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(Part 2 ) In this part we will create the same surface from a civil 3D points file that was exported in the NEZ (Northing, Easting, Elevation) .txt format. This file will allow users to create a toposurface in Revit. The format is key as well, as is the file type you are importing. You can import this points file in either (.csv or .txt) file type formats. Keep in mind you will not see the imported points until you "Finish" the toposurface.  Following these simple practices will ensure your civil files are exactly what you need and will not break your projects. The civil CAD file needs to be in the following formats to work. (DWG, DXF, DGN) The civil points file needs to be in the following formats - (NEZ - Northing, Easting, Elevation) Import the CAD file into a basic template to test its usability and review stability / file size. Remove the CAD file after converting into a toposurface.  Clean up ...

In 2016 Autodesk released updates to Parameters in Revit. I created this video with basic examples of how you can use these types of parameters to your advantage. Use these basic examples and discuss and plan other usages to compliment your current in-house workflows. Keep in mind that over constraining a model can be detrimental or have a negative effect on your projects. Coordinate with everyone on the team or on the project how these work and when you should apply them to your projects. Parameters 2.0 - (part 1) Reporting parameters are values driven by dimensions or geometric conditions. (Part 2 coming soon):  Global parameters are specific to a single project file but are not assigned to categories like a project parameter. 

Howdy Folks, Lately there seems to a lot of concern (and rightfully so) with upgrading projects from Revit 2016 to Revit 2017. First, let me begin by stating that it is NOT recommended to upgrade your project from one version to another. IF you started the project in Revit 2016, complete the project in the same version.  If you have to upgrade a project to a newer version here are a few hints and suggestions. ( REMEMBER CREATE A BACKUP OF YOUR PROJECT, just in case the upgrade doesn't work)   1. MAKE SURE you have installed the latest patches, updates, or service packs to Revit 2017. You will need to run Autodesk's shiny new application called " Autodesk Application Manager".  Below is a link to read all about it. https://knowledge.autodesk.com/search-result/caas/sfdcarticles/sfdcarticles/Autodesk-Application-Manager-FAQ.html 1. If you need to upgrade a Revit project more than 1 release, ie, Revit 2015 to Revit 2017, first upgrade the project one version at a time. In this example it would be release Revit 2016 (make sure to have audit checked on), then save that project and close it. Open it in ...

Hi Folks, I have been getting several calls from customers that are using Revit 2016/2017 and have a really nice high resolution screen on their PC and are experiencing issues with being able to read within their schedules. The text ends up being garbled and overlapping. The issue is the "newer" screens ( greater than (1920x1080) don't seem to work well in Revit when looking at things like schedules. In the Schedule view the text within the boxes overlaps and is unreadable. The only "fix" was to place the view on a sheet in order to clearly "read" all the text. Below is a link to an article on how to fix this. Please keep in mind, in my experience it takes a few tries on a PC to get the balance between changing the screen resolution and adjusting the size of text to be no larger than 100%. https://forums.autodesk.com/t5/revit-architecture-forum/revit-2017-text-issues-finally-solved/td-p/6562507 Good luck, Rick Kremer Applied Software

This update includes new functionality and addresses customer reported crashes and issues and contains the fixes included in Revit 2017 Service Pack 1 and 2. With this install, the following will be updated: Revit 2017, Collaboration for Revit 2017, Personal Accelerator for Collaboration and Dynamo. RVT 2017.1 Release notes Reported Issues Resolved

February FAB Hangout: Eaton Bus Duct Content for Revit + eVolve™ Updates and Improvements
At some point in your career, you’ve probably heard someone say, “Work smarter, not harder.” Sometimes, there’s not a simple way to figure out how to work smarter—it’s hard to know what’s missing. The experts at Applied Software are here to help. Watch the electrical FAB team's February FAB Hangout to learn about Eaton Bus Duct Content for Revit and explore updates and improvements on eVolve during. During this hangout, we discussed how to improve workflows with Eaton Bus Duct Content for Revit. With their BIM friendly models of electrical distribution products, you can easily integrate Eaton equipment right into your drawings. We also highlighted LOD 350+ and dynamically adjustable Revit bus duct families, as well as catalog information.  The hangout finished with an overview of improvements and updates for eVolve. Learn how this already beneficial add-on for Revit, developed by electrical contractors for contractors, is getting even better. Through single-click automatic sheet set creation for shop fabrication, automatic bills of material, and detail level as-built drawings, eVolve helps you reduce waste without any extra effort. Don't miss these best practices ...

