Shoegnome http://www.shoegnome.com Being an Architect in the 21st Century Ain't Easy Sat, 28 Mar 2015 04:24:29 +0000 en-US hourly 1 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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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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If you aren’t familiar with BIMcollab, here are some posts that explain more.

BIMcollab webinarReserve your webinar seat now

Kubus is hosting a series of webinars about how to master your BIM workflow with BIMcollab®.
Do you want to learn more about the possibilities of issue management for BIM, or learn about
the main functionalities? This is your chance. There will be room for questions to ask our BIMcollab-expert at the end of every seminar.

New version BIMcollab®

Kubus is about to release a new version of the BIMcollab web application and all our BCF Managers. Including the Navisworks BCF Manager, which will be added soon to our platform. During our webinars we show you existing and new features of BIMcollab.

Register and select the time and date that works best for you. The duration of the webinar will be approximately 45 minutes.

Register Now

For more information visit www.bimcollab.com

BIMcollab Network

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 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®, world’s first cloud based issue management system for BIM. From offices in Eindhoven, Amsterdam, and Belgrade, KUBUS services currently over 3,000 customers within the construction industry of the Benelux.

www.bimcollab.com
www.kubusinfo.nl

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Live Online Webinar: Share More with BIMx! http://www.shoegnome.com/2015/03/03/live-online-webinar-share-more-with-bimx/ http://www.shoegnome.com/2015/03/03/live-online-webinar-share-more-with-bimx/#comments Tue, 03 Mar 2015 18:30:40 +0000 http://www.shoegnome.com/?p=2583 Graphisoft has a webinar coming up about BIMx and BIMx Pro. I'm sure they'll aim to answer all your questions about the latest versions (and pricing).

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WHO:

GRAPHISOFT, the leading Building Information Modeling (BIM) software vendor

WHAT:

Accessing BIM projects on smartphones and tablets is now easier than ever with the new BIMx licensing options. This free webinar will present the entire, detailed workflow of creating, publishing and sharing BIMx Hyper-models.

The following, flexible BIMx licensing options are now available in the Apple Appstore and will be presented during the webinar on March 10, 2015:

BIMx — Recommended for clients, BIMx provides FREE of charge access to the 3D part of any building models in BIMx format. This license can be upgraded to a PRO license to gain access to the full scope of BIM projects published in BIMx format;

BIMx PRO — Recommended for architects, BIMx PRO provides access to the full scope of BIM projects, including both 2D and 3D content (Hyper-model). Gain access to any number of full BIMx projects on one particular device for US$49.99;

BIMx Model Sharing – Recommended for architects, BIMx Model Sharing offers an option to grant access to individual BIMx Hyper-models (including 2D and 3D content) for an unlimited number of clients on any of their devices without a time limit for US$49.99.

Register at http://www.graphisoft.com/learning/online-seminars/registration.html

WHEN:

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Please register for any of the dates/times below to join the free, online seminar!

For Australia and Asia (English):

For Europe, Middle-East and Africa (English):

For the Americas (English):

BIMx and BIMx ProAbout GRAPHISOFT

GRAPHISOFT® ignited the BIM revolution in 1984 with ArchiCAD®, the industry first BIM software for architects. GRAPHISOFT continues to lead the industry with innovative solutions such as its revolutionary BIMcloud®, the world’s first real-time BIM collaboration environment, EcoDesigner™, the world’s first fully BIM-integrated “GREEN” design solution and BIMx®, the world’s leading mobile app for BIM visualization. GRAPHISOFT has been a part of the Nemetschek Group since its acquisition in 2007. Visit archicad.com to see the most important milestones in ArchiCAD’s 30-year history.

 

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Become an ArchiCAD 19 Beta Tester http://www.shoegnome.com/2015/02/26/become-an-archicad-19-beta-tester/ http://www.shoegnome.com/2015/02/26/become-an-archicad-19-beta-tester/#comments Thu, 26 Feb 2015 18:33:43 +0000 http://www.shoegnome.com/?p=2577 ArchiCAD 19. It just feels good to write that. Are you excited about what's next? Do more than just dream about the next version. Apply to be a beta tester.

