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February 28th, 2005 No comments

I guess the cats out of the bag on this one. Here is the official release received via email earlier today. I post it here for your reading pleasure.

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Conference on Building Information Modeling:Challenges, Opportunities, Processes, Deployment.

February 28th, 2005 No comments

Building Information Modelling is a concept many have yet to encounter, understand, embrace or implement. A coordinated Building Information Model becomes an asset from the initial design concept through the life of a building, perhaps including it’s demolition. This requires participation from all involved in the process of creating, owning and maintaining the building which means a lot of education is required. Today I received details on a conference that will further education and discussion of Building Information Modelling.

Building Information Modelling: Challenges, Opportunities, Processes, Deployment.
April 19 – 20, 2005 Atlanta, Georgia.

Organised and hosted jointly by the Georgia Tech College of Architecture (COA) Ph.D. Program and the LaiserinLetter™ (Jerry Laiserin)
The agenda includes real-world case studies and interactive panels, as well as industry applications and analyses aimed at to everyone who owns, operates, constructs or designs buildings.

Full details follow in the extended article. Audience registration and the conference agenda are available on the web at: http://www.laiserin.com/laiserinlive/index.php 

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Industry Experts to Explore Building Information Modelling

Atlanta, GA, February 23, 2005 — As building owners increasingly demand smarter ways to design, document and deliver their building projects, an approach called building information modelling (BIM) is poised to “cross the chasm” from pioneering technology to mainstream adoption. On April 19–20, 2005, leading experts, solution providers and users of this technology will meet at the Global Learning and Conference Center on the campus of Georgia Tech in Atlanta to explore the challenges and opportunities of BIM, as well as the processes necessary for successful deployment. Organized and hosted jointly by the Georgia Tech College of Architecture (COA) Ph.D. Program and the LaiserinLetter™ technology advisory service, this conference includes real-world case studies and interactive panels, as well as industry applications and analyses essential to everyone who owns, operates, constructs or designs buildings.

Links to audience registration and the conference agenda are available on the web at http://www.laiserin.com/laiserinlive/index.php 

The conference will examine the ways that BIM “offers fundamentally new opportunities for improving the quality of design, shortening the building procurement life cycle, and reducing costs,” according to Charles Eastman, director of the COA Ph.D. program and author of the definitive book Building Product Models. Both public and private building owners are beginning to recognize these benefits. A key confirmation of this trend is the US General Services Administration’s (GSA) requirement for a BIM approach at the concept design phase of all projects starting in fiscal year 2006 (which begins October 2005). Notes Eastman, “the issue no longer is why or when to adopt BIM, but how to effectively deploy it now.”

LaiserinLetter™ editor Jerry Laiserin, founding director of the aecXML project for industry data exchange and widely credited with standardizing and popularizing the terminology of BIM, observes that “the multi-dimensional, data-rich models of the BIM approach enable contractors, engineers, architects and building product manufacturers to work as a tightly integrated team helping owner-operators build smarter.” Case study and application presentations at the conference illustrating such teamwork include BIM for Steel Construction, BIM for Precast Concrete Construction, BIM for Energy Analysis, BIM for Project Delivery and BIM for Industry Integration, as well as BIM for Owners. Panel presentations include leading providers of technology solutions in each of these areas.

With the BIM approach finally “ready for prime time,” this Georgia Tech/LaiserinLetter™ conference offers important business and professional knowledge critical to every executive and manager in the building enterprise.
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Conference on Building Information Modeling:Challenges, Opportunities, Processes, Deployment

April 19 – 20, 2005 Atlanta, Georgia, USA

http://www.pe.gatech.edu/conted/servlet/edu.gatech.conted.course.ViewCourseDetails?COURSE_ID=624

Registration contact:
Mrs. Mercedes Saghini
Georgia Tech College of Architecture
mercedes.saghini@coa.gatech.edu
+1 (404) 894-3476

Media and sponsorship contact:
Jerry Laiserin
The LaiserinLetter™
gatechbim@laiserin.com
+1 (917) 225-7058
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About Georgia Tech
The Georgia Institute of Technology is one of the nation’s top research universities, distinguished by its commitment to improving the human condition through advanced science and technology. Georgia Tech’s College of Architecture Ph.D. Program has been a leader in the development and testing of BIM modeling applications and the integration software needed to allow such applications to work together.
http://www.arch.gatech.edu/phd/

About the LaiserinLetter™
A technology advisory service providing analysis, strategy and opinion to business leaders in the built environment, the LaiserinLetter™, under editor/consultant Jerry Laiserin, has been in the forefront of tracking BIM technology and advising clients on its capabilities.
http://www.laiserin.com

Originally posted by Robin Capper from RobiNZ Blog

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Autodesk Completes an Outstanding Year (CADCAMNet)

