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Wrap 1200VR

Heads up screen - some with VR attachment for display and head tracking.
Wrap 1200VR

BiDi Screen from MIT Media Lab (Bidirectional Screen) - YouTube#at=272#!

Catching up on 3d interfaces - this from 2009- bidirectional concept for LCD screens.
BiDi Screen from MIT Media Lab (Bidirectional Screen) - YouTube#at=272#!

Autodesk Ecotect Analysis 2011 - Weather Files - YouTube

Autodesk Ecotect Analysis 2011 - Weather Files - YouTube

Importing Department of energy files in Autodesk Ecotect

BIM says bam to blueprints - Silicon Valley / San Jose Business Journal

BIM says bam to blueprints - Silicon Valley / San Jose Business Journal

BIM says bam to blueprints

Silicon Valley / San Jose Business Journal by David Goll, Reporter Date: Thursday, November 3, 2011, 10:52pm PDT - Last Modified: Friday, November 4, 2011, 10:59am PDT

BIM, building information modeling, is nudging aside blueprints in the industry.



David Goll
Reporter - Silicon Valley / San Jose Business Journal
BIM is brimming with potential. Computer software that allows architectural firms and construction companies to engage in virtual design and construction activities yields big reductions in costs and building schedules.

After spending $450,000 to jump into the BIM revolution several years ago, officials of Blach Construction Co. in Santa Clara realized there was a distinct shortage of prospective employees being trained in this specialty. Purdue University in Indiana and California State University, Chico were among a small handful of schools with BIM courses. So they approached former …

TODAYonline | Business | S$6m BIM fund benefits more than 100 local firms

TODAYonline Business S$6m BIM fund benefits more than 100 local firms

S$6m BIM fund benefits more than 100 local firms
04:45 AM Nov 10, 2011

SINGAPORE - More than 100 local firms, including about 30 engineering consultants, have received support through a S$6 million fund set up to promote building information modelling (BIM) in the construction industry. Speaking at the Professionals Engineers Board Day of Dedication yesterday, Minister of State for Trade and Industry and National Development Lee Yi Shyan revealed that S$4.2 million, or about 70 per cent, of the fund has been committed.The BIM fund is part of a larger S$250 million Construction Productivity and Capability Fund and was set up by the Government to ease the transition from two-dimensional computer-aided design to three-dimensional modelling technology. The BIM fund covers costs on training, consultancy, software and hardware.Referring to the Addendum to the President's Address last month in Parliament, Mr Lee reiterate…

BIMtionary: Wall Function Trickery

BIMtionary: Wall Function Trickery:
...Apparently within the wall's type properties, if your wall is set to a "Foundation" function you can't use a level above as the "Top Constraint." ...

Same issue in 2012- THNX for the tip! it was driving me nuts!

BIMtionary: Wall Function Trickery

BIMtionary: Wall Function Trickery:
...Apparently within the wall's type properties, if your wall is set to a "Foundation" function you can't use a level above as the "Top Constraint." ...

Same issue in 2012- THNX for the tip! it was driving me nuts!

FW: Bluebeam compare PDF documents

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Bluebeam has a really nice feature to compare 2 pdf documents. Under the menu Document > Compare document, then select the PDFs to compare.

Bluebeam will highlight areas that have changed. It also scroll locks the view so as you pan and zoom – both views remain synchronized.




FW: BIM Buzz

Pretty good site for buzzwords- here are the ones I have run across the most: http://www.cdi-grp.net/BIM_Terminology.html
IFC – Industry Foundation Classes, is a data exchange method that specifies elements that are used in building construction in an agreed manner that define a common language for construction.  IFCs provide a foundation for the exchange and sharing of information directly between software applications of a shared building project model. The IFC data model is a neutral and open specification that is not controlled by a single vendor or group of vendors. It is an object oriented file format to facilitate interoperability in the building industry, and is a commonly used format for BIM.  The format is known as ifcXML. ifcXML2x3 (current version) is currently supported by Autodesk, Graphisoft, Nemestchek and Bentley. http://www.iai-international.org/

**IFC USUALLY DOESN'T COOPERATE VERY WALL AND OBJECTS LOOS THEIR INTELLIGENCE- not very useful right now**

COBIE – Construc…

FW: Revit Tip- COPING in 3D - peaked brick example

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To create the coping that sweeps in 3 dimensions we can use an in place family. (One of the few instances in place is useful)

Create a coping profile – load it into your project.

You can use the same in place family to create the coping for the entire building.

To start: Create an in place family Create a sweep Set the work plane- use "pick work plane" Sketch the path - Use the pick tool for the ridge Add "tails" horizontally so we can join them up later (in image 3) Finish the sketch Select the coping profile for the profile.

Finish the first sweep.

The second sweep will be hosted to the "top" of the wall- reference planes to "host" the base sketch could be used as well…

Once the pieces have been created- Then the multiple planes can be "joined" under the modify tab- this will get rid of the seams- final product shown below:

I am still looking for a 3d sweep/sketch…

Question for those with projects spanning multiple versions of Revit... What strategy has been employed - (1) Upgrade to the latest (assuming all participants are willing/able) or (2) pick a version and stick with it for the duration of the project?

(Knock on wood… )
Revit really hasn't had significant issues with upgrading large projects in the past 3 releases(2009, 2010, 2011). I hope 2012 will be as painless.

For anyone planning to maintain a stake in the industry- Autodesk's subscription option is a no-brainer. And- If everyone is on subscription - then it is a limited issue to keep every project current to the latest release.

Some adopt 'wait till the first patch is released' – which seems be about half way through the release cycle these days; but personally- I would rather test and upgrade ASAP so the new features in the new releases can be leveraged.

Autodesk seems to have done a great deal more R&D as well as substantial beta development for Revit... So where this was an issue with stuff being broken before, they have been pretty good about not releasing junk that is broken or prone to blow up.

In 2009 and converting between previous versions I have seen sheets get mangled, some content in views drop o…

FW: USACE-ISC 3D BIM Visualization | Autodesk Revit for CoS Projects | Bradley BIM

This looks promising...
http://bradleybim.com/2011/06/17/usace-isc-3d-bim-visualization-autodesk-revit-for-cos-projects/
If this is the case The USACE who currently requires Bentley BIM (a competitor of Autodesk) on Center Of Standardization projects - will include Revit as a platform in their 2012 BIM roadmap.