Shoegnome http://www.shoegnome.com Being an Architect in the 21st Century Ain't Easy Sat, 25 Apr 2015 23:57:51 +0000 en-US hourly 1 BCF Manager for Navisworks via BIMcollab http://www.shoegnome.com/2015/04/23/bcf-manager-for-navisworks-via-bimcollab/ http://www.shoegnome.com/2015/04/23/bcf-manager-for-navisworks-via-bimcollab/#comments Thu, 23 Apr 2015 23:23:15 +0000 http://www.shoegnome.com/?p=2632 Kubus increases the value of BIMcollab with a BCF Manager for Navisworks.

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BIMcollab NetworkNew: BIMcollab® BCF Manager for Navisworks

Share clashes found in Navisworks via BIMcollab to Revit or ArchiCAD

Eindhoven, Netherlands April 23 2015 – Today KUBUS released BIMcollab® BCF Manager for Navisworks. This add-on provides full support for both BCF 1.0 and BCF 2.0 to Navisworks. Additionally, it has a direct connection to BIMcollab® for issue management across teams and other BIM tools. Issues found in Navisworks can be visualized in BIM tools like Revit and ArchiCAD, since the relevant objects and camera-position are saved as well.

  • Issues can be generated directly from Navisworks and previewed before saving and publishing.
  • Comments can be added, properties and milestones set, and found issues can be assigned team members.
  • A simple double-click is enough to zoom to the issue.
  • All results can be visualized in a presentation for clear communication.

BIMcollab® is a cloud-based issue management system for BIM, based on BuildingSMART’s BCF file format. BCF is designed to support communication between team members about BIM models without the need of sending the complete model. A snapshot of the issue clearly explains the problem, to both BIM users and non-BIM users like contractors, who can use the browser-based version.

CEO of KUBUS, Erik Pijnenburg: “With this tool we extend Navisworks’ power to find clashes or other issues with OPEN BIM communication to all major BIM authoring tools.”

The release of this add-on expands the number of BIM applications linked to BIMcollab® even further, bridging the communication gap between more and more BIM applications.

For more information visit www.bimcollab.com

About KUBUS

KUBUS offers BIM for Design & Build and is exclusive distributor for Graphisoft and Gold partner of Solibri, Inc. in the Benelux. KUBUS promotes OpenBIM and IFC workflow solutions and is the developer of the most widely used software for Building Specifications for Dutch standards, cost-calculations and eco-cost material analysis based on BIM. KUBUS developed BIMcollab®, the world’s first cloud based issue management system for BIM. KUBUS is committed to make this the best issue management solution for BIM. BIMcollab® was released in December 2014. From offices in Eindhoven, Amsterdam, and Belgrade, KUBUS services currently over 3,250 customers within the construction industry of the Benelux.

For more information
Contact Lotje van Rijsoort or Rosa van Tour – marketing@kubusinfo.nl – T. +31(0)40 213 1950
www.bimcollab.com
www.kubusinfo.nl
twitter.com/KUBUSBV

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ArchiCAD Spring Academy 2015 http://www.shoegnome.com/2015/04/23/archicad-spring-academy-2015/ http://www.shoegnome.com/2015/04/23/archicad-spring-academy-2015/#comments Thu, 23 Apr 2015 22:46:17 +0000 http://www.shoegnome.com/?p=2625 It’s approaching that magical time of year again, when the collective ArchiCAD brainpower of one location becomes almost incomprehensible. That’s right, the ArchiCAD Spring Academy is only a few weeks away (May 22nd and 23rd)! In 2015 it’s taking place in Cracow, Poland. The ArchiCAD Users Association International (ACUA) knows how to pick amazing locations for their events. Here’s the basic info and then a link for more info/registration: “ArchiCAD Spring Academy 2015 is a two day celebration that will educate, entertain, and immerse you in the ArchiCAD community. You will be offered access to ArchiCAD BIM related products and

