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Sunday, November 30, 2008

Robot Millenium Announcement

So, I'm sitting here at 11:49 on a Sunday merging the new Autodesk Pricebook into our accounting system. Normally not a big deal, but there are 3,095 line items. I'm almost to the bottom of it and I get to a line item called "Autodesk Robot Structural Analysis Commercial New SLM Migrating from Millenium - Subscription Required"

I say to my wife, sometimes Autodesk is so screwy. Out of the blue, they add a product to the pricebook, don't tell the resellers about it and it's just there, staring me in the face. She says, what is it, I've never heard you mention it before. Well, apparently tomorrow 12/1/08, we start selling Robot Millenium and there's promotional pricing from 12/15/08 to 4/15/09.

So, I decide to tell her the whole story. An architect designs their building in Revit Architecture and give the whole model to their Revit Structural Engineer. The engineer adds point loads, live loads and dead loads to the live model. In the old days, the engineer built stick figure model in their analysis programs, did all the load calculations, made their updates, then manually did all the drawings in AutoCAD. Now, they click a button in Revit Structure, it opens Robot Millenium, builds the model, applies the loads, runs the calculations, updates the model, then bidirectionally links back into Revit Structure and automatically updates the sizing of all the beams, columns and slabs.

She's says "Wow, that's great. You should blog about it." And now you know why I married her.

So, there you have it. A better way of coordinating with your engineers. If I hear one more architect tell me that he's not buying Revit because his engineers don't have it, I'm going to scream. Why? Because the engineers say they're not buying Revit because the architects aren't telling them to.

How does an AutoCAD architect pick an engineer for a project? Well, whoever's cheapest that week. Not the most optimal way to design a building and coordinate everything. Mr. Architect, please start asking your structural engineers to get Revit structure. Most of them already have a structural analysis program that will tie into Revit Structure. Ask them if they have Robot, RISA, ETABS, Adapt or Staad. You'd be surprised to find they all do. Now they can get the structural drawings back to you faster. Give a Revit Structural Engineer more money for the design and you'll see that you have less construction adminstration, coordination, fewer RFIs and Change Orders. If you're in Florida, call Mark Mosbat at CHM Structural Engineers 305.667.1621. They're fully operational on Revit Structure. Tell him Gregory sent you.

Ok. I really have to get back to finish this darn pricebook and go pack for AU. Read more...

Autodesk University : Special Offers and Promos

Don’t miss out. Here you’ll find, in one location, virtually every AU 2008 special offer and promotion from our Sponsors and Co-hosts, as well as from various internal Autodesk groups. Click a link to take advantage."

Click this link before you leave for Vegas Autodesk University : Special Offers and Promos
Who's going to have time for this once you're there.

Examples:

pdf Win an iPod from CCNtv (pdf - 253Kb)

pdf Visit 3Dconnexion for a chance to win a Logitech Harmony One Remote! (pdf - 552Kb)

pdf Win a Free Copy of Autodesk Robot Structural Analysis Professional 2009 (pdf - 491Kb)


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I literally just woke up 10 minutes ago and this is the first thing I saw. I must be dreaming. Free computers and 100% potential

I Just got an email from AUGI. Somewhat normal email about AU, HP, NVIDIA and a new computer they want you to see at their booth at AU. What caught my eye was how it will "allow them to leverage the full potential of AutoCAD 2009." Sounds exactly like what Mrs. Comeau, my 10th grade English teacher wrote on my report card..."Gregory isn't using is full potential". Give me a break lady, you were a terrible teacher and I was bored out of my mind.

Enough about me, let's talk about you. If you go and buy the new HP computer at AU, will you promise to now use every feature of AutoCAD 2009, and that includes the ribbon toolbar, and you the full potential of the software? Yeah, I didn't think so. See you in the Revit classes.

PS. Further down the page, read "which is like getting the HP workstation for free!". Let's all go ask them for the workstation for free. Tell them you have Revit and you'll put in your own video card. I want to see the look on their faces when a thousand people ask them the same question.
Don't tell them you saw it here, because I do like HP printers. Also, ask them what they can do to help you unlock the full potential of Revit. Now, let's go have some fun.


Dear AUGI Member,


Recently, we announced a special offer from long-time AUGI supporter HP. HP has teamed with Autodesk and NVIDIA to offer AUGI members a technology trio that will allow them to leverage the full potential of AutoCAD 2009. Aside from the technology benefits that come with this special offer, AUGI members can save up to $1,236, which is like getting the HP workstation for free!

Those members who are attending Autodesk University 2008 are invited to come to the AU Exhibit Hall and see the technology included in this offer:


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Saturday, November 29, 2008

Vico Software Announces BIM Partnership With Autodesk - MarketWatch

PRESS RELEASE

Vico Software Announces BIM Partnership With Autodesk

Integrating 5D Virtual Construction With Autodesk Revit


Last update: 6:15 a.m. EST Nov. 25, 2008
BOULDER, CO, Nov 25, 2008 (MARKET WIRE via COMTEX) -- Vico Software announced today its partnership with Autodesk whereby Vico's 5D Virtual Construction(TM) solutions and services will be integrated with Autodesk's leading technology and solutions for the AEC industry. With the adoption of BIM accelerating, it is advantageous for General Contractors and Owners to have the combination of Vico's integrated 5D capabilities within the Autodesk solutions environment.
According to Clay Freeman, chief product officer at Vico, the initial focus of the partnership has been integrating Vico's Virtual Construction Suite with Autodesk Revit for Building Information Modeling. "We have a growing number of customers requesting that our virtual construction solutions work in conjunction with an Autodesk Revit model," says Freeman. "Today we are happy to announce that the integrated solution with Revit is demonstrable, and our intent is to support a wider range of capability offered by multiple Autodesk products in the future."
Together the solutions from Vico and Autodesk will enable building owners, general contractors, and construction managers to produce:
--  Constructability and Coordination
--  Model-derived quantities and location-based quantities
--  Optimized project schedules
--  Model-derived cost estimates

Vico has not announced a date for general availability. Freeman adds, "Integrating our virtual construction solutions with Revit is a very high priority, and we will be going to customer beta test soon. Importantly, our internal Virtual Construction Services team is already contracting work on projects using Revit models in conjunction with our software, so we are quite confident in the quality of the integrated solution."
Vico will publicly debut the integration of its Virtual Construction solutions and Autodesk Revit at the Autodesk University Conference next month. To see the Revit-based Virtual Construction in action, visit Vico at Booth 397 at Autodesk University, December 2-4, in Las Vegas.
About Vico Software
Vico Software, Inc. provides 5D Virtual Construction(TM) software and services to the building construction industry. Building owners, general contractors, and construction managers use Vico's software to reduce risk, manage costs, and optimize schedules on large, complex building projects. Vico's integrated solutions, first released in 2005, pioneered the 5D category. The benefits of our solutions and services have been proven with over three hundred customers and two hundred completed building projects to date.

