VOLUME Construction Advisor Today   ISSUE 25   OCTOBER 15, 2009


Many construction projects require the skills and resources of more than one party. These forces are deployed through joint venturing, partnering and subcontracting. It is the entity that signed the contract that is obligated to the project owner. Yet the parties in the field may largely be strangers to the owner.


When school doors opened across the nation for the new school year, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) launched the third year of its National Green Schools Campaign. This broad-based initiative promotes the improvement of indoor environmental quality and increased energy, water and resource efficiency of America's schools.


Like it or not, Primavera’s new era has begun, and there is no turning back. Is this the start of something great or something not so great? I asked many attendees and Oracle employees at Oracle’s OpenWorld annual convention this week in San Francisco. No two answers were completely alike. If I were to blend the comments of Primavera founders Dick Faris and Joel Koppelman, some formal and some off the cuff, the future is bright. Primavera is quite independent from Oracle when it comes to development, as long as the Oracle “rules” are followed, they said. R&D personnel appear elated at their new resources.


Autodesk Inc. awarded its latest BIM Experience Award to Max Bogl Group, the largest private construction company in Germany, for its recent work on a 55,000-seat National Stadium in Bucharest, Romania. 

The schematic design of the design-build project, built in partnership with Italy-based Astaldi, was created in four weeks using Autodesk Revit Architecture software. The Max Bogl team then used Autodesk Revit Architecture and Autodesk 3ds Max Design software to produce design visualizations and cinematic-quality walkthroughs for a strategic bid presentation that convinced the client to abandon its official design and move forward with Max Bogl's more visually striking design.






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