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A short video explaining how it's done:

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This is the recording of the November Fabrication User Group Meeting. This meeting’s topics included: Beginner/Intermediate Tutorial - Anatomy of a Design Line Design Line is one of the most powerful features within Fabrication CADmep and Fabrication ESTmep, yet few people understand how it works. This session explained the concepts and processes that make Design Line such an effective tool. Whether you've never used Design Line before or are an expert with it, you're sure to learn something useful from this tutorial. What's New Once again, Enceptia shared some of the interesting tidbits, products and discoveries we're finding around the world that are of interest to MEP Contractors and Fabricators. Advanced Tutorial - Basic Machine Configuration For most people, setting up a plasma table or Decoiler unit is an exotic ritual known only to a few high priests. Our own high priest, Garrett Tice, demystified the process by walking you through the process. He explained the most common settings so that you'll understand what is involved. This monthly, web-based User Group is all about the Autodesk® Fabrication products: Fabrication CADmep™, Fabrication ESTmep™ and Fabrication CAMduct™. Enceptia’s Fabrication ...

Enceptia held it's first Fabrication User Group meeting on Friday, October 3rd. Meetings are planned for the first Friday of each month. The Meeting Agenda Beginner/Intermediate Tutorial: In this lesson, Lyle Janda shows you how to use the Revit to Fabrication tools to efficiently and effectively migrate design-intent Revit models into Fabrication CADmep or Fabrication ESTmep for fabrication-intent models. He explained the common problems associated with BIM data re-use and offer some tips on how to minimize them. Latest news about Fabrication: Jeffrie McDonald shared recent information we've learned as well as news of some interesting new software and hardware that we have uncovered. Advanced Tutorial: The project is complete, but your as-builts must be delivered in Revit. What do you do? We have been testing the most cost-effective methods for “round-tripping” your fabrication models back into Revit and Scott Hendricks has some tricks to share! You can provide the detailed and accurate Revit models that the owner wants without blowing your budget. In his presentation, Scott discussed Industry Foundation Classes. The Wikipedia page he showed is here (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Industry_Foundation_Classes) Also Scott showed this IFC overview page at the ...

We've finally made it available on YouTube. . .the infamous video that explains one procedure on how to import GIS data into Civil 3D.  Yes, you read that correctly. . ."one procedure."  There are a few others.  This is a method that I've been using for years simply because it's simple.  The other methods aren't hard, but you need to understand a little bit about Map 3D before you can use them. Remember, I’m not a GIS guru nor do I know where all the GIS websites reside. The data that I’m using here is data that I’m familiar with and was found freely over the web, but most GIS data could be imported and act in a similar manner.  I hope you find it informative.   

Many of you who read my previous blog, The Dirt Modelers, have been asking if those infamous corridor videos will be making their way to this blog. Not wanting to disappoint, they've been converted to YouTube format.  I hope you enjoy them. This first video tutorial will guide you along common practices to complete a corridor with intersections, knuckles, and cul-de-sacs: This second video tutorial will assist you in creating a corridor with a median: