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Headlines -- August 17, 2012
James Benham of Smartbidnet launches Construction Open Software Alliance at AGC IT Forum Smartbidnet
CHIGAGO – James Benham, founder of Smartbidnet, announced the formation of the Construction Open Software Alliance at the Associated General Contractors of America's IT Forum in Chicago. Speaking at the Sofitel Hotel on Chicago's Wacker Drive, Benham said the COSA will be a community of software developers and providers who support an open standard in construction software applications, in order to provide the most useful, integrated solutions to the end-user.

Headlines -- August 15, 2012
Bluebeam Software to showcase project collaboration solutions at 2012 Tekla User Conference Bluebeam
PASADENA, Calif. – Bluebeam Software, leading developer of PDF-based collaboration solutions for the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industry, is exhibiting at this week's 2012 Tekla North American User Meeting. During the event, Bluebeam will show attendees how its platform solution, Revu 10, enables users to digitally collaborate on shop drawings and 3D designs with project partners downstream.

Headlines -- August 13, 2012
Newforma licenses M-SIX VEO platform to further integrate PIM with BIM Newforma
MANCHESTER, N.H. and PORTLAND, Ore. – Newforma, a project information management (PIM) software company transforming building and infrastructure project delivery, and M-SIX, developer of a platform enabling 3D building model collaboration in the cloud, today announced that Newforma has licensed the M-SIX VEO platform to integrate PIM with BIM. The integration will enable AEC firms and owners to manage the project information and work processes associated with building models.

Headlines -- August 9, 2012
Design and construction leaders to push digital project collaboration full throttle at the Bluebeam International Rally Conference Bluebeam
PASADENA, Calif. – Next month, a select group of construction industry experts and leaders in digital project communication will convene in the Pacific Northwest for the second annual Bluebeam® International Rally Conference. This special, high-octane experience hosted by Bluebeam Software is set for Sep. 7-8 at the Salish Lodge & Spa near Seattle.

Headlines -- July 30, 2012
Trimble extends its BIM-to-Field capabilities for building contractors with SketchUp file integration Trimble
SUNNYVALE, Calif. – Trimble introduced the first integration of SketchUp file import capabilities into the Trimble Field Link layout software. By supporting model data from Tekla, Autodesk, and now SketchUp, Trimble extends its capabilities in bringing constructible Building Information Modeling (BIM) solutions from the office to the field. Recently acquired by Trimble from Google, SketchUp Pro is used by architects; general, steel and concrete contractors; and mechanical, engineering and plumbing (MEP) contractors to easily create 3D models for visualization of residential and commercial building construction projects.

GRAPHISOFT announces BIMx for Android devices  GRAPHISOFT
BUDAPEST – GRAPHISOFT announced its latest innovation specifically targeted toward Android device users. GRAPHISOFT BIMx, the ultimate communication and presentation tool for BIM projects, is now available as a 3D viewer app for a range of Android devices, in addition to the iPad/iPhone. The Facebook-integrated BIMx community and the new Model Transfer site help spread this innovative technology among architects, clients and all other stakeholders.

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