2016.02.04

AUGIWorld February 2016 Issue Released!

AUGIWorld February 2016
We’ve all been beginners at one time or another. Those in the design world often must start at the beginning—with new software, with a new twist on a familiar technique, or with something as perspective altering as BIM.

In the February 2016 issue of AUGIWorld,our experts offer great advice for everyone, from AutoCAD newbies to those just getting started with Revit Structure.

In “BIM for Beginners: An Introduction to Building Information Modeling within Infrastructure Projects,” Michelle Rasmussen focuses on three key benefits of working with BIM models,

And Sam Lucido helps AutoCAD beginners find their way to great learning resources in “CAD Advice from an Expert Elite.”

There is much more in this issue—for beginners and everyone else.

Also in the February 2016 AUGIWorld…

Two-Click Coordination — Jerad Meidinger presents a dramatically simplified procedure that allows Revit MEP users to visually coordinate Revit model elements.

Don’t Over Kick the Revit Coverage — Jay B. Zallan expounds on the beauty of simple workflows.

What Makes Revit Structure Different — Jason Boehning puts Revit Structure users on the path toward mastery learning.

Annotations in AutoCAD Architecture — Melinda Heavrin explores AutoCAD Architecture 2016’s annotation capabilities from keynotes to callouts, and more.

Also in this issue…

Understanding Your Processor Options — Robert Green helps design professionals become discriminating hardware buyers.

Retopologizing a Mesh in 3ds Max — Brian Chapman offers a tutorial on “creating from scratch” or retopology with 3ds Max tools.

At the Risk of Repeating Myself, Let Me Repeat That — Mark Kiker demonstrates how media mixing can help with the all-important task of communicating.

Inside Track — Brian Andresen devotes this month’s column to Autodesk’s BIM 360.

AUGIWorld February 2016 Issue Released!

2016.01.21

AUGI HotNews -- January 2016, Issue No. 152

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

The full issue contains the below articles, plus sections — AUGI Forums (hot topics), Special Announcements (from AUGI), HP Z Workstations, AUGI Library (recently published articles), Heads Up (Service Patches and Updates for Autodesk products), Autodesk News (news relating to Autodesk), Want to Volunteer?, AUGI Members’ Blogs…

2016.01.08

AUGIWorld January 2016 Issue Released!

AUGIWorld January 2016
With a new year comes the inevitable planning process-planning personal and professional goals to be achieved within the year. For most AUGI members, the goal to advance their knowledge and use of Autodesk products hovers near the top of their planning lists.

It is not by chance that AUGIWorld tackles “advancement” in the January 2016 issue. Murray Clack helps AutoCAD users with “Command and Setting Tips to Help You Advance.”

In “How to Customize Your Environment,” Melinda Heavrin demonstrates how to get AutoCAD Architecture tweaked to your liking so you can hit the new year running.

And there’s much more in this issue that prepares you for advancement in 2016.

Also in the January 2016 AUGIWorld…

Constructing an Interior Scene — Brian Chapman shows you how to use 3ds Max, VRay, and Photoshop to construct a superior scene.

Coordination View Templates (A Structural Perspective) — Raul Pacheco explores a procedure for developing coordination view templates for plans, floor slabs, and 3D views.

British Columbia MMCD Infrastructure Data Initiatives—a Standardized Approach — Andrew Walther addresses the requirements for consistent standards applicable to the BIM concepts of data movement and data sharing.

Views and Visibility — Todd Shackelford helps with a shared plan for visibility control and an analysis of Revit MEP’s visibility control tools.

Helping Others Decide, Part 2 — Mark Kiker continues his series on how leaders can help others make good decisions. In this article, complex decisions, chaotic decision making, and operating in crisis mode are explored.

Also in this issue…

Special Feature: AUGI Wish List 2015 — The top 10 wishes for each of Autodesk’s major products are presented here.

HP ZBook Studio 3G—Big Bang in an Ultrabook — Robert Green provides a closer look at HP’s quad core mobile workstation.

Inside Track — Brian Andresen presents three new offerings: FBX Review lets anyone view 3D models and animations across many platforms; Sketchbook Express for iPad lets users create doodles, quick sketches, and more; and a 15-day trial of AutoRoomLabel, which provides for one-click insertion of labels.

AUGIWorld January 2016 Issue Released!

2015.12.17

AUGI HotNews - December 2015

HotNews
Read the full issue (must be logged into AUGI.com) in your browser. The full issue contains the below articles, plus sections — Forum Hot Topics, Special Announcements, HP Workstations, Articles You May Have Missed, Heads Up, Autodesk News, Want to Volunteer?, AUGI Members’ Blogs…

2015.12.03

AUGIWorld December 2015 Issue Released!

AUGIWorld December 2015
Trend watchers in the AEC industry and other disciplines are always uncovering shifts, sometimes very subtle, in the way designers approach the creation of a building, a house, an intersection, and so on. With BIM, there were significant changes in the approach to design, and these changes were often not so subtle.

