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Six Technology Trends: by Autodesk

So, for those of you who have attended Autodesk University in the last few years, the idea of technology trends coming together to form one perfect storm of innovation is not new. This concise talk (sans slides), by Brian P. Mathews who gave an excellent presentation at AU2012, is worth viewing.

To summarize these trends or shifts:

  1. Reality Capture
  2. The Cloud
  3. Infinite Computing
  4. Simulation
  5. Digital to Analog
  6. The Net Effect

Watch live streaming video from autodesk at

This is one of a few teasers in advance of the big webcast coming on March 26th. This is presumably the announcement of the new Autodesk 2014 product line, which has been almost as regular as the returning of the swallows to Capistrano. You can view the live webcast on March 26th either here: (click the Webcast menu) or here:

Creating Revit Egress Paths 2.0

Life Safety Gnome, the official mascot of Revit egress paths.

For many versions of Revit, we have used Steve Stafford’s Line-Based Generic Model family for representing Egress Paths in our life safety drawings. It has served us well. At the time, this was absolutely the best way, given the available tool set. Certainly, you could use dumb drafting lines to sketch the path, and not have any ability to schedule or tag… but we like BIM here at Paradigm shift, and strongly believe in creating your own tools when they don’t already exist.

Revit 2013 has opened up some new possibilities. With railings, you can now schedule and tag their length. Mathew Miller wrote up a great process for documenting Life Safety / Code plans, and you should definitely check it out. Then go follow him on Twitter.

Are you back? Good. Yes, I completely agree – one could simply create a custom railing for the path. I liked this quite a bit, and the more I tried refining it, the more I didn’t like the ability to edit certain aspects. The new component-based railings cannot entirely have all components turned off – there’s always a rail at the overall height of the instance.

I think the best solution I’ve come across thus far, is from one of NBBJ’s own – Kelvin Tam in our Columbus office. It is made from an adaptive component, so the points can be placed manually where needed, and easily adjusted. There’s also some additional benefits to using this method, as you’ll see in my short video. This is a rough draft, and comments are always welcome.

Revit 2013 Egress Paths – YouTube.

Get the family here: LifeSafety-EgressPath_4Segments.rfa

Virtual #AU2011

Move along, there’s something to see here!

Every year, Autodesk University occurs the week after Thanksgiving. For those of you who would like to take part in this exciting learning opportunity, you can attend virtually. Previews of online classes are available on November 15, and you can watch prior AU video courses or download handouts at anytime. Sign up for AU Virtual today and join thousands of your colleagues online November 29–30 for AU Virtual 2011! Choose to Sign In, using your Autodesk single sign-on account.

For those of you following me on Twitter who are not attending AU in person, let me apologize in advance for the ridiculous number of tweets you will see in about 30 days. Search for #AU2011 (the official hash-tag) if you care to follow the conversation.


Parametric Design with Spore

I recently purchased Spore Galactic Edition, and yes it’s really a time drain. I had not realized why I like this game until recently. You get to design things parametrically, for fun!?

OK, this is silly, I know. But very addictive. The controls are interesting and so easy to learn to use. If you are unfamiliar, I’ve embedded a link to one of their tutorials on YouTube. Be prepared for silly-tecture. The return to serious posts will be soon, promise.

YouTube – Spore Building Editor Tutorial.