Do you have the latest version of Infraworks installed?  Don't know?  Here's how you find out. . . 1. Click on the button with the 3 vertical lines in the top left of the Infraworks homepage and select Application Options: 2. In the "General" section, click on the "About" button: 3. You'll see the version in the dialog box that appears:

 Click this Screencast to see how to insert a Factory Design Assembly into an AutoCAD Plant 3D model.

In this post I wanted to share with you a discovery I made recently while teaching an Inventor fundamentals class.  I was actually demonstrating the new DWG Underlay functionality, and afterwards, illustrating the annotation tools within Inventor, including the Hole Note tool.  What I received when trying to create a Hole Note was the following error message (see image below): Now for some backdrop on how I got this error.  The workflow you will see here is a valid scenario for bringing in AutoCAD DWG Underlays into Inventor, and then detailing the drawing.  The drawing file was imported into inventor, but the drawing was a Model Space only file, with the geometry to be used, scaled at 2:1. So, the geometry that I was projecting from AutoCAD to use to model my part was double the size.  I used the Direct Edit command with the Scale option to scale the part down by .5 , resulting in a model that was true to scale.  Finally, when detailing the drawing from this model, I tried to use the Hole and Thread note ...

Click this Screencast to see how to place a Clevis Hanger on a pipe, adjust the scissor clamps to the overhead beam, and copy that hanger to another elevation while maintaining the beam elevation for the scissor clamp.

At times it can be difficult to know if your computer is capable of running a particular Autodesk software product, even when presented with the published prerequisites. The Autodesk Prerequisite Checker analyzes the hardware and software environment of your computer and provides an output to let you know if you will be able to install and run a particular Autodesk product, or if you might run into difficulty.  Read more about it here:   Using the Autodesk Prerequisite Checker

While recently assisting a client with a vault upgrade, we came across an issue that caused a problem when backing up the vault, and I thought it was important enough to write about in order to save you the time and frustration of trying to discover the issue. We had completed the upgrade process from Vault Professional 2015 SP2 to Vault Professional 2017 without any hitches. Our next step was to perform a backup of the vault prior to installing the Vault 2017 Hotfix 1.  We received the following error when attempting the backup: Figure 1: Vault Backup error Access to the path is denied. The path that was being denied was the path listed in the Shared Path location in the Advanced Settings dialog box. We spent time checking the path and verifying that we had proper read/write access to the path in question.  Figure 2: The Share Path is found in Tools > Administration > Advanced Settings. This path was set in the 2015 vault, because it is necessary to configure a shared network folder as a transition area between a ...

This blog includes some Get Started instructions near the end. By now I’m sure you have heard of Dynamo, Autodesk’s open source graphical programming for design. It has come a long way since its introduction a few years ago. And since then several companies have embraced this new way of unlocking the world of BIM and accessing data.   Why do you ask? Autodesk Dynamo is a visual programming environment. That means, you don’t have to be a programming expert! If you are wondering what are some other reasons there is a gain in popularity, or if you are wondering what it can do, the following give a few examples for the interest. First off it is a visual programming tool that doesn’t need to write code in most circumstances, and at the same time unleashes the power of programming which includes accessing to a remarkable set of Revit API functionalities, and processing large amount of repeated tasks without interruption. Secondly, it is especially efficient when geometry intersection is useful for creating and placing multiple elements and family instances. For example, to ...

