AUGIWorld November 2015 Issue Released!

AUGIWorld November 2015
The learning never ends for Autodesk product users. Fortunately, there is a wide variety of opportunities for users to sharpen their skills through training. AUGIWorld’s November 2015 issues features industry experts presenting training options for Autodesk product users.

In “The New and Improved Revit Hand: Ultimate Learning + Every Revit Tip, Trick, Technique & Workaround (Known or Unknown),” Jay B. Zallan gives you the key to learning everything about Revit, now and in the future.

And Philip Russo provides “Modeling Coordination Training” for Revit Structure users who like a hands-on approach to learning.

Every article in this issue will address ways in which you can work better, faster, smarter.

Also in the November 2015 AUGIWorld…

Autodesk Design Academy Puts Education First — Mark Kiker interviews Jaime Perkins of Autodesk on the many ways in which the company helps students and instructors.

Parametric Constraints Primer — Melinda Heavrin offers fundamentals for using constraints in AutoCAD Architecture.

The Digital Artist — Brian Chapman explores basic elements including lines, shapes, spaces, and colors in 3ds Max.

Find the Time for Training — Walt Sparling attempts to destroy two myths: that you already know everything you need to know about AutoCAD, and that you don’t have time for training.

Autodesk’s Fusion 360… and Beyond — John Evans dives into the superior CAD-related tools added to Fusion 360 Ultimate.

Also in this issue…

Seven Strategies for Choosing the Right Training Program — Matt Miyamoto and Sash Kazeminejad of Ideate, Inc. offer their opinions on the most important things to consider when looking for a training program for yourself or your firm.

HP’s Z240 Workstations Bring Big Bandwidth — Robert Green describes how HP’s workstations pack a lot of power into a reasonably priced product.

Inside Track — Brian Andresen presents three new AEC-related products from Autodesk and its partners. This month, the Zebra Imaging 3D Hologram Creator; JTD Steel, an AutoCAD add-in for steelwork; and Augment, a mobile app for 3ds Max users.

AUGIWorld November 2015 Issue Released!


The Holiday Season is Approaching

My favorite holiday is coming up this December. Just thinking of all the colorful, blinking lights, the cool wintry breezes and of course the hot Cocoa from room service has me daydreaming at work. I have my plane ticket and have picked out all my classes. It is not Christmas, but the annual trip to Autodesk University that I am looking forward to!

Each year I get to pick out my own presents during the four Days of AU with each class selection I make. I get to share my excitement with the other 9 to 10 thousand happy holiday travelers that also attend this event. As is the case every year, I will get my fair share of exercise as I go over the escalators and through the crowds of attendees and Autodesk elves to each and every new learning experience.

I am sure many of you have already booked your flights and selected your classes and are anxiously awaiting the event’s beginning like me. Although some of you reading this might be new to AUGI or even new to the industry and are curious about this event that sounds so exciting."


So for those that are new, let me tell you a little about it. Every year Autodesk puts on a huge event in Las Vegas for the past present and future users of Autodesk products. There are tons of classes, exhibits, demonstrations and parties to keep you busy. Attendees can learn not only about Autodesk products, but even more from vendors and sponsors that are also at the event. Additionally, this is a great place to learn about current and future industry trends and what some of your peers are doing. It is a great event to learn, share, and network.

To get more information and get registered, head over to the AU 2015 website http://au.autodesk.com/las-vegas/overview and get signed up. And don’t forget to use your AUGITRK code for a chance at a free Premier AUGI membership.

Look forward to seeing you all in Vegas!



AUGI HotNews - October 2015

Read the full issue (must be logged into AUGI.com) in your browser. The full issue contains the below articles, plus sections — Forum Hot Topics, Special Announcements, Want to Volunteer?, HP Workstations, Articles You May Have Missed, Heads Up, Autodesk News, AUGI Members’ Blogs…


Board of Director Nominations Open

The AUGI Board of Directors is currently taking nominations for the three year term that begins in January 2016 and lasts through December 2018.

What is the Board and what do they do?

  • The Board of Directors is the governing body for AUGI.
  • They are involved in long-range planning, high level management and most importantly, positive member interactions.
  • The board is responsible for the overarching direction of the organization.
  • The Board possesses a passion for Autodesk products and services and they are committed to sharing knowledge amongst the AUGI membership.

Specific goals for the organization vary from year to year, but the underlying theme – that AUGI is all about users helping users – is constant. The AUGI Board of Directors consists of a minimum of 6 up to a maximum of 10 Directors (it has been kept at 9 in recent years). Each Director serves a three year term.Members of the AUGI Board of Directors share common ground and a common goal:

  • A commitment to our members.
  • A focus on the BIG picture and long term international growth.
  • A focus on the values behind our programs.
  • The assertion of perspectives, beliefs and concerns. They do not sit back with no comment or input. Participation is key to this role.
  • An understanding of the value of volunteers, delegation of tasks and allowing others to make decisions under the umbrella of the board's oversight.

Members of the AUGI Board participate in a teleconference at least once per month and meet in person two to three times a year. One or two of these face-to-face meetings may take place at Autodesk corporate locations. The final takes place at Autodesk University for our Annual Meeting.

Who can submit a nomination?

Any current member in good standing may submit a nomination for the Board of Directors. Self nominations are also allowed.

Who can I nominate?

