2016.05.05

AUGIWorld May 2016 Issue Released!

AUGIWorld May 2016
Spring arrives just ahead of the new Autodesk product releases. And, as with every new release, product users begin contemplating whether to upgrade now, later, or wait for the next one. Luckily for AUGI members who are on the fence, there is a community of peers from whom they can gain insight about the new features in the 2017 releases of AutoCAD, Revit, 3ds Max, and more.

From conversations in the AUGI Forums to the information in the May 2016 issue of AUGIWorld, AUGI members will have no shortage of information on what’s new in the latest Autodesk products.

In “New Features, Great and Small,” Brian Benton investigates AutoCAD 2017 and finds a lot of nice little updates and a big-deal feature—the ability to import PDF geometry.

Brian Chapman dives into 3ds Max 2017—a “New Release, Packed with Improvements.” From enhancements in the software’s interface to ART, the new renderer, the new release of 3ds Max is sure to please. There is plenty to ponder in this issue… read on.

Also in the May 2016 AUGIWorld…

Features, Fixes, and Enhancements — Jay B. Zallan takes you through new features and enhancements in Revit Architecture, then explores improvements at the Revit platform level.

Making New Connections — Kimberly Fuhrman discusses enhancements in Revit Structure 2017 including Structure Connections, a new add-in.

FABulous — Todd Shackelford has been following Autodesk’s steady improvement in fabrication workflows and he reviews fabrication capabilities in the new Revit MEP release.

Performance Enhancements in ACA — Melinda Heavrin takes a deep dive into AutoCAD Architecture 2017’s improvements in the user interface, styles browser, roof outline editing, and PDF support, among others.

Enhance Your Workflows — Shawn Herring calls AutoCAD Civil 3D 2017 the most productive release to date. In this article, he hits the product’s highlights.

Also in this issue…

Helping 2D Subcontractors in a 3D World — Matthew Hill draws on his experiences as an AEC BIM Services provider to help subcontractors navigate the BIM landscape.

Resistance Is Fruitful — CAD Manager Mark Kiker observes how employee resistance to management-driven change can actually benefit managers—if they follow some simple guidelines.

Why You Can’t Afford Cheap Computers — Robert Green does the math and shows you how old, slow computers actually cost you more over time.

Inside Track — Brian Andresen presents three new offerings for Autodesk and related software. This month, new capabilities in the FormIt app, which allows users to easily capture building design concepts; an application for easy creation of wood beams, joists, rafters, plates, hips and valleys, along with tags and beam schedule; and Photosynth, a set of 3D viewing tools.

AUGIWorld May 2016 Issue Released!

2016.04.28

RTC Australasia 2016

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The Twelfth RTC Australasia
Crowne Plaza, Hunter Valley, Australia: Thursday 12th - Saturday 14th May

In less than two weeks, Architects, Structural, Mechanical, Electrical, Hydraulic and Civil Engineers, BIM, CAD and Design Technology Managers, IT, Design, Construction and Project Managers, Quantity Surveyors, Technologists, Thought Leaders and Academics - as well as other experts within the AEC industry - will gather again at the RTC Conference – the twelfth RTC Australasia at the Crowne Plaza. And it is located in the world famous Hunter Valley, NSW.


Over the years, the RTC has become known as a unique, independent conference, covering all things of Revit and the technology and process of BIM in a "by users, for users" format. But it seems like this time will be quite a different year for the RTC Australasia and it is not just because it is no longer being called the Revit Technology Conference – being just the “RTC” from now on. This year, the RTC is also welcoming less traditional attendee groups, such as the ArchiCAD user community who will be joining via ARCHICON. In addition, two new one-day streams – one for construction planning and the other for estimating – have been added to the program for Construction Planners and Estimators - and the changes will not be limited to this.


The Conference Schedule itself will take a similar format to the former regional conferences, offering an opening plenary session and keynote address followed by multiple sessions over the 3 days. This year’s keynote speaker will be David Rendall, presenting “the Freak Factor: Discovering Uniqueness by Flaunting Weakness”. This year’s program also presents an expanding group of Australian experts, including returning as well as new speakers such as Mark Abrahams, Joe Banks, R. Robert Bell, Anthony Butler, Joachim Clauss, Mark Cronin, David Foley, Nathan Hildebrandt, Aaron Maller, Chris Price, Chris Razzell, Adam Sheather, Konrad Sobon, Paul Wintour and many more.


Another highlight is the free Revit certification examinations which will allow each examinee to attain certified professional status. This exam typically costs more than $100 – so places are limited and will be offered on a first come, first served basis. The exams will be offered in collaboration with CADLearning and can be selected by topic - Architecture, MEP or Structure - during the conference. It also has been announced that the RTC competition is back again as well. The winner will receive an iPad Pro 128GB and the runner up prize will be a choice of a Flight Centre or a Red Balloon voucher, also being sponsored by CADLearning. Between the sessions, food and drinks will be served during all refreshment breaks and lunches and it will be possible to visit the trade exhibition as an integral part of the conference.


