Posts Tagged ‘Architecture’
A Product Review by Michael Anonuevo
In the Revit family modeling eBook I’m currently writing, the chapter on Computer Configuration includes a discussion on desktop and laptop workstations. While I have enough material pertaining to desktop workstation configurations, I barely have any relevant information on modern mobile workstations. I do have a laptop –an Intel Core 2 Duo-based laptop with a 16″ screen, which I use as a third computer backup. But by today’s laptop processor standards, it hardly qualifies as a mobile workstation (translation: obsolete!). Sure it runs Revit, but all functions are painfully slow.
With the gaining popularity of the new and more powerful Intel® Core™ i7 and Intel®Xeon® processors for the laptop, I needed information about them for inclusion in my eBook. I also wanted to write a review for the benefit of Revit users. Having previously dealt with BOXX computers in a review I had written on their XTREME 4920 workstation (http://www.clubrevit.com/2012/10/17/boxx-revit-workstation/), I reached out to their Director of Business Development, Shoaib Mohammad, who graciously sent me a laptop for review.
This article is about the GOBOXX G1840, a laptop classified by BOXX Technologies, Inc. as a mid-range mobile workstation. This model is part of their G1800 WS series. The laptop sent to me was a demo model used by Pixar in one of their trade shows. Knowing this, I expected this model to perform as a true mobile workstation, capable of running Revit and other graphics programs.
So does this model qualify as a desktop replacement? It’s a resounding YES, so please read on for more details.
A Product Review by Michael Anonuevo
In preparing to writing an instructional eBook on how to produce Autodesk Revit renderings and walkthroughs, one of the things I did a few months back was conduct a research on computer systems optimized for these types of Revit tasks. It is a subject matter that I know will occupy a chapter on its own in the eBook. I’ve looked at brand names such as HP, Dell, Lenovo, and Asus. However, I could not find any computer system specifically targeted for Revit modeling. By chance, I ran into a colleague who suggested that I look into BOXX computer workstations (www.boxxtech.com). I had never heard of the company, although I found out later that they had been around for the last 15 years! As a full time Revit modeler who is always busy creating complex families or writing about them, I never really got into the details of a good Revit computer workstation. And so with this new eBook project, I had a chance to look at a workstation made for Revit. After emailing my credentials and review proposal to a BOXX specialist, I was connected to the right channels and eventually was sent a unit for evaluation.
This article is about the 3DBOXX 4920 XTREME workstation. At the BOXX website, this model is referred to as The World’s Fastest Workstation for Autodesk Revit. On the internet, you’ll find great reviews about this workstation, including its technical details and specifications. To avoid being redundant, the main focus of this review is how effective this workstation is for Revit Architecture users. I will, however, highlight certain features worth taking a look at.
Is this really the fastest workstation for Revit? How can we users benefit from this system? What makes this workstation special from the rest of the pack? How does this computer compare to yours or other workstations? These questions (and many more) are tackled in this review. If you are in the process of upgrading your Revit workstations or want to add a dedicated power workstation for generating renderings and walkthroughs, this article will help you decide which system to purchase.
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I just released the 2013 update to my 2012 eBook: Creating Custom Revit Architecture 2013 Families: A Practical Guide for Beginner and Intermediate Users
Join Revit users nationwide and all over the world who have discovered the valuable information in this eBook. There is nothing like this in the market right now. The eBook teaches the efficient ways to create families. It also explains the subtle little details that go with family creation that no other books explain. In response to Revit users from Australia, UK and European countries, I’m happy to announce the Metric Editions of these eBooks. They will be released on or before November 2012. They are free for those who purchase the 2012/2013 Imperial (US) editions.
PDF format, 16 Chapters, 777 pages, over 2000 images. All the new 2013 features are explained in-depth. Download my PDF sampler (163 pages) containing the full Table of Contents (2012 & 2013), Forewords by Steve Stafford and Lonnie Cumpton, and sample images here.
Revit Architecture Certified Professional
I’m happy to announce the release of my eBook entitled:
Creating Custom Revit Architecture Families 2012
A Practical Guide for Beginners and Intermediate Users
for an introductory price of $19.95. The price includes a free update to the 2013 version of this eBook (slated for release on or before October 2012) and four free Revit families from my website.
Although the book was written with architects in mind ,it is also a useful guide and resource for interior designers, recent architecture graduates, Revit MEP and Structure users, and AutoCAD users transitioning to Revit. It is also a handy reference for BIM managers and advanced users.
PDF format, 16 Chapters, 751 pages, over 2000 images. Tutorial files are also included.
Requirement: Basic knowledge of Revit.
Download the full Table of Contents, Foreword by Steve Stafford, and sample images here.
Certified Autodesk Revit Architecture Professional
As of today April 30, 2012 we have had 82 of you take the Club Revit 2012 Knowledge Challenge. As an over all group you have created an average score of 69.4%. Leading the way is the Architectural group with 54 participants and an average score of 72.3%. In second place is the MEP group has 14 participants with an average score of 65.8%. The Structural group with 14 participants and an average score of 61.7%. This week in the Industry race the Architects are still on top, but the MEP and Structure team changed position. Both the MEP and Structure teams are well behind in the number of participants.
We also have a couple company challenges developing. If you let us know your company name and the email addresses of those that took the challenge we can give you a report of just that group.
We had a couple higher scores that would have changed the leader board this week, but those individuals we disqualified because they took the challenge more than once. Remember you can only take each version “Discipline” of the challenge once. Multiple entries into one discipline challenge will disqualify you.
As of today the High Scores belong to:
Matt McKechnie: Week 2 leader for the Architectural Group this is the second week that Matt has held the top spot.
Don Bokmiller: Week 2 leader for the MEP Group this is the second week that Don has held the top spot.
Rebecca Frangipane: Week 2 leader for the Structure group this is the second week that Rebecca has held the top spot.
If you want a chance at $100 Amazon gift card and bragging rights all over the world use the link below and take the challenge. The more of us that take the challenge the more fun the effort will be. It is just 24 questions and you have 30 minutes to finish.
Have Fun and Good Luck
As of today April 24, 2012 we have had 41 of you take the Club Revit 2012 Knowledge Challenge. As an over all group you have created an average score of 71.9%. Leading the way is the Architectural group with 23 participants and an average score of 74.1%. In second place is the Structural group with 8 participants and an average score of 70.3%. The MEP group has 10 participants with an average score of 60.8%. All of you MEP and Structure folks out there need to band together and make sure those Architects do not out score you.
As of today the High Scores belong to:
Matt McKechnie: Week 1 leader for the Architectural Group
Don Bokmiller: Week 1 leader for the MEP Group
Rebecca Frangipane: Week 1 leader for the Structure group.
If you want a chance at $100 Amazon gift card and bragging rights all over the world use the link below and take the challenge. The more of us that take the challenge the more fun the effort will be. it is just 24 questions and you have 30 minutes to finish.
Have Fun and Good Luck
Knowledge Smart and Club Revit are happy to welcome you to the Club Revit 2012 Knowledge Challenge.
“A little knowledge that acts is worth infinitely more than much knowledge that is idle.”
We invite you to put your Revit knowledge into action, by participating in our global Revit knowledge challenge. We have three different challenges Revit MEP, Revit Structure and Revit Architecture. Each challenge has 24 questions and you have 30 minuts to answer them. We expect Club Revit members from all over the world to participate. So come out and represent your country, your company or just yourself. We will be posting updates each week so you can see how the challenge is going. Remember you only get one shot per challenge so make it count.
Did we forget to mention that we will be awarding $100 Amazon gift card to the winners of the challenge.
Please take the time to reed the rules before you start the challenge. Click Here for the Rules
Autodesk has released several new videos showing the new features of Revit 2013 Platform. Platform means tools that apply to Architecture, Structure and MEP. We have organized them below for you enjoyment.
Revit 2013 Platform New Features
Repeat Adaptive Components
After a path is divided, adaptive components can be placed on one of the nodes. The component will be repeated on all nodes of the divided path.
More videos After the break…
Autodesk has released several new videos showing the new features of Revit Architecture 2013. We have organized them below for you enjoyment.
Revit Architecture 2013 New Features
01-Component-Based Stair – Creating Switchback Stair
In Autodesk Revit 2013, component-based stair is now available. It provides capabilities to assemble a stair using individual run, landing, and support components.
More videos after the break…
How do I stand out from the Revit crowd? We get this question all the time at Club Revit. Sometimes it is by people that are looking for a job. Other times it is from people that want their bosses to see them at a different level. Recently it has been from companies that are competing for projects that require BIM.
The typical answer is to get your Revit Certification. Imagine your client requires a BIM deliverable and your competition says they are Revit experts. You could say so are we, but that is just playing the me too game. What if you could say that everyone on your team is a Autodesk Revit Certified Professional and that they have all been tested by Autodesk to earn that certification. That really puts a different spin on the conversation. This applies to individuals as well. Nothing shows commitment and expertise better than a certification. Wether you are looking for a job or just trying to get your boss to see your efforts. Taking the time and money to be tested by Autodesk to get a certification speaks volumes about you.
With all of that in mind Club Revit has teamed up with Global eTraining and Gilmore Global to create the Club Revit Certification Initiative. This is a way that you can get preparation training and take both Certification Exams for less than $75.
Goto: http://clubrevit.com/cert to learn how you can get exam prep training and take both the Associate and Professional exam for under $75. Normally you would pay $350 to take both exams and get the prep training.