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Spotlight
Analysis and Simulation Continues to be at Forefront of Autodesk’s Commitment to Users
Do you ever wish you could experiment with software for free to see if it’s what your firm or design needs? Dream no further, because through Autodesk’s Labs website, Autodesk users can download what they call Technology Previews, or design tools, to assist in all different areas of design. The Labs website has several analysis and simulation-specific tools that users can use for free until the preview expires, including tools like the cloud-based Project Vasari.

It is this innovative mix of exciting new capabilities and practicality of free, easy-to-try software that the Revit Community chose to hone in on the analysis and simulation that Autodesk offers. Especially in such an important area of design, analysis and simulation gives users the ability to predict how a building will perform, which is crucial in this day and age of design and construction. This month’s industry spotlight will include a feature article on these Labs tools, in addition to the articles and news reporting on the overall status of the analysis and simulation aspect of design.

We hope you enjoy the highlights in analysis and simulation that we have cherry picked for you, which are featured in the list below. In addition see the Vendor’s Directory
for a list of software providers.
June 2011

Features
Analysis and Simulation Capability of Labs Offerings Allows Users to Test New Boundaries
By Lauren Browne, ConnectPress Editor
Autodesk Labs gets users to think outside the box by offering creative analysis and simulation tools for the AEC market.

Analysis and Simulation for MEP: Enhancing the Engineer’s Workflow
By Sarah Hodges and Armundo Darling of Autodesk
As the AEC industry adopts the latest technology to accomplish complex projects, MEP engineers embracing BIM are well-positioned for future growth.

HGA Designing for LEED Platinum with Revit & IESVE
Case Study by IES
A fantastic example of best practice integration of performance analysis for sustainable building design.

Predict Thermal Comfort and Smoke Visibility with Latest CFdesign Release
By Lauren Browne, ConnectPress Editor
Computational fluid dynamics just got more advanced with CFdesign’s latest thermal comfort and smoke visibility functions.

Affinity+VE
By Trelligence, Inc., and Integrated Environmental Solutions
The Affinity+VE solution creates integration for sustainable analysis of the program data, conceptual space planning & design.

Customer Success Story: Ashley McGraw Architects
Case Study by IES
Ashley McGraw selected IES to assess and design a 4,000 square foot media center and library addition to the SyracuseCoE.

 
News
VE 6.4 is Here!
Press Release Issued by IES
VE 6.4 has updates to support the 2010 revisions to compliance for Part L2 & EPCs, Section 6 & EPCs and EPCs.

Autodesk Completes Acquisition of Blue Ridge Numerics, Inc.
Press Release Issued by Autodesk
Autodesk completed the acquisition of Blue Ridge Numerics, a leading simulation software provider, for approximately $39 million in cash.

IES Adds Free Navigator Functionality to Its VE-Pro Building Performance Analysis Modules
Press Release Issued by IES
IES made key elements of its ‘Navigator’ functionality available for free to users of its detailed integrated software suite VE-Pro.

New VE-Gaia Early Architectural Sustainable Analysis Additions on Show at Ecobuild
Press Release Issued by IES
Available at no extra cost additions include analysis across energy/carbon, daylighting, solar shading and much more.

CFdesign 2011 Winter Update Provides New Smoke and Thermal Tools for Architectural and MEP Engineers
Press Release Issued by Blue Ridge Numerics
The update includes smoke visualization and thermal comfort indices for MEP and architectural design firms to meet demands for sustainable buildings.

 
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How COTE Winner Used BIM to Reach Sustainable Goals
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Capture, Create and Compute with Autodesk ReCap
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Tools for Cutting Openings Around MEP Objects in Revit
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Using Technology and Standards to Ensure Rail Safety
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The Straight Scoop on COBie and BIM for FM
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Preparing a Unique Workshop Drawing in Revit
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What\'s New in Large Format Scanning
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Methods for Downloading Autodesk Software
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Tips When Choosing a Large Format Scanner
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