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Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Autodesk University Voting for the classes you want in December 2008

Well, I'm still not sure how this happened, but I submitted applications to teach two classes at Autodesk University 2008. I suppose it's all Matt's fault. Matt Rumbelow works for an Autodesk reseller in Australia.
He suggested we teach a class together on outsourcing Revit family content. Since I'm the Broutek dealer for the United States and Matt handles Australia, New Zealand and China, we decided to go from AU and USA to AU in NV. As much as I love the classes we teach on creating Revit custom content, you can't do it all on your own. We'll discuss the pros and cons of keeping it in the family vs outsourcing and using other content sources such as revitcity.com.

Are you Content with your Family? Issues and Advantages by Outsourcing Revit Content Creation – AutoCAD Revit Architecture Suite – Level: All Levels – Speaker: Matt Rumbelow (& Gregory Arkin)
My other class is titled
To Blog or Not to Blog - Sharing your Revit knowledge with the world. – AutoCAD Revit Architecture Suite – Level: All Levels – Speaker: Gregory Arkin (& Matt Rumbelow)"To Blog or Not to Blog - Sharing your Revit knowledge with the world.

If you're here reading this, you must believe in blogs and all things Revit. I've invited a couple of other bloggers, including Steve Stafford of RevitOpEd fame and a few mystery guests. Yes, it's off the beaten path of your typical AU class, but we're all in this together and the online resources available to you are priceless and using them to your advantage is key to Revit success.

I'd really appreciate it if you take 5 minutes and vote for my two classes. It'd mean a lot to me to be able to present at AU. As your going through the voting, the first class is under Revit Architecture and the blogging course is under Business. You can vote for up to 15 classes in each category. Even if you're not planning on attending Autodesk University, I'd still like you to vote. Then I can even talk about this post in the class and show the world how powerful blogging really is.

So, are you ready? Great, here's the link to vote
Here's a link to Autodesk University
And here are two links to other bloggers talking about this topic

AU 2008 Sessions from http://revitoped.blogspot.com/

AU 2008 from http://do-u-revit.blogspot.com/

Also, for Matt 14 hours away in Australia, here's who we'd like you to vote for.

Architecture and Building Design > Revit Architecture Sessions

  • Are you Content with your Family? Issues and Advantages by Outsourcing Revit Content Creation – AutoCAD Revit Architecture Suite – Level: All Levels – Speaker: Matt Rumbelow (& Gregory Arkin)
  • Better or Bitter? Success & Failure Factors in Adopting Revit in Leading Architectural Practices in Australia. – AutoCAD Revit Architecture Suite – Level: All Levels – Speaker: Rodd Perey (& Matt Rumbelow)
  • From Sketch to Contract Documentation - The Successful Implementation of large Building Information Modeling in Asia Pacific Projects – AutoCAD Revit Architecture Suite – Level: Intermediate – Speaker: David Fung
  • Revit Modeling Guideline for Japan BIM Standard – AutoCAD Revit Architecture Suite – Level: All Levels – Speaker: Jun Inoue
  • Strategic Thinking: Better Office Management with Revit – AutoCAD Revit Architecture Suite – Level: Intermediate – Speaker: Chris Needham

Business Sessions

  • To Blog or Not to Blog - Sharing your Revit knowledge with the world. – AutoCAD Revit Architecture Suite – Level: All Levels – Speaker: Gregory Arkin (& Matt Rumbelow)

CAD Management and IT Sessions

  • CAD Management versus CAD Leadership in implementing change and boosting productivity – Other – Level: All Levels – Speaker: Andrew Hill
  • Managing your CAD Deliverables – Other – Level: All Levels – Speaker: Andrew Hill
  • Process Mapping for CAD Managers – Other – Level: Intermediate – Speaker: Andrew Hill
  • CAD Productivity explained – Other – Level: All Levels – Speaker: Andrew Hill
  • Knowledge Management Evaluations for CAD – Other – Level: Intermediate – Speaker: Andrew Hill
  • Implementing Autodesk Based Application Software – Other – Level: Intermediate – Speaker: Andrew Hill

Civil Engineering Sessions

  • Roundabout Reconstruction Using Corridor + Grading Objects – AutoCAD Civil 3D – Level: Power User – Speaker: Sean Twomey
  • Road Reconstructions with Civil 3D in Plain English – AutoCAD Civil 3D – Level: All Levels – Speaker: Rad Lazic
  • Prepare construction drawings WHILE design is changing? Only with Civil 3D! – AutoCAD Civil 3D – Level: All Levels – Speaker: Rad Lazic
  • Customizing Pipes:Your Hydraulic Analysis Integrated with Civil 3D® – AutoCAD Civil 3D – Level: Intermediate – Speaker: Rad Lazic

Construction and Real Estate Sessions

  • An Old Dog with New Tricks: Introducing NavisWorks, Revit, and 3DS Max into Westfield's construction planning division. – Other – Level: All Levels – Speaker: Matt Rumbelow (& Gary Clark)
  • Quantity Take Off – without the need for color pencils and highlighters – Other – Level: Introductory – Speaker: Stephen Komisarek

Facilities Management Sessions

  • Who do your CAD drawings work for: Making them work for you – AutoCAD – Level: Intermediate – Speaker: Stephen Komisarek
  • Configuring and Using Facility Request or Facility Web – Autodesk FMDesktop – Level: Introductory – Speaker: Stephen Komisarek
  • Autodesk Facility Manager beyond the basics – Autodesk FMDesktop – Level: Intermediate – Speaker: Stephen Komisarek
  • Autodesk® FMDesktop from CAD to the Web – Autodesk FMDesktop – Level: Intermediate – Speaker: Bob Fahlin
  • BIM for FM and Beyond – Autodesk FMDesktop – Level: Intermediate – Speaker: Bob Fahlin
  • Facility Management Handbook – Autodesk FMDesktop – Level: Introductory – Speaker: Bob Fahlin

