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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Trimble/Vico Webinar Friday - Connecting the Estimate to Project Management and Back to the Conceptual Estimate

There are a lot of eyes watching Trimble in the construction industry. They’ve seen the recent acquisition strategy (Vico, WinEst, SketchUp, Tekla, and Meridian) and openly question how it will all fit together. Will Trimble truly listen to customer suggestions and value their ideas, or will they do what so many other companies do and haphazardly bolt solutions together claiming “synergistic integrations”? Will it be all talk, no action – or will we really work together with our customers to create ingenious workflows and best practices for the industry? We think you know the answer to that already – our roots run deep in construction and we are committed to creating the best solutions for the industry we love.

Here’s a critical workflow our customers are concerned with: what happens when an Owner proposes a new project and asks for a feasibility budget? What happens when we’re awarded the job and we need to flesh out a detailed estimate? What happens when the estimator hands the new project estimate over to the project manager? How is all the detail and expertise that went into that cost plan managed in the field? How is the budget being adhered to? How are the subs being tracked and invoices paid? And then, how can the same estimator leverage the completed project to inform his/her next conceptual estimate? This substantial workflow just got a lot easier – see the entire integrated workflow between Modelogix, WinEst, and Prolog on the next Fridays with Trimble.


Who:

The Team from Trimble

What:

Connecting the Estimate to Project Management and Back to the Conceptual Estimate

When:

Friday, June 21, 2013 at 12 Noon ET

Where:

An online webinar – join from any laptop with a phone line or an internet connection

Why:

See the seamless handoff between the estimating team at HQ with the project manager in the field and the closed loop back to HQ

How:

Register today!

Trimble Buildings introduces a powerful new integration for construction teams between Modelogix for analyzing cost histories, WinEst 2D estimating, and Prolog project management. In this webinar we’ll see the entire workflow from cost model generation to cost plan development and final estimate to tracking each line item in the budget through to completion on the jobsite and then capturing that completed project cost data for new feasibility budgets. This means that all the precision that went into the project estimate is tracked with Prolog’s laser-like system of record…from the design to the field to close out and harnessed in Modelogix so the data can be sliced and diced…so that it can be leveraged when the Owner calls again with a new project idea.


Together we’ll see how to:

• Pull a completed project from Prolog into Modelogix;
• Create new feasibility budgets and cost models from that completed project;
• Feed WinEst with the conceptual estimate and flesh out the details;
• Hand over the complete estimate from WinEst to Prolog;
• Track each and every line item from the estimate with actuals;
• Track projected over/under for owner meetings;
• Close the completed project in Prolog and send to Modelogix.

This new workflow from Trimble Buildings is yet one more way we are connecting the field to the office and delivering critical project data when and where it’s needed. See what it’s like to work with construction solutions built by construction professionals – see the difference that a closed loop integration makes on the next Fridays with Trimble.

Everyone on your estimating and operations team will want to see this, especially if you want to:

  • • Connect all project documents to the design and estimate;
  • • See the impact of RFIs and Change Orders on your construction projects;
  • • Eliminate the divide between business development and the field team with real project data;
  • • Keep Owners well-informed of budget status;
  • • Learn from each project and better evaluate (and eliminate) potential risk!

Who:

The Team from Trimble

What:

Connecting the Estimate to Project Management and Back to the Conceptual Estimate

When:

Friday, June 21, 2013 at 12 Noon ET

Where:

An online webinar – join from any laptop with a phone line or an internet connection

Why:

See the seamless handoff between the estimating team at HQ with the project manager in the field and the closed loop back to HQ

How:

Register today!

Even if you can’t make the designated date/time, take five minutes to register for the webinar now and you’ll automatically receive the link to watch the recorded webinar.
Learn from your peers, with your peers, on Fridays with Trimble!

 

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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Update 3 now available for Revit 2013 Products - Revit Clinic



Source/Link: http://revitclinic.typepad.com/my_weblog/2013/06/update-release-3-for-the-revit-2013-products.html

Update 3 is now available for Revit 2013 products.
For Autodesk Revit Architecture, Autodesk Revit Structure, and Autodesk Revit MEP, you can find the update in the Data & Downloads > Updates section of each product page.
The update for Autodesk Revit 2013 can be found in the Design & Creation Suites Support > Data & Downloads > Updates & Service Packs section.
Here are the direct links:
Installation ReadMe files and Update Enhancement PDFs are available at each of these locations as well.

Improvements made in Update 3 build (20130531_2115):
Autodesk® Revit® Platform 2013 Enhancements
 Improves stability when using Hardware Acceleration, Graphics Mode. 
 Improves stability when opening projects which utilize Extensible Storage.
 Improves visual fidelity between canvas and printed output. 
 Improves visual fidelity of hidden lines, MEP pipe centerlines and haloed gaps when not using 
   Hardware Acceleration, Graphics Mode. 
 Improves Structural family data integrity during upgrade of project.
 Improves data integrity when canceling Save As operation.
 Improves interaction between Revit Server 2013 and Riverbed compression.
 Enables users to browse Revit Server Networks when a bound workstation cannot contact the 
    Domain Controller.

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Render with Artlantis: Export plug-in from Revit 2014 to Artlantis 4.1 is now available for downloading!


Source/Link: http://artlantissimo.blogspot.com/2013/06/good-news-for-revit-2014-users.html


The export plug-in from Revit 2014 to Artlantis 4.1 is now available for downloading! 


Create your model in Revit, export and edit it in Artlantis. Return to Revit, make changes to the geometry, export a new Artlantis file and recover your previous work done in Artlantis.  The Artlantis export plug-in offers a direct transfer from Revit into Artlantis, without the need for intermediate file formats. During the export, special entities are automatically exploded. The Artlantis .atl file format is cross platform; it can be read on both Macintosh and Windows.

