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Autodesk will soon release Revit 2011 coming up in a couple weeks. After last years’ release of Revit 2010, I think people are ready for refinement.  For most, it took most of the year to get used to the new ribbon UI — and this year will bring that level of refinement that Revit needs.  Revit should finally become easier to use, more intuitive, and implement a lot of fixes for reported bugs & annoyances.

Out of the list, my favorites are the changes made to the ribbon UI. Many people will be glad to hear that the modify tab can be static now and the contextual tab will have the ability to return to the previous tab when done. Also they’ve included a QAT or Quick Access Toolbar that will give the user an option to “create their own” toolbar. These enhancements will greatly reduce confusion for new users.

Other essentials (read: wish list items) that were included in this release are backgrounds for renderings, a more realistic view for panning around in 3D, text enhancements, tagging items in linked models… a lot of these will help our workflow out immensely!

As I’m sure most of you are here for the details (and not my opinion), alas, here they are:

  • Improvements to DWG Export, increased visual fidelity, text treatment
  • Improvements 3D display quality & new types of views (ambient occlusion, realistic, consistent colors views)
  • View open time reduced
  • New Guide Grids (alignment grids) for sheets to help with view alignment
  • Align in 3D
  • New keyboard shortcut editing dialog box
  • New abilities around linked files, ability to tag an object in a linked file
  • Quicker file open times, now multi-threaded
  • Repeat last command (enter or right-click menu)
  • New Autodesk Material Library 2011
  • Materials displayed more consistently across views and platforms
  • New Placeholder sheets, ability to change placeholder to actual sheet
  • Ability to add/crop background image for rendering
  • Text enhancements
  • Find/Replace
  • Options for exporting text to CAD to maintain visual or functional fidelity
  • Box around text note
  • Distance between leader and text
  • Bullets & Numbering now possible
  • Additional dialog boxes now resizeable
  • Ability to create custom elevation tags
  • New sun path feature added
  • Ability to control temp dimension appearance (without editing Revit.ini)
  • Revit MEP copy/monitor fixtures
  • Ability to disable the auto-switch to contextual tab when object is selected so you can keep current tab active.
  • Ability to return to previous tab after action completion
  • New Properties Palette
  • Modify tab is both static & contextual now, remains in same location
  • New Customizable QAT (Quick-Access Toolbar) to add your most-used tools
  • New workset & design option controls added to the bottom-right of Revit window
  • Workset visiblity enhancements

That’s it for now! As always bookmark revit2011.info for the latest on Revit 2011.

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Well just like previous years, it looks like early-mid April seems to be the rollout of Autodesk’s new products.  Below is this years rollout schedule for the AEC products, I’ve included them below:

Architecture, Engineering & Construction Products   Release Date
AutoCAD® Architecture 2011   March 25
AutoCAD® MEP 2011   March 25
AutoCAD® Map 3D 2011   March 29
Autodesk® Navisworks® Freedom 2011   April 2
Autodesk® Navisworks® Manage 2011   April 2
Autodesk® Navisworks® Simulate 2011   April 2
AutoCAD® Revit® Architecture Suite 2011   April 8
AutoCAD® Revit® MEP Suite 2011   April 8
AutoCAD® Revit® Structure Suite 2011   April 8
AutoCAD® Structural Detailing 2011   April 8
Autodesk® Revit® Structure 2011   April 8
Autodesk® Revit® Architecture 2011   April 8
Autodesk® Robot™ Structural Analysis 2011   April 12
Autodesk® Buzzsaw®   April 17
AutoCAD® Civil 3D® 2011   April 20
Autodesk® Ecotect® Analysis   April 20
Autodesk® Constructware®   April 24
     

With today’s press release announcing the 2011 software suite of products, they also updated their 2011 feature list.  Here are some of the new features we’ll see in Revit 2011:

Download the Autodesk Press Packet

Also the brochures for Revit Architecture 2011 & Revit Structure 2011 & Revit MEP 2011:
http://images.autodesk.com/adsk/files/autodesk_revit_architecture_2011_brochure.pdf
http://images.autodesk.com/adsk/files/revit_structure_2011_overview_brochure_us.pdf
http://images.autodesk.com/adsk/files/autodesk_revit_mep_overview_brochure_us.pdf

Revit Architecture 2011 Revit Structure 2011

User Interface Improvements

  • A modeless properties palette allows the user to change the properties of an element during placement or modification.
  • Contextual tab improvements reduce the number of tab switches and provide consistent tool locations.
  • Users now have the ability to adjust the order of tools on the Quick Access toolbar.

