AEC Tech News (#262)

3 Dec, 2009 By: Cadalyst Staff

New Autodesk Seek Integration Aimed at Consumer Market

Web service now links with Dragonfly and Showroom to get building product data into the hands of homeowners.

By Nancy Spurling Johnson

At Autodesk University 2009 in Las Vegas yesterday, Autodesk announced a service designed to help building product manufacturers extend their reach into the consumer market as well as engage commercial and residential design professionals. The company is connecting Autodesk Seek to two Autodesk technology previews: Project Dragonfly, a home design application, and Project Showroom, an interactive web service that enables users to mix and match products in lifelike room settings.

Autodesk Seek is a web service that provides building designers with branded and generic building product models and associated design content in a variety of CAD formats — such as doors, light fixtures, and furniture — via a web browser or directly from AutoCAD and Revit software applications. Designers can use Seek to quickly search and embed building products, including 3D models, 2D drawings, and performance data, in their projects, which can greatly facilitate the building information modeling (BIM) process. Launched in 2008, Autodesk Seek has grown to encompass more than 36,000 products from nearly 1,200 manufacturers. The service sees half a million searches and as many as 100,000 downloads per month, "and growing," said Jeff Wright, senior director, Autodesk Content Network.

The integration of Autodesk Seek with Project Dragonfly and Project Showroom offers new opportunities for building product manufacturers to connect directly with homeowners and to provide a personalized experience for their customers, Autodesk reports. Dacor, a luxury kitchen appliance manufacturer, is now offering customers the ability to design, visualize, and experiment with their products using Project Dragonfly, a web-based application that homeowners can use to configure room designs and layouts on the fly from any computer or browser. Read more »

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Nancy Spurling Johnson is editor-in-chief of Cadalyst.


Live Nesting in Microstation v8i

By Abraham Rodriguez

At my company, Parsons Brinckerhoff, we recently upgraded to Microstation V8i. As you may know, most upgrades require a great deal of learning and troubleshooting. For the first month or so, we kept jumping back and forth between Microstation V8 2004 edition and V8i just to keep production moving until we resolved the problems we were running into.

One challenge that we had a difficult time with was related to live nesting. In our office, we use live nesting when creating our sheets. Read more »


Mark Your Calendar: AEC Events


CISSE 2009
December 4–12, 2009
Various times
The International Joint Conferences on Computer, Information, and Systems Science and Engineering (CISSE 2009) provides a virtual forum for the presentation and discussion of state-of the-art research on computers, information and systems sciences, and engineering. Read more »

Cityworks 2010 User Conference
May 17–19, 2010
St. George, Utah
This conference provides Cityworks users, business partners, and potential users with a variety of technical courses and presentations, a Cityworks "doctor’s office," an exhibit hall, and networking opportunities. Read more »

For a complete list of CAD meetings, conferences, training sessions, and more, check out our calendar of events on Are you hosting an event that you would like to include in our calendar? Submit details at least two weeks in advance to

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