The BIM Apps blog has some new information about the HVAC Solutions add-in for Revit. You should check it out if you are a Revit user, an HVAC Solutions software user or someone who is interested in either product.
Check out the new RDB Link Tool! The RDB Link tool enables you to export data from the elements in a Revit project and maintain relationships against data that exists outside of Revit. The tool allows for both import and export of the project data and will allow the user to make changes on the database side that affect the data within the project once imported. Learn more by visiting Autodesk Labs and downloading today!
§Autodesk Revit Architecture 2010
§Autodesk Revit Structure 2010
§Autodesk Revit MEP 2010
Supported database platforms
§Supported databases when running under 32 bit: MS Access 2003/2007 and SQL Server
§Supported databases when running under 64 bit: SQL Server 2005/2008.
A recent thread on the Revit MEP discussed the topic of archiving Revit projects. With the transition to Revit as the primary design and documentation tool for a project, this presents an order of magnitude larger need for long-term storage for most firms. In this case, a user was concerned about the amount of space needed to archive projects.
This thread pointed out that there still may be folks out in the user community that don't realize that storage is mad cheap these days. So I thought I'd point out some good options for folks out there.
Network Attached Storage (NAS)
This is an enclosure that contains one or more hard drives, and is connected to your network. It generally shows up as a network drive on your machine. Check out the Wiki on this to learn more.
You can configure your NAS as a RAID array, to better plan for the eventual failure of your drive.
You can get these cheap...a Gigabit bandwidth 1Terabyte version can be found on Amazon for about $350.
The next step, IMO, is to use cloud-based storage. This option allows you to use web services to have basically unlimited storage capacity "in the cloud", rather than building that infrastructure in your organization. The theory goes that the infrastructure to support this need is best handled by the folks who focus a business on the subject. Everybody's got web access these days, and a backup by definition means that the data does not need to be accessed frequently, or at the speeds available in your internal network.
This would be my choice, if I were an IT guy. The best option out there, IMO, is the Amazon S3 web infrustructure. To support their business Amazon built this redundant, scalable infrastructure, and said "hmm, maybe this would be valuable to others?". So they did, and provided that infrastructure to users at a dirt cheap price. You can get effectively unlimited storage space in their redundant infrastructure, and if you want it to be very secure, you are able to use industry standard AES encryption.
We actualy use this for the storage of content for Autodesk Seek.
The core S3 service is not really a consumer service, so interfacing with it is non-trivial if you're not a web developer. To meet that need, there are software vendors like JungleDisk, that have developed a simple software application to facilitate that communication. I use this for my personal data storage, as it allows me to access my data from anywhere that has web access...pretty cool stuff.
So let's not have to worry about backing up our Revit projects, you've got some great options out there.
I wanted to let all of you know that the Autodesk Seek folks have just pulled back the curtain on a new and improved UI for the site. I give them good marks on this re-design, and I personally enjoy the new format.
The Seek folks have been busy with manufacturers too, with some new featured content from the folks at McQuay. Go check it out!
For the second day in a row I have an exciting announcement. We have just released our Revit Platform 2009 Technical Note as a Subscription benefit for all customers with entitlements to a Revit 2009 product. What is this technical note you say?
Well, it is a comprehensive paper that discusses best practices for optimal performance and productivity within the Revit 2009 family of products. It is required reading for all Revit users interested to know this information straight from the Product Teams themselves.
It is the result of a comprehensive effort among the Designers, Developers, Quality Assurance, Consulting, Customer Success Engineers, and Product Managers, and we are excited to get this information straight to users.
Some major topics that are discussed:
Large Model Performance
As somebody who interacts with Revit users on a regular basis, I know these are all topics of much interest to firms implementing Revit. I would especially recommend that MEP users read the MEP-specific section, as it contains information and strategies to optimize the performance of your MEP models, which is something I encounter frequently in the market.
It is our hope that this information is very useful to you all, and we welcome your comments or concerns that are started from the document. There will be Discussion Forum threads to spur this discussion, and I'll add those links later today.
And like yesterday, here is a video showing how to access the White Paper.
I wanted to let all of you in the Revit MEP community know that we have just released a new Subscription benefit for Revit MEP, Revit Extensions. These are a series of Plugin applications that work with Revit MEP to provide enhanced functionality.
Those of you familiar with Revit Structure know about the Revit Extensions developed by Robobat. As some of those Extensions have functionality that applies to all Revit users, we wanted to make those available to all of you. Check out the links below to know more about the Extensions.
All Subscription customers of Revit Products can download these Extensions for use with the Revit 2009 Family of products. As is customary for Inside the System, I have made a video on getting to the downloads in the Subscription Center.