Bluebeam Tips for Working Away from the Office

Many of our work days have changed to minimize the COVID-19 spread. We want to share useful tips on working with Bluebeam Revu and Studio remotely.   How Bluebeam is Helping Direct from Jon Elliott, Bluebeam CEO, "We understand that some of the biggest immediate challenges for our customers include lack of access to Revu [...]

Keep Working with Deferred Financing

Kelar Pacific wants to do our part to help the AEC industry continue working on projects and doing what we do best  — designing, modeling and building. Your technology tools are part of the process and we are pleased to offer some relief  to get through this unique time. Kelar Pacific can offer you 3-month [...]

Autodesk Tips for Working Away from the Office

Many of our work days have changed over the past week and we want to help you make the switch to using your Autodesk software in your home, or remote location. Below are some simple steps to get you up and running remotely with your Autodesk products. Single User Subscription License Multi User Subscription License [...]

AutoCAD 2021 New Features

AutoCAD® 2021 is now available and includes industry-specific toolsets, improved workflows across desktop, web, and mobile, and new features – see below. Drawing history Compare past and present versions of a drawing and see the evolution of your work.(video: 2:16 min.)   Xref compare See the changes made to your current drawing from changed external [...]

AECOM Digitizes Construction in Civil Infrastructure

AECOM on digital project delivery for civil infrastructure. Date/Time: February 25th  |  10:00am PST Inspire and collaborate are core values at AECOM. As the digital project delivery lead for civil infrastructure at AECOM Middle East, Mohammad Al Ktaishat has a sharp eye for technology innovations that can drive better project delivery and delight clients. In [...]

Autodesk Price Increase Starts Feb-7

Autodesk Price Increase for New Multi-user and BIM 360 subscriptions  While we prefer to share details about special offers and flash sales, we also know budgeting for technology tools is an important element of your business planning. If your firm has plans to expand your team or make other technology investments this year, you'll want [...]

Why Your Business Needs a Construction Management Platform

Digital construction is here, and Autodesk BIM 360 is ready to help. Date/Time: January 21st  |  9:00am PT Do you spend time moving field data around manually or living in spreadsheets? You're not alone. The majority of the industry is in the same place. Find out why 38% of construction professionals have made the switch [...]

Connected Construction: The Future of Building

The future of construction is here, and it is called the Autodesk Construction Cloud™. Date/Time: December 10th  |  11:00am PT Just announced at Connect & Construct in Las Vegas, the Autodesk Construction Cloud unites headquarters, office, and field teams by bringing together best-of-breed solutions for every stage of construction–from design and planning through construction and [...]

Bluebeam Gold Partner of the Year

Kelar Pacific is honored to receive the 2018-2019 Bluebeam Gold Partner of the Year Award. The 2019 Bluebeam eXtreme Conference (XCON) took place in our nation's capital in late August. The conference included activities for Bluebeam users as well as partners. The general sessions highlighted Bluebeam users sharing a multitude of workflows they have developed using [...]

ASA Affiliate of the Year

Kelar Pacific is honored to receive the 2018-2019 ASA San Diego Affiliate of the Year Award. The weather Friday evening matched the tropical air of the beautiful Catamaran Resort Hotel, the location of the ASA Installation and Awards event. Complete with a Polynesian dance show and Hawaiian Master of Ceremonies, Aloha Taylor, the evening was perfect [...]

Foundations of a Revit Project Template

Defining Needs, Prioritizing Wants - Episode 1 Every Revit project begins with a template, either a good one, or otherwise. The best way to create predictable success is to plan the work first, then follow the plan. In this endeavor we want to distinguish our “needs” from “wants,” with “needs” obviously being our priority. Assess [...]

Musings on Learning and Teaching Revit

Stipulations To Take Onboard: Learning ultimately comes from within oneself. Biologically we remember limited stimuli by filtering out most of what our senses pickup. For instance, the things our unconscious mind feels unnecessary.What I find equally interesting is there is no such thing as “now” in the context. Meaning that when any stimulus is received, [...]

Drone for Architecture – Episode 2

Episode 2: Laterna Magica I can still remember the day I returned to the office, having spent the better part of a day in the field sketching, measuring, and photographing the as-built conditions for my next architectural project. I dropped the field kit on the floor, placed my digital camera on the desk next to [...]

