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ADAPT® BIM Technology Reinvents RC Design - ADAPT-Builder® v3.2 Release Update

Now you can intelligently design your Reinforced Concrete slabs and mat foundations with Building Information Modeling (BIM) technology in ADAPT software. Model, analyze, optimize, and document your reinforcement designs using fully editable 3D rebar objects.

Save hours of redundant data entry and dramatically shorten your design cycles while achieving the most accurate designs and drawings possible.

Seamlessly transfer your reinforcement design into Revit® Structure and create your structural drawings.

Builder v3.2 offers a new and more flexible RC design process:

  • Generate 3D model using DWG or Revit® Structure model
  • Define any configuration of base reinforcement
  • Calculate automatically additional rebar requirements
  • Optimize and customize bar sizes and lengths
  • Adjust dynamically orientation of rebar
  • Calculate cracked deflections precisely
  • Export rebar layout to DWG or Revit Structure
Best of all, you can easily incorporate design changes in your project by simply modifying the geometry and loading of your model and rerunning your design. ADAPT-Builder will automatically keep your rebar edits and calculate any additional reinforcement required.

We have reinvented RC design by giving structural engineers full control over the definition, placement, orientation and customization of reinforcement in their 3D slab and foundation models. Unlike traditional software tools that simply generate a static graphic of reinforcement requirements, each design iteration in ADAPT-Builder is based on the exact location of rebar specified in the slab and any modifications made to the reinforcement in a previous run.

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ADAPT-Builder Design Suite

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Contact ADAPT now to schedule your free product demonstration. Read more...

Sunday, December 30, 2007

Revit - Just Like Having 150 *Extra* Engineers

Just Like Having 150 *Extra* Engineers | Incredimazing

Sounds like Revit. Is 2008 the year you get some new technology? Make the transition to 3D your New Years Resolution. It will be one resolution that will be very easy to keep.


Saturday, December 29, 2007

Another Revit sample for you to play with

Links:  All Revit Samples Web Page   /   Sample File Download Directory

Here's a funky Revit sample you can download and play with
Click here to download the file

PS. This entire project took less than 30 minutes to create. How long would it have taken you in AutoCAD? Comments are welcome. Read more...

Friday, December 28, 2007

CAD Application Development: Revit 2008 API: If you haven't seen it all, then there are still new features...

link: CAD Application Development: Revit 2008 API: If you haven't seen it all, then there are still new features...: Read more...

Thursday, December 27, 2007

AEC Magazine - 5 Churchill Place - HOK - Revit

Contributed by John Marchant
Monday, 03 December 2007

John Marchant recently visited the site of 5 Churchill place in London’s Doclands to discover how Revit is being used on this latest complex office tower project from HOK architects.

Churchill Place is the new headquarters building of US investment bank Bears Stearns. It was designed by HOK Architects and is currently under construction by Canary Wharf Contractors (CWC). It forms the eastern gateway to Canary Wharf and comprises four buildings. With a floor area of 28,000 m2 net, spread over 14 storeys and with a three-level basement, 5 Churchill Place is a structurally complex office tower adjacent to the global headquarters of Barclays Bank at One Churchill Place.

There were some severe constraints on the design. The site was of irregular shape and built partially over water. The structure is built over an existing 1990s car park and ramps and there were considerable problems to be faced in designing and constructing around these ramps. The building will be predominantly clad in natural stone to its principal elevations but glazed to the north. The shell and core are due to be completed in January 2009 with the fit-out due in May 2009.

Revit was used throughout the design and construction of the project and has been played an instrumental role in delivering the project on time and on budget. “Clearly, there is board level interest in delivering well coordinated projects on time, to budget,” says Miles Walker, firmwide CAD Manager at architects HOK. “Our goals for Revit on this project have surpassed expectations… we will continue to work with Revit (our primary CAD software) to deliver efficient and accurate information, and to provide additional value to our clients worldwide.”

Continue reading the article

Building Information Modeling - Experience BIM

Experience BIM

Clear, concise understanding between architects, engineers, construction professionals, facility managers, and owners is the key to any successful project. To be on the same page, you have to be in the same book or, in the case of building, the same model. Autodesk building information modeling (BIM) software solutions provide teams with tools to keep information coordinated, up-to-date, and accessible in an integrated environment.

