|Hey, it’s Michael from ArchSmarter,|
|So. . . how’s it going? Are you hanging in there? If you’re like me, you’re juggling a lot right now. Between work, kids at home, home school, the economy and a whole bunch of other things, there’s a lot of uncertainty these days. I’m just trying to take it a day at a time. One big outlet for me is getting outside whenever I can. Fortunately I live in an area where that’s still possible. Today’s excursion was a scavenger hunt through the woods. It was a good diversion for a couple of hours. Self care is important these days!
In addition to taking care of our selves and loved ones, we can also use our skills to help those on the front lines of the fight against Covid-19. This video by frequent ArchSmarter collaborator Jordan Billingsley shows how you can use a 3D printer to manufacture much needed face masks for health workers. Definitely give it a watch. Jordan’s goal is to manufacture 50 masks a day. Keep up the good work! Unfortunately I don’t have access to a 3D printer but I’m working on my sewing skills to make some masks here at home. How about you? Have you found new uses for your skills given the current situation with Covid-19?
Alright, time to go get some more fresh air, here are five things to check out this week:
#1: BIM 360 Free Until May 31st
Dan Stine is here with some good news from Autodesk. Their BIM 360 Design platform can now be used at no cost until May 31st. With Covid-19 changing everything across the globe, this program from Autodesk will give the AEC industry a bit of needed relief, especially in these days of transitioning from office to home office. Definitely check it out if you need to access Revit models while working from home.
#2: Work From Anywhere: Tools, Tips, and Methods
Eric Reinholdt of 30X40 Design Workshop has been running his architecture firm remotely from an island off the coast of Maine since 2013. In this recent YouTube video, he shares his methods for navigating each step of the design process when working from a distance. You’ll learn lots of useful tips for when face to face collaboration isn’t possible. Thanks Eric!
#3: 10 Tips for Working From Home
With more and more of us working from home, the need for creating balance between our work and home responsibilities is crucially important. In this post, the BIM Jedi offers up tips and suggestions for handling the new day to day routine, as well as constructive ideas for what to do with that extra time we now have with our shortened commutes. What strategies are working best for you in your transition to working from home?
#4: Working from Home? Our Experiences .
The team at Proving Ground offers some great insight into what it is like to work from home and how they have been managing the changes, challenges and upsides to working together remotely from across four different states. Check out their webinar recording for tours of their home offices and some of the software tools that Proving Ground is finding essential for keeping their work streamlined.
#5: Terrific Podcasts to Keep Anxiety at Bay
If you are looking for a little distraction from the news and stress of Covid-19, Gretchen Rubin has just the thing for you. Check out her comprehensive and varied list of podcasts to check out with topics ranging from pop-culture, technology, entertainment, business and more. Why not check one out during your next outdoor break.
Question of the Week:
Last week’s Dynamo workshop was a lot of fun. There were a bunch of really good questions that unfortunately I wasn’t able to get to. That’s why next week I’m going to host another workshop where I answer your most pressing Dynamo questions. Just click the link below and ask away. I will review them and answer as many as I can during next week’s session. Go ahead, ask me anything!
That’s all from me. Hope you’re having a great week.