Our Favorite Autodesk Mobile Apps!

Our Favorite Autodesk Mobile Apps!

By Bryce Finnerty

Autodesk has been working hard to migrate apps to the cloud and mobile devices. This is a huge departure from their roots as the most successful desktop computing… Read More


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                    [post_content] => HSBCAD showcased augmented reality software for the HoloLens—Microsoft’s VR headset—at Autodesk University this year, which lets architects expand and walk through actual 3D models.

Although the software is not for sale, HSBCAD is hoping to eventually find value and sell it in the market, HSBCAD Owner Karel Vinckier said.

“Every chance that we have to try out new technologies we grab it with both hands,” he said.

The HoloLens has only been available to developers for a few months, but already HSBCAD has working software for the newest trend in the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industry.

As the AEC industry gradually marches towards augmented and virtual reality, the software demo shows the robust capability of HSBCAD, said Bryce Finnerty, CEO and Founder of HingePoint.

“I personally think HSBCAD is one of the greatest innovators in the CAD to CAM space and defiantly the leader in wood timber for CAD to CAM,” Finnerty said. “They are so advanced technologically, they just tinker with the augmented reality and HoloLens and they just do it for fun.”

HSBCAD is a leader in migrating companies from Computer Aided Design to Computer aided Manufacturing. They are an AutoCAD and Revit provider of applications for the offsite construction industry.

They translate architectural drawings to files that machines can read to cut and drill beams, cut sheeting, and then assemble all the elements automatically.

The Belgium based company just released a cloud application called hsbShare.

“hsbShare allows collaboration by focusing on all the metadata that is not in the drawing,” said Kris Riemslagh, Co Founder and Software Architect HSBCAD.

This includes information like schedules, delivery dates, and tracking issues. This is information that is created during the building process, and hsbShare manages that information and makes it available to all stakeholders.

“You can upload your model to the cloud and you can enhance it with all sorts of metadata and make the link between the metadata and the 3D object,” Vinckier said.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vzJ_HFG-2BU&list=PLJOB2Ahoqzp8aERA29rro_jSkBmawKKA_

 

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2300 McDermott Road STE 200-235, Plano, TX 75025
(214) 301-0000
www.hingepoint.com

HingePoint provides AutoDesk, BIM and Revit consulting & services for the AEC industry with development & integration of AutoDesk products with enterprise systems. As members of the AutoDesk Development Network, we are a trusted partner with over 25 years experience of systems development and integration work in the AEC industry. We support development of Autodesk products including AutoCAD, Revit, BIM360 and are experts in integrating with enterprise systems including Salesforce, SharePoint & Office365. Our clients range from top hotel brands and restaurant chains to AEC firms and real estate developers and Facilities Management. We provide BIM with ROI. Results Guaranteed…Literally Guaranteed.
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                    [post_content] => At Procore Groundbreak 2017, our team saw some awesome stuff, from drones collecting information for new software to integrated solutions that give you the ability to combine 2D and 3D in one BIM model.

Procore is growing. We’re going to see a lot more of them in the near future and they are positioned to be the powerhouse for construction software and technology. It’s their main focus and goal to be the only project management software solely dedicated to construction. Procore is taking over the world, and they are just getting started with new international offices popping up across the globe. And with more than 100 apps in their new app store, Procore is going to continue to innovate and give its customer base more functionality and benefits in months and years ahead.

Here’s out top six list.

6. Procore Groundbreak 2017:

Drones swarm market, companies seek solutions for new data sources

construction, drone, Procore, HingePoint, BIM

Not only are drones a trend for construction, but they were in full force at Procore's Groundbreak. Several companies are capitalizing on the safety and ease of drones and are hoping to organize drone data to benefit construction firms. Read more about what drone companies were at the Procore event.

5. Procore Groundbreak 2017:

busybusy offers mobile time tracking and budget tracking

busybusy wants to be the go-to, time-tracking application for the mobile, construction workforce.With cost codes, photo updates with notes and location-based time tracking, busybusy wants management to have up-to-date information about work in the field and the cost and time projects are taking.

4. Procore Groundbreak 2017:

Fieldlens Modernizing Construction Communication

Fieldlens, a communication platform for construction crews that is like Facebook, urges workers to ditch the notepad and go digital. Fieldlens wants general contractors to use the social-media-sharing platform to document every conversation, assignment and decision on the job site.

