Looking at a quick way to use IMAGINiT Clarity to make your team and their time more efficiently used with Autodesk Revit? How about starting with Task Automation and Data Sheets. Watch this short video to find out more:
I stumbled across this article / white paper / marketing piece today and it is an interesting read. It talks about the idea of "Big Data", how big of a problem it is, and some concepts that HP is looking at to try and help solve the problem of dealing with so much information.
If you tie this back into building design and construction, you can see a direct correlation - projects are producing more and more data (BIM), cloud computing is being used for project analysis due to the power that the cloud can bring to data-intensive calculations, and the use of document/data/project management systems is on the rise due to the volume of information we need to coordinate and manage.
There's no immediate, but the article provides some things to think about. Will we eventually see a workstation generated that is specifically manufactured for virtual design and construction - down to the features built into the processors, motherboard, and memory? How well will my kids be able to play Minecraft on that same computer? All worthwhile questions to ponder.
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There is a new security vulnerability affecting VPN users called “Heartbleed” making its way across the internet, which has to do with the handling of OpenSSL (more specific information is below). The purpose of this blog post is to share information about the vulnerability and to address any concerns that might exist with IMAGINiT's Clarity Connect software and the VPN tunnel that it uses to connect multiple firms, enabling better live Revit project collaboration.
While Clarity Connect's VPN utilizes OpenSSL, Clarity Connect (and its users) are not affected by the Heartbleed vulnerability. If you are using Clarity Connect and the Clarity Connect VPN, there is nothing you need to do. However, if you are using an alternate VPN solution, please be sure your VPN solution is patched to address this security bug.
IMAGINiT Clarity Connect is not affected by the Heartbleed vulnerability becuse it uses an older version of the OpenVPN application/OpenSSL library that does not have this vulnerability. You can find more information here:
On April 7, 2014, it was announced that all versions of OpenSSL in the 1.0.1 series up to and including 1.0.1f had a severe memory handling bug in their implementation of the TLS Heartbeat Extension. This defect could be used to reveal up to 64 kilobytes of the application's memory with every heartbeat. The vulnerability has existed since December 31, 2011, and the vulnerable code has been adopted to widespread use with the release of OpenSSL version 1.0.1 on March 14, 2012. By reading the memory of the web server, attackers could access sensitive data, compromising the security of the server and its users. Potentially vulnerable secure data include the server's private master key, which enables attackers to break the encryption of the server's earlier eavesdropped communications and thereby implement a man-in-the-middle attack.
The vulnerability might also reveal unencrypted parts of other users' sensitive requests and responses, including session cookies and passwords, which might allow attackers to hijack the identity of another user of the service. At its disclosure, some 17% or half a million of the Internet's secure web servers certified by trusted authorities were believed to have been vulnerable to the attack.
If you made it this far, thanks for taking the time to review the information provided here and rest assured that Clarity remains secure!
We’re here at Autodesk University 2013 (#AU2013) in Las Vegas! If you didn’t get a chance to make it to AU this year, don’t worry, because we'd like to share some highlights from our building team in this video blog update.
One of the best things about AU this year, and every year, is simply the vast amount of knowledge being shared inside and outside the classrooms. Not only are several IMAGINiT experts leading classes, but we’re also taking the opportunity to speak to Autodesk experts about different pieces of Autodesk software. I'm particularly intrigued with Autodesk 360.
We’ve been able to meet with a lot of our clients on the exhibit floor and have had some ad-hoc meetings as well. In those meetings I’ve had the chance to talk to people about our new release of Clarity for Revit Server 2014.1. We’ve dramatically increased collaboration between all members of the BIM team, expanded the popular task automation options and made numerous other enhancements as well. For more information, check out the new features here or the Clarity webpage here.
If you were at AU, I hope we had a chance to meet - if not, I hope you have an opportunity to attend next year!
After a one-year hiatus, I'll be back at Autodesk University this year. I'm not teaching any classes this time around, but I will be a lab assistant for AB1357-L, "Autodesk® Revit® Architecture—Cloud!" If you're taking that class, I'll see you there. If you are attending AU but not taking that particular lab, reach out to me or anyone in IMAGINiT and let's set up some time to meet. I'd like to get together with as many people as possible while we're all in the same place at the same time.
On a completely unrelated topic, have you ever run into an issue where you are trying to Ping a computer to find out its IP address or to make sure that you have the right IP address associated with that machine, but you only get a reply from the IPV6 address? Next time, try running "Ping <computer name> -4" and you'll force a reply from its IPV4 address. It's been a little bit handy for me lately as I've been working through some IMAGINiT Clarity setups using our software VPN.
