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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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Autodesk University 2014

Autodesk University 2014 | BIM WORLD | Scoop.it

Earlier this month, Autodesk held its flagship annual user event in Las Vegas, making it the 22nd year that this event has been held, attracting over 10,000 attendees. With the growing reach of Autodesk products, Autodesk University (AU) itself continues to expand— international AU events were held this year in Japan, India, Brazil, Russia, Germany, and China, and AU Extension events in an additional six countries, attracting an additional 15,000 participants throughout the year. The annual event continues to be the highlight of the year for Autodesk as well as its users, with presentations from Autodesk executives showcasing the company vision, strategy, product highlights and new releases; guest presentations on the innovative use of technology from professionals in different disciplines, even if they are not directly Autodesk-related; a large number of classes focused on specific processes, techniques, and tips/tricks for the wide variety of Autodesk tools; the growing universe of third-party tools and plug-ins for Autodesk products showcased in the Exhibit Hall; and last but not least, the vast amount of networking opportunities enabled to attendees...

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Average Estimated Illumination and Gradient Color Fill Plans

Average Estimated Illumination and Gradient Color Fill Plans | BIM WORLD | Scoop.it

Using color to fill to indicate value in Revit MEP models can visually convey data in a meaningful way. For example, indicating average illumination with meaningful colors, red for high lux, yellows and oranges for mid lux, and green for low lux can help one make more sense of a model with a quick glance than having to reference and re-reference the legend when using neutral and/or non-ordered color fills. Follow this Revit MEP workflow to customize the color fill in your models...

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Overview of a 5D BIM Project, 1st edition

 

RICS is at the forefront of developing international standards, working in coalitions with organisations around the globe, acting in the public interest to raise standards and increase transparency within markets.International Property Measurement Standards (IPMS –ipmsc.org), International Construction MeasurementStandards (ICMS), International Ethics Standards (IES)and others will be published and will be mandatory for RICS members. This information paper links directly toand underpins these standards and RICS members are advised to make themselves aware of the international standards (see www.rics.org) and the overarching principles with which this information paper complies.Members of RICS are uniquely placed in the market by being trained, qualified and regulated by working to international standards and complying with this information paper...

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Implementing Performance-Based Design to Meet a Growing Industry Trend

Implementing Performance-Based Design to Meet a Growing Industry Trend | BIM WORLD | Scoop.it

Performance-based design—using simulation or analysis data to inform design decisions—is on the rise. Improved capabilities and increasing demand are two significant factors contributing to this trend.  As recently as ten years ago, simulation was almost always the domain of engineers, and was usually done after the design was finished. Now, thanks to better software and increased computing power, designers can use data gained from performance simulations during the design process.

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I want to learn ArchiCAD, where do I start?

I want to learn ArchiCAD, where do I start? | BIM WORLD | Scoop.it

 

I get this question ALL the time. And because I am who I am, I often drop everything I’m doing and respond, whether I’m asked via the Internet, over the phone, or in person. If you’ve read all seven hundred(ish) blog posts and articles that I’ve written since 2010 (this is number one hundred and one on BIM Engine in case you were wondering), you’ve probably come across much of this advice. But I don’t remember everything I’ve written, and I don’t expect you to either. So in an effort to save everyone some time, here’s a list of things you should do if you want to learn ArchiCAD (after of course going to www.myarchicad.com and downloading a trial version for free, if you don’t already own ArchiCAD):

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Autodesk Amps Up BIM with Expanded Cloud-based Collaboration Services

Autodesk Amps Up BIM with Expanded Cloud-based Collaboration Services | BIM WORLD | Scoop.it

Formerly code-named Project Skyscraper, Autodesk A360 Collaboration for Revit is game-changing service that connects building project teams with centralized access to BIM project data in the cloud.  The new service is available in commercial release in North America, starting on December 7.


Overcoming the barriers of corporate firewalls and physical location, A360 Collaboration for Revit enables true centralized access to Revit models by team members in all disciplines from multiple firms or sites.  It also replaces costly work-arounds for sharing models such as use of FTP sites, sharing software or inefficient use of email with attached PDFs. As a cloud service, Collaboration for Revit does not require complex and costly IT setup and maintenance.  All project and design data is stored in Autodesk’s secure cloud environment...

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Best Tall Building in the World (2014) Documented on Revit

Best Tall Building in the World (2014) Documented on Revit | BIM WORLD | Scoop.it

One Central Park in Sydney recently won the "Best Tall Building Worldwide (2014)", awarded by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (Chicago).

