We really have been busy this last year. As well as the headline new features in Navisworks 2014, there's plenty more 'under the bonnet' to speed up your workflows and make you more productive.
There's also some new features in design application Revit that will improve interoperability between the two packages.
It gives me great pleasure to announce to our readers, that a new version of the BIM 360 Glue mobile app is now available on the iTunes AppStore!
Providing large-project BIM viewing on the iPad, whether you're a BIM 360 Glue or Navisworks user, you can now benefit from visibility controls (hide and isolate), and enhanced measurement tools. Read on for more details of this exciting release…
Hide and reveal models and model objects
Visibility controls have been a major focus for this release. Whilst the app is powerful enough to load multi-discipline projects, it's really useful to be able to hide models from individual disciplines; or hide objects such as walls and ceilings to see and inspect the services behind them.
You can additionally isolate objects - making it easier to examine them within context of their surroundings.
And when reviewing the properties of an object, you can now select its parent object, for example the object type, family or category; with hide and isolate applying to the entire selection.
Powerful measurement tools optimized for BIM and field use
The Point-to-Point measure tool has been enhanced to provide a magnifying glass, providing a view of what's under your finger, and therefore making it easier to position your measure points.
An important benefit of using this app in the field is to be able to compare the model with installed components and equipment – planned 'vs' actual. As such, it's not always the point-to-point distance that is required; the vertical and horizontal differences between the points can help inform you whether something has been installed too high/low, or too far from a specific reference point. To provide this additional context, the app will also calculate and display the XYZ differences.
The app is used by a wide range of users, some of which will not necessarily benefit from this feature, so XYZ Differences can be disabled in the App Settings.
Measure shortest distance
The Measure Shortest Distance tool makes it easy to find the direct distance between two objects. If you want to know the width of a corridor for example, to see if you can get a piece of equipment along it, you can select the walls on either side of the corridor and the narrowest point will be identified.
Get the app now!
View the App in the iTunes AppStore
Please give us feedback
Prioritization of new features is certainly influenced by user feedback, so thank you for the feedback we've received to date, but don't stop now – why not share with us the work site scenarios where you are currently using the app; how you could use the app more effectively if only it did 'x'; or any other ideas, suggestions, or features you'd like to see in future releases.
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For those of you with interest in performance analysis of buildings there's a new blog from Autodesk focussing on this very topic. Whether you are interested in energy analysis, airflows, lighting analysis or more, this should be a hot topic for those looking to get the most out of the BIM models.
Directly from the team, this is who the blog is aimed at: -
Who is this Blog for? We are looking to address three groups of readers –
What will we try and do with this Blog?
If you want to view this or any other blogs more easily here are full instructions to see blogs inside Autodesk products.
As many of you know, earlier this year Autodesk acquired Vela Systems which has now been relaunched as BIM 360 Field. Co -founder of Vela Systems, Josh Kanner, an expert in Construction Field Management is presenting the keynote speech at this Wednesday's AGC Construction Technology Conference in San Diego.
The AGC Technology Trends in Construction Committee has planned a dynamic conference for the industry. Learn how to use the latest technology to be more efficient, and to gain a competitive edge so your firm can secure more work. The committee will also be giving away a new iPad during the conference, what better way to show off your model than downloading the free BIM 360 Glue mobile app for the iPad!
KEYNOTE: How iPads, the Cloud, and BIM are Changing Construction
This session is presented by Josh Kanner, the Senior Industry Manager from Autodesk. Autodesk is based in San Francisco, and is a worldwide leader in iPad apps for the construction industry. Josh is the Autodesk expert in iPad apps for use on construction sites. He will detail how cutting edge contractors are using iPads, the Cloud, and BIM to revolutionize construction field management.
Date - Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Time - 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Location - Mission Bay Hilton, 1775 East Mission Bay Drive, San Diego, CA 92109
Cost - $49
Register and more details here
In my previous post, BIM 360 Glue On The Go, I mentioned that I assumed product management responsibilities for the BIM 360 Glue mobile app around 10 months ago - that takes us back to Autodesk University 2011. Whilst there I was able to share with a group of construction customers (under a non-disclosure agreement, of course) an early research prototype created by our development team. That prototype was looking to see whether the core Navisworks technology could be leveraged on iOS, and we found that we were able to handle BIM models at least 10-times larger than we had seen before on a mobile device. "This looks promising", said some of those customers. "When can we have it?" asked many others in the room.
Initially we hoped it would be much sooner than 10 months, however in that same week another twist of fate took place - Autodesk acquired Horizontal Systems (with their solution Horizontal Glue being rebranded as Autodesk BIM 360 Glue earlier this year).
