2017.03.24

BILT ASIA 2017, Singapore, 30 March - 1 April

I'm very excited to join this international conference which focuses not only on the BIM technology and its latest developments, but also on tackling the issues which can arise during its practical application.

I come to this conference with seven years’ experience in the architecture and construction industry and I've witnessed firsthand the importance, value and rapid growth of BIM technology over the last few years. My current role in the industry is strongly connected with the use of BIM and I can see that companies in this industry often face issues that prevent them to fully exploit its benefits.

 

Of the three days of classes, I'm particularly interested in those which focus on the implementation and the holistic integration of BIM within the organizations in the industry. The 'Implementing BIM in Your Organization' and 'Start Your Engines: Keys to Implementing a Smooth Transition to BIM' classes, for example, look to be centering on one of the key issues I come across - namely, resistance to wider BIM adoption. I'm very interested to learn useful strategies that I can use and help companies see the real benefits of BIM and breakaway from less efficient processes they have been using.

In my role as a consultant, I'm keenly aware that various stakeholders must have a clear understanding of each other from the initial stages of project formation through to project completion. I realize that this is the real strength of BIM and hope to gain further insights into how the technology is advancing in this respect. I'm very interested to attend 'Engagement Principles and Making It Work'; 'The Curious Case Of Customizing BIM Execution Plan'; and, 'BIM Review Procedure for Successful Project Delivery', to gain such insights.

Additionally, I hope develop my understanding of the merits of BIM from the perspective of the owners. This section of the industry must see the benefit of BIM and therefore I wish to attend classes on 'Customizing BIM Strategy for Real Estate Project Development Cost' and the 'BIM+FM Case Study: Sydney Opera House BIM Interface Project'.

 

The wide ranging sessions delivered by industry experts make this 2017 BILT ASIA conference very appealing. Not only am I keen to use this opportunity to learn how to combat some of the issue I face in my role in the industry, but I'm interested to learn about the wider applications of BIM into the future. I'm sure this conference will be invaluable to my BIM education.

2017.03.16

AUGI HotNews -- March 2017, Issue No. 166

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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…

2017.03.02

AUGIWorld March 2017 -- It's Time for Tips & Tricks!

AUGIWorld March 2017
Tips & Tricks are perfect for increasing your product knowledge and proficiency, one helpful nugget at a time. That may be why they are a topic on countless discussion boards, such as AUGI’s own Forums, why they are the subject of Autodesk University classes, and why they are frequently shared among coworkers passing each other in the hall or during lunch-and-learns.

In the March 2017 issue, AUGIWorld authors present some of their favorites.

In “Tips, Tricks & Timesavers,” Melinda Heavrin shares a handful of ideas for boosting productivity in AutoCAD Architecture.

And Jay Zallan challenges users to track down Revit Architecture tips in “Revit Hunting Season.”

Read, learn, and share.

Creating Custom Materials in AutoCAD 3D — Jaiprakash Pandey demonstrates how to create materials such as wood and glass in AutoCAD.

Cool, a Point Cloud… Now What? — Jordan Banning and Adam Muñoz team up to provide some basics on point clouds and tips for what you should know before you begin.

Tips for Increasing Efficiency — Matt Wunch shares some tips for InfraWorks 360 sure to save you time and elimination frustration.

Maintaining Your Environment — Mark Kiker advises that, just as you maintain your vehicle, maintaining your physical and technology environment is key to keeping things running smoothly.

Also in this issue…

An Approach for Dynamically Linking Erosion and Sediment Control BMPs — Stephen Walz shares his method of linking erosion and sediment control symbology to storm drainage and/or grading design features in AutoCAD Civil 3D.

Remove Graphics Software (RGS) for CAD Environments — Robert Green presents the highlights in HP’s Remote Graphics Software 7.3, a solid solution for remote access to CAD workstations.

Inside Track — Brian Andresen introduces three new AEC-related products from Autodesk and other partners. This month, Matterport’s Pro Camera, which captures 2D photography and 3D data from job sites and stitches them into a complete, immersive 3D model of a real-world job site; Family Size Reporter, an app that reports the file sizes of loadable families in an Autodesk Revit Project; and Autodesk MatchMover, a camera tracking application that automatically captures 3D camera path and camera parameters from 2D video and film image sequences.

AUGIWorld March 2017 Issue Released!

2017.02.16

AUGI HotNews -- February 2017, Issue No. 165

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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 — 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…

2017.02.02

AUGIWorld February 2017 -- Tips for Beginners and Others

AUGIWorld February 2017
Every beginner benefits from having a mentor. If you’re just getting started in your career or are using software that is new to you, resources such as the AUGI Forums and AUGIWorld magazine put scores of mentors within easy reach. For example, the February 2017 issue of AUGIWorld gets Back to Basics.