For those who need a shuttle transfer to the Crowne Plaza, the RTC has also a number of transfers on offer for delegates to get to and from the conference. These can easily be booked during the registration process: Departing from Sydney Airport, collecting passengers at Sydney Central and North Sydney before arriving at the Crowne Plaza, making the venue more accessible to those travelling from interstate or overseas. Not registered for the RTC conference yet? More information on how to register for the RTC conference or how to modify a registration to select the appropriate session for the Revit certification exams can be found on www.rtcevents.com. What are you waiting for?

2016.04.21

AUGI HotNews -- April 2016, Issue No. 155

HotNews
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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…

2016.04.07

AUGIWorld April 2016 Issue Released!

AUGIWorld April 2016
You don’t have to have a manager’s title to do a manager’s job, as anyone working in any aspect of the design industry can tell you. Whether you are overseeing the work of a group of people or are responsible for your own piece of a project, solid management principles and techniques will prove valuable.

The April 2016 issue of AUGIWorld focuses on management, with our authors presenting tools to help you manage whatever you need to manage, better.

Philip Russo shows you how to “Manage Your Communication” for Revit Structure projects.

In “Increasing Adoption of BIM by Owners,” John Barkwell explores how owners are turning on to the value BIM brings to their projects.

You’ll gain some management tips from every article in this information-rich issue.

Also in the April 2016 AUGIWorld…

Dynamo for MEP — Simon Moreau demonstrates how Dynamo can be used with Revit to improve calculation features and create new workflows for designing in Revit.

Revit vs. Modernist — Christopher Rossetto recounts how an innovative approach to training and a little friendly competition produced a long-lasting impact on Revit Architecture professionals.

Creating Sections in ACA — Melinda Heavrin takes a deep dive on how to create and update sections in AutoCAD Architecture 2016.

PDF Plus — Brian Benton whets your appetite for the new release of AutoCAD with this preview of AutoCAD 2017’s enhanced PDF functionality.

How Productive Can Productivity Packs Make You? — Shawn Herring lays out the many benefits you’ll get from Productivity Packs 1 and 2 in AutoCAD Civil 3D 2016.

Also in this issue…

Material Management — Brian Chapman demonstrates how to create a convincing scene in 3ds Max software.

Resistance Is Futile — Mark Kiker helps Tech Managers view resistance to new or upgraded technology in a positive light.

The CAD Argument for HP Mobile Workstations — Robert Green shows why you don’t have to sacrifice power when opting for portability.

Inside Track — Brian Andresen discovers three new products for users of Autodesk and related software. This month: a 3D printing app for Autodesk Fusion 360, a productivity toolset for Autodesk Revit, and a view reference add-in for Inventor.

AUGIWorld April 2016 Issue Released!

2016.03.17

AUGI HotNews -- March 2016, Issue No. 154

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…

2016.03.03

AUGIWorld March 2016 Issue Released!

AUGIWorld March 2016
A common denominator among all Autodesk product users—newbies and veterans alike—is a love for tips and tricks. These productivity boosting hints are part of every user’s software arsenal and it seems the longer you’re in the business, the longer your list of these handy helpers.

Fortunately for everyone, AUGI members love to share their knowledge with others! The March 2016 issue of AUGIWorld is devoted to tips & tricks from our experts.

Kicking it off is Jaiprakash Pandey showing you how to keep your go-to AutoCAD tools close by in his article, “Easy Access to Favorite Tools.”

And in the CAD Manager column, “A Tip of the Hat to Old Tricks,” Mark Kiker helps you keep your software usage tricks in order, including recognizing when it’s time to retire some of your long-time favorites.

And there’s much more in this issue… enjoy!

Also in the March 2016 AUGIWorld…

Streamlined Rendering in ACA — Melinda Heavrin steps you through the rendering process in AutoCAD Architecture 2016. Learn how to create, apply, and modify materials.

Peer-to-Peer Learning Resources — Melanie Perry provides advice for navigating the AUGI Forums and putting a wealth of information at your fingertips.

Tricks with Scripts — Brian Chapman presents time-saving tips for designers with 3ds MaxScript language.

Using Revit Structure for More Than “Revit Structure” — Jean Goyat and Kaushal Dwan demonstrate some tips for using Revit Structure that smooth construction workflow.

Intel Integrated Graphics — Author Robert Green shows why integrated graphics, as opposed to add-on graphics cards, can bring better results.

Bridge Modeling — Oliver Langwich shares some insight from a feasibility study he conducted regarding German bridge modeling using Revit Structure.

Also in this issue…

Grade On! — Gabrielle DeAnda finds a lot to like about AutoCAD Civil 3D for grading projects.

Formulas & Families — Todd Shackelford helps Revit MEP users truly improve the design process by using formulas and families to handle redundant tasks.

When BIM Is BIM… Comparing AutoCAD BIM and Revit BIM — In the first in a series of articles, David Butts defines the common features in a BIM approach using different software products.

Helpful Tips for InfraWorks 360 — Tony Carcamo offers a handful of tips for improving your use of InfraWorks 360 and Civil 3D 2016 software.

Inside Track — Brian Andresen finds three productivity-boosting products for users. First, EasyGrid helps create grid lines easily and quickly. IRhino 3D lets users view Rhino 3DM files on their tablets, phones, and more. Finally, REVITKeys gives you a list of 158 keyboard combinations for Revit versions 2010–2012.

AUGIWorld March 2016 Issue Released!

2016.02.18

AUGI HotNews -- February 2016, Issue No. 153

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…

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