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BIM Worshops for 2014 start this April with the Pacific Coast BIM & Revit Workshop

March 23, 2014

Principal/Architect at Steven C. Shell, Architect

  5 other Nationally Recognized speakers along with several Regional and Local speakers.

Thursday April 24th and Friday the 25th. Registration is NOW OPEN. Early Bird Registration Rate at $350 to the first 100 registrations. Regular Rate is $500 and registration ends April 17th http://www.bim-workshops.com/news/
BIM WORKSHOPS REGISTRATION NOW OPEN bim-workshops.com

Come see Lynn Allen, Autodesk superstar, along with nationally recognized BIM and Revit experts Andy Jizba, Brian Mackey, Doug Bowers, Steve Stafford, Steven Shell, Paul Aubin.    http://www.bim-workshops.com/news/

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Product Review – Bluebeam “3D PDF Converter” for Revit

February 8, 2014

I recently completed a review of the Bluebeam application for creating 3D-PDF’s and the results were favorable.

You can access the full review here:

http://www.arch-intel.info/tech—revit-3d-bluebeam.html

Bluebeam me up Scotty!
Carl

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Six Qualities That Make Architects Ideally Suited to Lead Collaborative Integrated Teams

February 1, 2014

Re-posted by Steven C. Shell, Architect

In order to effectively lead collaborative teams, architects would do well to downplay possessing specialized knowledge. Knowledge acquired in school and practice should be thought of as the price of admission, not their “Advance to GO” card, as so many on the team in this connected age have access to and share this same knowledge. Along with specialized knowledge, as a professional duty of practice, architects will also need to reevaluate the role of professional judgment, design intent, responsible control, direct supervision, and serving as the hander-down of rulings in the shape-shifting required from working simultaneously on collaborative teams.

Recognizing that nothing incites a non-architect’s derision, ridicule and ire swifter than to start a sentence “The architect is uniquely qualified to.” 
Here are six qualities that make architects ideally suited to lead collaborative, integrated teams:

1. Architects can lead collaborative teams by tapping into their ability to maintain two or more opposing thoughts until an amenable solution arises.
Roger Martin’s The Opposable Mind, on the problem-solving power of integrative thinking, describes the human brain’s ability “to hold two conflicting ideas in constructive tension.” Like F. Scott Fitzgerald’s test of a first-rate intelligence as “the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function,” architects need to become even more comfortable working with and maintaining two or more opposing thoughts earlier in their careers. Architects famously can simultaneously maintain two lines of thought – e.g. their own and their client’s; their client’s and that of the public-at-large; the paying client and the non-paying client; the 99% and the 1%; the circumstantial and the ideal; science and art; reason and intuition; evidence and the ineffable; HSW and aesthetics; practical and dreamer. In an interview with the author, Phil Bernstein described the difference between young designers and older designers as the ability to manage an increasingly larger set of variables: “When I was working for Cesar Pelli, that was one of the amazing things about him – he could keep so many things in his head and he could balance them and weigh one against the other, and he could edit out what he called the systematic generation of useless alternatives. He would prevent us from going down that avenue.”

2. Architects are problem identifiers. Not only problem solvers, architects recognize that identifying the right problem to solve is often 80% of the solution.
Frequently, the problem assigned is not the one that truly requires addressing. Architects work to make sure that everyone is focused on the most pressing, pertinent problem.

3. Architects see the big picture.
Solution-oriented engineers sometimes have a difficult time seeing the forest from the trees. Malcolm Gladwell in Blink called this ability to see information in its wider context coup d’oeil, court sense or “giss,” the power of the glance, the ability to immediately make sense of situations. Architects, by the end of their formal training, have begun to develop this ability, by thinking laterally and simultaneously – not linearly. Neither exclusively right- nor left- – architects are whole-brain thinkers. In the midst of prolonged analysis, architects can help to keep things whole.

4. Architects draw by hand, mouse and wand.
Creatively ambidextrous, flexible and agile, architects are not stuck on any one means of communication or delivery. Architects make the best use of available technology to get the point across. Because architects envision what is not there, they help bring nascent ideas to life. Today, we cannot talk of leadership without the technology. We lead from the technology and the tools we use. In this way, architects lead collaboration from the middle by leading from the model.

