Saturday, January 14, 2017

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MSC Software acquisition rumors flying

Posted: 13 Jan 2017 06:44 AM PST

Investors who stayed with MSC when it went private could get a nice payout, even though we think the rumored price is low. Business news sites are reporting officially unconfirmed claims that computer-aided engineering (CAE) developer MSC Software is in talks to be acquired. MSC was a public company from 1983 to 2009. The reports [...]

Thursday, January 12, 2017

“The Re-imagining of Cities” plus 1 more

“The Re-imagining of Cities” plus 1 more

The Re-imagining of Cities

Posted: 12 Jan 2017 08:00 AM PST

The last half-century has seen massive growth in urban populations.  This trend is expected to continue: experts predict 6.5 billion people will live in cities by 2050.  And with all cities covering less than 3% of Earth, overpopulation, overpollution and overburdened infrastructure create significant challenges.  To address this will require a radical rethinking of our relationship with, and to, urban environments, as well as a shift in mindset within the architecture, engineering and construction industries.

Whether you live in a city or a different type of area, most likely you've thought about things you wish you could change.  Maybe you think there should be a traffic light in a place that is missing one.  Or an easier way to find a parking space, or a new place to live.  Technology is now allowing everyday citizens to have this type of influence, and Singapore is leading the way.

Check out this 1-minute video to get a taste of what is happening in a project called Virtual Singapore:

In today's world, people are constantly generating data.  If planners can harness and analyze that data, they can create intelligent cities that better meet the ever-changing needs of citizens.

When completed in 2018, users of Virtual Singapore will be able to map and analyze big data points to simulate scenarios and solutions for everything from disaster evacuation to finding an apartment.  Virtual Singapore will help inform people about where to get the best mobile phone coverage, or allow disabled people to virtually plan an optimal route before venturing out into the streets.  Firms can use the information to create better buildings – not just by adding amenities for those living or working in them, but even to architect a specific design to improve air flow throughout the city.  Data can also help better identify sun patterns to create more sustainable green spaces.  And all of this can be tested (and retested) virtually to help get it just right.

Dassault Systèmes, in conjunction with CNBC Catalyst Content Studio, created an in-depth look at the future of cities, including the need to find equilibrium between government, private business and the public to make these areas successful.  The content – which includes interactive graphics, videos and articles – also explores how 3D printing is being applied to quickly build apartment buildings to meet the burgeoning urban populations.

Click here to get your imagination going about what tomorrow's cities might look like and how people like you can participate in the process.

Remodeling the Architectural Design Process

Posted: 12 Jan 2017 04:00 AM PST

The following article is excerpted from the Dassault Systèmes SHoP Architects customer case study

Chris Sharples, founding partner at SHoP Architects, believes that architects should think more like manufacturers and to try to pull as much off the construction site by getting things prefabricated and manufactured in a controlled environment and then assembling the modules on site.

clicktotweetClick to Tweet: “#Architects should think more like
manufacturers” – @SHoPArchitects #AEC @3DSAEC

“Generally, in architecture, there are many workflow inefficiencies, in the way disciplines, owners and trades interact with one another. A lot of time and effort is spent communicating intent between parties. With technology evolving all the time and computer processing power getting better, it is becoming more realistic to do real-time simulations and collaboration….

“Of course, we can approach projects in the traditional way but I think we can really blow the doors off the barn by taking advantage of a modular approach, which is very well developed in the 3DEXPERIENCE platform,” Sharples said.

He also believes in the power of technology and the determining role it has on the way his firm's practice has evolved.

"One of our biggest challenges is moving from the traditional way of working using plans and sections – dealing with space and all the things that go into a structure like air flow and environmental controls – to working with 3D models.

"A traditional plan-and-section approach often leads to misunderstandings when presenting information to clients, consultants or to the build team. Working with 3D models that represent all aspects of a design from a structural, mechanical and systems point of view enables us to manage that complexity in a more collaborative way. We can then create a more seamless relationship between all the different disciplines that go into constructing a building. Working with 3D models can improve the way we design and communicate because it is more open and transparent."


