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See how powerful software tools in the AEC Collection can help you to manage multi-discipline coordination and move from conceptual design to analysis, documentation, and detailing. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Ht-LR8swrk Learn more: http://www.autodesk.com/collections/architecture-engineering-construction/building-design

AEC Professionals are discovering better ways to deliver quality projects through model-based simulation, and Owners are expecting that.  Welcome to Simulation Driven Design. Autodesk family of Simulation software provides a comprehensive set of solutions to help you gain a competitive advantage in solving the most challenging design problems.   In this webinar, you will learn how to analyze and predict building performance, optimize & validate design options to insure your design meets design constraints. Explore quality and safety requirements before construction begins. Utilize Autodesk family of Simulation apps with proven technology and reliable accuracy, to simulate building performance over time.  Finally integrate simulation results into your BIM authoring tool, to help you make better design and business decisions.  Simulation Driven Building Design https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zkRNWaImnPE

Or, is AutoCAD still going to be around for a long while?  My guess, it will be around for quite a while.  While I cannot cite any specific declaration from Autodesk, reading between the lines can be most telling.  “We aren’t at the Star Trek level of computing”.  Could you imagine for the latest crisis that Kirk has discovered, Spock and Scotty pulling out some papers to reconfigure engineering to save the universe?  Nope, me neither.  We aren’t there yet. Inventor and AutoCAD:  Regardless of the 3D modeling package you use, documentation is going to be 2D.  Paper is flat, as long as we are outputting on paper, then there will be the need for AutoCAD.  Over the past few releases, more and more, AutoCAD is becoming the default documentation for Inventor, as evidenced by two specific GUIs within AutoCAD: AutoCAD’s Layout Tab: Now, instead of pushing from the Inventor environment to AutoCAD, natively you can access Inventor models from directly inside of AutoCAD.  Another “between the lines” in Inventor, the default installation setup now defaults to the AutoCAD DWG for documentation. AutoCAD’s Parametric ...

I have been seeing a plague hitting the AutoCAD world.  A plague of bad Profiles.  How in the world does a Profile go bad?  I am scratching my head on that one.  The symptoms, obviously things are not working right.  VBA routines are not loading or worse yet, they load but then don't work.  Same with the AcadDoc.LSP not loading at all.  Yes, the paths are there in the Support Search path, but they just don't load.  I can type in at the command line, (findfile "acaddoc.lsp") and it returns right where it should be.  I can load it manually, but it won't work automatically.  The out-of-box <<Unnamed Profile>> can't be used to rebuild either.  Believe me, I tried it.  Everything looks fine, but something is amiss somewhere. Easiest thing to do? The easiest fix is run Reset Settings to Default and don't save any custom settings.  Start over on those.  The Reset replaces the <<Unnamed Profile>>, which I recommend then to use Add to List... and add back in the custom folders to the newly created Profile.  Everything seems happy ...

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

In training classes I am always saying there are 5 or more ways to access the command for "<enter a command here>".  The AutoCAD GUI has multiple redundancies for every command.  So, I thought, how many ways other than the GUI is there available in AutoCAD to just draw a LINE.  This isn't a comprehensive list by any means: Enter at the Command Line, either "L" or "LINE", uppercase/lowercase doesn't matter.  Then follow the prompts picking points.  But as well, LINE could be selected from the Draw panel on the Ribbon as well as the Draw Tool Palette.  So, would that count as four ways? Script (SCR):  Note the location of the cursor, a <RETURN> initiates the entry.  A script file could be created that would follow the same as the Command Line entry.  The only difference could be introducing some AutoLISP calls...which leads us to the next way.                                                  ...

In this Tips and tricks session. I had a customer call in with an issue. They were XREF'ing another file into their drawings and the "text" was not showing up at all. Even though the layer was on the text seem to disappear all together and would just show the leader line....crazy right.... Well the issue was with a Font style used in the XREF was not a Font style that the end user had. Sooooo instead of AutoCAD replacing the font with another it just DIDN't SHOW the text. The variable here in AutoCAD was the culprit. The command "Fontalt" if set to "." will turn off text that your system doesn't have the same font installed as the xref'd file. There is a setting here to select an alternate font. Makre sure to have the alternate font such as simplex listed. Below is a link to a short video on Autodesk's Screencast on how to fix this. https://knowledge.autodesk.com/community/screencast/1cba04ba-b711-4e19-a100-c1404e7817b0 Best of luck out there, Rick Kremer Applied Software

Getting a question mark on a tag placement? It could be a couple of things but this avenue will be related to nested families. First off if you are tracking nested families in a schedule make sure to mark them as shared before nesting them. Otherwise you will have a physical representation but it will be hidden otherwise from tags and data. Once in a file the host family will result in a tag. If the parameter, you are tracking in the tag does not exist you will get a question mark. To tag through the host family you just need to activate the tag and tab over the item you want to tag. sometimes as group assortments of child families into a host you will want this feature to get down to nuts and bolts. 

