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Hot on the heels of BIMStorm LAX, we're part of the month-long BIMStorm for New Orleans that is exploring how technology can be used to allow real-time integration of design teams working in a disaster area. Onuma and the R&D team at Nemetschek North America have worked together to significantly improve IFC translation between our products. If you are interested in participating, please contact Jeff Ouellette at jouellette@nemetschek.net within the next two weeks for more information. BIMStorm is designed to allow collaboration across distance and time zones, so, wherever you are, feel free to become part of this technology showcase. I personally can't wait for technology like this to trickle down to my local building permit office!

For students in the U.S., there's still time to enter our architectural design competition. In conjunction with our sponsor, Architect magazine, and with the support of the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS), we're looking for students using VectorWorks to show off their architectural design talent. Winners in each category win a trip to the national AIA conference in Boston, where you'll present to our panel of accomplished architecture educators and professionals. The grand prize winner will be featured publicly and get a head start on their architectural career. We're looking for entrants in interior environment (ambience), functionality, and design integration. Entries for the student design competition are due April 25, so visit our web site today for details on how to enter. Good luck!

Sean Flaherty
Sean Flaherty
CEO, Nemetschek North America

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VectorWorks 2008 Student Design Competition: Students of architecture are encouraged to enter the "Design Your Future" VectorWorks 2008 Design Competition. Sponsored by Architect magazine and supported by the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS), this competition is open to any student enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate design program in the U.S. READ MORE

Go Green with BIM in VectorWorks Architect-and Get AIA/CES Credit: Learn how you can integrate building information modeling (BIM) technology into your workflow to create sustainable designs without missing a beat. Join us at the BOFFI showroom on Thursday, March 27, to find out how from local designer and LEED consultant Michael Heacock. READ MORE

VectorWorks at JLC Live in Providence, Rhode Island: Nemetschek North America will be exhibiting in Providence, Rhode Island, at the JLC Live show from March 28-29 in booth #908. There is a VectorWorks Architect workshop, Build Your Business with VectorWorks Architect, on Friday, March 28, 9:30-11:00am and 1:45-3:15pm and on Saturday, March 29, 12:30-2:00pm in Room #550A.

Updated VectorWorks 2008 Exchange Plugin for CINEMA 4D R10.5 Released: Maxon Computer, Inc., a member of the Nemetschek AG family of software products, has just released an updated VectorWorks 2008 Exchange Plugin for CINEMA 4D R10.5. Follow this link for the download page.


PBS GardenStory Series to Feature VectorWorks User Dirtworks, PC: VectorWorks Landmark user Dirtworks, PC, is being featured in GardenStory, a documentary for public television. One episode of the ten-part series, entitled "The Healing Gardens of David Kamp," will focus on the work of the New York City-based landscape architecture firm. READ MORE

Swiss VectorWorks Users Win Prestigious National Award for Max Bill-Platz: Three Swiss VectorWorks users are winners of Switzerland's most prestigious landscape architecture award, the 2007 "Golden Hare." The firms Haerle Hubacher Architekten, Schweingruber Zulauf Landschaftsarchitekten, and Zschokke Gloor Landschaftsarchitekten received the award in the landscape architecture category for their collaboration on the Max Bill-Platz in Zurich.

VectorWorks User Clearscapes, PA, Wins AIA North Carolina Firm of the Year Award: Raleigh-based VectorWorks user Clearscapes, PA, has been named the 2007 AIA North Carolina Firm of the Year, the highest honor the chapter bestows upon a firm. READ MORE


Image Props: In this tech tip, we demonstrate step by step how to create image props. WATCH

Stack Layers: In this video tech tip, we demonstrate the different options available with stack layers. WATCH


Trade Shows
Mar 20-22: USITT Annual Conference & Stage Expo, Houston, TX (Booth #880)
Mar 24: GSA Public Buildings Service 2008 Knowledge & Technology Conference, Chicago, IL (Booth #3)
Mar 28-29: JLC Live New England, Providence, RI (Booth #908)
Apr 02-03: Residential Design Show, Boston, MA (Booth #428)
Apr 21-23: ASLA Central States Conference, St. Louis, MO (Booth #26)
May 15-17: AIA National Convention & Expo, Boston, MA (Booth #22115)
May 30: Ohio Chapter ASLA meeting, Columbus, Ohio
May 30: Society of Environmental Graphic Designers Expo, Austin, TX (Booth #502)

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Mar 31-Apr 02: Intro to VectorWorks and Architect Fundamentals, San Francisco, CA
Mar 31-Apr 02: Intro to VectorWorks and Vectorworks Fundamentals, Columbia, MD
Apr 14-16: Intro to VectorWorks and Landmark Fundamentals, Columbia, MD
Apr 21-23: Intro to VectorWorks and Architect Fundamentals, Columbia, MD
May 05-07: Intro to VectorWorks and Spotlight Fundamentals, Columbia, MD
May 19-21: Intro to VectorWorks and Vectorworks Fundamentals, Columbia, MD
Jun 02-04: Intro to VectorWorks and Architect Fundamentals, Columbia, MD

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User Group Meetings
Mar 20: New York VectorWorks User Group Meeting
Mar 25: Hampton Roads VectorWorks User Group Meeting
Mar 25: Pittsburgh VectorWorks User Group Meeting

All User Group Meetings


Blackwalnut Case StudyBlackwalnut: Blackwalnut is a full-service fabrication company that specializes in scenic environments for the broadcast industry. In other words, they build TV sets—TV sets for ABC, CBS, NBC, ESPN, CNBC, The Game Show Network, Comedy Central, and more. Budgets can exceed $1 million, and broadcast environments can consist of up to 10,000 square feet of scenery to produce—in as little as six weeks. That's how much time blackwalnut had to engineer, build, and assemble a new set for Comedy Central's Emmy and Peabody Award-winning The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. READ MORE


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