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Thursday, May 31, 2007

Autodesk Extends 3D Leadership with Acquisition of NavisWorks

Autodesk :: Investor Relations :: News Release: "Autodesk Extends 3D Leadership with Acquisition of NavisWorks
Acquisition to Enable Construction, Plant Design and Marine Design Customers to Leverage Building Information Modeling and Digital Prototypes for Increased Productivity and Collaboration
SAN RAFAEL, Calif., May 31, 2007 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX News Network/ -- Autodesk, Inc. (Nasdaq: ADSK) today announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire NavisWorks, a privately-held company based in Sheffield, England that provides software for 3D coordination, collaboration and sequencing in design and construction for approximately $25 million in USD cash, subject to a working capital adjustment. The acquisition underscores Autodesk's commitment to help its customers derive the greatest possible value from the information created during all phases of the design process."
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visit www.navisworks.com

Friday, May 25, 2007

Autodesk - Discussion Groups - Protecting Families

Autodesk - Discussion Groups - Protecting Families: "We have invested hundreds upon hundreds of hours into creating new families for our Revit models. But as soon as we give our model to an Architect or Owner, they have the ability to save and reuse our work at no expense (which includes passing this on to other MEP firms). Does anyone have ideas on how we can protect our work?"
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Saturday, May 19, 2007

Revit Architecture Resource Center | Video Tutorials

Revit Architecture Resource Center Tutorials-Autodesk Website
Amy's Video Tutorials:

Learn how to get the most out of Revit® Architecture with Amy's free tutorials! Each one contains valuable information but is only a few minutes long, so you can watch them as many times as you like.

Building Information Modeling

Starting a Project > Watch Now
Creating Sheets and Changing Numbers > Watch Now

Easily Generate Views > Watch Now


Conceptual Massing Studies > Watch Now

Quickly Create Presentation Visuals > Watch Now

Exporting Models to 3ds Max > Watch Now

Residential Communication

Communicating with 3D DWFs > Watch Now

Convey your ideas with Cameras > Watch Now

Change Once, Change Everywhere > Watch Now

The Path to BIM

Moving from AutoCAD Architecture to Revit Architecture > Watch Now

Moving from AutoCAD to Revit Architecture > Watch Now


Changes Update Everywhere> Watch Now

Easy and Quick Scheduling Tools > Watch Now
Simple Material and Quantity Takeoffs > Watch Now


Creating Annotation and Changing Scale > Watch Now
Simple North Arrow Creation > Watch Now

Scheduling with Ease > Watch Now


Monday, May 14, 2007

Revit 2008 Content Distribution Center - Autodesk

Revit 2008 Content Distribution Center

If you haven't been there yet, take a look at all of the content available for Revit. This is just 1 of many sources of Revit Families

http://revit.autodesk.com/library/Library/Revit%20Instruction%20&%20Help%20Samples/Revit%20Samples/Imperial/Railing%20Samples.rvt

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Autodesk and USGBC Partner on Technology - 12/13/2006 8:37:00 AM - Consulting-Specifying Engineer

Autodesk and USGBC Partner on Technology -

Autodesk, Inc., San Rafael, Calif, has entered into a strategic relationship with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) aimed at expanding the use of technology and to facilitate further adoption of sustainable design and green building.

Autodesk and the USGBC plan to work on several initiatives to make sustainable design easier and"....
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CAD Manager of the future???? Revit JOBS: BIM Administrator - Payette - Boston

Are you ready for the future???

Revit JOBS: BIM Administrator - Payette - Boston:
BIM Administrator - Payette - Boston

Boston firm Payette is seeking a talented BIM Administrator. The ideal candidate will be experienced in the creation of architectural construction documents using Revit in a production environment. The BIM Administrator must be eager to develop and implement office-wide BIM standards as well as a training program for Revit. Qualified candidates should have four to ten years of experience in an architectural design office and preferably a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Architecture degree.

Desired Skills:

  • Excellent communication, presentation, and organizational skills
  • Demonstrated experience in delivering training programs and presentations at an firm-wide level
  • Enthusiasm for using, implementing, and teaching Revit, as well as expert proficiency with the current release of Revit
  • Knowledge of other design applications such as VIZ, SketchUp, M-Color, InDesign, Photoshop, and PowerPoint
  • Expert proficiency in 2D AutoCAD
  • Database management experience with MS SQL or MS Access will be considered a plus

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    Friday, May 11, 2007

    Glotman-Simpson Wins Revit BIM Experience Award for Furthering Creative and Collaborative Efforts with Revit BIM Platform

    Autodesk :: Investor Relations :: News Release: "'Using Revit Structure gives us a strategic, competitive advantage over other firms. Using this solution we are able to ensure complete, accurate designs, all the while providing our clients with a high level of service,' said Geoffrey Glotman, Managing Principal for Glotman-Simpson. 'We're able to provide information to clients directly from the model and quickly respond to any requests for design changes. As a result, our clients can make informed decisions, faster.'"
    ...continue reading...

