A Hybrid Approach to As-Built Design: Combining 3D CADD with Laser Scanning - Responding to Hurricane Katrina

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The Humane Society of the U.S. - Effort to rescue animals displaced by the hurricane.
An Equine rescue group helping Louisiana's horses, Habitat for Horses/Lone Start Equine Rescue is organizing a massive relief and rescue effort to help the equines of southern Louisiana after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina forced millions to evacuate. FEMA and the USDA are now in control of the areas most devastated and the group will operate under the guidance and control of FEMA and the USDA during this operation. Financial donations are needed to help fund this massive undertaking. Estimates range from several hundred to several thousand horses that are currently lost, injured or in danger. Donations of supplies can be made by calling Rose Westover, Emergency Evacuation Coordinator, Habitat for Horses/Lone Star Equine Rescue, Inc. at 713-467-3444 /713-594-1177. Use this Email Contact to connect them by eMail
Donations can be mailed to Habitat for Horses/Lone Star Equine Rescue, P.O. Box 213, Hitchcock, TX 77563


Autodesk, Inc. and Maeda Corporation, a construction and civil engineering company based in Japan, announced the expansion of their alliance to develop and deliver retail construction solutions to the Asia-Pacific region. The partnership enables Maeda to deliver facilities and asset management services to retailers such as Seven-Eleven, which has worked with Maeda to deploy the Autodesk Buzzsaw collaborative project management solution to manage and share information for 10,000 store locations across Japan. As part of the expanded relationship, Autodesk and Maeda are working with Seven-Eleven Japan to extend use of Buzzsaw as it expands into China.

On Aug. 22, netGuru, Inc. announced that it had entered into an asset purchase agreement with Bentley Systems, Incorporated, under which Bentley has agreed to acquire netGuru's Research Engineers International (REI) business. This business includes the market-leading STAAD.Pro structural analysis and design product line. At the time of the acquisition, Santanu Das, netGuru's chief operating officer, will join Bentley.


Bentley Systems, Incorporated, a provider of software for the lifecycle of the world's infrastructure, announced the release of its June 2005 Annual Report, which reviews Bentley's business developments for the prior fiscal year and includes financial highlights.

In the report, CEO Greg Bentley said, "The company's performance has never been better. I would like to thank all our stakeholders for their contributions and confidence, and we look forward to continuing this predictable growth for our mutual benefit."

To view a copy of Bentley's June 2005 Annual Report online or request a printed copy, go to Bentley Annual Report 2005.

Dexter + Chaney, developer of the Forefront(R) Construction Management Software employed by construction companies nationwide, has announced dates for Dexter + Chaney 10th Annual Users' Conference: April 26-28, 2006, at the Bell Harbor International Conference Center on Seattle's downtown waterfront. A record 490 Forefront users from 44 states attended the 2005 conference in April, also at Bell Harbor.

Equitrac Corporation, provider of print tracking and document cost recovery solutions, is working with Xerox Corporation to help make color printing more affordable. Xerox Page Accountant powered by Equitrac is now available -- allowing Xerox customers across a range of industries to better monitor and control access to color and monochrome printing and copying.


ArchVision has hired Jeff Mottle, Founder of CGarchitect.com, as Business Development Manager. Jeff will concentrate his efforts on expanding ArchVision's recently launched VisMasters initiative. VisMasters launched in July providing user galleries, forums, complimentary content offerings and a commerce solution, the VM Store, tailored to the design visualization industry. Jeff will reside in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Name Changes

GeoPraxis Inc., citing strong growth projections for 2006 and beyond, announced plans to restructure its architectural, engineering, and construction software and services business units. Founded in 1998 by three prominent building energy efficiency experts, the privately held company has grown to become the innovation leader in the development and implementation of building energy analysis tools and web-based solutions.

Effective September 1, the firm will be renamed Green Building Studio, Inc., to take on the brand of its fast growing web service for architects and engineers. John F. Kennedy P.E. will remain President/CTO and Patrick J. Bailey P.E. will continue as its VP of Engineering at the renamed corporation. Green Building Studio, Inc. will continue to provide top-notch engineering services to its utility and architecture clients. Thomas P. Conlon, Energy Markets Consultant and VP of Business Development, will launch a separately organized business that will continue to serve the firm's utility and real estate clients under the names GeoPraxis® and EnergyCheckup™, a Service of GeoPraxis.

Rothman Partners Architects of Boston and San Francisco-based Anshen + Allen announce the formation of a new office in Boston. The new firm, Anshen + Allen + Rothman, is located at 711 Atlantic Avenue. The firm leadership continues with Martha Rothman, FAIA as the managing principal and Elliot Rothman, AIA as a director.

New Products

KollabNet's flagship product, KollabNet Editor 2005, now offers a facility for supporting proposal preparation - Business Rules Validation. "One of the biggest challenges in the process of preparing proposals is making sure that the proposal addresses all of the customer's requirements," said Dan Schmidt, KollabNet's Director of Professional Services. "We created the Business Rules Validation capability to meet a need we discovered during several professional-services engagements with our clients."

Triple R Technologies, Limited Partnership, announced a special offer providing Plotstream, Triple R's flagship solution for server-based AutoCAD plotting in a specially priced bundle.

At the special price of $2,249 USD, the Plotstream “Quick Start” discount program gives new clients the chance to purchase the premium AutoCAD plotting solution in a bundled package at a discounted savings. The discount program includes licensing for 1 server and 10 workstations and is limited to one offer per client. Available through dealers and directly to end-users, the “Quick Start” discount program will help organizations of any size ease into this powerful technology.

Sage Software (formerly Best Software) announced the availability of a new integration of the company's Sage Timberline Office Estimating for Sage MAS 90 ERP and Sage MAS 200 ERP construction customers. The interface enables current Sage MAS 90 and Sage MAS 200 customers to create construction project budgets using Sage Timberline Office Estimating and directly transfer that data into their Sage MAS 90 or Sage MAS 200 Job Cost module.

Cimatron Ltd., global provider of integrative CAD/CAM software solutions for toolmakers, announced the worldwide release of version 7.0 of its flagship product, CimatronE. With this release, Cimatron continues its mission to provide toolmakers with a complete, integrative solution that can address the increasing demands of the industry, and help toolmakers remain competitive.

Notes3D™ is an important 3D model editing product in the Document3D family of products. Document3D lets CAD users and downstream users easily leverage existing 3D models and 2D drawings to create assembly instructions, technical publications, interactive training and other product lifecycle documents.

The 3D Industry Forum (3DIF) has published an Ecma standard (ECMA 363) for the repurposing and visualization of 3D CAD data called Universal 3D (U3D). This standard was included in the latest Adobe PDF specification (1.6). By adding support for U3D, Document3D provides versatile new 3D publishing options that can be shared with over 500 million Adobe Reader users worldwide.

Entourage Arts announced that 2 Landscape Collections are now also available in SketchUp V5 "face-me" shadow casting components.

Our Entourage SKP Components make use of the new alpha transparency features of SketchUp V5. Medium resolution, carefully and economically outlined to create convincing shadows with an economy of geometry for faster performance, this unique collection is a perfect match to the Non Photorealistic SketchUp style.

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