BIMcache wins the Cable Car Challenge!

30 10 2008

Wellington based company BIMcache, wins the 2008 Cable Car Challenge business plan competition and takes home the $50,000 prize.

I am absolutely stoked!

Now the hard work really begins – stay tuned for further developments on BIMcache…..

BIMcache into the “Dragons Den” on the Wellington Cable Car

29 10 2008

Wellington based company BIMcache, have made it through to the final phase of the 2008 Cable Car Challenge business plan competition, Dragons Den on the Wellington Cable Car, which this year received nearly 200 entries.

The winners of the 2008 Cable Car Challenge business plan competition are to be announced on the 30th October 2008.

About the Cable Car Challenge Business Plan Competition:
The Cable Car Challenge Business Plan Competition promotes the development and commercialisation of innovative ideas and start up businesses by offering entrants prizes that include cash and services.

The competition emphasizes learning by offering participation in workshops, access to a range of services that assist small business start ups, as well as the experience of pitching your idea to an experienced panel of judges including some of Wellington’s best known entrepreneurs.

There are three stages to the competition to get through with the final shortlist pitching their business or idea in October on the iconic Wellington Cable Car.

I have my fingers crossed for Team BIMcache.

Hot News – Autodesk Signs Agreement to Acquire Softimage|XSI

25 10 2008

SAN RAFAEL, Calif., Oct. 23 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ –Autodesk, Inc. (Nasdaq: ADSK – News) and Avid Technology, Inc. (Nasdaq: AVID – News), announced that they have signed a definitive agreement for Autodesk to acquire substantially all of the assets of Avid’s Softimage business unit for approximately $35 million.

Gary Greenfield, CEO and chairman of Avid Technology, added: “We are excited about what this transaction means for customers of Softimage. The Softimage 3D product line has performed well in the video games market, a sector where Autodesk has a track record of success. Autodesk will provide a great home for the business.”

Softimage Product Integration

Upon completion of the acquisition, Autodesk intends to continue developing and selling Softimage’s core product line, while integrating certain Softimage technology into future versions of Autodesk solutions and products. Autodesk plans to acquire and continue developing the following Softimage products:

  • SOFTIMAGE|XSI: Including XSI Essentials, XSI Advanced, XSI Academic, XSI Mod Tool and the XSI software development kit. XSI is production-proven 3D animation software for games, film and television. It offers a complete 3D modeling, animation, rendering and development environment for visual effects and custom tools.
  • SOFTIMAGE|Face Robot: A complete software solution for easily rigging and animating 3D faces. Face Robot enables studios to create life-like facial animation at incredible speeds.
  • SOFTIMAGE|Cat: This advanced character animation system is a plug-in for Autodesk 3ds Max software. It is intended to be integrated into the 3ds Max product line.
  • SOFTIMAGE|Crosswalk: This interoperability solution is intended to be integrated with Autodesk’s own interoperability technology.

Petit commented: “As we have demonstrated since the acquisition of Alias in 2006, we’re committed to giving our customers choice when it comes to their 3D tools. We plan to maintain and grow the Softimage product line, and through Autodesk FBX provide better interoperability between Softimage products, 3ds Max and Autodesk Maya. FBX also provides interoperability between Softimage products and our specialized applications such as Autodesk Mudbox, Autodesk MotionBuilder, Autodesk ImageModeler and Autodesk Stitcher, as well as numerous third-party applications.”

Petit concluded: “At Autodesk, we care deeply about 3D technology; we know users invest a lot of time and energy into mastering their favorite 3D product. To all 3D artists out there, I want to tell you that we understand your passion for the creative tools you use daily, and that with Autodesk, you can choose your passion.”

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Tips for Tough Times

24 10 2008

CAD Managers Tips for Tough Times – by Robert Green

    • Optimize, Make your BIM systems easy to use.
      • Help out, during crunch times it pays to be versatile and be part of the production machine!.
        • Being on top of your technical game, so spend whatever time you need to to keep up with technology, view it as career insurance.

