Archive for the ‘News’ Category


BIM Lawsuit Offers Cautionary Tale

May 20, 2011

A lawsuit over construction of a life-sciences building at a major university stands as the first known claim related to the use of building information modeling by an architect. Furthermore, the claim and its settlement serve as a cautionary tale to others using BIM, says the insurer.

“The creators of BIM claim its use reduces risk, and indeed it can—like any other tool, if it is used right,” says Randy Lewis, vice president of loss prevention and client education at the Denver office of XL Insurance, which provides professional liability insurance to licensed design professionals. “If you don’t use BIM correctly, you can get into trouble.” 

…read the entire article…

BIM Lawsuit Offers Cautionary Tale | News | Architectural Record.


Revit 2012 new features

May 2, 2011

Steve Shell asked that I post this link regarding the new Autodesk Revit 2012 features:

Much thanks to David Light with HOK London for his writeup.


Autodesk’s Building Design Suite

March 27, 2011

Autodesk has been doing some bundling that might interest you A/E’s out there.  This looks like a nice fit for those Architects doing residential and light commercial that have design experience in M.E.P. and/or Structural in that you can get Revit MEP and Revit Structure in some of these packages.

Of course the last thing many of us want to hear right now is how we can spend more money than we already are, especially when there is a shortage of work; however, for those interested in what the future may hold here’s one offering you may want to keep on your radar.

Check out the offerings at:

You will find pricing at the link above but I would love to know the corresponding prices for an upgrade path on these bundles.

Thanks Jake for the Heads up on this.


Design By Many

January 24, 2011

If you haven’t seen it you should head over to Design By Many.  It’s a new social modeling competition site.  Even if you don’t decided to compete for some of the awesome prizes in the sponsored competitions the submittal source files are free and worthwhile to download.  If you pick apart the models you are sure to learn a thing or two about modeling in Revit or other industry standard software.

The latest sponsored competition was to design an external shading element for a downtown Phoenix structure.  Apparently I couldn’t help myself one night as I started designing a solution.  It’s not perfect but you can see (and please vote!) my submittal here. I invite you to take the sail array models apart.  You will learn a thing or two about Revit families and 3D arrays.  I think I nested the sail family 5 families deep! My custom truss family is based on a 3D void shape which has extrusions along the void edges.  It makes for some very easy modeling of complex sweeps.

– Jake


25 trends with the most substantial impact on architecture

January 19, 2011

Here is a link to an interesting read on the top 25 trends which effect, or will have an effect, on our profession.



BIM Apps

January 17, 2011

A new BIM Blog link has been added to our Revit Blog list dealing specifically with BIM Apps related to Autodesk software products.  Check it out at:



PROJECT PHOTOFLY: 3D models from photos.

December 28, 2010

AU2010 Premier:
“Capturing the reality as-built for various purposes (renovation, energy analysis, add-on design, etc.) is now becoming possible using your standard digital camera thanks to advanced computer vision technologies developed by Autodesk, called Camera Factory, and now made available through Project Photofly

Project Photofly is a technology preview of automatically converting photographs shot around an object or a scene into “Photo Scenes” using the power of cloud computing.

The Photo Scene Editor executable will operate until August 1, 2011.”

Dec 14, 2010: Future Project Photofly Features Mesh Instead of Point Cloud Data



Project Vasari

December 16, 2010

According to Malcom Gladwell’s book, Outliers, mastery of anything can be accomplished in 10,000 hours.
10,000 hours = Magic Number to be an Expert at Anything.

That said Autodesk has released Project Vasari in their Labs and NOW is your chance to hit 10,000 hours before your peers do.

I’ll let the other blogs discuss what Vasari is and the finer points of the program.  But simply put Vasari is a stripped down version of Revit 2011 which is great for conceptual design and early energy analysis.  One great thing about the program is that it will run off a USB thumb drive.

So, the only question now is: Do you have Vasari on your thumb drive?  It’s on mine and has accrued hours of use!

Links not to miss:

– Jake Boen


Project Vasari – Autodesks Answer to Sketchup as a Revit Frontend App.

December 1, 2010

This program looks to be Autodesk’s answer to those Architects that have a death grip on Sketchup.  The program appears to have integrated some Ecotect features as well and apparently is being designed to seamlessly integrate with Revit 2011.  Not sure why AD chose to develop this application separately.  Could be to avoid the code overhead and integration problems trying to work it into the Revit application or possibly to generate a new revenue stream or as a pilot program for Cloud Computing, Revit integration seamed pointless.  It does seam to utilize much of Revit’s in place capabilities.

To view a series of Vasari web casts use this link.

Project Vasari from the Lab

Project Vasari Download (The technology preview will operate until May 15, 2011)



B.I.M. Trends – A Google Perspective

November 22, 2010

Not sure if you’ve had the opportunity to try out Google Trends but this feature allows you to compare historical trends in word searches.  I saw this on a blog comparing ArchiCAD and Revit.  The graph shows an interesting upward trend for Revit in both the Volume Index (top graph) and the News Reference (bottom graph).