Thursday, May 5, 2016

The Chrysalis Amphitheater: Transforming AEC Through Collaboration

The Chrysalis Amphitheater: Transforming AEC Through Collaboration

The Chrysalis Amphitheater: Transforming AEC Through Collaboration

Posted: 05 May 2016 05:00 AM PDT

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In nature, "chrysalis" refers to the metallic-gold shell that encases a butterfly's metamorphosis.

Like its namesake, the Chrysalis Amphitheater in Merriweather Park, Maryland is making a bold transformation.

The futuristic band shell, designed by Marc Fornes of THEVERYMANY, features a dual-curved steel and aluminum shell over a concrete base.

From curved tubes to custom shingles, the project is a wide-ranging, geometric display made up of many unique panel-types.

Conceptual skin model from the architect MARC FORNES/THEVERYMANY

(Conceptual model by architect MARC FORNES/THEVERYMANY.)

The manufacturer of this form is A. Zahner Company, an internationally acclaimed engineering and fabrication company based in Kansas City.

Earlier this year, we sat down to discuss the new Chrysalis Amphitheater with Shannon Cole, Senior Project Engineer at Zahner, who is responsible for transforming an artist's design into a realized form.

"We've been using CATIA for modeling in some form or another for over a decade. The 3DEXPERIENCE platform brings CATIA to the next level," says Cole. "What we love about the 3DEXPERIENCE platform is the way that it adds other functionality available to us through ENOVIA Project Management, to improve our ability to collaborate all the way through the supply chain."

The company, along with the entire Chrysalis project team, has brought the amphitheater project to life in a virtual world.

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#ChrysalisAmphitheater to life in a virtual world

Using collaborative modeling tools they were able to make decisions and have a big impact on schedule and budget.

To manage the complex geometries and ensure everything fits together in the field, the shell has been developed from the ground up in a 3D environment.

The Chrysalis will be the first major project for Zahner engineers to run on Dassault Systèmes' 3DEXPERIENCE platform.

Having used the company's CATIA software for many years, the 3DEXPERIENCE platform brings multiple software packages together on a cloud-based system, increasing visibility for stakeholders, and empowering collaboration between teams.

Close up view of secondary fins used for geometry definition

(Close up view of secondary fins used for geometry definition.)

According to Cole, digital projects once constrained fabricators, since those tools were imagined with the architect in mind.

Zahner structural steel model and secondary fins

(Structural steel model and secondary fins.)

Coordinating Throughout

Cole notes that the Chrysalis project presents a challenge in that, even though Zahner is contracted by the owner, the subcontractor must coordinate closely with the project's general contractor who is performing the site work and laying the concrete pad.

"Coordination between us will be critical," Cole says. "It's important to show them how we envision this being erected."

For example, through a tab in the 3DEXPERIENCE dashboard, Zahner has been able to easily coordinate concrete embed locations with the general contractor.

"This way we get high level of agreement from the general contractor that, yes, that's the concrete slab they're going to build, and we can ask for base plates to be in those locations," Cole says.

3DPlay Widget, showing concrete base model, being used to to resolve clashes between requested concrete curbs and steel base plate locations

(3DPlay Widget, here showing a concrete base model, resolves clashes between requested concrete curbs and steel plate locations.)

Improving Collaboration

"We're giving access to the owner and architect to let them know where we are and how things are moving forward because design is a tricky process — it's not always linear and straightforward. Decisions that seem relatively small can have big impact so transparency helps people see why you're agonizing over, for example, a single clip and why it's important to you," Cole says.

Dashboard created for project stakeholders; Images show an in-process skin test

(Dashboard created for project stakeholders; Images show a skin test in process.)

For example, as the façade team explores how the shingled skin appearance will be achieved and how it might look in its finished state, Zahner is able to post photos on the dashboard to demonstrate what they're aiming to achieve.

That helps bring new team members up to speed, and makes the owner a more integrated part of the team.

Transforming the Process

Between the Chrysalis' limited reliance on 2D drawings and its high level of transparency, the project demonstrates the transformation taking place in the AEC industry.

"The interconnectivity across disciplines — upstream and down, from design through fabrication, installation and analysis — is huge for our industry," Cole says.

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installation, analysis—is huge for AEC” @azahner @3DSAEC

This collaborative virtual design not only helps to engage all AEC team members, giving them all a high stake in the finished project, but it takes full advantage of all of the knowledge available from the full team throughout the life of the project.