Designed by Ateliers Jean Nouvel, in association with PTW Architects in Sydney.  All the architectural documentation was done by PTW using Revit in Sydney.  This was an extremely complicated Revit model to work on, partly because no two floor plans were identical.  The building consists of a six storey mixed-use podium with a partially underground retail level and several levels of basement parking; and two towers of different heights.  The lower tower has an array of heliostat mirrors mounted on top - these track the sun and bounce its rays up to the underside of a massive cantilevered roof garden;  the cantilever supports another series of mirrors, which reflect the sun back down into the public garden behind the building, and also into the shopping atrium in the podium.

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6 Tips For Using Revit Remotely

6 Tips For Using Revit Remotely | BIM WORLD | Scoop.it

Ever want to put together those sheet-sets from the comfort of a beach in Waikiki with a piña colada in hand? Well, with Revit, you can, by collaborating over a wide area network (WAN), or by virtualizing Revit.


In general, collaborating on a model over a WAN is much like collaborating on a model within your local office. The Revit Server has a central model—that is, the definitive copy of the project. Users copy this model onto their local machine and check out worksets. The worksets effectively block others from making changes to certain parts of the central model while the user is editing elements on a workset.

 

Here are some tips to improve performance over WAN:

 

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The ABCs of MEP Construction Modeling, Part 1 | AUGI

The ABCs of MEP Construction Modeling, Part 1 | AUGI | BIM WORLD | Scoop.it

It is clear that BIM in general and Autodesk® Revit® specifically are not just for building design. Leveraging BIM directly in construction is arguably the most cost effective use of the technology, particularly for the mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) trades. Trade subcontractors for HVAC, plumbing, electrical, and fire protection work are increasingly employing modelers to produce BIM construction models for the purposes of coordination, fabrication optimization, and installation sequencing. Many component manufacturers now provide high-quality Revit content of their product lines, improving the integrity of construction models and thus increasing the value of the BIM process back to the owner for the purposes of commissioning, operations, and maintenance.

 

However, the process of construction modeling is not to be underestimated in terms of time, effort, expertise required, and expense. Even with the most well-coordinated design models at your disposal, considerable effort is going to be spent by the construction team in creating models adequate for the requirements of coordination, fabrication, and installation.

 

This first of a two-part article series reviews the real-world work involved in getting started with Trade Contractor Modeling (TCM) with a focus on the MEP trades...

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'Energy leap’ to zero carbon with 8D BIM

'Energy leap’ to zero carbon with 8D BIM | BIM WORLD | Scoop.it

Dutch contractors are harnessing 3D scanning technology and BIM to produce off-site manufactured green retrofits tailored to the requirements of individual homes.

 

The government-run Energiesprong (Energy Leap) initiative aims to make 111,000 existing homes carbon neutral by entirely wrapping the houses in bolt-on insulated panel facades and insulated roofs fitted with 24 high-efficiency solar panels, as well as fitting pumps, hot water storage tanks and ventilation units stored in garden sheds for easy access...

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Project Rosenfeld for Rapid Energy Modeling now available

Project Rosenfeld for Rapid Energy Modeling now available | BIM WORLD | Scoop.it

Autodesk is excited to announce a first-in-the-industry app that allows you to create a building energy model on your iPad, in the field, starting from just a few photographs! Project Rosenfeld is an interactive, mobile application that allows you to quickly and efficiently capture existing building conditions and create 3D models for energy analysis. After taking photographs with an iPad, you are guided step-by-step to create a digital model of the existing building. In a matter of minutes, you have an energy model and a detailed energy assessment report you can use to prioritize energy conservation measures.

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Intellectual Property - it is not all yours, get used to it

Intellectual Property - it is not all yours, get used to it | BIM WORLD | Scoop.it

When discussing BIM with those yet to take it up the topic of Intellectual Property invariably comes up. It is so important to them it comes across as a major reason they are not using BIM (although I suspect it is more of an excuse).

For some reason BIM authors (architects, engineers, etc) think that because they create the initial BIM information they have the right to full control and to charge for the BIM model throughout the life of the building.

Then on the other hand we have contractors and owners who believe, because they are paying the authors, that they have absolute rights over all BIM created to do as they please with it.

