Bentley System launched OpenRail – A robust BIM software for design & maintenance of rail and transit infrastructure

Bentley System launched OpenRail design and maintenance software to apply BIM for the broad planning, engineering, project delivery, and operations of rail and transit infrastructure.

It deals with vertical and horizontal track geometry as well as produce 3D models for analysis and visualization and reports for cost estimates and setting-out, and product construction deliverables. OpenRail will get together digital components and digital context, during digital workflows.

OpenRail applications will consist of OpenRail ConceptStation which can be used for conceptual railway planning and design. In future, OpenRail Designer will be accessible for detailed engineering and 3D design of track, overhead line, tunnels, bridges, and interrelated civil infrastructure and AECOsim Station Designer will be applicable for the comprehensive modeling of rail and transit stations.

OpenRail is developed on the basis of a connected data environment that includes the shared services of ProjectWise and AssetWise, as configured particularly for rail systems engineering workflows. Throughout project delivery, ProjectWise allows the collaboration between distributed engineering teams, coordination of structured workflows, and connected project visibility. For OpenRail, AssetWise delivers asset lifecycle information services for linear, network and geospatial referencing, corridor maintenance decision support, inspection workflows, and reliability and change management.

OpenRail CDE services contain Components Center for digital components, ContextShare for digital context, ComplyPro for progressive assurance, and ConstructSim Completions for accessing operational readiness.

Components Center is an Azure cloud service of libraries which arrange, across disciplines and applications, the semantic content of catalogued components, potentially including vendor data, fabrication details, component requirements (for example, electrical specifications and connections), reliability characteristics, and representational views necessary for documentation (as for instance, 3D, plan, schematic). A digital component is reprocessed across BIM workflows in design modeling, analytical modeling, construction modeling, and asset registries—from catalogued component, to engineered component, to installed component, to operated component.

To get more information, visit the following link www.bentley.com

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Importance of AutoCAD, Revit and STAAD Pro for Civil Engineers

A civil engineers should contain adequate working knowledge in AutoCAD to make drawing smarter. Knowledge of other programs like Revit and STAAD Pro are also very crucial for other disciplines.
AutoCAD: Both AutoCAD and Civil 3D play an important role for making efficient civil engineering design. These programs facilitate you to generate quality plan sets. On the other hand, working knowledge of AutoCAD is not essential for construction engineers.

The design aggregation and documentation tools, which are in-built into AutoCAD, enhance productivity as well as simplify your design and documentation workflows and accelerate projects from design to completion whereas automate the tiresome manual drafting tasks.

AutoCAD allows to produce surfaces, solids, and offset curves dynamically and manipulate them with context-sensitive PressPull operations. 3D models are directly imported into AutoCAD from different types of applications, like SolidWorks, CATIA, Pro/ENGINEER, Rhinoceros, and NX products and services to easily generate intelligent 2D views. Point Cloud tools facilitates you to import scanned objects with up to 2 billion data points. Physical 3D prototypes of your designs are instantly formed with AutoCAD’s 3D printing capabilities.

Revit: Revit is an useful software for architects and other building professionals that can be used for architectural design and documentation. Revit facilitates the users to produce a perfect and detailed building model in quickest possible time.
Revit empowers the civil engineers to render the best performance with the creation of virtual illustration of building products. Starting from the Design Development & Coordination, 3D Modeling, Drawing Set Creation to Quantity Take-off, civil engineers can obtain the separate product specifications of the building which range from the color, tolerance, cost and other info. All these are essential to take informed decisions.
Revit provides the following advantages to the civil engineers:

a. Offer perfect, trustworthy and reasonable solutions
b. Substantiate the design of the model for constructability and performance
c. Maintenance of wood, steel and concrete structures like column, beam depths and clashes
d. Perform a detailed analysis of structural & MEP elements to render projects in risk-free environment
STAAD Pro: STAAD Pro is a handy software for structural engineers to make accurate structural analysis and design. The program supports the analysis of different types of structural elements like bridges, structural beams, floodgates, and much more. Civil engineers with a structural background are suggested to learn supporting programs like STAAD Pro.

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Formit 360 Autodesk

Autodesk® Formit® 360 is used to capture building design concepts for the appeared ideas. Those ideas are created in a compact digital format which will be used in the real-world site information like satellite images, for orienting the designs. Real building and environmental data is used for supporting design brainstorming. Preliminary designs are changed to centralized data storage for accessing and refinement in Autodesk® Revit® software or other applications.