General Design Sessions (AutoCAD, AutoCAD LT)

  • Project based title blocks using fields, attributes and references – AutoCAD – Level: Intermediate – Speaker: Andrew Hill
  • Using Tool Palettes to drive productivity and corporate standards – AutoCAD – Level: Intermediate – Speaker: Andrew Hill

MEP Design and Engineering Sessions

  • Extreme Revit Families: Manufacturers, get ready to publish – AutoCAD Revit MEP Suite – Level: All Levels – Speaker: Jose Fandos
  • Extreme Revit MEP Families: Piping – AutoCAD Revit MEP Suite – Level: Power User – Speaker: Jose Fandos
  • Extreme Revit MEP Families: Electrical – AutoCAD Revit MEP Suite – Level: Power User – Speaker: Jose Fandos
  • From Sketch to Contract Documentation - The Successful Implementation of the 3 Revit Products in Asia Pacific Projects – AutoCAD Revit MEP Suite – Level: Intermediate – Speaker: David Fung

Structural Design and Engineering Sessions (AutoCAD Revit Structure, Revit Structure)

· Managing a project with the Revit platform and Robot Millennium – AutoCAD Revit Structure Suite – Level: Intermediate – Speaker: Paul-Emmanuel Boireau

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Miami International University Revit Architecture Training Sign Up Link

I just got a request from the students at Miami International University, an interior design school here in South Florida. Apparently, they all want to learn Revit, but the school hasn't added it to their curriculum yet which is a very common problem. (I just found a technical college in Florida teaching Revit 9.1. They're only 2 years behind, so that's not so terrible)

They want a custom class on 3 Saturdays. Since we're so proactive with the student community, how could we say no although Mark did have to get permission from his wife to teach the class on the weekends).

So, with Sherry Cucchiella and Rick Navarro's help, we're going to have a class for 30 of their students on May 10, 17 & 31.

For the students currently enrolled at MIU here is the link to sign up.
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e-Specs releases 2009 plugin for Revit

Now that you're using Revit, it's time to take it to the next level of automation. We're the Florida reseller for e-SPECS, so let me know if you're interested in learning more.

Click here to view an online demo
Data Sheet for e-SPECS for Revit

e-SPECS for Revit
Integrated Specifications with Revit

e-SPECS for Revit extends the Autodesk® Revit-based products document coordination and quality solutions to the construction specifications. Integrate your design firm preferences to automate the process of creating your construction specs and access those specs directly within Revit based applications.

Integrated Specifications
e-SPECS for Revit interfaces with Revit's parametric database, instantly updating your project specifications to the requirements of the building model. Insert a wall, door, window, or any other building object into your Revit model and instantly update your project manual with the appropriate specifications. Any changes you make to the designs will automatically be incorporated into the specification manual. And with the click of the mouse, you can access all the other functionality that e-SPECS provides to update your sections on-the-fly, post project notes, review section markups and more.

e-SPECS for Revit saves time and moneye-SPECS for Revit integrated specificationse-SPECS for Revit ensures drawings and specifications remain in nync
e-SPECS for Revit eliminates the drudgery of specwriting, saving time and
money while keeping your specifications in sync with your Revit model.

“We’ve used e-SPECS for Revit on six projects now and have reduced our spec writing time over 75%. We’ve also reduced our RFIs and Addendums to only one over these six projects. The cost of the license was paid back on our first project.”

~ M. Heaton
Jefferson County, WV

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For you subscription customers, Autodesk has released 2009 Revit Utilities

Finally, Autodesk is adding some real value for subscription customers.
If you're on subscription, you can use your current software up to 3 versions earlier.
There's the home use policy, which lets you install your software on your home computer.

Then there's the good stuff!

In order for you to access these links, you must be logged into the Autodesk Subscription Center at this link.
For those of you not on subscription or using the software illegally, well, there's just no way to use these tools.

You can ask your subscription coordinator how to access the subscription portal if you don't have access.

Once you log into the subscription center they're listed on the main page under the following heading:
Architecture, Engineering & Construction (AEC): Product Modules & Add-Ons
AutoCAD Architecture, AutoCAD MEP, Revit Structure, Revit Architecture, Revit MEP. Click here


Revit 2009: Batch Print Utility.

Revit 2009: Globe Link.

Revit 2009: Worksharing Monitor.

Revit Structure 2009 - Extensions for Revit® 2009 - Full Package.

Revit Structure 2008 or AutoCAD Revit Structure Suite 2008: Revit Structure TrussWizard..

AutoCAD® MEP 2009: DIALux Plug-in for AutoCAD MEP 2009

AutoCAD® Architecture 2009: Drawing Compare Subscription Module.
I only mention this one because it's a great tool for AA users (not that I condone the use of DWG software)

AutoCAD® MEP 2008: AutoCAD® MEP Subscription Content Extensions.

Revit® MEP 2008: Revit® MEP Subscription Content Extensions.

Autodesk Impression 2.0: Autodesk Impression Download

As you can see, there's a little more to annual subscription than just getting the newest version of the software. Autodesk is adding some real value here.

Just a little math for you.
Autocad is $595/year to upgrade. If you wait 3 years, it's $1795.
Autocad Architecture is $795/year to upgrade. If you wait 3 years, it's $2395

Revit subscription is $725/year. That's $1.98/day and works out to 35 cents/hour.
If you have a Revit product and you're not on subscription, you can still upgrade

AutoCAD Revit Architecture Suite 2009 Commercial Subscription Retroactive from release 8.X $2475
AutoCAD Revit Architecture Suite 2009 Commercial Subscription Retroactive from release 9.X $1650
AutoCAD Revit Architecture Suite 2009 Commercial Subscription Retroactive from release 2008 $825
AutoCAD Revit Architecture Suite 2009 Commercial Subscription Retroactive from release 2009 $725

The longer you wait, the higher the price. Plus, you don't get to use all of the new features and have access to the subscription programs listed above.

