Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Revit 2012 - Construction Modelling & Assembelies

Just a link to some more details on the new Construction Modelling & Assembely features for the upcoming 2012 release. The video has been produced by Autodesk and shows the new features in action

These features will be available for Architecture & Structure

I believe these features will be huge for structural users, and I really look forward to using assemblies on projects. I think being able to more easily schedule and mark groups of components will really benefit documentation workflows

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Revit Stucture 2012 - New Features

So the details are out, Revit 2012 is on its way...

As usual from the last few years, expect to download your install file from Autodesk sometime early April (2nd week is the guess at the moment) with media copies sent out on request a month or so afterwards

So what are the Revit Structure 2012 new/top features??

So in reality, for structural users we have some enhancements to the Analytical model & to Rebar tools

But IMO the enhancements to the platform in general are highlights for structural users

Some highlights for me:

Lock 3D views & 3D tagging
A new button down on the the view control bar, there will be a button to lock the current 3D view orientation. This will then activate annotation in the 3D view. The view can be unlocked, but annotation will then disappear in the view

Reinforcement Enhancements
Multi-Planar Reinforcement
Reinforcement can be hosted to Generic Models & Structural Connections

Analytical model Enhancements
Much more control over the analytical model, including the ability to easily turn off the analytical model for selected elements. And better built in checking of the model prior to exporting

Assemblies will allow you to take selections of elements which you can then tag & schedule as one assembly There are also built in tools to quickly document assembly components.

Create Parts/Divide Model 
This could be a great new feature, we will be able to divide singular elements into unique parts while still retaining its relationship to the main element. Think multilayered walls where you simply need to divide one layer of the wall

Void family enhancements
Families with voids can now cut multiple instances, even of different categories!

Point Clouds
Can now be linked into a project as an overlay in the background

Manage Links Dialog
Finally, Revit Links can be before CAD links!

Dimension setting Enhancements

Visual Enhancements
Some neat new features like ghosting when selecting objects in 3D view

More details as they arrive!

Monday, March 21, 2011

Revit Architecture 2012

David Light has been busying blogging about the new features for Revit Arch 2012

Check out his write-up here Autodesk Revit Architecture 2012

Revit 2012 - Media Release Details

Some early details on the upcoming 2012 release for Revit suites was brought forward by Autodesk at a webcast press release this morning

From the Autodesk Press Release

Autodesk software products for building design and construction support a more complete BIM
workflow, and includes Autodesk Revit Architecture 2012, Autodesk Revit MEP 2012, Autodesk
Revit Structure 2012 and Autodesk Navisworks 2012 . Enhanced with a new point cloud tool, the
Revit Family of software can now connect directly to laser scans as a part of the BIM process.
Revit-based products are now Citrix XenApp6 ready*, supporting working from remote locations
using a single server, and Revit Server to support collaboration on shared Revit models across a
wide-area network (WAN). Revit Architecture 2012 and Revit Structure 2012 offer a new
construction modeling tool to help users derive better construction insight from design models.
Improved conceptual energy analysis tools** for Revit Architecture 2012 and Revit MEP 2012
help support sustainable design decision-making early in the design process.

Additional AEC software-specific updates include:
·         Autodesk Revit Architecture 2012 enables users to create material appearance libraries to help standardize materials across projects and improve collaboration within the project team. Visualization enhancements give users the ability to display edges with more realistic views and shadows in consistent colors mode.

·         Autodesk Revit Structure 2012 offers analytical model enhancements to help userscreate and manage the structural analytical model, enabling greater control and betterconsistency with the structural physical model. Reinforcement enhancements help usersmore easily define and visualize concrete reinforcement.

·         Autodesk Revit MEP 2012 now enables users create custom systems, assign systems toducts/pipes without requiring them to be connected to equipment, assign color andlinetype by system without filters, as well as see total electrical load, air flow or pipe flowat any point within the system. New placeholders give users the ability to createconceptual level single line ducts and pipes early in the design process, and later convertthem to 3D geometry.

·         Autodesk Navisworks 2012 accelerates BIM project review through integration, analysis,and communication enhancements. File interoperability improvements help boost productivity by supporting workflows between the latest enhancements in Autodesk Revitproducts and third-party applications. New user interface and API (application programming interface) for the Timeliner tool provide greater control and flexibility when working with 4D simulations. New multi-sheet 2D DWF support enables users to open, review and explore 2D data sets alongside 3D models.

This all ties together with the rebranding of the suite packages into the following

·         Standard (AutoCAD)

·         Premium (Adds a Revit Platform)

·         Ultimate (Adds Navisworks or QTO etc.)

More details as they surface!

Exciting times

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Not so secret NEWS - New Job

So things have been a little quiet on the Blog front of late, the last few weeks have passed in a quick blur..

I have as of last week started in a new position with a Global Engineering and Management Firm as a Revit/BIM Leader within a growing Building Structures team. I will still be based in Melbourne, Australia, but will now have a bigger foundation of colleagues and peers throughout Australia and Internationally to build upon moving into this next chapter of BIM & Revit in the industry

The move was a career choice to position myself with a group where I can see the greatest opportunities and challenges with BIM in the near future.

My industry vision for the next few years is that the next wave of Revit will turn to BIM as a focus in the industry, we are now seeing the first signs of Contractors & Stakeholders taking serious steps to implement BIM into their projects and consultants are now seeing BIM as a genuine project workflow to adopt.

I look forward to the challenges involved in building and supporting a team that can offer a true BIM service to the next generation of projects

More blogging soon...

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Australian/New Zealand Revit Standards now in Peer Review

Following a lengthy process, the Australian/New Zealand Revit Standards are nearing industry release

They have now been released for peer review, if you have taken part in the process thus far, whether it be through RTC2009 or through the AUSBIM website (now offline) or other channels you would have been invited to provide feedback on the draft document

The new website is up and running, with currently just a entry screen with a contact email

The peer review process will culminate in a session at RTC 2011 - Gold Coast, this session on the Saturday morning will be well worth attending if you want to take part in the finalisation of the first issue of this document

Thanks to all those people who have given time to making this document happen

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Rev'it - Not what you expect

So I was search the inter-webs for some Revit links, and I somehow came across something unexcepted

Revit Australia, who are actually Rev'it, A motorcycle apparel company!

Who also sell, leather waterpoofing spray with Rev'it branding!

Sorry for the lapse in blog posts, some big things happening at the moment, more very details soon...