February 20, 2006
Rendering for Realism
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Former Red Hat and Cygnus technology executives Kim Knuttila and James Prasad meet again, and this time, they mean business.

James Prasad, most recently at Red Hat as Vice President and General Manager of EMEA, as well as Vice President of Embedded Solutions and Manager of the Wind River relationship, brings his vast experience and business acumen to Specifix, an open source start-up filled with industry and open source vets. James joined Red Hat from Cygnus, following the acquisition in 1999, where he was Director of Business Development.


IMSI, a provider of house plans online and a leading developer and publisher of precision design, and consumer and business software solutions, announced its financial results for the second fiscal quarter ended December 31, 2005. For the three months ended December 31, 2005, IMSI reported net income of $121,000, or ($0.00) per share on net revenues of $3.7 million. Net revenues increased by 69% in the Houseplans business and 7% overall, as compared to the previous fiscal year, reflecting primarily continued growth in the Houseplans business.

New Products

Graphisoft announced that its
award-winning 3D building design solution ArchiCAD® can now work on the same Virtual BuildingTM model data as leading structural design and analysis solution ETABS. This data sharing through IFC 2x2, means that structural elements can be carried directly into ETABS for structural design tasks and analysis, then returned to ArchiCAD. These elements are checked and designed not only for the usual load-bearing capability but also to meet strict standards of earthquake resistance.

myVR Software AS, a new and innovative player in 3D visualization and distribution technology, announced the release of Version 1.3 of the world's first secure high-resolution/high-speed 3D real-time interactive streaming solution for 3D/VR models over any network.

Document3D, 3D-enabled desktop publishing software, adds support for creating interactive 3D PDF files compatible with Adobe Reader 7.0.7.

QuadriSpace makes 3D publishing easy and helps companies share valuable 3D information with everyone. The Document3D line of products, from QuadriSpace, lets CAD users and downstream users quickly leverage existing 3D models and 2D CAD drawings to create assembly instructions, technical publications, interactive training and other product lifecycle documents.

Around the Web

Ina Fried and
Joris Evers, CNET news.com --Now, with
Windows Vista, Gates feels he finally has the right weapons to
supplant the password as a means of verifying who is who on computers and over the Internet.

Open source: The newest competitive tool, by Steven Shankland, CNET News.com, February 13, 2006 - A few years ago, releasing once-secret source code to the public would have been a highly unusual first move for a company with a newly acquired software product line. But that's exactly what Integrated Computer Solutions is announcing this week with the Project.net project management software it bought Jan. 1.

Upcoming Events

February 23 - 26, 2006
February 26 - March 1, 2006

San Diego, CA USA

Developed through the combined efforts of ASHE and the AIA/AAH, the PDC provides practical and realistic information that can be used to resolve challenges that you face during the planning, design, and construction/renovation process. ASHE and AIA/AAH have been working together over the past year to put together this unique program.Topics and speakers were carefully chosen to provide timely information and solutions you can bring back to your job. Join us along with architects, contractors, facility managers, nurses, and CEOs to share and learn new ideas and processes in the planning, design and construction field. The PDC has been recognized by Tradeshow Week as one of the "50
Fastest-Growing Shows" for two consecutive years! The 2005 PDC consisted of more than 2,500 professionals, more than 60 educational sessions covering eight different tracks, an exhibit hall with more than 200 companies, and an array of networking opportunities. This show is the largest meeting of its kind, offering you the chance to network and learn.

February 28 - March 4, 2006
March 3 - 4, 2006

Miami , FL USA
March 12 - 14, 2006

The goal at this conference is to provide all attendees, exhibitors, presenters and sponsors with an outstanding opportunity to improve their knowledge, increase their contacts, and generate productive networking. The high caliber education programs will give you a chance to meet other green-minded builders from all around the country as well as meet with exhibitors with products to help you build a better home. Expect to have fun while you learn. Albuquerque is one of the fastest growing cities in the United States, and it offers a myriad of attractions and activities for everyone.