Whether modeling Culverts, Channels, Inlets or Weirs you will need at some  point to know the flow rate.  Hydraflow Express has options on the Hydrology section to help develop run off  Hydragraphs and it uses a variety of methods.  It supports the Rational method, Modified Rational method and the SCS method.  You might hear the term volume flow rate and think it sounds boring, but volume flow rate keeps you alive. I'll tell you how in a second, but first we should define volume flow rate. Let's look at these a little further,  to start off with we'll use the Rational  method and let's look at an example.  For the Area I'm going to use .4 acres, for the Runoff Coefficient I'll use .8.  For the Tc Method I'll select User, but we do have a number of other methods here as well.  For the time I'll set that to two minutes,  the Storm Distribution and Duration are the -0- options, which means I don't need  input anything here so I'll skip those,  and I'll accept the value of one, and the ...

Open Civil 3D - From  Analyze Tab, select the Design Panel Pulldown........   In Hydraflow Express the first task we'll take a look at is working with Culverts  and this is an easy-to-use yet sophisticated Culvert Modeler.     It also assumes that you have a good understanding of fundamental hydraulic  principles and the variety of flow conditions for Culverts.  Let's work through an example. Starting with data to input..... Now here we have the Input column and this  is where we'll input all of our values; and we can see if I pick the different  fields, at the bottom of the dialog box you get a description of the values that  Hydraflow is looking for you to enter. So I'll start at the top and for the  Invert Elevation I'll start by entering 100.  For the Length I'll enter 30, for the Slope .5 (for half a percent slope),  then you'll notice that the Upstream Invert  Elevation is automatically calculated for you.  I'll move on and enter the Rise and I'll start with 18 inches, and this is for an  18 inch diameter pipe. ...

Driving in 3 Easy steps....... Step 1 - Choose your vehicle Click AutoDrive Arc and the vehicle libraries are automatically opened. Choose your vehicle from one of the vehicle libraries In addition to worldwide design vehicles, you’ll find “European Vehicles”, “North American Vehicles” and “Specialist Vehicles”;  Click Proceed.   Step 2 - Position your vehicle You will be asked whether you want to set the current vehicle as your default vehicle for all future paths. Select either Yes or No. The Drawing Settings window will appear; here you can change your path settings and units to match the drawing. If these are ok, click Yes to continue. Position the front of the vehicle where you want it and left click to accept, then you can set the orientation of the vehicle to point in the direction that you need. The Position Vehicle Window will appear with more options if needed, simply click Proceed to start driving.   Step 3 - Drive your vehicle As you move the mouse around, the vehicle path is calculated based upon the vehicles dimensions and geometry. If a maneuver can’t be performed, AVT wont let you complete that ...

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 ...

    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!

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

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

Please join me at Autodesk University 2016, November 15-17, and the MEP and Structural Fabricators Forum (MSF), November 14, in Las Vegas:   Class ID: MEP22032 Class Title: How to Implement Fabrication ESTmep-Best Practices Class Type: Instructional demo   Class ID: FAB22942-L Class Title: Hands-on-Lab: Introduction to ESTmep. Class Type: Hands-on lab   Class ID: MSF22037-L Class Title: Hands-on-Lab: Introduction to ESTmep Class Type: Hands-on lab

Stop using Bentley's ProjectWise or any other data management solution for managing AutoCAD Plant 3D projects.  They do not work!  There is little to no integration at all. "What will work?"  Autodesk Vault Professional! Applied Software is well-versed in the integration of Vault and AutoCAD Plant 3D and you need to make the switch today! "How does this benefit me?" ◾Check in and out drawings ◾Utilize a horizontal workshare environment with multiple locations utilizing Vault Professional and AVFS (Autodesk Vault File Server) ◾Work locally from your Vault Workspace so you do not have to rely on poor network speeds when saving large models ◾Revision control ◾Permission control The benefits are there so take advantage of them now!

