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Revit 2013 – Roof Framing Extension

Revit 2013 – Roof Framing Extension | BIM WORLD | Scoop.it

Autodesk have recently launched a new roof timber framing extension for subscription customers following on from a similar tool for framing wall panels. The tools, once installed, will appear on the extensions ribbon and have two modules, one for rafter framing and another for roof trusses....

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Introducing BIM 360 Plan for Lean Construction Production Planning

Introducing BIM 360 Plan for Lean Construction Production Planning | BIM WORLD | Scoop.it

That’s right, we are happy to announce the latest addition to the BIM 360 platform, BIM 360 Plan!

 

Launched earlier today, BIM 360 Plan brings order to the chaos of managing weekly work plans with spreadsheets and print-outs. The new solution takes advantage of Lean construction principles, and supports the Last Planner® System to create reliable and predictable work plans while reducing waste associated with labor, materials, and processes.

And like other BIM 360 products, BIM 360 Plan is comprised of a web service--accessible through a web browser as well as a companion iOS mobile app for iPad.

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Stairs Builder Add-in for Revit

Stairs Builder Add-in for Revit | BIM WORLD | Scoop.it

Stairs Builder is an application based on Autodesk® Revit®. It provides powerful capabilities and friendly features for stairs creation with following characteristics:

 

Fourteen kinds of the most common stairs are supported.

Stairs can be created across more than one level.

Levels with different intervals are supported for stairs creation with Stairs Builder.

Landings and Openings can be created automatically.

Stairs type and Railing type can be specified before stairs will be created.

Flexible ways to locate the stairs to be created.

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5 smart tech trends transforming the job site

5 smart tech trends transforming the job site | BIM WORLD | Scoop.it

Drones, GoPro, RFID, Oculus Rift, augmented reality, 360 cameras, 3D laser scanners, GIS systems. There’s no shortage of tech gadgets that are ripe for adoption on commercial construction projects. Making these tech tools even more enticing for construction firms are the low barrier to entry—for example, professional-grade drones go for as low as $650—and improved integration with existing workflows and systems...

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Give ‘Real BIM’ a chance to be a Game-changer in AEC!

Give ‘Real BIM’ a chance to be a Game-changer in AEC! | BIM WORLD | Scoop.it
Give ‘Real BIM’ a chance to be a Game-changer in AEC! ‘Real BIM’ could be the weapon for changing the game in the global AEC. There still are small fish with professional integrity surviving within the global waters of the AEC consultancy market wanting to strike back against the over-franchisers, purely business oriented BIG fish practising ‘Pretend BIM’ and redefine how the AEC is run; Real BIM could be the answer.
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Introduction to Revit Macros, Part 1 | AUGI

Introduction to Revit Macros, Part 1 | AUGI | BIM WORLD | Scoop.it

BIM managers have tasks they perform on a regular basis, whether on a single Autodesk® Revit® model or on multiple Revit models. Many of these tasks are repetitive and can become boring after doing the same task over and over. Luckily, Revit has a solution to this with its integrated Macro system. There are many tasks that can be automated such as model setup, model cleanup, view/sheet creation and duplication, quality control checks, parameter validation, and much more.

 

Before proceeding any further, I want you to know that I’m not a professional developer and I have only been writing macros in Revit for a little over a year as of this writing. I learned how to create macros by trial and error. If I can learn this way, I believe just about anyone else can also. My process has been to identify a task to automate or a problem to solve. I then break down the steps to solve using Revit as normal (if possible) and then I set out to solve it in a similar way through a macro.

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Improved User Productivity - Robot Structural Analysis Professional 2016 - YouTube

n the 2016 version there are some new features which improve user productivity. The selection feature enables you to preview elements before you actually select them. The Structural Verification dialog enables you to identify and locate errors in the model more clearly.

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Trimble Partners with Microsoft to Bring Microsoft HoloLens Wearable Holographic Technology to the AEC Industry

Trimble Partners with Microsoft to Bring Microsoft HoloLens Wearable Holographic Technology to the AEC Industry | BIM WORLD | Scoop.it

SAN FRANCISCO, April 29, 2015—Trimble (NASDAQ:TRMB) announced today that it is working with Microsoft to develop a new generation of tools, integrated with the HoloLens holographic platform on Windows 10, which are intended to improve quality, collaboration and efficiency in the design, construction and operation of buildings and structures. A proof of concept was demonstrated at Microsoft’s Build Developer Conference held this week in San Francisco.

 

Microsoft HoloLens is a head-mounted, holographic computer that provides a mixed-reality experience for a range of commercial and consumer applications. When used by architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) professionals, the HoloLens device extends interaction with 3D models beyond the confines of a 2D computer screen, creating new ways for the many stakeholders of complex, multi-phase construction projects to visualize, collaborate, share ideas and manage change.

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Revit 2016 - New Door Content

Revit 2016 - New Door Content | BIM WORLD | Scoop.it

The What's New documentation for Revit 2016 doesn't mention this but if you look closely you'll find that it provides new door families separated into Residential (19 each) and Commercial (16 each) folders. The residential doors all use Type Catalogs except for the two garage doors (you can see them in the second image below). Revit 2015's Doors folder has 31 doors and Revit 2016 provides 35 (and another 12 you'll see below, for total of 47)...

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Welcome to the Family: The Transition to Civil 3D | AUGI

Welcome to the Family: The Transition to Civil 3D | AUGI | BIM WORLD | Scoop.it

Transitioning from existing technologies to new ones or implementing new technologies usually poses a challenge during the implementation phase for many reasons. If you are already familiar with the previous technology, in this case regular AutoCAD® as a drafting and design platform, the transition might be not so hard. However, if you are just getting familiar with the AutoCAD environment your learning curve might be steeper. But either way, transitioning to AutoCAD® Civil 3D® is worth the effort, and once you try it you cannot go back. I know there is more than one flavor of AutoCAD and I think regular AutoCAD will always have its place, but if you use it in civil engineering, land development, or a related field, then AutoCAD Civil 3D is for you...

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What's New In Revit 2016? Excitech Videos

As you all may have noticed, Revit 2016 has now been released, but what new features do we all have to play with? Rob Clark from Excitech posted the following videos explaining what’s new in Revit Architecture, Revit Structure, Revit MEP & AutoCAD Civil 3D 2016.

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Why Isn't There a Smarter BIM Tool for Building Design, Yet?: AECbytes Viewpoint

Why Isn't There a Smarter BIM Tool for Building Design, Yet?: AECbytes Viewpoint | BIM WORLD | Scoop.it

A couple of weeks ago, I visited the Midwest University conference in Minnesota, where, among other events, I attended a class on “Advanced InfraWorks – 360 Modules and Features” presented by Eric Chappell of Autodesk. While I have written about InfraWorks in the context of two recent articles on infrastructure design (“Extending BIM to Infrastructure” and “High Speed Rail and BIM”) and had a broad understanding of the application and its capabilities, I hadn’t really had the opportunity to get into the details and see how exactly it worked. Being an architect by background, I was very well acquainted with the nitty-gritties of all the architectural BIM applications, and I figured that attending the InfraWorks class would provide me with the chance to learn a little more about it...

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Revit 2016 What's New? - A Commentary

Revit 2016 What's New? - A Commentary | BIM WORLD | Scoop.it
So what's new?  2016 is a tricky one, as Autodesk released a Point release of Revit 2015 in R2, which included a lot of new features back in September last year.  So to truly look at the full set of 12 months of feature development we should probably incorporate those. All in all 2016, in my opinion, represents a lot of handy minor improvements, but no real game changers have been made directly in Revit.
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BIM: Then and Now | AUGI

BIM: Then and Now | AUGI | BIM WORLD | Scoop.it

A few years ago, when asked the question, “Are you designing in BIM?” most people would have answered, “Yes.” They had purchased a license or two of Autodesk® Revit®, they had created 3D content, and they had occasionally written some descriptive text in a parameter field. So we have a building “B,” we put some information in a field “I,” and it’s a model “M.” It must be BIM.

