Thursday, November 23, 2017

Integrate BIM 360 data with PowerBI using R

From It's Alive in the Lab:

Sam Nseir: Integrate BIM 360 data with PowerBI using R

By Scott Sheppard
November 13, 2017

Sam Nseir is an Autodesk Building Information Modeling Premium Support Specialist who supports the Architecture, Engineering, and Construction and Engineering, Natural resources, and Infrastructure industries. As part of our efforts to help Autodesk BIM customers leverage Forge capabilities, Sam developed some examples of BIM 360 data with PowerBI.

Integrate BIM 360 data with PowerBI using R

BIM 360 products enable project teams to coordinate better, communicate more effectively, and resolve issues more quickly, resulting in faster and more efficient project delivery. As cloud-based software, BIM 360 products are designed with data at the center. Data analytics is part of the standard functionalities that are offered by BIM 360 products such as the analytics tab in BIM 360 Account Administration or the Project Overview tab in BIM 360 Field. With different teams having different use of the data, the in-product analytics might not answer all of the needs. Custom analytics could enable teams to drill down to specific details and identify correlations that would not have been possible otherwise. These days, one of the commonly used tools for custom analytics is "PowerBI." Power BI is a data analytics product from Microsoft that allows users to create reports and dashboards powered by interactive visualizations to analyze data. The question here is how do we integrate BIM 360 data with PowerBI?

Autodesk Forge Data Management Now Features WebHooks

From It's Alive in the Lab:

By Scott Sheppard
November 16, 2017

Autodesk Forge is our collection of Application Program Interfaces (APIs) that we use to develop our own web services. As part of our Forge efforts, we share those APIs (including documentation and code samples) with customers and 3rd party developers (the Forge community) that want to leverage years' worth of legacy and current data associated with projects.

Forge is defined by 4 groups of APIs:

BIMcollab v4.0 Sneak Preview

From the BIMcollab website:

BIMcollab 4.0
Sneak preview

New look, same feel: no learning curve

Although the GUI has been completely redesigned the menu’s and buttons are mostly on the same location. Everyone will be able to work with the new interface from the start. No learning curve. Enjoy the new design below.

New project dashboard

The new project dashboard shows a nice graphical overview of the status of the project together with a list of last changes in the issues.
All changes since your last login are highlighted in yellow.

Free Voice 360 for BIM 360 – Voice Commands for Forge Viewer

From the Autodesk App Store:

Voice 360 provides voice recognition feature to execute Forge Viewer commands. With the help of microphone on your system, you can give commands instead of taking inputs from mouse and keyboard. This application seamlessly integrates with an existing system and can be extended with more commands as needed.

Commands provided are,
  1. Show/Hide [model tree / cube / settings / properties]
  2. Set View [front / top / back / bottom / left / right]
  3. Isolate [partName]
  4. Explode / Collapse
  5. Select [partname]
  6. Etc...

E.g. if you want to see a model tree, you need to give a command, 'show model tree' and it will be shown.

Step 1

IDEA StatiCa Connection – Analyze, Design and Check Steel Connections and Joints

From the Autodesk App Store:

IDEA StatiCa Connection enables engineers to analyze, design and check steel connections/joints of any topology and loading. And does it in minutes.

It works as a standalone application as well as the next step in workflow started in Autodesk® programs Autodesk® Advance Steel, Revit and Robot Structural Analysis.

Any topology:
  • Welded/bolted connections, base plate, footing, anchoring
  • Rolled, welded or cold-formed sections
  • Cuts, stiffeners, wideners, ribs, openings, end plates, fin plates, gusset plates, stubs, cleats
  • More joints in one project, complete code-checks, overall report, bill of material, drawings
  • General cross-section - welded sections composed of any number of different profiles

Any loading and analysis:
  • Nonlinear analysis of steel profiles and plates, bolts in tension and shear, welds. 2D or 3D loading
  • Buckling analysis - local buckling of any plate in the connection
  • Stiffness analysis - initial stiffness and deformation capacity of any connected member
  • Member Capacity Design - check the connection on the maximal moment which can be taken by connected member
  • Design Joint Resistance - ratio of maximal load to the design load

Polygon Select

From the Autodesk App Store:

Autodesk® Revit® provides a method to select multiple elements by drawing a rectangle shape.
If the layout of the elements is complex, this method, using only a rectangle shape, is not always efficient.

