Maxwell Systems Inc. has become a corporate sponsor of Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery County, Pa.

The company will participate in building projects that will provide quality, affordable shelter for residents in Norristown, a suburb of Philadelphia.

In addition to its financial contribution, Maxwell Systems sponsored four “build days” for employees to volunteer their hands-on help to accomplish the construction goal. Fifty volunteers from the company’s King of Prussia, Pa., office were set to participate in the series of projects occurring throughout June.

“We’re happy to support Habitat for Humanity and the organization’s critical work advancing the quality of life and economic vitality in our neighborhoods,” said Jim Flynn, president and CEO of Maxwell Systems. “Our volunteers are eager to get involved and we all strongly believe that giving back to the community where we live, work and play is an important part of our company’s culture as well as personally rewarding. The fact that we’re also in the construction industry makes the partnership even more meaningful for us.”
Autodesk expands software options

Mechanical, electrical and plumbing contractors have more software choices to choose from on BIM projects, thanks to Autodesk.

The software company said it has released a number of products designed to help extend building information modeling to support the fabrication and construction of mechanical, electrical and plumbing projects.

“The new Autodesk fabrication tools reflect our commitment to provide downstream project solutions to extend the benefits of a BIM workflow for the MEP engineering, contractor, and construction markets - to help them reduce inefficiencies, lower costs, and improve collaboration,” said Nicolas Mangon, a senior director of marketing for Autodesk. “These new tools will help today’s MEP professionals meet the increasing demand from their clients to support a BIM workflow. The Autodesk fabrication family of products provides the tools today’s MEP contractors and engineers need to support a building systems project moving from design into detailing, fabrication and installation.”

The latest Autodesk fabrication software for MEP contractors and engineers includes FABmep 2013, which aims to help users fulfill detailing and fabrication requirements in a BIM-based process with Autodesk Revit software for MEP engineers. It also extends Autodesk Revit design models to FABmep software to continue a BIM workflow from design to detailing and fabrication.