April 30, 2007
A Look at the buildingSMART Alliance
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by Susan Smith - Managing Editor
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America's Favorite Architecture layer features the American public's favorite structures, as selected by a Harris Interactive poll announced earlier this year. Google Earth users can now see many newly-created 3-D models of the ballparks, bridges, buildings and memorials that characterize architecture for Americans and comment on the poll results. By clicking on the America's Favorite Architecture layer, users can view texturized 3-D images of the nation's most popular landmarks created with Google SketchUp, right down to the trees lining the sidewalks and flags flanking the entrances.

Autodesk, Inc. announced that it ranked second among the top ten companies in the computer software industry on FORTUNE's 2007 list of "America's Most Admired Companies." The list and related stories appeared in the March 19 issue of FORTUNE magazine and are currently available online at FORTUNE Other companies in the top ten within the computer software industry include Intuit, Adobe, Microsoft, Electronic Arts, Symantec, SAP and Oracle.

AVEVA, provider of marine and plant design and engineering lifecycle solutions, unveiled its new company website. The website marks AVEVA's 40 year anniversary and follows significant re-branding of the company's product lines in its plant, power and marine market sectors.

The new website is a key part of a programme to ensure that the AVEVA brand strongly reflects the company's position as a global technology player and strategic partner to organizations which have complex engineering requirements.

Avatech Solutions, Inc., the nationwide technology experts for design, engineering, and facilities management announced their Autodesk 2008 Rollout event series for civil engineers and survey professionals. Leading edge products from Autodesk let engineers explore ideas, experience structure and land designs virtually, and detect and correct problems before earthwork begins. Avatech Solutions Infrastructure Solutions experts will take attendees on a tour through the latest features that will change the way they work, opening a whole world of innovation.

Cimmetry Systems, an Agile Software company and global leader in enterprise visualization solutions, announced that its flagship product, AutoVue, has obtained Microsoft's Works with Vista Logo Certification, attesting AutoVue's compatibility and reliability with the new Vista operating system.

McNeel & Associates, developers of the versatile surface-modeling software Rhinoceros, announced an international gathering about the future of architecture, organized by Rhinoceros enthusiasts from around the world. The international forum will be held May 31 at the Delft Technical University Faculty of Architecture in Delft, the Netherlands. To attend the user meeting, interested parties can sign up

Green Builder(R) Media, the leading national purveyor of information and education about residential green building and sustainable development, announced that Founding Partner and Editorial Director, Ron Jones, has been appointed Chairman of the Consensus Committee that is taking the National Association of Home Builders' (NAHB) Model Green Home Building Guidelines through the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) process for national certification. The results of the committee's efforts will have a significant affect on the direction of the entire home building industry in the future as it will create a new green building standard that will bring uniformity to
residential construction practices.


Deltek, a provider of enterprise management software for project-focused organizations, has named Gregory Sybersma as the company's new Vice President of Channel Sales and Alliances. With more than 10 years of experience in business development, consulting and sales force management, Sybersma will manage the Deltek alliance program.

CH2M HILL, a global full-service engineering, construction and operations firm, is pleased to announce the promotion of Chris Shea to vice president and regional business group manager for the combined Environmental Services (ES) Business Group West Region. Shea is based in CH2M HILL's corporate headquarters in Denver, Colo.


Autodesk, Inc. announced that its online Student Engineering and Design Community was recognized as the best post-secondary instruction solution at the Software and Information Industry Association's (SIIA) annual CODiE Awards Gala in San Francisco last night. CODiE recipients are chosen by their peers for outstanding achievement and vision in the industry.

Oce has been recognized for the second year in a row with a Best of Show award at the ON DEMAND Conference & Exposition. The Oce VarioStream 9240 printer was chosen as the winner in the category of Spot Color Digital Printing Equipment. The versatile Oce VarioStream 9240 printer also received honorable mention for Monochrome Digital Printing Equipment.

New Products

Nemetschek North America announced that beta versions of its upcoming IFC v.2x3 plug-ins and a new GSA-compliant Space object are now available for download and testing by VectorWorks Architect users.

The IFC plug-ins allow VectorWorks Architect users to export VectorWorks files as IFC files, as well as import IFC files from other IFC-compatible Building Information Modeling (BIM) programs. This data can then be used throughout a construction project’s life cycle, for applications that include costing and quantity surveying, energy analysis, structural design and detailing, facility management and space analysis, and building performance modeling, such as code compliance and interference checking.

Team CSoft announces the release of WiseImage X8 with full support for all versions of AutoCAD 2008. WiseImage X8 for AutoCAD is based on market-proven WiseImage X for AutoCAD with added AutoCAD 2008 compatibility. WiseImage for AutoCAD solves the problem of incorporating scanned raster data into CAD environment. This is done by adding native CAD-style raster editing and raster to vector (R2V) conversion inside AutoCAD to facilitate revision creation and new drawing production. WiseImage for AutoCAD offers an updated exclusive set of enhancement tools for black/white as well as grayscale and color images.

LightWork Design, supplier of rendering solutions for developers of advanced 3D computer graphics software, has announced the release of a new version of LightWorks. LightWorks 7.7 builds upon the success of the existing LightWorks product with the addition of a number of enhancements to provide even higher-level performance photorealistic rendering.

Axium released Ajera 3.3, a significant update to its award-winning accounting and project management software. Clients are now able to take advantage of Microsoft Reporting Services in the easy-to-use Ajera. In addition, credit card and expense report tracking is now available. The interface has been revamped to include a Project Command Center, which provides quick and easy access to all project and financial information.

Trimble announced the release of Trimble(R) Construction Manager version 1.9, a fully integrated solution for managing construction equipment and operations. Trimble Construction Manager version 1.9 introduces charts and a dashboard view that allows users to visualize critical operational information for their construction fleet.

The Trimble Construction Manager's new functionality enables simple identification of underutilized equipment or bottlenecks in construction operations. Some examples include: bar charts displaying equipment utilization (actual hours worked compared to expected hours), work time compared to idle time, and a timeline of equipment activity throughout the day.

Informative Graphics Corporation (IGC), a leader in content visualization, secure publishing and collaboration technology, announced the release of its Redact-It(TM) Enterprise Server software. Redact-It makes it easy to remove privacy information like social security numbers, names, phone numbers and other sensitive data before making documents available to a wider audience.

Redact-It is a highly scalable redaction server for bulk processing of document and image files on-demand as part of a workflow process, by folder monitoring or as a batch process. A client application is provided for batch and folder monitoring processing. On-demand and ECM-based integrations are performed via URL scripting as a web-like service.

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