March 12, 2007
Lindemann Bentzon Bojack and Avatech Team Up on Whole House Design Application
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Former Vice President Al Gore will be the keynote speaker at the
Sustainable Operations Summit, June 3-5, 2007 in Albuquerque, N.M. The executive summit, produced by CraigMichaels, Inc., is an invitation-only event that will bring together leaders from the nation’s largest corporations, cities and states, universities, school districts and healthcare organizations to promote initiatives that benefit both the environment and the bottom line.

Docupoint announced a Master Reseller Program for their flagship product, Discovery 2007, an integrated search application for AutoCAD drawings. Discovery combines the functionality of a full text search engine, web server and automatic DWF generator into a single, easy-to-use, server application. Discovery integrates core Autodesk technologies including RealDWG for DWG file reading, the DWF Toolkit for DWF file generation and the DWF Viewer and Autodesk Design Review applications for viewing, printing and collaboration.


Patagonia, the outdoor apparel manufacturer, announced that the company's Reno Service Center, was recently honored with the GOLD level Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). With this esteemed certification, Patagonia's distribution center becomes only the second distribution center in the U.S. to hold such a title. Patagonia's Service Center is the first building in the state of Nevada to achieve a Gold LEED certification. Across the U.S., only 171 buildings hold the impressive gold LEED certification -- making the recognition even more notable.

New Products

IntelliCAD Technology Consortium (ITC) announced the release of its latest version of its cooperatively developed CAD engine, IntelliCAD 6.3. The IntelliCAD engine reads and writes the DWG data format — a binary file storage format for storing both graphics and textual annotations — used commonly by architects, engineers, designers, and virtually all CAD-related software applications.

McGraw-Hill Construction, part of The McGraw-Hill Companies announced the availability of three- dimensional models of building products for architects and engineers in the Google 3D Warehouse. This initiative will deliver professional 3D content in a way that is fast and easy to use.

Shaker Computer and Management Services, Inc. announces that its clients who use Hard Dollar software to develop budgets or estimates can now import them into SHAKER's COINS (R) Construction Industry Software to set up phases, cost codes, billing items, cost budgets, revenue contracts, and other critical job information.

Avolve Software, developers of ProjectDox® communication and collaboration software, has announced that the new version of ProjectDox fully supports the NavisWorks® NWD file format and the JetStream Freedom viewer from NavisWorks®, the leading solution provider for integrated construction 3D design review.

Around the Web

Fixing Failing Pipelines is a Public Health Issue - McGraw-Hill Construction, Engineering-News Record, February 20, 2007 (by subscription only)-- Our pipes-sewer, oil and water - are failing at unprecedented rates and doing record damage. Theyare screaming "fix me, fix me. " But no one is listening or doing enough about it.

Upcoming Events

Date: March 12 - 13, 2007
Place: San Diego, CA USA
Attend this conference to learn new design and construction solutions, benchmark your biocontainment facilities plans and operations, and get the details and lessons learned for successful BSL project outcomes. You'll get the details on:
  • Cost-effectively converting and upgrading space to BSL-rated use
  • New BSL operations and maintenance standards
  • Sorting out certification, validation, and commissioning issues
  • Developing efficient BSL facility solutions for people, materials, and safety SOPs
  • Design and construction details for BSL space in multi-function buildings
  • Special lab types (pharmaceutical containment, avian flu, bioaerosols, insectaries)
  • New equipment and technologies to plan for

    Date: March 12 - 14, 2007
    Place: Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino  

    Las Vegas, NV USA
    Command Alkon's Conference is one of the industry's largest and longest-running events. The format provides customers with product training, important industry updates, an industry specific tradeshow, nightly entertainment and an opportunity to share ideas by gathering together the largest knowledge base of Command Alkon products in the world - you! Our "Track" method of training will have something for everyone.


    Date: March 15 - 18, 2007
    Place: Venetian Resort Hotel  

    Las Vegas, NV USA
    The name Deltek Insight conveys what this conference is all about – providing you with Insight into industry trends, best practices, what Deltek has planned for the future and how you can further leverage your investment in Deltek products to streamline operations, improve business performance and win new business.


    Date: March 19 - 22, 2007
    Place: Georgia International Convention Center 

    Atlanta, GA USA
    North America’s leading international exposition and education resource for the asphalt, highway maintenance and traffic safety industries.


    Date: March 20 - 21, 2007
    Place: Somerset Inn 

    Troy, MI USA
    The conference presents the work of technology leaders from the Test, CAE and CAD industries and is open to the entire engineering community. It offers an opportunity for attendees to gain additional knowledge and technical skill with the use of LMS systems and to discover new groundbreaking LMS products such as LMS Virtual.Lab and LMS Test.Lab.


    Date: March 21 - 24, 2007
    Place: San Antonio, TX USA
    The convention is designed for anyone interested in the construction industry and is interested in improving their bottom line and expanding their markets. If you are serious about ‘Understanding the Owner’s Advantage,’ you can’t afford to miss this convention.

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