Also, if you're not on the latest version, you can't work with engineers using Revit MEP 2009 or Revit Structure 2009. That's a big problem.

If you have a Florida office, we can get you a 3 year 0% financing package if you qualify. Contact me for more information.

And that's all I have to say about that. Revit Gumbo, Fried Revit, Revit Kabob, Barbeque Revit....
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Monday, April 28, 2008

The Realist’s Guide to 3D Implementation, Part 3 - CAD Management

Careful planning is the key to successfully training your staff.

In the last two installments of the CAD Manager's Newsletter, I've given you some practical advice for planning the transition from 2D software to 3D software. I hope you've had a chance to do the planning and expectation management I've outlined in those first two installments.

I've received more email about this series than any other topic in the past year. It seems a lot of you are experiencing problems with 3D implementation just like I have over the years.

This time I'll pass along some advice for the actual implementation and training stages of your move to 3D. And, as I've done in the first two installments, I'll pass along some real-world tips that'll help you avoid the perils of 3D while you're at it. Here goes.

Plan Your Training
In my experience, the key to getting users on board with 3D software has always focused on the training. For your user to have a great training experience, you must plan that training well in advance.

To assist you in that planning, here are a few do's and don'ts that should help you focus on the right things while avoiding problems. First the Do's:


continue reading.... The Realist’s Guide to 3D Implementation, Part 3 - CAD Management

http://management.cadalyst.com/cadman/The-Realistrsquos-Guide-to-3D-Implementation-Part-/ArticleStandard/Article/detail/511763 Read more...

The Realist’s Guide to 3D Implementation, Part 2 - CAD Management - Cadalyst.com

Controlling the implementation timeline can help you manage common problems.

In the last installment of CAD Manager's Newsletter I described what it takes to implement 3D software in a 2D-centric company environment. Today I'll continue by helping you set implementation timelines that are realistic for you, your users, and your company. Along the way I'll give you some tips about how to use timeline control to manage many of the common problems encountered while implementing 3D.

I have received quite a few "thank you for writing this so I can show my company management" e-mails from readers, so I know you're experiencing the same problems in your companies that I see with my clients. Here goes.

Expectations and Timelines
One of the key topics I talked about last time was setting realistic expectations with your users and management. My logic was that, if users think they'll learn a brand new 3D system in two days, they'll never achieve that expectation and they'll be disappointed by the results. Using the same logic, I find it worthwhile to manage management's expectation of how much time the process will take and how much it will cost.

continue reading the article...The Realist’s Guide to 3D Implementation, Part 2 - CAD Management:

http://management.cadalyst.com/cadman/The-Realistrsquos-Guide-to-3D-Implementation-Part-/ArticleStandard/Article/detail/507870 Read more...

Revit Content - Bimparts.us ...and every other manufacturer you can think of.


I just wanted to let all of you Revit MEP engineers out there know that Bimparts.us is releasing content for Victaulic. Yes, I know, finally! Autodesk isn't releasing enough content and the only real solution out there is Broutek.

Just go to http://www.bimparts.us/ instead.

Here's a little something I'd like to offer you. Free content! Why should you pay for content when your manufacturers and product reps should be rushing to get your Revit parametric content. Why are you spending your valuable time creating Revit families while you could be designing? Let the manufacturers pay for it. If you build it, they will come. Manufacturers, if you give your content to the architects, they will specify it in their products and that means you sell more products. What a concept.

As a side note to the manufacturers who only care about 2D content, any object you create as a Revit family can be exported to a 2d or 3d dwg block. Wow, how exciting 2D blocks, but I know, there's still a need.

Here's what I propose based on current levels of engagements:
Level 1: Manufacturers you've actually spoken to about Revit content who say they want to do it.
Level 2: Manufacturers you've spoken to who have given you a glazed look and said "What's Revit"?
Level 3: Manufacturers you've not spoken to but really want their content.
Level 4: Anyone else you can think of for the future.

If you send me each manufacturer's contact information and current level, I will contact them and we can work with them to create the content you and every architect want an d need. I will work with the manufacturers and you to not only create the content, but make sure all of the parameters you need are included. This leads to the next step which is e-SPECS integration.

It's not going to be easy, but if we don't start now, it will be years before it happens. Of course, you can be proactive like one of our Revit MEP customers, Ross and Baruzzini and blog about it yourselves.

Here's their blog post from http://www.revit.rossbar.com.
Special thanks to Ken Schriever who's now officially embarrassed me by mentioning me and CADD Centers in 2 of his 3 postings. Ken doesn't know it yet, but I'm asking him to join me for a panel discussion at Autodesk University if my proposal gets approved. Ken, I hope you like public speaking.

The Missing link in Your Revit Design (Families)

Where Are My Families?
After starting our first MEP BIM project with Revit we quickly learned that the out-of-the-box product is severely lacking the tools to needed to make a project of any complexity successful. The tools are there, this is true, but the building blocks to make the end product complete were missing. In the Revit world these building blocks are called Families. Revit 2008 out-of-the-box does give you some basic Families however, here at Ross & Baruzzini the aesthetics of the drawings are very important and they need to be maintained to produce the professional output drawings we are proud of and known for today. So the big question is, "Where are my Families?" It seems the rest of the Revit world is still catching up on the MEP side. Manufacturers are trying to keep up but are finding it hard to produce a line of Revit Families since the masses are not yet committed to a BIM solution. We have looked high and low for Free Revit Families and can only find the few sites listed below.

