Shoegnome | Shoegnome http://www.shoegnome.com Being an Architect in the 21st Century Ain't Easy Fri, 31 Oct 2014 19:34:38 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 Advantages of BIM in Renovation & Communication Webinar http://www.shoegnome.com/2014/10/31/advantages-bim-renovation-communication-webinar/ http://www.shoegnome.com/2014/10/31/advantages-bim-renovation-communication-webinar/#comments Fri, 31 Oct 2014 19:34:38 +0000 http://www.shoegnome.com/?p=2416 Curious about how other architects are using ArchiCAD on renovation projects? Here's a webinar for you.

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Curious about how other architects are using ArchiCAD on renovation projects? This presentation was recently given (and well received) at the 2014 AIA National Convention and the USC BIM Conference.

Calumet Renovation ProjectAdvantages of BIM in Renovation & Communication

Live Webinar | November 13th | 1pm ET

Case Study: STR and Calumet Middle School

The renovation of Calumet Middle School in Calumet Park, IL, is a good example of effective BIM strategy for renovation projects. The architects used BIM to extensively document and graphically present information from within a single building model. In this webinar, we will look at how STR Partners used ArchiCAD BIM software to remodel the school:

  • 62,000SF facility, over 100 years old; did not meet ADA or ASHRAE standards
  • Needed to renovate over 7,000SF + 55,000SF of new construction
  • Work needed to be completed while building was partially occupied and operating.

Attend this webinar to learn how ArchiCAD can benefit your next renovation project by:

  • Enhancing Collaboration: Bring the project team together with a holistic approach to collaboration.
  • Minimizing Logistical Challenges: Easily create phasing models, construction sequencing and flow diagrams.
  • Reducing Bid Costs with Interactive Scheduling: Create highly accurate documents and a wealth of information in the early design stages.
  • Eliminating Redundancy in Documentation: ArchiCAD’s Renovation feature only requires a single model file for multiple construction phases.

Learn More and Register

 

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What OpenBIM Does For You (and the life cycle of BIM) http://www.shoegnome.com/2014/10/30/openbim/ http://www.shoegnome.com/2014/10/30/openbim/#comments Thu, 30 Oct 2014 23:27:57 +0000 http://www.shoegnome.com/?p=2408 Have you and all your collaborators watched this video about OpenBIM and why the AEC industry needs to change? I'm going to guess no.

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Have you and all your collaborators watched the OpenBIM video by buildingSMART Norway about why the AEC industry needs to change? I’m going to guess no, since—as of me writing this—the video has only about 5,100 views. It’s a great explanation of the benefits of BIM and OpenBIM (which really should just be BIM, because really is there any reason NOT to be open?).

The video goes through how each key player uses BIM, from client to design team to building authority to contractor (and subs/product vendors) to property caretaker. Design team is such a better term than architect, engineer, etc. as it’s a good reminder that during the design phase the owner/author of the BIM isn’t one individual or entity, but a group. Likewise I think if we say that it’s design team, construction team, etc. then we can remember that within each of those groups are often all the players. So the design team, which might be led by the architect, includes the architect, the contractor, interior designers, the owner, etc. Likewise the construction team might have all those same players but be led by a different individual/company. This seems pretty critical to success when trying to get the most out of BIM. All these individuals need to be involved throughout the life cycle of BIM and the project, but over time the leader needs to change.  I know we’ve all been in situations where the wrong entity has been running the wrong phase of the project. It’s never fun when the contractor, client, or architect is calling the shots when they should really be listening and advising.

In addition to loving the concept of design team, construction team, etc. I really like that the above video starts with the client/owner and ends with the operator/owner. Essentially the life cycle of BIM starts and ends with the same entity. Well not ends, because buildings continue to exist and therefor so should the BIM. Thus it’s not so much as starting and ending with the owner, but just RETURNING to the owner before the cycle starts again—for renovations, additions, repairs, demolition, etc. It requires a bit of simplification and ignores the serpentine nature of getting buildings built, but all of what I just wrote brings me to this diagram:

BIM life cycle

Imagine a BIM file (perhaps a simple spreadsheet or basic model exported as an IFC file) that starts with the owner and continues to get handed-off, developed, and expanded by all the subsequent teams. By embracing OpenBIM it could travel between software packages, depending on the needs and skills of the various team members over the life of the BIM. How great and beneficial would that be? I just love the concept of the actual data starting with the client—the details of that though need a post unto itself.

We Are the Wrong Line on this Graph

So what? Why does BIM matter? Why does OpenBIM matter more? Why does the building industry need to work harder to become more efficient, collaborative, and supportive (all benefits of OpenBIM)?

Productivity over timeThis image, which is a screen capture from the video, should scare us all. We haven’t been doing enough to improve our situation over the past couple of decades. We are the inefficient laggards.

