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#35 – Live Webinar: Design for the Future: AutoCAD, 3D scanning, and ReCap
Stay at the forefront of design with AutoCAD and 3D scanning technology.
Live Webinar: Wednesday, July 19th, 2017 @ 2pm ET
3D scanning technology is quickly becoming more affordable and mainstream. In this session you’ll learn how to jumpstart your designs by referencing existing conditions into your AutoCAD drawings. We’ll share real-world examples of how this technology can be used to persuade stakeholders, save time, and minimize costs.
– See how point cloud data is captured in the field and easily processed for access in AutoCAD using ReCap Pro.
– Explore some of the simple ReCap tools for navigating and editing point cloud files.
– Learn how to bring that point cloud data into AutoCAD to accurately measure, create, and document your new designs.
3D scanning is the future. Don’t be left in the past!REGISTER TODAY
#34 – Now’s the Time to Switch to Subscription
Do you have a perpetual licence on a maintenance plan? Take advantage of a special offer to switch to subscription!
At time of renewal, you can choose to move to subscription for the same cost as your maintenance plan renewal—or switch to an industry collection at a special price.
When you switch, you secure discount pricing. As long as you continue to renew, you’ll enjoy special pricing, which will be lower than maintenance plan renewal pricing, and far below the cost of purchasing a new subscription.Learn More About the Benefits of Subscribing
#33 – HBSA Architectural Crawl 2.0
Redcage had the privilege of being a gold sponsor of HBSA Architectural Crawl 2.0 on June 9th. This was one of the best events we’ve been to. Such a great atmosphere and turnout of folk in The Hammer….. If you weren’t able to make it this year, put it in your calendar for 2018!
#32 – BIM in Canada: Moving toward a national mandate for building information modelling
Fantastic article in Construction Canada by Erik Poirier, PhD, LEED AP
The Canadian architecture, engineering, construction, owner, and operator (AECOO) community is ripe for change. Building information modelling (BIM) provides a framework to prompt and guide this transformation. Many countries around the globe have put forth BIM mandates to support the collaborative process’ deployment—the goal is to improve the performance and value generated by their respective design, construction, and asset management sectors.
Canada’s public bodies are notably lagging behind in this regard. buildingSMART Canada has issued a call to action, in the form of its “Roadmap to Lifecycle BIM in the Canadian AECOO Community,” which sets the foundation and provides a way forward for governmental mandates at all levels in this country.READ THE ARTICLE
#31 – AEC Excellence Awards: Open for Submissions Now through June 23
The AEC Excellence Awards 2017 is now open for submissions!
This year’s competition is accepting projects embracing the future of making things for AEC and civil infrastructure through the use of innovative and connected BIM technologies, in the categories of Building, Infrastructure, Construction and Sustainability.
We are looking for truly inspirational projects. The best examples of connected BIM and future inspired global projects. Pioneering projects that are using BIM, implementing technology trends such as Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality, drones, generative design, computational design and more — the best efforts using BIM workflows and Autodesk tools.
The deadline for entry is June 23, 2017. The top ten nominees for each category will be announced in August. The winners will be announced at the AEC Excellence Awards Ceremony at Autodesk University Las Vegas 2017 in November.
If your project takes BIM to the next level, submit it to the competition and you could get global recognition!ENTER NOW
#30 – BIM 360 Docs begins User Interface Migration in June
On Tuesday, June 13, BIM 360 Docs is getting a facelift. When users log into BIM 360 Docs, they will access their projects and data via the Document Management module of the next-generation BIM 360 UI. Watch a screen-by-screen comparison of the BIM 360 Docs UI changes below:
Why is Autodesk changing the user interface?
Autodesk’s BIM 360 product vision and roadmap includes moving towards a unified, single platform where customers can interact with all of the data required to run their jobs. Providing a single entry-point to BIM 360 services is an important aspect of delivering on this vision, and the new BIM 360 user interface will serve as this single entry point. Because BIM 360 Docs will serve as the underlying document repository for all next-generation BIM 360 modules, they are migrating this service to the new UI first.
How will this impact BIM 360 Docs customers?
The new UI has been carefully designed to make the transition as smooth as possible. All customer projects, members and data will be accessible, and navigation to features and functions is clearly labeled. The position and visibility of some functions in the UI has changed, but there is no change to the workflows or how the solution works. Additionally, there are no current changes to either the Large Model Viewer (LMV) and its associated functions, nor to the BIM 360 Docs iOS or Android mobile apps.
Will other BIM 360 services be impacted?
