AUGIWorld January 2017 Issue Released!

AUGIWorld January 2017
Every new year brings with it a new set of goals, or resolutions. So, while you are planning for 2017, there is no time like the present to immerse yourself in your Autodesk software of choice. Resolve to use the software to its fullest, to find new ways of performing tasks, and ultimately boost your productivity.

AUGIWorld authors are here to usher in the new year with a look at some advanced topics within their specialty areas.

For example, 3ds Max users will learn more about lighting from Brian Chapman in “Advanced Lighting: Light Balance with 3ds Max.”

Then, in “Revit Electrical Panels Explained,” Doug Bowers provides tips for better utilization of electrical panels and associated schedules.

Get off to a great start in the new year with the advanced topics in this issue.

Also in the January 2017 AUGIWorld…

Putting the “I” in BIM: How to Work with the Information Needed for a Building Information Model — Rich Burchett helps Revit users identify, locate, and model information as well as safeguard against over- and under-modeling.

Automating Steel Lintels and Tags — Philip Russo with a lesson on steel lintel and tag automation in Revit Structure.

2017 and the Future of AutoCAD — Walt Sparling explains why he doesn’t buy into the idea that AutoCAD’s days are numbered.

Squeeze More Performance from Your HP Z Workstation — Robert Green explores how HP’s Performance Advisor helps keep workstations updated.

Point Clouds in ACA — Melinda Heavrin shows how to create, attach, and work with point clouds in AutoCAD Architecture.

Advance Your Workflows with Civil 3D 2017 v1Updates — Shawn Herring explores the updates available in the V1 periodic update to AutoCAD Civil 3D, including gravity network analysis, adding property set data to labels, and much more.

Also in this issue…

How Cool Is Your Software? — Mark Kiker defines the characteristics of cool as it relates to software.

<Creating Proposed Landscape Trees in Minutes — Tony Carcamo offers a lesson for quickly creating trees in InfraWorks 360 software.

Inside Track — Brian Andresen highlights three AEC-related products for Autodesk users. This month: External Access Links Manager, which allows Revit users to view links in a project without having to open it; ENTiTi AR/VR Exporter, a tool that turns CAD designs into Augmented and Virtual Reality; and Duplicate Sheet, an add-in that lets users duplicate sheets with and without views.

AUGIWorld January 2017 Issue Released!


AUGI HotNews -- December 2016, Issue No. 163

Read the full issue—must be logged in to read our online version.

The full issue contains the below articles, plus sections — Articles by AUGI Members, AUGI Forums (hot topics), HP Solutions (News and updates on HP Z Workstations and HP DesignJet large-format printers), Autodesk Product Updates (Service Patches and Updates released by Autodesk during the past month), Autodesk News (recent news relating to Autodesk), AUGI Volunteering (opportunities), AUGI Members’ Blogs…


AUGIWorld December 2016 Issue Released!

AUGIWorld December 2016
AUGI members advance. Whether they are riding the wave of an industry trend or squeezing every drop of productivity out of their Autodesk software of choice, they are continuously moving forward.

In the December 2016 issue of AUGIWorld, readers will get a little bit of everything—industry insights for Revit users and advice from our experts on creative approaches with 3ds Max, ReCap 360 Pro, and more.

Also in the December 2016 AUGIWorld…

Reality Capture Made Easy: The Complete Workflow with 3DR Site Scan — Kevin Sartori demonstrates data capture via drone and the role ReCap 360 Pro plays.

Industry Insights — Dan McCloskey explore how the advances in Revit software have led to a trend toward using it for shop drawing creation.

Becoming Resilient — Mark Kiker promotes resilience in Tech Managers. Here are steps you can take to sharpen your ability to bounce back.

Reflections on Lights — Brian Chapman offers a tutorial on understanding lighting and working with 3ds Max’s lighting components.

Arrange Your Workspaces — Melinda Heavrin takes a close look at Workspaces in AutoCAD Architecture 2017. She explores the interface, customization, working with objects, and more.

