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ISSUE: Revit 2016 and Revit 2017 has issues trying to plot PDF sheets from project.  Plot Dialogue box freezes up during plotting When trying to plot PDF's, you go to Plot and nothing happens SOLUTION: Delete a windows service pack/update called "kb3177725", then restart your computer. When using Windows 7 plot PDF to your Desktop. Then move the PDF file as needed.  If your using Windows 10, please look to see if you have a Windows update called "windows 10 anniversary". Delete it. That update from Windows is causing all sorts of issues with Revit. After you restart you PC, install a PDF writer called "CutePDF". You'll have to google it, read the licence agreement, and if your ok with the agreement click to download and install. You'll be prompted to install another package from CUTE PDF hit OK, this is the 2nd half of the PDF writer package. ...

Issue: Revit 2013 and/or Revit 2014 hangs while trying to open Projects that prior to 8/19/2016 opened just fine. Solution: Uninstall DROPBOX from computer. There was an update to Dropbox on 8/19/2016 that corrupts the file open process in Revit 2013/2014. By uninstalling Dropbox, Revit 2013/2014 will now open projects normally.

Published on Jun 30, 2016 From Apple to Mars Stefan is a Senior Executive Partner at Foster + Partners and head of Studio 4. He leads the practice’s research into sustainable design and the use of new materials and methods in construction, and established the Material Research Centre (MRC). He is also responsible for the Specialist Modelling Group (SMG), a multi-disciplinary research team who are experts in all aspects of environmental analysis, computational design, architecture for the senses, and digital fabrication.  He has worked on a number of projects that have pioneered new techniques for energy efficiency and resource management, including the Reichstag, New German Parliament in Berlin, the McLaren Technology Centre, London City Hall, the carbon-neutral settlement, Masdar City in Abu Dhabi, and his team is working on lunar and Mars projects. Currently he is involved in Apple’s new Headquarters in California. Stefan has held the chair for integrated design at the University Stuttgart, Germany, for 20 years.  This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more athttp://ted.com/tedx   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FbfPWalO_ss  

 Last month I did a post about gathering information for Quality Assurance / Quality Control & how it really revolutionized the way I managed & organized my data (it can be viewed here). This month I'm going to talk about how BIM 360 really saved me a ton of time by reporting on the data that you collect  The Old Way Before BIM 360 Field, I used an Excel file & a marked up 11x17 floor plan as a QAQC reporting tool. It was cumbersome - the data was extremely difficult to sort & custom reports required a ton of extra work. Also, the company responsible, location data, description, pinpointed location (on a floor plan) were in 2 separate reports, so I had to essentially pull double duty whenever updating my QAQC report. It took forever & was confusing & somewhat unhelpful to my team. I was looking for something - ANYTHING - to improve this process. With BIM 360 Field With BIM 360 Field, my process greatly improved. I was already gathering the information in the field, ...

Configuring Revit to use your company database is an essential part of making the transition from "Design Build to Pre-Fabrication". Autodesk provides basic Imperial and Metric databases to use as a generic exchange. If you have already made an investment in a ITM Parts database you can make your exchanges between Revit and CADmep look exactly like your current ITM content models.  What is ITM Content? First the location of the Database folder for Revit 2017 and beyond. (C:\Users\Public\Documents\Autodesk\Fabrication 2017) Next the sample path for ITM content parts. (C:\Users\Public\Documents\Autodesk\Fabrication 2017\Imperial Content\V3.04\Items\Imperial Content\*--*)

I've been asked a few times here recently if there is a way to get a weekly report for everything you do metal wise within CAMduct. The short answer is, yes you can! However it may be difficult based off of how you structure your project folders and jobs. Watch the below video to see a small scale example on how one might accomplish a weekly report system and let me know what you think below! (Keep in mind that you can run as many reports as you want within the process to account for ancillaries, too!)

