November 06, 2006
FM Goes to the Desktop
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Susan Smith - Managing Editor

by Susan Smith - Managing Editor
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McGraw-Hill Construction and McGraw-Hill Professional, both businesses of The McGraw-Hill Companies, announced the upcoming launch of the McGraw-Hill Construction Book Series. The two groups' collaboration will benefit the industry by bringing timely and practical resources to architects, engineers, contractors, specialty contractors, and other construction professionals.

Autodesk, Inc. announced that JumpTap will utilize the award-winning Autodesk LocationLogic platform to offer location-based mobile search services to mobile operators in North America and throughout Europe. The strategic alliance between the two companies grew from JumpTap's involvement with the Autodesk Location Services Developer Program, where the two companies shared the vision, resources and support needed to harness the power of location- enabled mobile search. (see last week’s
GISWeekly for full story).

Autodesk, Inc. in partnership with Nucor Detailing Center and Avatech Solutions, announced NuBeginning, a program to address the diminishing supply of engineers by getting young students excited about the field as a career. NuBeginning is an initiative to bring learning opportunities in 3D model based design as well as 2D design and drafting to high-school students. Two high schools in Nebraska are the recipients of free Autodesk software and instruction provided by industry experts and educational consultants from Avatech Solutions.


Corecon Technologies, a software developer for the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industry, is now offering its customers a new option for integrating their project management and accounting software. CoreconLink for SAP Business One, which has just been awarded integration certification by SAP’s Integration and Certification Center, will allow clients to combine estimating, project management and accounting into a single, easy-to-use, flexible system. Estimators, project managers, accountants and financial controllers can collaborate quickly and effectively through this streamlined link.

Autodesk Inc. announced that it will continue to be the exclusive provider of 3D design software for engineering to Project Lead the Way (PLTW) schools for the next five years and has provided significant financial support to the non-profit pre-engineering education program. Equipped with tools such as Autodesk Inventor and Autodesk Revit software products, which are used by engineers, architects and designers, students in more than 1,700 PLTW programs in schools nationwide will have the opportunity to visualize and experience their ideas through the power of model based design projects.

Governor Edward G. Rendell announced that a new statewide partnership designed to advance environmentally-friendly building technologies and construction will receive $2 million from the state to get off the ground.

The Pennsylvania Green Growth Partnership complements the state's drive toward energy independence by providing the construction industry with new resources and incentives to incorporate energy saving and efficient technology into its designs and buildings, Governor Rendell said.

Microdesk, Inc. is offering a free seminar on the benefits of Building Information Modeling (BIM) in designated cities with its Go Vertical Tour. The industry’s leading technology consultant and Autodesk reseller will be making stops in Connecticut and Pennsylvania in November, with more destinations to be scheduled. The first seminar will be held at The Water’s Edge Resort and Spa in Westbrook, CT on November 14. The Go Vertical Tour will then move to the Hyatt Regency at Penn’s Landing in Philadelphia, PA on November 16. The seminars run from 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM.

All attendees will receive a free Microdesk duffle bag and will also be eligible to win iPod shuffles, USB Flash Drives, or a Sirius Radio Home and Car Units with Cash Cards. People may register by calling 800.336.3375, emailing
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Patrick Mays, AIA, has joined Graphisoft as vice president and general manager reporting to Dominic Gallello, CEO of Graphisoft. He will be working with a highly skilled network of resellers and consultants who have been implementing model-based design solutions for over a decade. During his career, Mays has helped several firms with the transition from 2D design and 3D visualization to building information modeling (BIM).

Bricsnetannounced that Hector Rodriguez has been appointed Chairman of the Board. Rodriguez has served on the Board of Bricsnet since 2002, when he co-led the group that bought the Bricsnet business from a predecessor company. He has led all subsequent capital rounds in Bricsnet, which has established Torimbia as the majority shareholder in the company.

New Products

Newly released CADWrite 1.0 from DotSoft is a low cost comprehensive word processor that runs inside of AutoCAD 2000i or higher and reads/writes Word documents as its native file format. It can either supplement your existing application or be used exclusively as your word processor. Unlike a regular word processor, CADWrite can rapidly extract information from AutoCAD for report writing and draw its documents into the drawing as mtext objects., creator of SmartDraw(R), the world's most popular business graphics software, announced the release of SmartDraw 2007. With SmartDraw, anyone can create professional-quality business graphics such as flowcharts, org charts, Gantt charts, timelines, floor plans and more in minutes. Unlike other graphics programs that cater to technical people, SmartDraw is designed for ordinary computer users allowing them to become instantly productive.

Autodesk, Inc. announced the first creative tools extension for its Autodesk Toxik 2007 software, containing advanced features for image transforms, filtering and warping. Toxik is used to create feature film visual effects, offering 2D and 3D compositing tools, integrated collaboration and the ability to manipulate high-resolution, high-dynamic range (HDR) imagery with ease. The software has been used to shape several feature films, including Silent Hill and The Fountain.

Nemetschek North America is pleased to announce the release of Step by Step with VectorWorks Architect. Written by Steve Hader, this new training manual teaches a practical approach to project workflow. The manual has been expanded to demonstrate the new tools and technologies found in version 12, including the completely redesigned user interface, Navigation palette, live sections, new building objects, and more.

Around the Web

Oracle CEO says Red Hat is in crosshairs, San Francisco Chronicle, Wednesday, October 25, 2006 - Oracle CEO Larry Ellison celebrated the corporation's 20th year as a publicly traded company today and then unveiled the latest target in his bid to expand the technology giant's reach.

Upcoming Events

Date: October 13 - November 19, 2006

Place: Antwerp, Belgium

In addition to presenting architects, every year deSingel also exhibits an artist who has a close affinity with architecture. In a large exhibition, this artist sheds light on architecture from new, unexpected angles. After the exhibitions 'Alphavilles? Tropicalisation!' (Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, 2004) and 'Iconocity' (Aglaia Konrad, 2005) it is now the turn of Jo‘lle Tuerlinckx (b. 1958, Brussels) to outline her views on architecture. The title, 'After Architecture After' refers to the second stage of perception, the image retained on our retina. And also to the fragile state of architecture itself. How do we see certain things? When do we see them, if we see them at all? And if
we see them, what do they conjure up? Objects that lie around, shadows, noise, reflections of light, markings, etc. In short, a lot of what is visible but is often not seen determines Tuerlinckx' work and her thoughts on architecture. This is far from being her first exhibition. She has previously exhibited at documenta XI in Kassel (2002) and has had solo exhibitions at the Renaissance Society in Chicago (2003), the Badischer Kunstverein (2004) and The Drawing Center in New York (2006). 'After Architecture After' is her first major project in Belgium since 1999 exhibition at the SMAK in Ghent.

Date: October 25 - 29, 2006

Place: Bologna Fairground, Piazza Costituzione, Via Aldo Moro e Via Michelino, Bologna, Italy

Date: October 26 - 27, 2006

Place: Las Vegas, NV USA

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