Modern Design from Historical Perspective — Behzad Meskini investigates how historical architecture can provide inspiration for modern design. Autodesk Inventor, he finds, is an excellent tool for this endeavor.

Also in this issue…

Inside Track — Brian Andresen previews three AEC-related products. This month: Cheetah Solver, a geometric constraints solver; Scan to BIM, for creating a model from a point cloud; and IdeateApps, a set of Revit-based tools designed to increase productivity.

HP Z2 Mini — Robert Green presents HP’s new mini workstation for CAD users. Processor, RAM, drivers, and graphics are explored.

Thank You! — AUGI thanks those who share their knowledge with fellow members through the pages of AUGIWorld and those who volunteer for our organization.

AUGIWorld December 2016 Issue Released!


AUGI HotNews -- November 2016, Issue No. 162

Read the full issue—must be logged in to read our online version.

The full issue contains the below articles, plus sections — Articles by AUGI Members, AUGI Forums (hot topics), HP Solutions (News and updates on HP Z Workstations and HP DesignJet large-format printers), Autodesk Product Updates (Service Patches and Updates released by Autodesk during the past month), Autodesk News (recent news relating to Autodesk), AUGI Volunteering (opportunities), AUGI Members’ Blogs…


AUGIWorld November 2016 Issue Released!

AUGIWorld November 2016
AUGI members understand that when it comes to improving on their use of Autodesk design software, the learning never stops. There is always a better approach to a project, a cooler time-saving tip, a more effective workflow.

That’s why AUGI members flock to the Forums, network and attend classes at Autodesk University, and read magazines such as this one. One could argue that every issue of AUGIWorld touches on education and training, but in the November 2016 issue, the authors focus exclusively on that topic.

For example, according to author Tony Carcamo, InfraWorks users will find no shortage of training options and readers will get a sneak peek of some in “Abundant Training Resources for InfraWorks.”

Todd Shackelford explains “Why Your Training Fails,” then helps Revit MEP users get back on track. That’s just a couple of examples—the November 2016 issue is packed with ideas for enhancing your learning experience.

Also in the November 2016 AUGIWorld…

Training the Trainer — William Myers offers great advice for those who present face-to-face instruction. Begin by knowing your target audience and go from there.

In-House Revit Training—Yay or Nay? — Kimberly Fuhrman presents a great argument for bringing frequent Revit training in-house, then shows you how to approach it.

Information Sharing with OLE — Melinda Heavrin examines Object Linking and Embedding (OLE) and how it can be applied to AutoCAD Architecture drawings.

Thoughts on Training — Phillip Lynch looks at a variety of training methods and explains why the classic approaches never go out of style.

HP Brings Blended Reality Computing to AU 2016 — Robert Green previews what HP has in store at Autodesk University this year. Get ready for workstations, scanning, and virtual reality.

Autodesk’s Design for Industry Challenge — Mark Kiker interviews Autodesk’s Torie Anderson on the company’s education initiatives, including a competition for students.

Also in this issue…

Revit “WFRC” Methods: Walls, Floors, Roofs & Ceilings — Behzad Meskini explores 3D presentation methods—current methods and an interesting alternative.

Reaching Out with 3ds Max — Brian Chapman encourages us to communicate through art and make a global impact.

Inside Track — Brian Andresen presents two new AEC-related products. This month: HotGear Project, a collection of three Revit tools; and pdf2cad, which transforms vector PDF files into editable DWG files.

Case Study—GHD Perth: Time Really Is Money When it Comes to Large BIM Projects — A real-world example of quantifiable benefits from RTV Tools and Revit.

AUGIWorld November 2016 Issue Released!


Last comments about RTC EU 2016 Porto

Nowadays employers expect their employees to be able to innovate at the speed that businesses require and this can only occur when they devote part of their time to learn what's new in the market.

