Wednesday September 24th at 10am PST/1pm EST. Register here.
Join me (Thomas Schwaiger) for a webinar on using Navisworks Simulate and Manage with Autodesk A360 Cloud Rendering. You will learn about streamlined workflows for creating renders for your whole-project model.
This session will teach you how to:
See below for some examples of renderings from Rendering Pro of the week.
Click here for more information about the many features of Rendering in Autodesk A360.
You may have noticed in the top right corner of most of your Autodesk applications a little X, ever tried clicking it? It'll take you through to the Autodesk Exchange App Store for your product, this year we launched our Navisworks App Store, where developers from all over the world can upload their apps and make them available to the world.
For example currently on the newly released Navisworks 2015 App Exchange there are free apps like Properties+ to summarise which properties you see in your view, a PDF reader for Navisworks, allowing you to add many more drawings to your Quantification project, Prokon Timeliner Wizard to help create Timeliner entries, to a trial of Surveyor which can be used to report on properties in the model and from a database.
We know quite a few of you have built little plugins, and used the API to extend the use of Navisworks, Revit and AutoCAD over the years, we're encouraging you to join our online Hackathon on the 20th and 21st September. Allowing you to publish these apps and be in with a chance of receiving up to US$100 per app published and win one of eight iPad minis!
The Autodesk Exchange Apps Hackathon will run from 9:00 a.m. Pacific Time (PT) on Saturday, September 20 to 4:00 p.m. September 21. Anyone can participate from anywhere in the world and at any time both before the event and during the Hackathon days. The Hackathon is a free event and offers a cash reward for apps published (up to 5 apps). You can also participate in the "Cloud App" and "Sustainability App" competitions for a chance to win an iPad mini. Autodesk has assembled a great line up of industry and product app development specialists to lead interactive discussions and sessions on architecting apps for the Exchange store as well as how to use a new Autodesk API such as one of our web service APIs. Great for those looking at extending the use of BIM 360 Glue and Field, more info on those API's can be found on the 360 View Blog.
For full details and registration and visit the Autodesk Exchange Apps Hackathon event pages.
In this webcast, we demonstrate how new quantification features in Navisworks can help improve estimating for better project results. Autodesk® Navisworks, include Suite Premium and Ultimate editions, helps make material costing faster, easier, and more accurate than ever before.
Last week there was a big new update to BIM 360 Glue, Joan Allen, Senior Product Manager for BIM 360 Glue talks to us about it in more detail.
One of the many advantages of using cloud-based products and services is the immediate, automatic access to product updates. The Autodesk BIM 360 product team thrives on providing regular, timely updates, often based on direct feedback from customers. The latest BIM 360 Glue update - designed and developed in response to customer feedback - provides powerful new clash resolution capabilities, so that you and your team can more efficiently and effectively manage the collaborative project coordination process.
Introducing Clash Status
With anywhere, anytime access to the most recent project models and data, BIM 360 Glue empowers project teams to quickly identify coordination issues. The latest BIM 360 Glue update enhances this ability by providing tools for tracking and managing active and resolved clashes. There are four new status levels for clashes (Open, Ignored, Closed, and Resolved) so teams can to track progress and focus on resolving the most critical and current coordination issues. Clash Status Clash ID's and comments are maintained across model versions, ensuring that everyone is working with the most up-to-date information.
Clash Status and Workflow
Here is a breakdown of the new clash status settings, to help you determine how to best apply them to your project coordination workflows:
Ignored – The "ignored" status can be set by model contributors (designers and detailers, typically users with "full" permission) as well as VDC/BIM managers (project admins). This supports a collaborative coordination approach, where model contributors can suggest which clashes should be ignored to the VDC/BIM manager.
Closed – The "closed" status can also be used to mark issues that won't be resolved during preconstruction coordination. The difference between "closed" and "ignored" is that "closed" provides a more formal level of control for VDC/BIM managers. While other team members can mark a clash as "ignored," only admins can actually "close" a clash.
Resolved – This is a system-generated status to identify clashes from previous that have been fixed.
Open – This is a system-generated status to identify clashes that are either new or haven't been ignored, closed, or resolved. If an "open" clash has a notification, markup, or comment, its clash ID will be maintained across subsequent model versions, even if it remains open.
Focus on resolving current coordination issues
In addition to clash status, there are new filtering options that make it easy to focus in on specific clash issues and accelerate clash review. You can filter by clash status to see only Open, Ignored, Closed, or Resolved issues (or any combination, such as Closed and Resolved). You can further refine the display by filtering on notification status, to see only Open clashes you have been notified about, for example.
Communicate with your project team
The new clash markup tool provides an efficient method for adding a markup directly to a clash result to better communicate the issue and suggested solution.Clash markups are not only available in the clash module, but also in the markups module across the BIM 360 Glue solution (desktop, web, and mobile).
We have also updated the measurement tools to automatically calculate the XYZ differences between objects, to make it easier to determine clearances and when reviewing clashes.
