Twinmotion Uses Unreal Engine for Visualization

If you want realtime visualization of your architecture in the Unreal Engine, take a look at Twinmotion.

Easily produce high-quality images, panoramas, and standard or 360° VR videos in seconds! For architecture, construction, urban planning, and landscaping professionals, Twinmotion combines an intuitive icon-driven interface with the power of Unreal Engine.

Twinmotion

Their software allows you to transform your BIM or CAD model into a compelling real-time experience with just a few clicks. Your scene can be viewed and edited in real time at the same high quality as the final rendering. Twinmotion features realistic physically based lighting and shadowing and includes over 600 PBR materials that react to your environment, making it easy to get the look you need.

It has a simple and intuitive interface with drag and drop lights, materials, and props. You can change the season, the weather, or even the growth of trees by simply dragging a slider. The software allows you to create simple images, panoramas, standard and immersive 360° videos, and shareable lightweight interactive presentations in seconds—all from the same Twinmotion scene. They support for all of the most popular VR headsets allowing you to go from BIM to VR in seconds.

It is available for both Windows and macOS. Twinmotion is compatible with all BIM software, and offers direct one-click synchronization with ARCHICAD, Revit, SketchUp Pro, RIKCAD, and Rhino, including Grasshopper. Import assets from almost every 3D modeling solution via support for FBX, C4D, and OBJ formats.

Twinmotion’s library includes not only static props like furniture and rocks, but you can also breathe life into your scene with ambient sounds, photo-scanned human characters with motion-captured animation, animal characters, and even high-resolution plants that blow in the wind—all just by dragging and dropping!

Real-time archviz helps Scenario Architecture win clients and speed up sign-offs
Architectural design studio Scenario Architecture can now go from ARCHICAD designs to real-time, immersive visualizations faster and more easily than they ever could have imagined thanks to Twinmotion, an intuitive archviz tool.

Twinmotion

Head over to their website for some amazing videos and stills!

Why we need building permits

This is a very good example of why we need building permits from Asheville’s Citizen Times:

ASHEVILLE — The collapse of a downtown building might have been avoided if a contractor had gone through the proper permitting process, the head of the city’s Development Services Department said Friday.

Before a permit was issued, the city would have required that an engineer prepare plans that would include measures to ensure the structural integrity of the 1917 building during renovation, department head Robert Griffin said.

Odds are that following those plans would have prevented the Thursday collapse, he said.

Asheville fire officials say demolition work had been underway inside the building for about the last week.

People who heard about the collapse on Facebook gathered in a courtyard that was strewn with bricks from the collapsed building to get a look at the damage.

https://ashvegas.com/breaking-building-collapses-in-downtown-asheville-on-carolina-lane

14th Edition Steel Construction Manual Companion Materials Available as Free Downloads

AISC Steel Construction Manual 14th Edition Check out the free downloads from AISC:

(Chicago, IL) – More than 150 detailed design examples, updated dimensions and properties of structural sections, and other useful resources that complement the 14th Edition Steel Construction Manual, are now at your fingertips. Design Examples V14.0 and Shapes Database V14.0, as well as Reference Lists contained in the latest edition of the Manual, are available for free downloading on AISC’s website at www.aisc.org/manual14. The 14th Edition Manual was released this past summer and is available in hardcover or as a digital download at www.aisc.org/manuals.

To access these new online resources, visit www.aisc.org/manual14.

via aisc.org news

WBDG – Net Zero Energy Buildings

The WBDG has published an article on Net Zero Energy Buildings.

The concept of a Net Zero Energy Building (NZEB), one which produces as much energy as it uses over the course of a year, recently has been evolving from research to reality. Currently, there are only a small number of highly efficient buildings that meet the criteria to be called “Net Zero”. As a result of advances in construction technologies, renewable energy systems, and academic research, creating Net Zero Energy buildings is becoming more and more feasible.

While the exact definitions of metrics for “net zero energy” vary (this is discussed below), most agree that Net Zero Energy Buildings combine:

RISA – How is the Seismic Weight Calculated for Seismic Load Generation?

RISA News has published an article on seismic weights and load generation for use with RISA Floor and RISA 3D:

 

In addition to the self weight check box options, you can also add applied loads to the Seismic Mass calculation.  To do this, simply enter in the magnitude of the dynamic load into the Dyn Load column of the appropriate loads spreadsheet (Area LoadLine Load, or Point Load).

via [RISA News]

2011 NASCC proceedings now available

From American Institute of Steel Construction

(Chicago, IL) – While there’s no substitution for attending NASCC: The Steel Conference in person, AISC offers the next best thing. As a benefit for attendees and members, we audio tape most of the presentations and synchronize them with the speakers’ PowerPoint presentations. We then post the recorded sessions online at www.aisc.org/2011nascconline (you can find previous conference seminars online by visiting www.aisc.org/freepubs and clicking on “online conference proceedings”).

 

Metals Industry Pushes Greater Use of Steel in New Home Construction

From the Metal Center News, AISI’s Robert Wills pushes Greater Use of Steel in New Home Construction citing several advantages of steel.

But steel continues to advocate for gains in the homebuilding market, noting its environmental attributes and strength in the event of catastrophe. Steel brings added stability to a structure and gives occupants the best opportunity to survive dangerous weather events, the types of which have been all too plentiful around the world in recent months, Wills says.

via http://www.metalcenternews.com/Editorial/CurrentIssue/62011ConstructionMarketOutlook/tabid/5359/Default.aspx

Ten-Year Report on Durability of Galvanized Steel Framing in Residential Buildings

Ten-Year Report on Durability of Galvanized Steel Framing in Residential Buildings is Released

6/13/2011 – A study from the NAHB Research Center shows that the life span of the zinc and zinc-alloy coated steel samples studied was well beyond the life expectancies of modern buildings.

http://www.steelframing.org/PDF/durability/durability2011-singlepgs-final.pdf

via Steel.org media