Working with today's Building Information Modeling (BIM) tools presents a special challenge to your IT infrastructure. Wrestling with the computational demands of the Revit software BIM platform—as well 3ds Max Design software, Showcase software, Navisworks Manage software, Lumion software, and others—means that one needs the right knowledge to make sound investments in workstation and server hardware. Get inside the mind of a certified hardware geek to understand the variables to consider when purchasing hardware to support the demands of Autodesk, Inc.'s, suite of BIM and 3D applications. Fully updated for 2015, this class will give you the scoop on the latest advancements in workstation processors, motherboards, memory, and graphics cards. This year we will pay special attention to the latest advancements in graphics technologies to meet the demands of high-end rendering, animation, and visualization across a wide variety of platforms.
BIM and IT Managers who need to build out workstations that adequately meet the demands of high-end BIM usage in their firm.
Matt Stachoni is the Building Information Modeling (BIM) / IT manager for Erdy McHenry Architecture, LLC, an architectural design firm in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is responsible for all training and support of the firm’s digital design efforts, as well as for all things related to IT. Previously, Matt was a senior BIM technical specialist for CADapult Ltd., an Autodesk Silver Reseller servicing the Mid-Atlantic region. There, he provided training and consultation for architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) customers, focused primarily on implementing BIM using Revit software, Navisworks software, and related applications. Matt also provided specialized BIM coordination and modeling support services for HVAC (heating, ventilating, and air conditioning) trade contractors and construction management firms. Matt has been using Autodesk, Inc., software since 1987, and he has over 20 years of experience as a CAD and IT manager for architectural and engineering firms in Delaware; Pennsylvania; and Boston, Massachusetts. He is a contributing writer for AUGIWorld Magazine, and this is his 12th year speaking at Autodesk University.
Back by popular demand! Learn how to maximize the productivity between designing in Revit software and rendering in 3ds Max software with NVIDIA’s iray rendering engine. Discover all the settings and tricks regarding how to properly set up a Revit software model to make the transition into 3ds Max software as effective as possible. Once in 3ds Max software, all the work done in Revit software will transfer over, enabling more time for rendering and less time spent worrying about the design. NVIDIA’s iray rendering engine, which takes advantage of the graphics processing unit (GPU), will enable realistic renderings with very minimal effort. The simplicity, accuracy, and speed of iray with NVIDIA GPUs remove all the nuance of typical rendering engines. All of this combined will create a streamlined workflow for teams, which will enable them to create and iterate renderings of your designs in a demanding production environment.
<p>Building Information Modeling (BIM) represents a great deal more than switching from 2D CAD to 3D modeling. Face it; these tools and work processes can be complicated. Throw in multiple office locations, different design partners, and old work methods, and you can have a real mess on your hands. In this session we will take a look at how programs like Revit software disrupt these ponds, and how you can learn to gain efficiencies while you’re in it. We will start by explaining how a basic peer-to-peer type of environment could work, and the pros and cons of this system. Next, we will throw CAD into the mix, and we’ll cover lessons learned. Then we’ll review document management tools such as Vault software, and we will wrap up with a discussion about how the Autodesk 360 software applications can help. If you’re a business owner trying to make sense of all of this, or a designer just looking to get your work done, you need to join us for this fast-paced and sometimes downright funny way to learn how to manage your BIM projects.<br>
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Small firms are often left behind when it comes to technology and training. From a small-firm perspective, this class explores the implementation of Building Information Modeling (BIM) tools, including 3D scanning, ReCap software, Revit software, Navisworks software, and AutoCAD Civil 3D software. This class will attempt to define workflow processes that work in a smaller firm and that will not overwhelm users. We will define level of development (LOD) levels and differences in BIM practices from traditional construction documentation practices. We will discuss how to get staff on board with BIM technology changes and how to define your company’s BIM mission statement by using real-world examples and case studies.