This Formit360 released a lot of new goodies and also released an updated version for Ipad Pro, a Windows version and integration with Dynamo. The released notes followed:

  • Internet connection is not needful for working in Formit360 when Formit360 Pro or trial is validated
    • Online works is need when it is connected to the Formit 360 services like A360 Drive, Insight 360, Real-time Collaboration, Google Maps etc. and many more
    • It can be modeled and navigated easily with the touch-enabled Windows devices with the use of the finger, stylus, mouse and keyboard
    • Scripts can be placed and flexed from Autodesk Dynamo Studio
    • The modeling tools are Shell, Filet, Mirror and many more
    • The export options are Export Visible and Export Selected
    • Exported file types are FBX, SAT, DAE, DXF
    • The files such as SKP and SAT could be opened and imported directly to Formit
    • The Visual Styles are like Monotone surface for an exquisite rendering effect
    • For removing the material easily paint is done with the use of default material
    • The area per level are viewed
    • The user need to view the nested groups to select the groups from a tree view
    • Then Ungroup All and the Model
    • High DPI screens will be seen in high resolution icons with full clarity
    • Keyboard shortcuts are Customized, Imported, Exported
    • Next add, remove and relocate the toolbars, then set the UI theme in blue or white

Release Notes for Formit 360 for iPad and iPad Pro:

  • It has the full support for iPad Pro resolution
    • Formit 360 now supports the Apple Pencil. So the user can sketch more flawlessly and can use pressure for locking into a selected axis
    • There will be some sound when anyone snapped to a point and moving along in an axis. It also disable the Settings menu
    • There are new actions for undo and redo. For undo double flick to the left is needed and for redo to the right
    • There is a new monotone surfaces for a subtle visual style
    • It has improved performance, reliability and accuracy in Insight 360 Energy Analysis
    • It has improved its performance for fixing the bugs

Release Notes for Formit 360 for Web:

  • File operations are organized for allowing local and A360 Drive access
    • There are monotone surfaces for a subtle rendering effect
    • Export options are Export Visible and Export Selected
    • Modeling Tools like Mirror, Offset Edges, Extrude Edges and many more are accessible here through keyboard shortcuts
    • It has improved performance, reliability and accuracy in Insight 360 Energy Analysis
    • It has improved its performance for fixing the bugs

Release Notes for Formit 360 for Android has improved their performance and fixed the bugs.

For more detail follow autodesk-revit.blogspot.in

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Update available for AutoCAD 2018.1.1

There has arrived a new update version of AutoCAD 2018 for the customers in the Autodesk Desktop App. This update is offering new software improvements and tools for simplifying the workflow and improving productivity. It also helps in identifying new features quickly in the user interface as the 4k monitor and 3D performance improvements.

It works with named views and layout viewports easier than ever and to work at first select a view from the new view gallery and place it onto the layout. It will help creating a layout viewport, making it active, selecting a view, setting the scale, resizing the viewport and locking it all in a single step. There have been improvements to the Layer Manager and other Layer controls make it easier to know overrides and to restore them to their default values.

With the improvement of AutoCAD 2018.1 update the navigation speed of 3D models also improved. Also the 3D graphics performance for the Wireframe, Realistic and Shaded visuals styles has increased. The most used commands those have offered the greatest benefit from these performance improvements are 3DORBIT, ZOOM, PAN and VSCURRENT.

But the update also has contained some kind of fixes for the reported issues. The Autodesk team has already working on some issues and has fixed the followings:

  1. There were occasional crashes while opening the block editor now they no longer occur.
    b. The occasional crashes in selecting or creating a non associative hatch have been solved.
    c. Stooped the occasional crashes while clicking the Insert View button on the ribbon in some drawings.
    d. The occasional crashes while modifying some dimension styles no longer occur.
    e. While editing the grip of a spotlight in some drawings the raised occasional crashes no longer occur.
    f. Occasional crashes in opening DXF files containing Xrefs has stopped.

But the aspect position of a block stays same after editing the block once.

PDF/Plot:

  1. The PDF files those were conspired from some drawings has displaying properly now in Adobe reader.
    b. Breed patterns in the PDF files are dependable with lineweight.
    c. Raster images are conspired correctly when Shadeplot is set to the Rendered option.

General:

  1. The AEC property-set data in DWG files could be easily exported to 3D DWF files.
    b. Some Pro/E files are also be suceessfully importd into AutoCAD.

