Often the Revit product team is asked how the Revit product line takes advantage of multiple processors and the workstation GPU, so we thought we'd provide a list for your reference, and a video that shows a new feature of Revit 2016 that uses multiple processors to accelerate model navigation to speeds comparable to the Navisworks 2016 model.
There is a new analysis type available in the Structural Analysis for Revit service. This is a simplified analysis which by deducing the flow paths of loads determines how the vertical loads are being transmitted from the top of the model to the foundation. This feature helps engineers quickly determine structural loads and reactions without the finite element method (FEM) and leverage them during the design stage. Watch the video:
In the 2016 version there are some new features which improve user productivity. The selection feature enables you to preview elements before you actually select them. The Structural Verification dialog enables you to identify and locate errors in the model more clearly.
Right now when you create rebar schedules, you have the possibility to list elements per member. This feature improves rebar documentation and supports better productivity for rebar detailing to enable proper quantification.
We are happy to say that we’ll be back at Autodesk University this year with a preconference dedicated to the Autodesk Fabrication software and other software useful for mechanical contractors. Held on Monday 30th November, the MEP & Structural Fabricators Forum will build and improve on our first event held last year.
We are now accepting proposals for classes and we’d like to extend the invite to submit a proposal to everyone! If you are interested in being selected to present during the conference, please consider submitting a proposal here.
What are we looking for?
Instructional Demos (60 minutes in length): A technical, lecture style class where you will share your experience and expertise in one or more of the Fabrication products, or products that integrate with the Fabrication products. We are looking for novice to advanced level classes on topics that your peers will find invaluable to learn from!
Hands-On Labs (60 minutes in length): A technical lab class where attendees will follow you step-by-step on the class computers. You’ll use the class as a learning experience for one or more of the Fabrication products, or products that integrate with the Fabrication products. Again, novice to advanced classes are welcome to be submitted. For these, we are willing to accept a double back-to-back class for deeper topics you might have (i.e. you need 2-hours). If you want to do this, please submit two classes – Part 1 and Part 2.
Industry Talks (60 minutes in length): A lecture style class that is focused on industry movements and business benefits of technology such as the Fabrication products or other Autodesk software. These are great classes to share learning from projects, on-ramping new technology, or business process changes that have taken place in your company.
When does Call for Proposals close? May 26th, 2015. We’ll notify chosen speakers in late June.
Use the Call for Proposals link. The AU page has lots of great information on preparing your submission. Please note, to ensure your submission gets categorized properly, please select ‘Building Fabrication’ for the question ‘Does your class relate to any of the following topics?’
Please note, you are more than welcome to submit more than one presentation. We are looking for classes for the preconference and the full AU conference, so the more presentations we have to choose from the better.
If you have any questions, please let us know on here.
Recently the Martin/Martin, Inc.’s Construction Engineering Services (CES) team was awarded with a CRSI Honors for their detailing efforts in Revit.
The Martin/Martin CES team has innovatively addressed the issue of fragmented fabrication drawing production that design and construction teams consistently encounter with today’s increasingly tight project delivery schedules.
Schedule reduction is critical and the M/M CES team has demonstrated significant schedule savings on numerous projects since beginning to offer reinforcing steel detailing services a few years ago. Early release to start detailing, before design is complete, allows them to develop the reinforcing steel fabrication drawings at the same time that the contract documents are being developed. Working closely with the designers, the CES team can model rebar before the information is even on the construction documents. Being a part of the detailing process also allows the shop drawing reviewer to be very familiar and comfortable with the fabrication drawings, which facilitates a quick and efficient review. This process allows delivery of the first package of shop drawings (reviewed and approved!) almost concurrently with the issuance of the construction documents.
Traditional rebar detailing is done using a 2D drafting program. The CES team utilizes customized tools in Revit Structure and a BIM approach to model and detail reinforcing steel.
Rebar sizes, lengths, and bends are all done using CRSI/ACI standards making the fabrication lists created useable by any fabricator in the country.
Working in the structural designer’s Revit model and having access to the architectural model (and models from other disciplines) allows for advanced coordination which would not be possible with 2D drafting and allows the CES team to see design changes in real time.
If the changes occur after detailing is complete, our team can process these changes immediately and often release detailing revisions before the design team formally issues their changes.
The 3D rebar model also provides an opportunity for the general contractor to coordinate with other trades and can become a starting point for concrete lift drawings. Using live section cuts through accurately modeled rebar and creating 3D perspective views of complex areas provides the rebar installer greatly enhanced information for placing rebar.
How will you contribute to the future of making things? Become an AU speaker, for starters. Share your knowledge, position yourself as a thought leader, network with your peers, and attend the world's largest conference of Autodesk software users on us. Sound good?
Make your mark. How does your proposed class contribute to the future of making things? AU explores efficiencies and innovations in day-to-day software processes, workflows, and collaborations across design and engineering domains. This exploration is our bridge to the future.
Important dates Submissions close: May 26 Speakers notified: Late June
We see BIM transforming how teams collaborate and build their projects. This includes projects designed with reinforced concrete. This transformation is driving Autodesk’s strategy to supply a more BIM centric workflow that supports an end-to-end solution. As a result, we see the need to accelerate the development of a next generation of concrete software. We believe this is important. We are heavily investing in BIM centric workflows for concrete. This investment includes Autodesk’s acquisition of Graitec’s Advance Concrete technology in Oct 2013. This acquisition moves Autodesk deeper into bridging the gap between design and construction for reinforced concrete. As we develop these new workflows together with customers, there is a lot that customers can do today to connect their concrete workflows to BIM. Investing in what is possible today helps our customers prepare to be more competitive for tomorrow. You can expect increased communication on developments around rebar, formwork and precast workflows. We will be sharing examples and ways that customers can continue to use their existing workflows while establishing new more BIM-centric workflows for the future.