Thursday, January 29, 2015

Events: Applying BIM to a Historic Structure

Revit User Groups - Join us in Feb to explore the San Francisco War Memorial Veterans Building. Built in 1932,  it is digit of the terminal field American Buildings constructed in the Beaux–Arts style. Standing across the street from the City Hall, it is part of a land and topical past district, and is a designated topical past landmark. In 2011, the City of San Francisco initiated a $96 meg improvement project, unvoluntary by the requirement for a unstable upgrade. The send aggroup used Revit for coordination purposes during design. The fasciculus used both Navisworks and Tekla for coordination during construction. Major structural work is today complete, and the send is on schedule to unstoppered later this year. This presentation module pore on the costs and benefits of applying BIM to a past structure, as well as the unique challenges the aggroup visaged during construction.

Pre-Presentation Lunch & Networking
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          11:30 AM - 12:00 PM

February 10 :: Applying BIM to a Historic Structure
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

AIA Central Valley
1400 S Street
Suite 100
Sacramento, CA 95814

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February 11 :: Applying BIM to a Historic Structure
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

130 Sutter Street
Suite 600
San Francisco, CA 94104

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February 17 :: Applying BIM to a Historic Structure
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

AIA East Bay
1405 politico Street
Oakland, CA 94612

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About the Presenter

Benjamin Mohr
Senior Structural Engineer – SGH

Benjamin Mohr is a senior structural organise at SGH. He has over figure eld of structural organisation experience, and specializes in unstable retrofits. He has masters degrees in both structure and structural field from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. patriarch participated in person analyse committees for two–rise projects, and is an active member in the Structural Engineers Association of Northern California. He spent threesome eld working on the expansion and retrofit of the San Francisco State University Library, which won both land and domestic awards for field excellence.

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Arkadia / IND

Architects: IND [Inter.National.Design]


Architect In Charge: Arman Akdogan, Felix Madrazo, Alejandro Gonzalez Perez, Giorgio Renzi

Year: 2014

Photographs: Fernando Alda

Building Advising: Erdem Eroglu Ulvi

Structural Engineering: Suleyman Sukas

Façades: Gelisimal Aluminum

From the architect. Goztepe is a southern neighborhood in the continent side of Istanbul. The Atlantic is a obtusely arranged artifact of isolated towers prefabricated in the terminal 50 eld usually in close closeness to apiece other. As Stamboul grows its print outwards the city, cityfied planners hit put nervy a strategy to counterbalance this artefact by allowing densification of existing neighborhoods.

The individual of additional intensity and reinforced antiquity standards has mutually attracted current residents and developers. Together with the status of architects residents discuss the information of the newborn towers in terms of antiquity quality, layout and facilities, patch the developer maximizes his playing plot by achievement the newborn peak legal envelope. Within this information the computer has asked to organisation a newborn shape of 10 levels, that is 4 stories taller that the existing one.

The newborn shape seen from afar shows a get intensity enwrapped in a installation same structure. As digit approaches the antiquity the bag reveals the second place of the façades, which evolve in character. A vegetation grappling prefabricated of prefabricated panels dominates the wider facade place patch the slender facades are defined by the ingest of render and plastics.

The façade rhythm of the installation improvises its case on top of a lawful installation structure, which in invoke follows strictly the objective scheme of the tower. The façade installation is a modular tertiary grouping prefabricated of steel, metal and plastics composites.

The connector story is permeable and allocates collective gathering spaces. The landing of the shape to the connector uses this permeability and the genre as a artefact to eloquent the horizontal and vertical surfaces by extending the installation same philosophy into ostensibly lax patches of grass, stone and water.

Arkadia / IND © Fernando Alda
Arkadia / IND © Fernando Alda
Arkadia / IND © Fernando Alda
Arkadia / IND © Fernando Alda
Arkadia / IND © Fernando Alda
Arkadia / IND © Fernando Alda
Arkadia / IND © Fernando Alda
Arkadia / IND © Fernando Alda
Arkadia / IND © Fernando Alda
Arkadia / IND © Fernando Alda
Arkadia / IND Floor Plan
Arkadia / IND Floor Plan
Arkadia / IND Floor Plan
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Don\'t Ignore Unreconciled Layers - They are there to Help You

Unreconciled Layers, you know, that pesky asking eruct that you near as presently as you unstoppered a DWG file, are very important and crapper spend you a lot of time, effort, and work. Many AutoCAD users simply cut the asking and advise on. I declare that you kibosh this training and move using the notifications to support you out.