First seen at http://connected.typepad.com/connected/2008/11/vico-autodesk-bim-partners.html
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Reed SmartBIM Library/ Autodesk University Special

Thanks to the overwhelming response to our Introductory Pricing for the Reed SmartBIM Library 3.0, Reed Construction Data has decided to continue the $500/license offer to those who are attending Autodesk University this week in Las Vegas.

This is a show special that can be applied to licenses for the customer’s firm. The Reed SmartBIM Library must be purchased by December 31st, 2008 to take advantage of this offer.

We will have promotional show special cards at our booth that you are welcome to pass out at the show. Please feel free to contact me or visit the booth if you have any questions.

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BIM Manager: Autodesk University 2008

I'm happy to report that I inspired David Kingham to not only borrow my twitter idea for AU, but that after I asked him to fix my blog's link on his site, he actually made a new post. David, congrats, but....after reading your post, I demand that you blog more about what you're doing with Revit and Navisworks. The world needs to know about this technology and how you're taking advantage of it.

We have made quite a bit of progress in that time, doing a lot with NavisWorks bringing it into the field and tying the model to the construction schedule. Have been training the construction project managers in Navis to view the model, measure, markup, etc. from: BIM Manager: Autodesk University 2008 Follow DavidKingham on twitter
David, see you next week and I want to hear more about how you're using BIM during construction.







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Friday, November 28, 2008

Autodesk - Design Visualization - White Papers

This should scare the daylights out of you....
From www.autodesk.com/3dsmaxdesign then click on White Papers

White Papers

Daylight Simulation in 3ds Max Design 2009: Getting Started (pdf - 6698Kb)
Learn how to take models that were created in Revit® or AutoCAD® and import them into Autodesk® 3ds Max® Design to create accurate and compelling daylight simulations with the Exposure™ feature. This white paper is for the daylight simulation novice.
Daylight Simulation in 3ds Max Design 2009: Advanced (pdf - 3342Kb)
Learn about advanced concepts in daylight simulation using the Exposure™ feature in Autodesk® 3ds Max® Design. This white paper is for architects, designers, engineers, and visualization specialists who are familiar with daylight simulation and want to take it to the next level.
BIM and Visualization (pdf - 1401Kb)
The BIM advantages of Revit are synchronizing with Autodesk® 3ds Max® Design software to explore, validate, and convey architectural designs.
Autodesk FBX-Based Revit Architecture 2009 to Autodesk 3ds Max Design 2009 Workflow (pdf - 2095Kb)
This white paper is for architects, designers, engineers, and visualization specialists who need to move data from Revit® Architecture 2009 software to Autodesk® 3ds Max® Design 2009 software to further explore, validate, or communicate their designs.
Using 3ds Max and mental ray for Architectural Visualization (pdf - 1727Kb)
Want a fast way to create complex renders? See why mental ray® software, combined with Autodesk® 3ds Max® 9 software, is the logical choice for precise, creative architectural and design visualization projects.
DWG-Based Revit Architecture to Autodesk 3ds Max 9 Workflow (pdf - 1128Kb)
As architectural firms move from traditional CAD drafting to building information modeling workflows, it is important to be able to effectively move data from Revit® Architecture to Autodesk® 3ds Max® software for advanced visualization. This white paper shows you how.
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My Autodesk University Software Partners

You'll probably find me at one of these booths during AU. Please tell them you're a Revit3D fan and thank them for working with us to make BIM a way of life. If you're in the exhibit hall, check my twitter.com/revit3d account for where to find me.

Adapx317Adapx is changing the economics of field data management with its enterprise-ready digital pen and paper software platform. At Adapx, we understand the challenges of collecting and digitizing information. We know that field conditions require simple data collection techniques. That's why all our solutions feature digital pen and paper technology. Adapx's software enables teams to collaborate better with the field. The software platform seamlessly integrates hand-written mark-ups on printed plans, maps, notebooks, and forms.
CADapult, Ltd.395As an Authorized Autodesk Reseller, CADapult has been providing CAD-based solutions to the AEC/FM industry for more than 22 years. We partner in our clients’ success through our integrated and practical approach to optimizing technology focusing on web, building information modeling (BIM), and parametric 3D modeling solutions. CADapult is also an Autodesk Developer Network member providing scalable, easy-to-use solutions for facilities management applications.
Eagle Point385For over 25 years, Eagle Point has been providing the AEC and Geospatial markets with technical solutions and related services to help organizations thrive. Our strength lies in the ability to provide Autodesk-related solutions to sectors that work to improve land quality and design infrastructure. Since our inception, we have partnered with over 30,000 organizations worldwide, helping them achieve success.

InterSpec, Inc323InterSpec provides construction document management solutions and services built on its patented e-SPECS® specification management technology. e-SPECS software automates the specification process by extracting the product and material requirements directly from the project drawings. It integrates directly with AutoCAD Architecture, AutoCAD, and all Autodesk Revit-based products and supports all libraries of MASTERSPEC® or a firm's custom office masters. e-SPECS software saves time and money while ensuring that the construction drawings agree with the specifications.
IES Ltd.384IES’s powerful suite of building performance analysis tools links directly to Revit Architecture and MEP 2008/09 via a plug-in toolbar. After setting a few properties, the Revit 3D model is automatically converted into an IES analysis one. You can then pick your level of engagement:
  • FREE VE-Ware Energy, Carbon and 2030 Challenge tool
  • VE-Toolkits for more-detailed Energy, Carbon, Daylight, Solar, and LEED analysis
  • Full Virtual Environment suite for comprehensive integrated simulations

