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.
Now is the time to start
preparing your class proposals. Think about what you can share with others and about new and emerging
trends in your industry. Discuss your ideas with your colleagues. Ask them
about topics they would find interesting. See which classes were offered at AU 2012
What We're Looking for This Year
that examine a product in detail and teach attendees new and efficient ways
to use their Autodesk® software.
Process and workflow
strategies—Classes that show
attendees how to use multiple Autodesk products together and make optimal use
of Autodesk design and creation suites. Handoffs within and between products
are increasingly important for users.
solutions—Classes that help
attendees improve company workflow, collaboration, and overall efficiency;
provide strategies for adopting and implementing new technologies; and share
methods for improving concept-to-completion cycles.
Autodesk Revit wins the buildingSMART alliance’s Design COBie
The Design COBie Challenge is an
opportunity for software vendors to demonstrate the conformance and accuracy
with the vendor-neutral interoperability format (COBie) that supports the
exchange of building asset information.
What is COBie?
Operations Building Information Exchange) is a framework for organizing data
developed and collected during the course of a building project for delivery to
facilities owners and operators involved in lifecycle management. This
information is essential to support the operations, maintenance, and the
management of the facilities assets by the owner and/or property. The COBie
approach is to enter the data as it is created during the design, construction,
and commissioning phase(s). Using COBie saves time and money as collecting this
information after the project is time and resource consuming.
1st test was for architectural design software at the early stages
of the design process.
2nd test was with software that supports the delivery of a
consolidated design model at the Construction Documents stage of design.
3rd test was with construction and commissioning software that
imports data from Construction Documents stage COBie, updates that with
construction data, and exports the Construction Handover Stage file.
The Autodesk Revit 2013
COBie Toolkit (plugin application) allowed the user to streamline the export
and comply with the COBie xml table format (e.g. MS Excel) with almost zero
errors. The user utilizing Autodesk Revit 2013 software is estimated to have to
spend 9 minutes cleaning/fixing the COBie file for a facility of comparable
size and complexity.
There is an interesting and helpful blog post on the BPA Blog about how to use Autodesk Vasari for numerous types of Building Performance Analysis (BPA) including Energy Analysis, Solar Radiation, Sun Studies, Wind Tunnel (exterior airflow) and a few others. Check it out.
For those of you interested in Building Performance Analysis and working with eQuest or Energy Plus there is a very interesting blog post on the BPA Blog about using gbXML output from Autodesk®Revit®, Vasari® or other authoring software and converting it to DOE2 or Energy Plus input files. By using Autodesk Green Building Studio (GBS) in that workflow you can use GBS to fill in a lot of the analysis input data that could take hours to complete by hand. You can find the blog post here.