 

In 2008, on average, when everyone began the adoption of Revit and three-dimensional design modeling, most firms were creating two-dimensional plans with three-dimensional programs. Meaning it did not matter whether the duct or pipe was drawn through the steel or below the ceiling because as long as the two-dimensional drawings looked correct, the goal was accomplished.

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Let's Discuss Dynamo with Ian Keough

Ian Keough, Principal Engineer at Autodesk and Dynamo creator, as well as Nathan Miller and Matthew Nelson from CASE, discuss the future of Dynamo.
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AUGIWorld May 2015 Issue Released!

ow that the new Autodesk software releases are rolled out, it's time to implement. For those who have done their homework and prepared for the implementation, it should be a relatively smooth process. If you are among those who haven't prepped... well, you can hope for the best, but expect the worst. Perhaps you can begin by giving the May 2015 issue of AUGIWorld a good read.


First, if you are upgrading to a new release of AutoCAD, let Mike Thomas remind you why AutoCAD is still a reliable workhorse in his article "AutoCAD, the Versatile Veteran."


In "Considering the Move to Civil 3D," Mark Hultgren helps you prepare for the transition to AutoCAD Civil 3D. In this first of two articles, Mark help you set the stage for the debut of Civil 3D in your firm. Keep reading for more implementation strategies.


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Aconex: Cloud Platform for AEC Collaboration

Aconex: Cloud Platform for AEC Collaboration | BIM WORLD | Scoop.it

Remember the AEC dotcom boom and subsequent bust during the late 1990s to early 2000s when over 150 companies were all developing some version of an AEC collaboration portal? We even had a dedicated conference, AEC Systems, specifically for showcasing these solutions. While most of these solutions are now defunct along with the conference itself, the need for a collaboration solution in the AEC industry is stronger than ever, given the growing size and complexity of projects and the increasing number of disciplines and firms that need to be involved. One such solution is Aconex, which actually goes all the way back to the AEC dotcom days but fortunately escaped their fate. Perhaps this was because the company that developed it, also called Aconex, was started in Australia, “far from the madding crowd” of AEC dotcoms funded by Silicon Valley venture firms. Aconex has not only survived since it was started but has actually thrived, and is now a public company in Australia. This review explores the solution in more detail and attempts to understand what accounts for its growing adoption and success in the construction and engineering industries, particularly when so many other collaboration solutions have failed even to survive, let alone gain traction...

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Introduction to Revit Macros, Part 2 | AUGI

In my previous article, “Introduction to Revit Macros,” which appeared in the November 2014 issue of AUGIWorld, I outlined the basics of writing macros in Revit. In this follow-up article I will step through a macro that was made specifically for my previous company, an MEP firm. The macro is for use during project setup to create views for each of the MEP disciplines.

The macro, called “CreateMEPViews,” will create several discipline views for each level in the model. I built this macro because I was spending hours setting up large projects in Autodesk® Revit®. The process of duplicating a view, renaming it, and applying a view template for every discipline for every level in the model is very time consuming, especially on large, multi-story projects..

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BIM 360 Glue and Navisworks 2016: Real-time Collaboration is Here

BIM 360 Glue and Navisworks 2016: Real-time Collaboration is Here | BIM WORLD | Scoop.it

Introducing… Navisworks 2016 AND BIM 360 Glue!

 

Navisworks 2016 has taken a major step forward with BIM collaboration in the cloud. Now with BIM 360 Glue model and data interoperability, Navisworks 2016 provides project teams with a more complete, connected solution to BIM project coordination and collaboration. This connected solution combines the familiar, powerful features of Navisworks with the easy, accessible, and collaborative capabilities of BIM 360 Glue. 