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Trimble Releases SketchUp 2015 for a Faster, More Intuitive and Flexible Information Modeling Process

Trimble Releases SketchUp 2015 for a Faster, More Intuitive  and Flexible Information Modeling Process | BIM WORLD | Scoop.it
SketchUP 2015 has arrived. Two releases in one year, yikes! With more IFC capabilities AND 64-bit support this is a HUGE update, arguably the biggest yet. 64-bit means all the RAM you want. So one ...
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Show Uncircuited Electrical Devices in Revit

Show Uncircuited Electrical Devices in Revit | BIM WORLD | Scoop.it

When you have many electrical devices, light fixtures or other items in a Revit project file, it is easy to miss one getting placed on a circuit.  While un-circuited devices will display in the System Browser, it is nice to be able to have a quick visual check on a plan view for any of them.  We can do this through creating a custom View Filter.  The following image shows the impact of using a filter to show un-circuited items...

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Wide uptake of BIM is starting to become a reality | RIBAJ

Wide uptake of BIM is starting to become a reality | RIBAJ | BIM WORLD | Scoop.it

How can the design community – and beyond – get real value from BIM implementation? And how is BIM working, now, in practice? The first NBS RIBA BIM panel came to share insights. 

 

Giving expert views were Michael Goode, director and co-founder of Croft Goode Architects, David Shepherd, BIM manager at HOK; Sarah Davidson, director and head of R&D at international construction consultancy Gleeds; David Miller, owner of David Miller Architects; Adrian Dobson and Anne Dye, the RIBA’s director of practice and head of technical research respectively; and me, Adrian Malleson, head of research at RIBA Enterprises.

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Beware upgrading to Revit 2015 R2...

Beware upgrading to Revit 2015 R2... | BIM WORLD | Scoop.it

Upgrading to a new release is not something to take lightly. It is always best practice to take a non-production copy of the project and test to make sure there are no unpleasant surprises.

There is a very serious and inconvenient issue occurring increasingly often among our clients after upgrading to Revit 2015 R2. They begin seeing an error with certain families along the lines of:
"Family X is corrupt and cannot be edited. Please reload the family to repair the project" At times we have seen this problem spread throughout the project to other families causing a major headache for all involved.

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Geospatial + BIM and full lifecycle building management

Geospatial + BIM and full lifecycle building management | BIM WORLD | Scoop.it

Over 50% of the cost of maintaining a building is what is called operations and maintenance which is comprised of administration, maintenance and repairs, and restoration projects.  In most building construction projects, even if BIM is used for design and construction, the building information (specifications, submittal information including  equipment and performance data and warranties, finished information, O&M manuals, panel schedules, and the building control system) required for operations and maintenance has to be (re)collected after completion of construction even though the designers and contractors may have already collected this information...

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AUGIWorld December 2014 Issue Released!

The December 2014 issue of AUGIWorld provides insight into building a professional network, along with a nice lineup of product-oriented content for Revit, AutoCAD, 3ds Max, Navisworks, and more.


Jennifer Storey presents "How to Develop and Maintain Your Professional Network," an article filled with practical advice about how to build your own network and be a good resource for others.

AUGI board member Shaun Bryant asks, "Have Your Set up Your LUG Yet?" and invites AUGI members to get involved with a local user group (LUG), which provides terrific networking opportunities.

From cover to cover, this information-packed issue offers a nice variety of articles.

Also in the December 2014 AUGIWorld...

Developing Leadership Insight - Columnist Mark Kiker helps CAD Managers discover opportunities for gaining insight, which proves so valuable in strategic planning.


Make the Most of Autodesk University - This months' HP and CASE collaboration helps AU attendees navigate the event.

MWF - Metal Wood Framer - Joshua Geimcke presents a product review on StrucSoft Solutions' MWF product and its three primary components: MWF Pro Wall, MWF Pro Floor, and MWF Pro Truss.

The ABCs of MEP Construction Modeling, Part 2 - Matt Stachoni follows up the first article in this series with this discussion of shop drawings and submittals and focusing on how to best use Autodesk Revit MEP for trade construction modeling.

Perspectives on AutoCAD - AutoCAD veterans Walt Sparling and Brian Benton prognosticate on the future of AutoCAD software. This month's tips article, by Michael Beall, discusses the Paste to Original Coordinates feature.

DMLS: Engineering Metal Layer by Layer - John Evans explores advances in 3D printing, or additive manufacturing, for serious aerospace metallic components.

Content: Build or Buy? - Kenneth Eastman ponders the pros and cons of building and buying content for MEP construction.

