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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Autodesk Project Chronicle Now Available for Download

I bet Alix will love this one.  What better way to document you BIM process than with a tool like this. 

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Project Chronicle is a free technology preview from Autodesk Research that makes it extremely convenient and easy for users to capture, share, and learn from software workflows. Project Chronicle consists of a recording utility to capture recordings, and a website that displays the recordings as Chronicles, interactive video tutorials.

// Download Project Chronicle via Autodesk Labs

The Chronicle Recording Utility allows you to capture your workflow from within AutoCAD and Revit. There is a specific list of supported applications on the Autodesk Labs site.

// See list of Project Chronicle Supported Applications

The utility records a continuous video screen capture and optionally voice narration. What makes Project Chronicle unique is that is also records the timing and details of workflow information, such as the tools, settings, and dialog boxes that are used during the workflow. Captured data is then uploaded to the Project Chronicle Website where other users can view a video of the workflow. Additionally, the captured workflow events are displayed on an interactive timeline, enhancing the viewing and learning experience. Pretty cool huh?

Technology previews are about feedback. We would love to hear your stories of how you showed someone else what to do.There are a variety of ways to provide feedback.

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Putting the pieces back together - BIM Glue

I'm happy to report that within an hour of my blog post yesterday about BIM Glue, I received an email from the cofounder and CEO of Horizontal (the creators of Glue).  We are well on our way to getting our Glue licenses so I am thankful that my slightly unorthodox method of getting someone to initiate the sale worked.


What amazed me even more was that he was up in New York in the middle of the hurricane.  That really impressed me and I am thankful that we are out of this sticky situation.  In regard to the product itself, BIM Glue is amazing for one reason.  You can quickly jump from room to room, by room name, see a 3D view and by holding a button on the iPad screen, you can physically turn in a circle and it's as if you're rotating around the room.  I am so impressed with the speed of loading files and changing views, that Glue seems to be the best 3D viewer for the iPad I've found to date.  We haven't even touched the web based collaboration and clash tools yet.

I'll keep you posted and again, my thanks to whoever at Autodesk saw my subtle request yesterday and acted so promptly.  You've made me happy again.

For those of you interested, BIM Glue is $150/month/person or $1500/year/person for an annual contract.  Whether it's for presentations or field BIM, this is one great investment.


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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Autodesk - COBie Toolkit for Revit 2013 now available

A few weeks ago I was going to write a blog post about how to get the COBie plugin for Revit 2012 to work in 2013 with a little tweaking, but luckily, that tutorial will no longer be necessary.

I'm glad that Autodesk has released the update.  If you don't know what COBie, don't worry about it.  It's just like that BIM, IPD, VDC, LEED and IFC gobbledygook that no one really needs to pay attention to.  

Seriously, this is a whole other layer of BIM that will byte you in the As-builts if you're not careful. Personally, I've collected 281 COBie documents (581 MB) that I've been absorbing as quickly as possible.  You never know when an owner is going to ask you about it.

I do wish that there was an Autodesk announcement about the 2013 plugin release since it's been out since October 4th, and I only found it by accident searching for something else regarding COBie.  I'm happy to help do some Autodesk marketing and hope this helps.

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Autodesk - COBie Toolkit for Revit
http://usa.autodesk.com/adsk/servlet/oc/offer/form?siteID=123112&id=18070390
Go to the link above and sign up for the downloads or just click one of the links below.


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BIM & BEAM: Watch Roof Framing Extensions for Autodesk Revit in Action

I wonder how this fits in with Mitek's Sapphire applications. Autodesk coming out with  lots of neat new tools. 

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Unglued - Autodesk Sale Fail

It has almost been a full year since I left the Autodesk reseller
channel and made my new home at an awesome architecture firm. One of
the things that I love most about ACAI is the willingness to adopt new
technologies and invest in our future growth with being on the cutting
edge. What's even better is that I get to play with these great
technology toys every day (thanks to Cindy, Alix and Adolfo).

One of my favorite new apps to play with is Autodesk BIM 360 Glue.
I've played with every iPad 3D viewer that is out there and each has
it''s own pros and cons, whether it is speed, navigation, interface or
collaboration related.

So, a few months ago, I went to the Autodesk website and submitted my
request for pricing information. I'm still waiting. I even contacted
Joe, my favorite Autodesk mentor, who on October 22nd at 8:32 am, sent
me an email with the link to contact Autodesk for how to buy Glue,
since it is only available directly through Autodesk.

