Friday, February 12, 2016

Autocad Interface

Autocad Interface

Isovist analysis in Dynamo Studio

Posted: 11 Feb 2016 11:47 PM PST

It's been an interesting first week in Autodesk Research. I've had the opportunity to jump into a few projects that are really interesting. One involves the use of generative design tools to perform a number of different analyses on design alternatives for an architectural project, assessing criteria such as maximum...

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3YourMind now on 10 CAD and DCC products

Posted: 11 Feb 2016 09:00 AM PST

Vectorworks becomes the tenth product for one-click access to 3D check, analyze, repair and print. EOS founder is now largest investor.  The year is starting off with a bang for 3YourMind. After concluding a second financing round in which Dr. Hans J. Langer, founder and CEO of EOS GmbH became the new lead investor of [...]

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Integrated Project Delivery: What AEC Project Owners and Contributors Need to Know

Integrated Project Delivery: What AEC Project Owners and Contributors Need to Know

Integrated Project Delivery: What AEC Project Owners and Contributors Need to Know

Posted: 11 Feb 2016 04:00 AM PST

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UCSF Medical Center Mission Bay: An IPD success story. 
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What is IPD?

Integrated project delivery (IPD) is a collaborative building delivery method.

IPD integrates diverse stakeholders—owners, engineers, architects, construction companies, contractors, and government agencies—to form a collaborative team under one contract. IPD also incorporates a variety of systems, practices, and business and financial structures. It is a joint venture approach, with shared risks and rewards.

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for #AEC with shared risks & rewards”

Successful IPD has been achieved through many different approaches, including design-assist, design-build, and public-private partnership.

The goal of IPD is faster delivery of a high-quality, cost-effective project.

Traditional Delivery

A project not utilizing IPD can be a fragmented process. In traditional project delivery, various project contributors typically don't work together efficiently.

Often, teams are assembled on a "just-as-needed" basis. The process is linear and segregated, and information, including costs, is not shared.

Risk is individually managed, while compensation—or reward—is individually pursued.

The result is an overrun budget and schedule, yielding project outcomes below expectations.

Benefits of IPD

Conversely, a project utilizing IPD allows project team members to work together as a single, virtual company. In an IPD approach, key project stakeholders are assembled early in the process.

As a result, IPD leverages the experience, talent, and input of team members from the start.

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talent & input of team members from the start”

Information is openly shared, and decision-making is faster in regards to scheduling, budgeting, and materials. With the right IT infrastructure, IPD can help manage costs, safety, and field conflicts, resulting in reduced waste and increased productivity during a project life cycle.

Coordinated IPD phases, such as conceptualization and design, result in a more efficient—and potentially shorter—construction phase than traditional delivery. The project risk is shared. Compensation is based on collaboration and tied to the project's overall success. Individual actors have the potential to profit more than under a traditional model.

The AEC industry is faced with global market challenges, such as efficiency, productivity, and high costs. IPD can solve industry challenges and achieve successful outcomes by enabling collaboration among project experts through all phases of design, fabrication, and construction.

Case Study: UCSF at Mission Bay

A recent example of a public works IPD success story is the $1.5-billion University of California, San Francisco Medical Center (UCSF) at Mission Bay in San Francisco, CA.

The collaborative project team comprised the owner, designers, the contractor, and 17 subcontractors. The design-build challenge called for integrating three separate hospitals along one common spine within an 878,000-square-foot structure.

Additional challenges included changing legislation, workflow practices, and technology over an 8-year life cycle.

Furthermore, 18 months after construction began, UCSF added cancer-treatment services to its design, requiring an additional 175,000 square feet. The team segregated out this revised area as a new project to control overall scheduling and budgeting.

Despite the revised design, the UCSF Medical Center was completed in June 2014, one week ahead of schedule, and had a $200-million reduction in budget from the initial estimate.

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UCSF Medical Center Mission Bay.
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Overcoming the Challenges of Adopting IPD

The complexity and size of a project, as well as differences in business models, will influence how willing stakeholders are in participating in the IPD process. The idea of sharing information, balancing financial risk, and being project-focused presents an enormous challenge for companies whose previous experience is based solely in a traditional delivery method.

To be successful, AEC companies will need to overcome a fear of change and be open to collaboration, transparency, and trust. Adopting IPD also has the perception of liability. A contractual agreement assigning risk to each party, however, will adjust participant liability.

Keys to IPD success include:

  • selecting the right project delivery strategy based on project size, complexity, and schedule
  • selecting the right team
  • choosing the right contract
  • establishing an effective compensation structure
  • and implementing an operating model aligned with processes and resources.

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“5 Keys to IPD Success”

Adhering to the core principles of IPD—mutual trust, shared risk and reward, and open communication—are crucial in achieving team integration and overall project success.

Finally, a common collaboration platform, integrated project management tools, and a 3D BIM system to enable the open exchange of data are essential to the successful implementation of an IPD approach. Cloud-based programs are particularly useful for tying together project contributors from all corners of the globe.

IPD Offers a Better Collaboration Framework

Collaboration among the owner, contractors, and design professionals is based on shared information and risk/reward. In the IPD method, the entire team is communicating and is on the same page throughout the project, enabled by collaborative technologies.

The outcomes are improved efficiency and productivity, higher-quality and cost-effective design and construction, faster delivery, reduced liability, and shared profits.

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Related Resources

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Sky X9 runs desktop replacement workstation-class CPU and GPU in mobile footprint

Posted: 10 Feb 2016 10:30 AM PST

A workstation hybrid, meant for the desktop but sized like a mobile.  By Robert Dow If bigger is better, Eurocom should win a prize for introducing the Sky X9. The Sky X9 is the workstation version of the SkyDLX7. The Sky X9 is a desktop replacement workstation with all the power and options of a [...]

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Autocad Interface

Autocad Interface

Securing your AutoCAD app using .NET

Posted: 10 Feb 2016 02:06 AM PST

Many, many thanks for the congratulatory messages I received after my last post, whether via this blog, Twitter, LinkedIn or email. I was genuinely overwhelmed by the response! :-) Here's a post I've been meaning to write for some time: a common question I've seen, over the years, is about...

Programação API Autodesk Inventor

Programação API Autodesk Inventor

Creating a Button for a VBA Macro

Posted: 09 Feb 2016 05:45 PM PST

I had written a post many years ago describing the process to do this but it was before the existence of the ribbon user interface and a few things have changed so I thought I would create a new post.

It's fairly easy to create a button within the ribbon that will execute an existing VBA macro.  In Inventor, have the ribbon that you want to insert your button displayed, right-click on the ribbon, and choose the "Customize User Commands…". This will display the Customize dialog shown below. Choose "Macros" from the drop-down at the top of the command list. This will display all of your macros. Pick your macro and then click the ">>" button in the middle of the dialog. This will move that macro over to the right-hand side of the dialog. You can then choose if text should be displayed and if a large or small icon should be used. A new panel called "User Commands" will be added to the ribbon and it will contain buttons for the macros you've selected to give you one-click easy access to your program.


When you do this a default icon is used. If you want a custom icon you need to create a 16x16 image for a small icon or a 32x32 image for a large icon. This currently must be a bmp type of image. The name of the image is important. In this example, my macro is called "TitleBlock"  and the images for it are:



Where the name is "ModuleName.MacroName.IconSize.bmp" where IconSize can be "Small" or "Large". The files need to be in the same directory as the VBA project file. You can find out that location on your system by looking at the "File" tab of the "Application Options" dialog, as shown below. On my computer this is "C:\Users\Public\Documents\Autodesk\Inventor 2016".


The other option to making your program easily accessible is to convert it to an add-in. This makes it very easy to share your program. You can deliver a set of files, or even an installer, and the receiver either copies the files to a specified location or just runs the installer. The next time they start Inventor they'll see the new commands. If you get serious about writing programs you'll want to start writing add-ins.


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Being present in VR

Posted: 09 Feb 2016 01:47 AM PST

Virtual Reality Los Angeles (VRLA) is a local enthusiasts meetup with 5,000 attendees. Tech vendors, studios, and fans are all learning together.   By Kathleen Maher One has to love the VRLA meetup event. It's earnest, young, brash and fast growing. The latest meetup attracted 33 sponsors and 5,000 attendees. It's also kind of a practical community [...]

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

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Frame Pro 64GB gives engineers high-performance application computing on demand

Posted: 08 Feb 2016 10:00 AM PST

Using Frame as a graphics workstation-on-demand system runs about $4 an hour. When we last wrote about Frame (founded as Mainframe 2) in June 2015, it had just secured $10 million in new venture capital funding. Now the second-generation Software-as-a-Service vendor is introducing Frame Pro 64GB, a high-performance version of its product aimed at professional [...]

Monday, February 8, 2016

The Secret to Creating Market-Winning Experiences

The Secret to Creating Market-Winning Experiences

The Secret to Creating Market-Winning Experiences

Posted: 08 Feb 2016 12:22 AM PST


In the recent post "A New Spin on Washing Machine Design," we explained how customers today expect more than just a product when they do business with a company.  According to a recent Eventbrite survey, 78% of gen y respondents said they would rather spend money on an experience than a thing, and 77% said their best memories come from an experience!