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It’s approaching that magical time of year again, when the collective ArchiCAD brainpower of one location becomes almost incomprehensible. That’s right, the ArchiCAD Spring Academy is only a few weeks away (May 22nd and 23rd)! In 2015 it’s taking place in Cracow, Poland. The ArchiCAD Users Association International (ACUA) knows how to pick amazing locations for their events. Here’s the basic info and then a link for more info/registration:

strona_ArchiCADSA2015“ArchiCAD Spring Academy 2015 is a two day celebration that will educate, entertain, and immerse you in the ArchiCAD community. You will be offered access to ArchiCAD BIM related products and services, paired with expert advice, demonstrations, workshops and instructions. Conference programs feature world famous architects and industry leading minds, presenting cutting edge product training on the topics you most want to see. Whether you are a creative professional or a CAD-BIM manager, ArchiCAD Spring Academy has the conference content, special presentations, exhibit hall highlights and experiences that meet all of your specific needs. The exciting and highly informative agenda is focused on innovative use of design tools, technologies, and methodologies that allow and encourage new forms of architectural expression.”

That Sounds Awesome. I want to know more and probably sign up!

So we’ll see you there, right Jared?

ArchiCON_smallEvery year I say I want to go. And every year I have some reason for not attending. For the past too many years it has usually been “I’m moving.” Fortunately I’m done with that excuse. Alas I won’t be there this year. BUT BUT BUT. For once I have a legitimate ArchiCAD-related excuse for not being able to attend an ACUA event: I’ll be in Brisbane, Australia that weekend for ArchiCON. While I won’t be in Poland, I’ll be elsewhere sharing ArchiCAD and BIM knowledge, and doing my part to advance us all.

 

What are you doing that weekend? You’ve got two amazing choices for improving your ArchiCAD and BIM skills.

But seriously, I can’t go to Australia or Poland next month!

I understand. Have you thought about starting an ArchiCAD conference in your area—or even just a user group? Let’s talk and I’ll see who I can connect you with to help get that going. Or maybe a virtual event is more your style? We could chat about that too. I don’t have the time right now to lead either of those charges, but I’d love to connect and support other users who want to make all that happen. Just imagine…a panoply of ArchiCAD events, all over the world, throughout the year—both physical and virtual.

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Seattle ArchiCAD User Group – April 30th, 2015 http://www.shoegnome.com/2015/04/12/seattle-archicad-user-group-april-2015/ http://www.shoegnome.com/2015/04/12/seattle-archicad-user-group-april-2015/#comments Mon, 13 Apr 2015 03:50:17 +0000 http://www.shoegnome.com/?p=2617 It's time for another Seattle ArchiCAD User Group. We're going to talk about add-ons, 3rd party Objects, and other things that don't come with the default installation of ArchiCAD. Read on for all the details. Come join us!

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ArchiCAD User Group - 18We have our next Seattle ArchiCAD User Group scheduled. Please notice that we are now meeting in a non-downtown location at a slightly later time (like we did in February). Everyone liked February’s location and time so much that I think this will become our new normal. Here are the details:

Date:

Thursday April 30, 2015
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Location:

DeForest Architects
1148 NW Leary Way
Seattle, WA 98107

Host:

Jesse Gallanar, GSNA’s sales manager for Washington, Oregon, and Alaska

Special Thanks:

Geoff Briggs, John DeForest and the whole team at DeForest Architects for letting us congregate in their new space.

What’s Happening:

When you register, you’ll see the official topics of discussion. After the last user group in February, there was a consensus that a great topic would be BIMx Pro, add-ons, 3rd party Objects, and all the things that don’t come out of the box when you buy ArchiCAD—not that anyone actually gets a box anymore. So that’s what we’re going to discuss. If you use a particular add-on or Object, think about bringing your laptop to share. We’ll have Geoff’s machine and mine, but that definitely won’t cover the full gambit of add-ons. I’m going to use the meeting as the final excuse I need to buy Modelport. That also means I hope to have some renderings to share that contain Objects I created via Modelport.

Of course as anyone who’s ever been to a user group that I’ve run knows, lengthy lectures aren’t the goal. The official topics are just a starting point. What I want to see—and what I hope the topics will facilitate—is a two hour discussion about ArchiCAD that continues afterwards at a local bar**. So if you don’t care about 3rd party stuff, don’t worry. Show up and change the subject. Sound good? Bring whatever you need: questions, a project, a printout, a gripe, a coworker, a friend, a disgruntled Revit user, a prospective user. I don’t care. I just want to get a big bunch of passionate ArchiCAD and BIM users together to talk about what’s important. You in? ALSO…if you have a question or topic you’d like to have discussed, please e-mail me ahead of time. I can’t promise we’ll cover it (especially if you ask about EcoDesigner STAR), but we’ll do our best.

