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Thursday, July 26, 2007

www.autodesk.com/green - A great resource for Green Building, Sustainable Design and BIM

Autodesk has a great website about Green Building and Sustainablity


Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Revit Thought of the Day

I was discussing the merits of AutoCAD versus Revit Architecture with a client yesterday and he said:
"So it seems to me that AutoCAD is complicated and Revit is sophisticated."

He's now the proud owner of Revit Architecture.

Autodesk Revit for AutoCAD Users-White Paper

The Autodesk® Revit® platform for building information modeling1 is a complete
architectural design and documentation solution supporting all phases of design and all the
architectural drawings and schedules required for a building project. From massing and
conceptual studies through the most detailed construction drawings and schedules,
Autodesk Revit delivers competitive advantage, improved coordination and quality, and
higher profitability to architects, builders, and other building industry professionals.
Many building industry professionals are familiar with AutoCAD® software and use it today
for their work. This white paper will help those who are familiar with that tool understand
how Autodesk Revit works on their terms, introducing some of the main features and
concepts in Autodesk Revit and comparing them to those you may be familiar with in
The Autodesk Revit software can be used alone or together with AutoCAD. If you would like
to know more about how Revit can be used together with your existing computer-aided
drafting (CAD) tools such as AutoCAD software, please see our white paper on “Autodesk
Revit Interoperability with CAD” at www.autodesk.com/revit.
....Continue Reading the PDF...
True 3D design
Parametric Objects
Families vs. Blocks
Alignment vs. Osnaps
Multiple Design Views
No Command Line or Layers
Single file, Multi-User projects
Intelligent Components
Read/Write DWG
Producing Paper Drawings

Sunday, July 22, 2007

Embed 2D/3D DWF right into your own website * Autodesk Freewheel

This is the link to the above file: http://dwfit.com/dwf.aspx?path=http://bimwit.com/files/rvt/Monticello.dwf

Here's a full set of Revit Plans

Autodesk's Freewheel Website http://freewheel.autodesk.com/

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

The Ultimate Revit Family Resource Center

The websites below contain thousands of Revit Family Objects, Tips, Tricks and Content Managers. Many are free, some are pay sites, but all will save you tons of time in your pursuit of Revit excellence.

Autodesk Templates & Libraries
Autodesk's Revit Website
ArchVision.com RPC Content
BIMWorld Manufacturers' site (5809 Objects)
CADdata.nl (Netherlands)
CAD Details
E-Interiors.Net Manufacturs' database
Got3d 3D models and textures
Mr. CAD (Pay Site)

Revit City (3820 Objects)
Revit Formfonts ($14/month) They'll create families for you

Revit Factory
Steel Select
Sweets Catalog - Manufacturers' Catalog
Symbol Machine (1815 Objects)
Vladimir Balda Architect - personal RFA library

Woodwork Institute Casework Design Series
yellowbryk ™ - the Revit ® Component Store $
Content Highway Desktop - Family Manager
Families for the masses Revit Family Man - Tips
Reviteer.Blogspot.com Starting in Revit Families - Tip
RevitFamilies.Blogspot.com Revit Family Man - Tips / Blog
Revitrocks.Blogspot.com Revit Kitchens - Tips

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Camp teaches young designers building basics - 07/15/2007 - MiamiHerald.com

As part of our commitment to the architectural community involvement....

Camp teaches young designers building basics

A group of children is spending the summer learning all about architecture and designing buildings.


A group of Hialeah children will no longer see buildings the same way again after taking a summer architect program.

''When I went into my room, I started seeing the walls and everything just like you would see them on the computer,'' said Angie Quintana, 13, among 27 children taking the five-week class. ``I understood how they were designed, built, and even what materials were used.''

Rick Ruiz, an American Institute of Architects board member, created the Architects in the Making program as part of an AIA Miami initiative to give something back to the community. It is free and sponsored by the city of Hialeah at Wilde Park for Hialeah children, and by the city of Miami at Morningside Park for Miami children.

''Usually kids don't get exposed to architecture in school,'' Ruiz said. ``This is one more thing to learn and they will take it with them for the rest of their lives.''

Every Tuesday since June 19, children ages 9 to 14 have been going to the Hialeah park, 5405 W. 18th Ave., to learn about architecture.

They started with an introduction to measurements, sketches, and local and world architecture.

Architects came as guest speakers to talk about their jobs, the materials used, and about building structures that are in harmony with their surroundings.

The children also went on a field trip to the Deering Estate Park, where they were given cameras to take pictures of their favorite parts of the historic building.

They also listened to a lecture on how to build structures more efficiently.

By Tuesday, the students were ready to become junior architects, having learned about Revit, the computer program used by architects to design buildings.

The CADD Centers of Florida took 14 laptops to Wilde Park for the children to use.

Joe Vivirito, CADD Centers of Florida technical support manager, taught the group how to design a house on the program.

''Let's put those roofs up now because the hurricane season is coming,'' Vivirito told them. ``Are we having fun yet?''

Josua Perez, 11, a Country Club Middle School sixth-grader, said he found the program ``difficult.''

''I erased one of the walls by mistake when I tried to add the windows,'' he said. ``But I think everything I am learning here is very useful. Even just working with the computers will help me in school.''

For the closing exercise, participants from both locations will gather at Crandon Park Beach on Tuesday for a competition to build sand castles and receive certificates of completion.

This is the first year of the program. Next year, Ruiz said, it will be offered daily to more cities.

''I want the kids to see that this is something they can do,'' said Ruiz, who grew up in Hialeah and attended Hialeah High.

