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Bluebeam webinar

Bluebeam Revu increases workflow productivity for design review, drawing management, quantity takeoffs, submittals and more. This webinar will give you the tips and ticks for your managing and collaborating in your construction projects.

Webinar Details

Bluebeam for Construction Management and Revu 2020 update

Seminar Details

  • Date: 21 September 2020 (Monday)
  • Time: 11:00 am
  • Language: Cantonese supplement with English material

Agenda & Highlights

  • Construction Modelling
    - Create Intradocument Hyperlinks
    - Markup Documents
    - Compare Document Release
  • Cost Estimation
    - Create Measurements
    - Customized Markups
    - Markup Lists
  • Punch Lists
    - Add Punch List items
    - Assign Responsibilities
  • Revu 2020 update

webinar replay

 

Since Autodesk has annouced to retire plans based on serial number and multi-user access in the early of this year (Transition to Named User), many users are taking the trade in offer at the time of the license renewal.

In this article, we will briefly list out the steps to go through the transition for current multi-user subscription or network maintenance users.

 

1. Prepare an user list

- A list of user (email) and which Autodesk product that they are required to use shall be first prepared.

  Each Autodesk single-user license can be used/ assigned to one user.

- If the user email has not be registered as an Autodesk account yet, please "Create Account" in advance at https://accounts.autodesk.com/

- The license administrators - Contract Manager or Software Coordinator (or also called Primary/ Secondary Administrator) may then add the user in the Autodesk Account.

  For detail https://knowledge.autodesk.com/customer-service/account-management/users-software/user-management/add-users

 

2. Transition

- After the new subscription period starts, the license adminstrators can start assigning the product access right to each user in the Autodesk Account.

  For detail https://knowledge.autodesk.com/customer-service/account-management/users-software/user-management/assign-users-to-products

- The installed software is not required to un-install and then re-install in the users' machine, when not a different proect is switchted after trade-in.

  The user just need to change the license type (from network license to single user) and then sign in into the software instead.

  Note: Steps to change license type

     a. Start your Autodesk software

     b. At the upper-right, click the triangle next to the username and then select Manage License             tnu 1      c. In the License Manager dialog box, select Manage License Type

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     d. The Let's Get Started screen appears, and then choose your license type as Single-ser

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 * With the introduction of the Autodesk 2020 software release (same for 2021), changing the licensing now may require commands to be entered via an elevated commadn prompt.  Details instructions for how to find and use the AdskLicensingInstHelper.exe and all of its commands and options can be found at this link.

 

3. Retirement of Network License Server

After confirmed all users can sign in into the software, the network license server can be stopped services.

 

Some tips:

For each multi user seat trade in, two single user subscriptions will be offered.  When the no. of users are more than the number of seats after trade-in, additional new subscription will be required.

The product usage report is avaliable for license administrators in the Autodesk Account for all single user subscription.  The license usage can be monitored and reviewed at the time of nex renewal for the final subscription renewal quantity.

 

Further Reading >>

Autodesk - What's change this year http://www.forida.com.hk/index.php/products/autodesk/autodesk-what-s-changing-this-year

 

 

Monday, 17 August 2020 18:03

A highlight of BIM 360 update (July 2020)

The AEC industry is everchanging – The Autodesk Construction Cloud solution – BIM 360 also keep updated all the time to help the subscriber to adapt to this everchanging business landscape.

Here, let’s have a look on the key updates that you should not miss.

 

1. Enhancement in Insight (BIM 360 Docs)

(Full release note: https://blogs.autodesk.com/bim360-release-notes/2020/07/30/analytics-and-insights-updates-july-2020/)

Project Level Document Log (NEW!)

  • This helps meet the requirements for CDE/ISO19650 for running a document log for the entire Project Files.
  • This report also includes all standard and custom attributes.

Issue Report (UPDATE!)

  • now includes automatic clash screenshots from model coordination reports

Data Connector (Preview) (UPDATE!)

  • Custom Issue Attributes – to helps customers use their own custom attributes for slicing and dicing the data.
  • Issue and Checklist links – helps link issues to the checklists they originated from. Provides a way for customers to understand which inspection caused these issues.
  • Email notifications for data connector requests- allows customers to know the data extraction is complete (or failed) and ready to download.
  • a new Power BI template for project controls dashboards supporting RFI and Submittals data. Data Connector users can download this template and start using this along with the project controls data provided by Data Connector. 