Please share this post and e-mail it to all your coworkers. I know not everyone gets the official e-mails about user groups—especially new and/or quieter employees.

**100% yes we will be having an after-party ArchiCAD nerdfest at a nearby bar. Geoff tells me there are a lot of great places to go close to their new office. And I assume, as with the previous meetings, Jesse will be feeding us.

Seattle Area ArchiCAD User Mailing List

I’m creating a mailing list for ArchiCAD users in the Seattle Area (or people interested in Seattle Area ArchiCAD events). If that describes you, sign up by clicking here.

A Big Link to Register for the User Group

In case you missed the link above, here it is again: REGISTER HERE!

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Shoegnome Open Template 18.4 and ArchiCAD 18 Libraries http://www.shoegnome.com/2015/04/06/shoegnome-open-template-18-4-and-archicad-18-libraries/ http://www.shoegnome.com/2015/04/06/shoegnome-open-template-18-4-and-archicad-18-libraries/#comments Mon, 06 Apr 2015 19:39:19 +0000 http://www.shoegnome.com/?p=2619 I've updated my Template again. Read the post to find out all the details, then download it and some ArchiCAD 18 Libraries .

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New and Old in SectionI’ve updated my ArchiCAD template once again. You can get the latest version here. Remember, it’s free, if you want it to be. Though support definitely improves my day. In this iteration of my template, I made a ton of little tweaks. Most of them are baby steps towards grander goals which in the near term increase speed and beauty. Here’s a run down of the changes I remember:

  1. I added a worksheet for electrical symbols and electrical notes. I still do all my electrical symbols as 2D fills. At some point I’ll either convert to Objects with a 3D component and/or explain why I work the way I do. But for now, if you go with my solution, you’ll have pretty 2D graphics that all automatically show up in the electrical fixture schedule.
  2. I added a worksheet for various project notes (general notes, demolition notes, etc.). This sheet came out of a current project I’m doing with my business partner down in Houston. There are definitely better BIM ways of doing these notes, but it’s a first step—my partner isn’t as militant as I am about scrapping old ways. That’s okay. It’s a good example of the Shoegnome Open Template’s flexibility and hybrid solutions that can be pushed towards BIM. I’m 100% sure in future versions of this template, this worksheet will become much more BIM.
  3. I turned on shadows in the elevations. I went with a standard 45º/45º shadow. This of course can be changed. If there was some critical sun angle that mattered in the project, I’d show that instead. But for clarity, simplicity, and encouraging the removal of line weights from elevations, it’s a great next step.
  4. I fixed the Interior Elevation markers to only show the sheet number on the inside of the marker. In SOT 18.3, it also showed a drawing number.
  5. I updated the Centerline Object again based on conversation with James Murray. Now it’s even better. Here’s a blog post that explains the change.
  6. I added a custom door panel for garage doors, so that I could get a blank door panel. I find it really annoying that D1 Garage 3 18 doesn’t have the option for a simple blank panel. To change the Surface of the panel you need to edit the embedded Object (which is easy) or update the Surface (which matches the Surface of all the other exterior windows and doors in my template).
  7. I added the Revision History 18 Object to the title block for showing Issues. I’ve only used Issues once, so it is definitely a work in process, but it’s there to force me to start exploring this new feature.
  8. My Layers no longer contain “●●●●●”. Instead they now use “—————”. The reason for this is that the dots turned into “?????” when using the Attribute Manager to transfer the Layers between files. Not a major issue, but it means the dots are a flawed solution, so they are gone. If you missed reading about my Layer changes, see this post: Shoegnome Open Template and Layers.
  9. I updated all the schedules to have the correct Layers as Criteria. Many were still looking for my old Layers.
  10. I added dummy Pen Sets to better group and clarify my Pen Sets. I’ve been enjoying that solution so much for my Layers that I’m exploring adding it to more and more of my Attributes.
  11. I added a new Pen Set:”2 Fills (Gray, Dark) Hatch (On) Lines (Black, Uniform)”. This Pen Set is for highlighting new construction on a remodel project when you are printing in classic old grayscale (see images in this post).
  12. To go along with the new Pen Set, I updated the Renovation Override Style for existing elements.
  13. I updated certain Building Materials to go white when they are overridden as existing elements. To do this I switched their Fills from 25% to Foreground fill, so that their color is controlled by the Background Pen rather than the Foreground Pen.
  14. I added a very basic color rendering Scene so that I could start exploring color with my simple rendering solution (see Shoegnome Open Template and Renderings). I will do a video soon, but if you’re impatient here are the settings I currently use in GIMP: 50% multiply (Sketch), 50% screen (White Model), 100% normal (Color Model).

