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SketchUp goes BIM

Trimble has launched the brand new SketchUp 2014 with some very useful features like the completely rebuilt 3D warehouse, time-saving tools and a general performance improvement. But what’s the best news of all is the new classifier, which lets us  tag the SketchUp-objects with categories like walls, slabs, roofs etc. – this is a huge improvement if you think about importing SketchUp models into any BIM-Software and re-using it.

The biggest argument against SketchUp used to be that though it is a great and simple tool, it is producing “dumb” models without any intelligence that can be re-used in the BIM-Workflow. The new classifier is truly a big step for SketchUp and a good sign that the acquisition by Trimble will lead this great tool more towards BIM!

You can find more Info and the Download-Link for the new version over at sketchup.com. 

AUGI World February: Revit Topography

The newest edition of the AUGIWorld features a very interesting article by Marcello Sgambelluri with some pro tips & tricks for working with the topography tools in Revit 2014 (not only for first timers).

 

Hello 2014!

After 2,5 weeks relaxing with the family, eating (a lot!) and not launching Revit (or Windows) even once, I’m really looking forward to going back to work and to all the new adventures which 2014 is bringing us. 2013 was a very intense year for me, as it turned out to be a lot busier than expected. However, I made it through and now looking back (well-rested and motivated) I must say it’s been a really good year! I learned a lot concerning Revit MEP and MEP families (more than any architect would ever want to!) and it’s been really fun.
Also, I got the chance to attend the RTC EUR in Delft, which was truly inspiring and where I met many interesting people!
Towards the end of the year, I started getting more involved with Dynamo, which is really a great tool – I’ ve always been very fond of parametric design, Rhino & Co. The fact that now we have the possibility to use visual scripting methods directly in Revit / Vasari with Dynamo is simply great – and you can watch Dynamo develop with every new version at an incredible speed!
Originally, I planned to play around with Dynamo during the holidays, to blog about this and that, but I really needed a rest – so I resisted and just enjoyed the spare time with my friends & family, and yeah eventually i redesigned this blog in a moment of weakness! Blame it on my architectural background, we just need to redesign something every now and then! 🙂

Anyway, I’m not a big fan of New Year resolutions – I think if you want to do or change something, you can do it at every time of the year. But of course we all have goals and expectations for 2014. Mine are avoiding anger about things I can’t change anyway, getting deeper into Dynamo and making some crazy stuff with it and of course getting a chance to visit the RTC EUR again – pretty modest, or? 😉

Last but not least, these days I stumbled upon a really inspiring quote  in a magazine, which I want to share with you because it really hits the nail on the head: there’s no greater luck than having a job that you love and that makes you look forward to go back to after the holidays!

If you like it, you can download the Poster from the Business Punk Website.

Ein etwas anderes Revit-Buch: Renaissance Revit von Paul F. Aubin

Das passt sehr gut zu dem Spruch “dass geht mit Revit nicht: Paul F. Aubin, Autor zahlreicher Revit Bücher, hat ein Buch zum Umgang mit klassischer Architektur unter dem Namen “Renaissance Revit: Creating Classical Architecture with Modern Software” veröffentlicht.

Für alle, die vor einer derartigen Problemstellung stehen ein Muss – für alle anderen aber auch nicht weniger interessant, da man auf jeden Fall viel für den Umgang mit komplexen Formen im Familieneditor erfährt!

Auf Amazon ist auch ein “Blick ins Buch” möglich.

Das Buch ist derzeit nur in Papierform (wahlweise SW oder in Farbe) erhältlich, ein E-Book soll allerdings auch folgen.

AU Germany + RUG DACH Treffen

Am 27. November findet die Autodesk University Germany in Darmstadt statt – ich durfte schon letztes Jahr dabei sein und kann es nur weiterempfehlen! Es werden sehr viele interessante Vorträge geboten und das Rahmenprogramm stellt eine ausgezeichnete Möglichkeit zum Netzwerken dar. Ich hoffe, möglichst vielen von euch dort zu begegnen!

Wie Oliver schon in seinem Blog angekündigt hat, soll am Vorabend auch ein kleines Revit User Group -Treffen stattfinden, da die meisten ohnehin schon am 26. anreisen. Ich finde es immer sehr inspirierend, sich mit anderen Revit-Experten auszutauschen und werde versuchen, dabei zu sein – wenn ihr auch Interesse habt, meldet euch einfach kurz beim Oliver oder Max (Kontaktdaten stehen in Olivers Blogeintrag).

Von einigen Architektenkammern wird die Autodesk University  übrigens als Weiterbildungsmaßnahme anerkannt und mit Fortbildungspunkten belohnt. Mehr Infos gibt es dazu in dem offiziellen Autodesk BIMblog!

CU @Darmstadt!