 

2. Enhancement in Field Management Module (BIM 360 Build)

 

Increase Visibility With Issue Reference Linking

(Full release note https://blogs.autodesk.com/bim360-release-notes/2020/07/28/increase-visibility-with-issue-reference-linking/)

  • link existing assets or RFIs to an issue directly within the record
  • Project members with the following permission levels have access to this functionality

New Checklist Features To Save Time and Reduce Duplication of Effort

(Full release note https://blogs.autodesk.com/bim360-release-notes/2020/07/28/new-checklist-features-to-save-time-and-reduce-duplication-of-effort/)

  • “Assigned to me” quick filter within mobile any abstract?? E.g. Allow field users to search his assigned task faster at mobile
  • Checklist ID​​​​​​​: Checklists now have their unique IDs. You can find checklists quicker by their checklist IDs, and sort checklists by ID; The checklist detail report will also include the ID
  • Create a checklist from checklist log
  •  Section assignee filter: When web users filter checklists based on assignees the filtering results will not only show assignees on a checklist level but also on a checklist section level.
  •  Import BIM 360 (Classic) Field templates along with their issue auto-creation settings: no longer need to redo the work of setting up issue auto-creation rules when they import an existing checklist template to another project.
  •  Activity log: brings full transparency to all the updates made on a checklist. Leverage a single source of truth that gives you the information about who did what and when. For now, the feature is available on web only.

Issue Enhancements (UPDATE!)

(Full release note https://blogs.autodesk.com/bim360-release-notes/2020/07/21/bim-360-issue-enhancements/)

 Export issue log in xlsx (web):Xlsx is a much more convenient format for users who will work with the data directly in Excel and it’s also easier if they want to use the exported log as an import file for data analytics tools such as Power BI or Tableau.

  • Filter issues by custom attributes (web)
  • “Assigned to me” quick filter (mobile)

 

3. Enhancement in Project Management Module (BIM 360 Build)

The “meetings minutes” features launched just some time ago but more new update has come.

Meetings (UPDATE!)

(Full release note https://blogs.autodesk.com/bim360-release-notes/2020/07/27/meetings-enhancement-description-summary-advanced-text-editing/)

● Description & Summary Advanced Text Editing:When you select text and add a link, the link becomes a hyperlink in both the meeting record and exported PDF.

 

4. Enhancement in Model Coordination Module (BIM 360 Coordinate)

(Full release note https://blogs.autodesk.com/bim360-release-notes/2020/07/21/bim-360-model-coordination-july-2020-release-notes/)

Auto-Attached Clash Screenshots (NEW!)

● supports the automatic creation of screenshots, as attachments to assigned clash issues

● Clash screenshots additionally benefit users viewing an issue outside of Model Coordination, including Docs, detailed issue reports (PDF) and Meeting Minutes.

 

Check out the full release notes at https://blogs.autodesk.com/bim360-release-notes/

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BIMcollab supports the Open BIM workflow, provide with you a cloud based comprehensive issue tracking system for your BIM projects. Helps you to consolidate and handle issues all through the design and construction stage.

 

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Webinar Details

Master your Open BIM Issue Management workflow with BIMcollab

Usually different BIM software are using in the building and construction project, and handling issues from different BIM software would not be easily. BIMcollab is a cloud based comprehensive issue tracking system that helps you to consolidate and handles issues at one single place through the design and construction stage.

Looking for BIM issue management in Hong Kong and Macau? The first BIMcollab webinar for the local users in Cantonese.

Seminar Details

  • Date: 28 Aug 2020 (Fri)
  • Time: 11 am - 12 pm
  • Language: Cantonese (廣東話) supplemented with English materials
  • Nature: Live webinar

Agenda & Highlights

  • Open BIM and Its Open Standards (IFC & BCF)
  • Issue Management using IFC &BCF
  • BIMcollab as Issue Data Management Centre
  • Issue Management Workflow using BIMcollab
  • Live Demo (Using BIMCollab for handling issues in Revit, Solibri and Trimble Connect)

Audience

Suitable for everyone in Building and Construction industry - interested on a digital tool to consolidate and handle all BIM coordination issues in one place.

 

webinar replay

 

Unity is no more just the world’s most popular game engine.

With the last few years collaboration with Autodesk, finally Unity had officially launched a new product that can work natively with Autodesk AEC solution.

The new product name is called Unity Reflect.

 

Unity for AEC

Currently Unity Reflects has plug-in for Revit and Navisworks, and more Autodesk solution will be available soon.  Unity Reflects also natively supports other popular 3D modelling software – SketchUp and Rhino.