I wrote about another vision of the life cycle of BIM in early 2013. Reread that post and remember that I end with a leap towards augmented reality and the Internet of Things. Think about how much closer we are to that future than we were a mere 20-24 months ago. Remember Smart Things? They are now owned by Samsung. We need to get serious about the life cycle of BIM described above because our buildings need it. Now. We BIM-enabled AEC participants need it. Now. Otherwise we’ll just be cut out and the dream of our work continuing in digital form post-construction will wither and die.

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ArchiCAD 18 Hotfix #1 http://www.shoegnome.com/2014/10/30/archicad-18-hotfix-1/ http://www.shoegnome.com/2014/10/30/archicad-18-hotfix-1/#comments Thu, 30 Oct 2014 17:47:54 +0000 http://www.shoegnome.com/?p=2367 ArchiCAD 18 Hotfix #1 which includes various fixes plus additional compatibility with OS X 10.10 Yosemite.

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ArchiCAD 18 Hotfix-1 package (build 4020) was released today. You can read about all the details and download the hotfix (if your ArchiCAD isn’t set to automatically notify you) here. There are a whole host of updates, from BIMx fixes to speed improvements to some crash fixes. As always this Hotfix applies to ArchiCAD, BIM Server and all other components: BIMx, MEP Modeler and all GRAPHISOFT-distributed Add-Ons and Goodies. Additionally this Hotfix (and all future hotfixes) now also pertain to BIMcloud, for those of you using it as well.

This Hotfix, according to the Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite page on the Help Center, is also considered the compatibility update for ArchiCAD 18. If you are only using ArchiCAD 18 (and not 17, which is still waiting for its compatibility update), then you should feel comfortable with upgrading to 10.10—caveats below. If you still need ArchiCAD 17 on a regular basis, read the notes on the link above and decide if you are comfortable upgrading or not.

Some interesting fixes are:

  • 177358 EDIT: Building Material names were limited to 64 characters.
  • 177475 EDIT: Selecting a Favorite with a double click disabled the Tracker on Mac
  • 178259 EDIT/SPEED: Placing an object that writes to a text file took a lot longer than in previous versions
  • 144452 USER INTERFACE: The last visited view was not highlighted in the View Map upon reopening the project

What I find fascinating about many of the changes (if you spend the time to skim them), is that you’ll often learn something new about ArchiCAD. Did you know that it’s possible for ArchiCAD Objects to write to a text file? I’m sure it takes GDL wizardry, but it’s doable! Also have you ever noticed that the last view visited is highlighted in the View Map when you reopen a project? I’m not sure I did.

As mentioned above, there are some fixes that are related to OS X 10.10 Compatibility. Make sure you align your Mac OS upgrade with this Hotfix release. And if you have some deadlines very soon, you might want to hold off updating both your OS and ArchiCAD. Things should be okay, but one never knows. Best to play it safe. That said, I’ll probably update this weekend, because I’m living on the edge. And have no deadlines this week or next. Just more writing to do.

Remember to update everyone using Teamwork 2 (including the BIM Server and BIMcloud) at the same time. I continue to work on Teamwork 2 projects that I’m not in charge of all the users, so I need to coordinate with my teammates to make sure we align our ArchiCAD upgrade.

For more on ArchiCAD compatibility with the never-ending cycle of new OS, click here.

10/31/2014 Update: Did you notice that this isn’t a Hotfix? It’s an Update. I guess starting with this Update, Graphisoft has changed its terminology. Interesting. Or maybe there is a real difference between a Hotfix and an Update. We’ll see.

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GRAPHISOFT BIMcloud Extends Workflow Integration to Mobile Devices with Newest, Free Update http://www.shoegnome.com/2014/10/28/graphisoft-bimcloud-extends-workflow-integration-mobile-devices-newest-free-update/ http://www.shoegnome.com/2014/10/28/graphisoft-bimcloud-extends-workflow-integration-mobile-devices-newest-free-update/#comments Tue, 28 Oct 2014 20:59:11 +0000 http://www.shoegnome.com/?p=2406 Graphisoft connects BIMcloud and BIMx, communication ensues.

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BUDAPEST, October 28, 2014 – GRAPHISOFT®, the leading Building Information Modeling (BIM) architectural software developer, has announced a strategic update to its recently released BIMcloud® solution, offering integrated team messaging for mobile devices such as the iPhone/iPad.
BIMcloud plus BIMx
GRAPHISOFT launched BIMcloud in March of this year and has received very positive feedback from both the industry and users. BIMcloud was awarded a Silver Stevie Award in the Best New Product or Service of the Year – Software – Cloud Application/Service category in the 11th Annual International Business Awards.

Thanks to this latest update to BIMcloud, external team members can also be directly involved in the BIM workflow through the integrated Team Messaging that is now enabled for mobile devices as well. An Internet connection is all that’s needed for access from any device, including mobile devices. Here’s how it works:

  • members of the architectural design team run ArchiCAD in the office environment to create and author the BIM project;
  • the BIM project is hosted, shared and managed through GRAPHISOFT BIMcloud, providing access to the projects from anywhere in the world;
  • external team members such as designers visiting the construction site or clients and consultants can join the BIM workflow by using GRAPHISOFT’s BIMx Docs app. The app allows sending and receiving instant messages with annotated model views to other team members, providing invaluable design feedback to the design team working in the office.

