Scheduling Apartments

Scheduling Apartments

Scheduling Apartments

I can’t take full credit for this post, as it was Becks Aaron Maller who reminded me of this, as it seems that I had wiped it from my memory. Neither the less, let me explain. More often than not, project teams working on residential schemes will use groups for apartment or flat layouts. If you apply a sound strategy, with clean interfaces between the elements in the group & the main structure of the building; this actually works well.

Scheduling Apartments

I also recommend to users that they don’t mirror the groups, instead they create left & right versions. In this instance, if I did require a handed version, I would group, name appropriately, mirror, then ungroup the mirrored version, regroup & rename as the handed version.

Scheduling Apartments

So you can then happily use your groups in your project as long as you are mindful of the limitations of groups. But what about scheduling? As it stands, in Revit 2013 we can’t schedule groups. So how do we get around this limitation, especially where you might have to schedule apartments or flat types in a project; a common practise in residential projects. The answer is to create a very simple generic model family which includes the mark parameter & ensure this is included as part of your apartment model group. It doesn’t have to be anything too spectacular, it can be as simple as a few symbolic lines which can be controlled & categorised with subcategories so it can be easily found, located & displayed. When the groups are placed in the project, you can use a multi category schedule & pick up the mark parameter from the generic model family. This is a great way to push data back into until group as well, by driving data from the schedule into the generic model family within the group.

Scheduling Apartments

In Revit 2014 we still can’t schedule groups! However some minor enhancements open up more opportunities to push data into elements within groups & allow us to schedule this data. The reason for this, is we can use the “new variance parameter by group” functionality in 2014. Let me explain how this could be used.

This example gives a brief description of the implementation process. Typically I would probably use a generic model family as well as shared parameters as my data collector in the group, but to demonstrate the process I will create simple in-place generic model family. Copied from David Light.

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THIS LONDON LAW FIRM WENT TOTALLY MOBILE

THIS LONDON LAW FIRM WENT TOTALLY MOBILE

THIS LONDON LAW FIRM WENT TOTALLY MOBILE

THIS LONDON LAW FIRM WENT TOTALLY MOBILE

The international consulting firm, which offers law and tax advice, relocated their London office to Cannon Place over the summer. The new office coincided with a new, client-centric initiative – the company got rid of the traditional receptionist desk in favor of a “meet and greet” concierge approach, creating a space for more conversation between the company and the client.

With the new office came the addition of new technology. Employees have been issued a state-of-the-art laptop, wireless headset and 24” screen, enabling them to stay mobile and take advantage of the different types of workspaces throughout the office.

THIS LONDON LAW FIRM WENT TOTALLY MOBILE

Is there a mobile work or work-from-home policy or are most of the employees there all day every day?

The new technology used at Cannon Place allows for total mobility, enabling staff to work at their desks, move into a meeting room, or around the building, or work remotely.

CMS uses Microsoft technologies and designs to create a system of working that has never been seen before in the legal profession. Microsoft Lync is the centerpiece for unified communication in Cannon Place and provides voice and video calls, web meetings and instant messaging, facilitating communication internally and externally.

All fee-earners have been issued with the latest Surface Pro 3, a 24” screen and a wireless headset. Surface Pro 3s are one of the most advanced laptops available, and can function as a touch screen and an app-based tablet device.

Lync is a telephone system and all calls outside CMS go across phone lines. Internal calls across CMS’ offices go through their WAN network.

It allows staff to screen-share with colleagues and hold video conferences from their desks. Staff can also annotate documents directly onto their Surface Pro and send this to the Document Centre (DOCE) or to a secretary for processing.

Windows phones have replaced BlackBerry devices and are fully integrated with Lync as both are Microsoft products. The combination of Windows phones and Lync means staff are fully mobile, and able to take and join calls at their desks, in a break-out room, at home or wherever they happen to be. Copied from work design magazine.

