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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/

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.

 

customization

 

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

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

SU2019

SketchUp Pro has been selling as perpetual license for a long period times, finally Trimbles has offered an option of Annual susbcription early of this year when SketchUp Pro 2019 is launched.

It may be confusing that the product name of “SketchUp Pro” now refers to the annual subscription while the perpetual license is named as “SketchUp Classic”.

SketchUp Subscription

SketchUp Pro Subscirption would be an option for users that look for a more affordable up front investment or additional features:

  • Trimble Connect with unlimited cloud storage
  • SketchUp for Web premium
  • Viewing apps for HoloLens, VR and Mobile
  • Sefaira: High performance building design software plug-in for SketchUp and Revit (*bundled in SketchUp Studio Subscription)

Click here to learn more about the perceptual and subscription license, and the plug-in tools that enpower your SketchUp.

Ever wanted a simple, and easy to use plug-in that can create high-quality renderings in 3D and VR?

Well, Enscape is right for you.

Using Enscape is not like using another application. There is no need for the hassle to learn another complicated rendering application, just start rendering in One Click within your modeling software.

Let's check out how Enscape 2.4 newly added Asset Library and Web Standalone Export can make creating and sharing your projects even simpler!

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