Vectorworks News – Kipnis Wins Home of the Decade
Nemetschek North America has announced that Vectorworks user Nathan Kipnis Designs has won Home of the Decade, an award given in the 10th anniversary May/June 2009 issue of Natural Home Magazine. “Vectorworks allowed me to very precisely model the home to fully envision the sun’s path during various times of the year, both inside and outside,” states Kipnis. “This was insightful for us in the office, as well as for the owners, as design was so integrally tied to the sun angles, views of Lake Michigan, and shading from several types of trees.” For pictures of the award-winning home click here.
Graphisoft’s MEP Modeler Helps BDSP Coordinate Building Services
BDSP Partnership is a 100+ strong international consulting engineering practice, specializing in the design of sustainable, energy efficient structures. Building services–heating, cooling, water supply, recycling, fire and security alarms, telecom, etc,–account for a growing proportion of the value of many major construction projects. However, the coordination of these services is often a major headache. From initial design stage, the size and complexity of the services has to be carefully planned.
BDSP Partnership tackles these challenges using ArchiCAD and its MEP Modeler application. BDSP director, Ian Dunscombe, says: “Using model-based design and the MEP modeller saves us loads of time and we can produce not only all the information needed but be confident that our own work is fully coordinated. And the information produced is something that architects, and even the client, can understand easily, making it great for coordination and communication purposes. The 3D model has great benefits at every stage.”
To learn more about MEP Modeler and ArchiCAD by Graphisoft please visit them on the Web here.
Copper Project Version 4 Enterprise Edition is now out
The Copper Project folks have been busy for quite a long time but the results have been worth it they say. Version 4 Enterprise Edition is now available. The fourth version of this online project management software system (Saas, software as a service, tool) will help customers manage their information, time and money better than before.
New in Copper Project v4 Enterprise Edition is an all new user interface that responds immediately to numerous feedback thanks to the implementation of AJAX functions to 90 percent of Copper. There is now real-time search, including searching for files that are uploaded to the system.
Other changes include a redesigned projects module, simplified project screen merging tasks with projects, better project Gantt charts, faster ways to do simple items like associating related projects, allocating users, etc. There is a new Stopwatch Timer feature for those pros who need to track time that accurately, and numerous other little features that refine an already popular system.
Click there to learn more.