"BIG BIM little bim"
- Finith Jernigan - 4Site Press
The practical approach to Building Information Modeling - Integrated
practice done the right way!
Finding books on BIM is often tough. Especially ones that talk
about the bigger concepts and approaches. This book does just that.
It takes a long look at how BIM is changing the design world for Architects.
not a book full of practical hands on tips and tricks. It looks at the
larger questions and impacts of the BIM process change. "BIM is not about
the software" Finith states. He also includes a large amount of tools that
he has used and tells you what they do and where to get them.
This book is not for the ground level BIM user.
It is for the manager, principal and owner of firms that will need to
rethink every aspect of business to see where to place their next step.
Without the grand view that this book encourages its
reader to embrace, the firms that fail to think through the process and
impact of BIM on their firm may be an "also ran" in the race toward the
Worth the read for the leaders of your firm that must
deal with BIM and Integrated Practice issues. Worth the read for the
My site and perspective is a blending of user and
management. I liked the book, but for the end user, there is not much
here. Therefore I give it a blended rating or 3.5 out of 5.
C M J Rating - 3.5 out of 5 TRON Light Cycles
Get the book from CADDManager.com (cheaper than retail too!)
AutoCAD 2008 and AutoCAD LT
2008 Bible - Ellen Finkelstein - Wiley Publishing 2007
came down from the mountain top, he had everything that the Hebrews needed
to know on two stone tablets. Now I understand that the rest of the
Torah ("law" in Hebrew) or Pentateuch ("five books of scrolls" in Greek)
takes many more words than would ever fit on
two tablets. My Bible takes 330 pages to cover the first five books.
Taking on the Biblical proportions of AutoCAD requires 1251
pages to cover everything you need to know about AutoCAD and LT
2008. The introduction page of each chapter pays homage to
those stone tablets using a rocky background image. Nice
The book is
broken up into 7 parts ranging from the Basics, Drawing in 2D,
Working with Data to 3D Drawing, Organizing and Managing
Drawings, Customization and Programming. These seven parts
are followed by an Appendix and DVD. Each Part has
multiple chapters and ample illustrations. She really does
cover just about everything you would need to know to get a
solid foundation for CAD. There are many step by step
procedures that are well documented and easy to follow.
included icons that flag important data. These icons let
you know when to slow down and take a closer look. Almost every
page has something tapped out for special attention.
Many of the illustrations show you exactly what each button on
the dialog boxes does what.
The Basic are
real basic. Starting from scratch may seem like a burden
to some of us, but there are jewels to dig up even for the
seasoned user. She even covers digitizers, pucks and the
standard tablet menu (I still have one of these, but I don't use
it). There are many charts and lists of commands in the
book that are worthy of photocopying and taping to your monitor
or cubicle wall (does that violate copyright laws?).
Part 5 of the
book delves into Organization and Managing Drawings. It
covers my favorite topic - CAD Standards. There are step
by step procedures for using the Standards tools in AutoCAD for
checking one or many files. There is a very long section
on Sheet Sets and how they are to be used. This may be one
of the most under used tools in the software.
price is kind of steep ($49.95 US Retail). It is well
worth the money. The only drawback, which is actually a
tribute to its in depth coverage, is that there is so much in
there. But the DVD has the complete text of the book in
searchable PDF format. This is one book that novice to
advanced users can embrace. And it will help you move from
beginner to hot shot in no time.
C M J Rating - 4.5 out of 5 TRON Light Cycles
AutoCAD - Secrets Every
Users Should Know - by Dan Abbott - Sybex / Wiley Publishing
Let's face it... I have read just about every book that I could
on AutoCAD over the years and thought that there was nothing new under
the sun. Well... I stand corrected. Dan Abbott has
created a MUST READ book that you need to add to your book shelf.
AutoCAD Secrets is a refreshing change from the usual presentation of
AutoCAD information, tips and tricks that is found in most of the book
written. He leaves no stone unturned in his attempt to tell you
just about everything you need to know from basic to very advanced
The eleven chapters of info starts off with a great chapter on
AutoCAD productivity. Every topic was discussed in plain English
and directly to the point (my kind of guy!). He covers the
unspoken "boot camp" level principles and best practices of CAD with an
in depth look at each topic. As I read it - I discovered nuggets
of gold that renewed my enthusiasm for "common sense" CAD. (see my
blog on this topic). He covers the foundational precepts and
practices of sound file creation and data input. As I read I kept
wondering - "Is he going to mention this or that?" and sure enough,
there it was. The bottom line guidelines that the whole world
needs to be reminded of. Chapter One alone is worth the price of
He continues in chapters covering the management of your files,
customization issues, graphic standards, and more. He reviews the
basics of Paper Space and Model Space, what goes where and offers
sidebar tips at every turn of the page.
