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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Debut of i-model plug-in for Revit

With the i-model plug-in for Revit the users will be able to save their Revit models in such a manner so that they can open the models in Bentley MicroStation, Bentley Navigator, and several other Bentley building products, keeping the Revit properties information intact within the Revit model.

The plug-in mostly useful for the project teams who are accustomed to work with a diverse Bentley/Revit surroundings and reference Revit models inside a MicroStation-supported design system used for coordination purposes, conflict recognition as well as the same types of activities.

How it performs:
By applying this plugin the project team members can save their Revit models to an i-model file inside the Revit application. The users have to perform this for one time and they don’t need MicroStation or any other Bentley application except the i-model plug-in for Revit.

The i-model is compatible with Bentley Navigator and can be applied for redlining, conflict detection, and further federated information workflows. The plug-in is well matched with the 2008-2012 versions of the Revit products along with Architecture, MEP, and Structure, and provides support for the 64-bit versions.

The i-model plug-in for Revit lets users save their Revit models to an i-model file from within the Revit application.


Submitted by Rajib Dey
Content Writer

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Trimble’s 3D BIM consulting services are useful for MEP contractors

Trimble just introduced 3D BIM Consulting Services. These services are designed for Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing (MEP) contractors who utilize Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Building Information Modeling (BIM) aptitudes.

Trimble's services will cover four elements ranging from 3D Model Evaluation, 3D Modeling, 3D Laser Scanning and 3D Modeling from Scanned Point Cloud.

MEP contractors apply BIM to get cost saving advantages toward pre-planning, prefabrication, value engineering and coordination together with other contractors. Trimble's consulting service model will facilitate the MEP contractor to integrate with the Trimble MEP 3D BIM Consulting Services team to develop the skills as well as reduce the technological differences with quick scalability.

Under 3D BIM Consulting Services, one individual project manager from Trimble, will supervise every consulting project. He will perform in a manner to make the bridge connecting the subcontractor and the team of 3D BIM modelers and subject matter experts inside Trimble's MEP Division.

By collaborating with MEP contractors and their BIM/CAD departments, Trimble will get the ability to increase their accessible resources and offer services for projects having different sizes. Thus clients will acquire a complete in depth building systems design from Trimble.

Trimble's 3D BIM Consulting Services for MEP contractors are available now. Details and contact information are located at:

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Content Writer

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Achieving Spatial Coordination Through BIM : A Guide for Specialty Contractors

It is a useful publication written by David Quigley, the MD of Emerson in collaboration with three national mechanical, electrical and plumbing associations involving the Mechanical Contractors Association of America Inc. (MCAA), the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors National Association (SMACNA) and the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA).

The book contains several years of professional experience as well as challenging approaching, execution lessons gathered by leading contractors. The book comes up with practical guidance for specialty contractors that focus on how they implement BIM processes and technologies for spatial coordination through building information modeling in their organizations.

The book consists of 170-pages and is completed in two years. This well-organized guide-book consists of comprehensible interpretations, checklists, glossaries and even references concerning hardware, software, and internet and cloud services. The book also provides great advantages for any subcontracting firm by providing necessary steps and preventative measures for any projects executed with BIM.

The introductory part of the book commences with primary information and gradually follows the instruction for evaluating the competences of the staff necessary to form a BIM team. Also learn how to make and figure out execution plans as well as regulate procedure and documentation. The other chapters of the book highlight support for leveraging business profits from one project to the next; assessing contract BIM prerequisites and the nitty-gritty of technology implementation.

The members of the organizations can access the digital edition of the guide at free of cost whereas it will cost $25 in print version. Non-members should provide $25 for a digital version and $100 for print.

In order to read the book online, go through the following link

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Content Writer

Friday, November 15, 2013

U.S. CAD Speakers to Present Classes at the forthcoming premier Autodesk University event 2013

Various members belong to U.S. CAD Professional Services team will conduct classes and share their technical and industry know-how on session topics covering AutoCAD, Civil 3D work points, facilities management etc. at the forthcoming premier Autodesk University event held in Las Vegas from December 3–5, 2013. The classes will provide great advantages to the huge Autodesk worldwide users.

Go through the following lists of U.S. CAD broadcasters and their class descriptions:

Jerry Motto
Class ID: FM2275
Class Title: Partnering for BIM Lifecycle Success
Class Type: Lecture
Date: December 3 at 1:30PM
Description: The architecture, engineering, construction (AEC), and facilities professionals will be able to connect with Autodesk® Revit®-based software models to a cloud supported system for controlling space, plan maintenance, and more. This class provides the huge scopes toward AEC professionals, building owners as well as operators to collaborate with a BIM lifecycle approach to deal with facilities.

John Rodriguez and Kristin Rhein
Class ID:CI1599
Class Title: Feeling Out of Sync? Get Your BIM Coordination On!
Class Type: Lecture
Date: December 3 at 3:00PM
Description: The attendee of this class can sharpen their knowledge regarding the most updated and well-organized workflows and utilities for producing authenticate BIM coordination connecting Civil 3D and Revit software efficiently. The class will be conducted by both civil and architectural BIM experts and they focus on the most excellent methods for coordinating among Civil 3D 2014 and Revit 2014 by the new BIM Coordinator tool.

KaDe King
Class ID: AC265
Class Title: These are a Few of My Favorite Things (in AutoCAD®)!
Class Type: Lecture
Date: December 4 at 8:00AM
Description: In this class, KaDe King will present and share his professional as well as teaching experience with Autodesk AutoCAD software. Be familiar with some exclusive features and tips of the software starting from initial version to AutoCAD 2014.

Class ID: AC2660-L
Class Title: Annotation Scaling in AutoCAD®: Bringing the Technology Home
Class Type: Hands-on Lab
Date: December 3 at 4:45PM
Description: In this class the attendees come across the application of annotation scaling and how it supports hatching, text, linetype scale, dimensions, and all of the other choices. Also learn how to apply these tools in your every day workflows.

Tom Pisani
Class ID: CI3081
Class Title: Pointing out Autodesk® AutoCAD® Civil 3D® Points
Class Type: Lecture
Date: December 5 at 2:30PM
Description: In this class, the attendees can undergo tips and tricks facilitating them in the working procedure with Civil 3D points by demonstrating through styles. Also gather knowledge how to handle these points with groups and examine settings while performing with your point drawing. Get deep insight into a Civil 3D template to for managing points through styles and settings.

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Content Writer

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Smithsonian x3D Explorer, a new interactive educational tool from Autodesk

Autodesk, Inc. and the Smithsonian just released the Smithsonian x3D Explorer. It is an interactive 3D educational tool and the users can acquire through the web. Autodesk created the tool solely for the Smithsonian to coordinate admittance to prized specimens and publish their stories. The public now gets priceless objects computerized by the Smithsonian for the first time which range from viewing “behind the glass” to holding 3D printed mock-ups.

3D technology is now extensively applied to museum projects and Smithsonian plays a significant role to widespread the concept.

Smithsonian now gives importance on capturing digital 3D models of their huge and composite collections of artifacts. By collaborating with Autodesk, they will be able to extend their collections to several people and develop education and research around science and technology among the students in intuitive manner.

Now it will be possible to restore and safeguard cultural heritage artifacts, structures, heirlooms, scientific specimens housed and even fossils by producing a digital representation within the Smithsonian collection. These models can be made accessible to the World.

Autodesk worked with the Smithsonian to provide the complete web experience involving an online museum finished with a gallery, guided tours, research data, and a 3D object explorer. The x3D Explorer introduced with 3D models of 21 representative objects from its collection.

Anyone can avail the Smithsonian’s x3D Explorer’s amazing 3D models of historic treasures and scientific specimens at free of cost and view, study, interact, visually manipulate, and allocate. So many 3D models can be downloaded for individual application as well as educational purpose. Various types physical objects can be generated for 3D printing.

Smithsonian hinged on Autodesk ReCap and Autodesk Maya solutions to capture artifacts with photos effortlessly and swiftly and transform them into detailed 3D models that can be viewed with superior quality with the x3D Explorer.


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Content Writer

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

BIM also stands for Information Mobility

Building Information Modeling, integrated projects and asset management are the vital parts of BIM. Integration of Data with BIM tools and cloud services are gaining popularity all through the world. Mobility tools like tablets and cloud services are bringing huge advantages on behalf of contractors and specialty contractors toward their investment.

To popularize the web based BIM application, Bentley recently introduced BentleyCONNECT Services facilitating customers to obtain the platform as a service other than providing more options with software as a service.

Besides, offering the software, Bently also plans to provide the version management, the technical assistance and everything together with committed success in a service-level agreement.

