June 12, 2006
Sustainable Facilities Design and Operations
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by Susan Smith - Managing Editor
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The clients represented at the meeting included Balfour Beatty Atlanta HQ, CCC Group of San Antonio, Donley's Inc., Tucker Mechanical, Hooper Corporation, Michels Corporation, P1 Group, PAR Electrical Contractors, Inc., Ruhlin Company, and Valley Electrical Company of Mt. Vernon.

Meridian Systems, a provider of enterprise project management software for optimizing capital projects, programs and facilities, announced that John Bodrozic, Meridian president and cofounder will speak at the combined 2006 BOMA International North American Commercial Real Estate Congress and The Office Building Show.

The building industry is approaching a migration phase where the need for scalable, interoperable, flexible and open systems is spurring participants from different building technology industries to collaborate on a single platform. This will allow them to build systems, which can ultimately propel growth in intelligent building (IB) concepts. This transition demands technological developments with the ability to curtail the prominence of proprietary solutions that give an impression of being open systems when they are not.

If you are interested in an analysis, which provides manufacturers, end users, and other industry participants with an overview, summary, challenges, and latest coverage of Intelligent Building Systems and Technologies, send an e-mail to Trisha Bradley, Corporate Communications, at
Email Contact with your full name, company name, title, telephone number, fax number, and e-mail address. Upon receipt of the above information, an overview will be sent to you by e-mail.

New York developer Larry Silverstein, Gary V. Jandegian, URS Division President, URS Corporation, and Tom Leppert, Chairman and CEO, Turner Construction Company will headline a program filled with other industry leaders at
McGraw-Hill Construction's Engineering News-Record's (ENR) 2006 Top Firm Leaders Forum: Spring Edition. The event will be held June 14-15 in New York. You can also call Cristina Hoepker at 866-727-3820.

Contract Awards

Meridian Systems announced that the U.S Postal Service has selected Proliance On Demand to manage new capital projects and facility renovations. The U.S. Postal Service delivers more than 46 percent of the world's mail volume.

Green Building Studio, Inc., a sustainability analysis software and services company in the architectural, engineering, and construction industry, announced that PPG Industries has selected Green Building Studio's custom Product Placement Advisor web service (GBS PPA), a first-of-its-kind product application engine, to promote their Solarban 70XL glass product line to building designers. The Product Placement Advisor is a new feature of the Green Building Studio web service.

Intergraph Corporation announced that it has awarded grants for its SmartPlant suite of plant and industrial design software with an estimated commercial lease value of $1,808,350 to five international education institutions in Argentina, Finland, Haiti and Norway.

The recipients include Bergeland Videregaende Skole, Laboratory of CAD Stavanger, Norway, (US$76,400); Rogaland vidergaende sjoaspirantskole of Hundvag, Norway (US$47,600); Escuela de Educacion Technica No. 1, Buenos Aires, Argentina (US$220,100); Kymenlaakso Polytechnic, Finland (US$1,426,750) and Universite Quisqueya, Haiti (US$37,500).


Houston-based architectural firm Kirksey was awarded the 2006 Building Information Model (BIM) Award for "Inspirational Pilot Project" by the American Institute of Architects Technology in Architectural Practice (AIA TAP) Knowledge Community. The Firm's winning submission, Satterfield & Pontikes Westway Office Building in Houston, was designed and modeled with the BIM process using Graphisoft(R) Archicad(R), Estimator(R), and Constructor(R).

Primavera Systems, Inc., provider of project, resource and portfolio management software, announced that it has received "Powered by SAP NetWeaver(R)" status, furthering its ongoing commitment to deliver best-in-class solutions to companies around the globe.

The latest version of Primavera utilizes the SAP NetWeaver platform to deliver a web-based solution that provides customers with access to timely forecasts of costs, schedule and resource requirements throughout the project life-cycle. This system merges multiple live-data applications into one, making it easier to access data necessary to deliver projects on-time and on-budget.