3.Procore Groundbreak 2017: Matterport Uses Immersive Media for Construction Documentation

Matterport helps contractors, engineering firms, and architects document construction with a $3,600 camera to give you a 3D virtual tour. Matterport’s Pro Camera captures 2D photography and 3D data from job sites, and automatically stitches them into a complete, immersive 3D model.

2. Procore Groundbreak 2017:

Assemble Systems Connects 2D to 3D for Instant BIM Comparisons, Takeoffs

Imagine if you could tell exactly what has changed in your project with a push of a button. That’s exactly what Assemble Systems allows you to do with their software. We think Assemble Systems is simply amazing. They give you instant #BIM model comparisons with their software. Instantly see what has changed and pivot. Only have five minutes for takeoffs? No problem. Log in. Get your information. Get back to work. And they link everything! Read more here.

1. Procore Launches Construction OS at Groundbreak 2017 to Bring More Data Insights to Customers

Procore launched the construction industry’s first and only construction-only platform, which aims to help its customers gain deeper insights from data and provide new services from other companies. The new OS allows other companies—even those that appear to be competitors—to integrate with its more open APIs. It's an exciting time to be working for and with Procore!

HingePoint covers the AEC Industry and is the author of The AEC Industry 4.0 Report and the Autodesk Industry Report 2017. HingePoint helps construction and real estate development companies take control of their company’s information. We combine systems, software, and data so all company information can be seen and accessed from one screen, like a smartphone or computer. HingePoint provides Procore, SharePoint and Salesforce consulting for Commercial Real Estate and Construction companies. HingePoint also helps the AEC industry with development & integration of AutoDesk and Procore products with enterprise systems. We are a trusted partner with over 25 years experience of systems development and integration work in the AEC industry. Our clients range from top hotel brands and restaurant chains to AEC firms and real estate developers and Facilities Management. We provide BIM with ROI. Results Guaranteed…Literally Guaranteed. 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As the AEC industry gradually marches towards augmented and virtual reality, the software demo shows the robust capability of HSBCAD, said Bryce Finnerty, CEO and Founder of HingePoint. “I personally think HSBCAD is one of the greatest innovators in the CAD to CAM space and defiantly the leader in wood timber for CAD to CAM,” Finnerty said. “They are so advanced technologically, they just tinker with the augmented reality and HoloLens and they just do it for fun.” HSBCAD is a leader in migrating companies from Computer Aided Design to Computer aided Manufacturing. They are an AutoCAD and Revit provider of applications for the offsite construction industry. They translate architectural drawings to files that machines can read to cut and drill beams, cut sheeting, and then assemble all the elements automatically. The Belgium based company just released a cloud application called hsbShare. “hsbShare allows collaboration by focusing on all the metadata that is not in the drawing,” said Kris Riemslagh, Co Founder and Software Architect HSBCAD. This includes information like schedules, delivery dates, and tracking issues. This is information that is created during the building process, and hsbShare manages that information and makes it available to all stakeholders. “You can upload your model to the cloud and you can enhance it with all sorts of metadata and make the link between the metadata and the 3D object,” Vinckier said. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vzJ_HFG-2BU&list=PLJOB2Ahoqzp8aERA29rro_jSkBmawKKA_   HingePoint Byline: HingePoint 2300 McDermott Road STE 200-235, Plano, TX 75025 (214) 301-0000 www.hingepoint.com HingePoint provides AutoDesk, BIM and Revit consulting & services for the AEC industry with development & integration of AutoDesk products with enterprise systems. As members of the AutoDesk Development Network, we are a trusted partner with over 25 years experience of systems development and integration work in the AEC industry. We support development of Autodesk products including AutoCAD, Revit, BIM360 and are experts in integrating with enterprise systems including Salesforce, SharePoint & Office365. Our clients range from top hotel brands and restaurant chains to AEC firms and real estate developers and Facilities Management. We provide BIM with ROI. Results Guaranteed…Literally Guaranteed. 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In years past, Autodesk acquired and developed mobile apps at such speed it was tough to track them all in the Apple or Android store. At DevDays in 2013, Autodesk admitted they didn’t even know how many mobile apps they had.   Today, you can find a clean and tidy summary of all the Autodesk Mobile Apps right here!   Apps range from the educational, to enterprise awesomeness like BIM360 Glue. We encourage you to download and try them for yourself. We overviewed some of our favorites from the app store.  