User Interface Improvements

Adaptive Components

Adaptive component functionality is designed for situations when components need to flexibly adapt to unique contextual conditions. Adaptive points are created by modifying reference points. The geometry drawn by snapping to these adaptive points results in an adaptive component.

Adaptive Components

Form Editing

A form can be edited in sketch mode by modifying the curves from which it was created. A form can also be dissolved back to the curves from which it was created. Once a form has been dissolved, its profile curves and path (when applicable) remain. These curves and path can be edited to create a new form.

Form Editing

Large Team Workflow

Improve your ability to work with projects containing linked files with the capability to apply view filters, tag elements, and control visibility of worksets.

Large Team Workflow

Text Improvements

Improvements to text tools enable you to:

  • Adjust the location of the leader relative to the text block
  • Format text with bullets and numbering
  • Modify text using the Find & Replace Text tool

Text Improvements

New Structural Tools

Several structural tools, previously available only in Autodesk® Revit® Structure software, are now available to Autodesk Revit Architecture users.

These tools include:

  • Curved Beams
  • Metal Decking
  • Slanted Structural Columns
  • Trusses
  • Beam Coping tool
  • Beam System Tags

New Structural Tools

Enhanced Visualization

Autodesk Revit Architecture now provides the ability to display materials and ambient lighting in editable views.

Enhanced Visualization

Keyboard Shortcuts

Autodesk Revit Architecture now provides a new interface for managing keyboard shortcuts for Revit Tools:

  • Add or remove keyboard shortcuts and assign multiple shortcuts for each Revit Tool.
  • Import keyboard shortcuts from another user.
  • Export keyboard shortcuts to share them with other users, or to a spreadsheet program where you can sort, organize, and print a list of shortcuts for quick reference.

Keyboard Shortcuts

Custom Elevation Tags

Define the appearance of view tags used for elevations. Elevation tags can now have any shape and any number of arrows pointing in nonorthogonal directions relative to the tag body.

Custom Elevation Tags

Background Images in Rendering

Autodesk Revit Architecture now provides the ability to display images in the background of rendered views.

Background Images in Renderings

Sheet Improvements

Improvements to sheets enable you to:

  • List sheets on the drawing list that are not in the project, such as consultant drawings
  • Consistently align views on sheets

Sheet Improvements

Convert Line Types

The convert lines tool converts existing model lines, detail lines, and symbolic lines into the preferred line type.

Convert Line Types

Autodesk Revit Architecture 2011
Autodesk® Revit® Architecture 2011 software helps architects and designers work naturally, design freely and deliver projects efficiently. Purpose-built for Building Information Modeling (BIM), Revit Architecture helps you explore design concepts and forms, and better maintain your design data through documentation and construction. With parametric change technology, any change you make is automatically updated throughout your model, keeping your design and documentation coordinated and more reliable. Share essential BIM data with your partners for a more collaborative, integrated building design process. Support a more efficient design process that enables improved sustainable design analysis, clash detection, construction planning and material fabrication.

What’s New

Key Features Common to all Revit Platform Software Autodesk® Revit® Architecture 2011, Autodesk® Revit® MEP 2011 and Autodesk® Revit® Structure 2011 software share a common set of key enhancements for improved design functionality and workflow to help design teams accelerate better design with tools that promote productivity and support sustainable design and analysis. See the Autodesk® Revit® Platform Enhancements for 2011 backgrounder for information on the platform enhancements.

