October 02, 2006
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Avatech Solutions, Inc., technology experts for design, engineering, and facilities management, has announced that it will host a series of complimentary executive breakfast seminars. These high-level events will focus on effective implementation strategies, executive business issues, and Autodesk technology as they relate to increasing profits and productivity. Call 1-800-520-8000 to register.

Mid-West CAD Inc., an Autodesk Premier Solutions Provider serving Missouri and Kansas, today announced it will host its eighth annual CAD Midwest Technology Expo, two days of CAD seminars on October 10th and 11th at the Unity Village Conference Center in Lee's Summit, Missouri. Prior registration is required and can be completed by calling 816-525-5767 or 800-279-3221. Fees are $99 per person and include breakfast, lunch, and full access to all sessions. Registration fees can also be applied towards purchases over $300 made before December 31, 2006.

GiveMePower Corporation announced the opening of its new sales office in Dallas, Texas.

Deltek, provider of enterprise management software for project-focused organizations, today announced the release of its 2006 Operating Statistics Survey for the Project-Focused Professional Services Firm. The survey reports a strong market period for project-focused architecture/ engineering (A/E) and professional services firms analyzing financial, project and employee metrics provided by more than 500 respondents across the industry.

To order your copy of the comprehensive survey report, including an executive overview and comparisons to data from past years, please call 1-800-779-4632, Ext. 0.


Intergraph Corporation announced that Brigadier General (Retired) Jack Pellicci will serve as senior vice president of Intergraph's Security, Government & Infrastructure (SG&I) division and general manager of the company's Federal Solutions and Military & Intelligence business units.

Avatech Solutions, Inc., the nationwide technology experts for design, engineering, and facilities management, today announced they have appointed Bruce White to head the Infrastructure Solutions Group.

Autodesk, Inc. announced today that Nathan Peterson, a 26-year-old California resident and owner and operator of iBackups, Inc., was sentenced on September 8, 2006, to seven years and three months in federal prison, and required to pay $5.4 million in restitution after pleading guilty to two counts of criminal copyright infringement for illegally copying and selling pirated software worth from approximately $7 million to $20 million.

New Products

Cimmetry Systems Corporation, an Agile Software company, today announced the immediate availability of 2D and 3D native document visualization for MicroStation V8 XM, OneSpace Designer Drafting (ME10) Version 14.xx, and SolidWorks 2007.

With the release of SP2, Cimmetry continues its industry leading commitment to delivering rapid support for the latest versions of major CAD systems. Service Pack 2 for AutoVue 19.1 (Windows) is available to AutoVue customers currently under maintenance.

Cimmetry Systems Corporation also announced the immediate availability of AutoVue v19.1 Client-Server, web edition for versions 9 and 10 of Sun Solaris servers.

AutoVue 19.1 for Solaris servers provides organizations world-wide with the ability to view, markup, digitally mockup and collaborate in real-time on hundreds of native document types, including 2D/3D CAD, EDA and Office, with one, comprehensive web-based solution.

Meridian Systems, a provider of enterprise project management software for optimizing capital projects, programs and facilities, announced today the availability of Proliance version 3.5. Proliance is an infrastructure lifecycle management application used by real estate developers, building owners/operators, and engineering and construction firms managing large and complex capital project and facility portfolios.

Solibri, Inc. today announced a new version 4.1 of Solibri Model Checker (SMC), the market leading software for automated design review and analysis of Building Information Models (BIM).

Solibri Model Checker version 4.1 introduces a quantum leap forward on Building Information Modeling analysis. The main new theme of this version is the comparison between BIM files. This covers the comparison of different versions of the same design, for example, two architectural models, analyzing of load bearing components of structural design against architectural design, or building services against architectural design.

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Upcoming Events

October 1 - 4, 2006

San Jose, CA USA
October 2 - 5, 2006

Plastics Pipes XIII will also be supported by Unibell PVC Pipe Association, The International Society for Trenchless Technology (ISTT), and the American Water Works Association (AWWA).

Topics will include a wide range of plastics materials, applications and installation techniques. As usual the scope will span from polymer research through to practical case studies from all over the world.
October 3, 2006
October 4 - 8, 2006
The IDDEA Group 2006 Fall Conference
October 4 - 6, 2006

Ames, IA USA
October 5 - 8, 2006
October 6 - 9, 2006

The mission of the Technical Council on Forensic Engineering (TCFE) is to apply engineering principles to investigate failures and performance problems of engineered facilities, and to develop practices and procedures to reduce the number of future failures. Through the Forensic Congress, TCFE disseminates information on failures and practices to mitigate failures, and provides a forum to discuss ethical practice within the field of forensic engineering.