Here’s an interesting issue that can start happening when launching any flavor of AutoCAD.   The message comes from the ACInetEngine and states the following: “Could not write to the Internet cache on your computer.”  Following the error message is instructions on what to do to cure the problem, but for some users the problem persists. If you have experienced this problem and have tried the prescription but are still experiencing the issue, try the following additional steps as outlined in the following Autodesk Knowledge Network (AKN) article. Could not write to the Internet cache If you continue to experience the issue after attempting the steps outlined, please contact our support team for assistance.

One of the things that I love about AutoCAD is that most fixes can be easily identified and completed rather quickly.  I recently had a client reach out to me concerning some functionality that was no longer working as expected in their AutoCAD 2010 product.  Both of their issues stemmed around a system variable that had been mysteriously changed. The first problem my client had was a missing Quick Properties palette.  She loved the ability to select an item in AutoCAD, and to use the Quick Properties palette to quickly change the layer, color, linetype (among others).   The solution was to type in QUICKPROPERTIES at the command prompt, and to enable it by changing it to 1.  There are options available within Quick Properties to allow greater functionality that have been developed since 2010, so if you like Quick Properties, be sure to check out Help in AutoCAD to learn all about it. The second problem was that she lost the ability to double-click on her MText in order to edit the text.  We checked the DBLCLKEDIT system variable, which was ...

A vast majority of software installs go without a hitch.  Inventor is no exception.  Occasionally though, installs can appear to go smoothly and it's not until you try to use certain functionality, that you realize that there are some problems.  I recently had a client experience issues when editing one of Inventor 2017's Content Center Family Tables.  Autodesk is aware of the problem and working on a fix.   If you've experienced anything similar, there is a workaround, but let me first describe the problem (Note: I was not able to reproduce the problem, and it may in fact be present due to other programs installed on the system). In this case in point, the user selected the ANSI S I-Beam family and did a Save Copy As, maintaining a Link to the parent family.  Once completed, he then proceeded to edit the newly created family using the Family Table Editor.  This is where things go awry.  By simply trying to modify the part number cells to align with his company standards, the other cells in the table automatically change ...

Vault 2017 Hotfix Installation Fatal Error
I've come across this error twice in the last week while helping clients update their 2017 vaults to the 2017 Hotfix 1.  The error displays during the installation process, and prevents you from completing the install.  This is a permissions issue, and it can still come up regardless of your Admin rights. Autodesk has posted a workaround to enable a successful installation.  See the original article here: Error - Installation Ended Prematurely.

Bring Your Road and Bridge Project to Life with InfraWorks 360
If you’ve ever experienced headaches and/or insomnia caused by preliminary designs, then we have news for you: There is in fact a better way! With Autodesk® InfraWorks 360, you can quickly create early design concepts, easily communicate complex project concepts, and receive better-informed results. Preliminary designs will always be subject to change, so stop wasting valuable time and money.    We recently hosted a webinar featuring Civil Engineering expert Ken Driscol to learn how you can bring your road and bridge projects to life with InfraWorks 360. In the webinar recording, he’ll show you options for optimizing project performance by using real-world data in a modeling context.    Learn how to explore workflows and specialize in roadway, bridge and drainage design that you can communicate at any stage of your project from anywhere. He’ll also show you how to use master roadway tools, Analysis and Optimization tools, and Bridge Analysis tools, as well as how to import real-world data to analyze slope, elevation, sun, shadows and more.   If you’re a designer, engineer, or planner who is looking for a better way to capture stakeholders who ...

Importance of IoT in Manufacturing: Get There with Fusion Connect
By now, you’ve probably heard of the Internet of Things (IoT). You may even be a bit tired of hearing this buzzword. Like it or not, it’s much more than a buzzword, and it’s changing the way we work from product design to consumer use—and it’s not going away. Let us break it down for you: IoT is a network of devices embedded with sensors and software that connects them to the internet, which connects them to each other, allowing real-time data collection and exchange. What does this mean for the manufacturing industry? And for you as an engineer? For starters, IoT makes data more cohesive and digestible. While data collection is not new, IoT offers a new way of organizing data so you can use it to your advantage without becoming inundated. This leads to an improved customer experience, predictive maintenance, and new service lines to help you design and create better products, as well as additional streams of revenue.  It makes perfect sense for manufacturers to get on board, but how do you get there?  Autodesk® is on the forefront of embracing ...

