Tuesday, 25 April 2017

The FAB Forum and Autodesk University Las Vegas CFP is open – Here are the details

Fabricators Forum 2017 CFP

While you might still be planning your summer vacation, here at Autodesk we’ve started planning for a fall trip to fabulous Las Vegas to try our hand at poker. Just kidding! We’re already gearing up for the 4th annual MEP and Structural Fabricators Forum 2017. Occurring one day before Autodesk University, this is only conference in North America dedicated exclusively to mechanical and structural contractors, and this year it promises to be better than ever.

We’re inviting you to share your expertise and respond to our call for proposals (CFP). Whether you’re a seasoned Fab Forum or AU speaker, or you’re thinking about submitting a proposal for the first time, here’s what you can expect this year.

Fabricators Forum 2016 keynote

The MEP and Structural Fabricators Forum 2016 keynote in Las Vegas, Nevada.

When is this year’s Fabricators Forum?

The Fab Forum is held every year the day before Autodesk University Las Vegas begins. This year the date is November 13, 2017.

What kinds of proposals are you looking for?

  • Classes that highlight design to fabrication to field workflows. Attendees want to hear how you’ve implemented, adopted and used Autodesk fabrication solutions. What successes have you had? Describe real world scenarios and workflows with Autodesk products.
  • Business Industry Talks (60 minutes in length): A lecture style class for C-level, project managers and decision makers that is focused on industry movements and business benefits of technology.
  • Technical Instructional Demos (60 minutes in length): A technical, lecture style class where you will share your experience and expertise in one or more of the Fabrication products, or products that integrate with the Fabrication products.
  • Technical Hands-On Labs (60 minutes in length): A technical lab class where attendees will follow you step-by-step on the class computers.
Fabricators Forum 2017 will have hands-on technical labs like this one on Advance Steel

We’re looking for instructors to give hands-on technical labs at the MEP and Structural Fabricators Forum 2017 just like this one on Advance Steel from last year’s event.

How do I submit?

Submit your proposal directly via the Call for Proposals link. The link has lots of great information on preparing your submission.

Please note, to ensure your submission gets categorized properly, check off MEP & Structural Fabricators Conference when asked if you want to submit to any other conference in the CFP form.

You are more than welcome to submit more than one presentation and to the full Autodesk University conference as well as the MEP and Structural Fabricators Forum 2017. The CFP is open for classes for the Fab Forum and the full AU conference, and the more presentations we have to choose from the better!

NEW—request a class or recommend a speaker

Not ready to lead a Fab Forum or AU class? No problem. Tell us what—or who—would help make you better or more efficient in your work. What do you want to learn? Do you know of thought leaders, practitioners, or power users whose unique insights and expertise would enrich the Fab Forum or AU curriculum? Help us help you. This year you can request a class or recommend an industry leader. Check out the AU website for details. We’re all ears.

NEW—vote to help us select this year’s classes

This year you get to help us select classes for the Fab Forum and AU. Review anonymous class proposals on our website as they are submitted, and get a sense for what the community is proposing. This might even inspire you to submit your own proposal or suggest a speaker. When the CFP window closes on May 17th we’ll ask you to vote for those can’t-miss classes. We can’t wait to hear what you want to learn this year so check the link above after May 17th!

It’s time to get to work. The Call for Proposals is open!

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from my Autodesk source Bim & Beam: BIM and Beam at http://blogs.autodesk.com/bim-and-beam/2017/04/26/fabricators-forum-2017-cfp/

Friday, 21 April 2017

Learn How Sensing Test Improving Reliability

Sensequake is making cities safer and smarter by bringing real sensing data to structural engineering practices. Using their solutions you can improve reliability of your finite element models, directly assess structural integrity and monitor health of all type of structures.

Sensequake technologies can predict a structure’s potential level of destruction in a future earthquake.