Riverbed Technology304Riverbed is a global leader in wide-area data services, allowing organizations to connect their data centers, remote offices, and remote workers with LAN-like speed. Riverbed delivers the highest performance levels across the broadest range of applications over WANs, accelerating applications by up to 100x and reducing WAN traffic by up to 95 percent. With this order-of-magnitude improvement in performance, Riverbed makes distributed collaboration, IT consolidation, and network-based backup a reality for companies of every size.
Reed Construction Data363Reed Construction Data, a division of Reed Business Information, and the Inaugural Strategic Partner of the AIA, is a leading North American provider of construction information through a diverse portfolio of innovative products and services. Reed offers its customers building information modeling (BIM) solutions, construction project leads, building product information, construction cost tools, market analytics, and construction news through a suite of online and print references. Visit our website or call 877-REED411.
Trelligence364Trelligence is a Houston-based software company focused on enhancing the early architectural design process with real-time design+analysis tools built on top of domain-specific knowledge templates. Targeted at the worldwide architecture, engineering, construction and owner/developer (AECO) market, Trelligence Affinity™ patent-pending software integrates with Revit® Architecture and other design tools to extend the benefits of Building Information Modeling (BIM)—faster planning, less rework, and better team communication—to the early design phase of complex building projects.

#Broutek
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Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Web Update 3 for Revit Products - Highlights

Revit Architecture 2009
Improvements made in Web Update 3 build (20081118_1045):
Revit Architecture 2009/ Revit ® Platform Enhancements
Slab Edges when joined to their hosting Floor will now be able to cut the floor when the user manually remakes the join.
Improves visibility of Color Fills for certain interior wall conditions.
Improves IFC Export for Walls and MEP elements.
Improves stability when using the Split tool.
Improves stability when using Temporary Hide/Isolate functionality in 3D view.
Improves stability when binding a linked Revit file into a project.
Improves stability when switching between views.
Improves stability when selecting any of the column headers on the CAD Formats tab of the Manage Links dialog.

Revit ® MEP 2009 Enhancements

Corrects issue where gaps in link file cannot be controlled by mechanical settings.
Corrects issue when routing duct from rotated equipment where it caused risers to end up at odd orthogonal angles.
Pipe runs are now always visible in section view.
No gap existed when printed when a round duct or pipe with fittings crosses duct. The hidden gaps will now be present from within Revit and when the user prints.
Side outlet pipe fittings with different connectors are now able replace each other.
Corrects issue where routing duct from equipment as a riser connects from the wrong side.
Improves stability when clicking on “Settings” button in “Layout” mode.
Improves stability when selecting the drag end control after splitting 3D duct in the middle.
Deleting an air terminal in a space now updates the actual flow and load values.
Non-alphanumeric characters in a Revit MEP HVAC Zone are now properly translated to gbXML.
The graphical representation of the flexible duct as seen in two different floor plan scaled views is now correct. The tick mark representation on flex duct has been changed to correctly reflect the view scale. This may cause existing projects to display flex duct differently, both on screen and when printing.
Duct elbows no longer disappear and then reappear when hidden, both on screen and when printed. Instead, they will be displayed as hidden lines.

Revit ® Structure 2009 Enhancements
View break no longer causes brace elements to be offset unexpectedly when exporting to DWG.
Improves stability during export to DWFx when font doesn't exist on computer. Read more...

Autodesk - Revit Structure Services & Support - Revit Structure 2009—English

Revit Structure 2009—English

IMPORTANT

This download is the most recent build for the Revit® Structure 2009 software as a standalone product and as part of the AutoCAD® Revit® Structure Suite 2009.

It is available to users who have validly purchased a license to Revit Structure 2009 or AutoCAD Revit Structure Suite 2009, and is subject to the terms and conditions of the end-user license agreement that appears during installation.

For a list of improvements, please download the Revit® Structure 2009 Web Update Enhancement List:

Web Update Enhancement List (pdf)
Note: Build Number can be found in the Web Update Enhancement List


Web Update #3 Service Pack – November 2008


Important Note:
Web Update #3 is not a full install; rather it is using Service Pack technology similar to AutoCAD based products. Prior to installing the Web Update #3 Service pack, please verify that you have already installed the First Customer Ship build or Web Update #1 build of Revit Structure 2009. Web Update #1 Full Install is available below.

Before You Download
Please read before downloading and installing:
Service Pack Readme (pdf).

Get Started
Read all instructions above then click the following link to download.

Revit Structure 2009 Web Update #3 Service Pack (32-bit) (exe - 268 MB)

Revit Structure 2009 Web Update #3 Service Pack (64-bit) (exe - 54 MB)

Notes:

  • The service pack contains changes from all previous service packs.
  • The service pack can be applied to both the standalone and Suite versions of Revit Structure 2009.
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Autodesk - Revit Architecture Services & Support - Revit Architecture 2009—English

Revit Architecture 2009—English

IMPORTANT

This download is the most recent build for Revit® Architecture 2009 software as a standalone product and as part of AutoCAD® Revit® Architecture® Suite 2009.

It is available to users who have validly purchased a license to Revit Architecture 2009 or AutoCAD Revit Architecture Suite 2009, and is subject to the terms and conditions of the end-user license agreement that appears during installation.

For a list of improvements, please download the Revit Architecture 2009 Web Update Enhancement List:

Web Update Enhancement List (pdf)
Note: Build Number can be found in the Web Update Enhancement List


Web Update #3 Service Pack – November 2008

Important Note:
Web Update #3 is not a full install; rather it is using Service Pack technology similar to AutoCAD® based products. Prior to installing the Web Update #3 Service pack, please verify that you have already installed a previous build of Revit Architecture 2009. The full install of Revit Architecture 2009 (32-bit) Web Update #1 is available below. The full install of Revit Architecture 2009 (64-bit) can be downloaded from the Subscription Center.

Before You Download

Please read before downloading and installing:
Service Pack Readme (pdf).

Get Started

Read all instructions above then click the appropriate link to download.

Revit Architecture 2009 Web Update #3 Service Pack (32-bit) (exe - 128 MB)

Revit Architecture 2009 Web Update #3 Service Pack (64-bit) (exe - 54 Mb)

Notes:

  • The service pack contains changes from all previous Web Updates.
  • The service pack can be applied to both the standalone and Suite versions of Revit Architecture 2009.
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    Autodesk - Revit MEP Services & Support - Revit MEP 2009—English

    Revit MEP 2009—English

    IMPORTANT

    This download is the most recent build for Revit® MEP 2009 software as part of the AutoCAD® Revit® MEP Suite 2009 software product.

