2017.10.19

AUGI HotNews -- October 2017, Issue No. 173

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The full issue contains the below articles, plus sections — AUGI Forums (hot topics), Articles by AUGI Members, 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…

2017.10.05

AUGIWorld October 2017 -- Custom-Fit Autodesk Products

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Virtually every user of AutoCAD and other Autodesk products has customized the software to some degree. Hardly a news flash, but what users might not have considered is what customization means. Some users, perhaps many, consider customization to be setting the preferences for product look, feel, and behavior.

AUGI President Kate Morrical views it somewhat differently. In her editorial within the October 2017 issue of AUGIWorld, Kate differentiates between software personalization and customization, defines both, and then describes how each can be helpful, within certain limits. Kate’s thought-provoking editorial kicks off this issue, which covers a wide array of topics.

Virtual Reality for Collaboration and Communication, Not Just Presentation — Rick Burchett dispels the notion that VR is merely technology to wow the client at the final presentation. He demonstrates how VR can be used much earlier in the design process.

One Giant Leap — Revit 2018.1 Precast Tools — Kimberly Fuhrman provides a look at tools in at Revit Structure’s mid-year release.

The Perfect Profile — Sam Lucido shows how you can boost productivity with the Profile feature in AutoCAD 2018.

3ds Max Customization — Brian Chapman has gained efficiency through customization in 3ds Max software. Like any good AUGI member, Brian now shares with others—in this article, you learn how to customize the user interface, viewports, and quad menus.

The Up (and Down) Sides of Trade Shows — Autodesk University is just around the corner, and Mark Kiker provides some timely advice on which aspects of trade shows to embrace, and which to watch out for.

Get Ready for Virtual Reality — Robert Green investigates the various applications for Virtual Reality and introduces the HP Z VR Backpack, a wearable VR solution.

Also in this issue…

Understanding ACA Schedule Tables — Melinda Heavrin dives into AutoCAD Architecture’s schedule tables: discussing styles, property data formats, set definitions, and more.

Shoehorn Your Civil 3D Model into a CAD Standard — Kyle Nishioka discusses what to do when the standard should have been followed, but wasn’t. Here, he demonstrates how to convert drawings to fit another drafting standard.

Inside Track — Brian Andresen provides details on new products for AEC. This month: 3D Section Box, which creates a section box around selected elements; OKCommand, which provides a quick way to search for all built-in Revit commands and all installed plug-ins; and SeeBlock, an AutoCAD add-on that helps you build and manage block libraries.

AUGIWorld October 2017 Issue Released!

2017.10.04

Nominations for AUGI Board of Directors now open!

Nominations are now open for upcoming 2017 AUGI Board of Directors elections. Those elected will serve a three year term from 2018 through 2020.

If you are considering running for the Board, keep in mind that the Board meets often, including face-to- face meetings at Autodesk University. The Board meets via teleconferences every month as well, to keep everyone on the same page. Directors should can anticipate about 10-15 hours per month (maybe more, depending on the level of your involvement).

Being a Director requires some work, effort and carries responsibility, but it offers many rewards as well. So how do I apply, you may ask?  All the details can be found in the AUGI Nominations page at AUGI.com.

Nominations must be submitted to: board.elections@AUGI.com no later than Midnight CST October 18, 2017.

2017.09.21

AUGI HotNews -- September 2017, Issue No. 172

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The full issue contains the below articles, plus sections — AUGI Forums (hot topics), Articles by AUGI Members, 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…

2017.09.07

AUGIWorld September 2017 --- Are You Paid What You're Worth?

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Whether you’ve already had the annual “merit meeting” with the boss or it’s still looming on your 2017 calendar, it pays (literally) to enter the meeting with some hard facts. And figures. Among the benefits of an AUGI membership is the September issue of AUGIWorld magazine featuring the Annual AUGI Salary Survey.

Salary Survey Manager Melanie Perry collects and analyzes the salary, education, and work environment data that you and your colleagues provide, then presents it all in a cool mix of snapshots to help you determine where you stand in comparison to colleagues in your industry. Dive into the 16th annual survey and the other articles featured in the September issue.