Bentley has made a tie-up with Microsoft's Windows Azure cloud service to widespread its established aptitudes with news services exceptionally facilitated by an always-on “cloud. The Azure is trusted name in providing support concerning hybrid environments which consist of a combination of cloud and on-premises computing. It facilitates project teams for acquiring BIM data in the field and accumulate field data in protected servers at the back of a customer's firewall. It can expand the capacities of servers and connect to them (in the jobsite) with the help of cloud services.

By adopting Windows Azure Platform-as-a-Service and Infrastructure Services, Bentley is pursuing Microsoft’s promise to hybrid environments involving cloud and on-premises computing. It is a vital aspect in fulfilling the prerequisites of organizations that design, construct, and maneuver the global infrastructure.

Following Bentley’s initiative several firms are searching for the "B" in BIM to stand for "better decisions and better-performing assets" and at the "IM" in BIM to indicate "information mobility" as much as "information modeling."


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Content Writer

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

2014 AIA TAP Building Information Modeling Awards

The AIA Technology in Architectural Practice (TAP) Knowledge Community is going to organize its Tenth Annual Building Information Modeling (BIM) Awards competition. In order to participate in the project, the participants have to submit excellent projects that display advanced and illustrious applications of interoperable building information modeling. The Tenth BIM Awards is based on the warm responses obtained from previous award winners in 2005 – 2013.

The last date of submitting projects is is before 5:00 PM EDT, 16 December 2013.

This year three new industry partners ranging from BIMForum, COAA and IFMA are taking part in the 2014 BIM Awards.

Submission Categories
A — Stellar Architecture using BIM (this is focused on design excellence)
B — Delivery Process Innovation.
C — Outstanding Sustainable Design.
D — Academic Program / Curriculum Development.
E — Exemplary use of BIM in a Small Firm.
F — Exemplary use of BIM in Facility Management (FM) and Operations.
G — Process and Technology Innovation Integrating with BIM.

All submissions will be appraised for consideration by the jury in every and the entire categories.

Recognition - The projects which get award, will be documented in AIA publications and electronic media as well as at the BIM Awards presentation before the 2014 AIA National Convention in Chicago and partner events.

To submit your project visit the: 2014 AIA TAP BIM Awards page here.

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Content Writer

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Enhance the functionality of Autodesk® Revit with Evox Parametrizer

Evox Parametrizer is a tool for Autodesk® Revit® BIM 2014 that brings huge advantages to modelers and managers as it improves the functions of Autodesk® Revit® by incorporating them with excel. The main functionality of this tool is to computerize the process and to connect an excel sheet to the setting of families, walls, floors and roofs.

After set up, a new menu will be visible in the tabs of Autodesk® Revit® facilitating the users to connect an excel sheet by means of some simple mouse clicks. Just select a a simple spreadsheet and generate the new family types by configuring parameters automatically. In case of revising the file, just update the information enclosed in the family at any time.

Evox Parametrizer also contains a wide array of exclusive features facilitating users to foresee various information concerning walls, floors and roofs from Autodesk® Revit® and to import them into another project as well as amend them simply by filling out an excel sheet.

Evox Parametrizer empowers users to interrelate in a better way with industry professionals and produce Autodesk® Revit® families of intelligent which can be upgraded in future.

Evox Parametrizer is well versed with Autodesk Revit 2014, Autodesk Revit Architecture 2014, Autodesk Revit MEP 2014and Autodesk Revit Structure 2014

Download the trial version:


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Content Writer

Friday, November 1, 2013

Vectorworks 2014 is just launched by Nametschek Vectorworks

Nametschek Vectorworks Inc has just launched Vectorworks 2014. The software provides great benefits to architects & interior architects, landscape architects and designers, lighting and scenic designers, product & furniture designers as well as newbie students.

In the version of 2014, there will lots of advancements with a wide array of design-related decisions and workflows. This newly launched version comes up with superior collaboration, intuitive 3D modeling, powerful rendering engine, improved 2D graphic control, ability to modify or automate production work.

The users can get real time in all the solid rendered models as navigation in all 3D views will be performed with OpenGL. The cache produced in OpenGL also enhances navigation in other rendered modes.

The users can enjoy a quicker interactive display with Enjoy walking through, panning, zooming, selecting, moving, modifying, and more in rendered modes by keeping speed and performance intact.

Visit the following link to download the complete manual


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Content Writer