We need a variety of shapes to select multiple elements.

This app provides an additional method to select multiple elements by drawing various polygon shapes.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

FLUX Slashes Subscription Price by 60% Amid Record Growth

Effective November 15, 2017, the new monthly subscription price for FLUX collaboration and interoperability application is US $24 per month. Previously it was $60 per month. Enterprise access is available for $833/mo. for small architecture, engineering and construction firms and $1,666/mo. for larger companies.

Flux is used by more than 6,200 companies in 151 countries.

Read the full press release here.

Free Webinar Nov 30 – Benefits of Subscribing to Autodesk and A360 Overview

From the registration website:

Benefits of Subscribing to Autodesk and A360 Overview

Thu, Nov 30, 2017 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM GMT

Learn how Autodesk Account gives you the ability to effectively track and manage all your Autodesk product licenses, services, and user benefits through a single personalized portal. In the portal, you can:
  • Manage access and permissions
  • Download products and trials
  • Track usage
  • Access help and support

Also, you’ll see how to ensure your team has uninterrupted access to today’s best  design technology, and harness the power of cloud computing with the comprehensive collection of A360 tools included with your subscription plan. A360 serves as a powerful collaboration platform with robust tools for sharing, editing, viewing, and storing your designs. Learn about these tools for 3D visualization, design optimization, and energy analysis.

Register for the webinar here.

Free Webinar Nov 29 – Managing Project Documents with BIM 360 Docs

From the registration website:

Managing Project Documents with BIM 360 Docs

Wed, Nov 29, 2017 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM GMT

Take control of your project documents!

From drawings to models, specifications to submittals, emails to schedules -- nearly every construction company and project faces the same document control issues today. Too much confusion around versions, too many questions about where to find information, too much work to keep it all straight.

It’s time to make a decision to change. Join us for a  free webinar to hear from the CADD Microsystems team on how you and your company can take control of your project document process.

After attending this webinar you'll be able to:
  • Put the right information at the fingertips of each project team member
  • Build structure around the project source of truth with minimal effort
  • Keep document control simple: built for the app generation, from the experience of the hammer generation
  • Plus, learn about Autodesk BIM 360 Docs, the free document management app purpose-built for construction projects and construction project teams.

Register for the webinar here.

Free Webinar Nov 29 – Connecting Project Teams with Collaboration for Revit

From the registration website:

Connecting Project Teams with Collaboration for Revit

Wed, Nov 29, 2017 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM GMT

Building projects are never simple. There are numerous stakeholders, different teams delivering on different schedules, working on multiple models, with each model progressing independently within each firm’s network. Join us as we show you how building project teams can connect with centralized access to BIM project data making it easier to access all project data – anytime, anywhere. Learn how  to:
  • Enable project team members in all disciplines, from multiple firms, or sites to concurrently author a model using the BIM process.
  • Connect team members with direct, real-time chat within project models to free teams from traditional, limited tools, such email and phone.
  • Access Autodesk A360 Collaboration for Revit with a centralized cloud-based workspace, and improve efficiency on projects.

Register for the webinar here.

Free BIMSens for Navisworks – Read/Write Interactions with External Data Sources

From the Autodesk App Store:

BIMSens is a generic database tool allowing read/write interactions with standard and bespoke data sources, including SQL Server, Primavera P6 Web Services, Excel and more. Connected to 3D Software like Autodesk® Navisworks®, BIMSens enables dynamic association of 3D objects to attributes in the data sources, allowing color filtering, data transfers and editing of the data directly from the model. Multiple users can concurrently visualize, filter, edit and color code the 3D model based on centralized data, in real time... for free.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Free Webinar Nov 29 – Capturing Current Conditions and Creating Point Cloud Models

From the registration website:

Capturing Current Conditions and Creating Point Cloud Models Webinar

Wed, Nov 29, 2017 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM GMT

Renovations of an older building or project can be tedious. Months can be spent simply looking for the old documentation, plans, files, and inspection of the site. Reworking of offices, relocation of key components and equipment, material changes, and code updates are just examples of the many things that could have taken place during the buildings lifecycle. This is where the use of Reality  Capture comes into place. Reality Capture allows a team to capture current conditions of a site and build an accurate point cloud model based on the observed and captured data. Autodesk ReCap Pro is software designed to process point cloud data files for use and register these files to process a better point cloud data file. The point cloud data file can then be used in other pieces of software for design and production purposes.

