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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!

2014.09.04

AUGIWorld September 2014 Issue Released!

AUGIWorld September 2014
Now that the economy is rebounding, professionals can turn their attention back to practical matters such as discovering how their earnings compare with those of their industry peers, what industries are hiring, what industries are laying off, how many people got salary increases, and how many didn't. This and more is included in the 13th Annual AUGI Salary Survey.

As always, Melanie Perry, Salary Survey Manager, analyzes the data, providing an intriguing look at salaries, benefits, and so much more. The September issue of AUGIWorld is jam-packed with articles on a variety of topics, so jump right in!

Also in the September 2014 AUGIWorld...

Hacking Around Nuisances - Greg Firman takes you on a tour of "hacks" that will save AutoCAD MEP users time and allow them to customize their environment for maximum efficiency.

Computing Smart Geometry - HP and CASE team to bring you highlights from the annual workshop SmartGeometry, held this year in Hong Kong.

AutoCAD Fields Forever - Sam Lucido investigates the use of fields in AutoCAD 2015 and provides some time-saving tips.

Tips and Tricks - Melinda Heavrin discusses a variety of tips and shortcuts for AutoCAD Architecture 2015.

Revit MEP Construction - Kenneth Eastman uses real-life examples to illustrate the smooth progression during a project.

Coordinate Your Revit BIM Off - Daniel McFarland discusses the basics of BIM coordination.

Structural-Architectural Wall Coordination - Philip Russo illustrates some workflow methods for coordinating an architecture model in Revit Structure.

Is InfraWorks Taking Over? - Shawn Herring explores the features available within InfraWorks and ponders whether it could replace Autodesk Civil 3D software.

Also in this issue...

Make Game Development Child's Play - Brian Chapman discusses the benefits of using 3ds Max and the free game engine CryENGINE 3 Sandbox.

Smooth, Automated Fastener Connections - John Evans takes a close look at the Bolted Connection Generator within Autodesk Inventor.

Keys to Collaboration, Part Two - CAD Manager Columnist Mark Kiker completes a series of key approaches to achieve true collaboration.

Inside Track - Brian Andreson presents software for Autodesk and related software. This month: SOFiSTIK Reinforcement Detailing, HVAC Solution, and CTC BIM Control Suites.

AUGIWorld September 2014 Issue Released!

2014.08.07

AUGIWorld August 2014 Issue Released!

AUGIWorld August 2014
One would think successful collaboration among team members would be virtually effortless. Really, with all the technology available these days, how hard could it be for professionals, even those who aren't housed in the same office, to work together and end up with anything less than a perfectly executed project?

The truth is that collaboration, like anything else in business, requires solid planning. In the August issue, AUGIWorld authors provide sage advice about how to collaborate effectively. In "All Together Now," Bill Campbell discusses the role of BIM in collaboration.

Josh Carney reveals that the tools needed for collaboration were given to us at an early age in his article, "Play Nice in the Sandbox."

CAD Manager Mark Kiker presents the first half of a two-part article about "Keys to Collaboration."

There's much more on collaboration and other topics in this issue.

Also in the August 2014 AUGIWorld...

Organize with the Project Navigator - Melinda Heavrin takes you on a tour of the Project Navigator in AutoCAD Architecture. Learn how this tool can help you organize.

Detroit BOXX City - John Vondrak interviews Autodesk's James Cronin on software that kicks the automotive manufacturing process into overdrive.

Project Collaboration - Bryan Tanner redefines collaboration as it pertains to civil design projects. It goes far beyond file conversion and compatibility.

Set up Your Team for Successful Collaboration - Curt Moreno shares a method, and some practical tips, for collaborating in an AutoCAD environment. And this month's quick AutoCAD tip from Michael Beall shows you how to hyperlink.

Reduce the Complexity in Controlled Surface Design - John Evans offers workflows and key factors for successful surfaces.

Also in this issue...

Myth Buster: Revit & IFC Part 4, A New Hope - Martijn de Riet describes how Autodesk is moving in the right direction with regard to IFC and Revit interaction.

Inside Track - Brian Andresen highlights three software products for Autodesk users: the Unifi Cloud, HatchKit 2.7 CAD Hatch Pattern Editor and Generator, and Dynamo.

AUGIWorld August 2014 Issue Released!

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