Monthly Archives: April 2013

Life after Autodesk: Rand Worldwide (IMAGINiT) Launches Rand 3D

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Very interesting move announced by Rand Worldwide, the owners of IMAGINiT. With the relentless move of Autodesk to “the cloud” (code for direct sales), this seems like a smart move for resellers.

FRAMINGHAM, MA, Apr 22, 2013 – Rand Worldwide, a global leader in providing technology solutions to organizations with engineering design and information technology requirements, today announced it is rebranding its training systems division to Rand 3D to offer a complete design engineering solution. In addition to providing training and support for CATIA, DELMIA, ENOVIA, 3DVIA and PLM Express and PTC Pro/ENGINEER and Creo software, this new division will also sell Dassault Systemes’ software in both Canada and the United States.

Chris Grossman, senior vice president of enterprise applications at Rand Worldwide Integrating, said that their unrivalled expertise in training and support with selling Dassault software now allows their customers to have a seamless experience with one partner that will meet all their needs throughout the software lifecycle. They are glad to be leveraging their rich training services history, with their experienced trainers and courseware developers that offer a variety of training options from virtual classes to custom on-site options.

Rand3D Software Offering

As an established solutions partner with Dassault Systemes and with a proven track record, Rand 3D offers customers the latest software releases and updates for software including: 3DVIA Composer, CATIA PLM Express, CATIA V5, CATIA V6, DELMIA PLM Express, DELMIA V6, ENOVIA V5 VPM, ENOVIA V6, and V6 PLM Express.

To learn more please visit rand3d.com

As posted on TenLinks. Click here for full article.

About IMAGINiT

IMAGINiT Technologies, A RAND Worldwide Company (OTCBB:RWWI), is the world’s largest provider of enterprise solutions to the engineering community. With 20+ years’ experience, and over 40 offices throughout North America and Asia Pacific, we provide the expertise, training and support to help companies realize the full power of design technology, increase productivity, maximize ROI and gain competitive advantage.

With unparalleled knowledge and the largest staff of technical experts in the industry, IMAGINiT Technologies delivers comprehensive services to help companies harness the full potential of their design technology and gain real competitive advantage on the path to innovation.

IMAGINiT is a leading provider of Autodesk software solutions and the largest North American Autodesk Authorized Training Center® (ATC) partner. All of our locations are supported by a vast pool of engineering resources focused on developing real-life business solutions for their local clients.

BIMForum: Level of Development (LOD) Specification Draft Release

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The Level of Development (LOD) Specification is a reference that enables practitioners in the AEC Industry to specify and articulate with a high level of clarity the content and reliability of Building Information Models (BIMs) at various stages in the design and construction process. The LOD Specification utilizes the basic LOD definitions developed by the AIA for the AIA G202-2013 Building Information Modeling Protocol Form and is organized by CSI Uniformat 2010.  It defines and illustrates characteristics of model elements of different building systems at different Levels of Development. This clear articulation allows model authors to define what their models can be relied on for, and allows downstream users to clearly understand the usability and the limitations of models they are receiving.

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The intent of the Specification is to help explain the LOD framework and standardize its use so that it becomes more useful as a communication tool.  It does not prescribe what Levels of Development are to be reached at what point in a project but leaves the specification of the model progression to the user of this document. To accomplish the document’s intent, its primary objectives are:

  • To help teams, including owners, to specify BIM deliverables and to get a clear picture of what will be included in a BIM deliverable
  • To help design managers explain to their teams the information and detail that needs to be provided at various points in the design process
  • To provide a standard that can be referenced by contracts and BIM execution plans

Click here to visit the BIMForum site and register to review the Draft Specification

About the BIMForum

The BIMForum’s mission is to facilitate and accelerate the adoption of building information modeling (BIM) in the AEC industry. We will lead by example and synchronize with counterparts in all sectors of the industry to jointly develop best practice for virtual design and construction (VDC). We will share our experiences and execute our goals via online forums, highly useful deliverables and practical industry conferences. We will revolutionize the building industry.

Organization

Although the BIMForum operates as a unified group, chaired by John Tocci of Tocci Building Corporation, ten subforums have been established to address each relevant industry sector and topic. These subforums collaborate with each other and other industry organizations (AIA, NIBS, NIST, IAI, C3T, 3xPT, CURT, etc.) on interdisciplinary projects to accelerate the adoption of BIM.

“BIM-MEP AUS forum is the premier BIM related event in the Asia PAC region …”

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“Fantastic line up of international presenters…the BIM-MEP AUS forum is the premier BIM related event in the Asia PAC region in my opinion and one that is at the top of my list to attend and support.” David Grant, Director at SurePoint Australasia

“This is without doubt going to be the key sub(contractor) related BIM event globally.” Dominik Holzer, Partner, AEC Connect

The forum will include a number of keynote international presenters from organisations such as McGraw-Hill, Shanghai Tower Construction Development, Balfour Beatty and EngWorks. Leading Australian keynote presenters from organisations such as Master Builders Association, Lend Lease, Probuild, The GPT Group, Hansen Yuncken Leighton Joint Venture, Commonwealth Defence, Arup, AECOM, Architectus, and AMCA members to keep the attention of the audience and interest regarding the Australian and global perspective.

Ticket prices for the two day event: AMCA Members – $570 (includes GST), Non-Members – $750 (includes GST)

Click here for the BIM MEP AUS Forum website

First in ANZ: Solibri Introduces Solibri Model Checker v8.1

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Michael McCune, a Senior Design Technology Specialist at CASE, Inc has again lead the charge and posted about the recent release of Solibri Model Checker 8.1

“Lets get down to the details about what has been updated! There has been a lot of changes and great improvements in this release and I look forward to sharing some of them in future posts.”

