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One of the more interesting technologies Autodesk has acquired in the past two years is called BIM 360 Glue.
Beyond clash detection and easy visualization, one of my favorite tools is “Immersive View”. Imagine holding an iPad in your hands that is displaying the structure you are currently in. Hold the pad out, around eye level, and look up…down, spin around…. and the model displays according to the direction you are looking. It’s like a “virtual reality” experience using an iPad.
Feel free to read this Autodesk blog posting to learn more about the technology and also download it from the iTunes AppStore.
Posted in Architecture, Structure, MEP, Civil Engineering, GIS, Platform AutoCAD, tagged 360, Apps, AutoCAD WS, Autodesk, Building Information Modeling, FormIt, Sketchbook on 12/01/2012 | Leave a Comment »
If you’ve not seen it, Autodesk has a page dedicated to their mobile applications:
There are some great Apps there. Some I’d recommend exploring include Autodesk BIM 360 Glue Mobile App, Autodesk FormIt, Autodesk SketchBook Mobile, and AutoCAD WS.
An Autodesk® 3ds Max® 2013 and Autodesk® 3ds Max® Design 2013 software product update (PU12) is now available on the Autodesk 3ds Max Services & Support and Autodesk 3ds Max Design Services & Support web pages. PU12 includes fixes for stability and performance issues based on customer feedback. For more information and the complete list of fixes included in these product updates, please refer to the release notes on the Services & Support pages.
I am currently on-site participating in a Seiler training and I just realized that I’ve never discussed our training here. We are an Autodesk dealer and have active training centers. To begin, start by checking out our Public training options:
These are just a small percentage of the trainings that we offer. Traditionally, our most popular trainings have been custom trainings where we come to your location and provide trainings of multiple lengths and focus areas for your staff. While we can do “by the book” trainings, our favorite trainings go outside the book and focus on your needs and questions. Why? Because your needs and requirements make you unique and give you an edge on your competition. So if you are curious on how we can aid you in achieving your personal, professional and organizational goals, give us a call!
Posted in Architecture, Structure, MEP, Civil 3D, Civil Engineering, GIS, Map 3D, Platform AutoCAD, Revit Architecture, Revit MEP, Revit Structure, tagged Autodesk, Building Information Modeling, CAD Americas, Computer-aided design, Excel, Paul Aubin, Rick Ellis, Robert Green on 09/19/2012 | Leave a Comment »
On October 4th, Paul Aubin, Rick Ellis, Robert Green, Jeff Bartels, Steve Schain and I (Brian Myers) will be teaching courses on a variety of software topics in St Louis, Missouri. The event is called CAD Americas. Topics will range from AutoCAD to Civil 3D and from Revit to BIM Link with a bit of general CAD management thrown in for good measure. The best part, you get to pick the courses you wish to attend with nationally recognized trainers and authors.
I look forward to meeting you at the event!
To register you can follow this link: http://bit.ly/NDs9cd
It seems like every day there’s something new to review and today I was presented with the opportunity to test bringing SketchUp data into a Trimble Tablet.
Scratch that… I didn’t bring it into a Trimble Tablet (but I could have) I used SketchUp ON a Trimble Tablet and then leveraged that data within the Trimble Field Link Software.
The image on the left is a SketchUp drawing (just two blocks and the SketchUp person, but it could have been any design) I created on the Tablet. The Stylus used to draw in SketchUp was a bit touchy, but with some practice I can see it being easy to work with and the ability to draw in SketchUp with a pencil (actually a stylus) was strangely satisfying … much more than SketchUp with a mouse.
Now that you have the basic idea, think of yourself being able to conceptually draw in any shape to communicate the design/conditions; export that SketchUp information out into CAD / Revit for documentation purposes from the tablet; stake out the points you created in the field, based on your SketchUp information or field collected points (or created later in your CAD software, its up to you!) using the Trimble Tablet. The workflow feels uncommonly smooth once you understand the proper software for each step.
With my degree in Architecture I’m used to sketching, so this process is a rather liberating experience as it begins to feel more like a hands on process than a technology one. I’m looking forward to seeing the reaction of my clients when they see it in action for the first time, this has some real potential.
Posted in Architecture, Structure, MEP, Civil 3D, Civil Engineering, GIS, Platform AutoCAD, Revit Architecture, Revit MEP, Revit Structure, tagged AutoCAD, CAD, Civil 3D, Point, Revit, Robot, Trimble on 08/14/2012 | Leave a Comment »
Lately I’ve been working with a software called TPC, also known as Trimble Point Creator. TPC was designed for the engineer or building construction contractor utilizing Revit and/or CAD that needs the ability to create 2D and 3D field points within their design software. Working as a plugin within CAD and Revit, Trimble Point Creator provides the creation of field points for such objects as anchor bolt locations, curtain wall attachments, and hanger or sleeve locations.
Once points are created within TPC, they can be exported to Trimble Field Link for stake-out in the field (Field Link is the software that communicates the CAD/BIM information to the hardware at the construction site). Essentially, this allows a direct communication between the hardware on site and the design documentation that you’ve created in the computer. So, if you want something built at an exact location, you can input that point into your design software. The individuals in the field will then walk around at the site and be shown electronically the exact location where that item should be installed/constructed.
It’s easy to learn and a good example of a practical application of design data being leveraged directly in the field.
More information can be found here:
An existing program which has been given new life is Autodesk Vault. Vault is a file management tool that has been given improved integration in the 2013 products. Here is an image of how Vault has been integrated into AutoCAD, but it has been integrated into the majority of Autodesk products (including Revit).
The purpose of Vault is file & version management, and to a certain degree, quality control. By using Vault you can:
1. Control your project revision history as Vault can store previous (older) documents in the organizational structure of your choosing.
2. Allows an individual to “Check Out” documents, but perhaps more valuable, you can restrict who has the ability to check out documents. To put this in plain English: you can restrict who can view files as well as who can modify files (read only mode), ranging from DWG files to Excel spreadsheets.
3. It integrates with MS Word and Excel so that project files/documents can be stored and organized without other file management solutions.
4. Items such as AutoCAD blocks and Revit families can be arranged in “quality controlled” product libraries and released to the user base when approved by the administrator.
5. Can work in conjunction with Buzzsaw to share files with team members in other offices/job sites. This means your “Vault” of drawings and documents can then be read (and sometimes revised, based on your security settings) on handheld devices such as iPads and Smartphones.
Here is a link with more information on Vault and some of its applications: http://usa.autodesk.com/adsk/servlet/pc/item?siteID=123112&id=18697727
So may it be capturing project milestones or used as an integrated quality control & file management system for Office and CAD/BIM files, Vault is making headway into our AEC (Architecture, Engineering and Construction) workflow.
Posted in Architecture, Structure, MEP, Civil 3D, Civil Engineering, GIS, Revit Architecture, Revit MEP, Revit Structure, tagged AutoCAD, Autodesk, BIM, BIM Coordinator, Civil 3D, Revit on 05/21/2012 | Leave a Comment »
An interesting new product Autodesk would like you to test is called BIM Coordinator, it allows for an easy workflow of sharing coordinates between Civil 3D and Revit. It is currently available at Autodesk Labs.
An introduction for those not familiar Labs:
Autodesk labs is the traditional testing grounds for new technologies from Autodesk. The technologies regularly become new products or are incorporated into existing products as new features.
Link to software: http://labs.autodesk.com/utilities/bim_coordinator/
A video overview of the technology produced by Autodesk can be found here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aSxbv7QPero
So, if you work on projects where data needs to be shared between Civil 3D and Revit, this technology is definitely worth a look!