Not now. On June 13th, only BIM 360 Docs users will see this UI change. Over the course of this year, more BIM 360 services will be added as modules within the next-generation BIM 360 UI.
What’s coming next in the roll-out of the next-generation BIM 360 services?
The next phase of the BIM 360 roll-out will occur in late June with the migration of Account Administration (HQ) functions to the new user interface. We will communicate details of these changes over the next couple of weeks.
As always, please give us a call on 1.888.249.4481 if you have any further questions.
#29 – Toronto BIM Community (tBIMc) Launch Event
The BUILD Toronto BIM Community (tBIMc) launch event is open for RSVP’ing!
Date: June 12th
Place: 55 St Clair Ave West
The BUILD tBIMc Launch Event will introduce the tBIMc board members, the organization’s mission and long terms goals. An open session for networking and discussions will take place to hear the needs and ideas of the community.RSVP
#28 – Cradle to Cradle Product Design: Designing for a Circular Economy (Free Course)
The Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute is offering this free web-based education program to provide practical instruction for product designers in the application of ‘cradle to cradle’ design principles. The course challenges you to design to ensure that the materials that go into your products can return safely to industry or nature at a product’s end of use.
The course is presented in six sections:
1. Overview of Cradle to Cradle philosophy and certification
2. Material Health
3. Material Reutilization
4. Renewable Energy
5. Water Stewardship
6. Social Fairness
DURATION: 2 hours
COST: FreeREGISTER HERE
#27 – AutoCAD P&ID is no longer available for purchase
As of May 7, 2017, new subscriptions of AutoCAD® P&ID will no longer be available.
AutoCAD P&ID customers with an active subscription license as of May 7, 2017 can continue to use and renew their license per their subscription plan.
Continued support for AutoCAD P&ID
If you have a perpetual license for AutoCAD P&ID or Plant Design Suite with a current maintenance plan, you can continue to use the product and will have support through the duration of your maintenance contract. However, we encourage you to subscribe to AutoCAD Plant 3D or to the Architecture, Engineering & Construction (AEC) Collection, which includes AutoCAD Plant 3D.
AutoCAD P&ID features available with AutoCAD Plant 3D
AutoCAD P&ID features and capabilities have always been available within AutoCAD Plant 3D, the Building Information Modeling (BIM) solution for plant design. With AutoCAD Plant 3D, you will have P&ID functionality along with more advanced capabilities for plant design.
Learn more about AutoCAD Plant 3D
Move to the AEC Collection
As of April 14, 2017, AutoCAD P&ID will no longer be available in the AEC Collection. Current subscribers to the AEC Collection will continue to have access to all the P&ID features they need through AutoCAD Plant 3D, which is part of the AEC Collection.
With the AEC Collection, you get access to AutoCAD Plant 3D along with other tools that address the plant design process, from planning and design through construction. The AEC Collection offers access to the Autodesk software you want and need, while providing greater value, more flexibility, and a simplified customer experience.
Learn more about the AEC Collection
Enterprise Business Customers
For customers on an Enterprise Business Account contract, contact your Autodesk representative to be sure AutoCAD Plant 3D is added to your contract.
#26 – The Building Performance Analysis (BPA) Certificate Program
What is it?
The Building Performance Analysis Certificate (BPAC) Program is a free, online, self-paced, and on-demand educational program. BPAC uses the latest Autodesk building performance design software tools, integrating performance feedback directly into the design process. It is made up of a series of quizzes and exercises with readily accessible online reference materials.
Who is it for?
BPAC is designed for architects and engineers who want to learn how to incorporate high performance building design into their workflows with Autodesk tools.
Autodesk BPA Certificate Program is comprised of 7 modules.
1. Introduction: Building Performance Analysis
2. Energy Literacy & Building Loads
3. Climate & Weather Analysis
4. Solar Measurements & Strategies
5. Wind & Airflow Strategies
6. Daylighting Strategies & Analysis
7. Whole Building Energy Optimization
Software Covered: Revit, Autodesk Insight, Autodesk FormIt and FormIt Pro
Updated in February 2017, the updates include
• Latest building performance analysis tools covered – Revit, Autodesk Insight, Autodesk FormIt & FormIt Pro
• Cloud-based technology with improved speed
• Optimization via graphic-based interface
• Comparative input/output features
• Improved ability to make insightful connections
• Intuitive climate responsive design
• Rapid Prototyping
• More robust analysis scenarios
Watch an introduction to BPAC video:
#25 – BIM Market by Types (Software and Service)
An interesting report forecasting the BIM market size in terms of value for BIM software and services. The Building Information Modeling market is expected to grow from USD 3.16 Billion to USD 7.64 Billion by 2022.