``I am glad I can connect this way with my community and give them something useful, a new perspective.''

Angie, who is going into the seventh grade at the MA Milan K-8 Center in Hialeah, is glad she is taking the classes.

''I used to think architecture was boring and now I see how important it is and how much it is like a form of art -- and I love art,'' she said.


Thursday, July 12, 2007

Estimating Energy Use Early and Often

Estimating Energy Use Early and Often: "Estimating Energy Use Early and Often


Building designers can use computer software, such as DOE-2 and EnergyPlus, to evaluate potential energy-saving measures. However, preparing the input in a way that accurately represents the proposed building and its energy-efficient features is a costly, labor-intensive process. As a result, energy analysis is often post-poned to a later point in the design process, resulting in a greatly reduced number of cost-effective options for boosting efficiency than if it had been considered from the start.


The Green Building Studio (GBS) is a web-based service that enables building design teams to integrate whole-building energy analysis into the early stages of the design process. Architects and engineers use their existing building information modeling (BIM) systems to communicate the project’s building geometry to the GBS web site, which conducts an energy analysis of the building design." ...READ MORE... Read more...

Sunday, July 8, 2007

Just a little graphic for you to see how Revit is starting to make a dent.

For those of you looking at comparing Archicad vs Revit or AutoCAD vs Revit, consider this.
Archicad has been around for 25 years and has 100,000 users.
Revit's been available for 7 years and has over 200,000 users with 100,000 in just the past year alone.
This chart is purely hypothetical for the future, but is based on the trends of the past year and a half. Quarterly sales were at 4,000 over a year ago, and every quarter have been climbing to 5000, 6000, 7600, etc... Based on that growth here's what you can expect for the future. This doesn't take into account the growth of Revit Structure and Revit MEP either. Are you ready to Join the Revitlution? Read more...

Thursday, July 5, 2007

This is what happens when your firm migrates to Revit

We're proud and honored to announce that one of our clients who has moved to Revit has just won a South Florida award. This is what Revit and BIM can do for you...

The SunPost: "Best Up-and-Coming Architect 7/3/07

Borges + Associates Architects

At age 45, Cuban-American Reinaldo Borges is well on his way to establishing new standards in the practice of architecture worldwide. Recently he inaugurated a new alliance office in Barcelona and Dubai in the U.A.E., and he is well on his way to setting new standards of design excellence in the Spanish and Middle Eastern real estate development industry. With a solid background in the field of architecture, having worked with international firms such as Miami’s Arquitectonica as senior designer and having been the design team leader for the new American Airlines Arena and the new Royal Palm Hotel in South Beach’s Convention Hotel Village, he has made a significant mark in the South Florida architectural scene and is now a design director and partner in one of the nation’s best-known architecture firms, Morris Borges Architects. He is founding principal of Borges + Associates Architects in Miami with offices in Mexico City, and Madrid. His practices span from Miami, to Madrid, to Mexico City to U.S. cities like Las Vegas, Orlando, Atlantic City and several locations in the Caribbean. Borges’ passion and addictive enthusiasm for design have thrust his practice to levels rarely achieved by architects of his age. Location: 200 S. Biscayne Blvd., Suite 800, Miami. Phone: 305-374-9216." Read more...

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

GSA / Revit / BIM Links and Information

Here's a bunch of information I compiled for a client of ours that I thought the world would want to see about the GSA.

The General Services Administration has mandated that new buildings designed
through its Public Buildings Service use building information modeling in the
design stage. ... http://w3.gsa.gov/ClipsMgt.nsf/PDAWebToday/09CFE365DC995AA185257233003D8B33?OpenDocument






http://www.construction.com/NewsCenter/TechnologyCenter/Headlines/archive/2006/ENR_1113.asp ...
GSA already requires all new and major modernization projects for fiscal year 2007, which began Oct. 1, to meet new GSA spatial requirements. The guide, released for public review for the first time, creates a minimum requirement for A/E firms to submit three-dimensional models with such attributes as GSA net area, space name, space number, occupant organization name, GSA STAR space type, walls, slabs, columns and beams.

GSA promoted its BIM efforts at a government and industry forum held Oct. 31 at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C. Speaking alongside representatives of the Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Coast Guard, Calvin Kam, GSA’s national 3D-4D-BIM program manager, said its initial requirements are an approachable step for an industry increasingly familiar with 3D and BIM. Read more...

Sunday, July 1, 2007

Crossgrade Autocad LT to Revit for $1995

From July 1, 2007 through October 15, 2007, trade up (crossgrade) for $1995.

This offer is available to the following customers who own commercial licenses of Autodesk AutoCAD LT 2005, 2006, or 2007. Commercial licenses of AutoCAD LT 2008 are also eligible if these licenses were on Autodesk® Subscription prior to June 1, 2007

Crossgrade options include:
• Revit® Architecture 2008*
• AutoCAD® Revit ® Architecture Suite 2008*
• Revit® Structure 2008*
• AutoCAD® Revit® Structure Suite 2008*
• AutoCAD® MEP 2008*
• AutoCAD® Revit® MEP Suite 2008*

Customers with multi-seat packs of AutoCAD LT must crossgrade the same number of seats as their multi-pack (i.e., multi-seat pack licenses may not be split-up).

There's never been a better time to invest in BIM and get the most out of your Autodesk software. Download Revit right now and get a head start.

That’s a savings of up to 70%. Don’t miss this chance to save. But you’d better act fast – offer expires October 15, 2007.

Contact your reseller for more information or email me if you live in Florida.

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