Revit 2016

Revit 2016

Revit 2016

Revit 2016

I have remained pretty tight lipped about Revit 2016, watching at distance to see what the reaction might be. There are a number of reasons for this; firstly I wasn’t sure whether it might come across a bit loaded now that I have joined the darkside :-). Secondly, after I was thrown under the bus by another blogger a couple of months ago, I didn’t really feel that compelled to go through the same thing again. My only real effort this year has been to help Eddie K & James V get the Mastering Revit Architecture 2016 version over the line, by assisting with the tech editing. There is plenty on the web from other Reviteers giving their detailed opinion & views of 2016; I will leave it to them to provide the real depth.

So if you want my honest opinion (you can take it or leave it & this is my own view, not twisted); Revit 2016 is good. Ok, it might not have all the bells & whistles you want, but it fixes a number of long standing features which have been a real pain. Does it fix all of them? Nope. But there is always more to come & only so much that can be achieved in 12 months. Bigger projects take longer to cook.

If I was managing projects would I upgrade? Of course I would! If you have an iphone, whilst iOS7 looked basic, I would take a good guess you still upgraded. Before you question this comment, an iphone may not be as critical as your project data, but the circumstances are similar to a degree. Data is mission critical, yet if another discipline, say the structural engineer updates to 2016 because he or she can deliver better outcomes are you really not going to join the club by holding back? This is all about collaboration. Not all projects need to be on the latest version, that I recognise, but moving this industry forward rather than sitting & waiting is not something I personally believe is progressive. But then, maybe I am different to others & am prepared to take risks?

Finally, I have been running the beta on a Macbook Air, 8 gigs of RAM running Windows 7 under Parallels & I will say that Revit 2015 runs like a dream. Whilst I only have 4 gigs set aside for Windows it will happily open 150mb models. Performance is very good & for me, when I was working on projects, performance from the model was more critical than anything. Ultimately it’s your call whether you decide to deploy 2016 & you feel you are getting the value. All I would say, is don’t judge a books by its cover, there is always more devil in the detail & plenty more to come….. Copied from David Light.

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BIM360 Glue

BIM360 Glue

BIM360 Glue

I probably missed this one…but Glue allows you to use it as a viewer for NWD files.

BIM360 Glue

The BIM 360 Glue mobile app, optimized for working with BIM 360 Glue projects, can also be used as a viewer for Autodesk® Navisworks® NWD models. Transfer NWD models directly to the app via iTunes, or use the iOS “Open In” feature to open NWD files directlyfrom Autodesk products, including Buzzsaw and Constructware, or third party document management solutions. When using the app as an NWD viewer, the app user will not benefit from markup functionality or automatic model updates.

Try this, assuming you have an ipad.

  1. Download & install Glue (link below) on your ipad
  2. Get yourself an Autodesk ID account
  3. Write out an NWD file in Navisworks
  4. Save the file to dropbox, Box or skydrive on your desktop PC
  5. Install dropbox, Box or skydrive on your ipad, what ever cloud storage you prefer
  6. The on your ipad, login to your cloud storage, locate the NWD file you saved & choose the “Open In” another app feature & choose the Glue icon.
  7. You are then good to go….

Give it a go yourself, you can download Glue from the iTunes store.

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/autodesk-bim-360-glue/id554629830?mt=8

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WHEN COLLABORATIVE WORKSPACE MEETS GOVERNMENT OFFICE

WHEN COLLABORATIVE WORKSPACE MEETS GOVERNMENT OFFICE

WHEN COLLABORATIVE WORKSPACE MEETS GOVERNMENT OFFICE

WHEN COLLABORATIVE WORKSPACE MEETS GOVERNMENT OFFICE

What comes to mind when you picture a government office? People wearing gray suits, toiling away behind a cubicle desk stacked high with paperwork? In actuality, the government workplace is undergoing a huge shift, embracing collaboration through design and tearing down the cubicle walls to be more flexible, open, and forward-thinking.

While many companies in other industries have already shifted to a more open, collaborative workspace, government offices are just starting to embrace this design change. Workplaces across industries are moving to open office layouts to foster teamwork and creativity, bringing employees together in frequent collaboration. They find that open offices can promote greater health, happiness, and productivity for employees by providing more access to natural light and varied working environments that encourage employees to move throughout the day. Further, open workspaces can reduce real estate costs, which is welcome in any industry — private or public. While redesigning a workspace can be a large financial investment, it’s one that pays off in re-orienting both the physical environment and work culture toward more collaborative and healthy ways of working.

WHEN COLLABORATIVE WORKSPACE MEETS GOVERNMENT OFFICE

The City of Boston was presented with the opportunity to rethink the office space ofBoston Public Schools (BPS) — the oldest school department in the country — as they relocated and centralized departments within a new building in Dudley Square, a streetcar neighborhood that thrived in the early twentieth century with retail stores like the iconic Ferdinand, New England’s largest furniture retailer of its time. The neighborhood was challenged by disinvestment in the 1980s after losing residents and businesses to the suburbs. Under the late Mayor Thomas M. Menino, the City’s Dudley Square Vision Project was launched to revive the community. In this effort, the city commissioned the new BPS headquarters, a design by Mecanoo Architecten and Sasaki Associates; the newly renamed Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building was built in collaboration with Shawmut Construction, PMA Consultants, Boston’s Property and Construction Management Department (PCMD), the Boston Redevelopment Authority(BRA), and the City of Boston. Copied from work design magazine.