Learn how to:
  • Navigate Autodesk ReCAP Pro
  • Import Point Cloud data files
  • Create a Point Cloud Project
  • Use ReCAP Pro to Cloud-to-Cloud register scan data
  • Index registered scans into a single point cloud file Less

Register for the webinar here.

Free Webinar Nov 28 – BIM for Civil Engineers

From the registration website:

BIM for Civil Engineers

Tue, Nov 28, 2017 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM GMT

Leverage the power of the preliminary design and innovative visualization functionality inside InfraWorks to take your Civil 3D projects to new heights. During this session you’ll learn how the expanded toolset of InfraWorks 360 allows engineers to rapidly generate preliminary storm designs, perform traffic simulations, and more. Combine models from Civil 3D, Revit, and more to communicate to  stakeholders with complete context, the sense of place and visual impacts of your projects.

During this session you will learn:
  • Accelerate project approvals by communicating designs in the context of their surroundings.
  • Complete preliminary road and storm design tasks with greater efficiency.
  • Analyze the visual and traffic impacts of designs.
  • Exchange intelligent model data between Civil 3D, Revit, and InfraWorks.
  • Maintain more consistent data, context and processes Less

Register for the webinar here.

Free Webinar Nov 28 – Site Design & Analysis with Civil 3D, Revit, and InfraWorks

From the registration website:

Site Design & Analysis with Civil 3D, Revit, and InfraWorks

Tue, Nov 28, 2017 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM GMT

Apply the breakthrough 3D modeling and visualization technology within Autodesk InfraWorks to more easily communicate your site design proposals with stakeholders. In this webinar you’ll see how to develop immersive models that help facilitate early site layout discussions, and how the same model can evolve with a projects design as more detailed models from applications such as AutoCAD Civil 3D  and Autodesk Revit become available.

  • Modeling existing conditions in 3D from existing and freely available public data.
  • Efficiently create and evaluate multiple site design concepts using intuitive layout tools.
  • Incorporate detailed models from AutoCAD®, AutoCAD® Civil 3D®, Autodesk® Revit®, SketchUp, and more.
  • Improving public engagement by sharing models and specific scenarios using Autodesk® InfraWorks 360.
  • Take your models anywhere, and provide access to stakeholders with Autodesk 360.

Register for the webinar here.

BIMcollab v4.0

From the email announcement:

New interface with issue snapshots

The new BCF Managers offer a much better visual display of issues by their snapshots. With three possible snapshot-sizes and resizable panel-width users can choose how to use the available screen size. Also the issue history with comments is visually enhanced with their linked snapshots.


From the email announcement:

New ARCHIBUS V.23.2 Expands Compliance, Moves from Operations to Strategy

ARCHIBUS V23.2 bolsters and expands the innovations of V.23.1, further aligning operational functions towards overarching strategic goals so that your organization can function more efficiently as a whole.

The new version features a sweeping range of upgrades, with a prominent trend towards deepening compliance, so you can effectively link regulatory requirements to operational and verification actions. New capabilities were also added to help you record and track outsourced work and contracts.

Another key trend in this latest iteration is a refinement of our UI integration and its ability to control key management aspects with user-friendly consoles. The consoles for energy management, PM planning, and Labor planning were redesigned to tighten the reporting process that links strategic planning to employees and contractors, in both directions. This way, every layer of your organization can move in a consistent mode.

Free Webinar Nov 23 – Introduction to BIMcollab ZOOM

From the registration website:

Introduction to BIMcollab ZOOM

Thu, Nov 23, 2017 9:00 AM - 9:30 AM GMT

BIMcollab ZOOM brings model viewing and validating fully integrated into the BIMcollab workflow. ZOOM is the best tool to discuss issues in design review meetings within the context of discipline models. ZOOM also helps to analyse data to find design flaws and to verify solutions. Navigation is fast, intuitive and smooth, even with larger models.

