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What’s New with Enscape 3.1?

Enscape 3.1 makes it even simpler to design and create beautiful renderings and visualization experiences.

With the newest version of Enscape, users of all abilities can bring their designs closer to reality thanks to a new Material Library, an improved Material Editor, support for NVIDIA Deep Learning Super Sampling (DLSS) Support, a Panorama Gallery, simplified assets, ray-traced sun shadows, and other great new features and enhancements.

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If you haven’t tried Enscape yet, now is the perfect time to test it out with our 14-day free trial!

 

Materialize Your Ideas With Enscape 3.1

 

NEW: Material Library

A simple way to improve the realism of your projects is to use the right materials. With Enscape’s new Material Library, you can choose from predefined high-quality materials that are ready to use within your projects. Over 200 materials have been created to get you started and additional materials will be added to the library with future releases.

Materials such as wood, fabric, brick, and tile can be found in the new Material Library. These materials can also be imported into the Material Editor, where you can edit various elements to get the look and feel you need.

This new feature will save you time searching for and creating high-end rendering materials and makes it easy to improve the quality of your renders with very little effort.

Enscape 3.1 - Material Library

NEW: Material Editor Overhaul

The Enscape 3.1 Material Editor comes with not only a new interface but also new features and improved functionality.

Now it’s quicker and easier to identify materials with a color and material type indicator in the material list. There is also a new self-illuminated material type, new icons, controls, and map tabs for improved usability.

Additionally, you can import and export material packages from within the Material Editor. This is particularly useful for individuals and teams who want to access certain pre-prepared materials from other projects.

Enscape 3.1 - Material Editor

NEW: Support for NVIDIA DLSS (Deep Learning Super Sampling)

Enscape 3.1 comes with NVIDIA DLSS technology, which automatically improves performance. The deep learning-based upscaling technique renders internally at a lower resolution but outputs a clean and sharp high-resolution image for both high-quality videos and high-performance virtual reality walkthroughs.

With NVIDIA DLSS enabled, video rendering time decreases, and quality increases. You can enjoy improved real-time performance of walkthroughs and higher frame rates with much lower GPU requirements. This latest technology is available to users with an NVIDIA RTX graphics card.

With Enscape and NVIDIA DLSS, take advantage of the latest generation of high-res VR headsets and enjoy higher quality virtual reality experiences.

Enscape 3.1 - NVIDIA DLSS_RTS

NEW: Panorama Gallery

360-degree panoramas created from within Enscape are a popular way to showcase a design. They allow clients to independently navigate their way around a project from a web link or even a QR code.

To take this functionality one step further, we have introduced a Panorama Gallery – which is one of the most requested features from Enscape users.

With the new Panorama Gallery, you can group and share multiple panoramas at the same time – perfect for showcasing multiple rooms or to compare different variants of a design. This can be managed via the Uploads section of the Enscape License Center and allows consumers to access more than one panorama at a time via the web browser.

Enscape 3.1 - Panorama

NEW: Material Editor for Revit

To help improve the Revit and Enscape material workflow, we have introduced a basic Material Editor for Revit.

This editor will support the ‘General’ material type, allowing you to apply video textures, self-illuminating materials, and displacement maps within Enscape itself. No more workarounds required!

This is just the first phase of the Revit Material Editor project. We are now working on providing better accessibility for future Material Editor features in Revit – so watch this space.

NEW: Simplified Assets

We have an exciting Enscape Asset Library update for you – we have launched a range of simplified assets that are low poly and come with a simple, white appearance.

These assets are ideal for use in early design phases to give clients and colleagues an idea of your vision without distracting them from the core elements of your design. They provide the perfect placeholders to give context, but without any complexity or specificity.

Within this initial batch of simplified assets are people, buildings, vegetation, furniture, and vehicles.

Enscape 3.1 - Simplified Asset

NEW: Ray-Traced Sun Shadows

NVIDIA RTX ray-tracing technology has been part of Enscape since 2019 version 2.6.1. It provides users with fast and accurate lighting and reflection calculations.

And now, with Enscape 3.1, you can enjoy even higher-quality renderings and realism with new ray-traced sun shadows.

Sharper and more accurate shadows will enhance the quality of your renders and can be enjoyed in any exported image, panorama exports, and rest mode in walkthrough.

Enscape 3.1 - Ray-Traced Shadows

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Construction Industry Outlook

2020 was an unforgettable year in many ways and one that may have permanently changed the world. 2020 and the early part of 2021 saw a downturn in construction starts. But as we’re reaching the mid-year point, things are starting to look up.

The architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry were able to respond faster than other industries due to strong order books and demand from the residential segment.

2020 likely also helped AEC companies to reset and prepare sooner and more effectively for work, workforce, and workplace changes. The year ahead is only expected to accelerate these changes.

Connected construction presents a host of efficiency- and productivity-enhancing technologies that can enable new business models and strategies.

There may be another disruptive event around the corner that could catch the world off guard. But AEC firms that embrace digital, form strategic alliances, and prepare for the future of work are most likely to be better prepared for whatever comes next.

 

Dodge Data & Analytics’ Steven Jones shares the mid-year outlook program. Steven is a globally recognized expert in how emerging economic, practice, and technology trends are shaping the future of the design and construction industry. He speaks at conferences globally, authors the SmartMarket Report series on key industry trends, and hosts the ENR FutureTech events.

