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Friday, June 29, 2012

Vasari Talk Session 13: Scripting with Python in Project Vasari

BIM -It is Alive in the Lab


Project Vasari is our free technology preview for conceptual design and cloud-based analysis that is compatible with Revit.

Project Vasari Talk is back with a sizzling summer season! In their first episode, they will discuss how to use the Python script language to extend the capabilities of conceptual modeling in Project Vasari. Nathan Miller will share some examples from his web site The Proving Ground. Then the team's own Lilli Smith will share an example of a Python script for studying building programming inspired by Nathan's work. This session will be recorded and posted on the Project Vasari Wiki.

  • Title: Vasari Talk Session 13: Scripting with Python in Project Vasari
  • Date: Wednesday, July 11, 2012 
  • Time: 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM EDT

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar. The plans is to have 4 episodes this season.

System Requirements

  • PC-based attendees
    Required: Windows 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server

  • Macintosh-based attendees
    Required: Mac OS X 10.5 or newer

Visit the Autodesk Project Vasari site.

Snake charming is alive in the lab.


Thursday, June 28, 2012

SDS/2 Connect 2013 is Now Available! - Revit Structure

Source/Link: SDS/2 Connect 2013 is Now Available!

SDS/2 Connect 2013 is Now Available!

SDS/2 Connect is now fully compatible with Autodesk® Revit® Structure 2013. The 2013 version of SDS/2 Connect includes engineering, productivity and search enhancements, as well as various software improvements.

SDS/2 Connect 2013 features additional connection types — including Wtee shear, channel column splice, and channel vertical brace — adding to the repertoire of existing connections the software automatically and intelligently designs.

To further increase productivity, SDS/2 Connect can now automatically apply shear loads imported from various analysis software packages and stored in the Start Reaction - Total and End Reaction - Total parameters. SDS/2 Connect has also included a new family that allows users to tag connection materials and bolts with their descriptions.

SDS/2 Connect's Find Connection tool makes it easy to locate failed or user connections in the Revit Structure model. Users can quickly locate specific connection types, connections with a range of loads applied, or even a combination of these criteria. A parameter that works in conjunction with Revit's View filters allows users to color code the model and easily find members with failed connections.!

Read more here.


News IES Offers Free Access to VE-Navigator for LEED - Revit

The perfect Revit partner

Source/Link:  News IES Offers Free Access to VE-Navigator for LEED

Posted: 27 Jun 2012

IES Offers Free Access to VE-Navigator for LEED

Promotion provides customers the opportunity to gain valuable experience in preparation for the LEED v4 launch

Boston – June 27, 2012 – Integrated Environmental Solutions (IES), a provider of integrated performance analysis software and consulting services for sustainable building design and operation, today announced an exclusive offer  - full access to its VE-Navigator for LEED for free. As a USGBC LEED Automation Partner, IES is creating an opportunity for customers to gain hands-on experience with its LEED tool prior to the launch of LEED v4.

"We're excited by this joint initiative with the USGBC. Offering an incredibly beneficial product for free to our customers firmly demonstrates our support for LEED and enables us to engage further with the USGBC community," said Don McLean, founder and CEO of IES. "Our software fully supports those whose aim it is to measure, improve and transform the planet through its built environment, which works in synergy with the aims of the LEED program."

The VE-Navigator for LEED provides an automated and comprehensive analysis assessment of LEED credits for daylighting, comfort, water and renewables. Its step-by-step user-friendly structure allows the user to input and manipulate exact building data to ensure an accurate and streamlined process, which produces reports suitable for use with LEED letter templates. Users can also increase LEED credits - up to 19 for NC & Schools and up to 21 for C-S + 1 possible exemplary point - by adding LEED Energy capabilities with the VE-Navigator for ASHRAE 90.1.

"As a LEED Automation Partner, IES' VE-Navigator for LEED and ASHRAE 90.1 will become an important part of the LEED v4 review process," said Scot Horst, SVP, LEED and Strategic Innovation of USGBC. "The USGBC is dedicated to making LEED v4 a success, and the integration with our Automation Partners' tools, like IES, is intrinsically linked to this."