March 16, 2006

Internet, CA USA
clients grows as firms continue to see the benefit of using our software. At Axium we believe the key to bridging the gap between generic software and enterprise software is letting firms know what they should expect from their software; a Client's Bill of Rights.

In 2006, Axium will highlight and explain 10 rights you have and should be aware of in purchasing a financial and project management software. We will focus and discuss in detail your rights in a series of webinars throughout the year. So, watch for our next mailer, register for our upcoming webinars and learn what to look for in a financial and project management software.
March 19 - 22, 2006

March 20 - 21, 2006
metrics that are shaping the new integrated FM and CRE management models.
March 21 - 23, 2006
March 22 - 23, 2006
EXPO is the only West Virginia trade show for the Construction, Engineering, and Architectural industries.

How many people attend?

EXPO 2005 had nearly 6,000 attendees from 27 states.

What is the admission charge?

EXPO charges no admission fee to qualified attendees.

What is the price of a booth?

EXPO 2006 Booths are available in 10'x10' increments at the following rates.

March 27 - 28, 2006
Attend this conference to learn what the new plans look like and make project decisions about:
  • BSL facilities involving vivaria
  • Commissioning & certification standards
  • Space conversions and upgrades for BSL-rated research
  • BSL suites in multi-function buildings
  • cGMP spaces & systems for therapeutic products
  • Biosecurity systems
  • Equipment planning
  • Construction details and their cost impacts
  • Operations and maintenance

    March 27 - 28, 2006
    The aim of SPAR 2006 is threefold. First the conference will illuminate the business case for using 3D laser scanning and other dimensional control technologies to improve the efficiency and reduce the risk of capital project execution for process manufacturing, civil infrastructure, transportation, fossil and nuclear power generation, offshore construction and architectural projects through improved existing-conditions capture. Second, SPAR 2006 will help practitioners from survey firms, laser scanning service providers, engineering/construction firms as well as asset owners and operators discover and exchange
    information about best practices to deploy these technologies. Third, SPAR 2006 showcases the newest technology from the world’s leading suppliers of laser scanning hardware, software and services.
    March 28 - 30, 2006
    March 30 - April 2, 2006
    Conference Topics
    Development Processes
  • Planning
  • Programming
  • Design of different systems
  • Multihazard considerations
  • Multidisciplinary considerations
  • Integration of systems
  • Construction: including automation
  • Building Automation
  • Operations
  • Facilities Management / Building Operations
  • Commissioning / Decommissioning
  • Business, management and marketing
  • Green Buildings / LEED
  • Risk and Utility Analysis and methods
  • Building Security
  • Building sustainability
  • Life-cycle costs of buildings / infrastructures
  • Functions Affecting Development Processes
  • Codes and standards
  • Quality control
  • Education and ethics
  • IAQ
  • Building Systems Analysis, Design, Integration
  • Building envelope
  • Glazing
  • Curtainwalls
  • Anchors
  • Structural analysis and design
  • Non-Structural seismic analysis and design
  • Mechanical / Electrical Systems
  • HVAC
  • Communication systems
  • Security systems
  • Blast / progressive collapse
  • Site planning
  • Earthquakes
  • Wind
  • Noise and vibration control
  • Retrofit, including multidisciplinary concerns
  • Composite and innovative new materials
  • FEMA 426

    March 31 - April 2, 2006

    11200 SW 8th Street, PCA 175, Miami, FL 33199 USA
    February 23, 2006

    66 Goulburn Street, Sydney, Australia

    (Session to be chaired by Department of Planning NSW)

    Checking building designs for compliance with numerous building code provisions is a complex task that can be subject to a high proportion of error and associated rectification cost. DesignCheck, developed by the Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) for Construction Innovation, provides a software tool for designers and building surveyors to allow quick and easy compliance assessment against building codes.

    DesignCheck provides a friendly and interactive reporting system to assist designers in identifying potential problems earlier, and building certifiers in automating the checking process - reducing time and cost.

    DesignCheck allows:
  • checking at various stages of schematic and detailed design
  • checking of designs by building code clauses
  • checking of designs by object types (e.g. spaces, doors etc.).


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