László Vértesi, Vice President of Product Development, GRAPHISOFT, said, “BIMcloud is the backbone of the GRAPHISOFT BIM value circle. With this latest update, architects, their clients, and contractors can now get intimately involved in the BIM workflow and send their feedback to the design team placed in the model context, bringing profound clarity to team communication.”

To take advantage of BIMcloud’s mobile integration, users are invited to download and install the latest, free ArchiCAD and BIMcloud product updates, as well as update their BIMx app via the App store after our live, online BIMcloud demo on October 30. Please note that BIMcloud mobile integration for Android OS users will be available at a later date.

Join us on October 30 for a live demonstration of the groundbreaking workflow integration of GRAPHISOFT’s BIMcloud solution with mobile devices by registering for a free, online seminar:

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

About BIMcloud

GRAPHISOFT’s BIMcloud Solution goes far beyond basic cloud services offerings available on the market today. Thanks to its unique set of features, it is the only cloud solution that offers a true, model-based BIM collaboration environment for companies and projects of any size. With the help of its mobile integration through the cloud, all stakeholders of the design-build process can actively participate in the collaborative work. Its private cloud setup option enables companies working on projects with extended security requirements to keep their data on premise and entirely under control, offering the benefits and flexibility of the cloud to all AEC projects without exception.

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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Parameter Transfer in ArchiCAD http://www.shoegnome.com/2014/10/22/parameter-transfer-archicad/ http://www.shoegnome.com/2014/10/22/parameter-transfer-archicad/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 23:24:21 +0000 http://www.shoegnome.com/?p=2403 Parameter Transfer in ArchiCAD (eyedropper and syringe) is an ultra basic concept. I really hope you already know everything I discuss in this video.

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Parameter Transfer

I just recorded a nearly ten minute video talking about Parameter Transfer in ArchiCAD. You probably know Parameter Transfer by its colloquial name “eyedropper and syringe”. Usually I record ArchiCAD tutorial videos in the hope of teaching people something new and different. With this video, I really hope you don’t learn anything. Parameter Transfer between elements, between placed Objects, and between Objects in the Selection Settings is so basic that it needs to be taught on day one to all new users.

Sadly, that’s not always the case. Or even when it is, users forget or don’t understand the importance of it. For power users (or even just regular users) this function is so ingrained that it becomes invisible. Case in point: I didn’t mention the critical importance of OPT for eyedropper (ALT on PC), OPT+CMD for syringe (ALT+CTRL on PC), or OPT+CMD within the Selection Settings on my list of Top 20 Keyboard Shortcuts. None of the commenters mentioned it either. WHAT!? OPT+CMD is so freaking important.

Parameter Transfer and Templates

If a user doesn’t understand Parameter Transfer, the best of templates becomes useless. My whole Template is based on the knowledge and use of OPT+CMD. That’s why I have all those brown pens. If I see brown anywhere, I know a few things:

  1. Someone didn’t use a Favorite to create an element.
  2. Someone didn’t use OPT+CMD when changing between Objects in the Selections Settings.

Both of those things tell me that there are probably deeper issues (for me the wrong color is a proxy for wrong dimensions, data, graphics, etc; in other words, incorrect and unthinking actions). That all means if you are going to use my template, you need to watch this video and make sure you get what I’m doing and why.

Enough jabbering! Watch my latest video and make sure you know everything I talk about. If you have questions, please ask in the comments. And if I forgot something, share that too.


The help center has similar advice:

  1. Parameter Transfer
  2. Parameter Transfer Between Objects

Subscribe to my blog to read more about the tricky world of being an Architect in the 21st century: Shoegnome on FacebookTwitter, and RSS feed. What’s another super basic feature that you think other users are neglecting? Tell me in the comments and I’ll try to record a video or write a post about it.

Oh…I trail off a few times in this video and you can’t really hear what I’m saying at the end of a few tangents. Don’t worry. I wasn’t saying anything important at those moments. My mumbles and the length of this video are just a consequence of me being really hyper and passionate about such a simple tool within ArchiCAD.

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Compatibility notes: ArchiCAD on Mac OS X Yosemite (10.10) http://www.shoegnome.com/2014/10/17/compatibility-notes-archicad-mac-os-x-yosemite-10-10/ http://www.shoegnome.com/2014/10/17/compatibility-notes-archicad-mac-os-x-yosemite-10-10/#comments Fri, 17 Oct 2014 15:44:41 +0000 http://www.shoegnome.com/?p=2397 I know you are excited about Mac OS X Yosemite. But slow down. You have a job to do, and need to be careful about any quirks that will eventually be ironed out in future hotfixs to ArchiCAD and updates to the OS. So read on about what the new OS means for you, and why you want to play it safe and wait a little while to upgrade.