This free offer is currently available through December 2012 to qualified customers who already have the following IESVE modules installed: ModelIT, ApacheSim and FlucsDL.

About IES
Integrated Environmental Solutions' (IES) mission is to advance the sustainability of the world's built environment through the use of integrated performance modelling technology, delivering resource efficient, low-energy, zero-carbon buildings and cities for future generations. For additional information, please visit www.iesve.com. You can also follow us on Twitterand join us on Facebook and LinkedIn for the latest IES news, or read our blog.


3ds Max Services & Support - Autodesk 3ds Max 2013 Product Update 2

Product Update 2 for Autodesk® 3ds Max® 2013 includes fixes for issues with stability and performance based on customer feedback.

  Readme (select language version):


Updated Dynamo for Project Vasari Now Available

BIM -It is Alive in the Lab


To misquote Van Morrison: "Oh, oh, Dynamo."

Project Vasari is our free technology preview of a design tool for creating building concepts. Project Vasari goes further, with integrated cloud-based analysis for energy and carbon, providing design insight where the most important design decisions are made. And, when it's time to move the design to production, Project Vasari design data is compatible with Revit.

// Learn more about Project Vasari on Autodesk Labs

Project Vasari has some optional add-ins. Today I received an update for one of the add-ins from the Project Vasari team. I have updated the Autodesk Labs site.


Dynamo for Vasari

Build parametric functionality on top of Project Vasari with a graphical user interface. Autodesk has significantly extended the open source effort of Ian Keough, added additional nodes, and packaged it in an installer for Revit and Project Vasari to make it easier to get up and running. We have also provided 8 new example workflows.

// download Vasari installer

// download Revit installer

// get help via the Wiki

Extending functionality is alive in the lab.


'Response Ability'

A couple of days ago during a conversation, someone said the word
responsibility. Well, my blogging brain heard it a little
differently, so I get to write a little blog post about it.

So, let's talk about responsibility. Are you responsible? Do you
have to answer to a lot of people or manage a lot of people, projects,
processes and personalities?

We all have more and more piled on us with our personal and work lives
now, so we have to keep track of everything and everyone and respond
to their wants and needs.

So, I see responsibility as the ability to respond. Thus, we get
'response ability'. Do you get people the information they need
quickly? Do you share information? Do you put things off?

Do you have trouble tracking all of your tasks? Do you keep
everything stored in your inbox? Have you ever told someone that you
didn't respond because their email was in your spam folder or that you just didn't get it?

Your ability to respond requires planning, interaction, coordination,
collaboration and if you're in the architecture or construction
industry, of course you need the BIM process. You need to use
technology to be responsive and flexible.

PS. There is no need to respond to this blog post. Have a BIM day! Read more...

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

eTransmit for Revit graduates from Autodesk Labs to Subscription Center

I love The Lab!

BIM -It is Alive in the Lab


The technology preview for eTransmit for Revit has ended. As of June 30, the add-on downloaded from the Autodesk Labs site will no longer operate. Thanks to everyone who participated. The technology is now available as an add-on for Revit 2013. You can download it from the Subscription Center.


With eTransmit for Revit, you can: copy and detach a Revit model and associated files to a single folder, locate dependent files automatically and include them in a transmittal folder, include related dependent files in a transmittal, and transmit models that are using file-based worksharing or server-based worksharing.

// Download the 2013 add-on from Subscription Center

Celebration is alive in the lab.


Tuesday, June 26, 2012

BIM, Construction and NBS: Seven key slides to include in every BIM presentation and not at RTC

Someone forwarded this to me today.  not only is it funny and true, but it's also sad that we keep having to say the same things over and over again because so many people still have no clue what BIM is, what it means and how it changes everything we do.  

Lets hope that none of these items show up on any presentations tomorrow at the Revit Technology Conference (that I sadly couldn't attend this year due to some scheduling conflicts). 

Please go to the link and read the whole thing. it's everything you ever wanted o know about BIM models and pink fluffy kittens. 

Over the last two or three years I have been to a number of BIM presentations. To celebrate 1,000 tweets I have written a short sketch taking a light-hearted look at the slides that are required to make a truly great BIM presentation.