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ORANG+UTAN VEGETARIAN BAR IN KIEV

ORANG+UTAN VEGETARIAN BAR IN KIEV

ORANG+UTAN VEGETARIAN BAR IN KIEV

ORANG+UTAN VEGETARIAN BAR IN KIEV

Artem Vakhrin and Katya Zuieva of AKZ Architectura have designed a new vegetarian bar in Kiev, Ukraine. The client, Yulia Savlepova, had a strong vision and was the catalyst in the conception of ideas. The goal was to create an interior that should capture the essence of Orang+Utan bar – “the city is a new ‘jungle’ and people who live there are new ‘smart animals’ in need of a place to fill up with energy”.

White tiles were applied to the walls and ceilings, accentuated with a contrasting black ground. The jungle theme appears in the bathroom with an abundance of artificial plants and pink-coated fruit. Bizarre-i-o. But we kind of dig it. Copied from yellowtrace.

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What We Area?

PhoenixEOS is the combined solutions provider working on parallel lines of engineering and architecture. Based in India, PhoenixEOS majorly works with offshore clients due to the benefits of their mandatory needs in building and architecture solutions. Phoenix is a one stop solution for CADD Services with specialized services involving all kinds of BIM (Building Information Modeling) services in 2D, 3D and 4D formats. BIM is mandatory in most of the countries of the world like the U.S, Europe, Australia, among others. In India, it is in nascent stage. This means we are a pioneering company working as a bridge between your project blueprints to actual building. Phoenix team has worked internationally with big projects and is bringing this niche concept to India. We provide different types of services that involve both digital and print output for your ease. We have the cutting edge technology required for modern day needs with all required infrastructure in a spacious place. Our highly compatible and experienced team can handle all the amalgamated design and details solutions processes extremely well. With every project done successfully, we have built an enormous trust in our clients. Our work culture is a perfect fusion of experience, expertise and capabilities.

RESIDENTIAL INTERIOR DESIGN

RESIDENTIAL INTERIOR DESIGN

RESIDENTIAL INTERIOR DESIGN

RESIDENTIAL INTERIOR DESIGN

If there’s one category that’s never in short supply for us to cover here on Phoenix Engineering Outsourcing Services, it’s sensational Residential Interiors (and Architecture). Like most human beings, we are passionate about homes and seeing the way people live around the globe, and celebrating the individuals (or teams) who bring these projects to life. People often ask me – “what are you looking for in the projects you chose to feature on Phoenix Engineering Outsourcing Services?” I find it difficult to articulate my decision making process, but the answer always comes back to an instinct and a gut reaction. I always look for a point of difference and a certain star quality. I want projects not just to agree with me, but sometimes also to challenge me, shift my preconceived ideas of what an interior should look like – as it’s only in those moments we can grow, both personally and professionally.

RESIDENTIAL INTERIOR DESIGN

Above all, I always look for projects that have the guts to stand on their own two feet and not follow the rules, and worse still – trying to recreate a signature “look”. (Queue internal scream now!) In 2015 we’ve covered a whole variety of homes and apartments ranging from pedigree heritage buildings to converted schools, old warehouses and everything in between. I hope you enjoy the selection. Copied from yellow trace.

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Our Mission : To offer the best integration of Architecture and Engineering solutions thereby consistently being in focus of what the clients need. Our zeal to excel in the technology inputs and providing consistently credible output shall be the strong points of our services at all times.

Our Vision : To be a forerunner in our field with the drive to provide valuable services to the clients. To be part of the solutions through sustainable engineering and architectural designs that keep in mind the future. To be quality driven in our approach to cater to our clients with emphasis on balancing their needs and the environment.

4D Modeling

4D Modeling

4D Modeling

4D Modeling

4D Modeling can be applied in the design and construction phases.

4D modeling allows the owner to leverage the greatest value out of their BIM during the design phase by visualizing construction sequences in order to develop a phasing sequence to include in the construction documents. 4D Modeling in the construction phase can provide both the Contractor and the Owner a better visualization of the planned construction sequences compared to the actual construction sequences.

