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ArchiCAD from
Graphisoft passed the second step of the IFC 2x3 certification at the IAI's (Industry Alliance for Interoperability) latest certification workshop held mid-March in Waltham, US. The IFC 2x3 add-on for ArchiCAD 10 is available as free download from Graphisoft's official website.


CH2M HILL, a global full-service engineering, construction and operations firm, has named David Ludwin, P.E., regional business group manager for the firm's Water Business Group in its nine-state Southwestern U.S. region.

New Products

Autodesk, Inc. and
Robobat announced that Robobat has released a series of Extensions for Revit Structure, Autodesk’s building information modeling (BIM) software for structural engineers. A series of easy-to-use applications developed by Robobat, these Extensions are the most recent result of the technology initiative between Autodesk and Robobat to deliver best-in-class solutions to the structural engineering community.

Archway Systems, Inc. announces new software extension of either MicroStation V8 XM Edition or MicroStation PowerDraft V8 XM Edition. The extension includes detailing of steel studs and preparation of instructions which drive the New Tech Framing machine which automatically unrolls sheet steel, folds to a C section, drills, crimps, marks and cuts studs to precise length.

DOKuStar Professional software is the flagship product in the DOKuStar product family from
Oce Document Technologies. The latest version 2.0 offers a number of major enhancements - incorporating several recognition engines for document classification and data extraction from structured, unstructured and mixed documents. DOKuStar Professional software v2.0 is suitable for a wide variety of document capture applications, especially challenging mixed-document environments such as mail room applications. The software can be used as a web service and as a cornerstone in a service oriented architecture (SOA).

Corecon Technologies, a leading software developer for the architecture, engineering and construction industry, has just released the latest version of its flagship software. The Corecon 2007 Spring Release offers its users a multitude of user-friendly features such as a Microsoft Excel export option for reports and increased dashboard capabilities for financial analysis needs. Now, Corecon 2007 offers the quality and security of any Corecon product in an updated and more accessible format than ever before.

NYacad, Inc. has released new add-on for AutoCAD
Dim Over! - VBA application for quick adding and modification of leaders and dimensions. The program helps decrease the number of dimension styles in drawing by offering the variety of commands for overriding of existing dimensions and leaders.

Informative Graphics Corporation (IGC) announced the latest release of its MYRIAD(R) 3D/2D CAD viewer. MYRIAD 8 represents a complete architecture overhaul, improving speed and performance, fidelity and the overall user experience.

SmartDraw.com, creator of SmartDraw(R) announced that it has expanded its software to meet the specific needs of finance and accounting professionals. The software includes 22 new SmartTemplates(TM) designed to help companies minimize fraud and comply with regulatory requirements through improved analysis and documentation of internal financial controls. Each SmartTemplate loads a diagram-specific command set and step-by-step instructions, turning the user into an instant expert on creating financial and accounting diagrams. New SmartTemplates are included for accounts payable flowcharts, cash control worksheets, responsibility charts, and many other areas.

DAZ 3D a developer of professional quality 3D software and models, announced the release of a free U3D content exporter included as part of DAZ/Studio 1.5 (also available for free). Now Photoshop users of all experience levels can quickly combine 3D models into their existing Photoshop projects. With the ability to manipulate the 3D models inside Photoshop CS3 Extended, users can achieve a new dimension of realism with their artwork.

Around the Web

Google to buy DoubleClick for $3.1 billion, April 13, 2007, CNET News.com

Upcoming Events
Date: April 22 - 25, 2007
Place: Fort Worth Hilton

Date: April 24 - 26, 2007
Place: Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine

San Diego, CA USA
The 2007 Meridian User Conference allows our software users to meet with Meridian executives, technical staff, participate in variety of project management software sessions, earn advanced product certifications, and attend new technology demonstrations. The 2007 user conference will feature several peer networking opportunities, as well as an exhibit pavilion featuring Meridian
technology partners offering a variety of solutions and services.  
Date: April 26 - 27, 2007
Place: Atlanta Hilton, Downtown

Courtland Street NE Atlanta, Atlanta, GA 30303 USA
Introduction to Lean Construction provides an overview of Lean Construction and its underlying theory, principles and techniques. The seminar will also focus on the design, operation and improvement of the project based production systems and their control along with the continuing practice of work structuring.
The Last Planner System® of production control, the essential planning system for lean projects will be described and its function explained. This session is a must for people and companies considering or adopting Lean Construction.  
Date: April 29 - May 3, 2007
Place: Los Angeles Convention Center

Los Angeles, CA USA
BE Conference offers unrivaled value to individuals and organizations looking for better ways to work and better ways to achieve optimal performance: Hours and hours of accredited learning A variety of networking opportunities Best practice sharing from peers and knowledge leaders Technology updates across all
industries and disciplines The BE Awards of Excellence, the most prestigious awards program dedicated to infrastructure design and management.  
Date: May 3 - 5, 2007
Place: San Antonio, TX USA
The AIA 2007 National Convention and Design Exposition is the premier event for architects and building industry professionals. Join us San Antonio May 3-5, for over 250 continuing education programs, 60 tours, 40 events, and 800 leading-edge companies exhibiting their products and services, you’ll find
plenty of exciting educational and entertaining activities.  
Date: May 7 - 8, 2007
Place: San Diego, CA USA
Get the details on the newly emerging models for more compact, more efficient, and more flexible multi- and interdisciplinary research buildings. Learn the latest project scoping and planning rationales, metrics, project delivery methods, and facility operation and management plans for a variety of open-plan lab
facilities, new layouts and fit-ups for convertible wet/dry lab space, new types of research tools and equipment, and team-based research processes.

Specifically, you’ll learn:
  • Strategic plans for higher space and capital utilization
  • Proven, cost-effective flexibility solutions for continually changing programs
  • Efficient platforms for multi-discipline, increasingly equipment-intensive research
  • Economic decisions for sustainability and energy cost reduction
  • High-value outcomes for renovations and upgrades
  • New operating paradigms for energy use and cost reduction, and critical system maintenance

    Email research2007@tradelineinc.com to get full program details as they become available.

    Register through April 06 2007 SAVE $150 USD
    Date: May 13 - 17, 2007
    Place: Intercontinental Hotel

    New Orleans, LA USA
    The conference Steering Committee and the Coasts, Oceans, Ports, and Rivers Institute (COPRI) of the American Society of Civil Engineers welcome you to the Sixth International Symposium on Coastal Engineering and Science of Coastal Sediment Processes— Coastal Sediments 07!

    The Coastal Sediments 07 conference is the sixth in the series following the inaugural conference in 1977. The Coastal Sediments technical specialty conferences provide an international forum for exchange of information among coastal engineers, geologists, marine scientists, shallow-water oceanographers, and others interested in the physical processes of coastal sediment transport and morphology change.

    Coastal Sediments 07 will continue to maintain the high quality of presentations and Proceedings which has made the event a valuable professional learning experience with a legacy of a frequently consulted Proceedings volume. Both a hard copy Proceedings volume and CD version will be distributed to participants at the conference.
    Date: May 15 - 17, 2007

    Ecobuild America and AEC-ST is THE annual gathering place for the building industry professionals and AEC professionals who design, construct, manage facilities, and specify building products, materials and services. This event is strategically located in Southern California, where you'll gain direct networking
    access to the most powerful and important people who are focused on building sustainable facilities.

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