BIM 360 Field has been regularly releasing features which you may have missed here are some of the features we felt were most noteworthy.   1.       You can add a pinpoint to issues regardless of what module you are in. Prior to this release you could only add a pin when in the Issues Module and with By Location selected. Now you can add a pin directly from any issue whether it is originated in a checklist, equipment ect.. The one caveat is you need to have the location selected and documents linked to that location prior to placing the pin. a.       The below is an example of an issue generated from a checklist. You will notice there is not a location set.     b.      After the location is set there will be a new button appear on my issue form.    Tap this button and provided you have your drawings linked it will automatically drop the pins on the plan for you.   2.       View the source in which an issue was generated and quickly navigate to that source. For instance in the above example ...

Unable to see CADmep Items in Navis? Downloaded the Object Enabler and no parts? CADmep is loaded and still, nothing? Here's a quick video showing what to look for and how to fix this issue when it happens.    Troubleshooting the Object Enabler http://autode.sk/2aOIhoL    

Resting Pipe on Steel Members or other objects can be difficult unless you know the tricks.   Here is the scenario:   Horizontal route needs to turn down vertically and then needs to turn horizontally to lie across steel. To route this pipe, you will want to continue the pipe run by selecting the pipe and then the + at the end of it.  You will pull down seeing an elbow in the route. You will need to set the routing line to BOP.  You will find this in the ribbon (Home tab, Routing & Elevation panel) Use the .X point filter to select the top of steel that you want the pipe to lie across Select the Steel member’s top edge and notice that the pipe will not travel past the steel when you pull in that direction.  Make sure your Ortho (F8) is turned on.  You will also notice that the red line should be on the BOP and not on the COP. Change your PLANE (compass) to a horizontal configuration to get the pipe to lie across the steel. If it is not changed, the COP ...

Everyone likes free software. It's even better when that software is actually good. I want tell you about one Autodesk software that I've been using for a long time and really like. It's Autodesk Screencast, Screencast is a desktop recording application that allows you to record your screen and then share it with others. Now I know there are other screen recording applications out there but if you're in Autodesk software user you really should check out Screencast it works fantastic with Autodesk products giving you a button right inside software to start a recording. It records mouse movement, clicks, keystrokes and commands typed at the command line in AutoCAD. This is great for recording tips and tricks to share with coworkers or to illustrate issues for support. Give Autodesk Screencast a try it won't cost you a dime and I think you'll like it. 

From time to time, you will come across a pipe route that just stumps you.  This one came up today with a user and this was the solution to the route.  If you know a better way, please comment and let us know and make us all better pipe designers The scenario was two vertical pipes coming off of a tank.  One pipe would turn right at a higher elevation than the second pipe.  The second pipe would turn at 45 degrees and tee into the bottom of the first pipe's horizontal run. Hopefully you can visualize the route from the images above.  Here are the steps using some constructions lines, the TRIM command and LINE-TO-PIPE. 1.  Erase the horizontal pipe on the higher elevation run. 2.  Draw 2 construction lines:  1 replacing the horizontal pipe you just erased and 1 at 45 degrees horizontal off of the elbow.  Make sure the line crosses over the 1st construction line in the plan view. 3.  Once drawn, you will want to TRIM the 2nd line using the TRIM command.  However, this is not a standard ...

iLogic (not available in Inventor LT) iLogic Input Field Enhancement The iLogic input field in the InputListBox dialog box now automatically resizes to fit the width of the longest input string. Edit Rule Dialog Box Enhancements Use the new option, Save, to save your work as needed during an editing session without running the rule. The OK button is replaced by Save & Run: This option saves and runs the new or updated rule and closes the dialog box if successfully run. This option is disabled if the form is suppressed. Drawings Reorder Attached Balloons with the New Sort Balloons Context Menu Option (not available in Inventor LT) You can now reorder attached balloons by their value. First, attach balloons using the Attach Balloon From List context menu option. Then, after closing the Attach Balloon dialog box, right-click on the balloon stack and select Sort Balloons. Values are automatically reordered. Numeric attached balloons are reordered from smallest to largest. Alpha attached balloons are reordered from ...