Let’s see in detail what Artlantis can recover from your Revit model:

• The geometry
• All cameras for parallel views
• All cameras for perspective views
• The shading color and transparency of materials with their names
• The geographical position of the sun active for the parallel view that is used for the export.

Learn how to use Revit and Artlantis together here!

Click here to download the Revit 2014 plug-in!
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Sunday, June 9, 2013

Saddest thing I've ever seen on an architect's website

Construction document details for students, young professional draftsman, designers and Architects. 100MB zip Disk containing Construction Document notes, schedules, details consisting of hundreds of man hours. For students or new graduates, detail disk cost $250.00 .
Really, "zip Disk"?  Dude, it's 2013!  When's the last time you updated your website? 
Copyright © 1999-2013
Oh, so it is up to date.  Even worse.  

When's the last time anyone used a zip disk?  100MB.  That's one Revit file.  Anyone still have a zip drive?  How many of you kids out there have never even heard of one?




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Tuesday, June 4, 2013

AutoCAD 2013 Service Pack 2 Now Available (and recommended to download immediately)



I know, let's call it OccasionalCAD. I don't know if that's because it occasionally works, or occasionally crashes.  And, for the special occasions, you can try to plot without crashing.

Read the whole Readmefile. There's a lot of stuff that's been fixed. Oh, and it even (hopefully without crashing) works with Windows 8 now.  I guess with Microsoft hitting sales of 100 million copies, it was time to release Autodesk software that works with Windows 8.  Prepare for Service Pack 3 for that perfect storm. 

Source/Link: http://usa.autodesk.com/adsk/servlet/ps/dl/item?siteID=123112&id=21764214&linkID=9240618

You can apply this update to AutoCAD 2013 running on all supported operating systems and languages. Consult the readme file for installation instructions and more details on the primary issues resolved by this update. Be sure to install the correct update (32-bit or 64-bit) for your software and operating system.
This Service Pack can be applied to AutoCAD 2013 installed as a standalone application as well as AutoCAD 2013 installed from the following Autodesk Design Suites.
  • AutoCAD Design Suite 2013
  • Autodesk Building Design Suite 2013
  • Autodesk Factory Design Suite 2013
  • Autodesk Infrastructure Design Suite 2013
  • Autodesk Plant Design Suite 2013
  • Autodesk Product Design Suite 2013
Note: The following Windows 8 operating systems are officially supported for 32-bit and 64-bit AutoCAD 2013 with Service Pack 2:
  • Windows 8 Standard edition
  • Windows 8 Enterprise edition
  • Windows 8 Professional edition 

AutoCAD 2013 SP2 (32-bit) (exe - 32429Kb)
AutoCAD 2013 SP2 (64-bit) (exe - 41353Kb)
Readme (htm - 61Kb)

Problems Reported with the Customer Error Reporting Utility
As a result of detailed information from customers who used the Customer Error Reporting Utility, a number of problems were identified and fixed. Updates have been made in the following commands and features:
3D Navigation Tools
Occasional crash related to navigation tools.
Autodesk 360
Crash with long file path in the Autodesk 360 folder.
Occasional crash when opening AutoCAD with the InfoCenter off.
Block 
Occasional crash when clicking a block table grip with only one row of values available.
Command Line 
Crash when switching Input Method Editor (IME) after canceling a command when DYNMODE is set to 0 and the command window is docked.
DGN Support 
Fatal error when scrolling the DGN linetype in the Properties Palette.
Dimensions 
Occasional crash when grip-editing annotative dimensions.
MLEADER
Occasional crash when using MATCHPROP with multileaders.
OLE  
Occasional crash when closing the application with a drawing that contains an OLE object.
OPTIONS
Occasional crash when changing or switching profiles in Options.
Plot 
Occasional crash when plotting with a wipeout in the drawing.
PDF Underlay
Crash when specifying other PDF file from Saved Path field in External Reference palette.
General 
Occasional crash when opening AutoCAD drawings in Windows 8.
Occasional crash due to using Intersection object snaps on lightweight polylines.
Some corrupt drawings crash when opened or saved and are not fixed automatically.
Exiting the Text Editor while previewing text style causes a crash.

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This should be on the front page of every set of AutoCAD plans

Copy and paste away....

 

 

For additional protection and to reduce your risk of "Lie-Ability", we recommend the use of Revit and BIM products.

 

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Saturday, June 1, 2013

Corruption in Revit LT 2014 project after upgrading from 2013. - The Revit Clinic

Yeah Autodesk. Great job in not fully testing your software before releasing it. Hopefully only 200 people are using Revit LT anyhow.

Source/Link:
http://revitclinic.typepad.com/my_weblog/2013/05/corruption-in-revit-lt-2014-project-after-upgrading-from-2013.html


The following is another great guest post from Product Support Specialist Lance Coffey.

We are starting to see a number of users reporting "Data in file is corrupt" error messages after upgrading a project to Revit LT 2014.

After some investigation, we have found that this can happen when saving an upgraded file on top of a previous version. The reason is that some of the prior version elements remain unchanged in the file, which then puts the project in a state which cannot be used by Revit LT, and when reopening the project, Revit LT will report data in the file is corrupt.

If this happens, recover a backup <http://wikihelp.autodesk.com/Revit_LT/enu/2014/Help/0082-Revit_LT82/0119-Start_a_119/0171-Saving_F171/0175-Backup_a175> copy of the project before it was upgraded.

To avoid the issue, when upgrading a project in Revit LT 2014, use Save As to save to a new filename.

Once upgraded and saved to a new name, you can save the 2014 project normally.

Our developers are aware of this, and are currently working to address the issue.

 

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