BIM is not only a powerful design tool, it is also a powerful construction planning and construction management tool. When the BIM is combined with the construction schedule, it becomes a 4D modeling tool where time is the 4th dimension. We will discuss this further in the next section. Hand-in-hand with that value is the ability to use the clash detection capability throughout the construction process. As the BIM information is further refined through shop drawings and actual construction as-built conditions, the clash detection capability provides a powerful management tool for analyzing and resolving the causes of construction phase clashes. This allows the owner to realize an added value of the time and effort that went into the development of the BIM in the first place. Furthermore, placing the BIM model in the hands of the contractor can greatly reduce the number of RFIs and resulting change orders.

By extending the BIM into the 4th dimension, the owner gains the following advantages:

  • Improved design document quality by testing the design against construction sequencing and thereby eliminating or reducing difficult sequence issues
  • Improved site use planning and coordination with ongoing operations
  • Improved lead time identification which can reduce total construction duration
  • Improved constructability and safety issue identification
  • Greatly improved ability to monitor actual progress vs. planned progress and to thereby identify and resolve issues more quickly, thereby reducing claims. Copied from hse.

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Bringing Seats and Shade for Football Fans Efficiently

Bringing Seats and Shade for Football Fans Efficiently

Bringing Seats and Shade for Football Fans Efficiently

Bringing Seats and Shade for Football Fans Efficiently

If football is on your list of interests, Arena Amazônia in Manaus, Brazil, will probably look familiar. The Amazonian rainforest and the straw baskets of indigenous peoples inspired the German Gerkan, Marg und Partner (GMP) to create the architecture that Martifer Construções successfully built.

Martifer created a steel structure that circles the stadium creating a 23,000 square meter roof and is coated with translucent white PTFE membrane sheets, reducing the temperature in the stadium. With clever use of Tekla’s BIM software, they improved productivity by 20% and efficiency by 30% while successfully meeting the tight construction deadlines of the stadium.

Bringing Seats and Shade for Football Fans Efficiently

The project offered Martifer challenges. They modeled the Arena Amazônia in 3D and extracted 2D drawings plus CNC and material listings, and created specific files to control geometric coordinates of the beams during manufacturing, pre-assembly and final assembly. Fabricating the twisted and cambered beam required exact coordinate control. To manage pre-assembly and assembly, track materials during manufacturing and also for logistics, Martifer combined the possibilities of their own and Tekla software. Copied from tekla.com

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OUR VISION : To be a forerunner in our field with the drive to provide valuable services to the clients. To be part of the solutions through sustainable engineering and architectural designs that keep in mind the future. To be quality driven in our approach to cater to our clients with emphasis on balancing their needs and the environment.

BIM for Facilities Management: 4 Tips for Improving Lifecycle Performance and Reducing Costs

BIM for Facilities Management: 4 Tips for Improving Lifecycle Performance and Reducing Costs

BIM for Facilities Management: 4 Tips for Improving Lifecycle Performance and Reducing Costs

BIM for Facilities Management: 4 Tips for Improving Lifecycle Performance and Reducing Costs

Numbers and models just don’t lie—especially for facilities management, both before and for years after the “grand opening.”

Take the facilities-management department at The Ohio State University. Using BIM, the department began creating 3D, digital, intelligent project models of more than 500 buildings and 35.4 million square feet of interior space on its main campus. Because BIM enables OSU to involve building users earlier in the renovation process (for adjustments before incurring construction costs), as well as provide energy-use analysis to help meet carbon-neutral goals, the savings are adding up.

Then there’s Xavier University, which constructed four new buildings and expanded its campus portfolio by 25 percent. As a result of the project—one of the first bidirectional integrations with BIM and space-management software—the school’s administration raised the maintenance budget from $750,000 per year to $12 million. Why? BIM data served as empirical proof of the need for new room finishes, flooring, roofing, and mechanical equipment that had previously been left unaccounted.

In turning to BIM for facilities management, a number of universities, hospitals, and private companies in the U.S. and abroad are using building-design software as a facilities-management tool to make use of vast amounts of information—everything from occupancy data and energy reports to equipment serial numbers and make and model data—to plan for new construction, guide renovation decisions, and track the energy performance of their buildings.

