IMAGINiT Technologies – Autodesk® Revit® Architecture Site and Structural Design

The main purpose of the Autodesk® Revit® Architecture software is to design buildings – walls, doors, floors, roofs and stairs. However, architects also frequently need to add site and structural information. This training guide covers the elements and tools in the Autodesk® Revit® Architecture software that are used to create topographic surfaces for site work and to add structural elements. For site work, participants will learn how to:

  • Create topographic surfaces;
  • Add property lines and building pads;
  • Modify toposurfaces with subregions, splitting surfaces and grading the regions;
  • Annotate site plans and add site components; and
  • Work with shared coordinates.

For structural elements, participants will learn how to:

  • Create structural grids and add columns;
  • Add foundation walls and footings;
  • Add beams and beam systems;
  • Create framing elevations and add braces;
  • Copy and monitor elements across disciplines; and
  • Check Interferences

Prerequisites: Participants who enroll in this course should be comfortable with the fundamentals of the Autodesk® Revit® Architecture software as taught in the Autodesk® Revit® Architecture Fundamentals training guide and have knowledge of basic techniques. It happens Friday, December 16, 2011, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at Suite 15, 10551 Shellbridge Way, Richmond. Register online at http://rww.force.com/training/RWW_VFCourseDetail_New?id=a0N70000008A4EMEA0.

6.5 Core LUs

IMAGINiT Technologies – Autodesk® Revit® Architecture Conceptual Design & Visualization

The objective of the Autodesk® Revit® Architecture 2012 Conceptual Design & Visualization training guide is to enable those who have worked with Autodesk® Revit® Architecture to expand their knowledge in the area of conceptual design including massing studies, space planning, visualization, and rendering. Participants will learn how to:

  • Create In-Place Conceptual Mass elements and Conceptual Mass families
  • Create building elements from massing studies
  • Use Rooms and Areas for space planning and analysis;
    Create perspectives, walkthroughs, and solar studies; and
  • Understand the concepts of rendering and lighting.

Prerequisites: Participants should be comfortable with the fundamentals of Autodesk® Revit® as taught in the Autodesk® Revit® Architecture Fundamentals course. Knowledge of basic techniques, such as creating walls, roofs, and other objects, copying and moving objects, creating and working with views, etc., is assumed. This course will be held on Thursday, December 15, 2011, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at Suite 15, 10551 Shellbridge Way, Richmond. Visit http://rww.force.com/training/RWW_VFCourseDetail_New?id=a0N700000088LZTEA2 to register.

6.5 Core LUs

IMAGINiT Technologies – Autodesk® Revit® Architecture Collaboration Tools

The objective of the Autodesk® Revit® Architecture 2012 Collaboration Tools training guide is to enable those who have a basic knowledge of Autodesk® Revit® to increase their productivity while working with others on a team, either in the same firm or from other firms, and while working with Autodesk® Revit® files or other CAD files. Participants will learn how to:

  • Set up project phasing
  • Create and display a variety of design options
  • Use groups
  • Link Autodesk® Revit® files
  • Import and export files including exporting for energy analysis;
  • Understand, use, and set up worksets; and
  • Use multi-discipline coordination (optional).

Prerequisites: Participants should be comfortable with the fundamentals of Autodesk® Revit® as taught in Autodesk® Revit® Architecture Fundamentals. Knowledge of basic techniques, such as creating walls, roofs, etc., copying and moving objects, creating and working with views, etc., is assumed. This one-day session will be held on Wednesday, December 14, 2011, from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at Suite 15, 10551 Shellbridge Way, Richmond. Go online to register: http://rww.force.com/training/RWW_VFCourseDetail_New?id=a0N700000088LlnEAE.

6.5 Core LUs

IMAGINiT Technologies – Autodesk Revit BIM Management for Architecture, Structure and MEP

Building Information Modeling (BIM) is an approach to the entire building life cycle. Autodesk® Revit® Architecture, Autodesk® Revit® MEP, and Autodesk® Revit® Structure are powerful BIM programs that support the ability to coordinate, update, and share design data with team members throughout the design, construction, and management phases of a building’s life. The objective of the Autodesk® Revit® 2012 BIM Management for Architecture, Structure and MEP training guide is to enable those who have worked with the software to expand their knowledge in setting up office standards with templates as well as creating custom element types and families. Participants will learn how to:

  • Create custom templates with annotation styles, title blocks, and custom element types
  • Create schedules including material takeoff schedules with formulas
  • Create custom wall, roof, and floor types
  • Set up a family file
  • Create family geometry
  • Create family types; and
  • Create specific families including in-place families, profiles, annotation, and shared parameters.

