Friday, 24 May 2013

BIM 360 Glue

Finally I have gotten access to BIM 360 Glue.

I am quiet excited about the possibilities of this product. Basically it's navisworks in the cloud. This opens some very interesting communication options for companies working together.

Autodesk states that Glue offers:
  • Enable more stakeholders to contribute
  • Gain better project insight with up-to-date, single project view
  • Improve project delivery with less RFI’s and better coordination
  • Manage & resolve conflicts in pre-construction
  • Anytime, Anywhere
  • Design Review
  • 3D Coordination
  • Clash Detection
  • Includes Mobile Application
It's not going to replace Navisworks at all. It complements it communication abilities.

It extends typical navisworks functionality to people without Navisworks. Below I'll give you an impression of glue in screenshots.

Starting in Navisworks
Notice the Glue it button. This is a separate add in you can download from:

Glue it
Create folders
 uploading


BIM 360 glue is launched from a website: https://b4.autodesk.com/shim/
 Open your project
 It very much feels like you download some form of the navisworks engine. Notice al the Navisworks features.
 My Revit models keep turning up in annoying imperial units. Might have something to do with Revit running on an imperial engine underneath.
 Show and hide like you would in Navisworks.
 Create views and share them directly to someone who needs to see this
Section planes
 And ofcourse mark ups

 But also Clash detection online! (not with all the feature you have in Navisworks but still very nice)
 The clash shown under is a bit stupid but the emphasis for this picture is more on the inofrmation screens and the ability to contact people about this clash. If you send a clash to someone they will get a link which they can open in their browser. (chrome like browsers seem to work best)

After you have merged uploaded models you may also download an nwd. I didn't yet get class results in the nwd or the views I created but I think that's just a matter of time.
 Although you can change the units in BIM 360 glue, I have not yet been able to get a autocad dwg and a revit model on the same spot as I do in Navisworks. This might be just me at the moment. (another option is first sticking the stuf together in NAvisworks and then glue them.) I'll look into it and if it needs additional trickeries I'll blog about it)

Autodesk Bim 360 Glue is a very promising tool. Be aware that the major software packages have already plugins to add content to glue. (Revit Navisworks Civil 3D and Autocad)

If you are interested get a trial account here:

  

Wednesday, 1 May 2013

Scope Box vs Project North

This is blogpost number fifty. I have been thinking a bit what would be an appropriate topic for number 50. I like to think I know quiet a bit about Revit. But recently I ran into a feature of Revit for which I am pretty sure that it has existed since Revit Building 8.1. I haven't paid much attention to this feature  because I didn't really see a use for it at the time. So this blogpost is going to be about scopeboxes.

I got a question from someone about grids that triggered me to have a look at scopeboxes. During this little investigation I ran into a feature from scopeboxes I did not know about. Scopeboxes can orient the view to be come orthogonally. See the image below. In the right big view you see two gridpatterns and two scope boxes. 

For the lower left view, I have set a scopebox active in the view's instance properties. See below for how.
This feature makes me rethink about adding project north to a project. I have been writing a lot about coordinates, Project North and True North. I can't say I am a particular fan of rotating the model for Project North.

I draw the scopebox as follows:
Notice that you can only draw the scopebox orthogonally to the view
Rotate the scope box by selecting the scope box and place the origin on a grid intersection
Start rotating from horizontal
Rotate towards a gridl line you want to become horizontal
Select the gridlines and assign them to a scopebox
Go to the instance properties of a view 
Go to extends and set by scopebox the appropriate scopebox
Notice that the view orients it self orthogonally! Also when you apply a scopebox to a view then you can no longer have control over the cropbox the way you were used to. The crop box can only be turned of visually. The cropbox is now controlled by the scopebox. Be aware if you asign a scopebox to a section view or elevation view that the controls of those views are asigned to the scopebox. Also be aware that for some views the visibility of the scopeboxes have been turned of. You may edit this by selecting the scopebox.
Scopeboxes also have a height. Make sure that it's set appropriately. 
I haven't fully made up my mind about using scopeboxes for project north but I will investigate it further and I would very much like to hear your thougths about them.

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