Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Top 2019 Posts

As the year comes to a close I thought I would write a short post on the top five posts of 2019 and mention a few of my favorites...

Before the top 5, here are a few of my personal favorites:

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Friday, December 27, 2019

Trimble XR10 with Microsoft HoloLens 2 Unboxing Video

I just received the Trimble XR10 with Microsoft HoloLens 2 in the mail today and created my first-ever unboxing video. While I have yet to power it up and test it out, the device looks very durable and aesthetically pleasing (sorry, I'm an architect so I had to mention aesthetics:)).

Disclaimer: None needed as this device was not free or discounted in any way!

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Thursday, December 26, 2019

Sustainable Design Starts with You!

Most people I talk to within the architectural profession say their firm does not do enough, if any, energy modeling. Surprisingly, less than half of the firms who have committed to the AIA's 2030 Commitment have not reported their portfolios (2019 Report, pg. 26). Additionally, the AIA 2030 By the Numbers Report says...
"In 2018, on average, modeled projects have an approximately 25% higher pEUI reduction than non modeled projects. Yet, the percentage of projects being modeled has not significantly changed since 2017, hovering around 50% for both the number of projects and the percentage of total GSF. This represents a significant missed opportunity." (2019 Report, pg. 28)
My impression is, in addition to the pressures of project deadlines, people just don't know where to start. The barrier to entry can appear especially limiting to those without any formal training around sustainable design, environmental science or energy modeling in particular.
Regardless of the preconceived obstacles,
sustainable design begins with you!
Thus, today's motivational post will highlight several resources and ideas you can use to develop your professional skills, raise the bar at your firm, and make the world a better place:)

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Friday, December 20, 2019

BIM Training Material I have Created

Given the various locations my training materials can be found, I thought it would be helpful to consolidate the options into a single post. These are great options for personal development or for assigning to new or emerging staff.

ArchSmarter courses:
These courses are composed of several short videos, within an LMS that tracks your progress.

ElumTools courses:
Learn how to do lighting analysis within Revit using ElumTools (by the makers of AGI32).

These books are used by professionals and within the education market all over North America.

Enscape blog posts:

Since 2016 I have written over 30 blog posts for Ensacpe, on their website. One of my favorite images, from the post on glazing, is shown below (click to enlarge)...

Thanks for your support!

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Check out my video-based  courses on ArchSmarter.

I also write blog posts for Enscape - a new paradigm in rendering, animation and VR for AEC.

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Selfies from Autodesk University 2019

Having a blog, I am in the habit of constantly taking pictures and selfies. At Autodesk Universit, I took a lot of both. So, for my AU 2019 Recap post I decided to divide and conquer... using just the photos in that post and saving the selfies for this post:)

Sorry to those I talked to and did not think to take one, or did not have time...

All selfies below are generally in chronological order...

Autodesk CEO Andrew Anagnost... from Autodesk Expert Elite lunch.

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Monday, December 16, 2019

Chrome Opens to Blank Pages

I recently has an issue with the Google Chrome browser not opening properly on my PC. Chrome would open, but the screen just contained the message "Can't open this page". That was true for any link or tab. I did some looking online and found some lengthy posts with MANY things to try if Chrome was not working. None of them worked.

Today's post covers the solution found to make this work.

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Friday, December 13, 2019

How to Create Flexible Conduits in Revit

Today we have a guest post from Fabio Sato, someone I finally met in-person at Autodesk University 2019 last month, but had chatted with in the Revit beta forums for a few years now.

His specialty is electrical, so I asked if he was interested in contributing a post to the BIM Chapters blog and he responded positively with this... enjoy!

Fabio Sato 
Electrical engineer, graduated in Brazil, working at Filippon Engenharia as BIM manager since 2013 and as independent BIM consultant since 2017. 

For more information check https://www.linkedin.com/in/fabio-itiro-sato-14564016/

How to Create Flexible Conduits in Revit

Different from ducts and pipes, there is no flex conduits in Revit. As anything in life, there are positive and negative aspects because of it.

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Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Wireless HTC Vive Cosmos - A Win for AEC

The world of VR continues to evolve, which includes higher quality graphics, more portability and wireless freedome... as I generally predicted earlier this year in my Enscape blog post Technology Trends That Will Shape The AEC Industry in 2019.

In today's post I will share a few details about the new HTC Vive Cosmos and some highlights from the Wireless Adapter setup. The high-quality graphics, wireless freedom and inside-out tracking make it a great option for real-time rendered VR experiences in AEC.

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Saturday, December 7, 2019

Reflection on Autodesk University Las Vegas 2019

I hadn't been to Autodesk University in a number of years. But this year I doubled down and went to two; London (June) and Las Vegas (November). Both where really great conferences, where I met lots of people, went to some great sessions and even got a selfie with Autodesk's CEO, Andrew Anagnost. In Vegas, I also presented twice.

Today's post will reflect on AU Las Vegas 2019, click here for a recap on AU London 2019.

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Wednesday, December 4, 2019

A well kept Revit secret: the CTRL key

Today's post comes compliments of industry expert Pieter Schiettecatte from A+I in New York City.

Did you know that the CTRL key has special powers when using modify tools like moving, copying, rotating, mirroring, aligning, join...?

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