1. The wedge diagram
Every presentation needs this. It shows the BIM maturity development process from Level-0 to the holy grail "Level-3 BIM".  Never mind the UK Gov mandating BIM on projects, all events should mandate the inclusion of this diagram in every presentation. Imagine eight presentations in one conference? - you'd get to see this slide eight times - and it gets better each time as the day goes on.
Slide 1 - Bew-Richards diagram
Read the rest here, it's great stuff. http://constructioncode.blogspot.ca/2012/06/seven-key-slides-to-include-in-every.html

Monday, June 25, 2012


I saw this today on a website about FM.  Between BIM, GIS, IPD, LEED and FM, bundled with 3G, 4G, 3D and 4D, it's gonna get a lot more complex for everybody.  There's just no doubt that CAD operators aren't going to be the key players in your firm any longer.  Welcome to the world of BIG BIM Data.  

I was happy to find that there are only 4 definitions for WTFM on the internet.  At our firm it's
'We Think FM'.  What's it mean at your firm?


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BIM & BEAM: Area and Path Reinforcement hosting structural rebar - Revit

Have you ever seen anyone put their rebar in a Revit model? Yes, it's cool. Yes, rebar detailers should be doing this, but, we will just have to wait for someone to actually do this regularly. 

Last year, my company did get hired to do the rebar modeling for a sub bidding on a Disney BIM/IPD project. We also put studs in walls (Strucsoft MWF) Revit for a drywall subcontractor. Isn't it great when the GC mandates prefabrication, VDC, BIM and No CAD? I certainly think so. 


Autodesk Revit 2013 provides some new functionalities in 3D reinforcement. Some enhancements have been made to help users better visualize concrete reinforcement in Autodesk Revit.

Area and Path Reinforcement has been updated with new behavior that make these elements containers for hosting Structural Rebar in a similar manner as Beam Systems and Trusses host Structural Framing.

The existing behaviors of Area and Path Reinforcement have been maintained. The main difference between the old and new behavior is that right now Structural Rebar elements appear in the floor or wall. Once an Area or Path Reinforcement has been created it can be removed using the Remove tool in the ribbon. This tool will remove the underlying system that is hosting the Structural Rebar and leave the individual rebar or rebar sets in place. When the system is removed the individual bars will create standard joins to the hosting elements.



How to view your Renewal Report in Autodesk Subscription Center


As a Contract Manager, you need to view the expiration date of your Subscription contract or renew your Subscription contract online.


If you are a Contract Manager, you can find the expiration date for your Subscription contract and renew your Subscription contract from the Renewal Report in Subscription Center.

The Renewal Report is available 90 days before a contract is due to expire until 30 days following the original contract expiration date.  To avoid any late fees, it is important to renew your Subscription contract before the expiration date.

To access to your Renewal Report:

  1. Log into Subscription Center and click Contract Administration.

  1. Click Renewal Report 

    Note: You will only see this link if your Subscription contract is due to expire within 90 days.

  1. The Renewal Report lists details for any contracts due to expire within 90 days, including the expiration date and reseller information. Renew your contract by clicking on the button that says Contact Reseller or Renew Online (depending on how you purchased your Subscription contract) and following the on-screen instructions.


Sunday, June 24, 2012

Nǐ Hǎo Tere Bonjour Aloha Salut Hola Hello Yá'át'ééh Konnichiwa Alo Revit

Hi there.  How many languages do you know?  How many of them are you familiar with in the title above?

I came up with an idea a month ago.  Last week I saw something very similar in a Revit plugin.  So, I did what anyone with not enough free time and an unrealistic insane notion of trying new things.  I decided to learn a new language.

Unfortunately, it's not like any normal language with a fixed number of words and phrases.  This language includes Autodesk Revit .NET API and the C# programming language.  Today I started with the 'Autodesk - My First Plug-In' training.  Essentially, you download a program, follow some instructions step by step, and  in about an hour, you've created your first plug-in.  Of course, you're copying and pasting code, so by the time you're done, you'll feel like a complete idiot for having no idea what you've just done and how to do anything else 

Here's a little blurb from Lesson 2. 