February 27th, 2005 No comments

Autodesk Completes an Outstanding Year

Source: CADCAMNet
by David Weisberg

AutodeskÂ’s announcement of its end-of-year financial results may have been a bit understated, but the announcement caps what …

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Intergraph Settles with HP; Financial Outlook Continues to Improve (CADCAMNet)

February 27th, 2005 No comments

Intergraph Settles with HP; Financial Outlook Continues to Improve

Source: CADCAMNet
by David Cohn

Thanks in part to last weekÂ’s settlement with HP, IntergraphÂ’s financial picture continued to improve. The company reported d…

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ELECTRICAL Designer 2005 fully compatible with AutoCAD 2005 & LT 2005

February 27th, 2005 No comments

ELECTRICAL Designer 2005 fully compatible with AutoCAD 2005 & LT 2005

Originally from CADwire.net: All CAD industry blurbs

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The PLM Open Landscape (CADCAMNet)

February 27th, 2005 No comments

The PLM Open Landscape

Source: CADCAMNet
by Michel Vrinat

scorecard of PLM requirements provides a way to objectively evaluate software solutions and to present a set of requirements …

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Open Source Movement Creates New Value Opportunities for Engineering (CADCAMNet)

February 27th, 2005 No comments

Open Source Movement Creates New Value Opportunities for Engineering

Source: CADCAMNet
by Randall Newton

Six new software tools exemplify the broad diversity of open source projects that will impact engineering IT….

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Quick Tip – Another Super Speedy Means of Counting your Blocks!

February 27th, 2005 No comments

If you are on AutoCAD 2002 or higher – you can used the Enhanced Attribute Extract command (EATTEXT) to do a quick calculation of all your blocks…Simply use the defaults for the first three pages of the wizard and you’ll find yourself looking at a very nice listing of all the blocks in your drawing – neatly tallied up for you! 

Eattext

Originally posted by Lynn Allen from Lynn Allen’s Blog

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Altium Releases P-CAD 2004 Upgrade (Altium)

February 27th, 2005 No comments

Altium Releases Service Pack 2 for P-CAD 2004

From: Altium
Type: Press Release

Originally from CADwire.net: All CAD industry news

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Performance tips when using SSM

February 27th, 2005 No comments
If you use Sheet Set Manager in AutoCAD 2005 or Project Navigator in ADT 2005 you might experience performance problems. This is especially when you have the DST placed on a location on the network with a slow connection like 10Mbps and/or if there are a lot of sheets in the Sheet Set. This can be related to the FIELDEVAL variable settings. You can find it here as well in Tools>Options>User preferences>Field Update Settings. You can for example uncheck it to update when running the Regen command. To force an update you can run the Updatefield command found in Tools>Update Fields.

The Fieldeval variable is saved in the drawing so you might want to force it into all drawings by using acaddoc.lsp and (setvar “fieldeval” 14), set it in the template drawings or something like that.

Other solutions might be to check the virus scan software and exclude DWG, DST and maybe some other safe files.

On a couple of PC’s I found out using Filemon from Sysinternals that the SSM was looking a lot in the folder C:\windows\csc. That is a folder related to off-line files. When I disabled offline files the performace increased a lot.

Originally from JTB World

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Z Corp Names Student Design Contest Winners (Z Corp.)

February 27th, 2005 No comments

Z Corporation Announces 3D Printing Student Design Contest Winners

From: Z Corp.
Type: Press Release

Originally from CADwire.net: All CAD industry news

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Delcam software turns a passion for planes into a new business (Delcam)

February 27th, 2005 No comments

Delcam software turns a passion for planes into a new business

Source: Delcam

DelcamÂ’s Power Solution CADCAM software, together with technical support from the local reseller Multicam, has enabled Gustav…

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LMS Virtual.Lab Structures Intro’d (LMS International)

February 27th, 2005 No comments

LMS Virtual.Lab Structures Delivers Integrated Pre- and Post-Processing and Multi-Solver Support for Structural Analysis in CATIA V5

From: LMS International
Type: Press Release

Originally from CADwire.net: All CAD industry news

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AmberCore Launches Amber iQ 2.0 (PR Newswire)

February 27th, 2005 No comments

AmberCore Launches Amber iQ 2.0 – Revolutionary Computerized Mapping and GIS Tools

From: PR Newswire
Type: Press Release

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Invisible and very light font in MTEXT Editor

February 27th, 2005 No comments

It’s 9:00 am, you sit down at the computer, open AutoCAD 2005, take a sip of coffee, and put on your glasses. You then open the DWG file you were working on yesterday and double click a piece of MTEXT to edit a mistake and then it happens. The MTEXT editor looks weird, the font is almost invisible. You check to see if you have your glasses on, you do! Is my prescription too old? Has someone poisoned your coffee which is making you go blind? No, it MS Windows XP messing things up again!

Windows XP has a feature that will smooth out the appearance of the text on your screen. This is a great feature when using Word, Excel, Internet Explorer..etc. but it does the opposite in AutoCAD. This feature actually make the text seem very light in colour or almost invisible.