Check out his article here

And for the actual press release see below:

Solibri Introduces Solibri Model Checker v8.1

For Immediate Release

Solibri Introduces Solibri Model Checker v8.1 improving user experience, information access and visualization, while implementing key R&D requests from customers

Solibri, Inc., the leader in Model Checking technology and innovation for design quality assurance and BIM analysis, announces the release of Solibri Model Checker v8.1 (SMC v8.1). This release emphasizes:

  • usability and user experience
  • availability and accessibility of BIM data and visual information
  • strong customer focus

Usability and User Experience

“SMC has always received praise for user friendliness. This has also been one of the key themes in all recent releases. For example, our previous version (SMC v8) included guided step-by-step instructions for carrying out even the most difficult BIM QA/QC tasks, enabling any user to realize the full business benefits from SMC” states Mr. Heikki Kulusjärvi, CEO of Solibri, Inc.

SMC v8.1 perfects many of the tasks from the end-user point of view. The overall user experience has improved significantly and visualization speed has increased dramatically, making QA/QC more efficient. BIM collaboration and communication, as well as mark-up functionality have been greatly improved: Also, the core of SMC, the automated rule-based model checking and related step-by-step task customization has new capabilities for ensuring better QA/QC results.

Strong Customer Focus

“Solibri Model Checker v8.1 also addresses development requests provided by our most advanced and BIM savvy customers. We greatly appreciate this input since it enables us to remain at the leading edge of BIM QA/QC. Close co-operation with the global user base enables us to serve the market while continuously improving our offering, and providing increased value to our customers“ Mr. Kulusjärvi continues.

 

Quantitative Easing? Autodesk Navisworks 2014 vs QTO 2013

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“Autodesk has not and is not releasing a 2014 version of QTO. Instead, Autodesk is building 3D quantification features into Navisworks Simulate 2014 and Navisworks Manage 2014.”

Joe Eichenseer, IMAGINiT Technologies’S Building Solutions Team Manager, posts an overview of the new quantity take-off features of Navisworks 2014.

For the full article click here.

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In slightly more detail, the quantification features in Navisworks that emulate features from QTO include:

Item and resource catalogs

  • Import or create item and resource catalogs
  • Associate items with resources
  • Use formulas in catalogs
  • Export catalogs

Model takeoff

  • Automated takeoff from object parameters
  • Manual takeoff for modeled objects
  • Virtual takeoff for non-modeled objects

Change Analysis

Workbook

  • Quantification reporting
  • Export to Microsoft Excel spreadsheet software

http://www.autodesk.com/products/autodesk-navisworks-family/features

It would seem to me that QTO is going to remain as-is for the foreseeable future.  Updates will be made as needed to maintain functionality with current Autodesk software releases, and there might be an opportunity to enhance the 2D takeoff features of QTO as time moves on. However, it would appear that the focus of development for 3D or Model takeoff has migrated over to Navisworks.

Anyone who has QTO as a stand-alone product can continue working as they are today, but if you do 3D takeoffs, you will need to keep an eye on the developments of Quantification in Navisworks. At some point, you will probably want to make the transition from one to the other.  If you have QTO through a suite (and have that software on subscription), you will have access to both the Navisworks 2014 quantification workflow and the QTO 2013 workflow.

LIVE BABY LIVE: The BIM Day Out: 18th + 19th JULY, Perth WA

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The BIM Day Out: 18th + 19th JULY, Perth WA

KICKING OFF THE BIM DAY OUT IN 91 days! http://www.theBIMdayout.com/

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What is the BDO? 
Well basically it’s a BIM festival! So what does that mean for you, the fans? Headlining BIM superstars, different software genres, multiple stages and presentations, hands on activities and collaboration jam sessions… So its ‘about as much fun as BIM is ever going to be.

Are you serious? 
Well yes and no… You will improve your understanding of BIM and its advantages/benefits to AEC designers, fabricators, contractors, facility managers and building owners. Work out what BIM is and what BIM isn’t. Get the lowdown on where other industry players are at with BIM and where they are heading in the future.

The BIM Day Out celebrates collaboration and difference. Have a great time, socialise, explore, collaborate and learn… move outside comfort zone and experience new things… embrace change Excuse for a party?!… well, yeah maybe.

But… Perth? (no, not Scotland!)
You bet! A great place to get away to in the middle of Winter and with a conference offering this much value you can afford the airline tickets and spend the weekend!

Want to know more? 
www.bimdayout.com is now live! Drop by and pay us a visit… and get ready for the VIP Pre-sale Access All Areas Tix to be released VERY SOON!

Matt Rumbelow
Secretary | BDO 2013 Organising Committee
E: sponsors@bimdayout.com | W: www.theBIMdayout.com

Using the BIM directly for component set-out (BIMfix Blog)

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A great post from Brian Renehan at the BIMfix Blog.

“Digital set-out is going to become more popular as time goes on. Equipment will become cheaper and contractors will become more aware of it. If engaged properly the new technology can be a win, win for all involved. However, like anything, if not used appropriately there will be losers. The above identifies the significance of a documented process.

It is appropriate timing as one of my fellow Melbourne BIM Bloggers (Practical BIM) has recently blogged on an issue he has come across on this subject. The similar posts are just coincidence. I’ve been researching this article for the past few weeks. If anything, it highlights the topic requires thorough discussion in the industry.”

Read the entire post here: http://bimfix.blogspot.com.au/2013/04/using-bim-directly-for-component-set-out.html?m=1