RSS
 

Autodesk Buzzsaw 2013

27 Mar

Autodesk Buzzsaw 2013Autodesk has released a major update to their popular software as a service “SaaS”.  Users of this new update can securely access your projects from any modern browser. Designers can also view thumbnails, images, BIM models, 3D and 3D DWFs, and view and edit DWG™ files.

With Autodesk Buzzsaw 2013, you can explore Building Information Models (BIM) online.  BIMs created in Autodesk Revit or coordination files generated from Navisworks can also be viewed online through this application.

Project managers and designers who are utilizing iOS (Apple) or Android (Google) mobile devices can download the Buzzsaw App from iTunes or the Android Marketplace.

 

USC BIM Team Captures 3rd Place

29 Feb

Titan AEC was one of the corporate sponsors for the University of Southern California (USC) participation in the Associated Schools of Construction Region 6 & 7 in Sparks, Nevada.  The competition featured categories such as Heavy Civil, Commercial, Mixed-Use, Design Build, Building Information Modeling (BIM), and Pre-Construction.  The students at USC did quite well.  All of the coaches came from industry and donated their personal time to teach these students necessary skills that allowed them to actively participate in the competition.  It was a great experience for the students as well as the coaches.  TITAN AEC looks forward to working with USC again next year.  The results are as follows:

  • Commercial Team coached by Turner Construction’s Viry Martino won 1st Place.
  • Design Build Team coached by Swinerton Builders’ Jessica Drake won 2nd Place.
  • BIM Team coached by Titan AEC’s Shobhit Baadkar won 3rd Place.

 

 

Extreme BIM 2011 @ USC – July 8, 2011

09 Jun

University of Southern CaliforniaEXTREME BIM: Friday, July 8: (very, very small fee) – we noticed that if we don’t charge a small fee, some people sign up and then forget to show up. If you really can’t afford the $25, email kensek@usc.edu, and I will have it waived. DO NOT use the online system if you want to get your fee waived.

Please reserve your spot soon; BIM Analytics filled up last year.

The speakers for EXTREME BIM 2011 were instructed to give presentations that advance the idea of building information modeling, show things that most of the audience may not be aware of, and demonstrate that BIM is cool and cutting edge! We have put together a slate of speakers that includes representatives from architecture, engineering, construction, education, and owners. Explore a side of BIM that you have not seen before!

 

NEW DATE!! Tiger by the Tail – Small Firms & BIM Adoption

22 Oct

Titan AEC along with CAD Force will be presenting at the AIA/LA’s Technology in Architectural Practice event at USC in Los Angeles, CA.  The Event will be taking place at Wong Conference Center (in Harris Hall 101) at USC on November 5, 2010.

This session will involve an interactive discussion about streamlining the adoption of the BIM model in small architectural practices. It will cover the ways of collaborating and working with BIM providers and colleagues in order to ramp up quickly and effectively in providing professional services. Why do small firms have an advantage in using outside sources for the BIM process? Because they can easily tailor their work flow to the different process that BIM demands, having only a small investment in digital, hardware and communication overhead or in tech personnel. This is a strategic advantage because in order to truly take advantage of BIM there must be a complete overhaul of the traditional work flow process.

You can register by clicking HERE.  Admission is FREE to AIA Members and $10 for General Admission.

 
 

Certification Exam for Autodesk Revit Architecture 2011

17 Sep

Autodesk offers a range of certification exams for AutoCAD 2011, Revit Architecture 2011, Civil 3D 2011, Inventor 2011, and 3D Studio Max 2011.

I have attached the exam guide for Revit Architecture 2011.  This includes a detailed exam preparation information, exam sections and objectives, sample items, and test taking strategies for both the Associate and the Professional exams.   You can download the Certification Options for Autodesk Revit Architecture 2011 HERE.

You can take the exam at an Autodesk Authorized Testing Center.

 

AutoCAD for Mac

02 Sep

1992 was the last release of AutoCAD on the Macintosh platform, until now.  On August 31, 2010 Titan AEC was invited to a special event hosted by Autodesk at their San Francisco office.  At that event, Autodesk announced it will be releasing AutoCAD for Mac this fall.  This wasn’t some virtual machine trickery or some LT port.  This is completely native 64-bit OSX application.  All of the Macintosh user experiences are embedded within the product such as multi-touch for pan and zoom functionality, spotlight to search for DWG files, and coverflow support in Finder for quick access to DWG files within OSX.

