2018.08.16

AUGI HotNews -- August 2018, Issue No. 183

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Read the full issue—must be logged in to read our online version.

The full issue contains the below articles, plus sections — AUGI Forums (hot topics), Articles by AUGI Members, HP Solutions (News and updates on HP Z Workstations and HP DesignJet large-format printers), Autodesk Product Updates (Service Patches and Updates released by Autodesk during the past month), Autodesk News (recent news relating to Autodesk), AUGI Volunteering (opportunities), AUGI Members’ Blogs…

2018.08.02

AUGIWorld August 2018 -- Easier Collaboration

AUGIWorld August 2018
AUGIWorld devotes one issue every year to collaboration, and for good reason. Now everyone agrees that it’s vital for disciplines to work effectively together, but how to go about it? This year’s focus on the topic revisits techniques for effective collaboration and introduces some new tools designed to make collaboration easier.

“Collaboration in the Cloud,” by Shaun Bryant, discusses advances from Autodesk that are making it easy for users to collaborate.

In “Online Collaboration for 3ds Max Users,” Brian Chapman highlights four websites that foster collaboration among 3ds Max users around the globe.

There’s much more in the August 2018 issue on collaboration and other topics. Enjoy!

In the August 2018 issue:

Collaboration in Coordination — Joshua Geimecke discusses the factors needed for successful collaboration in the coordination process.

Collaboration: The New BIM 360 Design — Todd Rogers explores BIM 360 Design, which gives project managers, subcontractors, designers, architects, and other construction management professionals total control over the processes and phases of their projects.

Revit Retriever: Doggone Good BIM — Claudio Vittori Antisari and Chiara C. Rizzarda introduce you to Retriever, for model and code checking, and more.

Standards: Keys to Collaboration — Standards champion Mark Kiker discusses why standards should be enforced, explained, and occasionally revised.

Meeting Etiquette — Walt Sparling gets back to basics with tips on good conduct for production managers during meetings—whether these PMs are host or guest.

Inside Track — Brian Andresen with three new AEC-related offerings from Autodesk and partners. This month: Walk-Through-3D, a proof of concept add-in to connect Revit and the Unity gaming development platform; Transfer Single, which provides options for standards transfers; and ID Spec, which allows for predesign of an electrical system inside AutoCAD.

AUGIWorld August 2018 Issue Released!

2018.07.19

AUGI HotNews -- July 2018, Issue No. 182

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The full issue contains the below articles, plus sections — AUGI Forums (hot topics), Articles by AUGI Members, HP Solutions (News and updates on HP Z Workstations and HP DesignJet large-format printers), Autodesk Product Updates (Service Patches and Updates released by Autodesk during the past month), Autodesk News (recent news relating to Autodesk), AUGI Volunteering (opportunities), AUGI Members’ Blogs…

2018.07.05

AUGIWorld July 2018 -- Sharpen Your Management Skills

AUGIWorld July 2018
Management, when used as a noun, may evoke images of a person in the “corner office” or a dozen people sitting around a conference room table. But the action of managing? Well, that”s practiced every day, many times a day, by literally every employee. You are managing your day, your workload, your project, your task, your data.

With that in mind, the July 2018 issue of AUGIWorld offers a number of management-related articles relevant to all.

For example, Jeff Frye takes on “Managing Civil 3D Data”—beginning with the project kickoff meeting and continuing through standards, data shortcuts, and a lot more.

Brian Chapman delivers help for 3ds Max users in “Managing Assets for 3ds Max” in which he discusses integration and control of assets in production environments.

And there is much more in this issue to help you hone your management skills.

In the July 2018 issue:

Details Without Lines — Jay B. Zallan offers a perspective on the benefits of using Detail Components in Revit software.

Your Model in InfraWorks: Be the Boss! — Oscar Castaneda provides a basic workflow for InfraWorks—from the original creation of a model to the initial proposal to be shared with the team.

