Traffic Simulation Comes to Autodesk InfraWorks 360

Traffic Simulation Comes to Autodesk InfraWorks 360

Traffic Simulation Comes to Autodesk InfraWorks 360

Traffic Simulation Comes to Autodesk InfraWorks 360 :

Latest update to Autodesk InfraWorks 360 brings a more integrated approach between design and analysis.

Roadway design can be a highly iterative process with designers having to balance multiple factors – the demands of geographic and financial constraints, compliance with geometric guidelines, management of safety, as well as providing suitable capacity for vehicles. The traffic simulation and analysis capabilities included in the latest update to Autodesk InfraWorks 360 brings us closer to a position where all of these considerations can be addressed in a single intelligent, 3D model, drastically cutting the time required to gain approval from all internal parties on the final design.

The addition of Traffic Simulation for InfraWorks 360 isn’t the only update. On the collaboration side, the ability to share models in read-only mode has been added to provide designers better control over their model data, as well as may other features for Road, Rail and Bridge design.

Traffic Simulation The ability to run traffic simulation models has been available as an Autodesk Labs Preview for the past few months and has now graduated to become an official part of Roadway Design for InfraWorks 360. This addition gives the designer greater confidence in the roadway design that is passed to the traffic engineer for detailed analysis. Designers have full control over which roads are analyzed and have the ability to input traffic flow and mix, specify time of day (e.g. to model rush hour), define turn lanes and set up signalized intersections. It even works on roundabouts! With the ability to analyze and optimize as part of the design process, it is more likely to comply with capacity requirements so that designers won’t be going back and forth with the traffic engineers making numerous minor enhancements to the design.

Traffic Simulation Comes to Autodesk InfraWorks 360

The highly intuitive graphical interface of the Traffic Simulation module makes it clear when roads have exceeded capacity requirements and make it easy to identify where changes need to be made.

Beyond the additional capabilities related to traffic simulation and analysis, there are several other new features and improvements:

  • Rail Design: Designers can now create their own detailed rail styles allowing greater flexibility in defining the various structures along a rail track. This is especially useful for troughs at tunnel entrances, circular tunnels, viaducts, etc. Rail features can also now be grouped together in InfraWorks 360. For example, when you have 2 rail tracks, you can create a single bridge to carry both tracks versus having to create a bridge for each track. You can also specify the length of transitions between rail styles.
  • Road Design: The main enhancement for road designers in this update is the improved intersection modeling. The intersection editing tool can now be used for staggered intersections bringing greater flexibility to the design. Right-In, Right-Out intersections, and Left-In, Left-Out intersections can now be created simply. Roundabouts have also been updated to support both left and right hand drive roads and include standard based road markings and yield lines.
  • Bridge Design: Piers and Foundations now have a library of alternative design styles which can be used to make models more realistic. These parts can be customized further in detail via the asset card. And if there are multiple components (piers, girders, etc.) any change to one of these can be quickly applied across the design to similar components. Model regeneration and quantity/volume calculations are now carried out only when required, reducing unnecessary model regeneration, significantly improving performance.

Traffic Simulation Comes to Autodesk InfraWorks 360

The grouping feature in InfraWorks 360 allows a designer to use a single bridge to carry multiple tracks versus having to create a bridge for each track.

Traffic Simulation Comes to Autodesk InfraWorks 360

Intersection design enhancements in InfraWorks 360 bring greater flexibility to created more complex designs such as staggered intersections.

For more details on all the ways that the latest update of InfraWorks 360 can help improve the design of complete civil engineering projects, read Mark Burgess’ blog post on BIM on the Rocks. Copied from bimopedia post.

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BIM is not A UTOPIA

BIM is not A UTOPIA

BIM is not  A UTOPIA

BIM is not  A UTOPIA

My original intention was to blog about practical ways to make BIM work. But when I started reviewing the literature on BIM I became alarmed at the misunderstandings and direction BIM was heading. It soon became apparent that as well as things that should be done to make BIM work, there are also things that should NOT be done to make BIM work (or at least not more work than it needs to be).

BIM is a set of processes that manages certain technologies. It is, and always will be, changing. As new technologies become possible new process will evolve. And it will eventually be superseded by a new acronym for a different approach, just as BIM superseded CAD.
There is no end, no point in the future where BIM will be perfected and stabilized.

