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Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Lumion 6.0 Now Available

Image quality is what distinguishes a great presentation from a good one. That’s why materials, reflections, shadows and lighting have been taken to a new level in Lumion 6. These features and hundreds of other improvements have been enabled by a major overhaul of Lumion´s render engine. The results are now more compelling and realistic than ever.

Here are the Video Tutorials for the new features

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Technical Tip Tuesdays: eTransmit for Revit

It is not uncommon to have to share Revit model files as part of a milestone submission. If you have linked DWGs/custom keynotes it can be a challenge to put together all the files and keep the links properly pathed. There is a useful add-in by Autodesk that helps simplify this situation called eTransmit for Revit.

Revit 2016 R2 Release New Features

What’s New in Revit 2016 R2

It's that time of year again and Autodesk has released their mid-cycle update to Revit.  We should get used to this new release cycle in that Autodesk has told us that this is how they are rolling out new features for the foreseeable future.  Speaking of the roll out it appears that they are exclusively using the Application Manager to update to R2 in that I haven't seen a R2 download anywhere in our Autodesk Account.  If you need instruction on using the Application Manager here you go.

Below is the full list of new features with links to the Autodesk YouTube Channel.  Here are my big 3 so far:
  • Draw Visible Elements Only- WOW, just try it for yourself. Very responsive to any visibility changes.
  • Per User RVT Load/Unload - No more tug of wars over linked files on Workshared project.
  • Family Elements Visibility Settings - Knowing what you have is what you are getting in the project.  Great new feature.

Monday, October 19, 2015

An Integrated Design Process - Where is the Value?

BIM and the effort towards a more efficient design and construction process is changing the way we design and build. How we communicate. How we collaborate. Yet, many organizations are struggling to see the results that BIM has promised.

BIM is a foundational tool for the success of a process that has existed for years - an Integrated Design Process (IDP). Join us for a series of presentation in which your peers will discuss how they are applying the concepts of IDP and where they are seeing the value.

The key takeaways from this event are:
  • A practical approach to using BIM as a catalyst for the long accepted concept of an Integrated Design Process
  • The difference between an Integrated Design Process (IDP) and Integrated Project Delivery (IPD)
  • Current industry challenges and expectations.
Download the full event brochure.

This full-day event includes three presentations from five speakers, including a primer on innovative approaches to project delivery, and tips on how best to implement architectural and structural collaboration.

The seminar presents a unique opportunity to gather with like-minded individuals and mingle with experts in the BIM field; spaces are limited, so don’t miss out!

Registration fee is $250 per person.

Click here to register.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Technical Tip Tuesdays: PDF hyperlinks from Revit 2015 and later

Hassle-free hyperlinks!
A little publicized feature of Revit 2015 R2 is the ability to generate hyperlinked PDF document sets when using a hyperlink compliant PDF writer like Adobe Reader or Bluebeam Revu. See 2015 R2 PDF Export Enhancements

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Ready, set, webinar

Take advantage of the long summer days to explore hidden gems in the software you use every day and change the way in which you work with it. Our technical experts provide a high level view on how to use BIM better in your office as well as grounded tips and tricks that help you work more efficiently.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Dynamo sample scripts

At the recent Dynamo webinar I promised a few scripts to share:

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Just published - Planning for Digital Operations Data

In a world where contact information is available at the click of a button and we seamlessly transition data between devices, Geraldine Rayner, Director of Summit BIM asks why we still use paper in the AECO industry.

Published on the FacilityCare website, the article - Planning for Digital Operations Data - outlines how to plan and manage the building information modeling (BIM) process so that the data for FMO is available digitally at building completion.

Read the complete article here.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Technical Tip Tuesdays: Horizontal Mullions on a Curved Curtain Wall

Welcome to Technical Tuesdays! Today we’re going to look at how you create horizontal mullions that are parallel to the ground on a curved curtain wall with a sloped top.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Technical Tip Tuesdays: Engraved Text on a Curved Wall

Applying three-dimensional text on a surface is a great feature in Autodesk Revit. However, there is a constraint, model text can only be applied on a flat surface. So what do you do when you would like to apply a 3D embellishment to a curved surface – say a curved gateway?