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Free Revit Extension for Fabrication | Autodesk Exchange Apps

Free Revit Extension for Fabrication | Autodesk Exchange Apps | BIM WORLD | Scoop.it

With the Autodesk® Revit® Extension for Autodesk® Fabrication, Autodesk® Revit® 2016 software users can save models that have been produced in Revit 2016 or Revit MEP 2016 using Fabrication Parts to a file compatible with Autodesk® Fabrication 2016 software products (Fabrication CADmep, Fabrication ESTmep, Fabrication CAMduct).  This interoperability allows users to utilize fabrication model data authored in Revit for use in Fabrication workflows.  Additionally, supported parts in models created in the Fabrication software products can be opened for continued modelling in Revit, or Revit hand-off at the end of the project.

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Introduction to Reality Computing | AUGI

Introduction to Reality Computing | AUGI | BIM WORLD | Scoop.it

The use of digital models, information, and workflows for product and project development is a well-established expected practice in many industries. Technologies for computer-aided design (CAD), computer-aided manufacturing (CAM), digital prototyping, and building information modeling (BIM) have already changed many design and delivery processes.

 

This use of digital information about the physical world is now laying the groundwork for another transformation: the integration of digital design environments and the physical world. Technologies to capture information about the physical world, manipulate and analyze that information digitally, and actualize the result back into the physical world are combining to enable new ways of working. These new technologies for “Reality Computing” are already improving workflows across industries that design, produce, or manage physical products or projects—from jet engines to highways to running shoes...

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Product Review: Real-Time Rendering with Fuzor | AUGI

Product Review: Real-Time Rendering with Fuzor | AUGI | BIM WORLD | Scoop.it

As the BIM manager for an architectural firm specializing in residential, commercial, retail, and hospitality, I am always looking for new ways to present our designs to clients as well as to have ways to better interact and visualize our designs.

 

There are various rendering and visualization tools that have the ability to add accurate materials, light, and entourage to create a realistic sense of the final architectural product. Some of these tools are complex and some not, but all of them have something in common: it takes a certain amount of time for the completion of the rendered view or animation. If more changes are made to update the original scene, there is often additionally waiting involved to get the updated result.

 

For those of you working in Autodesk® Revit® who want to be able to realize your visualizations in an effortless environment without compromising on speed, quality, and, accuracy, meet Fuzor, a high-quality, real-time rendering application that integrates seamlessly with Revit.

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Different BIMs for different Purposes

Different BIMs for different Purposes | BIM WORLD | Scoop.it

How does BIM work, like really work, in the real world?

There are a proliferation of diagrams with arrows and graphics invariably arranged in a circle, or as a seamless flow.


But none of these are explanations of how BIM actually works, they are blueprints of how the authors think BIM should work.
It is an attempt to promote the myth that "BIM is about process, not technology", so that you will use the standard, guide, paid advice or academic career being pushed.

BIM does involve some new and different processes, but try doing it without technology. It would go from being a highly efficient process to one that involves an enormous amount of  work and time that is error prone and tedious. Basically the benefits would evaporate...

 

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New Best Practices for Plumbing | AUGI

New Best Practices for Plumbing | AUGI | BIM WORLD | Scoop.it

The plumbing transition to Autodesk® Revit® has some challenges stemming from a history of good drafting practice.  That's not to say Revit does not respect good drafting practices, but the software focuses more on how plumbing will be installed rather than how it is easiest to read on a two-dimensional drawing.  Historically, plumbing has been represented diagrammatically to improve drawing clarity while minimizing the number of views required.  While Revit is very good at representing pipes and valves precisely where they are, it struggles a bit at being diagrammatic. This is where we need to remember this isn't your father's drafting table.  Understand why "this is the way we have always done it," and ask yourself if the reasons are still relevant...

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Revit Structure 2016 – New Features

Revit Structure 2016 – New Features | BIM WORLD | Scoop.it

Here is the list of the Major Structural Improvements

 

Structural Steel Profiles

Elevation Parameters

Release and member forces

Truss chord rotation

Local coordinate system

Area loads

Rebar display performance

Rebar placementRebar shapes in paths

Rebar scheduling

Structural Analysis Toolkit for Autodesk® Revit® (NOT AVAILABLE FOR REVIEW)

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