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by Susan Smith - Managing Editor
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TRIRIGA(R), a provider of Integrated Workplace Management Systems (IWMS), announced it has been positioned by Gartner, Inc. in the leaders quadrant in the 'Magic Quadrant for Integrated Workplace Management Systems'(1) report.

Cyon Research Corporation, hosts of the
Congress on the Future of Engineering Software (COFES), announced that “The Globalization of Engineering” will be the theme of this year’s COFES industry conference, which will be held in April in Scottsdale, Arizona.

COFES represents the meeting of the best minds of the engineering software industry, providing an intensive conference atmosphere for both private and public discussions. The yearly event gives executives, end users, CAD and PLM vendors, analysts, as well as the press a chance to address the business issues in engineering technologies.

The Board of Airport Commissioners adopted a sustainable, "green" building policy that commits Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) to incorporate the highest possible
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards in all future construction projects at LAWA's four airports -- Los Angeles International (LAX), LA/Ontario International (ONT), LA/Palmdale Regional (PMD) and Van Nuys (VNY).


Nemetschek North America announced the launch of vLearning webinars, a new virtual training series delivered to VectorWorks users over the web using WebEx(tm) technology. vLearning webinars provide VectorWorks users with convenient hour-long training sessions on a variety of VectorWorks topics, including instruction on how to use specific feature sets and functionality, as well as techniques and workflows to enhance productivity. Each session is live and concludes with time for questions and answers.

Avatech Solutions, Inc., technology experts for design, engineering and facilities management, invites structural engineers and drafters to participate in free webcasts that will introduce the many benefits of Autodesk® Revit® Structure.

Some of the benefits that the webinars will explore include: how concurrent modeling can improve efficiency and lead to more effective coordination among architects, MEP engineers, and contractors. Avatech experts will demonstrate how Revit Structure provides greater flexibility in order to explore design alternatives and accommodate late changes without lengthening delivery commitments, or compromising drawing accuracy. Attendees will also learn about new features in Revit Structure 4.

Dates and Times

Wednesday, January 24, 2007. 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. or 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time

Wednesday, March 21, 2007. 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. or 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time


New Products

Incorporating the experiences of more than 10,000 users,
Autodesk, Inc. unveiled the latest preview of Autodesk Impression software that gives architects and other CAD users a helping hand with creating illustrative presentation graphics from DWG and DWF files. The technology preview found on Autodesk Labs improves teams' productivity, and ultimately client satisfaction, by virtually eliminating the manual labor previously required to develop compelling images from CAD drawings.

COADE, Inc. has released PV Elite Version 2007, an enhanced edition of the company’s popular integrated vessel design and stress analysis software that incorporates the latest ASME code updates, including all of the formula and material changes required for new construction beginning in 2007, plus a number of new capabilities and features.

The new version now provides built-in computation of maximum allowable working pressure (MAWP) for both sides of heat exchangers, thereby saving time and reducing guesswork. Also added are new wind and seismic codes, eliminating the time-consuming task of computing these loads by hand and importing them manually into the program, which reduces the chance for errors.

Introduced by
IMSI/Design at Macworld Expo, TurboSketch is a rendering plugin application for Google's SketchUp that includes the free version of SketchUp 6. It also works with SketchUp Pro 6 (new version). TurboSketch includes the industry-leading rendering engine, LightWorks® and effectively gives SketchUp and SketchUp Pro 6 a photo-realistic rendering option for Mac OS X users -- a first in the industry. The program also works for Windows and will compete with some recent newcomers which have added photo-realistic rendering to SketchUp on Windows.

CADopia, a developer and distributor of products based on the OpenDesign and IntelliCAD technology, announced that CADopia 6 SP3 is now shipping.

Designed for engineers and architects, the new and improved features in CADopia 6 SP3 include:

• True Color and color book support

• Direct insertion of standard CAD drawings from over 150 manufacturers via ThomasNet CADRegister.com

• Adobe Acrobat (PDF) support for multiple layouts

• 3D DWF support

• Entity snap enhancements

• Enhanced text editing in the command line

• Drawing preview

• Mtext formatting enhancements

• Wipeout entity support

• COM API enhancements

• Performance enhancements

• General functionality improvements

Catalog Data Solutions (CDS), a leading provider of online product selection tools for industrial suppliers and distributors, announced that ZSi has adopted its CAD model download solution.

ZSi is located in western metropolitan Detroit, Michigan and manufactures the finest cushioned clamping products.

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Upcoming Events

Date: January 29-31
Place: Wyndam Greenspoint Hotel, Houston, TX
Date: February 7 - 10, 2007
Place: Orange County Convention Center

Orlando, FL USA
With more than 1,600 exhibitors offering the latest building products, 200 plus educational sessions, and four days of great networking opportunities, it’s important that you make the most of your time at The International Builders’ Show®. The My Show Planner will help! With My Show Planner, you can ensure that you won’t miss any of the exhibits, events, and educational sessions you want to attend by adding them to your schedule before you leave for Orlando!

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