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Autodesk, Inc. announced preliminary financial results for the third quarter ended October 31, 2008. Based on preliminary financial data, the company expects total revenue to be in the range of $604 million to $607 million. GAAP earnings are expected to be in the range of $0.41 to $0.43 per diluted share. Non-GAAP earnings are expected to be in the range of $0.53 to $0.55 per diluted share and exclude $0.07 related to stock-based compensation expense and $0.05 for the amortization of acquisition related intangibles. See

McGraw-Hill Construction, part of The McGraw-Hill Companies released its 2009 Construction Outlook, which forecasts a drop in overall U.S. construction starts for next year, as the tough funding environment continues, construction projects are deferred, and financial stress gradually eases. Against this backdrop, the level of construction starts in 2009 is expected to decline 7%, to $515 billion, following a 12% decline predicted for 2008.


Frank Gehry and the 160 professionals of the world-renowned architectural firm
Gehry Partners, LLP will relocate to this coastal California community in early 2009, occupying 75,000 square feet in a campus being developed by NSB Associates, announced Lawrence N. Field, Chairman and CEO of NSB.

Gehry Partners is currently developing the master plan for the campus, said Mr. Field, and will add 15,000 square feet of space to the 60,000 square feet of existing structures. Occupancy is expected in the first or second quarter of 2009. The property is located between Utah Avenue and Alaska Avenue, near Aviation Boulevard.

LightWork Design announced the winner of the latest LightWorks Image Competition.

The winning entry came from Kheang Chrun - Kheang lives in New Zealand, where he does freelance illustration work, mainly of cars. He uses trueSpace software with its integrated LightWorks rendering engine. To view the winning image and all of the short listed entries, please go to


Nemetschek North America announced that Vectorworks firm Shook Kelley won the Firm of the Year Award 2008 from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) North Carolina Chapter.

The award is given to a firm that has consistently produced quality architecture with a verifiable level of client satisfaction, for a prolonged period of time. Only one firm is selected each year from among many qualified applicants, making this the highest honor that the Chapter can bestow on a firm.

Océ announced that the Océ ColorWave 600 large format color toner printer was honored with a "MUST SEE 'EMS" Award at the GRAPH EXPO conference in Chicago. In addition, numerous other Océ hardware and software solutions received prestigious "Worth a Look" and "Encore Worth a Look" recognition. Océ PRISMAproduction software Version 4, the Océ VarioPrint 4120 digital printer and the Océ Arizona 350 GT wide format printers were named "Worth a Look" winners, while the Océ ColorStream 10000 color system was an "Encore Worth a Look" winner.

New Products

Eagle Point Software Corporation announced the release of LandSketch, its new software application aimed at reducing the time it takes to develop residential conceptual plans. Whether you perform this task today on paper or through the use of CAD software, LandSketch provides a set of tools geared towards producing design alternatives in a fraction of the time.

Trimble and
Tekla Corporation announced the workflow integration of the Tekla Structures software and Trimble construction layout solutions. Now structural steel, structural concrete, and general contractors can create Building Information Models (BIM) in Tekla Structures software or import BIM from other applications, export the data directly to the Trimble field layout solution and use the highly accurate data to lay out and construct complex buildings and structures.

Vico Software is pleased to announce the upcoming release of the 2009 Virtual Construction Suite. This major release of the software extends a basic BIM model to 4D for scheduling and 5D for costing.

True 5D BIM is a data-rich model in which every element (from rebar to columns to walls to the marble floor in the lobby) is augmented with building-critical information: means and methods, quantities, costing data, and scheduling properties.

Maxon Computer presents a whole host of new features in the Architecture Edition of the new release of CINEMA 4D. Release 11 enables architects to quickly visualize their projects with little effort and in even better quality. The new Global Illumination Renderer ensures perfect results in record time. Sophisticated technology enables users to import data and turn it into stunning pictures in just a few steps.

Around the Web

Rhino 4.0 users are encouraged to download and try this Beta release of the production quality renderer - Brazil r/s 2.0 for Rhino. Brazil r/s 2.0 Beta 23 is now available from the

Listen to Mark Kiker share
Why Tech Skills Are Not Enough for CAD Managers on the AU BLAUG. Hear more podcasts from Autodesk executives and customers at You must register on the Autodesk University BLAUG in order to listen to the podcast. Registration is FREE!


November 12 - 14, 2008
Place: Greater Richmond Convention Center


More than 100 schools in the
United States and Canada offer professional degrees in architecture,
and three of these are in Virginia. The vast demands of society and the
profession, and the corresponding range of programs dealing with these
issues, provide the entering student with an excellent opportunity for
finding the program best suited to his/her talents and interests.

November 14, 2008
Place: Northwestern Michigan College M-TEC Room 218

1701 East Front Street, Traverse City, MI 49686 USA

Edutronix presents FREE Hands On Test Drive Events of The CAD Academy featuring ArchiCAD and Google Sketch-Up.  There is no cost to attend. The educational event(s) take place: November 14th at the Northwestern College at the M-TEC Room 218 in Travese City, MI from 10 am to 2 pm.

