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September 2015

Be3Dimensional in Toronto

Be3Dimensional, or B3D, will bring together global and local thought leaders to both inspire and discover how 3D technologies can disrupt industrial design, architecture, advanced manufacturing, arts and culture and communities while building deep connections both locally and internationally. Autodesk is a marquee sponsor at this year's event on October 23 and 24.

B3d Conference

"Design drives value in everything we create and 3D technologies are leading a renaissance that is reshaping how we interact with our world."

Autodesk will also be supplying some speakers.

Tatjana Dzambazova will present RIP FIX BURN / RIP MIX LEARN: How digitizing reality will change the way we create, learn, teach and experience the world

Tom Wujec will present the closing keynote on the Future of 3D.

It's an exciting agenda - register now

 

 


What happens when BIM meets the IoT?

BIM, building information model or modeling, brings all parts of a building design together into one complete system; it's no longer a collection of unconnected parts. The plumbing exists in context with the electrical work and one can see if there are conflicts that will make the construction or renovation process more complicated.

What happens when BIM meets the IoT?

With the Internet of Things (IoT) we're starting to see new devices for buildings like smart thermostats, talking fridges and lights that react to your presence. What happens when we add BIM to this and how does it help the day to day operations and management of the building? This is exactly what the Environment and Ergonomics team at Autodesk Research set out to discover with Project Dasher.

 

Autodesk Research Project Dasher
Project Dasher connects BIM with the IoT

 

What seems like a simple question kicked off a whole bunch of work. Many newly designed buildings will have a BIM. For an older building, like the Autodesk office in Toronto, the team had to create one. They learned about reality capture and laser scanned the building. This resulted in the Digital 210 King project.

They then set about creating a network of sensors and software to monitor things in the building like the movement of occupants in the building to adjust heating levels as people congregate and the position of the sun changes, amount of lighting relative to natural light entering the building and levels of energy usage.

 

Autodesk Research Project Dasher Sensors
Sensors to monitor building performance including, lighting, motion and carbon dioxide.


As you can imagine, this creates a lot of data for building operations people to deal with. The team developed novel ways to represent the data in context of the building. You can see heating laid overtop of the model as well as the paths of people moving through the building.

Autodesk Research Dasher Trails
As occupants move through the building, their motion can be visualized with overlapping trails to highlight the busiest areas
Autodesk Research Dasher Heat
Exploring the heat of a building

 

The following video shows how some of this works in real time.

 

Now that I have all this data what do I do with it?

At this point, the team can begin to learn from the data and apply it to other buildings for the ultimate sustainable design project. Designers could use the same tools that building operation people use to simulate the building before it is is built. They can try different sustainability techniques and technologies for optimal building performance. 

You can read more about this exciting work on the Digital Environment page. If you liked this article, please share it with your sustainable design friends through the links below.

 


Introducing the Wet Lab Accelerator - Your Robotic Lab Assistant

If you work in a wet lab and need an assistant you should try out the Wet Lab Accelerator! The Wet Lab Accelerator is a tool for researchers working in synthetic biology and virology. The Bio/Nano group at Autodesk Research is developing this tool in conjunction with their experiments and is sharing it with others in the community for testing and feedback.

Autodesk Research Wet Lab Accelerator

Working with an automated wet lab, like Transcriptic, it allows you to:

  • Design your robotic wet lab protocols using a visual UI — no coding or scripting required.
  • Start from scratch or use one of our templates to get started.
  • When you are ready to run your protocol, Wet Lab Accelerator generates the vendor-specific code and verifies it
  • Any issues are clearly highlighted so you can quickly find and correct them.
  • Seamlessly integrated with Transcriptic, our first automation partner, with more to come.
  • Set up each step of your protocol using graphical visualizations of your wet lab containers.
  • Often-used settings can be parameterized to ease running of variations on the same protocol
  • Interact with your results data through dynamic visualizations
Wet Lab Accelerator
The Wet Lab Accelerator has an easy-to-use UI that you can run from your web browser

If you like this tool, please share it with your friends and colleagues! You can also check out the Molecule Viewer for visualizing your data.

 


Imagine My City Brings you a Virtual Reality Toronto

Imagine My City, a not-for-profit organization driven to enable and increase productive and meaningful community-based collaboration in issues related to our built environment, has been working with a number of partners including Autodesk and George Brown College to create a virtual reality model of Toronto. The City VR project showcases the use of mobile and immersive technologies to empower citizens to reimagine and share their aspirations about the kind of city they would like to inhabit.

CityVR2

Everyone is invited to stop by and see how virtual reality can help discussions around community and city planning at Toronto City Hall's 50th Anniversary on September 13, 2015.

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Autodesk Sponsoring Toronto Robotics Hackathon

The Get Your Bot on! Robotics Hackathon is running in Toronto September 11-13 at MaRS.

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Read more about Autodesk and Robotics with Fast Company

Get Your Bot On! is a 3-day robotics hackathon where participants imagine, design and prototype their robot ideas. Over 130 makers will imagine and develop robots within the theme Healthy:

  • Healthy People
  • Healthy Homes
  • Healthy Schools
  • Healthy Workplaces
  • Healthy Environment
  • Healthy Play

There are only 5 rules for all robots that will be built:

  • the robot must move in some way
  • the robot must use a microcontroller
  • the robot must be able to sense something in its environment or receive input
  • the robot must be demonstrated on the final day of the hackathon
  • the robot must in some way relate to the theme of “Healthy”

If you sign up, there's a lot of cool stuff in the participant kit including an arduino, motors, switches and LED's. Winning designs will incorporate:

  • Design for Human Interaction – This is the “How delightful!” and ” What a beautiful robot!” prize
  • Innovation (the most novel or compelling concept) – This is the “What Genius!” and “How come I didn’t think of that!” prize
  • Technical Excellent – This is the “How did you do that?!” and ” Robots will bow down to you.” prize

And Dr. Gordon Kurtenbach will be on the judging panel!

Gord Kurtenbach

It's not too late to sign-up and of course you can just stop by to check in on the progress. Please help spread the news on these event by using the sharing buttons below.