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AUGIWorld February 2017 -- Tips for Beginners and Others

AUGIWorld February 2017
Every beginner benefits from having a mentor. If you’re just getting started in your career or are using software that is new to you, resources such as the AUGI Forums and AUGIWorld magazine put scores of mentors within easy reach. For example, the February 2017 issue of AUGIWorld gets Back to Basics.

Our authors (aka mentors) provide tutorials, step-by-step instructions, help for sidestepping some problem areas, and best practices to get you on the road to productivity. Dive in and enjoy.

Connection Basics — Philip Russo takes you through the connection features in Revit Structure 2017. Specifying and assigning connections and placing beam to column are among the items discussed.

Introduction to MassFX — Brian Chapman offers a lesson on making a 3ds Max scene more interesting with the MassFX tool.

Troubleshooting AutoCAD for Beginners — Murray Clack provides lots of quick tips to help AutoCAD users deal with issues that often plague those new to the software.

A Brief Overview for Beginners — Matt Wunch with an introduction to the benefits available from InfraWorks 360.

Learning Through Teaching and Managing It All: A Revit Autodidact in Practice — Andrew Fastman presents lessons learned during a large Revit project.

Can You Help Me? What Your Users First See and Hear — Mark Kiker shows tech managers how words and actions impact those seeking their help.

Also in this issue…

Working with Annotations in AutoCAD Architecture — Melinda Heavrin leads you through the software’s annotation abilities. This article covers keynotes, notes and labels, callouts, dimensions, and more.

The Surveyor and Civil 3D — Jason Jenkins revisits the Field to Finish workflow in AutoCAD Civil 3D 2017. You’ll get the basics and some time-saving tips.

Intel Xeon with Turbo Boost Max Technology 3.0 — In this month’s Tech Insights column, Robert Green demonstrates the speed of the Intel Xeon processors.

Inside Track — Brian Andresen with three new AEC-related offerings. This month: Enscape, a VR and rendering plug-in for Revit; C3D Parcel Tools, a collection of seven tools for AutoCAD Civil 3D; and Autodesk Site Designer Extension for Revit, software to convey building site planning concepts to engineers.

AUGIWorld February 2017 Issue Released!


AUGIWorld January 2017 Issue Released!

AUGIWorld January 2017
Every new year brings with it a new set of goals, or resolutions. So, while you are planning for 2017, there is no time like the present to immerse yourself in your Autodesk software of choice. Resolve to use the software to its fullest, to find new ways of performing tasks, and ultimately boost your productivity.

AUGIWorld authors are here to usher in the new year with a look at some advanced topics within their specialty areas.

For example, 3ds Max users will learn more about lighting from Brian Chapman in “Advanced Lighting: Light Balance with 3ds Max.”

Then, in “Revit Electrical Panels Explained,” Doug Bowers provides tips for better utilization of electrical panels and associated schedules.

Get off to a great start in the new year with the advanced topics in this issue.

Also in the January 2017 AUGIWorld…

Putting the “I” in BIM: How to Work with the Information Needed for a Building Information Model — Rich Burchett helps Revit users identify, locate, and model information as well as safeguard against over- and under-modeling.

Automating Steel Lintels and Tags — Philip Russo with a lesson on steel lintel and tag automation in Revit Structure.

2017 and the Future of AutoCAD — Walt Sparling explains why he doesn’t buy into the idea that AutoCAD’s days are numbered.

Squeeze More Performance from Your HP Z Workstation — Robert Green explores how HP’s Performance Advisor helps keep workstations updated.

Point Clouds in ACA — Melinda Heavrin shows how to create, attach, and work with point clouds in AutoCAD Architecture.

Advance Your Workflows with Civil 3D 2017 v1Updates — Shawn Herring explores the updates available in the V1 periodic update to AutoCAD Civil 3D, including gravity network analysis, adding property set data to labels, and much more.

Also in this issue…

How Cool Is Your Software? — Mark Kiker defines the characteristics of cool as it relates to software.

Creating Proposed Landscape Trees in Minutes — Tony Carcamo offers a lesson for quickly creating trees in InfraWorks 360 software.

Inside Track — Brian Andresen highlights three AEC-related products for Autodesk users. This month: External Access Links Manager, which allows Revit users to view links in a project without having to open it; ENTiTi AR/VR Exporter, a tool that turns CAD designs into Augmented and Virtual Reality; and Duplicate Sheet, an add-in that lets users duplicate sheets with and without views.

AUGIWorld January 2017 Issue Released!


AUGIWorld December 2016 Issue Released!

AUGIWorld December 2016
AUGI members advance. Whether they are riding the wave of an industry trend or squeezing every drop of productivity out of their Autodesk software of choice, they are continuously moving forward.

In the December 2016 issue of AUGIWorld, readers will get a little bit of everything—industry insights for Revit users and advice from our experts on creative approaches with 3ds Max, ReCap 360 Pro, and more.

Also in the December 2016 AUGIWorld…

Reality Capture Made Easy: The Complete Workflow with 3DR Site Scan — Kevin Sartori demonstrates data capture via drone and the role ReCap 360 Pro plays.

Industry Insights — Dan McCloskey explore how the advances in Revit software have led to a trend toward using it for shop drawing creation.

Becoming Resilient — Mark Kiker promotes resilience in Tech Managers. Here are steps you can take to sharpen your ability to bounce back.

Reflections on Lights — Brian Chapman offers a tutorial on understanding lighting and working with 3ds Max’s lighting components.

Arrange Your Workspaces — Melinda Heavrin takes a close look at Workspaces in AutoCAD Architecture 2017. She explores the interface, customization, working with objects, and more.

Modern Design from Historical Perspective — Behzad Meskini investigates how historical architecture can provide inspiration for modern design. Autodesk Inventor, he finds, is an excellent tool for this endeavor.

Also in this issue…

Inside Track — Brian Andresen previews three AEC-related products. This month: Cheetah Solver, a geometric constraints solver; Scan to BIM, for creating a model from a point cloud; and IdeateApps, a set of Revit-based tools designed to increase productivity.

HP Z2 Mini — Robert Green presents HP’s new mini workstation for CAD users. Processor, RAM, drivers, and graphics are explored.

Thank You! — AUGI thanks those who share their knowledge with fellow members through the pages of AUGIWorld and those who volunteer for our organization.

AUGIWorld December 2016 Issue Released!


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!


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!

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