5. Architects can lead collaborative teams by thinking like other team members, anticipating their concerns and questions before they arise.
Architects see through other’s eyes, empathize and understand what is important to others. They have both deep skills and wide wingspan breadth. Architects are the only entity who serve not only the paying but non-paying client (society-at-large.) In trying to predict the consequences for any course of action, the architect needs to anticipate the responses of each of the integrated team members. To do this, an architect must know enough about each discipline to negotiate and synthesize competing demands.

6. Architects don’t lead collaborative teams because of their specialized skills, technology know-how, or privileged knowledge, but rather because of their comfort with ambiguity and uncertainty.
Architects are best suited to lead collaborative teams by being able to extrapolate from incomplete information, and won’t let the lack of complete information stop them from moving forward.
   

Randy Deutsch’s “How We Can Make Collaboration Work:  How architects can decentralize rather than be marginalized”
Jan-Feb 2014  Design Intelligence journal

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Revit – Annotation (Weld Symbol)

January 26, 2014

I’ve just added a “Weld Symbol” annotation to the A.I. Dropbox.

You can access it by requesting to be added to the A.I. drop box here (http://www.arch-intel.info/contact.html).

The family link, “How to Use” descriptive and Weld Symbols legend can be found here, http://www.arch-intel.info/revit-families.html

The Youtube I posted on this family can be directly accessed here, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P81CUAJJPMA&feature=youtu.be

Although we don’t do much in the way of welding, as architects, the complexity of these symbols can be a graphic pain-in-the-backside when we do need to make these callouts.  Hopefully this little gem will make that process a little easier.

Cheers to Detailing
Carl

 

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3DA Systems – 3D PDF Converter Product review.

January 25, 2014

Just posted a review of this product at Arch-Intel you might want to check out.

The 3D PDF Converter for Revit works as an add-0n and has great potential.

On a simple, new project the program would probably work fine but I hit the performance wall in a number of areas that proved to be shortcomings of the application.

If you group elements in your model, use phases (existing / new) or want to have nested families processed in your 3D PDF then you’ll need to wait for the upgrade.

Expanded review and comparison image in the review link.

Not so 3PDF’d
Carl

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Jobs Posting

January 18, 2014

It’s nice to know employment opportunities are picking up.  If you have Revit or Civil 3D skills and are looking for a job you should probably check out these positions.  I received these within the last 3 days of this posting date.

Tucson, Arizona: STG Design, is looking for some additional help.  They are looking for a full time employee, Revit proficiency is critical, with at least a few years of experience, mostly dealing with commercial and multifamily residential.  Please contact Leon Westerbeck with STG Design (River and Campbell).  They are looking for help pretty quick.

Leon Westerbeck
lwesterbeck@stgdesign.com
520.577.9511
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Phoenix, Arizona / Albuquerque, New Mexico: We are currently looking for a couple of open positions- a Civil technical specialist here in Phoenix and one in Albuquerque in addition to a Support person. Don Kapetanovic is the hiring manager. He also provided a link below which highlights the jobs.

http://cadsoft-consult.com/about-cadsoft-consulting/2-uncategorised/265-eni-technical-consultant

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Tucson, Arizona: Revit modeler/project coordinator/job captain. Right now, it’s temporary work, a 4 month project for the University of Arizona, but it could end up being longer.  Contact Dave Diebold at DesignBuild Collaborative 520.792.0873

Best of Luck
Carl

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Rendering vs Presentation

November 15, 2013

Steven C. Shell, Architect:

Thank you Randall!

Originally posted on Archvision's Blog:

Images courtesy of Steven Shell (http://scshell.wordpress.com/)

For years we considered RPC a “rendering” tool, designed to help create photorealistic imagery quickly and easily.  Photorealism was at the core of our DNA.  How deep? The “P” in RPC stands for “Photorealistic” (RPC = Rich Photorealistic Content)! Our ongoing observations of how imagery is created has led us to a broader definition of where and how our products are (or could be) used.  Many more people are creating “Presentations” as opposed to “Renderings”.  What’s the difference?  I think it has less to do with the technical definition than it does the workflow.  In the early days of design visualization someone created a 3D model and then created “renderings” in specialized software like 3dsMax where materials and lighting were painstakingly added to produce an image.  The workflow looked something like 2D Cad > 3D Model > Materials > Lighting > Rendering  where multiple…

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