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                    [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 ) [1] => 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.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dfz9wtz8_cI&list=PLJOB2Ahoqzp_mh9VN5Q94KHXUDm3XPA1A  
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 ) [2] => 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 ) [3] => 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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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 Saleforce 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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  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 ) [comment_count] => 0 [current_comment] => -1 [found_posts] => 4 [max_num_pages] => 1 [max_num_comment_pages] => 0 [is_single] => [is_preview] => [is_page] => [is_archive] => 1 [is_date] => [is_year] => [is_month] => [is_day] => [is_time] => [is_author] => [is_category] => 1 [is_tag] => [is_tax] => [is_search] => [is_feed] => [is_comment_feed] => [is_trackback] => [is_home] => [is_privacy_policy] => [is_404] => [is_embed] => [is_paged] => [is_admin] => [is_attachment] => [is_singular] => [is_robots] => [is_posts_page] => [is_post_type_archive] => [query_vars_hash:WP_Query:private] => fe2a7f1ec312074988587cd02e6d5579 [query_vars_changed:WP_Query:private] => [thumbnails_cached] => [stopwords:WP_Query:private] => [compat_fields:WP_Query:private] => Array ( [0] => query_vars_hash [1] => query_vars_changed ) [compat_methods:WP_Query:private] => Array ( [0] => init_query_flags [1] => parse_tax_query ) )