[From the eTransmit for Revit Technology Preview Team]
We released the eTransmit for Revit Technology Preview almost a month ago. Since then, we’ve received a lot of great feedback and a number of suggestions for improvements.
Now we’d like to know which of these suggestions would be most useful to you. If you’ve been using the eTransmit for Revit Technology Preview, we’d appreciate it if you could participate in our user survey. It will take you about 20 minutes and is available here.
The data we collect will help us understand how you are using this technology preview and what is and isn’t working for you. In particular, as part of the survey we are inviting you to rank all of the suggestions we’ve received to date.
This survey is intended for people who have already tried out the eTransmit for Revit Technology Preview. If you haven’t tried it out yet, it’s not too late – you can download the technology preview from Autodesk Labs and the survey will remain open until at least mid-August.
One of our Blog readers Chris P just pointed me to yet another Revit add-in that I did not know about called Xrev Transmit that can be thought of as an eTransmit on steroids. I just checked out their web site and video. It supports Revit 2012 based products and from the little I have seen, I like the user interface, it is clean and consistent. Also love the music loop in the video, it reminds me of Mad Max or Blade Runner
Add-in to: Autodesk®AutoCAD®, Autodesk® Navisworks®
Additional Requirements: None
Used by: Owners, Contractors, Construction Managers, Architects, Structural and MEP Engineers
Highlights: Geared towards the systems’ coordination and as-build phases. Enables AutoCAD 2D users to deliver and update 3D models for coordination purposes.
Often our partners are developing tools to aid the transition from 2D work practices to model-based design. Ziggurat developed a “3D builder” plug in for AutoCAD and for Navisworks that “bridges the gap” effectively between the 2D world and 3D BIM space. Using these plug-ins Ziggurat converts 2D design files into 3D model (without redrawing) that can be analyzed within Navisworks for clash detection and space management. The Ziggurat Viewer is a Navisworks plug-in that allows 2D/3D side by side review of clash reports.
An example of one project, Ziggurat was retained by Milstein / Roseland properties a NYC developer to support their coordination process. Ziggurat converted the project's 2D design files into a 3D coordination model and performed clash detection, space management and coordination on this LEED project at Battery Park sites 23/24 in lower Manhattan. As part of the process Ziggurat continuously updated the 3D model based on updated made by the project's designers to the construction documents' 2D files.
Early space management analysis of the model identified several corridors overloaded with ducts and pipes that had to be averted. The clash detection analysis assisted in early re-routing of ducts and pipes to avoid concrete beams and the over loaded corridors. A mis-placed fuel tank was moved to avoid major conflict with a concrete beam.
Tell us what you think.
Do you use Navisworks and have you used Ziggurat’s solution or other add-ins for Navisworks?
Do you want to see more info about apps linked to other Autodesk BIM Products?
Note: Since the inception of this blog I have wanted to give a complete picture of apps for Autodesk BIM products not just Revit. So I am please to see contributions to this blog by my colleges working on other BIM products like Naviswork. I will continue to strive to get this sort of information out to you.