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Graphisoft, leader in Virtual Building 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.


Specializing in designs for public buildings, including schools and community centers, Gelfand Partners previously used AutoCAD® to meet the strict project bid and submission formatting requirements set by local review boards, which only accept files in DWG. The firm sought an advanced 3D modeling software that would allow its staff the freedom of design and still meet the formatting demands of public proposals. Additionally, Gelfand Principals wanted a solution that new employees could already have experience with, or could learn easily, reducing training time.



Awards


SBIC is now soliciting submissions for the 2005 Awards Program. This year, as in past years, SBIC members (only) are encouraged to submit their “Best Sustainable Practice” for consideration. Now entering its fifth year, the Best Sustainable Practice Award will continue to recognize the excellent innovations and sustained contributions SBIC members are making toward building a sustainable future in America.


Please visit
SBIC Awards Website to learn more about the awards program. Entries must be submitted by Friday, October 21, 2005. Federal, state and private sector entries are welcome.


Dexter + Chaney has earned an INNOVATION Award from Electrical Contracting Products magazine for its Forefront(R) Construction Management Software. The competition “recognizes outstanding companies whose products or services have best responded to the $82 billion electrical contracting market's challenges by offering creative and innovative ideas,” according to the magazine.


The Orcutt/Winslow Partnership, the largest architectural firm in Arizona, was named the 2005 Western Mountain Region Firm of the Year by the American Institute of Architects (AIA). This award annually recognizes a firm across the states of Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming, not only for its innovative design work, but also its commitment to professional and community growth, leadership, and top- quality architectural work.



New Products


Bentley Systems, Incorporated announced the availability of "Rendering With MicroStation," written by Jerry Flynn, the world's leading MicroStation visualization expert, and published by the Bentley Institute Press. The book is a product of Flynn's years of experience helping hundreds of firms and thousands of AEC professionals bring designs to life through photorealistic rendering directly within the design application.


Applied Spatial Technologies, Inc. (AST) is pleased to announce the upcoming release of CAFM Express. CAFM Express provides AutoCAD users who maintain facilities drawings & data with a comprehensive set of facilities management tools that run right inside of AutoCAD and any of its companion desktop applications.


CAFM Express is based on technology developed for AST's flagship FM solution, FMDesktop. It offers a core set of functions targeted at AutoCAD users who are currently managing their facility information with a combination of AutoCAD drawings and Excel spreadsheets.


Nemetschek North America announced the release of its VectorWorks product line, complete with a variety of new features and substantial product improvements allowing users to work faster and smarter than ever before. The company is pleased to reveal its newest offerings: VectorWorks Fundamentals, VectorWorks Architect, VectorWorks Landmark, VectorWorks Spotlight, VectorWorks Machine Design, VectorWorks Designer, and RenderWorks.


AVEVA, a provider of engineering lifecycle solutions to the offshore, process, power and shipbuilding industries, announced the general availability of VANTAGE Enterprise NET (VNET) version 3.3. AVEVA has developed VNET, a web-enabled information portal and collaboration solution, in consultation with new and existing customers, including Jacobs, BP, Shell, Petronas, Woodside, J. Ray McDermott and Alstom.


VNET allows information created by experts in one business function to be used by non-experts in other parts of the business or in different organizations. In historical case studies, the use of VNET in a project has enabled significant business process improvements, compressed project completion time, reduced recovery-from-failure downtime.


AVEVA also announces the release of VANTAGE Project Resource Management (VPRM) 9.6: the latest update to the materials and resource management solution from the VANTAGE suite.


Autodesk, Inc. announced it has begun shipping Autodesk 3ds Max 8 software, the latest version of its award-winning 3D modeling, animation and rendering solution. Created to address growing 3D pipeline complexity with new data management, character animation and speed/performance advancements, 3ds Max software is one of the industry's most popular solutions that help customers realize their creative 3D ideas for game development, film and video production and design visualization.



Around the Web


Art museum: Modern or McArchitecture? By Marco R. della Cava, USA TODAY-- The reborn de Young Museum in San Francisco, which opens Oct. 15, is eliciting shudders of (mostly) excitement from this city's arts community, which privately paid for the modernist Goliath to the tune of $190 million.



Upcoming Events
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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