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New mobile construction app enables Android users to join their iOS-based counterparts in managing plans, models, and documents in the field. The new Autodesk app brings BIM 360 Docs functionality to Android-based smartphones and tablets.  Check it out here: http://www.cadalyst.com/collaboration/file-sharing-publishing/autodesk-extends-bim-360-docs-android-devices-31436

Professional Development for Our Robot Replacements by Autodesk https://www.bloomberg.com/news/videos/2017-03-16/professional-development-for-our-robot-replacements-video The classic industrial robot is a deaf, dumb and blind arm deployed to carry out repetitive tasks reliably. Now, companies such as Autodesk Inc. are developing peripheral vision systems and software which allows robots to work closely with humans in factories and workshops. (video by Matt Gottschalk, David Nicholson) (Source: Bloomberg)     

Dodge Data & Analytics published a very interesting video on Managing Risk in the Construction Industry as it relates to Building Information Modeling.  Check it out:  

If you are presenting a project to an owner based overseas or the project itself is located overseas.  You will want to change the units your model is created in.   Below are the steps to change from imperial to metric units in Destini Profiler:  1st: Select the file tab   2nd: Select Preferences    3rd: Select Metric as Default Project Units      Now, when you begin your next project in Destini Profiler you will be using metric units. 

When you begin to use Destini Estimator you will want the program to: open an estimate sorted the way you are used to seeing it, with your standard fees applied, and the correct color displaying when you are comparing estimates.  All of this can be easily achieved by using the preferences window.  Below are the steps to make these changes. Step 1: Click on the preferences gear.   Step 2: Update your automatic save interval.  This is the number of commands to execute in order to trigger an automatic backup.   Step 3: Create your default fees   Step 4: Adjust the colors for high and low variance.  I prefer to have all positive changes in red and negative changes in green.  This way, when I see green I know that money is being saved and when I see red I know that additional funds are being spent.   Step 5:  Select the default estimate filter.    Step 6:  Choose if you want line items with zero quantity to be hidden by default in assemblies. 

Here is a quick tip on how to share your calendar availability through outlook. This is great when you are trying to show someone outside your organization when you would have availability to meet. I rarely see this being utilized by teams but find it to be tremendously helpful and provides efficient and clear communication.  To insert a calendar snapshot in Outlook you simply:  Click on the insert tab.  Click Choose Calendar Select your date range you want to share Select the level of detail you want to share  Click "Show time within my working hours only" Finally Click "OK" A summary of your calendar will be inserted into the body of your email showing all free and busy times for the date range selected. This is the results of what will be posted in the body of your email.  Hopefully this tip will save you a little time. 

   When you  import an image to trace your building it works well.  However, when you add slabs to the building and then try to use the floor plan to create rooms on the first floor you will not be able to see the image.  Instead you will see a purple highlight of the slab like the image below:     To fix this problem take the following steps: 1) Click on the align to face button and click on any vertical surface of the building     2) Go to the all systems tab and select the image     3) Now select any point, as it will serve as a reference point to move upward from.  After you have selected a reference point move your mouse up vertically and enter “1”.  This will move the image up 1 foot allowing it to be seen in the interior view.  For this example the image was moved up to the second floor of the building which is a distance of 21 feet.   4) Now when you return to the interior system you will be able to see your floor plan. ...

 Tired of having to recreate an estimate when you want to update your conceptual estimate with new information?  Using the Destini Suite from Beck Technology you will be able to easily transition your conceptual estimate from Destini Profiler to Destini Estimator where you can update it with quantities from 2D drawings or 3D models.  To transfer the estimate follow the steps below. 1) Save your Profiler model   2) Click on the File Tab   3) Hover over the export button   4) A drop down will appear select Profiler Estimate   5) Save your estimate and give it the appropriate name   6) Open Destini Estimator and Select the estimate       7) Now your conceptual estimate is ready to be updated  

The Current Workflow: When I first started doing BIM Coordination 4 years ago, the typical workflow went like this: The subcontractors created a 3D model using design or fabrication software The subcontractors uploaded their model to an FTP site at a designated time The BIM coordinator downloaded the design / fab models & created a federated Navisworks model The BIM coordinator ran clash tests using Navisworks & generated clash reports The Coordination Team met & discussed the Clashes The process repeats. The Problem: When I ran coordination meetings, this process was pretty successful, but it was slower than it should be. For the most part, coordination moved along, but there were often times where clashes would go untouched for weeks at a time - multiple weeks. The most common answer I recieved about why the clashes weren't promptly fixed, "I didn't know what the <other coordination team member> was going to do with this clash. I was waiting on him." ...

Applied Software®, a leading systems integrator to the AEC, construction and manufacturing industries, is now the exclusive supplier of RADAR Construction Management Software in North America. RADAR is a cloud-based construction management application that provides intuitive and collaborative management tools for specialty trade contractors. Since it is cloud-based, it can be used to manage multiple projects simultaneously from any location where Internet access is available. "RADAR software fits extremely well within our Applied Software product portfolio for the building trades," said Richard Burroughs, president of Applied Software. "As the exclusive supplier of these products in North America, and in conjunction with our partner network, we'll be providing nationwide sales coverage, training and support for RADAR products moving forward." "Our goal at RADAR is to provide common sense, easy to use tools to specialty trade contractors to help them manage projects throughout the entire project life cycle," said Natalie Abshier, president and CEO of RADAR. "Applied Software will introduce RADAR to the building trades industry across North America, and we look forward to working with them to provide collaborative tools to ...

Modern networking tools have changed the way managers approach construction projects. Online project management and communication tools make it easier to ensure everyone involved in a project—from architects and engineers to contractors and project owners—is on the same page.BIM is one tool that ensures everyone is working from a consistent source of information. It provides an intelligent, 3-D model based process that delivers insight for creating and managing projects faster, more economically and with less environmental impact. In addition to improving workflow, BIM techniques reduce the likelihood of error and faulty planning, especially as the number of stakeholders and complexity start to increase. Read More