BIM is going to be the norm in the near future, and early adopters will benefit immensely.
#24 – Are You Using BIM 360 Team Yet?
If you’ve been using Dropbox, OneDrive, Google Drive, Box or any other file storage and sharing app, you know the frustrations and limitations that come with it. Autodesk BIM 360 Team is specifically built with the AEC industry in mind. There isn’t anything quite like it and it’s just getting better and better.
– Markup directly and comment on designs directly on the browser
– Track, compare and control a full version history
– Immersive 2D & 3D viewer that is fully integrated with your Autodesk software
– View over 50 design formats including DWG, DXF, RVT, IFC, SKP, MAX, NWD etc
– Search within design files, find related components
– Explode model and sectional analysis
– Project activity feed keeps you all connected
BIM 360 Team works like a dream with Collaboration for Revit (C4R) – contact us for more information about pricing and specials.
#23 – CanBIM Annual Publication ‘Innovation Spotlight’ is Here
CanBIM’s first Annual Publication, which is geared to the BIM practitioner looking to benefit and learn from their colleagues and peers. The CanBIM Annual Publication is one part market report and one part insider’s guide to BIM and VDC adoption. A carefully curated publication that aims to inform, educate and publicize the amazing technological leadership of the Canadian Design and Construction industry.
If you are an Owner, a Tradesperson, Architect, Engineer, Constructor or anyone involved in building or even maintaining assets, we hope that this publication will be a source of information to draw upon when adopting new technologies.
#22 – Save Time With This Efficient Method For Managing Revit Templates
#21 – Boost Your BIM ROI with Cloud Based Collaboration
Download your copy of this comprehensive guide to BIM cloud based collaboration. It features various chapters that outline how to extract maximum value from your BIM investment.
– The four trends driving collaboration in building design
– How connectivity, collaboration, and cloud impact design professionals
– How collaboration technology enables new ways of working
– Why cloud for design collaboration?
– Nine ways cloud-enabled design collaboration can help increase BIM project profit margins
– Which delivery models apply to your sector?
– Autodesk solutions for better design team collaboration
Download your copy here: comprehensive Guide to BIM Cloud Based Collaboration
#20 – Product Name Change for InfraWorks 360
In Q1 of this year, Autodesk is removing the “360” label from several products, including InfraWorks 360. When it goes into effect, Autodesk InfraWorks 360 will simply be Autodesk InfraWorks.
Why are they making the change?
The change is to simplify product names and have greater consistency across product branding. Aside from InfraWorks, these products will also be dropping “360” from their current product names:
• AutoCAD 360 (both the cloud service and mobile app)
• FormIt 360
• Insight 360
• ReCap 360
These products will continue to retain the “360” label:BIM 360 and Fusion 360.
How are customers affected?
Other than customers seeing the new product name when the new release becomes available in the April timeframe, there will be no impact to customers.
Does this name change signal a divestment from InfraWorks?
No. Autodesk remains committed to InfraWorks and will continue to invest in this solution.
#19 – Gensler Architects and Corgan, Inc.: LAX Airport expansion project
Live Webcast: Feb 16 @ 2pm ET
Hear how Collaboration for Revit and BIM 360 Team enabled access to data and team collaboration
Please join Steve Knudsen from Gensler Architects and Chad Speas from Corgan Inc. to learn how both firms used cloud-connected building design team collaboration tools to design the complex 1.2 million square foot Midfield Satellite Concourse terminal expansion project at LAX airport. This in-depth presentation will demonstrate how both firms used Autodesk Collaboration for Revit and BIM 360 Team to enable worksharing and provide a central project repository where they could share, track, and review their Revit models, no matter where their teams were located.
Learn how they:
• Kept all team members connected with virtual collaboration
• Conquered the challenges of version control
• Facilitated efficient review and decision-making
• Saved money and delivered the project more efficiently
#18 – Autodesk Seek Business Transferred to BIMobject
BIMobject AB (“BIMobject”) announces today that it has signed an agreement with Autodesk regarding transfer of the operations of the Autodesk Seek business to BIMobject. As part of this arrangement, BIMobject will assume the operational responsibility of providing Autodesk Seek customers with high quality building information modeling (BIM) content services on the BIMobject Cloud.
#17 – Introducing AutoCAD 2017 for Mac and AutoCAD LT 2017 for Mac
On December 12, 2016, AutoCAD 2017 for Mac and AutoCAD LT 2017 for Mac releases were launched.