 Autodesk360-iconA360

The new mainstream cloud storage, collaboration and 3D viewer from Autodesk. You can view, mark up, edit, comment, and version nearly any CAD, Revit, Navis, PDF or other compatible file. This is the future of Autodesk file storage and project collaboration.  All you need is an Autodesk ID. It is cheap, easy to use, and a “no brainer”. Don’t think about it, just sign up. Your clients will love seeing their projects on their phone! Amazing! Sure beats FedEx’ing around drawing sets.  

Autodesk360-iconA360 Drive

With A360 comes a tool A360 Drive that allows you to save files and work offline and synch them across apps. With many limitations, this tool still shows a lot of promise and we firmly believe that in the near future these generational kinks will be worked out and online mobile collaboration will be the dream we always dreamed in years past.  

autodesk-bim360-iconBIM360 Glue

You haven’t seen anything yet! If you liked A360, you’ll be blown away by BIM360 Glue. It’s HingePoint’s favorite app of this generation of software. It is fully featured and the functionality seems to be almost bottomless.  

autodesk-bim360-iconBIM360 Field

A great app for field reviews, commenting, and getting mobile construction documents on the job site and out of the trailer. Ideal for construction inspections, project management and team work. But oddly enough, the first generation of Field didn’t integrate with BIM360 Glue. But we can expect Autodesk to integrate these products in the future.  

autodesk-bim360-iconBIM360 Plan

BIM360 Plan is a project management tool in mobile format. Calendar views, charts and issues management all included in one mobile tool. For serious PMs, this tool may not impress but it has a lot of benefits and we love where this tool is heading. We need enterprise construction management tools in the field and this is a great place to start for your team. Check it out.  

Autocad-iconAutoCAD Mobile

Finally! Unchained from the desktop, client and team members can now view and edit AutoCAD files on a phone! What a new day! Good by paper drawing sheets! Pull up all your CAD data on phones, tables, and mark it up, collaborate, view, comment, etc. all from the job site on or on the go.  

buzzsaw-iconBuzzsaw for Mobile

The world’s largest CAD file storage platform, known as Autodesk Buzzsaw, now has a mobile app. Access your Buzzsaw files from phones and tablets. What else can we say? It’s awesome. It is certainly better than the clunky desktop install of Buzzsaw… and the web-based Buzzsaw never really had the features we liked about the desktop version. Now you can relax and access your Buzzsaw files on the go. What’s not to like?   Summary: These descriptions and the link to Autodesk Mobile Apps should help you get a quick introduction to our favorite Autodesk apps. This is just a sample of the apps available, so visit the site to find the full list. We have provided a bit of a description for each resource so you can quickly determine if that is a link you should investigate first!   HingePoint 2300 McDermott Road STE 200-235, Plano, TX 75025 (214) 301-0000 www.hingepoint.com  HingePoint provides AutoDesk, BIM and Revit consulting & services for the AEC industry with development & integration of AutoDesk products with enterprise systems.  As members of the AutoDesk Development Network, we are a trusted partner with over 25 years experience of systems development and integration work in the AEC industry.  We support development of Autodesk products including AutoCAD, Revit, BIM360 and are experts in integrating with enterprise systems including Salesforce, SharePoint & Office365.  Our clients range from top hotel brands and restaurant chains to AEC firms and real estate developers and Facilities Management.  We provide BIM with ROI.  Results Guaranteed...Literally Guaranteed. [post_title] => Our Favorite Autodesk Mobile Apps! [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => our-favorite-autodesk-mobile-apps [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-01-22 16:20:52 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-01-22 22:20:52 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.hingepoint.com/?p=11859 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [4] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 11769 [post_author] => 3 [post_date] => 2015-11-19 01:21:51 [post_date_gmt] => 2015-11-19 07:21:51 [post_content] => Autodesk develops some of the most powerful and effective software in the AEC (architecture, engineering and construction) industry. For a novice or intermediate user, these robust software solutions might be a little overwhelming. Having a bit of outside help can make the users more productive and effective. From “how to create specific design elements” to locating the program control elements, Autodesk community forums help bring experienced professionals together to make the workflow process easier. Question - But what forums are the best at providing helpful insights into the computer aided design (CAD) software? Answer - We did some research using an objective 3rd party to identify and evaluate 15 of the community forums that we think will be the most helpful to those with ties to the AEC industry. Each of the 5 (There are over 70 Forums but we only ranked 5 for this article) Community Forums below were rated on the following scale:
  • How frequently they publish
  • The total number of posts
  • The amount of threads that go unanswered
  • The amount of threads that get answered
  • How involved the Autodesk moderators are within the forum
The rating scale is as follows: Frequency of Posts – If > 10 daily = 5 points, 5-10 daily = 4, 4 daily = 3, 3 daily = 2, 1-2 daily = 1 Total Posts – If # of posts > 100,000 = 5 pounts, 10,000-50,000 = 4, 50,000 – 20,000 = 3, 20,000-10000 = 2, < 10000 = 1 # of Unanswered Threads – If < 1 post going unanswered per day = 5 points, 1 = 4, 2 = 3, 3 = 2, 4 = 1 # of Answered Threads – Number of post that get answered in a week. If > 10 per week = 5 points, 6-10 = 4, 3-5 = 3, 2 = 2, 1 or less = 1 Degree of Autodesk Involvement – This is the number of Autodesk employee/moderator answers at the top of the forum. If 5 or more = 5 points, 4 = 4, 3 = 3, 2 = 2, 1 or less =1