Why is this important to appreciate? If you are adopting BIM under the assumption it is a one off exercise that leads to an amazing outcome you will be sorely disappointed. If you are waiting for BIM to reach perfection before adopting it you will be waiting forever.
There will be improvements, but the perfection promised will never arrive, and the need for further changes will not evaporate.
BIM is not an end in itself. It is a process of continuing improvement. Copied from blogger.com

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Revit Renaissance

Revit Renaissance

Revit Renaissance

Revit Renaissance

How do you succeed in becoming a Revit master? This is a question I often get asked. Also, I lose track of how many people I hear say, ahhhh you can’t do that in Revit, that is probably less relevant these days, as Revit is matured but you often still hear it. I would say that I am knowledgeable in the technology of Revit, with regards to its implementation and deployment, neither the less I wouldn’t say I know ever little button & detail of the tool inside & out & backwards. But from a visual perspective I know where things are. Yet how do you go from being a good competent user to an awesome one? There are plenty of books on the market which teach the basics, but very few that really accelerate your knowledge to super user level. Neither the less Paul Aubin sent me a link to his new book, eloquently named Revit Renaissance; Creating Classical Architecture with Modern Software. The book is squarely aimed at the intermediate / power user; or people who are looking to push their skills to the next level. Are most users creating Renaissance architecture? Maybe? Probably not? But don’t be put off by the name, it’s all about technical process. Paul does a marvellous job of taking a 21st technology and using it to create classical forms, in many ways the building blocks of today’s modern architecture. It drives you into thinking about creating geometry, proportion and scale. All the key components in what I believe deliver good architectural design. As mentioned by Andy Milburn in the books forward, Revit is today’s Rotring pen. At times I feel we have become so obsessed with the term BIM, that we are lost in the digital soup. The Revit technology is really a communication tool which aids you in the development of information. That information can be visualisations, views (digital drawings), assembly diagrams, quantities, you name it. But it should be noted that Revit isn’t BIM, it’s a tool to assist you in creating a model which you can do lots of “stuff” with.

Revit Renaissance

Somewhere in my loft I have a huge leather covered architectural / joinery book which dates back to the 1900’s; has printed hand drawn diagrams of architectural order, joinery detailing, classical building assembly. My parents actually found the book in their garage when they moved into a house in the 1980’s. It has amazing architectural setting out plans for buildings like St. Pauls in London. It’s hardly a coffee table book, it’s dirty, smelly & covered in tea stains & it also weighs a ton, but there is something inherently lovely about the book and the contents included. I’m no architect, my background is an architectural technician, but the information included in that book is priceless. Whilst the principles of what we now call BIM are made up of 1’s & 0’s, back then, this was BIM. So with this in mind, Paul’s Book looks to recapture this concept & turn it on its head for the digital generation. Even if you don’t create classical architecture, the techniques, concepts and processes will be relevant to any style of architecture. In fact that’s an interesting point & relates to the learning experience. Taking complex subjects and applying it something which you might not see as relevant to your day to day business, then twisting it to make it work for you is a learning process, I see as very valuable. Spoon feeding is not how we should learn in my humble opinion.

Revit Renaissance

The book covers many aspects of the family editor which you might need from form making, nesting families, complex parameters and beyond. I would challenge anybody who would suggest they wouldn’t learn something from this book. Oh did I mention that non-other than Mr Aaron Maller was the technical editor! The explanation & attention to detail is what all technical books should be about, I would highly recommend it if you want to challenge your abilities & become a Revit master. Copied from David Light post.

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WHY THIS CITY COUNCIL HOUSE WAS NAMED ONE OF THE BEST OFFICE SPACES IN BRITAIN

WHY THIS CITY COUNCIL HOUSE WAS NAMED ONE OF THE BEST OFFICE SPACES IN BRITAIN

WHY THIS CITY COUNCIL HOUSE WAS NAMED ONE OF THE BEST OFFICE SPACES IN BRITAINWHY THIS CITY COUNCIL HOUSE WAS NAMED ONE OF THE BEST OFFICE SPACES IN BRITAIN

When the Derby City Council decided to refurbish their offices, they didn’t stop at making them bigger and better: they also made them greener.

Since BAM Construction finished the £35 million refurbishments of Derby’s City Council House two and a half years ago, City Council members and Derby residents alike have had the benefit of an open plan, naturally lit new space that can accommodate almost four times as many people as the old facility.

Even more impressively, the building takes advantage of its location on the banks of the River Derwent to achieve the highest possible environmental sustainability rating. Features such as adiabatic cooling, rainwater harvesting, solar panels and hydroelectric power harnessed from the river itself all earn the Council House an “A+” Energy Performance Certificate and a BREEAM classification of “Excellent”.

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What is the most unique feature about the new space?

The Council chamber is the most unique feature; it’s centrally located so that it can be seen from most parts of the building. The original chamber was hidden away and difficult to find. As the chamber is a key part of the way in which the Council work we wanted it to be visible, it also means that it has become a meeting space and far more flexible than the previous space.

