May 29, 2006
BE Conference 2006: All About Infrastructure
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Additions made to Road Designer in the new release were

- Network Road Design – designs and entire roadway network with one button!

- Cul-de-sac automatic design tool

- Curb Return automatic design tool

- Automatically designs the vertical profile

- Automatically creates Profile and Cross Sections as part of the design process

- Provides dynamic editing tools to modify the design that updates all components (including Roadway Objects, XSs and Profiles)

- Tools to annotate the XS and Profiles with one click!

There are many tools to take into the Survey package, among them:

- set projections, i.e. real world projects

- many translation/conversion options

Civil also reaches into geospatial, for such processes as reclamations. Also, as there is a lot of field work, Herrin said that much of the work is going to GPS and the number of formats to support are diminishing.

China Update

Vice President, Bentley Asia, Jean Baptiste Monnier, said that Bentley has new territory executives in China now.

There are 20,000 design institutes, or architectural/engineering firms, in China, representing a huge market. There is a great demand for ProjectWise, as these firms produce an incredible volume of design files, many of which they lose. “Everything's digital because most of what they use for design is pirated AutoCAD,” explained Monnier.

Many Chinese vendors have developed their own internal document management systems, so interoperability and standards are a huge problem. The government is issuing standards and exchange formats, but there is still a lot of rubber stamping going on.

What software will China pay for? PowerDraft, which they can buy online for US$20 (Chinese price), ProjectWise and 3D for plant design, and geospatial.

Customers are in all the verticals, with particular emphasis on plant. Utilities include “anything that touches water,” and telcom is very big.


Comet Construction Software, a supplier of job cost and accounting software solutions for the construction industry, announces a new partnership with Ply Mart, Inc., a major supplier of building materials to the construction industry in Georgia.


Bentley Systems, Incorporated previewed its enhanced SELECT subscription program at BE 2006. The program, which will be available September 1, 2006, provides three new offerings - nine in total - exclusively to SELECT subscribers. It offers organizations comprehensive investment protection for Bentley software, team productivity, and engineering information.

Autodesk, Inc. announced that Autodesk Revit-based software is being used to complete the design, documentation, and delivery of the new United States Federal Courthouse in Jackson, MS as part of the United States Government Services Administration (GSA) Public Buildings Service (PBS) building information modeling (BIM) pilot project. H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture (H3) and their consultant engineers, Walter P Moore and Cooke Douglas Farr Lemmons (CDFL), are using the Autodesk Revit Platform for BIM -- including Autodesk Revit Building and Autodesk Revit Structure -- as the core modeling software to realize their ideas, maintain better cost control, track space requirements for
multiple tenants, and to provide construction documentation that is better coordinated, more consistent, and of higher quality.

Oce Imagistics announced a comprehensive program developed to evaluate the rapidly-changing needs of today's back-office print operation, and address them with customized digital printing equipment, software, services and support. The Oce Professional Printroom Program is the centerpiece of the company's Digital Print Centers group.

Contract Awards

Meridian Systems, a provider of enterprise project management software for optimizing capital projects, programs and facilities, announced that leading worldwide marine solutions company J. Ray McDermott (J. Ray) has selected Proliance software for global project management.

Fakespace Systems Inc. announced it has been awarded the contract to install an ultra high resolution virtual reality wall at the technology incubator hosted by the University of Wales in Bangor. The Technium Center for Advanced Software Technology (CAST) will be the first organization in Europe to use the Fakespace PowerWall™ 8MP, an eight megapixel visualization environment.

Deltek provider of enterprise management software for project-focused organizations, announced that the University of Dayton Research Institute (UDRI), the research arm of the Ohio-based, University of Dayton, has purchased Deltek Time Collection, a Web-based timekeeping solution that will provide UDRI with automated labor policies and workflow to improve labor distribution, reduce billing cycles, and increase payroll and billing data accuracy.


Bentley Systems, Incorporated announced the winners of the 2006 BE Awards of Excellence, which honor the extraordinary work of Bentley users improving the world's infrastructure. See

IBSystems, Inc. announced that Ms. Elisabeth Sardin is the winner of the iPOD Nano sweepstakes drawn on April 15, 2006. Ms. Sardin is a Design Engineer who is working for TI.

New Products

Bentley Systems, Incorporated released the commercial version of MicroStation V8 XM Edition - the most powerful and most accessible MicroStation release ever.

Organizations will find the transition easy. An intuitive new interface places powerful new features within easy reach of the user and an unchanged DGN file format and full support for existing V8 standards allow projects to proceed uninterrupted.

