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    TOOLS FOR FIELD SURVEYING

    When architects begin a renovation or addition to a building for which no plans are available, they are often faced with the tedious chore of measuring existing conditions and creating plans from scratch. Not too long ago, the most efficient process involved a three-person team one with a clipboard and two with a measuring tape, calling out distances. But in recent years, several aids have been developed that make it easier, even for one person alone, to make measurements fast and accurately.

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    COMPREHENSIVE BUILDING MODELING

    "What happens to the cost of the building if we add 40 square meters to the lobby?" "What happens to the total height of the building if we use a steel frame instead of a cast-in-place system?" "How will changing the structural system affect the construction schedule?"

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    New Color Scanner Feeds IDEAL's Online PlanRoom — Ideal.com press release, 2003.0725

    New Software Helps Homeowners Plan Their Home — Individual Software press release, 2003.0725

    LightWork Design Announces LightWorks 7.3 — Lightwork Press Release, 2003.0724

    Eovia Announces Carrara Studio 3 for Rendering — Eovia press release, 2003.0716

    The Case for Virtual Building — JC&A Newsletter, 2003.0716

    TRIRIGA Releases New Version of FacilityCenter 8i — BusinessWire, 2003.0716

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