          Graphisoft Releases MEP Modeler for ArchiCAD 12

          24 10 2008

          Graphisoft today announced the availability of the Graphisoft MEP Modeler on Windows and Macintosh platforms. This new tool enables architects to better coordinate building projects with more predictable results, reducing time, waste and cost overruns during the design and construction process.

          The MEP (Mechanical/Electrical/Plumbing) Modeler is a new extension to Graphisoft’s building information modeling (BIM) software ArchiCAD 12. MEP Modeler enables users to create, edit and/or import 3D MEP networks (ductwork, piping and cable trays) and coordinate them with the ArchiCAD Virtual Building, using familiar tools and interface.

          Looks like the BIM Race is heating up…. This can only be good for us as users of BIM software and tools.

          Kiwi Wins LightWorks Image Contest

          24 10 2008

          Winning Entry: Super coupe SRC15 designed by Kheang Chrun. A stylised pose in glorious metallic titanium grey image created using Caligari trueSpace 6.6, with its integrated LightWorks rendering engine.

          ILoveSketch: 3D curve sketching system

          23 10 2008

          Vodpod videos no longer available.

          A 3D curve sketching system that captures some of the affordances of pen and paper for professional designers, allowing them to iterate directly on concept 3D curve models. The system coherently integrates existing techniques of sketch-based interaction with a number of novel and enhanced features. Novel contributions of the system include automatic view rotation to improve curve sketchability, an axis widget for sketch surface selection, and implicitly inferred changes between sketching techniques. We also improve on a number of existing ideas such as a virtual sketchbook, simplified 2D and 3D view navigation, multi-stroke NURBS curve creation, and a cohesive gesture vocabulary.

          Revit Drawing, Sheet and Revision Manager

          18 10 2008

          • Tired of not being able to manage your drawing sheets in AutoDesk Revit?
          • Frustrated with double handling electronic Drawing Registers/Transmittal forms?

          Introducing a break-through in Drawing Management for AutoDesk Revit

          • Drawing Revision History and Document Issue Reporting (Drawing Transmittals – PDF format).
          • Fully customizable shared parameters (Use your own company standards).
          • Drawing Production Management (Drawing product status reporting).
          • Export and Import Drawing Manager database templates.
          • Insert new sheets into your existing Revit Project and Automatically re-number the existing drawing sheets accordingly.
          • Project information data sheets (Central project information knowledge base).
          • Customizable drawing revision note templates.

          Over the coming months, i’ll post some links to video’s showing how this plug-in to AutoDesk Revit has changed the way we manage our Drawing Sheets in Revit in our Architecture Office.

          RUGWELL Meeting No. 7 – Agenda

          15 10 2008

          Meeting No. 7
          22nd October 2008
          Proposed Agenda
          Location : ProductSpec HQ, Holland St, Wellington (Seating will be provided)
          5:30 pm : Doors Open & Refreshments
          6:00 pm : Welcome and Presentation Kick off.

          1. Manufacturers Presentation, ASL Doors and Windows, Plyco Doors and Dorma will be presenting their new Revit families and components – This will be a chance for you as users and specifies of their products to help drive the development of robust Revit families and content that is tailored to the New Zealand construction industry.

          2. “It’s all about your families” – Rhys Hall of Archaus Architects and Kylie Adamson of HMA Architects are teaming up to present practical guidelines, tips and tricks and what can be created/modelled with Revit families if only someone had shown you how too.

          3. Revit Tips and Tricks – Open session for Q and A on Revit, Tips and Tricks, how to and any other thing that may come up.

          7:30 – 8:00 pm : Wind down and Close

          Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) – The Real BIM

          15 10 2008

          Most of you visiting this site will know about BIM (Building Information Modeling) but are you aware of IPD (Integrated Project Delivery) or CWA’s (Collaborative Working Alliances)…?… To find out more on IPD, click here to view a very good, if not “cheesy”, video explaining the IPD process in ‘human’ terms.

          References: IPD Home
          AIA IPD Guidelines