The Autodesk University Experience

Autodesk University (AU) 2018 was my second time attending the conference, third if you count the year I went to the ATC summit followed by a day in the Exhibit Hall. The whole experience for me is sensational.Let's just start at the beginning...the sessions. A session can make you feel a few ways: 1) Inspired, [...]

Drones for Architecture – Episode 1

Episode 1: Veritas As an architect, you may wonder if can you leverage drone technology in your current workflow? The answer is – Yes! Let’s look at how and where it makes sense. Drones can provide meaningful data throughout the entire process – from concept through completion.

Point Cloud to Revit Model Automation

When you need to capture as-built conditions there are multiple methodologies to consider. A few of the high-tech options growing in popularity are LiDAR scanning & Photogrammetry to assist in the collection of data. Both methods produce point clouds with vectorized data which means everything can be measured.

Drone Subcontracting

Outsourcing Drone Services for Efficiency and Cost Savings Can an architect design his own structural system or HVAC system? Yes, he can. Can the same architect also go out to the site and dig the foundations and nail the framing together? Sure. He can do all of those things. But, is it really the best […]

My Favorite Top 3 Revit 2019 New Features

Every year as the new Autodesk releases roll out, Revit devotees like me wonder how it will improve our work. As we all know, Revit is used by multiple AEC disciplines, therefore only a percentage of the new features may apply to your workflows. No worries – big improvements come in all sizes.

Detailing BIM: No Lines Necessary

Revit is not a drafting software. Revit is not AutoCAD. CAD* is not BIM (*as understood in normal conversation). CAD* processes Do Not Work In BIM. Any part of “traditional” or drafting-based approaches will fail in BIM. Yes, any and every… if you can find one that works let me know @JayZallan on the tweeties… […]

Tips and Tricks for implementing technology at your organization

As the use of technology is becoming more and more prevalent in the construction industry you may be asking yourself how you can implement such a huge change in your organization effectively. With more than 70% of change initiatives failing to take hold, how do you avoid falling into that majority? Here are some tips […]

Autodesk University 2017 – What to look for in 2018

The BIG Picture – Autodesk® Forge, the Development Platform for the Future Autodesk University (AU) 2017 highlighted Autodesk® Forge as the proven foundation for creating connective technology. With Forge API resources, the AEC industry is no longer limited by multiple product silos. Now, everyone can develop custom applications and create connected workflows to reduce repetitive […]

4 Ways Autodesk Desktop Connector Improves AEC Cloud Collaboration Workflows

Autodesk provides numerous cloud-based solutions to the Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) industry facilitating collaboration between project teams throughout the project lifecycle. One  solution is BIM 360 Team, a project-centric tool intended to overcome the multidiscipline collaboration challenges during the design and development phase of a project.

Construction Design Phases vs BIM Levels of Development – Part 4 of 4

What is considered the industry standard of LODs? Today, there is no official LOD Standard, or a requirement for one in the U.S.  Several organizations are providing LOD Specification Workbooks to help with the adoption effort.  These organizations include: AIA BIM FORUM Building Smart Alliance National BIM Standard-US COBie IFC Any given project should follow […]

Construction Design Phases vs BIM Levels of Development – Part 3 of 4

What are the Definitions of BIM Levels of Development? The following reflects the general consensus of the most widely used LOD Definitions: LOD 100: A Conceptual Model where parameters like area, height, volume, location and orientation are defined. LOD 200: An Approximate Geometry Model where elements are modeled with approximate quantities, size, shape, location and orientation.* LOD […]

Construction Design Phases vs BIM Levels of Development – Part 2 of 4

It’s important for contractors to understand the various LOD’s for each trade at any point so they can provide related cost and scheduling that is measured by the same design standards being used by the client and the designer. The understanding of how complete a model element is effects not only the Cost Estimates and […]

Construction Design Phases vs BIM Levels of Development – 1 of 4

Design Phases of Construction The construction industry has utilized the “Design Phases of Construction” as milestones for measuring how complete the overall design of a construction projects was. Generally they include, but are not limited to, variations and percentages complete of Schematic Design, Design Development and Construction Documents. The emergence of BIM – Building Information […]