Vote for Microdesk at Autodesk University 2021!

Microdesk has presented at Autodesk University for several years on a range of topics including popular Autodesk software workflows, AEC industry best practices and leading technology capabilities. Check out the proposals we’ve submitted for this year’s event and make sure to vote at Autodesk University!

Computational Design for a Nonprofit: Data Driving Form and Performance

Autodesk Foundation & Microdesk collaborated with the nonprofit Build Health International (BHI) to leverage early computational design workflows to identify, optimize, and implement passive design strategies that have the most significant impact on the building performance. We utilized site and climate data in concert with passive strategies to inform the design of the façade to promote ideal ventilation to address infection control, operational cost, and occupant comfort. These workflows saved the design team countless hours by enabling them time to study thousands of iterations at a moment’s notice making our design process nimble and efficient, allowing the design team to focus resources where they will significantly impact the project.

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Luc Wing
Luc WingSolution Specialist

BIM-Enabled Informed Path to Net Zero – from Design to Operation

Reducing carbon emission has become one of the most urgent objectives to combat climate change globally, thereby becoming one of the crucial indicators for the AECO industry, where buildings account for nearly 40% of annual global Green House Gas emissions. Building information technologies’ advancement demonstrates promising potentials for more efficient and effective performance tracking during building design, construction, and facility management. This session will present a roadmap with various toolsets along with standards and workflows to facilitate carbon and performance tracking and feedback from the design to the operational phase.

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Eve Lin
Eve LinEAM Strategy Consultant

Getting Started Guide: BIM 360 Implementation Logistics and Workflows

Implementation of BIM 360 Design (and moving your projects into the cloud) requires a few changes and additions to your computer, to your software, and to your daily workflow and how you do things. In this class, I will take you on a quick tour of BIM 360’s features as well as the logistics of a scalable implementation for any size organization.

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Basam Yousif
Basam YousifAEC Technology Consultant

Dynamo, Generative Design, & Insight for a Sustainable Workflow

With climate change on the forefront of the world’s collective mind, architects and designers must respond to keep up with the industry and meet the sustainable initiatives akin to the Architecture 2030 Challenge. For years designers have struggled to accurately analyze building performance and iterate design options. Faced with fast deadlines and budgetary constraints, many abandon building performance analysis. This session will focus on creating a workflow with the tools in Revit to design a conceptual sustainable home. Throughout the process I will benchmark the design using Insight to help drive down the proposed EUI.

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Geoffrey Tears
Geoffrey TearsSolutions Specialist

Use Revit Cloud & 3DsMax to Create a Tangible Immersive Experience in Unity

Discover the partnership between Microdesk and Black Artists + Designers Guild (BADG) with the Autodesk Foundation. We will look at processes used to create a VR conceptual house, that would engage with a large audience to interact with the spaces and allow users to explore the artwork. We will showcase a workflow that allows for flexibility during unpredictable design changes, with a strict deadline. Further explaining the pressures and successes of the project, plus the lessons we learned. Through digitalization, we implemented technologies to enable an immersive experience. We will showcase how we used Revit, as a foundation, to give us the ability to leverage 3Ds Max’s flexibility during unexpected schedule changes.

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Felix Cambou
Felix CambouSolution Specialist

Getting the Most from the Autodesk Construction Cloud

Over the years Autodesk has grown their cloud ecosystem into a fully functional common data environment with specialized services for all project participants. This session will review the different services available in the Autodesk Construction Cloud like BIM 360 and the Unified Platform to dispel the confusion that exists, and explain when and how it’s best to migrate based on the project needs and service functionalities. We’ll also cover tips and tricks developed from project work to solve many of the problems that I’ve seen in the field, like pitfalls to avoid during setup up or coordination, as well as what 3rd party tools can help common issues. If you want to learn more about ACC to make your projects more efficient and successful, this is the session for you.

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Peter Marchese
Peter Marchese Senior Technology Evangelist

Are Your Revit Models Healthy?

Revit models take a lot of beating. From starting with the wrong templates, to uncompacted models, complex geometry, data and *more data*, duplicate-name parameters, API, add-ons, macros, Dynamo script changes (and experiments), opinions and crazy ideas, hacks, unusual “CAD mentality” workflows, crashes, error messages, warnings, corrupt families, “slightly off-axis” nightmares, nested elements, CAD imports, groups, design options, phases, worksets, revisions, assemblies, full disk drives, purge-all mistakes, version-skipping and rookie BIM managers, non-relinquishing users, self-taught “experts”, old Revit versions, wrong-category objects, and -of course- uneducated shared coordinate decisions to top it all off … ALL leading to neglected, bloated and crashing models that end up dying on deadline day.

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Basam Yousif
Basam YousifAEC Technology Consultant

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