After the stop of development/ support of Stingray and Revit Live, Unity Reflect would be a good choice to produce VR and AR content for your BIM projects. 

 

Seamless data federation

Architects, 3D designers and engineers working on different systems (iOS, Andriod, Mac, PC, AR/VR devices, and more) in one model can bring their BIM model/ data into the same Reflect project, to create real-time immersive and interactive experience in a quick and easy way.

With the native plugin for the 3D modelling/ BIM software, users can synchronize model and retrieve metadata from CAD/ BIM model directly to Unity Reflect in just one click. 

 

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Easily Customizable

Users can also use Unity Editor to custom real-time BIM applications to deliver more function and better result.

 

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Learn more >>
Unity Reflect: BIM to real-time 3D in one click for better design decisions
https://blogs.unity3d.com/2019/06/05/unity-reflect-bim-to-real-time-3d-in-one-click-for-better-design-decisions/

Online course: Basic Reflect Customization
https://learn.unity.com/course/basic-reflect-customization

Register for Unity Reflect 14 days free trial
https://create.unity3d.com/lets-talk-unity-reflect

AGACAD Cut opening can help you automatically insert opening.  In a drawing, there are many openings are required to create for ducts, pipes, cable trays and conduits intersect walls, floors, roofs, ceilings, beams or columns etc.  How can we quickly extract the information of all those opening after we have used AGACAD Cut opening to insert the openings.

The following step will show you how to make it visible in the tag.

1. In opening editor, click shared parameter and create a new shared parameter file.

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2. In opening editor, find the parameter you want to display in the tag (in this case, use “diameter” as example) in the family type and edit the parameter.

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3. Export the shared parameter.

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4. Go the label editor, in the Edit Label dialog box, add new parameter and select the shared parament you want to display.

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5. Find the parameter you just added and add it into the label.

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Finally, based on your drawing requirement, you can now extract the information of opening like diameter, opening type and level offset and display it using the tagging shown as below capture.

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Want to learn more about AGACAD? Visit our product page: 
http://www.forida.com.hk/index.php/products/agacad

AGACAD Cut Opening is under the pre-approved BIM software list of The Construction Innovation and Technology Fund (CITF), check out about more information:
http://www.forida.com.hk/index.php/solutions/bim-fundings

Tuesday, 21 July 2020 15:54

What is Unity Reflect?

Unity Technologies is a company in Denmark best known for the development of Unity – a licensed game engine used to create video games and other applications.  Recently, it has further extended this widely used real-time 3D development platform for other industry, such has automobiles, transportation equipment, films, animation and architectural design.

Meanwhile, collaborating with Autodesk, which is a leading solution provider of BIM software, a new tool called Unity Reflect was released in December 2019, aiming for Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) industry.

 

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 Unity Reflect = Unity for AEC

Unity Reflect integrates BIM data and supports collaborate workflow to let users to produce real-time immersive and interactive visualization with one click.

A building project involves different stakeholders, such as Architects, 3D Designers and Engineers.  During the design stage, it is very important that all change request of BIM model can be reflected immediately within the team and get feedback quickly.  Visualize the issues and changes can always facilitate the discussion and speed up the decision making.  However, to update the BIM data visually in a 3D model may require a complex process and take times. 

Unity Reflect was thus developed to provide solutions.  It allows users to seamlessly synchronize BIM data from any platform (Windows, Mac, smartphone), making it easy for the team to collaborate and proceed with the projects smoothly.

 

How can it help actually?

Synchronize Data with one click

  • Synchronize Data with one click

 As mentioned earlier, it is important to seamless syncing BIM data and review the 3D design in real-time.  It is because not everybody has experience or skilful enough to operate 3D model in real-time, thus having an ease of use platform like Unity Reflect can eliminate the need to create physically prototypes from blueprints or an optimized 3D model.

Moreover, Unity Reflect can show a 3D model with AR (Augmented Reality) and VR (Virtual Reality) content, to help visualizing the design issues earlier rather than only find it out in construction stage.

 

BIM Filtering

  • BIM Filtering

BIM models always consist of different information from different aspects, such as Architecture Design, Building Construction, Electrical System, Mechanical System, Plumbing System (MEP) etc.  When viewing the models with Unity Reflect, user can select and filter which information they want see.

 

AR and VR Viewer

  • AR and VR Viewer

Unity Reflect supports a wide range of AR and VR devices, hence it is possible to review a shared BIM model in a more immersive manner using xR technology which is an increasing trend and needs in AEC industry.