    It is available to users who have purchased a valid license of AutoCAD Revit MEP Suite 2009 and is subject to the terms and conditions of the end-user license agreement that appears during installation.

    For a list of improvements, please download the Revit MEP 2009 Web Update Enhancement List:

    Web Update Enhancement List (pdf)
    Note: Build Number can be found in the Web Update Enhancement List


    Web Update #3 Service Pack – November 2008


    Important Note:
    Web Update #3 is not a full install; rather it is using Service Pack technology similar to AutoCAD® based products. Prior to installing the Web Update #3 Service pack, please verify that you have already installed the First Customer Ship build or Web Update #1 build of Revit MEP 2009. The Web Update #1 full install is available below.

    Before You Download
    Please read before downloading and installing:
    Service Pack Readme (pdf).

    Get Started
    Read all instructions above, then click one of the following links to download.

    Revit MEP 2009 Web Update #3 Service Pack (32-bit)(exe – 431 MB)

    Revit MEP 2009 Web Update #3 Service Pack (64-bit)(exe - 54 MB)

    Notes:

    • The service pack contains changes from all previous service packs.
    • The service pack can be applied to both the standalone and suite versions of Revit MEP 2009.
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    December 18th Revit Rendering Class Live Webcast

    I have just a few spaces left for the Revit Rendering class.
    Click here to download the proposal to sign up for the class

    Here are some links for more details:

    Mark's Renderings and you can sign up for our Advanced Revit Rendering class being held 12/18/08 live webcast


    A little more light on the subject, Revit Rendering class and a Chandelier RFA


    Revit Renderings - No reflection on you.

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    Tuesday, November 25, 2008

    My Personal Autodesk University Update - Finding me in the crowd and maybe win a prize - www.twitter.com/revit3d

    I just heard that 8,900 people are registered for AU. I don't know how many of my subscribers are attending, but I hope all the Revit users will be there. Don't know what I was thinking when I made my flight, but I get in to Las Vegas at 1045pm Monday night.

    I'm really looking forward to that. I'd love to meet everyone who's read my blog and will be at AU. So, here's the deal. There's a private blogger's social Tuesday afternoon where every Autodesk blogger will have a meet and greet with each other. That ends at 530pm at which time I will be at Venetian Casanova 603-604.

    You can find me there or there's an international reception afterwards and all of the bloggers will have a special ribbon designating their blogger status. I'm sure I'll be in a bunch of the same classes with you so twitter me to find out.

    If you ever have a free moment or are bored, you can find where I'm at by visiting www.twitter.com/revit3d. I will, as frequently as possible, post where I'm sitting, standing, sleeping, eating, learning, talking and drinking. Feel free to find me.

    I'll be collecting business cards from blog readers and will be having a prize drawing for some free Revit training of some sort. I'm also going to try to get some of my software partners to make a donation or two.

    Make sure you visit the following booths and tell them you're a Revit3D.com fan:
    Adapx, Broutek, Cadapult FM, IES, InterSpec, Reed Construction Data, Trelligence

    I will most likely be at one of the above booths at the times below:

    Tuesday, 7pm - 10 pm Hall B - Level 2 Exhibit Hall Opening Reception
    Wednesday 1130am - 2pm
    Hall B - Level 2 Exhibit Hall
    Thursday 1130am - 2pm Hall B - Level 2 Exhibit Hall
    Thursday 630pm - 11pm Hall A - Level 2 AU Party

    Here's the course schedule book in digital form of all classes
    http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/jam/autodesk2008/

    Here's a list of all of the exhibitors so you can plan your time wisely in the exhibit hall
    http://au.autodesk.com/event/campusclass-exhibit-event/overview/

    So, to summarize, find me anytime during AU by visiting www.twitter.com/revit3d.
    You can also come here to Revit3d.com and at the top of the blog is my twitter live feed.
    To give you a little help, I'm in one of the photos below so you can find me in the crowd.

    It shouldn't be too hard to figure out which one I am and I'm definitely not a CAD monkey.
    Hand me your business card and say "I love Revit 3D" and I'll enter you in my prize giveaway.



    Happy Thanksgiving everyone, have a safe flight to Vegas and I look forward to meeting as many attendees as possible.
    Gregory

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    US Content Extension for Revit MEP 2009

    For Subscription Customers

    Release Date: 2008-11-24

    The US Content Extension for Revit® MEP 2009 software provides MEP professionals with access to imperial and metric duct and pipe fittings designed specifically to meet US standards.

    To meet the standards required by US-based projects, the duct fittings adhere to SMACNA standards and the pipe fittings adhere to ASME standards for Class 150 and 300 Malleable Threaded Iron and Flanged Cast Iron.

    This extension provides additional building systems modeling capabilities for MEP engineers working on US-based projects.

    Content is currently available in English only.

    Read this First

    Readme - English (pdf - 52Kb)

    Download

    English (exe - 71138Kb)
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    Reed Smart BIM Library Manager $500/seat

    What is it and why do you want it? The Reed Smart BIM Libary Manager is two things.

    1. 17,000 Revit objects and more every day.
    2. The Library Manager is like having a Google Search Assistant for all of your content on your computers. You open the Libary Manager on your computer, type in a search word and every object with that word pops up instantly. You then drag that object right into Revit.

    Why is it better than how you do it now? Well, now you have to open Revit, click Component, Load, Search the Imperial Library, search through the list, and hope you picked the right object. With the SBLM, you can see a choice of objects and compare them to each other before selecting. My techs tell me it's the most time saving add in they've ever seen. You can even see parameters for the objects and a 3d view, all things Revit doesn't do with its families.

    Here is a link for a proposal. It's $500/seat and year 1 of subscription is included. Subscription renewal is $150/year. Download the proposal and send it back to us and we'll both be happier for it.

    xxxAfter Friday, the price goes back to $995/seat with renewals ast $299/year.
    Multiple seat discounts are available. xxx

    Actually, they've permantently extended the pricing. Yeah!!!!







    SmartBIM Library v3 (SBL v3) has arrived and now you have the ability to store, organize and locate BIM objects, streamline design workflow and share libraries of BIM objects. SBL v3 is an add-on to the market leading building design software, Autodesk® Revit®. As an introductory rate, the SmartBIM Library v3 is priced at $500/per seat license
    Get a product demo and trial version now!




