August 07, 2006
Interactive 3D Environments Replace CAD Drawings
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New Products

Bentley’s RAM International Solutions Center has just released RAM Advanse Version 8.0, a finite element analysis and design software system featuring a number of innovative engineering desktop capabilities.

Like earlier versions of RAM Advanse, Version 8.0 is a general purpose structural analysis solution that provides advanced design features for hot-rolled steel, cold-formed steel, wood (lumber and glulam) and concrete, and can be used to design most types of structures. However, its special set of structural design tools has been expanded to include not only modules for continuous beams of any material and concrete or masonry retaining walls, but also:

Tilt-up walls (with and without openings, simplified and finite element analysis)
Masonry walls (including pilasters and lintels)
Concrete and masonry shear walls (with and without openings)

Cadsoft Corporation announces the launch of its new I-Train series, an ongoing selection of interactive training CDs designed for Residential Designers, Remodelers, Builders, and Interior Design firms.

The I-Train series complements Envisioneer 3.0, Cadsoft’s architectural design software. Envisioneer has been growing rapidly in popularity and receiving rave reviews among small-medium firms in the construction industry. I-Train Volumes 1, 2 and 3 are already available for purchase from the Cadsoft Online Store.

Primavera Systems, Inc., announced the release of the latest versions of Primavera Contractor, the only planning and scheduling solution built specifically for the construction industry. Primavera Contractor helps contractors and subcontractors build accurate schedules that are easy to understand and use.

QuadriSpace released its 2006 series of 3D publishing products for printed or interactive 3D applications. The products include powerful new features at a reduced price.

Publisher3D 2006 Professional™ adds the ability to publish interactive 3D to the web, 3D PDF and QuadriSpace interactive formats. New features include an expanded library of standard illustration views and render styles, advanced model animations tools, and selectable model size.

COADE announced the release of an updated edition of CADWorx Plant and CADWorx P&ID 2007 with several new capabilities. The CADWorx Plant range has a new LineView interface for an easier, more uncluttered design environment and a new SpecView dynamic menu feature for faster, more accurate selection of components in its specification-driven modeling environment. CADWorx Plant Professional also ships with the latest version of NavisWorks Roamer, version 5.1, with enhanced features and compatibility with AutoCAD 2007 files. The CADWorx P&ID range now has improved database reporting plus stronger links to the physical plant model.

FreeDesign, Inc., the creator of breakthrough 3D surfacing technology, announced that it will be demonstrating FreeDimension’s support of Google SketchUp file formats as a 3D import at the SIGGRAPH event.

FreeDesign’s product, FreeDimension, now accepts import of .KMZ files from Google SketchUp and allows basic 3D designs to be quickly and easily developed into more organic and flowing shapes, quickly and easily.

Z Corporation, maker of multicolor 3D printers, unveiled the first handheld, self-positioning 3D scanner on the market that can digitize 3D surfaces in real time. The ZScanner(TM) 700 gives designers and engineers an entirely new way to capture 3D data with unprecedented speed, ease of use and versatility for a wide range of new and emerging applications. Z Corp. demonstrated the innovation at SIGGRAPH 2006, the leading computer graphics conference.

Autodesk Inc. announced Autodesk 3ds Max 9 software, the latest version of its 3D modeling, animation and rendering solution. 3ds Max 9 supports 64-bit technologies, providing digital artists with the tools for next-generation games development, design visualizations, and film and television visual effects production.

Autodesk, Inc. launched Autodesk Maya 8 software, the newest version of its Academy Award-winning 3D modeling, animation and rendering solution. Maya has been used by a variety of clients, including BMW, CNN, Disney, Epic Games, Industrial Light & Magic, Midway Games and Weta Digital, to create breathtaking 3D imagery for feature films, interactive games, broadcast graphics and industrial design. Maya 8 will be showcased at the Autodesk booth #1706 at SIGGRAPH 2006, August 1-3 at the Boston Convention Center.

Around the Web

Freedom Tower will grow on people, architect says by David Trotta, July 19, 2006 , -- The architect of the skyscraper that will replace New York's Twin Towers has advice for those who might not like the design: give it some time.

AIA and University of Minnesota to Lead Major Transportation Research Project for Federal Government , July 26, 2006 AIA - The U.S. Federal Highway Administration has awarded The American Institute of Architects (AIA) a contract of as much as $2 million to study the benefits that well-designed community transportation projects bring to American communities.

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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.
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SST Systems, Inc., conducts piping design and stress analysis seminars periodically. The class is taught by instructors with over 30 years practical experience in the field, one of whom is an active member of B31, B31.1, B31.3 and other code committees.

These classes involve lectures in the mornings followed by hands-on workshops + case study discussions. Cost is approx 1/2 of what you would pay for a few ASME seminars because there is no ASME seminar that covers the same range of topics that we do.

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