May 02, 2011
Autodesk’s AEC Media Day 2011 Report
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Cadac Organice, Microsoft Partner Network member and developer of Cadac Organice (a SharePoint based engineering document management solution), has signed a partnership agreement with AEC Docuflow to resell the Cadac Organice Product Suite in Australia.

Trimble announced  that it has joined the buildingSMART alliance to help develop industry standards to streamline the collection and use of construction data in support of Building Information Modeling (BIM). Trimble will join a small group of owners, designers, contractors, educators, and solution providers as part of the alliance.

Deltek, Inc. announced it will partner with LogiKal, a specialist project management consultancy, to deliver its Enterprise Project Management (EPM) solutions to companies in the UK and throughout Europe. LogiKal provides its clients with integrated schedule planning, project controls, Active Project Management Office (APMO) services and programme management consulting support to help organise people, processes and systems effectively.


Integrated Environmental Solutions (IES) announced that project manager, Liam Buckley, earned the Building Energy Modeling Professional certification from the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE).

Bentley Systems, Incorporated announced that its protest of the California Department of General Services’ (DGS) procurement process for roadway design software (RDS) has been denied. The software was being solicited on behalf of the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), and the protest denial was issued by the California Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH). The protest was prompted by DGS’ disqualification of Bentley from the bidding due to allegedly inadequate documentation in its written response to Request for Proposal (RFP) RDS 2660-421.

Market conditions continued to improve for landscape architecture firms, with firm leaders reporting renewed optimism for billable hours, inquiries and hiring in Q1 2011 American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) Business Quarterly survey.

More than two thirds of firm leaders (67.9 percent) reported stable or higher billable hours in the first quarter of 2011, an increase from 59.6 percent last quarter and 56.4 percent this time last year. Three out of four (76.6 percent) respondents reported stable or rising inquiries for new work in Q1 2011, up from 59.4 percent last quarter and 72.2 percent from Q1 2010.

Bringing PDFs and RPMs together in a unique and 'eXtreme' learning experience, Bluebeam Software  announced that registration is now open for its first-ever Bluebeam International Rally Conference 2011 (IRC). This event promises three action-packed days of high-octane educational sessions focused on Bluebeam's PDF platform and advanced technologies along with a once-in-a-lifetime rally car racing experience with a team of Swedish professional rally car drivers.

Motion Computing announced that Texas-based commercial contractor SpawGlass has implemented Motion F5v Tablet PCs as part of its enterprise-wide building information modeling (BIM) adoption strategy. With the F5v Tablet PCs in place, SpawGlass is saving time, improving efficiency and streamlining project site management, all while providing the project owners with a portable asset management solution.

Research and Markets  has announced the addition of the "Top 100 Construction & Civil Engineering (Global)" report to their offering.

This report is an in-depth financial evaluation of the Global Top 100 largest Construction & Engineering companies. Using the unique Plimsoll method of analysis, each of the Global Top 100 Construction & Engineering Companies is individually assessed and ranked against each other and compared to industry averages.

Using the most up-to-date financial information available, the two-page analysis provides detailed financial analysis for each organisation, including details of:
  • Sales growth
  • Trading stability
  • Profitability
  • Employee performance
  • Level of debt
  • Gearing ratios
  • Creditor Exposure
  • Performance ratios
  • Overall financial rating

Results are shown in graphical, numeric and narrative forms, and all individual analysis are measured in both the company's own currency, and USD ($) for ease of use. These individual analyses highlight a company's success just as easily as it can emphasize its vulnerability.

The editors of MIT’s Technology Review have announced their annual list of the 10 emerging technologies that have the greatest potential to transform our world. These innovations—each represented by a researcher whose vision and work is driving the field—promise fundamental shifts in areas from energy to health care, computing to communications. Each TR10 winner is drawn from the editors’ coverage of key fields, and the ultimate criterion is straightforward: is the technology likely to change the world?

The 10 technologies are: social indexing, smart transformers, gestural interfaces, cancer genomics, solid-state batteries, homomorphic encryption, cloud streaming, crash proof code, separating chromosones, and synthetic cells.

The 2011 TR10 is featured in the May/June edition of Technology Review and is posted on the Web at Technology Review/TR10.

New Products

Oce, a Canon Group Company and an international leader in digital document management and printing for professionals,  announced the new Oce Arizona® 360 GT and Oce Arizona 360 XT flatbed printer models with enhancements over previous models that enable its customers to increase productivity and application versatility and open doors to technical and industrial applications. The Oce Arizona 360 GT printer will be on display in the Oce booth #4258 at the International Sign Expo in Las Vegas, NV, April 28-30, 2011.

Bentley Systems, Incorporated announced that it is showcasing this week at FIATECH 2011 the first commercially available products to support two-way interoperability with ISO 15926. Bentley is presenting a live demonstration of the ease with which component data and information can be shared with systems deployed by iRING user community members Bechtel, Hatch, and Emerson Process Management, as well as among Bentley’s ISO 15926-based AXSYS.Process V8i conceptual design application, OpenPlant PowerPID V8i application, and Instrumentation & Wiring V8i design software. All of the read/write information exchanges being demonstrated are seamlessly accomplished using the same interface. Moreover, they require only a one-time, simplified mapping, allowing multiple reuses and repurposing of data by making it unambiguous. In real-world projects, these data exchanges lead to lower administration costs, higher quality data, increased productivity, and reduced project and business risk.

