The OSArch community meets up the first Saturday of each month at 20:00 UTC (some exceptions may apply, the final date is announced on the forum). The meetups are held online with video, voice and screensharing. There is a shared spreadsheet to enter your details if you would like to have an email reminder sent to you to join.
The meetup has a loose, informal structure, starting with a single presenter for approximately a half to full hour usually talking about a project they've agreed with our meeting coordinator (Ioannis). Following the presentation, there is a short Q&A session, and then informal chat and discussion around current events in the OSArch community.
Each meetup will be recorded and published publicly online under a Creative Commons CC BY-SA 4.0 license to help share everything we learn and discuss with the public. If you are uncomfortable with your presence being recorded and published publicly online, you can turn off your microphone and webcam using the buttons at the middle bottom of your screen. You can still participate by typing into the chat window which can be found on the bottom left. If you want, you can also change your display name to an alias using the menu button on the bottom right, and then clicking your name at the top of the menu that appears. You will be given the option to rename your display name. Alternatively, you are free to not join the meetup, and watch the recording online later, which will be uploaded to a public Peertube channel and OSArch Youtube (new) or Dion Moults Youtube channel (old).
At the start of each meeting, we will reiterate the public nature of these meetings to allow for any privacy concerns, and give time for users to anonymize themselves as necessary, and then start the recording and begin the meeting.
In this meetup, Dimitar will talk about how he uses Blender in a professional capacity, as a highly useful program for exploring the early design stages of projects, and discuss what it can offer architects.
Please note that the meetup will start two hours before the usual time @ 18:00 UTC
Where, When and How
- Join us on https://meet.jit.si/openbim
- When in your timezone: https://everytimezone.com/?t=610dcd00,438
- Calendar File (ics): https://wiki.osarch.org/images/c/c7/OSArch_Meetup_17.ics
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No upcoming meetup has been confirmed yet, but we are working on it. Please check back soon.
Xeokit:a 3D Web Programming Toolkit for AEC Graphics, Monthly Meetup #16
Lindsay Kay (@prochitecture) talked about Xeokit, an open-source web programming toolkit that has been developed for visualizing 3D BIM models in the browser and that is currently used by a number of leading BIM platforms in the AEC industry.
BlenderOSM Add-On: Current state and ongoing development, Monthly Meetup #15
Vladimir Elistratov (@prochitecture) presented the current state of the Blender-OSM Add-on and the ongoing development regarding building facade classification and the interaction with OpenStreetMap data.
Ideas for a fixed agenda for our monthly chat User:Duncan:
BlenderBIM Add-ons in Production, Monthly Meetup #14
Frédéric Beaupère @fbpyr, from ERNE Holzbau and one of the active members of OSArch, presented his work on developing and using two BlenderBIM Add-ons in Production.
BlenderBIM Addon ifc_void_data: https://github.com/erneagholzbau/ifc_void_data
Speckle, Monthly Meetup #13
Dimitrie Stefanescu and Matteo Cominetti gave the keynote presentation on Speckle, a cloud based solution for the AEC industry that provides interoperability, version control, real time collaboration, data management and automation.
COMPAS, Monthly Meetup #12
BIMxBEM, Monthly Meetup #11
Cyril Waechter presented BIMxBEM: Processing IfcRelSpaceBoundary to generate local standards boundaries for energy analysis (Switzerland currently). Despite numerous scientific projects, studies and articles on how to use BIM for building energy modeling (BEM) this topic is not solved for various reasons. This project aims at the following workflow for BEM. Retrieve building data from IFC. Process it accordingly to local standards. Send processed data to energy analysis software. Get feedback through IFC and/or BIM Collaboration Format (BCF).
IFC.js, Monthly Meetup #10
Home Builder for Blender, Monthly Meetup #9
For our 9th monthly meetup, Andrew Peel @Andyrexic Youtube channel gave a keynote presentation on Home Builder, an open-source asset library for Blender that focuses on the process of creating interior architectural spaces with a wide variety of parametric assets and features to make designing interior spaces easy for beginners, while also providing builders the engineering information they need to build the physical objects.
Follow up from previous meeting
We've agreed that we will have two separate recordings. One for the main session and any related questions. After that session we will start a new recording for our general discussion.
We talked about ways to narrow the selection of logos without biasing the result. We may need to have a multi round system for voting so logos with similar themes don't cancel each other out. This can be discussed further on the hunt for the new osarch.org logo thread
We went through many scenarios and no one seems to object to us offering many solutions. We are here to support solutions and not build our own empire.
Option one is in place but needs serious expansion. Options 2 & 3 require looking into. Currently Dion & Duncan are looking inot this when they have time. Would be great if someone else could step forward and help.
Vi-Sense, Monthly Meetup #8, November 7th, 2020
We all agree that the website needs a better presentation. The sections/topics need to be visually distinct. The organisation needs to be clearer. User:Duncan has been looking at some alternatives to the current wiki skin, Chameleon looks interesting. Robert has offered to work on a new section for basic software relevant to running an office. Robert will post something on the forum and we can take it from there.
We talked about different ways to create training/teaching contents on FOSS. Recording the short sessions that evolve out of questions in the forum and on the chat. Cyril has some content for teaching IFC, Dion has the content he made for buildingSMART. Two well respected open content learning systems are https://moodle.org/ and https://open.edx.org/ . One way forward is partnering with existing institutions to create open coursework anyone can then access.
Marketing / outreach
Update 2020-12-12: see the new page: https://wiki.osarch.org/index.php?title=Outreach
We talked about how stronger ties to academic institutions is important. Dion knows of these initiatives in Germany: Aachen ... ################ Duncan also has contact with a technical college in Denmark and would love to present our project and some tools to them.
Meeting notes by Dion & Duncan
Open Source Ecology October 3rd, 2020
There was no discussion after the presentation but lots of interesting questions for Marcin
Blender & Sverchok, September 5th, 2020
The planned presentation didn't work out. So we made a quick agenda ourselves.
Topologic August 1st, 2020
Homemaker July 4th, 2020
Presentation: Homemaker, evolving houses with Perl, with Bruno Postle
There was also a quick preview of new FreeCAD BIM WB experimental tools by Carlo
Salome Meca June 6th, 2020
Presentation: Ioannis Christovasilis [Jesusbill @Jesusbill] gave an introduction to Salome Meca and other engineering goodness!
FreeCAD BIM May 2nd, 2020
Presentation: Yorik presented the current state of FreeCAD BIM
Notes, things we discussed
BlenderBIM April 4th, 2020
Moult presented the current state of BlenderBIM