Well, today is October 30th, 8 days after I filled out the form to
have someone from Autodesk contact me. So, in case I wasn't clear in
my first two attempts, let me try a different approach.

AUTODESK, I WANT TO BUY 3 USER LICENSES OF BIM GLUE TODAY. HAVE
SOMEONE CONTACT ME IMMEDIATELY AND EXPLAIN TO ME WHY IT IS IMPOSSIBLE
TO PURCHASE YOUR SOFTWARE. LET ME REPEAT. WE HAVE MONEY. WE
WILLINGLY WANT TO USE YOUR SOFTWARE. WE ARE WAITING FOR YOU TO CALL.
THIS WILL BE AN EASY TRANSACTION. YOU DON'T HAVE TO SELL US, JUMP
THROUGH HOOPS, DO A DEMO. YOU JUST HAVE TO CALL, AND BY CALL, I MEAN
RIGHT NOW!

There, I hope that was subtle enough. If you haven't downloaded the
iPad BIM Glue app, do it today. There are 4 free sample files to play
with and it is super fast, easy to maneuver and the ability to jump to
specific rooms is amazing.

So, Joe, if you're reading this, thanks for your help 8 days ago.
Now, can you forward this to someone in your company and perhaps we
can have a beer and laugh about this at AU while our VDC Director,
Alix Loiseau gives his AU class on Navisworks for Architecture firms.

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Monday, October 29, 2012

Mitek MXF Plugin and Software for Revit and Home Builders


MiTek is the world's leading supplier of state-of-the-art engineered products and services for the building components industry.  They have some amazing software for home builders and truss manufacturers.  Now they even have a plugin for Revit to take a model and bring it directly into their Sapphire truss and panel designing software.

This makes Revit a great tool for home builders.  

Source/Link: MXF Plugin - http://www.mitek-us.com/software/SAPPHIRE_Plugin.aspx


MXF Plugin


  • Welcome to the download site for MiTek’s MXF file format plug-ins.
    MiTek exchange file (.mxf) file format is designed by MiTek Industries specifically for the residential construction industry.  The plug-in enables users of AutoCAD® Architecture, Autodesk® Revit® Architecture, Autodesk® Revit® Structure, or Cadsoft™ Envisioneer™ to export an mxf formatted file to the MiTek component manufacturer. The manufacturer’s truss and wall panel designers can then import the file into MiTek’s SAPPHIRE™ Structure software.  With the preserved true dimensional fidelity, the designers can then complete the 3D structural building model and production drawings for the pre-fabricated structural components of the home.

    The component manufacturer can then return a file with the 3D model for your review and approval, using the SAPPHIRE Viewer, designed to enhance the review and approval process in home design and estimating.  By allowing you to view the structural framing details in 3-D residential models created by the MiTek component manufacturer, you will be able to view sections and framing details with more precision and clarity than ever before.

    SAPPHIRE Suite


    • Our industry is changing, and your builder customers are demanding more value, greater efficiency, and better communication. Plus, they also want lower costs, faster turnaround, and shorter lead times. MiTek is here to help with our new integrated software suite,SAPPHIRE™.
      SAPPHIRE is designed to let you agilely manage your operations while also strengthening your customer relationships. It lets you share files with your customers to help you design, estimate, and build accurately from a single, 3-D model – optimizing the structure while improving speed, efficiency and the bottom line for both you and your customers.
      SAPPHIRE...
      • Is built on a true 3-D platform.
      • Improves communication between your team and your customers by sharing 3-D files.
      • Unifies your database of materials and reporting to optimize business processes.
      • Is configurable and expandable to fit your unique business needs.
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      Wireframe illustration created using SAPPHIRE Structure. 

      SAPPHIRE Viewer


      • SAPPHIRE Viewer is a new tool for you to share with your customers to view your 3-D models and collaborate with you, provided at no cost.
        You can download Viewer and selectively invite your customers to download Viewer too. 

        With SAPPHIRE Viewer, your customers can:
        • Quickly review SAPPHIRE Structure models in Plan and 3-D views using zoom and pan.
        • View elevation drawings.
        • Isolate items to view in the model such as a particular level or layer.
        • Print layout sheets.
        • Print plan, 3-D, and elevation views.


        Click below to watch a video demonstrating the Viewer functionality. 





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Thursday, October 25, 2012

Maximizing the Benefits of Field Management and Tablet Computers in Construction - Webinar

Not for the desk BIMmers out there. 


