September 07, 2009
Building Code Improvements Seen as Vital to Climate Change Legislation
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“You have to borrow $250,000, at 3 percent your monthly payment is down to $1,054 month. You have put people back to work, you are probably saving about $150/month on your energy bill, and saving $385 on your mortgage/monthly. Total monthly savings - $543 month.”
With this plan, the government builds up the tax base. “We put 4 ½ million people back to work.”
“If we put money into public infrastructure, there’s no private spending,” Mazria pointed out. “If we put the $30 billion into private spending we get $296 billion. We can create 4,500,000 jobs instead of 500,000, and could reduce the national deficit by $30 billion.”
Top News of the Week
GRAPHISOFT announced ArchiCAD 13, the latest version of its award-winning architectural design software. ArchiCAD 13 includes a state-of-the-art BIM Server (patent pending), introducing a new paradigm in design file sharing. The software allows anywhere anytime access to BIM files and relieves workflow management bottlenecks.
Autodesk Revit Structure 2010 Element Positioning Extension – available on Subscription Center. Download the Extension from the
Subscription Center under the “Revit Extensions for Autodesk Revit Structure 2010” link.
Autodesk Revit Structure has various tools for adding tags to your structural elements. One can add them to the element one-by-one or, by using the “Tag all” tool, can add them automatically within the current view. However, it would be more practical if it could be able to add tags by defining more than just the current view as well as to be able to set a distance for the placement of the tags and number them by element, type, and/or level.
The latest Service Pack from
Autodesk for Autodesk 3ds Max 2010 and Autodesk 3ds Max Design 2010 software includes nearly 30 fixes for issues with undo, performance, responsiveness, viewports, material workflow, and mental ray software. Specific areas addressed are Biped, Bitmap Pager, Bitmap Proxies, Containers, Edit Poly, Interoperability, Licensing, Materials, mental ray, Particle Flow, Performance, Photometric Lights, ProOptimizer, Render To Texture (RTT), Rendering, UVW Unwrap, and Viewports.
Acquisitions, Alliances, Agreements
Meridian Systems announced a new Independent Software Vendor (ISV) relationship with
CubisOne, a provider of consulting and IT services to clients around the globe.
Meridian Systems announced a new Value Added Reseller (VAR) agreement with
Alliance Solutions Group (ASG). As one of the top VARs for a leading financial and estimating software solutions company, ASG will provide comprehensive software sales and professional services for Meridian's Prolog solution in Florida, California, Puerto Rico and the Caribbean Islands.
AUGI announces its newest offering to members—a Web-based career center that connects job seekers with prospective employers in their industry. The new job board, powered by career services leader JobTarget, can be found at
www.augi.com under the
Careers Link. Access at this time is available to AUGI members and nonmembers alike.
Project Team Solutions, an authorized
Meridian Global Reseller serving the Eastern and Mid-Western United States, has launched its new Prolog training
website. The site provides access to hundreds of videos covering the features and functions of Meridian Systems Prolog construction project management software.
ZWCAD Software Co., Ltd. announced the successful conclusion of its inaugural Global Partner Conference held on August 5-28, 2009, in Guangzhou, China. The event was attended by roughly 100 people from 31 countries and regions, making it ZWSOFT's largest and most successful forum to date for international ZWCAD partners to present and discuss the most important sales, marketing and technical issues of ZWCAD.
The Central Park Tower construction project took center stage at
Tekla’s special BIM seminar held at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel in Denver, Colorado, August 13, 2009. During an afternoon interactive session, about 75 Colorado-based industry professionals had an opportunity to hear the key members of the Central Park Tower team discuss the use of integrated project delivery and virtual construction and design to deliver the steel and concrete structural elements of this project faster, at a lower cost and with zero change orders.
SketchUp will be available in a French language edition. An additional installer that provides French language dialogs and documentation will be ready for download soon for both Mac and PC.
Integrated Environmental Solutions (IES), a provider of integrated performance analysis software and consulting services for sustainable building design, announced the release of VE-Pro v6.0. This intelligent software allows engineers to analyze designs in great detail with interconnected performance assessment modules and advanced visual, graphical, and numerical outputs. An enhanced user interface, new Navigator functionality and HVAC developments provide a more intuitive experience and detailed level of analysis.
HEATA (or Home Energy Assessment Tools for ArchiCAD 11/12) is a brand new software plugin for
Graphisoft’s leading BIM application. It is scheduled to be released in early September, coinciding with
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COADE announced the release of an updated video training course on DVD that contains the complete five-day, in-class training course plus bonus material on using, customizing and mastering CADWorx Plant Professional software. Course contents include advanced 3D piping and plant modeling; piping, equipment and steelwork modeling; piping specifications; bills of materials; ISOGEN, exporting to COADE CAESAR II and PV Elite for analysis and much more.
The DVD allows self-paced training for piping and plant designers who are new to CADWorx Plant Professional as well as experienced designers who want to employ best practices to improve efficiency and increase productivity. Information on the CADWorx Plant Professional video training DVD is
BOXX Technologies, provider of high-performance computing systems for visual effects (VFX), post production, graphic design, and advanced visualization, announced that their workstation series', the
3DBOXX 4850 and
3DBOXX 8500, have been qualified by software developer Autodesk to run their 2010 versions of media and entertainment applications, including Autodesk 3dsMax, Maya, Softimage, MotionBuilder, and Mudbox. All 2010 Autodesk Media & Entertainment 3D software is available from BOXX, an authorized Autodesk reseller and strategic partner.
SmartDraw.com, maker of the SmartDraw announced the release of SmartDraw 2010, a new offering aimed at helping organizations put an end to communication breakdown by enabling the average businessperson to communicate effectively using visuals.
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