User can simply use the smartphone, tablet or AR glasses to display the 3D model at real-time at the actual construction site.  The Unity Reflect viewer can give a realistic experience, like walkthrough inside the model to check the appearance of the object, helping you to notify any problems that you may not aware by just viewing the model by the computer screen.

It supports the walkthrough mode, fly over model and able to review the 3D from different angle.  It gives users flexible to see the building in the design from a new perspective.

Windows viewer is available to allow user to view the 3D model, also in reduced sized, on the desktop computer at home.  Unity Reflect supports various type of viewers to let users to review any way that is in harmony with reality.

Both AR and VR supports BIM filtering, so user can decide how much data to view to suit for any purpose.

 

Possibility to create customized apps and reviewer

Unity Reflect provides various ways to view BIM model to serve different people needs.

For example, when some of the stakeholder do not well understand how to operate AR and VR, they can use a simpler browsing method, such as Windows viewer.   On the contrary, advanced user can 

make use of Unity Editor to build apps and customized app with advanced setting to meets their demand and special usage. 

 

How to start?

The annual subscription cost of a Unity Reflect license is USD690.  However, for users that need Viewer only is free of charge. 

There is also 14-day trial version, so you can try it for free before putting it into practical use.

For advanced users that are looking for customizable viewer and real-time BIM applications, they will need an additional license of Unity Pro as well.

Unity Reflect is currently available with the Native plugins for Revit, Navisworks, Rhino and SketchUp.  More plugins for other AEC solution will be coming soon.

More new editing features are also under development, such as cloud support, large model support and UI Redesign are on the roadmap.

Please stay tuned for the update and please free to submit your idea to Unity.

 

Want to learn more about Unity Reflect? Visit our product page:             http://www.forida.com.hk/index.php/products/unity-reflect

Cupix is a web-base creator for 3D models from photos taken with 360 degree camera. Cupix can be used to build virtual tours and floor plans for Real Estate, Museums, Hotels, Restaurants, Galleries, Construction Sites, Renovation Works and more. An intuitive tool to share a 3D tour and monitor your project progress.

Why Cupix?

  • Fast and easy: Cloud solution, just need 360 degree camera
  • Compare and Track Construction Site Progress
  • Compare Construction Site/ As built with BIM model (Revit, Navisworks, SketchUp, IFC)
  • Featuring tools to compare a better 3D tour, such as push pin, insert photo, video & hyperlink
  • Support 3D tour publish to Google Map

Although the primary use of Cupix is capture a 3D space in reality, i.e. making use of panorama photo taken by 360 degree camera.

Actually Cupix also accept panorama photo produced by 3D design software or BIM software, that means we can produce a 3D tour for design stage.

Here let us demonstrate a workflow of a Cupix 3D tour creation from Revit and 3ds Max.

  1. Revit Enscape  Cupix

Revit natively does not support panorama export, Through Enscape, we can render panorama photo from Revit model.

Enscape is a real-time rendering plug-in Revit (and for SketchUp, Rhino, ArchiCAD and Vectorworks as well) and support VR output.

 

A Quick Steps:

  1. Open Revit and start Enscape
  2. Locate spots to take panorama in Enscape
  3. Render enough photos and save them
  4. Upload to cupix

Now, we go back to Cupix and

Upload the panorama photos to create a 3D tour (same for any 360 photo)

 

  1. Create new 3D tour in Cupix workspace
  2. Set tour name and no. of sections in the tour
  3. Select panorama photos for each section
  4. Confirm the setting and upload the tour
  5. An email will be sent to you when your tour is ready

 

       2. 3ds Max Cupix

Here is a workflow demonstration of 3Ds Max to Cupix

Like working on Revit, we need first render the panorama photo from 3ds Max and this time we use the Autodesk rendering solution – Arnold (free use for 3ds Max subscriber)

 

Steps:

  1. Open 3DsMax
  2. Set camera type to Arnold, select VR camera and set camera name, select stock lenses
  3. Locate camera and set mode, look around and verify camera position
  4. Open rendering environment setting, set up Physical Camera Exposure control and Exposure value
  5. Open Render setup, set the renderer and select camera to be rendered and set up the output size
  6. Finished rendering, save file for the panorama output

By using Arnold and 3Ds Max, it can easily to create 3D tours in Cupix without taking any photos from the site. You can also create the preview tours at design stages.

