First presentation: The Productspec team will demonstrate the brand new Revit families for the MonkeyToe Systems range of roof access, plant mounting, barrier and personal protection systems. Second Presentation: Dynamo 101 By Chris Welch - Productspec Suitable for all levels of expertise, Full Revit A must-know for all Revit users! Chris will introduce us to the basics of Dynamo node-based programming, with the goal of providing a foundation of knowledge that will allow us to get started with creating our own simple dynamo tools and take advantage of the thriving Dynamo community. Case Study: Parametric Cocoon Following the Dynamo presentation, Chris will highlight the possibilities of node-based programming by breaking down the process of designing, documenting and CNC fabricating Productspec's crazy BuildNZ exhibition stand using Revit, Rhino, & Grasshopper. Note, the actual 6m x 3m parametric cocoon will also be on display at the Productspec studio. Third Presentation: RTC Round up Cherry & Kevin from NDY will share their experiences from this years Revit Technology Conference on the Gold Coast, Australia. Sponsor: Many thanks to ProductspecandMonkeyToe Systems who are kindly hosting and sponsoring this event
Wed 22 July 2015 @ Productspec 19 Edward St, Te Aro, Wellington Google Map 5.30pm – for a 6pm start Please do not arrive before 5:30 Finishing at 7:30pm
Get Ready for REAL 2016 by taking a look back at last year’s ground breaking summit. The inaugural year of REAL was an amazing exploration of the convergence of 3d sensing, making & visualization. Relive and experience leading designers, artists, entrepreneurs & educators discussing the latest innovations in this 3D revolution.
I don’t use Google Earth often and, although happy not to have to deal with disappearing Earths, didn’t really think much about it. Last week I got a link to a blog post by someone who has clearly thought about it a great deal.
Duane's hypothesis is rather intriguing, especially for Esri GIS users.
"Go large or go home" they say, so here goes. Here's my take on the new GooEsrigle relationship.
The world wide Geo-spatial industry will be turned on its head, 20th July 2015. I for one will be watching the Plenary live if anyone will stream it. If not all this, then at least Google Earth something something something.
.. Lock stock and several smoking barrels Google has purchased Esri, and likely this was late last year. If I had a spare several billion, I'd buy Esri just so Apple and Facebook couldn't….
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First presentation: Managing Linked Files in Revit
by Greg Burr - Designgroup Stapleton Elliott
Suitable for all levels of expertise, Full Revit & Revit LT
Learn how to control the visibility of linked Revit and AutoCAD files in your views to get them looking just right. Also find out how to reload an updated link without loosing all of the visibility settings.
Second Presentation: Wellington City Council Asset Management Update
Practical Revit Modelling for Asset Management by Max Drake & Matt Cantwell - WCC
Interesting for all levels of expertise, Full Revit & Revit LT. Probably will get technical!
WCC have moved in leaps and bounds toward realizing their goals of effective asset capture as last presented in February. Max and Matt will go through some of the Revit process they are using including:
Managing rooms and phases
Using Dynamo to automate placing views on sheets
Specialist tools for Room data extraction.
Colour Splasher for checking and correcting missing data
Scott recently posted about the new A360 Integrated Viewer which can view many native design file formats. It is integral in many of the A360 portals but is also available as a separate on-line viewer:
Drag your file into the viewer to upload it (having read the associated terms and conditions…)
View and share!
Scott’s post has a lot of info on the new viewer but the discussion about the future of Autodesk’s Design Web Format (DWF) and Autodesk Design Review (see the comments in addition to the article) is well worth reading for current users of DWF & ADR.
Autodesk Design Review development may have stalled at 2013 (which still works fine) but I’m glad to see DWF still has a future. It is an elegant way to share 3D model data with the object properties intact and still handles 2D sheet sets better than PDF (faster to publish, much smaller files and better view/print quality).
One huge advantage of an on-line viewer is elimination of the viewer install hurdle. That was often impossible due to IT lockdown or, in the case of iOS/OSX, the operating system not being supported.
While the ability to view native formats is awesome the A360 viewer is still rather primitive compared to Autodesk Design Review. Viewing is fine but limitations show when it comes to interacting with the model for mark-up/measure, sectioning tools and feeding mark-ups back to the authoring applications.
As Scott mentions they are working to close the gap — at least cloud based software is much easier to update — but there is still lots to do.
I have been a participant in the Autodesk discussion forums for 21 years now. Wow, my participation is old enough to drink. As part of that participation I have mentioned:
The Design Web Format (DWF) is not dead. Autodesk will continue to use it for Autodesk Vault as well as our new cloud-based solutions.
Autodesk Design Review (ADR) 2013 is still freely available for download. Like DWF, it continues to be an integral part of Vault. The DWF format did not change with the 2014 and 2015 versions of our design applications, so ADR can still handle DWF files produced by our latest offerings.