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August 26th, 2011 by Sanjay Gangal
Mosaic is an online peer-to-peer resource that provides an aggregate perspective into the existing set of Autodesk User Communities. The industry media, social media, AUGI, and discussion groups (just to name a few) are invaluable stores of knowledge. Mosaic aggregates these resources and connects users directly to them from one convenient web destination. For more information, visit mosaic.autodesk.com.
August 24th, 2011 by Sanjay Gangal
Roombook Extension for Autodesk Revit Architecture 2012 is available through the Autodesk Subscription Center
The Roombook Extension for Autodesk® Revit® Architecture software helps calculate the surface area of walls, floors and ceiling elements, room circumferences and the total number of furnishing elements within a project.
In addition to the automated detection of room areas and surfaces, this extension helps users configure these elements manually to local requirements, as well as achieve more accurate model take-offs. Quantified results can be exported to Microsoft® Excel® software and Autodesk® Quantity Takeoff (QTO) software.
August 23rd, 2011 by Sanjay Gangal
The 2011 Golden Valve Awards showcased innovative uses for SmartPlant® and SmartMarine Enterprise engineering design software. For the first time in the competition’s history, there was a tie for the “Best of Show” in the annual Intergraph Golden Valve Awards. COSCO Shipyard Group and Keppel FELS Limited shared the top honor. Both images were created using SmartMarine 3D and SmartPlant Review and depict an isometric view of a semi-submersible drilling rig.
The Golden Valve Awards competition is sponsored by Intergraph and recognizes the most innovative and well-executed uses of software supported by Intergraph Process, Power & Marine. The winners were announced on June 6, 2011, in Orlando, Florida at Hexagon 2011, Intergraph’s annual international users conference.
August 22nd, 2011 by Sanjay Gangal
Article source: Engineering.Com
Architects and engineers spend a lot of time ensuring that the large buildings they design are well insulated, at least to code. But what if much of that insulation is wasted? New analysis shows that 2 R’s won’t make your U. Watch this informative video by Engineering.Com:
R value refers to the thermal resistance of a building material. The higher the R value, the more insulation the material provides. Most building designers simply provide enough insulation to meet the relevant building code or green building certification. New analysis shows that the R value of the material isn’t the only thing that affects how well a wall insulation system works. Common installation procedures can cut the effective R value in half. The culprit is thermal bridging. It’s a particular problem in the design of larger buildings that use steel and concrete studs and framing.
Steel is an excellent conductor, so any time you have steel running through the exterior curtain wall into the building, heat can follow that path either in or out of the building, essentially bypassing the insulation. This isn’t news to architects and structural engineers. What wasn’t common knowledge was how big the problem is, and how easy it is to fix.
By using sophisticated 3D thermal analysis, engineers at Morrison Hershfield working on the ASHRAE project determined that thermal bridging can result in more than double the expected heat loss. One common approach for installing insulation is with vertical Z-Girts that are in line with the steel studs. The alignment of the metal connection results in a very direct thermal bridge.
The ASHRAE study used 3D thermal modeling to follow the heat transfer across multiple types of girt connections. In addition to vertical Z Girts they modeled horizontal Z Girts, vertical and horizontal z Girts , and intermittent z Girts. As a result of this work, ASHRAE can develop new reference tables that will allow architects and engineers to truly understand the thermal performance of the buildings they design. And to improve the actual energy consumption, which is after all, the whole point.
April 19th, 2011 by Sanjay Gangal
Autodesk® Showcase® real-time 3D presentation and rendering software offers architects, designers, engineers, and managers the ability to quickly and easily transform digital prototypes or architectural designs into compelling imagery, movies, and real-time presentations. With Showcase, creating high-value, interactive design reviews, stunning marketing materials, and convincing sales pitches is as simple as a few clicks.
The feedback from Project Newport (Autodesk Labs) has been incorporated into Autodesk Showcase 2012. Check out this video to learn more:
April 19th, 2011 by Sanjay Gangal
Autodesk Navisworks 2012 accelerates BIM project review through integration, analysis, and communication enhancements. File interoperability improvements help boost productivity by supporting workflows between the latest enhancements in Autodesk Revit products and third-party applications. New user interface and API (application programming interface) for the Timeliner tool provide greater control and flexibility when working with 4D simulations. New multi-sheet 2D DWF support enables users to open, review and explore 2D data sets alongside 3D models.
Here are a series of videos showing new Navisworks functionality (on the next page):
April 19th, 2011 by Sanjay Gangal
The 2012 AutoCAD Family adds a more robust set of 3D modeling tools that enable improved surfacing and conceptual design functionality, expanded point cloud support and direct access to the AutoCAD WS application via the AutoCAD user interface to enable users to view, edit and share DWG drawings through a web browser or mobile device. Other enhancements provide faster start times, faster commands and overall improved product performance, and a premium graphics and visual experience.
AutoCAD Architecture 2012 now offers faster startup and drawing load times for more immediate access to tools and large drawing navigation. A new corner windows capability makes it easy to add a single window in the corner intersection of two walls.
See the video below for new features in AutoCAD Architecture 2012:
September 7th, 2010 by Sanjay Gangal
I attended the Intergraph 2010 conference last week in Las Vegas. It was held in the spanking new Casino resort called ‘Aria’ in the ‘City Center’. Aria is a beautiful hotel with great restaurants and the most high-tech rooms than I have ever stayed in before.
The conference was well-attended with over 2,000 attendees. Intergraph was very generous with free breakfast, lunch, dinner, and evening entertainment for all attendees. There were more than 50 partner booths and a number of educational sessions.
I listened to the keynotes by Halsey Wise (President & CEO) of Intergraph. He talked about how Intergraph has shown consistent financial performance with both revenue and profits growing for the last 7 years. He also mentioned that the customer satisfaction rating has gone up during the last 12 months. He also announced that he will leave Intergraph next month when merger with Hexagon is completed. He introduced Ola Rollén, President and CEO of Hexagon who will take over his role at Intergraph with the current heads of PP&M and SG&I divisions reporting to Ola. Ola then came on the stage and talked about the rationale for the merger.
Ola joined Hexagon in 2,000 and since then Hexagon has acquired more than 50 companies in last 10 years including Leica, ERDAS, and Novatel. It has 7,500 employees in 39 countries. Hexagon has traditionally been a ‘measurement’ company. With Intergraph’s acquisition it moves a little beyond that label.
I interviewed Mark Doherty, V.P. and CTO of the SG&I division. I also interviewed the following executives:
June 15th, 2010 by Sanjay Gangal
Miami is hot and muggy. Evenings are perfect. The beaches are beautiful. People are friendly. I loved it out there.
The 2010 AIA Convention definitely was much better attended than last year’s conference. We recorded 15 interviews at the 2010 AIA Convention. The interviews are now available at:
Here are the highlights from some of the interviews:
May 5th, 2010 by Sanjay Gangal
We are planning to record video interviews at AIA 2010 in Miami in June. Feel free to contact me if you want to schedule an interview. We are planning to interview industry executives and selected conference presenters.