eDispatch Vol 63

A NOTE FROM THE CEO

May is a busy month for us on the trade show circuit, which gives us many great opportunities to meet up with our users and share some of our latest happenings with you in person. The 2007 AIA National Convention in San Antonio earlier this month was one such opportunity.

Events like these also give our users the chance to showcase their work. We were fortunate to have on hand at our booth several of our users to demonstrate the power of VectorWorks Architect in the context of their work. Nathan Kipnis Architects Inc. out of Chicago and Austin VectorWorks user group leader Francois Levy presented green projects they completed using VectorWorks. And San Antonio’s Seidel + Associates Inc. showcased several recent projects, as well.

A first for us at this year’s conference was a happy hour honoring our award-winning VectorWorks users. The event was well attended, and we thank everyone for stopping by. Incidentally, our booth was right next to Autodesk’s booth, which gave us the fortuitous opportunity to attract some AutoCAD attendees who were entertaining making a switch and introduce them to VectorWorks.

We look forward to catching up with you at future events and welcome hearing from those of you who might be interested in being a VectorWorks guest speaker at a particular event. Please contact Jeremy Powell if you’re interested.


Sincerely,
Sean Flaherty
Sean Flaherty
CEO, Nemetschek North America

VectorWorks Onsite Training

IN THIS ISSUE

•Tech Tips
•User News
•Company News
•Events
•User Profile
•Featured Partner
•Meet Our Staff


•MEET OUR STAFF

Gunther Miller

Introducing Gunther Miller, Nemetschek's Quality Assurance Manager. Gunther started at NNA over 8 years ago. He oversees the Quality Assurance Department, which is responsible for finding and reporting bugs to the engineers.

If I could be someone famous for a day, I would be...
David Letterman, since he’s able to make just about everyone laugh.

My biggest guilty pleasure is...
Slot machines

If I were a cartoon character, I would be...
The Road Runner. Generally quiet and able to run very fast!

The thing most people don't know about me is....
I achieved 10 years of perfect school attendance, I was going for 12. A family trip in second grade caused an absence from school for two weeks. I probably missed the bus a couple times in first grade.

When I was young I...
Wanted to be a dentist. I’ve always enjoyed intricate projects that involve using my hands.

If I had a million dollars, I would....
Pursue a number of entrepreneurial ideas I’ve investigated over the years. Eliminate my mortgage and purchase a Scottish Fold.


CONTACT US

GENERAL INFORMATION
Phone: 410-290-5114
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Web: www.nemetschek.net

ORDERING INFORMATION
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E-mail: sales@nemetschek.net

EVENT INFORMATION
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TECHNICAL SUPPORT
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E-mail: tech@nemetschek.net

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•TECH TIPS

VIDEO TUTORIAL: Using multiple viewports to enhance presentation quality: See how overlaying viewports with different rendering options can greatly improve the look of your drawings and save you time, too. WATCH

VIDEO TUTORIAL: Using the Navigation palette to speed up your work: Find out how using the Navigation palette effectively and efficiently can greatly cut down on time spent sorting through classes, design layers, and sheet layers. WATCH

Creating Template Files: This tutorial will teach you how to save a drawing file as a template to use it as a foundation for creating other files. READ MORE


•USER NEWS

VectorWorks User David Kamp of Dirtworks named 2007 ASLA Fellow: David Kamp, founder and president of Dirtworks, PC, Landscape Architecture, has been named to the prestigious Council of Fellows of the American Society of Landscape Architects and will be inducted at the annual convention this fall. David Kamp’s distinguished career includes the design of a range of domestic and international, public, institutional, commercial, corporate, and residential projects. READ MORE

Rios Clementi Hale Studios Wins AIACC 2007 Firm Award: Los Angeles firm Rios Clementi Hale Studios has won the 2007 Firm Award from the American Institute of Architects, California Council. Long respected and known for its architecture, interiors, and landscape architecture, Rios Clementi Hale Studios also excels in product design, graphics, and urban planning. READ MORE

Chesapeake Home Interviews Landscape Architect Jay Graham: Jay Graham, FSLA, principal of Graham Landscape Architecture, discusses his career as an award-winning landscape architect in the May issue of Chesapeake Home. Based in Annapolis, MD, Graham’s firm specializes in high-end residential and historic preservation work. READ MORE

Chesapeake Life Features Landscape Architect Miles Barnard: Maryland landscape architect Miles Barnard is one of several local artists featured in Chesapeake Life’s March/April issue in “Tastemakers,” an article about the hottest young designers in the Chesapeake region. READ MORE

Webber Hanzlik’s Green Austin Project Featured in This Old House: This Old House magazine follows up its TV series on The Austin House Project—the first “green building” project the show has run—with an article in its May issue. The Texas bungalow renovation by Webber Hanzlik Architects gets a 5-star rating from the local Green Building Program. READ MORE

Architect Nathan Kipnis Receives Environmental Stewardship Award: The Evanston Environment Board awarded an Evanston Environmental Stewardship Award to Nathan Kipnis, AIA, LEED AP, in recognition of the environmental leadership demonstrated in his architectural design, his community environmental advocacy, and his innovative work during its annual award ceremony in April. Kipnis is principal of Nathan Kipnis Architects Inc., one of Chicago’s premier green and sustainable architectural practices. READ MORE