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This year Graphisoft is trying something new. They are opening up their application to become a beta tester for ArchiCAD 19 to the entire community. If you are interested, click the image above or this link to apply.

Being a part of the beta test is awesome for so many reasons. Some of which I can’t actually share because of NDAs and such. But here’s what I think I can say:

  1. You get to see the next release of ArchiCAD before everyone else.
  2. You get to test the software, find bugs, and help the next release be the best it possibly can be.
  3. You get to influence the future of the software, by being involved in discussions about the beta.
  4. You get to talk with other passionate users about the future of ArchiCAD in a private environment.
  5. You get to talk with the DEVELOPERS of ArchiCAD about the future of AchiCAD.
  6. Doors open.

Okay, let’s talk about that last one. Being an active member of the beta tester community is a great opportunity to expand your presence in the ArchiCAD and BIM community. Being an active member of the beta tester community helps you get noticed by other ArchiCAD experts and by key people on the development side of Graphisoft. Do you have a passion for a certain aspect of ArchiCAD or BIM? Imagine you can share that passion in a way that improves the next release of ArchiCAD and catches the eye of Graphisoft. What happens next? I know. Others do too.

If you want to take your passion for the future of the practice of architecture, BIM, and ArchiCAD to new levels, consider applying to be a part of the ArchiCAD 19 Beta community. It’ll be the start of something awesome.

02/27/15 Update: For the last question in the sign up questionnaire, check one box. If you check other, write a short sentence. For some of us the application wasn’t going through. The form wasn’t prepared to handle more than 250 characters of text, so those of us who checked all the boxes and/or wrote something long caused the form to freak out. Punishment for being a wordy over-achiever. I was obviously tripped up by this too!

If you are just a little curious and will only half-ass it, don’t bother signing up. Beta testing is a great opportunity but also a responsibility. Subscribe to my blog to read more about the tricky world of being an Architect in the 21st century. Shoegnome on Facebook, Twitter, and the RSS feed.

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BIMx Docs is Dead. Long live BIMx Pro. http://www.shoegnome.com/2015/02/24/bimx-docs-is-dead-long-live-bimx-pro/ http://www.shoegnome.com/2015/02/24/bimx-docs-is-dead-long-live-bimx-pro/#comments Tue, 24 Feb 2015 19:51:50 +0000 http://www.shoegnome.com/?p=2568 BIMx Pro pricing explained perfectly, and simply. The pricing has been fixed. It's time to use BIMx Pro on every project. Read on...

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First a simple chart, then my thoughts, and finally the official press release.

Remember this? We fixed it! Okay Graphisoft fixed it, but we spoke and they listened.

BIMx Pro CostAt the end of this article there is an even better diagram than the one above, but I couldn’t resist updating my unnecessarily complex chart from last year. For those who are curious, if you already own BIMx Docs, it will automatically upgrade to BIMx Pro. I checked my iPad this morning and it’s already been updated to BIMx Pro. So that’s great. Yes I paid more the $49.99 for the app last year, but that’s okay by me.

BIMx Docs is Dead. Long live BIMx Pro.

BIMx has continuously evolved and improved since it was released as an iOS app in September 2011, and since even before that if you include the era of desktop only Virtual Building Explore—remember that? I barely do. I expect more improvements in the future, but BIMx Pro is finally ready to use on every project, without exception.

Okay there are always exceptions, like massive projects that don’t have the Layout Book in the same file as the model and which would also crash any mobile device. But I’m sure there are still numerous reasons to be able to publish just the Layout Book as a BIMx file or just the 3D model(s) without any of the Layouts (or just a few)…anyways, that’s a minor obstacle that just requires a little brainstorming. And more importantly for anyone doing residential, small scale projects, or really any project that ArchiCAD can handle in one file (which is the majority of the work done in ArchiCAD), there’s no excuse not to explore and use BIMx Pro.

BIMx Pro is now a complete solution that will only get better.

