From Siteworks to Site Designer

Ben Malone:

Excellent round up of the new Site Tools in Revit by Aaron Maller. Thanks to LandArchBIM for the post.

EDIT- Aaron has kindly updated his review on the new Site Tools in Revit link here:

Originally posted on landscape architecture + BIM:

Autodesk released the R2 Update for Revit 2015 yesterday. With that update comes “over 30 user-requested features that add powerful capabilities, enhance software performance and improve user productivity.” Included among these is the Site Designer Extension.

While Site Designer may sound new, it is actually the latest version of Eagle Point’s Siteworks repackaged and “specifically optimized” by Autodesk. This is not surprising, as Eagle Point suspended sales of both Revit add-ins (Siteworks and LandCADD) a while ago.

Though I do not expect any new features in Site Designer, it is available

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Thoughtful Leadership

My boss, and CEO of Spacegroup, Rob Charlton has shared some fantastic and thought provoking articles within the team, which I thought I’d share on here with my readers.

The first is a report produced by Government setting out the future trends of the sector. This is certainly relevant to all of us, using digital technologies and processes to try and transform the construction sector to be a truly collaborative, sustainable and cost efficient market.

Construction has a £90 billion market in the UK and covers around 10% of all UK employment. Yet still, is one of the least efficient sectors in the UK and worldwide, with huge amounts of material waste and fundamental issues. This report discusses the current state of the sector, supported by statistics, as well as discussing future strategies and opportunities for growth in the UK construction market.

In September 2012, BIS Secretary of State Vince Cable announced a review of key strategic sectors to the UK’s growth and competitiveness. Construction is one of them. Historically, the UK construction sector has been a vital sector for the UK economy and a key driver of growth. In spite of the challenges the sector has recently faced, construction continues to be one of the largest UK sectors and a key source of the UK’s value added and employment.

The global construction market is, however, facing major transformation as businesses continue to respond to the challenges of the economic crisis since 2008, begin to shift to green and sustainable construction, and seek to take advantage of the opportunities provided by the digital economy. The competitiveness and readiness of the UK construction sector will be crucial if the UK is to take advantage of these opportunities. 

View the BIS, UK Construction: An economic analysis of the sector report here.

The second is a RIBA published article which reflects on the annual Collander survey. Discussing, more specifically the role of the Architect in construction, and how companies are recovering from the recession. It includes some interesting and in some cases, slightly worrying statistics. Read the “Success begins at home” article here.

If you are in the mood to read reports, Construction 2025 is also an excellent document which is a joint industry and government publication and sets out a number of targets to be achieved in the next 10 or so years.

Finally Rob shared one of his favourite talks, Steve Jobs shares 3 personal stories to commencement graduates from Stamford University in 2005 – In it he talks about getting fired from Apple in 1985 and life & death. Each story is one of mistakes, decisions, growth and success. The moral of the stories is, to do what you love, work hard and make a difference

Can the construction sector learn from its mistakes of the past and turn this into positive growth? 

 

You can read more of Rob’s thoughts and find out what he’s sharing on his _space blog.

 

MRUG – Revit Tips, Tricks & Tutorials

You can download the back catalogue of Revit tips and tricks from both the Manchester and Midlands Revit user groups as a single download up to meeting No. 8. After meeting 8, tips and tricks are uploaded on an individual meeting basis. Videos are not narrated.

A taster of some of the presentations from the latest meeting on July 17th include:

Autodesk Revit Adaptive Components, by Jon Frost of Cadassist
The COBieNATOR: The MRUG Cut, by Rob Jackson of Bond Byran Architects
Taking Revit to the construction site and back, by Paul Walker, Autodesk 360 Product Manager

Visit the Manchester Revit User Group website here to view and download presentations and tutorials. Thanks to Rob Clark, the organisers and sponsors for sharing the content.

Project Skyscraper to bring Revit Collaboration to the Cloud

The following article regarding Autodesk’s new ‘Project Skyscraper’ from ‘The Revit Jedi blog’
 
Project Skyscraper to bring Revit Collaboration to the Cloud  
Project Skyscraper is a technology preview for Revit that will allow architects, engineers and contractors to collaborate on the Autodesk 360 cloud platform, eliminating the need for firms to invest in costly IT set-ups.
 
Basically it’s Revit Server on the Cloud! YES! No more trying to share models with our consultants, trying to break through firewalls, being restricted with bandwidth restrictions, frustration of sync issues…. Revit Server on the Cloud! About time! It’s the one piece in the collaboration puzzle that’s been missing.
 
With collaborative workflows across teams spanning different firms and locations becoming more and more common, architecture, engineering and construction firms are looking for ways to simultaneously co-author models across firewalls. Project Skyscraper allows project stakeholders from multiple companies or locations to concurrently author a model using the BIM process. 
 
Wrapping this up within the Autodesk 360 platform make sense, in my opinion 360 was more for contractors and designers didn’t really reap the benefits until after design. Skyscraper will complete that circle so we can now all collaborate real time…which does bring up other issues….
 
