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Autodesk Releases 2016 Building Design Suite, Further Integrates Advance Steel

Autodesk Releases 2016 Building Design Suite, Further Integrates Advance Steel

Autodesk, Inc. announced the release of its 2016 Design Suites at a launch event in Boston this week, offering more control over all aspects of the design-build process through a connected desktop and cloud user experience.

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For structural steel, the main difference in the 2016 suite of software products is a much tighter integration of the Advance Steel, a 2013 acquisition, and the Revit 2016 3D building information modeling platform.

“The means of production – how we think about and deliver buildings and infrastructure, both intellectually and physically, is changing,” said Amar Hanspal, senior vice president of Autodesk’s information modeling and product group. “By 2020 there will be 50 billion connected devices in use, with the number rising by 20 billion per year. Buildings are joining the digital world.”

New Rendering Engines

The 2016 version of Revit has new rendering engines that can deliver a rendered scene in minutes instead of hours under the old engine. It also has linked model cropping and better support of the open-source IFC file format.

“Customers don’t want to work in a different environment when doing design and detailing,” said Jim Lynch, vice president of Autodesk’s building group. “No longer have to use (a separate design tool) for detailing. Steel, cast-in-place concrete can all be done in Revit. The plan is to integrate (Advance Steel’s design tools) into Revit. We will keep Advance Steel as a separate product but WILL make it work seamlessly in the Revit environment.”

Better Integrated

Plant 3D, a plant design product, and Advance Steel have also been integrated so you can bring Advance Steel content into Plant 3D.

Grid Report: Revit, AutoCAD Leaders in BIM Software

Grid Report: Revit, AutoCAD Leaders in BIM Software

The first Grid Report for building design and building information modeling (BIM) platforms was recently published by business software review site G2 Crowd, it ranks 7 design software products.

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The Winter 2015 report is based on more than 180 reviews written by business and engineering professionals.

The Best of MetalMiner’s 2014 Construction Coverage

The Best of MetalMiner’s 2014 Construction Coverage

The year in construction was dominated by labor and funding scarcity that held the recovery back until the final quarter of 2014 when home building and private construction finally took off.

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While materials prices stayed low for much of the year, the inability to finance projects and the ongoing logjam in Washington forced key projects such as highway funding and oil pipelines from seeing any path to construction. It’s hard to believe that now high-flying construction was a laggard for much of the year, but that was the case right up until the beginning of summer.

Best of MetalMiner: Innovation, Scarce Labor Drives Construction Markets

Best of MetalMiner: Innovation, Scarce Labor Drives Construction Markets

As we celebrate Labor Day in the US, the domestic construction industry continues to be plagued by a big lack of it. Housing construction through July reached its highest level since 1989, according to Commerce Department data released last week, yet the lack of skilled labor continues to threaten the recovery in housing and other sectors of the construction market.

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Denver Startup Automates Apartment Building, Hotel Construction

A library of building components that includes two dozen steel panels and one truss paired with an algorithm has the potential to make construction of apartments, hotels and dormitories, faster and greener according to John Vanker, CEO of Denver-based startup Prescient. The company’s software, which works with the BIM design tool Autodesk Revit, takes advantage of Big Data and allows for just-in-time delivery of needed components. The standardized structures provide for precise fits, eliminating time-consuming onsite sizing.

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The Denver Post reports that Prescient’s component library has two dozen steel panels and one truss that works with standard steel columns for buildings of up to 12 stories.

Panasonic to License and Distribute Bluebeam Construction Software in Japan

Bluebeam Software’s digital document management solutions will be offered in Japan for the first time later this year. The collaboration solutions will be be distributed to Japanese architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) customers through a partnership with Panasonic.

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Bluebeam Revu is a collaboration tool that offers teams from around the world the chance to work on one set of drawings or models through its Bluebeam Studio cloud-sharing platform. Revu allows architects, engineers and construction professionals to electronically create, markup and edit PDF-based project documents while Studio allows real-time collaboration, and building information model review tools.

HKS, DPR, Banner Health Deliver Integrated Savings on MD Anderson Cancer Center

HKS, DPR, Banner Health Deliver Integrated Savings on MD Anderson Cancer Center

Using an integrated approach allowed architect HKS and general contractor DPR to deliver $500,000 in structural and HVAC savings and $150,000 in paper savings in phase two of the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Gilbert, Ariz., which opened earlier this year.

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The team eliminated errors and construction issues early on, before they became field conditions.

How The Construction Industry Learned to Do More With Less

How The Construction Industry Learned to Do More With Less

The new construction jobs being created are not shovel-ready, but technology-ready. Construction companies are investing in people who know Revit and can program laser scanning equipment, not just people who can operate a jackhammer. Thanks to better project management through 3D design, integrated project teams and better communication, construction companies across the US came out of the recession lean, mean building machines.

Over the same period that technology revolutionized building, the pipeline of young workers entering the industry has slowed to a trickle.

Avoiding Construction Steel Price Spikes Via BIM

Avoiding Construction Steel Price Spikes Via BIM

In previous posts I’ve explained how the construction industry is becoming more efficient thanks to 3D Building Information Modeling. Using parametric modeling software to create a building inside a computer before you make it in the field is certainly an interesting concept, but I’m sure many of you asked “what does this have to do with metal prices?” FREE Download: The Monthly MMI® Report – covering the metals markets of the Construction sector.

Beating price spikes in the heavy-demand construction season by using BIM can save hundreds of thousands of dollars on a construction project. The use of clash detection can allow prefabrication and eliminate rework.

BIM + Prefabrication = LEAN Construction Projects, Fewer Costs

BIM + Prefabrication = LEAN Construction Projects, Fewer Costs

The unsung heroes of construction, subcontractors are a nationwide legion of small firms and proprietorships who perform very specialized work such as mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) installation, fire protection and other largely hidden building elements. The difficulty many projects run into is that a trade subcontractor, on the project because of the amount of his bid and not his 3D design expertise, can lack the sophistication to use the 3D model created by the architect and engineers. Without subcontractors in the room during design, much of the promise of a 3D design is lost. FREE Download: The Monthly MMI® Report – covering the metals markets of the Construction sector.

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