Learn more about this software and the workflow:


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from my Autodesk source Bim & Beam: BIM and Beam at http://blogs.autodesk.com/bim-and-beam/2017/04/21/learn-how-sensing-test-improving-reliability/

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Learn What’s New in Revit 2018 for Steel Design

Steel Connections for Revit 2018

Revit 2018 includes a several major updates for steel design and detailing including over 130 new parametric steel connections. The Steel Connections for Revit 2018 add-in has heavily extended its connections categories and now has 24 tube connections, 23 bracing connections, 12 column-beam connections, and two new categories– Miscellaneous, Purlins & Cold rolled.  With these additional connections the user can model different situations found in railings, purlin to rafter, purlin to column, bracing to beam or bracing to column.

These connections will help improve workflows between engineers and detailers by allowing them to exchange steel connection information to produce more accurate estimating and detailing, and reduce errors in fabrication.

Other new features

To improve the steel connections workflow users can now create steel connections between columns, beams and bracings using custom steel profiles.

Placing structural connections between steel framing members is dependent on a number of parameters of the elements in the connections. The Structural Section Geometry group of parameters in the Type Properties dialog lists these dependent parameters. In customized framing elements, the geometry parameters for connections may not exist and then they must be generated.

For such an element Revit analyzes the family and attempts to identify its section shape. The recognition methodology examines the family geometry and tries to match its section to common steel section shapes. Once it’s been matched, Revit generates the necessary structural section from the defined family geometry. This information is then used to create the connection according to the section sizes.

Furthermore, the information is used to run the code check for custom, parametric user-defined profiles.

The way the user can specify the primary element and the order of secondary elements within steel connections has been improved. When the user selects a connection, the generic connection symbol displays the primary element as a filled circle. The secondary elements are displayed as numbered circles. These numbers specify further order in the connection. The numbers can be easily picked and assigned to another element which updates the connection instantly.

This feature gives users greater control over modeling of steel connections in Revit.

Learn more on steel design in Revit:


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from my Autodesk source Bim & Beam: BIM and Beam at http://blogs.autodesk.com/bim-and-beam/2017/04/13/learn-whats-new-revit-2018-steel-design/

Learn What’s New in Revit 2018 for Concrete Detailing

Building on Autodesk’s strategy to make Revit a robust model authoring tool for designing and concrete detailing, the Revit 2018 release includes a number of new features that increase modeling versatility, accuracy, and productivity for engineers and detailers. We’re excited to share these feature with you—take a look!

Reinforced Concrete in Revit

In Revit 2018 you can place rebar in concrete elements with complex geometry such as curved piers and decks. To place reinforcements for these objects in a section view you can simply sketch a rebar shape along the cover. Moreover, rebar constraints can be set, thus allowing the rebar to react to the host changes. All the functionalities used for detailing (such as tags and schedules) can also be used.

To fit rebar for complex shapes, you can use rebar sets that vary along inclined faces. To enhance productivity and detailing intent, varying rebar sets can now distribute along curved surfaces, including free form objects.

Documentation is easy with multi-rebar annotations, customizable numbering settings, and accurate schedules that display varying lengths.

These two new features increase 3D rebar modeling versatility and help you define the accurate reinforcement for non-standard concrete element shapes.

Concrete Detailing

To improve the reinforcement workflow, the graphical rebar constraint management is now available in 3D views. It means that now you can graphically make changes of rebar constraints, using in canvas tools in 3D views for enhanced and accurate rebar placement.

You can edit rebar constraints that snap to host faces. The user interface highlights each rebar segment that can be constrained, along with available targets.

Now you can also see a checkbox representing the reference (face or cover) and the value which will be set in accordance with the option set by the check box.

The snap constraint maintains its relationship when you place, move, drag, or copy rebar.

This functionality increases productivity and provides faster model definition completeness helping to keep designs coordinated and accurate.

And last but not least, you can now reinforce imported concrete elements from SAT files or InfraWorks. This improves the design to detailing workflow especially for Infrastructure.

Learn more on concrete detailing in Revit:


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from my Autodesk source Bim & Beam: BIM and Beam at http://blogs.autodesk.com/bim-and-beam/2017/04/13/learn-whats-new-revit-2018-concrete-detailing/