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3 Reasons You Should BIM

3 Reasons You Should BIM | BIM WORLD | Scoop.it

BIM, the acronym for building information modeling, is transforming the architecture and design world. It is quickly becoming the standard for conceptualization, client presentation, and building engineering and construction.  So, why is the AV community so far behind in embracing these trends and supporting 3D models?...

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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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Revit 2016's New Physical-Realistic Rendering Engine

Revit 2016's New Physical-Realistic Rendering Engine | BIM WORLD | Scoop.it

The 2016 version of Revit that was just announced has a number of new features, several of which have already found their way into Revit 2015 for subscription customers via the 2015 R2 update. One unique feature in the 2016 version is the new Autodesk Raytracer rendering engine. Well, technically parts of this feature are already in the RaytraceVisual Style. The technology has been enhanced and incorporated into the Rendering Dialog for 3D views. This article will cover what is new and different about this new rendering engine for high quality still images from within Revit.  At the end, we will also take a quick look at a new tool which creates a Section Box around the selected elements.

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Virtual Reality: Coming to an Architecture Office Near You

Virtual Reality: Coming to an Architecture Office Near You | BIM WORLD | Scoop.it
With an entry cost of less than $20 (for anyone who owns a smartphone), Google Cardboard could be the technology that gets people experimenting with virtual

 

Virtual Reality. It’s an old term, even an old technology, but it carries new weight – and it’s coming to architecture, soon. Its prevalence will be a result of its near universal accessibility; the experience can now be powered by the modern cell phone. It’s probably on your desk, in your pocket – you may even be reading on a virtual reality engine right now. The price point to participate, thanks to Google Cardboard and a device you already own, is less than twenty dollars...

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Benefits of BIM and VDC: A Contractor’s View

Benefits of BIM and VDC: A Contractor’s View | BIM WORLD | Scoop.it

Unsurprisingly, statistics show that the percentage of contractors using building information modeling (BIM) and virtual design and construction (VDC) is rising each year; but why is that number increasing and how are contractors using them? Personally, after pushing the envelope with technology as a designer, working for a contractor was my next logical career move because contractors are now the leading users of BIM. That is why I am proud to work for Mortenson Construction, which has been using BIM and VDC for nearly 20 years. Today, Mortenson is one of the many contractors across the world using technology to improve processes, safety, quality, cost, and schedule...

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Revit OpEd: Survey Point

Revit OpEd: Survey Point | BIM WORLD | Scoop.it

In my view, it is no accident that the Survey Point (SP) is named using Survey. It's purpose or role in Revit is to permit us to relate our project to survey coordinate data, which is ordinarily provided by linking an external file. This image depicts a linked DWG site file whose origin is roughly 85 miles from the southwest property corner. The iron pipe at this corner has X/Y coordinates of exactly 450,000',450,000'.

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Survey Point - Post 3 - Five Minutes with Shared Coordinates

A video that accompanies two posts at Revit OpEd. It describes creating a Master Site file to manage the position, orientation and elevation of linked building models.

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Check Your Fire Ratings with Ideate BIMLink

Check Your Fire Ratings with Ideate BIMLink | BIM WORLD | Scoop.it

Did you know that Ideate BIMLink provides an abundance of additional Revit ‘related’ data that can enhance quality control processes? You may be familiar with this concept of related data, because it aligns with how Revit schedules work. Within a Revit schedule, for example, it is possible to create a schedule of Generic Model elements and also include related data about the Rooms or Spaces in which these elements are located. Within the Ideate BIMLink environment, however, a far richer list of related data is available. This opens up a wealth of possibilities for sophisticated data management. 

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BIM as a Data Resource for The Internet of Things - ioT

BIM as a Data Resource for The Internet of Things - ioT | BIM WORLD | Scoop.it
Cloud computing technology is a disruptive technology that will enhance productivity in Construction. Will the BIM Model be an important source of data for ioT.

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BIM 4 Manufacturers and Manufacturing

BIM Adoption by Product Manufacturers Survey conducted July to October 2014 updated 03 February 2015

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Autodesk A360 Viewer

Autodesk A360 Viewer | BIM WORLD | Scoop.it

Need a simple method to view many file formats for free?

 

The new A360 Viewer tool has been developed recently and is included in A360 Drive and A360 Team has been made available as an external capability which is free to use.

 

It’s a cloud application, but runs just through the browser.

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AUGIWorld March 2015 Issue Released!

