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2017.11.03

AUGIWorld November 2017 -- Find Time for Training

AUGIWorld November 2017
Yeah, we get it—everybody’s busy. Faced with more work than there are hours in a work week, you struggle to keep your head above water while continuing to look for ways to shave a sliver of time off this process and achieve efficiencies through that workflow. Always pressed for time, the one item you may be tempted to jettison is the very last item you should ever put on the back burner: continued education and training.

Fortunately, there is no shortage of opportunities to learn something new. Thousands will head to Las Vegas later this month to attend Autodesk University, the premier education and networking event. Those who can’t make the trip this year are not without options, for there are top-notch education and training opportunities available everywhere.

In the November 2017 issue of AUGIWorld, our experts provide information on great training resources.

Make Training Priority One — Joshua Geimecke has never stopped learning and has found many opportunities right in his workplace. Here, he shares tips for trainers and trainees alike.

Exploring Display Themes — Melinda Heavrin provides the ins and outs of display themes in AutoCAD Architecture. Learn how to create themes, manage theme styles, activate themes, and much more.

Mining the Cloud for a Better Building Industry — Anthony A. Hauck of Autodesk explores the potential of the cloud and discusses several Autodesk solutions.

Updated Intel Xeon Processors Power New HP Z4, Z6 and Z8 Workstations — Robert Green shows how HP is addressing the growing need for more power among Autodesk users.

The Education Triumvirate — Brian Chapman champions some time-honored methods for increasing one’s knowledge on a given subject: maintain your contacts, participate in forums, and view videos or printed materials. But knowing when to apply these methods is key.

Online CAD Training Insights — Jaiprakash Pandey offers advice for those charged with training others. With a well-constructed plan and some consideration of human behavior, you can create an effective training program.

Also in this issue…

Civil Engineering Education: Three Styles, Five Methods — Heidi Boutwell helps you determine your learning style, then helps you navigate the many education and training resources available.

Being Trustworthy — Mark Kiker never forgot the fundamental principles he learned as a Boy Scout. Here, he discusses one characteristic in particular that should be demonstrated by everyone.

Inside Track — Brian Andresen presents three new AEC-related offerings. This month: Xinaps Suite, a suite of tools for regulation compliance; BIM Track, a web-based collaboration platform; and AUGmentecture, a service that helps users view complex 3D models in an Augmented Reality format.

AUGIWorld November 2017 Issue Released!

2017.10.05

AUGIWorld October 2017 -- Custom-Fit Autodesk Products

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Virtually every user of AutoCAD and other Autodesk products has customized the software to some degree. Hardly a news flash, but what users might not have considered is what customization means. Some users, perhaps many, consider customization to be setting the preferences for product look, feel, and behavior.

AUGI President Kate Morrical views it somewhat differently. In her editorial within the October 2017 issue of AUGIWorld, Kate differentiates between software personalization and customization, defines both, and then describes how each can be helpful, within certain limits. Kate’s thought-provoking editorial kicks off this issue, which covers a wide array of topics.

Virtual Reality for Collaboration and Communication, Not Just Presentation — Rick Burchett dispels the notion that VR is merely technology to wow the client at the final presentation. He demonstrates how VR can be used much earlier in the design process.

One Giant Leap — Revit 2018.1 Precast Tools — Kimberly Fuhrman provides a look at tools in at Revit Structure’s mid-year release.

The Perfect Profile — Sam Lucido shows how you can boost productivity with the Profile feature in AutoCAD 2018.

3ds Max Customization — Brian Chapman has gained efficiency through customization in 3ds Max software. Like any good AUGI member, Brian now shares with others—in this article, you learn how to customize the user interface, viewports, and quad menus.

The Up (and Down) Sides of Trade Shows — Autodesk University is just around the corner, and Mark Kiker provides some timely advice on which aspects of trade shows to embrace, and which to watch out for.

Get Ready for Virtual Reality — Robert Green investigates the various applications for Virtual Reality and introduces the HP Z VR Backpack, a wearable VR solution.

Also in this issue…

Understanding ACA Schedule Tables — Melinda Heavrin dives into AutoCAD Architecture’s schedule tables: discussing styles, property data formats, set definitions, and more.

Shoehorn Your Civil 3D Model into a CAD Standard — Kyle Nishioka discusses what to do when the standard should have been followed, but wasn’t. Here, he demonstrates how to convert drawings to fit another drafting standard.

Inside Track — Brian Andresen provides details on new products for AEC. This month: 3D Section Box, which creates a section box around selected elements; OKCommand, which provides a quick way to search for all built-in Revit commands and all installed plug-ins; and SeeBlock, an AutoCAD add-on that helps you build and manage block libraries.

AUGIWorld October 2017 Issue Released!

2017.09.07

AUGIWorld September 2017 --- Are You Paid What You're Worth?

AUGIWorld September 2017
Whether you’ve already had the annual “merit meeting” with the boss or it’s still looming on your 2017 calendar, it pays (literally) to enter the meeting with some hard facts. And figures. Among the benefits of an AUGI membership is the September issue of AUGIWorld magazine featuring the Annual AUGI Salary Survey.

Salary Survey Manager Melanie Perry collects and analyzes the salary, education, and work environment data that you and your colleagues provide, then presents it all in a cool mix of snapshots to help you determine where you stand in comparison to colleagues in your industry. Dive into the 16th annual survey and the other articles featured in the September issue.

AutoCAD for 3D Modeling and Visualization — Xavier Loayza speaks to those who are visual learners—about three-quarters of the world’s population. In this article, you’ll learn more about AutoCAD’s Point Cloud tools, adding context to visualization, and creating realistic renderings.