SHoP capitalizes its know-how and design practices with reusable templates in Design for Fabrication.

"Our designs often involve unique components, which would increase complexity and a duplication of information that could be a challenge to manage conventionally," said John Cerone, associate principal at SHoP Architects.

"We can demystify design complexity by capturing our knowledge in templates and using them when similar concepts arise from one project to the next. Concept and deliverables are of course unique to every project, but preserving the process in templates is invaluable for efficiency."

clicktotweetClick to Tweet: Concepts & deliverables are unique but preserving the process in templates is invaluable -@SHoPArchitects #Architecture @3DSAEC

In addition to templates, SHoP relies on 3D to accelerate the design to manufacturing process.

"We're going directly from digital model to fabrication," Cerone said.

"The machines develop NC code directly from our CATIA models for the fabrication of the façade. And since everything is on a single platform, there is no loss of information because we don't need to transfer data to and from heterogeneous systems. It's all compatible and in one place."

"If you look back to the renaissance or gothic periods, those who designed and those who built worked together," Sharples said. "Ironically, designers weren't using drawings in most cases, they were using models to explain the design to the craftspeople, who would look at those models and then climb up on the scaffolds to start building.”

clicktotweetClick to Tweet: Historically, those who designed & those who built
worked together -@SHoPArchitects #Architecture @3DSAEC

“The 3DEXPERIENCE platform allows for that kind of collaboration to happen, starting at the predesign stage and watching the model, which is actually organic, alive and changing, grow through to construction or manufacture. The 3DEXPERIENCE platform enables this evolutionary process because it is a flexible and open platform. And what's great about it is it not only covers design and construction, it covers a building's entire lifecycle. It's sustainable innovation."


Moreover, 3DEXPERIENCE has delivered a level of efficiency to SHoP's workflow, which just didn't exist before.

"People are engaging the project at the concept level and watching it mature through its lifecycle," Cerone continued.

"The 3DEXPERIENCE platform powered by ENOVIA allows us to create a social and collaborative environment around our projects. Anyone, with or without design experience, can access 3D representations, associate that with information posted on the platform by other disciplines, and create interrelationships between scheduled tasks and geometry. It allows more stakeholders to engage in the design process, which has changed the way we approach new projects. We find enormous benefit leveraging this technology at the conceptual level and seeing our concepts grow as we explore different options along the way. It's a real eye-opening experience."

SHoP uses the 3DEXPERIENCE platform's live dashboarding capabilities with ENOVIA to allow people with specific roles and interests to participate in the project at various stages and maturities.

SHoP uses the 3DEXPERIENCE platform's live dashboarding capabilities with ENOVIA to allow people with specific roles and interests to participate in the project at various stages and maturities.

"Stakeholders can tailor their dashboards so that they have a real-time view of the aspects of the project that interest them and to make informed and rapid decisions on issues as they arise," Cerone said.

clicktotweetClick to Tweet: Remodeling the Architectural #Design
Process | @SHoPArchitects #AEC @3DSAEC


On any given project, SHoP Architects manages various disciplines and a vast amount of information. Using Dassault Systèmes' 3DEXPERIENCE platform on the cloud, including the Façade Design for Fabrication Industry Process Experience, SHoP designs and coordinates global stakeholders with a real-time, up-to-date view of project information. This enables stakeholders to make timely decisions, collaborate better and enhance innovation.

Download the full case study.

Watch the SHoP Architects team explain how they think about using technology to evolve the practice of architecture and construction:

Click here to view the embedded video.

See Also:

Industry Process Experience: Façade Design for Fabrication

Whitepaper: Technological Changes Brought by BIM to Façade Design

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Better Batteries Stabilize the Electric Grid

Better Batteries Stabilize the Electric Grid

Better Batteries Stabilize the Electric Grid

Posted: 11 Jan 2017 08:55 AM PST

By Catherine Bolgar

Energy storage for the electric grid is taking off as the technology improves and battery prices fall. The global capacity of storage connected to the grid is expected to grow to 15-fold to 21 gigawatt hours this year, compared with 2015.