You might have seen some press releases about it already, but IMAGINiT just announced Clarity 2014 today. There are plenty of ways to get into the details of what Clarity does or what's new in this release - take a look at our product page, sign up for one of the webcasts held on Friday, May 17, watch a recorded presentation, or contact your local IMAGINiT office for some personalized attention - but I wanted to take a moment to point out one of the features that I put in my top ten of what's new.
Hyperlinks in Data Sheets
What really brought this to the forefront in my mind is that this was a feature that I didn't know existed until I was showing a colleague of mine (Kaylee Krom) the new Clarity 2014 beta site on an iPad. She started navigating around a Room Data Sheet for a sample project and then tapped on an area of the project's keyplan. That tap brought us to a new Room Data Sheet for the building. I had no idea that feature existed until she was just poking around and brought it to my attention. Sonofa...
Well, we started looking further and wouldn't you know it, the development team put all sorts of new hyperlink capabilities into the program and web portal.
If you are in a Room Data Sheet, click on a different room in the available Key Plan:
... to jump to a different room's Data Sheet.
Or, if you are looking at a table in the Room Data Sheet, click on the Type Name of a piece of equipment or furniture in the Room Data Sheet:
... to get to a Data Sheet for that object (in this case, called a Specification Sheet).
All of this is done by editing the Data Sheet templates. They are all based on HTML, so everything can be customized to your heart's content. Add or remove information from any Data Sheet. Add or remove any graphics. And when you want a parameter to link over to a different type of Data Sheet, all you need to do is edit the template add "(roomlink)" or "(itemlink)" after the linking parameter and you're there!
In its raw HTML it might look a little scary if you've never coded before, but there are tools in place to make it a fairly painless process.
There's a quick look into one of the items that is new for Clarity 2014 - and a thanks to Kaylee for being the one to point it out to me. :)
Yes, it’s that time of year again - time to see what sort of goodies we’ve got waiting for us in our latest release of Autodesk software! Let me set something clear from the onset of this blog post, that this is not intended to be a comprehensive list of “what’s new” in the software. We will have plenty of time through this and other venues to review the technical aspects of the new software releases. Instead, the purpose of this post is to keep a broad view of things. As you pour through all of the various software offerings (especially if you have one of the Suites) and look to see what it means to you, here are some thoughts to keep in mind as you work through the evaluation process:
Cloud services are growing, but not at the cost of reduced desktop solutions. The foreseeable future of the Autodesk Solution consists of a blend of desktop solutions (especially Suites) AND cloud services. Autodesk 360 is intended to extend the desktop, not replace it.
There is a stronger push behind interoperability and workflow between individual pieces of software in the Suites. If you have the Building Design Suite, you’ll have better integration between Revit and AutoCAD, between Revit and Inventor… if we have access to all of these tools, why shouldn’t we take better advantage of their capabilities?
Windows 8 support. ‘Nuff said.
IMAGINiT had a webcast a few months ago that was all about “Evaluating the Upgrade” It’s available in our webcast archive and is worth a view. If you haven’t been there before, you’ll need to fill out a quick form to get access, but access is free. http://imaginit.com/knowledge-resources/webcast-archive Look for the one a little less than a quarter of the way down in the list called, “[Building] Evaluating the Upgrade”.
At this point, let’s go ahead and violate the statement I made earlier and mention a couple of features that I think stand out in some of the new releases – and even though this list is only a tiny fraction of everything that was put into the software, take a look at them within the context of the statements above – how do they help bridge the gap between individual pieces of software, how do they utilize both desktop and cloud technology, and perhaps most importantly – how do they matter to you and your firm when evaluating the upgrade process?
Joe here... We're holding a free virtual event on March 13 that spans all disciplines and trades - we'll look beyond software to the processes that help make a successful organization run smoothly. Whether it's understanding data management, needing to hear what government agencies are requiring or hearing how other organizations handled their issues, this event covers the top issues our clients brought to us in 2012 and the resolutions we provided.
Who should attend: Managers of all types – project, plant, CAD, BIM, operations, engineering, etc. Designers, engineers, and executive management.
What you'll learn: From data management to best practices and future output concepts, there's something for everyone. You'll also gain valuable insight from industry peers in the networking lounge.
Why you should attend: Watch the short video below as IMAGINiT’s Laurie Elliott explains why everyone from designers and engineers to operations and executive management should attend the Problem Solved Virtual Event.
Beyond the content, you'll have an opportunity to network with those in your industry or others in related industries. Capitalize on one another's experiences and shared knowledge – meet virtually for an hour or stay for the whole day.