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AUGIWorld February 2018 -- Helpful advice for beginners

AUGIWorld February 2018
We tend to think of beginners as younger people, fresh out of school, just getting started in their careers. The truth is that we can be beginners, or new users, at any point in our professional lives. For example, AutoCAD pros who have been in the business for decades may find themselves as beginning Revit users facing the same learning curve as their younger counterparts.

The February 2018 issue of AUGIWorld contains articles targeted to new users, wherever they are in their career span.

Professional Presentation for Designers — Brian Chapman covers the fundamentals of time, motion, blocking, and composition in 3ds Max.

Revit Electrical Systems — Crash Course — Todd Shackelford focuses on the highlights in this software, geared to new Revit users or those new to using the software for electrical design.

Renovation Mode in ACA — Melinda Heavrin demonstrates how AutoCAD Architecture’s Renovation Mode can easily identify objects and associate them with different phases of a renovation project.

Revit Structure for Beginners — Kenn Farr advises those new to Revit Structure to spend time up front getting a firm understanding of the software basics and getting training from external and/or internal sources.

Three Tools that Rock! — Ron Couillard provides a look at a trio of AutoCAD Civil 3D tools that aren’t new, but may have gone unnoticed by many users: Quick Profile and Quick Cross Section; Water Drop; and Stage Storage.

Also in this issue…

Rude, Crude or Shrewd — Mark Kiker explains why shrewdness is a trait for Tech Managers to cultivate.

Intro to BIG Data in AECO — Jay B. Zallan with an introduction to Big Data: what it is, some uses, and why it is so important.

Inside Track — Brian Andresen presents AEC software from Autodesk and others. This month: CTB Link, a Revit add-in that allows users to transform a CAD drawing before importing; SheetEz, a sheet management tool: and Novade Exporter, a plug-in that exports a 3D model to the Novade platform.

AUGIWorld February 2018 Issue Released!


AUGIWorld January 2018 -- Level Up with Advanced Features in Your Software

AUGIWorld January 2018
There’s no better time than the beginning of a new year to take your Autodesk software for a real test drive and explore the more advanced features the software has to offer. In the January 2018 issue of AUGIWorld, our experts help you discover advanced features in 3ds Max, AutoCAD Civil 3D, Revit MEP, and others.

In 3ds Max, for example, Brian Chapman presents five advanced topics for users in his article, “Advanced Techniques.”

And in the article, “Revit Formulas v. Type Catalogs v. Lookup Tables,” Todd Shackelford examines when best to deploy each option.

Read on for more advanced topics.

Quality Design Goes Beyond AutoCAD Files — Author Walt Sparling advises AutoCAD users to think about the implementation of their designs.

Free Form Rebar Basics — Jason Lush examines a feature in Revit Structure 2018 that allows users to better define the reinforcement in their structural model.

Tailor Your Interface — Melinda Heavrin demonstrates the Customize User Interface (CUI) Editor in AutoCAD Architecture 2018.

Buying Technology, Part 2 — Mark Kiker continues his list of questions to ask yourself and others as part of the diligent search for new and improved tools.

Advanced Features — Shawn Herring provides step-by-step instructions for using several advanced features in AutoCAD Civil 3D 2018.

Also in this issue…

Inside Track — Brian Andresen presents AEC software from Autodesk and others. This month: The Pype, which allows users to easily transfer and manage their submittal logs in Autodesk BIM 360; Group Clash, a plug-in for Navisworks Manage that adds meaning to clashes found in complex models; ElementsJoiner pro helps users create different kinds of junctions between architectural and structural elements automatically; and Exploded View Generator is a script for Autodesk 3ds Max that helps users generate exploded views easily and efficiently.

AUGIWorld January 2018 Issue Released!


AUGIWorld December 2017 -- AUGIWorld Authors Lead the Way

AUGIWorld December 2017
Best practices are a helpful information tool, often propelling you toward a quick solution to your current problem or at least advancing your efforts to find that quick solution.

AUGIWorld authors, each specializing in a different Autodesk product or industry discipline, serve up some best practices in the December 2017 issue. For example, Stephen Walz shares his own experiences from the Civil world in the article, “Leveraging InfraWorks and Stingray for Interdisciplinary Checks and Reviews.”

And Melinda Heavrin shows how to “Manage Sheet Sets with Ease” within AutoCAD Architecture. In fact, one could argue that every issue of AUGIWorld is a collection of best practices. Dive in!

Are You Breaking Revit? — Todd Shackelford suggests letting Revit work the way it wants to work rather than trying to “break it” with modification. Here, Todd provides key points to consider.

3ds Max Interactive — Brian Chapman sees significant benefits from 3ds Max Interactive (formerly Stingray). In this article, Brian demonstrates why he believes it will become a necessary part of many users’ workflow.

Start with a Solid Foundation — Gareth Spencer gives pointers on the use of Revit Structure templates. Begin with out-of-the-box templates, and build from there.

Buying Technology — Mark Kiker has lots of advice for decision makers and those who influence the purchase of software for their firms. The careful gathering of information from key people is a must, and Mark suggests many other things to think about before making a purchase.

New and Existing Intel Processor Options — Robert Green takes a close look at clock speed, cores, and memory in HP workstation offerings.

Also in this issue…

Inside Track — Brian Andresen presents three products for AEC. This month: Composite Connectors, an Autodesk Fusion 360 app that delivers pre-designed shapes used to frame in mechanical designs; EMS, a 3D electromagnetic field simulator software suite for Autodesk Inventor; and Preview Image Generator (P.I.G.), which creates a consistent and clear preview image for your open Revit family.

An Illusion of Knowledge: Re-Creating Learning and Teaching Techniques in AEC — Jay B. Zallan ponders what we know versus what we think, barriers to learning, and much more in this thought-provoking article about how we learn and teach.

AUGI Gives Thanks — Only through the tireless efforts of AUGI volunteers and AUGIWorld authors can AUGI members enjoy the benefits of this organization. Our December wrap-up recognizes the individuals who devoted time and talent to you in 2017.

AUGIWorld December 2017 Issue Released!


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!


AUGIWorld October 2017 -- Custom-Fit Autodesk Products

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!

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