Thursday, August 28, 2008
Given that, I wonder why Autodesk chooses to market its products the way that they do. Revit Architecture (RAC) is the flagship BIM platform in Autodesk's armada of software. AutoCAD Acrhitecture (ACA) is billed as a tool designed to increase the productivity of "Architects who know AutoCAD." No mention is given in the advertising literature about ACA's use for BIM.
Alot is said about Revit's ability to attach parameters (information) to elements in the model and schedule them out. ACA has similar ability. ACA let's you use a ubiquitous file format (.dwg)(remember, interoperability is KEY in Integrated Practice) to produce a 3d model that uses "smart objects" to represent and document the built environment. These objects "know" what they are and how they should interact with objects around them. Doors "know" that they go in walls, as do windows. Roofs are modeled based on complex rules running behind the scenes with limited input from the user. These objects also have information attached to them (manufacturer, material, etc, etc.) and they can communicate that information to schedules created within the program.
I DON'T think that ACA is as robust as RAC in some functions. Sections and elevations aren't "live" you can't select objects in them and modify those objects. When you make changes to plan views, you must update the section or elevation that is produced from them (which could lead to uncoordinated documents.) You can't select objects in schedules and make changes to them that effect the model.
However, all said, ACA is a pretty darn powerful modeling, drafting and information organizing software. Wow, sounds like BIM to me. It is especially useful in leveraging the training and skills of users who are experienced in AutoCAD.
I'd love to hear the opinions of anyone who has used ACA or by its former moniker ADT Architectural Desktop (either in a BIM capacity or not) on real life projects.
Monday, August 25, 2008
You can also choose any open window to capture and you can annotate (with pens and highlighter, no text though.)
You can even crop a rectangle or use a free form tool.
So if you don't want to spring for SnagIt or some other screen capture program maybe you should reconsider that Vista upgrade you have been putting off... Well at least Revit runs fine on Vista despite our fears to the contary.
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Other neat-o features are; the ability to do mark-ups of the specs from Revit, and a project specific Keynote File (again, based on the specs, which are based on the project.)
Keen! See a recorded online Demo here.
Now that's creative use of information in models.
Friday, August 15, 2008
-Support for Revit assembly codes for "symbol" element types
-Properties support for new style DWF files (as exported from Revit)
-Asta Powerproject V10 support
-AutoCAD Mechanical 2008 64-bit support
-64-bit exporters now included in the main installer
-Vico Constructor 2008 support
-Enhancements to application programming interface
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
"The BIMForum will meet October 2 & 3 at The Fairview Park Marriott in Falls Church, Virginia. Meetings will be held all day Thursday and Friday. The theme of this meeting is how interface points are established to help Building Information Models to evolve. This meeting will be loaded with presentations on the interfaces between project teams, the current status and future of software interoperability, risk management, as well as a showcase of new and innovative technology. "
Check them out here.
Thursday, August 7, 2008
The 2009.1 Suite will include those applications as well as AutoCAD Architecture.This decision was made to allow those thinking of migrating to a true BIM product can make that move and still keep their old platform for current projects and future projects using existing files.
Ask your VAR for details. More information will be available on the Autodesk website as of Aug 22. Salespeople are being encouraged to market this point release starting now.
The above is my opinion of information given to me by an AutoDesk Value Added Retailer and is not implied to be a release by AutoDesk.
Monday, August 4, 2008
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