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Maximizing the Benefits of Field Management and Tablet Computers in Construction
An independent study of 15 Skanska projects

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For almost a decade, Skanska, a global top 20 general contractor, has been at the forefront in exploring the use of tablet computers for construction. In the past 3 years the firm has moved from exploration to explosion, as hundreds of projects around the world are leveraging Field management software from Vela Systems (now Autodesk® BIM 360 Field) and tablet computers to help drive programs for quality, safety, commissioning, Field BIM™ and access to construction documentation.

This explosion of usage is fertile ground for research: What trends can be seen across multiple projects? For example, what factors contribute to projects getting the most value from the technology and thus create the most value for the owner?

This complementary webinar will feature Brian Fitch, Project Controls Director at Skanska USA Building and Michael Moran, a Masters graduate of the Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands. Michael's peer-reviewed research will be presented wherein he evaluated the benefits of Vela Systems field management software and tablet computers on 15 Skanska projects around the globe. Drivers of success will be examined and recommendations will be presented on the best ways to implement these technologies going forward.

Title:

Maximizing the benefits of Field Management and Tablet Computers in Construction

Date:

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Time:

1:00pm — 2:00pm Eastern time

Speakers:

Brian Fitch, Project Controls Director at Skanska USA Building
Michael Moran, a Masters graduate of the Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands

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Can't make the day and time? Register anyway as the webinar will be recorded and available for later viewing.

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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

BIM Diary - Lazy

Dear BIM Diary,
I'm still tired from yesterday's plea for new technology (iPad 4) with my wife, so today when Bryan asked me to come upstairs and give him a quick getting started guide on Evernote, I didn't feel like getting up.


So, I did what any lazy, good for something, collaborative technologist would do.  I told him to go to http://join.me, click 'Basic'
,
 then click the orange play icon
.
Within 15 seconds, he was logged in


and gave me the code for me to log in and instantly see his screen .
We then went through my tutorial and I was able to watch what he was doing on his computer.
The nice part for your boss is that there's no travel time, thus saving time and money.  I didn't have to use the elevator, so I saved electricity.  I didn't have to go upstairs, hover over his shoulder and disturb anyone else concentrating on their work.

Best of all, join.me is free and works great for people working internal or with outside consultants or clients.

There is a paid version with more features and it's only $149/year or $19/month for things like presenter swapping, scheduling meetings, locked meetings or shared windows (vs whole screen).







You can even join a meeting on your iPad, iPhone or Droid device for free so you can work from the field with those desk BIMmers out there.  So, my dear BIM Diary, I felt great being able to collaborate more efficiently and I'm even happier that more people are using Evernote at ACAI.  

Maybe I'll even mention all of this to Cindy and she'll give it a corporate blessing.  I bet if I tell her it's a lot cheaper than the $50/month we're paying for a single GoToMeeting, we could get 3 join.me accounts instead and I'll be her favorite BIM visionary.  One can only dream.  


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BIM Diary - Technology

Dear BIM Diary,
Yesterday was exhausting.  Last night I got into an argument with my wife.  It was like Abbot and Costello. I kept saying I wanted the iPad 4 and she kept saying iPad Mini.  I finally had to pull up Engadget.com and show her that, not only was there an iPad Mini, but Apple also released a new version of the iPad 3, with the new A6 processor, Lightning adapter and it's faster than ever.  On a side note, there was a post that if you had bought an iPad 3 within the last 30 days, Apple would let you trade it in for the newer model.  My first thought was that if you bought AutoCAD in the last 30 years, Autodesk would let you trade up to Revit for free.  Right!

Anyway, after I asked my wife how we could use an iPad Mini, my wife then proceeded to tell me that we don't need a new iPad.  I stopped her right there.  I wasn't going to stand for this type of behavior.  I said "Honey, you can't put the words 'need' and 'technology' in the same sentence.  It's just not right.  The only words that go together are 'want' and 'technology'.  That's how the system works."  I think I won that argument and I'll let you know soon how it works out for me.

Earlier in the day, I had five people asking me for training on Evernote, one of my favorite apps. I'm glad to see we are finally using this great tool in the company.  It's not 100% perfect, but what a great tool for sharing information.  I hate email as a tool in the AEC industry and now I have to teach my boss how to use Evernote.  Once she sees how amazing it will be for every aspect of our business, I'm sure everyone will be happy.

Until next time...
G

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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Influence the Future of AutoCAD at AU...a real barn buster


I got this email yesterday and got a good laugh. Imagine that they hand picked me, of all people, to give feedback about AutoBAD. 

