November 21, 2005
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Susan Smith - Managing Editor

by Susan Smith - Managing Editor
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@Last Software, makers of SketchUp, announced that Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM) purchased SketchUp for firm-wide deployment. Under the terms of the agreement, more than 900 SOM professionals worldwide will take advantage of the powerful yet easy-to-use conceptual modeling features of SketchUp both in the office and at home.

Deltek, the enterprise resource planning (ERP) vendor for project-based businesses, announced that government and business solutions provider Pearson Government Solutions has deployed Deltek Costpoint(R), as well as Deltek Time and Expense and Enterprise Planner.


IMSI, a 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 first quarter of fiscal year 2006. For the quarter ended September 30, 2005, IMSI reported a net loss of $2.0 million or ($0.07) per share on net revenues of $4.0 million. The net loss was derived from an operating loss of $881,000, a loss from the sale of discontinued operations of $843,000 and other non operating expenses of $227,000. This compares to a net loss of $275,000 or ($0.01) per share on net revenues of $3.1 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2004.

New Products

Autodesk, Inc. announced the Autodesk Utility Design (AUD) solution now integrates directly with SAP R/3(R) Enterprise 4.7. Infrastructure designers from electric, gas, water, and other utilities who use the AUD solution to automate the planning, engineering and design process can now access valuable customer data from SAP systems and eliminate the need to manually re-enter information.

Aide CAD Software Incorporated announces the release of a new version of PDF to DXF Converter, the utility that automatically converts PDF to DXF format for fast and efficient editing in CAD.

AEC Software, a developer of business productivity solutions, announced the shipment of FastTrack Schedule 9, the latest release of the company's flagship project management (PM) software, for both the Windows and Mac environments.

upFront.reSearch announces the first in a series of research and whitepapers on the computer-aided design industry.
"IntelliCAD: The Un-AutoCAD" is an all-new research paper for those wishing to understand the current and future impact of IntelliCAD software and its distributed method of development on the CAD industry.

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Upcoming Events

September 22 - November 24, 2005

The DFI Member's Conference gives all industry members an opportunity to discuss, on equal footing, the technical concerns specific to the design and construction of deep foundations. Inclusive of all foundation elements and systems, the program and scope of the Conference is enriched by the presence of all disciplines in the industry, from around the world.

Four Sessions over 3 days comprise a program featuring the experiences of professionals at work in today's challenging industry environment. Presenters will be selected from among abstracts submitted by the industry worldwide by an interdisciplinary committee of foundation industry leaders.

Beyond the program, The DFI presents every opportunity for attendees to interact and exchange ideas with each other. We take pride that our breaks, Luncheons, Welcome Reception, and Awards Banquet reflect the appreciation we have for our Members. In 2005 we are pleased to bring the conference to Chicago.


November 23 - 25, 2005

This second session of European days of architectural, urban and landscape design research must examine the issue of “space on a large scale” especially where the following are to be found in the disciplinary approaches taken, the professional practices applied and the resulting scientific productions:
  • diversities linked to the nature of its structures and research subjects requiring an interdisciplinary dynamic,
  • singularities formed by contact with a dual culture of spatial analysis and spatial transformation.

    November 23 - 27, 2005

    room 401 at COEX, Seoul, Korea (North)
    November 30, 2005

    LaGuardia Place, New York, NY USA
    Woolley, AIA, Carlos M. Rodridguez-Infanzon, AIA, and Jumaane O. Stewart, both of whom have participated in earlier sessions, as well as Emily Kotsaftis, Assoc. AIA.


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