There is a quick solution to the problem:

  1. Close AutoCAD.
  2. Right-click on the desktop and choose PROPERTIES.
  3. In the Display Properties Dialogue box pick the Appearance Tab.
  4. Click on the EFFECTS button on the bottom.
  5. In the Effects Dialogue box remove the check-mark beside "Use the following method to smooth edges of screen fonts"
  6. Press OK, then Apply and OK again.
  7. Restart AutoCAD.

Originally posted by Mike from The Mad Cadder

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A Shave, Haircut and more… well sort of its 3ds Max 7.5

February 27th, 2005 No comments

Discreet Press Release

New Features in 3ds max 7.5
Hair and Fur—Based on Joe Alter’s highly regarded “Shave and a Haircut” solution, the hair and fur in 3ds max 7.5 software offers numerous styling and dynamics tools for creating realistic hair and other strand-derivative effects. These include:

  • Styling tools—brush tool for combing hair and brushing along complicated contours with “re-comb,” as well as support for clumping and frizz for added realism
  • Hair dynamics tools—using the dynamics engine of Shave and the dynamic forces of 3ds max to inherit inertia directly from the Skin or any other modifier’s surface movement
  • mental ray integration—fast, memory-efficient and direct rendering using the native mental ray hair primitive
  • Hair, plus—instanced geometry can be used as individual hairs to easily create forests, fields of flowers and other landscapes

mental ray 3.4—3ds max 7.5 software will feature mental ray 3.4, mental images’ most current version. Each seat of 3ds max 7.5 will provide access to numerous mental ray 3.4 optimizations, including faster final gathering performance, and fast rasterization for first-generation rays.

Visualization Features—3ds max customers in design markets often require a broad cross-section of 3D and visualization tools. With the subscription delivery of 3ds max 7.5, product designers, architects, inventors and others in this space will have the advanced modeling capabilities offered in 3ds max and Autodesk VIZ in a single package.

  • Radiosity Adaptive Subdivision—adds adaptive subdivision to the radiosity plug-in, enabling higher quality, more accurate and more efficient radiosity processing
  • Batch render—gives users a solution to quickly render a series of stills from different angles, with the option to change render settings and layers in between views
  • UVW mapping improvement—place physically-scaled materials onto objects in the scene more easily and accurately with support for real-world measurements
  • Sweep modifier—“Loft” a shape or profile along lines or polylines imported from AutoCAD or line work created in 3ds max, even applying pre-set shapes to simple linework
  • SceneState—capture object, layer, material, camera and light information as a “scene state” that can be saved and restored at will
  • Autodesk Revit® 7 Interoperability—Autodesk Revit users can now create high-quality images of their models with 3ds max 7.5 by importing/linking a Revit model via the DWG format, and having their scene objects correspond directly to individual Revit objects
  • Autodesk Inventor® Interoperability—access the Inventor file option directly within the import tool
  • DWF export—convey ideas and share designs by exporting models from
  • 3ds max 7.5 for viewing with Autodesk DWF Viewer and Autodesk DWF Composer

3ds max 7.5 software is expected to be available in mid-April to customers in the Discreet Subscription Program.

Want to see a few of these goodies in action? Check out the 3ds max demo videos. (Thanks to Jeff Patton for pointing the updated demo videos out).

happy rendering…

Originally posted by Beau Turner from Will render for food…

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Building Information Modeling (BIM) Conference Announced

February 27th, 2005 No comments

Georgia Tech and Jerry Laiserin are teaming up to bring you a conference on BIM, deployment, and strategy.

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ANSYS Partners with RoboBAT (ANSYS)

February 27th, 2005 No comments

ANSYS and RoboBAT Announce an Integrated Structural Engineering Solution

From: ANSYS
Type: Press Release

Originally from CADwire.net: All CAD industry news

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Quick Tip – Super Quick Extrusion of Text (and other objects)

February 24th, 2005 No comments

Need to give your text an extrusion thickness?  Dust off the old CHANGE command.  Simply select the text (or any object(s) you want to extrude) and select Properties.  Select Thickness and give the object the desired extrusion.  Super Easy!

Command: change
Select objects: 1 found
Select objects:
Specify change point or [Properties]: P
Enter property to change [Color/Elev/LAyer/LType/ltScale/LWeight/Thickness]: T
Specify new thickness <0.0000>: 3

(I recently saw a tip where it was suggested you explode the text into individual segments with an express tool and then extrude it – yuck!  Wayyyyy too much work!)

Originally posted by Lynn Allen from Lynn Allen’s Blog

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O2 Therapy (CAD User Magazine)

February 24th, 2005 No comments

O2 Therapy

Source: CAD User Magazine

Using SolidWorks, Southmedic developed the OxyArm Predictable Oxygen Delivery System, the first “open” oxygen delivery system…

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