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Avatech Solutions, Inc. announced the appointment of Aris Melissaratos to serve as an independent member of the Company’s Board of Directors, effective February 11, 2009. Avatech’s Board of Directors has nine members, eight of which are independent, including Melissaratos.


COADE announced that Sonia Delgadillo has joined the design and engineering software company as Senior Applications Specialist for COADE's Plant Design Solutions, with special focus on Latin America, Spain and Portugal. In this position she will provide technical and sales instruction and support for the company’s dealer channel, with special responsibility for the COADE CADWorx Plant Design Suite of products.


Integrated Environmental Solutions (IES) Ltd., a leading provider of integrated building analysis software, announces the promotion of Kevin Settlemyre to President of IES North America. As the demand for sustainable building design analysis tools and sustainability consulting increases in North America, IES promoted Kevin and hired additional staff to support this growing market. Kevin will further reinforce IES’ software suites and consulting services as the go-to option for energy and performance analysis for sustainable building design in the North America.


Training


COADE announced its 2009 training schedule for PVElite, the company’s popular software for pressure vessel and heat exchanger analysis and design, with the first scheduled for March 2-4 in Houston, Texas. These COADE-approved courses, which qualify the attendee for Continuing Education units, combine technical knowledge with practical training and cover case studies on how to solve real-world problems, including new features in the latest edition, PVElite 2009. PVElite courses are designed for the engineer or designer involved in the initial design, fabrication or re-rating of horizontal or vertical pressure vessels, tall towers or heat exchangers.


Three-day classes on PVElite are scheduled for March 2-4 and October 5-7, 2009, in COADE’s state-of-the-art training facility in Houston, Texas. Course information is at the
COADE Training website, and the registration form is


Intergraph is pleased to offer process, power, and marine customers, more hands-on training sessions than ever before at our Intergraph 2009 annual users’ conference. The conference will be held in Washington, D.C., at the Gaylord National, June 15-18.


In our commitment to ensure you gain the maximum value from your Intergraph 2009 conference experience, we’ve designed our training sessions to help you reap the most benefit from the Intergraph solutions you already own, as well as increase your productivity and skill set. You’ll receive expert training from our talented and experienced team of instructors in a collaborative, interactive environment.


All sessions are scheduled for Sunday, June 14, or Monday, June 15. For session times, duration, fees, descriptions, and prerequisites, please visit


Awards


ArchVision is celebrating its fourth program year with the VisMasters Design Modeling & Visualization Conference. As part of the celebration, ArchVision has launched a call for submission for two of its supported platforms, Bentley MicroStation and Autodesk Revit. Images submitted between February 16 – March 18, 2009 will be eligible to win a free 2009 VisMasters Design Modeling and Conference Pass (VM DMVC). Winners will be recognized in an upcoming ArchVision newsletter.


The VisMasters DMVC will be held at the Marriott San Francisco, across from the Moscone Convention Center, April 28, 2009. For more information on this event visit the


Océ’s Wide Format Printing Systems division will begin accepting applications for its second annual “Green Reprographer of the Year” award. Applicants will be asked to submit, in writing, their achievements in the area of green business practices and explain how these efforts have assisted their customers to meet their own sustainability goals. The winning reprographer will be announced on April 30, 2009.

Print-for-Pay reprographers can view criteria and submit applications through March 27, 2009 via an online application form, which can be downloaded by visiting


Financials


Deltek, Inc. announced financial results for its fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2008. Total revenue for the fourth quarter of 2008 was $71.7 million, compared to $77.0 million in the prior year period. License revenue for Q4 was $19.8 million, compared to $27.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2007. See


Avatech Solutions, Inc. announced financial results for its second fiscal quarter ended December 31, 2008. See

New Products


Beck Technology released DProfiler with RSMeans 2009 Release 1.0. The latest release of DProfiler, the world’s first and only macro BIM application, continues Beck Technology’s focus on ease of use and rapid deployment of the technology.


This latest release also introduces a new Dynamic Help System, which includes context specific help and show-me videos that enable new users to become productive in less time.


Kalexo announced the general availability of Kalexo Teamwork, the first Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) Platform for the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) industries.


Integrated project delivery is a deeply collaborative process leveraging the talents and insights of all participants in design and construction through the best collaboration technologies. "At a practical level, most firms are challenged to integrate best-of-breed tools to enable the Integrated Practice, and it is an expensive proposition," says Kalexo CEO Dr. Hannes Marais. "Kalexo's Integrated Project Delivery Platform seamlessly combines advanced task management with communication tools such as file sharing, online meetings and video chat for a complete software-as-a-service solution."


Cadac Organice BV announced the release of Organice Publish 2008 R2. This new release of Organice Publish brings a number of enhancements including an administration site with an overview of all jobs.


SYCODE launched TerrainCAD for Bricscad, a terrain modeling plug-in for Bricscad.


TerrainCAD for Bricscad can read a set of points from a text file and create point objects in a Bricscad drawing. It can then triangulate these points using a fast and robust Delaunay Triangulation Algorithm to arrive at a superior terrain mesh. The plug-in even triangulates the area between contours and gives the user the freedom to add breaklines in order to control the topology of the resulting terrain mesh.


SYCODE launched Point Cloud for Bricscad, a reverse engineering plug-in for Bricscad.


Using a digitizer or a 3D scanner a Bricscad user can scan a physical part and record points on its surface to arrive at a point cloud. Thereafter, Point Cloud for Bricscad can be used to drape a surface along a particular direction or wrap a mesh all around the point cloud to create a watertight model. While wrapping a mesh around a point cloud, the plug-in treats concave and convex meshes differently, thereby giving the user a higher degree of control over the final surface mesh. This plug-in allows Bricscad to be employed in a manner way different than what it was originally designed for.

Graphisoft introduced an interactive Virtual Building Explorer solution for ArchiCAD 12. The Graphisoft Virtual Building Explorer (VBE) allows architects to present their virtual building projects in a revolutionary new way. It combines the fun and easy navigation of a first-person video-game with the power of intelligent virtual building models to let users easily share designs with colleagues and partners.


Ideate, Inc, Autodesk Value Added Reseller, has expanded its offerings of building information modeling (BIM) solutions to include SmartBIM LibraryTM 3.0 from Reed Construction Data.


Ideate, Inc., announced it is now authorized to sell Z Corporation 3D printers. Z Corporation is a leading manufacturer of 3D high-definition printing and scanning hardware that produces full color building models from digital data. Ideate is convinced that Z Corporation. 3D printing technology is now essential for its architectural and GIS clients who want to produce accurate 3D models within a few short hours instead of days.


LightWork Design announced the release of its first Service Pack for LightWorks 7.9.


The Service Pack is available as a download for both Windows and Mac platforms from the LightWorks Support site at the
website support with other supported platforms available on demand.


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