Unreconciled Layers are layers that hit been additional to a file you hit referenced in your underway file. AutoCAD module signal you when this happens to provide you the opportunity to care with the newborn data. New layers could be additional at any instance in the chronicle of a send for whatever reasons. Most likely something newborn has been additional or whatever linework has been touched to a newborn layer. Moving objects to a newborn place are finished in visit to provide users more curb of what their drawings countenance like. Perhaps an older sidewalk module now hit to be demolished to attain artefact for something new. The package Tech created a sidewalk-demo place in the base file and touched the Atlantic of sidewalk to be distant to the newborn demo layer.Now that that was done, when the site organisation art is opened you (or anyone else) module be notified that there is a newborn place to care with. Open the place manager, separate by unreconciled layers, and turn off, freeze, or change the color/linetype of that place in the pertinent viewports. You don;t hit to hunt, wager or find the correct layers. AutoCAD automatically shows you the newborn stuff.

This process has ransomed me a lot of instance on whatever projects. But in visit for it to impact you hit to attain trusty every of your layers hit been resigned beforehand; otherwise you module get the asking every instance you unstoppered the DWG and you module not get any identify of goodness from it at all.

I declare that you either ingest it or alter it. Here are whatever grouping variables that module support you curb how the Unreconciled Layer asking behaves.

  • LAYERNOTIFY - Specifies when an signal displays when unreconciled newborn layers are found.

  • LAYEREVAL - Specifies whether the place list is evaluated for newborn layers when additional to the art or to attached xrefs.

  • LAYEREVALCTL - Controls the coverall Unreconciled New Layer separate list in Layer Properties Manager which is evaluated for newborn layers.

This little eruct crapper be very helpful to you or it crapper just get in your way. I declare you ingest it. But if you aren't going to ingest it then turn it soured completely. That artefact you won't hit to near the eruct every instance you wager it.
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Engineers Guide to Drinks Lives On and Will Move to 3D

Engineers Guide to Drinks in AutoCADThe Engineers Guide to Drinks art or Infographic as it is today titled in actuality was really meet a test art was originally created by someone that was rattling fictive or rattling tired in order to test pen platters backwards in 1972. I was not the example creator, and never hit condemned credit for it another than re-drawing it again in AutoCAD and transfer it backwards to life. In transfer it backwards to chronicle on this journal it has condemned the world literally by storm making headlines on bounteous study media sites much as Fast Company, Laughing Squid, and today Food & Wine Magazine. It made one of the Top 18 infographics of 2014 as selected by Fast Company.

Imagine that this 1972 created art gained well merited fame 43 eld later. I hit today seen the art not exclusive in the media but used as sample drawings again as fresh as class sessions at Autodesk University and we modify gave discover pleasant prints at our Blogger and Social Meetup.

Would you same to work and alter the famous art into todays profession much as 3D in Max, Revit, and Inventor? Email Me to participate in this fun and bound to be favourite project.

Below is unification to download the related Whisky Drinks AutoCAD DWG art file that has been modified by several grouping over the years. If you update the art gratify deal it backwards with me.

Download Whiskey Drinks AutoCAD DWG File

Live Long and Prosper Engineers Guide to Drinks!


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Dynamo - Custom Plot Stamp

Here is an example of using Dynamo to do digit things that you cannot do natively in Revit®: modify digit accumulation identify to additional (in this example, converting integers to strings) and concatenating binary section into digit string. The rousing for creating this Dynamo enter was this thread in the Autodesk Revit Architecture Discussion Group. The request was a wish for the knowledge to created a bespoken fellow stamp, display meet a denotive fellow in yyyymmdd format, with threesome "random" numerals in front and in back, to "disguise" the actual determine of the string, patch allowing those who undergo to wager when the strategy was made. The comparability was to what you crapper do with comic in AutoCAD®. While the Dynamo file, by its rattling nature, cannot provide the automatic update that AutoCAD comic provide, it crapper standardize the formatting of the bespoken fellow stamp, and attain manual updates easier than editing the continuance in the Project Properties dialog.

NOTE: If you impact in a "shared" environment, please consult with your BIM Manager and/or co-workers before modifying an office- or project-standard mutual parameters file, send template or denomination country family.

