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4D Ships CADLearning course for Revit Architecture

Thursday, July 18th, 2013
CADLearning for Autodesk Revit Architecture provides training and tutorials for the popular architecture design tool from Autodesk. The company has just shipped CADLearning course for Revit Architecture. Beginner, intermediate and advanced users will learning the core functions of Revit, BIM and much more with this comprehensive set of courses.

Specific Applications for Revit Architecture

  • Building Planning – Architects can utilize CADLearning for Revit Architecture to completely plan out every aspect of a building, including walls, stairs, railings, doors and roofs. This will ensure that the entire building comes together in a cohesive way that conforms to the specifications of the project.
  • Site Planning – A well-planned site is essential for a safely constructed building, and CADLearning can show users how to map out a site complete with property lines, elevation and parking components. By creating a 3D model of a site, architects can plan exactly how to proceed with the construction of a building.
  • Project Management – For architects that are planning a complete building project, Revit Architecture can provide them with tools for scheduling, planning out materials and more. CADLearning shows users how to manage a complete building project, from the basics of planning to more in-depth organization tools.

Construction for changing environments

Thursday, July 11th, 2013

Architects Cristina Murphy and Andrea Bertassi asked the questions at Smartgeometry 2013 held in London April in their presentation “Constructing for an Evolving Ecology”:  How do we design for and within the evolving contemporary city and the cities yet to come?

 

How can we cope with relationships within and between global supercities and address the dynamics of our times in a world more densely and instantly connected? Who are the agents that generate change in construction industry and in relation to what kind of opportunities? They discussed these questions with Duncan Wilson (Intel Collaborative Research Institute for Sustainable Connected Cities), Judit Kimpian (Aedas), and Alan Penn, Dean of the The Bartlett School.

Murphy talked about designing for people for the El Bosque project, in Soyapango, El Salvador. The Toolbox approach application has  been developed to address the housing issues there. El Bosque will become an Integrated Sustainable Low-Income neighborhood in the heart of the metropolitan area of San Salvador, surrounded and defined by nature. Poor people usually settle in areas that are unorganized and are then vulnerable. The El Bosque site is difficult, in that there are floods and it is hilly for social housing. Two violent gangs surround the area and are not connected to the community. People who live here are all poor and desperate.

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Architectural Design Intent Challenged

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

Design, documentation, detailing, construction are the parts of the design. “That divide between designer and documentation team is as big a dvide as between the documentation team and the contractor, which BIM has not addressed so far.”

“There is by no means a unified objective in the design team.”

“When does design really end?” A difficult question to answer, and it really doesn’t. “There is this perception that architectural design is something like the napkin sketch. That’s not design. Design isn’t just poking a wall in and giving you a SketchUp model.”

– Christof Spieler

The Fallacy of Design Intent by Christof Spieler, Morris Architects

 

 

Autodesk announces new conceptual design tools

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

Matt Jezyk, senior industry strategy manager and Angi Izzi, senior industry strategy manager of AEC Building Design at Autodesk talked about their new announcement of FormIt 4.0 and Dynamo to be featured at AIA this week.

FormIt 4.0

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Free AutoCAD PDF to DWG and DXF conversion tool available

Friday, June 14th, 2013

A free AutoCAD tool from Cometdocs offer free PDF to DWG and DXF conversion for AutoCAD-designed PDFs and it is well established on the market: http://www.convertpdftoautocad.com/
As CAD drawings are being shared as PDFs for convenience and security reasons, more problems arise with editing and extracting elements from PDFs. Conversion is often the only solution.

Some of its distinct features are:

  • Conversion preserves lines, arcs, scale presets and texts, there is no need for further editing.
  • Even large files (up to 40MB) can be converted swiftly and effectively.
  • According to the strict guidelines of our privacy policy, user emails and uploaded data are deleted after 24h.
  • The service is completely free – please, don’t be confused by ads on the homepage, we support ourselves and keep the service free for you by way of these ads.

Currently Cometdocs don’t support the use of their website via mobile devices, but they do have plans for a mobile app. It should be released within the  next two months.

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Prescient platform for AEC

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

In an article in the Wall Street Journal,  it was announced that a software and structural system manufacturing company, Prescient, will debut its integrated and standardized AEC platform at the 2013 American Institute of Architecture (AIA) National Convention, June 20-23 in Denver.

Prescient’s platform works toward streamlining the AEC process for multi-unit buildings such as apartments, condos, senior and assisted living communities, hotels, and student and military dormitories. The software will integrate design and engineering of its framing system with project plans during the architectural design process and generates a bill of materials back to Prescient’s production facility for design-to-production manufacturing. From that information, Prescient can deliver and install the panelized structural system.

Robotic welding is used by Prescient’s manufacturing process to achieve high throughput efficiencies and very tight tolerances. This integrates engineering, architecture, manufacturing and construction into the panelized process.

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Building mis-information has profound impact on AEC industry

Monday, June 3rd, 2013

Michelle Addington, Hines Professor of Sustainable Architectural Design at Yale University, is educated as both an architect and engineer whose teaching and research explore energy systems, advanced materials and new technologies, spoke at sg 2013 in April 2013 at the University of London on the topic, “Data and its dis-contents”.

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IMAGINiT Technologies releases their IMAGINiT Clarity 2014 Product Line

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

This month IMAGINiT Technologies released their IMAGINiT Clarity 2014 Product Line, announced by parent company Rand Worldwide of which IMAGINiT is a division. IMAGINiT Technologies has released the 2014 versions of IMAGINiT Clarity-or-Autodesk-Revit-Server, IMAGINiT Clarity LT for-Autodesk-Revit-Server and IMAGINiT Clarity Workshare. These are three web-based collaboration tools that include new and improved features and the Clarity and Clarity LT for Autodesk Revit Server are designed to extend the value of the Autodesk Revit Server platform. They also enhancd control of the Revit Server set up, and automate repetitive tasks and provide data to non-Revit users.

For those users who do not use Autodesk Revit Server, IMAGINiT Clarity Workshare improves the traditional file-based work sharing approach and automates numerous time consuming Revit software related tasks, whether their BIM team is using Revit or Revit Server.

Features of the Clarity 2014 product line include (from the press release):

Task Automation
All Clarity products allow tasks to be automated in three ways: every time a Revit file is updated; at a scheduled time; or on demand. Mundane tasks such as exporting data to Navisworks or DGN file formats or creating ModelReview reports can now be performed on demand, freeing up staff to undertake higher value tasks.  To share model data with team members who don’t use Revit, Clarity products can automatically generate a variety of file export options including PDF, DWF, DWG, IFC, GBxml, FBX and more.

Datasheets
Due to popular demand, all Clarity products have now greatly extended the capabilities of datasheets to go beyond the popular room data sheets. BIM team members now have almost 20 different data sheet options to choose from including furniture and equipment.

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Trimble announces SketchUp 2013

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

Trimble announced SketchUp 2013, the latest version of their 3D modeling platform. The new release features an Extension Warehouse for add-on tools for professional architectural, construction and design users, as well as rebranding of the software’s free version, to SketchUp Make.

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Archicad 17 Addresses the Details in BIM Models

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

Akos Pfemeter, Director of Graphisoft Global Marketing, talked about the upcoming release of Archicad 17 in June – a major upgrade for Archicad.

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