Thursday, 26 November 2009

David Light is off to AU2009

David has posted that his off to AU2009 (Lucky Dog)
Steve Stafford appears to think that our David looks like Nick Kershaw
Votes are now open you decide.........Poll on left of page

.The Results are in 13 Votes = 11 (84%) for Rick Moranis and 2 (16%) Nick Kershaw (and I know Steve Stafford visited the Blog when one of those votes took place!


Wednesday, 25 November 2009

101 Useful YouTube Tutorials for College Students

Amber Johnson sent me a link to a great resource called “101 Useful YouTube Tutorials for College Students” having two daughters, one just completing 6th form and heading to University and the other about to enter 6th form I think its a great resource and worthy of posting here...

While these videos all offer serious advice for adjusting to college, some of them are done with humor, Enjoy.

Here are some other lists that may be useful

100+ Google Tricks That Will Save You Time in School
100 Best Blogs for International Business Students
100 YouTube Videos for Your Business Education & Enlightenment
50 Eye-Opening Lectures for the Marketing Mind
101 iTunes Feeds to Boost Your Business Savvy
100 Must-Read Blog Posts for Networking in a New Age

Sunday, 22 November 2009

Does the sun shine out of your...?

With a mind to all things BIM, LEED, BREAAM, Sustainable and planet saving, here is a Greenpeace ad that makes its point pretty well! Made by Park Village London for Escape Partners. Directed by Sven Harding.

It seems to have been around for some time but I only got to see it yesterday.

Unfortunately these energy saving bulbs have toxic heavy metals in them. Some say they are very harmful to our environment and dangerous if one breaks in a room (releasing harmful vapours). There were lots of concerns raised about how to handle and dispose of these bulbs safely for a couple of weeks in the papers and on the television then nothing more was ever said about it!

Back to the ad, I love the look on the guys face right at the end, and the bike is a killer. I hate the new bulbs, and now our old bulbs are no longer legal to produce.

But the general message of the ad not to waste energy is important!

Saturday, 21 November 2009

Interferences of Reinforcing Bars Extension - Revit Structure 2010

The Autodesk® Subscription Advantage Pack for Autodesk® Revit® Structure 2010 offers a variety of enhancements, features, and applications to extend the capabilities of Autodesk® Revit® Structure 2010 software. Productivity-enhancing features and functionalities better support structural analysis, modeling, concrete reinforcement, interoperability, and construction documentation while improved tools help you to work more efficiently within the software. With the new Subscription Advantage Pack also brings new and improved Revit Structure Extensions. Interferences of Reinforcing Bars This extension helps detect interferences of reinforcing bars in an Autodesk Revit Structure project. The detection applies to a concrete element selection or the whole model.


Thursday, 19 November 2009

Lynn Allen Overview of AU Virtual

The "Vera Lynn" of Autodesk University on AU Virtual


Tuesday, 17 November 2009

Subscript - Superscript and Symbols!

In Revit we don’t currently have the ability to enter superscript or subscript and special or greek symbols and we use these kind of things all the time.

Area m²
Volume m³
Density kg/m³
Stress N/mm²
Degrees i.e. roof pitch 36°
Tolerance to be ± 5mm, etc
Diameter i.e. 22Ø Bolt

Being an old fart, and someone who used pre MS-DOS machines, and DOS Versions of AutoCAD, I know that ASCII stands for American Standard Code for Information Interchange. It is the standard format used for text files within computers and online.

As computers can only understand numbers, the ASCII code is the numerical representation of alphabetic and special characters, such as

155 = ø
157 = Ø
167= º
171 = ½
172 = ¼
241 = ±
243 = ¾
248 = °
251 = ¹
252 = ³
253 = ²

If you know the keystroke value of the special character you want to insert, you can insert the special character directly into your document by using your keyboard.

To do so, open the document and position the cursor where you want the special character to appear. Then, with NUM LOCK on, press and hold the ALT key, and then press the keys on the numeric keypad that represent the keystroke value of the character you want to input.

After you finish typing, release the ALT key, and Windows generates the character you specified.

Perhaps the next version of Revit will give us direct control for Superscript, subscript and symbols with Text line AutoCAD has had for some time.

Saturday, 14 November 2009

Vacancy for Revit Structural Technician based in London

I have been contacted by Amida Recruitment who have the following opening:-

"Amida Recruitment have an urgent vacancy with a high profile engineering consultancy in London for a Structural Technician who is an AutoCAD power used with Revit experience.

You will be responsible for producing 3D structural drawings for steel and concrete structures. You will need... previous experience working for a consultancy, be familiar with structural design and have the ability to discuss design problems with Structural Engineers. Experience producing 3D structural drawings using Revit is essential.

You must have experience using Revit in a working context not just have trained in it. This is an urgent role so please contact us immediately to avoid disappointment."

Amida Recruitment: 0207 0333 788 or email: lorrae.guilfoyle@amida-recruit,com.

Thursday, 5 November 2009

Revit Lessons by Academy X, Ltd

Found on YouTube ~ "Revit Lessons by Academy X, Ltd. Who are based in Bratislava
E-mail: Web Site

The covering description to these videos is “Autodesk Revit Architecture 2010 guide - how to complete small house documentation with multimedial presentation.” But being based in Bratislava the term multimedia obviously does not include sound as these are silent videos!.

A bit like finding a foreign film on the television late at night after being out for a beer and a curry and watching it because you can kind of understand the plot and you want to see how it ends, you find yourself drawn into skipping and fast forwarding through these just to see how the non award winning building (multi occupancy shoe box) is developed by the designer (let’s not give them the title of Architect).

Revit 2010 Lesson 01 01
Revit 2010 Lesson 01 02
Revit 2010 Lesson 01 03
Revit 2010 Lesson 01 04

Revit 2010 Lesson 02 01
Revit 2010 Lesson 02 02
Revit 2010 Lesson 02 04

Revit 2010 Lesson 03 01
Revit 2010 Lesson 03 02
Revit 2010 Lesson 03 03
Revit 2010 Lesson 03 04

Revit 2010 Lesson 04 02
Revit 2010 Lesson 04 03
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Revit 2010 Lesson 05 01
Revit 2010 Lesson 05 02
Revit 2010 Lesson 05 03
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Revit 2010 Lesson 06 01
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Revit 2010 Lesson 06 03
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Revit 2010 Lesson 07 01
Revit 2010 Lesson 07 02
Revit 2010 Lesson 07 03
Revit 2010 Lesson 07 04

Tuesday, 3 November 2009

linked DWGS revit surface

Fresh from YouTube by David Light Uploaded 28 October 2009

This movies shows how to use a DWG containing vertical lines in the z axis to create a surface using the new massing tools in Revit 2010.

Monday, 2 November 2009

Rabi Sidawi's ~ Video Tutorials on YouTube

Rabi Sidawi, is a licensed Architect and Certified Autodesk Product Specialist

Rabi Sidawi's Channel on YouTube
Parametric Conceptual Mass Family in Revit Architceture 2010 utilizing the new Mass Family Template and the new Curtain Wall Template - Pattern Based.

In-place swept-blend in Revit Architecture 2010
In-place swept-blend for a site retaining wall, utilizing advanced BIM techniques, and a cast-in-place concrete material take-off schedule.

Shared Parameters in Revit Architecture 2010 - PART1
Shared Parameters in Revit Architecture 2010 - PART2
Shared Parameters in Revit Architecture 2010 - PART3
Parametric furniture design leveraging Autodesk Revit's family & shared parameters into design intent and facility management

3D Details in Revit Architecture 2010
Keeping the details parametric, orienting to a view and leveraging the power of Building Information Modeling (BIM) into project documentation.

Massing Study in Revit Architecture 2010
Early Concept Design utilizing Autodesk Revit's Building Information Modeling (BIM) techniques, mass floor schedule and best practices, utilizing Autodesk Revit Architecture 2010 ribbon menu.