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Jared’s Note: first the official announcement you’ve hopefully already seen followed by some of my additional (snarky?) comments. You’ve been warned.

Mac OS X Yosemite is Here

ArchiCAD OS X YosemiteWHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE UPDATING.

GRAPHISOFT is maintaining compatibility for ArchiCAD 17 and 18 and connected products (BIMcloud, BIMx, BIM Server, BIM Server Manager) on OS X 10.10 Yosemite. Based on GRAPHISOFT’s initial testing, ArchiCAD 17 and 18 generally work well on 10.10 with some minor issues that are detailed in this article.

BIMx users should note that BIMx will not run until the first compatibility update for ArchiCAD.

As you get ready to update, here are some OS upgrade best practices to keep in mind:

Before any operating system upgrade we advise that you:

  1. Generate external back-ups of your data.
  2. Pick an appropriate time to upgrade the OS, when deadline pressures are minimal.
  3. Have a computer restoration method in place to revert to the previous state if necessary.

Important for BIM Server:

Please be sure to export your data and uninstall BIM Server before upgrading your OS. Then re-install BIM Server and re-import data.

More Information:

Click here to stay up-to-date on ArchiCAD and BIMx compatibility testing. For general support questions, please visit our support page.

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Thus ends the official announcement, now for my additional comments

None of this is a surprise. If you are on an old version of ArchiCAD and getting angry because Graphisoft isn’t maintaining compatibility with the old version you are using, you should have seen this coming. With each new release of OS X Graphisoft appears to be actively maintaining the two most recent releases. This has been going on for a long time:

2011 News: Compatibility Notes for OS X 10.7 Lion

2012 News: Compatibility Notes for OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion

2013 News: Compatibility Notes for OS X 10.9 Mavericks

My advice is this: for users of ArchiCAD 16 and older, you’ve already decided to live in a world of old software. Don’t upgrade to OS X 10.10. You need to remember that your most important software is ArchiCAD. Everything else on your machine serves it, ESPECIALLY the OS. Yes ArchiCAD 13-16 will run, but if you hit a devastating glitch, you are on your own.

For users of ArchiCAD 17 and 18, wait a few more weeks. A Hotfix is coming out soon. Yes it seems like everything will run fine on Yosemite—in fact other than no BIMx there seems to be no known big problems. But there is a big difference between the known and the unknown. So there could be something lurking. Regardless there’s nothing so important about the new OS X that you can’t delay for a little bit just to be safe and even more stable.

Remember, 2015 will surely bring a new version of ArchiCAD and a new Mac OS…so be prepared for the day when you want to upgrade to OS X 10.11. And as always, if you’re upgrading to a new OS (whether Mac or PC), it is a good time to make sure you migrate all your old projects. Don’t lose access to your data because it’s too old or you were too lazy. Download the File Converters and get all your files to the latest version of ArchiCAD (these are only needed if you have files OLDER than version 8.1, as ArchiCAD 18 can still open ArchiCAD 8.1 files).

Follow Shoegnome on Facebook and Twitter for more reasons why not updating your software is slowly rapidly eroding your value. Trying to make a decision about which BIM software to use. I have the ultimate answer for you. Seriously, here’s BIM software you should use. But make sure it’s the latest version.

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BIMcloud Webinar: October 30th, 2014 http://www.shoegnome.com/2014/10/16/bimcloud-webinar/ http://www.shoegnome.com/2014/10/16/bimcloud-webinar/#comments Thu, 16 Oct 2014 18:15:46 +0000 http://www.shoegnome.com/?p=2396 Are you familiar with Graphisoft's BIMcloud? Can you explain what it is in 30 seconds or less? I didn't think so. Sign up for the webinar and get educated!

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Graphisoft BIMcloudJared’s Note:
If this webinar covers even a portion of what we learned about BIMcloud back in June at the Key Client Conference in Budapest, you are all in for a treat. My hope is that they spend a little time explaining how BIMcloud compares to BIMserver and Revit Server, because wow. No contest. Also make sure to read points three and four below. Sounds like there’ll be another press release from Graphisoft coming soon!

BIMcloud Webinar:

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

WHAT:       A live, online seminar will take place October 30 and will present the ground-breaking workflow integration of GRAPHISOFT’s BIMcloud solution with mobile devices.

GRAPHISOFT launched BIMcloud in March of this year and has received very positive feedback from both the industry and users. BIMcloud was awarded a Silver Stevie Award in the Best New Product or Service of the Year – Software – Cloud Application/Service category in the 11th Annual International Business Awards.

