2018.02.08

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!

2018.01.17

AUGI HotNews -- January 2018, Issue No. 176

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The full issue contains the below articles, plus sections — AUGI Forums (hot topics), Articles by AUGI Members, HP Solutions (News and updates on HP Z Workstations and HP DesignJet large-format printers), Autodesk Product Updates (Service Patches and Updates released by Autodesk during the past month), Autodesk News (recent news relating to Autodesk), AUGI Volunteering (opportunities), AUGI Members’ Blogs…

2018.01.04

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!

2017.12.21

AUGI HotNews -- December 2017, Issue No. 175

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Read the full issue—must be logged in to read our online version.

The full issue contains the below articles, plus sections — AUGI Forums (hot topics), Articles by AUGI Members, HP Solutions (News and updates on HP Z Workstations and HP DesignJet large-format printers), Autodesk Product Updates (Service Patches and Updates released by Autodesk during the past month), Autodesk News (recent news relating to Autodesk), AUGI Volunteering (opportunities), AUGI Members’ Blogs…

2017.12.12

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!

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