Do you know about RTC? Next September, an epic BIM event is being planned to gather Revit heads & BIM-Geeks in Singapore for 3 days of focused training. 75 classes taught by global Reviteers from all disciplines. If you live, breathe, eat and sleep BIM, this is the place for you....more info to come.
If you have been in this business for as long as I have, that statement sounds less like business reality and more like an admission of laziness and avoidance of a changing marketplace.
Occasionally, I am lucky enough to find artifacts which backup my (pointed) opinion. This weekend at a thrift store I found a stack of old issues of National Geographic. This one from June 1989 caught my eye...
Who wouldn't want to walk down memory lane and see the hot & sexy computer graphics of yester-year! I got an eyeful.
"Intergraph now sells workstations with graphics software packages for as little as $20,000!"
"A few keystrokes and you can see the building structure glowing through transparent walls..."
"Designers are using these workstations to minimize tedious work, freeing up time for the creative side of design..."
Do you mean to tell me that NASA had VR goggles before the fellows who invented Oculus Rift were even born????
Have some Autodesk Software: "After the customers wishes have all been satisfied, the computer will generate blueprints and calculate costs"
Singapore is a pretty righteous place to visit on its own but its a short flight from several south east asian tourist destinations! Phuket, Bangkok, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Yangon, Angkor Wat! All accessible by short hops on budget carriers!
THIS IS AN EVENT NOT TO BE MISSED!
Come one! Come all! Lets make it the BIGGEST & BESTEST RTC EVER!
So i have been doing a Forum for Advanced Revit Training in Singapore for the last year or so... trying to bring a bit of AU to South East Asia. Last night, I had the first event at Autodesk's local office. Had about 40-50 interested Reviteers show up.
I gave an hour talk on Categories, Display Configuration, Graphic Display Options and then a few tips to make graphics that pop. The presentation and dataset can be downloaded from here if anyone is interested in some free training materials.
I also reference a presentation given by David Light and Jason Grant.at AU 2011 called GRAPHICS THAT POP. The class really opened my eyes to some of the possibilities. Their material can be viewed and downloaded by clicking here.
Looking forward to doing this about once per month and will continue to post up the lessons to float them out to the far reaches of the interwebs. Its all part of my efforts to save the world one model at a time.
The other day I stumbled upon the Ferrari World Building by Benoy Architects. Like so many other buildings which have been the basis for this blog, it captured my imagination because i wanted to know how you would generate and refine such a form in Revit's conceptual massing environment.
First thing i did was to start in sketchup so i could grab some key dimensions to start with:
The i recreated the circles and key curves in a conceptual mass family. A 3 point curve sets up the pincers. Points offset from a pair of constrained reference points along the bisector set up a curve for the broad side of the form.
A key element of success in generating a form like this is realizing that it is essentially a 60 degree swept profile with cutaways which is then mirrored around a circle. If you make 1/6th of the form, you've pretty much got the whole thing.
So with these key curves done, i generated the voids to cut the skin:
I found some design information about how the skin profile was generated:
It would have been easier if i'd had a CAD file but approximating the curve wasn't that hard:
Then sweep and cutaway the excess so you only get the 60 degree segment:
Tweaking the parameters which control the broad curve, we can finesse the form a bit:
Cute. But looking back at the picture, i can see that the center is a different material and there is a silver band along the broad edge. This requires offsetting a second set of points from the ones which drive the broad curve.
In the end, i had to take the base skin and cut it up into 3 different parts for the 3 materials of the form. These 3 then get nested into a single family which can still be massaged:
Then brought into the project environment, mirrored around and voila!
I could have gone much further with the parameters to control many more aspects of the form, but I figure this wasn't bad for a couple of hours work. Fun stuff.
This troublemaker is a licensed American architect who currently lives in Singapore.
He has spent the duration of his career working on BIG Buildings with an emphasis on sports and convention facilities.
He has used BIM for design, documentation, coordination and construction.
His goal in life is to make a western salary while living on the beach in South-East Asia, screwing around on the computer all day........ ...everybody has to have a dream!