If ever there were two technology stacks and engineering teams that were meant to be together, this is them - Navisworks has been well established in the AEC space for over a decade, and fundamentally addresses a key problem of being able to bring together the (often large) design data of BIM projects for coordination on PC's. BIM 360 Glue addresses a similar need, however starting out with a foundation of collaboration, which greatly simplifies the process of gathering models from your design partners, and delivering instant access and simultaneous review capabilities - I'm thrilled that our teams have united over the past 10 months - and what I hope you see in the BIM 360 Glue mobile app is the evolution of Navisworks technology (which maximizes the limited memory and computing power available on mobile devices), unified with the collaborative power of Glue (which makes it easier to access your models and stay current) - if only the branding team would let me get away with calling it SuperGlue... J
If you're still asking what the cloud can do for you, well I think one of the best things the cloud offers is, facilitating a connected experience – connecting people to their data; and connecting people to people, thereby improving collaboration. The first release of the BIM 360 Glue app provides a means of connecting the mobile user to their latest-version models in Glue, which may be individual design models from Revit, etc. or merged models aggregated within Glue, or models aggregated in Navisworks and uploaded to Glue. From a collaboration perspective, if you're using the BIM 360 Glue web client, then as part of your review process you can send notifications to other users of let's say, a specific area of interest in the model. Upon receiving this notification, it will include a unique URL, and if you follow this link from your iPad mail client it will take you directly to the mobile app, automatically open the relevant model and take you to the exact area of interest. "One-click to BIM" (or technically with a touch interface, one-tap to BIM, but that doesn't sound so snappy).
This is what should be the start of many collaborative workflows we'll deliver across Autodesk and the BIM 360 solution. These will not only better link the design teams into pre-construction workflows, but also extends into the construction phase through BIM 360 Field, for Field Management, Commissioning and Handover (delivered through another recent acquisition of Vela Systems). It's clear that mobile capabilities will be an important means of project participants capturing data anytime and anywhere, and making that available to the rest of the team. This will help to reduce a lot of the wasted time (and resource) seen in construction today, through delays in getting information to the right people, and getting the right people together (when often not co-located) so that they can make informed decisions.
When Autodesk Infrastructure Modeler was a technology preview on Autodesk Labs, it was known as Project Galileo. A second technology preview, Project Galileo Online, allowed users of Autodesk Infrastructure Modeler to collaborate on and share infrastructure-scale models with their stakeholders. Using Project Galileo Online, users could publish models to Autodesk 360, and invite others to access, download, and commit changes to shared models. The technology preview of Project Galileo Online operated until September 30, 2012. Thanks to everyone who participated in the technology preview.
With its graduation from Autodesk Labs, Project Galileo Online has become Autodesk 360 Infrastructure Modeler. Autodesk 360 Infrastructure Modeler is available to subscription customers of the following software:
- Autodesk Building Design Suite Ultimate // more
- Autodesk Infrastructure Design Suite Premium // more
- Autodesk Infrastructure Design Suite Ultimate
- Autodesk Infrastructure Modeler // more
Graduation ceremonies are alive in the lab.
Inspired by this post by Jason Dodds from 2009, I'll be at this year's Autodesk University at the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas, talking all about Star Wars. Well sort of…
Imagining a world where Darth Vader and Emperor Palpatine had Autodesk tools to hand and fully embraced the concept of BIM, not only could the lives of countless stormtroopers been saved during construction, but they could have saved the Death Star from destruction completely.
I'll be talking about contingency planning using Navisworks and Microsoft Project, creating time based clashes for temporary works, using Revit construction parts to build an accurate schedule and linking animations to Timeliner for powerful presentations, all things that apply to building projects on this planet as well as flying death machines in space. I'm having a great time spending my weekends and evenings modeling Tie fighters in Inventor and futuristic looking curtain wall panels in Revit (I live a life of simple pleasures!), and hope that as well as learning how you can use the Building Design Suite more effectively, you'll enjoy geeking out with me in a couple of months' time.
You can now register for Building the Death Star, The Autodesk Way which is filling up quickly.
If you need to convince your boss to let you go to Autodesk University, use this "Convince Your Manager Toolkit" to find plenty of useful ammunition, and plenty of reasons for them to go to. And a couple of funny posts appeared on the Revit Forum Blog about how to tell you wife or husband that you're going to AU2012.
See you in Las Vegas!
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Start planning your AU experience now, there's plenty of classes about Revit, Navisworks, Construction and this year one from me about building the Death Star! More about that in the coming weeks.
The preview version of the Autodesk University 2012 class catalog is now available. View it now and start planning your AU schedule.
Class space at AU is limited so plan to sign up when AU registration opens early for AU members on August 28. Becoming an AU members is as easy as enrolling free at http://au.autodesk.com
Highlights for AU 2012 include:
Advanced features and workflows
Cloud, mobile technologies, and visualization
Autodesk Certification preparation
New! Educator Summit
Media & Entertainment Dev. Network Conference
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(note the server is being hit by thousands of anxious people and getting slow)
Remember, early registration for AU members starts 1 week before general registration. Plan to register starting August 28, 2012. Learn more about AU 2012.