In this webinar, you’ll learn:

  • how designers can seamlessly collaborate with other members of the team – including engineers, consultants, etc. – using ArchiCAD’s award-winning Teamwork solution;
  • how BIMcloud hosts shared Teamwork projects – securely and safely – while also managing the various user roles and activities;
  • how team members using BIMx Docs with Hyper-model capabilities on mobile devices are now an integral part of Teamwork;
  • how team members using mobile devices can seamlessly collaborate with other team members, and provide valuable design feedback regardless of location, using various devices.

WHEN: Thursday, October 30, 2014

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

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

For Australia and Asia (English):

Thursday, October 30, 2014, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM AEDT (Australian Eastern Standard Time – Sydney, Melbourne), please register here: https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/776522478

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

Thursday, October 30, 2014, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM BST (British Standard Time – London, Paris), please register here: https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/177164214

For the Americas (English):

Thursday, October 30, 2014, 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM PDT (Pacific Daylight Time – Los Angeles), please register here: https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/882489918

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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Support AIA San Francisco’s vision for the future of the AIA http://www.shoegnome.com/2014/10/15/support-vision-for-the-future-of-the-aia/ http://www.shoegnome.com/2014/10/15/support-vision-for-the-future-of-the-aia/#comments Wed, 15 Oct 2014 18:58:02 +0000 http://www.shoegnome.com/?p=2393 What do you think the future of the AIA should be? Renaming it The American Institute of Architecture and Design sounds like a good start.

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So you read through AIA San Francisco’s bold vision, then listened to some 99% Invisible, and THEN supported the Radiotopia Kickstarter campaign. But you want to do more. Well after posting that last article, I had some brief communication with AIA San Francisco. They have a Change.org petition to garner support for their revisioning of the AIA. I signed up. How about you? Would you be proud to be an active member of The American Institute of Architecture and Design? I sure would be.

AIA San Francisco has a webpage that describes a bit more in detail what they want to see happen, and what their envisioned timeline would be. Please read through it here. Their scope of change is big. Their ideas are radical. Their proposals would result in disruption. But I’m a firm believer that it needs to happen.

We can go through a purposeful rebirth or a forced decline

The changes AIA SF want point towards a lot of the bureaucratic waste within all things related to being a licensed architect in the USA—AIA and NCARB doing similar things, but not being one entity; a convoluted diversity of licensing that is state based rather than a single national architecture license; a blurring between what an architect, an interior designer, an urban planner, an unlicensed designer, and other building professionals do; a loss of focus on what our professional organizations do for their members and the community at large; the list goes on. We need a streamlining and a unification. And I think it will happen in one of two ways. We as a community (both licensed and unlicensed) can come together to create a new framework for how the built environment will be shaped. A new framework that will be based in the realities of the 21st century. A new framework that acknowledges how many of our old solutions are hurting us rather than helping to protect the Health, Safety, and Welfare of the public. So we can make these changes deliberately, through strength. OR…we can do nothing. We can just keep showing up to work and doing our best to stay employed. We can just keep going to AIA conventions to get our credits and watch as the group becomes more and more out of sync with the community at large—have you ever noticed how lunches at AIA conventions are predominantly older white men? Not necessarily the avant-garde radical paradigm shifters we need at the moment. If we do nothing, we risk oblivion. We risk being circumvented as pioneers of no-longer-future technology (3D printing of buildings, for instance) devise new ways to build, perhaps ways that don’t require our traditional skill sets.

As I’ve wondered before, will people in twenty years look back and lump blacksmith, telephone operator, and architect into one group of non-existent or niche professions? I think it’s possible. Professions, companies, and organizations can all collapse in the face of civic and technological change. Just because architects always have been, doesn’t mean architects always will be. Just because the AIA has been the American Institute of Architects since 1857, doesn’t mean that it needs to be or should be called that in 2057 (or even 2017). If we are the building profession, and if many of us are members of the AIA, it’s up to us to make the change. Supporting this radical revisioning of the AIA is worth doing because it aims to grow and improve an organization that we are apart of, that we value, and that we want to see endure. And quite honestly, once you’ve seen the term “The American Institute of Architecture and Design”, can you ever go back to wanting something lesser? I know I can’t.

Show your support of AIA San Francisco’s bold vision for the future of the AIA:

Sign the Petition and Spread the word

As I hit the publish button on this post, only 96 people have signed the petition. I know that’s due to a lack of exposure rather than a lack of support. Spread the word. Bring this up in your local chapters. Let’s fix the AIA. Don’t sit idly by and just hope for some good news. Let’s make good news. AIA San FransiscoSubscribe to my blog to read more about the tricky world of being an Architect in the 21st century: Shoegnome on FacebookTwitter, and the RSS feed. Are you interested in guest blogging on Shoegnome? Do you have thoughts you’d like to share about the future of the AIA+D? E-mail me or leave a comment below.

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AIA San Francisco is better than you local AIA Chapter http://www.shoegnome.com/2014/10/14/aia-san-francisco-better-local-aia-chapter/ http://www.shoegnome.com/2014/10/14/aia-san-francisco-better-local-aia-chapter/#comments Tue, 14 Oct 2014 18:04:16 +0000 http://www.shoegnome.com/?p=2321 AIA San Francisco is better than you local AIA Chapter. But that's only half the post. The rest is about 99% Invisible and the Radiotopia Kickstarter Campaign.