In the case of a Washing Machine, white goods manufacturers have come a long way in developing a better consumer experience just in the past decade.  However, more can be accomplished by all high tech manufacturers in their design and delivery of the next-generation products that capture consumers' hearts and minds.Page11_Sim_Process_and_Data_Mgt-slm

By leveraging integrated and collaborative realistic simulation technology your organization will be able to overcome industry challenges, such as globalization, more complex products, and shorter time to market, while saving time and money.

A recent 7-minute e-Seminar explains how you can use Realistic Simulation integrated within the Industry Solution Experience – Smarter, Faster, Lighter powered by the 3DEXPERIENCE platform from Dassault Systèmes.  It might sound like a mouthful of tech speak, but this technology can transform the way products are designed and delivered to your customer.

washing_machine_overlayThe e-Seminar includes examples of using simulation to collaborate on the analysis of durability and noise and vibration while maintaining complete connection to the performance requirements.


It won't take long to watch this 7 minute e-Seminar, "Leveraging Integrated Simulation to Develop Market-Winning Experiences".  It will be worth your time, and we encourage you to share this with others in your organization as you discuss the technologies and processes you need to use to deliver market-winning experiences. Watch now  !



Autocad Interface

Autocad Interface

Time for a change

Posted: 08 Feb 2016 02:30 AM PST

As part of the restructuring that went on at Autodesk, last week, I have a new role. This isn't a bad thing, thankfully: in fact it's the opposite… it's something I've been working towards for several years. I've been in the AutoCAD team for the last 4 years and was...

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Novidades GraphicSpeak

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Dassault creates the $3 billion PLM club with strong Q4 and full year results

Posted: 05 Feb 2016 02:31 AM PST

Even when taking currency fluctuations out of the equation, it was a good year. Dassault Systemès (OTCMKTS: DASTY) has reported strong growth in revenue for the fourth quarter of 2015, and for the full year. Recurring software revenue now accounts for 70% of Dassault revenue. Revenue in 4Q15 (ending December 31, 2015) was €796.5 million [...]

Friday, February 5, 2016

Autocad Interface

Autocad Interface

A tale of three unis

Posted: 05 Feb 2016 02:05 AM PST

The last couple of weeks have been very interesting: partly for reasons that I'll go into in my next post, but also because I've had (or am having) the opportunity to visit three universities in Switzerland. My first visit, on Thursday of last week, was back to ZHdK – Zurich...

Programação API Autodesk Inventor

Programação API Autodesk Inventor

Fusion 360 Meetups

Posted: 04 Feb 2016 03:11 PM PST

Later this month I'll be attending and presenting the Fusion 360 API at several Fusion 360 Meetups along the west coast. The list below contains links to the Meetup site where you can get more information about times and specific locations.

Tuesday Feb. 16th – San Francisco

Thursday Feb. 18th – Seattle

Tuesday Feb. 23rd – Portland

At the Meetup here in Portland last month they had a couple of modeling challenges. One of them was a butter dish.  As a teaser for this upcoming Meetup I created the animation below using my butter dish and the API. If you're curious how this was done, I'll discuss it at the Meetup. Smiley And for those that can't attend, I'll post something here at the end of the month.



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Autodesk doing so well it announces layoffs

Posted: 05 Feb 2016 12:50 AM PST

925 to be shown the door in a quarter when revenue will exceed expectations; the restructuring continues. In a statement required by federal regulations, Autodesk has announced the impending layoff of approximately 925 employees, 10% of its workforce. In the same statement Autodesk said it expects to exceed expectations for fourth-quarter revenue and subscriptions. Autodesk [...]

Dell wants to be king of the workstation notebooks

Posted: 04 Feb 2016 12:16 PM PST

Their new lineup and attitude put them well on the way in a vibrant, competitive market.   By Jon Peddie Last October Dell showed us (and others) their lineup for their 2016 workstation notebooks—four of them, from entry level to a mammoth 17-inch, plus two new tower workstations. All of them are lovely, powerful for [...]

Thursday, February 4, 2016




Posted: 04 Feb 2016 02:27 AM PST

Portal da impressão 3d: “Renner aposta em tecnologia e faz pulseiras impressa em 3D para evento” e 2 mais!

Portal da impressão 3d: “Renner aposta em tecnologia e faz pulseiras impressa em 3D para evento” e 2 mais!