AutoCAD for 3D Modeling and Visualization — Xavier Loayza speaks to those who are visual learners—about three-quarters of the world’s population. In this article, you’ll learn more about AutoCAD’s Point Cloud tools, adding context to visualization, and creating realistic renderings.

Customizing the Graphical Column Schedule — Jason Boehning and Marcello Sgambelluri team up to step you through the use and customization of the Graphical Column Schedule in Revit Structure software. This comprehensive article will give you what you need to make the most of this feature.

Tech Manager Show and Tell — Mark Kiker advises you to speak up about what you have accomplished. But as you’ll learn in this article, there’s a right time to do it, a proper way to show it, and a compelling way to tell it.

A Civil View from Your Seat — Todd Rogers offers a look at the Autodesk Collection featuring InfraWorks, Civil 3D, and Civil View software. With plenty of screenshots and how-tos, this article provides many helpful tips.

Get Fast, Stay Fast with Intel and HP — Go from zero to 60 with Intel, HP Turbo Drives, and HP Performance Advisor. Robert Green examines what you’ll need to achieve peak performance.

Also in this issue…

Expanding on Details — Brian Chapman expands on a previous article to show you how to add complex details to your 3ds Max scenes.

AEC Wall Objects — Melinda Heavrin explores walls in AutoCAD Architecture 2018. Wall styles, editing tips, customized wall surfaces, and endcaps are covered.

Inside Track — Brian Andresen presents three new AEC-related products. This month: Autodesk Live Viewer, which lets you open and explore interactive visualizations created in Autodesk Revit Live; AdvArray, a parametric array type modifier for 3ds Max; and Revision + Cloud Manager, which helps manage revisions, clouds, and sheets.

AUGIWorld September 2017 Issue Released!

2017.08.17

AUGI HotNews -- August 2017, Issue No. 171

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The full issue contains the below articles, plus sections — AUGI Forums (hot topics), Articles by AUGI Members, 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…

2017.08.14

BILT NA 2017 - week of reflection

For my last BILT NA 2017 blog, I give my top 5 reasons why I enjoy the conference (now that I’ve had a week to reflect) and why you might want to look into going next year.

  1. Traveling - The conference is an opportunity to get out and travel. Downtown Chicago is breathtaking, a modern city with historical context. Phoenix's heat is unreal! I was warned about the heat; it’s like sucking on a blow dryer on high with my head in the oven. Despite that, the plant life is beautiful and was well worth the walk. Toronto had a festival of some sort happening so buskers were all around downtown. I think my favorite was the singing puppets.
  1. Networking - I had the opportunity to meet a lot of wonderful people; all of them are enthusiastic about what they do and the knowledge they can share with others. I was even able to recruit people for presentations to our local BIM discussion group.
  1. Learning - The sessions covered a wide range of topics such as BIM managers, using Revit for landscape, Revit plug-ins, and much more. Attending sessions outside my direct interest was where I learned the most, giving me a better understanding of what my consultants need from me.
  1. Eating - You can try new foods. People from the United States learnt about poutine (gravy, French fries and cheese) and Tim Horton’s coffee shops (yes, they really are everywhere, like Starbucks in the USA).
  1. Problem solving - I serve on the standards committee at work. We struggle, like many firms, on how to track and implement changes to the standards. BILT NA was a great place to talk to other firms on how they tackle problems like this. For example, one participant told me about how they use Newforma to track changes and receive requests from co-workers.

Figuring out what to share and when to share is the hardest part of returning from any conference. One warning is, don't get stuck in the knowledge silo (learning and not sharing). The best way for me to share what I've learned is to break it down into categories:

  • What information would my co-workers/firm benefit from?
  • What is helpful for the standards committee?
  • Based on what I’ve learned, what are the practices, processes or procedures that I could implement at my firm?”.

If you have questions, feel free to comment or email me directly. I love sharing what I’ve learned.

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