Wednesday, 27 October 2010

Building Magazine ~ The use of force: Building Information Modelling

Building information modelling may make everything better, but most firms don’t want to use it. But that might change now the government plans to make it compulsory on all public projects. Stephen Kennett reports

Not many technologies can point to a global financial meltdown as their saviour. But building information modelling just might. Earlier this month Paul Morrell, the government’s chief construction adviser and the man tasked with improving the return on taxpayers’ investment, indicated that the government intended to adopt building information modelling, or BIM, for the procurement and management of public assets. Morrell is convinced the technology could unlock new ways of working that will reduce cost and add long-term value to the development and management of public sector buildings.

Pop over to the Building Magazine web site to read on....

Monday, 25 October 2010

Revit Detail ~ 23 Video Tutorials, Model and Rendering Guide

Peter McCarthy is an Architectural Technician based in London in the UK with a passion for detailing (including 3D detailing) and member of LRUG the London Revit User Group. He started his blog Revit Detail on Friday 1st January 2010 stating that:-

“Over the next 12 months I plan to write and explain how to develop your architectural details and model them in Revit. I’ll run through analysis of the detail, modelling the basics, modelling the advance parts, adding the 2D detail for final touch-ups and more. This is to help all new Revit users, students learning architecture and to develop the general knowledge base in the Revit community.”

It appears his intention was “ to see if a whole project could be done in about 15 (half hour) videos so that you could download them all and watch them in a single sitting of one day at work.” However it ended up as 23 videos, which is approx 10.5 hours worth of footage.

On Saturday 16th October 2010 Peter posted his central model for the project, 23 Videos and a nice 39 page booklet on how to Render in Revit. So he actually ended producing more in less time!

This is a very valuable Revit resource for new and existing revit users, and I would like to thank Pater for the time and effort he has put into producing these videos.

It’s really worth popping over to Revit Detail and harvesting the material that Peter has produced.


Saturday, 23 October 2010

Autodesk Education Community

My last post was about the unemployed and the Autodesk Assistance Program and free software.

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Friday, 22 October 2010

Autodesk Assistance Program for the Unemployed

Recently I’ve been asked by a number of technicians who are victims of the current economic climate due to the loss of government spending on construction etc. etc. about learning Revit to enhance their CV and improve their skill set, in order to make them more employable. So here is a re-post about the Autodesk Assistance Registration programme.

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Tuesday, 12 October 2010

ERUG is Here! - Where? - In Edinburgh

Monday, 4 October 2010

London BIM Conference 2010 and the UK Government!

Last week on Thursday 30th September, I attended the Autodesk BIM Conference 2010 at Links Place in London.

There were speakers from Autodesk, John Lorimer Director of Manchester City Council, Architects, Structural and Civil Engineers, John Tocci, CEO, Tocci  Building Companies (from the USA) there were representatives from the Institutions and then there was Paul Morrell

Who Is Paul Morrell? I hear you ask

To give him his full title it’s Mr Paul Morrell OBE FRICS HonFRIBA, UK Chief Construction Advisor to the UK Government. He was previously senior partner of construction consultants Davis Langdon, and also former deputy chair of the Commission on Architecture in the Built Environment (CABE).

He is a very eloquent and humorous speaker who puts his point across very distinctly. The image I have used is very Hitch Hikers Guide like (An in-joke for those that attended the conference and are of a certain age or should I say vintage).

Like the Earth in the Hitch Hikers Guide, Paul Morrell could be described as “Mostly Harmless”, however his message will mean changes on the way that those not already using Revit or BIM software will have to work in the future.

He indicated that Building Information Modelling (BIM) will become a key part of the procurement process of public buildings in the future, saying:-

“I am convinced that this is the way to unlock new ways of working that will reduce cost and add long-term value to the development and management of built assets in the public sector, but the move needs to be made on a basis that is secure, that works for Government clients and those who deliver services to them, and which draws on proven means of integrating the supply chain,”

A trial team is currently testing the use of BIM in government projects and will report its findings to the Construction Clients Board in March. Paul Morell said that he hoped that the report would “mark the beginning of a commitment to a timed programme of transformation”.

Autodesk vice-president, Phil Bernstein.said: We believe that yesterday’s recommendation to UK government construction procurers will drive industry change, just as similar decisions by the government have in the US,” and We also believe that these clear incentives will encourage the use of BIM methodology by government and the wider construction industry. They will provide better value for construction spend while enhancing environmentally responsible building design, construction and operation.”

So there you have it boys and girls, it looks as if the UK Government are following the USA with regards to IPD and BIM.

Autodesk Revit 2011 Video Tutorials ~ 90 Seconds plus

As regular visitors to my blog know I like to see what is new on YouTube and post links here so you guys don't have to search and get taken down all the other stuff you tube connects too. So here are some new videos uploaded by Autodesk Building's Channel , Enjoy......  

Autodesk Revit: Sketching (1:36)
This video demonstrates when sketching is required to create geometry, such as slabs and roofs, in Revit.

Autodesk Revit: Using Images in Revit (1:28)
This video illustrates importing, resizing, and placing an image file for use in a Revit project.

This video describes how to specify the location and a weather station for the project, so the correct climate information will be used during energy analysis.

This video demonstrates how intelligent energy settings are used to rationalize the mass form into mass surfaces and zones for energy analysis.

Autodesk Revit: Changing Energy Settings (2:12)
This video demonstrates how you can modify energy settings to change zoning, glazing, and skylights before performing energy analysis on the model.

This video demonstrates how to start a conceptual energy analysis and view the results.

Sunday, 3 October 2010

AUGI Revit Structure Wish List Voting Results

The results of the Revit Structure Wish List voting held during August 2010 are presented below. The Points column totals the votes for a particular wish by giving a wish six points for each first-choice vote, five points for each second-choice vote, etc. through one point for each sixth-choice vote.
The First Choice column indicates how many first-choice votes a wish received.
The Score column normalizes the Points total for a wish by dividing it by the number of voters so that the popularity of a wish can be compared across voting cycles even though the number of voters in each cycle would differ.

Below are the Top Five AUGI Revit Structure Top of the Pops, "How's about then Guys and Girls, that we give Glenn Jowett of Revit ST a big round of applause for getting in at number 5 in the hit parade, with "Tag in 3D View""  (OMG I'm turning into Sir Jimmy Saville!)  

1.Framing Member Disallow389 36   104.57
Provide a "disallow join" option for framing members. This will allow them to be infinitely controlled as needed.
Submitted By:  Tony Wagner
2.Improve Block Text Notes384 32   103.23
Make the creation of large text notes, such as general notes, much more like AutoCAD and graphically stable when editing at different display scales.
Submitted By:  Buck Wooten
3.Free Tag Rotation352 9   94.62
Allow Tags to be freely rotated at a desired angle. At present the user can only rotate the tags just horizontal or vertical.
Submitted By:  Silleke Suarez
4.Tag Top of Footing308 17   82.80
Enable the option in tags of showing Top of footing elevations, not just bottom.
Submitted By:  Jonathan Brazier
5.Tag In 3D View290 25   77.96
Enable the ability to tag anything in a 3D view.
Submitted By:  Glenn Jowett
To See the Top Ten Click Here to see the remaining wishes click the Show/Hide toggle button at the bottom of the listing on the AUGI site.

Friday, 1 October 2010

Subscription Advantage Pack Demo Videos

Subscription Advantage Pack Demo: Revit Server Extension

Subscription Advantage Pack Demo: Revit Conceptual Energy Analysis

Subscription Advantage Pack Demo: Revit Extensions for Revit Structure 2011