Revit has some great tools to help us view a model from many different positions. We can have plans, ceiling plans, elevations, sections, 3d views or 3d sections. This enables us to view what we want when we want to see it. I get lots of questions concerning the View Range in the View Properties. The View Range will allow you to change your Cut Plane and set your upper and lower limits. This is very helpful, but you need to understand one key rule: Revit will not actually show an item unless the view is cutting through that item. A floor plan is typically a plan that is looking down and is cut by default 4'-6" above the level line. This means that a light fixture that is 8'-0" above the level line is not being cut by the cut line, which means that the light fixture will not be seen in the floor plan. One of the most common questions I get is "how do I get Revit to show the something on the ceiling on a floor plan?" Here ...

    Autodesk University will be here before you know it.  This year AU has been moved to the week before Thanksgiving instead of the week after.  Mark your calendars for the November 15-17! Registration for AU opens this Wednesday (8/17)!  You will want to register early to ensure that the classes you want are not filled up.  As you register make sure you check out the classes I will be teaching.   See you in Vegas!

"Well, how did I get here?" One of my favorite verses from an iconic Talking Heads tune. And one that applies to real life more often than I'd like sometimes. When Autodesk released Revit 2013 they added a new "feature" that took a lot of users by surprise. By simply double-clicking on an instance of a component family, like a door, window, furniture component, etc., you would be placed in the Family Editor in that component family's source file, ready to edit. I'm not sure how this "feature" found it's way into the software, or who the person was that thought it was a good idea (I think they might need a little Revit training), but the user community by and large was up in arms over it. I mean... really... select an instance of a component family and take a gander at the ribbon - what do you see? What is so hard about simply clicking "Edit Family"? On the other hand, many new users have "double-click-itis" - and when that happens on an instance of a component family, they ...

General Improvements to Measure Command Precision Visual enhancement: A check mark  now displays next to the default Measure Distance, Angle, Loop, and AreaPrecision value when you access the list for the first time in a file. Previously the check mark only displayed after you made a selection.  Inventor 2017: The checked  measure precision value now persists across sessions in all files. Select a different measure precision value to change the default measure precision value. Previously when you changed the Precision value in existing files, the change was not maintained after saving, closing, and reopening the file.    Important: When you create a new template file in any new version of Inventor (for example Inventor 2017 R2, R3, 2018, and onward) the default measure precision value must be set in both Document Settings Units tab Modeling Dimension Display fields and in the Measure Precision value dialog box.    Enhancements to Projects dialog box (not available in Inventor LT) Access to the Configure Library dialog box has been simplified from two clicks to one click. The drop-down button with only one entry has been ...

With the Hilti Button for Firestop, AEC professionals can populate Building information Models with appropriate firestop components easier than ever, through automated clash detection and product selection. The Hilti Button for Firestop is an add-in for several Autodesk applications such as Revit, AutoCAD MEP, Fabrication CADmep and Navisworks Manage. Hilti Button for Firestop automates the entire firestop BIM process by identifying and qualifying penetrations, as well as recommending UL-listed firestop systems, saving you time and giving you the documentation required by fire-safety building officials. Select this link to watch on YouTube  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCs0zb_RjB4ylftmv_TAD-Lg

Here is a quick tip on how to share your calendar availability through outlook. This is great when you are trying to show someone outside your organization when you would have availability to meet. I rarely see this being utilized by teams but find it to be tremendously helpful and provides efficient and clear communication.  To insert a calendar snapshot in Outlook you simply:  Click on the insert tab.  Click Choose Calendar Select your date range you want to share Select the level of detail you want to share  Click "Show time within my working hours only" Finally Click "OK" A summary of your calendar will be inserted into the body of your email showing all free and busy times for the date range selected. This is the results of what will be posted in the body of your email.  Hopefully this tip will save you a little time. 