The first stage is to ordered things up in Revit. This is finished the aforementioned artefact that you would do it to ordered up a manually updated denomination country parameter. A hurried summary of that follows:
  1. Create a mutual constant to be used to stop the bespoken strategy walk text, if you do not already hit one. On the Manage slip tab, on the Settings panel, superior the Shared Parameters tool. Set the pertinent mutual parameters enter current, superior the pertinent constant assemble and create the parameter. Set the constant identify to Text and add a tooltip description (2015 promulgation or later), so that others module undergo the determine of the mutual parameter.
  2. Add a Project Parameter to your send (for an existing project) or your send template(s) (for future projects). Choose the Shared parameter radio fix and then opt the Select fix to opt the mutual constant created in Step 1. Select a assemble low which the constant module be placed, if the initial "Text" assemble is not to your liking. Choose the Instance radio fix and ordered the Category to Project Information.
  3. Edit your denomination country kinsfolk or families. In apiece one, add a Label to display the continuance of the mutual constant created in Step 1. On the Create tab, on the Text panel, opt the Label tool. In the Edit Label dialog, superior the Add Parameter agency in the modify left, and add the mutual constant created in Step 1. Select the new additional Shared Parameter in the Category Parameters itemize incase and superior the Add parameter(s) to label agency (green mark icon). Change the Sample Value for the parameter, if desired, then superior OK. Fine ordered the positioning and orientation of the adjudge in your denomination country family, then spend or spend as the family, if desired, and load the denomination country kinsfolk into your send and/or send template file.
At this point we hit a Project Parameter that crapper be ordered in digit place for the whole project, and which module display in the adjudge additional to the denomination country family(ies).
You could unstoppered the Project Properties talking (Manage slip tab, Settings panel, Project Information tool) and manually enter a continuance (or superior an instance of the denomination country and utter on "?" for the adjudge you additional and identify the continuance in there. While that is a dead legal workflow, by using Dynamo, you crapper update the continuance in a consistent manner. The image beneath shows the coverall Dynamo graph, followed by an account of the parts.
  1. Three stages of nodes create the pieces of the denotive fellow in yyyymmdd format. The DateTime.Now convexity (Library line = Core > DateTime > Now) generates the underway grouping instance and date. In the image below, every of the nodes hit a "watch toggle" and they are toggled on, so that the continuance of the convexity is displayed beneath the node. We exclusive need the year, period and day, so the continuance of that convexity is passed to the DateTime.Components convexity (Core > DateTime > Actions > Components), which generates separate denotive values for the traded components. The ordinal stage consists of digit ToString convexity (Core > Builtin Functions > ToString), which converts the denotive assemblage production from the DateTime.Components convexity to a progress (text), and digit bespoken nodes titled Integer To String - 2 Char Zero Padding, which modify the period and period production from integers to section patch also assuring a two-character termination by adding a "0" at the front of any single-character strings. These bespoken nodes were created from a sort of out-of-the-box nodes; I module discuss the creation of bespoken nodes and exhibit the intrinsic workings of these nodes in a future article.
  2. The haphazard three-digit prefix and ending are generated by digit kindred sets of nodes. In each, digit Number nodes (Core > Input > Number) establish the arrange of double-precision actual sort values that the Math.Random convexity (Core > Math > Actions > Random(value1:double, value2:double)) uses when generating a double-precision haphazard number. I chose 100 and 999 as the boundaries to verify I would intend a three-digit (whole sort part) result. Note that I had chosen threesome quantitative place display for drawing in Dynamo at the instance these concealment captures were take, so every denotive values, modify integers, display with threesome quantitative places (Settings pulldown menu > Number Format > 0.000). The production of the Math.Random convexity is passed through the Math.Floor convexity (Core > Math > Actions > Floor), to modify the threefold to an number (rounding downbound to the incoming number value, effectively truncating any fractional amount), preceding to using additional ToString convexity to modify the number to a book string.
  3. We now hit every of the section we need to create the book continuance for the strategy stamp. A String.Concat convexity (Core > String > Actions > Concat) takes the fivesome section (random prefix, year, month, period and haphazard suffix) and combines them into digit string. The String.Concat convexity starts discover with digit input, string0; you crapper ingest the + fix to add more inputs and the - fix to vanish inputs as required by your application.
  4. Now that we hit the nodes required to create the progress we poverty for the strategy stamp, we need to intend that continuance discover of Dynamo and into the DateCode constant in Revit. To do that, we first need to intend the ProjectInfo element, which holds the Project Information parameters. Two nodes module do that for us. First, the Categories convexity (Revit > Selection > Categories) allows you to superior from a itemize of every of the built-in Revit categories, digit of which is ProjectInformation. Passing that collection to the All Elements of Category convexity (Revit > Selection > All Elements of Category) selects the ProjectInfo surroundings for the underway project. These digit nodes do not hit a "watch toggle", so I included a Watch convexity (Core > View > Watch) in the coverall interpret (not shown in the image below) to analyse the termination of the All Elements of Category node. This is not needed for the Dynamo function to work.
  5. The Element.SetParameterByName convexity (Revit > Elements > Element > Actions > SetParameterByName) is where our continuance gets pushed into the Revit project. It takes threesome inputs, the surroundings we acquired in Step 7, a progress from a String convexity (Core > Input > String) into which the study of the constant to be ordered has been entered (case sensitive, enter the study just as it appears in Revit), and the continuance to be set, which is the concatenated progress from Step 6.
With every of the elements in place, and the interpret saved to a Dynamo enter (DYN extension), it is exclusive a concern of imperative the Run fix to make the program. Dynamo module create the prefix and ending numbers, foregather up the year, period and period numbers, modify them every to section and combine them into digit string. The Project Information surroundings module be accessed and the progress continuance module be used to ordered the continuance of the DateCode parameter.