The Solution

The Ross & Baruzzini solution was to train our Revit users how to make and manipulate Revit blocks for use in-house. We used CADD Centers of Florida for a one-day training session over GoToMeeting as we did the product training. We then contacted the Broutek, a company whose sole purpose is creating Revit Families. You can buy a block of (50) Families for $2,400.00 … a steal when you think of the man hours needed to create each Revit family. The process is simple: Just send the cut sheet to BIMparts.us and they create the Family with all intelligence and in all specified sizes. Once complete (24-48 hours) they place the Family on their site to be downloaded though your subscription. If you are going to use this process you should go though CADD Centers of Florida as they are the Official US Distributor of BIMparts.us Revit Family Content and will give you a 5% Discount.

 



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Too many Revit thoughts on my mind at 2 am.

Hello, I'm back after a little blogging vacation.

Well, I just couldn't fall asleep so I've decided to purge some random thoughts. April 15th has come and gone and I have so many random thoughts on my mind. So, in no particular order, I'll pour out my brain and hopefully something good will come of all this.

This past Tuesday, Autodesk kicked off their Experience It World Tour. I wanted to get there early so I could get a great parking spot right out front. Why? Because, I wanted 500 people to walk by my car and see my license plate. Did you think that the REVIT 3D photo above was just a made up graphic? No. It is actually the license plate on my car. I did have a demo once, and the owner of the company said he had actually seen me drive by him and wondered what Revit 3D meant. Well, now he knows. He never did actually buy it, but that's another story about firm owners who are so disconnected from technology.

Back to the Autodesk tour. Well, they picked South Florida for the kickoff, and specifically, the Miami Beach Convention Center. I leave my house and drive down Collins Avenue. I pass the Eden Roc hotel. My parents got married there in 1958. My wife and I got married there in 2005. They tore down the wing where we got married. They're building a new addition there now. The on site construction coordinator for the general contractor just took our Revit Essentials class. The architect on the project has 30 seats of Revit and has never touched it. Next door is the Fountainbleau Hotel. If you're a James Bond fan, they filmed Goldfinger there in 1964. They're in the middle of a major renovation. I sold the GC Revit. They took Revit training. It was designed by Morris Lapidus, a major architectural contributor to Miami Beach's historic style.

So, I'm driving and getting nostalgic. One of my favorite restaurants, Rascal House, just closed its doors forever. My grandfather built it in 1954. It was open for 54 years and I was sad to see it close. My grandfather's name was Joseph Arkin. My son's name is Joseph Arkin. Even though JR is too young to appreciate the food, I did want him to see it one time before it was gone forever. Next, they just started tearing down the Orange Bowl. My dad went to his first University of Miami football game there in 1939. Another historic legacy gone. Then, I opened the newspaper Monday morning and saw that Norman Giller passed away. He lived in Miami Beach, worked on over 10,000 projects, helped create Miami Modernism - MIMO. On 41st street in Miami Beach, is the Giller Building. My first pediatrician had his office there, so I've been a fan of his architecture since I was born. My favorite was the stairwell design. My brother Robert's construction company is based on the second floor in the building. If you read in the newspaper recently about the 22 year old kid who sold the Army $300 million of faulty ammo, well, he rented space in the Giller Building. As much as I love Revit, I do have a fond appreciation for the architects of the last generation who designed everything by hand and the Art Deco architecture they created.

So, I arrive at the Miami Beach Convention Center. My first conscious memory of the building was in 1972 when there were all of these hippies camped out in front of the 1972 Democrat National Convention. After that, I always remember going to the Ringling Brothers Circus there. They used to walk the elephants from the train station in Miami across the Venetian Causeway to get to the Convention Center. There's nothing like the smell of elephant poop in the morning on your way to elementary school.

My first job out of college was at George Hyman Construction. They're part of the Clark Construction Group and does some amazingly large projects. Well, they had won the contract to do the Convention Center expansion. Someone completely screwed up the concrete take off and my first job there was to take a set of drawings 8 inches thick and redo the concrete takeoff. I brought my IBM PC XT with it's 10MB hard drive and 640k of RAM to the office to put all of the information into Lotus 123 (yeah, this was years before Excel was born). I still remember the commands for some stupid reason. Anyway, the chief estimator basically told me to get that computer out of the office. They used general ledger paper to do all of their estimating. Thank goodness I stood my ground because they asked me to create all sorts of data from that 3 month project.

The Autodesk tour wasn't so exciting. Last year in Orlando, I thought was great. There just wasn't the energy this year. Florida is basically in the toilet when it comes to any sort of project pipeline. Very few firms are spending any money on software. At least the Revit firms are investing and growing. Everyone else is hibernating until the market bounces back. Well, they didn't show my favorite Autodesk videos which usually pump up an audience (you can watch them here and here). Most of the people in the architectural seminar didn't use Revit and were just there to see the new features in Autocad Architecture. No one really asked too many questions or was that enthused. I was really disappointed. They stuck all of the resellers in a smaller conference room and it didn't make for an ideal setting to interact with potential customers who just happen to be customers of our competitors.

If you're already using Revit, I don't think you're going to see anything new. If you're looking at moving to Revit, I'd recommend going because you'll see an hour long demonstration that should impress you. The afternoon sessions were for visualization and BIM. If you're using Revit, I'd show up after lunch for those sessions.

Then there was the article in the newspaper Wednesday morning about the rising water levels and how most of South Florida will be under water by 2030. Great, we can rename Miami to Venice then. That should bring in more tourists. On top of all this is the simple fact that I got burnt out on the blog after two months of intense 2009 postings.

Now I come to find out that Autodesk didn't ship Revit out to everybody on the 15th. It's slowly trickling out the door. If you didn't get your licenses yet, they should be here soon. You can always ask your reseller for your new serial number and download it from the website links.