    Monday, May 7, 2007

    Fancy Column in Revit with attached rvt file

    I asked one of my Revit techs if we could help a precast stone manufacturer with using Revit. They have an employee with no CAD experience who they want to do drafting work.

    We received some dwg drawings of elevations of their typical work.

    About 30 minutes later, Elias came back to me with the following model finished in Revit.

    Needless to say, not only is the customer now buying Revit, but every architect doing high end homes can use this for their fancy columns and we can show you how.

    Click on the column to download COLUMN.rvt (it's in Revit Architecture 2008) Read more...

    Friday, May 4, 2007

    Revit - Now over 200,000 users!!!! Move to 3D, BIM Adoption and Sustainable Design Drive 100 Percent Increase in Revit Seats in Past Year:

    Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK) today announced that
    it has sold more than 200,000 seats of its Revit software platform for
    building information modeling (BIM), representing a 100% increase in seats
    over the past year. The dramatic growth in adoption of the Revit BIM platform
    stems from the increasing pressure faced by architects, designers and
    engineers to raise productivity and improve coordination across the design
    team. Using Revit, firms can respond to client demand for more sustainable
    buildings by producing digital models that can be used to predict and analyze
    building performance and energy usage. Additionally, Autodesk also announced
    that it has sold more than 500,000 seats worldwide of AutoCAD Architecture
    software (formerly Autodesk Architectural Desktop), its 2D AutoCAD-based
    solution for architects.

    (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20050415/SFF034LOGO )

    "Achieving the milestones of 200,000 and 500,000 seats for Revit and AutoCAD
    Architecture is proof that the industry is rapidly moving to BIM, while
    continuing to benefit from well-established drawing-based processes," said
    Jay Bhatt, senior vice president of Autodesk AEC Solutions. "Doubling the
    number of Revit seats in a single year demonstrates the tremendous value
    architects, structural engineers and mechanical/electrical/plumbing (MEP)
    engineers have realized by moving to BIM."

    The Revit platform is Autodesk's purpose-built solution for BIM -- the
    creation and use of coordinated, consistent and computable information about
    a building project. Such information is crucial to more efficient design
    decision making, precise construction document production, performance
    predictions, cost estimations and construction planning, as well as managing
    and operating facilities. At the core of the Revit platform, a powerful
    parametric change engine automatically helps coordinate all changes across
    design, documentation and analyses. The Revit platform can keep information
    coordinated, up-to-date and accessible in an integrated digital environment,
    giving architects, engineers, builders and owners a clear overall vision of
    all their projects, as well as aiding their ability to make better decisions

    Autodesk's AEC Solutions span the building industry, offering a complete
    portfolio of leading-edge technologies for architecture; structural, civil
    and MEP engineering; construction, collaborative project management (CPM) and
    facilities management. Its design visualization solutions including Autodesk
    3ds Max, Autodesk VIZ and Autodesk Impression software can be used in
    combination with the design authoring tools for conceptual exploration,
    design validation and visual communication.

    Wednesday, May 2, 2007

    Autodesk - GSA BIM Resource Center

    Autodesk - GSA BIM Resource Center: "GSA BIM best practices initiative

    Autodesk Inc., in partnership with the General Services Administration (GSA), Public Building Service (PBS), and Office of the Chief Architect (OCA), is developing best practices and BIM guidelines for architectural and engineering firms conducting federal civilian design and construction projects.

    The current activities are focused on GSA's Spatial Program Building Information Modeling (BIM), and will extend into other areas of building design and construction as the program progresses. This effort is producing significant understandings in the application of Autodesk's BIM authoring tools for federal government projects.

    Autodesk is working with the GSA on several BIM pilot projects. The primary test facility has been modeling the GSA's national headquarters building at 1800 F Street N.W. Washington D.C. This project examines the creation and use of a spatial program BIM with Autodesk™ Revit to meet the GSA space program requirements and to exercise the interoperability of BIM data via Industry Foundation Class (IFC) data exchange procedures.

    The partnership with the GSA forms a standard and repeatable methodology for modeling that validates GSA Net and Design Gross Area's, as well as additional ANSI/BOMA calculations. This process creates a verifiable BIM deliverable for architectural and engineering firms designing federal government projects.

    Autodesk applauds the work of the GSA and continues to be an engaged partner in the pursuit of time and cost savings through effective BIM implementations and interoperability standards.

    GSA Public Buildings website

    Explore the GSA site.

    3D-4D Building Information Modeling

    The GSA and PBS describe the national 3D-4D program. Read now

    Autodesk Data Standards Support

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    Autodesk® Revit® Best Practices

    Learn more about best practices and Revit workflow.

    Revit Families Best Practices

    Read now

    BIM benefits for facility managers

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    Autodesk® Revit® Building Interactive Overview

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