October 09, 2006
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GiveMePower Corporation announced that it has achieved the elite status of Microsoft Certified Partner, with particular competencies in providing Mobility Solutions and creating OEM Hardware Solutions for delivery to end-user customers and in cooperation with other Microsoft channel partners.

Mensch und Maschine Software AG, a CAD/CAM specialist company listed on the Prime Standard, is selling the Building Services application RoCAD for one million US Dollar to Autodesk, the worldwide CAD market leader. The closing of the contract, requiring antitrust authorization, is expected in October.


Avatech Solutions, Inc., technology experts for design, engineering, and facilities management, invites members of the construction industry in Denver to learn more about the benefits and uses of the Autodesk® Revit® product family, including Autodesk Revit® Building, Autodesk Revit® Systems Plus and Autodesk Design Review® in an all day, hands-on workshop.

Times, Location, Cost

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center

7800 East Tufts Avenue

Denver, CO 80237

Avatech will provide breakfast and lunch. Participants will each sit at a workstation for a hands-on look at how these tools work in a production situation.

Cost: $99.00

Register for the workshops online at
Avatech events or by calling

1-800-520-8000 ext. 1535.

Avatech Solutions, Inc. invites CAD managers, IT managers, and mechanical/electrical/plumbing engineers who use currently use AutoCAD® to learn about the benefits and uses of Autodesk® Building Systems.

Both the webcasts and the hands-on workshops are designed to show people who currently do not use Building Systems how the latest in building information modeling (BIM) can improve workflow efficiency and dramatically reduce design time, allowing companies to complete more projects with existing resources.


To participate in the webcast, register at
Avatech events to receive attendance information, including an event URL and conference call number. All webcasts run at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. EST on October 11, 2006, December 6, 2006, and February 7, 2007, and last for approximately one hour.

Deltek announced that national nonprofit firm, The Environmental Careers Organization, Inc. (ECO) has deployed Deltek Costpoint®, Deltek’s industry-leading enterprise resource planning solution designed specifically for sophisticated, project-driven organizations, in just two and a half months.

ECO recruits, places and manages 600 to 1,000 ECO interns every year. ECO employees will utilize Costpoint to track, manage and report on every aspect of their projects including planning, estimating, proposals, budgets, expenses, indirect costs, purchasing, billing, regulatory compliance and business performance.


Catalog Data Solutions (CDS), a provider of online product selection tools for industrial suppliers and distributors, announced that its third quarter (Q3) sales in 2006 increased by more than 50% over the third quarter last year. In Q3 2006, the company added prestigious new customers including Accurate Screw Machine Corporation and Associated Spring, Barnes Group Inc., and earned repeat business from multiple existing customers.


Primavera Systems, Inc., provider of project, resource and portfolio management software, announced that eight of its customers were awarded Constructech 2006 Vision Awards. The Constructech Vision Awards honor construction and engineering organizations that have solved critical business issues through the use of innovative technology solutions. Consistent among the winners is their ability to employ technology across their organizations to standardize the way project teams work together to achieve success.

The eight winning Primavera customers include:

  • BE&K (Birmingham, AL) accepted the Gold Vision Award for the GC/Commercial/Industrial category.

  • Black & Veatch (Overland Park, KS) accepted the Gold Vision Award for the Architectural/Engineering/Design category.

  • Clancy & Theys (Raleigh, NC) accepted the Silver Vision Award for the GC/Commercial/Industrial category.

  • City of Phoenix Water Service Dept. (Phoenix, AZ) accepted the Gold Vision Award for the Government category.

  • Satterfield & Pontikes (Houston, TX) accepted the Bronze Vision Award for the GC/Commercial/Industrial category.

  • South Dakota Dept. of Transportation (Pierre, SD) accepted the Silver Vision Award for the Government category.

  • VECO USA (Bellingham, WA) accepted the Bronze Vision Award for the Architectural/Engineering/Design category.

  • Wisconsin Public Service Corporation (Green Bay, WS) accepted the Silver Vision Award for the Utility category.

  • USGN, Inc., provider of web-based collaborative project management software, announced that two of its customers, Wild Oats Markets and Menemsha Companies Construction Solutions were awarded Constructech 2006 Vision Awards. The Constructech Vision Awards honor those companies that have used leading-edge technology to solve critical business issues.

    Avatech Solutions, Inc. announced that it has been named one of Deloitte's prestigious Technology Fast 50 companies.

    A ranking of the 50 fastest growing technology companies in Maryland and Virginia, the Technology Fast 50 award is based on percentage revenue growth over the five years between 2001 and 2005.

    New Products

    WinEstimator, Inc., a leader in project cost estimating software development announced the release of WinEst 2006, Version 9. The industry leading WinEst Professional Series project cost estimating software has been updated with new features, integration options and abilities, and optional modules.

    A few of the WinEst 2006 highlights include:

    • Enhanced conceptual and specification driven estimating capabilities through the use of “nested” assemblies.

    • Fully customizable toolbar & menus, consistent with the Microsoft Windows XP© theme.

    • Improved takeoff productivity with the introduction of shared project specification and dimensional values. Estimators can now enter a list of “global variables” to be used throughout the takeoff process.

    • New options for item database categorization and database browsing, including support for 2004 Masterformat.

    • Expanded allowance for alternates and value engineering options.

    • ProSoft, nationally known for industry leading MicroStation® and InRoads® courseware, is announcing the availability of two new AutoCAD® 2007 titles.

      AutoCAD 2007 Fundamentals Reference Manual – this book provides a detailed introduction to the tools, concepts, and workflows a new user must master in order to become proficient with AutoCAD 2007. This book is intended to be a companion volume to the AutoCAD 2007 Fundamentals Exercise Workbook (below).

      AutoCAD 2007 Fundamentals Exercise Workbook – this book provides a detailed step-by-step hands-on exercise approach to learning the tools, concepts and workflows a new user must master in order to become proficient with AutoCAD 2007. Topics include working with drawing files, the AutoCAD drawing environment, viewing and zooming tools, object snapping, basic and precision drawing tools, layers, annotating and dimensioning drawings, external reference files, and plotting, and many others. 582 pages.

      Around the Web

      Google to Push for More Electrical Efficiency in PC’s , by John Markoff, September 26, 2006-- The New York Times (registration required) -
      Google is calling on the computer industry to create a simpler and more efficient power supply standard that it says will save billions of kilowatt-hours of energy annually.

      Upcoming Events

      October 10, 2006

      Anywhere, CA USA
      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 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 - 20, 2006
      October 19 - 21, 2006

      2301 South Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60616 USA

      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 - 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 26 - 29, 2006

      Kensington, London, United Kingdom


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