Changes and rapid developments in technology have to pair with the ability of each of us to accelerate learning through the exchange of knowledge among peers. Obtaining skills occurs regularly in specialized forums on the Internet, on a worldwide scale. Moments exist where accelerated learning occurs and this has to do with participation in events where a good part of these communities come together in person, at a given place, to exchange ideas on this common passion.

The RTC Europe 2016 in Porto was one of those moments where learning took place at an enormous rate, thanks to the multiple interactions provided by an optimized learning context. Three immersive days on Revit Technologies, balanced with social events were a unique opportunity for those who participated in them.

Thanks to RTC events that organized the conference and sponsors, including AUGI, which made it possible as well as the speakers and delegates. Congratulations to all of you.

I couldn’t forget to mention Andrew Milburn’s presentation about “Project Soane - Reflections on a Journey”. Forgetting protocols and data management for a while makes possible to use BIM to research common History. You can learn more about SOANE project, a journey back into time, the Bank of England as it was 200 years ago,  here http://www.projectsoane.com/

A few words about the two main social events:

Friday Evening Function

At Taylors Famous Port Cellar we had the opportunity to learn about the fascinating history of Port wine, as well as the House of Taylor’s – now in its fourth century – making it one of the oldest Port companies. We tasted some of the Taylors Port Wine and enjoyed a hot buffet dinner with amazing views of Porto.

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Gala Dinner

Porto is a great place with lots of architectural preciosities and a good example is the Palácio da Bolsa, built in the 19th century by the city's Commercial Association, in neoclassical style where Gala Dinner took place with live entertainment.

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Finally I would like to let you know that this was the last RTC conference. Next year the conferences continue with a different name BILT by RTC (Buildings Infrastructure Lifecycle Technology). The conference will take place at Aarhus, Denmark.




News from RTC Europe 2016 ... halfway done

What about this fantastic opportunity to improve our knowledge? They have been fabulous days where learning happens at breakneck speed thanks to the numerous interactions between many and varied users of Revit Technology. Thanks to all the participants for sharing knowledge.
Come to me often thought:

“We need others to complement and develop our own expertise. This collective character of knowledge does not mean that individuals don’t count. In fact, the best communities welcome strong personalities and encourage disagreements and debates. Controversy is part of what makes a community vital, effective, and productive.” ― Etienne Wenger, Cultivating Communities of Practice: A Guide to Managing Knowledge

Let me try to give you an idea of RTC Europe 2016...

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The majority of sessions have been really interesting and varied. I'll try to talk about them in more detail in a later post.

Keynote Address about "Printing Architecture - Towards a Digital Building" was a fantastic and showed us how Information technology can become a crucial driver of architectonic evolution. The research at the Swiss National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) Digital Fabrication, that aims to revolutionize architecture through the seamless combination of digital technologies and physical building processes, was well presented and explored. The talk gave an outlook to ground-breaking technologies for tomorrow’s construction.

To give some examples of inspiring sessions I will speak, for now, only on two of them. One was Joe Banks "Collaboration Tools and Methods Comparison". I loved the way he made the presentation and its contents. Along a fun and engaging presentation he showed the options that are available and guided us through the pros and cons of everything out there now. It also presented proposals on what could and should be doing in the future. Some of you have made the very interesting debate.

I loved as well Margarida Barbosa session about "Optimising Construction Monitoring Processes with Reality Capture". She shared with us her knowledge and experience about the optimisation of Construction Monitoring Processes by showing case studies where Point Clouds and Sensors were used. She also talked about workflows involving Data Acquisition through fixed cameras, UAVs, and Sensors, as well as the use of Pix4d, Revit and Navisworks software.

A word about the RTC team that organized the event in a very professional way, thank you for the wonderful work.

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And finally a word about the AUGI and the fantastic support as GLOBAL GOLD SPONSOR of this event. It was very nice to have the opportunity to review and get along with many members of this fabulous community that includes users of various Autodesk software.

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