As a project documentation tool, it is now accessible to everyone, continuously throughout the life of the project. For $49.99 per project, you can send out continually updating versions of your BIMx file with all the 2D and 3D documentation. To everyone. Whenever they join the project. Client, contractor, subcontractor, facilities management… the entire AECOU spectrum can access the file (architect, engineer, contractor, owner, user) for the life of the building—and beyond.

As a marketing tool, it is now accessible as a download link from a website. Okay I haven’t tested this yet, but I see no reason why it shouldn’t work. Copy the link you typically send to someone and then add the link to your website. Now a prospective client can click on a project, see photos like usual, and download the navigable 3D model with all the documentation. You might not want to show the actual construction documents in this file, but for $49.99, you could just make a new BIMx Pro file that only has the model(s), the major drawings with no notes or dimensions, some beautiful renderings and other pertinent promo material (like a sheet listing the project team, design awards, green features, etc).

Don’t cheap out.

$49.99 for the office iPad to have access to all your models is insignificant. And it’s not $49.99 per device, not if all your office iPads share the same Apple ID account. Up to 10 devices can share the same Apple ID. So make sure all the company devices share the same account and it’s $49.99 for the entire office. If you have more than 10 iPads for you office…$100 or $200 or whatever the cost is to outfit all of them with BIMx Pro is nothing. Chump change. For Android users, it’ll be even better when BIMx Pro reaches Android devices (sadly not yet). Hopefully Android users won’t have to wait too long. There is no limit to the number of devices. As long as all the devices have the same (gmail) account, you can keep linking BIMx Pro to them. That means it’s $49.99 for the entire office. So for instance you could make a new e-mail account that is BIMx@yourcompany.com, add that to all your company Android tablets and smart phones, pay $49.99 and be all set. Remember, Android devices can have tons of gmail accounts linked to them. My crappy two year old Atrix HD has seven gmail accounts linked to it.

$49.99 per project is insignificant to have the power of BIMx Pro for every client, contractor, and collaborator. Even double that to $99.98 so that you have a project team BIMx file and a marketing file. That’s nothing. Eat the expense or charge it directly to your client. I don’t care.

Don’t be timid.

Everyone you work with has a smartphone or tablet. Every contractor has one. I’ve said this before. I’m sure every job site has more smartphones and tablets than people. They might all be personal devices, but they are there. Maybe they are sitting in a truck or job trailer, but they are there. Provide the BIMx Pro file to everyone, especially people bidding on the project. Don’t ask if they want it. Give it to them. You might not be able to recoup your measly $49.99, but so what. BIMx Pro—now that the pricing has been fixed, and the time limit for download links has been removed—is ready to transform how we communicate. It’s up to you to actually make that happen.

Don’t waffle. Do it.

Today. Buy BIMx Pro. Make a BIMx Pro file of your favorite current project. Buy the $49.99 e-mailable version. Then send links to everyone you are working with—clients, contractors, engineers, your parents, everyone. Make it a gift. Share your excitement. Let them enjoy it. Then watch what happens.

You use ArchiCAD.

This is your moment. Every year new versions come out of all the programs. All the big BIM players have their mobile apps. BIMx Pro has just thrown down the gauntlet. Pick it up and run.

Finally the Press Release:

BIM Project Sharing Becomes Easier with BIMx Update

BUDAPEST, February 24, 2015 — GRAPHISOFT®, the leading Building Information Modeling (BIM) architectural software developer, has introduced a simplified and more flexible licensing scheme for its award-winning BIM presentation app, BIMx.

In response to customer feedback, the following fewer, more flexible licensing options are available in the Apple Appstore effective immediately:

BIMx – Recommended for clients, BIMx provides FREE of charge access to the 3D part of any building models in BIMx format. This license can be upgraded to a PRO license to gain access to the full scope of BIM projects published in BIMx format;

BIMx PRO – Recommended for architects, BIMx PRO provides access to the full scope of BIM projects, including both 2D and 3D content (Hyper-model). Gain access to any number of full BIMx projects on one particular device for US$49.99;

BIMx Model Sharing (in-app purchase option) – Recommended for architects, BIMx Model Sharing offers an option to grant access to individual BIMx Hyper-models (including 2D and 3D content) for an unlimited number of clients on any of their devices without a time limit for US$49.99.

