Friday, February 25, 2022

Lake|Flato Project Featured on ArchDaily and Enscape Blog - Ponte Vista House

I am excited to share another Lake|Flato project we are currently working on, and recently featured on ArchDaily and Ensacpe's blog.

The Ponte Vista House is a lovely design and the renderings are incredible... all done by the design team w/o any post processing.

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Thursday, February 24, 2022

RenderPeople Blog Post - Using 3D People to Enhance Diversity of Enscape Visualizations and Client Communication

I recently collaborated with the folks at RenderPeople and wrote a blog post for their website on an amazing Lake|Flato project we are working on, where we employed a lot of their entourage to enhance the quality and diversity of our presentation graphics.

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Wednesday, February 23, 2022

NVIDIA GTC '22 - Removing Barriers to VR in Architecture using Streaming VR

I will be presenting at NVIDIA GTC '22 next month, along with Petr Mitev VP, Visualization Product Unit at Enscape. Today's post highlights the session and current Lake|Flato project used as the case study.

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Tuesday, February 22, 2022

Wednesday, February 16, 2022

The IES BIM Committee requests your help!

BIM Chapters intro: The following article is an excerpt from the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) Standards Bulletin, a monthly email. Please read it and then consider upvoting the Revit Ideas i've linked at the end. FYI: I am the chair of the IES BIM Standards committee.



By Rebecca Mintz, secretary, IES BIM Committee


The IES BIM Committee requests your help!


Have you been unhappy with the process of documenting lighting in BIM software, specifically Revit*? Do you wish there were features that the software had to make the lighting workflow more compatible with those of other trades?


From the survey conducted by our committee last year, we heard your frustration and are working hard to get Autodesk to listen to the lighting community. However, we need your help!


Autodesk uses public opinion to decide how to implement new features via its Revit Ideas forum. Users post requests; other users vote on the requests. Autodesk takes notice of posts that have a high number of votes, generally those with more than 100 votes.


That’s where we need your help! The IES BIM Committee has taken all the feedback we received from the survey responses and created a series of requests on the forum. Two posts have been on the forum for a while but haven’t received enough votes to reach Autodesk’s attention:

  1. Multiple Light Sources in a single Family, without nesting. This request was authored by IES BIM Committee member Matt Kincaid and addresses the fact that nesting is required for lighting families to have more than one light source. Nesting is problematic for aiming and photometric calculations. For more information, read Matt’s post and vote!
  2. Visibility Below Cut Plane In RCP. For many of us, it is helpful to see architectural elements, like furniture or step lights, that wouldn’t typically be shown on a Reflected Ceiling Plan as we lay out our designs. Currently, Revit doesn’t have a good way of showing that. There are workarounds, like making the cut plane close to the floor, but they all have their downsides. Allowing for visibility of elements below the cut plane would make it easier for us to see what we need without messy workarounds.

Please click on the links above and vote for these ideas, as well as any other ideas you see there that you would like to have implemented! If we band together and vote, we are hopeful that Autodesk will recognize that the lighting industry is worth pleasing!


We will also be highlighting feature requests each month in social media. If you see a post and want to share it, please do! Let’s advocate for our workflow needs and our industry recognition!


Also, please share these ideas with anyone and everyone! We thank you for your help advocating for the lighting industry’s needs in Revit.


* The IES BIM Committee does not endorse any particular BIM software. However, we recognize that Autodesk Revit is the most used software. For that reason, we are focusing our current efforts on improving its usability for the IES and lighting communities.

Revit Ideas

Each Revit Idea is linked below. You need to log in using a free Autodesk account. Use these steps to speed up the process:
  1. Click the first link below
  2. Log in to your Autodesk account (or create one for free)
  3. Click the vote button
  4. Leave this tab open (keeps you logged in)
  5. Click and vote for the remaining links (close each after voting)

Families - lights on sloped ceilings (6 votes)

Schedules - Print Schedules (219 votes)

Schedules - Spell check (345 votes)

Schedules - Edit in sheet (421 votes)

Schedules - Multi-line text (274 votes)

Schedules - Copy/Paste data (3 votes)

Schedules - Sheet formatting visibility control (5 votes)

Multiple light sources, without having to nest families (29 votes)

Support for new lighting definition - gldf (2 votes)

Families - toggle hosting methods (132 votes)

Update built-in parameters (7 votes)

Support for MEP Logical Systems across Linked Models (3 votes)

Support for ANSI/IES TM-32-19 Lighting Parameters (2 votes)

Locate fixtures in an array - along a curve or a path (58 votes)

RCP - Improved Visibility Control (14 votes)

Improve copy-monitor workflows (2 votes)

Lighting Fixture - multiple zone control support (3 votes) 

Improve Support for Type B Photometric Files (*.IES files) (9 votes)

Lighting Fixture - MEP connector enhancements (2 votes)

Design Options - MEP related enhancements (2 votes)

Type catalogs enhanced to support photometry (2 votes)

Update CSI OmniClass Table 23 (2 votes)

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Wednesday, February 9, 2022

University of Minnesota - Lighting Design Presentation

Yesterday I had the opportunity to present on lighting design at the University of Minnesota. Today's post will highlight my presentation where I discussed:
  • Design Performance at Lake|Flato
  • Workflow (electric lighting): Lighting design using Revit + Elumtools
  • Workflow (daylighting): Access and glare using Rhino + Climate Studio

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Monday, February 7, 2022

Lake|Flato Sustainable Design Performance Technologist - Come Work with Us!

Come work with an award winning architecture practice that has won more AIA COTE Top Ten awards than any other firm in the US and has been a signatory of the AIA 2030 Commitment since the year the program started, a decade ago!

Are you passionate about high performance design? So are we!

Are you familiar with tolls used to study daylighting, energy use, embodied carbon, thermal bridging? So are we!

Are you considering making a move? We are looking to hire you:)

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Friday, February 4, 2022

Revit Performance Email and Support

Are you having performance issues in Revit? Autodesk has a special email you can use to share your findings and even the model. This is the topic of today's post...

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Thursday, February 3, 2022

My New Enscape Blog post - The Essentiality of Real-Time Viz for BIM and AEC

I wrote a new blog* post for Enscape on the essentiality of real-time visualization for BIM and architecture. Today's post shares the link and a quote I included from one of the partners here at Lake|Flato

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Wednesday, February 2, 2022

Enscape and Chaos Merger Podcast on CG Garage

Today's post shares an interesting podcast with the leaders from Enscape and Chaos, talking about the new merger and opportunities. 

Enscape users not familiar with V-Ray and Chaos will want to start following this podcast, CG Garage, to track the larger visualization eco-system that is about to take the industry by storm!

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Tuesday, February 1, 2022

CTC Revit Family Processor - Powerful Content Management

Someone who works for a large manufacturer, who was just acquired by a larger manufacturer, ask me how they can update the company name parameter and URLs in thousands of Revit families. It occured to me that the tool I recommended, I had not written a specific post about (just referenced within other posts).

CTC Software makes a "Cadillac" tool that can be used to maintain large and complex Revit content collections. The tool is called Revit Family Processor. Today's post I will share the highlights of this tool and a little trip down memory lane with CTC and this tool.

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