ElumTools™ is a fully integrated lighting calculation Add-in for Autodesk® Revit®.
ElumTools™ – ElumTools performs accurate point-by-point lighting calculations for both interior and exterior lighting directly within the Revit model using our industry-standard radiosity calculation engine.
ElumTools is able to leveraging existing Revit geometry and luminaire families by utilizing Revit spatial elements of Rooms, Spaces, Regions and Areas as calculation boundaries.
The surface reflectance and color can be interpreted from the Revit materials properties and mapped to more suitable values if necessary. Reflectances can also be assigned using Revit Categories to encompass all ceilings, walls and floors for example.
Lighting fixture families already present in Revit are used by ElumTools and photometric file associations can be easily created if not already present. A wide variety of prominent manufacturers IES files are available with a few clicks from our cloud-based “Instabase.”
Each calculation is presented in an interactive visualization window with complete 3D walk-through capability. more>
Product Realization for Aerospace and Defense
Siemens – Aerospace companies need to win business in an environment that is increasingly competitive, both locally and globally. This requires proving your ability to meet target dates and costs in production while delivering products that meet customer requirements. Increasing demand in some sectors, such as commercial aircraft, drives a requirement for higher levels of productivity. You have to take advantage of new materials and processes to build the most competitive products.
The Product Realization solution from Siemens PLM Software provides aerospace OEMs and suppliers a process-driven aerospace manufacturing solution to enable manufacturing decision-making earlier in the lifecycle and integrate manufacturing considerations throughout each phase of the lifecycle.
This closed-loop solution supports early manufacturing planning during the program pursuit and bid process to identify and mitigate risks that could impact overall program affordability. You can verify manufacturing processes, tooling and work instructions virtually, prior to committing hardware. more>
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By George Bradt – The Wall Street Journal suggests Exxon’s once perfect machine is running dry. It got strategic timing wrong, investing too much too soon in capacity-building. It’s yet one more lesson on the critical importance of getting the timing right between implementing revenue-generating programs and building capabilities.
Strategy is about the creation and allocation of resources to the right place in the right way at the right time over time. It’s about choices. It’s about accepting failure as an option and asking “what if?” Most understand that the “right place” where to play choice is every bit as important as the “right way” how to win choice. Many get the “right time over time” choice wrong. This is what has gotten Exxon into trouble.
Moving from your current reality to a new, desired destination requires projects and programs that actually move you in that direction supported by the capabilities needed to deliver those projects and programs.
Here’s the rub. If you focus too much on running the projects and programs (path I) you get ahead of your capabilities and can’t deliver them. If you focus too much on building capabilities (path III) you run out of cash. The art of strategic timing is stepping up your capabilities ahead of program delivery requirements – but not too far ahead. more>
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By Javier Solana – After the recent G7 summit in Quebec, there can no longer be any doubt that the West is in crisis.
Yes, “Western” countries have often pursued divergent foreign policies (as illustrated by the Iraq War), and “the West” is itself a vague concept. But it is one that rests on a set of common ideological pillars, which are now crumbling under the weight of US President Donald Trump’s “America First” agenda.
Trump and his co-religionists’ incessant slandering of allies – “we cannot let our friends take advantage of us” – is leaving its mark.
Just a few years ago, it would have been unthinkable for the US to refuse to sign a joint G7 communiqué. Nor would anyone have thought that an American administration could attack a Canadian leader using the language that Trump and his trade adviser, Peter Navarro, recently directed at Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
If bad manners were the only issue with the Trump administration, we could all rest easier. But that administration is also pursuing concrete policies that are undercutting America’s most important alliances. more>
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What is Synchronous Technology?
Siemens – Synchronous technology enables you to rapidly create new concept designs, easily respond to change requests, and make simultaneous updates to multiple parts within an assembly. Re-using designs, working with imported data, making changes…synchronous technology helps you do the things you do all the time—faster and easier.
Synchronous technology allows you to rapidly create new concept designs, easily respond to change requests, and make simultaneous updates to multiple parts within an assembly. With this design flexibility, you can eliminate cumbersome preplanning and avoid feature failures, rebuild issues, and time-consuming rework. The power of synchronous technology also allows you to treat multi-CAD data just like native files, supporting seamless collaboration with suppliers and partners. more (pdf)> eBook
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Variable Fonts Are the Future of Web Type
By Mandy Michael – A variable font is a single file that acts like multiple fonts. Variable fonts can improve page-load times, but their appeal goes way beyond that: Site visitors get an improved reading experience, and designers get greater creative freedom.
While it’s still early days, some software applications—including the latest Illustrator and Photoshop—and many web browsers do support the technology, and more will follow. It’s a good time to understand how variable fonts work and how to use them in your web designs.
Inventive type designers aren’t restricting themselves to expected variations, such as weight, width, or italic. They’re creating variations that address effect, readability, and style. more>
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Getting into Travel Photography: Find the Details
By Jordana Wright – Look at a photograph with an interesting texture and it might give you the impulse to touch it.
Examine a photograph filled with pattern, and your brain may start to extrapolate that pattern or perceive movement in it. Both sensations are common and heighten the connection between photograph and viewer. We have an innate level of comfort with what we can touch and visually understand, so images with texture and pattern draw us in and make us pay attention.
When photographing Patterns, gear is probably the least important part of the equation. Patterns as a subject won’t dictate what lens to use—instead you’ll find yourself choosing a lens based on the scale of that particular Pattern. If you wanted to photograph the Pattern of sandpaper, you’d need to use a macro lens or even a microscope to draw out the dimensionality of the grain. more>
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