Thursday, January 28, 2010

Autodesk Support and YouTube

In case you haven't seen these, Autodesk has created quite a few support videos that are available on YouTube.

Check them out here!

Monday, January 25, 2010

View BIM models on the iPhone

You can now view BIM models on the iPhone with this handy little app. Download it from the i-tunes store and get the exporters and more information here.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Trelligence Affinity and Revit

Today at our Revit user group, Larry Ciscon, President of Trelligence traveled to Wisconsin to present their Affinity software. Trelligence is an Autodesk "Prefered Industry Provider"

Affinity is a early architectural design application that's strengths lie in programming, space planning and schematic design. Affinity can run stand alone or linked with Revit (bi-directional link). For more on this go to the Revit and Affinity page.

We had around 20 in attendance today including architects, engineers and contractors. Larry did an excellent job explaining the software and then doing a live presentation which included working in both in Affinity and Revit and syncing any changes between the two applications.

A few of the cool things I picked up today were:

  • Affinity can leverage Sketchup for creating and modifying the "footprint" of your model which then updates in Affinity.
  • Affinity symbols can link to Revit families.
  • As Revit's API is opened more with each release, Affinity plans a more seamless "sync" as data changes. This seamless sync already occurs in Affinity, but will be further integrated with Revit as the API opens. (it's not a big deal, but you may have to hit the "refresh" button... currently)
Affinity supports the following workflows:

  • Start in Revit, then create the Affinity project
  • Start in Affinity, then automatically populate a Revit model.
  • Start in Revit (using Excel for programming), then combine both in Affinity
Thanks Larry for a great presentation!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

New Tips-n-Tech Post to EUA Consulting Site

We've posted a new Tips-n-Tech post to our EUA Consulting site. The subject is the distance restriction when linking CAD files.

Check it out!

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Bringing Clarity to your Documents

Do you need a break from the daily grind... Here is a tip I passed along to our users recently that should make your life a little more enjoyable. Enjoy!

We are viewing all different types of documents during our day. Have you ever gotten a document that used a smaller font and it was just tough to read? Or are your eyes just not what they used to be??

Let’s bring things into focus by increasing the magnification of the screen!

There are a couple ways to accomplish this.
  • Use the scroll bar or drop down to increase/decrease the zoom percentage. All applications are similar in concept, but you may access the tool in a different way.

  • Hold down the "Control" key and roll the wheel in/out on your mouse. The zoom percentage noted above will also reflect this change, so getting back to 100% is pretty easy!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

InPro BIM Launch - Win a Harley!

I'm not sure why I'm sharing this because I'm lowering my odds of winning... I guess because I never win these kind of things, what do I have to lose. Here you go!

InPro is launching a BIM library for their line of products. As part of their marketing effort, you have the chance of winning a 2011 Harley-Davidson® Heritage Softail® Motorcycle!

Go here to register for the bike!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Parrot A.R. Drone

One of my hobbies is R/C helicopters... While this isn't a true "heli" like I fly, I couldn't pass up posting this link. Aint technology cool!

Tips-n-Tech - Revit Tips, Workflows and Strategies

For those of you that missed this when you checked out our new site, we have a Tips-n-Tech section that includes some nice tidbits of Revit related information. Internally here at EUA, we share weekly with our staff things that we've learned. The goal is to increase our knowledge level and productivity firmwide rather than in small pockets. Tips-n-Tech is there to give you a taste of these Weekly Updates and learn something new. Enjoy the FREE Tips-n-Tech!

You can see all the posts by clicking here!

Check back often for updates, or you can subscribe by clicking here!

Monday, January 11, 2010

EUA Launches Design Application Consulting (BIM) Services

The firm I work for, Eppstein Uhen Architects (EUA) has just launched an extension of the firm; Consulting: Design Applications

Check out our recent marketing blast!

Friday, January 08, 2010

BIM Periodicals

Sometimes there's some crossover between my two blogs... Check out my recent post on BIM Periodicals on my BIM & IPD blog!