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Renner aposta em tecnologia e faz pulseiras impressa em 3D para evento

Posted: 03 Feb 2016 04:24 AM PST


Todas as tendências de moda para as próximas estações estavam no Preview Outono/Inverno Renner 2016, que ocorreu hoje no MuBE, em São Paulo. E uma novidade que ganhou destaque, quando o assunto é tecnologia, foram os acessórios criados em impressão 3D durante o evento para presentear os convidados.

Chemical Brothers lança clipe com bailarina impressa em 3D

Posted: 03 Feb 2016 03:56 AM PST

A dupla inglesa Chemical Brothers lançou na segunda (25) o clipe de Wide Open, faixa que tem participação de Beck e está no álbum Born in the Echoes, que concorre ao Grammy na categoria melhor álbum de dance/eletrônica. 

O vídeo veio com um belo trabalho de tecnologia, dando a impressão de que a bailarina Sonoya Mizuno foi “impressa” em 3D. O trabalho é dirigido por Dom&nic, que trabalhou com Smashing Pumpkins, David Bowie e Trent Reznor.

Gastos em impressão 3D deverão crescer 27% até 2019

Posted: 03 Feb 2016 03:26 AM PST

3dprinterA IDC prevê que os gastos globais em impressão 3D irão crescer 27%, numa taxa de crescimento anual composta (CAGR), subindo de cerca de 11 milhões de dólares, em 2015, para 26,7 milhões em 2019.

O novo guia de gastos da IDC, Worldwide Semiannual Guide, expande as previsões anteriores sobre a impressão 3D, oferecendo mais detalhes sobre os níveis dos gastos.

“A impressão 3D tem sido um pilar nos mercados especializados, tais como o automotivo e o aeroespacial. Contudo, apenas nos três últimos anos, as impressoras 3D com preços menores, assim como os materiais acessíveis, ampliaram dramaticamente o mercado de impressão 3D, para incluir agora os consumidores, o setor da educação, saúde, e mercados adicionais de manufatura. Dito isto, a disponibilidade da impressão 3D não se reflete da mesma forma em todos os setores. Os fabricantes e os provedores de serviços necessitam de entender de que modo é que as diferenças de utilização em cada caso, os custos dos materiais e a expectativa do cliente final estão a moldar cada mercado”, indicou Christopher Chute, vice presidente de Consumer Insights e Analysis Group.

“As tecnologias que permitem a impressão 3D continuam a desenvolver-se e a expandir-se em todas as direções”, acrescentou Tim Greene, research director, Hardcopy Solutions. “Estas tecnologias ajudam a fornecer modelos construídos mais solidamente, maiores e mais precisos, numa fração de tempo”.

Para a IDC, as regras-chave e as indústrias verticais deverão orientar esta elevada taxa de crescimento e fornecer um efeito transformador sobre a forma como os bens massificados produzidos anteriormente, podem atualmente ser personalizados às necessidades e experiências de cada indivíduo.
Para os mercados emergentes isto traduz-se numa oportunidade de crescimento, enquanto a região da Ásia e Pacífico, os EUA e a Europa Ocidental conseguem aumentar a sua participação agregada na despesa global, conseguindo crescer de 59,2%, em 2014,  para 70% em 2019, sendo a China, o país com mais potencial para se tornar líder de mercado de hardware e serviços de impressão 3D.

“A pesquisa da IDC indica que o mercado das impressoras 3D está preparado e pronto para uma maior adoção. Há um forte apelo para esta tecnologia em vários mercados e regiões”, referiu Keith Kmetz, vice-presidente da IDC Imaging, Printing e Document Solutions research.

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Maxon updates Cineware for Adobe After Effects CC

Posted: 03 Feb 2016 03:28 AM PST

Streamlined workflow and improved performance for motion graphics and VFX artists Maxon is shipping an update to Cineware (3.0) to match the latest version of Adobe After Effects CC. The Cineware Live 3D pipeline was first introduced for After Effects CC; this update offers improved workflow and performance. OpenGL rendering is now available within the [...]

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Autocad Interface

Autocad Interface

Capturing an image of the current AutoCAD document using .NET

Posted: 03 Feb 2016 09:26 AM PST

This is a topic that has been addressed a few times on this blog, whether by posts that use the 3D graphics system to capture screenshots or the series of posts regarding the Screenshot Plugin of the Month from a few years ago. I thought it worth revisiting, though, as...

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PTC unveils Vuforia in ThingWorx product line

Posted: 02 Feb 2016 06:04 AM PST

PTC acquired Vuforia from Qualcomm in October 2015 for $65 million. The company has wasted little time incorporating the AR technology into its ThingWorx IoT product line. PTC introduced its product group, Vuforia, to the world with a slick web cast called The Thing Event. The show featured Vuforia’s augmented reality (AR) technology being used as a visualization [...]