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] => Having the right data in your Revit or BIM model translates into power.

Don’t believe that statement?

Ask HDR Inc.

HDR is an architecture, engineering and consulting firm that was founded in 1917. It’s employee owned with 10,000 employees. The firm has worked in all seven continents and has done notable projects like the Hoover Dam Bypass, Fort Belvoir Community Hospital and The Roslin Institute.

HDR currently does a lot of work related to health care spaces, science and technology and education and civic spaces.

“Technology has evolved tremendously,” HDR health care architect Susana Erpestad said. “To design with true information or even evidence, it helps sustain the concepts you create.”

The way HDR uses data to inform design has changed the most. The firm uses a lot of parametric models, but the goal is always to match what is in the field with what is in the model.

By using virtually any software platform available in the market, teams find which platforms will inform the design they do.

“I think data is power,” Erpestad said. “I think part of the big impact we have right now is BIM and data management.”

James Bates, an HDR engineer, said they deliver a lot of their requirements and information through Revit. But they do not solely rely on it.

They are constantly in the field checking things against their designs.

“We collaborate face to face. We collaborate with software. We work in the same models,” Bates said. “Then each of us bring our different software that we use into that process so we can comprehensively build the building.”

Bates said the company has been able to sustain its technological advantage through new recruits.

“We have a lot of breadth of experience at HDR ranging from people just beginning in the industry and people being there for a really long time,” Bates said. “I think the way that software is adapted to the process – we can only get that from the emerging professional.”