Here, industry expert Michael Schley, founder and CEO of FM:Systems and an International Facility Management Association Fellow, shares BIM’s benefits for facilities management and tips for how building owners may apply the software to capture structural, system, and performance information about a building and put it to good use.

How BIM Helps. So, first, a little history. Prior to BIM, general contractors often handed a building’s keys to the owner, along with a complicated paper trail left to disentangle: blueline drawings tucked in file boxes, binders and brochures of parts and equipment, and PDFs collected on CD-ROMs.

“Before BIM, if a truck backed into a curtain wall, and you were looking for materials to repair it, the answer was often bound in files, not searchable, not indexed,” Schley says. “BIM is well-populated, searchable, and easy to query. It is a better source of information about make, model, and potentially the serial number so that the owner understands what’s in the building and can make repairs.”

BIM for lifecycle management also reduces renovation costs by providing owners a kind of historically intelligent X-ray vision of the building’s internal mechanics.

“We’re not good at keeping up with buildings as they change over time,” Schley says. “BIM serves as a tool for keeping this information updated and accurate so that owners know what lies behind the walls. Contractors working on a repair or renovation often charge built-in fees as a de facto insurance policy against the risk they will find hidden electrical conduits, water pipes, or hazardous materials that require additional expenses and drive up costs. If owners know this information ahead of time, they can eliminate these expenses.”

And that’s not the only way BIM can help owners save money. Closely monitoring energy and water use to reduce building-operating costs is another benefit, Schley says. By allowing owners to monitor and analyze the performance of multiple systems—air-conditioning levels, lights on automatic dimmers, water usage—BIM can lead to more thoughtful energy use, lowered expenses, and increased asset value.

So with all these benefits in mind, Schley shares these four tips for a successful BIM integration.

1. BIM Is a Conversation: Make It Inclusive. Much of the challenge in translating BIM to lifecycle management lies on the front end—essentially making the system as user-friendly as possible for facilities managers who need to understand how to use BIM for equipment and mechanical maintenance and operations.

Schley’s advice is to define, prior to integration, a clear set of deliverables and to make sure facilities and management teams are part of the conversation. For a new building, facility managers must decide what data is relevant to track and tag and what can be eliminated. For an existing building, decisions need to be made about what custom and lifecycle features should be added to BIM to create an ongoing model. “You have to know what it is you want and how to ask for it,” Schley says.

Data collection will, of course, vary depending on the mission and goals of the owner or asset manager. Inviting everyone to the table—from IT teams to facilities operations and maintenance staff, and getting their buy-in early in the process—is crucial to success.

2. Right-Sizing: The Five Pieces of Information You Need to Collect. The BIM visualization model captures an extraordinary amount of information: room square footages; brickwork and window details; and building elements graphically represented with accompanying quantities, sizes, shapes, and orientations. But many of these details, though useful in selling a new project or renovation to upper-level management and investors, may be irrelevant to facilities departments and maintenance staff. Worse, they may be difficult and time-intensive to maintain.

Start simply, and set modest goals. For those new to BIM integration, Schley recommends collecting only five pieces of building equipment and systems information: make, model, description, serial number, and asset identification number.

3. Hire a Software Pro. BIM should not only account for the facilities teams using the information on a day-to-day basis but also designate a role for the person responsible for translating these changes to the BIM and facilities-management systems whenever renovations are made or equipment is replaced.

“Say a pump breaks, and a new equivalent pump is installed; a software expert needs to be available and disciplined enough to update the system,” Schley says. Syncing room and equipment ID numbers between the BIM and facilities-management platforms is critical to limiting inaccuracies and unnecessary duplication, according to Schley.

4. Integrate Data; Don’t Transfer It. This raises the question: What’s the difference between integrating and transferring data? According to Schley, facilities management is a better source of information for fulfilling work orders and compiling space reports. It is the authority on actions: occupancy, use, leases. BIM, on the other hand, is the authority on a building’s physical characteristics: materials, mechanics, and equipment. Ideally, the integration should be bidirectional, meaning data should flow seamlessly from one system to the other and not need to be entered twice.