Riverbed Technology, Inc. announced the addition of two senior executives to its management team. Scott Downie joins as vice president, support. Ken McDonald joins as vice president, worldwide sales engineering. The addition of Downie and McDonald allows Riverbed to continue to deliver to prospects, customers and partners the 24X7 technical advice and global support needed to successfully deploy and manage their Steelhead(R) appliance deployments.

Kyocera Mita America, one of the world's leading document imaging companies, announced the launch of iTag, a scalable, user-friendly document management solution that offers all of the capabilities small businesses and departments need to manage their document workflow easily and cost-effectively. iTag allows users to capture, index, store, retrieve and share electronic documents at the touch of a button, eliminating the time-consuming and costly processes associated with filing, organizing and sharing a large number of documents.

Spicer Corporation, developer of document viewing software, announced the release of ViewCafé 4, featuring new Live Document Conferencing.

When integrated to ECM or PLM systems such as FileNet, Hummingbird and MatrixOne, Spicer ViewCafé lets users easily access hundreds of different online office document, CAD drawing and model formats from a central file repository, add a markup session and then return the document with annotations and comments for others to review.

Oce Imagistics Inc. introduced the Oce Imagistics im2330 and the im2830 MFPs fully integrated with advanced networking features such as wireless connectivity in addition to powerful printing, scanning, faxing and security capabilities. Ideal for busy workgroup environments, these MFPs are compact and can easily function as tabletop or console devices. The im2330 and the im2830 at 23 and 28 ppm can be loaded with up to 3,700 sheets of paper and utilize a simple touch screen display with one touch scanning and faxing to keep productivity levels at optimum levels.

Upcoming Events

May 31 - June 3, 2006

On Saturday, June 3, thirty-two outstanding designers will receive 2006 SEGD Design Awards, which recognize excellence in environmental graphic design.

The conference also features an Expo on Friday, June 2, where more than 80 exhibitors will feature leading-edge products, materials, and services for specialty sign and exhibit design.

June 6 - 8, 2006
June 8 - 10, 2006

Los Angeles, CA USA

-- Explore innovations in design, construction, and beyond

-- Examine the challenges of the public realm

-- Inspire fresh visions of a preferred future for the profession and the built world.

The AIA 2006 National Convention will explore Innovation

Innovation abounds, influenced by cross-cultural, transcontinental, and interdisciplinary practices and discoveries. Architects stand at the forefront of these dynamics, bringing innovation to life through the power of design in internationally diverse and technologically advanced projects.

The AIA 2006 National Convention will examine Engagement

Architecture, infrastructure, and politics form a powerful nexus. This intersection dictates the development of 21st century armatures for daily life and commerce. Architects are becoming increasingly recognized through their engagement with civic life.

The AIA 2006 National Convention will nurture Inspiration

Architecture, like nature, inspires through its abundance, beauty, and balance. Architects can draw new creative insights from their concern for order and justice, while celebrating their understanding of the environment. Here lie the seeds of a preferred future, where architects maximize the illimitable possibilities of design in a world with real limits.
June 11 - 15, 2006
Training: hundreds of learning units offered from the Bentley Institute
New Technology Updates: direct from Bentley developers and product managers, including the latest on MicroStation V8 XM Edition.
Best-Practice sessions: from accomplished peers and technology experts.
Keynotes: hear from business gurus and Bentley executives.
June 14 - 16, 2006
June 14 - 16, 2006

The Impact of Tourism on Architecture & Vice Versa

Local and international speakers will address the following subsidiary themes:

-- ECO-Tourism & Small Resorts

-- Mass-Tourism.

-- Project Development

-- What Move The People?
June 14 - 16, 2006

Vancouver, Canada

The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada is a voluntary national association established in 1907 as the voice for architecture and its practice in Canada. Representing more than 3,200 architects, the RAIC provides the national framework for the development and recognition of architectural excellence.

The Architectural Institute of British Columbia is a self-governing body dedicated to excellence in the profession of architecture for the benefit of its membership, the environment and society.

June 15 - 16, 2006

Chicago, IL USA
  • Reconstruction of the Wacker Drive Viaduct
  • Public Contracts and the Surety Problems Associated with Them
  • The McAlpine Lock Replacement Project
  • Design-Build Lesson Learned
  • Major Moves: Creating a Top-Tier Economy Through Top-Tier Transportation
  • O’Hare International Airport
  • 2005 Peurifoy Lecture: Engineering and Management of Ancient Construction-The Case of the Temple Mount Compound
  • Collection and Depiction of Underground Data/ASCE CI 38-02
  • Trump International Hotel & Tower
  • Environmental Liabilities
  • The Marquette Interchange
  • Case Study Summaries: Talk vs. Practice -- or the Truth vs. Practice on Risk Management Usage by Contractors and Owners.
  • Designing for Claims Avoidance

    June 25 - 30, 2006

    Boulder, CO USA

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