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Bricsnet, a leading provider of technology solutions for the real estate, retail, architecture, engineering and construction industries, announced that existing investors have approved implementation of a $13 million capital investment plan.

Autodesk, Inc. continues its efforts to drive sustainable design awareness and adoption through the sponsorship of a documentary series that will air nationwide this fall on PBS, distributed internationally and also available via web cast. e2 energy features groundbreaking efforts to design a more energy-efficient world, and e2 design, in its second season, showcases innovative sustainable design through architecture around the world. Autodesk is supporting the series for the second consecutive year as part of the company's ongoing initiative to increase awareness of the importance of sustainable design as an important solution to global environmental challenges.

McGraw-Hill Construction, part of The McGraw-Hill Companies (NYSE: MHP), released its 2008 Construction Outlook, which forecasts a drop in overall U.S. construction spending for next year, fueled by tighter lending conditions and weaker job growth. Against this backdrop, the level of construction starts is expected to decline 2%, to $614 billion, following an 8% decline predicted for 2007.

New Products

IFS, the global enterprise applications company, at its world conference in Berlin, Germany announced new features to further enhance IFS Applications' existing functionality for engineering contractors. A key addition is the new dedicated integration tool for efficient collaboration with tag-based CAD environments.

PHASE 2 International announced the availability of ShareCAD for AutoCAD®, a powerful centralized platform based on Microsoft SharePoint for contractors, architects and manufacturers to securely share drawings and project data via the Internet.

Tech Soft 3D (TS3D), provider of core graphics components to the engineering software industry, and
COADE, Inc., a leading provider of plant engineering and design software, announced 40% graphics performance gains in CAESAR II V5.10, COADE's latest release of its flagship pipe stress analysis software product. These performance gains have been made possible by the use of TS3D's HOOPS graphics engine.

Eagle Point Corporation announced the release of Task Navigator for Civil 3D, part of the Pinnacle Series™ software and services, as the initial product offering under its new Independent Software Vendor (ISV) partnership with Autodesk®.

Task Navigator for Civil 3D is powerful add-on technology directly integrated into AutoCAD Civil 3D, providing end users with on-screen instructions and shortcuts to commands needed to complete their daily tasks. It includes defined workflows for common, every day surveying, engineering and design tasks that team members can use immediately, dramatically improving an organization's ability to implement the 3D modeling capabilities of AutoCAD Civil 3D.

Intuitive Systems Corporation, an authorized Meridian Systems Global Reseller serving Florida and Latin America, announced the availability of a new Spanish language pack for Prolog® Manager and Prolog WebSite. With the Prolog Spanish language pack, Intuitive Systems now allows Spanish-speaking customers to utilize the market-leading project management and collaboration software in their native language.


Date: October 31 - November 2, 2007
Place: Gaylord Texas

Grapevine (Dallas), TX USA
The design and construction industry has seen its share of innovations. Some have not stood the test of time, while other very positive, time-tested innovations have revolutionized our industry, making their mark and helping to improve quality, cost and productivity. Among the highly successful “process” innovations have been design-build and its numerous variations.


Date: November 5 - 10, 2007
Place: Paris, France

Regularly visited by over 30,000 architects from every continent, the BATIMAT trade show is the biggest event for exchanges with the construction industry. To reinforce these exchanges the UIA (the International Union of Architects) and BATIMAT have decided to jointly organize a conference dedicated to architects during the next BATIMAT to be held from 5 through 10 November 2007.


Date: November 5 - 7, 2007
Place: Daufuskie Island Resort

Hilton Head, SC USA
The 2007 annual conferences from Zuken are set to be just as innovative and exciting as previous events. They will feature even more user and third party presentations addressing topics from the wider industry environment down to the details of process and tool optimization.


Date: November 5 - 7, 2007
Place: The Mirage

3400 S. Las Vegas Blvd. , Las Vegas, NV 89109 USA
Process integration, positioning and communication technologies will profoundly impact surveying, engineering, construction and mapping professionals. Trimble Dimensions 2007 offers more content than ever to help you implement on-demand location, asset, spatial, and business management information from the job site to the back office. It’s ideally suited for:

Aerial Photography and Photogrammetric Mapping Services, Architects , Building Construction Contractors, Civil Engineers & Construction Managers.


Date: November 7 - 9, 2007
Place: Chicago, IL USA
If designing, building, living, and working in green buildings is important to you, you're in good company. Come join 12,000 other people who agree that green building is good idea and good for business at the 2007 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in Chicago, Illinois.


Date: November 7 - 9, 2007
Place: Greater Richmond Convention Center

Richmond, VA USA
The Mid-Atlantic Region’s Premier Conference and Expo for: Architects, Engineers, Interior designers, Landscape architects and Planners.

The expo is conveniently located for exhibitors and attendees in downtown Richmond, Virginia. Architects from Virginia, North Carolina, Washington, D.C., Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York and West Virginia attend the annual convention and expo to learn about trends and new technologies in building products, to network, and to earn continuing education credits.


Date: November 7 - 9, 2007
Place: Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa

3030 Holiday Drive, Ft. Lauderdale, FL USA
The e-Builder User & Technology Conference is a forum for construction owners and professionals to learn about technology trends revolutionizing the way construction is carried out. The conference presents an opportunity to meet and interact with AEC industry professionals and learn how they have leveraged e-Builder and other technologies to increase efficiency and improve their bottom line.


Date: November 13 - 15, 2007
Place: National School of Architecture and Urbanism

Tunis, Tunisia
We invite scholars and practitioners in architecture, urban design and related fields to submit papers on any topic related to conference theme. Papers may reflect on a wide spectrum of issues related to regional architecture, identity and globalization. The conference is structured around a number of themes that include -but are not limited to:

Architecture in the Global and Regional Context

Architecture between Regionalism and Internationalism

Impact of Globalization and Regionalism Trends on Architectural Production

Contextual Architecture

Globalization and the City


Date: November 13 - 15, 2007
Place: Tunis, Tunisia
CSAAR 2007 conference addresses regional architecture and identity in the built environment in the context of globalization. The conference will focus on the study of increasing contradictions between the "modernization" of regions on the one hand and the cultural identity of these places on the other.


Date: November 20 - 22, 2007
Place: Earls Court 2

London, USA
Civils is the UK’s largest exhibition to encompass the needs of the civil engineering industry while reflecting on opportunities available within the sector. Civils 2007 once again has a great focus on networking, responding to the way this industry likes to do business.

Every aspect of the civil engineering industry will be represented at the exhibition - from major industry clients through to a range of top quality contractors and consultants.


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