You are invited to submit a draft paper for consideration on any of the topics listed on the "Submit Paper" page. We look forward to your participation in October!

October 6, 2006

Uncasville, CT USA

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October 7 - 8, 2006
October 8 - 10, 2006
October 10, 2006

Anywhere, 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.
October 10 - 11, 2006

Frankfurt, Germany
October 10 - 11, 2006

Stuttgart, Germany
October 11 - 12, 2006

Dearborn, MI USA
the opportunity to collaborate with DELMIA professionals, ask specific questions in a small group setting and attend Best Practices Workshops to gain important insight into DELMIA solutions.
October 11, 2006

October 12 - 13, 2006

October 12, 2006


Thursday, October 12, 2006

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM EDT

The past few years have seen an explosion of new technologies in the construction industry. It is now easier than ever before to access information and to create synergies with other firms using new technology. The increased use of technology in firms, however, has spurred a concern among many employers and employees about privacy within the workplace. The webinar will cover electronic correspondence and privacy issues related to A/E/C professionals regularly engaging in electronic communications.

October 13 - November 19, 2006
Drawing Center in New York (2006). 'After Architecture After' is her first major project in Belgium since 1999 exhibition at the SMAK in Ghent.
October 15 - 22, 2006
Pacific Crossings , will be hosted by AIA Hong Kong in collaboration with the AIA Committee on Design, and will comprise an entire week of educational, cultural and inspirational activities. The program commences in Hong Kong on Sunday, 15 October, when there will be a number of city tours as well as a golf outing plus an evening Welcome Reception. The Conference itself starts on Monday, 16 October, and ends with a grand finale in Shanghai on Sunday, 22 October.
October 18 - 20, 2006
October 18 - 19, 2006
October 18 - 21, 2006

Miami, FL USA
Conference Topics

• Executive decision-making: balancing the costs and benefits of technological innovation

• How technology is changing the face of cardiology, oncology, radiology, and clinical practice and facility design

• Technology’s influence on reducing errors and improving safety

• Virtual medicine’s impact on medical education and clinical care

• Information technology convergence: changing clinical practice and communications

Conference Highlights

• A focused curriculum of innovations in healthcare technologies specifically for healthcare planners and designers

• Case studies delivered by healthcare institutions deeply embedded with emerging healthcare technologies

• Collaborative opportunities to share lessons learned from and with healthcare colleagues on award-winning healthcare projects

• Special Midmark event

• Health facility tours and forum discussion groups

• ModernHealthcare design awards banquet

• AIA/STERIS student healthcare design charrette

October 18 - 20, 2006

Tunica, MS USA
October 18 - 20, 2006

Annual Civil Engineering Conference
October 19 - 21, 2006
October 19 - 21, 2006

2301 South Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60616 USA

October 19 - 20, 2006
October 22 - 26, 2006

Universal design is a concept for designing appliances, architecture, and living space with the intention that they can be used by as many people as possible. In the International Universal Design Declaration, which was proclaimed in the finale of the conference in Yokohama in 2002, we went a step further and defined universal design as creation of social environment in which the humanity of each and every person is respected. We also proposed rebuilding the relation between the user and the creator and stressed the importance of framing a human-centered system, which should be applied to every
aspect of society.

In 2005, the percentage of senior citizens of 65 years old and above has reached 20 percent of Japan's total population, as Japan enters an era of "super-aged society" that no nation has ever experienced. Bodily functions such as eyesight and muscular strength decline noticeably with age as one reaches 50, and if we include people of 50 and above, the percentage has already exceeded 40 percent of the total population.
October 22 - 24, 2006

Boston, MA USA
October 23 - 24, 2006

Houston, TX USA
October 25 - 29, 2006

Piazza Costituzione, Via Aldo Moro e Via Michelino, Bologna, Italy
October 26 - 27, 2006
October 26 - 29, 2006

Kensington, London, United Kingdom

October 26 - 27, 2006
the right design details, and with the right overall final performance metrics. Attend to save your institution millions of dollars through new cost-saving options and mistakes avoided for biology, chemistry, biochemistry, biomedical research buildings, nanotechnology facilities, advanced teaching platforms, and more.
October 30 - November 1, 2006
have the opportunity to collaborate with DELMIA professionals, ask specific questions in a small group setting and attend Best Practices Workshops to gain important insight into DELMIA solutions. There is also plenty of time to network in a relaxed, comfortable atmosphere with colleagues from a variety of industries.
October 31 - November 5, 2006

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