September 21, 2009
Serving Up Collaboration with Graphisoft’s BIM Server
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HP announced several new imaging and printing offerings, the expansion of its 25-year relationship with Canon Inc., and new channel programs to help businesses streamline and integrate paper-intensive processes with digital workflows.


Version 2010 of the
GRAITEC Advance suite implements the Building Information Modeling system (BIM). The BIM technology allows the user to simulate the behavior of the structure and to automate the production of various documents necessary in the construction process.


The new version provides engineers with the technology to better design and implement their construction projects by optimizing the use of materials, eliminating the inconsistencies between the different parts of the project, reducing the design cycle, ensuring the traceability of information, improving the communication efficiency among the project partners.


Kubotek announces that its Multi-CAD Viewer, Spectrum, is now on sale for $99. The Multi-CAD viewer views, manipulates and prints the most popular 2D and 3D CAD formats like SolidWorks, AutoCAD, NX, CATIA V4, Pro/E, IGES, STEP and many others. It also allows users to measure and calculate mass properties.


The
QuadriSpace Document3D Suite is used worldwide to create documents, illustrations and animations from 3D CAD models and then share printed or interactive 3D documents with others through standard formats.


The recent release of QuadriSpace sets a new standard for large model support offered by 3D documentation software. Not only does QuadriSpace offer better raw 3D performance than competitors, QuadriSpace products have better tools for working with large complicated assemblies and documentation projects.


Allplan 2009 Timber Construction, the integrated solution for planning, production and machine control in timber construction from
Nemetschek
Allplan and
Weto AG, is available now. The application links solid construction and timber construction in an integrated system. User-friendly operation and timber construction-specific functions enable timber designs to be created from Allplan. As a result, designers can extend their area of application and benefit from higher productivity.


Bricsys announced that KTF and KeyGML – so far only available for AutoCAD - are now released for Bricscad V9.


KTF is the mainstream product for Civil Engineers, Land Surveyors and Landscape Architects. It has a large established and steadily growing user base and is used by a diverse range of professionals. KTF makes Bricscad extremely appropriate for 3D use in Civil, Infrastructure, Land Survey, Environmental and Landscape design.


Oce announced the new Oce VarioPrint 6000 Ultra line of high speed, high volume digital perfecting systems. Based on the successful Oce Gemini Instant Duplex Technology, the new Oce VarioPrint 6000 Ultra simultaneous duplex digital printers offer significant advances in speed, quality, productivity, media flexibility, scalability, connectivity and environmental sustainability.


Autodesk, Inc. launched Autodesk Lustre 2010 digital color-grading software and Extension 1 releases for the 2010 versions of its visual effects and editorial finishing software: Autodesk Flame, Autodesk Inferno, Autodesk Flare, Autodesk Flint and Autodesk Smoke. Autodesk showcased these releases at Autodesk Booth #7-D21 during the International Broadcasters Convention (IBC) 2009 in Amsterdam's RAI Convention Center, September 11 - 15, 2009.


Reed Construction Data released three new reports of proposed Federal Stimulus Projects, which identify potential job opportunities through Ohio educational projects, New York state projects and a list of federal projects from the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA).


By registering at
Reed Construction Data, visitors can download all three reports at no cost, which contain more than 8,000 proposed projects, including new construction projects as well as additions or alterations to existing structures.


Research and Markets has announced the addition of John Wiley and Sons Ltd's new report "

Introducing Revit Architecture 2010 presents the core features of this building information modeling (BIM) software with focused discussions and practical exercises to get you up to speed quickly.


StudioGPU continues to democratize the 3D production space for broadcast, cinema and design with the release of MachStudio Pro 1.2, a real-time 3D workflow and rendering package that leverages the horsepower of off-the-shelf professional graphics processing units (GPUs) to deliver real-time and near real-time workflow performance on a desktop workstation. Now available worldwide, MachStudio Pro 1.2 includes many dynamic new features powered by the new AMD ATI FirePro V8750 professional 3D workstation graphics accelerator, which is included with the program. This powerful combination of hardware and software gives 3D artists a seamless way to create and interact with
cinematic-quality 3D objects and environments in a non-linear desktop workspace.


Envista Corporation introduced Envista 2009 Release 2 of their web-based software for infrastructure project coordination. The map-based system facilitates the planning process for construction and maintenance work in and under roadways. This new version unveils breakthrough features generated from customer feedback, including Permit View, Event Coordination, Collaboration Ready Maps, Custom Spatial Query, and Multipoint Map Sketching. The Envista coordination solution optimizes project timing and detects project conflicts among towns, cities, utilities and highway agencies. The efficiencies gained through better coordination result in fewer street cuts in newly paved
streets and less disruption for commuters and neighborhoods during the construction season.


Around the Web


Revit Online Help Inside the Factory -- Help and related documentation for the three Revit products is now available on the web.


CADbuddy for modo 401 - A set of tools that help you to work with CAD (polylines) inside of modo: From clean-up to creation of geometry.







