2017.05.26

BILT ANZ 2017, Day 2

We are now officially 2/3 of the way through this conference, and as far as I'm concerned it's still picking up speed.

The morning started off with a presentation on some creative approaches to heritage modeling--when was the last time you modeled mold in Revit?? (In the States, we usually say "preservation" when discussing historic structures, but I think "heritage" sounds nicer, don't you?)

Next up was an overview of BIM and Quantity Surveying (or Cost Estimating, as we'd typically call it back home). It seems to be one of those fields where technology is solving a lot of problems and creating a few more, and where there's still plenty of room for human expertise. Just like with other aspects of design, not all challenges can be solved with tech!

After lunch, my sessions were all over the place--in a good way. I went from a fascinating talk on the potential for going "beyond BIM" to a demonstration of the new Flux.io platform, which is more or less a cloud-based portal for connecting all kinds of design information, whether from Excel, Rhino, Dynamo, or other software. It seems to be still in a relatively early stage, but the potential is enormous. Imagine if we could truly arrive at "portable" data, instead of files that are tied to a specific software package...

In my last class, Rebecca DiCicco (of Women in BIM) spoke on acquiring, managing, and leveraging point cloud data for AEC. It's one of my favorite topics, and this session was a very comprehensive discussion of a very broad subject. Something she mentioned in passing was something I hadn't realized before: there are regional variations in the definition of LOD. In the US, it primarily means Level of Development, but in other parts of the world it can be Level of Definition, Level of Detail, or Level of Information. (That last one is technically LOI, but I think it's part of the LOD framework.)

I may be 10,000 miles from home, but I had two encounters this week that reminded me that it really is a small world. First, I ran into someone that I'd worked with on a project back in New York (although he lives in Sydney now), and then I had a nice chat with a longtime AUGI member and AUGIworld reader. It's one thing to know that this fantastic community of ours extends around the globe, but it's another thing to experience it in person.

I'll have one more recap for you tomorrow before I head home. Until next time!

2017.05.25

BILT ANZ 2017, Day 1

You know, I should really stop being surprised at the amount of content a conference like BILT can pack into a single day.

The conference opened with a stellar plenary session, led by Chris Needham asking the delegates to be mindful of things they can take home and share, to avoid the classic "information silo" problem. Anthony Hauck followed with a short talk on the future of buildings, and the role that generative design will play--and in fact, is already playing. You can read about what Anthony's team is up to at The Building Lab.

But the highlight of the opening session was the keynote address by Dr. Louise Mahler. Dr. Mahler is a former opera singer with a PhD in Business, and she specializes in communication and presentation skills. Her theatric style and entertaining message had the whole room involved. One lucky "volunteer" helped her educate us on the art of the handshake (right foot forward, keep eye contact, reach straight ahead). My favorite takeway was her suggested "rest position" for presenters: one hand grasping the opposite wrist, with arms & hands relaxed and your weight even on both feet. If you don't know what to do with your hands when you're standing around, try this!

I actually enjoyed Dr. Mahler's talk so much that I went to a workshop she led after lunch, where she gave us techniques for defusing difficult situations, like a hostile question in a Q&A session. (Short version: Acknowledge their statement, reflect or restate the issue back to them, then answer the question.) There was far more, but I don't have time to write it all here! 

A panel discussion in the afternoon tackled the provocative question, "Is BIM Dead?" Conclusion: Not really, not yet, but data-driven and generative design might have the potential to be truly disruptive in a way that BIM itself was not.

The day closed with another general session. Sasha Crotty talked about the present and near-future of BIM, with some really intriguing workflows between Revit, Navisworks, Infraworks, and Dynamo. Daniel Davis of WeWork talked about how data informs their space planning and interior architecture. They're able to use their data with algorithms to more accurately predict the amount of meeting space required in an office, among other things.

Overall it was a very informative day--I look forward to much more over the next 2 days.

I'm going to wrap this up now--I was informed that Australian Rules Football is on tonight, so it's time for some cultural appreciation! (Update: I've tuned in, and I have no idea what's going on.) See you tomorrow!

2017.05.24

BILT ANZ 2017, Day 0

Greetings from Adelaide! I'm writing this from my room on the 13th floor of the Stamford Plaza hotel--no unlucky-number superstitions here in Oz! It's a long way from home for me, but the trip will be worth it, because BILT ANZ 2017 kicks off tomorrow morning. (I was reminded tonight that it's A-N-Zed, not A-N-Zee...I’ll try to get it right but no guarantees.) I'm here as a representative of AUGI, which means I'll be blogging this week about my experiences throughout the week. If you're reading this and are also at BILT, come say hello. I'd love to meet you!

This is my third time attending a BILT event (formerly known as RTC), but my first time at one outside North America. I’m really looking forward to seeing how the use of BIM in Australia compares to BIM in the US--I expect there will be plenty of similarities and differences.

