2017.07.20

AUGI HotNews -- July 2017, Issue No. 170

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…

2017.07.06

AUGIWorld July 2017 -- How Third-Party Apps Can Assist

AUGIWorld July 2017
Autodesk’s robust network of developers continue to roll out offerings that provide users with additional functionality for their core Autodesk products. The July 2017 issue of AUGIWorld highlights some of those offerings, and many others are as close as a trip to the Autodesk App Store where you can choose from, literally, hundreds of products.

Jonathan Albert takes a close look at a free app for production home builders that use AutoCAD Architecture 2018 in “LotSpec: Options Management App for Production Home Builders.”

In “Improve Your Water Distribution Workflow with PressureCAD,” Shawn Herring demonstrates how the tool bridges the gap between AutoCAD and AutoCAD Civil 3D.

As always, each issue of AUGIWorld covers a wide range of topics. This month’s content continues below.

Tech Manager = Task Master — Mark Kiker shares how he keeps the items on his growing “to do” lists organized and manageable with a number of paid and free task management tools.

A Closer Look at Collaboration — Walt Sparling circles back to the topic of collaboration and offers practical advice for communicating, coordinating, and using various AutoCAD tools to effectively collaborate with others.

Revit / Analytical Interoperability — Ken Farr investigates the Bentley Software-Autodesk Revit connection. Common workflows, integrating BIM and analytical models, and keys to success are discussed.

Covering Details — Brian Chapman with a lesson on adding interesting details to any scene in 3ds Max.

X2 Mini Workstations in Action — Robert Green’s conversation with a satisfied X2 Mini user reveals the performance and versatility of these small but powerful workstations.

Also in this issue…

Seven Songs about Scripts and How They Improve a CAD Manager’s World — Jisell Howe offers up several scripts that will have a positive impact on CAD managers and their ability to achieve automation goals.

The Tool as an Extension of the Hand: Part II in the Autodidact Series — Andrew Fastman examines the results of a scientific study and how the concept applies to BIM and the use of Revit.

Inside Track — Brian Andresen presents three AEC-related products for Autodesk users. This month: Lumion Plug-In, a tool for viewing model changes in real time; CadTempo, which allows users to track the time spent working in AutoCAD drawings; and Slicer for Autodesk Fusion 360, which turns digital 3D models into appealing artifacts.

AUGIWorld July 2017 Issue Released!

2017.06.15

AUGI HotNews -- June 2017, Issue No. 169

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…

2017.06.01

AUGIWorld June 2017 -- Implementation considerations

AUGIWorld June 2017
Okay, so you’ve licensed new software. Now what? Decisions await you, not the least of which is how to handle training, how best to roll out the new release, how to make sure the users are using the new software efficiently, and many others.

In the June 2017 issue of AUGIWorld, our authors help you manage implementation, among other things. These “other things” include managing your software licenses.

In Philip Russo’s article, “Protecting Your Software Investment,” you’ll pick up some good advice for managing your licenses and users.

And Jay Zallan provides insight into using a custom keynote database in his article, “Addressing Keynotes (in Addition to the CSI Kind).”

Read on to ease your implementation headaches.

The Tech Manager’s Time Crunch — Mark Kiker offers some timely advice for, well, managing your time. Follow these guidelines to help you stay on top of the multiple tasks that face you each day.

Managing Styles — Melinda Heavrin steps you through the Style Manager in AutoCAD Architecture 2018. You’ll learn how to create styles, work with drawings and templates, sort styles, and more.

Implementation of Arion Renderer — Brian Chapman demonstrates the benefits 3ds Max users can enjoy with the use of the Arion Renderer.

Tech Insights — In “HP ZBook Family Generation 4 — Power on the Go,” Robert Green introduces HP’s line of powerful, secure solutions that meet Autodesk software requirements.

Implementation: Change Is Coming — Phillip Lynch helps you navigate the minefield called standards implementation with some advice on dealing with users, getting buy-in from management, and other critical considerations.

Also in this issue…

Plentiful Plug-Ins — Dat Lien and Xavier Loayza team up to bring you a nice collection of plug-ins for AutoCAD 2018, right out of the Autodesk App Store.

Inside Track — Brian Andresen presents a trio of Autodesk and related software products on the market. This month: Copy Worksets from Files 2017, for Revit; the Model Health Checker, which scans your Revit project files and reports on problems that are impacting performance; and Break@Points, which leverages the functionality of AutoCAD commands Break at Point, Divide, and Measure.

AUGIWorld June 2017 Issue Released!

2017.05.27

BILT ANZ 2017, Day 3

We made it! Three full days of BIM and BIM-adjacent discussions have come to a close, and all of us are gathering our thoughts and our notes and preparing to head back to our regular lives.

I stepped away from my usual structural focus to attend a few construction sessions this morning.

The first was on layout & verification during construction. It was a great overview of how to incorporate survey work into VDC, and included some nice tips like a Dynamo graph for setting the extents of a section box to match levels in the Revit project. We were also reminded that US Survey Feet are not the same as International feet...not by much, but it matters! I think the Aussie crowd was happy that they don't have to deal with that nonsense--meters for everybody!

The second session discussed BIM as used by subcontractors (primarily MEP), and was about evenly split between a case study of coordination methodologies and a selection of tips for Navisworks. My favorite point: It's not enough to detect clashes--you have to fix them too! (Do we need to rename "clash detection" as a strategy?) Also, did you know that pressing Shift when you click Options in Navisworks uncovers an additional set of items? Now I want to try that on other programs!

In the afternoon, I attended a double session on change management. Confession time: From the title of the session, I thought it would be about model management (Architect: "Here's our new model." Me: "Okay, what changed, and how can I update my model to match?") Instead, it was about organizational change management--things like implementing processes or promoting cultural shifts. Still a fascinating topic, and I have a few new concepts to take back with me, to see if I can apply them to my own department.

The conference officially closed with a short plenary session, with highlights from the week and acknowledgement of the committee members and staff who make everything possible. This evening, we'll all celebrate at an 80's themed dinner...I'm prepared for a lot of neon! 

If you think this sounds fun & interesting...you're right! BILT won't be back in Australia until 2018 (just announced for May 24-26 in Brisbane), but registration is now open for BILT North America 2017 (August 3-5 in Toronto) and for BILT Europe 2017 (October 5-7 in Aarhus). I highly encourage you to check out their agendas and see if there are sessions there relevant to your work. I bet there will be plenty!

It's been a pleasure attending and blogging this week, but it'll be good to get back home. Until next time!

 

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!

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