Cadplan February 2008 Newsletter



Price increase
Weakening of the Rand

Due to the weakening of the Rand against the Dollar over the last several weeks, prices on Autodesk software will be increasing by an expected 7 - 10% (effective 22 February 2008).

 
Speak to Geraldine, Katrien, Adri or Brechè to place your order before the increase on (011) 804-2425.


Cadplan Revit student
Revit Architecture project
"Loveworld Ministries" Revit renderings by Paul Rudder (from Insite)
Loveworld Ministries Revit renderings   Loveworld Ministries Revit renderings

Paul completed his 5 day Revit Fundamentals course with us in August last year and has gone on to produce exceptional work.
His past work experience has seen him working at the SABC for over 20 years as a set designer.

  Contact Paul on tel: 011 477 9648 or
cell: 084 670 9220 or
email him: smokinmirror@sentechsa.com


What's happening?
South Africa
Apple iPod captures architects’ imagination

Apple iPod captures architects’ imagination
Design concepts resolved rapidly … with Revit Architecture. (Image: AMA Architects)

Converts to Revit Architecture are enthusiastic about the gains they have achieved through use of the design software. Increased profits, reduced time and resources and rapid visualisation of design options are just some of the benefits.

Cameo video interviews from 13 local users of Revit Architecture were recently captured by Autodesk on Apple iPods nanos. Acclaimed for their entertainment value, the iPods were as part of a promotional campaign to highlight the benefits of using Revit Architecture.

Selected architects throughout South Africa were invited to register on the Autodesk website to get their free iPod. The second phase of the Autodesk Revit iPod campaign takes place early in 2008 – watch out for your invitation.

Source: Design Brief – Edition 17
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  Get in the zone…

OpenThinkBox Child Zone

Enter the OpenThinkBox: ChildZone design competition and create a stimulating recreational space for children who don’t currently have access to an environment in which they can dream, play, interact and build solid foundations for the future.

The 2008 Autodesk Revit competition invites entrants to design a sustainable space which young people can explore with all their senses, and in which they can grow, develop, play, interact, contemplate, learn, create, and be motivated, inspired, encouraged and nurtured – or where they can just be.

Entrants may choose the age group to whom they are appealing, and may make use of any design conventions they choose, so long as the final structure is built on sustainable, energy efficient lines within a specified budget of R100 000.

IMPORTANT DATES:
30 June: Registration Close
31 July: Submission Close
September: Winners Announced


Read more...

(Visit www.openthinkbox.co.za for details on how to enter the competition.)


Tips/tutorials
AutoCAD and Revit

Designing with the Golden Rectangle in AutoCAD

Designing with the Golden Rectangle in AutoCAD

The golden rectangle is an ancient and sacred diagram, rediscovered in the Renaissance, encoding an advanced knowledge of natural proportion that's been used by many architects, artists, and mathematicians to design things of great aesthetic beauty.
Google SketchUp has the "Golden Section" built-in to its drawing tools (try drawing a rectangle and you can snap to it), but AutoCAD users don't have it as easy designing with this proportion. While it's true that AutoCAD's QuickCalc has the golden ratio saved as a sample variable—which mathematicians symbolize as the Greek letter Phi—this feature is nice for calculations but not particularly useful for design.

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Designing with the Golden Rectangle in AutoCAD
Designing with the Golden Rectangle in AutoCAD

 

AutoCAD Architecture

AutoCAD Architecture: A Kick Start

Welcome back to our exploration of walls in AutoCAD® Architecture. Let's have a quick look at Cleanup Group Definitions (CGD) and then proceed seeing how other AEC objects interact with walls. You can assign different CGD to different walls (e.g., brick, partition, etc). Only walls within the same CGD will clean with each other. Creating CGD and assigning it to walls is quite simple.

  • From the Design menu, select Walls – Cleanup Group Definitions.
    AutoCAD Architecture
  • Create a new CGD by right–clicking on Wall Cleanup Group Definitions.
    AutoCAD Architecture

  • In the Design Rules tab, set the desired options and click OK.

The settings are simple. I want you to concentrate on one of the powerful and useful settings, which is Allow Wall Cleanup between host and xref drawings. With this option checked, walls in the current drawing will clean up with walls in the xref! Another option allows you to prevent copying or moving objects such as doors, windows, and so on to walls in a particular CGD.

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Books
First Revit Structure book is now available

One of our Revit Structure power user Francis Leung from Hong Kong has written a book on "Quick Start Revit Structure 2008". During the Autodesk University 2007 in Las Vegas (11/26-11/30), Francis has taught two excellent Revit Structure advanced classes. At the end of each class, Francis has given several of his books to the audience as a gift.