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The installer for the Google Earth Extension for AutoCAD supports:
AutoCAD 2011 Family
AutoCAD 2011 (32-bit and 64-bit)
AutoCAD Architecture 2011 (32-bit and 64-bit)
AutoCAD Map 3D 2011 (32-bit and 64-bit)
AutoCAD 2007-2010 Family

AutoCAD 2007-2010 (32-bit only)
AutoCAD Architecture 2007-2010 (32-bit only)
AutoCAD Map 3D 2008-2010 (32-bit only)
The 2011 compatible version will work with AutoCAD 2012, but the installer will not find it because it is searching for 2011. So if you follow these steps, you can extract the components and utilize upload to use the Google Earth Extension with our newest AutoCAD.

Download Google Earth Extension for AutoCAD via Autodesk Labs

ADN Plugin of the Month Catalog on Autodesk Labs

Qatar's construction industry to see influx of more than USD 22 billion in new contract awards by 2012 April 27, 2011, Zawya

Koontz McCombs Construction Building Global HQ for Kinetic Concepts, Inc. April 26, 2011, PRWeb


NAHB National Green Building Conference
Date: May 1 - 3, 2011
Place: Salt Palace Convention Center
Salt Lake City, UT USA

At the  NAHB National Green Building Conference, you'll have the opportunity to meet with suppliers and manufacturers of green products. In the exhibit hall as well as events, you'll have the chance to meet with representatives to discuss solutions that can help you in the remodeling and building process.  Walk away with the resources that you--and the homeowner--need to make your projects successful.
Sustaining Transportation Infrastructure Seminar Featuring Power InRoads
Date: May 4, 2011
Place: Denver, CO USA

The Bentley Civil Team is hitting the road, traveling across the nation to deliver complimentary transportation seminars that focus on DOT/MOT standards, practices, and processes. Don't miss these convenient, cost-effective opportunities to experience first-hand just how easily Bentley's proven technology and intuitive software streamline processes throughout the entire transportation project lifecycle. There are some places only Bentley can take you!
Sustaining Transportation Infrastructure Seminar Featuring Power GEOPAK
Date: May 5, 2011
Place: Columbia, SC USA

The Bentley Civil Team is hitting the road, traveling across the nation to deliver complimentary transportation seminars that focus on DOT/MOT standards, practices, and processes. Don't miss these convenient, cost-effective opportunities to experience first-hand just how easily Bentley's proven technology and intuitive software streamline processes throughout the entire transportation project lifecycle. There are some places only Bentley can take you!
AIA 2011 National Convention and Design Exposition
Date: May 12 - 14, 2011
Place: Ernest N. Morial Convention Center , New Orleans, LA USA

AIA Expo2011 introduces you to more than 800 exhibitors to discover new products, technologies, and services—professional resources that you can implement in your practice or project. You’ll have the opportunity to see and touch products, to get detailed information, and to ask questions of the manufacturer representatives. AIA Expo2011 will also house special display areas, educational opportunities, pavilions and association offerings.
Introduction to GeoStructural Analysis Products by Bentley Systems
Date: May 12, 2011
Place: eSeminar

Time:  8:00 a.m. PDT | 10:00 a.m. CDT | 11:00 a.m. EDT | 5:00 p.m. CEST
Duration:  1 hour
Register now for this complimentary introduction to Bentley’s GeoStructural Analysis products, your complete geostructural analysis and design solution for a wide range of geotechnical challenges.
Optimize your designs from foundation to stability analysis to finite element method modeling. You’ll learn how task-targeted tools and logical workflows enable you to analyze design scenarios and compare results from multiple analysis methods quickly, easily, and with greater accuracy.

Deltek Insight 2011
Date: May 16 - 19, 2011
Place: Gaylord Opryland Hotel
Nashville, TN USA

Deltek Insight 2011 is the only event of the year where you can exchange ideas and network with business peers,industry analysts, executives, product experts and consultants.
Webinar Event: How Clayco Improved Cost Management with Integrated Financials and Prolog Construction Project Management
Date: May 19, 2011
Place: USA

Clayco, Inc. is one of the nation’s largest privately owned real estate, architecture and engineering, design/build and construction firms with a national reputation for excellence that has been earned through achievements in safety management, fast-track schedules and technology and design innovation.
International CAD Consortium 2011
Date: May 22 - 26, 2011
Place: Omni Fort Worth
1300 Houston Street, Fort Worth , TX 76102 USA

The International CAD Consortium (ICC) is a non-profit organization comprised of leaders working in the field of public safety to implement technological solutions for emergency response organizations (police force, fire department, 911, etc.). ICC members come from municipalities, emergency services or a regional corporation and they are namely responsible for providing emergency call dispatching systems, communication infrastructures, geomatics solutions and for managing communication centers as well as all other activities directly related to the routing of emergency workers to emergency response sites.
Success Enterprise Class
Date: May 26 - 27, 2011
Place: Atlanta, GA USA

Seats are available in our upcoming Success Estimator class. Sign-up now because seating is limited!

The course is two days in length. The registration fee for class is $995.00 per person with special pricing for multiple participants.

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