Monday, August 28, 2006

Revit 9.1 and Structure 4, SURPRISE!

Wow, that was quick. Here's what Autodesk is saying about this release coming out tomorrow (in Canada anyway):

The Revit Building 9.1
products deliver the best possible information for decision making by increasing support for interoperability and enhancing coordination and quality, while optimizing workflow across the Autodesk Revit product suite. (this is an interchangeable blurb Autodesk uses when it a. doesn't have anything to report b. doesn't want us to know.)

Revit Structure 4 contains many new modeling features, pre-cast concrete and steel content, analytical tools and enhancements for reinforced concrete documentation. Of particular note are the TrussWizard (available only to Subscription customers) and the one-click beam system creation feature. (sound interesting)

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Tell Autodesk how to improve Revit

Just saw this on AUGI, it's a site that helps get our wishlist items onto the next release.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Revit Structure - Book Review

Autodesk Revit Structure 3 - Essentials
Autodesk Official Training Courseware

My Impression:
This is a very good introduction to Revit Structure. The book comes with a CD that contains example projects and tutorials along with a second CD with a full working copy of Revit Structure 3. The course can been done on-screen or by reading the book. All of the examples work and are somewhat realistic. The explanatory text is well written and gives some basic background into structural design.

Residential Revit - Book Review

Residential Design using Autodesk Revit Building 9

Author: Daniel John Stine
SDC Publcations

My Impression:
Some instructional books try to please everybody and become too generic. That's definitely not the case with this one. The basics of Revit are applied to imperial unit based, wood frame residential techniques of most of the USA and Canada. The narrative is conversational and easy to understand but needs a good editor and spell checker. I like the large print and diagrams. The approach is to take one project from preliminary drawings to working drawings, details and renderings etc. All of the essentials are covered but nothing really in-depth. This book will help the residential designer or student get up to speed fast with Revit but needs to be followed up with an advanced version.