Autodesk Community Forums

Revit Architecture: This is one of those forums that will either be immediately helpful, or it is going to seem foreign to you. It is specifically designed for architectural users. If you are an architect, or work at a firm, Revit Architecture might be the “best of the best” for you. There are over 200 different forum threads dating back to 2006. Posts are answered and addressed daily and it really is easy to use and follow. There is also an easy to use feature so you can search for specific questions. Ultimately, this is a forum you need to bookmark when working in an architectural spectrum.

★★★★★ Stars Post Frequency: 5 Total Posts: 5 Unanswered Posts: 5

Answered Posts: 5 Autodesk Involvement: 5

Overall Score: 5

AutoCAD: This is the main AutoCAD community forum for 2013 through 2016. If you are running an older version of CAD, there are older forums available. As the main forum enveloping all practices and procedures, this is an excellent location to start before possibly streamlining your search in order to obtain a more specific result. There are over 500 AutoCAD forum threads, so there are plenty of topics. In fact, there are almost too many topics. Chances are you will find the answer you seek, it will just take more time. You might learn valuable insights through the additional clutter, but on occasion, it may lead you astray.

★★★★.8 Stars Post Frequency: 5 Total Posts: 5 Unanswered Posts: 4

Answered Posts: 5 Autodesk Involvement: 5

Overall Score: 4.8

BIM 360, Glue: Glue is a new forum with just over a year under its belt. This drastically limits the amount of information available, and as it appears to be serviced by admins every few days, important questions may not receive the kind of attention that you may need. This results in the slightly lower overall score.

★★★★ Stars Post Frequency: 4 Total Posts: 4 Unanswered Posts: 4

Answered Posts: 4 Autodesk Involvement: 4

Overall Score: 4

A360 : This is one of the best forums on the Autodesk Community! A360 is on the newer side with about a year and a half of posts, but there are a good number of posts, without too many repeats. The great news for A360 users is that the admins are extremely active. With an ever-growing number of admin posts, all of which provide extremely helpful information, this is a premier forum to join.

★★★★ Stars Post Frequency: 4 Total Posts: 3 Unanswered Posts: 4

Answered Posts: 4 Autodesk Involvement: 5

Overall Score: 4

Navisworks: This is a fantastic forum on Autodesk. Navisworks has been around since 2009, so there is plenty of information, yet there are not too many repeat posts. Finding what you need doesn't require as much sifting. Overall, it receives the top score with a 5. The forum gets ranked with a perfect score as it does allow you to search through the asked questions, the answered questions and those that are still pending. This way, you know whether or not a particular question has been answered or not. This is a forum that all Navisworks users should join!

