January 18, 2010
Facilities Management: Beyond Buildings
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New Products


HP expanded its award-winning portfolio of mobile products with a new TouchSmart notebook and colorful netbooks, including the company’s first touch-enabled Mini.

With thin, striking designs, the new models are engineered to provide an unsurpassed customer experience:


The HP TouchSmart tm2 is a powerful, convertible, touch-enabled notebook PC encased in a sophisticated aluminum design with engraved illustration.


The HP Mini 5102, HP’s first touch-enabled netbook, is designed for students and mobile professionals alike. It features an all-metal case in black, red or blue and offers a range of features, including face recognition for easy log-on to Windows operating systems and password-protected websites.


gbXML2STL converts the geometrical information contained in gbXML files into the more common STL format. The latter is an older format in the Computer Aided Engineering field and thus more readily accepted by sophisticated and powerful simulation tools used in other domains of engineering practice. For simplicity, it is a command line driven utility, able to export relevant building components (openings, rooms and connections between rooms) as solid objects into a single STL file, or into individual STL files, discriminating them adequately.


ZWCAD Software Co., Ltd. announced the release of ZWCAD 2010, along with its second annual design contest -- ZWCAD Design Contest 2010.


Now available in 14 languages* and highly compatible with Windows 7, ZWCAD 2010 assures users of faster speed through memory optimization, improved features (In-Place MTEXT Editor & Splinedit) and enhanced application programming interfaces.


Hard Dollar Corporation announced the launch of HD version 10, providing a powerful Historical Database, support for International operations, and improved usability and reporting.


One year after introducing the Dimension uPrint —
Stratasys says it has expanded the product line with the uPrint Plus – an enhanced version with lots of new features – while still keeping the price under $20,000 (USD).


Like the Dimension uPrint personal 3D printer, the uPrint Plus has a small footprint for true desktop use [25 x 26 in (635 x 660 mm)]. uPrint Plus can print in eight colors of Stratasys ABSplus material, making it easier for designers to differentiate individual assembly components and better depict their product. The printer has a build envelope of 8 x 8 x 6 in (203 x 203 x 152 mm) – 33 percent more volume than the uPrint, enabling larger models. uPrint Plus offers two resolution settings – 0.010 in (0.254 mm) and 0.013 in (0.330 mm) – to give users additional print options.


AVEVA announced the release of AVEVA Hull Finite Element Modeller, a powerful new addition to the AVEVA Marine portfolio which accelerates and simplifies the stress analysis of ship structures.


AVEVA announces the release of AVEVA Mechanical Equipment Interface, a powerful solution to the problem of transferring 3D models between incompatible design systems.

This flexible, user-friendly Geothermal Bundle is comprised of both the IES and the Gaia Geothermal Ground Loop Design (GLD) software suite. The Bundle enables geothermal HVAC designers/engineers to first calculate hourly loads data using the Apache whole-building dynamic thermal engine built into the IES .


Tekla,
Inc. and
Innovaya,
LLC. announce the release of Innovaya Composer for Tekla Structures. As a result of connecting their Tekla Building Information Models (BIM) directly to their project estimates, construction professionals have the ability to develop dynamic project take-offs and estimates quickly and easily.


Vico Software announced that Vico Doc Set Manager is available and shipping. Doc Set Manager is a complete construction drawing set comparison tool for DWGs and vector-based PDFs. Vico Doc Set Manager automatically collates and compares drawings for construction projects; identifying changes and making it much easier to assign and track clouds and links to requests for information (RFI's).


Around the Web


Project
Cooper is now available for download worldwide in accordance with United States export restrictions:


Creating 3D PDF and rich media content with
Acrobat 9 Pro Extended is simple; but you can add JavaScript to the mix, controlling the content and reacting to the user.




Engineers use 3-D technology to transform design process January 8, 2010, Defense Technology News at Defense Talk.




Events

 
Date:
January 19 - 21, 2010
Place: Tampa Convention Center

Tampa, FL USA

Underground Construction Technology (UCT) International Conference & Exhibition has been the meeting place for the underground utility construction and the rehabilitation markets. Attendees worldwide come to UCT to stay connected to all things underground – in both the trenchless and conventional methods. The destination for 2010 is Tampa, FL, which is located on the central west coast of Florida, and is easily reached by air and several major highways.


Date:
January 19 - 22, 2010
Place: Las Vegas Convention Center

Las Vegas, NV USA

Welcome to THE INTERNATIONAL BUILDERS' SHOW (IBS), the single largest residential building industry tradeshow in the world. With the most residential construction pros you'll see in one place, IBS is the building industry’s defining business event. Now in its 66th year, IBS brings together virtually every aspect of the building industry.


Date:
January 21, 2010
Place: USA

We hope you will join us for a free webinar showcasing ArchiCAD 13
and Building Information Modeling. (BIM) This informational session is
designed to introduce architects working in 2-D CAD to the basics and
benefits of BIM.

The newest version ArchiCAD includes the GRAPHISOFT BIM Server - a
first of its kind solution for on-demand access rights management and
project access for teams of any size, both within the office and over
the Internet. This feature helps to reduce the number of bottlenecks in
model accessibility and workflow management.

Time: 3:00PM - 4:00 PM | Eastern Time

 


Date:
February 1 - 5, 2010
Place: LAS VEGAS CONVENTION CENTER

LAS VEGAS, NV USA

World of Concrete is the industry's ONLY annual international event
dedicated to the commercial concrete and masonry construction
industries. Featuring indoor and outdoor exhibits with the industry's
leading suppliers showcasing innovative products and technologies,
exciting demonstrations and competitions, a world-class education
program, and the information you need to help sustain and grow your
business.
Date:
February 15 - 18, 2010
Place: Cincinnati, OH USA

World of Asphalt is the only show that will get you in front of more serious buyers seeking the products and services you offer.


Date:
February 16, 2010
Place: Hyatt Regency San Francisco

Five Embarcadero Center, San Francisco, CA 94111 USA

Join us February 16, 2010 at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco for a free BIM conference with presentations showcasing local Tekla BIM projects, Integrated Project Delivery (IPD), and interdisciplinary collaboration from local Engineers, Steel Detailers, Contractors, and Owners.  Cocktail hour will immediately follow the presentations.


Date:
February 18, 2010
Place: USA

We hope you will join us for a free webinar showcasing ArchiCAD 13
and Building Information Modeling. (BIM) This informational session is
designed to introduce architects working in 2-D CAD to the basics and
benefits of BIM.

The newest version ArchiCAD includes the GRAPHISOFT BIM Server - a
first of its kind solution for on-demand access rights management and
project access for teams of any size, both within the office and over
the Internet. This feature helps to reduce the number of bottlenecks in
model accessibility and workflow management.

Time: 12:00PM - 1:00 PM | Eastern Time


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