Revit Architecture 2011 Update 2 Available

Autodesk has released Update 2 for Revit® Architecture 2011.  Both 32-bit and 64-bit versions are available, and one download will take care of both the Revit® Architecture version and the Revit® Architecture Suite version.  Update 2 is not a full install, but is a service pack.  Before you install Update 2, make sure that you have already installed the First Customer Ship build of Autodesk Revit Architecture 2011.

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Home Design Software for Homeowners

As a licensed Architect and a consultant for BIM and design software, I am accustomed to dealing with high end expensive design software used by professional designers.  I have never addressed the different inexpensive software packages on the market, but something recently attracted my attention.  Autodesk has a free online home design software designed for the person that desires to design their own home improvement projects.  The new software is called Autodesk Homestyler.

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Autodesk Navisworks Service Pack Available

On September 14th, 2010, Autodesk released Service Pack 1 for their Autodesk Navisworks 2011 products.  The service pack applies to Navisworks Freedom 2011, Navisworks Manage 2011, and Navisworks Simulate 2011.  When running the service pack, any and all of the 3 Navisworks packages installed on the computer will be updated.

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Longevity of BIM Files

Many, many years ago, architects started designing buildings and puting their designs down on paper so that builders knew what was desired.  As time has moved forward, some designers are now creating electronic Building Information Models (BIM) for design and construction purposes.  In some cases, BIM files are being passed to the owners for future facilities management.  Thinking long term, how long will those BIM files be usable and will those BIM files ever get upgraded?

While I am a big proponent of BIM, I am concerned about the usability of BIM files in the future.  This is due to 2 primary reasons:

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Available Smartphone Applications for Architecture

The purpose of this blog is to assist people in “Applying Technology to Architecture”.  An aspect of technology that I have not yet addressed is in the use of smartphones within the architecture, engineering, and construction industry.  We use smartphones for many different tasks, and we should use them to help us in our AEC industry specific tasks. Continue reading