Sounds like all doom and gloom, but Wednesday night, a break in the clouds. I received two random back to back phone calls. Both resulted from visits to Revit3d.com. The first was from a general contractor. As I was giving him my usual intro of how I'm a third generation general contractor and my family's GC license number is CGC 226, he tells me that his company's Florida GC number is CGC 008. He called me because he recognized my last name and figured I was part of the Arkin Construction family. He had worked with my grandfather, father and uncle. He needs to take a 44,000 sf building and convert it to Revit. It's very MEP engineering oriented and he knows there will be huge conflicts on the plans. If you know anyone who would like to take on that project of remodeling the Autocad drawings, let me know. I'd prefer to not have him outsource it to India. The other phone call I can't really talk about just yet, but it involves Dubai, Las Vegas and a gentleman who's flying in Sunday morning to meet me and I'll tell you more as soon as I can.

Those two calls really brightened my day. Revit's great, but only if there are projects to use them on.

Oh yeah, on Wednesday we became the Florida reseller for Riverbed Steelhead Appliances. We're the only authorized Autodesk reseller in Florida partnered with the Riverbed Solution. I'll make a whole posting on their technology and why you'll want and need it. For right now, it's all about workset sharing and multiple office firms. Read more...

Friday, April 18, 2008

Now that you're rendering with Mental Ray in Revit, here's something to consider (3ds Max Design 2009)

So, what do you think of Mental Ray? Pretty cool huh? Now if it only didn't tie up your computer for 2 hours at a time do to a best quality rendering. Well, we have a solution for that and it's called 3ds Max Design 2009.
For those of you who currently own Viz, if it's on subscription you can crossgrade it for $249. Oh yeah, Autodesk just discontinued Viz in March, so you'll want to spend this small amount of money before 7/18/08 when the $249 offer expires. You can purchase a new seat of 3ds Max Design for $3495. Yeah, it may sound expensive, but you can install it on multiple machines to create a rendering farm. If you do 1 rendering a week, it only costs you $67/week. That doesn't sound so terrible and you can finance it with 3 years of subscription for 36 months at $156/month and you won't have to outsource your renderings.

Click here for a price quote if you have a location in Florida.

From March 31, 2008 to July 17, 2008, existing Autodesk VIZ 2008 software Subscription customers will be able to cross-grade to 3ds Max Design 2009 for US$249**. During this same timeframe, Autodesk VIZ 2006, 2007, and 2008 customers who are not on Autodesk Subscription will be able to cross-grade to 3ds Max Design 2009 for US$895**, if they purchase Autodesk Subscription for 3ds Max Design 2009.

About 3ds Max Design 2009
3ds Max Design 2009 software is essentially a customized installation of Autodesk® 3ds Max® 2009 software, the result of which is an optimized user experience for architects, designers, engineers and visualization specialists.

Difference between 3ds Max and 3ds Max Design
3ds Max Design has the same functionality as 3ds Max, with the addition of the new Exposure™ lighting analysis technology. The Software Development Kit (SDK) is not provided. Other differences between the two products include user interface and application defaults, tutorials, sample files, and product websites.

More generally, Autodesk 3ds Max Design 2009 software is a comprehensive 3D modeling, animation, and rendering solution designed to support the way designers and visualization specialists work: creatively, iteratively, and across multiple software applications. As compared with 3ds Max 2008, 3ds Max Design 2009 introduces a number of key new and enhanced features, including the powerful Exposure technology for lighting analysis to assist with LEED 8.1 certification. New rendering functionality includes the Reveal™ rendering toolset, which streamlines iterative workflows and gives designers dramatically faster, finished renderings, and the ProMaterials™, a library of manufacturer-related materials. 3ds Max Design 2009 also delivers updated user interface and workflow features, which, together with improved data compatibility, enhance digital continuity between 3ds Max Design and products from the Revit ® and AutoCAD® software families. This includes Recognize™ scene loading technology that significantly improves inter-application workflows with Revit Architecture 2009, through the accurate import of lights, materials and cameras.

Difference between Viz and Max
Autodesk ® VIZ software is a limited subset of 3ds Max 9. 3ds Max Design is a product based on 3ds Max 2009 that is tailored for the design community. It has all the features of 3ds Max except for the SDK, and it includes the new Exposure lighting analysis technology. Documentation and learning materials are also more
relevant to design professionals. 3ds Max Design (and 3ds Max 2009) also includes some toolsets that were previously only found in VIZ, ensuring that VIZ customers will feel right at home with 3ds Max Design.

• Free, unlimited integrated mental ray rendering software. VIZ 2008 requires a license per seat.
• Up to 8 mental ray rendering satellites. VIZ 2008 is limited to 2 satellites.
• Both 32-bit and 64-bit versions. VIZ is limited to only a 32-bit version.
• 10 times the performance gains over VIZ for scenes composed of tens of thousands of objects.
• “Recognize” scene loading technology for interoperability with Revit Architecture 2009; allowing cameras,
geometries, materials and lights to easily imported into 3ds Max with a high degree of fidelity.
• “Exposure” lighting analysis technology for assisting in LEED 8.1 certification

About FBX
The FBX®-based Recognize scene loading technology enables 3ds Max Design users to quickly and accurately import geometry, lights, materials, and cameras from Revit 2009 scenes. Improved support for DWG files results in faster, more accurate importing of data from other popular Autodesk applications such as the AutoCAD family of products. Also, the Autodesk® FBX® file interchange format allows users to easily transfer assets to and from 3ds Max, Autodesk® Maya® , and Autodesk® MotionBuilder software products, as well as any other content creation package that support FBX.


Autodesk 3ds Max Design 2009 Literature
Frequently Asked Questions for 3ds Max Design
Features and Benefits 3ds Max * Features and Benefits 3ds Max Design
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Thursday, April 17, 2008

Old video driver causing Revit Architecture 2009 to crash

One of my readers has reported that Revit Architecture 2009 was crashing when upgrading models and saving files. After a few reinstalls with no improvement, he decided to upgrade his NVidia 1400 video driver, which has fixed the problem.

This post shall serve as a reminder to make sure you have the latest video driver.

In case you don't know how to check your video driver's version here's some help.

