Tuesday, December 6, 2011

AU2011: Creating Graphics that Pop

In our first couple days back from AU, our VDC group is starting the slow process of decompressing and brain-dumping all the information we absorbed in the past week.

One class we didn't hit, due to scheduling conflicts was AB4564 - Autodesk® Revit® for Presentations: Graphics That “Pop”

I knew it was going to be good, simply because of the speakers (David Light & Jason Grant).  But I'm absolutely blown away by the materials Jason recently posted to his blog.

David and Jason not only put together a fantastic presentation, but they are sharing all of the families and source Revit files used to create the graphics.  Which is obviously even more impressive!

That includes:
  • Slick 2D Entourage
  • Filter/Visibility Tricks
  • 3D Trees with varying LOD based on view settings (fine/medium/coarse)
  • Line-based families for traffic mapping, wayfinding, etc.
  • Cartographic families
  • Generic Tagging Families
  • Tips & Tricks Solar Studies, Ambient Lighting/Shadows, etc.  
We’re looking at some slick ways of using this @ Gilbane for our own site logistics planning exercises, documentation and presentation practices and thought I’d share it with everyone who may not have seen this blip pop up via twitter.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Looking for some folks with the "Right Stuff"

The VDC Group in Gilbane's western region is once again expanding.

Simply put, we're looking for smart men and women with the right stuff to join our growing western region team that's successfully delivered or currently engaged in VDC services on over $1 billion worth of construction, with many more projects just over the horizon for us.

If you're interested, please fill out Gilbane's online application for the position here. http://goo.gl/OIIYv

Thanks in advance,

John Tocci, Jr.
VDC Manager

Friday, October 21, 2011

Render Farms

For a variety of reasons I won’t delve into, a while back we found ourselves without access to our Revit & Navisworks licenses… aside from answering emails, workflow documentation and re-organizing my office space, I decided the Gilbane’s west coast VDC group should give 3D Studio Max Design & a home-grown render farm a shot.

Using the 30 day trials, we managed to put together some basic models, teach ourselves the Backburner Server/Manager/Monitor nomenclature, and scavenge up some computers to steal CPU cycles from.
Long story short? We were able to render a 1,200 frame animation in about 4.5 hours while having a zero loss of productivity on our main workstations.

We've documented the process & workflows (we're big on stuff like that) and we wanted to share them below.


Thursday, October 20, 2011

"BIM Models"

It's with alarming frequency we're hearing more and more about this "BIM Model" thing... which is obviously good and bad.

Good: people are starting to get into Building Information Modeling (and when they're really into it, they'll call it Virtual Design and Construction)

Bad: BIM Model is a redundant term.  It's Building Information Model Model.... or Building Information Modeling Model... either way it's ugly.

The Fix?  Call it "The BIM" or "The Model" just never call it both.

Image source/backstory: Old school video game.  Bad english.  Now internet meme/slang.