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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Global Teams Collaborate in the Cloud to Demonstrate the Best Use of Building Information Modelling #BIM

When I grow up, I want to do BIM like this....

Source: http://www.buildlondonlive.com/index.php/bll_news2012/2012/05/here-come-the-winners/

Global Teams Collaborate in the Cloud to Demonstrate the Best Use of Building Information Modelling

For 48 hours, 11 teams from 37 countries collaborated together online to competitively demonstrate the best use of building information modelling (BIM) to design a museum for a site in East London for the third successful Build London Live collaborative BIM event.

During the 48 hour event, teams from across the globe used an average of 12 different applications per team and shared information in the cloud resulting in over 12,000 logins and 560 published files to the Asite collaborative platform. They were then judged against the best use of BIM for design; sustainability and use of technology for interoperability. The winning teams were announced at the awards ceremony which took place at the prestigious RIBA in London.

Best Use of BIM for Design, Drama, and Excitement (sponsored by Tekla)BIM Unlimited

Multi-Disciplinary BIM and use of Interoperability (sponsored by Nemetschek Vectorworks)BIM Academybimacademy.jpg

Use of BIM for Technical Assessment (sponsored by Synchro)Intec Infocom

The OpenBIM Build London Live 2012 Award (sponsored by Graphisoft)Aidea

Paul Sexton, Chartered Engineer and member of Team Virtual Work explains why they participated in Build London Live: ‘Considering the fact that our team has never worked together before, and indeed most of the team has never even physically met before and even then only a few times then I think we have set ourselves some challenge! But isn’t life about challenges?! Most people would say we have no chance but I think it’s all about trust and confidence in our collective experience / abilities and adapting these intelligently so as to best complement each individual’s talent & skill sets.  If nothing else we will all be a lot wiser after the event! And if we can make it work to any extent at all what better advertisement could there be for an OpenBIM approach?’

After the event, Paul confirmed this by saying: ‘Build London Live has greatly increased my understanding of the technologies and practicalities involved with working in the virtual space with a multidisciplinary team.’

All teams agreed that Build London Live 2012 was both a challenging and exciting personal and professional experience that enabled them to test their BIM competencies with the best of the global architecture, engineering and construction community.

Carmelo Guerrero, Business Development Manager and member of Team Aidea from the Philippines agreed with this saying ‘The whole experience is something to remember. The team was very excited, especially towards the last few hours. I personally learned a lot. It's the first time I've tried a public site such as Asite for our BIM works and it's awesome!’

Nahim Iqbal, BIM Development Leader and member of Team BIM Academy agreed that: ‘Overall the competition was an excellent experience, our team really enjoyed participating. Many thanks to you all at Build London Live!’

The event was a great success attracting the highest number of participants and registrants to date. Teams were tasked with designing the museum from a design brief that was announced on the day of the competition and were able to use any interoperable technology and then view their final design in 3D through Asite’s cBIM solution. Observers were then able to login onto Asite to view the design work as they were published in real-time.

The Build London Live 2012 organisers and sponsors would like to thank all of the teams for their time and effort in participating and making it a great event for everyone. Do watch this space for the upcoming openBIM event! 
Check out the summary presentation delivered at the awards ceremony here (YouTube):


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Project Artoo for AutoCAD Map 3D Now Available

BIM, it's not just for buildings.  I'm surprised why more people don't have Map in lieu of AutoCAD. it's the same but much more powerful. 

BIM -It is Alive in the Lab


"I don't always cleanup my Map 3D data, but when I do, I prefer Project Artoo. Stay clean my friend."
-- The Most Accurate Man Alive

Project Artoo for AutoCAD Map 3D is our free technology preview that lets you cleanup your geospatial data to improve the quality and accuracy of the data. You can use the cleanup tools to correct common errors that can be introduced during digitizing, importing, surveying, scanning, and drafting. With Project Artoo, you can perform cleanup operations on FDO-connected data stores, including SDF, SQLite, Esri SHP, geodatabase files or Microsoft SQL Server and Oracle databases.

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Please try cleansing your own data and let us know of your successes or failures at labs.map3d.artoo@autodesk.com or the discussion forum. Do it today. You have until February 1, 2013 to do so - based on the day we grabbed the build of the technology preview from our software development environment.

Accuracy is alive in the lab.


Value Engineering vs BIM

I was just having a conversation with one of our project managers.  There's a lunch and learn going on as we speak and I asked him if he was here for the free lunch or the topic.  He said he was here for the topic as we're having an issue on a project that relates to the L&L topic.

He was saying that the owner wants to do some value engineering.  I responded back, do you know what the opposite of value engineering is?  It's called Engineering Value.  It's the same people, they just get involved earlier in the process, aka BIM and IPD.

By the time the contractor and subs get to bid a project and are over budget, they need to gut your design, products, features and systems in order to get the building built within the owner's budget.

It's painful to go through that, especially if you need to modify your plans and specs to match the changes on a project.

Why don't we just call it 'Devalue Engineering'?  They're devaluing your time, work, design and engineering and there's money to be lost.  Why isn't the building designed originally to match the owner's budget?  Can BIM do that better than CAD?  I think so, but it depends on the amount of modeling done and you certainly aren't getting paid extra to model everything in the building and put prices on every component.

We're a long way away from the perfect process, but I think we're on the right path.
What you really need to focus on is how to get the most value out of your engineering.


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From the Ground Up: Civilising BIM - Buildings need to positioned on the ground

I must copyright this phrase :)


I have had quite a few requests from you on whether I can share the dataset I show on the video of the BIM Coordinator Tool posted on Labs for AutoCAD Civil 3D and Revit.