November 16 - 19, 2008
Place: Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino

Las Vegas, NV USA

PrimaveraConnect is a unique opportunity for Primavera Conference Attendees to connect, share best practices, participate in discussions and chat with others with similar interests while respecting your privacy.

November 16 - 18, 2008
Place: Barton Creek Resort and Spa

Austin, TX USA

ISEIT continues to be one of the most important annual events for professionals and business managers involved in the complete lifecycle of process and power plant assets. It brings together senior executives from both EPC and Owner Operator companies to network and discuss the opportunities offered by the latest engineering IT developments.
November 18 - 20, 2008
Place: Seaport World Trade Center

One Seaport Lane, Boston, MA USA

Build Boston is the premier regional tradeshow and convention for the design and construction industry. 350 exhibits fill the exhibit hall and more than 240 workshops, tours and other professional development opportunities are offered. That's why more than 16,000 building industry professionals registered last year.

November 18 - 19, 2008
Place: World Forum Convention Center

The Hague, Netherlands

PLANT-TECH 08, The European Plant Engineering and Design Conference is
the premier event for the Oil and Gas Industry in all matters of Plant
Information Technologies.
November 18 - 20, 2008
Place: Earls Court 2

London, United Kingdom

Celebrating its tenth successful year Civils 2008 is the premier event in the UK civil engineering calendar and takes place from 18 to 20 November at Earls Court 2. As civil engineering goes from strength to strength in this country, no other event brings together the whole industry in one place, offering unparalleled opportunities to network, educate, promote, learn and recruit among the sector’s leading contractors, consultants, clients and suppliers.

November 19 - 21, 2008
Place: Boston , MA USA
Boston - the historic cradle of the American Revolution, home to innovations that have far-reaching impact and the perfect place to celebrate Greenbuild 2008’s theme of “Revolutionary Green: Innovations for Global Sustainability.” Join us at the U.S. Green Building Council’s Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in Boston November 19-21, 2008.
November 23 - 27, 2008
Place: Dubai International Convention & Exhibition Centre

Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai , United Arab Emirates

And better! There's a huge variety of new events and exciting initiatives this year at the biggest construction show in the Middle East. The Big 5 Technical Conference, The Big 5 GAIA Awards are designed to advance high-performance, green building solutions and technologies in the region.

November 25, 2008
Place: USA

This informative and free seminar is developed expressly for those new to ArchiCAD.

Discover ArchiCAD 12 . This live seminar introduces the basic concepts and tools of ArchiCAD. Learn how to work in a Virtual Building™ environment and how to use ArchiCAD's 2-D and 3-D tools

December 3 - 5, 2008
Place: Metro Toronto Convention Centre

South Building, Canada

Concrete Canada is a construction trade exposition and conference held on

December 3-5, 2008 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, South Building.  This Show will facilitate and accelerate the exchange of ideas, best practices, and product knowledge with a combination of educational seminars and exposition for this vital industry.

December 8 - 11, 2008
Place: Washington Convention Center

Washington, DC USA

Ecobuild Fall and AEC-ST Fall is an annual event that goes beyond green to cover the breadth of green building, sustainable design, renewable energy, environmental planning processes and information collaboration strategies for commercial, industrial, institutional and residential construction. Attendees include the federal government, design and construction decision-makers from the public sector and private practice, AEC professionals, owners, developers, and facility managers - the entire project team in one place, at one time.

December 8, 2008
Place: Washington Convention Center

Washington, DC USA
The buildingSMART alliance™ National Conference brings together leaders within the building industry who understand and share a vision - to work cooperatively and assist you in your journey toward implementing Building Information Modeling (BIM).

December 9, 2008
Place: Washington Convention Center

Washington, DC USA

FEDCon  one day conference brings together high-level officials from Federal agencies heavily involved in the design and construction of Federal facilities.
December 10 - 12, 2008
Place: The Palace Hotel 2 New Montgomery Street

San Francisco, CA 94105 USA

The Construction SuperConference, now in its 23rd year, is recognized as the preeminent legal construction conference. With the guidance of the Advisory Board and the expertise and feedback from past participants and long-time supporters of the conference, the program will provide insight into some of the most complex legal and business issues facing the construction industry. 

December 10, 2008
Place: Washington Convention Center

Washington, DC USA

FEDspec® is the only national conference dedicated to the preparation of written documents on construction projects for Federal agencies. Topics cover: 

  • The latest developments in guide specs and specialty guide specs
  • Updates on green specifications
  • New tools, formats, manufacturer's specs, and vendor services
  • Date:
    December 11, 2008
    Place: USA

    This Webinar demonstrates how small practices can use the Start Edition's building information modeling (BIM) technology to develop their concepts, compete for business more effectively and boost business efficiency.

    The ArchiCAD Start Edition is an amazing combination of the latest technology at a sensationally low price!

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