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Autodesk Labs allows users to study incident solar radiation on a building form within the conceptual massing environment available to all Revit Architecture and Revit MEP users.

Computers and Structures, Inc. is pleased to announce the release of CSIxRevit, a link that allows for data exchange between ETABS v9.6.0 and both Revit Structure 2009 and Revit Structure 2010. CSIxRevit supports true round-tripping, specifically - four different workflows of data interchange:

1)Exporting from Revit Structure to create new ETABS model

2) Exporting from Revit Structure to update an existing ETABS model

3) Importing from ETABS to create a new Revit Structure model

4) Importing from ETABS to update an existing Revit Structure model.

mental images introduced RealityServer 2.3 -- server-based, highly-scalable 3D Web application services software -- which makes it easier for developers to add Web services to existing solutions, based on Service Oriented Architectures (SOA).

Bentley Systems, Incorporated announced the release of Bentley Building Electrical Systems V8i for AutoCAD. This innovative product is the first comprehensive and intelligent AutoCAD-based electrical systems software for the integrated design and analysis, documentation, construction, and management of everything from power distribution and lighting systems to fire detection, security, communications, and other electrical/electronic systems in commercial, institutional, and industrial facilities.

TRIRIGA announced the general availability of TRIRIGA Projects 9.6.2, its enhanced Project and Portfolio Management (PPM) software. The software helps organizations generate higher returns from capital programs -- long-term projects to develop and maintain capital assets such as buildings -- through improved funding analysis and project management operations.

Research and Markets has announced the addition of John Wiley and Sons Ltd's new report "AutoCAD 2010 & AutoCAD LT 2010 Bible" to their offering.

This is the tenth edition of the popular and bestselling AutoCAD reference-tutorial, the AutoCAD 2010 and AutoCAD LT 2010 Bible, by Ellen Finkelstein. Because of its comprehensive coverage, it is very popular among both novice and experienced users. No features are left out. Even some of the employees at Autodesk keep this book at their workstations. "

Reed Construction Data announced the launch its newest BIM offering, SmartBIM QTO. This time- and cost-saving BIM tool is an effective solution for Autodesk Revit users that provides a quantity takeoff and early cost estimate in a matter of seconds using RSMeans industry-leading cost data.

NVIDIA Corporation announced that the NVIDIA Quadro line of professional solutions is now optimized for Autodesk AutoCAD 2010. Coupling industry-leading graphics capabilities with specially built AutoCAD performance drivers, Quadro processors enable design professionals to create and interact with more complex 3D product designs. Starting at under $100, NVIDIA Quadro solutions offer AutoCAD users maximum productivity at every price point.

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Friday Q&A: Chris Barron of Bentley Systems,April 03, 2009, Technically Philly

This updated version now supports Inventor 2010. To continue support for Inventor 2009, the ZIP file contains both installers.


Date: August 7, 2009
Place: USA

This webinar is designed to provide an overview of ArchiCAD 12 to those interested in transitioning to Building Information Modeling (BIM).
Date: August 14, 2009
Place: Dallas, TX USA

Attend our complimentary event to learn how building information modeling can help you track costs throughout construction, steer clear of underbidding, and monitor scheduling.

August 14, 2009        Dallas, TX              9:00 AM-12:00 PM
Date: August 21, 2009
Place: USA

Please join our webinar to learn more about two of Graphisoft's newest additions - EcoDesigner and MEP Modeler!

Date: August 21, 2009 | 3:00PM - 4:00 PM | Eastern Time

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