July 23, 2007
Web Based Project Management with Primavera’s P6
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Acquisitions/Alliances/Agreements


Axium Technologies, Inc. announced it has entered into a long-term partnership with Securus Technologies Group (STG) to direct its new software business development. STG is a privately held market development firm specifically aligned with the electronic security industry. STG's equity partners have over 25 years of private, commercial and homeland security experience combined.


Announcements


CH2M HILL, a global full-service engineering, construction and operations firm, has been ranked the nation's sixth largest employee-owned company according to the National Center for Employee Ownership (NCEO). Among the 100 companies listed, CH2M HILL is the largest employee-owned company in the engineering and construction industry and holds the top ranking in the Rocky Mountain region.


Primavera Systems, Inc., announced that Gartner, Inc., has positioned the company in the Leaders' Quadrant in its 2007 Gartner Magic Quadrant for IT Project and Portfolio Management. Primavera provides project, resource and portfolio management solutions tailored to meet the needs of project-driven organizations in specific vertical markets, including enterprise IT.


Graphisoft is moving in the same manner as the Apple phase out for the Macintosh Power PC platform which commenced last year. Graphisoft has been working in close collaboration with Apple to adjust development plans in order to provide a smooth migration path for ArchiCAD users. The next major release of ArchiCAD will be the last version that supports the Macintosh Power PC platform.


Awards


Bentley Systems, Incorporated announced that MicroStation V8 XM Edition has won a Cadalyst magazine All-Star award. The award honors "the best of the best - the most outstanding among all software and hardware products that earned Highly Recommended ratings from Cadalyst Labs in the past six months."


Nemetschek North America congratulates the winners of the Storefront/Control Group Student Design Awards 2007 and announces the opening on August 2 of a month-long exhibit showcasing the contest's best projects at the Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York City. An online exhibition accessible through Second Life will also display the competition's projects.


A newspaper headquarters in Sarasota, FL. and a high school in Queens, N.Y. now have more in common than the Atlantic coastline: each won a 2007 American Institute of Architects Florida Design Award of Excellence, and both are by Arquitectonica. The Sarasota Herald-Tribune Media Headquarters received an Honor Award for Arquitectonica and The New York Times-owners of the Sarasota media group-at the July 14 ceremony. The High School for Construction Trades, Engineering and Architecture received a Merit Award for architecture firms Arquitectonica and STV, and the New York City Board of Education. Arquitectonica Interiors designed interiors for both projects.


New Products


Newforma, a software company addressing the project information management needs of the design and building industry, announced the upcoming release of Newforma Project Center Fourth Edition. Currently in limited release at selected customer sites, Fourth Edition will be commercially available in early August. While previous versions of Newforma Project Center have made project information management easier and more effective for architects, engineers and constructors, Fourth Edition offers new, ground-breaking functionality that transforms project information management from easier to smarter.


TRIRIGA INC., a global leader in Integrated Workplace Management Systems (IWMS), announced its continued investment and commitment in retail with its latest retail release, TRIRIGA for Retail. With this release, customers improve real estate performance to increase revenue, reduce expenses and improve executive and investor confidence with regulatory and financial reporting. The leaders in the retail industry from apparel, restaurants, home electronics, office supplies, dollar stores, auto and home décor to retail banks select and standardize on TRIRIGA for Retail to improve their real estate performance.


Driving real-time transportation intelligence, the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) now can access and query data across the enterprise via a geospatial-based interface with Intergraph Corp.'s Integrated Transportation Management System (ITMS).


Intergraph's ITMS ensures consistency in the look and feel of maps used across SCDOT, while an interactive Web-based legend permits customized display if desired. Through ITMS, road design data and proposed routes and projects, as well as traffic signals inventory and intersection information are now available in real-time.


Simple Solutions FM, an authorized Autodesk ISV partner has developed and published the first available Autodesk FMDesktop training guide, titled Introduction to Facility Manager.


Facility Manager is the heart of the FMDesktop suite and is the only required module. This module allows you to create, edit, and report on all of your facilities data and drawings without the need for CAD.


COADE
announced the release of the latest version of its CAD series for process plant design, CADWorx Plant Design Suite 2008, which incorporates several capabilities that deliver some real advantages for the AutoCAD-based plant designer. One major enhancement is a tighter integration between CADWorx Plant Professional and CADWorx P&ID Professional that will let users see components existing in the process and instrumentation diagrams (P&ID) and to select and place those components directly into the model, automatically linking the two. The plant designer may also choose to fast track the modeling process, linking the placed items at a later date, thus offering the user full
flexibility in the use of this capability.


Autodsys would like to introduce the most significant release of ArchT in almost 10 years. Not since 1998 when ArchT was first released for IntelliCAD has there been a version with this kind of impact. Now for the first time the IntelliCAD version of ArchT is similar in capability to the AutoCAD version. Coupled with AcceliCAD it provides a low-cost alternative that is DWG compatible and can be used along-side or in place of AutoCAD.


STAAD.Pro 2007 has been released with a number of new features to enhance the experience of creating models, enhanced second order analysis and access to a significantly faster analysis engine for larger more demanding structures that have taken hours or days to analyze, can be measured in seconds.


Around the Web




Events


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:
August 6 - 9, 2007
Place:Orange County, CA USA
It all comes together August 6 - 9 at the
Hyatt Regency Orange County, where the Accela community unites to move
beyond the boundaries of what we believe is possible. The largest event
for users all year, the User Conference is a one-of-a-kind opportunity
to connect with the people, products, and trends at the forefront of
the government technology industry. Let’s work together to build new
opportunities!

Date:
August 7, 2007
Place:

Hyatt Regency Orange County

11999 Harbor Blvd., Garden Grove, CA USA
Accela is excited to partner again this year
with the International Codes Council (ICC) to present the 2007 Building
Codes Seminar. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn from a
highly experienced building official and receive 0.6 ICC CEU credit
just for attending. The seminar is designed for those with
intermediate-level building code experience. There is no cost to
attend, and breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Date:

August 7, 2007
Place:

Internet Event

USA
Productivity has never been more important.
Today, you need to see and experiment with your next project before its
real. Simply designing only in 2D is no longer enough.

Now you can discover how the power of 3D can take your designs to the
next level with Autodesk® Inventor™ 2008 software at INCAT’s Autodesk
Live technology webcast event taking place at the comfort of your desk.


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