The code you typed into Visual C# Express in Lesson 1 was a set of human-readable instructions (source code) that needed to be converted into code that could be understood and executed by the computer. The “build” you performed did just that: it packaged up the resulting executable code into a DLL (Dynamic-Link Library) that can be loaded into Autodesk Revit. The following screenshot shows the output in DLL form along with the associated program debug database (which provides additional information when troubleshooting the DLL), once you have built the solution from Lesson 1 using Visual C# Express. The path to which the DLL gets compiled is specified in the Visual C# Express project settings and is set, by default, to the bin sub-folder of the Visual C# Express project folder.
Hello?  Does anyone understand what this means?  As I was telling my wife tonight how stupid I felt reading all of this, I casually said to her, "how hard can it be to write a program, there's over 650,000 IOS apps and they didn't just write themselves."  

Now, it's your turn.   Click on the links below and start your journey into programming heaven.  What kind of APIs will you write?  What can you do to increase your BIM efficiency?  Luckily, I have a bunch of ideas swimming in my head and now I get to figure out how to convert them into computer-readable instructions or I will execute my computer.  With any luck, I'll make my company's BIM productivity even higher and someday be able to explain all of this to my boss.

I hope to have some positive results very soon.  Adios.  

My First Revit Plug-in Overview


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Saturday, June 23, 2012

Tech Humor - Why I Believe Printers Were Sent From Hell To Make Us Miserable - The Oatmeal

I stumbled across this website last night. Very funny stuff. this one should hit home for everyone. 

5 reasons pigs are better than you


Printers are from hell poster

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Thursday, June 21, 2012

Autodesk (R) Navisworks (R) 2013 Service Pack 1 released

This service pack only updates Autodesk Navisworks 2013 products.

Refer to the Readme for detailed information about this service pack and installation instructions.

Readme (pdf - 179Kb)

Service Pack Updates

This service pack fixes the defects in the following sections:
Core Functionality

■ Multiple issues around refreshing files inside the scene.

■ An issue where saving a file can sometimes cause Navisworks to run out of memory.

Search and Selection Sets

■ Multi-selection of search sets now updates the current search in the Find Items window if the search sets are compatible, for example if they have the same selection to search, same search options.

■ A product crash on newly selecting a set after deleting a set without the focus being in the Sets window.

■ An intermittent product crash on exit after dragging shift-selected sets.

■ Right-clicking on a set whilst renaming it now displays the Cut/Copy/Paste context menu.

■ Visual feedback for drag and drop in the Sets window has been improved around dragging into empty canvas space in the window.

■ After a set has been created by drag and drop then renamed, the set now remains selected.

■ It is now possible to select part of a set's name whilst renaming it and is not misconstrued as dragging the set.

■ It is now possible to rename a set after several renames have taken place.

■ Selecting an empty folder in the Selection TreeSets tab will now also select the folder in the Sets window.

Clash Detective

■ Various application crashes that occurred when manipulating results with filters applied.

■ Merging clash tests created duplicate tests that weren't identified as duplicates.

■ Re-running a clash test with a clash selected in the Results tab and Hide Other selected in Display Settings panel caused results to be marked as resolved.

■ Application crash when opening a 2012 NWD file containing clash tests with no geometry selected.
■ In the Results tab, clash groups no longer expand erroneously when unrelated actions are performed.

■ If the value in the Tolerance field in the Select tab was edited, it would return to the previous value when the focus moved to change the selection in the Selection A or Selection B panes.

■ Application crash if AutoSave ran while the machine was locked, on screen-saver, or entering hibernation.


■ Faro files can now be loaded in the same orientation as AutoCAD based application files.

■ CADWorx 2013 display properties are now consistent with CADWorx 2012 and previous versions.


■ Application crash when trying to open an MS Project data source using characters other than '.' (Period) for decimal points.

■ Application crash when moving from the Task or Simulate tabs in to any of the other tabs, due to issues with some character sets and DPI settings.

■ In the Tasks tab, selecting Unattached / Uncontained Items from the Find Items dropdown menu was not returning results.


■ Zoom All now shows the full extent of model.

Exporter Updates

This exporter update fixes the defects in the following sections:

File Output

■ In the Revit page of the Options Editor, when Convert Construction Parts was selected, parts were exported but no parent node was created.

■ Exported models in KMZ format were not visible in Google Earth.


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