Customizing the Graphical Column Schedule — Jason Boehning and Marcello Sgambelluri team up to step you through the use and customization of the Graphical Column Schedule in Revit Structure software. This comprehensive article will give you what you need to make the most of this feature.

Tech Manager Show and Tell — Mark Kiker advises you to speak up about what you have accomplished. But as you’ll learn in this article, there’s a right time to do it, a proper way to show it, and a compelling way to tell it.

A Civil View from Your Seat — Todd Rogers offers a look at the Autodesk Collection featuring InfraWorks, Civil 3D, and Civil View software. With plenty of screenshots and how-tos, this article provides many helpful tips.

Get Fast, Stay Fast with Intel and HP — Go from zero to 60 with Intel, HP Turbo Drives, and HP Performance Advisor. Robert Green examines what you’ll need to achieve peak performance.

Also in this issue…

Expanding on Details — Brian Chapman expands on a previous article to show you how to add complex details to your 3ds Max scenes.

AEC Wall Objects — Melinda Heavrin explores walls in AutoCAD Architecture 2018. Wall styles, editing tips, customized wall surfaces, and endcaps are covered.

Inside Track — Brian Andresen presents three new AEC-related products. This month: Autodesk Live Viewer, which lets you open and explore interactive visualizations created in Autodesk Revit Live; AdvArray, a parametric array type modifier for 3ds Max; and Revision + Cloud Manager, which helps manage revisions, clouds, and sheets.

AUGIWorld September 2017 Issue Released!

2017.08.03

AUGIWorld August 2017 --- Collaboration in Action

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Collaboration is often talked about and occasionally put into practice, sometimes successfully so. When thinking about collaboration, we tend to focus on the human aspect. That is, it takes individuals to do the hard work of planning process and procedure, and for everyone else to buy in, to ensure that collaboration moves from theory to reality.

But there’s a technology element that should be considered as well—what can software tools do to facilitate collaboration? The August 2017 issue of AUGIWorld focuses on these concepts and more.

Collaboration in 2017 and Beyond — Joshua Geimecke explores the human side and technological side of collaboration and presents practical advice for moving forward. Then he discusses how newer technology may be used to enhance collaboration in the future.

Collaboration (and More) in 5 Simple Steps — Matt Wunch dives into the Autodesk AEC Collection with a close look at how effectively InfraWorks, Civil 3D, Revit, Navisworks and Live work together.

The Right Tools for the Job — Walt Sparling encourages AutoCAD users to think outside the box, literally, and consider a few other software tools in the drawing arena.

A Design Tour of the HP Z2 Mini — This month’s Tech Insights looks under the hood at HP’s pint-sized powerhouse.

Remodeling Your Tech Environment — Mark Kiker shares lessons he learned during a recent kitchen remodel and how they apply to the CAD/BIM/Tech environment.

The Project Navigator: The Center for Drawing Management — Melinda Heavrin investigates the Project Navigator in AutoCAD Architecture 2018—step by step and tab by tab.

Also in this issue…

Collaboration Tools in 3ds Max — Brian Chapman proves why help with collaboration may be as close as certain features within your software. Xrefs and the File Link Manager are highlighted.

The Workflow of the Future… Now! — Ron Couillard provides a look at a multi-software workflow that will advance projects faster.

Inside Track — Brian Andresen presents three new offerings for AEC users. This month: QuickSelect, an easy way to select elements in Revit; Modelo Exporter for Revit, a 3D-enabled platform that facilitates presentation, collaboration, and more; and WebGL Exporter for 3ds Max, which exports solid bodies into HTML.

AUGIWorld August 2017 Issue Released!

2017.07.06

AUGIWorld July 2017 -- How Third-Party Apps Can Assist

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Autodesk’s robust network of developers continue to roll out offerings that provide users with additional functionality for their core Autodesk products. The July 2017 issue of AUGIWorld highlights some of those offerings, and many others are as close as a trip to the Autodesk App Store where you can choose from, literally, hundreds of products.

Jonathan Albert takes a close look at a free app for production home builders that use AutoCAD Architecture 2018 in “LotSpec: Options Management App for Production Home Builders.”

In “Improve Your Water Distribution Workflow with PressureCAD,” Shawn Herring demonstrates how the tool bridges the gap between AutoCAD and AutoCAD Civil 3D.

As always, each issue of AUGIWorld covers a wide range of topics. This month’s content continues below.

Tech Manager = Task Master — Mark Kiker shares how he keeps the items on his growing “to do” lists organized and manageable with a number of paid and free task management tools.

A Closer Look at Collaboration — Walt Sparling circles back to the topic of collaboration and offers practical advice for communicating, coordinating, and using various AutoCAD tools to effectively collaborate with others.

Revit / Analytical Interoperability — Ken Farr investigates the Bentley Software-Autodesk Revit connection. Common workflows, integrating BIM and analytical models, and keys to success are discussed.

Covering Details — Brian Chapman with a lesson on adding interesting details to any scene in 3ds Max.

X2 Mini Workstations in Action — Robert Green’s conversation with a satisfied X2 Mini user reveals the performance and versatility of these small but powerful workstations.

Also in this issue…

Seven Songs about Scripts and How They Improve a CAD Manager’s World — Jisell Howe offers up several scripts that will have a positive impact on CAD managers and their ability to achieve automation goals.

The Tool as an Extension of the Hand: Part II in the Autodidact Series — Andrew Fastman examines the results of a scientific study and how the concept applies to BIM and the use of Revit.

Inside Track — Brian Andresen presents three AEC-related products for Autodesk users. This month: Lumion Plug-In, a tool for viewing model changes in real time; CadTempo, which allows users to track the time spent working in AutoCAD drawings; and Slicer for Autodesk Fusion 360, which turns digital 3D models into appealing artifacts.

AUGIWorld July 2017 Issue Released!

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