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INTERIORS FOR SLOW LIVING

INTERIORS FOR SLOW LIVING

INTERIORS FOR SLOW LIVING

INTERIORS FOR SLOW LIVING

Following the success of The Kinfolk Table: Recipes for Small Gatherings, the Kinfolk team has released a second book, The Kinfolk Home: Interiors for Slow Living.

In The Kinfolk Home, author and Kinfolk founder, Nathan Williams takes readers inside 35 homes around the globe, including Australia, Scandinavia, Japan, USA and beyond. Each home reflects the values of ‘slow living’: simplifying our lives, slowing down and cultivating community.

In addition to over 200 stunning interiors photographs, The Kinfolk Home shares the residents’ stories through insightful interviews and essays. While each home is unique – some modern and urban, others of heritage and legacy – all are connected by the ‘slow’ approach, put together carefully, thoughtfully, and with great intention. 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.

We musn’t forget that BIM adoption benefits the environment

We musn’t forget that BIM adoption benefits the environment

We musn’t forget that BIM adoption benefits the environment

We musn’t forget that BIM adoption benefits the environment

BIM can help reduce carbon emissions

BIM can allow an asset to operate more sustainably, meeting green agendas and BIM Level 2, 2016, by its ability to help reduce carbon emissions throughout the lifecycle of an asset.

It does this by helping remove unnecessary processes, wasteful practices and needless mistakes during construction and by ensuring data is available about the performance of an asset’s infrastructure during operation.

This is one of the key benefits that Building Information Modelling (BIM) software technology can bring to the AECO industry – sustainability in the built environment from design to construction to operation.

Certainly, the eventual benefit that any company’s accountant will see through BIM adoption will be visible on end of year returns through increased project and operational cost efficiency. However, throughout an asset’s lifecycle, reducing environmental impact by implementing BIM software should be one of the key reasons for that implementation.

Graham Watts OBE, Chief Executive of the Construction Industry Council, stated in the UK Government’s 2012 paper – Building Information Modelling:

“It will enable intelligent decisions about construction methodology, safer working arrangements, greater energy efficiency leading to carbon reductions and a critical focus on the whole life performance of facilities (or assets).”

Of course the benefits to the economy have been at the forefront of everybody’s minds, but the environmental opportunities that BIM brings should not be underplayed – and in any event, these should themselves make a significant contribution to a stronger economic outlook for businesses and the UK.

Smart and Sustainable – Construction 2025

Construction 2025 also outlined a focus on smart technologies and sustainability in the UK Government’s industrial strategy with the aim of developing “…market and technology based plans to secure the jobs and growth opportunities from driving carbon out of the built environment, led by the Green Construction Board.” In the report, Mike Putnam, Chief Executive for Skanska, stated that:

“The emphasis on whole-life cost and retrofit supports this agenda, with reduced embodied carbon in infrastructure and more efficient heating/cooling and lighting in buildings.”

Understanding how an asset will perform in the future

With a fully digitised version of a facility or asset, containing all project data, it will be possible to predict future problems that may arise. For example, as this article from Sofie Pelsmakers from Architecture for Change highlighted, if the asset owner understands how a building has been put together, “then it should also allow us to have a better grasp of how that building should perform and later, how it might be taken apart.”

She continued:

“BIM gives access to automatically calculated and current design data useful for environmental and heat-loss analysis, such as floor and surface areas and building volumes. For optimum effect, it should be formally integrated with Building Performance Evaluation (BPE), and Post Occupancy (POE) stages and feedback. The latter is proposed to be aligned with BIM through the Soft Landings framework by the UK Government.”

Reducing the carbon footprint with shared, open, linked data

It is clear that a shared and open data model for BIM will mean a reduction in the carbon footprint of facility and asset construction. By linking data from many different sources and making this available in the digital version of an asset (in the cloud), owners and operators will be able to make decisions based on existing data and tap into new live sources of information – this is Business Collaborator’s semantic BIM vision.

With linked data, access to information (e.g. from Land Registry, Highways Agency, Ordnance Survey etc) can be accessed in the cloud through the semantic web making the vision of Construction 2025 possible. With smart city projects such as Bristol Is Open and the exploration of the uses of the Internet of Things (IoT), data connections are already being made between built environments and people’s everyday lives. In the same way, BIM opens the way for the AECO industry to do the same – enabling cleaner, greener and more environmentally friendly decisions across all its projects. Copied from Paul Baguley Blog.

