Bring your own BIM (BYOB) into VR @ AIA 2018 – An exclusive event for BIM professionals

Microdesk, the biggest globally recognized AECO industry consultancy, and IrisVR, an eminent virtual reality software for AEC firms, just declare open registration for the first “Bring Your Own BIM” (BYOB) event that is going to be organized at the 2018 American Institute for Architecture (AIA) Conference in New York City in June.

By attending the sessions, AIA participant will get a scope to complete a comprehensive review of their design in virtual reality.

Bring Your Own BIM (BYOB) sessions will be very helpful for the architects to accomplish an immersive design review of their 3D model by taking the help of BIM experts from Microdesk and Prospect software from IrisVR. The BYOB sessions facilitate the participants to look into their 3D model in a true to scale environment through Prospect and ask any questions concerning VR technology and application.

AECO professionals can gather an educational and practical experience to improve their understanding of VR. “This initiative to extend the implementation of proficient and sustainable technologies, along with VR, will enhance communication, collaboration, and workflow all through the building lifecycle to fulfil the increasing demands of urbanization.

The individual, 30-minute sessions will be held on Thursday, June 21 and Friday, June 22 between 1:00 pm and 3:15 pm at the shared Microdesk and IrisVR Booth #1362 at the Jacob Javits Center.

Microdesk and IrisVR representatives will be present to train the participants via their BYOB session with Oculus Rift headsets. Attendees should make registration beforehand at Bring Your Own BIM to secure a time slot and put forth their BIM model to by June 15th.

To gather more information on BYOB at AIA 2018, go through the official event page here

Bring your own BIM (BYOB) into VR @ AIA 2018 – An exclusive event for BIM professionals

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Chalkline has introduced new BIM and Spec integration functionality directly into Microsoft Word

Chalkline has introduced new BIM and Spec integration functionality directly into Microsoft Word to provide more automation and time.

Chalkline launched the first BIM integrated specification solution that runs directly in Autodesk Revit 18 months before. It has now carried that integration and coordination directly into Microsoft Word for the users who don’t have access to Autodesk Revit.

It is now possible for specifiers and designers to generate the integration among the model components and materials and the necessary specifications directly in Word. Coordination problems are marked for the users that minimize the RFIs and Addendums because of faults and oversights. The users can also get details about what is included, eliminated, and modified in the model since the last model sync. It allows the users to simply identify probable conflicts and updates required.

With project key filters, it is now possible to automatically add or strikeout project specific language in all the project language for instance whether it is a LEED project or what building codes will be suitable. As soon as the project criteria is set, all project documents are updated automatically to guarantee superior level of uniformity whereas saving time editing specifications.

Document Key Filters allow the users to produce a document specific checklist with links to all the relevant paragraph and necessary bracket items. When a product is chosen all the necessary language will be added and for products not selected those relevant items will be eliminated.

VisiSpecs Filters comprise of simple built-in tools for generating and previewing to facilitate the users simply controlling how the document will be rectified on the basis of the filters employed.

VisiSpecs v18.1 also contains the automatic addition of PDF Project Manual bookmarks to simplify the process for reading and navigating the manual. Supplimentary project management, publishing, and Word document management features are also included to the release.

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Chalkline has introduced new BIM and Spec integration functionality directly into Microsoft Word

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Some useful tips to repair AutoCAD files in Windows 10

In this cad article, you will learn how to recover a corrupt AutoCAD file. An AutoCAD file contains the .DWG extension alias AutoCAD Drawing Database file. Such files preserve metadata, 2D or 3D vector image drawings which can be utilized with the computer aided design (CAD) program(s).

These are transmitted among programs since they’re well matched with various 3D drawing and CAD programs, though it is not possible for all viewers to open each type of DWG file.

A corrupted AutoCAD file can be recognized easily in the following ways :-

• A drawing that appears flirty
• The file operates sluggishly
• File doesn’t open
• File hangs or crashes the AutoCAD program
• A few commands are not functioning
• It shows up to provide some missing parts
• Unexplained increase in size of the file
• Display or regen issues
• The corrupt AutoCAD file just won’t disclose itself when you try to open it.

In due course, all these elements impel the AutoCAD program to deliver you unpredicted or unnecessary messages.

These and other issues are produced due to third-party apps inside AutoCAD, DWG files generated or saved by products that aren’t Autodesk or RealDWG, the program discontinues while saving, or old drawings being applied all the time, over a few years.

Other reasons range from network errors like file locking, latent data writing, transmission errors, storage media deterioration by bad hard drive sectors, failing/defective RAM, OS problems, power surges, and obsolete software.

To get rid of the issues mentioned above, there are solutions to clean, repair, fix, and recover your drawing.