★★★★★ Stars Post Frequency: 5 Total Posts: 5 Unanswered Posts: 5

Answered Posts: 5 Autodesk Involvement: 5

Overall Score: 5

Conclusion

There are some truly helpful community forums available, if you know where to look. There are roughly 70 community forums to be found on the master site, however, we think these are the 5 “most relative” to the AEC community. Visit each of these forums and bookmark the ones you think are the best fit for you and your company. Stay tuned as we release more reviews of the best Autodesk Community Forums. Best of luck! [post_title] => Guide To Autodesk Community Forums for AEC Industry [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => guide-to-autodesk-community-forums-for-aec-industry [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2015-11-19 01:38:51 [post_modified_gmt] => 2015-11-19 07:38:51 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.hingepoint.com/?p=11769 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [5] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 11687 [post_author] => 3 [post_date] => 2015-09-18 06:21:54 [post_date_gmt] => 2015-09-18 11:21:54 [post_content] => The Autodesk Development Network Open possesses one of the most valuable collections of Autodesk related API blogs in the…blogosphere (is that still a word?). To properly introduce you to these treasures, and to ensure we aren’t playing favorites, we hired a 3rd party journalist to evaluate each Autodesk Developer API blog based on pre-set criteria. Sound interesting? We believe that each site has unique value and HingePoint is grateful for Autodesk’s generosity by making them available to the public. So let’s make exploring new blogs fun. Each AEC (Architect/Engineer/Construction) blog was rated on the following scale:
  • How frequently they publish
  • Quality of the writing & teaching
  • How complete the API is (fully featured or partial)
  • How long the blog has been in existence
The rating scale is as follows: Frequency – If Daily = 6 pts,   Weekly = 5,   Monthly = 4,   3 Months = 3,   6 Months = 2,   Yearly = 1 Quality – If long article with code samples and screen shots = 5 pts, Short article, with few samples or screen shots = 4, Editorial advice, no code samples = 3,   Basic directional advice, then send you somewhere for answers = 2,   Doesn’t answer issue = 1 Completeness- If fully = 5 pts, If partial, ranges from 4 down to 1 pt. Age of the Blog – If 5 years or older = 5 pts,   4 years = 4,   3 years = 3,   2 years = 2,   1 year or less =1  

AEC Blog Sites

The Building Coder: A fantastic blog by Jeremy Tammik. He easily provides some of the best information that is simple to follow and contains quality illustrations. While not an everyday blogger, he is someone any Autodesk user should follow if you are using Revit for BIM, design, architecture, engineering or drafting automation.

★★★★★ - Frequency 5   Quality 5   API Completeness   5 Maturity Level   5

Overall Score: 5

  The 360 View: This is the same blog covered in Cloud and Mobile Sites. It has helpful information, but some posts don't have anything to do with API or Autodesk. It may be that they provide more “housecleaning” for the website. It adds more of a personal touch, which is nice for those who enjoy a more interactive experience with the writers.

★★★.75 Stars - Frequency 5   Quality 4   API 4   Maturity 2

Overall Score: 3.75

  AEC DevBlog: Monitored and maintained by the same quality individuals who offer up the Cloud and Mobile DevBlog. This website is great; offers outstanding coding information, and while a bit longwinded, is extremely helpful… but not quite to the same level as the Cloud and Mobile offering.

★★★★ Stars - Frequency 5   Quality 4   API 4   Maturity 3

Overall Score: 4

  Infrastructure Modeling DevBlog: Another DevBlog offering. It is nice the bloggers break up their content in this fashion. It allows the reader to find almost exactly what they want..but in a more focused way. It has some nice information and great screenshots, again can be longwinded.

★★★★ Stars - Frequency 5   Quality 4   API 4   Maturity 3

Overall Score: 4

  Civilized Development: Issac Rodriguez sometimes mans this blog. This one is updated…more or less whenever Issac wants to update it. Some of the information is helpful, but as it has not been updated since May of 2014, it really can’t be considered up to date. Past backlogged blogs might prove helpful, but for newer content, other blogs, or the Autodesk Community Forums, should probably be utilized.