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    Monday, November 24, 2008

    Mark's Renderings and you can sign up for our Advanced Revit Rendering class being held 12/18/08 live webcast

    Here's the work of Mark Rothman, our Revit Rendering expert.
    Our custom Revit Rendering class will be held at our Fort Lauderdale office and live online December 18th, 9am - 5pm EST. Cost is $495/person and you can sign up at this link and we'll send you a proposal.




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    Sunday, November 23, 2008

    Obama pumps up his economic stimulus proposal - Los Angeles Times

    You know I've been posting a lot about BIM, Green Building and the software that makes green design much easier (including the Revit product line of course). While I've been making those posts, one of the things that didn't occur to me was that the GSA has mandated the use of BIM for all new federal buildings. Now that Obama is planning on helping the economy by creating jobs to rebuilding our infrastructure, I really think Revit and Civil 3D are going to completely take over the AutoCAD market since CAD isn't an acceptable format for government work.

    The good news is, we can get firms up and running within a month, but try to not wait until the last minute.


    From http://www.latimes.com/business/careers/work/la-na-obama-economy23-2008nov23,0,3050467.story:

    Here are a couple of excerpts that may pertain to the AutoCAD users out there.

    Obama has asked his economic team to craft a plan to create 2.5 million jobs over the next two years, including some in the field of alternative energy. His original plan was for one year.

    One new detail is the 2.5 million jobs that he wants to create by 2011. He also speaks now of making it a two-year plan.

    Another addition is investment in green technology. Obama has long talked about creating 5 million jobs by putting $150 billion into alternative energy, but not as part of his rescue plan.

    On Saturday, though, he listed green jobs prominently among the investments he thinks the government should make in a stimulus plan.

    'We'll put people back to work rebuilding our crumbling roads and bridges, modernizing schools that are failing our children, and building wind farms and solar panels; fuel-efficient cars and the alternative energy technologies that can free us from our dependence on foreign oil and keep our economy competitive in the years ahead,' he said.

    Read the whole article: Obama pumps up his economic stimulus proposal - Los Angeles Times:
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    Green Technology: 24 Creative Future Designs | WebUrbanist

    The ‘green movement’ has swept the world and architecture is at the forefront of the new industrial revolution - buildings being by far the biggest energy-sappers in the world. Many contemporary architects are limited by the confines of budgets, time tables and constricting clients. Some industrious innovators, however, are breaking convention and collaborating to launch our imaginations into the future of green design.
    keep reading: http://weburbanist.com/2008/11/23/future-green-design-technology/ Read more...

    Friday, November 21, 2008

    BIM Survey for a College Student in Denmark - Please help him by filling out his survey

    I received this request and promised I would post it here. If you could please take just 2 minutes and complete his survey, he'd really appreciate it.



    I'm a constructing architect student in Denmark and I'm doing a bachelor degree dissertation about BIM. One of my research topics is the current "BIM status" in the world so If you people could please click on the link below and take the survey, it should not take more than couple of minutes, it would be greatly appreciated. The questions are just simple questions about how much and to what extend you are using BIM.


    http://www.polldaddy.com/s/22FE3286D1B81FD2/


    Thanks a lot for your help.

    Kind Regards:

    Ævar Gudmundsson

    Constructing Architect student

    VIA University College, Horsens Denmark

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    Link of the day: Revit OpEd: Revit MEP - Light Levels

    Revit OpEd: Revit MEP - Light Levels

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    Thursday, November 20, 2008

    Autodesk Reports Third Quarter Fiscal 2009 Financial Results

    "Autodesk's performance in the third quarter of fiscal 2009 was driven by continued growth of maintenance revenue, model-based 3D design solutions, and revenue generated in emerging economies.

    Combined revenue from our model-based 3D design solutions, including Inventor, Revit, Civil 3D, Moldflow, NavisWorks, and Robobat, increased 26 percent over the third quarter of fiscal 2008 to $163 million and comprised 27 percent of total revenue for the quarter. Excluding $12 million from Moldflow, which was acquired earlier this year, revenue from model-based 3D design solutions grew 16 percent to $151 million. Autodesk shipped approximately 41,000 commercial seats of its model-based 3D design products, including approximately 9,000 commercial seats of Inventor and Moldflow and 32,000 seats of its Architecture Engineering and Construction products - Revit, Civil 3D, NavisWorks, and Robobat."

    Read the whole article @ Autodesk - Press Room - Press Releases:
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    Dreaming Green » About the book, “Dreaming Green Eco Fabulous Homes Designed to Inspire by Lisa Sharkey and Paul Gleicher

    Submitted by Lisa Sharkey and Paul Gleicher on Wednesday, 3 September 2008

    For anyone with eco-friendly ideals as well as a penchant for high style, Dreaming Green showcases seventeen inspiring homes that are at once luxurious, beautiful, and fashioned inside and out with green materials, design, and details.

    While renovating their Manhattan brownstone, Lisa Sharkey and LEED-accredited architect Paul Gleicher’s top priority was to create a home that was light on the earth and completely free of the harmful products that are often found in building and decorative supplies. A sophisticated couple who entertain frequently, Sharkey and Gleicher also demanded a home that was beautiful from the basement to the top floor’s sunroom. They sourced stylish and elegant materials, designed small and large spaces for flawless efficiency, and finished the project with responsible yet stunning finds.

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    Revit ArchCenter: Revit Application Comparison

    Here's a great link to a post so you can compare Revit Architecture, Structure and MEP.

    Revit ArchCenter: Revit Application Comparison

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    Wednesday, November 19, 2008

    Just a little personal note and a special thanks to my Revit demo assistant today.

    I've just outdone myself. I won't even really count this post, but my last Revit3d.com/BIMBoom blog post is number 368 for 2008. Last year, I made 366 posts. We still have over a month left this year, so I'm shooting for 400 posts for this year.

    They don't tell you when you create a blog, how much effort it takes to keep a blog current. Between the blog and JR, my 9 month old who stood up on his own last night, I never thought I'd come close to 200 posts this year. They don't tell you how much effort it takes to raise a child either.

    Today, I had a very unique first. Due to some scheduling conflicts, I had to take JR to work with me. Not a big deal, except that I had a 10:30 am meeting with a Revit prospect. I came into their office with JR on one arm and my laptop bag in the other. They're an awning company and they are using AutoCAD 2009 and doing 3d drawings, renderings and animations. After seeing what they do, I load up Revit Structure, laid out a grid, throw up some tube columns and make a roof/awning by extrusion and render it for them in minutes with a curtain wall system just to make things interesting for the walls. The best part was exporting the 3d dwf and bringing it into Navisworks Freedom and spinning the model on the turntable. So, in between questions and the clients taking turns holding JR while I'm working with Revit, I think it turned out pretty successful. When the deal closes, I'm going to have to figure out how much commission to give JR, because he definitely sealed the deal. The sun shade studies, automatic scheduling of components and structural detailing features didn't hurt either.