Prerequisites: Participants should be comfortable with the fundamentals of Autodesk® Revit® as taught in the Autodesk® Revit® Architecture 2012 Fundamentals, Autodesk® Revit® Structure 2012 Fundamentals or Autodesk® Revit® MEP 2012 Fundamentals courses. Knowledge of basic techniques, such as creating standard element, copying and moving elements, and creating and working with views, etc., is assumed. This two-day session is scheduled for Monday and Tuesday, December 12 – 13, 2011  8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at Suite 15, 10551 Shellbridge Way, Richmond. To register, visit http://rww.force.com/training/RWW_VFCourseDetail_New?id=a0N700000088LlTEAU.

13 Core LUs

Role Call: Advisory Design Panel Committee

The AIBC’s Advisory Design Panel Committee seeks a new member to represent the committee as a liaison for Vancouver Island municipalities. This committee engages in valuable discussions on the role and importance of local advisory design panels, including how best to promote their appropriate function in the public interest. The committee also reviews ADP applications and provides recommendations for candidates to municipal advisory design panels across the province. The Advisory Design Panel Committee meets on the first Wednesday of each month (excluding July and August) from 12:15 -2:15 p.m. To learn more about the objectives, criteria and procedures for nomination to, and service on, an advisory design panel, please refer to AIBC Bulletin 65: Advisory Design Panels – Standards for Procedures and Conduct as well as the Advisory Design Panel Frequently Asked Questions document. For more information, please contact Practice Coordinator Ryan Dinh at rdinh@aibc.ca.

Advisory Design Panel Appointments

The AIBC would like to congratulate the following architects who were nominated by the AIBC and have been appointed to serve on the District of Maple Ridge Advisory Design Panel effective November 2011:

  • Johnny Leung  MAIBC
  • Peter Lovick  MAIBC (reappointment)

Thank you to all applicants expressing interest in volunteering to represent the profession.

Architectural Lantern Contest

In celebration of the City of Vancouver’s 125th Anniversary, the Secret Lantern Society invites local architects, intern architects and architectural students to take part in the First Annual Architectural Lantern Exhibition. You are challenged to create in-scale model lanterns that reflect the city’s historically diverse architecture. A celebration of both art and architectural heritage, the resulting Illuminated History of Vancouver will be presented at the Roundhouse Community Centre from December 6 – 8 in a display designed to inspire and delight. An exhibit jury will determine the top two submissions to go along with a people’s choice award. Participants will also be invited to showcase their efforts as part of the Secret Lantern Society’s 18th Annual Winter Solstice Lantern Festival on December 21. These architectural lanterns, dispersed and on display at five locations throughout the city, will serve as an illuminated legacy of Vancouver’s 125th Anniversary. This is an opportunity for architects and artists to  celebrate Vancouver’s remarkable architectural history. For full festival information, please go to www.secretlantern.org.

Construction Specifications Canada (Vancouver Chapter) – “Getting to Green” and the Excellence in Sustainable Construction Program

In this presentation, Tyrel Sutton of Flynn Canada Ltd. will provide an overview of the Excellence in Sustainable Construction Certification Program. This program is designed to help contractors and suppliers manage, report, and improve their business practices as they relate to social, environmental and economic sustainability. Sutton will also discuss the role of the Vancouver Regional Construction Association and its Accreditation Committee, give an overview of the certification process, and offer up tips and experiences gained in the construction industry from companies that have made significant strides towards sustainability, including the role of the specifying authority in making construction more sustainable. Mark your calendar: Thursday, November 17, 2011, 7:00 – 9:00 a.m. at the Sandman Hotel Ballroom, 180 West Georgia Street, Vancouver. To register, go to http://vancouver.csc-dcc.ca/.

