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2015.02.05

AUGIWorld February 2015 Issue Released!

AUGIWorld February 2015
Are you a beginner when it comes to using Autodesk software? Now before you answer - "No way... I've been using AutoCAD forever" - think about it. If you are a long-time AutoCAD user who is new to Autodesk Revit, or an AutoCAD pro whose company just invested in AutoCAD Civil 3D, then you are a beginner.

Again. No worries, though, because the February 2015 issue of AUGIWorld offers excellent advice and gives you some basic building blocks for getting started. For example, Murray Clack offers a guide for brand new employees in "What to Expect Now that You're Hired."

AUGIWorld's 3ds Max professional, Brian Chapman, presents "Intro to 3ds Max" for those just getting started with that software.

The February issue is packed with more advice for newbies and a nice variety of articles for everyone else.

Also in the February 2015 AUGIWorld...

Benefits of BIM and VDC: A Contractor's View - Jennifer Suerth explores why the use of Building Information Modeling (BIM) and Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) is increasing significantly among contractors.

Filters for Quality Control - Philip Russo demonstrates how filters can be beneficial in a Revit Structure environment.

New Best Practices for Plumbing - If you were familiar with best practices for drafting back in the day, check out these new best practices for plumbing, presented by David Raynor.

Introduction to Reality Computing - A comprehensive look at Reality Computing, which is a vision for how technologies are breaking down the barriers between the physical and digital worlds.

Welcome to the Family: The Transition to Civil 3D - Power through the learning curve as you transition from AutoCAD to AutoCAD Civil 3D and you'll never look back. Author Miguel Medina offers assistance.

Analysis Powerhouse: Autodesk Nastran In-CAD - John Evans presents the benefits of Nastran In-CAD, an Autodesk acquisition that brings powerful analysis capabilities to Inventor users.

Also in this issue...

Object Linking & Embedding (OLE) - Melinda Heavrin demonstrates the ability to easily move information from one application to another with OLE in AutoCAD Architecture.

Printing in the AEC Industry - If you believe the days are numbered for printed drawings, wait until you see what is happening with printing technology. This month's HP and CASE article provides a peek at the innovation.

The Myths of Mentoring - Mark Kiker examines (and busts) 5 myths pertaining to mentoring in a CAD environment.

Real-Time Rendering with Fuzor - Paras Nanavati reviews Fuzor, a real-time rendering application that integrates seamlessly with Revit.

Inside Track - Brian Andresen with a look at three new Autodesk-related software offerings. This month's picks are Revu, a PDF multi-discipline collaboration tool; Autodesk FormIt, a mobile app that lets users capture building design concepts digitally anytime, anywhere; and Rhynamo, an open source plug-in that exposes new visual nodes for reading and writing Rhino 3dm files.

AUGIWorld February 2015 Issue Released!

2015.01.08

AUGIWorld January 2015 Issue Released!

AUGIWorld January 2015
Another new year, another chance to reflect, reset, and refresh. As we slip into 2015, how about making personal and professional progress #1 on your to-do list? With a little help from your AUGIWorld friends, you can get a great start on a year's worth of advancement.

Mark Kiker, veteran CAD manager, explores the sometimes subtle differences between a sponsor and a mentor and the impact of each on the protégé in his article "And Now a Word from our Sponsor."

In "Work on Your Personal Advancement," author Walt Sparling offers a roadmap for making professional gains in the coming year.

This issue of AUGIWorld, the first of 2015, also offers an array of product-oriented content for Revit MEP, AutoCAD Civil 3D, Inventor, and more.

Also in the January 2015 AUGIWorld...

Trial, Error, Success - Kyle Schicker shares his company's experience of using Autodesk Revit MEP to create 3D, as-built models.

Speed and Simplify with Sheet Set Manager - Melinda Heavrin shows the benefits of using the Sheet Set Manager in AutoCAD Architecture 2015.

Hidden Survey Gems - Shawn Herring reveals some of the unknown or underutilized features in AutoCAD Civil 3D that are of particular interest to surveyors.

Design-Level BIM - Tom Fuller describes the use of SysQue for Autodesk Revit for mechanical and plumbing design modeling.

10 Reasons Why Inventor Is Still My Sweetheart - John Evans recognizes the promise of Autodesk Fusion 360 Ultimate, but offers 10 reason s why his allegiance remains, for now, with Autodesk Inventor.

Real Life Perspective: Transitioning from AutoCAD to Revit - Michael Hopple addresses the BIM holdouts - those dwindling few who are reluctant to move from AutoCAD to Revit. Here, some pros and cons.

Also in this issue...

Inside Track - Brian Andresen looks at new Autodesk-related software in this regular AUGIWorld column. This month: BIMObject apps for AutoCAD, Revit, ArchiCAD and SketchUp; the Constructware Field mobile app from Autodesk, which lets Constructware users view, download, and upload AEC project documents from the field or office; and BIM9 Private BIM Cloud, which uses mainstream computer hardware technologies along with custom configurations to allow design teams to work on large building information models simultaneously from different physical locations.

Becoming Virtualized: The Future of Computation in the AEC Industry - this month's CASE and HP article explores the benefits of virtualized computing.

MSI WS60: An Autodesk Worthy Laptop - David Harrington looks under the hood of the MSI WS60 to determine its usefulness for Autodesk software users.

