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Tidbits: MADCAD, FileMaker and ArchiCAD news

Mac CAD and 3D News: In today’s tidbits we have news of’s code updates in the area of fire-protection; we also have exciting training and certification news for AEC firms that use FileMaker Pro for their firm workgroup database needs (always a popular choice); and lastly we have news of 20 city online BIM Event by Graphisoft in Europe.



MADCAD’s latest newsletter announces NFPA codes standards updates. In particular NFPA 10 Standard for Portable Fire Extinguishers, 2010, has been announced. Additional NFPA codes include NFPA 14 Standard for the Installation of Standpipe and Hose Systems, 2010; NFPA 211 Standard for Chimneys, Fireplaces, Vents, and Solid-Fuel-Burning Appliances, 2010. is an online building codes resource for AEC professionals. 24/7 online access to searchable, full cross-referenced codes with annual subscription packages.

New FileMaker 11 Database Certification Training and Testing

Apple subsidiary FileMaker Inc. has announced the immediate availability of the FileMaker Training Series for FileMaker 11, a self-paced learning program to help intermediate to advanced database users and developers master the essentials of the new software. The FileMaker Training series is a key resource to help prepare for the FileMaker 11 Certification examination, which is also now available.

The FileMaker Training Series contains detailed, step-by-step instructions on key FileMaker development topics. The series includes a 700+ page manual and a DVD with demo files, exercises and videos to help guide users through the content.

For professional developers the FileMaker Training Series can help them prepare for the FileMaker Certification examination, which can boost their business and career by being recognized as a FileMaker 11 Certified Developer. The training series is 99.USD. To learn more go here.

BIM “sans frontieres” – ArchiCAD Teamwork Demonstrated in Europe

Graphisoft’s ArchiCAD 13’s real-time Teamwork was recently demonstrated in a large connected online BIM event. The cross-border exercise featured 20 cities in Europe’s DACH region, all connected to the industry’s first BIM server.

Early in March, Graphisoft organized its first TeamBuilding event, where visitors were treated to a live demonstration and the chance to experience first-hand the true potential of this revolutionary design collaboration technology. TeamBuilding participants were invited to work on a multi-storey building from 20 locations throughout Germany, Austria and Switzerland, all working at the same time. The exercise demonstrated how flexible BIM project access is from remote locations, while also illustrating the level of transparency achieved in communication.

The active BIM Server offers a new collaborative workflow, which replaces the previous file server-based “passive collaboration” workflows. Only “delta” information packages–ie, only the changes made on the local workstations–are sent through the network instead of the entire project file. As a result, data traffic is significantly reduced, drastically improving synchronization speed.

To learn more about Graphisoft ArchiCAD 13 with BIM Server go here.

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