“By simplifying the license options available and following naming standards in the Appstore, our users will better understand whether to choose the FREE version or the paid PRO version,” said Akos Pfemeter, Vice President, Marketing at GRAPHISOFT. “The best news is that even with paid licenses, the purchase decision boils down to the following, very simple decision: All models on 1 device OR 1 model on all devices — for the same $50,” he added.

BIMx is available in the App Store and on Google Play. Visit the BIMx product site or view this short video for further details. Sign up for our upcoming BIMx Webinar on March 10 for a live demonstration of BIMx and BIMx PRO.

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About GRAPHISOFT

GRAPHISOFT® ignited the BIM revolution in 1984 with ArchiCAD®, the industry first BIM software for architects. GRAPHISOFT continues to lead the industry with innovative solutions such as its revolutionary BIMcloud®, the world’s first real-time BIM collaboration environment, EcoDesigner™, the world’s first fully BIM-integrated “GREEN” design solution and BIMx®, the world’s leading mobile app for BIM visualization. GRAPHISOFT has been a part of the Nemetschek Group since its acquisition in 2007. Visit archicad.com to see the most important milestones in ArchiCAD’s 30-year history.

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ArchiCAD Rendering Tutorial and the Shoegnome Open Template 18.2 http://www.shoegnome.com/2015/02/23/archicad-rendering-tutorial-and-the-shoegnome-open-template-18-2/ http://www.shoegnome.com/2015/02/23/archicad-rendering-tutorial-and-the-shoegnome-open-template-18-2/#comments Tue, 24 Feb 2015 00:44:14 +0000 http://www.shoegnome.com/?p=2566 In addition to releasing the latest version of my Shoegnome Open Template, I've also recorded an ArchiCAD Rendering Tutorial video.

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I’ve updated my template. You can get the latest version here. Remember, it’s free, if you want it to be. There are a number of little changes from the previous versions, including fixes to the Renovation Filters, Model View Options, Favorites, Pen Sets, Labels assigned to various Tool types, and Zone color changes. But perhaps the most important update is that I have included the two rendering scenes I use to create images like this:

White model under sketch lines exampleIn addition to releasing the latest version of the Shoegnome Open Template, I’ve also recorded a video that talks about the process of creating the image above (and various aspects of my template that pertain to the efficient creation of renderings).

The process is very similar to one I shared back in January, 2013. If the concept of merging renderings interests you, you might also want to watch the original video and read the accompanying blog post. Here’s a link. It’s VERY similar, so the two videos together will do a good job of reinforcing the main concepts.

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BCF Manager for Navisworks http://www.shoegnome.com/2015/02/20/bcf-manager-for-navisworks/ http://www.shoegnome.com/2015/02/20/bcf-manager-for-navisworks/#comments Sat, 21 Feb 2015 03:48:53 +0000 http://www.shoegnome.com/?p=2561 Kubus increases the value of BIMcollab by introducing a BCF Manager for Navisworks.

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Jared’s Note: I’ve tested out the BCF manager for ArchiCAD by KUBUS and it’s great. So I imagine this extension of BCF collaboration via Navisworks will be just as stellar and well executed. Like the BCF Managers for ArchiCAD, Revit, and simplebim, I expect this add-on for Navisworks will be free. You have no excuses to not try the add-ons for whatever software you use. And if your BIM software isn’t one of those supported, KUBUS is providing for free everything you need to build add-ons for other BIM programs—well you being someone with software development skills.

I know a lot of people say “but working all on the same platform is just easier”; well with advances like this, that statement is more narrow-minded and shortsighted every day. Especially when you consider the model aggregation capabilities of a tool like Navisworks (and Tekla BIMsight and Solibri…).