ArchiCAD 18 Libraries

I had someone e-mail me asking for a .PLA of the template, that way he could explore the template without having the ArchiCAD 18 USA Library. What a great idea! But then I thought, let’s go one step better. If you go to the FAQ, there are now links to download a ZIP file of the entire ArchiCAD 18 USA Library (and the ArchiCAD 18 INT Library as well, because while it’s not useful for my template, there are probably lots of people who want that too). A word of caution: do not load two ArchiCAD Libraries at the same time. You will get tons of errors and ArchiCAD will get cranky. Here’s a link to the FAQ.

Of course if you just want to go straight to the ArchiCAD 18 USA and INT Library download, click on this link.

If you need other ArchiCAD Libraries: Old ArchiCAD Libraries Available for EVERYONE!

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National BIM Standard-United States® Version 3 to Roll out April 15 http://www.shoegnome.com/2015/03/31/national-bim-standard-united-states-version-3-to-roll-out-april-15/ http://www.shoegnome.com/2015/03/31/national-bim-standard-united-states-version-3-to-roll-out-april-15/#comments Tue, 31 Mar 2015 20:53:24 +0000 http://www.shoegnome.com/?p=2612 In about two weeks, the National Institute of Building Sciences buildingSMART alliance® will release the latest edition of the their National BIM Standard.

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This just showed up in my inbox. I think you’d all find it of interest:

NIBS-news releaseIn just over two weeks, the National Institute of Building Sciences buildingSMART alliance® will release the latest edition of the nation’s consensus-based standard governing building information modeling (BIM).

The National BIM Standard-United States® (NBIMS-US™) Version 3 (V3) covers the full life cycle of buildings—from planning and design through construction and operations. The NBIMS-US™ Project Committee, which oversees the standard’s development, went through a multi-year process to prepare the new edition.

“The National BIM Standard-United States® Version 3 is the result of the work of hundreds of volunteers who combined thousands of hours of their time to help streamline the way the U.S. building industry plans, designs, builds and maintains facilities,” said Jeffrey W. Ouellette, Assoc. AIA, IES, vice chair of the NBIMS-US™ Project Committee. “We thank all of the volunteers for their tremendous efforts. In just a little more than two weeks, it will be the responsibility of the industry to take the NBIMS-US™ V3 and put it into practice.”

Building professionals from across the nation and around the world had the opportunity to offer their ideas to improve the NBIMS-US™. The Project Committee received 40 submissions, from which 27 were complete enough to be forwarded to Subcommittees for review. The Subcommittees then forwarded their recommendations, along with the submissions, to the full Project Committee membership of 143 industry peers. More than 91% of the NBIMS-US™ Project Committee members voted on the V3 ballots, with more than two thirds of the non-abstaining members voting to approve the 27 items on the ballot. Following the vote, the Planning Committee officially ratified the results. The standard then underwent proofing and final preparations before being ready for publication.

The Alliance will unveil NBIMS-US™ V3 to the public for the first time on April 15. Stay tuned for the official announcement!

About the National Institute of Building Sciences

The National Institute of Building Sciences, authorized by public law 93-383 in 1974, is a nonprofit, nongovernmental organization that brings together representatives of government, the professions, industry, labor and consumer interests to identify and resolve building process and facility performance problems. The Institute serves as an authoritative source of advice for both the private and public sectors with respect to the use of building science and technology.

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World Backup Day 2015 http://www.shoegnome.com/2015/03/31/world-backup-day-2015/ http://www.shoegnome.com/2015/03/31/world-backup-day-2015/#comments Tue, 31 Mar 2015 18:09:07 +0000 http://www.shoegnome.com/?p=2610 You're obsessive with data safety, right? Good. It's dumb not to be. Let's talk about data safety & enjoy a crazy long infographic: it's World Backup Day.