1 Core LU

Lunch with Vancouver Architect Bing Thom

By Lucy Hyslop, BC Business
November 7, 2011

Bing Thom is used to venturing into tricky waters – on and off land. Today we’re at Kitsilano Point picnicking on the Vancouver architect’s 35-foot yacht, where a torn sail is evidence of a failed attempt to smooth a crinkle at 22 knots. “Just lazy,” he says with a sigh, explaining how he yanked a line without turning Sonja’s Spirit to reduce pressure on the sail. “The wind wanted it to go one way, and Bing the other, so the sail simply ripped. It’s a reminder that you can’t fight nature.” More … 

CHOP Sale

In anticipation of the next series of examinations, Architecture Canada is once again offering bundled pricing for the Canadian Handbook of Practice (CHOP) – Second Edition. This is the definitive reference for architectural practice in Canada, having undergone a thorough revision in 2009 to bring it into the digital age. It includes:

  • More than 50 checklists, including one for Integrated Design Process for Retrofitting Buildings;
  • Up-to-date references;
  • Current contacts and practice advice; and
  • The latest provincial statistics and regulations.

For a limited time you can purchase a complete package – hardcopy with CD and online access – for one low price of $250, shipping included. Order online at https://portal.raic.org/products?term_node_tid_depth=4.

Sustainable Region Initiative – Sustainable Community Breakfast: Creating Memories, Not Garbage

The Future of the Region Sustainability Dialogues and Sustainability Community Breakfasts are outreach components of Metro Vancouver’s Sustainable Region Initiative (SRI). They involve a series of high-profile debates and discussions intended to help decision makers shape the future of the region by presenting a range of views and stimulating fresh thought on regional issues such as housing, industry, labour and immigration, drugs and crime, regional economy, transportation, energy and agriculture. Please check the website often to find out about future dialogues in your community.

Sustainable Community Breakfast: Creating Memories, Not Garbage

The holiday season is fast approaching, which for many means sharing special times and memorable moments with friends and family. Learn about Metro Vancouver’s soon-to-be launched Christmas campaign – Create Memories, Not Garbage – a social marketing campaign that focuses on a positive message of celebration and memories while encouraging citizens to reduce the amount of garbage produced during the holiday season. Ned Bell, executive chef at Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver, will share his expertise about food and the holiday season, including tips on menu planning, sourcing local and seasonal food, gift ideas, using holiday leftovers, and more. Additional speakers include Metro Vancouver’s David Hocking (Corporate Communications Division Manager) and Gord Inglis, (Multi-Media Services Division Manager). It takes place Wednesday, November 16, 7:30 – 9:00 a.m. at the British Columbia Institute of Technology – Downtown Vancouver Campus, 555 Seymour Street. Register online at http://apps2.metrovancouver.org/sustainability/Smailing_list/EventRegistration.asp?EventID=160.

The Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability Ppens at the University of British Columbia

Canadian Architect
November 8, 2011

Built in response to the global challenge of creating a more sustainable society, the Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability (CIRS) is one of the most innovative and high-performance buildings built in North America today, demonstrating leading-edge green building design technologies, products, and systems. CIRS is a state-of-the-art “living-lab” in which researchers from leading academic institutions worldwide can conduct interactive research on and assessment of current and future building systems and technologies. More …

Fulker Exhibition

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November 16 marks the opening of the West Vancouver Museum’s new exhibition: John Fulker: Images of Architecture. Fulker’s compelling architectural photographs first appeared in publications featuring modern design in the early 1960s. Over subsequent decades, he became a leading Canadian photographer through his intuitive approach to image-making. His photos of iconic homes and buildings designed by the likes of Arthur Erickson, Barclay McLeod, Dan White, Clifford Wiens, Douglas Cardinal and Barry Downs helped promote innovative Canadian design to local and international audiences. From the late 1960s until the late 1990s, Fulker worked on international assignments photographing contemporary homes and historic buildings from around the world. Even today, his work is a lasting record of an important architectural legacy. This is the first exhibition of John Fulker’s original photographs in over 30 years. An opening reception with the photographer will be held on Tuesday, November 15 from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m., with an additional photographer’s talk on Saturday, December 3 at 1:30 p.m. The exhibition will run until January 14, 2012. The West Vancouver Museum is located at  680 – 17th Street, West Vancouver.