Do we really want to share our models real time? I think in the early stages of design we’ll have to work out some sort of protocols and restrict sharing to bi-weekly or weekly. Nothing worse than working on a design only to find that it’s all been changed 10 minutes latter.
 
Cant wait to try it out…

Using Dynamo to create a facade on an existing Revit structure

Check out this awesome playlist by Andrzej Samsonowicz, showing you how to “Panelise Existing Revit data with Dynamo” Thanks to Zach Kron for the heads up. There are also a large amount of ‘beginner’ tutorials on the Dynamo BIM website which are a great place to start.

Adopting BIM – An Architect’s Perspective

Elrond Burrell presents a series of lectures, presented at London South Bank University, 07th May 2014.

Topic’s covered:
The Wider Context of BIM including UK Government Policy
Architype’s journey into BIM
Using BIM for Passivhaus Design

COBie for Designers, Contractors and Owners

Bill East, who you may know from his various work with COBie in the USA has created a new series of videos; COBie for Designers, COBie for Contractors and COBie for Owners. You may have seen his previous YouTube videos titled ‘COBie College‘ which were a great introduction to understanding COBie. Thanks to @BondBryanBIM on Twitter for the heads up to the following videos:

COBie for Designers

COBie for Contractors

COBie for Owners

“Oh won’t you stay……..just a…

Ben Malone:

Thought provoking article from John Eynon @56JONTS regarding the recent news that the UK BIM Task Group will be disbanding – Will the growth of BIM in the UK continue, or will the lack of government support / push cause the slow down of adoption for many who haven’t started their journey?

Originally posted on Zen and the Art of Design Management:

.……little bit longer!”……

There’s a lot of talk about legacy.

Margaret Thatcher transformed politics in the 80’s, some would say not for the better, and some people cheered at the news of her death.

Blair lead the dream of New Labour but it will always be tarnished by the wars in Iraq, and Afghanistan, and non-existent weapons of mass destruction. You can make your own mind up. I don’t intend to get into politics here, but we often think of what we’re leaving for the next generation.

I can’t remember whether I heard it or read it, but I’m thinking it’s something about starting and finishing. Starting and finishing anything properly takes real skill and a lot of effort. Keeping things going can be a little more economical on effort. You have momentum, you just need to maintain it.

Digital legacy

Which brings us neatly to the UK BIM…

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Revit Online – in your browser!

Note: Revit 2015 software will be available soon. But you can try Revit 2014 now.

Revit 2014 is now available online and can be accessed directly in your browser as a 30 day free trial. This is a real game changer for software use in the cloud. This will enable users of older and low end machines to get the same quality and speed out of Revit as those with a high spec machine. More importantly this will eventually open up a whole new level of live collaboration on projects. Watch this space!

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This online trial for Autodesk® Revit® 2014 and Autodesk® Revit LT™ 2014 software is an instance of Revit and Revit LT hosted in the Autodesk cloud. The online trial, in combination with Autodesk 360, enables you to experience and evaluate Revit and Revit LT without large downloads or sophisticated computer hardware. Note that the online trial is running on a remote server. Keyboard and mouse input are streamed to the remote server and graphics are streamed back to your machine. The online trials are compatible with Windows® XP SP3, Vista, 7, and 8 on both 32- and 64-bit.

Revit trial only: Worksharing is currently not supported in the online trial for Revit 2014. Attempting to use worksharing or opening projects where worksharing has been enabled in this environment could result in file corruption.

There is also a 30 day desktop trial available on the Autodesk website so you will now have a chance to test out some of the new features I posted last week in the “Videos: What’s New in Revit 2015” post.* Edit – The online trial is Revit 2014 only – This will be updated shortly.

For more information, view the official Autodesk release regarding the online trial here

Is laser scanning about to die?…

Ben Malone:

“Is laser scanning about to die?” Interesting opinions from Matt Mccarter regarding the technology behind laser scanning on Casey Rutlands ‘The Case for BIM’ blog.

Originally posted on The CASE for BIM:

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…. In the short term, certainly not. However, beyond the short term, without revolutionary hardware innovation the decline of laser scanning is inevitable.

I know each manufacturer has some very good features that work for it’s current customers. But where is the true innovation in hardware?  The last time I experienced a true wow factor from a laser scanner was 10 whole years ago. The first time I saw a full 360 dome scan done with a phase based scanner in around 5 minutes my mind was blown at how much data we could collect in a single shift. Prior to this a full dome scan took so long that an essential piece of site equipment was a laptop and a healthy pile of DVD’s to watch whilst scans were in progress!

Every two years or so, each laser scanning manufacturer releases a new product. The survey industry gets excited…

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PAS1192:3 now available to download

Videos – What’s New in Revit 2015

Below are a few videos from my colleague Adam Ward from Gunslingers 2013 – Here are some of the new features you have to look forward to in Revit 2015. More info coming soon!

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