston, TX..


New Products


Informative Graphics Corporation (IGC), Web-document and collaboration technology provider, announced the release of version 5.2 of its Brava!® Enterprise content visualization server for the Microsoft® .NET platform, allowing Brava's industry-leading visualization, annotation, redaction and secure publishing features for documents, images and CAD design files to be fully and easily available within SharePoint.


Brava Enterprise .NET is available immediately as a supported integration to Microsoft SharePoint.


The DWGgateway data translation tool, which early this year solved compatibility issues between older and newer versions of AutoCAD software, now offers the ability to publish AutoCAD designs in the popular Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF).


This new capability, available free at the
DWGgateway website, makes it easy for design engineers to share designs with anyone, regardless of whether the recipient has AutoCAD software. The recipient needs only free Adobe® Reader ® software, nearly as common on desktops as a Web browser.


Storm Lake Corporation announced the launch of the AnybodyCAD plug-in for AutoCAD®. AnybodyCAD is the first of Storm Lake Corporation's family of products designed to streamline ergonomic analysis and accommodation early within the product development and manufacturing processes. "With AnybodyCAD, our goal is to provide a low cost tool that allows users to efficiently conduct ergonomic analysis within a familiar CAD environment," says Piet Kruithof, founder of Storm Lake Corporation.


Geac announced the immediate availability of StarBuilder accounting version 5.2 powered for service management by Servicom. This complete solution provides construction contractors with a robust tool set for company-wide accounting, new construction job costing and service/warranty operations. The enhanced solution is driven by customer/market demand and is the result of the collaborative efforts of two construction software industry leaders and technology partners, Geac and Aligo. The Geac Aligo technology partnership began in 1996, and continues to yield advanced solutions for specialty/service contractors.


Around the Web




Upcoming Events


Date:
October 10, 2005
Place: New Munich Trade Fair Centre

Munich , Germany
Since its premiere in 1998, EXPO REAL has developed into a central platform for investments, business and real-estate projects in Europe. All the key real-estate markets and locations and all the international key players in the real-estate sector are present at EXPO REAL. The extensive related-events program focuses on the latest trends and innovations in the real-estate market.
 
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 11 - 13, 2005
    Place: GENEVA PALEXPO

    GENEVA, Switzerland
    From the 11 to 13 October 2005, the S-DEV Geneva 05 Conference will showcase innovative and participatory solutions proposed by 26 cities from all continents. Their innovations are ingenious, simple, efficient and cost-effective. The key to success is coordination and synergy between the following four poles : sustainable technologies, active citizenship, new governance and corporate responsibility.


    An annual rendez-vous of Sustainable Development, S-DEV Geneva 05 focuses on the exchange of concrete solutions articulated around a Conference, Workshops and an Exhibition, bringing together local authorities, public services, enterprises, NGOs, researchers and International Organisations
     
    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 16 - 20, 2005
    Place: PALACIO EUSKALDUNA Congress Centre

    Bilbao, Spain
    The association’s main event is the annual World Congress, which focuses on an international planning theme. The congress takes place in a different country every year, preferably in a different continent. ISoCaRP also organizes smaller scale seminars and publishes reports and other professional documents. It is represented at major international planning events.
     
    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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