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    Planning Workspace Changes for a Changing World

    Download a free white paper from Interior Architects, authored by principal Kay Sargent, about how offices and workspace are evolving in light of the global financial crisis and also demographic, social, creative, and technological changes. The paper offers strategic suggestions for how to rebuild and reposition the workplace for optimum performance, taking a look at how design, globalization, sustainability, and disaster preparedness might affect real estate decisions. What are the factors and realities that companies need to understand and leverage to cut their losses, rethink the workplace, and profit? What changes must be made and why? How do companies successfully determine and control the appropriate action for their unique situation? Click to download PDF...

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    Stimulus Funds for Building Energy Monitoring

    A new white paper, "Measurement & Verification: Tapping into ARRA Stimulus Funds," is available from Onset, producer of the HOBO ® data logger. The white paper provides guidance on identifying potential sources of stimulus funding for energy performance monitoring projects. It details new programs from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), explains the growing importance of measurement and verification (M&V) services, and discusses specific ways that energy services companies (ESCOs) can apply portable data logging technology to document building energy savings. The white paper is available as a free download.

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    3D Modeling with bonzai3d

    Bonzai3d from AutoDesSys is a new 3D modeler that offers a quick and easy yet geometrically robust approach. Designed for delivering conceptual designs and sketching ideas, bonzai3d creates models that are CAD-accurate and can be used further down the production pipeline for construction drawings, renderings, animation, fabrication, rapid prototyping with 3D printing, and other applications. The software offers a smart interface; easy sculpting with real-time booleans; classic modeling tools with real-time dynamic editing; deformation for any solid or surface; NURBS curves and surfaces; specialty tools for roofs, terrain, stairs, and sections; a content library; a match-view tool; advanced real-time rendering; and more than 20 import-export formats. Download a 30-day full-featured trial version.

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    North American Hardwood Flooring in Sustainable Design

    The Hardwood Council is offering a series of white papers for architects, designers, and builders, with practical information on using American hardwoods in sustainable design and building. A recent life-cycle analysis by the Consortium of Research on Renewable Industrial Materials (CORRIM) found solid North American hardwood flooring to be an environmentally responsible flooring material compared to four popular alternatives (vinyl composition tile, linoleum, nylon carpet tile, and wool carpet tile). In these free white papers, read about sustainable design using solid hardwood flooring.

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    Shaderlight Rendering Plug-in for 3ds Max

    ArtVPS announces Shaderlight 0.1, a physically based ray-trace rendering plug-in for 3ds Max that permits 3D artists and visualization specialists to change key image attributes at any stage without having to restart the render. Shaderlight allows users to see progressive refinements of a scene when objects or camera angles are altered, and lets them make interactive changes to materials, environments, lights, and textures on full-quality 3D images. A new approach to global illumination also enables light, color, and intensity to be updated without re-rendering. Available now as a free download.

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    3D Software for Interior Design

    Chief Architect, Inc. has released new 3D design software specifically for interior design professionals. The new interiors product is based on the full-featured version of Chief Architect X2. Features include cabinet catalogs with manufacturer and generic cabinets for creating kitchens and baths; 2D and 3D automated building and design tools; access to thousands of name-brand and generic design objects; automated materials lists and schedules for pricing and cost estimating; 3D rendering for photorealistic and artistic views, including raytracing, watercolor, and line drawings; and construction drawing creation per NKBA standards. Download a trial version.

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    File Transfer and Management for AEC Firms

    FileGenius® is a web-based, secure file transfer and management solution designed for professional use. It allows AEC firms to distribute and share important drawings, images, and other large files, significantly reducing reprographic costs and overnight deliveries. The application allows unlimited users and workspaces, so firms can create any number of specific project spaces, private client areas, and plan set repositories. Easy-to-use file and folder interface with web-based access, total site setup and management, and free, unlimited tech support. Allows employee and client access without training or assistance from IT. A free, 14-day trial is available, or try the demo here:

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    Online CAD File Sharing

    AfterCAD Online is a Software as a Service (SaaS) offering that allows non-CAD professionals to view, mark up, manage, and publish CAD files onto the web without special software or training. Large and complex CAD files can be securely shared for viewing and annotation with existing and prospective clients. Centralized file management with online data access eliminates the need for similar software or CAD expertise on the client side. A rich text annotation editor enables use of images, hyperlinks, and contact information. Files stay current and accessible to the entire team. Clients are able work with files shared by a participating member free of charge. Three standard packages. Sign up for a free trial.

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    Computer Design of Beams, Joists, and Rafters

    ConstructionCalc™ offers a free white paper on how to design simply supported wood beams, joists, and rafters with ConstructionCalc's Wood Beam Calculator program. Concepts presented will be applicable to other similar brands of software. The short course covers: determining loads, including uniform, partial, point and wedge loads; span and tributary width; deflection criteria and impact on design; self-weight issues; lateral bracing for bending members; interpretation of output information; and evaluating the most efficient solution. A PC and Microsoft® Excel 2003 or later are required to run ConstructionCalc software. Download the free white paper, "Computer Design of Beams, Joists, and Rafters," here.

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    IES Architectural Suites

    The IES Architectural Suite and Architectural Suite Plus provide integrated sustainable analysis tools for architects to use from the earliest stages of the design process through to detailed design. With training included, the packages offer a cost- and time-effective way to achieve green design goals. Multiple design iterations can be assessed rapidly, helping maximize the environmental performance of the final design. All the tools are integrated around a central 3D model that can connect directly with Google SketchUp®, Autodesk® Revit®, and via gbXML with other 3D design tools, eliminating the need to rebuild geometry. Download a free trial today...

