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AEC Industry News and Information Articles

BIM Survey – Animation

This is a Building Information Model from a survey of an existing mall. The video starts with a photo taken on site. It fades to a rendered model using camera matching. The model cycles through rendered, shaded, hidden line, wireframe and finally the floor plan. The model and rendering was created on Revit. Apple Motion was used for video editing. Visit the project page here.

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Exporting Autodesk Cloud Panorama Renderings

The Autodesk Cloud Rendering service now allows you to render a panorama rendering. Something that cannot be accomplished with stand-alone Revit. The results are quite good and it would be great to use with your clients so that they can see and understand your design. Autodesk Cloud does not allow users to share, embed on a website or export the panorama. I suspect that there are a number of reasons why we are not able to do this at this time, including viewer licensing restrictions,…

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Importing Occipital 360 Panoramas into Autodesk Stitcher

If you have ever done panoramic images by hand then you know what a headache stitching them together can be. Most of the time Autodesk Stitcher can stitch them seamlessly, but at times parallax errors can be time consuming to resolve. Occipital’s 360 Panorama is an iPhone and Android app that allows you to create a panoramic image with your phone. The app uses the gyroscope in your phone to position the images. The images are automatically stitched and closed. More often than not the…

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AEC Communications, Inc. Releases Structural Libraries for Autocad.

AEC Communications, Inc. releases a Free-for-Use structural shape library for products based on core Autocad 12 through Autocad 2009. STRUCT parametrically draws shapes in section, plan view and elevation using property libraries and user defined layers. Struct also provides quick access to shape dimensional properties for reference. Shapes included are Wide Flange (W, M, S), Angles (L), Channels (C), Pipes, Tubes (HSS), Tees (WT, MT, ST), Lumber and Concrete Masonry Units (CMU).

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The Techincal Illustration Process 2 – (Architectual Renderings, Animations, 3D Visualizations)

The intent of this series is to explain the Technical Illustration process so illustrations can be produced that meet one’s desired expectations and clearly communicate our ideas. Typical concerns for our consideration include budget and deadlines within a project, and the quality and effectiveness of the media itself. Our previous article on the Technical Illustration process served as an introduction to the craft, as an explanation for the necessity of this media in today’s corporate world, and as an orientation to the variety of Technical…

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The Technical Illustration Process 1 – ( Architectural Renderings, Visualizations, 3D Animations )

Technical Illustrations provide a powerful form of communication, allowing both the technically and non-technically minded to appreciate and understand the basis of design. They present a realistic image prompting discussion of various aspects of the project, rather than a mere description of it. Illustrations play an important role throughout the project life-cycle: the proposal, feasibility study, conceptual design, public hearings, garnering support, preliminary design, funding and final design. Additionally, these illustrations become quite nostalgic once the project is completed and archived. Familiarity with the Technical…

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CAD/Architectural Resources on Google Books

While there are many free resources on the Internet there is nothing like finding fully digital and searchable versions of printed resources. Google Book Seach Beta is one such place. The search engine allows users to perform a text search on their growing list of digitized books. In most cases the search will return a ‘Limited Preview’ or ‘Snippet View’; with some creative search strings it is possible to find exact information. However, there is also a ‘Full View Only’ category that will only return…

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