Are You a Project Manager? — Walt Sparling with the first in a series of articles on project management. He starts with the basics: what does a project manager do?

World Standards Day — Mark Kiker, self-described lover of standards, provides a little history on World Standards Day, celebrated this October. Need a reminder about why standards are important? You’ll find that here, too.

Bridging the Gap Between CAD Manager and IT — Jisell Howe shares her CAD management journey and offers some tips for communicating with IT that may smooth your own path.

What’s New in 2019 — Kenn Farr highlights the new tools and enhancements in Revit 2019 — Structure. Those who do detailed models or use Revit to develop shop drawing-level structural models will especially benefit from the latest release.

Ultra-Portable Workstation Performance — Robert Green offers a look at HP’s thin mobile workstations, ZBook 14u and 15u G5, powered by AMD graphics.

Inside Track — Brian Andresen showcases four products for AEC and related disciplines. This month: Match Rotation, which complement the Revit Align command; a 3d printing app for Autodesk Fusion 360; Align Views, a plug-in that helps users align views across multiple drawing sheets; and Zero Level, an AutoCAD plug-in that calculates vertical sections’ levels.

AUGIWorld July 2018 Issue Released!

2018.06.22

AUGI HotNews -- June 2018, Issue No. 181

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The full issue contains the below articles, plus sections — AUGI Forums (hot topics), Articles by AUGI Members, HP Solutions (News and updates on HP Z Workstations and HP DesignJet large-format printers), Autodesk Product Updates (Service Patches and Updates released by Autodesk during the past month), Autodesk News (recent news relating to Autodesk), AUGI Volunteering (opportunities), AUGI Members’ Blogs…

2018.06.07

AUGIWorld June 2018 -- How Autodesk Users Win

AUGIWorld June 2018
Autodesk product users are lucky. They are among a robust community of fellow users who continually seek to make the products they use accomplish a bit more. In areas where a given Autodesk product’s functionality could use some strengthening, these innovators will often come up with an app to provide the needed boost or extend the functionality.

One needs to look no further than the Autodesk App Store to take advantage of these helpful tools. To make it even better, Autodesk itself has a long history of encouraging and supporting innovation among its users. Everybody wins.

The June 2018 issue of AUGIWorld focuses on third-party applications developed by the talented Autodesk user base.

In the June 2018 issue:

Bridging the Gap Between Drone and CAD — No doubt about it — drones are cool. But, as Shawn Herring illustrates in this article, you have to know what to do with the drone-captured data once you have it.

The Challenge of Implementation — Gareth Spencer discusses all the little (and big) things you need to consider when implementing new software.

Location, Location, Location — Where you are, physically, while at work can make a bigger difference than you might think. Mark Kiker explains.

Four Favorite Plug-ins — Brian Chapman shines the spotlight on four of his favorite 3ds Max third-party apps.

Realistic Trees, Step by Step — Matt Wunch takes you through the vegetation creation process in InfraWorks.

This Time It’s Okay—Keep Your Head in the Clouds — Greg Hines recalls his technology journey from school days to current day.

Inside Track — Brian Andresen presents three AEC-related products from Autodesk and its partners. This month: MapBoards, a utility for woodworking projects; Docuflow, which facilitates high-quality publishing of drawings; and an app that allows you to install scripts or add-ins from GitHub in Autodesk Fusion 360.

AUGIWorld June 2018 Issue Released!

2018.05.27

BiLT ANZ 2018 Finale

There is more to BIM than technology and BiLT ANZ 2018 reflected an increasing focus on the human side of BIM and related AEC professions.

One prominent sign of this was a panel discussion, “Gender diversity in AEC: Challenging our industry sponsored by Central Innovation”, which featured on the Friday plenary mainstage. Moderated (with contributions) by Justine Clark (Parlour); Elizabeth Harper (GHD), Glenda Caldwell (QUT) & Todd Bartley (AECOM) challenged the majority male (~85%) attendees to address diversity in their own environment. Aspects discussed included the benefits of diversity, considering messaging in advertising, approaches to diversity in the recruitment process, training to address conscious/unconscious bias, and flexible working arrangements.