Enhancements specific to Revit Architecture 2011 include:
Form Editing
  • Sketch editing for conceptual masses in Revit Architecture 2011 has been improved with the ability to edit individual profiles of any type of form without having to delete the form first, similar to “sketch mode” but even more accessible.
  • The Dissolve Form command removes the surfaces from a form, leaving the valuable defining profiles, curves and points.
  • In the past, only voids could be used as cutting elements for Boolean operations, and it was difficult to access them again for further transformations. Now solids can be used to cut other solids, so that when the cut is executed, geometry from both forms remains visible.
Surface Rationalization
  • The ability to rationalize surfaces has been enhanced. Surfaces can now be split by levels, reference planes and model lines.
  • Now, divided surface patterns can be made up of any combination of UV grids and intersects created by these new elements. Adaptive
Components

The adaptive component is a generalized implementation of the pattern-based curtain panel family, which was introduced with the 2010 release of Autodesk Revit Architecture. It is designed to handle cases where components need to flexibly adapt to many unique contextual conditions. The adaptive component can be used to simply fill in the empty edge panels on a divided surface or for more complex modeling or framing applications.
Structural Tools
Several features formerly available only in Autodesk Revit Structure software are now available in Autodesk Revit Architecture, such as the ability to create:
  • Curved beams
  • Slanted columns
  • Beam copings
  • Trusses
  • Metal deck profiles, and more
Rendering Enhancements:
  • Background Images Revit Architecture now provides the ability to display images in the background of rendered views.
  • Procedural Textures Create custom procedural textures based on patterns such as checker, gradient, wood or tiles.
  • New Autodesk Material Library More smoothly exchange material data between Autodesk applications with the new Autodesk Material Library. Materials can be exchanged with certain other supporting Autodesk applications (AutoCAD®, Autodesk® Inventor®, Autodesk Revit MEP and Autodesk Revit Structure software) in a true one-to-one mapping — helping create a consistent definition and rendered look and minimize the need to rework materials after data import. Note: The new Material Library in Revit Architecture 2011 will only export materials, lights, or environments to 3ds Max/3ds Max Design 2011.
  • Removal of Four-Core Rendering Limit Rendering in Revit-based products is no longer limited to the use of four cores on multiprocessor computers. Revit-based products can now take advantage of as many cores as are available on your computer.
Access to Autodesk® Green Building Studio® Web-Based Services (Available with Subscription to Revit Architecture)
  • More smoothly extend BIM workflows to include sustainable analysis. With more than 1.6 million virtual weather locations across the globe, the climate information used in analyses can be more local, accurate and current.
  • By using the power of cloud computing, Green Building Studio can generate analyses in a matter of minutes, thus helping architects and designers to iterate through multiple design options earlier and more often.
  • For new buildings projects, whole building energy analysis can help predict more accurate building operation costs before construction. For renovation and retrofit projects, the software helps users to make the most efficient design choices.

Don’t forget to bookmark: http://www.revit2011.info

Autodesk Unveils 2011 Software Portfolio for Building Design, Infrastructure and Construction Industries

http://news.autodesk.com/news/autodesk/20100325005433/en/Autodesk-Unveils-2011-Software-Portfolio-Building-Design

To view the full archived Autodesk webcast from today click here.  In the webinar they outline a lot of the new 2011 products.

Updates for Key Product Lines Promote Building Information Modeling and Multidisciplinary Collaboration for New and Renovation Projects

SAN RAFAEL, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADSK), a world leader in 2D and 3D design, engineering and entertainment software, announced new versions of its software for the building, infrastructure and construction industries. The updated portfolio is designed to help increase industry adoption of the Building Information Modeling (BIM) process, facilitate multidisciplinary collaboration and address new and renovation projects.

“Our new 2011 software helps support that goal by capitalizing on the enormous benefits of Building Information Modeling, and facilitating multidisciplinary collaboration from start to finish for everything from new construction and renovations on residential and business projects to large-scale infrastructure and government projects.”

“The building design, construction and infrastructure industries must improve productivity, while at the same time completing complex projects on time and at, or under budget,” said Jay Bhatt, senior vice president of AEC Industry Solutions. “Our new 2011 software helps support that goal by capitalizing on the enormous benefits of Building Information Modeling, and facilitating multidisciplinary collaboration from start to finish for everything from new construction and renovations on residential and business projects to large-scale infrastructure and government projects.”

