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SARUG – June 2014 Meeting

June 8, 2014

It’s interesting how small group meetings become more interactive, less formal and much more relaxed. In fact I’m looking for a bar with a good internet connection just in case our group returns to it’s founder size of three people, who by the way were at this meeting.  The nice thing about the SARUG blog, SARUG linkedin and Google Hangout is that you really don’t have to be there to still get a flavor of the meeting.

So Steven had just returned from the RTC in Australia and he gave us an overview which we were able to record via Google hangout below.

OTHER TOPICS INCUDED:

Google Revit ?????

According to Globes, Google describes the invention as a cloud-based collaboration platform with “planning applications to help architects and engineers in the design process, especially for skyscrapers and large buildings. The platform includes planning tools for architects and engineers to run advance analytics and simulation tools.”

  • Genie has been released and well-received by architects and industry professionals; it is now being developed not under Google X, but under a spinoff company called Flux
  • Google X team estimated that Genie has the potential of generating $120 billion a year for Google.
  • Target Release date early 2015

Could this be a competitor to Revit?  Keep your eyes open. Our inside sources indicate that some visionary staff on the Autodesk Revit development team have left Autodesk and are rumored to be involved with this effort.  Hmmm don’t you love rumors?  They really spice up the intrigue of such an offering. I guess we really won’t know until this application hits the streets.  My guess is that it will be like an over hyped movie trailer and most of us seasoned Revit users will just yawn and sigh as we realize it falls dreadfully short of our visions of where the technology should be going.

More on this subject :

http://www.writandraw.org/en/2013/10/30/on-google-aec-and-eli-attia/#respond

http://www.globes.co.il/en/article-1000886261

http://techcrunch.com/2014/05/06/flux-the-first-startup-to-spin-out-of-google-x-nabs-8m-for-its-eco-home-building-platform/

Bluebeam

I did a little dog and pony show with a Bluebeam 3d file I created and we reviewed the Revu 11 & 12 release upgrade youtube clips.

I’m continually updating the initial review I did on this product which you can view here. http://www.arch-intel.info/tech—revit-3d-bluebeam.html

Currently I’m running the Extreme V12 of this product via the Revit Addin and current shortcomings are the inability to completely resolve the section box limits resulting in some stray geometry being rendered outside of the SB-limits.  The other shortcoming is the inability to resolve phases.  I consistently get existing demolished geometry being rendered by Bluebeam.  I’ll be updating to the V13 in the near future and I’ll review the performance to determine if these issues have been resolved. Desipte these limitations this is a great product and appears to have been quickly adopted by the construction industry.  Take a look at this youtube clip on Setting up a Project (44 min)  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=awClK63iLQ8 but notice all the related clips on the right side bar.


Revit 2015 features

We viewed this clip on the Revit 2015 features http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MWZzeKlgdq4 which is a pretty good overview.

Surface Pro II

Although not officially part of the meeting I ran the meeting technology off my new 512gb Surface Pro II tablet, successfully I might add.  It performed flawlessly running the camera, projector, speakers without a hitch while playing youtubes, and recording the Google Hangout off the onboard mic.

I also have Revit 2015 on board and it runs fine.  What’s nice about this tablet is it runs all the Microsoft productivity software (OS = Windows 8.1) and I’ve been told is better than most of the laptops currently available.  Down side is the screen size but I purchased a ‘Rocketfish’ optical to VGA adapter and hooked it up to a 23” LED monitor and I can see everything fine, considering my aging eyes.  Also figured out how to enlarge the text in Outlook to a readable size over the default (20 year old) font point.  So far I’ve been very please with its performance.

That pretty much wraps up the June meeting.  Steve and I’ve have been extremely busy this year, which has limited our ability to have these meetings more frequently. Hopefully you will find this post useful and don’t be surprised if these meetings wind up turning to a purely remote format being recorded at a Tucson bar somewhere.  (Visions of  Wayne’s World – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9tTLbyPEtpU )

Enjoy
Carl

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SARUG – Happenings

August 17, 2013

SARUG Outreach

SARUGer’s are constantly stretching their boundaries, sharing their experiences, perspectives and knowledge.  This free flow of information serves to benefit all and in this rapidly changing world, hopefully makes someones life a little easier.  So here’s your opportunity to see what some of our more active members are up to.