    As a side note to the men reading this, make sure you put socks on your baby if it's cold out.
    One of the people in the meeting actually took JR around their office and the women in the office said that it must have been a man who brought the baby in. He asked, how did you know to which they responded, because he's not wearing socks and it's cold out. Lesson learned.

    So, again, thank you to my blog subscribers and you random people finding my blog and keep reading. Theoretically, Revit 2010 is just around the corner. Now, I'm off to figure out what to write for post number 2008-370



    Here are a few links:
    Revit Family Walkway Awning - link
    The Revit model in the picture above - link Read more...

    BIM software helps predict buildings’ LEED performance – Daily Commercial News

    Environmental modeling capacity invaluable for HIP Architects

    SAUL CHERNOS http://dcnonl.com/article/id31407 November 19, 2008

    On a frigid Alberta morning, when Celsius and Fahrenheit temperatures meet at the bottom of the thermometer, nothing warms Allan Partridge’s heart like Building Information Modeling (BIM).

    While architects have long relied on computer-assisted design, BIM software takes a three-dimensional approach, and then some, using building geometry, spatial relationships, geographic data, and quantities and properties of components in order to maximise design, construction, and lifecycle performance.

    Partridge, a partner with HIP Architects in Edmonton, has been using BIM software — in his case Autodesk’s Revit — since 2002.

    Currently, he’s using it to work out basic plans and necessities during the earliest stages of planning a small office building in the city suburbs.

    “When we started, we didn’t have any concept of the architecture, but we knew volumetrically what we needed,” Partridge explained.

    “We developed a simple, rudimentary building information model with the sole purpose of informing us about its energy footprint and the way it would be put together. Then, we looked at potential problems. Anybody knows that -40 degree temperatures and wind are not good things in Alberta, so we looked at where problems might occur, using computational fluid dynamics to put together a simple picture. We weren’t trying to be wind engineers — we were just using the tools that BIM allows us, and which you can’t do with CAD.”

    Partridge and his staff used BIM to model different scenarios.

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    Tuesday, November 18, 2008

    Autodesk Labs Technologies Project Newport

    Technology Preview
    Coming soon - Project Newport

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    Convey design intent with Project Newport – real-time 3D story building technology for architectural visualization and presentation. With breakthrough game-engine technology, Project Newport is easy to use and enables architects to show their designs in context. They can explore design options, visualize changes instantly, and create vivid, immersive 3D presentations.

    To hear more about Project Newport, please come visit the Autodesk Labs Discovery Space in the exhibit hall at Autodesk University. You can also check out the It's Alive the Lab blog.

    email If you would like to be informed when Project Newport becomes available via Autodesk Labs, please send an email to labs.newport@autodesk.com.
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    AutoCAD 2009 Subscription Bonus Pack 2 — PDF Enhancements

    I almost hate to post this, but it seems pretty cool, even if it is is for AutoCAD. Maybe they'll add this feature to Revit 2010.

    For subscription customers. I guess that means if you have the AutoCAD Revit Suites, you should have access to this as well.



    AutoCAD 2009 Subscription Bonus Pack 2 — PDF Enhancements

    Release Date: 2008-11-13

    AutoCAD 2009 Subscription Bonus Pack 2 delivers exciting new PDF enhancements.

    PDF Underlays
    Now you can import PDF files, attaching them as PDF underlays. Once you attach a PDF underlay, you can use a variety of tools to snap to lines and objects, control the display of layers, move, scale, rotate, and clip the PDF underlay.

    PDF Output
    Key improvements have been made for publishing PDF files. File sizes have been reduced, making it easier to share designs. TrueType font support has been added, giving you control over precisely how your fonts are displayed.

    This bonus pack is only available in English for AutoCAD® 2009, although, if desired, it can be installed on localized versions of AutoCAD 2009. If installed on a localized version of AutoCAD 2009, all new and related commands display in English only.

    Note: Before you install this bonus pack, you must uninstall all beta versions of AutoCAD 2009 Update 2 and all beta versions of this bonus pack on your system.

    Before you install this bonus pack, download and review the readme.

    Read This First

    AutoCAD® 2009 Subscription Bonus Pack 2 (html - 101Kb)

    Download

    English – 32-bit (exe - 136031Kb)
    English – 64-bit (exe - 136897Kb)


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    Monday, November 17, 2008

    Transition talk: A wish list from green groups

    They're here...The little green laws are coming. I've been trying to warn my AutoCAD customers that they need BIM software with design and analysis tools to do their green building calculations. It's ok. We'll still help them, there's just going to be a slight backlog for training them how to move to Revit.

    Enviros outline what they'd like Obama to do

    Posted by Kate Sheppard at 11:25 AM on 14 Nov 2008

    Shortly after the election, a coalition of more than 30 green groups issued a list of requests to the Obama transition team, outlining the priorities on climate and energy they'd like the next president to address.

    Their plans are largely consistent with what Obama campaigned on, and the groups are encouraging both the president-elect and Congress to use those plans as part of a larger economic recovery program. They call for reducing emissions at least 80 percent by 2050 and plans to move the country toward 100 percent renewable electricity.

    The groups also urge the incoming president to grant California a waiver for tailpipe emissions standards, and to "use the Clean Air Act to declare that global warming pollution endangers public health and welfare and to set standards for power plants, vehicles, and fuels" (which Obama's advisers have said he could do).

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    To meet these goals, the President should:

    1. Work with Congress to pass legislation in 2009 that revitalizes our economy and delivers energy and climate security:

    • Set mandatory limits that reduce US global warming pollution consistent with keeping further warming below 2° F, including ambitious domestic reductions targets for 2020 and 2050, a cap and auction program and other policies to make additional reductions at home and abroad, and a prompt science-based review to accelerate reductions if necessary.

    • Auction the carbon permits and use the revenue for investing in a massive clean energy transition, creating green jobs, protecting vulnerable communities and natural resources, and providing consumer relief, especially to those most in need.