This week’s blog takes us back to AutoCAD basics. I’m prompted to write this by the fact that in the past couple of months I’ve worked with a couple of people who were completely surprised by this command while working with them. Let’s say that you’re working on a drawing and that you’ve erased an object. You’ve proceeded forward in your drawing by using other commands. At one point you realize you needed that object you erased a few commands ago. Don’t UNDO all your work until that object reappears. All you need to do is use the OOPS command. The OOPS command will restore the object(s) erased by the last ERASE command. Remember, you can only use the OOPS command to restore object erased by the last ERASE command. You cannot use the command to restore any and all objects you’ve erased through the history of the drawing, and you cannot restore any erased objects if you’ve closed your drawing and reopened it. Here’s the explanation of the command from the AutoCAD help file:

In addition to Revit family parameters, project parameters and shared parameters, Autodesk added Global Parameters as part of 2016 R2. Global Parameters are specific to a single project file, but are not assigned to categories. Global parameters can be simple values, values derived from equations, or values taken from the model using other global parameters. Use global parameters to drive and report values. A global parameter can assign the same value to multiple non-adjacent dimensions. You can also set the position of one element by the size of another element. If you missed it, join us for this special parametric design session on Global Parameters to learn more.              

Released exclusively to Subscription customers, Autodesk Revit 2016 R2 builds on the speed and project performance improvements. Revit 2016 R2 has over 25 new features, many which were requested by users. This update makes Revit faster with even better performance that translates to faster navigation, speedier work processes. If you missed this webinar, we will show you the significant updates that relate to the Architectural Industry.  

A new enhancement within Autodesk Inventor 2017 is being able to export a 3D PDF, which is another great way for collaborating with others in the day-to-day design process. Check out the video and link below to start utilizing this new feature.   Inventor 3D PDF's Video Additional Information on exporting 3D PDF's                    

Have you ever had something selected in Revit and the temporary dimensions did not display?  Revit will typically always display the temporary dimensions when an item is selected inside of Revit.  The temporary dimension can be modified to move the item that is selected.  This works fairly well to quickly modify the dimensions just by clicking on what you want to move and then clicking on the dimension number to modify the value.     The default settings are to dimension to the center of the walls.  This can be changed to Face of Wall or Face of Core in the settings on the Manage tab.      You can also grab the blue grip and drag it to the desired location if it is not dimensioning to what you are wanting it to dimension to.  If you just click on the blue grip it will cycle through dimensioning to the center, face of wall, or opposite face of wall.                                       If you select on multiple items in ...

Autodesk Stingray is a relatively new addition to the Autodesk visualization toolset. Essentially it is a game engine, and what makes it especially compelling for building visualization is that it includes a plugin for 3ds Max that allows for a direct link between your 3ds Max scene and a Stingray environment, providing an entirely new and more interactive way to view and experience your design. For more information on the Revit-3dsMax-Stingray workflow there are a series of videos on YouTube - a very short overview is provided here. Recently I decided it was time for me to start becoming familiar with Stingray, so I installed it and started working through a few tutorials. I realized very quickly that the raw tutorials that come with Stingray were not geared for building visualization using Revit and 3ds Max, so I started looking around for more. I found some very good ones on... you guessed it... YouTube again, but right away I noticed something missing. The videos all referenced a "Stingray" pull down menu in 3ds Max - a menu that I did't ...

For some time now I've noticed a disturbing message that appears any time I turn on the Sun Path in a 3D view in Revit. It references a mysterious 3rd Party Updater for the "Sun and Shadow Settings Updater" and indicates that it had to be cancelled. You have two options when this appears - cancel showing the Sun Path (not an option) or disable the Updater.  I've always just clicked "Disable Updater", but I've also wondered if I was causing some sort of problem down the road, even though it appeared as though nothing was wrong afterwards. Good news - this morning I was getting caught up on some forum posts and came across this thread, in which several users are complaining about the same message. Turns out, it's benign. It's apparently caused by the Dynamo add-in. You can just disable the updater with no ill effects. It's easy to confirm for yourself - Launch Revit and turn on the Sun Path. If you get the error message, shut Revit down, then launch again. Before turning on the Sun Path, ...

While I have had good experiences over all with the Autodesk 2015 products, as with any software there were fixes along the way.  Here are my discoveries of some of those obscure and maybe not so obscure.          1)  AutoCAD 2015 Cursor trails:  Moving your cursor along would leave pixels everywhere.  Turning off Hardware Acceleration would clear up the problem.  Install the Service Pack and you can turn Hardware Acceleration back on.       2)      Plant 3D 2015 Extension 1: The Plant developers are not waiting on new releases to give more functions in P3D.  However, the Extension 1 was not compatible with AutoCAD Service Pack 2.  You cannot even install the SP2 for a particular vertical, such as AutoCAD MEP, without it affecting P3D.  But, there is a fix that fixes the fix that broke the Extension 1.  After installing any AutoCAD 2015 SP2, run the .BAT file.                   3)      AutoCAD Electrical 2015: The error could come with several messages.  The main one I have seen is:  Unhandled Exception C06D007E(Delayload “acewstr.dll” Module Not Found) at address FCFA940Dh.  ...

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