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As much as I love AIA St. Paul (I was on the board at one point as the Secretary), was very active with AIA Minnesota (on lots of committees), miss all my Minnesota compatriots, and am hopeful for what AIA Seattle has to offer, I am inclined to think AIA San Francisco is the best and most important AIA Chapter, ever. If they mimicked AIA Minnesota’s Leadership Forum, then they’d have it all. Well at least from this myopic perspective.

What has me saying this today? A friend who attended the 2014 AIA National Convention in Chicago sent me this link. It is AIA San Francisco’s bold vision of how to reinvent and improve the AIA. It brings together so much of what has been plaguing us as a profession. Here are the main points:

  1. Power to the members.
  2. Lead the profession.
  3. Get Real About the Next Generation of Architects.
  4. Set standards.
  5. Be the voice of the profession.
  6. Act global.

Point number two includes this idea: “Change the name and the focus of the organization. Integrate other design professionals into the organization and rename it: The American Institute of Architecture and Design. Build a bigger tent by embracing the changing nature of practice.” I completely support that name change. How great would that be? If there’s anything you can do to help bring that about, let me know. I want to be involved and help too.

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There is another reason: 99% Invisible and Radiotopia

Why else do I love AIA SF? Because thanks to them we have 99% Invisible. And thanks to 99% Invisible and Roman Mars, we have Radiotopia. If you are an architect or a designer and don’t listen to the 99% Invisible podcast, guess what? You are not doing your job. My goodness, if you aren’t listening to 99% Invisible you are missing out. It is the best.

If you aren’t listening every week, here’s what you need to do:

  1. Head over to http://99percentinvisible.org/ and listen to a whole bunch of episodes. Asking which one to start with is almost like asking which of my daughters is my favorite. But because of an amazing T-shirt that I will be wearing to death come Spring…
  2. You could start here: Episode 114: Ten Thousand Years. I’ll talk more about that another time because there is so much there that fits so well with much of my writing here on Shoegnome.
  3. Once you’ve listened to some episodes, head over and support the Radiotopia Kickstarter Campaign (it ends November 14th, 2014). Within 10 minutes of this Kickstarter going live I’d already supported (it took me a little bit to read through everything and watch the video). I can’t wait to get my Oakland Ray Cats and Holdout T-shirts. The second T-shirt is extra appropriate because it’s from a story about my new hometown of Seattle.

oakland raycatsThat’s all for now. Go get inspired by 99% Invisible, support the bold vision for Radiotopia, then think about what AIA San Francisco proposed earlier this year and how we architects have a lot of work to do.

Does me gushing about 99% Invisible sounds vaguely familiar? It should. I got all fanboy about that podcast back in late 2012. Subscribe to my blog to read more about the tricky world of being an Architect in the 21st century: Shoegnome on FacebookTwitter, and the RSS feed. Are you interested in guest blogging on Shoegnome? Ideally I want to have 2 to 4 guest posts a month. E-mail me.

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ArchiCAD 18: still no disc coming in the mail http://www.shoegnome.com/2014/10/12/download-archicad-18/ http://www.shoegnome.com/2014/10/12/download-archicad-18/#comments Mon, 13 Oct 2014 02:42:46 +0000 http://www.shoegnome.com/?p=2327 Are you waiting for a disc in the mail? Stop. You have to download ArchiCAD 18.

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This news isn’t new. In fact if you were quick you might have noticed a post from June that temporarily mentioned some of what’s below. But I took that post down because I wanted to wait until more people could download ArchiCAD 18—at the time not enough versions were available. But then my life got hectic and I essentially paused the blog for the summer. Now it’s October and ArchiCAD 18 has made the subtle shift from the new version to the current version. I felt like I missed the window for the following blog post and it slowly slid down the queue of half-finished articles (I figured I’d resurrect it when ArchiCAD 19 debuts next year). But then while having beers with some fellow ArchiCAD users on Friday night (four of us BIM Manager types got together to talk about templates), someone told a story about a user waiting a week for ArchiCAD 18 discs to come in the mail after finally upgrading from some older version. Seriously? Ugh.

Whether you are on subscription or upgrading from any older version of ArchiCAD, there is no disc coming in the mail. There is no new hardware key coming either—unless you have an ancient 21-pin key**, are buying a new seat, or have clearly discussed a new key with your local agent and paid whatever associated fees are required.

If you are at all confused about what all that bold text means, ask your local reseller or distributor. Or comment below. And caveats: things could be special for you and your region, and this is all just my opinion and experience; I am not an official voice of anything but me.