Repair corrupt AutoCAD files

1. Apply Recover Command
2. Apply Auto save feature
3. Other measures to take

1. Apply Recover Command: Recover Command allows the users to recover the corrupt AutoCAD files directly when the files are deleted or missing. To perform this:

• Open a new AutoCAD drawing
• Choose file
• Choose Drawing Utilities
• Choose Recover or Recovery Manager based on your software version
• Choose the drawing
• Click OK

2. Apply Auto save feature

• Open AutoCAD
• Choose Tools
• Click Options
• Click Files
• Click Automatic Save File Location
• Verify the location of the autosave files saved under: C:Documents and SettingsUsernameLocal SettingsTemp

To learn the other useful steps, go through the following link

Some useful tips to repair AutoCAD files in Windows 10

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How to create a rendered 2D floor plan in Revit

In this revit tutorial, you will learn how to produce a rendered 2D floor plan in Revit.

Generally, a regular floor plan is taken from AutoCAD and imported in photoshop. In photoshop, the surfaces are chosen and transformed to some material textures to provide the appearance of a rendering.

In revit this process can be done more efficiently.

The following revit shortcuts are used to complete the tutorial.

GR – Grid
RE – Scale
EL – Elevation
VR – View Range
CL – Structural Column
MM – Mirror (pick axis)
– Mirror (draw axis)
UN – Project Units
WA – Wall
CS – Create Similar
RP – Reference Plane
– Align
SL – Split Element
OF – Offset
TR – Trim/Extend

AR – Array
CO – Copy
TX – Text
LI – Model Lines
DL – Detail LInes
RR – Render
RY – Ray Trace
GD – Graphic Display Options
TL – Thin Lines
GP – Group
LG – Project form Group

To learn the detail process in the tutorial, go through the following video.

How to create a rendered 2D floor plan in Revit

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IMAGINiT introduced Utilities for Revit, Civil 3D, Vault Client

IMAGINiT Technologies’ customers who subscribe to Autodesk software, now get complimentary entree to various new IMAGINiT Utilities for Autodesk Revit, Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3D and Autodesk Vault Client.

With in excess of 40 individual IMAGINiT utilities now available, building information modeling (BIM) coordinators and CAD managers will now be able to enhance the performance of the team and minimize human error by automating reiteration.

IMAGINiT Utilities for Autodesk Revit

It comprises of 27 tools that run directly inside Revit software and it includes three new utilities.

New Utilities for Revit 2019 include:

• Annotation Font Update scans the model for all font references and, through user-friendly wizard which facilitates the users to update fonts during the entire model. • Family Placement looks at families which are available in a folder structure and – with just few clicks of mouse the users can load and place them to make them accessible in the existing model. It runs a palette within Revit and accessible to users whenever required. • Shared Parameter Check will scan your model for the shared parameters that should be moved to your centralized file or for variable shared parameter identifiers and type/instance settings.

IMAGINiT Utilities for AutoCAD Civil 3D

With the inclusion of this latest tool, IMAGINiT Utilities for Civil 3D now contains a total of 10 tools which are specifically created for BIM coordinators, infrastructure project managers and CAD champions to make collaboration better by providing new design workflows.

KML/KMZ Import gets geometry from Google Earth/Google Maps into the model facilitating the formation of new workflows and collaboration with individuals who do not require access to Civil 3D. Individuals can demarcate areas for development in Google Earth/Google Maps and engineers can import the KML file into Civil 3D to produce a baseline for the design.

The existing users of IMAGINiT can access IMAGINiT Utilities for Revit, IMAGINiT Utilities for AutoCAD Civil 3D and IMAGINiT Utilities for Vault Client by going through the following link

Those who are not already IMAGINiT customers may buy these utilities directly from the IMAGINiT eStore

IMAGINiT introduced Utilities for Revit, Civil 3D, Vault Client

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NBS Chorus, the first cloud-based platform for BIM professionals

NBS Chorus belongs to a collaborative specification platform specifically useful for global design and construction. It facilitates the professionals to generate superior quality specifications proficiently.

With the application of cloud technology, the users will be able to obtain the latest software and global content at all times, enhancing collaboration and efficiencies over entire teams and minimize risk.

NBS Chorus facilitates the entire team to work in tandem with each other. It associates the people you require from any location, offers the entire team with perfect global standards and classifications and relates this all simultaneously in a platform developed for BIM on a global scale.

The capability to function inside a cloud-based software platform facilitates to collaborate with external organisations undertaking projects globally with the capabilities of the collaborative software.

This platform will facilitate to work more efficiently among Studios as well as with other consultants. One can get the ability to assess specifications not in isolation from the design/model, but as part of the design, will allow for more collaborative discussion with context.

As project specifications can be obtained from various design discipline in a single area, the effective collaboration will be created and it will eliminate the risk of gaps in the project specification as well as take out assumptions in design information that contains numerous responsible parties.

NBS Chorus presents structured content written and maintained to UK or Canadian practice and standards.

To get more details about NBS Chorus, visit

NBS Chorus, the first cloud-based platform for BIM professionals

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Some exclusive online Revit courses for beginners and advanced Revit users

Given below, the detail lists of some exclusive online free and paid courses for the beginners and advanced users of Revit.

Mass Building using Autodesk Revit: In this preparatory course, one will be familiar with the revit interface by creating the design of a basic building. The course is specifically designed for beginner and professionals architects who want to commence with Revit in their projects. This course is absolutely free.