Energy storage can take many forms: freezing ice, then using a fan to blow over it and cool a building, replacing air conditioning; melting salt, then splashing water on it to create steam that powers a turbine; compressing air or other substances; pumping water up a hill behind a hydroelectric dam; flywheels; rechargeable flow batteries that use liquids; and solid-state batteries.

"There are so many ways to store energy. All are viable in their own way. All have applications and scale that they are suited for," says Matt Roberts, executive director of the Energy Storage Association, a Washington, D.C.-based industry group. "The lion's share being installed today is lithium-ion batteries."

Industrial sites may use energy storage, often in the form of batteries, in order to reduce their peak power demand and cut their electricity bill by two-thirds to three-quarters, he says.

Most storage, though, is for controlling the frequency on the grid—60 Hertz in North America and 50 Hz elsewhere, which is achieved when supply and demand for electricity are in sync. If there is too much supply, substation transformers may be damaged; too much demand can cause brownouts.

Traditionally, the fluctuations in supply and demand have been smoothed out by peaking power plants, often fueled by natural gas. However, they may take three to five minutes to react, Mr. Roberts says. "In that time, the entire thing could swing in the other direction. Using a natural-gas plant for frequency control is like using a club for a surgical procedure."

By contrast, battery storage can react in 100 milliseconds or less, says Andreas Ulbig, research associate at the Power Systems Lab of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETHZ) and co-founder of Adaptricity, a Zurich start-up that simulates active distribution grids. "Batteries are able to fill the gap with rapid response for balancing out renewables or reacting to any change in grid operations."

In Europe, ancillary services—regulating frequency—from conventional sources and batteries get paid the same, he says. But in the U.S., the PJM Interconnection, which coordinates wholesale electricity in 13 Midwestern and mid-Atlantic states, pays battery owners a bonus for providing frequency control because they are so much faster, and therefore higher quality.

Under the PJM system, "a gas-powered plant chasing the grid signal can run at 99.9% efficiency 100% of the time," Mr. Roberts says. "It means more profits, a better emissions profile, and less wasted energy on the grid."

Energy storage is key to making smart grids and super grids work by balancing fluctuations over wider areas, using automation and modeling.

However, "most modeling systems are based on outdated asset class systems"—electricity generators such as power plants and photovoltaic arrays—Mr. Roberts says. "An energy storage system doesn't generate electricity, but when it pushes energy onto the grid it looks like a provider. But it can also look like it's absorbing energy. Current simulation systems aren't sophisticated enough. They still model for the power plant spoke-and-hub model of the 1970s."

Models and simulations are improving. ETHZ and Adaptricity have created algorithms that allow battery owners to provide ancillary services that use less battery energy capacity while providing the same control services, Dr. Ulbig says. "It shows that smaller batteries can provide the same ancillary services as those with higher energy capacity." Energy capacity is the biggest factor in the cost of batteries, so being able to get the same results with smaller batteries can cut costs significantly.

The importance of energy storage is set to grow as renewables make up a bigger share of the energy mix. The way that conventional power plants generate electricity, with gigantic rotating masses, creates slower deviations in frequency. With more renewables on the grid, "changes in grid frequency may happen faster. So it will be particularly useful to have faster frequency control," Dr. Ulbig says.

Energy storage is set to grow, because it can "create a grid that integrates renewables, is flexible and resilient," Mr. Roberts says. "It's more cost effective and valuable."


Catherine Bolgar is a former managing editor of The Wall Street Journal Europe, now working as a freelance writer and editor with WSJ. Custom Studios in EMEA. For more from Catherine Bolgar, along with other industry experts, join the Future Realities discussion on LinkedIn.

Photos courtesy of iStock





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Back in Munich

Posted: 11 Jan 2017 09:00 AM PST

I'm once again across in the fine city of Munich. I flew again from Bern's local airport, this time with a couple of colleagues from other parts of Autodesk. Here's a quick photo I took from the window as the sun was setting over the Alps. It was nice to be above the fog for a while! We're attending an internal training called ABLE – the Autodesk Business Leadership Experience – which educates employees about competitive strategy and how it is used by – and impacts – companies such as Autodesk. Here's Jon Pittman, our VP of Corporate Strategy,...