★★.75 Stars - Frequency 1   Quality 3   API 3   Maturity 4

Overall Score: 2.75

Conclusion

There are some truly helpful blogs available by Autodesk and we are grateful to all authors that take time to share their knowledge. While some of the blogs are updated on a daily basis, which to read, or to read first, really comes down to a personal choice. Some might decide they like the style of writing, and method of instructions, better on a newer blog that isn't updated as frequently. Decide for yourself. We at HingePoint, think you will enjoy these AEC Autodesk Developer blogs as they are sure to assist you with Autodesk software automation and related projects. Take a cue from Autodesk…share what you learn.   [post_title] => HingePoint Guide To The Best AEC Autodesk API Developer Blogs [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => hingepoint-guide-to-best-autodesk-api-developer-blogs [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-01-22 16:20:53 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-01-22 22:20:53 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.hingepoint.com/?p=11687 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [6] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 11671 [post_author] => 3 [post_date] => 2015-08-08 19:56:39 [post_date_gmt] => 2015-08-09 00:56:39 [post_content] => Autodesk is one of the worlds top 5 software companies with over 50 software products that are constantly changing, so there is always something to learn! For example, you know about the cloud, but do you know about all of the Autodesk products based in the cloud? You know about plugins for AutoCAD and Revit, but do you know about all the free API & plugin blogs, forums and training that you can leverage? Until now, much of the Autodesk development information was limited only authorized Autodesk Development Network (ADN) partners like HingePoint. But did you know that over the past few years Autodesk has made much of this information public? Read on to learn about the best development blogs, best training sites, and free plugins. Unleash the power and maximize your investment in Autodesk software. HingePoint has assembled several of the best free Autodesk development resources for you. No1Iconimage

The Autodesk Developer Network Open

First up, the Autodesk Developer Network “Open”. The information within the network used to be available only to members of the Autodesk Development Network… but did you know that it is now open to everyone? That is why it is called Open! The network is an open forum for interacting with other Autodesk professionals. From platform techniques and cloud management to manufacturing models and incorporating media, there is always something new to learn here. It is a bit expansive (not expensive… just expansive ;-), so if you are looking for a very specific answer to a question, there are enough blogs on APIs, forums on every platform, and free training/tutorials to find an answer. It is a simply super, open resource provided by Autodesk. No2conimage

Autodesk Community Forums

This site hosts ALL the Autodesk forums covering a bajillion topics. Here you can see trending topics that may be relevant to your software or company. The best feature may be the ability to post questions directly to the community of current users and experts. Official experts from Autodesk also participate and answer questions in real time. If you are working out tough issues related to Autodesk APIs, web services or development, you can absolutely get your questions answered here. If you don’t get your question answered in the community forum, call us at Hingepoint as we have been Autodesk developers for over 20 years. No3iconImage

The Building Coder - Jeremy Tammik – Perhaps the Best Revit API Blog

This is probably the end all, be all, blog on Autodesk Revit API. It specializes in how to automate the design and building process in 3D. Expect it to be updated every few days by author Jeremy Tammik, leader of Revit development and a HingePoint favorite. Revit is the best 3D BIM modeling tool on the market. It features an open API that allows HingePoint to create powerful automation solutions for our clients. So… we are big fans of this blog. Jeremy tends to provide screenshots and code snippets that help bring clarity and value to his tutorials. His posts extremely useful and user friendly. If you follow only one blog… follow this one. No4iconImage

The Autodesk Exchange Apps Site (APP Exchange)

One of the great features of AutoCAD, Revit, Civil3D and other Autodesk products is the ability to create & use your own plugins. By developing your own “plugins” for new features and functionality, you expand the power of already best in class software. Did you know there is an App Store for Autodesk Plugins, similar to the App Store at Apple? Cool right? The Autodesk App Exchange has 1000’s of plugins for AutoCAD and Revit ready to be downloaded, and installed in an instant. You can search by product (such as "Plant 3D", "Fusion 360", "Navisworks" or “AutoCAD”). Some Apps are even free and ALL offer a free 30-day trial to so you can “try before you buy”. Fair Warning- these are not developed by Autodesk, but 3rd party developers. If you need a specific plugin not currently available, HingePoint also specializes in creating plugins to automate processes, drive efficiencies and deliver consistent results. No5iconImage

The Autodesk Education Site – Free Software for Students!

Everyone needs to start somewhere when learning Autodesk. Autodesk applications are a bit complex and require a great deal of training (note: Autodesk considers anyone with under 5 years experience an intermediate). Trying to dive into the programming APIs with no experience is a recipe for disaster… so the official Autodesk website provides educational assistance to expedite the learning curve. Announcement: students enrolled in an accepted college course, or university, have access to free software and discounts! Check it out on this site! Current college students, who need the software, should look here first. The Education Master Suite and Entertainment Creation Suite provide helpful programming tools for different needs. Each suite is tailored toward different degree programs. Additionally, all students can order student versions of Revit or AutoCAD at no charge! freeiconmaker_6

And As A Bonus, The “Mega” Resource:

The Autodesk University Conference

Well this one is not free, but it has to be mentioned with our list because of its extreme value. For the ultimate conference and education experience, attend Autodesk University held every year in Las Vegas, NV. The event is held the same week every year… the week after Thanksgiving break. Expect powerful keynotes, classes, a huge trade show floor and our favorite… the Innovation Forum. As you tour the trade show you will see live panel discussion, 3D modeling solutions in action and 100’s of great seminars. HingePoint participates every year and is available to meet, grab a coffee and discuss recent trends and product launches. Contact us if you want to meet up at AU this year. Visit Autodesk University for the latest information on Autodesk University including, how to register and the best hotels to stay in. We suggest you register early because the most convenient hotels fill up fast. Accordingly, the best courses and presentations have a tendency to fill quickly. You can plan your conference schedule online and sync it to a mobile app for an easy conference experience. In closing, there are numerous helpful blogs and websites regarding Autodesk, you just need to know where to look. We have suggested a few key sites to explore and build your expertise. Why are these sites important? The best clients are well educated and able to engage, challenge norms and the status quo. The AEC community is loaded with leaders willing to learn and grow. Stay up with them! [post_title] => 5 Free Super Autodesk Development Resources [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => 5-free-super-autodesk-development-resources [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-01-22 16:20:53 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-01-22 22:20:53 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.hingepoint.com/?p=11671 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [7] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 247 [post_author] => 3 [post_date] => 2014-03-12 11:45:49 [post_date_gmt] => 2014-03-12 16:45:49 [post_content] =>

An Example of BIM So Simple That Kids Can Understand

At HingePoint, a Dallas BIM consulting firm, some of us have been working on BIM (Building Information Modeling) or 3D design and construction models even before desktop computers existed. Do you ever wonder if people even know what BIM is? When I try to explain what I do for a living to my kids, "we make 3D modeling systems for hotel and restaurant chains, so they can see their building designs like a video game before they are ever built," they don't understand. If you are like my kids and aren't so sure exactly what BIM is either, you are not alone.  I've finally found an example from Legacy Towers building being built in 2014 at the Shops of Legacy in Plano Texas that explains it perfectly. In fact, it was as easy as a drive around Dallas when my kids finally understood what HingePoint does for our clients. In this example, we see some best practice uses of BIM for: 1. Conceptual Design - 3D architecture photorealistic renderings of the building that show exactly what it will look like when finished. 2. Design Documentation - Creating 2D and 3D documents for construction documentation, permitting, and installation so that everyone is on the same page throughout the entire construction project. 3. Site Planning and Community Outreach - Showing the community what the building will look like in the context of it's surroundings. This group did an exception job of showing the building within it's urban surroundings, and I bet the community was trilled the building blended in so well. 4. Marketing for Commercial Real Estate - The 3D renderings are so beautiful they can be use for marketing the commercial leases available and advertise for the companies involved. This particular site was successful using job site signage making it clear to everyone exactly what was being built. As I drove by, I explained to my kids what I did at work.  "Hey kids, see that picture of the building? How do they have a picture of the building if it isn't even built yet?" I asked. They had no idea. I explained that by using BIM  tools, the architects and engineers can design the building and create realistic photos that are similar to or even better than a really great video game or virtual reality.  They were starting to get it.  Then I had to explain "our firm HingePoint helps clients develop BIM systems and integrates them into their business to get these amazing 3D video game-like models to create those photos of the building before it is built." They seemed to understand, but were not impressed yet. Then I wondered why they didn't realize that BIM is so amazing.  Maybe because they're not systems engineers or civil engineers like the teams at HingePoint. But, then I realized, maybe they think everyone has BIM tools like everyone has video games.  I then said "do you know how most construction firms still build? They use paper print outs like "blue prints" and mail drawing plans around in tubes, and flip through 100's of pages on huge tables, and nobody has any idea what the building will turn out like except the architect and interior designer, who envisioned the design. Now they were in disbelief, that real companies still used paper to design buildings. In this digital age, it's no surprise how children take for granted the accessibility of technology, or assume that people (especially AEC firms) use technology as opposed to traditional (ie: paper) methods.  I then explained that HingePoint helps clients find easier ways to convert from paper to digital, from 2D to 3D, and from drawings to photo realistic renderings. Even though BIM seems really complicated, expensive, and difficult to envision to many, that achieving a more efficient digital workflow is much easier to achieve in this day of powerful computers, cloud computing, mobile devices, and great BIM platforms available from Autodesk and other helpful apps. If you've ever had difficulty explaining what BIM is to anyone, we hope this article will help you convey the technology in a more digestible format. In fact, be sure to TXT this article to your kids to explain to them what you do at work! ***  Credits - we want to give credit where it is due. While HingePoint is in not affiliated with this project, we admire the best practices of the team: CBRE Trammell Crow Company Principal Real Estate Investors Learn More - If you want to learn how to apply BIM best practices to your business Contact Us to learn more. HingePoint develops the processes and systems that make BIM possible. What is BIM, BIM, HingePoint, Autodesk, Revit, Integration Download our BIM_Comparison Table here. See where you are on to the path to BIM. The idea to be fully digital while printing on-demand, fully automated and able to collaborate with virtually anyone on a project.