Our authors (aka mentors) provide tutorials, step-by-step instructions, help for sidestepping some problem areas, and best practices to get you on the road to productivity. Dive in and enjoy.

Connection Basics — Philip Russo takes you through the connection features in Revit Structure 2017. Specifying and assigning connections and placing beam to column are among the items discussed.

Introduction to MassFX — Brian Chapman offers a lesson on making a 3ds Max scene more interesting with the MassFX tool.

Troubleshooting AutoCAD for Beginners — Murray Clack provides lots of quick tips to help AutoCAD users deal with issues that often plague those new to the software.

A Brief Overview for Beginners — Matt Wunch with an introduction to the benefits available from InfraWorks 360.

Learning Through Teaching and Managing It All: A Revit Autodidact in Practice — Andrew Fastman presents lessons learned during a large Revit project.

Can You Help Me? What Your Users First See and Hear — Mark Kiker shows tech managers how words and actions impact those seeking their help.

Also in this issue…

Working with Annotations in AutoCAD Architecture — Melinda Heavrin leads you through the software’s annotation abilities. This article covers keynotes, notes and labels, callouts, dimensions, and more.

The Surveyor and Civil 3D — Jason Jenkins revisits the Field to Finish workflow in AutoCAD Civil 3D 2017. You’ll get the basics and some time-saving tips.

Intel Xeon with Turbo Boost Max Technology 3.0 — In this month’s Tech Insights column, Robert Green demonstrates the speed of the Intel Xeon processors.

Inside Track — Brian Andresen with three new AEC-related offerings. This month: Enscape, a VR and rendering plug-in for Revit; C3D Parcel Tools, a collection of seven tools for AutoCAD Civil 3D; and Autodesk Site Designer Extension for Revit, software to convey building site planning concepts to engineers.

AUGIWorld February 2017 Issue Released!

2017.01.19

AUGI HotNews -- January 2017, Issue No. 164

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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 — Articles by AUGI Members, AU2016 LUG Survey Winners, 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…

2017.01.05

AUGIWorld January 2017 Issue Released!

AUGIWorld January 2017
Every new year brings with it a new set of goals, or resolutions. So, while you are planning for 2017, there is no time like the present to immerse yourself in your Autodesk software of choice. Resolve to use the software to its fullest, to find new ways of performing tasks, and ultimately boost your productivity.

AUGIWorld authors are here to usher in the new year with a look at some advanced topics within their specialty areas.

For example, 3ds Max users will learn more about lighting from Brian Chapman in “Advanced Lighting: Light Balance with 3ds Max.”

Then, in “Revit Electrical Panels Explained,” Doug Bowers provides tips for better utilization of electrical panels and associated schedules.

Get off to a great start in the new year with the advanced topics in this issue.

Also in the January 2017 AUGIWorld…

Putting the “I” in BIM: How to Work with the Information Needed for a Building Information Model — Rich Burchett helps Revit users identify, locate, and model information as well as safeguard against over- and under-modeling.

Automating Steel Lintels and Tags — Philip Russo with a lesson on steel lintel and tag automation in Revit Structure.

2017 and the Future of AutoCAD — Walt Sparling explains why he doesn’t buy into the idea that AutoCAD’s days are numbered.

Squeeze More Performance from Your HP Z Workstation — Robert Green explores how HP’s Performance Advisor helps keep workstations updated.

Point Clouds in ACA — Melinda Heavrin shows how to create, attach, and work with point clouds in AutoCAD Architecture.

Advance Your Workflows with Civil 3D 2017 v1Updates — Shawn Herring explores the updates available in the V1 periodic update to AutoCAD Civil 3D, including gravity network analysis, adding property set data to labels, and much more.

Also in this issue…

How Cool Is Your Software? — Mark Kiker defines the characteristics of cool as it relates to software.

Creating Proposed Landscape Trees in Minutes — Tony Carcamo offers a lesson for quickly creating trees in InfraWorks 360 software.

Inside Track — Brian Andresen highlights three AEC-related products for Autodesk users. This month: External Access Links Manager, which allows Revit users to view links in a project without having to open it; ENTiTi AR/VR Exporter, a tool that turns CAD designs into Augmented and Virtual Reality; and Duplicate Sheet, an add-in that lets users duplicate sheets with and without views.

AUGIWorld January 2017 Issue Released!

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