    • Move America towards a 100% clean electricity future by maximizing energy efficiency, modernizing the grid, and greatly expanding power generation from renewable energy resources.

    • Get America moving by investing in clean transportation infrastructure that cuts global warming pollution.
    2. Tackle global warming using the executive branch's powers under existing laws:
    • Grant the California waiver, allowing California and 13 other states to enforce their standards for global warming pollution from vehicles.

    • Use the Clean Air Act to declare that global warming pollution endangers public health and welfare and to set standards for power plants, vehicles, and fuels.

    • Use our energy laws to strengthen fuel economy and appliance efficiency standards.

    • Order every agency to consider global warming in its actions affecting energy use and managing natural resources and to develop a coordinated, interagency natural resources adaptation strategy.
    3. Restore America's global leadership on global warming:
    • Demonstrate US action by setting mandatory limits on our own global warming pollution through new legislation and implementation of existing laws.

    • Work with other nations to reach a new climate treaty that keeps further warming below 2˚ F at the Copenhagen climate summit at the end of 2009.

    • Lead a worldwide effort to finance clean energy deployment, forest conservation, and adaptation to unavoidable climate impacts.
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    Sunday, November 16, 2008

    A little more light on the subject, Revit Rendering class and a Chandelier RFA

    In conjunction with my last post about CFL lighting, our company has been doing a lot of research and experimentation with lighting in Revit.

    First things first. We're finally offering our Advanced Revit Rendering class on December 18th (Date changed from 12/4/08), 9am to 5pm Eastern time. It will be available via live webcast, if you'd like to take it remotely. See original post here. Contact me if you'd like to sign up -click here.

    Now, on with the post. Our Revit rendering expert, Mark Rothman, has been playing with lighting in Revit as you can see in the photos below with the following bulb types:
    Bright White 23W CFL, CFL Spiral 23W Daylight, Daylight 23W CFL, Eterna-MR16 50W-38DEG-Halogen and Soft White 23W CFL



    Mark says it's 90% luck and 10% guesswork to find the right parameters for your Revit renderings, so come take his class. It's a bright idea.

    As an extra bonus, all new blog subscribers, and anyone who signs up for the class, gets the chandelier RFA and RVT file from the photo below. Existing blog subscribers will get the link via email. New subscribers can sign up here to access the files. This will be part of the Revit Rendering class.

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    Harshness of compact fluorescents casts pall on green efforts


    MILWAUKEE - Does this sound like you?

    You are doing The Right Thing. You are thinking globally and acting locally.

    You eat what's in season, and you buy it at the farmers market. You opt for paper at the grocery store; you recycle the bags. You compost. Maybe you even drive a hybrid.

    So when the gods of the green movement thus spake, "get thee some compact fluorescent light bulbs to reduceth thine carbon footprint," you rushed right off and replaced all of your incandescent bulbs with those twirly thingies.

    And now your living room looks like a morgue. Your bedroom is screaming for a gurney instead of a four-poster. And the kitchen? It's fine, if you'd rather dissect the chicken than cook it.

    Let's face it: Compact fluorescent lamps, or CFLs, can turn even the most environmentally conscientious a sickly green. To say nothing of their homes.

    "They lost my wife. She gave up on them," says Jim Hunzinger, owner of a Brookfield, Wis., construction company that specializes in sustainable, environmentally friendly building practices. Hunzinger is building a state-of-the-art show house that will meet the Green Building Council's strict Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design ratings.

    It's fair to say Hunzinger thinks about energy savings and being kind to the environment at levels few of us knew existed.

    Yet, about six weeks ago, when Joyce Hunzinger swapped out their kitchen's dimmable incandescents with fluorescents, the light produced by the new bulbs was so ghastly and harsh, she marched them all right back to the store.

    "And her conclusions are, I think, typical of most consumers': Tried it, didn't like it, moved on," Jim Hunzinger said.

    The story might have ended there were it not for Jim Hunzinger's vow to save energy if it killed him.

    "I just wouldn't give up," he said.

    A month after his wife's disappointing foray into fluorescent territory, Jim Hunzinger went ahead and replaced almost 60 incandescent bulbs in and around his house with CFLs.

    Continue Reading>>>

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    Friday, November 14, 2008

    New Extensions for Revit Structure 2009 Now on Subscription Center

    Revit® Extensions are a series of easy-to-use applications that extend the capabilities of Revit® Structure 2009 software in various key areas, including structural analysis and reinforced concrete detailing. New extensions now available on the Subscription Center include Static Analysis of Beams, Frame Analysis, Automatic Generation of Reinforcement for Retaining Walls and Slab Corners, and Automatic Reinforcement for Concrete Structures.


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    New Feature Releases for Subscription Customers

    Effective immediately, eligible Autodesk® Subscription members, as part of their benefits, can download the following new releases via the Subscription Center:

    Revit® 2009
    • Revit Extensions for Revit Architecture 2009 64-bit – French
    • Revit Extensions for Revit Structure 2009 64-bit – French and Spanish
    • Revit Architecture 2009 64-bit – Brazilian Portuguese
    • Batch Print Utility for Revit 2009 – Brazilian Portuguese
    • Worksharing Monitor for Revit 2009 – Brazilian Portuguese

    Note: Revit® 2009 software extensions are available for subscription customers with any of the following products: AutoCAD® Revit® Architecture Suite, AutoCAD® Revit® MEP Suite, AutoCAD® Revit® Structure Suite, Revit® Architecture, Revit® Structure.

    Autodesk® NavisWorks® 2009
    • 2004 DWG™ Object Enabler Extension – English
    • NavisWorks 2009 Review: Project Review e-learning – English
    • NavisWorks 2009 Simulate: Animate, 4D Simulations, and Project Presentations e-Learning
    – English
    • NavisWorks 2009 Manage: Effective Project 3D Coordination and Analysis e-Learning
    – English

    Autodesk® Robot™ Structural Analysis 2009
    • Robot Extensions for Autodesk® Robot™ Structural Analysis 2009 software
    – French and Spanish

    AutoCAD® 2009
    • AutoCAD 2009: Transitioning from AutoCAD 2008 e-Learning –
    French, Spanish, and Brazilian Portuguese

    AutoCAD® Civil
    • AutoCAD® Civil 2009 e-Learning – English

    AutoCAD® Civil 3D®
    • Subassemblies for AutoCAD® Civil and AutoCAD Civil 3D 2009 – French Read more...