Steve outlines the national and regional starts forecast for 2021 and 2022, respectively, across our residential, nonresidential building, and nonbuilding sectors. The highlights will include those factors impacting the economic upturn now that the economy is starting to improve.

Watch this video and gain an understanding of the current market situation and a macroeconomic overview.

 

 

Steve does a deeper dive into what Dodge Data & Analytics think is going to be happening with the infrastructure bill. He shares some of what they’re learning in their quarterly surveys about the business health construction companies’ both commercial and civil projects.  Steven also looked at some high-frequency planning data to help the industry continue on its path to recovery.

 

Dodge Construction Outlook - US Total Construction Starts

 

Residential Construction

The pandemic has pushed many city dwellers to the suburbs as they look to avoid health concerns surrounding urban mass transit and public crowding. Near-record, low mortgage rates are expected to promote continued residential construction growth. Steve expects single-family home construction starts will rise as much as 7% in 2021; however, multi-family homes “will pay the price for single family’s gain,” with the dollar value of multi-family starts anticipated to fall by 1% this year.

 

Commercial Building

After dropping 23% in 2020, Steve forecasts a 5% dollar value increase in commercial starts in 2021. Steve also reports that “[w]arehouse construction will be the clear winner as e-commerce giants continue to build out their logistics infrastructure.”

Anirban Basu, the chief economist for Associated Builders and Contractors, reports that COVID-19 accelerated these preexisting commercial construction trends. Basu explains, “Among the most obvious trends in e-commerce, a trend that was gaining market share even before the global health crisis began. An ongoing proliferation of fulfillment and data centers will serve this ongoing boom. However, this could translate to tougher times ahead for retailers and shopping centers . . . .” Development site consultant Tom Stringer expects suburban commercial construction to grow as companies look to move offices away from densely populated areas and build new manufacturing and distribution centers to help alleviate pandemic supply chain issues.

 

Public Works

Steve expects public construction to remain relatively flat but stable during 2021. According to Basu, “Countervailing forces are at work in public construction. On one hand, weakened state and local government finances suggest weaker public works spending going forward. On the other hand, . . . federal spending on infrastructure could increase as part of a post-inauguration stimulus package. Republicans and Democrats do not agree on much, but leaders from both parties agree that America spends too little on infrastructure.” While the federal government recently extended the FAST Act (for Fixing America’s Surface Transportation), any growth in the public sector likely will depend on the further stimulus or infrastructure bills.

 

Utility Construction

With the growing push for renewables and other climate change initiatives, experts anticipate energy construction, especially large-scale solar and wind projects, will rise significantly. Steve forecasts a 35% gain for utilities and renewable energies construction in 2021.

 

Summary

The construction industry is showing signs of growth in 2021 and beyond, but such growth may be checked by uncertainty and COVID-19’s lingering effects on construction operations. Contractors will continue to face pandemic-related time and cost impacts from added safety measures (PPE, physical distancing, screening), workforce shortages, and supply chain disruptions, all of which can cause delays, accelerations, and production losses.

 

Construction Outlook - Screenshot Long Term Changes Due to COVID

 

Contractors can manage these risks and enhance profitability by taking affirmative steps to protect their rights and claims under their contracts. Proactive measures include asking for extensions of time, ensuring compliance with all contractual notice requirements, and carefully tracking all extra work and costs.

For a continuing construction industry forecast, visit Dodge Data & Analytics.

 

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How to Access an Autodesk BIM 360 Site

Autodesk is currently in its 3rd Generation Cloud platform for BIM collaboration tools in the cloud, but the 1st and 2nd generation platforms are still active. This post will guide you to the correct site, depending on which platform is used in your project or organization.

For each platform, access is controlled via Named User Subscription Licensing, which is tied back to a user’s  Autodesk Account. An account consists of an Autodesk ID, email, and password. After a user has been assigned a license and is added as a member to a Project, they can access the necessary BIM Sites simply by logging in. When using Revit, cloud-worksharing can be accessed via the Collaborate tab. In the web browser, the URLs listed below will take you to the main page or the last Project that was accessed.

1st Generation

First came BIM 360 Teams, combined with Collaboration For Revit (C4R), allows team members to collaborate on a central cloud model from anywhere in the world.

Versions of Revit: 2015-2018

Additional Installation: Collaboration for Revit (C4R)

URL: teams.autodesk360.com

2nd Generation

Next came BIM 360, which added better collaboration and project management tools, in addition to cloud clash detection, reporting and analytics, and cost management. C4R was improved and repackaged as BIM 360 Design.

Versions of Revit: 2018.3 – 2022

Additional Installation: Autodesk Cloud Models for Revit

URL: docs.b360.autodesk.com

3rd Generation

With the 3rd Generation platform, the Autodesk Construction Cloud, there is a common data environment from pre-design, design, and construction, all the way to operations and facility management. This allows team members to collaborate and share data through the entire life-cycle of the building.

Versions of Revit: 2021 – 2022

URL: acc.autodesk.com

Questions? Customers of Microsol Resources can contact our Technical Support Department for help with access by emailing support@microsolresources.com. If you are interested in hearing more about the different features of BIM 360 Teams, BIM 360, or the Autodesk Construction Cloud, please reach out to info@microsolresources.com.

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