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HingePoint covers the AEC Industry and is the author of The AEC Industry 4.0 Report and the Autodesk Industry Report 2017. HingePoint helps construction and real estate development companies take control of their company’s information. We combine systems, software, and data so all company information can be seen and accessed from one screen, like a smartphone or computer. HingePoint provides Procore, SharePoint and Salesforce consulting for Commercial Real Estate and Construction companies. HingePoint also helps the AEC industry with development & integration of AutoDesk and Procore products with enterprise systems. We are a trusted partner with over 25 years experience of systems development and integration work in the AEC industry. Our clients range from top hotel brands and restaurant chains to AEC firms and real estate developers and Facilities Management. We provide BIM with ROI. Results Guaranteed…Literally Guaranteed. 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Although the software is not for sale, HSBCAD is hoping to eventually find value and sell it in the market, HSBCAD Owner Karel Vinckier said. “Every chance that we have to try out new technologies we grab it with both hands,” he said. The HoloLens has only been available to developers for a few months, but already HSBCAD has working software for the newest trend in the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industry. As the AEC industry gradually marches towards augmented and virtual reality, the software demo shows the robust capability of HSBCAD, said Bryce Finnerty, CEO and Founder of HingePoint. “I personally think HSBCAD is one of the greatest innovators in the CAD to CAM space and defiantly the leader in wood timber for CAD to CAM,” Finnerty said. “They are so advanced technologically, they just tinker with the augmented reality and HoloLens and they just do it for fun.” HSBCAD is a leader in migrating companies from Computer Aided Design to Computer aided Manufacturing. They are an AutoCAD and Revit provider of applications for the offsite construction industry. They translate architectural drawings to files that machines can read to cut and drill beams, cut sheeting, and then assemble all the elements automatically. The Belgium based company just released a cloud application called hsbShare. “hsbShare allows collaboration by focusing on all the metadata that is not in the drawing,” said Kris Riemslagh, Co Founder and Software Architect HSBCAD. This includes information like schedules, delivery dates, and tracking issues. This is information that is created during the building process, and hsbShare manages that information and makes it available to all stakeholders. “You can upload your model to the cloud and you can enhance it with all sorts of metadata and make the link between the metadata and the 3D object,” Vinckier said. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vzJ_HFG-2BU&list=PLJOB2Ahoqzp8aERA29rro_jSkBmawKKA_   HingePoint Byline: HingePoint 2300 McDermott Road STE 200-235, Plano, TX 75025 (214) 301-0000 www.hingepoint.com HingePoint provides AutoDesk, BIM and Revit consulting & services for the AEC industry with development & integration of AutoDesk products with enterprise systems. As members of the AutoDesk Development Network, we are a trusted partner with over 25 years experience of systems development and integration work in the AEC industry. We support development of Autodesk products including AutoCAD, Revit, BIM360 and are experts in integrating with enterprise systems including Salesforce, SharePoint & Office365. Our clients range from top hotel brands and restaurant chains to AEC firms and real estate developers and Facilities Management. We provide BIM with ROI. Results Guaranteed…Literally Guaranteed. 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