• More Organized & Intuitive User Interface
• Tool Sets More Efficient, Customizable
• Gain More Control Importing PDFs
#16 – Autodesk Unifies BIM 360 (formerly A360) Account Administration
The BIM 360 solution includes BIM 360 Field for construction management, BIM 360 Glue for coordination and layout, BIM 360 Plan for short-term, collaborative construction planning, and BIM 360 Docs for construction document management.
#15 – PDF of all Item Patterns for Fabrication 2017
Broken down in a few different ways for easier review.VIEW THE PATTERNS HERE
#14 – Announcing Autodesk BIM 360 Team LIVE Weekly Webinars
The Autodesk Tech HUB Team has been flooded with questions about the new BIM 360 Team application. Join the new weekly 30-minute webinar sessions where Autodesk gives you a chance to see the product live and ask their technical team direct questions. These are dynamic presentations where attendees drive the conversation.
Join the series this Thursday, December 8th at 12pm EST and weekly through January 26th (excluding holidays).
Attend only one webinar or all of them, and be sure to invite your customers.
Contact us for more information, pricing and options >>
#13 – Fabrication Fundamental Training Videos
#12 – Go Mobile with AutoCAD 360 Pro – 50% off 1st Year of Subscription
Maintenance and perpetual license customers can save 50% off 1st year of AutoCAD 360 Pro mobile app subscription – just $25 for the first year!
AutoCAD 360 Pro is ideal for Architects and Field staff working with DWG files outside of the office. AutoCAD 360 Pro is a great add-on for the field team – a construction firm with 50 installers, for example.
With AutoCAD 360 Pro on your phone or tablet, you can view, create, edit, and share CAD drawings at job sites, clients’ offices, or anywhere you are.
Promotion is valid only for AutoCAD 360 Pro purchases made from November 7, 2016 to January 20, 2017
#11 – RIB Software and Autodesk Collaborate to Deliver an Integrated 5D BIM Solution for Construction
Autodesk and RIB Software AG are pleased to announce a new joint-effort to deliver the best of the best in the next-generation 5-D building information modeling – a collaborative effort expected to offer the AEC industries an integrated, interoperable 5D BIM solution. Together, the goal is to provide a joint solution which will help to reduce project risk while increasing industry profitability and productivity in an accessible and affordable way.
A 5D solution provides all of the necessary design from Autodesk’s Revit software, schedule and cost information in a single environment to become a single source of truth for construction project teams. Autodesk will provide support for the integration of the Revit BIM technology into iTWO.
This announcement is a significant step in a more productive, risk-reduced future for the construction industry. Complete announcement under: blogs.autodesk.com/inthefold/
#10 – Webcast Alert: A360 Collaboration for Revit Hangout
On December 15 join the last A360 Collaboration for Revit hangout event of 2016. It will be a highly interactive session to review the latest features of Collaboration for Revit as well address any questions.
#9 – Building Ops iOS Updates are Coming
Here’s what’s coming:
✔ Enhancements to due dates and times
• When a service level agreement is applied to a scheduled ticket, the scheduled due date will not be changed. Only the priority and category will be updated per the service level agreement.
• For reactive tickets with a service level agreement, you may manually adjust the priority, due date or time without impacting the other fields. To reset the service level agreement rules, apply a different service level agreement or clear and re-apply the original.
• For reactive tickets, the priority sets the default due date and time. You may adjust the due date and time without impacting the priority. To reset the priority rules, apply a different priority.
✔ Enhancements to checklists and scheduled tickets
• If a checklist template is updated, the updated template will be applied to all scheduled tickets with the status of Open or Assigned
• Once the ticket status is set to In Progress, the checklist template will not be updated.
• If a user starts to fill out a checklist in an Opened or Assigned ticket, the ticket will be assigned to that user and the status will be set to In Progress.
✔ Technicians whose category matches a tickets category will be recommended when assigning the ticket
✔ Ticket created times are set when a ticket is submitted
✔ The second street of a building address is not included when verifying an address, increasing the likelihood of a match.
#8 – Advance Concrete Retirement Announcement
Autodesk is discontinuing Autodesk® Advance Concrete on January 31st, 2017.
The Advance Concrete software has been a solution for customers who need to perform concrete design and detailing, and generate construction drawings and deliverables. Since acquiring the Advance Concrete technology, Autodesk has been investing in the next generation of BIM centric workflows for structural modeling and detailing. Part of this investment has included improving the reinforcement detailing and shop drawing tools in Autodesk® Revit® software. As the concrete industry moves to BIM, Autodesk is creating a path for Advance Concrete users to migrate to Revit so they can more effectively perform concrete design and detailing within a BIM environment.