These videos, articles, and white papers provide detailed information about the advantages of BIM—for predicting a building’s real-world performance before construction, creating sustainable designs, increasing efficiency, enabling new ways of working, and more.


Phil Bernstein, FAIA and VP of Building Industry Strategy & Relations at Autodesk, talks about BIM.

Coordination: Eliminate Errors and Omissions
Saving Time: Increase Efficiency
Delivery: Enable New Ways of Working

Link to the site and technical white papers

Sunday, December 23, 2007

It is Alive in the Lab: A Wii Bit of Fun for Revit


Just in time for Christmas, Technical Evangelist, Brian Pene, filed this report. The Wii Remote is user interface device for a Nintendo game station that offers 2 degrees of freedom, 4 degrees of freedom (X, Y, Z, and Roll), and 6 degrees of freedom (X, Y, Z, yaw, pitch, and roll).

Continue Reading It is Alive in the Lab: A Wii Bit of Fun:


More Project Efficiency Through Technology

Tim_douglas Listen to Tim Douglas, Senior Product Marketing Manager for Autodesk Collaboration Project Management solutions, talk about Building Information Modeling (BIM) in construction.



Friday, December 21, 2007

Happy Holidays and a Revit New Year from Revit3D, Gregory and the whole CADD Centers team

Thank you for coming back here again and again. It makes me so happy to have you here and to be a part of the Revit family. 2007 was wonderful and 2008 will be the year that Revit will be better than ever and will explode in it's growth. It's all because of each and every one of you.


GSA has published a draft of it's 3D-4D-BIM guide

The GSA has published a draft of it's 3D-4D-BIM guide. The GSA states that "It's intended for intended for GSA employees and consultants engaging in BIM practices for the design of new construction and major modernization projects for GSA".

You can download the guide free of charge from here: 3D-4D-BIM Guide

Other GSA links and guides can be download from here: Other GSA Guides

If you wish to get on the email list, go here: Mailing List

From BIM and IPD http://bimandipd.blogspot.com/2007/12/gsa-and-bim.html


Wednesday, December 19, 2007

BIM Manager: Shading Elevations in Revit

Thanks David for pointing this out. In 2 years when there are a million people using Revit, Google's really going to need a couple of extra terabytes to store the growing knowledge base for Revit solutions.

Shading Elevations in Revit

Miles Walker from HOK posted this tip for fading out elevations
While this does work I believe I have a much better solution.
I originally posted it on AUGI and you can download the family here
What I did was create a mass family that has a transparent material with different levels of shading, so if you have a building with multiple steps you can make your elevations easy to understand.
Simply place the family between the elevation and the building, make sure mass is turned on in your elevation and turned off in your floor plans. You will need to use the linework tool to turn the edges of the family to invisible lines, hover on one of the edges and hit tab to select all the edges at once. The only caveat is you have to use Raster instead of Vector when printing.


Another updated version of Revit Structure is now available Web Update SP3 build (20071209_1300)

Click here to download latest Revit Structure version
Visit Autodesk Revit Structure download page
Improvements made in the current Web Update SP3 build (20071209_1300):
• Improves API for beams creation with NewFamilyInstance (ref XYZ location,..).
• Improves API for element coping.
• Improves API for instance creation of cellular beam.
• Improves API for rebar group distribution.
• Improves File > Open performance time when opening some project files in Revit Structure software.
• Allows the ability to array face-based families placed on a vertical face.
• Allows the ability to maintain face-based instances on curved surfaces of a Revit file linked into Revit
Structure when the link is unloaded.
• Improves stability when selecting sections.
• Improves stability when accessing the Help menu in Revit Structure on a computer with the Microsoft
Windows Vista™ operating system.
• Improves stability when applying a view template to a sheet.
• Improves performance when views contain many objects with overridden graphics by element. Read more...

