Thursday, April 24, 2008

Revit Structure integration with STAAD.Pro®

Revit Structure integration with STAAD.Pro®
With SI Xchange™ for Revit® Structure, buildings modeled in Revit Structure can now be easily exported to STAAD.Pro® for analysis and design. This one-way export from Revit Structure to STAAD.Pro is our first step towards a seamless integration between world-class modeling and analysis tools. Future releases of SI Xchange will enhance our integration by exporting more Revit model elements, including load information, and providing round-trip capabilities to fully demonstrate Structural Integrators’ promise of Efficiency Through Integration.

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Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Student Design Challenge

You are the designers of the future.Go build something.
Join the Autodesk® Student Design Challenge, it's the perfect way to share those masterpieces with the rest ofthe world. It's also a chance to get your work in front of an international panel of industry and Autodesk experts.
And, of course, there are fantastic prizes for the selected winners.Categories:Architecture, Civil Engineering, Industrial Design, Mechanical Engineering, 3D Animation, and Sustainable Design.Submission Dates: January 29–April 30, 2008
For more information on Autodesk® Student Design Challenge, log on to
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Monday, April 7, 2008

Color Fill in Section View - New Feature 2009

In 2009 release, you can now apply color schemes to section views (in addition to plan views). In Revit Architecture, this feature applies to rooms and areas. In Revit MEP, this feature applies to rooms, areas, spaces, and zones. In plan views and section views, you can specify whether the color scheme displays in the background or the foreground of the view. This option is a property of the view.
Check the avi below :)

Autodesk Subscription: Terms and Conditions Update Notice

Autodesk recently announced extended benefits to its Subscription Program for Previous Version use of software. What are the enhanced Previous Version benefits?

  • Effective April 7, 2008, Subscription customers may now use previous versions up to three releases back from the 2009 product release up to the total number of licenses of the product currently under Subscription.
  • As part of the new enhancement to the current policy, a Subscription customer is no longer required to have owned the previous version in order to use it.
  • The updated terms and conditions clarify the extended policy and how you may use previous versions. (Section 2.4)
  • Access the Eligible Previous Version list in Subscription Center. Once logged in click on the Subscription Administration link on the left hand navigation.

Click here to download The new terms and conditions

Trip to "Heaven"

Recently, I got an opportunity for a quick (really quick) vacation to my native Kashmir J. But as we all know, we can’t help being without REVIT, so this time I happened to meet one of leading architect (Ar. Munir Khan) of the valley. It was really fantastic to see his work and kind of efforts they put together and I must say I loved their roofs. As usual, we started talking about Revit and tried some quick stuff in the new release. Check out some of the images which came out after a daylong session. Finally, I would like to thank Mr. Munir for all his support and energy to be with me for whole day J, but you know what good news is that he decided to move to BIM (Revit). Hurraayyyyyyy!!!!

Can you believe this is all done in Revit and each image took less than 5 mins to render :)... Do let me know if you want to try your hands on these new COOL features.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Analyzing Conceptual Designs - Revit Architecture 2009 (New Feature)

The ability to create mass floors from masses has been enhanced to enable analysis of conceptual designs. (In Revit 2008, mass floors were called floor area faces.) When you create mass floors in Revit Architecture 2009, the software now calculates the area, exterior surface area, volume, and perimeter of each mass floor. This information is stored in the instance properties for mass floors. You can include these values in schedules and tags.

You can then use this information to determine the following:

  • The best mix of uses (such as retail, residential, and office space) for the building
  • Rough cost estimates for the exterior of the building, based on linear dimensions or surface area
  • HVAC (heating/ventilation/air conditioning) requirements for different levels of the building

Click Here to watch Video on Youtube