The data

Download Shared Coordinate Systems.zip (33271.3K)

When you upzip the file

1 - Export Shared Coordinates.dwg

I use to show xrefing the 2D floor plan of the building to work out position on site and also set a floor level.

2 - Import DWG from Revit.dwg

Is showing that the Civil design has taken place with the position of the building in mind and that as the civil engineer I would like the building back in my model for reference purposes and to continue the drainage design, documentation etc.

Office Building.rvt

Is the building to be setup with shared coordinate system

Coordinated Site Model.nwf

Is a Navisworks file with the Civil Model already linked and ready to receive the Revit file

Coordinated Site Model.nwd

Is a Navisworks published file with the Civil model embedded and not linked to the DWG file (easiest one to try out)

The rest of the files are reference files for aerial photography and ground surface data


Here is how I put it together if you haven't seen it in action.



Try it out for yourself and please give feedback via the Labs feedback system

Currently for 2012 releases of AutoCAD Civil 3D and Revit products



Jack Strongitharm


IES » » VE 6.5 morphs into VE 2012

Posted : May 30, 2012 by John G, Category: software

This week you may have noticed that we've changed how we name our software releases. The product formerly known as "VE 6.5" has taken a hit from the rebranding fist of justice and is now going by the moniker "VE 2012".

So what does this mean for you, the user? Well by naming the releases in this way, it should make it very clear if you are using the most current version of the software or if you're a little out of date.

And don't worry, just because this one is called 'VE 2012' doesn't mean we won't be offering you regular updates, far from it! From here on in, we'll simply be focusing on individual Module Feature Packs.

Well that's the name change covered. Now let's get to the awesome new features and capabilities that will be available with VE 2012. First up is the ModelViewerII, which features a new solar arc tool to visualize the sun's position in relation to the 3D Model, new real-time shadows (with video capability) and greatly improved video and image creation. 

VE 2012 contains some important new solar analysis features. VE-Pro Suncast users can now view solar intensity/exposure on a 3D model, determine their own parameters for analysis (such as time period and resolution) and quickly understand the intensity of the sun externally on the building façade.

VE 2012 also includes other major new features including: ApacheHVAC enhancements, Daikin VRV Systems plug-in, Monodraught Windcatcher Performance Component, Trimble Plancal nova connection plus new Singapore and New Zealand compliance tools.

You can find out more about these features and all the other new enhancements included in VE 2012here.

And you can visit our online Download Centre to "morph" your current software version to VE 2012 today.

Happy morphing!

PS – For those of you outside the UK & Ireland, Morph (pictured above) is an animated Plasticine stop motion character who was created in the 1970s by Aardman Animations, the people behind Wallace and Gromit.


Improved snapping to fillets and hooks in Revit

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Improved snapping to fillets and hooks in Revit

There was a need to have additional references and characteristic points when modeling reinforcements in order to accurately define them in concrete elements.

Fillet and Hook references let you define a rebar or rebar set in the appropriate position within a fillet or hook. By snapping to these references you can avoid interferences and collisions with other rebar.
For fillets the references are placed at points of tangency and at the mid-point of the fillet arc.
For hooks the references are placed at the point of tangency with the rebar segment, at the point of tangency with the hook extension and at cardinal points between them.


After modifying properties of rebars or reinforced elements snapping to the references is preserved and adjusted to modified settings.

It helps you define concrete reinforcement more accurately


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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Multi-Segment Grids – Multiple Segments Visible in an Elevation \ Section View - The Revit Clinic

For multi-segment grids you could potentially have several grid segments [of the same gridline] perpendicular to an elevation \ section view.  As with standard grids, when a datum element is perpendicular to the view by default it will display.

For example, if you have a multi-segment grid in plan similar to this shape the elevation view would display the following:


If you run into this scenario and do not want to show both grid segments you can utilize the View Properties > Far Clipping.  If the elevation \ section far clipping point terminates before the second perpendicular gridline it would not display in the view:


Datum Extents and Visibility


How to receive phone support for Advanced and Enterprise Priority Subscription Autodesk customers

For just a few dollars more ($150/year I think), you can get direct tech support from Autodesk. this is just one more of the ways that makes it impossible for the reseller channel to survive. But, if you're a small firm and don't have a reseller close by, or one that knows the software you're using, then this is a worthwhile investment. you can upgrade your regular subscription to Gold Support at any time. 


As an Advanced or Enterprise Priority Support Customer, you need to locate the numbers to call for live phone support and how to identify yourself quickly when calling phone support.

Finding phone support numbers

Autodesk offers live phone support for two types of Subscriptions:Advanced and Enterprise Priority.

Both phone support options entitle you to designate named callers, who are eligible to receive phone support directly from Subscription Center. To view the phone support numbers that are available to both Advanced or Enterprise Priority accounts:

  1. Log into Subscription Center and click on Technical Support.


  1. Scroll down to the Phone Support section and click on the link provided to view the phone numbers that are available for use as well as the products that are eligible to receive phone support.


Weekend phone support for Enterprise Priority

Enterprise Priority Support Customers are entitled to 24/7 phone support for Severity 1 issues. When calling for weekend support for a Sev 1 issue, you will need to identify yourself with your Express Service ID.


Finding your Express Service ID

To quickly identify yourself when calling for support, you can use your Express Service ID.  

    1. From the Technical Support page, click on the link provided in the Phone Support section to list the support numbers available to you.  

    2. In the window that pops up, your Express Service ID is listed at the top of the Phone Support section.


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