I am very excited about this book as it is really the first book written by a customer on our software. For more information on how to purchase this book, please contact franciscsl@netvigator.com

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  Quick Start Revit Structure 2008


News
South Africa

Cape Town plans multimillion rand upgrade for SA’s second-oldest public square

Cape Town plans multimillion rand upgrade for SA’s second-oldest public square
Image from http://detroitrhetoric.net/

by Christy van der Merwe

The City of Cape Town has embarked on a central business district (CBD) rejuvenation drive, and has earmarked South Africa’s second-oldest public square, Greenmarket Square, for a multi-million rand makeover.

 

It is hoped that this investment from the public sector will act as a “catalyst for inner-city revival”, and spark further private sector investment. The City of Cape Town alone has budgeted about R2-million for the Greenmarket Square upgrade, which is set to start in June 2008, and completion is expected by June 2009.

Property developments in and around Greenmarket Square have already attracted attention in recent years, and Asian hotel group the Indian Hotels Company, Eurocape, and Vunani properties have already made significant investments in the area.

Upgrade plans for the almost 300-year old Square include the ‘pedestrianisation’ of the Square, the widening of the Shortmarket street sidewalk, upgrading of the ablution block, construction of a concert stage, reconfiguration of the informal trading areas, and heritage features such as a slave memorial, and an original water pump are also being considered.

There is also the possibility of linking the Square to the 2010 FIFA World Cup ‘fan mile’.

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Developer seeks to incorporate green building techniques

By: Leandi Rostoll

Property developer and investment and project management specialist Amdec is evaluating its properties and future developments to comply with the Green Building Council of South Africa’s (GBCSA’s) green building principles.

“We are making a shift in the development of our properties to apply green building principles where practicable. “The company is also evaluating all its properties in terms of ‘green standards’,” says Amdec’s Cape regional director, Magnus McDowall.

 




He adds that the construction and development industry has been seen as a threat to environmental sustainability, but that it is becoming aware of this, with established developers adopt- ing a more responsible approach.

The establishment of the GBCSA, by the South African Property Owners’ Association, was aimed at increasing awareness among developers with regard to how they plan, design and construct buildings, neighbourhoods and cities, as they contribute towards the carbon footprint.

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Good green stuff
Around the globe

Solar Ark: World’s Most Stunning Solar Building

by Ali


Sanyo has built an ark for the solar century – an impressive 630 kW solar-collecting building that boasts over 5,000 solar panels and kicks off over 500,000 kWh of energy per year. Even more outstanding is the fact that most of the monocrystalline modules used on the Solar Ark were factory rejects headed to the scrap pile. Located next to Sanyo’s semiconductor factory in Gifu, Japan, the Solar Ark stands as one of the best examples of building integrated PV design to date.

The strange thing is that the Solar Ark was born out of a big mistake. Several years ago Sanyo announced an ambitious undertaking. The company wanted to make the largest PV system in the world, a 3.4 MW installation to mark its 50th anniversary. They would use their very best technology, a hybrid system of crystal silicon and thin-film amorphous silicon with 14-15% efficiency. But the plans were side railed by Sanyo’s monocrystalline cell scandal – a recall on these predecessors of the hybrid technology due to insufficient output.

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Solar Ark
Solar Ark

     
Amazing Green Roof Art School in Singapore

by Ali Kriscenski

If art school was in our future we might opt to study under, or on top of, the amazing green roof at the School of Art, Design and Media at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. This 5 story facility sweeps a wooded corner of the campus with an organic, vegetated form that blends landscape and structure, nature and high-tech and symbolizes the creativity it houses.

The glass façade provides a high performance building envelope that reduces solar gain and heat load while allowing the benefits of natural views and daylight into creative spaces. The glass walls provide a visual exchange between indoors and out allowing students and teachers to experience the building, the surrounding landscape and the interior plaza as fluid spaces. Diffused natural daylight is abundant throughout studios and classrooms, filtered through the surrounding foliage.

