Friday, November 24, 2017

UNIFI v3.1 – Includes New AutoCAD Add-in

From the UNIFI website:

3.1 Release Notes – Announcing UNIFI’s AutoCAD Add-in, Improved Content Requests and Project Analytics

Our team has been working around the clock to get our 3.1 release out, and it’s one of our most exciting releases yet. From continuing to build out our multiformat functionality with an AutoCAD Add-in, to making it easier than ever for UNIFI users to submit and stay updated on the progress of their Content Requests, our 3.1 release is built to help ensure UNIFI fits in more seamlessly than ever to your design and build workflows, increasing your organization’s efficiency across design systems and projects.

New Features for Wood & Metal Framing in Mid-November Update

From the AGACAD website:

NEW FEATURES for Wood & Metal Framing: Plate connections, Stud splitting, Siding alignment, and more

By Ieva Janulevičiūtė
November 16, 2017

Before diving into the details of this update for our framing software, perhaps a little distinction is in order. Due to such frequent updates of our software, a common question always comes up: "Why is your software updated so often?" And we understand. After all, sometimes that little red dot shows up in the Dock more than twice a month!

The reason for such a high frequency of updates is because we try to fulfill clients' special requests as soon as possible. Instead of making a client wait a month or two until the next VERSION is released, we strive to implement their specialized requests as quickly as we can by frequently releasing software BUILDS. Of course, these BUILDS may also contain bug fixes – and we're very grateful to clients when they help find these! – but rest assured that most often, that little red dot just means we’ve made one more client’s Revit dream come true.

Orient Beams Perpendicular To Surfaces Using Dynamo

From the Simply Complex blog:


By Marcello Sgambelluri‏
Thursday, November 23, 2017

Have you ever wanted to orient your beams perp to the surface?
See the following image and learn how. Also click this link for the sample Revit file.  BEAM_ORIENTATION_START.RVT

Note that Adaptive Component Beams were used for this example for simplicity.
A more complex example using structural framing family beams to follow soon.

There's more information available on the Simply Complex blog.

End-of-Year Savings on SimLab Composer – 50% Off

SimLab is offering end-of-year savings on it's some editions of its Composer product. SimLab Composer Pro is on sale for US $99 (usually $199) and SimLab Composer VR is on sale for $199 (usually $399).

There's more information available on the SimLab website.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Integrate BIM 360 data with PowerBI using R

From It's Alive in the Lab:

Sam Nseir: Integrate BIM 360 data with PowerBI using R

By Scott Sheppard
November 13, 2017

Sam Nseir is an Autodesk Building Information Modeling Premium Support Specialist who supports the Architecture, Engineering, and Construction and Engineering, Natural resources, and Infrastructure industries. As part of our efforts to help Autodesk BIM customers leverage Forge capabilities, Sam developed some examples of BIM 360 data with PowerBI.

Integrate BIM 360 data with PowerBI using R

BIM 360 products enable project teams to coordinate better, communicate more effectively, and resolve issues more quickly, resulting in faster and more efficient project delivery. As cloud-based software, BIM 360 products are designed with data at the center. Data analytics is part of the standard functionalities that are offered by BIM 360 products such as the analytics tab in BIM 360 Account Administration or the Project Overview tab in BIM 360 Field. With different teams having different use of the data, the in-product analytics might not answer all of the needs. Custom analytics could enable teams to drill down to specific details and identify correlations that would not have been possible otherwise. These days, one of the commonly used tools for custom analytics is "PowerBI." Power BI is a data analytics product from Microsoft that allows users to create reports and dashboards powered by interactive visualizations to analyze data. The question here is how do we integrate BIM 360 data with PowerBI?

Autodesk Forge Data Management Now Features WebHooks

From It's Alive in the Lab:

By Scott Sheppard
November 16, 2017

Autodesk Forge is our collection of Application Program Interfaces (APIs) that we use to develop our own web services. As part of our Forge efforts, we share those APIs (including documentation and code samples) with customers and 3rd party developers (the Forge community) that want to leverage years' worth of legacy and current data associated with projects.

Forge is defined by 4 groups of APIs:

BIMcollab v4.0 Sneak Preview

From the BIMcollab website:

BIMcollab 4.0
Sneak preview

New look, same feel: no learning curve

Although the GUI has been completely redesigned the menu’s and buttons are mostly on the same location. Everyone will be able to work with the new interface from the start. No learning curve. Enjoy the new design below.

New project dashboard

The new project dashboard shows a nice graphical overview of the status of the project together with a list of last changes in the issues.
All changes since your last login are highlighted in yellow.

Free Voice 360 for BIM 360 – Voice Commands for Forge Viewer

From the Autodesk App Store:

Voice 360 provides voice recognition feature to execute Forge Viewer commands. With the help of microphone on your system, you can give commands instead of taking inputs from mouse and keyboard. This application seamlessly integrates with an existing system and can be extended with more commands as needed.

Commands provided are,
  1. Show/Hide [model tree / cube / settings / properties]
  2. Set View [front / top / back / bottom / left / right]
  3. Isolate [partName]
  4. Explode / Collapse
  5. Select [partname]
  6. Etc...