Each name submitted must fulfill the following criteria:

  • Be a member in good standing for at least one year; and 
  • Be a current officer of a Local User Group or User Group Association; and
  • Show verifiable qualifications of managerial and business skills or project management skills by submitting at least 3 letters of recommendation regarding management or project experience. Contact information shall be provided for each recommendation; or 
  • Complete at least one year of AUGI volunteering with a recognized AUGI program; or 
  • Complete at least one year in the chairing of any recognized AUGI program.

All Candidates will be evaluated based on their understanding and agreement with Board policy, procedure, operational organization and philosophical outlook.

What will the nominee have to do?

The Nominees will need to submit the following information:

  • Name 
  • Company 
  • Address 
  • Phone 
  • Email 
  • Digital photo (preferably with a white background) 
  • Qualification Statement (min 100 words, max 600) – namely a “where, how and why” statement; that is, “where” do you see yourself best fitting in; “how” you would fill this specific area and “why” you should be selected.

For those who will be included on the ballot, their name, photo and statement will be posted on the Elections page of the AUGI web site.

How do I nominate someone (or myself)?

To run for a position on the AUGI Board of Directors, send your nomination using the prescribed form listed below to board.elections@augi.com.

Download the Board of Directors' Nomination Form (PDF)

All nominations must be received by midnight (CST) Nov. 04, 2015, in order to be considered on the ballot. The Nomination and Elections committee will review the nominations and seek approval by the full board for the names of those nominees that will be included on the ballot. (The N&E committee is chaired by a Director, but, comprised of other AUGI volunteers, for a balanced assessment.)

How will the voting be conducted?

Voting will begin December 2nd, 2015 and be open through midnight (CST) December 16th, 2015. Results will be made available as soon as possible but no later than December 21st, 2015. Winners will be notified via mail or phone. Public notification will be provided both on the AUGI Web site, Blaugi, and in AUGI HotNews. For information on voting procedures, visit the Bylaws section on our Web site. If you have any questions about the AUGI Board elections process, contact the Nominating Committee at board.elections@augi.com.

Keep in mind…

Please consider that the Board of Directors may meet face to face up to 3 times a year with one meeting coinciding with Autodesk University. These face to face meetings may take 4 days or more of your time (these may include time away both during the workweek and possibly Saturday and Sunday). The AU meetings may take even more time away from home. Other meetings will be scheduled between January and June. Board members' typical travel costs for meetings will be reimbursed by AUGI.

There are monthly conference calls for which you are expected to prepare in advance and actively participate in. The conference calls are currently scheduled for the third Saturday of the month for approximately 2 hours, but have been known to exceed that duration. The times of these meetings may vary based on the board members' location.

Board members are also encouraged to attend Local User Groups or Associations in their area, local events, and other AUGI and Autodesk functions as a representative of AUGI. Board members may also be serving in other areas as volunteers where they are subject to the timeline and demands of the projects in which they are involved.


AUGIWorld October 2015 Issue Released!

AUGIWorld October 2015
Autodesk software users, veterans and novices alike, are constantly searching for ways to increase productivity—frequently through software customization, occasionally through a change in work flow, often through talking to others about how they manage things.

In the October 2015 issue of AUGIWorld, our authors cover all the bases for boosting productivity. Miguel Medina reveals a way to customize AutoCAD Civil 3D in his article “Customizing with Subassembly Composer.”

Mark Hunter advises you to “Remove Your Blinders” and create custom clash tests in Navisworks Manage to dramatically impact your productivity.

Every article in this issue will address ways in which you can work better, faster, smarter.

Also in the October 2015 AUGIWorld…

Product Review: 3DConnexion CadMouse — John Evans ran the CadMouse through the paces and declares it a winner for Inventor users and others.

Validating Duct/Pipe Flow and Pressure Analysis — Douglas Nachtrieb believes that underutilization of the pressure and flow calculations for duct and piping systems within Revit MEP is causing users to miss out on a great opportunity. Here’s why you should use these tools.

Using Modeled Groups Structurally — Steve Carrillo shares a workaround for coordinating unit plans structurally. He’ll show you how to cut time and be more efficient.

Family Matters: Essential Clearances and Boundaries — Jennifer Lanzetti and Travis Beecher address how to add a correct clearance zone to your family while keeping it separate from the model element.

3D Viewing: HP Zvr Virtual Reality Display — Robert Green explores the benefits of using HP’s new 3D monitor for design.

Drawings Made Clear with Renovation Mode — Melinda Heavrin demonstrates how AutoCAD Architecture’s Renovation Mode feature enables you to identify all objects and associate them with different phases of a renovation project, which allows for clear construction drawings.

Questions in Revit: Follow the Process — Through the creation of a Revit family, Kaitlin McVehil shows how Revit addresses the planning process.

Also in this issue…

Creating Custom Textures with the Viewport Canvas — Brian Chapman gives some pointers on how to create an instant good impression with tools in 3ds Max software.

Proliferating Change — In this series Mark Kiker has presented how an idea becomes reality. You have generated an idea, proved it is worthy of further development, piloted it, and now it is time to push it out to your employees. Here are some tips for performing this crucial last step.

Inside Track — Brian Andresen presents new products from Autodesk and its partners. This month he previews Aconex, an online collaboration platform for construction, infrastructure, energy, and resources projects, and 3D Model-Inspector, a scalable tool for Inventor that makes it easier and faster to check the model and structure.

AUGIWorld October 2015 Issue Released!

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