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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.
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.
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.
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 formZ 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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