I'm not speaking at this conference, which means I'll have more time to attend sessions! Most of the ones I've signed up for are management-focused, because I think a lot of those topics are pretty universal. But I also have a couple on estimation and project delivery, and it'll be fun to compare those methods with the ones I've seen stateside.

Tune in tomorrow for a recap of Day 1!

2017.05.18

AUGI HotNews -- May 2017, Issue No. 168

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

The full issue contains the below articles, plus sections — Articles by AUGI Members, AUGI Forums (hot topics), 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…

2017.05.04

AUGIWorld May 2017 -- What's New at Autodesk

AUGIWorld May 2017
Right on schedule, Autodesk rolled out the 2018 releases of its major products. AUGIWorld authors explored the new offerings in their respective specialty areas and present the new features and enhancements here, in the May 2017 issue.

Brian Benton and Jaiprakash Pandey each offer a perspective on AutoCAD in Xref Enhancements & Font Fixes in AutoCAD 2018.

Melinda Heavrin investigates AutoCAD Architecture 2018 with her article What’s New? PDF Import.

Read on for more about the newest Autodesk offerings.

Connections Galore, Advance Steel Collaboration & More — Kimberly Fuhrman discusses the more than 130 new connections in Revit Structure along with improvements in Advance Steel and rebar.

The History and Future of Revit MEP — Todd Shackelford looks back, then forward, at the origin of Revit MEP, it current state, and what lies ahead.

3ds Max Highlights — Brian Chapman focuses on improvements in 3ds Max 2018, with an emphasis on Rendering, the DataChannel Modifier, and Blended Box Map.

What’s New in Civil 3D 2018? — Shawn Herring explores how new features impact version interoperability, production efficiency, design efficiency, and more.

Also in this issue…

New Features for Roads & Bridges — Tony Carcamo presents the new features and enhancements in InfraWorks 360 2018 related to roads, bridges, visualization, and city furniture.

Unmute — Mark Kiker suggests ways in which Tech Managers can make themselves heard and communicate their ideas more effectively.

Mini Workstations—Big ROI — Robert Green explores the HP Z2 Mini Workstation and its performance for AutoCAD, Inventor, Revit, and other software.

Inside Track — Brian Andresen looks at three products from Autodesk partners. Featured this month are Kubity Exporter, which permits playing and sharing Revit models on any device; BlackBox AutoPurgeReg lets users purge registry apps at drawing Open and Save; and NuPSimplePlot, which allows users to save up to eight printer settings in Autodesk Inventor.

AUGIWorld May 2017 Issue Released!

2017.04.20

AUGI HotNews -- April 2017, Issue No. 167

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

The full issue contains the below articles, plus sections — Articles by AUGI Members, AUGI Forums (hot topics), 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…

2017.04.06

AUGIWorld April 2017 -- Masterful Management

AUGIWorld April 2017
Manager is so much more than a job title or occupational description. Regardless of whether you hold the actual title, you manage lots of things every single day. Making solid decisions, visualizing a project’s outcome and coordinating tasks accordingly, discovering a process improvement and putting it into place—all fall under the general category of “management.”

The April 2017 issue of AUGIWorld focuses on management in its many forms.

For example, Philip Russo demonstrates “Wall Management and Coordination” inside Revit Structure software.

And AutoCAD Architecture expert Melinda Heavrin helps you get control of 2D and 3D section objects in “Working with Sections.”

Read on to gain good ideas for how to better manage a wide variety of things.

Manage Still Image Post-Production Elements — Brian Chapman demonstrates how to use the Render Elements options in 3ds Max for still image post-production and the use of a tool called PSD Manager to simplify the export process.

Taking Ownership: I Got This! — Mark Kiker discusses both the pros and cons of taking ownership of projects, tasks, and processes.

What’s in a Name? — Todd Shackelford provides solid advice regarding folder structure and naming conventions for users of Revit MEP software.

What’s New in AutoCAD 2018 — Brian Benton presents a sneak peek at the newest release of AutoCAD. A file format change is just one of the changes in this release. Improvements to the user interface and documentation and collaboration capabilities are highlighted.

Configuring Generative AECO Dynamics: A Case Study — Jesper Wallaert and Sylvester Knudsen relay what happened when their Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) department joined a parking garage construction project.

Also in this issue…

Corridor Construction Simulation for BIM Managers — Michelle Rasmussen steps BIM managers through the setup of an AutoCAD Civil 3D corridor model for a construction simulation using Navisworks TimeLiner.

HP ZBook 15u G4 — Ultrabook Performance at Entry Level Price — Robert Green shows the features of HP’s thin and lightweight Ultrabook that has enough power to please CAD users.

Inside Track — Brian Andresen presents three AEC-related products from Autodesk and other partners. This month: RevitWorks Door Factory 2017 Lite, door creation software; Cad Standard, an app for making standard compliance effortless, and Print2CAD 2017, which provides smart PDF to DWG conversion.

AUGIWorld April 2017 Issue Released!

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