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    Project Atlas

    Project Atlas

    Wanted to share something that a friend of mine here in Dallas is working on. There is a video toward the bottom, at 4m:00s it shows a sort of conceptual idea of what Project Atlas is, and at around 8m:00s it shows a working iPad demonstration. What do you guys think of this? I personally love this idea and hope it can launch into the mainstream construction industry.

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    Haha! I ran in to them in Vegas at Autodesk University, and heard a little bit about it.

    On the surface, its a great concept. In 2011 i did a lecture up at the Ontario Revit Users Group, called Rethinking your Deliverables. It ended up being an RTC class a year or so later. In the class, one of my first questions is why *format* documents on 42 inch wide paper, when most jobsites typically have AT LEAST a 60 inch TV, if not larger? Having said that, they address several things as the *problem* that im not sure are a "problem."

    Matchlines are an issue, but i wouldnt say its a major issue. I mean, any one of us can export PDF's or drawings that arent cropped and arent broken up, if we use dependent views (export the parent view). Its what i do for some CAD backgrounds. But i think its a stretch to say "projects siffer from having matchlines."

    The zoom-in-for-context effect is great, as long as it doesnt mean someone doesnt zoom in far enough, misses information, and something gets built wrong. In that regard, it still *makes sense* to have information partitioned out in to specific sets of documentation.

    But, there are more technicalities than just: Keep zooming in, and more information shows up, since there are different types of information: Code Compliance, Life Safety distances, Coverage for certain equipment, dimensions, tags, equipment tags, and so on. Im certain they have some way of handling that, based on the "original" documents (that would be my guess, based on the radio button/on-off sliders on the side of the demo).

    Could be cool. I look forward to seeing it once its ready for testing.
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    I asked Joe to put me on the beta-tester list if there was one. I recently helped Venture Mechanical with a design/build project with Rogers-Obrien and I believe the project is going to be Project Atlas' first go on a real project which is neat. Joe had to call me because of my RCP stacked views on the sheets, it was monkeying up the export process lol.

    The main thing I like about this is for the field guys with their iPads. BIM 360 Glue, Box.com or Bluebeam iPad apps for PDFs, and so forth, is still just so broken up and disconnected. I believe this concept is in its infancy but man what potential in the end, especially for the field superintendent.
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    I hope they have a non-apple version, for... you know... the rest of the world that uses Surfaces and Androids, lol.

    Will be interesting to see how it goes. =)

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