Apple.com Features Engineer Peter Joselow and Architecture Firm Leers Weinzapfel: Mac fanatic and VectorWorks evangelist Peter Joselow is profiled in one of Apple’s online Small Business features, “Well-built with Macs.” His firm, Abraham Joselow Consulting Engineers, provides MEP, HVAC and fire protection consulting services for more than 250 projects each year with only seven full-time employees. And VectorWorks helps him get the jobs done. READ MORE

Apple Pro profiles 2007 AIA Architecture Firm of the Year Leers Weinzapfel, whose founding partners are women in “Leers Weinzapfel Architects: Women of the Year.” The Boston firm appreciates “the sophisticated capabilities in the newest version of VectorWorks,” which allow the firm “to work easily with the many contractors who contribute to projects.” READ MORE


•COMPANY NEWS

Nemetschek Presents First Universal Viewing Tool for IFC: The Nemetschek Group, has released new software for viewing IFC (Industry Foundation Classes) building models. The Nemetschek IFC Viewer enables project members to verify and coordinate planning data in a simple manner. The advantage to users is that no special software is required, as the viewer runs as a stand-alone solution. READ MORE

May, June VectorWorks Training Update: Introduction to VectorWorks and VectorWorks Fundamentals will be offered May 23-25 in Columbia, Maryland. VectorWorks Architect training is coming to San Francisco June 4-6 and to Columbia June 6-8. Always in high demand, 3D Modeling and Rendering will be held in New York June 14-15. For complete details on all these classes and to register, visit the VectorWorks Professional Learning Series web page.

Nemetschek Job Openings: Nemetschek North America, a world leader in architectural, landscape and entertainment design software, is looking to fill several positions:

Architectural Industry Specialist to help support the company's marketing, sales and product development teams and help drive growth of line if architectural design software. As a key member of the team you will work closely with our most valued customers—including AIA award design firms-to help develop "best practices" and ensure their success through proper use of our software.

Landscape Architecture Industry Specialist to help support the company's marketing, sales and product development teams and help drive the growth of its line Landscape design software. As a key member of the team you will work closely with our most valued customers—including ASLA, ANLA, and PLANET, award winning design firms-to help develop "best practices" and ensure their success through proper use of our software.

Senior Technical Writer to write, edit, organize, and maintain complex, highly-graphical technical manuals and on-line help.

Quality Assurance Specialist to work with our software engineers & testers to help ensure our products meet the highest expectations.

Software Engineer—We have multiple positions available and are eager to hear from software engineers with a strong knowledge of Windows GUI programming or significant experience with AutoCAD or the DXF/DWG file formats.

•Sales Representatives—We're looking for enthusiastic individuals with strong communication skills and positive attitudes to be part of its flourishing team. READ MORE


•EVENTS

Trade Shows
May 17-18: JLC Live S. California, Long Beach, CA (Booth #727)
May 30-Jun 1: PCBC, San Francisco, CA (Booth #7526)
Jun 1: SEGD, Boston, MA (Booth #304)
Jun 26-28: Skills USA, Kansas City, MO

All Trade Shows

Training
May 23-25: Intro to VectorWorks and VectorWorks Fundamentals, Columbia, MD
Jun 4-6: Intro to VectorWorks and Architect Fundamentals, San Francisco, CA
Jun 6-8: Intro to VectorWorks and Architect Fundamentals, Columbia, MD
Jun 14-15: 3D Modeling and Rendering, NY, NY
All Training

User Group Meetings
May 21: Los Angeles: South Bay VectorWorks User Group Meeting
May 22: W. Massachusetts VectorWorks User Group Meeting
May 22: NYC VectorWorks User Group Meeting
May 30: Austin VectorWorks User Group Meeting
All User Group Meetings


•USER PROFILE

Kiss + CathcartKiss + Cathcart: Sustainable design is the inspiration for all Kiss + Cathcart projects. And the firm relies heavily on VectorWorks Architect’s 2D/3D hybrid environment technology, giving them the power of both an advanced drafting and presentation solution and an intelligent, robust virtual modeling program with high-quality rendering capabilities to bring its designs to life. For the award-winning reconstruction of The Stillwell Avenue terminal train shed—the largest above-ground station in the New York City subway system, the New York firm designed a 76,000 square-foot glass and steel structure using an innovative panelized construction system of semi-transparent photovoltaic modules. Visit the case studies page of Nemetschek North America's web site to read the full story in "Creating Sustainable Designs with VectorWorks Architect."


•FEATURED PARTNER

iSymbol
iSymbols feature illustrated CAD symbols that give your plan an artistic feel. iSymbols is a small company that makes amazing symbols mainly for VectorWorks users. With these highly detailed symbols you can make your (floor) plans look like hand drafted impressions. The library contains over 900 artistic (scaleable) symbols, ready to use in color or outline. Take a look at their website for free samples (ready to use) and some interior examples uploaded by users.


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