For further information follow autodesk.blogs.com

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Vectorworks 2018 is just released to improve your BIM workflow

Vectorworks, Inc., the leading BIM software developer, just released Vectorworks 2018 in English language. This newest version comprises of Vectorworks Architect, Landmark, Spotlight, Designer and Fundamentals, as well as Vision.

In Vectorworks 2018, the user workflows have been significantly improved. In BIM, it can be viewed in the direct section and elevation editing and multiview capabilities as well as in all the Wall tool improvements that facilitate the designers to model wall constructions in an efficient manner in order that the walls are visible precisely in plan, section and elevation drawings. There are other instances like site model contour editing and enhanced seating sections.

Another exciting feature is the incorporation of analysis and design. With the inclusion of Braceworks to the entertainment portfolio that is packed with the industry-leading Spotlight and Vision software, entertainment professionals get the ability to finish their complete workflow that ranges from design to documentation to production, in a single interface. With Vectorworks worksheet, the entertainment professionals will be able to generate custom reports out of model or drawing data.

After the release of 2018 in all countries, ten additional localized-language versions will be introduced.

Given below, some of the improved features of Vectorworks 2018 :

  • Multiple drawing views: Apply multiple views of a project concurrently, and start work in one view pane and complete it in another. Interchange easily among viewports, views and visibility settings — just arrange panes and view them at the same time. Quickly measure the effect of a design change across 3D, plan, section and elevation views, and even set up a rendering in one view whereas working in another.
  •  Direct section and elevation editing: From viewports, edit models directly: add openings, arrange and allocate windows, change the position of doors across multiple layers, restructure walls etc. Modify the 3D views while in the section to check how edits concurrently impact plans and model views. And, generate good-looking and precise drawings within seconds.

Some crucial enhancements for architecture :- 

  • Superior graphic output for architectural documents: Create documentation from a BIM file in a better manner. Superior graphic controls inside section views of wall joins and wall, or slab and roof components offers the adaptability to instantly acquire superior-quality documentation from a 3D model.
    • Strong wall modeling options: Manage individual component heights by instance, add information to them, add component caps and co-jointly edit numerous selected components from an user-friendly dialog box. Besides, rapidly create wall graphic display changes with the new ability to substitute all attributes by class.
    • Title block customization in a simple way: Adjust items like variables and orientation, select from an infinite set of information to contain in a title block, and employ styles to more easily control various title blocks across one or multiple projects.
    • Simplified drawing distribution: Publish drawings depending on issue date and a firmly integrated new title block object; produce and allocate drawing sets, issue information and reports all through the extent of a project; and make the typically time consuming method of generating a BIM project or lighting a stage.

In order to gather more information on Vectorworks 2018, click on the following link www.vectorworks.net

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How to create a 3D trash can model in AutoCAD

Musafu Cad comes with another informative autocad tutorial. In this tutorial, you will learn the tips to create the design of a trush can (garbage basket) in 3D with autocad. The tutorial is designed for beginner’s autocad users.

 

The dimension in the rendered image can be provided with texture editor. You need to click at left part (where TEXTURE EDITOR is inscribed). Subsequently, you have to edit sample size value or Offset.

 

The similar process should be followed with MATERIALS EDITOR. If you enquire about render size, you can perform that in Render presets manager, just type RENDERPRESETS.

 

To get online demonstration of the process, go through the following video.

How to create a 3D trash can model in AutoCAD

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An exclusive autocad course on 2D and 3D Elevations

Take part in an exclusive AutoCAD course that involves 2D and 3D Elevations. This course will help you to enhance your designing skills for generating professional 2D and 3D elevations.

This course will provide brief guidelines on how to apply AutoCAD to organize perfect plans, as well as rectify layouts, fine-tune viewports, insert 2D elevations, and develop 3D elevations.

Join Shaun Bryant will perform as course instructor and he will train you how to customize layers, hatches, backgrounds, annotations, modelspaces, and more.

The course of will sift through the following topics :-

  • Designing elevations
    • Organize plans and construction lines
    • Isolating elevations
    • Arrangement of elevation layers
    • Dealing with hatches
    • Using background colors
    • Inserting annotations
    • Organize dimension layers and styles
    • Placing an elevation in a viewport
    • Freezing viewport layers
    • Setting up modelspace viewports
    • Setting the viewport scale
    • Publishing multiple elevation layouts

To get more information about the course, click on the following link AutoCAD: 2D & 3D Elevations

An exclusive autocad course on 2D and 3D Elevations

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