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Chaos Group lands partnership with Adobe

Posted: 10 Jan 2017 09:14 AM PST

V-Ray rendering technology will be integrated into Adobe Creative Cloud. Render 3D assets, then use for design work. Chaos Group and Adobe today annouce a strategic partnership to integrate V-Ray rendering into Adobe Creative Cloud products. The goal is "push-button" 3D rendered composites. The first expression of the partnership is Project Felix, a public beta [...]

Formula 1 racecar designer turns to Onshape for open access engineering

Posted: 10 Jan 2017 08:00 AM PST

Anyone can view the public files; Nicolas Perrinn chooses who joins the design team. A veteran Formula 1 racecar designer is creating his latest car as a team effort, with an unusual twist. While some 30 designers and engineers are employees of Nicolas Perrinn's design firm, another 200 team members are racing enthusiasts scattered across [...]

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

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Autodesk extends BIM 360 Docs to Android

Posted: 09 Jan 2017 08:07 AM PST

20 years later, BIM is still the new frontier for most construction firms. Autodesk has extended its building information management (BIM) document management solution BIM 360 Docs to the Android mobile environment. The move comes a year after the product was initially released for desktops and the iOS (Apple) mobile environment. BIM 360 Docs is [...]

Monday, January 9, 2017

What are immersive technology’s future implications for business?

What are immersive technology’s future implications for business?

What are immersive technology’s future implications for business?

Posted: 09 Jan 2017 11:17 AM PST


By Jason Jerald

In the latest issue of Compass, I wrote a piece summarizing some key points from my book The VR Book: Human-Centered Design for Virtual Reality  and about how immersive virtuality (iV) technology is just now starting to find its value in business. As head-mounted displays come down in cost, any employee will have the tools to virtually teleport themselves anywhere and to work in ways and on projects that are limited only by the imagination.  Clearly, this has the potential to dramatically shift the dynamics of the workplace.

In Compass, I examined some of the most immediate impacts:

  • Experts will be able to easily communicate their work to others. Example: an architect can show clients spaces and vistas that don't yet exist.
  • As quality hand input is introduced, users can interact in the virtual world: no longer will there be just passive viewing, but instead interactions that are similar to real-world working techniques.
  • Businesses will need to embrace a testing approach to figure out what applications are best suited to their customers' needs and goals; while the options are nearly limitless, one size does not fit all.

Immersion is a visceral experience that cannot be described or planned with words alone, or even with pictures or video. Only by diving in can you be inspired with a vision for how to adapt the technology for a specific business or application.  Read the full article in Compass now and let me know in the comments section below what you think iV can do for your company.


Jason Jerald is Co-Founder & Principal Consultant at NextGen Interactions. He also serves on advisory boards of companies focusing on VR technologies, and is Adjunct Faculty at Duke University and the Waterford Institute of Technology. Jerald has worked on more than 60 VR projects with more than 30 organizations over the past 20 years. He has authored numerous publications, most notably The VR Book: Human-Centered Design for Virtual Reality.


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A 2017 Tip on Importing Layers from One AutoCAD Drawing to Another

Posted: 09 Jan 2017 10:31 AM PST

Happy New Year!  I'm crossing my fingers that 2017 will be a great year for you and for me (are you in?).  Let me help you kick it off by sharing a tip that will enable you to quickly bring layers from one drawing into another!

Note:  You can also use these techniques to bring in dimension styles, text styles, blocks, etc!

 Check out my Cadalyst video below for the super speedy technique (and just let me apologize in advance for my gravely voice - just getting over a cold!)


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Striving for connection

Posted: 09 Jan 2017 01:56 AM PST

Happy New Year, everyone! This is my first day back after two full fantastic weeks off. We were up in the Bernese Oberland for the full 16 days and even managed to ski (or – in my case – snowboard) for 13 of them, despite an initial lack of snow. At the beginning of the break the conditions were like this: But thankfully by the end it was more like this: As a bit of an experiment, I've started to use the place where we stay in the mountains as a small-scale test-bed for home automation: as a holiday...

