tirsdag 17. mars 2009

Guide to sustainable design

In his blog BIM and Beam, Nicolas Mangon yesterday posted a link to a new Autodesk site - a guide to sustainable design.
Read his blog post here, and visit the site here.
What has this got to do with Revit? Architects and engineers using Revit will very soon be able to utilize different external tools for making their projects sustainable. For instance, this spring/summer Ecotect will be available in the Norwegain market.
For more information on sustainable design using Revit, I suggest the latest issue of AUGIWorld.

fredag 13. mars 2009

Revit 2010!

Revit 2010 is around the corner, and I predict many will struggle the first days of using it because of the brand new user interface. My only advice is to give it a chance, and be patient. The ribbon is growing on me!
Here are some highlights from Revit Architecture 2010:

Conceptual Design Enhancements

·         New and innovative conceptual design features provide easier-to-use tools for freeform modelling and parametric design, and the ability to support the earliest design analyses.

·         Sketch freely, create 3D forms more quickly and manipulate forms interactively.

·         Prepare models for fabrication and construction with built-in tools for conception and clarification of complex forms. New tools to divide, pattern and panelise designs make forms more buildable.

Improved User Interface

·         New streamlined user interface helps users find favourite tools and commands faster, locate lesser-used tools more efficiently and discover new features more easily.

·         Customisable Quick Access Toolbar allows one-click access to a user’s favourite and most frequently used tools.

·         The ribbon feature is organised around the way designers work, enabling users to find the tools to accomplish tasks without searching all over the user interface.

·         Consistent user interfaces between most Autodesk software applications allows users to move between programs more smoothly.

Performance and Interoperability

·         New native 64-bit support enhances the software’s ability to handle large projects and improve performance and stability for memory-intensive tasks such as rendering, printing, model upgrading and file importing and exporting.

·         Expanded API (application programming interface) support.

·         Export to AutoCAD® Civil 3D® software and import from Autodesk® Inventor® , while preserving parametric data.

·         gbXML (green building XML) improvements allow users to help streamline the collaboration process with external analysis applications.

Elsewere, Lachmi Khemlani has written a long (suprise) report on the entire Autodesk 2010 portfolio here. Extremely interesting and well written, but pick up a cup of coffee before you start reading.
Last, Autodesk's own press room have released som material a while ago here.

Reinforcement in Revit Structure

Kent W. O. Schmidt has taken matters into his own hands, and started working with reinforcement in Revit Structure. I must say, I'm quite impressed!

New posts on Revit Landskap

Åge Langedrag has posted some illustrations of his quite impressive landscape projects. All modeled and rendered in Revit Architecture. Check them out here, and tell him he's talented!

mandag 2. mars 2009

3ds Max Design 2010: improved DWG interop

A friend a while ago sent me a link to this blog post, showing AutoCAD 2010, 3ds Max Design 2010 and Revit 2010 interoperability. Maybe a bit off topic for users of only Revit, but surely of great interest of those obtaining the new AutoCAD Revit Architecture Visualization Suite (puh, what a name). Also, just looking into 2010 must be of interest for everyone!

Hovedprosjekt TFB06

My fellow Revit-enthusiast Lars Tore Johnsen sent me this link tonight:
Congratulations on your project, Lars Tore!