Events

 
Date: September 21 - 22, 2009
Place: Mission Bay Conference Center at UCSF

1675 Owens Street, San Francisco, CA 94107 USA

You will learn how BIM and IPD are delivering real business value for owners, design professionals and contractors on a variety of project types and delivery methods. Come see the future of our industry.
Date: September 22 - 23, 2009
Place: The Inn at St. John's

Detroit, MI USA

At PLM Road Map™ 2009 join leading industry analysts from CPDA, key industry players, and front-line implementation experts as they discuss their experiences in addressing strategic PLM topics. Find out about their successes in making technology work by linking it across the whole product lifecycle, the obstacles they encountered on the way, and how they developed strategies to overcome them. PLM Road Map™ is a strategic conference focused on the critical trade-offs that shape product development. At PLM Road Map™ 2009, find out first hand which issues are confronting end users.
Date: September 22 - 24, 2009
Place: 404 BNA Drive, Suite 302

Nashville, TN USA

This course is designed for experienced CAD users who want to transition existing CAD knowledge to MicroStation skills. To ease the transition to MicroStation, parallel references are continually given, showing how MicroStation handles operations familiar to the CAD user. Subjects covered range from the initial setup of a new design file, to incorporating existing data from non-MicroStation CAD products. Plotting and other output considerations are covered, including PDF creation.
Date: September 22 - 25, 2009
Place: International Conference & Business Center

6465 N. Quail Hollow Road, Suite 200, Memphis, TN USA

Students will learn to use GEOPAK for road design using the design standards of Tennessee DOT (TDOT). This hands-on training walks students through the project design cycle including: setting up a project, existing ground data, geometry, superelevation, volume calculations and drawing (plans) production. This hands-on course uses a workflow focused to meet the delivery needs of TDOT, but teaches skills in GEOPAK that are applicable for any customer.
Date: September 25, 2009
Place: USA

Join us to explore how software for project information management supports a more integrated practice by facilitating e-discovery and transparent digital workflow.


Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Date: September 27 - October 1, 2009
Place: The Westin Riverwalk

420 W Market Street, San Antonio, TX USA

The annual international conference is a great opportunity to share your knowledge and experiences in the transportation engineering technology field with colleagues from around the world.  As with previous meetings, the meeting format will include presentations and demonstrations on the latest technological advances of interest to departments of transportation and their business partners.
Date: September 28 - 30, 2009
Place: NC-Cary ModernTech SI

Cary, NC USA

This course is designed for experienced CAD users who want to transition existing CAD knowledge to MicroStation skills. To ease the transition to MicroStation, parallel references are continually given, showing how MicroStation handles operations familiar to the CAD user. Subjects covered range from the initial setup of a new design file, to incorporating existing data from non-MicroStation CAD products. Plotting and other output considerations are covered, including PDF creation.
Date: October 6 - 7, 2009
Place: Grand Hyatt

Berlin, Germany

Today especially, businesses must focus on delivering more, in less time and at lower costs. So the theme for ISEIT this year is 'Effective execution - from Concept to Operations'. Whether in design and construction or plant operations, information, and the technology and work processes wrapped around it, holds the key to effective execution.
Date: October 7 - 9, 2009
Place: Orange County Convention Center

Orlando, FL USA

IFMA’s World Workplace is hosted annually by the International Facility Management Association (IFMA), the largest and most widely recognized professional association for facility management. IFMA’s World Workplace encompasses the vast educational, networking and buying opportunities available through IFMA year-round.
Date: October 18 - 21, 2009
Place: NEC

Birmingham, United Kingdom

Interbuild is the leading exhibition for the construction industry, featuring the bestSustainability Street innovations for building and refurbishment products, materials and equipment. Interbuild 2009 features two new shows - Interbuild Specifier has been created to meet the needs of specifiers, with ground breaking new feature areas such as Sustainability Street. Whilst Interbuild Onsite offers the building trade everything they need for when they go onsite.  Find out more about visiting Interbuild 2009.
Date: October 20 - 23, 2009
Place: Millennium Harvest House Boulder Hotel

1345 Twenty-Eighth Street, Boulder, CO 80302-6899 USA

The 11th Annual Congress will feature owners, designers, contractors and suppliers describing what they have experienced and learned adopting Lean Construction. Sessions will include reports from healthcare owners and their project teams, companies
undergoing a lean transformation, project reports, advances in lean construction practices, and International and LCI Chapter reports.
Date: October 22 - 24, 2009
Place: The Benson Hotel

Portland, OR USA

Users of Axium’s Software Solutions - both firms and individuals - are increasingly able to open your options for growth and success. The 2009 Axium User Conference will create opportunities for you to discover a world of endless possibilities. Axium wants to encourage you to explore unknown capabilities in order to increase your business’ productivity and overall profitability. Principals, Project Managers and Accountants can all benefit from the in-depth product training or industry best practice sessions.


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