Let me recapitulate my cloud related explorations for my simplified 2D BIM editor, since I will be discussing it again at a web-based BIM workshop later this week.
Before getting to that, though, talking about cloud related topics reminds me of some others of completely different nature that are near and dear to me:
Above, in and under the Clouds of la Palma
My hiking trip on La Palma was definitely on interesting study of clouds, from close and afar, inside and out.
Happily, I was mostly above them, e.g. wandering the sunny ridge around the Caldera de Taburiente National Park, reaching its highest point at the Roque de los Muchachos, looking back over the roiling clouds and the ridge in the east that we walked along for three days, with the Mount Teide of Teneriffa in the background far behind it, 90 km distant:
From there we descended into the depths of the Caldera itself and admired the same ridge from below, assailed by clouds as ever:
We emerged from the Caldera to cross the impressive volcanoes in the Parque Natural de Cumbre Vieja in the south, again above the clouds, looking back northwards at the ever cloud-filled and overspilling Caldera:
After spending the night up on the volcanoes, we were decisively chased away by more aggressive clouds backed up by strong and cold storm winds:
Happily, we made it down to a warm and sunny beach to dry off and recuperate a bit before starting the long journey back home again.
Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
Another highly recommended cloud related topic is the extremely impressive and wonderful book Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell, recently and almost equally impressively converted to a film by Lana Wachowski, Andrew Wachowski and Tom Tykwer. I absolutely loved them both. I found the book revolutionary. I never read anything like it. The film is revolutionary as well, and an unbelievable feat. Tykwer and the Wachowskis met for a week in isolation to hatch ideas, then visited the book author Mitchell to hear what he thought of them. It helps to read the book first, though, to understand anything at all about what is going on in there.
Cloud-based Real-time Round-trip Simplified 2D BIM Model Editor
I'm attending a cloud workshop in the next few days, so I dug out the recordings from my Autodesk Tech Summit and Autodesk University presentation DV1736 – Cloud-Based, Real-Time, Round-Trip, 2D Revit Model Editing on Any Mobile Device. Here is the class summary:
Here are direct download links to all the class materials:
- Slide deck
- AU recording
- Live recording
- Preview recording
- RoomEditorApp – Revit add-in desktop component
- roomedit – CouchDB cloud database source code
I already discussed all the details of all the different components here on The Building Coder, and that just about covers what I personally have to contribute right now to cloud and mobile applications interacting directly with Revit.
Autodesk Cloud Service Overview
Obviously, Revit itself is making more and more use of cloud-based services, and the offerings provided by Autodesk are growing in all directions as well; here is a good overview website for all currently available Autodesk services: autodesk.com/360-cloud.
For a quick text-based overview, here is my list from the cloud & mobile platform web service API presentation given at AU:
- Autodesk Single Sign-On Services
- OAuth – i
- Federated Sign-On
- Viewing Services
- Translation Services
- AutoCAD 360 Services
- Fusion 360 Services
- InfraWorks Services
- ReCap Photo Services – ii
- AutoCAD Core Engine Services (ACES)
- Render Services
- Building Performance, Green Building Studio Services
- Collaboration (Social)
- Autodesk 360 (Pro) Services
- BIM 360 (Glue + Field) Services – ii
- PLM 360 Services
- Licensing Services
As always, Autodesk is interested in making APIs available for these services, just like all other products, to provide a strong platform for automation of the related tasks. I added an 'i' to the ones already providing a deep and broad API, and an 'ii' to the ones already equipped with a maturing API. The rest are still under consideration.
The existing APIs are not accessible yet, though, either, since we are still working on pilot programs to get them ready for public consumption.
Updated RevitLookup on GitHub
Finally, as you hopefully already know, RevitLookup now lives on GitHub, also up in the cloud somewhere, so to speak, accessible to all.
This vastly simplifies collaboration, and you are heartily invited to participate in improving it.
One friendly supporter is Florian Schmid of SOFiSTiK AG.
He future-proofed RevitLookup by removing compiler warnings, and significantly extended the functionality for snooping of geometry, FormatOptions and RevitLinkInstances.
Another step of future-proofing that I performed was to bump the years listed in the copyright notices from 2013 to 2014, and, for the first time, incrementing the build version number.
The current version right now is thus release 2014.0.1.0.
You should probably always go for the most up-to-date master branch when downloading.