Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Education Community BIM Workshop

Autodesks' Inside the Factory Blog are excited to announce the launch of the Autodesk BIM Workshop.

This online experience was created to help prepare the next generation of architecture, engineering, and construction management students for professional practice. The site has an abundance of learning material, videos, and exercises designed to educate on BIM and sustainable design practices along with Integrated Project Delivery concepts.

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Revit Application Store

Thanks to Gregory Arkin over at BIMBoom Revelution for pointing this one out Click Here to pop over to the ApplicationStore to download the Revit Apps

Saturday, 20 August 2011

AutoCAD WS Mobile App - Update 1.3

It's time to take a look at the new features that have been added to the latest release of the AutoCAD WS for mobile app, AutoCAD WS 1.3.
AutoCAD WS for mobile is available now for iOS on the App Store and for Android in the Android Market.

App Store - http://autode.sk/adicd2
Android Market - http://autode.sk/i7iqoa

The new features added to the app for version 1.3 include:

- Layers support
- Accurate input of distances and lengths
- Area measure tool
- File Management

Friday, 19 August 2011

Towards a new Uniclass

In this short article, Construction Project Information (CPI) reports on the current state of play in the development of a new and dynamic Uniclass.
CPI promulgates Uniclass (which includes the Common Arrangement of Work Sections - CAWS) nationally. CPI committee members comprise representatives from RIBA, RICS, UKCG, ICE, CIBSE, CIAT and CIOB.

CPI established its Uniclass Working Group in 2006, to consider proposals for revision of the Tables in Uniclass. This has resulted in the release of a new Table, Z, for CAD, and the development of a Uniclass Online Tool for generating layer classifications from the Uniclass tables and for requesting new classifications.

Tables under review within the Working Group include those for Construction Entities (Table E), Elements (Tables G and H) and Work Sections (Tables J and K). It has been agreed that the Elements Tables should be combined, and that the Work Sections Tables should be combined.

NBS has contributed particularly to the review of the Work Sections Tables, through its reworking of Table J (CAWS) in order to support the new NBS. The NBS proposals have been endorsed in principle by the Working Group, but have yet to be endorsed formally by the CPI committee itself.

The work that NBS has done on Work Sections has also led to proposals from NBS for the unifying of Uniclass, which could affect all the Tables eventually, but would affect just the Facilities (D), Construction Entities (E), Spaces (F), Elements (G and H), Work Sections (J and K) and Products (L) Tables to start with. New Tables might also be developed as a result of this proposal, e.g. for Activities. Again, these proposals have been endorsed in principle by the Working Group, but have yet to be endorsed formally by CPI itself.

Tuesday, 16 August 2011

AutoCAD for Mac so when will Revit for Mac be released

Autodesk announce Autocad 2012 for Mac at 5pm GMT Today

So when will there be a Revit for Mac?

Could this be the death of the PC as we know it!

Saturday, 13 August 2011

AUGIuk Revit Camp - Call for Speakers


Below is a Cross post from the AUGIuk Web site


AUGIuk are hosting a one Day Revit Camp comprising 75min classes covering Revit Core, Revit Architecture, Revit Structure and Revit MEP. The format of classes will be that similar to Autodesk University and also used in the AUGIuk Design Academy.

If you are interested in speaking at the AUGIuk Revit Camp, you're invited to submit a proposal by 30th October 2011. We welcome submissions from experienced presenters or those with industry knowledge in either the Core Revit product or one of the Revit Vertical products.

Please submit a proposal to the Chairman of AUGIuk Paul Oakley via email at:- Paul.Oakley@AUGI.com


Class Proposal Guidelines for AUGIuk Revit Camp

Classes should help differentiate AUGIuk Revit Camp from other ATC or similar training that are available. Classes should be focused on specific aspects of the software and classes must not be a product demo. Attendees are seeking classes that will help them overcome practical design and workflow challenges in their day-to-day work.

AUGIuk Revit Camp offers attendees a unique opportunity to learn new ways to streamline processes using Autodesk solutions.
What to Include in Your Proposal:-
  • Class Outline
  • Speaker biography
What Makes a Proposal Successful?
A good proposal should successful focus on one or all of the following elements:

  • State-of-the-art tools, tips, and techniques that represent best Revit practices in the various disciplines.
  • Personal and team productivity-boosting solutions for common day-to-day tasks and issues faced by attendees.
  • Specific methods to improve concept-to-completion cycles: workflow, collaboration, productivity, and overall efficiency.
  • Focus
  • Business considerations and strategies for evaluating, adopting, and maintaining new technologies.
Many attendees are requesting more classes that cover advanced topics. We therefore invite proposals with more challenging content that will engage and benefit "power users"; that is, professionals with five or more years of industry experience.


A sample AU proposal which shows the type of sessions we are looking for:


Real World Problems - Real World Revit® Solutions: Model Management

1.5 hr. Class Skill Level: Intermediate

Target Audience/Who Should Attend: Intermediate-level users of Revit
Using real-world solutions as examples from real-world Revit® problems, this class will introduce core concepts for successful Revit model management. See why the proper setup and use of the correct template is a critical first step to a successful Revit project. Learn how to intelligently manage data between several disciplines and still maintain modelling accuracy. Explore the principles of file linking, exchanging data between linked files, and coordinating building locations, and how to avoid and resolve conflicts between building systems and design teams by strategizing work division between Revit models (or within a single model). See why your production quality is only as good as your IT strategic goals, and how your PC specifications may affect the bottom line on a project.

Class Objectives

After attending this class, you will be able to:
Outline a strategy for maintaining a good template file
Manage template setup for both internal Revit data management and traditional analog production requirements
Develop a workflow strategy for projects with multiple models
Determine appropriate multidisciplinary work environment: linked vs. singular model
Communicate effectively on key IT issues and effective strategies that relate to managing Revit models


Friday, 12 August 2011

Construction Operations Building Information Exchange (COBie)

For anyone interested in taking BIM into FM

Course 1, Part 1.
Course 1, Part 2.
Course 1, Part 3.
Course 1, Part 4.
Course 1, Part 5.

Wednesday, 10 August 2011

UK Revit System Wall Families Update...

There is now a spreadsheet, a kind of starter for 10, on the AUGIuk Revit Architecture Localisation forum

Please add wall configurations that you have been using to this thread at http://forums.augi.com/showthread.php?t=132040

Here is a typical wall construction from a recent scheme I have worked on:-

25 x 125 ThermoWood Cladding
42 x 42 Horizontal battens
21 x 50 Vertical battens
Breather membrane
100mm medium density block
100mm cavity filled with mineral wool
100mm light weight block
20mm Plaster

The more feed back we get from you the better the end result will be.