<p>Whiteclouds is a 3D printing and design service bureau. We offer a wide array of 3D printing. We have become very skilled and proficient with taking a CAD file and converting it to be able to 3D print a detailed and colorful scale model. This roundtable discussion will focus on converting files created with Autodesk software such as Revit to make them a 3D printable file.<br>
Production time = Money. So how can we speed up production time? Whether you are a large design house or a one person show, we all suffer when dealing with large models, but why do we put up with it? We have multiple sources of families and families gather data, they pick up ‘data dust’ and grow and grow and then they live in our models increasing the size of our project files, what we need is a medic! Or Autodesk SEEK’s new solution – family quality control. But it goes beyond that, this session tackles large data, sourcing families and family standards for in house use. We look at how we are addressing this from a global perspective, implementing standards and working towards achieving a national standard.
Whether your company has a rich history with Revit software or you've recently decided to take the plunge, developing and maintaining internal training is a tall order. BuroHappold Engineering New York has developed a thorough yet practical internal training program for its offices worldwide and would like to share the outcome of the challenges that were faced along the way. With 90% of the projects in our New York office being Revit-software based, new engineers have a limited amount of time to adjust to the technology and the corresponding company standards. This demand placed an enormous amount of pressure on the Building Information Modeling (BIM) Team to create a training program that was fast, furious, and efficient. You will leave with a clear understanding of the steps necessary for ensuring that engineers are ready to hit the ground running in Revit software projects.
In this hands-on class you will learn the basics of how to use lookup tables (Revit 2015 software and above) within your families.<br/><br/>This session is full, but an alternate time is now available.<br/><br/>
In this lecture you will learn about the exciting new features in Revit Architecture 2016 software. Discover new concepts of Building Information Modeling (BIM) and efficient, easy-to-use tools for parametric design and documentation.
In this class we will go over every step needed to set up Collaboration for Revit (C4R) software. Steps covered will include purchase process; Autodesk, Inc., ID setup; Autodesk account management; and Autodesk 360 Team setup and best practices. We will explore the following: What is an Autodesk 360 Team? What is Collaboration for Revit software? Collaboration for Revit installation. And initiation of worksharing in C4R. We will also troubleshoot common issues. You can view documentation for the class here: http://a360.co/1bUiVXL
The United States Air Force Academy (USAFA) Cadet Chapel, in Colorado Springs, Colorado, is a modernist architectural icon and one of Colorado’s most-photographed landmarks. Unfortunately, 5 decades of exposure has taken its toll. In advance of a major renovation, Autodesk, Inc., worked with the USAFA to capture as-built conditions and simulate the existing performance of this building. These efforts comprise a proof of concept for the application of scan-model-analyze workflows to renovation projects. In related sessions we will discover the workflows used to carry out reality capture and building-performance analysis of this project. This session will take an in-depth look at the modeling workflow, including use of alternate data sources to resolve as-built conditions, the challenges of constructing a Revit software model to serve many competing needs, and the mechanics of using Revit Server software and third-party file storage solutions to collaborate. We will also discuss lessons learned, insights gained, and best practices.
Revit software’s External Services framework enables developers to tailor the behavior of built-in Revit software features to the level that was not possible with conventional external command-based add-ins. External Services have been used as a base to support customized MEP (mechanical, electrical, and plumbing) calculations, access externally stored data, replace built-in export/import filters, and many other features in Revit software. As Revit software continues to grow there are new external services introduced with every major release, which gives developers new opportunities to provide their solutions on top of the Revit core functionality. Unfortunately, this feature has not been well adapted by the external public yet, quite possibly due to the lack of comprehensive documentation—which is exactly the gap this class will attempt to fill. We’ll explain the framework’s main ideas and clearly illustrate the most anticipated uses. We will also present a hands-on coding approach as an example of a simple MEP friction calculator.
This class will explain how code based on the Revit software API can be refactored to simplify usage, isolate functionality, and improve maintainability. Class material will cover the use of C# language features and industry best practices to refactor code in Revit software add-ins and supporting library modules. A detailed look will be taken at extension methods, the Action and Func delegate classes, Microsoft LINQ, and design patterns. We will show specific before and after samples of code running in a production add-in. We will explore extension methods to show how you can attach functionality to the responsible object. We will use delegates to encapsulate code, making it less complex and more maintainable. We will demonstrate LINQ by selecting and processing groups of objects. Finally, we will show design patterns that separate command functionality from the user interface.