Related Resources

Façade Design for Fabrication Industry Solution Experience

WHITEPAPER: Technical Changes Brought by BIM to Façade Design

Spotlight on Zahner: Improving AEC Efficiency Through Façade Design Integration

This post was originally published on Navigate the Future, the Dassault Systèmes North America blog.

Autocad Interface

Autocad Interface

Creating a vertical toolbar extension for the Autodesk viewer

Posted: 04 May 2016 01:43 PM PDT

As mentioned in the last post, we're now going to take a closer look at writing extensions for the Autodesk View & Data API. To start with, we're going to create an extension which displays a vertical toolbar docked to the left of the Autodesk viewer. This toolbar will be centred on the viewer area and only contain three buttons: two will be toggles – with events assigned to when they're both clicked and unclicked – while the third will simply launch an action. Here's the JavaScript for this extension: /////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// // Autodesk.Research.TtIf.Extension.Toolbar // /////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// AutodeskNamespace('Autodesk.Research.TtIf.Extension'); Autodesk.Research.TtIf.Extension.Toolbar = function...

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Novidades GraphicSpeak

Vectorworks Design Showcase 2016

Posted: 04 May 2016 09:36 AM PDT

Vectorworks has new management and big plans. At their annual Vectorworks Design Showcase user conference, the organization offered a look at their latest accomplishments and talked about plans for the future under the leadership of new CTO Biplab Sarkar.

HP refreshes Z1 all-in-one workstation

Posted: 04 May 2016 07:00 AM PDT

Moore's Law and new graphics preferences make the all-in-one price competitive with traditional workstations. By Jon Peddie HP has revamped the Z1—their ground-breaking machine that was the first all-in-one workstation. So now, six or so years later, HP has been able to engineer some of the cost and weight out of the machine and refine [...]

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Great design is everything… and not enough   

Great design is everything… and not enough   

Great design is everything… and not enough   

Posted: 04 May 2016 10:51 AM PDT

Imagine the disappointment. Your design is innovative and beautiful. Your product is as useful as it is intuitive. A perfect marriage of form and function.

You did absolutely everything right.  And yet, your customers keep leaving you. Why?

To put it simply, your customers leave because they can. Easily. Today's markets are transparent, production is global, competition is fierce and consumers are powerful. With comparative price, availability and performance information available online 24/7, companies can easily discover and copy one another's innovations, and rapidly bring alternatives to market. And customers can easily survey all options and switch allegiance at will.

How can companies combat this? When a customer becomes engrossed in a compelling experience, rather than simply purchasing and using a product, a true relationship can be formed and a bond of loyalty created.  This is the reason "customer experience" has become a top priority for CEOs.

So, how do companies create these experiences?  In a new 3-page paper, “Design in the Age of Experience,” Dassault Systemes explores the current design environment and how companies employing a traditional strategy of competing on price or features or even just design find themselves struggling to sustain the game of one-upmanship and manage customer churn.

How can a company transform itself to thrive in the Age of Experience?  We invite you to discover this answer now!

You can also check out here to see more about discussions held at our recent event, Design in the Age of Experience, that took place last month in Milan, bringing together ~400 attendees from different industries and from around the globe.

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Novidades GraphicSpeak

Big expectations behind Nvidia’s new Pascal GPU   

Posted: 03 May 2016 07:00 AM PDT

This next-generation compute platform will find a place in virtual reality, artificial intelligence, and deep learning as well as existing graphics-intensive applications.   By Alex Herrera The veils are now officially off of Pascal, as Nvidia gave a complete rundown on the ins and outs of the company's next-generation GPU, expected for production release in [...]

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

ENOVIA Keys to 3DEXPERIENCE – North America User Group Meeting

ENOVIA Keys to 3DEXPERIENCE – North America User Group Meeting

ENOVIA Keys to 3DEXPERIENCE – North America User Group Meeting

Posted: 03 May 2016 07:53 AM PDT

Want to know what’s new with ENOVIA?

Attend our North America User Group Meeting in Greenville, South Carolina this year to learn & have your voice heard:

June 13-15

This year’s ENOVIA Keys to 3DEXPERIENCE North America event will be held at the Hyatt Regency in beautiful downtown Greenville, SC.  This is a 2+ day FREE meeting attracting users and influencers from key companies across Dassault Systèmes ENOVIA's ecosystem.ENOVIA Keys to 3DEXPERIENCE - North America - Greenville, Sout Carolina


Join our extended team of experts and your professional peers for a fun-filled, collaborative, educational and inspirational experience.

