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Autodesk’s Revit R2 and Site Designer Extension released

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

Autodesk’s Anthony Hauck, senior product line manager, joined me on a call this week to discuss the new Autodesk Revit 2015 R2 release.

The Revit R2 release is available now to Maintenance Subscription and Desktop Subscription customers only at this time.

Site Designer enables architects, designers and planners to shape the terrain for building sites and communicate design intent with civil engineers.

Site Designer enables architects, designers and planners to shape the terrain for building sites and communicate design intent with civil engineers.

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Microsoft releases 3D Builder app for Windows 8.1

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

Getting a presidential endorsement of technology from President Obama must be doing a lot for the 3D printing industry. MakerBot now uses an announcement that the President had made in his State of the Union Address, encouraging U.S. citizens to crowd-fund (is that now a verb?) the population of 3D printers in every high school in the U.S.

On Friday, Microsoft released its 3D Builder app, which allows Windows 8.1 users to print 3D objects, but does not offer much more functionality. The free app from Microsoft provides a basic way to print common 3D objects, as well as to import other files from SkyDrive or elsewhere.  3D Builder is so simple and rudimentary that it serves primarily as an introduction to the world of 3D printing.

This was the general idea, and Microsoft will be doing demos of MakerBot Replicator 2 at Microsoft retail stores over the weekend. MakerBot also announced a Windows 8.1 software driver on Thursday.

Microsoft customers can buy a new Windows 8.1 PC, as well as the $2199 MakerBot Replicator 2, at online and physical stores.  Windows 8.1 3D Builders allows users to print 3D objects, but it is going to appeal mostly from businesses, rather than consumers. Business spending will account for the $325 million out of the $415 million that will be spent this year on 3D printing, according to the October Gartner report.

Now Staples carries 3D printers, which puts the technology right in front of the public, spurred along by President Obama’s enthusiasm. Perhaps the day when consumers will be manufacturing a lot of their own products will not be that far in the future, after all.

 

 

Autodesk launches A360 to North American market

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

Around 2011, we began to hear about cloud project-based collaboration tool, Autodesk A360, and since that time around 1.5 million accounts have been created to use the tool. In January of this year, the tool evolved into a A360 Tech Preview beta, that attracted over 10,000 users.

Autodesk A360 addresses findings of two recent studies on collaboration, outlined in a recent press release from the company:

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The A360 dashboard gives you a view of recent activity streams for all active projects.

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Sefaira for Revit offers daylighting visualizations inside Revit

Friday, August 15th, 2014

Katrina Schoen, product manager for Sefaira for Revit, spoke about the new daylighting visualizations now available for Revit users, accessed inside Revit BIM software.

What is Sefaira for Revit?

Sefaira for Revit delivers real-time building performance feedback inside Revit. Its daylighting visualizations allow designers to create spaces that take advantage of natural daylight while minimizing unwanted glare.

Sefaira for Revit Daylighting

Sefaira for Revit Daylighting

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Next Era BIM from Autodesk

Friday, August 1st, 2014

At AIA, Autodesk’s Phil Bernstein spoke about “Next Era BIM” and how technology is evolving in the building industry. In an example, he said a Chinese developer built a 30-story building in seven days. The same developer wants to build a 202-story building in a week. The delivery implications of this are quite mind-boggling.

“Design became separated from construction in the Renaissance era,” said Bernstein, with Alberti. Now digital technology has drive ideas of construction/architecture with the following concepts:

1)    It took analog and translated it to CAD.

2)    The transition from electronic drawing to digital – making files into models

3)    Context – the advent of the cloud, social networking, design and construction in a systems context.

The evolvement of this went from diagrams to prototypes to integrated simulations. Now we can build new spaces with new types of data, according to Bernstein.

The concept of “archetypal relationships” was touched upon, but I’m not sure what was being referred to here, an Oedipal complex or the relationship between documentation and the way things are connected?

“The way I see it, the computer puts architects back in the driver’s seat, because we can control all that information,” said Frank Gehry.

Anthony Houch of Autodesk introduced Project Skyscraper, a new cloud-based collaboration software for Revit that allows architects, engineers and contractors to collaborate on the Autodesk 360 cloud platform. This allows extended teams to search, view, and provide feedback on project models on any device. The tool is in beta now with full commercial release of the software expected by the end of the year.

In addition Autodesk spotlighted Dynamo at the conference, exploring computational BIM with Dynamo and Revit, as well as generating different design options for varying elements including façade systems.

In discussion about the Case Building, the discussion turned to how architects put data to work. And how do they leverage building data in order to set the bar for future content?  Autodesk’s interest in reality capture continues on, while they work on figuring out how to turn that information into something meaningful for architects as well as the movie industry.

Houch said that Autodesk is “agnostic about how people access information.” This appears to extend to the new way that Autodesk is delivering information to the media as well. One PR person said they don’t send out as many press releases; everything is available on their site and on their blogs, and Autodesk Labs. This presumes that we are all going to go looking for press materials rather than them arriving conveniently in the newsfeed.
Perhaps the “new spaces with new types of data” that Bernstein envisions will be places that we will all readily visit, just as we open our email each morning.

 

Autodesk acquires an architectural firm

Friday, July 25th, 2014

Autodesk recently made a very unusual acquisition: that of the architecture and design firm, The Living, owned by architect David Benjamin. This acquisition was made in order to create the new “first-of-its-kind” Autodesk Studio.

Autodesk Studio

Autodesk Studio

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AIA 2014: The Story from the Exhibit Floor

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

The Exhibit Floor tells a part of the story of any architectural conference. At the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Conference in Chicago two weeks ago, you walk in, and the first booths you see contain windows, doors, facades, all necessary features of a built environment. Toward the back are the software vendors, which provide the design and conceptual tools to make the building a reality.

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AECCafe will be at the AIA Chicago National Convention

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

AECCafe, in the form of Editor, Susan Smith, will be at the AIA National Convention in Chicago June 26-27th.

What that means is that our focus remains on architecture, engineering and construction from a CAD and Building Information Modeling perspective. As I ready for this conference,  I would like to hear from more CAD and BIM companies to have an awareness of your booth presence and events you might be hosting.

The areas we cover are quite vast: building information modeling, visualization, CAD, 3D printing, document management, project management, laser scanning, conceptual design, integrated project delivery, and specifications.

If you wish to set up a meeting during the convention, please contact me at susan.smith@ibsystems.com. Look forward to seeing many of you there!

Thanks,

Susan

Trimble Proliance 5.7 released

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

Brant Carter, Product Management Director with the Owner Division of Trimble Buildings Group, answered AECCafe Voice’s questions about the latest Proliance 5.7 release from Trimble:

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More low-cost CAD options

Friday, May 23rd, 2014

Last week I wrote about Low Cost CAD Options for AEC professionals. This week we add to this list with the following products:

Bricsys BricsCAD

BricsCAD is a company that does not put out press materials, but instead offers BricsCAD release notes. These are for those hardy engineers who want to tools at a low price to really build their own open platform CAD solution. Bricsys provides a DWG engineering design software “BricsCAD,” which is said by the company to be an “industrial strength CAD software platform with industry leading support for the AEC, GIS, civil engineering, process and power, and mechanical CAD markets.” The company is a founding member of the Open Design Alliance, founded in 2002.

New installsets for BricsCAD (Windows) version 14.2.06-1 en_US are available for download. You can also subscribe to the BricsCAD Releases RSS feed. (more…)

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