Viewing the Space in 360 Glue
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 | Tagged 360 Glue, Autodesk, Autodesk 360, BIM 360, BIM 360 Glue, IPad, Virtual reality | 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.
Posted in Architecture, Structure, MEP, Civil Engineering, GIS, Platform AutoCAD | Tagged 360, Apps, AutoCAD WS, Autodesk, Building Information Modeling, FormIt, Sketchbook | Leave a Comment »
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.
Posted in Architecture, Structure, MEP, Civil Engineering, GIS | Tagged 3D Studio Max, Autodesk, Autodesk 3ds Max, Max Design | Leave a Comment »
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!
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More appropriately stated, your designs can be blown away by Vasari!
Autodesk Vasari, once known as Project Vasari before it graduated Autodesk Labs, has often been mistaken as a reduced functionality version of Revit… or perhaps the birth of Revit LT. But tell me, can Revit do this?
Yes, that’s the default Revit building inside a wind tunnel simulation. By the way, those red vectors are not static… they are MOVING on the screen (but caught in this image in a suspended state). Lets look at it in another view and different wind direction:
You can see the airflow patterns get disrupted then begin to swirl in the courtyard in this image. When the settings are adjusted it can resemble pools of colorful water flowing on the screen… when in reality we are observing different air speeds/currents flowing past the structure.
Another feature of Vasari is that it provides feedback related to energy modeling and display the levels of solar radiation on the face of a structure. While those two functions are mostly limited to mass models and conceptual design (which Vasari excels at) that doesn’t mean you can’t bring in your Revit designs and send them through the built in wind tunnel, like I did in the example above. This works great, particularly if you “mass in” surrounding buildings as cubes/shapes. Once you’ve done that, you can animate the air flow (wind) created by your design or shadows that fall on surrounding buildings, landscaping and paths to gain a better understanding of the environmental impact on the site and surrounding area.
The best thing about this software is that Autodesk is still not charging for it, even after Labs graduation. So download it today at
In December I’ll be holding a class on the use of Vasari for conceptual design and how to incorporate it into your Revit workflow, I’ll update you as details are announced.
Posted in Architecture, Structure, MEP, Revit Architecture | Tagged analysis, Autodesk, Autodesk Labs, conceptual, Revit, simulation, Vasari, wind | Leave a Comment »
I was recently asked: ”I have a CAD background that has been scanned in as an image file. I want to see it on every floor when I’m drawing and I don’t want to move it on accident… can I do it? “
While technically we can insert an image in, we sometimes forget about two functions: Paste Aligned and Groups.
Paste Aligned allows you to copy the image directly up without the need of worry if each image is inserted in the exact same spot. It will be. It can be found under the Modify tab on the ribbon.
Using the same logic, you could also include the image in a Group. By placing it in a group, you could then update the image on one floor (perhaps adding multiple images, CAD files, etc) and have it auto-populate the change on every floor.
To address the other issue (moving by accident) it just takes a Pin of the image / group and it won’t move.
In short, if all you have is an image file and you need to use it on multiple floors, remember that copy – paste aligned under the manage tab could be a useful tool for the process.
Posted in Architecture, Structure, MEP, Revit Architecture, Revit MEP, Revit Structure | Tagged Aligned, Copy, Image, Paste, Revit | Leave a Comment »