    Wednesday, November 12, 2008

    Poll: Only 4 Percent of U.S. Adults Know That Buildings are Leading Source of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions

    Everyone, I hate to keep posting about this Green Building stuff, but I can't help it if these articles and press releases come out coincidentally to my post last week. The Green shall inherit the earth and the BIM architects will make a lot of green. Now, on to the latest bit of news.

    Autodesk and Other Green Building Leaders Gather at 2008 Greenbuild Expo to Raise Awareness and Address Innovations for Global Sustainability

    SAN RAFAEL, Calif., Nov. 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- According to the American Institute of Architects (AIA), buildings are the leading source of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States, but in a new poll conducted by Harris Interactive and commissioned by Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK), only 4 percent of U.S. Adults were aware of this fact. Autodesk, a leader of design innovation software and technologies, is one of more than 1,000 companies coming together in Boston at the 2008 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo to raise awareness about this important issue and present solutions to help the building industry decrease carbon emissions.

    'The results of the survey reveal an urgent need to raise awareness with the American public about the role of buildings in climate change,' said Jay Bhatt, senior vice president, Autodesk AEC Solutions. 'This is especially important given that half the buildings in which Americans will live, play and work by 2030 have yet to be built. We believe that the building industry has a responsibility to do all we can to promote the creation of, and generate increased demand for, much more cost-effective and energy-efficient buildings -- which we'll be doing next week at the Greenbuild Conference and Expo.'

    About the Green Building Awareness Survey

    The Green Building Awareness survey was conducted online within the United States by Harris Interactive on behalf of Autodesk between September 30 and October 6, 2008, among 2,682 adults ages 18 and older. A key finding of the multi-question survey is that only 4 percent of U.S. adults were aware that buildings such as offices, educational facilities and private residences are the leading sources of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States. In fact, according to estimates in the AIA's Architects and Climate Change report, buildings represent 48 percent of carbon dioxide emissions, with transportation and industry representing 27 percent and 25 percent respectively. The Autodesk survey also revealed that 77 percent believe that constructing a green or highly energy-efficient building costs more than constructing a typical building, with 35 percent believing it costs a lot more. However, according to The Costs and Financial Benefits of Green Buildings, a study funded by the state of California's Sustainable Building Task Force, spending as little as about 2 percent to support green design up-front would, on average, result in lifecycle savings of 20 percent of total construction costs -- an average of 10 times the initial investment. Full results of the Green Building Awareness survey will be available at http://www.autodesk.com/greenbuild08.

    'Most people don't realize that our homes, schools, and offices are sources of tremendous opportunities -- to save energy, save money, create jobs, and ultimately help preserve our climate,' said Michelle Moore, senior vice-president, policy and public affairs for the U.S. Green Building Council. 'This new survey underscores how much good work can be done to raise awareness and create the kind of change we need to improve our economy and protect our quality of life on Earth.'

    Autodesk at Greenbuild 2008

    The U.S. Green Building Council's (USGBC) annual Greenbuild International Conference and Expo will be held in the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center November 19-21. According to the USGBC, Greenbuild's expected 25,000 attendees will interact with green building peers, industry experts and influential leaders as they share insights on the green building movement and its diverse specialties. As part of Autodesk's ongoing support of sustainable design and the USGBC, Autodesk is a silver sponsor of the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo.

    At the conference Autodesk will be demonstrating the crucial role technology plays in the design and construction of green buildings. In a plenary session on Thursday, November 20, Phil Bernstein, Autodesk vice president of industry strategy and relations, will show how Autodesk technology is being used in the green rebuilding of Greensburg, Kansas, a community destroyed by a tornado in 2007. On the exhibit floor, booth 1415, Autodesk will host workshops and present demonstrations of Autodesk's software for sustainable design, including the Revit platform for building information modeling (BIM) and analysis tools Autodesk Ecotect and Autodesk Green Building Studio software. Autodesk will also announce the results of this year's annual Autodesk/AIA Green Index survey, which measures how AIA members in the United States are practicing sustainable design and how their activity compares with peers in Europe and Asia. For a complete schedule of Autodesk Greenbuild 2008 presentations and activities, visit http://www.autodesk.com/greenbuild08." Read more...

    Monday, November 10, 2008

    An Obama Green Jobs Corps? - Green Inc. Blog - NYTimes.com

    An Obama Green Jobs Corps? - Green Inc. Blog - NYTimes.com:
    "Green Inc. | Energy, the Environment and the Bottom Line
    November 10, 2008, 1:53 pm
    An Obama Green Jobs Corps?
    By Kate Galbraith"

    Many political observers (most recently my colleague David Carr) have written about the Obama youth machine — and how, with the election over, the president-elect can and should continue to harness the passions that he has stirred up.

    One place to start might be in the area of renewable energy — something that college campuses have already embraced. A paragraph of Mr. Obama’s energy plan (see p. 4) envisions a program to aid “disconnected and disadvantaged youth” work in efficiency and other environmental areas.

    “I think the slogan should be ‘Retrofit America’” said Van Jones, the founding president of Green For All, an organization based in Oakland, Calif., that advocates for job-training and other government aid to help people from disadvantaged communities get involved in “green-collar” jobs.

    Green For All is soon to roll out a plan for policymakers that recommends a $33 billion investment over five years in a Clean Energy Corps, with the money going to job creation (primarily through a loan fund for retrofits), job training, and national service.

    ...Continue Reading...An Obama Green Jobs Corps? - Green Inc. Blog - NYTimes.com:


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    It is Alive in the Lab: Export DWG for Maya Now Available for Maya 2009 - and bring it into Revit. Oh Yeah!

    Installs

    The Maya team has updated the technology preview of the export to DWG capability to support Maya 2009. 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® software.
    4. Import SAT file to Revit Architecture for documentation and inclusion in BIM model.

    So try it out and please tell us what you think: labs.maya.dwg@autodesk.com.

    Connecting the dots between the latest version of one of our easiest to use modelers and one of our most popular file formats is alive in the lab.

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    Sunday, November 9, 2008

    It's a Revit thing...

    OK. Raise your hand if you became an architect because you loved building things with Legos when you were a kid.

    OK. Put your hand down if you are now an architect and still using AutoCAD. You'll need both hands, one for the command line and one to draw lines, circles and arcs.

    Those of you raising your hand, raise your other hand and start clapping.
    Make some noise. You're the Revitlution.
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