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Graphisoft® Solution Partner Onuma, Inc. recently won two AIA Technology in Architectural Practice (TAP) awards in building information modeling (BIM) for projects that employ a groundbreaking approach to making BIM easy and accessible for anyone to use.

Kimon Onuma

Onuma, Inc.

Onuma’s two award-winning projects employ web-enabled “BIM portals” that let anyone use BIM models to boost productivity and save money, without having to become BIM software experts. This unique approach turned ArchiCAD into a powerful group collaboration platform that fostered faster, smarter decision making from all experts involved in the respective projects. The projects are based on the Onuma Planning System (OPS), a web-enabled planning, programming and project system.

Autodesk, Inc. announced that Sauerbruch Hutton Architects has been presented with a Revit BIM Experience Award for their use of Revit Architecture software on complex, sustainable commercial buildings. The Berlin- and London-based firm uses Revit Architecture to unite function, high-quality design and ecological sustainability in each of their projects. The Revit BIM Experience Award honors firms for their innovation and excellence in implementing the Revit platform for building information modeling (BIM) to create quality, complex designs and collaborate across the building design disciplines.

Name Change

After 26 years at the forefront of construction management software, Dexter + Chaney has changed the name of its software marketed to construction companies throughout the United States. Effective Monday July 2, 2007, Dexter + Chaney’s Forefront(TM) Construction Suite has been renamed Spectrum(TM) Construction Software—a change, the company explains, that better describes the software’s evolving features and benefits for the construction industry.

New Products

Meridian Systems, a provider of enterprise project management software for optimizing capital projects, programs and facilities, announced an incremental release for Prolog® 2007 software that supports the new Microsoft Windows Vista operating system, SQL Server Express 2005, Citrix Presentation Server 4 and IIS 7.0.

AutoDesSys announced the release of form•Z 6.5 and a new rendering application. RenderZone Plus offers an uncomplicated approach to powerful results that enrich 3D modeling for presentations, visualization, and animation.

ALGOR, Inc., a provider of design, analysis and simulation software, announced that Autodesk has named ALGOR finite element analysis (FEA) software as an Autodesk Inventor™ 2008 Certified Application. The designation identifies high-quality, robust products that provide the highest level of interoperability with Autodesk Inventor software, the cornerstone of the Autodesk Inventor Series 3-D mechanical design package.

Informative Graphics Corporation (IGC) announced the integration of its Brava!(R) Enterprise viewing and collaboration product to Primavera's project controls solution.

Primavera Contract Manager(R) helps increase construction project management efficiency and speed, while reducing schedule delays and risk by providing immediate alerts for new RFIs, answered questions, potential issues and changes. It offers real-time access to current project information, including the latest drawings and approved submittals.

The Blue Book of Building and Construction is working to solve an industry need for easier, faster communication of project plans and specifications.

Noting significant growth in the use of online plan rooms, including their own private online plan room which is available as part of the company's online bid management system, BB-Bid, The Blue Book is expanding its reprographer network nationwide and adding new functionality in order to facilitate communication of project documents.

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Date: July 23 - 26, 2007
Place: University of Massachusetts Boston

Boston, MA USA

Objective:In 2004, the World Bank and the United Nations established the International Reconstruction Fund Facility for Iraq to help “donor nations channel their resources and coordinate their support for reconstruction and development in Iraq.” Similarly, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has expressed its commitment to support Iraqis in rebuilding their country by carrying out “programs in education, health care, food security, infrastructure reconstruction, airport and seaport management, economic growth, community development, local governance, and transition initiatives.”

The central objective of this conference is to provide an intellectual forum for scholars and practitioners to explore how these tasks could be carried out in a manner that promotes social justice, economic and political sustainability, and full participation of all stakeholders. The outcomes of the conference deliberations should help policy makers to formulate and implement the most appropriate policies as well as embark upon innovative sustainable projects.
Date: July 25 - 29, 2007
Place: Orange County Convention Center

Orlando, FL USA
IEEE PORTABLE 2007 will bring together communications, electrical, industrial, manufacturing, materials, mechanical, optical, and reliability engineers and business leaders involved in various types of PIDs, to address and discuss state-of-the-art challenges, attributes and pitfalls in PID-related areas of engineering and applied science, with an emphasis on the interaction of the hardware and software, as well as their functional and physical (mechanical) performance, reliability and durability.

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