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If you are not looking for a custom plugin, you might want to try our standard Revit plugin in the Autodesk App Store. [post_title] => Data in Your Revit or BIM Model Equals Power, HDR Lead Architect says [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => data-revit-bim-model-equals-power-hdr-lead-architect-says [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2018-02-21 00:20:35 [post_modified_gmt] => 2018-02-21 06:20:35 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.hingepoint.com/?p=12899 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [1] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 12271 [post_author] => 3 [post_date] => 2016-12-05 15:07:27 [post_date_gmt] => 2016-12-05 21:07:27 [post_content] => Underwriters Laboratories (UL) wants to get credible sustainability data into Revit models more easily. To do so, UL recently launched a web-based product, sustainability-information tool that will help users select credible green products and place that information into their Building Information Modeling (BIM) workflow. “Most people know UL for our fire, mechanical, safety testing; we’ve been doing that for 120 years,” said UL public affairs director Mark Rossolo at Autodesk University. “What most people also don’t know though that we are the largest certifier of sustainable products for use in the buildings.” The web app--called SPOT--features more than 40,000 products. SPOT’s database will help architects and designers identify products by sustainable attributes, MasterFormat product codes and building rating system credits such as LEED v4 and the WELL Building Standard™. “We all need all to be thinking about having more sustainable products in our building,” Rossolo said. “Is the carpet we’re standing on admitting potentially harmful chemicals? Has that been tested? We don’t know unless we put a product in... that has been certified.”
  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5HfAMUpzFcg&list=PLJOB2Ahoqzp8xnxVjtgO8TF563aGzUIsx  
SPOT database goes beyond traditional green certification data to include a comprehensive view of a product’s attributes through expanded product listings. The expanded listings will also include safety data, such as fire ratings and, for furniture, performance certifications and claim verifications.  This data will be curated and managed by UL to give users confidence that the data is from reliable, credible sources. “When you’re getting to a Revit user you’re at the ground level of importance for ensuring that those products that have sustainability attributes are put in there… like protecting occupant health,” Rosollo said. “Starts to get us thinking about more than just, ‘does this comply with specs that the architect gave me?’” To enhance the mobile experience, UL’s SPOT app is available from the Apple App Store and Google Play. Additionally, UL is developing an add-in which will enable AutoDesk® Revit® users to access product data from SPOT and assign it directly to their project. To learn more about SPOT, visit ul.com/spot. [post_title] => UL Introduces Online Database to Easily Add Sustainability Data into Revit Models [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => ul-introduces-online-database-to-easily-add-sustainability-data-into-revit-models [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2018-02-21 00:40:17 [post_modified_gmt] => 2018-02-21 06:40:17 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.hingepoint.com/?p=12271 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [2] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 12262 [post_author] => 3 [post_date] => 2016-12-01 12:07:24 [post_date_gmt] => 2016-12-01 18:07:24 [post_content] => Sweets.com puts the “I” in your Building Information Models (BIM) with a new Revit plugin that automatically tags product data. At Autodesk University 2016 Sweets.com showcased their new Revit plugin on the showroom floor. Users can tag product data into their Revit design models. "Sweets is a marketplace where users can find multiple manufacture’s products,” said James Jackson, Co Founder of Global Product Data, LLC. “Directly from the Sweets app you’ll be able to go to manufacturers' websites and automatically tag product data in your model.” It’s saves Revit user huge amounts of time. Usually designers or architects must manually type the data in or they would go out and search the Internet for manufactured specific BIM content and bring that into their design model. “The product tagging technology allows them to select product data and automatically write that data in with a single click,” Jackson said.
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As much as Revit and Autodesk technology is praised, the software has created an abundant amount of manual work in the architecture, engineering and construction industry. Startups and entrepreneurs are starting to fix this problem. “We use BIM 360, Revit and build Revit families for many of our customers; Autodesk has the best design and build software in the world,” HingePoint CEO and Founder Bryce Finnerty said. “However, it can create a lot of manual work for people in our industry.” Sweets.com hopes to alleviate the manual task of tagging things like, doors, windows and other key product data. “This is a great step in the right direction to automate the AEC industry,” Finnerty said. “We’ve got to get rid of the busywork so we can focus on the more important items when designing and building.” The Sweets.com app is available in the Autodesk App Store for free.
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, M, 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] => Sweets.com Makes Revit Models Sweeter with Automatic Tagging [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => sweets-com-makes-revit-models-sweeter-with-automatic-tagging [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2018-01-25 05:08:58 [post_modified_gmt] => 2018-01-25 11:08:58 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.hingepoint.com/?p=12262 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [3] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 12243 [post_author] => 3 [post_date] => 2016-11-15 16:58:57 [post_date_gmt] => 2016-11-15 22:58:57 [post_content] => Denver architect Brian Juge and BIM specialist Tony Crawford led one of the first classes at Autodesk University called "Zero to CD in 90 minutes with Revit." They started the presentation with tips on how to use Revit for beginners. Here are some of those tips. CAD vs. BIM workload curve As the construction process goes along it's harder to make changes and it gets more expensive, as seen by the popular graph above. Shifting your time and effort “to the left” sooner in your design process, can save time on each project. One of the primary ways to do this is through Revit templates. The exact tools that you include in your template will depend on your specific needs. Revit makes this possible with templates because redundant work from project to project is limited. Create Templates If you have a good template, you save time, meaning you reduce effort and costs. Juge and Crawford have invested a lot of time on their templates. The more time you put into setting up your project template, the more time you can save on each future project. Your templates set up the data you want:
  • Parameters
  • Families
  • The drawing sheets
  • The plan (top) and elevation (side) view of your model.
Stop repeating yourself Here's their main point. Any schedules you repeat you can put in a Revit template. Any type of workflow you do for every project, you should put into a template. A schedule is basically a spreadsheet of your data. For example, you could have a schedule or the data of every door in your building. If you're starting a new similar project, you can either start from scratch and build the data needed for doors, or you can have a template with the saved data. Anything that you might repeat in any future project should be added to your template. ---- The Hard Part You've got to go through this step. You have to tag all your elements and make every item unique. It takes time. But if you don't do it you might as well just use AutoCAD. Other tedious tasks include:
  • Annotation tags
  • Symbols
  • Text styles
  • Dimension styles
  • Legends
--- Linking AutoCAD to Revit  Be careful.  This is not a best practice. You don't want to have too many AutoCAD links. AutoCAD files can have a lot of baggage in them and potentially crash Revit. Sometimes it's inevitable to have AutoCAD links, but it's better to get rid of AutoCAD links completely. --- #1 Thing to Do: Get Started Just get started. Just do a project. Hunker down. Bite the bullet and get going. A good place to start is with your last project. Just get it in Revit so you can start making your templates. Check out HingePoint's Revit eBooks to learn more. [post_title] => Simple Tips Saving Time with for Revit Templates [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => simple-tips-for-saving-time-with-revit-templates [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2018-05-28 07:00:15 [post_modified_gmt] => 2018-05-28 12:00:15 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.hingepoint.com/?p=12243 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [4] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 11859 [post_author] => 3 [post_date] => 2016-03-19 14:08:11 [post_date_gmt] => 2016-03-19 19:08:11 [post_content] => 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 software for CAD. 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 ) [5] => 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 ) [6] => 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 ) [7] => 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 ) [8] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 393 [post_author] => 3 [post_date] => 2015-05-20 13:26:18 [post_date_gmt] => 2015-05-20 18:26:18 [post_content] => We get a lot of calls from companies thinking about, or building, Revit 3D Families or libraries. As members of the Autodesk Developers Network, we are blessed to get in on these conversations early and often. When we are in early, things run smoothly. Smoothly + no surprises + under budget and ahead of schedule... = The holy grail of 3D modeling and the Revit universe. Developing proper Revit 3D content into families or libraries, is the key to Revit Deployment. See the example image of a Revit 3D Furniture model of a furniture assembly of a grouping of furniture. Each piece of furniture is modeled, put in the Furniture Family, placed in the Library and modeled as a furniture assembly. Revit3DFurnitureFamilyLibrary If you are planning to be expert Revit users, you must plan to be expert at the following capabilities related to Revit Families;
  • Developing
  • Maintaining
  • Distributing
The Big Three of Revit Families. Get these three right and it is smooth sailing, puncture your hull on one of these…smooth sinking. Why is being an expert in Developing, Maintaining and Distributing mission critical. Let me explain. The Problem Revit only comes with limited generic Families and you need very specific products and construction components for your project. 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.