Covering the basics is just the starting point for him to launch into
the advanced topics. There is a complete LISP programming class
that is presented in logical steps for all to use. Plus there is
actual full working code in the book - just type it in and use it.
Or better yet the book tells you where to go online to get the code.
It's like getting two books in one, plus online resources. He
finishes up with 3D topics and finally AutoCAD Puzzlers.
AutoCAD Puzzlers is a compilation of real world problems and stumpers
(he got me on quite a few). Each taken from real questions from
the many interactions he has had with students and users. These
Puzzlers are often the submittal busters that we all face at crunch
time. He presents them as questions and then provides the answer
at the end of the book. Thirty Five of the toughest questions and
weird behaviors (and the answers to them all).
This ranks very very high on my list of must have books. I
applaud him for his succinct language, honest approach and real world
emphasis. Forget the new Harry Potter novel... Go buy this book!
You can get it online
here for less than the $39.99 list
C M J Rating - 5 out of 5 TRON Light Cycles
AutoCAD Architecture 2008 - AutoCAD for
Architects - from Autodesk Press (by
Roger Cusson and Kristen Smith with the Instructional Design team at
I took a look as some introductory training in AutoCAD Architecture 2008
for new users. The hands-on lessons cover features, commands, and
techniques for creating, editing, and plotting drawings. The
book is laid out nicely, with plenty of high resolution screen shots of
exactly what you need to do when you need it. The exercises are
well planned out and the accompanying CD provides the data sets needed.
Exercises can be completed using imperial or metric units. The
printed work in the book are also delivered via CD for an on-screen
experience that can be viewed next to AutoCAD Architecture.
easily get through this book in a day and it covers most of the topics
that a new user would need to know. It also includes a fully
functioning 30-day trial CD. Don't look for a lot of flashy
graphics, just good solid instruction.
You can get it online
here for less than fifty bucks (US).
C M J Rating - 4 out of 5 TRON Light Cycles
Win Friends and
Influence People - a summary
are a few items from the book. It is well worth the read.
Some items may seem outdated, but they scale well.
Carnegie cuts straight to the point in most of his
writing. He is direct, simple and yet profound.
Here are some of his points. The book is old, but
never out of date.
condemn or complain.
interested in other people.
Talk in terms of the
other person's interests.
Be a good listener.
Make the other person
Use the persons name
Smile - it always helps
Call attention to
people's errors indirectly.
Let the other person
Get the other person
saying "yes, yes" as soon as possible.
Let the other person
feel that the idea is his or hers.
Begin in a friendly
Let the other person do
a great deal of the talking when they complain
opinions. Never say, "You're wrong."
If you are wrong, admit
it quickly and emphatically.
Try honestly to see
things from the other person's point of view.
Frame requests in terms
of what others find motivating.
Introducing and Implementing Autodesk Revit Building
- Lay Christopher Fox and James J. Balding, AIA
I just finished reading a great book about Revit Building by two of the cream of
the crop in the Revit arena. Jim Balding and Chris Fox put together an
impressive collection of information, tutorials and things to think about.
I enjoyed "The Very Basics" chapter where the book
begins. It does not assume that you know what the terms are, or how the
tools are used. It covers the basics quickly but effectively. Don't
skip this chapter (or the Preface).
It quickly marches through a succession of chapters
that are tutorial based sprinkled with Author Notes and Tips. You will go
through the complete design and creation of a multi-building, multi-phased
project. And this is not just some cheap square box, this is a
contemporary design that pushes beyond the mundane. All along the way you
get real world perspectives, such as filling out the Title Block and generating
views of the design.
One area that I enjoyed most was Jim Balding's
Appendix A in which he outlines the implementation process. He takes a
high level view that he calls "Pointers, not Prescriptions". By that he
means that there is no one-size-fits-all for every firm. I agree with his
perspective and he then navigates the reader toward areas to consider like Firm
size, Project size, Project type and many more.
So overall it is a solid investment for those who are
moving to Revit Building.
C M J Rating - 4.5 out of 5 TRON Light Cycles