Perkins+Will at Autodesk University 2016

Our Digital Practice professionals and designers are out in full force at Autodesk University this year in Las Vegas, Nevada. Connect with us there to learn more.

Wednesday, November 16, 1PM
Connect 4 - Geometry, Data, People, and Process (AR21604)
Presenter: David Sewell

Historically, the AEC industry has operated in information silos. With the creation of the UK BIM mandate, the government has focused on the end product, and has essentially framed out the workflow for project teams working in a collaborative environment. Never before, has there been such an open and sharing mentality among would-be competitors trying to achieve a common goal.

This session is the “warts and all“ account of two UK Architecture firms describing how we tackled changing perspectives, internal office cultures, mindsets and deliverables focusing on examples of where standard workflows have assisted with communication, and collaboration, to help provide a consistent approach for projects in line with the introduction of the UK BIM mandate.

Thursday, November 17, 8AM
Everyday Dynamo: Automating Simple Solutions That Bridge Workflow Gaps Within Revit
Presenters: Josh Moore, Justin Benjamin

Are you a Building Information Modeling (BIM) manager seeking to increase the efficiency of your company and project teams? Are you a model manager struggling through workflow issues? Or maybe you’re neither of those, but you work in Revit software every day and want to learn ways to work smarter. This class will focus on using visual programming in the Dynamo extension to bridge everyday workflow gaps within Revit software. The class will provide a brief overview of Dynamo and the many available packages that the Dynamo community has already created that can be used to automate many tasks. The class will also go over some basic tips and tricks you can use when setting up Dynamo, and we’ll troubleshoot. The remainder of the class will focus on specific examples that bridge workflow gaps and/or increase automation within Revit software. Example scripts will include the following: finding annotation styles within legends for model cleanup; coordinating dummy view tags across linked models; binding models without losing workset/phase information; swapping ceiling-based lights for face-based lights. This session features Dynamo Studio and Revit.

Thursday, November 17, 3PM
Importing Rhino and SketchUp Models into Revit as Native Content
Presenters: Jeremy Luebker, Luc Deckinga

This lab will cover the interoperability workflows that enable teams to use the right tool for the phase of design and each team member’s expertise and skill sets, enabling their imagination to be the limit of their designs rather than the required toolsets. We will cover 2 different methods for importing geometry into Revit software as native content to produce drawings. With the first method, attendees will learn how to use FormIt 360 software to translate SketchUp models into native Revit content. In the second, attendees will be provided with and instructed on how to apply a premade, easy-to-use Dynamo script that will enable importing Rhino software-generated geometry into Revit native content. The techniques in this lab have been developed and tested on a range of project scales, from large transit projects to residential high-rises to small tenant improvement projects with overwhelming success and quantifiable increases in team productivity and efficiency. This session features Revit Architecture, Dynamo Studio, and FormIt 360.