The chamber is clad in timber which conceals an acoustic wall to help reduce the sound in the atrium space and creates a dynamic route for people crossing the building.

What was the hardest aspect of change for people in moving from the former space?

As part of the planning process for this project, the project team invested a lot of time in meeting other organization that had underwent similar levels of cross-directorate, large scale change. We wanted to use the lessons learnt by those who had experienced various levels of success.

The key message that came out was about designing a sensitive and informative communications strategy that could envelop a clear journey of change and how this affected both the business and the individual. As part of the Derby Workstyle project the team engaged with relevant stakeholders from the beginning of the journey onward. The project team painted a realistic picture of what the future would look like and they managed expectations carefully. Copied from work design magazine.

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TUVE BOUTIQUE HOTEL IN HONG KONG

TUVE BOUTIQUE HOTEL IN HONG KONG

TUVE BOUTIQUE HOTEL IN HONG KONG

TUVE BOUTIQUE HOTEL IN HONG KONG

Inspired by the concepts of rarity, refinement and tranquility, TUVE is a 66-room boutique hotel designed by Hong Kong studio, Design Systems. The hotel is tucked away in Tai Hang, a neighbourhood in convenient distance from the bustle of the Hong Kong CBD, offering guests an authentic insight into local art, food and culture.

The brief required Design Systems to translate the essence of a series of atmospheric photographs of a Swedish Lake by Kim Høltermand. Taking design cues from Rick Owens and Tadao Ando, material, light and space were carefully manipulated to deliver a moody sensory experience. Oxidised metal doors, raw brass, grey flecked marble, textured concrete, gold leaf and wire glass work in harmony to create a rough yet pure aesthetic. Experimentation with lighting adds to the effect, enhancing the qualities of the materials through shadow and reflection.

Rooms were designed to ‘un-fold’, emphasising the hidden beauty of the hotel and its approach to refinement and discovery. A timber box is located in each room, and when opened, reveals a desk, chair, shelving and tea-making area. Design System’s refined approach can also be found in the bespoke raw brass fittings – hooks, handles and stands – all imbuing a sense of craftsmanship and quality. Copied from yellowtrace.

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Semantic BIM Technology

Semantic BIM Technology

Semantic BIM Technology

Semantic BIM Technology

In the field of civil engineering, the proliferation of stakeholders and the heterogeneity of modeling tools detract from the quality of the design process, construction and building maintenance. In this paper, we present a Web-based platform lets geographically dispersed project participants—from facility managers and architects to electricians to plumbers—directly use and exchange project documents in a centralized virtual environment using a simple Web browser. A 3D visualization lets participants move around in the building being designed and obtain information about the objects that compose it. This approach is based both on a semantic architecture called CDMF and IFC 2×3. Our framework, based on Building Information Modeling features, facilitates data maintenance (data migration, model evolution) during the building lifecycle and reduces the volume of data.

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.

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Benefits of BIM Modeling

Benefits of BIM Modeling

Benefits of BIM Modeling

Benefits of BIM Modeling

Building Information Modeling (BIM) is more than just producing real-life 3D models on a computer screen, it involves integrating every dimension of the construction process and delivering massive benefits to construction professionals from the ground up. In short, BIM is a model-based process for planning, designing, building, and managing a construction process.

Not only does BIM provide a single platform for the collection and illustration of numerous dimensions of data, it ensures that the captured information remains accessible to all team members who wish to modify it, while keeping the data consistent and coordinated at all times. Therefore designers, architects, structural engineers, contractors, and owners are able to work more collaboratively and efficiently than ever before. The information contained in the BIM model is also highly actionable in order to help inform decision making and has been shown to reduce change orders and field-coordination problems over a project’s lifespan.

Benefits of BIM Modeling

3D and 5D BIM Technology

In an industry that once pivoted around 2-D pencil-sketched blueprints, BIM has quite literally created a modeling revolution. Not only do these high-tech computer simulations incorporate intricate 3-dimensional views of all objects, BIM can also integrate two additional dimensions: cost and time. These 5D BIM models are arguably some of the most valuable and comprehensible planning tools available to construction professionals, allowing team members at every level to conceptualize the expense and process of construction operations over a particular time period.

BIM Becoming International Industry Standard

Around the world, BIM is quickly becoming the industry standard as more and more contractors adopt an affirmative approach to this new technology. A recent article published by Construction Week Online stated that the European Union recently encouraged all publically-funded construction projects utilize BIM technology by the year 2016. On the other side of the world, in Dubai a similar call rang out by the Dubai Municipality that mandated BIM for all mechanical, electrical, and plumbing projects for specialized buildings and internationally-delivered projects. Copied from hse.

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