ZOOM is available for Windows and MacOS and is the first BIM tool supporting Mac touchpad gestures for navigation. Never before it was possible to participate in the BIM data workflow to explore, understand and explain a building this easy.

Register for the webinar here.

Free BIMcollab ZOOM Released – IFC Model Viewing and Validation

From the BIMcollab website:

BIMcollab ZOOM

 visualize, validate and review

BIMcollab ZOOM is the newest addition to the BIMcollab ecosystem and brings model viewing and validating fully integrated into the BIMcollab workflow. ZOOM is the best tool to discuss issues in design review meetings within the context of discipline models. ZOOM also helps to analyse data to find design flaws and to verify solutions
Navigation is fast, intuitive and smooth. ZOOM is available for Windows and Mac and is the first BIM tool supporting Mac touchpad gestures for easy navigation. Never before you were able to participate in the BIM data workflow to explore, understand and explain a building this easy.

"ZOOM is quickly becoming my favourite IFC viewer"
Odd Goderstad, Graphisoft Norway

Visualize all discipline models

BIMcollab ZOOM can read any number of discipline models to create a full project overview. Sort models in the navigation tree in any way you want and save the project setup in a platform independent project file. Share this file together with your IFC models via drop box, chapeau or document management system.

Monday, November 20, 2017

The Week that was in Revit Add-ons for November 13-19, 2017

The week of October 13, 2017 was a very busy one here on Revit Add-ons with 47 posts published.



From the Autodesk App Store, the free BV-MASTER PURGER is for purging unused views, Scan Terrain is for creating topo surfaces from point clouds, the free Schedule Lookup is for searching schedule cells, the free UL SPOT app is for inserting credible green product information, and the free View Creator is self-explanatory.

ManufactOn BIM Viewer offers integration with Revit and BIM 360 Docs for ManufactOn, which offers prefab production, material and supply chain management.

From around the Internet, we posted about SPECtrum releasing the GAMUT content management system at AU 2017.

Roundup – For November 13-19, 2017, New and Updated Revit Add-ins on the Autodesk App Store

The week of November 13, 2017 saw the release of two new Revit add-ins on the Autodesk App Store. Six Revit, one Navisworks add-ins were also updated.

This is also the first week that we've covered BIM 360 add-ins, and nine were added to the App Store while three more were updated.

For new Revit add-ins, SheetEz is for managing sheets.

ManufactOn BIM Viewer relates to both Revit and BIM 360, and is for integration with ManufactOn for visualizing material chains.

For new BIM 360 add-ins, Create Project features the ability to add folders to new projects from a template project, and Version Calendar displays each file version that was updated on a calendar. Several add-ins that integrate BIM 360 with other services were also added, including EgnyteHoloBuilder, Sigma Estimates 5D, SiteAwareSite Scan, and STACK Estimating.

Lastly, BIMcollab BCF Manager for Autodesk Navisworks received a relatively significant update.



This add-in will help you manage sheets on your project, faster and more powerfully | USD 70.00
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About This Version: Version 1.0.0, 11/15/2017 – Original Version

ManufactOn BIM Viewer
This extension connects your Autodesk® BIM 360® model to ManufactOn's supply chain management capabilities, allowing you to visualize your material chain in BIM 360 | Free
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About This Version: Version 0.1, 11/13/2017 – Initial version, first release.


From the Autodesk App Store:

This add-in includes the following functions:
  • Make a sheet with name and number from input or Excel file.
  • Rename sheet with some case.
  • Transfer viewports from sheets.
  • Duplicate sheets.
  • Manage Revisions.
  • Control Cloud system.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

BIM 360 Online Hackathon Results

Awhile back we posted about an online hackathon for BIM 360, with a US $20,000.00 prize. The contest ended on October 31, 2017, and here are the entrants/winners:

BIM 360 Excel Exporter Plus
This app exports 3D data files in your BIM 360 account into Excel spreadsheets.
(Available on the Autodesk App Store)

A desktop app for organizing BIM360 projects' files.
(Available on the Autodesk App Store)

Fast File Screenshot
just click a button and a screenshot of the viewer will be taken

Free Solar Farm Planner for BIM 360

From the Autodesk App Store:

Technology demonstration of basic features for laying out a solar farm on an area of arbitrary profile selected on Google® Maps.

