Whether you're spending the first week of December at Autodesk University or it's business as usual in your office, you can, make that must, continually cultivate your professional network. This precious collection of colleagues can come to your rescue in any number of situations - from helping you with a solution to a stubborn design problem or recommending a third-party application you might want to investigate to assisting your search for a new job.
The December 2014 issue of AUGIWorld provides insight into building a professional network, along with a nice lineup of product-oriented content for Revit, AutoCAD, 3ds Max, Navisworks, and more.
Jennifer Storey presents "How to Develop and Maintain Your Professional Network,"
an article filled with practical advice about how to build your own network and be a good resource for others.
AUGI board member Shaun Bryant asks, "Have Your Set up Your LUG Yet?"
and invites AUGI members to get involved with a local user group (LUG), which provides terrific networking opportunities.
From cover to cover, this information-packed issue offers a nice variety of articles.
Also in the December 2014 AUGIWorld...
Developing Leadership Insight -
Columnist Mark Kiker helps CAD Managers discover opportunities for gaining insight, which proves so valuable in strategic planning.
Make the Most of Autodesk University -
This months' HP and CASE collaboration helps AU attendees navigate the event.
MWF - Metal Wood Framer -
Joshua Geimcke presents a product review on StrucSoft Solutions' MWF product and its three primary components: MWF Pro Wall, MWF Pro Floor, and MWF Pro Truss.
The ABCs of MEP Construction Modeling, Part 2 -
Matt Stachoni follows up the first article in this series with this discussion of shop drawings and submittals and focusing on how to best use Autodesk Revit MEP for trade construction modeling.
Perspectives on AutoCAD -
AutoCAD veterans Walt Sparling and Brian Benton prognosticate on the future of AutoCAD software. This month's tips article, by Michael Beall, discusses the Paste to Original Coordinates feature.
DMLS: Engineering Metal Layer by Layer -
John Evans explores advances in 3D printing, or additive manufacturing, for serious aerospace metallic components.
Content: Build or Buy? -
Kenneth Eastman ponders the pros and cons of building and buying content for MEP construction.
The Power of Design and Change: Best Practices for Conceptual Design -
Chris Roberts serves up some great practical advice for users of AutoCAD Civil 3D software.
3ds Max Versatility -
Brian Chapman acknowledges the typical uses of 3ds Max - presentation, collaboration, concept, design - and explores the software's use for projects outside these areas.
Also in this issue...
External References in ACA -
Melinda Heavrin goes in depth on the purpose and use of xrefs in AutoCAD Architectural software.
Navisworks for Detailers -
Mark Hunter discusses why Navisworks is not just for BIM managers. Detailers can incorporate Navisworks into their workflows to avoid clashes and speed up the coordination process.
Inside Track -
Brian Andresen takes a look at a series of Revit-enhancing apps created by architect Emanuel Favreau.
Thank You to Our Volunteers -
AUGI tips the hat to the hard-working volunteers who bring their insight and experience to the pages of AUGIWorld magazine all year long. With gratitude, we recognize them here.
AUGIWorld December 2014 Issue Released!