EVstudio Client / Designer Collaborative Environment and DWF Design Review

by Kacy Landsittel May 30, 2019
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EVstudio delivers architectural design for our clients in many forms and levels of detail tailored to our clients. Typically throughout the design process, the design is delivered by means of 2D floor plans, elevations and hand sketches to convey concepts fed from a collaborative client / […]

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EVstudio is now using Blackpoint Software with ACA

by Jim Houlette, PE May 7, 2019

Our structural department is working with Oakwood Homes and has recently added Blackpoint Software to AutoCAD Architecture (ACA) to help improve our services to our Client.  Blackpoint provides may great features for home builders.  First, it helps to organize and track plans, it also helps […]

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Where are the Best Places to Find FREE Revit Families?

by Kacy Landsittel February 15, 2019

On one hand I have to hand it to the Revit developers for a robust and state of the art design tool. But on the other hand, and as most Revit users will tell you, the out-of-the-box Revit leaves something to be desired. This subject […]

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Filters in Revit for Structural Framing Plans

by EVstudio AEP October 29, 2018
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As all architects and engineers using Revit know, the out of box settings are rarely what you need to produce a set of drawings for review. Namely, visual representation of modeled elements often does not match up with your intent. In order to bypass this, […]

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Structural Engineers and BIM

by Jim Houlette, PE June 18, 2018

I was reading an interesting poll on about how many structural engineers use BIM on their projects. One poll asked engineers to consider their last three projects and of those which used BIM The results were: All three projects used BIM: 18% Two of […]

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MiTek SAPPHIRE Viewer is Free on Apple’s App Store

by Jim Houlette, PE May 11, 2018
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You can download the free app for viewing the SAPPHIRE 3D models from iTunes here. With MiTek SAPPHIRE™ Mobile Viewer, you can receive 3D MiTek SAPPHIRE™ models via email and view them right from your iPhone or iPad. Control what you see with visibility switches, […]

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The Importance of Specifications and MasterFormat

by EVstudio AEP January 11, 2018

According to the Dictionary of Architecture & Construction a specification is “a written document describing in detail the scope of work, materials to be used, methods of installation, and quality of workmanship for a parcel of work to be placed under contract; usually utilized in […]

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Simpad Blackpoint Newbie

by Ross Maxwell, PE May 15, 2017

I have been using Blackpoint for a little over a three months and I have to say it has been pretty exciting. From watching the home builder demonstrate how, with a push of a few buttons, the software automatically pieces together a unique set of […]

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Structural Modeling in Sapphire – The Oaks at Eastlake – Part Two

by EVstudio AEP April 8, 2016
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Below is a screenshot of only the structure modeled in Sapphire. You can see the studs and headers, floor joists and floor sheathing and also the roof sheathing. One of the many intentions of this application is to generate a pure structural visual aid to […]

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Proper Phasing in Revit Software

by Kayla Harmon, Associate AIA December 24, 2015
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I recently responded to a company chatter post about how to properly phase a project. As an architectural project designer, I have worked on a couple different residential addition projects. When starting one of these projects, it is important to document the existing conditions of […]

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Benefits of Participating in Your Local Software User Groups

by EVstudio AEP February 19, 2015

Attending after hours events on a hectic schedule might not be an easy thing, but I find it to be very rewarding. Austin has many groups for different software packages as well as a general BIM group. I attend the local Revit and BIM Peer […]

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Custom Patterning in Bentley Architecture

by EVstudio AEP September 28, 2010

How to on elevation patterning in Bentley Architecture with Extractions, the preferred method for Army Corps Center of Standardization projects.

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