October 31, 2005
VectorWorks Architect 12 Breaks New Ground
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The Digital Terrain Model is part of Landmark and also part of Architect. “We have had complaints from customers who find errors in the site information of their DTMs. One of the biggest advantages of the new DTM is it will help fix those site designs that you get sometimes, and will help people get their terrain much more quickly,” said Monaghan.

Besides these products there is Nemetschek's basic drafting and modeling program, VectorWorks Fundamentals.

An option to all those products is RenderWorks, a high end rendering add on. Built into VectorWorks is OpenGL rendering which is normal quality rendering. RenderWorks adds photorealistic capabilities with radiosity, the most accurate way to map light on the computer, according to Flaherty. This is useful for interior designers as in addition, what is known as Accurate Light is also part of the product. Accurate Lights are lights that follow real physical properties and will map inside radiosity exactly the way a bulb or light fixture is going to look in reality.

A partnership with CADdetails.com has been formed which provides many details from many building and landscape product manufacturers. Now VectorWorks 12 users can go to CADdetails.com and download details directly from libraries and have access to a generic library of details those ships free in VectorWorks Architect.

Company Background

Nemetschek North America's parent company is Nemetschek AG, a Munich based firm, and their two main products are AllPlan and AllPlot which are sold only in Europe. These products are very high end structural design software for the commercial automation market. In contrast, Nemetschek NA's VectorWorks products are design phase only products and are more broadly sold. Approximately one-third of Nemetschek NA's sales are in North America, one-third of sales go to Europe and one-third are in Japan.

Nemetschek AG in Munich formally bought what was called Diehl Graphsoft five years ago, which is organized as a holding company, and a wholly owned subsidiary of Nemetschek AG. Revenue for the whole corporation is about $120 million per year, and the company is publicly traded.


Intergraph Corporation announced financial results for its third quarter ended September 30, 2005. Revenue for the quarter was $149.9 million, an increase of 11.3% from $134.7 million reported in the third quarter of 2004. For the nine months ended September 30, 2005, revenue was $431.7 million, an increase of 6.6% from $404.9 million reported in the same period of 2004. Read the entire press release .

IBSystems, Inc. is pleased to announce that Willis Bennett is the winner of the October 17th iPOD mini sweepstakes. Will is a GISCafe.com reader from Fair Oaks California. Congratulations Will!

Autodesk, Inc. announced that its media and entertainment systems and software are shaping more than 40 television shows for the 2005-2006 television programming season. From returning favorites such as Lost and Nip/Tuck to provocative new shows like Prison Break and Rome, Autodesk's technology is relied upon by broadcasters and post-production facilities to realize edge-of-your-seat entertainment.

Epicor Software Corporation, a provider of enterprise software solutions, reported its financial results for the third quarter 2005. Total revenues for the third quarter were $70.1 million, compared with $62.2 million in the prior year's quarter, representing a growth rate of 13%. License fees were $18.3 million for the third quarter compared to $15.3 million in the third quarter of 2004, up 19%. Consulting revenue for the third quarter of 2005 was $18.1 million compared with $15.8 million in the third quarter of 2004, up 15%. Maintenance and other revenue for the third quarter of 2005 was $33.7 million compared with $31.1 million in the third quarter of 2004, up 9%.

Turner Construction Company, a wholly- owned subsidiary of The Turner Corporation, the nation's leading general builder, announced the findings of its survey of 665 building owners, developers, architects, engineers, corporate owner-occupants, consultants and educational institutions on Green building issues. Similar to the survey conducted in 2004, the 2005 Market Barometer again took a snapshot of the views of senior executives on the benefits and costs of Green buildings. However, this year's survey placed a special focus on Green educational facilities -- both K-12 and higher educational facilities.


TRIRIGA announces the promotion of Robert Willis to vice president of IT for TRIRIGA. Willis has several areas of responsibilities. He currently leads the Technology Services and Performance Task Group. He was also instrumental in starting TRIRIGA's hosting services for its current product line.

Geac Computer Corporation Limited, a global enterprise software company dedicated to addressing the needs of CFOs, announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Eric Rosenfeld of New York-based Crescendo Partners, L.P., as director of the Company, effective immediately.

Joan Miller, senior vice president of client development and marketing for CH2M HILL's Industrial Client Group, was named 2005 Corporate Woman of the Year by the Women's Vision Foundation. The award, presented during the 8th annual Women's Success Forum held here, recognizes a prominent woman executive in the Denver metro area who exemplifies outstanding professional achievement, quality performance, creativity and work/life balance.


PLH arkitekter as, an architectural practice based in Denmark, has won a 2005 BE Award for the SBA Group office building in Vilnius, Lithuania. The award category was "Building: BIM for Simulation and Visualization, Single Subject."

The University of Newcastle's School of Marine Sciences & Technology announces its M.Eng students have won both first and third place in the prestigious 2005 Society of Naval Architects & Marine Engineers (SNAME). The accolades mark the ninth time the school has placed in the top three since 1995: seven times in first place and once in second. The Stage 4 Group Ship Design Project at Newcastle University brings together M.Eng students studying for M.Eng (Hon) Marine Technology in numerous disciplines.

V3 Companies Ltd., a multi- disciplined consulting firm, is one of the top firms for civil engineers and ranks first among firms headquartered in Illinois according to a recent survey by Civil Engineering (CE) News Magazine.

Sage Software announced that its Sage Timberline Office Customer Support department has won the 2005 SSPA STAR Award for Service Excellence in the category of High Case Volume, and was also honored as a Finalist in the category of Sustained Performance.
Sage Timberline Office provides integrated financial and operations software for 20,000 customers in construction and real estate.

New Products

Autodesk, Inc. announced free tools for DWG users with new, free tools: DWG TrueView for viewing DWG files, and DWG TrueConvert for translating DWG files between newer and older versions. DWG TrueView and DWG TrueConvert are available to download for free* from the company Web site.

"Our customers need to know that the data they share can be accessed with accuracy by suppliers and partners," said John Sanders, vice president, Autodesk Platform Technology Division. "Where our customers have relied on inaccurate or unreliable tools in order to communicate or re-use DWG data, now they'll have the power and reliability of authentic DWG format files at their fingertips."

Cimmetry Systems Corporation, an Agile Software Corporation (NASDAQ:
AGIL) company, announced the immediate availability of its collaborative visualization solution, AutoVue version 19 for EMC Documentum 5.3.

The new Web Portal for Dexter + Chaney's Forefront Construction Management Software gives a construction company's employees and customers access to critical data and functions in Forefront-including payroll/timecard and customer service-from any computer with an Internet connection. Construction companies also can use Forefront Web Portal to create and easily maintain any or all of the company's
Website content.

CmiC, provider of enterprise and project management software for the architectural, engineering and construction (AEC) industries, is taking real-time collaboration to the next level with the introduction of CMiC IO, a revolutionary technology that enables businesses to collaborate both internally and with outside partners by simply sending an e-mail from any device.

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