Customers using Advance Concrete that want to migrate to Revit should contact their Autodesk reseller to learn about the best options for them.
#7 – Last Chance! See What’s New at Advance Steel 2017.1
Live Webcast: Sept 30 @ 8am PT
Part of the Connected Fabrication Webcast Series
Join Autodesk’s product managers for your first chance to see Advance Steel 2017.1. We’ve chosen AISC’s Steel Day to reveal what our product managers and developers have been up to and get your questions answered during this live demo.
• Boosting productivity by automating tasks
• Connecting detailing to fabrication through export enhancements
• Computational design for steel design and detailing
It’s not too late. SIGN UP for the free webinar today.
#6 – Switching from Subscription to Industry Collections
On October 12th, Autodesk is introducing the ability for customers to switch their existing annual and/or multi-year subscriptions to an Industry Collection. Customers worldwide who have purchased a renewable annual or multi-year subscription can choose to switch their subscription to an Industry Collection. You have the flexibility to do so any time, after the first 90 days of purchasing a new subscription. This flexibility allows customers to make changes as their business needs change, and as they require access to additional products and services.
Switching subscriptions changes the original subscription to a new subscription. It is not currently available for switching from a perpetual license on maintenance plan.
This will include switching from individual products to a collection, and from the Design & Creation Suites to a collection. In some cases this switch will be at no cost and in other situations, a pro-rated cost will be calculated.
Here are a few examples of the paths Autodesk will support for switching subscriptions:
• from AutoCAD to the AEC Collection, or
• from Building Design Suite Standard, Premium or Ultimate to the AEC Collection, or
• from 3ds Max to the M&E Collection, or
• from Product Design Suite Premium or Ultimate to the Product Design Collection
#5 – Buzzsaw End of Sale Announcement
Construction is a document-intensive business, and the amount and pace of change can be overwhelming if there is no single platform for storing, coordinating and sharing project information. Autodesk has been addressing this pain point for years, with software like Buzzsaw and the recent introduction of BIM 360 Docs. As customer requirements to store, share, access, and review all project information via a single repository have grown, and Autodesk’s cloud platform has evolved; BIM 360 Docs is becoming their standard offering for document management and collaboration for the construction industry.
For this reason, they are announcing the End of Sale of new Buzzsaw and Buzzsaw Professional subscriptions effective October 7, 2016. Autodesk will no longer be selling new Subscription licenses of Buzzsaw. They will however, continue to maintain current subscriptions of Buzzsaw for current customers for the foreseeable future.
Companies who are interested in Buzzsaw should looking into BIM 360 Docs.
#4 – Hilti Button for Firestop: BIM & Firestop Easier than Ever
Firestop at the click of a button. Hilti Button for Firestop is a new innovative piece of software, which fully integrates firestop planning and execution into an existing BIM workflow. By automating all relevant tasks, hours of labor-intensive work become obsolete, thus simplifying the life of all stakeholders – right from the planning through the installation of firestop products to the handover of the building.
Hilti Button for Firestop at a Glance:
• Firestop fully integrated in the BIM Workflow
• Certainty in firestop product and UL system selection
• Best preparation for inspections and approval
• Time and money saving process by designing all firestop applications in the BIM model with a simple click of a button
• Eased preparation of submittals and bill of materials with one click
#3 – Autodesk University 2016 Early Registration is Now Open
Help maximize your investment in Autodesk software by attending Autodesk University (AU) in Las Vegas this November 15-17 at the Venetian Hotel. AU is Autodesk’s largest customer event. At this one-of-a-kind conference you can learn about industry trends, expand your product knowledge, earn certifications, and network with professionals from around the world.
#2 – Register for the MEP & Fabricators Forum 2016
Autodesk University’s third annual event with a focus day on MEP and Fabrication. Network with your peers and get information that you won’t find anywhere else. Register today!
#1 – CanBIM Toronto Regional Session & Technology Exhibition
CanBIM’s 2nd Annual Technology Built Innovation is jam packed with activity. Redcage’s own Paul Bardati and Bill Wright will be presenting on Thursday October 6th!
On the 6th, the focus is on innovative and emerging BIM workflows, methodologies and technologies from industry leaders in the Architectural, Engineering, Construction and Facility Management fields. Right next door to the main presentations is the Technology Exhibition, where Redcage will have a booth. Come on over and say hi 🙂
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