Deltek, provider of enterprise management software for project-focused organizations, announced that corporate law specialist David Schwiesow is joining Deltek as General Counsel. Schwiesow is a senior level attorney with 30 years of experience in a broad range of complex securities, finance, acquisitions, corporate governance, general corporate and litigation matters.

Autodesk, Inc. announced that Andrew Miller, chief accounting officer, vice president finance and corporate controller will present at the upcoming Bear Stearns Annual Technology Conference in New York, June 12th at 3:25 p.m. EDT. A live webcast and audio archive will be available on
www.autodesk.com/investors. For additional information, please call Autodesk Investor Relations at 415-507-6705.

New Products

Deltek announced the release of Deltek Vision 4, the latest edition of Deltek's industry-leading enterprise resource and project planning software solution. For the first time, Deltek Vision integrates planning, tracking and project administration features with innovative functionality such as Visualization and mobile access, to create a unique, powerful solution that streamlines all facets of the project-based business. Available as a complete enterprise-class suite or as a preconfigured solution designed to meet the needs of smaller firm, Deltek Vision is the only software solution designed to help professional services firms of all sizes improve their business performance
management, streamline their operations and execution, and win more business.

Cimmetry Systems Corporation, an Agile Software company, announced the immediate availability of AutoVue version 19.1. Release 19.1 adds support for popular 3D formats prevalent in many industries including Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC), providing customers with the ability to view and collaborate on 2D and 3D drawings with a single solution.

AutoVue 19.1 expands EDA capabilities by adding NC Drill formats, Cadence Allegro and Concept 15.5, as well as OrCad Capture and Layout 10.5. Gerber file aperture support has also been enhanced.

ATI Technologies Inc. announced that its FireGL workstation graphics boards have been certified for Autodesk, Inc.'s full range of design software solutions. ATI's entire top-to-bottom line of FireGL graphics boards complement Autodesk's media and entertainment, design and manufacturing products by helping industry professionals more accurately and more efficiently visualize digital models to design better products while speeding time to market.

AutoDesSys is pleased to announce the introduction of form.Z 6.0 at the AIA National Convention 2006. Slated for release later in the month of June of form.Z 6.0 introduces object animation and 3D printing with color and textures. “Although these are the top heavyweight features of this release, these developments should not overshadow other very important new capabilities that extend form.Z's modeling power”, said Chris Yessios, President of AutoDesSys. This release includes a number of new tools and features, a newsworthy selection of which are highlighted below.

COADE, Inc. announced that the company will introduce its CADWorx 2007 process plant design suite at PELC 2006, to be held 7 June in The Hague, Netherlands, a conference of which the company is also a sponsor. At the event, J.R. Dubbeldam, CEO of The Badger Company based in The Netherlands, will be presenting a workshop entitled Engineering Tools for Growth. This session will focus on The Badger Company's experience and the benefits of using the CADWorx plant design suite and its bidirectional links with engineering tools such as COADE's CAESAR II.

GiveMePower Corporation, an innovator of next-generation computer-aided design and digital-blueprint management software for "anytime and anywhere" use on any Windows computing platform, announced that final beta-testing for the company's flagship product, PowerCAD SiteMaster 3, is now open to the public.

Bluebeam Software, a leader in file-sharing solutions for CAD users, announced that it has released v. 4.5 of Pushbutton Plus and Bluebeam Lite to include Tablet PC compatibility in Bluebeam Revu. With this latest release, both Desktop and Tablet users can create accurate PDF files from CAD and use Bluebeam Revu to view large format PDF files and easily redline PDF designs and specifications.

CADzation announced the release of AcroPlot Repro at the American Institute of Architects National Convention and Design Exposition in Los Angeles, CA. The convention will mark the official release of AcroPlot Repro, a powerful new tool for enhanced printing of PDF and DWF files on large-format engineering plotters and copiers.

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