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Today is my favorite holiday that isn’t a real holiday but sort of is a real holiday and should be a real holiday (check the bottom of the post for why that’s half true). I want to do my part to help make World Back Up Day more legit. Before I get to the crazy long, fun infographic created by cloudwards.net, let’s reflect on years past and add my new thoughts for 2015.

2013 World Backup Day: The infographic from 2013 is worth enjoying. It’s a bit smaller than this year’s.

2014 World Backup Day: Carbonite and the cloud in general saved my ass in 2014. Read the story of how Carbonite and all my cloud data kept me calm in August 2013 when my computer shit the farm. Stupid graphics card making my laptop useless.

2015 World Backup Day: I recently upgraded my late 2011 Mac Book Pro to a 500 GB solid state drive. I bought this one, for about $200. It’s awesome. ArchiCAD opens insanely fast, the machine restarts unbelievably quick, and in general it’s like I am using a new computer. It’s wonderful. And with the 16 GB of RAM I added a few years ago, I feel confident I’ll be able to squeeze at least another year out of this machine. I am waiting until Apple unleashes a MBP with 32 GB of RAM. They have to. Someday. Right? Anyways, what does that have to do with World Back Up Day? Well two things: I took my old drive and saved a static backup of my machine. But more importantly, I copied over some other old files from my external hard drive and finally set up the 2 TB drive I have to be my external Time Machine drive. So now whenever my laptop is at my desk (almost always), it’s connected to that drive. Of course that’s just bonus insurance because I also have Carbonite running at all times as well. I am a huge fan of Carbonite. Try it yourself. Now between Time Machine and Carbonite, everything on my laptop is doubly safe, backed-up locally, on the cloud, and accessible even if my computer gets destroyed, lost, or eaten by a dinosaur. And that’s not to mention all the versions of important files I keep accessible in backup folders on my machine and other little ways I backup photos, the blog, e-mail, etc. It’s all about belt, suspenders, elastic waistbands, and wearing jumpsuits. Okay maybe that last analogy is jumping the rails…

In the modern world, our most important data—both personal and business—is digital. Don’t lose it. Because remember, if you lose data, it’s your own damn fault. Deal with it. With Backups!

The longest infographic about data safety you’ll see until 2016…

Cloudwards.net – World Backup Day 2015
Courtesy of: Cloudwards.net. For more about World Back Up Day, click here and here.

Wow that was long. Whatever. Backups are important. No more Excuses.

Actually World Backup Day is my second favorite made-up holiday that is real. Tornado Day is obviously the most important day for me. But I’m basically the only person who truly celebrates it, though there are a few other people who by default do as well (because I make them). Follow Shoegnome on Facebook and Twitter for more on being an Architect in the 21st Century.

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ArchiCAD 18 Update #2 or 2.5 or #3: (Build 5100) http://www.shoegnome.com/2015/03/26/archicad-18-update-2-5-or-3-build-5100/ http://www.shoegnome.com/2015/03/26/archicad-18-update-2-5-or-3-build-5100/#comments Thu, 26 Mar 2015 23:59:43 +0000 http://www.shoegnome.com/?p=2604 ArchiCAD Update 5014 is no more; all hail Update 5100. Hopefully with 100% fewer major Teamwork bugs.

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ArchiCAD 18 Update 2 (build 5100) or Update 2.5 (build 5100) or Update 3 (build 5100), I’m not sure what they are calling it, was released today. This is the quick fix to the major Teamwork-related bug in building 5014.

You can read about all the details and download the update (if your ArchiCAD isn’t set to automatically notify you) here. As always this update applies to ArchiCAD, BIM Server and all other components: BIMx, MEP Modeler and all GRAPHISOFT-distributed Add-Ons and Goodies. Additionally this update (and all future updates and hotfixes) now also pertain to BIMcloud, for those of you using it as well.