By attending this unique meeting, you will:

  • Learn all about ENOVIA R2016x
  • Explore how customers are adopting 3DEXPERIENCE platform as a business framework to drive sustainable growth
  • Challenge your peers and our experts inside an interactive panel
  • Engage with experts from ENOVIA, DELMIA, EXALEAD and NETVIBES
  • Advance your knowledge and take advantage of new capabilities with ENOVIA tutorials
  • Network with your professional peers throughout the event including our fun networking activities
  • Join in one-to-one meetings with members of Dassault Systèmes leadership

All the details are on our dedicated landing page at this link HERE.

ComeToGreenVilleSC-ENOVIA-CompassIncluded at that page you have the chance to:

  • See the detailed agenda with key notes, customer stories and breakout sessions
  • Reserve a hotel room at a special discounted price
  • Plan to share YOUR story through the “Call for Presentations” button

We can’t wait to see you in Greenville and hear your story and experience sharing!

Need some reasons to go? Hear what other users that have attended in the past in this video:

Click here to view the embedded video.

Additionally, we have a number of other events planned for this year around the world.  Check out our calendar events in our ENOVIA community on 3DSwYm for all the links and details then add to your calendar.

Autocad Interface

Autocad Interface

Creating extensions for the Autodesk viewer

Posted: 03 May 2016 08:00 AM PDT

I've been working on a prototype implementation of a research project that makes use of the View & Data API for its visualization. It's interesting to get back into using this API, especially as it's a fundamental piece of the Forge platform. As we expect this particular application to grow, over time, we're using extensions to house logically separate parts of the UI implementation. Extensions are a great mechanism for encapsulating functionality: they're basically JavaScript objects that have load() and unload() methods that are called when the viewer loads/unloads them. A number of samples in the Autodesk samples repository...

Novidades GraphicSpeak

Novidades GraphicSpeak

Lytro lumbers onto the stage and blows away the audience

Posted: 02 May 2016 07:00 AM PDT

The new Cinema Camera takes light field photography into video. By Kathleen Maher One of the most talked about events at NAB 2016 was the debut of the Lytro Cinema camera. A long, long line of eager photography fans, broadcast professionals, and press more than filled the big meeting room designed to hold 500 people. [...]

Saturday, April 30, 2016

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Novidades GraphicSpeak

Microsoft cranks up the buzz for Holoportation

Posted: 29 Apr 2016 06:06 AM PDT

You don't know what it is, but you think you want one. By Jon Peddie Microsoft says holoportation is a new type of 3D capture technology that allows 3D models of people to be reconstructed, compressed, and transmitted anywhere in the world in real time— kind of a beam-me-up-Scotty thing. When combined with mixed reality [...]

Adobe pushes new animation, virtualization at NAB 2016

Posted: 29 Apr 2016 02:06 AM PDT

The faithful were rewarded with updates to Premiere Pro and After Effects, but Character Animator stole the show. By Kathleen Maher Sometimes it can be hard to figure out what a company thinks is important and what is really important to that company's customers. With Adobe, the challenge is even harder because the company has [...]

Friday, April 29, 2016

Autocad Interface

Autocad Interface

Calls, Proposals, Universities, Speeches

Posted: 29 Apr 2016 08:48 AM PDT

Some quick updates to round off the week… Firstly, a couple of "calls for proposals" have just gone out. Autodesk University 2016 is once again being held in Las Vegas, but this year it'll be earlier than usual: rather than being held right after Thanksgiving, it's now the week before, from November 15-17, 2016. This is going to be a welcome change for all US-based presenters, in that they can deliver their classes at AU and then take a well-deserved Thanksgiving break rather than spending it making last-minute changes to their slide decks and demos. If you're interested in...

Programação API Autodesk Inventor

Programação API Autodesk Inventor

Apply for Forge Accelerator

Posted: 29 Apr 2016 06:00 AM PDT

The week after the Forge DevCon we'll organize our next Forge Accelerator on June 19-24 inclusive in our San Francisco office. 



You can start submitting your project ideas in order to take part in it.

Good luck! :)


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Novidades GraphicSpeak

AMD unveils new 32GB graphics board and 3ds Max plug-in

Posted: 28 Apr 2016 07:00 AM PDT

The high bandwidth board was presented at NAB running a variety of high-end graphics programs. Virtual reality is an obvious application. AMD used the recent National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) show,  to announce its latest FirePro professional graphics card. AMD says the new FirePro W9100 32GB is "the world's first workstation graphics card with … [...]

