To assist architects grappling with the new Part L, the Construction Products Association has started a model designs initiative. In response the Steel Construction Institute and Corus have developed a new website, giving an overview of the issues relating to steel, model-design calculations, and a support forum. www.modeldesignsinsteel. com
Autodesk has just released Maya 8.5, the latest version of this 3D animation, modelling and rendering software.
www. autodesk. com/maya
LightWork Design, supplier of rendering solutions for 3D graphics software, now has building materials from major Japanese manufacturers in LWA digital material format. See www.lightworks-user. com for free downloads.