Steven : Blog
http://scshell.wordpress.com/

Andrew : Blog
http://mystringlinks.blogspot.com/

Jake : Website/Blog
http://www.inplacearchitecture.com/In_Place_Architecture/Welcome.html

Carl : Website / Blog
http://www.arch-intel.info/

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SARUG Meeting

Our next SARUG meeting, in October, will be a TECH SLAM.
Presenters get to do a:

…10-15 sec intro
…5-10 minute Youtube or web clip
…30 sec summary with additional info, if needed

The subject content will be software or hardware innovations, preferably related to the AEC industry.

As the keeper of the intinerary, I can tell you there’s going to be some really cool stuff shown and well get those links up to the blog in our summary.

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SARUG Blog Updates:
The following blog posts have been updated with current info.

https://sarevitusergroup.wordpress.com/2011/09/24/revit-hatch-patterns/

https://sarevitusergroup.wordpress.com/2012/03/06/using-dunn-edwards-colors-in-your-revit-project/

Enjoy
Carl

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Autodesk Wiki – Valuable Resource

April 11, 2012

Launched in February of 2011 the Autodesk WikiHelp is a valuable information and training resource you should take a look at.
http://wikihelp.autodesk.com/enu

Specific applications include Revit
http://wikihelp.autodesk.com/Revit/enu/Community

The Video gallery on 2013 is full of clips
http://wikihelp.autodesk.com/Revit/enu/2013/Help/00004-Video_Galleries/2013_New_Feature_Videos

Consider being a contributor.
Carl

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Google Glasses – A step towards a BIM field Interface for Construction

April 5, 2012

One step in the direction of construction field glasses that leverage the B.I.M.

Just lacks a relative perspective overlay but that shouldn’t be too far away.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9c6W4CCU9M4

Here’s a look at the design concept for these specs.

http://gizmodo.com/5899091/google-project-glass-will-these-augmented-reality-glasses-change-how-you-see-in-the-future

This will take BIM to a whole other level in the field.

Enjoy
Carl

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Autodesk Product Launch 2013

March 28, 2012

Just posted March 27, 2012 (Yesterday) to Youtube.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KTLuq_JcDL4

Get the latest info. on Autodesk Products, where the company is now and where it’s going.

Enjoy
Carl

Presentation Extracts:

Revit (Architecture, Structure and MEP) becoming one product
(See Time Index 42:29)

Infrastructure Design Suite – Civil Engineers take note
(See Time Index 43:50)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J2kx3s2oisY

Sketchbook – Paint and drawing software
http://usa.autodesk.com/adsk/servlet/pc/index?id=6848332&siteID=123112

On an Iphone: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0sRRGnk0CN0&feature=fvsr

Instructables – a web-based documentation platform where passionate people share what they do and how they do it, and learn from and collaborate with others.
http://www.instructables.com/

Pixlr – Free On-line Photo Editor
http://pixlr.com/

ForceEffect – Manufacturing and Digital Prototyping – draw, constrain and simulate concepts using free body diagrams by simply tapping objects to select, move, rotate and scale.
http://autodeskmfg.typepad.com/blog/2011/11/autodesk-forceeffect-now-available.html

Youtube: Using ForceEffect – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sRn80DA8cx8

PLM 360 – Product Lifecycle Management
http://www.autodeskplm360.com/?mktvar004=ilt-wwm-amer-us-mfgoth——

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SARUG Software Alert – VEO

March 9, 2012

Getting closer to a Comprehensive Solution for Builders and Owners see the VEO Trailer.

Thanks to Jake for the lead on this application

Nice!
Carl

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Revit 2012 vs. ArchiCAD15

December 5, 2011

The battle continues and Lachmi Khemlani at AECbytes continues to provide an in depth analysis of each application.  Whichever BIM application turns your crank these reviews will give you a detailed look at the latest improvements as well as point out the weaknesses and failings of each.  You’ll delight over your application of choice new improvements, brush off its failings and cheer for the features that dominate the competing application.  You may even get a little jealous over the capabilities of your BIM rival.

Both these reviews are very interesting reads and the summaries at the end compelling.

Revit Architecture 2012 : http://www.aecbytes.com/review/2011/RevitArch2012.html

ArchiCAD-15 :  http://www.aecbytes.com/review/2011/ArchiCAD15.html

Better than the UFC!
Carl