My first thought, after watching the debate last night, is that we need features in AutoCAD to help design barns for the military's horses and tools to design bayonettes.

Then, we can have Barn Automated Design and Bayonette Automated Design. There will be a huge market for these AutoBAD programs and Autodesk is the perfect company to market these tools to current AutoCAD customers. 

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Influence the Future of AutoCAD at AU!

Have you ever thought that AutoCAD could be easier to use, or work better for you? At AU, you have the chance to directly influence the future of AutoCAD.

The User Experience Team, responsible for designing AutoCAD's features and user interface, wants your feedback on early designs and feature directions. You get a sneak peek of what's coming up in AutoCAD, and a gift card for your time.

Click the link below to see a schedule and description of the feedback sessions and to sign up.
Having trouble opening the sign-up survey? Copy and paste this URL into your browser: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/AU2012ResearchOpportunities

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Sunday, October 21, 2012

The Leaning Tower of Pisa, Italy remodeled in ArchiCAD 16 - GRAPHISOFT

Forget slanted walls, here's a whole slanted building.  I'm not sure if this was done in real time, but it looks pretty impressive.  Maybe Cindy is right...I said maybe!

Source/Link: AECCafe.com: Videos - General Videos : The Leaning Tower of Pisa, Italy remodeled in ArchiCAD 16 - GRAPHISOFT

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Friday, October 19, 2012

Revit Structure 2013 Update Release 2 now available

Autodesk - Autodesk Revit Structure Services & Support - Revit Structure 2013 Update Release 2


Update Release 2 is not a full install; rather it is using service pack technology similar to AutoCAD®- based products. Prior to installing the Update Release 2, please verify that you have already installed the First Customer Ship build of Autodesk Revit Structure 2013 (Build: 20120221_2030) or Update Release 1 for Autodesk Revit Structure 2013 (Build: 20120716_1115).
You can apply this update to Autodesk Revit Structure 2013 running on all supported operating systems and languages. Consult the readme file for installation instructions and be sure to install the correct update (32-bit or 64-bit) for your software and operating system.  Consult the enhancements documentation for areas improved by the Update Release.
Readme (select language version):
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Enhancements Documentation (select language version):
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Revit 2013 Update Release 2 for Building Design Suite now available

Via: Autodesk - Design & Creation Suites Support - Revit 2013 Update Release 2


Update Release 2 is not a full install; rather it is using service pack technology similar to AutoCAD®- based products. Prior to installing the Update Release 2, please verify that you have already installed the First Customer Ship build of Autodesk Revit 2013 (Build: 20120221_2030) or Update Release 1 for Autodesk Revit 2013 (Build: 20120716_1115).
You can apply this update to Autodesk Revit 2013 running on all supported operating systems and languages. Consult the readme file for installation instructions and be sure to install the correct update (32-bit or 64-bit) for your software and operating system.  Consult the enhancements documentation for areas improved by the Update Release.
Revit 2013 UR2 (32-bit) (exe - 59699Kb)
Revit 2013 UR2 (64-bit) (exe - 83079Kb)
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Revit MEP 2013 Update Release 2


Published date: 2012-Oct-17 
ID: DL20679258
Applies to:
AutoCAD® Revit® MEP Suite 2013
Autodesk® Revit® MEP 2013


Update Release 2 is not a full install; rather it is using service pack technology similar to AutoCAD®- based products. Prior to installing the Update Release 2, please verify that you have already installed the First Customer Ship build of Autodesk Revit MEP (Build: 20120221_2030) or Update Release 1 for Autodesk Revit MEP 2013 (Build: 20120716_1115).
You can apply this update to Autodesk Revit MEP 2013 running on all supported operating systems and languages. Consult the readme file for installation instructions and be sure to install the correct update (32-bit or 64-bit) for your software and operating system.  Consult the enhancements documentation for areas improved by the Update Release.
Revit MEP 2013 UR2 (32-bit) (exe - 59699Kb)
Revit MEP 2013 UR2 (64-bit) (exe - 83079Kb)
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Enhancements Documentation (select language version):
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Revit and IFC

Upon closer inspections of the Revit Update 2 that was just released is this one:

Improves IFC Export to support buildingSMART International IFC certification.


I hope that solves the issues I was having this week with slabs not going into the correct position. We'll IF-See if that happens.  I kind of like that  If - See.
IF you use BIM, you will SEE (C) better design.  Maybe IFC should be pronounced as IF-C.  Now, if I only knew someone who did marketing for the buildingSmart Alliance.
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