**Seriously, as recently as 2012 I was dealing with a firm that still had 21-pin keys because they hadn’t upgraded since USB drives became standard technology. Holy Fuck. But hey, that’s the cool thing about ArchiCAD: it doesn’t matter if you are upgrading from the previous version or from some ancient version from before USB drives were a thing, Graphisoft will let you do that.

What follows is an augmentation of a post I mostly wrote back in June, 2014.

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Are you ready for ArchiCAD 18? The wait is officially long over. So over. So comically over. This post is just a curtsey to those few lonely users who somehow missed all the notices that it was time to download the upgrade (or for people who just upgraded from older versions). Download ArchiCAD 18 now. Well if you are looking for this particular version:

ArchiCAD 18 USA version

or this version:

ArchiCAD 18 INT version

If neither of those versions are what you are looking for, try this:

  1. Copy and paste this link: http://www.graphisoft.com/downloads/archicad/install/AC18/XYZ/
  2. Change the XYZ to the three letter abbreviation for your localization. For instance for the Spanish language version, change XYZ to SPA. If your localization is ready, it’ll work. I think most localizations have been released. Most, not all. :(

Remember the links above are a great way to get access to the libraries of other versions…or if you are like me and just want both the USA and INT versions installed on your machine (it’s so useful for template work and research for blog posts).

All those links will also provide you access to related downloads like BIM Server, Add-Ons, Goodies, and MEP Modeler. For a master list of goodies downloads and abbreviations for all localizations, go here.

Downloading: it’s what we all do, for everything. Always assume you can download what you need. This is the second ArchiCAD version that has been released as download only (with discs having to be special ordered), so this shouldn’t be a surprise.

Finally, if you are new to ArchiCAD, I recommend getting access to all of the above via www.myarchicad.com. There you can also get training materials, and a bunch of other downloads like Tekla BIMsight, Solibri Model Viewer, and a demo of Artlantis 5. Through myarchicad.com you can also get other localizations and older versions. Here’s more on how to do that. Oh and regardless of if you are a new or old user, you should be downloading Solibri Model Viewer (and Tekla BIMsight if you are on a PC) so that you can start exploring what your models look like when you push them out as IFC files.

Remember there is no box coming in the mail, unless you request it and pay extra. If you are in the USA and just have to have a box (trust me you don’t), here’s the link. It’ll cost you $20, more if you aren’t on subscription.

Did I say that enough times? If you have paid for ArchiCAD 18, there is nothing coming in the mail. It’s all digital. And unless your localization isn’t out yet, ArchiCAD 18 is on the Internet waiting for you. I know many users also like to wait for the first Hotfix to come out before upgrading. Your wait will soon be over, if conversations on the forum are anything to go by.

Make sure to follow Shoegnome on Facebook and Twitter. If you’re not a social media person, RSS feed is also a great way to never miss anything either.

BONUS ADVICE!!!

Impromptu User Groups

Whether you use ArchiCAD or some other BIM software, you don’t have to wait for officially sanctioned meetings. If you want to get together and talk shop, just ask. With little effort we had four of us chatting for three or four hours. It was great. Odds are if you have other ArchiCAD users in your area, they are just as eager as you are to meet up and get nerdy. And if they don’t want to, they are wrong.

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ArchiCad Users Association Winterschool 2015 http://www.shoegnome.com/2014/10/09/archicad-users-association-winterschool-2015/ http://www.shoegnome.com/2014/10/09/archicad-users-association-winterschool-2015/#comments Thu, 09 Oct 2014 23:29:32 +0000 http://www.shoegnome.com/?p=2388 Do you like learning about ArchiCAD from some of the top users in the world? Do you like Snowfun? ArchiCAD Users Association Winterschool is for you.

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Jared’s note: as always, I’m jealous of everyone who gets to attend any ACUA event. They all sound crazy amazing. Below is some news about the ArchiCAD Users Association Winterschool 2015 from Helen Morse. Space is limited, so if this interests you, don’t waffle or delay. If you aren’t big into snow but want to go to an ArchiCAD event early next year, consider GSNA’s BIM Conference. It’s pretty cool that it’s getting easier and easier to find big ArchiCAD events (well if you live near or can get to them).

If you are curious, check out the agenda for Winterschool 2015. None of the ArchiCAD learning starts until 5 pm, there is designated sauna time, and an insane amount of the day is labeled “Snowfun”. Oh and the quality of the lectures? Here’s one from ACUA’s last event in September. <mindblown>

ACUA winter school 2015

January 24th to January 31st, 2015
Kasberg, Austria

Archicad Users Association is pleased to announce the above dates for the very popular learning event Archicad Winter School. This annual event is well attended, early bookings are essential as places up on the mountain are limited to 60.

Full week and half week options are available to suit your individual needs. Due to limited double rooms we are reserving double rooms for couples. Please look carefully at the options on the website.There are plenty of rooms at various price options. Due to feedback from previous years attendees, the two plus two family rooms now feature the bunk bed room at a more favourable price than the twin section of the suite. If you know other attendees just make a request for your roomshare.