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

YouTube - Autodesk Design on Jeff Han's Perceptive Pixel Multi-Touch

See the future...(but this looks so unsanitary)-please wash your hands before designing your projects
YouTube - Autodesk Design on Jeff Han's Perceptive Pixel Multi-Touch

Tip of the year 2007" fade out in elevation from Revit model-HOK CAD Solutions

HOK CAD Solutions: Joe Zhou from our Hong Kong office says - "this tip provided by Kei from Autodesk helped us and is so good I want to let everyone know about it"[ap.png]

This tip is useful especially in Scheme Design stage when you want to create fade out effect in elevation sheet. Here is the procedure to achieve 'half toning' far side elevation view overlapped on regular elevation view both layout on same sheet.
Click here to see this great tip-"Tip of the year 2007" fade out in elevation from Revit model Read more...

Creating a custom Door and Side Screen (part 1 of 2)-Revit Zone

Revit Zone"Due to popular demand I've produced a quick summary of how to create a custom door and side screen. The same fundamental concepts can also be used for windows. If you're new to creating custom components / Families within Revit, please read this article in conjuction with the 'Custom Model Components' series." Read the entire tip HERE Read more...

Raizlabs - Thumbnail Explorer Graphical Search Software

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  • Thumbnail Explorer is the perfect tool for anyone who deals with graphics, office files or CAD and has more then a handful of files.
  • The software allows you to quickly and easily find any file across multiple folders without browsing or using Windows search. As you type a part of file name Thumbnail Explorer will show a list of thumbnails and will enable you to work with corresponding files without resorting to Windows Explorer.
  • Search and thumbnail extraction done as background process that guarantees interactive responsiveness even when searching through hundreds of thousands of files.
  • The software features tight integration with Windows Explorer. Double click or drag and drop search results into their native applications. Or right click to see the same context menu as in Windows Explorer.
  • Customize our tabbed interface to your work environment and files
  • Easy to use interface requires no training
  • The software interface is available in both English and French

Monday, December 17, 2007

Welcome to the SMARTcodes Demo

Instant Code Compliance Checking Demonstration

Welcome to the SMARTcodes demo! The International Code Council set out to automate code compliance checking. This enhanced demonstration of SMARTcodes for the International Energy Conservation Code is the first step toward that goal. Take a test drive and you'll see what is now possible through new information technology solutions. Check out what SMARTcodes can do and, when you're done, give us your feedback. Your much needed input will help to guide the future course of this effort. Test drive the SMARTcodes demo.

AIArchitect This Week | Face of the AIA: One Hundred Percent BIM

One Hundred Percent BIM - by Michael Tardif, Assoc. AIA Contributing Editor

Summary: When the Onyx Group, an Alexandria, Va., firm with a strong core business in planning, set out to grow its fledgling five-year-old building design practice, building information modeling (BIM) was not on its radar screen. But when Rob Smedley, AIA, first met with the firm’s leaders to explore joining the firm as director of design, he made it clear that BIM would be part of the equation. “This is the way I work,” he explained.

“[Before BIM], I spent most of my time marking up drawings, preparing redlines for less-experienced team members,” said Brainerd. “Now I walk around, look at the building model, and watch the changes taking place. I conduct interference checking on the model all the time; it’s one of REVIT’s most important features. We’re building a virtual building, so we don’t have to mentally or manually coordinate plans, sections, and elevations. We can constantly check things such as wall types and make adjustments on the fly, and then send that information to our design-build contractor partners, especially material quantities. The final documentation is much more coordinated.”...continue reading...AIArchitect This Week | Face of the AIA: One Hundred Percent BIM: Read more...

It is Alive in the Lab: Maya DWG Export Utility Now Available

It is Alive in the Lab: Maya DWG Export Utility Now Available: "We've heard many times that people would like to export a DWG from Maya. Here's your chance.

The Maya team has developed an export to DWG capability. We're happy to share it with you via Autodesk Labs. Autodesk® Maya® software is a powerful, integrated 3D modeling, animation, effects, and rendering solution. To get the DWG export utility:


The utility is available for Maya in both 32-bit and 64-bit flavors. This is part of an envisioned overall workflow of:

1. Create an initial design expression in Maya.
2. Export file from Maya to the DWG file format.
3. Convert DWG™ files to SAT file format (ACIS® Solid) in AutoCAD® 2008 software.
4. Import SAT file to Revit Architecture 2008 for documentation and inclusion in BIM model.