Need help with BIM integration?

The Solution You need to create the Revit content needed for your design before you start designing. See our blog article on Revit Content is King, for more information. The 3 main actions you may take:
  1. Get Revit Families from Vendors
  2. Create Your Own Content and Revit Families you current use across all projects. Remember to include your firms’ products or standard design assemblies
  3. Download Free Revit Family Libraries from reliable sources on the internet
You have the Solution, but there is a Challenge OK, so each solution has a trade-off,… You could go with one, or you could pick a hybrid of the three. But not all models are the same. This furnture model assembly may look good, but what if it doens't have the right information for you? Revit Family Furniture Assembly These are the most common trade-offs to consider:
  1. Geometric Detail - The complexity of 3D models are unique for different disciplines and for each purpose. Go with too much detail…You get large file sizes and slower performanc. Don’t model enough detail, you are not conveying the design solution fully. Both results are equally regrettable.
  2. Custom Parameters – Do the families you have, include all the parameters you need to drive your business process? Often custom parameters are needed in addition to the Out of the Box Revit parameters.
  3. Consistent Data Models – If you assemble Revit content from many sources, you might find inconsistencies in naming conventions, geometric detail, and use of parameters. Inconsistent components make it hard to schedule and do calculations within Revit. It will drive you crazy day to day.
If you want help wading through the challenges of creating clean Revit content. If you are building Revit Libraries to support you business processes….please contact us. You may like our blog on Content is King for Revit Families and 3D Modeling >> We specialize in clean Revit content, clean Revit models and perfect Revit results to drive an efficient design and engineering process. Plus our work is guaranteed, literally…guaranteed. Contact us for more information.

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Stop…start… stop… start = bad.

Not to mention being inefficient, this stop and start process might lead to a poor or incomplete building… or product design. As Cash is King in business, Content is still King in Revit to ensure the design process flows and includes correct content. Wait! But, you say, Revit only comes with some very basic and generic Families like we show below in Figure 1! You are correct. Revit 2015 Family Listing Image Figure 1 - This example is from the Revit Architectural Template and comes loaded with these generic Revit Families, such as doors, windows, ceilings, furniture, etc. Now look quickly at the Door Family in Revit in Figure 2. There are only a few doors available. Note that each door has “Type Properties” Parameters (geometry and attributes) associated with it in Figure 3. Revit Door Family Menu Expanded Figure 2 – Revit Out of the Box Door Family Options Revit Door Family Edit Parameters Form Figure 3 – Revit, Out of the Box, Door Type Properties and Parameters The Problem (yes, we said problem) Revit only comes with limited generic Families and you need specific products and construction components for your project. It’s ok, We have “your back” on this issue. We can share a number of tricks or hacks as they call it to getting the right Revit content. So you can be The King of Revit 3D design. (Thank you, Thank you very much says The King) Contact us now if you are contemplating or navigating a Revit Family project. We will help you be more efficient in your modeling and ensure you get a full return on your hard earned content. Look for the next blog in our upcoming series giving more advanced information around Revit families, libraries, components, parameters, assemblies and other fascinating topics that modelers like us love to talk about. [post_title] => Content is King for Revit Families and BIM 3D Modeling [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => revit-families-3d-modeling-content-is-king [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2018-01-26 01:04:45 [post_modified_gmt] => 2018-01-26 07:04:45 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://www.www.hingepoint.com/?p=379 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) ) [post_count] => 10 [current_post] => -1 [in_the_loop] => [post] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 12899 [post_author] => 3 [post_date] => 2017-06-09 09:38:21 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-06-09 14:38:21 [post_content] => Having the right data in your Revit or BIM model translates into power. Don’t believe that statement? Ask HDR Inc. HDR is an architecture, engineering and consulting firm that was founded in 1917. It’s employee owned with 10,000 employees. The firm has worked in all seven continents and has done notable projects like the Hoover Dam Bypass, Fort Belvoir Community Hospital and The Roslin Institute. HDR currently does a lot of work related to health care spaces, science and technology and education and civic spaces. “Technology has evolved tremendously,” HDR health care architect Susana Erpestad said. “To design with true information or even evidence, it helps sustain the concepts you create.” The way HDR uses data to inform design has changed the most. The firm uses a lot of parametric models, but the goal is always to match what is in the field with what is in the model. By using virtually any software platform available in the market, teams find which platforms will inform the design they do. “I think data is power,” Erpestad said. “I think part of the big impact we have right now is BIM and data management.” James Bates, an HDR engineer, said they deliver a lot of their requirements and information through Revit. But they do not solely rely on it. They are constantly in the field checking things against their designs. “We collaborate face to face. We collaborate with software. We work in the same models,” Bates said. “Then each of us bring our different software that we use into that process so we can comprehensively build the building.” Bates said the company has been able to sustain its technological advantage through new recruits. “We have a lot of breadth of experience at HDR ranging from people just beginning in the industry and people being there for a really long time,” Bates said. “I think the way that software is adapted to the process – we can only get that from the emerging professional.”

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