A great resource (for local attendees) is “Marion’s List”: a public register of women in Australian architecture and the built environment disciplines to approach for input, mentoring and speaking. It’s a proactive response to help address gender bias in industry forums/events and a fine example to consider matching (if not already established) in your region.

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Saturday, the final day of BiLT ANZ 2018, skipped the previous days morning plenary and launched straight into the 75-minute streamed sessions. For me it started with Phil Lazarus’ session “Advance your digital agenda” which was also all about people. @bimtroublemaker was in great form sharing how to talk BIM with your management. It was an introduction to the psychology of management and how to frame your BIM strategy in a way they will embrace. A compilation of inspired career advice rounded out a great session which finished with the line: “Never curse that "They don't understand BIM", that keeps us employed”.

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A Guided Tour of Cutting Edge Creek with Some BIM Geeks” was a fast-paced multi-presenter tour of both technology and techniques led by Luke Johnson with Joe Banks, Dominic Martens, Adam Sheather & (via video conference from the US) Aaron Maller contributing. It ranged from choosing and implementing hardware (personal and network), approaches to evaluating/auditing models, tips for data wrangling (including a mention of Safe’s FME and the line “a Revit model is not a database”) and collaboration platforms. It ended with an overview of the diverse range of hardware they use every day. Aaron’s is missing from the photo below as needed an entire second slide…

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Luke Johnson’s “The Worst BIM Projects - A Case Study of How BIM Can Go Wrong, and How to Avoid the Pain” was a frank, courageous, look at a project where BIM didn’t work. It was revealing that the failure was more the human, contractual and process aspects than a tale of technology not working. Luke addressed what happened, how to avoid or detect similar signs of looming problems in your own projects, and how to handle them if they happen. While it is great to hear of success stories it is also valuable to learn from other’s lessons, pain, hard as that can be to share.

My final session of the day was “Connect the docs: BIM 360”: Carl Storms’ impressive explanation of the mix of applications and services which make up Autodesk BIM 360. To compress the complex and twisted history of Autodesk’s cloud offer, the capabilities, duplications and limitations of the ‘Classic” and newly released “Next Generation” BIM 360 into 75 minutes is quite a feat. Carl did this admirably in a slick presentation which covered all aspects.

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The Closing Keynote and Wrap Up was sponsored by ClearEdge and Kelly Cone hosted the Vision 20/20 Competition. It was a fast paced (20 slides, of max 20 seconds each) and fun look into the future of AEC/BIM based on the topic: “The Dangers of Technology”. Performed live and judged by the audience (voting with the BiLT app) in real time. Finalists Carl Storms and Nathan Love did a brilliant job netting prizes including a ticket to any BiLT 2019 event (Nathan) and gigantic Millennium Falcon Lego set (Carl).

After thanking all the attendees for coming, the Organisers, Sponsors, Speakers, Technicians, and QUT Volunteer Students who helped deliver it BiLT ANZ Chairman Chris Needham summarised the biggest BiLT event to date:

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This quote, from Ashraf’s opening keynote, Chris highlighted in his wrap up resonated. BiLT is about people, connecting, learning, sharing and BiLT ANZ 2018 delivered.

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With the conference formally wrapped up the BiLT finale was the “Special Event brought to you by CSI & BILT ANZ — an elegant evening with lots of food, cocktails, music, dancing and entertainment”. The venue was spectacular, Brisbane City Hall, and host Ashraf Habibullah certainly delivered! The entertainment was his band, from the US, and with food & drink galore it was a spectacular ending to the conference.

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BiLT ANZ 2018 delivered an impressive variety of technology, techniques and tuition but most importantly a brilliant venue for networking and learning. There are regional BiLT events around the world, next up is BiLT North America in St Louis, and you won’t regret attending if you get the opportunity.

You can follow BiLT activity on Twitter @BiLTevent

 

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