E.g. if you want to see a model tree, you need to give a command, 'show model tree' and it will be shown.

Step 1

IDEA StatiCa Connection – Analyze, Design and Check Steel Connections and Joints

From the Autodesk App Store:

IDEA StatiCa Connection enables engineers to analyze, design and check steel connections/joints of any topology and loading. And does it in minutes.

It works as a standalone application as well as the next step in workflow started in Autodesk® programs Autodesk® Advance Steel, Revit and Robot Structural Analysis.

Any topology:
  • Welded/bolted connections, base plate, footing, anchoring
  • Rolled, welded or cold-formed sections
  • Cuts, stiffeners, wideners, ribs, openings, end plates, fin plates, gusset plates, stubs, cleats
  • More joints in one project, complete code-checks, overall report, bill of material, drawings
  • General cross-section - welded sections composed of any number of different profiles

Any loading and analysis:
  • Nonlinear analysis of steel profiles and plates, bolts in tension and shear, welds. 2D or 3D loading
  • Buckling analysis - local buckling of any plate in the connection
  • Stiffness analysis - initial stiffness and deformation capacity of any connected member
  • Member Capacity Design - check the connection on the maximal moment which can be taken by connected member
  • Design Joint Resistance - ratio of maximal load to the design load

Polygon Select

From the Autodesk App Store:

Autodesk® Revit® provides a method to select multiple elements by drawing a rectangle shape.
If the layout of the elements is complex, this method, using only a rectangle shape, is not always efficient.

We need a variety of shapes to select multiple elements.

This app provides an additional method to select multiple elements by drawing various polygon shapes.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

FLUX Slashes Subscription Price by 60% Amid Record Growth

Effective November 15, 2017, the new monthly subscription price for FLUX collaboration and interoperability application is US $24 per month. Previously it was $60 per month. Enterprise access is available for $833/mo. for small architecture, engineering and construction firms and $1,666/mo. for larger companies.

Flux is used by more than 6,200 companies in 151 countries.

Read the full press release here.

Free Webinar Nov 30 – Benefits of Subscribing to Autodesk and A360 Overview

From the registration website:

Benefits of Subscribing to Autodesk and A360 Overview

Thu, Nov 30, 2017 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM GMT

Learn how Autodesk Account gives you the ability to effectively track and manage all your Autodesk product licenses, services, and user benefits through a single personalized portal. In the portal, you can:
  • Manage access and permissions
  • Download products and trials
  • Track usage
  • Access help and support

Also, you’ll see how to ensure your team has uninterrupted access to today’s best  design technology, and harness the power of cloud computing with the comprehensive collection of A360 tools included with your subscription plan. A360 serves as a powerful collaboration platform with robust tools for sharing, editing, viewing, and storing your designs. Learn about these tools for 3D visualization, design optimization, and energy analysis.

Register for the webinar here.

Free Webinar Nov 29 – Managing Project Documents with BIM 360 Docs

From the registration website:

Managing Project Documents with BIM 360 Docs

Wed, Nov 29, 2017 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM GMT

Take control of your project documents!

From drawings to models, specifications to submittals, emails to schedules -- nearly every construction company and project faces the same document control issues today. Too much confusion around versions, too many questions about where to find information, too much work to keep it all straight.

It’s time to make a decision to change. Join us for a  free webinar to hear from the CADD Microsystems team on how you and your company can take control of your project document process.

After attending this webinar you'll be able to:
  • Put the right information at the fingertips of each project team member
  • Build structure around the project source of truth with minimal effort
  • Keep document control simple: built for the app generation, from the experience of the hammer generation
  • Plus, learn about Autodesk BIM 360 Docs, the free document management app purpose-built for construction projects and construction project teams.

Register for the webinar here.

Free Webinar Nov 29 – Connecting Project Teams with Collaboration for Revit

From the registration website:

Connecting Project Teams with Collaboration for Revit

Wed, Nov 29, 2017 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM GMT

Building projects are never simple. There are numerous stakeholders, different teams delivering on different schedules, working on multiple models, with each model progressing independently within each firm’s network. Join us as we show you how building project teams can connect with centralized access to BIM project data making it easier to access all project data – anytime, anywhere. Learn how  to:
  • Enable project team members in all disciplines, from multiple firms, or sites to concurrently author a model using the BIM process.
  • Connect team members with direct, real-time chat within project models to free teams from traditional, limited tools, such email and phone.
  • Access Autodesk A360 Collaboration for Revit with a centralized cloud-based workspace, and improve efficiency on projects.

Register for the webinar here.

Free BIMSens for Navisworks – Read/Write Interactions with External Data Sources

From the Autodesk App Store:

BIMSens is a generic database tool allowing read/write interactions with standard and bespoke data sources, including SQL Server, Primavera P6 Web Services, Excel and more. Connected to 3D Software like Autodesk® Navisworks®, BIMSens enables dynamic association of 3D objects to attributes in the data sources, allowing color filtering, data transfers and editing of the data directly from the model. Multiple users can concurrently visualize, filter, edit and color code the 3D model based on centralized data, in real time... for free.