Jun 20, 2010

Revit 2011 - the New by Autodesk

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Revit 2011 - the New

Some exciting new features that are part of Revit Architecture 2011 that I wanted to share with you:

  • Repeat last command – via right-click or enter
  • Entering commands – In previous versions, you had to select the object, then the command. In 2011, you can first select the command, then the object.
  • Easier modification to the hotkeys/shortcut keys
  • Additional structural components
  • Customizable elevation tags
  • Text improvements
    • Auto-numbering
    • Lists with bullets
    • Text justification
    • Leaders off both sides of text
    • Easy modification to location of leaders
  • Sheet list improvements – don’t need to create dummy sheets to get the consultants’ drawings to show up on the index of drawings
  • Easy modification to the look of temporary dimensions
  • Realistic texture is a view style so you don’t have to do a rendering
  • Can add background images (of beautiful scenery or the surrounding city, etc.) when rendering
  • Linked Revit files
    • Can tag through linked files – walls, doors, windows, etc. (Must watch for duplicate numbers though)
    • Can apply view filters to linked Revit files
  • Sunpath – easier modification
  • System enhancements
    • Faster program startup
    • Faster file opening
    • Faster save-to-central
  • Reporting dimensions in families – do not affect the geometry but can be used in schedules/formulas.

Jun 18, 2010

Architect's Seal Stamps

This one is just funny. After paying for your IDP, paying for your NCARB files, paying for your ARE exams, why stop there?... you also have to pay for your own seal stamp.

It is not like it costs an arm and a leg, but it may be just a matter of principle. What if along with you shiny certificate of registration, you could also get your stamp? A nice way to say thank you and congratulations you made it this far, your state recognizes you as a registered professional.

Architectural Stamps and Seals-Guam

The upside is that I can now choose my own seal stamp, as fancy or cheap as I want it to be. If you are looking for one, google architect seal stamps. Just be sure to follow your state's seal requirements. And if you recently got registered, congratulations to you!!

Jun 8, 2010

Seeking licensure

Is it all that? No. Absolutely not. Finally the weight is off your shoulders and you can say, yes, I am the architect, the non plus ultra, the one people look up to, yes, you can say “wow that's cool” after I say I am an architect... but in the back of your mind, you'll know reality is not as cool as it may sound. But that’s my personal opinion. Being an architect is like being a firefighter, a lawyer, an engineer. It is a profession, and as the career it is, it shall remain. Just that. Mud we were, and we will be. But don’t let me get sidetracked here…

If your goal is to be an "architect", you have 2 options. You can ask yourself what you aspire to be. One, a NCARB registered architect that seals plans and has registration reciprocity in all states, or an WY or AZ registered architect that wants to say he/she is an architect?

Your call.