In February 2011, I reviewed a new free beta product on the market for 3D model review named Tekla BIMsight by Tekla, Inc. (Read review) Tekla has just released the new Tekla BIMsight version 1.2, and it is no longer considered a beta software. The big point is that it is still a free product and Tekla stated in a webcast for bloggers that it will continue to be free for the foreseeable future.
As I mentioned in my first article on the BIMsight software, this is a basic clash detection software that allows you to bring several different 3-D models together for project collaboration and collision detection. While it is not a robust software, it performs clash detection that can meet the needs of many people and that I believe warrants consideration. It is a straight forward software that is not difficult in learning to use and also has a decent forum support system that is easily accessible from within BIMsight.
Autodesk has now released downloadable enhancements for the 2012 versions of its various Revit-based software packages. If you are an Autodesk subscription program member, you can log into your subscription site and download the enhancements for your particular product(s). If you do not know how to get into your subscription site, you will need to contact the reseller from which you purchased your Autodesk product.
As part of the design process for many different types of buildings, it is common to meet with the client and discuss the project on a room by room basis. For these meetings, it is helpful to have an 8-1/2″ x 11″ document that shows the floor plan and required information about the room to easily convey the design information to the client. This document can be reviewed by the client to confirm compliance to design criteria, and then signed by the client. The document is a sheet that references a floor plan view cropped to the desired room, and parameters associated with the room that can include any information desired.
See example of final Room Data Sheet.