Friday, May 17, 2024

Autodesk Forma Series Recap

While I will surely share more on this topic, the sponsored part of my Autodesk Forma series has concluded. In this post, I will recap and share all the links in one place!

This post also includes the recently created Autodesk Customer Storey featuring Lake|Flato and our use of Forma.


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Wednesday, May 15, 2024

Revit Face Based Families and Reference Planes

Sharing a short video on how Revit face-based families can host to reference planes and a few related tips and tricks.

For example, do you know why these two lighting fixtures point in different directions?


Or, do you know how to move a face-based family between two reference planes that are vertically offset without moving the fixture in plan?

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Monday, May 13, 2024

Hempcrete Presentation by BIOBUILD Last Week at Lake|Flato!

Last week, guest speaker Caroline Dunn from BIOBUILD in Austin, Texas, led our monthly Lake|Flato Sustainability Champions meeting. She presented on hempcrete and highlighted a new Hemp Lime Illustrated detail booklet she co-authored.


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Thursday, May 2, 2024

AIA Public Policy & Position Statements Update - Architects Are Environmentally Responsible

The sustainability section of the AIA Public Policy & Position Statements was recently updated. I was on the team that crafted these updates, participated in listening sessions, and presented the proposed changes to various groups.

I am grateful for Lake|Flato's support of my position on the AIA National Committee on the Environment (COTE) Leadership, where my participation leads to opportunities like this.


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Monday, April 29, 2024

AIA Architect: Return to office: How it started and how it's going

I was recently interviewed by Wanda Lau for AIA Architect, along with a few other firms, to share how Lake|Flato's return to the office has evolved post-pandemic. Sharing that and a little more about our desk checkout system in today's post.


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Friday, April 26, 2024

Design for Deconstruction Presentation - Northeastern University - Integrated Building Systems

Last week I had to opportunity to present (remotely) to architecture students at Northeastern University taught by my friend Lori Ferriss!

I presented some of the work Lake|Flato is doing related to Design for Deconstruction. 


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Wednesday, April 24, 2024

BIM Pure - Autodesk Forma Bootcamp - Follow Up Post

I enjoyed hanging out with Nicolas Catellier on his BIM Pure YouTube channel today. We covered many of the Autodesk Forma tools and workflows... including the new Board beature, which is like Miro/Mural/Zoom Whiteboards... and the generative AI Explore tool that auto-magically creates several design options based on the selected site extents (as shown in the image below).

In this post, you can access the recording and get links to a few items I shared.


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Tuesday, April 23, 2024

BIM Pure Live Tomorrow - Forma Bootcamp with Giveaways

Tomorrow I am live with Nicolas Catellier on his BIM Pure YouTube channel. We will cover many of the Autodesk Forma tools and workflows... including yet another new feature that has not been announced yet!

Plus... we have a few AEC-focused giveaways live during the show (more details below)!


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Friday, April 19, 2024

Revit 2025 Updates Enscape Users Should Know About

My latest Escape blog post is live... which covers Autodesk Revit 2025 updates that Enscape users will want to know about. Plus, I touched on an Enscape 4.0 enhancement related to multiple users working on the same workshared Revit project.



I also mentioned something super important to watch out for in Revit 2024 related to project files becoming corrupted.

Check out the post here on Enscape's official blog:

For BIM Chapters updates, follow @DanStine_MN on Twitter or connect on LinkedIn

Lighting design professionals: check out my Revit & ElumTools training https://bit.ly/3NJjhCV

Tuesday, April 16, 2024

3Dconnexion Input Devices for AEC - Plus a Keyboard Giveaway

If you are in architecture, engineering, or construction (AEC), you may be interested in 3Dconnexion input devices. They have a Keyboard, CadMouse, and SpaceMouse (3D mouse) with special AEC app-aware buttons, tools, and workflows.

Plus... we will be giving away FIVE keyboards on an upcoming episode of BIM Pure I will be a guest on (shipping restricted to North America).


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Monday, April 15, 2024

AI-Generated 2025 Revit Book Covers using Veras by EvolveLab

This year I used Veras by EvolveLab to generate the covers of my Autodesk Revit 2025 textbooks by SDC Publications. These generative AI-created images are based on the Revit model created in the books and contain no post-processing.

Plus... win a free one-year license of Veras on an upcoming episode of BIM Pure I will be a guest on.


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Tuesday, April 9, 2024

AIA24 National Conference Presentation - Culture Eats Strategy for Breakfast

The National American Institute of Architects Conference on Architecture (AIA24) will happen this June in Washington, DC. In addition to being involved in some activities related to my involvement with the AIA National COTE Leadership, I will also be presenting!

The line-up of firms for my presentation: Lake|FlatoOrcutt|Winslow, and LPA.


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Friday, April 5, 2024

Lake|Flato Investigations - The Future Ain't What It Used To Be

I am excited to share the latest Lake|Flato white paper, The Future Ain't What It Used To Be - Designing for a Changed Climate... a result of our self-funded research program called Investigations.

We hope this resource will benefit architects in designing a more resilient world.


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Wednesday, April 3, 2024

Autodesk Forma Series - Episode 04 - Embodied Carbon (New Feature)

Here is the fourth episode of my Autodesk Forma video series, sponsored by Autodesk.
In this episode, I share the steps required to perform an early embodied carbon analysis using a new Forma extension developed by Autodesk in collaboration with EHDD based in San Francisco, California. Also included is a 3-minute excerpt of my interview with Jack Rusk, Director of Climate Strategy at EHDD, in their offices this past February 2024. Watch for a link to the full 30-minute interview in the near future.