2011 Portfolio for Building Design and Construction

Autodesk’s 2011 software for new construction and existing building projects supports the Building Information Modeling process to help architects, designers and engineers more easily create and profit from digital design data and better communication across extended project teams. Updated software includes:

  • Autodesk Revit Architecture 2011 software — Autodesk Revit Architecture helps architects and designers work naturally, design freely, and deliver projects efficiently. Purpose-built for building information modeling (BIM), Revit Architecture helps explore design concepts and forms, and better maintain design data through documentation and construction. With parametric change technology, any change made is automatically updated throughout your model, keeping design and documentation coordinated and more reliable. Key new features include:
    • Large team workflow
    • Enhanced visualization
    • Enhanced documentation
  • Autodesk Revit Structure 2011 software — Autodesk Revit Structure is the purpose-built building information modeling (BIM) solution for structural engineering firms, providing tools for structural design and analysis. Revit Structure integrates a multimaterial physical model and an independently editable analytical model for more efficient structural analysis while providing bidirectional links to popular structural analysis software. Key new features include:
    • Framing enhancements (slanted columns, beam systems, trusses and connection symbols)
    • Reinforcement and concrete cleanup enhancements
    • Analytical model enhancements
  • Autodesk Revit MEP 2011 software — Autodesk Revit MEP building information modeling (BIM) software helps mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) engineers, designers, and drafters gain the competitive advantage of BIM by analyzing and optimizing building systems designs before they are built. Autodesk Revit MEP helps design teams accelerate better design with tools that promote productivity and support sustainable design and analysis. Key new features include:
    • Cable tray and conduit modeling
    • Panel schedules and demand factors
    • MEP fixture management

To help facilitate the BIM process, while at the same time protecting investment in legacy software, training and design data investments, the 2011 portfolio includes:

Enhancements for AutoCAD Architecture 2011 and AutoCAD MEP 2011 include:

  • AutoCAD Architecture 2011 — efficient drafting and documentation with an intuitive environment and purpose-built tools for architects. Key new features include:
    • New geometric and dimensional constraints
    • New renovation tools to help accelerate design and production
    • Improved wall cleanups with new intelligent Cleanup command
  • AutoCAD MEP 2011 — version of AutoCAD software for mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) designers and drafters that provides greater drafting productivity. Key new features include:
    • MvPart view blocks (create and store AutoCAD block names, edit display)
    • Parallel conduit routing
    • Sloped piping

To facilitate multi-discipline collaboration the 2011 building and construction software portfolio includes:

  • Autodesk Navisworks 2011 — software (including Autodesk Navisworks Manage 2011, Autodesk Navisworks Simulate 2011 and Autodesk Navisworks Freedom 2011 software) enables design and construction professionals to unite project contributions into a synchronized model for whole-project review, simulation and analysis. Key enhancements for the Navisworks 2011 family of software include:
    • Restructured and simplified User Interface (applies to Navisworks Manage, Simulate and Freedom)
    • Enhanced sectioning Tools (applies to Navisworks Manage and Simulate)
    • New Primavera link and Gantt view (applies to Navisworks Manage and Simulate)
  • Autodesk Buzzsaw 2011 — Autodesk Buzzsaw is a leading software as a service (SaaS) delivered document, data, and design management solution for centralizing and more securely exchanging project information for distributed teams (across stakeholders, geographies and companies). Fully integrated into the portfolio of Autodesk design solutions, Autodesk Buzzsaw 2011 now includes the Buzzsaw Sync feature. With Buzzsaw Sync users can:
    • Automatically synchronize files from the desktop to the Buzzsaw cloud without interrupting users’ workflow
    • Easily centralize multi-discipline models for importing into Autodesk Navisworks
    • Leverage Buzzsaw permissions to more securely synchronize, share and access information

To facilitate design visualization and creative storytelling the 2011 portfolio includes:

  • Autodesk 3ds Max Design 2011 — Autodesk 3ds Max Design 2011 software offers compelling new techniques for bringing designs to life by aggregating data, iterating ideas, and presenting the results. Key new features include:
    • Quicksilver, an innovative new hardware renderer
    • FBX File Link with Revit Architecture
    • Viewport display of 3ds Max Design materials

2011 Portfolio for Infrastructure

Autodesk’s 2011 software for road, highway and utilities projects includes:

  • AutoCAD Civil 3D 2011 — AutoCAD Civil 3D software, the building information modeling (BIM) solution for civil engineering, helps teams deliver higher-quality transportation, land development, and environmental projects faster. Its model-based approach helps keep project information coordinated while delivering higher-quality documentation and visualizations. AutoCAD Civil 3D helps users gain the competitive advantage of BIM to deliver more innovative project solutions. Key new features include:
    • Scalability and performance improvements, as well as an optimized 64-bit version of Civil 3D
    • Tools to better manage the creation and editing of corridors
    • Enhanced superelevation functionality that provides a dynamic link to the alignment and flexible editing options
  • AutoCAD Map 3D 2011 — AutoCAD Map 3D software can provide direct access to data needed for infrastructure planning, design, and management activities. AutoCAD Map 3D helps professionals working on transportation, land development, water, and power projects to more easily create, manage, and analyze design, GIS, and asset data so they can achieve better designs, enhanced productivity, and better data quality. Key new features include:
    • New point cloud tools
    • New and enhanced data support
    • Enhanced workflow capabilities

Availability

Product availability will vary by country. Details and purchasing options are available at http://www.autodesk.com/purchaseoptions.

About BIM

BIM is an integrated process for exploring a project’s key physical and functional characteristics digitally before it’s built, helping to deliver projects faster and more economically, while minimizing environmental impact. Coordinated, consistent information is used throughout the process to design innovative projects; better visualize and simulate real-world appearance, performance and cost; and create more accurate documentation.

About Autodesk

Autodesk, Inc., is a world leader in 2D and 3D design, engineering and entertainment software for the manufacturing, building and construction, and media and entertainment markets. Since its introduction of AutoCAD software in 1982, Autodesk continues to develop the broadest portfolio of state-of-the-art software to help customers experience their ideas digitally before they are built. Fortune 100 companies — as well as the last 15 Academy Award winners for Best Visual Effects — use Autodesk software tools to design, visualize and simulate their ideas to save time and money, enhance quality and foster innovation for competitive advantage. For additional information about Autodesk, visit www.autodesk.com.

Autodesk, AutoCAD, Buzzsaw, Civil 3D, Navisworks, Revit and 3ds Max are registered trademarks or trademarks of Autodesk, Inc., and/or its subsidiaries and/or affiliates in the USA and/or other countries. Academy Award is a registered trademark of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. All other brand names, product names or trademarks belong to their respective holders. Autodesk reserves the right to alter product and services offerings, and specifications and pricing at any time without notice, and is not responsible for typographical or graphical errors that may appear in this document.

© 2010 Autodesk, Inc. All rights reserved.

Well here it is one month from Revit 2011 release and still nothing official from Autodesk about any of the new features, updates, or tools.  So while we wait to hear what the “actual” new features will be, I thought I’d post some of my “requests” for new features…

If you’d like to submit your own, AUGI has a Revit Architecture Wish List forum:
http://forums.augi.com/forumdisplay.php?f=856

Here they are in no particular order:

  1. Better flexibility for line patterns – have you ever tried to draw gas lines, fence lines, utility lines on your site plan only to find out that those line patterns you used in AutoCAD aren’t available in Revit?  Not only are they not available, but you can’t even import the line styles.
  2. Cut lines for Ramps – Granted I don’t use ramps that much, but it would be nice to have cut lines show up on your ramps like they do for stairs & floors.  Right now the only way I know to workaround this is to place a floor on a sloped workplane, or to use a break line detail component.  Seems like this should be simple.
  3. Justify-align Text – I’m a big advocate for legibility and while this isn’t a big deal, it would be nice to have this feature.
  4. TYP, SIM, OPP – Ability to change reference labels for callouts, sections and elevations to be INSTANCE based, not type based.
  5. Revit/DWF Viewer for Android/Apple devices – This would be great to be able to pull up a view or sheet on our cell-phones while in the field, particularly with tablet/slate devices becoming more popular that run on the same Android OS / iPhone OS as the smartphones do.
  6. Ability to customize system families – This has been on my list for a long time, we need a little more flexibility on how these symbols look, not necessarily how they work, just how they look.
  7. Fill pattern editor – Again something that’s been on my list since the AutoCAD days when it was called hatches.  They use the same .pat pattern files but there really isn’t a good graphical way to edit these files, only in Notepad, which tends to be a lot of work.
  8. Duplicate Sheets – Not sure why we can’t duplicate/copy sheets.
  9. Snap-to-Grid on Sheets – Again, view alignment would be nice here.
  10. Lock/Protect elements or categories – It would be great if pinned objects couldn’t be deleted.  Or if we had the ability to lock or protect certain elements or categories.
  11. Ability to use % or degrees for slopes – currently Revit only accepts rise/run, but we use percentage slopes a lot for site, floors, ramps, roofs, etc.
  12. Purge Tool Update – as of now Revit does not purge line styles, line patterns, materials, or fill patterns.
  13. Spell Check – Shouldn’t we be able to spell check the entire project and all the sheets at one time instead of view-by-view?
  14. Tool Placement on Ribbon – It would be great if they standardized certain tools on the ribbon so they were placed in the same spot every time in the menu instead of floating around being contextual.  I can’t tell you how many times I click on the wrong icon because I was anticipating a command being there and it was in a different spot.  The perfect example of this is cut/copy/paste — it’s in one spot on the modify bar (far left) and in the contextual bar it’s always (far right).  Go figure.   If anything though it helps you learn the keyboard shortcuts 🙂

I have more, but this would be a great start.

So today I got a postcard in the mail for “The Autodesk Experience Tour” coming to select cities across the US & Canada over the next month. The dates range from April 22nd to June 26nd. Now the question becomes, why have a “launch” tour of the 2009 software if it has not yet been released?

My prediction: We’ll see the 2009 software rolled out before the end of April… possibly on or before the 22nd.

Now I have no other information other than pure speculation based upon this postcard. But it makes sense to me that you’d want to launch the software, then tour and showcase it. At least that’s what Microsoft does.

Anyhow, even if it’s not released until June, you should still sign up and register for the city closest to you to check out the new 2009 software suite (3ds Max Design 2009, Revit Architecture 2009, AutoCAD Architecture 2009, etc)… also a good networking event:

Experience your designs before they’re real: walk through buildings, open doors, and simulate real-world scenarios within an integrated 3D building information model with Revit® Architecture 2009 and design visualization with 3ds Max Design 2009. Also find out more about AutoCAD® Architecture, the version of AutoCAD® software created just for architects.

At this information-packed event, you’ll learn how to:

* Create more accurate, reliable designs
* Communicate more effectively between consultants and clients
* Improve coordination and collaboration to better manage complex designs
* Generate photorealistic renders of your designs

Learn more at:
The Autodesk Experience Tour

IMAGINiT has released a PDF that documents all the latest and greatest RAC 2009 features (some don’t appear to be enhanced or new, but let’s hope they’re fixed… *ahem* site tools).

Here’s the list:

New Features:

  • Design Visualization – built-in mental ray® rendering engine, and additional interoperability with 3ds Max Design 2009 with the FBX file format.
  • Swept Blend – ability to take create a blend & sweep in one form allowing for more complex geometries.
  • Autodesk 3D UI – ViewCube & SteeringWheels allow for easier (more intuitive) navigation through 3D mode.
  • Advanced Rendering with 3ds Max Design 2009 – FBX format allows for accurate import of Revit materials, cameras, and lights from Revit 2009 to Max Design 2009
  • Batch Printing Utility – (Autodesk Subscription Only)
  • Worksharing Monitor – (Autodesk Subscription Only)

Enhanced Features:

  • Interface to Energy Analysis – enhanced export via gbXML to Green Building Studio, Inc., and IES Ltd.
  • Design Review – enhanced markup capabilities with Design Review 2009
  • Dimension Improvements – more flexibility built-in to dimensions allowing for more than just length property (hurray! enter dimension overrides and additional supplemental text!).
  • Room Tag Improvements – additional flexibility, tighter integration of room objects & tags, rotation of tags
  • Revision Schedules – new attributes gives you more flexibility over sizing and format

Get the PDF of Revit Architecture 2009 Overview here:
http://www.rand.com/imaginit/1/technology/software/revit_architecture.htm