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  Nanyang Technological University
Nanyang Technological University


Offbeat stuff
The Simpson's house in the real world
The Simpson's house



Training dates - 2008
Johannesburg

>> View more information regarding what each course covers and course prerequisites
AutoCAD Fundamentals
4 DAYS (09h00 - 16h00)
11 - 14 Feb; 25 - 28 February;
17 - 20 March; 07 - 10 April

R3 100.00 Excl VAT


AutoCAD Advanced
5 DAYS (09h00 - 16h00) : R3 800.00 Excl VAT
3 DAYS (09h00 - 16h00) : R2 600.00 Excl VAT
2 DAYS (09h00 - 16h00) : R2 200.00 Excl VAT
31 March – 04 April; 21 – 25 April


AutoCAD Mechanical
4 DAYS (08h30 - 17h00)
Please contact us for future dates


Autodesk VIZ 2007
4 DAYS (08h30 - 17h00)
Please contact us for future dates


Inventor Fundamentals
5 DAYS (09h00 - 16h00)
3 - 7 March
R5 000.00 Excl VAT

10 hour blocks
You will receive one-on-one private training and we can also assist you with projects that you may be having difficulty with.
Please contact us to make your booking
R5 500.00 Excl VAT
Revit Fundamentals
5 DAYS (09h00 - 16h00) - weekday
11 – 15 February; 03 – 07 March
31 March – 04 April; 14 – 18 April

R6 100.00 Excl VAT

5 DAYS (09h00 - 16h00) - weekend
Please contact us for future dates
R7 500.00 Excl VAT


Revit Intermediate
3 DAYS (09h00 - 16h00)
18 - 20 February
Please contact us for future dates
R6 100.00 Excl VAT


Revit Advanced
2 DAYS (08h30 - 17h00)
Please contact us for future dates
R3 950.00 Excl VAT


Revit Structure
2 DAYS (09h00 - 16h00)
10 – 11 March
R2 200.00 Excl VAT



Book your place

Call us on (011) 804 - 2425 or email us:
Geraldine: geraldine@cadplan.co.za
Katrien : katrien@caplan.co.za


Events  

Revit hands on experience
22 February 08
Cost: it's free
(Snacks & refreshments will be served)

Revit focusgroup
27 February 08 (on the last Wednesday of each month)
Cost: it's free
(Snacks & refreshments will be served)

Revit Experience at the Mercure Hotel (Nelspruit)
18 March 08
Cost: it's free
(Snacks & refreshments will be served)


Training dates - 2008
Cape Town

Architectural Desktop
4 DAYS (09h00 - 16h00)
Please contact us for future dates
R3 500.00 Excl VAT; R3 990.00 Incl VAT


AutoCAD Fundamentals
4 DAYS (09h00 - 16h00)
25 – 28 February
R2 500.00 Excl VAT; R2 850.00 Incl VAT


AutoCAD Advanced 2D
2 DAYS (09h00 - 16h00)
18 – 19 February
R2 000.00 Excl VAT; R2 280.00 Incl VAT


AutoCAD 3D Modeling

3 DAYS (09h00 - 16h00)
20 – 22 February
R2 000.00 Excl VAT; R2 280.00 Incl VAT


AutoCAD Upgrade /
Refresher
1 DAY (09h00 - 16h00)
Please contact us for future dates
R2 000.00 Excl VAT; R2 280.00 Incl VAT


AutoCAD Electrical Fundamentals
4 DAYS (09h00 - 16h00)
05 - 08 May
R3 500.00 Excl VAT; R3 990.00 Incl VAT



AutoCAD Mechanical Fundamentals
4 DAYS (09h00 - 16h00)
31 March - 3 April
R3 500.00 Excl VAT; R3 990.00 Incl VAT
Inventor Fundamentals
5 Days (09h00 - 16h00)
25 – 29 February
R5 000.00 Excl VAT; R5 700.00 Incl VAT


Inventor Advanced

2 Days (09h00 - 16h00)
Please contact us for future dates
R3 300.00 Excl VAT; R3 420.00 Excl VAT


Revit Fundamentals
4 Days (09h00 - 16h00)
04 – 07 February; 03 – 06 March
R4 250.00 Excl VAT; R4 845.00 Incl VAT


Revit
Advanced
2 Days (09h00 - 16h00)
Please contact us for future dates
R3 000.00 Excl VAT; R3 420.00 Incl VAT


Vault
2 Days (09h00 - 16h00)
Please contact us for future dates
R2 500.00 Excl VAT; R2 850.00 Excl VAT




Book with Nicole

Tel: (021) 685 - 5153 or email:
nicole@cadplan-cape.com

   
Events  

Revit Usergroup
Hosted by Enslin Joubert
21 February 2008 (Thursday)
16:30 - 18:30
Cost: it's free

Autodesk Inventor Usergroup
Hosted by Aldred Boyd
28 February 2008 (Thursday)
16:30 - 18:30
Cost: it's free

Revit Hands on experience
Hosted by Eugene Borckenhagen
15 February 2008 (Friday)
10:30 - 13:00
Cost: it's free

Autodesk Inventor Hands on experience
Hosted by Aldred Boyd
22 February 2008 (Friday)
10:30 - 13:00
Cost: it's free



The Lighter side
Maaik

Maaik

 


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