Autodesk’s 2015 Building Design Portfolio

This article provides an overview of what’s new with the just-released 2015 Autodesk portfolio of products for building design and construction. The improvements include expanding the capabilities of FormIt and Dynamo, which Autodesk now refers to as “conceptual BIM” and “computational BIM” respectively; extending the scope and scale of Revit, including the ability to connect the design with fabrication and construction; enhancing the point cloud capabilities across all of Autodesk’s modeling products; providing better support for preconstruction; tighter integration with Autodesk cloud services; and improved analysis and simulation using the building model.

URL: http://www.aecbytes.com/newsletter/2014/issue_69.html

Graphisoft’s New BIMcloud

This article explores the functionality of Graphisoft’s new BIMcloud service, which was launched towards the end of last month in Tokyo, Japan. It looks at how BIMcloud is different from the BIM Server technology that was introduced in 2009 in ArchiCAD 13 to better support model-based collaboration, the problems it was developed to solve, how it can support collaboration by the extended design team and through mobile devices in addition to traditional computers, its deployment options, and additional capabilities.

URL: http://www.aecbytes.com/feature/2014/Graphisoft_BIMcloud.html

Little Case Study – One Firm’s Migration to the Cloud

In this article, Chris France, the author of many previous AECbytes articles on the implementation of the “cloud” in AEC, presents a detailed case study about the successes and challenges that Little Diversified Architectural Consulting, an international architecture and design firm, encountered on its journey to the cloud. It comes from his 11 years experience as the CIO of the firm, and his first-hand knowledge of its cloud initiatives captured in this case study, along with the lessons learnt, can be used as a strategy document for other AEC firms embarking on their cloud journey.

URL: http://www.aecbytes.com/buildingthefuture/2014/LittleCaseStudy.html

AEC Technology Updates, Spring 2014

This article looks at recently developments in AEC technology, including the new version of Tekla Structures that has just been released; a new  ColorByNumber plug-in for Revit; the ability of Sefaira to now perform daylighting analysis in addition to energy analysis; the launch of EcoDesigner STAR by Graphisoft for ArchiCAD-based energy analysis; a new cloud-based project collaboration and workflow management solution called Kenesto; a new version of the collaboration and model review solution, BIMreview; the next generation of the ArchiCAD-based FM tool, archifm.net; and finally, the ability to create accurate building floorplan survey data using the Orthograph app on an iPad.

URL: http://www.aecbytes.com/newsletter/2014/issue_68.html

Future City Competition

This article provides an overview of the Future City competition, an annual competition where middle school students design a “future city” based on a specific theme, creating a virtual model using SimCity as well as a physical model. It takes a closer look at how SimCity is used and discusses the many benefits students get from participating in it, while also highlighting some of the key problems with the competition itself and how it is conducted.

URL: http://www.aecbytes.com/buildingthefuture/2014/FutureCityCompetition.html

BIMx Docs

This review takes a comprehensive look at GRAPHISOFT’s new BIMx Docs app, which includes the sophisticated and intuitive 3D model navigation capabilities of its predecessor, BIMx, and extends the scope of the viewing and navigation to 2D content as well, enabling all the models as well as the accompanying 2D drawings of a BIM project to be accessed and explored from a handheld device.

URL: http://www.aecbytes.com/review/2014/BIMxDocs.html

Performance Based Design: Why Real-Time Feedback is Better Than Intuition

In this article, Ara Massey, Sustainable Design Manager at Slaterpaull Architects, describes how important it is for her to try and understand the impact of early stage design decisions on building performance when designing green buildings. In the absence of better methods, she had to rely on rules of thumb and intuition. However, since Slaterpaull started using Sefaira’s performance based design software, she uses data analysis from the moment she starts working on a project, which has not only changed the way she designs but also tested her intuition.

URL: http://www.aecbytes.com/viewpoint/2014/issue_69.html

AEC Exhibitor Highlights from Autodesk University 2013

This article provides an overview of some of the key AEC technology products that were on display in the Exhibit Hall at Autodesk University 2013 last month, including ArchVision’s upcoming RPC Creator, Axomic’s OpenAsset BIM plug-in for Revit, Sefaira for Revit for easier early stage energy analysis, ElumTools which provides integrated lighting analysis for Revit, the latest versions of Trelligence Affinity and Solibri Model Checker, updates from FM:Systems on its BIM for FM capabilities, the new Revit add-ins for CTC’s Revit Express Tools, updated versions of Ideate BIMLink and Ideate Explorer, the enhancements in the TurboSite app for documenting site visits and fieldwork, and Transoft’s AutoTURN for Revit which now enables vehicle simulation and swept path analysis without leaving the Revit environment.

URL: http://www.aecbytes.com/feature/2014/AU2013_Exhibitors.html

Autodesk University 2013

This article captures the AEC-specific highlights of the just-concluded Autodesk University 2013, with the latest technology updates and upcoming developments from Autodesk including  the expansion of its Autodesk 360 cloud platform and services, the integration of Dynamo with DesignScript, a new browser-based version of FormIt and its new built-in energy analysis capabilities, and several new products and services, as well as several case studies of projects and firms using Autodesk products.

URL: http://www.aecbytes.com/newsletter/2013/issue_67.html

AEC Project Presentations from the 2013 Be Inspired Awards

This article follows up on the recent overview of Bentley’s Year in Infrastructure 2013 Conference, with a dedicated look at the projects that were selected as the finalists in the building-related categories of Bentley’s annual Be Inspired awards, the winners of which were announced at the conference.

URL: http://www.aecbytes.com/buildingthefuture/2013/BeInpired2013.html