September 27, 2010
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Integro, Inc. and Informative Graphics Corporation (IGC) announced a partnership to deliver automated redaction to companies using IBM eDiscovery Manager. Through the partnership, Integro will help companies purchase and implement IGC's Redact-It for IBM eDiscovery Manager (eDM) software, which performs automated redaction on documents within the IBM eDM environment. Integro is the first IBM Business Partner to offer the IGC technology since it was announced last month.

Trimble and the Hilti Group announced that they have reached a definitive agreement to form Intelligent Construction Tools, LLC. The joint venture, 50 percent owned by Trimble and 50 percent owned by Hilti, will focus on leveraging technologies from both companies to develop measuring solutions for the building construction trades.

Meridian Systems announced a new Consulting Partner agreement with Critigen, a global technology consulting and IT outsourcing organization. Critigen draws upon its strong expertise and heritage as the former Enterprise Management Solutions (EMS) division of CH2M HILL, a global consulting, design, construction, and operations firm. Critigen provides information technology solutions for large-scale program management and engineering projects for various clients in multiple vertical markets, including heavy engineering, government, transportation, and healthcare.


Bentley Systems, Incorporated announced that the call for submissions for its 2011 Student Design Competition is now open. University, college, community college, technical school, and high school students are invited to submit projects designed using Bentley software, along with a short essay describing their work. Project submissions will be judged by a distinguished panel of educational leaders and industry professionals from around the world. The judges will focus on creativity and skill in applying design, engineering principles, and the use of Bentley technology. The competition, which is sponsored by Bentley's Be Careers Network, welcomes individual efforts as well as team efforts comprising no more than three members. All submissions must be received by March 18, 2011. Bentley will award a $1,500 scholarship to the winner in each of the categories at the university, college, and community college level, and a $1,000 scholarship to the winner at the technical school and high school level.

For more information about the submission process or to fill out a submission form, visit BentleyStudentDesign2011.

Autodesk, Inc. is seeking artists and designers who would like to show off their best assets by submitting to the Autodesk Design Show Reel 2010.

If you've recently used Autodesk software to create 3D animated content or still imagery for architecture, civil engineering or manufacturing projects, don't miss the opportunity to have your best work seen by industry peers and potential clients around the world. Autodesk is especially interested in work created with Autodesk 3ds Max Design, Autodesk 3ds Max, Autodesk Showcase, Autodesk Civil3D or Autodesk Maya software.

To obtain complete details about how to submit your work, please visit Autodesk Expose Yourself

The  Cleantech Open announced that Autodesk is the Cleantech Open's first National Sponsor. A world leader in 3D design, engineering and entertainment software, Autodesk is supplying up-and-coming cleantech startups with the tools and technologies they need to innovate, design, engineer, and successfully bring to market the most innovative clean technologies.

DiCicco, Gulman & Company LLP (DGC), a CPA and business consulting firm specializing in architecture and engineering firms, released its 2010 Architectural Study. The 47-page survey benchmarks financial performance based on input from over 30 prominent firms in the Greater Boston marketplace. This annual study contains some of the most comprehensive, historical data available for New England firms. The 2010 Architectural Study includes financial and operational results from firms with 2009 gross billings in the $1M to $40M range. Although firms may differ in size and areas of specialization, the underlying operating characteristics of each are similar. Key statistics (utilization rates, direct labor billing multiples, breakeven multiples, average hourly rates and profit per direct hour) and other non-financial data can be used to benchmark performance and identify trends.

This year's study focuses on lessons to be learned from the recent recession. New England was hit particularly hard due to the concentration of A&E firms in this region. On average, profitability was a meager 1% of net fee, with half of the firms operating at a loss during 2009.


Deltek, Inc. announced that it has appointed Kevin Iaquinto as its new Chief Marketing Officer. In this position, Mr. Iaquinto will be responsible for managing the company's brand awareness and identity, lead generation programs, sales enablement, marketing communications, public and analyst relations, partner marketing, social media and global events marketing. Mr. Iaquinto will report directly to Kevin Parker, Deltek's President and CEO.

Pointools Limited has named Joe Croser as Vice President of Products, adding proven go-to-market experience to the Pointools board of directors. Croser will lead Pointools' product management, product marketing, and sales strategy to position the whole Pointools team - including its global channel partner network - to best serve the needs of its rapidly growing user base.

New Products

Oracle announced Oracle's Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management 8. By providing the extended enterprise with a governance platform that supports strategic portfolio decision-making, Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management (PPM) 8 helps companies and organizations align their resources consistently with their priorities. As a 100 percent Web-based PPM solution, Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management 8 enables faster adoption, global participation and provides a single version of the truth to support decision making. This enables the enterprise to have a comprehensive view of projects of all sizes and complexities to be managed within a single PPM solution.

GreenWizard, Inc., a collection of green building product data for intelligent material selection, announced that it has launched yet another innovative workflow solution, LEED Credit Assessment, to work in tandem with its WORKflow Pro and MARKET Pro tools, and GreenWizard's expansive green-product database.

Vico Software announced the release of a new module to its award-winning Vico Office Suite. Vico Office Constructability Manager is an integrated approach to traditional clash detection, offering constructability analyses, and interfaces to RFI tracking, assignments, and resolution reporting.

Hard Dollar Corporation announced the release of HD for STO. This groundbreaking management solution designed for Shutdown, Turnaround & Outages (STO), providing increased efficiency and accuracy throughout maintenance projects. IRender nXt Version 3.0 has been released.

This version includes a considerable number of new features and improvements over Version 2.0. Highlights include:

  • New Plant and Material libraries
  • Arroway Textures
  • New Material Wizard
  • nXt Image Editor
  • Panoramic Views
  • Lighting Channels
  • Visible Light Paths
  • Depth of Field and Depth Blur
  • Real Time Haze
  • Resume Rendering

GstarCAD announced the sound enhancement of GstarCAD V2011, a milestone version for the DWG - compatible CAD market. New features and enhancements have been addressed since half a year before, and substantial improvements on speed and ease of use will be brought in the latest version.

GstarCAD is recognized as the fast, powerful and DWG-compatible CAD software by offering a productive and profitable feature set to users. The combination of DWG compatibility, an ease of use interface, real-time support and an affordable price were key to its success so far. The latest developments will see further emphasis on end-user productivity.

LoadSpring Solutions Inc, in association with Hard Dollar announced the launch of a full suite of hosted Project Cost Management tools now available in a Software as a Service (SaaS) model.

Indigo 2.4.13 as Indigo Renderer 2.4 Stable has been released. The company will be offering a special 15% reduction for the next two weeks, until September 30th, to celebrate the 2.4 stable release.

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-- Susan Smith, Managing Editor.

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