Titan AEC is a consulting organization with the capability to implement Autodesk design technologies across the Windows and Macintosh platforms.  Titan AEC was invited by Autodesk to work closely with AutoCAD development team to bring this product to market.  We are excited about the new opportunities this brings to our customer base and look forward to assisting them.  Click HERE for a sneak peak!  Click HERE for the brochure from Autodesk.

 

Blaine Grantham @ AU 2010

29 Jul

Titan AEC‘s very own Blaine Grantham has been invited to speak at this year’s Autodesk University at Mandalay Bay.  Mr. Grantham will be speaking about AutoCAD Architecture 2011 and AutoCAD MEP 2011 and the Display System.  This topic is an advanced topic within AutoCAD Architecture and AutoCAD MEP 2011.  This topic has stumped several users who are trying to implement AutoCAD Architecture and AutoCAD MEP.  When he spoke about this topic last time, he had a packed house in two sessions.  If you are attending Autodesk University and are currently using AutoCAD Architecture and/or AutoCAD MEP in your firm, I would highly recommend attending this session.

The name of the session is, “Display This: Implementing Display Systems in AutoCAD Architecture”.  This hands-on lab will help further your understanding of Display Systems in AutoCAD Architecture by providing detailed instructions for their creation and management, and by developing Display Systems based on a typical project setup and workflow.

 

Mastering Revit Architecture

24 Jul

Mastering Revit Architecture 2011 CoverA big THANK YOU goes out to our friends at Sybex/Wiley for sending me a copy of this book.  I have used previous editions of this book for my Arch 223 class at Cerritos College and for our clients who ask, “What book do you recommend?”  I was very impressed with the writing team and I was hoping to see them publish the 2011 edition.  But Wiley went in another direction.

This 2011 edition has a new writing team and as a result the book was completely revamped; I’m equally impressed….again!  I’ve known Read & Vandezande through my dealings running a previous company.  These guys are down to earth and it’s as real as it gets with them.  There are several self-proclaimed “Revit Rockstars” in this business, but honestly this writing team are the TRUE Revit Rockstars.

This book covers Revit Architecture from their professional experiences running various projects. This book covers many aspects beyond design.  The guys also explore other topics such as Revit for Construction, Revit for Fabrication, Revit & Virtualization, Revit for Film & Stage, and Revit and Cloud Computing.  These topics will definitely have an impact on our business.

These guys know what they’re talking about.  This is the must have book for Revit Architecture 2011.  I plan to use this book as one of the textbooks for my class.  I have already recommended this book as a reference book to several of my clients that we work with at Titan AEC.   Architecture and Engineering Firms should add this to their library.  We already have!  Click HERE to go to Amazon to purchase the book.

 
 

Revit MEP 2011 – Update 1

15 Jul

Autodesk released Update #1 for Revit MEP 2011.  It is available to users who have purchased a valid license for AutoCAD Revit MEP Suite 2011, and is subject to the terms and conditions of the end-user license agreement that appears during installation.  Just like Revit MEP 2010, this update will utilize “service pack” technology similar to AutoCAD based products.

As you can tell from the splash screen.  You do not have to decipher the build number to determine if the update has been applied to your installation of Revit MEP.  You can download the list of improvements in this update HERE.

 

Revit Architecture 2011 – Update 1

12 Jul

Revit Architecture 2011 Update #1

Autodesk released Update #1 for Revit Architecture 2011.  It is available to users who have purchased a valid license for Autodesk Revit Architecture 2011, AutoCAD Revit Architecture Suite 2011 or AutoCAD Revit Architecture Visualization Suite 2011, and is subject to the terms and conditions of the end-user license agreement that appears during installation.  Just like Revit Architecture 2010, this update will utilize “service pack” technology similar to AutoCAD based products.

As you can tell from the splash screen.  You do not have to decipher the build number to determine if the update has been applied to your installation of Revit Architecture.  You can download the list of improvements in this update HERE.