Evox Linkator will give you access to a new toolbar that contains all the commands necessary to create links to web sites or files from your PC.
Everything is possible through two simple buttons with which you can connect the elements or the whole family to a Web site, to data sheets in PDF, dwg of detail and everything you need to integrate your project.
From Manager you will be able to monitor all links anytime, in order to control those to be repaired or to eliminate unnecessary ones.

Download at:
eVox Linkator TRIAL | Autodesk Revit | Autodesk Exchange Apps

In case you missed this recent article, note how the comments of Philip Rosedale can actually apply to the future of the AEC industry:

“If the technology changes to make it easier for negotiating and knowing what the work product is, and knowing how people are performing, and it becomes easier to do things in smaller and smaller chunks and with more granularity and with less hassle, the nature of firms and the structure of firms will probably change,” he said. “Obviously, they will go down in size and the relationships will become much more transactional. So,” Rosedale said, “my belief became that the future of work will be some sort of a situation in which many more people will contribute to projects in much smaller chunks,” he said.  

“I was struck by the thought that we’re reaching a point where the scale and complexity of the things we’re building exceeds our capability as individuals to do planning around them,” he said.

Read more:
Peter Diamandis: Creating a Company Without Employees: Philip Rosedale on Coffee and Power and the Future of Entrepreneurship

Collaboration is the buzzword in the AEC community for 2013.  Something relatively unique to the current era of technology is Architectural collaboration – more than one firm of Architects working on a single project.

But how do we collaborate across large geographic distances?  And how do Architectural collaborators (we are not talking about consultants here) handle modelling standards and model management in general?

There is so much rhetoric out there, both from a technological and a psychological perspective.  There are a plethora of cloud-implemented technologies, including Revit Server and VEO.  There are a bunch of different theories about the best way to control the entire process.

So, what is your firm doing to solve these problems?

Consider a few thoughts from this case study posted in August 2012, co-authored by Cara Gastonguay, Associate AIA LEED AP, Payette and Carolyn Hoef, Associate AIA LEED BD+C, Ayers Saint Gross.

Different firms have varying electronic standards, and templates and conventions. In the BIM world this also means varying project file templates, families, detail components and even line styles. Choose one team to lead file set-up and commit to using one firm’s library of families and graphic standards.

reference view tags such as section markers, elevation markers and callouts do not appear in the host model. For example, an enlarged plan callout in the partner file will simply not appear when linked into the host file. To work around this issue, we coordinated “dummy views”...

Read more at:
Notes on BIM Collaboration across Multiple Offices

Autodesk certainly faces the Innovators Dilemma – particularly with regard to cloud technology (think of them supporting VEO while building 360).  Phil Read includes the following footnote on page 16 of his AB2340 handout:

*  Clayton Christensen refers to this as the “Innovators Dilemma”: Internal competition that cannibalizes existing, successful processes are discouraged. Apple is one of the few businesses that will actively cannibalize successful products. The philosophy is that since their competition is trying to do this, the best way to compete is to do it better. Be the best in the world at making successful products obsolete.

PDF Download: http://tinyurl.com/bsoyp2l 

via http://www.architecture-tech.com/

And yes, its was difficult for me to post something that puts Apple in a positive light 🙂

Surely Revit integration with VEO will be a high priority, now that Autodesk are buying into VEO so heavily?

Some of you may recall that VEO-LUX was once a Revit add-in application , and that Revit Architecture 2009 beta was codenamed VEO … what a long path back to Revit it has taken!  Up to the clouds and back again … but bringing all its collaborative goodness to the Revit world.

VEO News: Autodesk and M-SIX have partnered! Revit and VEO, finally together again …

The inevitable clash between Autodesk and M-SIX is beginning to surface on Twitter.  Let’s have a look at a few recent ‘conversations’:

Firstly, we now measure the success of BIM in degrees:

In comes Autodesk:

And on and on it goes…

Please RT.  Last year, I attended the Revit Technology Conference in Australia.  It was an absolutely awesome experience.  While the information was of a very high standard, I personally loved the opportunity I had to meet some of the top Revit users and professionals in the world.

This year, something new and exciting is happening.  Its called Visday (vizz-day).  It is the premier forum on advances in computer generated visualisation for the architecture, engineering and construction industries, and is collocated to the renowned RTC event. The powerful line-up of speakers includes Lon Grohs the Vice President of Chaos Group from Bulgaria, SHW group, HKS and VEO from the United States and local talent from Flood Slicer and Atomic 3D.

What Revit Wants is pleased to offer you the opportunity to win a free ticket to VisDay 2012 Australasia.  All you need to do is send an email to secretary@rtcevents.com in answer to the question in 25 words or less… What aspect of VisDay are you most interested in?”.  Be sure to include the fact that you are heard about this from What Revit Wants (see full rules below)

VisDay will be held on Wednesday 23 May at Novotel Wollongong Northbeach, NSW, Australia. Further details can be found on the website
Here are the full competition rules:

“We would like to offer your readers a single complimentary general admission ticket to VisDay, in exchange for feedback on attending VisDay. i.e.
Tell us in 25 words or less… What aspect of VisDay are you most interested in?

Prize includes registration to VisDay 2012 Australasia on Wednesday 23 May at Novotel Wollongong Northbeach. Complimentary scheduled transfers are available from Sydney city and Sydney Domestic Airport. Prize does not include other travel or accommodation.

All submissions are required by Monday 30 April, the winning entry will be decided by the VisDay Committee and will be notified on Wednesday 2 May.

Please email your submission to secretary@rtcevents.com noting the source blog. Please ensure you check back onto the blog after 2 May to see if you are a winner. Winning comments will be posted on the blog site along with the winners name.”

WSP Group is a global design engineering and management consultancy specialising in Property, Transport & Infrastructure, Industry and Environment projects.

They recently released a report entitled:
10 Truths about BIM

Personally, I find the following so-called ‘truths’ most challenging:

  • 4 – BIM will destabilise the construction industry.
  • 9 – The software platform is at a crossroads.

I’m unsure what is fully meant by ‘destabilise’ in point 4, but I guess if it means a shake-up, then that is probably true.

Point 9 is quite interesting – I think we are about to see a new battle in software – the battle for Data.  At the moment, we have plenty of model creation tools, and none that truly dominate (Revit, ArchiCAD, Bentley are probably the best known).  But the next phase of BIM software seems to be the client-server packages that store and present your data, such as VEO.  You can read more about some of these competing technologies here.

In the report, it quotes from another article entitled CAD standardisation in the construction industry — A process view, which can be downloaded from here.  This document makes an interesting observation with regard to ‘de facto’ file format standardisation:

And its quite true – DWG, PDF and MP3 have gained ubiquitous status because they won the war to be the defacto exchange format for their particular medium.  We don’t have that yet for BIM – but I guess it is coming…

You can download the full WSP report here.

What do you think?  Have you read the report?  Feel free to comment…

10 points via WSP blog post:
BIM: 10 truths about BIM

Heads up and PDF link via:
Village BIM

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VEO News has found a connection between VEO and Interviews3D Composer Suite.

Some of the features of Interviews3D Composer Suite in bullet points (emphasis added):

  • interactively simulate and explore even the largest CAD models and laser scans (up to several billion points and polygons in real time)
  • import CAD data from any major source format and compose differently formatted models into large projects
  • modular system architecture
  • new, intuitive user interface supports:
  • configurable multi-view, multi-database display
  • visual editing and numerous interactive functions.
  • can overlay laser and CAD data,
  • measure deviations between specification and physical model,
  • perform clash analysis,
  • document and report changes, etc.

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