In the March 2015 issue of AUGIWorld, our authors share some of their favorite tips & tricks to add to your growing collection! Michelle Rasmussen asks, "Are You Taking Full Advantage of Civil 3D?" and then presents a handful of time-saving tips and tricks to help you realize the potential in the software.


Inventor users will benefit from Mike Thomas's article, "Tips for Advanced Assembly Control," which offers a comprehensive look at representations in Inventor.

Dive into this issue and begin gathering the productivity boosters.

Also in the March 2015 AUGIWorld...

New Old Tricks for Newbies and Old Dogs - Murray Clack, long-time AutoCAD veteran, uncovers some nuggets in AutoCAD.

Back to Basics - Joshua Geimecke looks at the most important tip for Revit Structure users - collaboration.


Introduction to Revit Macros, Part 2 - Troy Gates revisits macros for Revit MEP, this time with a real-world example.

No Magic Wand, in Life OR Revit - Jay Zallan urges users to tap the vast resources of the Internet and even look within their software for choice tips and tricks.

50 Fast Tips & Tricks - Brian Chapman goes from 0 to 50 with tips & tricks for 3ds Max users.

BIM Then and Now - Ryan Joyce visits BIM as it was a few years ago, when users thought 3D design was BIM, and now, when sophisticated users know that BIM is so much more.



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Creating a Structured Usable Model BIMPEP, Do's and Don'ts

Creating a Structured Usable Model BIMPEP, Do's and Don'ts | BIM WORLD | Scoop.it

During my past webinar, I covered some important points in the planning of workflows to secure downstream uses of BIM. I outlined in a graphic the concept that the value of information increases as the graphical representation decreases during the life-cycle of a project.


As promised, below are a couple of links for BIM Project Execution Plans that are fairly popular. Once you've seen a couple BIM PxPs, you get the general picture. The most important thing to remember is that this document is something that is not just developed and forgotten in a dusty corner. Participants have to continue referring to it and using it as a means of building a collaborative environment.

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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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AUGIWorld April 2015 Issue Released!

AUGIWorld authors have been hard at work slicing and dicing the new releases to bring you the highlights of 2016 versions of AutoCAD, Revit, Civil 3D, AutoCAD Architecture, and Inventor.

 

In his article "Updates, Big and Small," John Evans was amazed at the number of enhancements packed into Inventor 2016.

Kimberly Fuhrman takes a close look at Revit Structure in "Bring in the Reinforcements (and More)." Here, she details improvements to, you guessed it, Revit Structure's Reinforcement features and others.

There's much more about Autodesk's 2016 releases in this issue, so read on and enjoy.

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Justifying a Revit Manager

Imagine...you work for a firm that doesn't have a dedicated Revit Manager. There are nearly fifty of you toiling away with Revit now, things are busy, business is growing. That's great!

Still, management isn't interested in having a dedicated Revit Manager. The current solution is to divide up the things that person would do across three power users in the office. A year or so ago when there was about thirty people it didn't seem like a problem, as much.

 

Can you help your firm justify a Revit Manager?
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This op-ed does a great job of laying out the benefits of having a dedicated Revit Manager (or Design Technology Manager). No matter the size of the firm, hiring a single person for this critical role makes perfect business sense. With an expert handling this key support function, your firm will be able to free up your other employees and maximize their billable hours.

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Trimble MEPdesigner for SketchUp

Trimble MEPdesigner for SketchUp | BIM WORLD | Scoop.it

Shaun Bryant takes a look at SketchUp plug-in MEPdesigner (V1), and finds a low-cost, easy to learn option for 3D design that is already competing well with other MEP application offerings.

 

 

MEPdesigner is a SketchUp plug-in aimed at the mechanical, electrical and piping disciplines. I had the opportunity to talk with Paul Goldsmith (segment manager) and Douglas Elliott (product manager) from Trimble about MEPdesigner (Version 1), how the new plug-in works and what plans they have for it in the MEP marketplace...

 

 

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Revit OpEd: Survey Point - Post 2

Revit OpEd: Survey Point - Post 2 | BIM WORLD | Scoop.it

Yesterday I ended the post with a list of steps that I'd take to create a relationship between my building project file(s) and the Master Site file. I started another pair of projects that I'm calling Tiny House A and B (inspired by Sean's Tiny House project). I can start a project with or without site context. Revit's bias is making the project easy to document, forget about True North initially. It is trivial to resolve that in the Master Site file once it is ready, regardless if it is created before or after the tiny house models are started.

Here's how far I took the design of Tiny House A before I decided to work out its location on site.