  1. right click the my computer icon on your desktop
  2. left click properties
  3. left click the hardware tab
  4. left click the device manager button
  5. click the + sign next to display adapter
  6. double click on your video card
  7. click the driver tab
  8. you'll see your driver provider, driver date and version
  9. if you've got a dell computer click here to enter your service tag number and get the latest driver
  10. if you have another brand, go to your video card provider's website.
Hope that helps. I used to get paid for this sort of thing. If someone would be a seat of Revit from me, that would definitely make me feel better :-)

PS. Thanks Eric! Read more...

Download Revit Architecture 2009 Program, Tutorials, Training Files, Familes Guide, Family Training Files, Getting Started Guide, User's Guide

OK, I hope everyone's done installing their copies of Revit and have finished playing around with all of the new features. Did anyone lose any productivity with the new version? I didn't think so. Thank goodness you aren't using AutoCAD with it's completely new and different interface. They'll be spending weeks trying to figure all that out, while you're busy cranking out your renderings with Mental Ray. Raise your hand if you've already done a rendering with Revit Architecture 2009. Now keep your hand raised if you ever did a rendering in AutoCAD. I didn't think so. Yeah, I know...too time consuming.

Well, here's some more stuff to keep your time occupied. Lots of guides and tutorials for 2009 Revit products. Enjoy.....

Download the complete documentation set for Revit® Architecture 2009. From the User’s Guide to metric and imperial tutorials, here’s where you’ll find everything you need to get started.
http://www.autodesk.com/revitarchitecture-documentation

Download Revit Architecture Suite Version: www.revitarchitecture2010.com
Download Revit Architecture Standalone Version: (only download if don't have Autocad Revit Architecture Suite

Tutorials (CHM)

A complete set of self-paced training exercises is available for you to use to become more productive using Autodesk’s Revit Architecture 2009.

IMPORTANT: Follow these steps to successfully download the tutorials.

  1. Close the Revit Architecture online Help window with the tutorial download instructions.
  2. Click one file below (Imperial or Metric) and save the file to: C:\Program Files\Revit Architecture 2009\Program\.
  3. Open the folder: C:\Program Files\Revit Architecture 2009\Program\.
  4. Right-click the TutorialsArchitectureImpENU.chm or TutorialsArchitectureMetENU.chm, select ‘Properties,’ uncheck the attribute ‘Read-only’, and click ‘OK.’
  5. Double-click the file Revit Architecture Imperial Tutorials.exe or Revit Architecture Metric Tutorials.exe.
  6. Verify that the path is C:\Program Files\Revit Architecture 2009\Program, and click ‘Unzip.’
  7. Click ‘OK.’
Windows Vista users: You must be an administrator in order to extract the tutorial documentation files. You must override the default Unzip to folder, extract the CHM to the Desktop, and manually copy the tutorial CHM file to the C:\Program Files\Revit Architecture 2009\Program folder.

Imperial Training Files

Double-click each file below to download (files will be copied to: C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Autodesk\RAC 2009\Training\Imperial).
Windows Vista users: You must be an administrator in order to extract the tutorial training files. During the extraction process, specify the following Unzip to folder since the default path is not correct for Vista installations: C:\Program Data\Autodesk\RAC 2009\Training.
If you receive errors during the file extraction, make sure that the Training folder on your system is empty, and try again.

Metric Training Files

Double-click each file below to download (files will be copied to: C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Autodesk\RAC 2009\Training\Metric).
Windows Vista users: You must be an administrator in order to extract the tutorial training files. During the extraction process, specify the following Unzip to folder since the default path is not correct for Vista installations: C:\Program Data\Autodesk\RAC 2009\Training.
If you receive errors during the file extraction, make sure that the Training folder on your system is empty, and try again.

Families Guide (CHM)

To help you understand how to work with Revit Architecture families, this guide contains conceptual explanations, hands-on tutorials, and reference information. Before using this guide, you should have a basic understanding of Revit Architecture.
Important: The Families Guide (help and pdf format) is installed in the C:\Program Files\Revit Architecture 2009\Program folder. To open the guide, navigate to the Program folder and double-click the ArchitectureFamiliesImpENU.chm (ArchitectureFamiliesMetENU.chm) or ArchitectureFamiliesImpENU.pdf (ArchitectureFamiliesMetENU.pdf) file.
Windows Vista users: You must be an administrator in order to extract the families guide documentation files. You must override the default Unzip to folder, extract the CHM file to the Desktop, and manually copy the families guide CHM file to the c:\Program Files\Revit Architecture 2009\Program folder.

Families Guide Imperial Training Files


Windows Vista Users: You must be an administrator in order to extract the families guide training files. During the extraction process, specify the following Unzip to folder since the default path is not correct for Vista installations: c:\Program Data\Autodesk\RAC 2009\Training.

Families Guide Metric Training Files


Families Guide Metric Training Files

Getting Started (PDF)

This is a quick guide to get the basics on how to start a project in Revit Architecture, including
Getting Started with Autodesk Revit Architecture (pdf - 5MB)

User’s Guide (PDF)

This document contains all the information available in the product Help.
Revit Architecture User's Guide (pdf - 24MB)
Revit Architecture User's Guide A4 (pdf - 22MB)
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Revit MEP 2009 Program, Tutorials, Training Files, Familes Guide, Family Training Files, Getting

Download Revit MEP Suite Version: www.revitmep2009.com
Download Revit MEP Standalone Version: - Doesn't exist. Revit MEP only comes bundled with AutoCAD MEP and AutoCAD Architecture

Download the complete documentation set for Revit® MEP 2009. From the User’s Guide to metric and imperial tutorials, here’s where you’ll find everything you need to get started.

www.autodesk.com/revitmep-documentation


Tutorials (CHM)

A complete set of self-paced training exercises is available for you to use to become more productive using Autodesk’s Revit MEP 2009.

IMPORTANT: Follow these steps to successfully download the tutorials.

