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BIMRendering? What is Maxwell Render?

Maxwell Render is a standalone render engine for making perfect images, films and animations from 3D models. It is the complete solution for anyone who demands immaculate results on a deadline.

Maxwell Render offers maximum quality, speed, and compatibility for architects, designers and visual effects artists.

 UPDATED. Attend a Maxwell Webinar 

 
      
 
Want to make photo-quality renders of your Revit scenes? In this free webinar, Next Limit plugin developer Mihnea Balta will take you through the workflow rendering Revit scenes with Maxwell Render. 
 
 
We’ll cover installation, setup, handling Revit materials and MXM materials, lights, grass, and exporting with Maxwell Studio and 3DS Max.
 
 
When: Thursday, April 18, 2013 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM PDT
 
Use the link below to reserve your Webinar seat.
 

Revit

  • Compatibility: Revit 2012 and 2013 (any edition) Revit LT not supported
  • Support for Revit lights, including IES
  • Support for many built-in Revit materials
  • Ability to override scene materials with MXM files
  • Maxwell Grass
  • Multilight read back: changes made to lights in Multilight can be imported back into the Revit scene
  • Easy access to the Maxwell material library and gallery from inside the Revit UI

Download:
Existing clients access: Client Gateway
Not a client or don’t have gateway login: Demo Version

ArchiCAD
  • Compatibility: AC14-AC16 Windows 32 and 64 bits, OSX (we have dropped AC12 compatibility after 2.6.1 and AC13 compatibility after 2.7.2)
  • Complex scene export from ArchiCAD to Maxwell
  • Maxwell Render panel to adjust Maxwell specific parameters
  • Maxwell Physical Sky, IBL environment, sun and all the other Maxwell Sky parameters inside ArchiCAD
  • Automatic and semi-automatic material conversion
  • Maxwell MXM materials inside ArchiCAD (as referenced materials)
  • Maxwell material preview inside the Material Settings dialog
  • Maxwell Grass
  • Maxwell FIRE (Maxwell Interactive Renderer within ArchiCAD)
  • Supports referencing external MXS files containing geometry and materials
  • Automatic animation export from ArchiCAD (Sun Study… and Fly -Through…)

Download:
Existing clients access: Client Gateway
Not a client or don’t have gateway login: Demo Version

MicroStation
  • Compatibility: Microstation V8i SELECTseries 2, Windows 32 and 64 bits.
  • Maxwell Render plugin for MicroStation performs direct geometry and materials export from MicroStation to Maxwell Render MXS scene and optionally to MXM material files.
  • MXM material files can be reused by subsequent exports which will refer to the MXM files in the cache folder, rather than re-translate.
  • Large parts of the plugin’s user interface intentionally mimic their counterparts in Maxwell Studio and convey the same functionality. This addresses Maxwell Render functionality which is not present on the MicroStation side.
  • Different plugin settings can be stored in the same DGN file, for different purposes. They can also be exported and imported.
  • All plugin options have balloon help pop-ups, and for the most part are self-explanatory.

Download:
Existing clients access: Client Gateway
Not a client or don’t have gateway login: Demo Version

SketchUp Pro Plugin
  • Compatibility: SketchUp Pro 6,7,8 for Windows 32 and 64 bits, OSX (Intel)
  • Provided for free with a Maxwell Render Suite license.
  • Scene Manager provides an easy-to-use tabbed interface.
  • Includes unique interactive wizard-style material editor.
  • Material model provides Embedded and MXM-Linked modes.
  • Provides interactive camera tools, and auto-focus function.
  • Implements custom automatic ground-plane feature.
  • Extensive use of instances reduces memory requirements.
  • Includes a very high performance C++ -based MXS Exporter

Download:
Existing clients access: Client Gateway
Not a client or don’t have gateway login: Demo Version

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Certification 2.0: The first four products to receive buildingSMART’s Certification 2.0

March 22, 2013 — The first four products to receive the new-style buildingSMART certification 2.0 were recognised at the international meetings of buildingSMART in Waltham, MA, US on 12 March 2013. The certification acknowledges that the products have been tested and shown to comply with the IFC open standards for the functions specified within the testing environment.

The four successful products are Autodesk Revit Architecture, GRAPHISOFT ArchiCAD, NEMETSCHEK Allplan and NEMETSCHEK Scia Engineer, which received certification for their export functionality. Other products are still in the process of being tested and audited. Certified products can display the buildingSMART certification logo on their packaging.

Rasso Steinmann, who leads buildingSMART’s Implementer Support Group, said: “Our certification is a stringent process and buildingSMART congratulates the successful vendors. The number of test actions to date is over 1,400 – an indication of how seriously we take the process.”

Jim Lynch, vice president, building and collaboration products of Autodesk, said: “We have many customers worldwide that mandate a neutral IFC file format and rely on it to ease the design, construction and maintenance of new and existing buildings. BuildingSMART’s IFC certification will allow our customers to facilitate more efficient, collaborative workflows; increase project team collaboration; and encourage data exchange and interoperability within a BIM workflow.”

