Denver, CO. — The CAD Society, the industry association of CAD users, today announced Evan Yares, former president of the Open Design Alliance, as the winner of its 2008 Joe Greco Community Award. Yares’ distinguished career as a consultant, writer, developer, and reseller in the CAD industry was recognized by the Society, particularly for his long advocacy for greater CAD interoperability. During his eight-year tenure at the Open Design Alliance (ODA), Yares pursued strategies that emphasized cooperation between users as well as between software vendors. Often outspoken, Yares campaigned against monopolistic corporate practices and sought to realize a CAD industry based on shared interests.
The Open Design Alliance (ODA) is a non-profit consortium of software companies, developers, and users committed to promoting the open exchange of CAD data. The OpenDWG format that the ODA developed, and which Yares advanced, attempted to keep design data free of propriety restrictions, which not only aided interoperability, but also served to secure data for archival preservation. Yares was also co-founder Cyon Research Corporation and acted as Chief Technology Officer for the consultancy which explored the business issues of CAD and 3D software for leading companies in the fields of engineering and software.
In 2000, Yares was one of the three founding members of the Congress of the Future of Engineering Software (COFES), a 3-day event that brings together the top software developers, engineering end users, and analysts for intelligent conversation and debate about the engineering automation industry.
The CAD Society's Joe Greco Community Award is awarded each year to one individual who has distinguished themselves by improving communication and developing community within the CAD industry. The award has been renamed in memory of industry analyst and editor, Joe Greco, who passed away three years ago. At the time, Greco was President of the CAD Society.
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