  1. Close the Revit MEP online help window with the tutorial download instructions.
  2. Click one file below (Imperial or Metric) and save the file to: C:\Program Files\Revit MEP 2009\Program\.
  3. Open the folder: C:\Program Files\Revit MEP 2009\Program\
  4. Right click the TutorialsMEPImpENU.chm or TutorialsMEPMetENU.chm, select ‘Properties,’ uncheck the attribute ‘Read-only’ and click ‘Ok.’
  5. Click the file Revit MEP Imperial Tutorials.exe or Revit MEP Metric Tutorials.exe.
  6. Click ‘Browse’ to specify the path to C:\Program Files\Revit MEP 2009\Program\ then click ‘Ok.’
  7. Click ‘Unzip.’

Revit MEP Imperial Tutorials (.exe - 25Mb)

Revit MEP Metric Tutorials (.exe - 25Mb)

Tutorials (PDF)


Revit MEP Imperial Tutorials (.pdf - 13Mb)

Revit MEP Metric Tutorials (.pdf - 13Mb)

Imperial Datasets

Double-click each file below to download (files will be copied to: C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Autodesk\RME 2009\Training\Imperial).

Revit MEP Imperial Datasets 1 of 7 (.exe - 88Mb)

Revit MEP Imperial Datasets 2 of 7 (.exe - 103Mb)

Revit MEP Imperial Datasets 3 of 7 (.exe - 105Mb)

Revit MEP Imperial Datasets 4 of 7 (.exe - 112Mb)

Revit MEP Imperial Datasets 5 of 7 (.exe - 85Mb)

Revit MEP Imperial Datasets 6 of 7 (.exe - 123Mb)

Revit MEP Imperial Datasets 7 of 7 (.exe - 102Mb)

Metric Datasets

Double-click each file below to download (files will be copied to: C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Autodesk\RME 2009\Training\Metric).

Revit MEP Metric Datasets 1 of 7 (.exe - 95Mb)

Revit MEP Metric Datasets 2 of 7 (.exe - 95Mb)

Revit MEP Metric Datasets 3 of 7 (.exe - 95Mb)

Revit MEP Metric Datasets 4 of 7 (.exe - 95Mb)

Revit MEP Metric Datasets 5 of 7 (.exe - 95Mb)

Revit MEP Metric Datasets 6 of 7 (.exe - 95Mb)

Revit MEP Metric Datasets 7 of 7 (.exe - 95Mb)


Getting Started (PDF)

This is a quick guide to get the basics on how to start a project in Revit MEP.

Getting Started with Autodesk Revit MEP (.pdf - 5Mb)


User’s Guide (PDF)

This document contains all the information available in the product Help.

Revit MEP User's Guide (.pdf - 24Mb)

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Revit Structure 2009 Program, Tutorials, Training Files, Familes Guide, Family Training Files, Getting

Download Revit Structure Suite Version: www.revitstructure2009.com
Download Revit Structure Standalone Version: (only download if don't have Autocad Revit Structure Suite

Download the complete documentation set for Revit® Structure 2009. From the User’s Guide to metric and imperial tutorials, here’s where you’ll find everything you need to get started.

www.autodesk.com/revitstructure-documentation

Tutorials (CHM)

A complete set of self-paced training exercises is available for you to use to become more productive using Autodesk Revit Structure 2009.

IMPORTANT: Follow these steps to successfully download the tutorials.

  1. Close the Revit Structure online help window with the tutorial download instructions.
  2. Click one file below (Imperial or Metric) and save the file to: C:\Program Files\Revit Structure 2009\Program\.
  3. Open the folder: C:\Program Files\Revit Structure 2009\Program\
  4. Right click the TutorialsStructureImpENU.chm or TutorialsStructureMetENU.chm, select ‘Properties,’ uncheck the attribute ‘Read-only’ and click ‘Ok.’
  5. Click the file Revit Structure Imperial Tutorials (.exe format) or Revit Structure Metric Tutorials (.exe format).
  6. Click ‘Browse’ to specify the path to C:\Program Files\Revit Structure 2009\Program\ then click ‘Ok.’
  7. Click ‘Unzip.’

Windows Vista users:
You must be an administrator in order to extract the tutorial files.
You must override the default Unzip to folder, extract the CHM files to the Desktop, and manually copy the tutorial CHM files to the c:\Program Files\Revit Structure 2009\Program folder.

Training Files


Windows Vista users:
You must be an administrator in order to extract the tutorial training files. During the extraction process, specify the following Unzip to folder since the default path is not correct for Vista installations:

c:\Program Data\Autodesk\RST 2009\Training

If you receive errors during the file extraction, make sure that the Training folder on your system is empty, and try again.

Imperial Training Files

Double-click each file below to download (files will be copied to: C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Autodesk\RST 2009\Training\Imperial).

Metric Training Files

Double-click each file below to download (files will be copied to: C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Autodesk\RST 2009\Training\Metric).

Common Training Files

Double-click the file below to download (files will be copied to: C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Autodesk\RST 2009\Training\Common).


Getting Started

This is a quick guide to get the basics on how to start a project in Revit Structure, including

  • Exploring the User Interface
  • Creating a Concrete Project
  • Creating a Steel Project
Getting Started with Autodesk Revit Structure (pdf - 474Kb)

User’s Guide

This document contains all the information available in the product Help.

Revit Structure User's Guide (pdf - 25157Kb)
Revit Structure User's Guide A4 (pdf - 25217Kb)
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Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Stop that! Whoever is clicking the Revit2011.com link....I think you need to wait a few months.

Use this link for the 2011 files: http://bimboom.blogspot.com/search/label/Blog-2011

Well, it's live.  www.revit2011.com is up and running and we've got videos, screenshots and the release date.  Enjoy!!!!  Note:  The URL forwarding link is in the process of being updated, so the www.revit2011.com link should be active any minute.





