Tuesday, July 31, 2012

BIM finally starting to pay off for AEC firms

In surveying Giants 300 firms about BIM, we went right for the jugular: Is BIM paying off—through cost savings, higher quality, or client satisfaction? Here’s what they told us.

By Robert Cassidy and Tim Gregorski

Monday, April 23, 2012

AutoCAD WS : My Take

Today, I had a situation where I could not access AutoCAD on my desktop and had to find an alternative to use a CAD drafting tool which will work on a browser. My hunt began and I settled with using AutoCAD WS. At first, I found it easy to login with my Autodesk ID. Also could quickly upload my existing drawing which I wanted to modify on the fly. I had to acquaint myself with the location of the tools and the interface, but it took only a few minutes to do that. I uploaded my dwg and began to modify the drawing and add / remove the information as required. At times I did not find some tools and the command prompt was useful in prompting that tools like fillet aren't available as yet. I was happy to see Array, Extend and others work quite neatly. I could proceed to work with the familiar contextual tabs and the easy shortcuts available on hovering or selecting the objects. It was simply a breeze!

Since I was on a slow internet connection and one which would drop many times, I think what would be helpful is that WS should allow working offline and could synchronize the drawing once the internet is available again. This can really be helpful considering that most Autodesk applications would eventually find their home in the cloud! Extracting PDFs didn't work in my case. I downloaded the DWG and then used Trueview to print to PDF using my pre-installed CutePDF.

I think it's a great effort from WS team to have the most widely and familiar drafting application be available on a browser. Though its bandwidth hungry, I think this would be a sure thumbs up to the On-the-move community of designers and professionals, including the ones who'd prefer Android and iOS going ahead!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Right here, Right now!

This is a documentary film shared by Manan Vasa. Thanks Manan! 
This shows the cause and effect relationship very well. Thought provoking how our small little reactions create the world around us. A lot of distinctions at Landmark came alive for me when I was watching this part. How our actions are perfectly correlated to the way the world occurs to us. Watch it when you are totally free. Don't break in the middle. Its a short film, around 30 mins. Watch the first part first. The last scene of second half is really beautiful, don't jump there directly.

Enjoy !


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Structural Steel Design in India - BIM and Design Build Process

Really worth watching how Thornton is using BIM to its fullest for Structural Design