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Tuesday, April 2, 2024

What's New in Revit 2025 - My Annual AECbytes article is live!

For the ninth year in a row, I have written a "What's New in Revit" article for AECbytes covering the latest release of Autodesk Revit 2025.


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Tuesday, March 26, 2024

Circular San Antonio - April Circular Chat at Lake Flato

If you are local to San Antonio and free on April 11, 2024, at 5:30 pm you should stop by Lake|Flato Architects and join the Circular San Antonio Circular Chat. I will be presenting design for disassembly and material reuse. Registration is required.


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Thursday, March 14, 2024

Morgan State University Lecture on Firm Culture and Design Technology

I had the opportunity to present (remotely) to architecture students at Morgan State University earlier this week. I shared the role of firm culture and design technology at Lake|Flato.


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Tuesday, March 12, 2024

Managing Custom Materials for Enscape

My latest post is live over on the Ensacpe blog!

It highlights the steps to transfer materials between Enscape-supported modeling platforms like Revit, SketchUp, Rhino, and more. It also provides some deployment and management tips for multi-user firms.


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Wednesday, March 6, 2024

BloxHub Visits Texas - Nordic Hub for Sustainable Urbanization

Yesterday, AIA San Antonio and Circular San Antonio hosted Martine R. Kildeby from BloxHub... the Nordic Hub for Sustainable Urbanization. I wanted to share the highlights in this post.


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Thursday, February 29, 2024

IES - Newsletter signup & BIM Standards Committee

I am the chair of the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) BIM Standards Committee. In today's post I will share a link to sign up for the IES newsletter and touch on what we have been working on. 


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Wednesday, February 28, 2024

AIA San Antonio COTE Early Energy Modeling Workshop - March 21, 2024

Interested in learning to use Autodesk Revit and Autodesk Insight to perform early energy modeling on your projects? If so, this three-hour in-person workshop is for you!

Serving on the AIA national Committee on the Environment (COTE) leadership, I love supporting local COTE events and sharing knowledge!


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Thursday, February 15, 2024

New Enscape Blog Post - Leveraging Custom Assets in Enscape

I recently wrote a post for Ensacpe on managing custom assets. We have a lot of them at Lake|Flato!


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Sunday, February 11, 2024

Recap - AIA San Francisco Design Technology Symposium

Last week, I had the opportunity to attend and present at the AIA San Francisco Design Technology Symposium in California.

As the Director of Design Technology at Lake Flato, Author, Educator at NDSU, and AIA national COTE Leadership, I was excited to share my experiences related to practice, education, technology, and equity.

Today's post is a recap of the wonderful event.


Photo: Event organizers, moderators, and panelists

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Monday, February 5, 2024

University of Minnesota Lecture to Lighting Design Minor Students

Last month, I had the opportunity to present on lighting design at the University of Minnesota. I enjoy presenting what Lake|Flato is doing in design performance to our future architects and interior designers.

Today's post will highlight my presentation, where I discussed:
  • Workflow (electric lighting): Lighting design using Revit + Elumtools
  • Workflow (daylighting): Access and glare using Rhino + Climate Studio


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Friday, February 2, 2024

Google Bard Updated to Create Images

Just yesterday I participated in a webinar talking about all the fast moving and exciting things happening in the world of AI within AEC... and to shore up that notion, I received an email later the same day that announced Google Bard can now generate images.


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Thursday, February 1, 2024

Recap of Zweig Group's AI in AEC Symposium - Houston 2024

Last week I had the opportunity to attend Zweig Group's 1.5-day Symposium on AI in AEC. Today's post offers a brief recap of the event.

Minds & Machines: Dominating the Convergence of AI & Strategy in AEC


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Wednesday, January 24, 2024

Elevating Workplace Intelligence: Leveraging AI for Enhanced Experience and Building Performance

I am excited to participate in this webinar hosted by Plastarc on leveraging AI for enhanced experience & workplace performance.

I will share a few ways in which we are using AI at Lake|Flato, highlights from our recently completed internal research project on AI in architecture, takeaways from two recent AI events I attended, and more.



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Sunday, January 14, 2024

Autodesk Forma Series - Episode 03 - CFD Wind Analysis + Proposals & Comparisons

Here is the third episode of my Autodesk Forma video series, sponsored by Autodesk.
In this latest episode, hosted on YouTube, I cover computational fluid dynamics (CFD) wind analysis, including how to run the analysis and interpret the results. Part of the analysis review involves studying design options, including the existing conditions, and comparing them.


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Friday, January 12, 2024

Autodesk Forma Noise Analysis for average daily traffic

I recently wrote a post for the Autodesk Community Blog about Autodesk's Forma's Noise Analysis feature. In this post, I dig into the average daily traffic (ADT) data point required for accurate results.

This post is an excerpt from my Autodesk Forma Series on YouTube, sponsored by Autodesk.


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Thursday, January 4, 2024

2024 AIASF Design Technology Symposium

I will be attending and presenting at the 2024 AIASF Design Technology Symposium next month! Hopefully you can attend if you are in the San Francisco, California area.


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