Have you ever experienced the issue of your vertical pipe in a sloped socketweld pipe run not being truly vertical?  This screencast will help! Sloped Socketweld Piping

The word "Visualization" gets used a lot these days, but what does it really mean? It's actually a fairly nebulous term, and can include all kinds of graphic communication tools and methods, from a simple hand-drawn sketch to a full-immersion virtual reality experience, and tons of things somewhere in between. Merriam-Webster defines Visualization as: 1: the formation of mental visual images 2:  the act or process of interpreting in visual terms or of putting into visible form 3:  the process of making an internal organ or part visible by the introduction (as by swallowing) of a radiopaque substance followed by radiography I think we can all agree that for purposes of building, site and infrastructure or product design we can ignore the third choice, but the first two would definitely apply. We use visualization tools and methods to put a design in visible form and to provide a mental ...

Below is a screencast tutorial on how to create a custom end piece for a book shelf system. This was created in response to a customer wanting to know how to create a custom piece of millwork with an inset transparent material that would attach at the end of a book case. Custom Family: Framed Panel https://knowledge.autodesk.com/support/revit-products/learn-explore/caas/screencast/Main/Details/c77bde11-315f-471a-ab46-35a0a18d3262.html This almost 9 minute long video ( my longest one) not only shows you how to create it, but shows how I would go about nesting it into another family. Enjoy, Rick Kremer Applied Software

HI folks, If you are working on a project and using any of Autodesk's Cloud services such as Collaboration for Revit, BIM 360 Glue, AutoCAD 360, or cloud rendering, you'll want to mark this website as a favorite. This gives you an immediate view of all the cloud services. www.health.autodesk.com If you are experiencing any issues with cloud based services the FIRST place to check is this website. It monitors all of Autodesk's servers and if there is ANY issues with cloud services you can see if they are running 'Normally", 'Degraded" or "Not in Service". If you want you can be notified automatically via an email click on "Health Subscription" in the top right corner.  Autodesk will email you if there is something wrong with any of their services in which you are subscribed to receive notifications. Enjoy this short video on how to check these services. https://knowledge.autodesk.com/community/screencast/f18785c5-137d-4fa2-85ad-92030fb1af31 Rick Kremer  

When launching Civil 3D you receive a message similar to this: Autodesk has provided several solutions to resolve this. . . 1. Uninstall the AutoCAD 2017.1 update OR 2.  Install the AutoCAD 2017 SP1.1 OR 3. Uninstall the Bridge Module If you choose this option, simply go into your Control Panel and find the Autodesk Bridge Module, right click, and select "Uninstall": You can read more about it here:   Error: "Rex startup failed" when launching AutoCAD Civil 3D

There are times when I have had to "go the extra mile" to get a drawing cleaned up.  I have a methodical sequence that I will go through when a drawing is being squirrely even after a -PURGE and AUDIT.  My favorite is turn on, thaw, unlock all the layers, then use the standard Windows CTL-C to Copy everything to that nebulous clipboard that experience says is there, but never is seen.  Then open a new drawing, and use the PASTE to ORIGINAL COORDINATES.  Even after doing that, it is best to go through the -PURGE and AUDIT sequence.  And don't forget Layout Tabs, that may be needed to CTL-C and PASTE into the new drawing as well. But then there have been other times where even the CTL-C and PASTE sequence leaves garbage in the drawing...or more accurately, copies the garbage over.  That would then lead me to the next option, which is to run DXFOUT.  This often times will expose multiple hidden blocks that once revealed, can now be PURGED out to the drawing.  Remember then to SaveAs ...

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