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The Importance of a CPM Review

The Importance of a CPM Review

The Importance of a CPM Review

The Importance of a CPM Review

A construction project’s success is determined by its ability to finish on time, under budget, and with minimal work flow interruption – all of which are achieved by creating a reliable schedule and executing it day in and day out. As CPM schedules are quickly becoming the new industry standard, more and more contractors are leveraging software to build construction schedules in-house. Though in-house scheduling for small scale projects may get the job done, high stakes undertakings merit the services of a third party review to identify scheduling errors – and mitigate losses – before ever breaking ground.

Partnering with a professional project management consulting firm to create or review a CPM schedule provides a formal review process before the schedule is presented to the owner and gets underway. A CMP planning professional will provide personalized attention and will accomplish the following:

  • Ensure that the schedule adheres to the parameters of all contract documents.
  • Evaluate time estimates to verify that they are realistic and account for delay allowances
  • Identify potential delay factors using a time impact analysis
  • Review all on-site and off-site activity schedules to provide maximum efficiency

Benchmarks of a Quality CPM Schedule
CMP scheduling consultants and firms are cropping up across the country, though few have the depth and breadth of experience required to deliver positive outcomes. Before contracting an HSE service, many of our clients had paid dearly for incomprehensible or unrealistic CPM schedules crafted by so-called “experts.”

In order to avoid falling into the hands of a scheduling swindler, or trying to execute an impossible timeline, take a moment to ensure that your CPM schedule contains all of the following elements.

  • A logical sequence of construction within a detailed and realistic timeline
  • Procurement processes
  • The interrelationship of both on-site and off-site activities
  • The relationship of each activity to overall project completion
  • Necessary tools to provide “what if” scheduling scenarios. Copied from hse.

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BIM Benefit For Cast in Place Concrete

BIM Benefit For Cast in Place Concrete

BIM Benefit For Cast in Place Concrete

BIM Benefit For Cast in Place Concrete

PhoenixEOS effectively supports the Building Information Modelling [BIM] process for Structural Engineers & Construction Contractors who must profitably & safely transform design intent into built reality.

For both Engineers & Contractors concerned with cast in place concrete the release of Structures offer the opportunity for a streamlined process from engineering to execution, delivering quality and productivity benefit across the key office, shop & field tasks.

Contact our partner to learn from the PhoenixEOS team what the new structure offers & discover more about:

  • A more productive user experience to explore design options and accommodate last minute changes.
  • Efficiently creating real constructible design data and detailed documentation.
  • Effective open collaboration across the project team.
  • Tools to manage fabrication and field execution.
  • Opportunity for Engineers and Contractors to add value & diversify to grow business.

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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.

6 Technology Trends that are Driving Infrastructure Success

6 Technology Trends that are Driving Infrastructure Success

6 Technology Trends that are Driving Infrastructure Success

6 Technology Trends that are Driving Infrastructure Success

With nearly 4 million miles of roadways, over 600,000 bridges and multiple transit systems stretched across our nation, infrastructure modernization is a complicated and challenging task.

It plays an important role in economic stimulation and has become one of the key areas of emphasis for many citizens and city stakeholder communities. But if you’re involved in transportation infrastructure design, engineering and management, you’ll know that between managing tight deadlines, multiple data sets and types, and the stakeholder’s ever-increasing demand for transparency – things can come a cropper fast.

If you’re finding yourself at a crossroads of coordinating multiple, and sometimes conflicting, demands and priorities in order to ensure project success, help is at hand.

DLT has identified six technology trends that public sector engineers, designers, and planners, should prepare for in order to drive project success in today’s landscape of infrastructure modernization.

From breaking down silos with BIM (67% of all BIM users report a positive ROI for BIM use on infrastructure projects) to improvements in the communication of design intent and getting more out of those obligatory public meetings. Check out this free paper: 6 Technology Trends that are Driving Technology Success to learn more. Copied from Technically speaking.

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Reaction to latest ONS construction industry output figures

Reaction to latest ONS construction industry output figures

Reaction to latest ONS construction industry output figures

Reaction to latest ONS construction industry output figures

The Vinden Partnership says return to growth is “welcome news”.

The Office of National Statistics (ONS) has released its latest figures revealing that construction industry output increased slightly in October, rising by 0.2%.

This was slightly lower than the expected increase of one per cent.

The ONS figures show that new work increased by 1.2%, with private commercial work rising by 4.1% and private new housing up 2.3%.

There were drops in public new housing, private industrial, other new public work and infrastructure.

When compared with October last year, construction industry output increased by one per cent. New work rose by 4.2%, with repair and maintenance decreasing by 4.2%.

Martin Bennett, a Regional Director of The Vinden Partnership  – a leading multi-disciplinary consultant company to the built environment – was encouraged by the return to growth.

Mr Bennett said: “The return to growth for the construction industry, all be it at a slightly lower than expected, is welcome news.

“I would hope that 2016 would see a return to a more robust growth rate. The shortfall in new public house building will also need to be addressed if the Chancellor’s ambitious house building plans announced in his Autumn Statement are to be fulfilled.” Copied from UK construction online.

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