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2016.11.03

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!

2016.10.06

AUGIWorld October 2016 Issue Released!

AUGIWorld October 2016
Show of hands… anyone using Autodesk products in their out-of-the-box state? What? Nobody?? There’s a reason AUGIWorld visits the topic of product customization every year—because AUGI members like to adjust their Autodesk products in order to achieve peak productivity.

In the October 2016 issue, AUGIWorld authors are quick to offer up customization advice to the readership. For example, in the article “Inside the Customize User Interface (CUI),” Melinda Heavrin unpacks the CUI in AutoCAD Architecture and shows you how to customize workspaces, ribbon tabs, toolbars, and more.

AutoCAD command lovers will appreciate “Move Over, Mouse… My Keyboard Had a Tune-Up,” a collaborative effort by Sam Lucido and Murray Clack that provides lots of tips for speeding up access to frequently used commands.

Also in the October 2016 AUGIWorld…

The IoT in AEC — Peter Marchese examines the IoT (Internet of Things) and applications for AECO, describing real-life examples.

Customizing Revit for the Precast Concrete Industry — Michael Hopple and Zachary Engle team up to bring you customization tips and tricks and an outline for creating fabrication-level shop drawings.

Navigating Your Performance Review — Mark Kiker shows you how to make the most of this annual review for a positive impact on your salary and career.

Introduction: The Max Creation Graph (MCG) — Brian Chapman instructs on the use of MCG, a visual programming language developed specifically for users to “innovate” for themselves and others.

Leveraging the Use of Profile Banding — Stephen Walz shares lessons learned when his company undertook a large project that called for a thoughtfully planned, organized, and executed workflow. Here’s a look at their approach.

Also in this issue…

The HP Z240 “CAD Monster” — Robert Green introduces an HP workstation offering more performance, greater SSD storage capacity, faster I/O and configuration flexibility than the previous generation Z240 Workstation. Read all about it.

Inside Track — Brian Andresen with three new offerings for AEC. This month, he looks at SimScale Integration for Autodesk Fusion 360, an engineering simulation platform; Bimcave Auto Search Set, which automatically creates multiple Search Sets for different values of a property; and the Autodesk Buzzsaw mobile app, which permits Buzzsaw users to securely access AEC project designs and documents from anywhere.

Case Study: HOK automates BIM deliverables for Salt Lake City terminal redevelopment — this editorial examines a massive North American construction project and the use of RTV Tools’ Xporter PRO, an add on for Revit that automates documentation processes.

AUGIWorld October 2016 Issue Released!

2016.09.02

AUGIWorld September 2016 Issue Released!

AUGIWorld September 2016
It is well known that AUGI members are always willing to share information with their fellow members. Often this peer-to-peer sharing comes in the form of tips for making the most of the software you use, workarounds to employ until the next software releases solve product limitations, and other sage advice. Recently, more than 4,200 AUGI members shared something more—and all AUGI members will benefit.

The results of the 15th Annual AUGI Salary Survey are in! Created, organized, and analyzed by long-time AUGI volunteer and member of the Board of Directors, Melanie Perry, the AUGI Salary Survey presents interesting cuts of data which go far beyond what you earned last year.

Insights into job satisfaction, what industries are experiencing heavy workloads and what industries could be a little busier, what percentage of respondents got a raise, what percentage didn’t, and a whole lot more are included in this year’s survey.

Thank you to the AUGI members who participated!

Also in the September 2016 AUGIWorld…

Revit MEP Families Simplified — Todd Shackelford breaks down Revit families and presents methods and other practical advice.

Max Efficiency — Time to hit the library, and Brian Chapman shows you how to create and manage content libraries for use in 3ds Max.

Leveraging Corridors and Feature Lines within Civil 3D 2017 — Shawn Herring demonstrates how AutoCAD Civil 3D is improving corridor modeling.

Shared Coordinates Help Achieve Project Success — Elizabeth Byrne and Tim Kivisto show the benefits of the powerful Shared Coordinates feature in Revit.

Working with Roofs — The topic is roofs. The software is AutoCAD Architecture. Melinda Heavrin steps you through styles, editing, roof tool creation, and more.

Also in this issue…

Putting the Q in the QAT — In this comprehensive article, Sam Lucido explores the Quick Access Toolbar in AutoCAD 2017.

Configuring Your Workstation for Autodesk Software — In this month’s Tech Insights article, Robert Green presents some key considerations for determining how to get maximum performance from your workstation.

Inside Track — Brian Andresen with three new AEC-related software offerings. This month: Archetris Schema, a cloud-based app for early-stage architectural design tasks; Tracing Paper, a drawing tool for the iPad, iPad Touch, and iPhone; and Sweets, a building product resource for searching, selecting, and annotating manufacturer building product data directly into projects.

AUGIWorld September 2016 Issue Released!