4/16/09. Well, we're finally made it to the official release of the Revit 2010 products. Now we wait another 365 days for Revit 2011 and see what Autodesk has in store for us next year. www.Revit2011.com will give you all of the latest updates as they happen.

Of course, Revit3d.com was the first to release information on 64 bit, the addition of AutoCAD Architecture, announcement of the ribbon toolbar, the release date for 2010 products and the subscription center download availability. I don't know how I managed to be the first for all of those, but it does feel good to win the information race every time. Thanks for visiting and be sure to subscribe to my blo if you haven't already. That way, you won't miss a thing. www.revit3d.com/subscribe

2/1/09 Patience.....in a few days I'll make you smile....in the meantime, subscribe to the blog if you want instant updates. Look at what I did last year http://www.revit2009.com/ for a hint of things to come.


9/29/08 Update. If you're coming here for the first time after seeing my posting about Revit 64 Bit, here's the deal. The www.revit2010.com link will be updated automatically as soon as I get any news about it's release or features.
www.revit2010.com links to www.revit3d.com/bimboom.blogspot.com(same thing). It just has a filter that shows you the 2010 information. If you subscribe to my blog, you'll automatically get updates about 2010. We're about 198 days away and information starts coming out in February. Here's what I posted about 2009 releases so you have an idea of what to look forward to. I will also have special stuff just for blog subscribers.

You've just finished downloading Revit Architecture 2009 and you're already looking at 2010?
What's wrong with you people!!!!!

The only thing I can tell you about 2010 is it's a year away from shipping. That link will bring you to this post until there's something new to report.

Don't even bother clicking the link until end of January next year.

You silly impatient Revit fanatics. I love your devotion!

Yes, this will be the first place to find everything about 2010.

Now that I've figured out the whole system of what I can tell you and when, next year should be more fun.

I never thought being a Revit reseller could be so much fun. Over 1100 visitors today. A world record for me, but still not one customer asking about AutoCAD 2009 or AutoCAD Architecture 2009. They're so 2D.
I hope they're not bitter because you're better.

Update 4/17: You can always visit the AUGI wishlist site.
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Hotfix - SATA Raid controlled computer activation error

Autodesk - Revit Architecture Services & Support - Hotfix - Autodesk Activation Update: "Hotfix - Autodesk Activation Update

Published date: 2008-Apr-09
ID: DL5620053"

AutoCAD 2007/2008/2009-Based Products

BindHotfix_2007.reg (reg - 0Kb)
Readme (html - 6Kb)

AutoCAD 2006-Based Products

AdskBindHotfix.exe (exe - 474Kb)

Readme (htm - 4Kb)

After you activate and then restart your product, you receive error 0.1.0011 or 11.1.6011 and are required to reactivate.

This problem can occur for Autodesk's 2006 & 2007-based products on computers with SATA Raid controllers.

Note: This update must be applied to all computers that share a license. Therefore, if you apply this update to one computer and then want to use the Portable License Utility to transfer the license to another computer, be sure to install the update on that computer, too.

Important: If this update is applied to a computer that does not have a SATA Raid controller, the license on that computer will be broken. You will need to reactivate the product to repair the license.


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Oh, but anyway, Toto, we're home. Home! - Revit Download Links Finally

Oh, but anyway, Toto, we're home. Home! And this is my room, and you're all here. And I'm not gonna leave here ever, ever again, because I love you all, and - oh, Auntie Em - there's no place like home!

This isn't even posted on the Autodesk website yet, but it was easy enough to figure out from the 2008 links:
You are the very first people in the world to get the 2009 versions of Revit. Please remember to tip your blogger on the way out. If you've enjoyed my blog, don't be shy and please send me a comment.

If you haven't already, please subscribe to this blog for updates and service packs for 2009 products and to be the first to know anything about Revit 2010.

Revit Architecture Suite - Revit Download
http://www.revitarchitecture2009.com/ or
http://revit.downloads.autodesk.com/download/2009/RAC-S2009.exe

Download this link only if you don't have the suite - Revit Architecture Standalone
http://revit.downloads.autodesk.com/download/2009/RAC2009.exe

Revit Structure Suite - Revit Download
http://www.revitstructure2009.com/ or
http://revit.downloads.autodesk.com/download/Structure2009/RST-S2009.exe

Download this link only if you don't have the suite - Revit Structure Standalone
http://revit.downloads.autodesk.com/download/Structure2009/RST2009.exe

Revit MEP Suite - Revit Download
http://www.revitmep2009.com/ or
http://revit.downloads.autodesk.com/download/RME2009/RME2009.exe


OK, it's time to play the game "Flood the Server". Here's how you play. Send this post to every Revit user you know and tell them to start downloading your Revit 2009 file now.

Thank you all for visiting www.revit3d.com, especially for the last 2 months. I'm pleased that I could provide all of you the information you were looking for.

I promise to do the same for the next few years.
Next year, starting February 10th, visit http://www.revit2010.com/ and I'll start posting information on the 2010 version as soon as it becomes available.

I do have one request of you. If you have an office in Florida, we'd love to be your reseller. I'm sure your current reseller hasn't put this much effort and passion into really helping you.

If you're anywhere in the United States, we do training (live & remote), technical support, implementation and coordination between all Revit disciplines. If you're looking for more out of Revit, we're happy to help you get there.

We're the US Distributor for Broutek and are resellers for e-Specs, Riverbed, CostX, Adapt, Reed BIM Library Manager and IES. If you have questions, want a demo or pricing, please contact me.

I think I'm going to take a few days off from the blog so you can absorb all this.
Gregory

PS. Will, thanks for your post this morning. It was truncated so I couldn't get it to work, but you inspired me to figure out the link. Thank you. (Will informed me he got the link from an AUGI post, so we'll have to give Will and AUGI credit.

Note to other bloggers: If you're going to copy these links, please give my blog the proper credit. Read more...

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