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    LIGHTING THE SCENE IN NORWAY

    In Norway, the Land of the Northern Lights, a small computer graphics company is wowing clients with dazzling visualizations and photographic lighting simulations. Since its inception, the company has relied primarily on the Lightscape rendering system.

    The visualization firm, curiously named Placebo Effects, is partly owned by the large company Dark-Gruppen, whose divisions provide a range of design consulting services. Placebo Effects provides computer graphics services to Dark-Architects and others in the Norwegian design and architecture community.

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    ADT AT C7A

    In 1987, Cambridge Seven Associates (C7A) started using computers to streamline their production drawing cycle and thus provide more time to invest in the quality of their designs. CAD as a production and 2D design tool allowed them to investigate in more detail how their designs were put together. But as in many architecture firms, CAD as a 3D design tool was slower to arrive and is only now being used in the early stages of their work.

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    HP Calculator's Days Numbered? — Design News, 2001.1117 Edition

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    Plenty of Potential in the Architectural E-Studio — Sydney Morning Herald, 2001.1123

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    Design-Centric Versus Process-Centric CAD: Myth or Reality? — CADence, 2001.1101 Edition

    Wide-Format Multifunction B/W Plotter-Scanner Combos — Review at CADence, 2001.1101 Edition

    AutoCAD 2002 Bug Watch — Cadalyst, 2001.12 Edition

    Lightwork Design Announces Release of Lightworks 6.5 — CGW, 2001.1120

    MacDraft Mac OS X Version Available — Tenlinks, 2001.1120

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    Autodesk Reports Third Quarter Revenue at $216M (-6%), Income $21M (-5%) — Press Release at TenLinks, 2001.1116

    Computers for Construction 2001 Focused on Real Solutions — Computers for Construction Press Release, 2001.1116

    e-Builder Releases TeamBuilder Reporter for Construction Project Management — FMLink News, 2001.1114

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