 

Want to learn more about Cupix? Visit our product page: 

http://www.forida.com.hk/index.php/products/cupix

Check out about The Construction Innovation and Technology Fund (CITF)?

http://www.forida.com.hk/index.php/solutions/bim-fundings

 

Monday, 20 April 2020 10:10

BIM Model Checking and Quality Assurance

Webinar on BIM Model Checking and Quality Assurance

CITAC is striving for the improvement of the productivity, safety and sustainability of the Hong Kong construction industry by promoting innovation adoption. Webinars on construction technologies are organised to promulgate technology solutions to the industry via our online platform.

Manual checking of the BIM model is a time-consuming and cost-consuming process as it always requires an experienced professional to do repetitive work. In this webinar, which is jointly organised by CIC and CITAC, Forida will present how digital tools such as Solibri Model Checker can help practitioners to do quality checking automatically to meet the BIM project requirements. 

Building Information Modeling BIM

Webinar Details

Topic : BIM Model Checking and Quality Assurance
Date :  21 April 2020 (Tuesday)
Time : 10:00 am 
Language : Cantonese
Fee : Free of Charge
Format : Webinar
Speaker : Ms Helen CHEUNG, Application Consultant of Forida Limited

Webinar Highlights

  • Digital Solution for BIM Model Checking and Quality Assurance
  • Open BIM and Model Checking Workflow
  • Real-time demonstration on BIM Model Checking & Quantity Takeoff

webinar replay

 

Do you ever think of how to ensure Quality Assurance for your BIM projects?  Do the BIM models produced following the BIM standard you have set?

Without a proper tool, you would need to check the model manually for the Clash Detection but also the correct Naming Convention and Required Properties.  That is time-consuming and requires an experienced professional to do so.

Here we introduce Solibri Model Checker that allows users to define how QA/ QC tasks are performed.  It is a software developed by a Finnish company and fully adopted to the Open BIM methodology, which refers to IFC models and BCF format.

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It is also available with a free viewer called Solibri Anywhere (previously named Solibri Model Viewer)

 

Quick Overview

Let’s start with the User Interface.

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There are 5 tab

  • FILE: for document operation, such as open file, save file and setting
  • MODEL: for models reviewing, such as IFC, DWG or SMC file and visualizing the model in different views
  • CHECKING: checking a model/ design by a collection of Rulesets  (the core feature of Solibri)
  • COMMUNICATION: generate a slideshow to present the checking result and issue list
  • INFORMATION TAKEOFF: full information quantity takeoff

 

The Three Core Concepts

Before we go into the functions of Solibri, we should first understand some basic concepts in Solibri.

They are Role, Rules and Rulesets, and Classification. Most of the BIM workflow applies to this concept as well.

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What is a Role in Solibri?

  • A Role (or professional function) is essentially to call on a grouping of resources.
  • An example of Role is BIM Validation could be Architectural or Quantity Takeoff.
  • Grouping of resources refers to Rulesets, Classifications, and Information Takeoff Definitions (ITO)
  • It helps users to perform their tasks by focusing on their Role only.

What are Rules and Rulesets?

  • Rules and Rulesets are the criteria (of a requirement or regulation) used for checking the BIM model or Information Takeoff.
  • It should include all required checkpoints, such as the information contained in the BIM model, for both geometry and non-geometry components.
  • Solibri comes with more than 50 out-of-the Rulesets that are ready for use.
  • Users can create their own custom Rulesets as well, either from scratch or by adding to, removing from, and/or modifying the parameters of an existing Rulesets.

What is Classification?

  • Classification in Solibri allows users to classify or categorize elements or spaces.
  • Model checking and Information Takeoff would be performed based on the Classification

 

Model Checking

Finally, let’s see how Solibri checks your model.

  • Firstly, open the model
  • And then, select the Discipline such as Architectural (it is important to choose the Discipline right, as the Ruleset in Solibri is classified by Discipline)
  • Next, select the Rulesets (Ruleset is another important concept in Solibri that is the “standard” used for the model checking. It can be easier setup and created by medication from the sample Rulesets provided.)
  • The Issue report will be easily generated and categorized into different Severity (Critical, Moderate, Low) and the user can review and decide the issues if they are Rejected Results or Accepted Results.

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  • Lastly, the users can create a report into a PDF or Excel file.

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Solibri Model Checker is now a pre-approved CITF product.

 

Solibri 5 min demonstration video: https://youtu.be/pUMsElKEKZ4

Want to learn more about Solibri? Visit our product page: http://www.forida.com.hk/index.php/products/solibri

Check out about The Construction Innovation and Technology Fund (CITF)? http://www.forida.com.hk/index.php/solutions/bim-fundings

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