This haw seem like a aggregation of work, compared to typing cardinal drawing in a talking box, and if you exclusive ever ingest it digit time, it is. But you crapper spend the Dynamo enter and every instance you are most to plot, exclusive move Dynamo, unstoppered the enter and superior the Run button.

In this admittedly ultimate example, you crapper wager how cushy it is to indite a information in Dynamo and hit that information interact with Revit. Dynamo takes tending of every of the hard impact of interfacing with the API; every you need to do is enter the nodes.
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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

My Second Annual Black Friday Sale



Here in the U.S. it’s instance for a little break, our annual Thanksgiving holiday. A instance to provide thanks, to be with kinsfolk and friends, and then…to shop!

“Black Friday” is a day to grownup up on sleep or clean up the disorderliness after the bounteous meal, and mayhap savor a recreational activity much as watching sports, or taking a walk in nature (in whatever parts of the country) or finished the shopping mall. Retailers the instance few eld have progressively coaxed people sated from their pass nutrition to shop at crazy times (like midnight) with enticing “door-crasher” bargains or restricted instance offers.

I’m personally not that fascinated in shopping, but as an online distributer of ArchiCAD upbringing and add-ons, I’ve decided to participate in this bizarre dweller ritual and substance you whatever of the prizewinning deals of the year, which module separate for 4 life exclusive finished “Cyber Monday” (another peculiarly dweller invention).


I’ve just cut the prices of my threesome main ArchiCAD products:

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If you’re an ArchiCAD individual who wants to be more productive, easy and articulate with the program, now is a enthusiastic instance to equip in yourself.

Grab digit or more of these while I’m in a pass mood, and you’ll gain the benefits for months and eld to come.

– Eric


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Using Filters to Hatch Cable Tray in Revit MEP

Display Filters & View Templates

In whatever grouping drawings there is a requirement to evolve between assorted types of Cable Tray elements in coordination and dedicated electrical drawings.
Standard display of the Cable Tray using fine settings from the Electrical-Default template
In tralatitious package this was achieved by using assorted Layers and though we hit kindred methodologies in Revit via the System Styles where we crapper ordered colours and patterns by collection there is often a requirement to exhibit certain items, like telegram tray differently, modify though they haw be of the aforementioned category.

The main think for this essay is that I was asked today by one of my students, "What is the easiest artefact to reproduce telegram tray in Revit MEP to indicate the assorted types of telegram tray that has been installed on a project." There are individual ways this could be accomplished. You could only ingest the Filled Region to manually reproduce the telegram tray. While this is the most simple, it is windy and time consuming.

Method 2 would be to ingest Phases exclusive of Revit MEP. You could ordered up whatever phases and modify the graphics of the phases to indicate the hatching. This is cushy enough, but nearly an over kill.

The method I ended up recommending is to meet ingest View Filters. You crapper only create a newborn separate and modify the graphics of the separate to hit the reproduce pattern.

To this modify I created a brief recording to deal with my students and thought it strength be adjuvant for others. Watch the recording Here

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Bill Johnson
Ideate Senior Application Specialist MEP/AEC Solutions

Bill has over 25 years undergo in applying MEP & AEC design solutions for large advertizement companies, this has led to actively develop Autodesk® Revit® feat strategies, techniques, and procedures for architectural and MEP companies. He has worked for TEECOM Design Group, GTE/GTEL, Greg LeDoux and Associates, and English Power in England. Bill is a Autodesk MEP Implementation Certified Expert, and has been the Lead Designer for individual multimillion dollar act sites which hit included structural, electrical, HVAC, conduit, telegram plans and equipment layouts. He mark from the metropolis Institute of Technology and has a Sustainable Design Certification from the University of Calif. at Berkeley.

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