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epic Receives Final Permitting Approvals for the Creative Co-Op

October 8, 2010 - The Woodlands, Texas - this afternoon we got a call from the Permitting Department in Conroe, TX informing us that the Fire Marshall and County Engineer signed off on the building plans we submitted on September 6th. With the 4 permits in hand (Normal0falsefalsefalseEN-USX-NONEX-NONEMicrosoftInternetExplorer4/* Style Definitions */table.MsoNormalTable{mso-style-name:"Table Normal";mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0;mso-tstyle-colband-size:0;mso-style-noshow:yes;mso-style-priority:99;mso-style-qformat:yes;mso-style-parent:"";mso-padding-alt:0in…

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Creating a Panoramic Photo - A Step-By-Step Guide

September 23, 2010 - Panoramic photography has been around for a long time, but at epic, we have taken it to a whole new level. Now, you can experience high resolution full screen panoramic images for a viewing experience that is the next best thing to being there. To make the environment even more interesting, we can add interactive elements such as web links, photos, video, 3D graphics, music and animations.  We call it Interactive Immersive Photography.  So how do we do this? It…

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Site Plans and Drawings - Wally Westbrook Designs Really Delivered The Goods

August 30, 2010 - Work on the Creative Co-op building continues at a brisk pace.  Last week we reached a significant milestone on the project - We completed the technical plans and drawings for the building and our project Engineer - Ron Saikowski - signed off on the drawings.  Wally Westbrook the President of Wally Westbrook Designs, was there for us every step of the way.  For those who have not gone through the process, I will share with you what we learned.  This phase of…

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If We Can’t Help You Grow Your Business - We Can Help You Grow Your Garden!

August 13, 2010 - Several years ago, marketing guru Seth Godin gave a presentation at the TED conference on the importance of standing out. We have all heard the term..."Best thing since sliced Bread", but did you know it took 15 years after the invention of sliced bread before it was widely accepted? Until Wonder Bread came along and SOLD the concept, no one wanted it. Your product or service must stand out for someone to first notice it, before you ever have a chance at selling it. The…

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epic software Begins Development on a Video Game Designed to Teach Statistics at the College Level

May 21,2010 - Hello everyone, my name is Zaki Merchant Hughes and I am a Game Development student at Houston Community College. I am doing my summer internship at the epic software group amd one of my responsibilities is to blog about a new game prototype the company is developing for Texas A&M University.  I will provide you with additional information on the game in future blog posts, but one thing that makes this game very special is the open source concept we will use to build it.  Unlike…

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Choosing an Insulation System for the Creative Co-Op - Part II

May 18, 2010 - When our architects first mentioned using cellulose as the primary insulation for the Creative Co-Op, I have to admit it was not even on my radar screen. I have a great deal of trust in their material choices, but the idea of using recycled newspaper for serious insulation alluded me. I grew up in Brooklyn, NY in a bungalow style house built in 1922.  When built, most of these homes had no insulation in the walls and attic whatsoever.  Cutting holes in the walls and pumping…

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Choosing an Insulation System for the Creative Co-Op - Part I

May 15, 2010 - The idea of being inside of a large metal box in the heat of a Houston, Texas summer is a bit scary. The insulation decision is a big one because of its long-term impact on the comfort and success of the Creative Co-Op. The challenge is to get the building properly insulated from the elements, keep the occupants comfortable, and do it in a cost-effective way. Part of the fun of building a non-conventional structure is doing the research to find out what others have done and their…

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Texas A&M University Distance Learning - Photo Shoot

May 6, 2010 - As the school with the third largest statistics department in the U.S., Texas A&M University has a history and tradition of graduate education in statistics that dates back to 1963. The school has produced over 700 Master's and Ph.D. graduates since its' inception, and now has a goal to aggressively promote the TAMU Distance Learning program. This department has a strong tradition of theoretical and interdisciplinary research with an internationally recognized faculty. In…

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