Friday, June 26, 2009

AEC Edge Magazine

Check out the new publication at:

http://www.augiaecedge.com/Current/default.htm

Contents related to Revit Architecture:







Thanks to David Light for this tip.

http://autodesk-revit.blogspot.com/2009/06/augi-aec-edge-officially.html

A sad day...

It is a sad day indeed.

The passing of Michael Jackson might be viewed by some as a time for eloquence and flowery superlatives.

But I recommend that you look inside, at yourself. Remember the feelings that the music of Michael Jackson generated deep in your heart.

Those feelings are more powerful than any words you may read on any blog report on the loss of Michael Jackson.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Tutorials for Revit

Just found an informative site that covers most of the basics for Revit.

If you have some staff members in your office who are just starting out, send them to:
http://www.revit-tutorials.net/index.html

Thanks to David Kingham - http://bimmanager.blogspot.com/

Publicizing your Blog (Get Noticed!)

So, I'm thinking I would like to start getting some more followers.

I really appreciate you 3 guys (my current followers), really I do!

I found a good site at: http://www.contentrobot.com/ways-to-get-your-blog-noticed

I think the tip about making sure your blog gets pinged was great. Go to the following sites to make it happen:
http://www.technorati.com/
http://www.blo.gs/
http://www.weblogs.com/
http://www.pingomatic.com/

Revit wants good content

Autodesk Seek is nearly coming of age. It references content from this site. You might prefer the interface of the Smartbim site over that of Seek at the moment.

http://smartbim.reedconstructiondata.com/

Access folders FAST! (Folder Guide)

Check this out.

Whether you use Revit or not, I challenge you to find a faster way to access your frequently used folders.

However, since upgrading to Vista x64, I am struggling to find a good replacement!! I'll let you know when I do...

Revit occasionally wants some outside help...

So I got a nice email from Avatech yesterday saying that I could download the full Avatech Utilities for Revit 2010 for free!

If you are signed up with Avatech, you may have got a similar email.

Otherwise, look into it at:
http://www.avatech.com/solutions/building-design/product-details.aspx?product=44

There is a 'Lite' version that anyone will be able to get for free.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Revit wants some SWEET HARDWARE!

We recently invested in some new workstations for our office. After doing some research, the following specification was settled on:

Gigabyte X58

Intel Core i7-975 Extreme Edition Processor, 3.33 GHz

12GB (6 X2GB) Corsair DDR3 (1600MHZ) 9,9,9,24 Matched Triple Kit, 1.65V, TR3X6G1600C9

Quadro FX-580, PCI-E 2.0, OEM, 512Mb, GDDR3, 128-Bit

WD Caviar Black 1000GB / 1TB SATA-II, 7200RPM, 32Mb

Genuine Microsoft Windows VISTA BUSINESS 64-Bit DVD OEM SP1

I am also running dual monitors, one being a Samsung 740B 17 inch monitor, and the other a beautiful Samsung 2443BW 24 inch HD monitor.

And Revit loves it!

Monday, June 15, 2009

Revit wants AN INSPIRED USER!

So, what inspires you?

In any field, there are those who work primarily for money, and those who work for passion (and many are somewhere in between :-) When it comes to the field of architecture, many graduates would say they are inspired by 'design' or 'the environment'. But what about those staff members acting as support staff for Architects?

As a CAD Technician / IT Manager at Dimond Architects Pty Ltd, and in a role that is rapidly evolving towards a BIM* focus, what motivates and inspires me? Well, I am a very inquisitive person that enjoys learning. I also enjoy the feeling of a 'job well done'. In that context, I am inspired by accurate, rich and aesthetically pleasing architecture. I am thus motivated to create an electronic, digital version of that architecture that will enhance the building delivery process at every stage.

It really excites me to see some lines on a page become an intelligent, precise, beautiful building model, that can be easily viewed, navigated and altered. The full benefits and amazing uses of this technology are not yet fully explored. However, I am deeply interested in BIM and where it is heading. I aim to keep in touch with the many facets of building modeling that I encounter here at Dimond Architects.

As a practice, we are continually taking steps to enhance our practice through electronic means. We take regular steps to keep pace with technology, and our Clients are reaping the benefits. One major factor in our current technological advantage has been our adoption of the Revit BIM Platform. I am keen to see where this technology can take Dimond Architects in the future.

One final thought - don't divorce passion from your career.

*Building Information Modeling (obviously!)