tirsdag 27. januar 2009

Revit Structure External Tools Updates

Yesterday a new update of Extensions4Revit was published to the Subscription Center. It seems to me that there are no real feature updates to the existing extensions, except to the Compare Models command, which now includes more detailed information about the models it compares. This I must admit is a real blow to us waiting for Slab Reinforcement and an improved Analysis Integration Enabler, but I both hope and think we'll see new updates in the not so distant future. You'll might be able to see the Feature Summary here. Please let me know if the link doesn't work.
Oh yeah, and the new release includes russian and japanese languages (finally!).
Better news to those not doing reinforcement and Robot integration (who might that be?), come in the form of the brand new Bridge Modeling Toolkit, this also available through the Subscription Center. This is the first in a series of bridge modeling extensions, and I belive we'll see regular updates over the next year. It's worth mentioning that this is not just a new command in External Tools. From the download page:
The Bridge Toolkit for Revit® Structure 2009 software provides information, tools, content, and datasets that will better enable structural engineers and drafters to address infrastructure build-out as it relates to bridges. Specific components include:
Box Girder Methodology and Datasets
Precast Girder Methodology and Datasets
Bridge Components .rfa Content
Bridge Modeling Using Revit Structure 2009 Software (Tips and Tricks)
All todays news came to me from Autodesk employee Ralph Pullinger, who also provided me with a fix to the problem I've had with Revit Structure x84 WU3 and RPC content. Read about both the problem and corresponding solution here. Thank you Ralph!

mandag 26. januar 2009

Mondays updates

Check out this site for Revit Architecture tips & tricks: http://www.cadplan.co.za/revit_tips_tricks.html
During AU I got a chance to see Project Newport, a product David Light describes as a gaming engine for architects, while my colleague Paal Vonka sees it as NavisWorks for architects. It's sort of a project viewer that shows rendered architectural models. In any case, here's the link: http://labs.autodesk.com/technologies/newport/
Look out for updates!
Got this link from a friend today. Apparently a friend who speaks spanish (I don't!). Nevertheless, the images are cool!

torsdag 22. januar 2009

Revit Market

This AUGI publication ticked in today:
It's about Revit Market, a newly started marketplace for quality Revit content, mainly for architects at this time. Hence the full name Revit Architecture Market. There are about 200 Revit families available for (chargeable) download today. I guess we'll see if this turns into a success, like Ms. Bousquet predicts. I will certainly be keeping an eye on this site.
The company behind this is Turbosquid, well known for their 3D-content for visualization.

tirsdag 20. januar 2009

Autodesk University 2008 at AECbytes

For those missing updates from yours truly on AU2008, I'll provide you with far better input. The allways trustworthy AECbytes have provided an article on AU in general. David Baldacchino's blog "Do U Revit?" also provided us with daily updates which can be interesting, even two months after. Here's Day 1!

AEC Advantage, Inc.

Steve Stafford writes the blog I read most often, by far: RevitOdEd, but his contribution to the Revit community goes further. From his site aecadvantage.com we can download Revit-files and documents that should be interesting for anyone working with Revit.

Autodesk structural multimedia presentations

Some time ago I came across these videos, showing how the previous Robobat products work. Both Robot Structural Analysis 2009 and AutoCAD Structural Detailing 2009 integrate information with the Revit Platform.
Video tutorials and webcasts are perfect for monday mornings, so please excuse me for bad timing.


Found a new Revit-blog with lots of useful tips and tricks, actually through LinkedIn, some days ago: Scott Rosenbloom's CADUzer. Allthough the latest blog entry is way off-topic, you'll find lots of useful stuff after a short scroll. Unless you're still thirsty for more Obama-hails of course.

Robot Structural Analysis 2009 SP1

Autodesk have released Service Pack 1 for Robot Structural Analysis 2009, and allthough the service pack will install automatically if you have Robot, it can be worthwhile to check out the Web Update Enhancement List.

Autodesk Seek & BIMWorld

Finally back from Christmas-mode! Blog-updates will come more rapidly from now on, starting with the "news" that Autodesk will aquire BIMWorld.
On December 15th, Autodesk anounced that they will buy BIMWorld, and merge it with Autodesk Seek, to improve this site's position as a marketing solution for building product manufacturers and as a source of content for designers.
Check out Seek for new content!

lørdag 10. januar 2009

Revit 2009 Benchmark for performance

This benchmark test I find useful for selecting hardware for my Revit.
Notice the difference in rendering time between 2 and 4 processor cores?