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Programação API Autodesk Inventor

Programação API Autodesk Inventor

It’s Time for AU 2016

Posted: 27 Apr 2016 11:30 PM PDT

Actually, it's time for proposals for classes. If you have some cool tips and techniques or an interesting project to share, you should think about submitting a proposal and maybe you can be a presenter as AU this year. As a presenter you get the satisfaction of sharing something that's important to you with your peers. But you also get an AU event Pass, (conference only; does not include travel or hotel accommodations). And you will also receive a $400 cash honorarium for each additional session they lead.  You can learn more at the "Call for Proposals" AU site.


Whether or not you feel like you're up to the challenge of presenting, I would love to hear suggestions for topics on classes you would like to see related to both the Inventor and Fusion API's. Remember, even if you're unable to attend AU in person, you're still able to benefit from the content from previous sessions.


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Novidades GraphicSpeak

A critical look at virtual reality

Posted: 27 Apr 2016 02:45 AM PDT

Panelists debate the long-term effects of VR on physical and mental health, as well as the realistic potential market. Panelists at a session on virtual reality this week at the FMX conference in Stuttgart, Germany were not exactly fawning enthusiasts. Concerns were raised regarding physical and mental health, the reality of market projections, and the [...]

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

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Novidades AutoCad 2013

Taking control of the 3DORBIT command in AutoCAD

Posted: 27 Apr 2016 09:02 AM PDT

Do you 3D?  If you do, you most assuredly are familiar with the 3DORBIT command (or at least one would hope!)  

For years - AutoCAD has determined the centroid of the display when orbitting based on the center of the entire model.  This center doesn't always work effectively when you have objects off in one or more directions.

AutoCAD 2015 introduced an option so YOU could control the centroid and consequently orbit about any part of your model you see fit!  Check out my Cadalyst video and take control of the 3DORBIT command for yourself!


Do you feel powerful now?

Autocad Interface

Autocad Interface

Stoking the Forge

Posted: 27 Apr 2016 08:14 AM PDT

It's an exciting time to be a developer working with Autodesk technology. For my entire career at Autodesk, I've been a platform guy at a product company: while much of AutoCAD's success, over the years, can be indirectly attributed to the existence and use of a rich set of APIs, Autodesk has largely (and this is of course a gross generalisation) approached the exposure of APIs as an afterthought, or at least a secondary activity. Some teams have been better than others at building a platform and then a product based on top of it – a shining example...

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Novidades GraphicSpeak

HBO and Discovery invest in Otoy

Posted: 26 Apr 2016 07:00 AM PDT

Hollywood is mesmerized by the Jules Urbach vision of holographic virtual reality content. Cloud-based graphics rendering expert Otoy is reporting that Home Box Office and Discovery Communications have both taken an undisclosed equity stake in Otoy. The total of venture capital in the Los Angeles software vendor is now $101 million, at a reported valuation of [...]

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Autocad Interface

Autocad Interface

President Obama and Chancellor Merkel meet Autodesk at the Hannover Trade Fair

Posted: 25 Apr 2016 11:34 AM PDT

This is cool: yesterday President Barack Obama – on what is likely to be his last visit as POTUS to Germany – visited the Autodesk stand at the Hannover Messe (the largest industrial trade show in the world) alongside German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Here's a picture of them meeting with Autodesk's Roland Zelles and para-cycling world champion, Denise Schindler: (Photo source: Adam Berry/Getty Images Europe) Here's another shot, this time via the Twitter feed of Autodesk France:

Novidades GraphicSpeak

Novidades GraphicSpeak

Dassault Systèmes net income rises 27% in first quarter

Posted: 25 Apr 2016 07:00 AM PDT

All division and regions reported modest growth. Dassault Systèmes has reported first quarter results that saw modest single-digit percentage growth in most product lines and regions. The Enovia data management unit continues to show above average growth, 11% this quarter (year over year). Total revenue for the first quarter (ending March 31, 2016) was €691.4 [...]

Friday, April 22, 2016

Autocad Interface

Autocad Interface

Last day for early bird tickets for the Forge DevCon

Posted: 22 Apr 2016 07:34 AM PDT

Preparations are in full swing for the Forge DevCon being held in San Francisco on June 15-16, 2016. Fort Mason is going to be transformed into a Mecca for software developers serving the AEC and Manufacturing industries (or people simply wanting to know more about the Autodesk platform technology). As I've mentioned a few times, I'm in charge of the speaker track for Virtual and Augmented Reality. We have some great speakers lined up: Tony Parisi (one of the inventors of VRML, back in the day) will be talking about WebVR and glTF, Josh Carpenter will be talking about...