“I strongly believe in integration of the BIM model with facilities management,” Schley says. “Some people believe in transfer, which can work initially but causes problems down the road because the information can never be updated. BIM and facilities management are two systems, and neither should try to do the job of the other.” Copied from Technically speaking.

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Government body call for the UK to start fracking

Government body call for the UK to start fracking

Government body call for the UK to start fracking

Government body call for the UK to start fracking

The Shale Gas Task Force has called on the UK to start fracking to establish the economic impact of shale gas.

The Shale Gas Task Force has said that only after fracking has begun, will it become possible to determine how much gas can be recovered. They also said that without reliable estimates of how much gas could be recovered, companies would not start to develop the industry.

The body, which is funded by the fracking industry, was set up “to provide an impartial, transparent and evidence-based assessment of the potential benefits and risks of shale gas extraction to the UK”.

The report said that shale could create thousands of jobs and improve UK energy security, although it doubted that prices would be cut. It calls on the government and local communities to allow initial exploratory wells.

Chairman of the task force, Lord Smith said that shale could help cut emissions by replacing more polluting coal: “We need to be even clearer…about shale gas providing a bridge to a low carbon future,

Greenpeace have criticised the report, coming in just days after a climate deal was agreed in Paris.

Greenpeace have said: “If the UK government is really committed to keeping its end of the Paris deal, it must rethink its support for fracking and back safe, cheap clean energy instead.”

The report also admitted that property prices affected by fracking could see values fall, and that the affects were uncertain.

Lord Smith said: “They are understandably worried. The evidence that we can see particularly from the States is that there is a dip in value but then it recovers.”

“The people most directly affected should get some direct benefit.”

Lord Smith said that both the industry and the government must ensure that any community payment scheme directly compensates property owners.

Lord Smith criticised the government’s recent decision to axe funding for carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology because it was crucial to creating a shale gas industry. Copied from UK construction online.

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Single day solar study – Animate your Elevations in Revit

Single day solar study – Animate your Elevations in Revit

Single day solar study – Animate your Elevations in Revit

Are you looking for a way to present your elevation views in Revit? Find the default view a bit boring? Well here’s something new you can try. There are many different graphic display options which you can set within Revit to make your views more aesthetically pleasing. We all know about turning on/off shadows and changing from hidden line to realistic with edges etc – But have you tried a single day solar study on your elevation view? If you’d like to know more continue reading!

Single day solar study – Animate your Elevations in Revit

Once you have selected which elevation you want to work on and on the correct view, head down to your view control bar and click on the 3D cube, as shown below. Click on ‘Graphic Display Options…’ to bring you to the next step. Depending on how you want your elevation to appear in your animation, you may wish to change the view to Realistic or one of the other options now.

Single day solar study – Animate your Elevations in Revit

For this example, I have decided to use a realistic style with Silhouettes set to Wide Lines. This will make the strong lines and edges of your buildings stand out more, similar to if you’re hand sketching and you draw over and make these lines thicker to make the sketch “pop”. If you have set up your own line styles, you will also be able to use them as an option.

Single day solar study – Animate your Elevations in Revit

You should now head to the Shadows tab and turn click the selection boxes for ‘Case Shadows’ and ‘Show Ambient Shadows’ – Cast shadows are the default shadows you will see when you turn on shadows from the view control bar. ‘Show Ambient Shadows’ are basically an extra layer of shadows on top, which particularly accentuate areas such as the area under the canopy as you see in the elevation view above.

Single day solar study – Animate your Elevations in Revit

Now you have completed your shadows it’s time to move on to ‘Lighting’ options. Here you have many options to create different outcomes – We are, for this example going to use the ‘Single Day’ study, this will generate an animation based on a single day, in a single location, between a time period (which we also decide). Set up the parameters so that they are according to your project. (Location and date should already be shown if you have set up your project correctly.) I have chosen the option ‘Sunrise to sunset’ which it tells us will record from 8AM to 15:30PM. Select your ground reference level, save settings and apply. ‘Time Interval’ is important and will determine the length of our final animation, set it from 15 minutes – One hour depending on how often you want to update your animation.