For registration, click on the following link

Full Project Using Revit Structure – Basic Modeling: This course train you how to create the design of a structure with columns, beams, foundations, floors, and slabs. This course is intended for beginner and intermediate users, who prefer to start with Revit and gather deep knowledge in using different Revit tools. The course is totally free.

For registration, click on the following link

Learning Autodesk Revit Architecture 2016: This course is completely designed for the beginners. No prior experience is needed for this course. The course explores with the software interface and then explains how to model, set and modify some elementary architectural components. It is a paid course.

For registration, click on the following link

Learning Autodesk Revit MEP 2016: In this course, the beginners Revit users will gather knowledge on the fundamental design of mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems. No prior knowledge is necessary for this course. It is a paid course.

For registration, click on the following link.

Revit 2018 Architectural Course For Beginner With Project: This course is very useful for the students and the beginners. The course focuses on the fundamentals of how to apply the software then proceeds on to modeling a 2-story house model. It is a paid Course.

For registration, click on the following link

Revit Structure 2018 from Zero to Hero: By undertaking this course, you will be able to build up complete structural projects, with foundations, columns, beams, floors, and defining loads and their combinations, as well as gather knowledge on how to export them and demonstrate them as plans. It is a paid course.

For registration, click on the following link

Revit 2019: Essential Training for Architecture (Imperial) – Without requiring previous experience, In this course, you will be familiar with various tools in Revit 2019 and how to use Revit 2019, from the interface to the modeling, as well as provides the information and integrate it with others software like PDF and AutoCAD. It is a paid Course.

To get more details on these types of other online courses, go through the following link

Some exclusive online Revit courses for beginners and advanced Revit users

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Benefits of 7D (Operations and Facilities Management) BIM

It is found that more than 90% of total building lifecycle costs are associated with facility maintenance and operations. The application of BIM in facility management is gaining popularity among real estate and facilitate managers.

BIM 7D provides the following benefits :-

Preventative Maintenance Scheduling: BIM is applied to organize and monitor maintenance activities effectively and properly with the use of the information concerning the building structure and equipment employed in the facility.

This type of protective maintenance works can enhance the performance of the building, minimize remedial maintenance and emergency maintenance repairs and raise the productivity of maintenance staff.

Sustainability Analysis: BIM is combined with other analysis & evaluation tools to monitor the performance of the building that is relative to particular sustainable standards to recognize the faults in the building systems. Facility’s sustainability program should be enhanced to match the sustainability goals in an efficient manner.

Asset Management: Assets of a building comprises of the physical building, its systems, equipment and surrounding environment. Asset management is effective in short-term as well as for long-standing planning for preserving the building assets properly.

The bi-directional Building Information Modeling (BIM) integration into asset management software facilitates superior visualization of assets and helps in the maintenance and operation of a facility.

Space Utilization Management: Facility professionals and department liaisons can employ BIM to control, monitor and allocate proper spaces and pertinent resources inside a facility effectively. BIM space management application is useful for planning renovation projects and future requirements, distributing space for utilizing each corner of the building perfectly and monitoring the effect of intended changes.

Disaster & Emergency Planning: BIM offers vital information of the building to enhance the effectiveness of disaster response plans and reduce any risk. BIM is combined with building automation system (BAS) to demonstrate where the emergency is situated inside a building, to discover feasible routes to the affected area and to determine other hazardous areas within the building throughout such emergencies.

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Benefits of 7D (Operations and Facilities Management) BIM

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The new HoloLens OS update allows to view the 3D BIM models on the construction site accurately

The latest HoloLens OS update (RS4) offers some immense advantages for BIM Holoview users. The performance and projection stability are significantly enhance along with the boosted memory capacity for BIM Holoview.

It facilitates the users to raise the size of the Autodesk® Revit® and Navisworks® files that should be processed though BIM Holoview. Now, it is possible to view more building services and larger areas. This enhancement felicitates the following two important features of BIM Holoview:

(1) Perfect arrangement of models to within 2cm which allows visual validation of the perfect positioning of structural elements and services.

(2) The transparency mode that facilitates the layers of a building, and hidden structure and services to be visualized.

Presently, the non-residential construction industry has to pay roughly US $49 billion annually for Design and construction errors.

The purpose of BIM Holoview is to curtail these costs by around 50%, it means that the average potential savings for a construction company could be $1.4 million annually (and $24.5 billion for the industry overall).

The users also get advantage from increased productivity because of the comprehensive understanding for viewing models on-site.

The new HoloLens OS update allows to view the 3D BIM models on the construction site accurately

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Brief Overview Of Reinforcement Tool In Revit

This Revit video tutorial briefly describes reinforcement tool in Revit 2017.

The video focuses on the following topics :-

Comparison ADSK templates 2017 and 2017 Weandrevit
Clamps the inclined beam
Simple task bend angle shaped reinforcement
Limb fixed length

“Enable folds in the form definition”
Error in the rod from the forward portion of the arc and
Spiral reinforcement
Reinforcement beams arc
Problem to the driven parts in Revit 2018

The reinforcement tools can be used to include reinforcement like rebar, reinforcement bars, or fabric to valid hosts ranging from concrete columns, beams, walls, foundations, and structural floors.

Brief overview of reinforcement tool in Revit

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