BIMcollab NetworkEindhoven, Februari 20th 2015 - KUBUS announces the upcoming release of the new BCF Manager for Navisworks in the first week of March. Like the current BCF Managers for Revit and ArchiCAD, this version supports opening/saving BCF files and has a direct link to BIMcollab®. Issues found in one application can be visualized in another, since the relevant objects and camera-position are saved as well. The ability of Navisworks to find clashes is, thanks to the BCF Manager, now enhanced with an open communication platform to share these clashes with team members.

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, also to non-BIM users like contractors, who can use the browser-based version.

CEO of KUBUS Erik Pijnenburg: “In all projects where Navisworks is used as a platform to collect models and check for clashes, this BCF Manager helps users to communicate clashes to other team members, no matter which BIM tools they use.”

With this release KUBUS expands the number of BIM applications linked to BIMcollab® even further, bridging the communication-gab between BIM applications. Download BCF Managers for  ArchiCAD, Revit, SimpleBIM, and the stand alone viewer here.

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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gbXML export add-on (for free from Cadimage) http://www.shoegnome.com/2015/02/20/gbxml-export-add-on-for-free-from-cadimage/ http://www.shoegnome.com/2015/02/20/gbxml-export-add-on-for-free-from-cadimage/#comments Fri, 20 Feb 2015 20:27:44 +0000 http://www.shoegnome.com/?p=2491 The ArchiCAD community is awesome. Cadimage has a free gbXML export add-on for you.

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In late December, 2014 there was a discussion on LinkedIn about how to export from ArchiCAD to a gbXML file. A long time ago Encina (now part of Cadimage) sold an add-on, but there was hardly a trace or reference to the Add-on anywhere on Cadimage’s website. So, short of buying EcoDesigner Star, the original commenter wanted to know if there was any other solution.

I didn’t have an answer, but I also wasn’t satisfied with not knowing what happened to the old Encina gbXML Add-on. So I e-mailed someone I know at Cadimage and asked—fortunately I’d just been e-mailing Cadimage about the recent post I did in conjunction with them. You know, this one about language usage. Anyways the point here is, if you don’t know, ASK. The ArchiCAD community is awesome. Everyone worth talking to is happy to hear from another passionate user and help if they can. Whether that person is part of Graphisoft, a local distributor, a third party developer, a fellow user, a trainer, a student, a blogger…everyone wants to help.

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Anyways it turns out Cadimage has a (very) late holiday gift for us all. If you’ve been following the thread on LinkedIn, you might have already gotten this gift: as of now the gbXML Add-on for ArchiCAD 18 (and 16 and 17) is available for free on Cadimage’s website. Here’s the link.

Go get it. It’s free.

Let me write that again.

Cadimage is giving us all the gbXML Add-on for ArchiCAD for free.

As a bonus the Add-On includes an automated Zone Placement command that works really well. I could see that as being very useful, even if you aren’t using it for the intended purpose of exporting a gbXML file.

Even if you don’t care about gbXML

Read the Product Overview and Modeling Tips. The few pages of images and text are a perfect example of how to explain an add-on and also teach someone about modeling. Recently on BIM Engine I wrote about different kinds of ArchiCAD models and about how much you should model. The modeling tips Cadimage shares on how to maximize the benefits of the gbXML add-on fit into those discussions perfectly. Their advice runs counter to some things you’ve probably been told by experts (including me), but their advice is absolutely right. If you are modeling so that you can export to gbXML, then there are some things you should and shouldn’t do. It’s a great case study for all the things I’ve been writing about recently.

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What is gbXML?

“The Green Building XML (gbXML) open schema helps facilitate the transfer of building properties stored in 3D building information models (BIM) to engineering analysis tools.” (from gbXML.org)

For more details, click here. But in simple terms, gbXML is the file type you need to get your building information from ArchiCAD to a number of energy modeling software. And I believe gbXML is of interest for Passivhaus designers as well, but I’m sure you guys will correct me if I’m wrong! In other words, gbXML is a great file type for working within an OpenBIM environment. Or is that OpenBEM? Are we there yet?

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