Saturday, January 7, 2017

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Drone maker DJI buys majority stake in iconic Hasselblad

Posted: 06 Jan 2017 04:57 AM PST

Another sign from DJI on how it wants to own the drones-for-enterprise market. Tech and business publications are reporting today that drone maker DJI has acquired a majority interest in Hasselblad, the high-end and iconic Swedish camera company. Cost of the acquisition was not disclosed. Hasselblad and DJI (based in Shenzhen, China) are both privately [...]

Dassault Systemès adds support for virtual reality viewer

Posted: 06 Jan 2017 03:45 AM PST

Expensive CAVE systems can soon be replaced by consumer-class viewers. Dassault Systemès is at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) this week, demonstrating how its "3DEXPERIENCE" approach to engineering can take advantage of the new generation of business oriented head-mounted display (HMD) virtual reality devices. Dassault says headsets such as the HTC Vive will soon be [...]

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Harnessing the Power of Cloud-Based Collaboration on an Architecture Project

Harnessing the Power of Cloud-Based Collaboration on an Architecture Project

Harnessing the Power of Cloud-Based Collaboration on an Architecture Project

Posted: 05 Jan 2017 04:00 AM PST

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of the Cloud in #Architecture

Botswana Innovation Hub

Expressing Innovation

For an architectural firm like New York-based SHoP Architects, expressing innovation means harnessing the power of diverse expertise in the design of buildings and environments to improve the quality of public life.

"Architects want to delight people with their designs," Chris Sharples, founding partner at SHoP Architects, said. "This is why we focus on first understanding what our clients want, what function a building will serve and imagine a design that will help them achieve that."

SHoP is also involved in public works, entire infrastructures, and cultural as well as institutional projects.

"We constantly seek innovative ways to build by using traditional materials like wood and prefabricated or modular systems for high-rise construction," Sharples said.

"We are currently working on some exciting projects like a very tall residential tower in midtown Manhattan that we are dressing in beautiful terracotta and bronze. Another project is a complex of two adjoined buildings in San Francisco, California's Mission Bay neighborhood that will contribute to transforming this developing stretch of Mission Bay into a dynamic, pedestrian-friendly neighborhood. It's our way of demonstrating how innovative architecture can play an important role in transforming a community."

Iconic Symbol of Diversification

Another of the firm's iconic projects is the Botswana Innovation Hub in Gaborone, Botswana.

"The Innovation Hub is a government-driven initiative to support innovation in research and development and entrepreneurship in the region," John Cerone, associate principal at SHoP Architects, said.

"It is a huge investment for the Botswanan government to diversify its economy and to move from one primarily based on diamond extraction toward a more knowledge-based economy," Sharples added.

"Our client expressed a desire for a timeless building that features the latest advances in green technologies," Cerone continued.

One of the systems SHoP developed is an energy blanket rooftop that combines sustainable energy techniques and large overhangs to passively shade the building's interior. The Innovation Hub is also equipped with mechanisms to collect and reuse water, and passive and active photovoltaic systems to harness solar energy.

"One of the biggest challenges we faced is managing the graceful, morphing shape of the building and the many different parts, which are fabricated in Cape Town, South Africa, that are required to achieving this flowing structure," Cerone said.

"There are many variables and tolerances are very tight. It requires a high level of control and the ability to coordinate the fabricator and the construction site, both thousands of miles away from our design offices in New York."

A Shared Experience Enabled by the Cloud

The Botswana Innovation Hub façade was entirely designed for construction with Design for Fabrication and the 3DEXPERIENCE® platform.

CATIA model of the Botswana Innovation Hub in Gaborone, Botswana

CATIA model of the Botswana Innovation Hub in Gaborone, Botswana

"We used the 3D modeling application CATIA and the collaboration application ENOVIA on the cloud for this project," Cerone said. "We would not be able to attain the level of control and detail required to complete this project without the 3DEXPERIENCE technologies."

Since the cloud operates 24/7, 365 days a year, it makes collaboration easier as stakeholders are on different schedules and time zones.

