Sunday, November 14, 2010

Revit LT in the making?

This question has been around for quite long now amongst the Revit enthusiasts. Will or can there be a lite version of the flagship Autodesk product "Revit". Over the years, Autodesk has made several attempts at adding robust conceptual modelling tools in their kitty. Some years back, Autodesk pitched against Google to acquire SketchUp. But after Google bagged it, Autodesk went on to strengthen its own set of Conceptual tools in AutoCAD and Revit line of products.

Finally there is some noise again about Autodesk developing a separate application for conceptual design, simulation and analysis called Project Vasari. Its still to appear in the labs and once it is there, it'll be available to download and try at your own risk. Keep watching at the Autodesk Labs page. Click here to read more!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Innovative Tea Blending concept

Found this link on Giranar's very innovative. On their Signature Cup webpage, one can actually blend different teas, add toppings and make their own mix! You can then order it online and have it delivered! Very innovative!

Check this link.

Don't know how many takers are there for such a concept but its surely ahead of times!
It definitely seems the pizza concept is hitting the tea market.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Tips for Getting Started in Building Information Modeling (BIM)

I’ve been learning, training and creating high-value projects in BIM for several years and I’m often asked for a few pointers on getting started in a BIM Project. There are many pointers and you will create your own as you go ahead. I’ve listed few of them below.

  • Plan your project, visualize your process, workflow, and desired outcome. Begin with the end in mind.
  • The first project you do in BIM is about a change in processes. You got onto BIM to leverage technology to help you alter the way you approach design and construction. Don’t expect BIM to have the same workflow as it did for you in CAD.
  • Your first project will help define your project standards. Make sure that you start storing your standards in one centralized space. Write down your thoughts, save created libraries etc.
  • Put the mason’s hat on. Model the building as it will be built.
  • No need to model every bit in 3d. Use your BIM software to get the essential dimensions and building form correct. You can then embellish the model with 2D details.
  • Start with the broader elements like walls, openings, roofs, etc. Work your way down to a comfortable level of detail.
  • Model correctly from the beginning so you don’t have to fix things later
  • If you are still in early phase of design and do not know the exact wall type, use generic walls to capture your design intent; changing these later will be simple.
  • Get information into the project as soon as it is known
  • Not everybody likes 'Change'. Select your team that will persist in your first attempt.
  • BIM’s single-model environment forces a much higher degree of team communication between all consultants. Plan for it and be prepared.
  • Adding a BIM expert to your first few projects can take them forward faster. Ask for help or at least look for it online.