“Use the Force, Luke” The following is a few tips and tricks I introduce to AutoCAD users during training sessions.  There is mistaken belief out there that if you use AutoCAD then you know how to use AutoCAD.  Sounds like an obvious sequitur but often users of AutoCAD are too busy working to actually learn how to use AutoCAD effectively. The best place to start is with the Graphical User Interface or GUI pronounce ‘gooey’.  Sometimes just exploring the GUI you will discover commands and features that you didn’t know AutoCAD even had.  So, let’s setup and streamline the AutoCAD GUI for productivity. Where to begin?  For most, the biggest change to the GUI was the introduction of the Ribbon back in AutoCAD 2009.  Immediately, users cried, “Give us back the Classic”.  My response, “Get over it, the Ribbon is here to stay.”  Launch your AutoCAD and follow along. Review the image below and note that I am using AutoCAD 2017 and I have the Workspace: Drafting and Annotation active.  Since we aren’t actually going to be drawing, I have the drawing area ...

Civil 3D 2017 Service Pack 1 has been released.  The service pack includes a number of fixes for issues that were discovered by the Autodesk internal testing team and by customers using the Customer Error Reporting Utility.   For all the items fixed with this release read this:  Civil 3D Service Pack 1 Readme File Currently, you can only download Civil 3D 2017 Service Pack 1 from within the Autodesk Desktop App.  

Please join me at Autodesk University 2016, November 15-17. Class ID: LD LD21702 Class title: Green Stormwater Infrastructure - Living on Rooftops Class Type: Instructional Demo   Class ID: TR21683 Class Title: InfraWorks 360 Traffic Simulation - The Civil War At Intersections Class type:  Instructional Demo   Class ID: TR21668-L Class Title InfraWorks 360 - Bringing Your Road and Bridge Project To life Class Type: Hands-on Lab

This post is part 2 on my 2-part series on Installing, enabling, and configuring Vault Project Sync.  In part 1, I outlined how to install and enable Project Sync inside of Vault Professional.  In this post, I will be detailing how to configure Project Sync to work with Autodesk Buzzsaw.  (I mentioned Vault Administrator permissions are needed during Step 2 - Enable Project Sync, in the part 1 post, but I need to emphasize that all the steps outlined in both blog posts need to be performed by a Vault Administrator). In order for Project Sync to communicate with your Buzzsaw site, there are two elements that need to be configured.  As outlined in part 1, free access to Buzzsaw is one of the benefits to purchasing Vault Professional on maintenance, so the first step is to create a Buzzsaw site for your organization.  The steps below outline the process to verifying your access, creating your site, and user credentials. First, log in to your Autodesk Account, and click on the Management link at the top of ...

Reduce time spent on sheetfiles by using templates and visibility states.

After installing Revit 2017 I noticed every time I opened a template or out of the box family it had to upgrade from 2016. I found some help online that pointed out a good solution to be able to control Revit content. If you accidentally saved over your OOTB families or have missing families. You can uninstall and repair the content. I went as far and removing the Metric database to speed things up. 

How do you archive, share, backup, copy, models at your office?  If you did not say "eTransmit" then you definitely need to install, and run tests in your environment. Your BIM coordinator and consultants will love you for it. Most of our consultants issues are surrounded by model updates. Some do not detach from central or copy/monitor levels and grids. issues can occur during the upgrading process. Some models with massive amounts of links and custom families have been known to crash. These can cause quite a mess, and corrupt a model to the point of having to restore a usable backup. Did you even backup?  Here is a solution to review and implement. eTransmits can do the following in your workflow and assist with your extended team. (consultants) Copy and detach a Revit model and associated files to a single folder for internet transmission. This removes the typical error messages when you copy central files using the operating system. Locate dependent files automatically and include them in the transmittal folder, helping to reduce the possibility of error. All ...

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