2016.08.04

AUGIWorld August 2016 Issue Released!

AUGIWorld August 2016
It has long been recognized that collaboration among disciplines is key to the success of any project. But just why it is critical—and what can happen when effective collaboration is absent—is not always clear. In the August 2016 issue of AUGIWorld, our experts seek to show you why collaboration matters and to offer tips for how to accomplish it successfully.

Joshua Geimecke answers the question “How Important Is Collaboration?” with a look at why collaboration isn’t always done and advice on how to get started.

In the article “Collaboration with Autodesk Design Review,” author Melinda Heavrin shows you the many ways work can be shared among users of Autodesk Architecture software.

Want to know more about working with staff down the line? Then don’t miss a single article in this information-packed issue.

Also in the August 2016 AUGIWorld…

What is the Best Computer for Revit? — Jay B. Zallan takes you computer shopping with some handy tips for finding Revit-ready computers for use by management, the “superstars,” and the general users.

Giving AutoCAD the Boot — Andrea Alderton believes it’s time for AutoCAD to go, and she offers up compelling reasons why it’s time for users to think outside the (AutoCAD) box.

Collaboration Tips — To author Walt Sparling, collaboration is only as effective as the communication involved in the process. Email, the cloud, and more are discussed here.

Better Site Coordination and Topography: An AutoCAD Civil 3D and Revit Workflow — Adam Nicholes examines a method for coordinating the Autodesk Revit building model with the AutoCAD Civil 3D site plan.

Tutorial: Collaboration with 3ds Max and Stingray — In this step-by-step, Brian Chapman shows you how collaboration works beautifully among these two Autodesk products.

Also in this issue…

Priorities — CAD Manager Mark Kiker follows up last month’s article on creating a tech manager’s task list with a closer look at how to prioritize all those tasks you need to accomplish.

New Intel Xeon Processors Accelerate HP Z440 and Z640 Workstations — In this month’s Tech Insights column, Robert Green shares speed stats that are sure to please Autodesk power users.

Inside Track — Brian Andresen introduces three new products for the Autodesk AEC community. This month, HatchKit for Revit, a graphical hatch pattern editor for editing existing patterns or creating new ones; CTC BIM Manager Suite, 10 tools in a bundle for Revit releases 2014–2017; and RhinoToNavisworks, which permits the viewing of Rhino models (*.3dm) in Navisworks releases 2015–2017.

AUGIWorld August 2016 Issue Released!

2016.07.07

AUGIWorld July 2016 Issue Released!

AUGIWorld July 2016
Spotting trends is tricky, particularly with technology, because it’s tough to know what new feature or functionality is set to emerge that will make today’s hot trend yesterday’s old news. Still, AUGIWorld authors aren’t afraid to take an objective look at where we are now and predict a bit where we are headed.

In the July 2016 issue, a few authors weigh in on “the state of the industry.” For example, Joel Londenberg looks at fabrication features in Revit MEP five years after Autodesk’s acquisition of MAP Software. What Joel finds in the product today—and what he still would like to see—are detailed in “Fabrication for Revit MEP – 5 Years In.”

Jay Zallan turns a critical eye toward AECO in “Reconstructing the AEC Practice: Success in AECO, BIM & Revit.” Jay rolls out what he believes firms need to do in order to move forward with BIM.

There’s more prognostication in this issue, as well as the usual helpful how-to articles… enjoy!

Also in the July 2016 AUGIWorld…

Can CIM Be Done in Civil 3D? — Stephen Walz explores how Civil Information Modeling (CIM) can be done with AutoCAD Civil 3D software. You’ll get some great, practical advice in this article.

What if… #BIMisREVIT — Lola Carbajal investigates the collaboration and management that still needs to take place before BIM is a practical solution for everyone who may benefit from it.

ACA Display System: One and Done — Melinda Heavrin demonstrates the beauty of AutoCAD Architecture’s Display system, where you draw an architecture object only once and then use the software’s many settings to mold objects to fit your exact needs.

The Future of Visualization — Brian Chapman has fun looking at how far products such as 3ds Max have come and what’s on the horizon for this software and others.

Also in this issue…

Tech Manager’s Task List — CAD Manager Mark Kiker shares his approach to getting tasks done—the time-honored “to do” list. But, as Mark will tell you, creating the list is just the beginning of the process.

4K Displays for 3D CAD — In this month’s Tech Insights article, Robert Green highlights some great monitors available from HP and offers some advice on what to consider before you upgrade.

Inside Track — Brian Andresen introduces some new AEC-related products and enhanced offerings. This month: BIM Helper Tools that can be launched from the Revit ribbon; DWG-PURGE for quickly purging one or multiple AutoCAD drawings; and Topo Align, which features three commands for working with topo surfaces.

AUGIWorld July 2016 Issue Released!

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