World Builder 3D CAD or CAVE

by scays on 30/07/2014

Spliced main beamOver the past few years I have made reference to a delightful little film made by film maker  Bruce Branit called World Builder, i love the theme, but most I love the way he constructs, like Sketchup but in a multi visual 3D world or CAVE (Computer Assisted Virtual Environment)

I intend to use it as part of one of my opening lectures, to show both where CAD might go, and some design techniques.

But I suddenly saw that there is a facebook page for the film now with little extra bits added about how and why the film was made together with some titbits on future projects. worth a visit I think.

What is there to learn from this, I listed this in my other blogs, see below, you might say its about 3D emersion and a way we might design in the future, the interaction with a patients mind well thats SciFi, but as we all know, sometimes that becomes reality all to quick. But for me its all aspects of design, 3D CAD, and film making, something we are beginning to touch as CAD packages enter this realm with walk throughs and animations.

So the CPD is just research, keeping up with ideas and concepts.

Todays photo is of a rather large beam that was split and joined on site, its a little dark, but for some one who has never seen the detail, its useful.


A new Title for the site blogs

by scays on 29/07/2014

4774: ArchFor the past four years or so, I have used the same Title beginning ” Architectural Technologist” followed by the subject matter,  for no other reason than I though it might gain more search hits by using it. But it seems I might well be doing myself a a little harm, simply because the subject matter is at the end, and also because the title might be to long for Google search displays.

So as of today, I will be dropping the “Architectural Technologist” for a new Title for the site blogs and relying upon the Tags and Meta tags for this part, and using the title as the simple explanation of the subject matter.

You might have noticed a drop in blogs as I started teaching more, but now I have a little more time, I am back. My next job is to redesign, or perhaps evaluate the design of this site, does it need a face lift, of complete make over, or simply small tweaks.

I want to engage my lecture notes more and you will see these appearing at the end of certain blogs, they will always have a tag of lecture note, so they will easily be found, so for instance if I put up a blog on Architectural Fees search on my tags for “Lecture Note,Fees”

Todays photo is just a nice stone Arch, no more, but so pleasing to look at.


I have mentioned this subject before, but the advancesHRE Telsa Model S in Battery Power is now gaining my attention yet again, simply because of the way the car industry is expanding the technology.

Take the Tesla, for city dwellers the all electric car is a way of life, the battery is now easily lasting a day, so charging is now not a real problem, no more a few miles and having to look for, or plan for a refill point.

Why mention it here, well think for as moment, and go and look at how many devices you use are really 12 volt, nor 240 volt, now consider why we use 240 volt, now consider the the way solar technology is gaining in the market place and how this might just swing the argument back to using DC not AC and 12 volt,

We might also want to consider how domestic houses might want to use battery power a little more and how we as technologist will want to detail and specify it.

This excellent article on the VentureBeat web site expands on the easy Battery Technology is advancing and I just can’t ignore it any longer, I need to learn how and why, plus whats required, ho do I detail the battery room, does it need ventilation, what cabling is required, what other equipment do I need to provide room for, but most of all, the need to conner it to my different power sources, PV being the most obvious, but lets not forget small heat engines and other devices that might provide a charge at odd times, it is no longer just Electricity, Gas and Water. its a lot more now.


A little bit of GeometryI have been asked a lot of times by students, how do I price work, or what is my Fee structure, I give the best advice I can but it’s usually a short brief reply, like don’t go cheap. It’s bothered me that I have not given a proper response.

so I an pulling together some notes in the form of a presentation, this blog is my thoughts and ideas that will go into the presentation I plan to give next year to my final year students. First an for most, this is my way,

I have worked for some major companies and not so major companies in the 40 odd years of my working career, some good, and one or two not so good. but all had the same problem, what to charge for their services of goods. some use the outside in method, what will the market bear, price high and see what happens, prepare, good arguments and advertising to support that price, and to a large extent it works for major companies.

But for small Architectural practices its another story, how do we get a good price for our services, what is a good price. I have a small spreadsheet that actually does nothing but make you think, there is no formula but I do have rules that I apply. Like min fee, add on costs and the like, insurance, travel, paper, my mac will need replacing soon, the daily cost of an office.

When I first started out all practices used the RIBA fee chart, staring at 10% of build costs, it worked, giving enough to cover fees, office expenses and a little profit. Sadly this is now gone, and its down to a free for all So over the next few weeks I shall be pulling together notes on the way I work up a fee, the arguments I give to clients as to my cost, the need for a fair comparison between me and any other Technologist / Architect practice, the need to ask , are they registered, have PI.

Should I give my Fee structure on the web site, I think not, but other might disagree, for me every job is different. Todays photo is the final sketch I made to work out how to find 10 deg with just a compas and straight edge ruler.



Architectural Technologist – Sacred Geometry & finding 10 degrees with just a compass and straight line

23 July 2014

I saw a blog recently saying it was impossible to strike a line at exactly 10 degrees with only a compass and straight line, something called sacred Geometry, I looked at this and though about it for a while and suddenly saw the way to do it, so after a little practice, I here explain how […]

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Architectural Technologist – Window Detail

22 July 2014

I have been thinking and working the detail in todays photo for some time. I t occored to me that the way we detail windows does not work, it opens its self to all sorts of bad practice, and use of Silicon, a product I loath. So I sat back and gave it some thought, […]

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Architectural Technologist – 3 Legal issues to consider when using BIM

22 July 2014

The very excellent BIM and some Legal issues article on the Planet Vectorworks site written By Werner Sabo, FAIA, Esq., of Sabo & Zahn, Attorneys at Law, although USA bias, is well worth reading, because it brings up points that may apply to almost any country. I read through it and wondered how UK contracts might handle […]

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Architectural Technologist – It’s not a Diary

18 July 2014

I make notes, lots of them, mostly in my moleskin, although yellow sticky notes often get used, but they always end up in my moleskin. My notes are like a diary, some one once said to me, I sat back and thought about this, and it came clear, my notes are not a diary, they […]

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Architectural Technologist – Just what do we need to Teach

15 July 2014

The title says it all, “Just What do we need to Teach” our students, I sat down last weekend and listed all I could think of, the list is, as you might expect is long. So I want some feed back, do I have all listed, is there something I have missed off. What are […]

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Architectural Technologist – BIM for the SME

7 July 2014

We all know the importance of BIM, yet so many of us think its the larger practices that need it most, but a recent article in the CIOB magazine “CM” by John Eynon outlines the need for us Small to Medium Enterprises SME,’s to step up to the crease and take it onboard, in an […]

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