Try the new BIM 360 Glue clash resolution features for collaborative, team-based coordination workflows, and let us know if you have any feedback!
Joan E. Allen, P.E., is a Senior Product Manager at Autodesk and manages BIM 360 Glue. A graduate of the University of California, Berkeley with a degree in Civil Engineering, Joan is a registered Civil Engineer with over 25 years of experience in construction management and technology for the construction industry.
Follow Joan at @joanallen
It was less than a year ago that we launched Point Layout. Here is a quick refresher on Point Layout:
Autodesk Point Layout automatically generates points from models within Autodesk Revit, Autodesk AutoCAD, and Autodesk Navisworks software. As you add points to the design, you embed X, Y, and Z coordinate information into your model. Each X, Y, and Z coordinate includes a unique point number and description. You can use the data you added to the model to inform the coordination process throughout the project lifecycle. Then you can export point coordinates to your compatible total station in the field so you lay out more accurate points, more quickly, reducing the risk of costly errors and delays.
No matter how well you've coordinated the models used to design the project, there's no good way to check that points have been laid out with precision. Point Layout software changes all that. Point Layout software allows people from across the project team—and from multiple disciplines—to create points from their BIM or CAD models in the office. In the field, a construction worker locates them with a robotic total station that has laser-guided, pinpoint accuracy. A single person can lay out hundreds of points in a day. You can also bring points shot in the field back into the design model, making it easier to verify construction quality and update the as-built mode
Here is what you will find new in the 2015 release of Point Layout:
Don't forget, you can access the free 30-day 2015 trial here.
If you have questions in regards to specific new features or want share your thoughts, let us know and visit the Point Layout forum page on the Autodesk Community site.
Lee talked in a recent post how 2D support is the #1 shocking thing you never knew about Autodesk Navisworks. As the post explains 2D is still widely used, and one of the formats that many of you receive day in day out is PDF. Thanks to another little know thing called the Navisworks App Store you can now download a free plugin for Autodesk Navisworks Manage and Simulate 2015 (for Subscription customers) that lets you add 2D PDF sheets to your Navisworks project.
Why is that important you ask? If like most you receive project documentation as 2D PDF you will want to use it for quantity takeoff and general project review. Autodesk Navisworks PDF reader helps you add these 2D sheets directly to your Navisworks project. This means you can take off quantities and review your project not only in 3D but now also using 2D sheets. And Navisworks brings it together in a single project environment.
PDF sheets are integrated in the project browser so you can browse page thumbnails, quickly jump to pages and prepare the sheets you require or prepare all at once.
Stay tuned for a video to see it all in action – and meanwhile download and install Autodesk Navisworks 2015 PDF Reader from Autodesk Exchange to start using 2D PDF sheets in Autodesk Navisworks today!
Staying connected to a topic whether it is a sport, hobby, or an industry can be a challenging thing. As we know, today's world is filled with a myriad of distractions both personal and professional that compete with our time---distancing us from the threads that keep us connected and informed. To complicate matters more, solutions like BIM 360 are so progressive in nature---changing and adding features so rapidly that even the well-intended among us struggle to keep-up. And up until now, the methods and mediums for keeping pace with the BIM 360 business have been vast and de-centralized. As a customer or casual observer within the industry, you may have experienced this dynamic---grabbing information in this blog, across our social media channels, or even Autodesk internal websites whenever and wherever you could.
The Autodesk BIM 360 team acknowledged this fact after our interactions with customers and construction industry attendees this past Autodesk University. We took your feedback and suggestions and got to work! We knew what we had to do and promptly set a plan in motion to provide a smoother experience for our customers and the broad BIM 360 audience.
While many definitions of "community" exist, we felt that most fell a bit short in terms of what we wanted to provide. Some define community as assisting customers with answers to their questions (aka forum). Other definitions only center on the collaborative or social elements. We decided that the best way to truly connect with customers and a broad construction audience was to bring both forum and social aspects to light.
A community ecosystem is born!
The BIM 360 Community Portal (Social, News & Rich Media)
Launched this week, the BIM 360 Portal combines a centralized reference to the following BIM 360 content and social channels: Tweets, Facebook Posts, Beyond-Design Blog Posts, and YouTube playlists. No more searching for the latest post or Tweet, the Autodesk BIM 360 Portal fuses all relevant social channels and content into a singular website—updated automatically as new content is curated. Viewing on a mobile device? No problem. The portal is fully responsive, adapting to any viewport on the go!
The BIM 360 Community Forum (Support, Ideas & Feature Requests)
For current customers of the BIM 360 Solution and individuals looking to find out more about the products, the BIM 360 Community Forum provides the ultimate venue for interacting with thought leaders and Autodesk Support personnel. Also launched this week, the BIM 360 Community Forum allows existing BIM 360 Field or BIM 360 Glue customers to login via their account credentials and ask questions about specific issues or provide new feature enhancement ideas to our product teams. For those looking to browse the questions and answers posted, no Autodesk account is needed.
