Monday, March 27, 2006

SOFTware, eh?

So in an effort to get another week up and running on the blog I thought I would ask what software everyone is using/learning/failing at in their respective office environments. Is anyone using some of the 3d modeling software that generates construction documents based on the model?

Here we/I use:
AutoDevil LT 2006
Struc-Calc (this one is especially fun to learn)


Blogger vandub said...

Just the standard:
Desktop, sketch-up, some formZ, photoshop. We hire out consultants for most of our analysis because California has such crazy restrictions and requirements.

I have been using Excel more than ever to track product information, consultants, schedules, etc.

Oh and...we still draft by hand for almost everything until we are ready to really get into the CD's. This is the best part of the job. Any drafting before CDs is pretty basic and is usually drawn on afterwards.

11:35 AM  
Blogger weibeld said...

we are currently on the standardless-chaos plan, or free-for-all:use-what-you-use-best plan... depends how you look at it.

theres the usual rhinos, viz/maxes, mayans - but i must say that renderings are not used much. moreso, the style around here is large foam core.

whats the word on revit though?

11:44 AM  
Blogger weibeld said...

where do you get a pirate of struc-calc?

12:16 PM  
Blogger Jimmytuaz said...

not sure, you have to call them on the phone and have them create an activation code for you. I could get you the install file but you would have to find a crack for it. v5 or v6.

12:30 PM  
Blogger Wesman said...

remember in 2nd year when Jessica started to complain in Domin's class about buying a full version of Autocad and how does Domin expect us to buy it for our laptops.................and everyone is like "Jessica, shut up.....we will get you a copy"............hahahahha

I was just thinking about that.

1:57 PM  
Blogger vandub said...

thanks wes.
Remember one time in band camp, when wes was like...."hey guys, look at what I can do with this flute....and we were all like....eeewwww......"
That was funny too!

2:52 PM  
Blogger Wesman said...

Jessica, take it easy with the flute talk, hahahaha...I'm just reminiscing about the good old harm done. GEEEEZE!!

3:50 PM  
Blogger vandub said...

Hey Man....I'm just joking around. Sarcasim is always lost through digital communications.

7:13 AM  
Blogger Wesman said...

Yeah, I hear ya. Hope your are doing will in Cali...have you taken any tests yet?

7:40 AM  
Blogger weibeld said...

wesmaster... are you taking exams?

11:56 AM  
Blogger Wesman said...

Yep, I am taking my second one in a couple weeks.....they suck.

12:45 PM  
Blogger WYATT said...

no more test talk....i just got a familar shooting pain behind my right eye....ow!

1:17 PM  
Blogger weibeld said...

which ones have you taken wes? and what do you use to study? i am unhappy with my books.

1:22 PM  
Blogger vandub said...

This is a great place to look for study material.

1:54 PM  
Blogger Wesman said...

I took GS and I am taking Lateral in a couple weeks.....they are my weakest subjects so I am taking them first (so if I fail one I can take others while I wait the 6 mo.) But it was a 3 hour structures test and it sucked.....hahaha. The best things to study are those Archiflash cards and the ALS manuals. they cover alot. The ARE fourm is a good place to go hear about the horror stories and get good advise. But they suck, we don't get paid enough to go through all this CRAP!! I am getting my contractors licence (only one test) hahaha

2:57 PM  
Blogger weibeld said...

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3:11 PM  
Blogger weibeld said...

are you really going for the contractors? that would be sweet.

it seems like no one wants to talk about tests - on the blogger or in my office, so i feel like i am helen kellerin' my way through it. i dont know if the taboo'ity is an ego-architect thing, or if no one really cares about licensure... but anyways, i am a fan of more dialogue about the tests even though (or because) they definitely suck multiple arses.

who else is applying or planning on applying for an AZ? i had the mech/elec exam last night and have been using the ohara/ballast books available on amazon to study. is ALS the same as the kaplan books?

3:13 PM  
Blogger Jimmytuaz said...

i think why you aren't hearing about it more on the blog is that most of us aren't going for our license in AZ and we don't qualify to take the tests yet. Doug, why don't you join the ranks and talk about them in about a year with the rest of us.

4:27 PM  

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