Archive for July, 2010

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BIM for the Built Environment Event in Tucson on August 6th – FREE!!

July 25, 2010

Are you involved in the built environment? If so, this is a must see seminar that will demonstrate Autodesk Solutions that will win you more business by demonstrating the efficiencies realized thru project collaboration for all facets of the building cycle from design to construction. These efficiencies can be recognized for all project delivery methods; See Autodesk’s VDC Technical Specialists Jason Dodds and Kevin Durham demonstrate the BIM efficiencies and their applicability to all project delivery methods throughout the entire building cycle.

Gain the competitive edge by exceeding the expectations of project owners by utilizing BIM – Let BIM be your competitive advantage. Firms awarded projects recognize the efficiencies and cost savings by utilizing BIM, in spite of 2D plan requirements. Learn about how Autodesk solutions will win you more bids by providing you efficient, innovative, and cost savings tools for design and construction for:

Architects
Civil Engineers
MEP Engineers
Structural Engineers
Contractors

Agenda: BIM for the Built Environment

  • Revit Platform Overview for Vertical Construction
  • Autodesk SEEK
  • Design Review and DWF Technology
  • Horizontal BIM Tools
  • Interoperability
  • TimeLiner and Clash and Collision features
  • Autodesk Quantity Takeoff – QTO
  • Working with Third Party Applications
  • Using the “I” in BIM

Register Now

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Phoenix Metro – Revit Classes Fall 2010

July 24, 2010

I discovered several Revit classes being offered in the Phoenix area for the fall of 2010 so I thought I would share them with you.

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SARUG July Meeting Recap

July 24, 2010

Our July meeting has now past and the resulting recordings are available on our web channel at http://www.livestream.com/sarug

  David Joslin Master Thesis – David provides an overview of his thesis with a
  special emphasis on the conceptual interface he developed for BIM Cloud
  Computing and how the application might be used for facilities management.

  Dynamic Families – An adjustable column and a parking array.  We didn’t
  get to cover the how these families were created but looked more at the
  features.  I may do a training clip to explain these items in greater detail.

  Navisworks Freedom – An overview of this free application given by Chris
  Perry of CADSoft.  Much like DOOM and HALO, the on-line games, NWF 
  gives you the ability to walk-through your Revit model.   

I would like to extend a thanks to David and Chris for presenting and to those that attended the meeting.

Our August meeting date, location and content have not been established yet  but we are looking at covering the software and techniques related to Civil Engineering as well as possibly doing a General Contractor series of meetings to discuss how the BIM technology is being used and IPD are being implemented in the Construction Phase of a project.

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SARUG July Meeting Reminder

July 20, 2010

Just a reminder that our July meeting is this Thursday at Breckenridge.
 
You can view the planned meeting content here at our blog site.  Please subscribe to the RSS feed at the bottom on the main page.
 
I’ve updated the autopilot at the SARUG channel with additional image content from Breckenridge and Steve Shell. Also the quality is vastly improved.
Livestream still has some playback issues with hesitations and skip backs but that’s on the post processing that Livestream is performing so hopefully
they will continue to improve the platform.
 
If you are interested in getting your image content on the autopilot just forward the images you want posted.  Company images need to be approved by
management so when you send them please copy your principals on the email correspondence so I can see that they are aware of and have approved
this use of the company imagery.
 
Also please send the following info. for each image.
 
Company name
Revit version (2008, 2009,2010, etc) so I can I.D. the rendering engine.
Architectural Designer Name – If applicable
Revit Operator Name – responsible for the image quality.

-Carl

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AEC (UK) BIM Standard for Revit

July 20, 2010

Do you need to establish Revit standards and create a top-notch template for your office? Check out this document published by a group of AEC professionals in the UK. Even though the document has some mispellings, like “colour” and “utilisation”, not to mention the use of metric units, the document covers most everything you’d need to get your Revit “programme” running on all cylinders.

Download the AEC (UK) BIM Standard For Revit v1.0 now

Visit their site www.aec-uk.org for information.

PS: Is there a Yankee version of this document out there?

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SARUG Web Channel & July Meeting Content

July 16, 2010

For those of you that haven’t subscribed to the RSS feed from the SARUG Blog https://sarevitusergroup.wordpress.com/  here’s my update from the other day. I’ve spent a number of hours experimenting with the SARUG channel / Procaster settings and have hit upon a combination that appears to provide a half decent playback quality. I’ve reposted the June meeting in three segments (2011 Architecture, MEP and Advanced Features) for those of you that were unable to attend the meeting.

http://www.livestream.com/sarug

The following is a disclaimer that SARUG and its members are not responsible for the degradation of your vision due to viewing any SARUG broadcasts. View at your own risk! Please remember to subscribe to the SARUG Blog RSS feed as we are planning to eliminate the direct email notifications by the end of the year.  In order to maintain your ability to still reach the managing members of the group we will set up a contact email (if possible) through the Blog that will get forwarded to the managing members.
 
July Meeting Content:
 
David Joslin will be giving us a presentation on a portion of his master’s thesis that deals with the trend towards Cloud Computing and a prototypical (Design to Facilities Management) interface.  I’ve confirmed with David on this portion of the presentation.
 
Open Floor: “Pushing the Revit Envelope”
If you have a Revit family, technique or Revit based production process that is innovative or is out of the box and would like to discuss it please let me know so we can get you on the schedule. It can be as simple as a Candle, which employs unique settings to achieve a sense of realism or a dynamic family that has unusual form flexibility.  Or it can be technique similar to Jake’s book matched section process that enhances the visual communication of the project.   If you think it’s cool and unique we want to see it! 
 
Carl Kilgore – 
1. Demo the Candle Family
2. Demo a dynamic parking layout family for quick site development (I’ll get into the roots of how this family was set up)
3. Demo a dynamic structural column with angular offset control.
 
Time permitting:
Chris Perry – Overview on using Navisworks Freedom
Carl Kilgore – Setting up an animation, initiating the render process and post processing of the animation
 
Also as always if you have animations or renderings you would like to present please bring them as well. I’ll have two animations we’ve recently completed to share.
 
If you have any specific topics you would like to cover please let me know so we can work to get it on one of the meeting agendas.
 
I would like to encourage our engineers to present on how they are using their specific Revit applications with emphasis on how they are interfacing with the various architectural and engineering Revit models, pitfalls and shortcomings they’ve encountered and how we can structure our respective models to facilitate a smoother workflow.  Otherwise you know us architects, gives us a podium and a microphone and all we’ll talk about is the Architecture (:-o

Next Meeting: 
Date: July 22 (Thursday)
Time: 5:30 – 8:00 pm
Location: Breckenridge Group
700 N. Stone, Tucson, AZ 85705
http://www.breckenridgearchitects.com

-Carl

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SARUG Integrated Project Delivery

July 16, 2010

The following I.P.D. Youtube’s were presented by Hanson Bridgett LLP one of the forefront legal offices developing I.P.D. contracts.  A must view primer and overview for I.P.D.

Howard Ashcraft indicated that there were six parts but I was only able to find 3 on Youtube (Edit: Now all six are available). He also indicated that they would be posting this series to their web site at: 

http://www.hansonbridgett.com/index.php

As of July 14 this presentation wasn’t on their site.

-Carl