The Power of Design and Change: Best Practices for Conceptual Design - Chris Roberts serves up some great practical advice for users of AutoCAD Civil 3D software.

3ds Max Versatility - Brian Chapman acknowledges the typical uses of 3ds Max - presentation, collaboration, concept, design - and explores the software's use for projects outside these areas.

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Autodesk Makes Design Software Free to Schools Worldwide

Fulfilling its promise to expand access to its professional design software in education, Autodesk, Inc. has made its industry-leading design, engineering and entertainment software free* to students, instructors and academic institutions worldwide.

 

Through this action, more than 680 million students and educators from over 800,000 secondary and post-secondary schools in 188 countries can take advantage of free access to Autodesk’s professional software and services for use in classrooms, labs, and at home.

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MEP Construction: Design, Coordinate, Fabricate

MEP Construction: Design, Coordinate, Fabricate | BIM WORLD | Scoop.it

Prefabrication is one of the main factors for subcontractors to adopt a BIM workflow.  The old saying “measure twice, cut once” is a great example of why contractors are coordinating real LOD 400 content.  The assurance that the content you put in your model for design, coordination, and prefabrication is also going to install in the field without second guessing is remarkable.

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Autodesk Labs: Project Scorch - House Fire (v2) - YouTube

Project Scorch is a free technology preview that helps users who need to perform fire simulations within a structure. Project Scorch uses the NIST Fire Dynamics Simulator to understand fire behavior within a building, such as smoke development and propagation, sprinkler behavior, and more. Project Scorch is a more efficient and easier to use front end for FDS from simulation set up and results exploration.

Visit Autodesk Labs at https://beta.autodesk.com/callout/?ca... to join the project.

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Putting Point Clouds to Work: Then, Now, & Later

Putting Point Clouds to Work: Then, Now, & Later | BIM WORLD | Scoop.it

3D laser scanning technology may still seem like science fiction to many, but it is increasingly becoming a standard tool relied upon by a number of diverse trades and professions from construction to archaeology. Laser scanning, now under the umbrella term, “Reality Capture,” as it has come to be known, continues to find new applications for those needing detailed as-built data. Simply put, Reality Capture is the digital documentation of a 3D environment. This can be accomplished though laser scanning or by photogrammetry. Both methods are able to capture most existing site elements within view. The result is a full-color, 3D point cloud. Laser scanners may sound like highly specialized and expensive equipment—they are. However, as the price of scanners continues to drop and photogrammetry software continues to improve, we can expect reality capture technology to become a commonplace tool used by an even wider array of trades and industries...

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Excellent article about "reality capture" (aka point clouds) for AEC/BIM/Buildings. It's more and more relevant and needed to compare "as built" to planned/virtual.

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KUBUS introduces BIMcollab

KUBUS introduces BIMcollab | BIM WORLD | Scoop.it
Official press release about BIMcollab from KUBUS. It takes BCF collaboration to a whole new level. Also they are now giving away for free their BCF managers for Revit, ArchiCAD, and simplebim. Tha...
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Revit Server - Moving Projects to a New Host Server

Revit Server - Moving Projects to a New Host Server | BIM WORLD | Scoop.it

To move Revit Server projects to a new host the user needs to have physically save them to the new host through Revit. This is also the perfect time to clean up the file before vigorously using the new central file in production. You can access the link to file preservation here.

For those of you using Revit Server, it is still important to maintain the central file. Keeping the central file healthy is critical to keeping the project running smoothly and to avoid causing file corruption. Below are best practices that need to be done routinely on the central file to keep it clean. Routinely is going to depend on how active the project is. The more active the project is, the more often it should be maintained. This should be done on all models sincelinks impact model performance as well...
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Revit 2015 Tutorial – Creating Filters for Structural Modelling and Documentation

Revit 2015 Tutorial – Creating Filters for Structural Modelling and Documentation | BIM WORLD | Scoop.it

In this tutorial we will take a look at the use and creation of filters that can be used specifically for structural consultants, as usual there is a link at the top of the post to a YouTube video showing the various techniques used. If you are currently not utilising filters within Revit Structure then these can dramatically improve the quality, speed, consistency and appearance of your models and associated drawings. There are many uses for filters within a structural model which can assist with some of the following design and modelling tasks:

 

Floor Loading DiagramsConstruction MethodsAnalysis tasks and resultsPiling and Foundations

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