So try it out and please tell us what you think: Labs.MayaDWG@autodesk.com. Connecting the dots between one of our easiest to use modelers and one of our most popular file formats is alive in the lab." Read more...

Autodesk and Primavera Partner to Strengthen Interoperability: Financial News - Yahoo! Finance

...now all the General Contractors you work with are going to start bugging you to get Revit...

Autodesk and Primavera Partner to Strengthen Interoperability: Financial News - Yahoo! Finance: "Integrated design and project management software solutions help companies improve coordination and collaboration throughout the project lifecycle

SAN RAFAEL, Calif., Dec. 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Autodesk, Inc. (Nasdaq: ADSK - News) and Primavera Systems today announced that they have entered into an agreement to facilitate interoperability between their industry leading solutions for architecture, engineering and construction (AEC). Through Autodesk's membership in Primavera's Technology Partner program, Primavera will continue to support a link between its solutions and NavisWorks, Autodesk's recently acquired solution for 3D coordination, collaboration and sequencing in design and construction.

'Primavera is continually partnering with best-of-breed technologies to offer our customers the most innovative solutions for their business needs,' said Joel Koppelman, CEO of Primavera. 'This partnership with Autodesk further supports our commitment to enable interoperability and collaboration throughout the AEC industry and gives users the ability to proactively manage change from design through construction.'" Read more...

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Coordinating differing disciplines: Commitment and accountability?-Good Idea Green Blog

Building design and construction requires cooperation between a dozen or more actors. There is an architect designing the overall building. My firm does mechanical, electrical, and plumbing design. Another firm does the civil design and still another firm does the structural.

5 design disciplines by 5 different designers. Each one working on a separate set of documents.

Theoretically in synch.

...continue reading this article...Good Idea Green Blog:


REVIT Structure Learning Curve-Structural Integrators (SI) Tools for Revit Structure

REVIT Structure Learning Curve: "Structural Integrators, LLC a company founded by Elizabeth Shulok in August 2007 have released a Revit Structure Add-in that provides advanced selection capabilities for structural members." http://www.structuralintegrators.com/products.php Read more...

BIM & BEAM: New Revit Extension Engine 1.8 (Update) and Static analysis of slabs

BIM & BEAM: New Revit Extension Engine 1.8 (Update) and Static analysis of slabs: "
1- New features for Extension Engine v.1.8 (Update)!-Click to download
2- New Extension – Static analysis for slabs has just been released!-Click to download


Saturday, December 15, 2007

e-Learning Lessons for December 2007: Revit Architecture 2008

AUGI is pleased to offer AUGI e-Learning, a program that offers AUGI members a selection of video tutorials focusing on various Autodesk products.

AUGI, in conjunction with CADLearning, is making video lessons available every month to AUGI members at no charge. Below are titles of the lessons currently available through the AUGI e-Learning program. These video lessons teach individual product concepts and features. Every month, new lessons in each course series will be available. Completion of the full course will take 12 to 18 months at the one-section-per-month rate.

AUGI members wanting to expedite the learning process may purchase an entire course outright. AUGI has negotiated a 20 percent discount for our members who wish to purchase courses. Visit AUGI.CADLearning.com for more information and complete course outlines.

e-Learning Lessons for December 2007:

Revit Architecture 2008
Course Outline - pdf
Getting Started with Revit Architecture 2008
Downloading the course datasets
Other Zip Datasets - 9 mb Zip
Menu Bar and Shortcut Keys
How to use the toolbars
Introduction to the Design Bar
Type Selector Bar and Options Bar
Autodesk Inventor 2008
Course Outline
Getting Started with Autodesk Inventor
Creating a Single User Project
Changing Inventor's Application Options
Inventor's User Interface and Help Tools
Inventor Command, Customizing Short Cuts and Undo and Redo Tool
Inventor's Viewing Tools

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