AEC Collection for Architectural Workflows – Part 2 of 3

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Introduction

In this second part of the blog we’ll be looking at the software that is included in the Autodesk Architecture Engineering and Construction collection that can be used in the architectural workflow, focussing on the documentation stage of a project. In total there are about 20 odd different software titles in the collection.

AEC Collection for Arch workflows Part 1 - 1 All software

AutoCAD

AEC Collection for Arch workflows Part 2 - 1 AutoCAD

Most industry professionals know and use AutoCAD and as such it is a tool that you can use to quickly sketch out layouts like Site Development Plans and details in 2D and share these. You use lines, arcs and circles to create your sketches. These can also be imported into Revit for instance.

AEC Collection for Arch workflows Part 2 - 2 AutoCAD

Having AutoCAD in the collection you now have access to all the other AutoCAD versions, including

AutoCAD Raster Design. As an example, you can use Raster Design to import a scanned floor plan and convert the raster drawing into AutoCAD lines.

Revit

AEC Collection for Arch workflows Part 2 - 3 Revit

This tool is the primary tool in architecture to model and detail your designs using building object tools like walls door and windows. You can do tasks like creating a 3D model of presentation, creating content, site development, renderings, details and quantity schedules. This software is the primary BIM authoring tool of Autodesk.

 

Insight

AEC Collection for Arch workflows Part 2 - 5 Insight

Insight is a Revit add-in tool that allow you to do and calculate various energy efficiency tasks using the Revit Model as base model, from lighting analysis, photovoltaic surface analysis and others.

AEC Collection for Arch workflows Part 2 - 6 Insight sunlight

AEC Collection for Arch workflows Part 2 - 7 Insight PV

 

Dynamo

AEC Collection for Arch workflows Part 2 - 8 Dynamo

Dynamo is a visual programming tool that allows the user to create scripts to do various automated tasks, from renaming items in your model, creating geometry to linking with excel and many other tasks. Dynamo can currently be used with FormIT, Revit, Civil3D, Advanced Steel and Robot.

AEC Collection for Arch workflows Part 2 - 9 Dynamo examples

AEC Collection for Arch workflows Part 2 - 10 Dynamo Structural examples

3ds Max

AEC Collection for Arch workflows Part 2 - 11 3ds max

You can use this tool to create realistic renderings, videos and presentations. You can import your Revit model to 3ds Max to reduce redrawing the model. Additionally, you can use 3ds Max Interactive tool to transfer the Revit model into a virtual reality environment for VR presentations.

AEC Collection for Arch workflows Part 2 - 12 3ds max rendering

 

Rendering Service

AEC Collection for Arch workflows Part 2 - 13 rendering

This is a cloud based service that allows you to send your Revit or AutoCAD models to the cloud to be rendered. You can do still images, panoramic renderings for VR and other renderings. Some of the high-end renderings do cost Could Credits which you can purchased additionally from us. Using this service to create your rendering frees up your PC to do other tasks.

AEC Collection for Arch workflows Part 2 - 14 rendering example

AEC Collection for Arch workflows Part 2 - 15 rendering 360 example

Autodesk Drive

AEC Collection for Arch workflows Part 2 - 16 Drive

You can use this cloud service to store your projects off-site. You can also Interact and view 3d models on this storage area and you can also share files with others via a link to vew to download the files.

AEC Collection for Arch workflows Part 2 - 17 Drive features

Conclusion

Using the software above in your workflow you can reduce the time it takes to document and present and share your project, which all save money. If you need any further information on the software above or require training please contact us at: https://www.mgfx.co.za/contact

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