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Survey Point - Post 4 - Acquiring Coordinates and View Orientation

Survey Point - Post 4 - Acquiring Coordinates and View Orientation | BIM WORLD | Scoop.it

The bias of the last three posts has been on creating a Master Site file and linking building models to site. That's moving buildings on a fixed site versus moving the site under fixed buildings. The earth doesn't go anywhere, we put buildings on it, so to speak. That bias feels right to me, the ways things really work.

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Why Do Specifiers Ignore Your BIM Content?

Why Do Specifiers Ignore Your BIM Content? | BIM WORLD | Scoop.it
When it comes to manufacturer BIM content nothing is set in stone. Some specifiers will use your objects, others won't sway from generic content. So what should manufacturers do about it?

 

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Design-Level BIM | AUGI

Design-Level BIM | AUGI | BIM WORLD | Scoop.it

In an effort to provide a higher quality BIM at the design level, PCI Skanska, the engineering  division of Skanska USA Civil Midwest,  adopted SysQue for Autodesk® Revit® for mechanical and plumbing design modeling. All Revit projects produced in our office are built on real-world content. However, given that engineering firms typically do not specify exact manufacturers for their pipe construction specifications, but instead provide the requirements to which the pipe systems must adhere (e.g., ASTM standards, schedule, material, and so on), we discussed with Industrial Contractors Skanska (the construction portion of Skanska USA Civil Midwest with which we typically have design-build projects) their preferred pipe construction specifications.

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High Speed Rail and BIM

High Speed Rail and BIM | BIM WORLD | Scoop.it

With the increasing implementation of BIM and model-based design, not just for buildings but also for infrastructure (see the recent AECbytes article, “Extending BIM to Infrastructure”), we would expect that the projected cost of any new HSR projects would be significantly lower than those projects already implemented in the pre-BIM era, taking into account the many benefits that BIM brings to the design and construction process. This was further reinforced by the recent presentation on London’s planned new High Speed Two rail network (also called HS2) at the Bentley Year in Infrastructure conference last October, where BIM was being seen as the “lifeblood” of the project, not just for designing and constructing HS2 virtually but also for operating it over the course of its 150+ year lifecycle. Given the 20 to 30 year gestation and construction period of HSR projects, it may be too early to determine what the actual impact of BIM implementation on them will be; however, there is some early work being done with BIM on parts of these projects that should be able to provide us with a better idea of its potential.

 

Before getting into the BIM aspect, let’s take a quick look at the current status of HSR projects around the globe.   

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First online course for BIM-integrated energy modeling for buildings

First online course for BIM-integrated energy modeling for buildings | BIM WORLD | Scoop.it

Energy performance modeling for buildings is a new field, but one that is getting a lot of interest under the impetus of government mandates and incentives.  It's so new that there is no set of standard best practices.  Energy modelers are having to make it up as they go.   But this is beginning to change. Trailloop has just released an online course for BIM-Integrated Energy Modeling for buildings.  The course was created by Jean Carriere who is one of the early pioneers in applied energy performance modeling.  Jean has been working commercially in this very new field for about 5 years.  Jean also teaches BIM modeling at a local community college...

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Real Life Perspective: Transitioning from AutoCAD to Revit | AUGI

Real Life Perspective: Transitioning from AutoCAD to Revit | AUGI | BIM WORLD | Scoop.it

According to the fifth annual “SE BIM Survey,” conducted by the BIM committee of the Structural Engineering Institute (SEI) and the Council of American Structural Engineers (CASE) with the Structural Engineers Association of Texas (SEAoT), 67 percent of respondents reported using BIM in their projects (Post, Nadine. “BIM Survey Says More Structural Engineers Use Building Information Modeling.” Engineering News-Record 12 May 2014. Print).  Who are the remaining 33 percent and what are their predominate reasons to resist BIM adoption?  Is it possible to convince these BIM holdouts to make the transition and catch up with the recent technological advancements of the AEC industry?  This article will attempt to diagnose the concerns of non-Revit users and provide real-world experience and advice to ease those concerns.

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Create True As-Built Models from Points Collected in the Field

How do you currently create as-built models? How do you convert potentially inaccurate 2D drawings to accurate 3D models? Often this is a slow, expensive or imperfect process that is contracted to a specialist firm.

Autodesk Point Layout has convenient features to help create as-built files from survey data collected in the field. Combined with reduced hardware costs and a lower barrier to entry of skills needed to collect as-built points, applications like BIM 360 Layout quickly and easily allow you to create more predictable models.

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