Akos Rechtorisz, Open BIM program manager at GRAPHISOFT, said: “GRAPHISOFT, an IFC pioneer, has been involved in developing the IFC interface since 1996. We are proud to be among the very first to achieve certification for IFC 2×3 Coordination View Version 2.0 export, using ArchiCAD. The open-source IFC format allows our users to exchange data with the engineering disciplines using Open BIM workflows. Structural and MEP engineers worldwide connect to ArchiCAD using a variety of globally and locally used software programs.”

Aleš Široký, technical director from NEMETSCHEK Allplan, said: “This certification is an important step towards improving Open BIM collaboration among our customers and their partners. Nemetschek Allplan is commited to IFC as the industry standard, and our developers co-operate with other industry players so that we stay at the leading edge of Open BIM exchange.”

And Herman Oogink, CTO from Nemetschek Scia, added: “We are proud to belong to the first companies succeeded to pass the certification. It proves our commitment to open standards and Open BIM. We are convinced that open standards like IFC are a huge benefit for our clients who can choose to work with the best software that fits to their needs without worrying about exchanging of data.”

Full article here: http://www10.aeccafe.com/nbc/articles/1/1173341/First-four-successes-buildingSMARTs-Certification-2.0

dRofus 1.6 beta introduces ArchiCAd Add-On beta

For several years dRofus have offered a flexible bi-directional plug-in for Revit users. Now dRofus announces their first ArchiCAD Add-On is now in BETA for testing. This first release focuses on linking and synchronizing rooms, areas and room parameters, making the daily workflow for ArchiCAD users more flexible and effective when working with dRofus.

The ArchiCAD Add-On is distributed with dRofus. To access the ArchiCAD Add-On you need to run dRofus version 1.6. If you have an older version installed, please download the latest BETA from the download page and install it.
dRofus 1.6.0 BETA is available here.

After installation of dRofus, close any open ArchiCAD applications and log in to dRofus. From the top menu in dRofus select dRofus. Install ArchiCAD Add-on.The Add-On is installed and available the next time you start ArchiCAD.

Userguide for the ArchiCAD Add On can be downloaded here.

Other highlights in dRofus 1.6 BETA

  • ArchiCAD AddIn
  • Unlink room in Revit/AC
  • Create single room from Revit link dialog
  • IFC export from TIDA (pilot)
  • Write to groups from Revit
  • TIDA Ifc import: Read project units in file when importing data
  • Improvements
  • Hyperlink to ‘Forgot Pasword’ site from in the ‘Wrong password’ error dialouge box
  • Flexible codes on room templates
  • Linked/not linked report window in Revit/ArchiCAD

 

“Time” to rethink? COBie Challenge Results (are in)

The full bSa Challenge Overview and Information can be found here: http://buildingsmartalliance.org/index.php/newsevents/proceedings/buildingsmartchallenge13

OK OK OK … Get to the Results!!

The results of the COBie Challenge for Architectural Design, Coordinated Design, and Construction Handover phases are shown in the table below.

So, of the “Big Three” … Autodesk out performed Bentley by a factor of 24x? By 210 minutes?
And in comparison to Graphisoft? Well their results were shocking (***so much so that I will have to look into this further).

But, to highlight the three main criticisms for each of the “mainstream” vendors:

Autodesk


“Format Compliance: This company successfully completed the construction COBie challenge by producing the handover COBie file of the Medical Clinic model. Based on the quality control report, there was only one small error that incurred a one minute penalty with respect to the internal consistency of the output format that would require an estimated 5 minutes to correct.

Content Quality: The vendor did not produce the 100% of the sample data; however the produced data was very accurate to expected sample data found on the project drawings. Based on the content quality criteria a 4 minutes penalty was applied as described in the session above. In sum a total of 5 minutes was applied for the submitted file. This means that a user utilizing Autodesk Revit 2013 software is estimated to have to spend 9 minutes cleaning/fixing the COBie file for a facility of comparable size and complexity.”

Bentley

 

“Format Compliance: This company successfully completed the construction COBie challenge by producing the handover COBie file of the Medical Clinic model. No errors were encountered based on the quality control report; therefore no penalty was applied for the data format, delivery of required fields, and proper referencing across the worksheets.

Content Quality: The quality of the produced data did not match 100% to the sample data provided and penalties were applied as described above. A total of 218 minutes (3.6 hours) penalty was applied for the data mismatch. This means that a user utilizing Bentley software would have to spend 3.6 hours fixing/cleaning the COBie file.

Graphisoft

“Format Compliance: This company successfully completed the construction COBie challenge by producing the handover COBie file of the Medical Clinic model. Based on the quality control report, were zero errors identified.

Content Quality: The vendor produced the architectural data of the model for a portion of the original clinic model. However, the provided data was inconsistent with the sample data which resulted in a penalty of 503 minutes (8 hours). This means that a user utilizing this product is estimated to have to spend 8 hours cleaning/fixing the COBie file for a facility of comparable size and complexity.”