Wednesday, November 30, 2011

AU 2011: 3D pdfs from SimLab Soft

Worthy of more review is SimLab Soft’s SimLab Composer and it’s ability to produce 3D pdfs with multiple saved views and animations. 


Making BIM easily digestible for non-tech savvy users. SimLab has no fear of the Big Bad BIM

Note: in case you haven’t noticed, I’m using these posts to capture technologies and processes to look into further. My apologies if your RSS reader is overflowing.  Of course you're probably used to that during AU.  My hope is that you will find some interesting tidbit in the ramblings as well

3Dconnexion releases a new mouse

I haven't had a chance to use any of 3Dconnexion's 3D peripherals for at least 5 years.  I was excited about them then and they continue to hold a fascination for me.  As someone who spends more than 3/4 of their waking hours in a 3D virtual environment, I am interested in anything that can make the experience more efficient and enjoyable.

I can't wait to try them all at the Exhibit hall.

Check out their newest press release below.
3Dconnexion:  Taming the Big Bad BIM

LAS VEGAS (Autodesk University, Booth #136) – Nov. 29, 2011 – 3Dconnexion today announced the SpaceMouse™ Pro – its newest 3D mouse for professional 3D software users working in a range of industries from mechanical engineering to media and entertainment, product design, architecture, and healthcare. SpaceMouse Pro combines 3Dconnexion’s patented six-degrees-of-freedom (6DoF) sensor for intuitive and precise 3D navigation with an advanced ergonomic design and innovative On-screen Display, to deliver superior comfort and a simpler, more productive workflow.

“3D mice revolutionize the way people interact with digital 3D content,” said Antonio Pascucci, vice president of products, 3Dconnexion. “We are committed to developing products that meet the needs of 3D users. SpaceMouse Pro provides a professional 3D navigation experience, enabling users to better understand their 3D content, while its new advanced ergonomic design ensures a comfortable working experience.”

The SpaceMouse Pro 3D mouse is an easy-to-use, professional solution with advanced features, including:

-      Professional Navigation: The patented six-degrees-of-freedom sensor provides intuitive 3D navigation while five QuickView keys offer one-touch access to 12 view combinations – top, right, front, and 90-degree rotation.

-      Advanced Ergonomic Design: SpaceMouse Pro ensures a balanced and comfortable workflow with full-size, soft-coated hand rest and fifteen large, tactile and easy-to-locate buttons.

-      Application Control: Four large, fully customizable Intelligent Function Keys provide fingertip access to frequently used application commands while the new On-screen Display provides visual feedback on function key assignment. In addition, SpaceMouse Pro’s Keyboard Modifiers provide convenient access to Control, Shift, Alt, Esc functions.

3Dconnexion will be demonstrating the SpaceMouse Pro in booth #136 at Autodesk University 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada, Nov. 29 – Dec. 1.


Long awaited (by me at least) Point Known launches PKNAIL Pro yesterday at AU 2011 (how appropriate.)

To truly use BIM to full effectiveness there is  a real need for accurate existing conditions capture.  PKNail translates “…measurements directly from wireless laser range finders into a BIM workstation…”

With reality capture such a wide ranging topic, it will be interesting to see where PKNail fits into the continuum.

Now all I need to do is get a trial to evaluate.

POINTKNOWN is clearly NOT afraid of the Big Bad BIM!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

AU 2011:Get the point?

A focus of AU 2011 has been both the front end and downstream usage of the BIM.

A real upcoming force in using BIM for field layout is Get the Point (GTP.)

because the job waits for no one.

Adding survey point information to multiple BIM file formats ( notably Revit and Navisworks) and pushing that data to a robotic total station for field layout, GTP is helping surveyors, MEP, and specialty contractors to not be afraid of the Big Bad BIM

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Monday, November 28, 2011

AU 2011: Snubbed again

Yet again I haven't been invited to a Revit Blogger/ Media event.  Maybe I need to post more than once a year...?   :)
Maybe next year.

AU 2011: Design Review Mobile for Android???

Autodesk has just launched a Beta testing site for Design Review Mobile on Android devices.

Visit and enter your email address and Android device type to be considered for the Beta testing group.

AU 2011:Leadeship Forum Keynote

An inspiring kickoff to what looks to be another incredible Autodesk University.

Memorable quotes:


(Think: which one of these reactions do I want my customers to have and which do I want my competition to have?)

"How do we get the dogs to eat the dogfood?" (in relation to implementing strategies at the user level.)

The five main disruptive technology sectors in the AEC industry.
  1. Reality Capture
  2. Cloud Computing
  3. Infinite Computing
  4. Analysis/Visualization
  5. Translating Digital to Analog
Look for opportunities to set your business apart from the pack in these areas.