February 23, 2009
2010 Family of Products from Autodesk
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2010 Family of Products from Autodesk
By Susan Smith
Introduced in a recent webcast was the
AutoCAD 2010 family of products from Autodesk. The following are new features of
AutoCAD Architecture 2010 is designed for architects who are currently using AutoCAD for drafting as it automates many drafting tasks and allows a higher level of productivity. The new release promises “improved overall workflow, usability and more streamlined user interface that offers optimized desktop organization, a larger drawing window and quicker access to tools and commands.”
Comparing AutoCAD Architecture 2010 with
Revit Architecture 2010, technical marketing manager Kelcey Lemon said that while AutoCAD Architecture is geared toward the architect designing via drafting, Revit Architecture is a building information modeling (BIM) solution that allows an architect to better predict how a building will perform. For those architects interested in transitioning to Revit Architecture from AutoCAD Architecture, Autodesk has an AutoCAD Architecture bundle that allows customers currently using Architecture to transition to BIM via Revit Architecture.
Although what a user can bring over from an AutoCAD or AutoCAD Architecture design is limited to flat 2D DWG files, Lemon said that design teams can work together using DWG, as well as gbXML for import into products such as Green Building Studio and Ecotect for sustainable design analysis. There is also a new Autodesk exchange file format (ADSK) that has different extensions that will allow users to move an Inventor file into Revit Architecture. For example, if a user had used Inventor to design furniture, she/he could import that file into Revit Architecture to do furniture layout. This functionality also works in other AutoCAD based products.
structure of the design intent while the form is being manipulated.
Productivity enhancements to AutoCAD Architecture include: a new interface and new toolbar, implementation of Toolkit, Tooltips and improved clean up capability.
3ds Max Design or
3ds Max can be used to accomplish accurate lighting analysis. This type of analysis is now being run in the early stages of the design process. With 3ds Max Design the results of light analysis can be placed over a rendered image that shows intensity. With layer control, users can determine whether or not a solution is working or not. In a BIM, this information can be saved for future analysis. Users can take designs from any one of these design products and bring it into Max for rendering and analysis. Autodesk has the SDX format for exchanging files between 3ds Max and Revit which will preserve information such as materials and rendering appearances.
Technical marketing manager Scott Hammond spoke on
One of the biggest enhancements inside Revit Structure 2010 is the ability to create blended columns, not only vertical columns but ones at an angle.
Other notable enhancements are improved interoperability and workflow with BIM solutions.
Revit MEP 2010
Portfolio Technical marketing manager Armundo Darling outlined the new MEP Engineering solutions which consist of two solutions – AutoCAD MEP standalone and AutoCAD Revit MEP Suite 2010, which has a comprehensive engineering design solution for the mechanical, electrical, plumbing engineers, designers and drafters. This solution includes AutoCAD MEP 2010 software which is a more robust version of AutoCAD for MEP designers and drafters who work on construction documentation.
The Suite includes Autodesk Revit MEP software which provides BIM for sustainable building design and analysis. Advantages to the suite is it allows users to enhance competitive advantage while allowing them to move to BIM at their own pace while maintaining productivity and past investments made on AutoCAD software. They can model in energy analysis in Revit MEP while at the same time create constructing documents in AutoCAD MEP.
Two highlights of the Revit MEP release are more robust native heating and cooling loads and enhanced gbXML data exchange between Revit design models and building performance analysis applications. More information can be added into those spaces to make more accurate calculations, so engineers can understand peak energy usage for the building. Engineers can then use that information downstream in the design process. This helps them select their equipment, and also reduces energy output for that building. Engineers can now size ductwork and pipes based on calculation results received from analysis. The new gbXML export, that is in both Revit MEP and AutoCAD MEP allows users to leverage
third party analysis programs such as Green Building Studio and Ecotect for more robust thermal energy analysis, CFDs and other energy analyses are required throughout the building systems.
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