Early bird discount is available for online bookings received by November 23rd, 2014.

The wesbite is now ready for bookings. If you have any questions at all prior to booking please contact me with your request.

As with previous years you need to travel direct to resort or arrange for your own flights to Salzburg where a bus will take you to resort. The bus is included in the room and event price.

Your air/plane/train/car travel is excluded.

The format will be as previous years, with hands on workshops lectures and one to one sessions available. The tutors will have had plenty of time to hone their skills and develop some great tips and tricks using Archicad V18. You will have plenty of time over the week to seek help with any specific queries or issues you have at the small price of a beverage in the bar. You will have access to the saunas and can book Wellness treatments. Last but not least there is the Skiing and Snowboarding. The pistes are quiet in January, this means we are practically the only ones on the slopes. If you love Archicad and want to learn more but cannot ski or snowboard. there are lessons that can be booked (at additional cost) and plenty of helpers through the week.

ACUA negotiate every year favourable rates for the ski pass and ski hire to help keep the prices down and the event more affordable. (note these are paid for separately and according to your individual needs). There are also special reduced rate rooms for students.

I hope that I will see you on the slopes in Kasberg 2015

Helen Morse (ACWS Events co-ordinator)

Click here for more Information

Jared again: Did Helen mention above that the Hochberghaus hotel (where the event happens) is located on a mountain and accessible only by cable car?!  A CABLE CAR! A freaking cable car!

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GRAPHISOFT BIM 2015 North America User Conference http://www.shoegnome.com/2014/10/08/graphisoft-bim-2015-north-america-user-conference/ http://www.shoegnome.com/2014/10/08/graphisoft-bim-2015-north-america-user-conference/#comments Wed, 08 Oct 2014 20:30:50 +0000 http://www.shoegnome.com/?p=2385 Get the details and my biased opinion about why you should go to the GRAPHISOFT BIM 2015 North America User Conference

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March 11, 2015 @ 8:00 am to March 13, 2015 @ 7:30 pm

Green Valley Ranch Resort2300 Paseo Verde Pkwy, Henderson, NV 89052 United States

Graphisoft North America is having another User Conference. In 2013 we were in San Diego. In 2015 we are going to be in Las Vegas (or Henderson, but is there a difference?). I’m not a big Las Vegas** fan—I had a pretty crazy time the last time I was in Las Vegas—but I do love convenient, cheap direct flights. And Las Vegas sure has those! Also, when we were in San Diego I was too busy focusing on ArchiCAD to get out and about in the city. Which was partially my fault for not giving myself an extra day or night in the city. Maybe this time I’ll come in a little early or stay over Friday night and hit the strip with friends (more on that in a moment).

Okay so before we get to the details, a few other things. Here is a list of all the reasons why I thought you should go to the previous event in 2013. All those reasons more or less still apply. The details of some probably need tweaking (I’m not sure if I’m speaking in Las Vegas, that’s still in the works) and I have altered opinions about one of those points—though a forthcoming guest post will make a good argument about why that point is still valid (and thus I am probably wrong). Regardless, I want to add one more reason:

11. New Friends. I’ve been to two great Graphisoft events in the past year. First in San Diego and then at the mothership in Budapest (if you haven’t read my recap of the KCC, go do that after signing up for this event). The greatest parts of both events were talking with other users and Graphisoft employees. Imagine being in a place where everyone wants to talk about ArchiCAD. It is so freaking cool. So I’m excited to return to the GSNA User Conference to hang out with old friends and meet some new ones (and finally meet some old ones, too). Perhaps some of us should meet up the night before or the night after to explore the Vegas Strip and talk ArchiCAD. Or both before and after. What do you say? Are you going for the first time? Are you coming back? Let me know!

Finally the Details! (from the GSNA website)

User Conference Agenda

Click here to download our BIM 2015 North America User Conference preliminary schedule of activities!

Meet. Learn. Earn. (Up to 10 AIA CEUs)

Please join us in Las Vegas, for two days of education, innovation and fun! It’s your chance to learn from industry visionaries, GRAPHISOFT product experts and your peers.

  • Register before November 15th, you’ll save $100 per person!
  • Attend and strengthen your BIM skills – and your business.
  • Your registration fee includes access to all education sessions, parties, and meals.

Location & Lodging Information

This event is taking place at the 5-star Green Valley Ranch Resort. Hotel rooms are not covered in the conference fee, so please make your room reservations at GRAPHISOFT’s discounted rate of $160/night + tax.

Get more Details and Register!

**okay, I’ll come clean. In the process of writing this post, I started thinking about Las Vegas and my ambivalence towards it. The last time I was there I was in a much different place in my life, technically an adult but still in my mid-20s (which combined with being there with high school friends means I was acting and living like a college student). I’m ready to give the city another try. I think it’s going to be so much more fun to explore and experience now. I’m actually kind of excited to have a great excuse to return. Who’s with me?

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