Frequently Asked Questions about Revit Architecture 2009:
http://www.rand.com/imaginit/1/pdfs/technology/software/revitarch09_customer_qa_final.pdf

News came last month of Autodesk in the process of acquiring Green Building Studio, an energy modeling application used in conjunction with Revit to perform energy analysis modeling.  Hopefully the acquisition will better implement GBS’s energy modeling tools into Revit making energy modeling more mainstream.  Ideally as architects we should be thinking more and more about energy modeling as part of our design process, as it will become more and more important in the years to come.  Let’s just hope they continue developing the application as while it’s a great tool now, it still has a ways to go.  But my hat goes off to Autodesk for investing in a strong sustainable design application in efforts to get it into the mainstream.

Synergies Benefit Carbon Neutral Design
After nearly 10 years of market changing innovation, Green Building Studio is delighted to announce we have signed an agreement for Autodesk, Inc. to acquire our assets. In other words, our Green Building Studio (GBS) web service will soon join the Autodesk product family. Please be assured that our talented team will continue to sell software and train and support architects as they use our web service to design carbon neutral buildings today and in the future.

“Autodesk is committed to providing technology that makes sustainable design easier and more efficient,” said Jay Bhatt, senior vice president, Autodesk AEC Solutions. “We look forward to adding the Green Building Studio technologies to the Autodesk portfolio and helping our customers more easily leverage the coordinated, reliable data created in the Revit® platform for building information modeling (BIM) to help predict performance and design buildings with reduced environmental impact.”

After closing this deal, Autodesk also plans to continue support for the Green Building Studio web service, carbon neutral building design training, and to strengthen the web service’s integration with its BIM software. The gbXML schema will remain an open industry standard, and the GBS web service will continue to be available to any other BIM software.

“We have partnered with Autodesk for many years, and commend their ongoing support for sustainability,” said John Kennedy, President & CTO, Green Building Studio. “We are eager to contribute our industry expertise in green buildings to drive mainstream adoption of sustainability and accelerate the AEC industry’s transition to carbon neutral buildings.”

We expect to finalize the acquisition in the next few months. In the meanwhile, if you have any questions please feel free to contact us.

[ Green Building Studio: Press Release ]

Revit® Architecture 2009 features were officially announced last week at Autodesk World Press Day 2008.

This is a short list of Revit® Architecture 2009 Feature Improvements and Enhancements:

Design Visualization: Better experience your architectural projects, even before they are built, with Revit Architecture 2009. A proven, powerful tool with roots in the entertainment world, the mental ray® rendering engine is now available for your architectural projects. The advanced capabilities of mental ray in Revit Architecture 2009 enable accurate visualizations through the Autodesk® FBX® file format and easy interoperability with Autodesk® 3ds Max® Design 2009 Design software.

Swept Blend: Extending the range of what is achievable during conceptual design and family creation, swept blend functionality offers more opportunity to express complex forms.

Autodesk 3D UI: The Autodesk 3D UI includes ViewCube™ and SteeringWheels™ technology, two intuitive, interactive scene navigation tools that offer a familiar experience across multiple Autodesk 3D design products. The 3D UI enables you to navigate 3D scenes easily and effectively, regardless of your level of experience. Your extended team can apply the same software skills across different products and disciplines.

Dimension Improvements: Dimension improvements offer new flexible options for expressing dimension text by conveying more than just length values in the dimension string. New dimension text enables you to add a variety of supplemental text to a dimension string without damaging the integrity of the building information model by overriding dimension values.

Revision Schedules: Enhancements give added flexibility and control to the display of revision schedules. New attributes enable you to reverse the direction of schedules and to control whether they build dynamically or remain a fixed size. In addition, a new Issued By property has been added and schedules can be rotated on title blocks to achieve the various needs of individual firms.

Advanced Rendering with 3ds Max Design 2009: Autodesk 3ds Max Design 2009 design software introduces new lighting simulation and analysis technology, advanced rendering capabilities, and workflows that integrate with popular Autodesk® products such as Revit Architecture 2009. Through Autodesk FBX, an open-standard, platform independent 3D file format, Autodesk 3ds Max Design significantly enhances interoperability with Revit® 2009–based products through the accurate import of lights, materials, and cameras.