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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. 

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

In this two part post on using the Massing & Site tools will cover the basics of creating a toposurface from a simple Civil 3D surface drawing file. With the 3D contours at elevation the drawing file when imported into your Revit model can be converted into a toposurface. The process is simple but understanding the steps and what you are importing is the key to being successful. Best practices are absolutely essential to creating a usable surface in your BIM model.  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 the ...

Fresh off the press! AutoCAD 2017.1 Update. Autodesk just released an update to AutoCAD 2017 for subscription users. Check your Autodesk Desktop App to install and review the Readme for what to expect in this latest update. AutoCAD 2017.1 Readme

Learn about new features and enhancements in the Revit 2017.1 Update. Attention: These features are available only to students and Autodesk subscribers for Revit 2017 software releases. FOR MEP ENIGEERING: Revit 2017.1 Updates Space naming: Formerly an add-in, the Space Naming tool is now incorporated into the software. Use this tool to rename spaces in the MEP model using space names from a linked architectural model. 

My Top 3 Rules in Revit #1 – ALWAYS start with the proper template. (Systems-default = MEP and Architectural = ARCH) #2 – Everything lives on a LEVEL (3D = x,y,(Z) or Offset, Height, Elevation) #3 – Pay close attention to the Ribbon for options, selection, modification, and input (LxWxDxH)  

In 2016 Autodesk release 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 2) Reporting parameters are values driven by dimensions or geometric conditions. Global parameters are specific to a single project file but are not assigned to categories like a project parameter.   

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\*--*)

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 ...

This is part 2 of the newest Annotation features in Revit 2017 for Fabrication. They have provided a set of new Mechanical, Pipe, and Electrical containment tags to utilize or make your own. The Fabrication Hanger tag was not included with the Fabrication tags in this release but I will show you how to make it from scratch. https://knowledge.autodesk.com/community/screencast/ee7364ff-04f1-4a1d-a7c2-d5cb42293219    

This will be a 2 part post on the newest Annotation features in Revit 2017 for Fabrication. They have provided a set of new Mechanical, Pipe, and Electrical containment tags to utilize or make your own.  Here are the newest tag families for each discipline. Keep your eye's open for (part 2) of Revit for Fabrication Annotation. I will be posting a instructional video of how to create your own Hanger Tag. This tag was not included with the Fabrication tags in this release but I will show you how to make it from scratch. Fabrication Duct Tags   Fabrication Pipe Tags   Fabrication Containment (Elec.) Tags

We’ve been getting a few phone calls where Revit users have been receiving this error when opening a file: This issue usually occurs when upgrading models. What I have done to help resolve this error is clean up the model in the version it was created in. Remove all non-essential links and imported CAD files. Update any  linked models and especially any custom families to the newest version. If this does not work then you’ll need to submit a case directly with Autodesk to see if they can help:  directly with Autodesk to see if they can help:  Submitting &Viewing Support Requests  

After you have successfully installed your AutoCAD 2016 products. You launch the software for the first time and get a Migrate Custom Settings dialog asking if you would like migrate you custom settings from the previous version. In the past we recommended against this due to issues from previous versions. But I have also successfully migrated clients custom settings in the past as well. Recently, I found a post on the Autodesk website and it discussed how best to handle migration and how it was intended to be used. When and when not to migrate from one version to another. This caught my attention and if you are considering migrating this is a must read. http://knowledge.autodesk.com/support/autocad/troubleshooting/caas/sfdcarticles/sfdcarticles/How-to-migrate-settings-in-AutoCAD.html Migrating between computers:  You cannot use this utility to migrate between computers. No files are exported or saved that you can move to another system. To migrate settings between computers, try the following methods: Migrating from old to new computers: see link Migrating settings for newer programs that cannot be used on an older computer system: see link

Autodesk 3ds Max 2016 Extension 1 Release Date: 2015-08-11 Extension 1 for Autodesk® 3ds Max® 2016 software offers added animation capabilities for Max Creation Graph (MCG), a new Creative Market shopping experience for 3D content, Geodesic Voxel Skinning and a new high end 3D text tool. On top of all this, for the first time ever 3ds Max will directly link to a powerful gaming engine, Autodesk's newly launched Stingray engine. This unprecedented level of interoperability between 3ds Max and the Stingray engine allows you to quickly see all of your 3D work and scenes in the context of the real-time 3D environment. To get the extensions, go to your Autodesk Account and sign in. Click on Product Enhancements and it should be the first in the list. The extension also came up in my Autodesk Application Manager    

Check for the latest updates in your Application Manager. Here are some of the lastest updates available. Revit 2015 UR9 and Revit 2016 SP2 AutoCAD 2016 Hotfix 2

Click here for the Autodesk Tech doc: A360 Collaboration for Revit 2015 update 6 Prior to installing Autodesk A360 Collaboration v6 for Revit 2015 add-on, please verify that you have already installed either Autodesk Revit 2015 UR3 (Build: 20140606_1530) or later Update Release Autodesk Revit 2015 R2 (Build: 20140905_0730) or later Update Release Autodesk Revit Update Release 9 is required to use Autodesk A360 Collaboration v6 for Revit 2015. The Autodesk A360 Collaboration v6 for Revit 2015 install will apply Autodesk Revit Update Release 9 if it is not already installed.

Have you ever had a License Error when launching your Autodesk Network software? Most of the time you will get an error code that can be looked up. Autodesk posted this tech doc, on how to get more information from the error codes. Increasing verbosity of FLEXlm errors http://knowledge.autodesk.com/support/revit-products/troubleshooting/caas/sfdcarticles/sfdcarticles/Increasing-verbosity-of-FLEXlm-errors-s.html  

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