"We're coordinating people across the globe in real time," he continued. "It is a completely different way to engage a project as it contextualizes every aspect into a holistic approach."

SHoP has, in fact, been using the 3DEXPERIENCE platform on the cloud for years, and was one of the first customers to use the platform as part of Dassault Systèmes' Lighthouse program. During that time, the firm realized the value of working on the cloud and decided to continue using it on new projects.

"On the cloud, everyone has instantaneous access to the most up-to-date information," Sharples said. "It creates a sense of order because it's not in somebody's drawer somewhere; it builds a shared experience."

clicktotweetClick to Tweet: “Working on the cloud builds a
shared experience” @SHoPArchitects @3DSAEC

To continue pushing the envelope of the 3DEXPERIENCE platform, SHoP receives services and support from Vancouver-based CadMakers Virtual Construction, a Dassault Systèmes certified business and education partner.

"CadMakers is much more than 'resellers' of Dassault Systèmes’ solutions – they are power-users that approach problem-solving with an intimate working knowledge of our industry," Cerone said. "They feel like an extension of our team, and their support has been focused and impeccable."

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of the Cloud in #Architecture

Related Resources

On any given project, SHoP Architects manages various disciplines and a vast amount of information. Using Dassault Systèmes' 3DEXPERIENCE platform on the cloud, including the Façade Design for Fabrication Industry Process Experience, SHoP designs and coordinates global stakeholders with a real-time, up-to-date view of project information. This enables stakeholders to make timely decisions, collaborate better and enhance innovation. Download the full case study.

CadMakers Virtual Construction. A Dassault Systèmes partner based in Vancouver, Canada, CadMakers is an integrated construction technology company focused on applying manufacturing and automation processes, people and technology to the construction industry.

Watch the SHoP Architects team explain how they think about using technology to evolve the practice of architecture and construction:

Click here to view the embedded video.

See Also:

Industry Process Experience: Façade Design for Fabrication

Whitepaper: Technological Changes Brought by BIM to Façade Design

Programação API Autodesk Inventor

Programação API Autodesk Inventor

Store and restore occurrence position

Posted: 05 Jan 2017 06:11 AM PST

If you want to store the position of a ComponentOccurrence in order to be able to restore it later on, then you could simply store the Transformation values of the occurrence. They could be saved in a separate file, in Attributes, some other place - up to you where.

This VBA sample will store the values in an AttributeSet:

Sub StorePosition()    Const kAttSetName = "Adam.OccurrencePosition"    Const kCellNamePrefix = "cell"        Dim asm As AssemblyDocument    Set asm = ThisApplication.ActiveDocument        Dim occ As ComponentOccurrence    Set occ = asm.SelectSet(1)        Dim cells() As Double    Call occ.Transformation.GetMatrixData(cells)        Dim attValues(15) As Variant    Dim attNames(15) As String    Dim attTypes(15) As ValueTypeEnum        Dim i As Integer    For i = LBound(cells) To UBound(cells)      attValues(i) = cells(i)      attNames(i) = kCellNamePrefix + Trim(str(i))      attTypes(i) = kDoubleType    Next        Dim attSet As AttributeSet    If occ.AttributeSets.NameIsUsed(kAttSetName) Then      Set attSet = occ.AttributeSets("Adam.OccurrencePosition")    Else      Set attSet = occ.AttributeSets.Add("Adam.OccurrencePosition")    End If        Dim attEnum As AttributesEnumerator    ' If the name was not Trim()-ed this would give an error    Set attEnum = attSet.AddAttributes(attNames, attTypes, attValues, True)  End Sub    Sub RestorePosition()    Const kAttSetName = "Adam.OccurrencePosition"    Const kCellNamePrefix = "cell"        Dim asm As AssemblyDocument    Set asm = ThisApplication.ActiveDocument        Dim occ As ComponentOccurrence    Set occ = asm.SelectSet(1)        Dim attSet As AttributeSet    If occ.AttributeSets.NameIsUsed(kAttSetName) Then      Set attSet = occ.AttributeSets("Adam.OccurrencePosition")    Else      Call MsgBox("Position data was not stored for this occurrence!")      Exit Sub    End If        Dim cells(15) As Double    Dim i As Integer    For i = 0 To 15      Dim cellName As String      cellName = kCellNamePrefix + Trim(str(i))      If Not attSet.NameIsUsed(cellName) Then        Call MsgBox("Not all position data stored for this occurrence!")        Exit Sub      End If        cells(i) = attSet(cellName).value    Next        Dim mx As Matrix    Set mx = occ.Transformation        Call mx.PutMatrixData(cells)        occ.Transformation = mx  End Sub