AUGI Wish List 2014 - a list of the top 10 product-enhancement wishes from AUGI members for the following products: AutoCAD Architecture, AutoCAD Civil 3D, AutoCAD, Inventor, Navisworks, Revit Architecture, Revit MEP, and Revit Structure.

AUGIWorld January 2015 Issue Released!

2014.12.04

AUGIWorld December 2014 Issue Released!

AUGIWorld December 2014
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!

2014.11.06

AUGIWorld November 2014 Issue Released!

AUGIWorld November 2014
When it comes to sharpening your design skills through continuing education and training, you don't want to "wing it." Rather than take a haphazard approach to professional development - for yourself or your staff - create a detailed education plan..

Here to help are AUGIWorld authors in the November 2014 issue.

"Autodesk in the Classroom," Mark Kiker interviews Autodesk's Don Carlson about significant offerings Autodesk makes available to students and educators.

Author Dat Lien shows you how to "Make Your AutoCAD Training Grow Roots" by fine tuning AutoCAD for optimum performance.

Kimberly Fuhrman helps you reach peak performance in your Revit environment in "Cross-Training Platforms."

Also in the November 2014 AUGIWorld...

Introduction to Revit Macros - Troy Gates instructs you with a step-by-step guide to using macros in Revit MEP.

5 Mistakes of a Rookie CAD Manager - Paul Munford allows you to learn from his mistakes as a fledgling CAD manager.

How to Control Revit File Sizes - This month's Technology in Practice article by CASE and HP provides strategies for file size control.

Revit MEP API Leveraged for Construction - Kenneth Eastman highlights innovation in add-ins available from resellers and others via the Revit MEP API.

ACA Display Themes - Melinda Heavrin walks you through the creation and use of display themes in AutoCAD Architecture.

The AECO Landscape - Jay Zallan offers a high-level overview for achieving true success with BIM in AECO environments.

Establish a Pattern of Learning - David Barker provides thoughts on preparing yourself for optimum learning experiences.

Also in this issue...

Power in a Mid-Year Extension - Mike Thomas finds a lot to like in Vault 2015 R2. Discover what’s special about this release.

How to Set a Viewpoint from the Quick Access Toolbar - Tips guru Michael Beall shows you how to save a 3D viewpoint for use later in any drawing.

Inside Track - Brian Andreson highlights three Autodesk-related products. This month: Revizto, a tool for sharing BIM and CAD models; the newest line of MTower workstations from @Xi Computer Corporation; and the Sefaira Plug-in and Sefaira Web App for model performance analysis.

AUGIWorld November 2014 Issue Released!

2014.10.02

AUGIWorld October 2014 Issue Released!

AUGIWorld October 2014
If we polled AUGI members about how many use an Autodesk product in its fresh-out-of-the-box state, the result is likely null. Truth is, the beauty of AutoCAD and other Autodesk products is that they are so very customizable, and users happily set themselves to this task.

In October 2014 AUGIWorld, our authors provide some great advice for customizing a variety of Autodesk products.

For example, Adam Muñoz and Kaushal Diwan team up to deliver some best practices for customizing Revit Structure in "Help Me, Help You."

For those with a longing to be head of state, Louisa Holland shows how to use Content Packs to do many things, including create your own country if you so desire - check out her article, "Viva La Revolution!"

And in "Understanding the CUI" Melinda Heavrin gets down to the basics of the Customize User Interface in AutoCAD Architecture.

There is a lot more on customizing Autodesk products, along with AUGIWorld's usual array of articles on other topics.

Also in the October 2014 AUGIWorld...

Breaking the Rules - Martijn de Riet introduces you to BIMiTs Content Admin Kit, which he finds full of exciting possibilities for Revit users.

The ABCs of MEP Constructing Modeling, Part 1 - Matt Stachoni opines that the process of construction modeling is not to be underestimated in terms of time, effort, expertise required, and expense. With that in mind, he offers a two-part series on getting started with Trade Contractor Modeling (TCM) with a focus on the MEP trades.

How Small Firms Should Prepare for the BIM 2016 Mandate - This month's CASE/HP collaboration shows how the UK's initiative to mandate "fully collaborative 3d BIM [Building Information Modeling] by 2016" provides lessons for us all.

Lighting Design and Analysis in Revit - Dan Stine explores the capabilities of ElumTools, a Revit add-in developed by Lighting Analysts.

Design, Coordinate, Fabricate - Kenneth Eastman provides real-world examples of a BIM workflow.

How to Effectively Use Associative Dimensions - Tips guru Michael Beall steps you through working with dimensions in AutoCAD.

Also in this issue...

Customizing Leads to Productivity in Grading Projects - Michelle Rasmussen shares tips for making grading easier in AutoCAD Civil 3D software.

Inventor iLogic Notes for Assembly Drawings - John Evans divulges what he learned from the iLogic Assembly document functions that are used to automate drawing creation.

Customized Leadership - If no two people are exactly alike, how could one-size-fits-all leadership possibly make sense? Mark Kiker shows you how to mold your management style and achieve excellent results.

Inside Track - Brian Andreson presents three Autodesk-related products. In the spotlight this month are online video tutorials from CADLearning; VEO, which allows users to manage models and project information on one platform; and Assemble, a web-based solution that help you deliver projects on time and within budget.

AUGIWorld October 2014 Issue Released!

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