The December 2015 issue of AUGIWorld features two articles that take differing points of view along this topic. Murray Clack looks at drawing in his AutoCAD-related article, “Is Drawing Composition Becoming a Lost Art?” Murray explores the impact on, among other things, hiring practices in design firms today.

In “The Importance of AutoCAD in the BIM World,” the company leaders interviewed for the article by author Dat Lien had somewhat different views, ranging from those who still rely on AutoCAD drawings as part of their BIM strategy and those who don’t.

As 2015 flows into 2016 and beyond, watch for continued changes in the way companies approach design.

Also in the December 2015 AUGIWorld…

Industry Insights — Joshua Geimecke looks at some cool industry trends with regard to the technology involved in the BIM process. Here’s what you should be thinking about.

Helping Others Decide — Mark Kiker breaks down decisions—those you have to make and those you have to help others make. Learn how to establish an environment for sound decision making.

Internally Re-Centralizing (Sent and Received) Central Models — Jay B. Zallan provides some housekeeping tips for handling files from other disciplines.

HP Brings Blended Reality Computing to AU 2015 — This month, Robert Green highlights HP’s presence at Autodesk University 2015.

InfraWorks 360, What Can You Do for Me? — Oscar Castaneda explores benefits available from using InfraWorks together with AutoCAD Civil 3D.

Keeping it Civil in 3ds Max — Brian Chapman focuses on the use of Civil View for 3ds Max, which allows the import of Civil 3D content.

Also in this issue…

Exploring Schedule Tables in ACA — Melinda Heavrin offers a primer on using schedule tables in AutoCAD Architecture software.

Shared Coordinates and Civil State Plane Coordinates — Jonathan Massaro demonstrates a process for shared coordinates among Revit users.

Inside Track — Brian Andresen describes three new Autodesk-related products: Revitea Select Tools expands users’ ability to select elements in Revit; Switch Join Order, a tool that analyzes models and updates the join order; and Architect’s Formulator, which features more than 400 helpful formulas for architects.

AUGI’s Says Thanks — The last AUGIWorld issue of the year “names names,” recognizing those who have generously volunteered their time and talent to AUGI in 2015.

AUGIWorld December 2015 Issue Released!

2015.11.19

AUGI HotNews - November 2015

HotNews
Read the full issue (must be logged into AUGI.com) in your browser. The full issue contains the below articles, plus sections — Forum Hot Topics, Special Announcements, HP Workstations, Articles You May Have Missed, Heads Up, Autodesk News, Want to Volunteer?, AUGI Members’ Blogs…

2015.11.09

AU 2015 is Right Around the Corner

Au-2015
With AU 2015 quickly approaching there are going to be many AU 'newbies' that are excited and nervous about their upcoming trip. I just recently had a long Skype discussion with a fellow AUGI member and author about this year's trip to AU, his first. Like any new attendee, he was curious to what it was like and what to expect. Below are some answers to common questions newcomers often ask.

What about food?
If you plan your day right, you can survive off the meals and snacks provided for free. Below is what I have experienced over the last three years.

Breakfast 6:30-8:00am:
Each morning before the classes start there is a breakfast served in a very large dining hall. Think of sitting down to eat with about 8,000+ folks. You will find a variety of offerings that will include carbs, and proteins as well as juices and coffee.

Lunch 12:00-1:30pm:
Back to the big dining room, for more proteins, carbs, and veggies to round out your fuel intake.

Dinner 6:00-9:00pm:
Dinner is a little different, as there is no sit down serving. The main exhibit hall opens Tuesday evening where you can find food and drink stations spread throughout the booths that include a pretty decent variety of food and desert items. And the drink stations have beer and wine.

Snacks:
In between classes, spread through the large corridors there will be coffee, soft drinks water and lots of carbs in sweets and fruits. One year there were ice cream bars!! Yummy...

What do I wear?
This is a professional event, so beach wear is not recommended, and can be chilly too. Business casual is a safe bet, but jeans and polos with sneakers are common. Think about the networking opportunities and how you want to present yourself, but keep "comfy" in mind - you will be on your feet a lot! If you plan on going outside at all, bring some warm clothes as it can get pretty cold in the desert in December.

What is the Schedule like?
Your schedule will vary greatly by what classes, and events you attend as well as what vendors you wish to visit.  On the AU site, you can see the daily agenda for classes, special events and the two big, important events - the AUGI reception after the AUGI annual meeting (a must see) and the big Autodesk party Thursday night. Plan on sleeping in after that one! 

During the week, in the evenings, vendors, resellers and individuals will have parties at various clubs and hotel suites. If you get invited, go, these are great networking opportunities.  With everything going on, you are likely to be awake from 5:00am to 11:00pm each day, so get some sleep before Tuesday!

Look forward to seeing you all in Vegas!!

WES

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