The code in action:





Wednesday, January 4, 2017

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ODA releases independent SDK for Revit compatibility

Posted: 03 Jan 2017 07:38 AM PST

Small developers now have access to the largest BIM user community without going through Autodesk. Open Design Alliance (ODA) today offers general availability of Teigha BIM, the first stand-alone software development kit (SDK) for working with Autodesk Revit files. Teigha is the software development library created by ODA, a membership organization that includes most CAD [...]

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

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DJI to offer Bentley’s ContextCapture with its commercial Drones

Posted: 02 Jan 2017 09:47 AM PST

Bentley and drone manufacturer DJI team up to add value to DJI's products.

Four-armed robot gives ad agency a technology advantage

Posted: 02 Jan 2017 07:02 AM PST

Robic has four fully programmable arms that move cameras over 100 miles per hour for shots at 2,500 frames per second. Usually when an advertising agency promotes their business, they do things like show off work for other clients or display the creative power of their staff artists. But Triptent has found a way to [...]

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Friday, December 30, 2016

Programação API Autodesk Inventor

Programação API Autodesk Inventor

Parameter I/O issues

Posted: 30 Dec 2016 02:36 AM PST

Our team, Autodesk Developer Network / Forge Partner Development, created a few add-in's for the Autodesk App Store, including the Fusion 360 one as well (they all have the support email:

The main purpose of those add-in's were to show how powerful API's can be, how it can help you automate boring tasks, e.g. moving parameter values from Fusion 360 to another application and back. When you select these add-in's in the Scripts and Add-Ins dialog of Fusion 360, then you can click "Edit" and see the source code. You are free to use that source code, modify it, and even use it to create a commercial app out of it :)
If you think that some of the functionality shown by those add-in's should be part of Fusion 360, then you can ask for that on the Fusion 360 IdeaStation :)  

After that small intro, here are the two errors that people contacted me about so far concerning the Parameter I/O add-in. I have not heard of other ones yet:

1) Cannot import CSV file after editing it in Excel

Maybe other apps could have this issue too, but I've only heard of Excel in this context. Parameter I/O expects the CSV file's content in a given format. In each line of the file there should be values formatted like this: <parameter name>,<unit>,<value>,<comment> 
Please note that each value is separated by a comma, just like the meaning of CSV suggests: CSV = Comma Separated Values. Any of the values could also be wrapped in quotation marks as well: "MyParam",in,"12.00","Some comment"

Depending on your computer's Regional or Locale settings, Excel might use another character (e.g. semi-colon ';') to separate the values. Parameter I/O does not like that :(
So please open up the problem CSV file in a Text editor and make sure that the formatting is correct before trying to import the values from it. You can also find articles on the net about changing the character Excel is using for value separation.

2) Cannot move parameters from one model to another

In other words, the workflow in question is: export parameters of one model, then import it in another model. 
You might run into issues when in your model one parameter is referencing another one, e.g. MyParam1 = MyParam2 * 3 
When you export the parameter values from your model, they might be saved in the CSV file in a way that a parameter is being referenced before it's declared:

MyParam1,in,MyParam2*3,Comments  MyParam2,in,12,Comments

Unfortunately, if you leave the CSV file like that and try to import it into a new model which does not have those parameters yet, then the program will throw an error during the import. That's because when creating MyParam1, the program is trying to set its value to something that does not make sense at that given moment: MyParam2*3 
The problem with that is that MyParam2 does not exist in the new model just yet.  

You would have to reorganize the content of the CSV file in a way that MyParam2 is declared before MyParam1.