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Paul Walker
Sheffield, UK
Technical Product Manager, Autodesk - PDC
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The AEC industry is ripe for disruption by Augmented Reality. I recently gave a "Pecha Kucha"-style presentation about Augmented Reality at the Autodesk XSummit, where I provided a brief overview and history of AR through the lens of AEC. (My co-presenter, Joel Pennington, looked to the future, where AR platforms... Continue reading
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It's always better when someone else tells your story for you right? Well recently BAM Construction UK shared how they worked with the team at Autodesk to do just that. Their story tells how they used Navisworks Quantification as part of their BIM workflows to make things better, so we... Continue reading
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As BIM becomes more entrenched in construction, processes are starting to move from paper based methods to a 3D environment to provide benefits in communication and health and safety. Think about a standard morning briefing to your workers - what is the most effective way to show people the areas... Continue reading
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I was recently asked to write a guest blog for CIBSE (Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers) in the UK, on the back of their sponsorship of the Sustmeme BIM Top 500. I'm very proud to be in the Top 5 alongside additional Autodesk colleagues and other knowledgeable industry experts.... Continue reading
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Back in the 90's, before practicing in the AEC industry and long before joining Autodesk, I was a researcher and fellow at the prestigious Human Interface Technology Laboratory ("HIT Lab") at the University of Washington. There, I studied, explored, and pioneered the integration of virtual reality and architecture – designing,... Continue reading
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AR: An Extension of Lean For decades, pundits, prophets, prognosticators, and purveyors of technology have been forecasting the fit of Augmented Reality (AR) for the AEC industry (I know, I'm one of them!) In recent years, as hardware evolves, and BIM matures, we find ourselves on the threshold of AR... Continue reading
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I attended an industry event in the UK recently, and one thing I heard from one of the presenters was the following quote which stuck with me: "I thought the cloud was made of computers, not disks." In the context of the presentation, this was prefaced by a discussion reflecting... Continue reading
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Join Beyond Design's very own James Austin and Shawn Butler for the second webcast in the Innovation and Productivity Webcast Series. On June 10 at 8am PDT James and Shawn will show you how quantification toolsets support the move toward model based workflows, allowing you to create integrated model and... Continue reading
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That’s right, we are happy to announce the latest addition to the BIM 360 platform, BIM 360 Plan! Launched earlier today, BIM 360 Plan brings order to the chaos of managing weekly work plans with spreadsheets and print-outs. The new solution takes advantage of Lean construction principles, and supports the... Continue reading
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Join us on May 28, 2015 8am PDT / 11am EDT for the first webcast in the Innovation and Productivity Webcast Series. From design through construction, contractors use documentation as a key component to communicate work and manage the flow and creation of documents within the team. Join us as... Continue reading
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Introducing… Navisworks 2016 AND BIM 360 Glue! Navisworks 2016 has taken a major step forward with BIM collaboration in the cloud. Now with BIM 360 Glue model and data interoperability, Navisworks 2016 provides project teams with a more complete, connected solution to BIM project coordination and collaboration. This connected solution... Continue reading
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When you think back to the BIM 360 and Navisworks underlay in AutoCAD 2016 post in the middle of April (8 whole days ago), you'll remember I was quite excited. It represents a change in dynamics in the way a project is put together. Designers and engineers are more closely... Continue reading
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Don’t miss your chance to join an informative webcast outlining the benefits of Lean construction and the steps you can take towards implementing Lean construction processes at your firm. Deploying a new process like Lean can be a seemingly impossible challenge. Luckily, we have amassed the resources to help you... Continue reading
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Last October we challenged the current conventions tied to how modern construction layout is performed. In the past, the layout process was relegated to individuals brought-up with a survey background or field engineers with hundreds of man hour’s onsite understanding the technologies at hand. By releasing Autodesk BIM 360 Layout... Continue reading
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Last November we released the long awaited daily updates feature within the BIM 360 Field web environment. The feature allows licensed users of BIM 360 Field to create, manage, and share their jobsite performance reporting to project stakeholders within the same interface they use for punch lists, equipment tracking, and... Continue reading
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If you have 20 minutes to spare and want to take-in all of the recent feature updates for BIM 360 Field, BIM 360 Glue, and BIM 360 Layout—we have your “easy button”. That’s right, we’ve taken the last 5 months of feature releases and compressed them into an on-demand screencast... Continue reading
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Over the past few months, I have seen and heard a lot of talk about "Level 2" and meeting the government mandate for BIM in the UK. Across Twitter, in bars over #bimbeers, and with many of my colleagues too, it has been a hard subject to avoid. So it... Continue reading
How do you currently create as-built models? How do you convert potentially inaccurate 2D drawings to accurate 3D models? Often this is a slow, expensive or imperfect process that is contracted to a specialist firm. Autodesk Point Layout has convenient features to help create as-built files from survey data collected... Continue reading
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Many people in the construction industry are familiar with "Lean" Construction, and the Plan-Do-Check-Act/Adjust ("PDCA") cycle as an iterative management method to support continuous improvement on projects. "PDCA Cycle" by Karn-b - Karn G. Bulsuk (http://www.bulsuk.com). Originally published at http://www.bulsuk.com/2009/02/taking-first-step-with-pdca.html - Own work. Originally developed for Taking the First Step... Continue reading
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Budgets are tight and time to put together a good training program is scarce. Let’s look at the Navisworks 2015 features to help you maximize your efficiency with the current product features. As a past BIM/CAD manager, I know how important it is to prove to your manager that the... Continue reading
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As we know, the data that BIM encompasses is massive. It is an overwhelming and comprehensive assortment of finite details---that when backed by a process, are invaluable to the success of a project. And while this information is undeniably important across all phases of construction, at times, visually interpreting that... Continue reading
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When we launched the new BIM 360 Layout app and feature within BIM 360 Glue, we also updated Autodesk Point Layout to accommodate the capability of easily pushing and pulling models with layout points to and from the BIM 360 Glue web environment. These updates put the finishing touches on... Continue reading
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I recently had the pleasure of participating in the AEC Hackathon in Seattle, as well as attending the recent BIMForum in Dallas. At both Autodesk-sponsored events, I was inspired by the sheer amount of creativity and enthusiasm exuded by AEC professionals and software developers, looking to push BIM – and... Continue reading
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Just announced on stage at the Dallas BIMforum, Autodesk BIM 360 Glue receives a major new feature bump and stand-alone iOS app. Yes, today we are happy to announce the launch of the BIM 360 Layout app and the companion layout functionality within BIM 360 Glue! The new BIM 360... Continue reading
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It was less than a year ago that we launched Point Layout. Here is a quick refresher on Point Layout: Autodesk Point Layout automatically generates points from models within Autodesk Revit, Autodesk AutoCAD, and Autodesk Navisworks software. As you add points to the design, you embed X, Y, and Z... Continue reading