Single day solar study – Animate your Elevations in Revit

If you decided to use the same settings as me, you will notice your elevation now appears very dark. This is because we set our times from sunrise to sunset, with the first frame being at 8AM when it is still dark (you can revert back to your original settings at any time.) I have also turned ‘Photographic Exposure’ on and set it to automatic, this will make the view appear more realistic, but will also slow down the time it takes for your animation to be exported. Head to the ‘Background’ tab and select Sky in the dropdown menu (or use an image if you’d prefer). You may also wish to select a ‘Ground Color’ as I have above.

Single day solar study – Animate your Elevations in Revit

Now you have set up your elevation view, it is time to export the animation as a ‘Solar Study’ with an .AVI output, as shown above – Click on the Revit menu, head down to ‘Export’ you will then need to hover your mouse over the small arrow bar on the Export menu until you scroll down to ‘Images and Animations’ select ‘Solar Study’ where you will be taken to the next screen to set up your rendering options.

Single day solar study – Animate your Elevations in Revit

The next dialogue titled ‘Length/Format’ gives you options for selecting the size and length of your animation, as I have selected hourly intervals, if I select a high frame rate for example 50 fps, you will  notice the Total time: going to 0 seconds. In order to have a suitably lengthed animation, I have set the frames/sec to 10. Your visual style should already be set, and now you have to choose how big you want your animation video to be. For example purposes I have reduced the size to 50% of actual size. After setting up and hitting okay, you will be see another dialogue asking which compression method to use, in most cases ‘Full (Uncompressed)’ will be fine. Click ok, and wait for your animation to be rendered, this should not take long considering the low frame rate we have selected.

Single day solar study – Animate your Elevations in Revit

You will now hopefully have a video which is aesthetically pleasing an long enough for presentation purposes. It is also a good way to share your solar study with others, and to analyse the solar and shadow settings over a full day, in a particular view in Revit. My example is slightly jumpy as the frame rate is set to low. Play around with the settings yourself until you find the result you are looking for. Copied from bimopedia post.

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Be Consistent – Wall Location Line:

Be Consistent – Wall Location Line:

Be Consistent – Wall Location Line:

This is going to seem an obvious, but being consistent with the management of the wall Location Line constraint is essential when laying out walls in your project. When I dig around users projects, I often find inconsistent strategies, which “can” lead to issues with wall joins. You can set the wall location line parameter when you first place a wall, this is available from options bar.

Be Consistent – Wall Location Line:

New users often don’t know what all these different parameters are or what they even do. They merrily go away & place walls with different Location Lines set, only to find that walls are not cleaning up as expected. Let me show what each of these parameters are referring when you place a wall. The diagram below shows what each parameter alignment does.

Be Consistent – Wall Location Line:

The Core boundary is set in the wall type itself. All wall system families have a core Boundary, internal & external. Observe that its the “green” lines in the screen grab above.

Now whilst this might be a slight sweeping statement, but I advice users to be as consistent as they can. If you are placing your external facade walls, typically ensure they are all set to the same location line. Also, watch the location you choose. If you choose Wall Centreline & you have to flip the direction of the wall, there are no differences, as you are mirroring the wall around its centre line, on which you placed it. If on the other hand you choose Finish Face: Exterior, when you flip the wall, you are flipping the whole wall width, this can impact areas, so be mindful of this.But if you have to change the wall makeup, then Finish Face: Interior may be preferable as you might not want to impact areas within the building.

Be Consistent – Wall Location Line:

“Ok!’” What do you recommend then? To play safe, I either make all my external walls be Finish Face: Exterior or Finish Face Interior. What I choose very much depends on the project stage & whether I know the wall build up. As for internal walls, I try very hard to always make internal partition be wall centre line. This strategy has worked for me, I hope you have similar success. But do remember you can change the wall Location Line at any time if you need to, by selecting the wall & changing the Location Line parameter from the properties dialogue box. Copied from David Light.

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