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    Vectorworks Architect 2009 — Realize Your Most Inspired Visions

    Vectorworks Architect's approach to BIM lets you improve your design process instead of trying to replace it. With the industry's leading 3D modeling core, Vectorworks Architect 2009 enables you to draw efficiently, using the design workflow of your choice. Design the way you want. Use the best in architectural 3D to visualize your design and build your information model. Query the model for information at any time and, using the IFC standard, move your BIM models to a growing selection of validation, analysis, and construction applications. To learn more, request your free trial...

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    Adobe Acrobat 9 Pro Extended

    Adobe Acrobat 9 Pro Extended includes all the functions of Acrobat 9 Pro, plus a range of additional features for business and technical professionals. Acrobat 9 Pro Extended includes PDF Portfolio for unifying a wide range of content, Adobe Presenter for creating interactive presentations, and the new Adobe 3D Reviewer for expanded 3D capabilities. It also provides the ability to convert 2D and 3D designs to PDF, convert and share video in PDF, and create PDF maps. Download a free 30-day trial for Windows users:


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    Revit Global Light Utility for 3ds Max

    IMAGINiT Technologies, a RAND Worldwide® Company, has developed the Revit Global Light Utility for Max, a utility for Autodesk® 3ds Max®. With a single click, it turns on/ off multiple lights coming from the Autodesk Revit® and other CAD applications, as well as native 3ds Max lights. In addition to "all on/ all off," the utility allows you to separate each specific kind of light (such as daylight and photometric) or selected lights. The combination of Revit Architecture and 3ds Max Design enables designers to extend the BIM process. Revit Global Light Utility for Max is expected to be the first in a series of tools developed by the IMAGINiT design visualization team. Free download for a limited time.


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    Insulated Metal Panel Performance

    Insulated Metal Panels (IMPs) typically consist of an insulated core, exterior and interior metal skins, double tongue-and-groove joinery, and concealed clips and fasteners. Installed outside the metal stud cavity, IMPs are suitable for exterior walls or roof systems, and can also be used in conjunction with other panels for multi-component solutions. They can increase the thermal efficiency of the building envelope to 95 percent. The panels incorporate a water, air, and vapor barrier in a single-unit wall assembly with R-values that range between R-14 and R-48. Available in a wide range of color and styles. Download a white paper on IMPs from the Metal Construction Association.


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    Policy Assessment on High-Performance Buildings

    This policy recommendations report was prepared by the High-Performance Building Council, with the SBIC serving as its Secretariat, in response to Section 914 of the U.S. Energy Policy Act of 2005, to address defining "high-performance buildings" based on comprehensive and measurable criteria. The Sustainable Buildings Industry Council (SBIC) advocates formation of a building industry coalition to assess current consensus standards and rating systems. View report in PDF format:



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    Design Tools News Headlines

    Autodesk Releases SketchBook Mobile for iPhone OS — Autodesk Press Release, 2009.0917

    Drawing Connections between GIS and Design — Cadalyst, 2009.0916

    Still Waiting for the Tablet Revolution — Cnet News, 2009.0916

    Z Corporation Releases Affordable Portable 3D Laser Scanner — Z Corporation Press Release, 2009.0915

    AutoCAD Architecture 2010 Product Update 1 — Autodesk download page, 2009.0914

    VariCAD 2009 2.01 Released — TenLinks, 2009.0911

    Santolupo's High School Students Tackle Real-World Design Challenges — Cadalyst, 2009.0910

    Autodesk Ships AutoCAD Plant 3D 2010 — TenLinks, 2009.0909

    Laptops and CAD — Cadalyst, 2009.0909

    What's the BIM Deal? Part 2 — Cadalyst, 2009.0909

    ASHRAE Releases Free BIM Introductory Guide — BDC, 2009.0908

    Home & Landscape Design Studio for Mac 14.1 — Macworld, 2009.0902

    3D Systems Acquires Desktop Factory for $5K 3D Printer — TenLinks, 2009.0901

    ArchiCAD 13 Makes Leap in BIM File Sharing — Cadalyst, 2009.0901

    Autodesk Furlough for US Employees This Week — Autodesk Labs Blog, 2009.0831

    The Cost of CAD Software Today — Cadalyst, 2009.0831

    Wikipedia Looks Hard at Its Culture — New York Times, 2009.0831

    AutodeskíS Ambition to Change the Green Building Industry — Reuters, 2009.0828

    Autodesk Releases 3ds Max Design 2010 Service Pack 1 — Autodesk download page, 2009.0827

    Who's Driving Twitter's Popularity? Not Teens — New York Times, 2009.0826

    AutoCAD Virus Alert — Cadalyst, 2009.0826

    What's the BIM Deal? — Cadalyst, 2009.0826

    T-Splines 2.1 Released — T Splines, 2009.0825

    Wikipedia to Limit Changes to Articles on People — New York Times, 2009.0824

    CityCAD 1.8 Released — Holistic City Press Release, 2009.0824

    Trimble Introduces Digital Pen Solutions — Trimble, 2009.0824

    A Better Way to Manage Receipts for Business Travel — New York Times, 2009.0820

    Toward a BIM Paradigm — ArchitectureWeek, 2009.0819

    IES Upgrades VE-Pro — IES Press Release, 2009.0818

    In the New Data Center, ItíS Roofs Off and Taxes Down — New York Times, 2009.0817

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