January 09, 2012
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Susan Smith - Managing Editor

by Susan Smith - Managing Editor
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Autodesk, Inc. has acquired certain technology-related assets from T-Splines Inc., a privately-held surface modeling software company, based in Utah. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.


The Building Information Model (BIM) Awards, given by AIA Technology in the Architectural Practice Knowledge Community (TAP), honors projects that highlight proven strategies and the latest trends in design and technology in the building industry.


2012 Entries must be submitted before 4:59 p.m. Eastern Time on January 17, 2012.

The submission deadline date will be strictly observed; no exceptions will be made. No entry fee will be refunded for entries that are disqualified, late, or not completed. Payments and submissions will only be accepted online.

Please review the 2012 AIA BIM Awards Walk Through and download the concealed ID forms before beginning your submission. When you are ready to submit, go to the Submission Web site.

Trimble will hold a conference call on Thurs. Feb. 2, 2012 at 1:30 p.m. PT to review its fourth quarter and fiscal 2011 results. The call will be broadcast live on the Web at www.trimble.com. Investors without Internet access may dial into the call at (800) 528-9198 (U.S.) or (702) 928-6633 (international).  The pass code is 40598971.

Autodesk is celebrating 4,000,000 downloads of AutoCAD WS for iOS, Android and Mac.

The Bentley Infrastructure 500 is a ranking of the top owners of infrastructure around the world from both the public and private sectors that is published annually. The rankings make it possible to readily compare investment levels across types of infrastructure, regions of the world, and public and private organizations.

New Products

IMSI/Design, the developer of TurboCAD announced an update for the iOS popular 2D and 3D CAD file viewer. Free TurboViewer v2 allows lightning-fast viewing of native 3D DWG files on iPad and iPhone.

Updated TurboViewer features include:
  • AutoCAD SHX font support (view localized or custom SHX fonts) 
  • True Type font support (improved visual fidelity) 
  • Tactile sound feedback (confirmation for button and UI item selection) 
  • Performance and memory optimizations

Other TurboViewer features include:
  • Fast native 2D and 3D .DWG (Autodesk AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT) and .DXF viewing
  • Unique time-savers: Able to navigate full-screen preview during file load; Cancel errant file load
  • Restore saved AutoCAD views to quickly display the best vision of your design
  • Supports AutoCAD linetypes to maintain visual fidelity as intended
  • Autosense 2D or 3D drawings to automatically set appropriate gesture navigation of a drawing or model
  • Multi-touch navigation while panning, zooming, and orbiting
  • Doesn't require Internet connection for remote field work

Support for 15 localized languages

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AECCafe Today

FM:Interact Sustainability Module Webinar
Date: January 13, 2012
Place: USA

The FM:Interact Sustainability Module can help you answer all these questions.  From a standard Web browser you can manage critical information on energy performance or water usage, and sustainability projects like energy retrofits.  Easy-to-read dashboards let you assess projects in a glance, and built-in certification standards for numerous programs help you plot your own green course.  And because you have all the benefits of FM:Interact, it’s easy to run cost analysis reports for your sustainability projects, or track your progress towards certifications across your entire portfolio.

Time:2:00 pm EST

Date: January 17 - 21, 2012
Place: Basel

The figures speak for themselves: Swissbau is the most important meeting point for the construction and real-estate industry in Switzerland and one of the biggest specialist exhibitions in Europe.
Stay Connected with World of Concrete
Date: January 23 - 27, 2012
Place: Las Vegas Convention Center
Las Vegas, NV USA

Since 1975, World of Concrete has been the industry’s ONLY annual international event dedicated to the commercial concrete and masonry construction industries. Featuring indoor and outdoor exhibits, 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. Start the year off strong at World of Concrete!
UCT - the TOTAL Source for the Underground Construction Market
Date: January 24 - 26, 2012
Place: Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center
San Antonio, TX USA

Underground Construction Technology (UCT) International Conference & Exhibition is the TOTAL source for the underground construction market. As the biggest and best annual event in the underground construction industry, UCT focuses on bringing together individuals who are involved in the installation and rehabilitation of the total underground infrastructure, not just aspects of it.

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