While Update 1 was the official OS X 10.10 Yosemite compatibility update, this build has further fixes and improvements for those of us using OS X 10.10. Also I know there’s some IFC fixes that are important to many IFC-focused ArchiCAD gurus. But I don’t remember the details (I just know at least one of them got this update early because the fix was that important). If you have a few spare minutes, read (or skim) the entire list of improvements; it’s always fascinating and educational. Make sure to look at the list of improvements for Build 5100 and Build 5014, as they are essentially one update—especially for those of you that didn’t jump the gun and update the second 5014 came out on last week.

Remember to update everyone using Teamwork 2 (including the BIM Server and BIMcloud) at the same time.

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ArchiCAD 18 Update #2 (recalled because of Teamwork 2 error) http://www.shoegnome.com/2015/03/23/archicad-18-update-2-recalled-because-of-teamwork-2-error/ http://www.shoegnome.com/2015/03/23/archicad-18-update-2-recalled-because-of-teamwork-2-error/#comments Mon, 23 Mar 2015 18:00:08 +0000 http://www.shoegnome.com/?p=2598 Don't worry, this recall probably doesn't affect you. But still, read on.

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If you haven’t updated ArchiCAD 18 to build 5014, don’t worry. If you have updated to build 5014, but don’t use Teamwork 2, don’t worry. If you updated to build 5014, and use Teamwork 2, especially the web interface, HOLD ON! Here’s some news that concerns you:

We had to suspend the public release of ArchiCAD 18 Update 5014 due to a Teamwork error found in it. The version is safe to use for those who already have it, but please avoid these actions in Teamwork:

– force leave users out from projects using the web interface
– delete projects from the server

We made the update unavailable through the automatic update system. We are still investigating the error in detail and will get back to you with more information as soon as possible.

(from this ArchiCAD-talk post)

If you did upgrade and want to downgrade, here’s how to do it. It’s fast and easy, though you’ll be doing it while annoyed. Because you know, potential teamwork error that could delete your work. But again, if you aren’t using Teamwork 2, don’t sweat it. Be a bit annoyed, but thankful that this doesn’t affect you, was caught quickly, and that Graphisoft is working hard to fix the issue.

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ArchiCAD 18 Update #2 http://www.shoegnome.com/2015/03/18/archicad-18-update-2/ http://www.shoegnome.com/2015/03/18/archicad-18-update-2/#comments Thu, 19 Mar 2015 00:25:11 +0000 http://www.shoegnome.com/?p=2596 ArchiCAD 18 Update #2 is here and ready for you to use. If ArchiCAD didn't already ask you to, go download it now!

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ArchiCAD 18 Update-2 package (build 5014) was released today. You can read about all the details and download the update (if your ArchiCAD isn’t set to automatically notify you) here. As always this update applies to ArchiCAD, BIM Server and all other components: BIMx, MEP Modeler and all GRAPHISOFT-distributed Add-Ons and Goodies. Additionally this update (and all future updates and hotfixes) now also pertain to BIMcloud, for those of you using it as well.

While the previous update was the official OS X 10.10 Yosemite compatibility update, this build has further fixes and improvements for those of us using OS X 10.10. Also I know there’s some IFC fixes that are important to many IFC-focused ArchiCAD gurus. But I don’t remember the details (I just know at least one of them got this update early because the fix was that important). If you have a few spare minutes, read (or skim) the entire list of improvements; it’s always fascinating and educational.

Remember to update everyone using Teamwork 2 (including the BIM Server and BIMcloud) at the same time.

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Shoegnome Open Template 18.3 and Layer Improvements http://www.shoegnome.com/2015/03/09/shoegnome-open-template-18-3-and-layer-improvements/ http://www.shoegnome.com/2015/03/09/shoegnome-open-template-18-3-and-layer-improvements/#comments Mon, 09 Mar 2015 19:33:24 +0000 http://www.shoegnome.com/?p=2589 I've made some additional improvements to my ArchiCAD template. I think you'll like them, even if you just take the ideas and implement them elsewhere.

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I’ve updated my ArchiCAD template. You can get the latest version here. Remember, it’s free, if you want it to be. In this iteration of my template, I made one minor and one major change.