Note: this system will not replace the current BIM 360 Field and BIM 360 Glue Support Centers, but merely enhance the ways you can interact and obtain assistance with your questions.
Bookmark the BIM 360 Community Portal: http://www.autodeskbim360.com/
Bookmark the BIM 360 Community Forum: http://forums.autodesk.com/t5/BIM-360/ct-p/2025
Check out the sites and let us know your thoughts. I would love to get your feedback!
As a bit of a tech geek, I was pretty excited to get my hands on Google Glass for the first time. As probably the most well-known of wearable technology that hasn't even been put on general sale (properly) yet we like new toys, Google Glass is essentially a voice and touchpad controlled computer in front of your eye with internet connectivity, cameras, accelerometers, gyroscopes, sensors and a teleporter (that last one may be a lie!). Chatting to a company called 3Squared who do software consultancy for construction firms amongst others, based just a few hundred meters from Autodesk's Sheffield office in the UK, a plan came together to try and link this very portable technology with BIM 360 Field, our construction management application to get information out to, and back from workers on site, whether that be issues, tasks, drawings, models or commissioning data.
Now we are aware that Google Glass isn't in its current state the perfect device for the construction site, there are obvious health and safety and connectivity issues to think about but it is indicative of the sort of technology that many people including me think will be common place in the next 5/10 years. Whether this is through safety protected glasses, watches, or gloves, information on site to workers who want to work hands free is surely only a matter of time.
This video shows a proof of concept of Google Glass looking through existing issues, creating new issues and updating others as shown by the web interface to Field. There's plenty of places we could take it next, but really this is just the start to show that the API can be used to connect into the BIM 360 platform backend to produce new ways at looking at, creating and harnessing this project information. We know we've only just scratched the surface and know some of you out there can take it even further!
You can learn more about how to use the BIM 360 API's at the 360 View blog. Your best route to using the API's however is to join the Autodesk Developer Network (ADN) which gives you access to our experts, community and software for the purpose of creating apps that help your business, or be a springboard for a whole new business of your own!
If you want to know more about the prototype, have ideas of what else it could be used for, or you are looking at other wearable technology for the construction site, please do contact me on email@example.com or 3Squared at firstname.lastname@example.org
I've been travelling around a lot in the last year and met a huge number of you guys and girls at various events, we chat a lot about workflows, features of the program and how you first came to use it. However even now I find it surprising that I can show something new to even expert users that help with their day to day work. So in typical Buzzfeed style, here are 14 things you'll be shocked to know you can do with Autodesk Navisworks!!!!
It still shocks me that people don't know about this, so I'll shout it:-
NAVISWORKS HAS 2D SUPPORT!!!
Now why is that important? Viewing a 3D file is great! It's revolutionised the way people work and coordinate with each other! However in the majority of cases, the main deliverable to the construction team on site is a set of 2D drawings, they provide additional detail you can't always get into a model, they're also a way of conveying information in a way familiar to that team. It's possible to save 2D sheets with a NWD alongside the 3D files with review, markup, viewpoints, sections, Timeliner animations then pass this to the wider team. One of the nifty features with 2D support is the ability to find the same item across other 2D sheets and the 3D models by using the 'Find Items in Other Sheets and Models' when right clicking an object. This has become even more important with 2D Quantification now in Navisworks, more on that soon.
In this case we have some Construction Progress Fields from BIM 360 Field that can be used to color up the latest state of the project before running Timeliner, allowing you to identify any problems on the critical path
This could just as easily be used to quickly color up the different MEP systems for clarity, or phases of a project. Profiles and Search Sets can be moved from one project to the next saving time with set up.
It's simply a case of opening or appending the file from the BIM 360 tab in Navisworks 2015, meaning you'll always be using the latest coordinated file and able to run your latest advanced construction tasks without worrying about using the wrong version.
My favourite is to use the Properties section of the Selection Tree, I also use this method to create quick searches and Search Sets, this video shows some more detail.
You can view any properties in the model by hovering over them in the model, you just need to switch on Quick Properties and decide which properties you want to see.
If you haven't seen the Selection Inspector before, click on the icon on the Home tab, select a few objects and view the properties, again you can use the Quick Properties to decide which properties you need and then just export out a CSV of all those properties.
This would help with getting large machines or loads through a site, for example this video shows how moving an escalator through a 3D model would allow you to identify problems before you get to site. More information on linking animations to Timeliner Tasks can be found in this blog post
If you have supported hardware you can enable Stereo viewing. More information on Stereo Viewing in Navisworks can be found on the blog.
There's more information on how to do this in an older blog post How to Link a Database using Navisworks Datatools
In fact we have huge support for the IFC file format across Autodesk, look at our Interoperability page at www.autodesk.com/ifc for more information about our IFC certifications across Autodesk products and support of COBie with a COBie exporter from Revit which completed the COBie challenge with top honours in 2013 and 2014.
Cue shocked Taylor Swift photo
And a cute animal picture for no reason whatsoever
If you want to see anything in more depth, send us an email on email@example.com