Using Forge™ platform, it is integrated with Autodesk® BIM 360® allowing users to better collaborate on projects

Solar Farm Planner supports the following functions:
  • Authorization with the Autodesk account;
  • Map manipulation and further placement of a rectangle or polygon area containing solar panels on the selected location;
  • Panels rotate and tilt;
  • Saving a 3D mock-up of the positioned solar farm to BIM 360 Docs which can be displayed with Autodesk Forge Viewer.

Integrate Solar Farm Planner with BIM 360 - Step 1

360Sync for BIM 360 – Automate File Transfers

From the Autodesk App Store:

360Sync™ automatically updates your BIM 360 Libraries whenever you upload or update a file to your computer, server, or BIM 360. Save time and effort by automating the file transfer process and eliminating double data-entry. 360Sync™ is easy to setup and easy to use. We have successfully created integrations between BIM 360 and project management systems. 360Sync™ is a powerful platform for rapid custom development and deployment.

Cloudsfer Integration for BIM 360 – Support for Over 20 Cloud Storage Providers

From the Autodesk App Store:

Cloudsfer is a cloud based migration service, supporting over 20 cloud storage providers such as Autodesk® BIM 360®, Google, Dropbox, Box, SharePoint, Office 365, Aliyun, Azure, Amazon S3, Amazon Cloud Drive and many more.

Migrate and transfer your data from/to BIM 360. Cloudsfer is designed to seamlessly migrate data, requires no installation, no hardware, and no bandwidth during the migration process.

Companies and users can migrate their data in a fast and secure manner while continuing to work on their source systems.

In order to start the free trial, please sign up to Cloudsfer and contact our support team, who will enable BIM 360 for you.


Cloud Service - Let us handle the migration for you! Transfer your data quickly with our fully hosted SaaS environment.

Recurring Delta Migration - Transfer your newest data into the target storage system at the press of a button. Schedule a recurring daily, weekly, or monthly migration according to your needs.

 Analyze your data, and monitor and download reports regarding every step of the migration process.

Egnyte Integration for BIM 360

From the Autodesk App Store:

Easily bring existing Egnyte™ documents into BIM 360 Team or Docs, or backup your projects. This applications transfer files between Egnyte and Autodesk BIM 360, including BIM 360 Team and BIM 360 Docs.

SiteAware Integration for BIM 360

From the Autodesk App Store:

SiteAware helps Construction Companies, Owners and Real-Estate Developers to meet project budget, timelines, quality and safety. By digitizing job sites into actionable 3D data with situation-aware drones, SiteAware enhances Project Monitoring and Site Management capabilities. Data captured with SiteAware is seamlessly exported into Autodesk® BIM 360® and shared across project teams.

SiteAware digitizes the reality of construction projects from all angles. All data is accessible in the cloud and captured imagery is automatically processed into accurate 2D, 3D and 4D models and analyzed into actionable information, such as Automatic 3D Change Detection.  Now, users can save data captured with SiteAware, including snapshots from 2D, 3D, and 4D models, directly to Autodesk BIM 360, and can easily reference them on any streamlined application and workflow. The seamless integration between SiteAware and BIM 360 improves collaboration among project teams and stakeholders. No setup required. Users downloading the app will be requested to enable the SiteAware Viewer integration for flawless operation from the SiteAware Viewer thereafter.

Visual Annotation in SiteAware

Free Version Calendar for BIM 360

From the Autodesk App Store:

This is a useful app that works on Autodesk® BIM 360® with Autodesk® Revit® files as follows:
  • It adds each file according to the calendar.
  • If you hover over the file, you will see some of its details.
  • If you clicked on the file, then it will display it in the 3D viewer.
  • The calendar looks cool. It is just like the one in Outlook.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Create Project for BIM 360

From the Autodesk App Store:

Create a project on Autodesk® BIM360® Docs, add an image and be able to add folders from a template project

If a project 'name' exists the project properties and/or image will be updated with the values as entered in the form. Even adding the folder structure from a template project is possible.