The Tiny Update

For years I’ve been using James Murray’s centerline object. I initially found it for ArchiCAD 9 and have been diligently using it since my first ArchiCAD job back in 2006. A few weeks ago, James released an updated version of the Object for version 16 and newer. You can download it directly from Onland.info. The updated version of this simple documentation Object adds the option to turn on a line below the text and a few other minor improvements. It’s great and it’s a good example of the unification of documentation to remove excess elements: instead of a “C” and an “L” and a line, now you just need one placeable Object (that can show on multiple stories!). Yes, yes, of course. ArchiCAD should have something like this out of the box and it should be part of the Dimension Tool. But it’s not. And James’ Object exists and is great. And I’ve embedded it in my template, because it’s a wonderful Graphic Data element.

Center lineThe Big Update

I’ve overhauled my Layers. I don’t know why it took me so long to do this. When you open the latest version of my template and look at the Layers, the change is obvious. For all the details about why I made the change and what the specific nuances are, check out my recent post on BIM Engine: ArchiCAD Layer Theory Part 5: Attribute Names and the Tyranny of Alphabetical Order.

Layers by CategoryI’ve actually been writing a lot about my Layer and Pen Set theories. If you haven’t read those articles, you might want to. All the recent posts talk about the things I’ve incorporated into the Shoegnome Open Template.

Layer Theory

Pen Sets

Further Thoughts:

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Modelport by AECobjects.com http://www.shoegnome.com/2015/03/05/modelport/ http://www.shoegnome.com/2015/03/05/modelport/#comments Thu, 05 Mar 2015 17:45:01 +0000 http://www.shoegnome.com/?p=2434 The Modelport add-on by AECobjects provides a way to import 3DS, DAE, FBX, and OBJ files directly into ArchiCAD.

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Modelport by AECobjects.com

From my ArchiCAD resources page:

AECobjects (a division of ARCHIVISTA, inc) has Modelport, which is an add-on that will import OBJ, FBX, DAE, and 3DS files into ArchiCAD as Objects. “MODELPORT uses the Autodesk FBX SDK, which is the same code used by Autodesk to create a bridge between their popular 3D software: Maya, Softimage XSI, 3DStudio MAX, etc.”

modelport formatsThis isn’t new; it’s been out for a few months. But I’m so far behind. I kept putting this post off because I wanted to test the add-on out myself. I knew exactly what I’d download. I’d find an OBJ or FBX of the Noguchi coffee table and import it into ArchiCAD. If you’ve downloaded my template, you might have noticed there’s a 2D symbol for the Noguchi coffee table in the embedded library. The only coffee table I show in plans is that table. The only coffee table I want to show in 3D views is that table. It is perfection in coffee table form. It’s the only coffee table I’ll ever own (I’ve had two—my first got damaged in the move from Boston to Seattle; I was pissed). Alas, I’m so far behind on everything that spending some time playing with this add-on keeps getting put off. Eventually I’ll get to it and then write a post about the experience. Unless…anyone have time to experiment with this add-on? If someone wants to write a guest post, that’d be awesome. Maybe you could write about importing the Noguchi Coffee table?????? E-mail me.

living roomThe great thing about an add-on like this is that it helps push rendering farther. With the CineRender rendering engine in ArchiCAD 18, we finally have the capability (for non-Lightworks geniuses) to make really good renderings directly out of ArchiCAD. I’ve done a few and I’ve been very pleased with the results. Mostly I’ve just stuck with the defaults—I love Graphisoft’s analogy of using an automatic camera vs actually using all the settings manually. I’m happy to use the automatic scenes, with some subtle tweaks. Okay a few more tweaks each time…which is the way we become masters, right? Baby steps.

rendering1We can now make great renderings, but what ArchiCAD lacks is an endless supply of entourage: the perfect couch, the right teapot on the counter, the client’s favorite flowers or sports car, all the stuff that takes a rendering from very good to very special. Modelport offers one solution: access to millions of OBJ, FBX, DAE, and 3DS files imported directly into ArchiCAD.

Last minute update: for more on Modelport, check out AECObject’s webinar on demand.

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Webinar: Master your BIM workflow with BIMcollab http://www.shoegnome.com/2015/03/04/webinar-master-your-bim-workflow-with-bimcollab/ http://www.shoegnome.com/2015/03/04/webinar-master-your-bim-workflow-with-bimcollab/#comments Wed, 04 Mar 2015 17:45:48 +0000 http://www.shoegnome.com/?p=2584 Learn about BIMcollab and the benefits of using it for BIM coordination and issue management in one of these upcoming webinars.

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