2017.07.31

BILT NA 2017 - 3 days and counting

Thank you AUGI for this opportunity for blog for the BILT NA 2017.

Saskatoon River Bank

(Saskatoon's beautiful river bank)

It’s a few days before I fly out from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and head to big city Toronto. This is conference number three for me. The first one that I attended was in 2014, in beautiful Chicago, Illinois. The second one was 2016, in hot, hot Scottsdale, Arizona (now I understand why the Canadian “snow geese” fly back north for the summer).

I’m an architectural technologist here in Saskatoon. For those that don’t know what that job entails, I’d say it’s a cross between a draftsman and a junior architect. We draft, coordinate consultant teams, work on building code issues and more. I have a few projects I’m working on so I have to leave notes so my consultant team and my architects know where the projects are sitting while I’m gone.

If you have gone to BILT (previously RTC) before, you'll know about all the excellent sessions offered. Since I signed up a little later than usual, I missed out on the labs. However, there are still a number of great sounding -sessions to choose from. There are even sessions on landscape that, unfortunately, I didn’t have room to sign up for in my schedule.

There’s a session on in-house training I’ve signed up for since I always enjoy teaching/ helping my co-works with Revit. There’s a fun one that talks about 3D printing. Our office uses Newforma so I’ve signed up for the session on that. But the session that I’m most excited about is hearing the BIM lessons learned over the past eight years in the UK. I’m expecting I’ll take a lot of notes on that one as - from my perspective - it’s looking into the future.

Though I’ve gone to the conference twice now, I’ve never been to the Galas. This year, I get to! With its red and white dress theme, I’ll need to buy something new to wear…

2017.07.20

AUGI HotNews -- July 2017, Issue No. 170

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

The full issue contains the below articles, plus sections — Articles by AUGI Members, AUGI Forums (hot topics), 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…

2017.07.06

AUGIWorld July 2017 -- How Third-Party Apps Can Assist

AUGIWorld July 2017
Autodesk’s robust network of developers continue to roll out offerings that provide users with additional functionality for their core Autodesk products. The July 2017 issue of AUGIWorld highlights some of those offerings, and many others are as close as a trip to the Autodesk App Store where you can choose from, literally, hundreds of products.

Jonathan Albert takes a close look at a free app for production home builders that use AutoCAD Architecture 2018 in “LotSpec: Options Management App for Production Home Builders.”

In “Improve Your Water Distribution Workflow with PressureCAD,” Shawn Herring demonstrates how the tool bridges the gap between AutoCAD and AutoCAD Civil 3D.

As always, each issue of AUGIWorld covers a wide range of topics. This month’s content continues below.

Tech Manager = Task Master — Mark Kiker shares how he keeps the items on his growing “to do” lists organized and manageable with a number of paid and free task management tools.

A Closer Look at Collaboration — Walt Sparling circles back to the topic of collaboration and offers practical advice for communicating, coordinating, and using various AutoCAD tools to effectively collaborate with others.

Revit / Analytical Interoperability — Ken Farr investigates the Bentley Software-Autodesk Revit connection. Common workflows, integrating BIM and analytical models, and keys to success are discussed.

Covering Details — Brian Chapman with a lesson on adding interesting details to any scene in 3ds Max.

X2 Mini Workstations in Action — Robert Green’s conversation with a satisfied X2 Mini user reveals the performance and versatility of these small but powerful workstations.

Also in this issue…

Seven Songs about Scripts and How They Improve a CAD Manager’s World — Jisell Howe offers up several scripts that will have a positive impact on CAD managers and their ability to achieve automation goals.

The Tool as an Extension of the Hand: Part II in the Autodidact Series — Andrew Fastman examines the results of a scientific study and how the concept applies to BIM and the use of Revit.

Inside Track — Brian Andresen presents three AEC-related products for Autodesk users. This month: Lumion Plug-In, a tool for viewing model changes in real time; CadTempo, which allows users to track the time spent working in AutoCAD drawings; and Slicer for Autodesk Fusion 360, which turns digital 3D models into appealing artifacts.

AUGIWorld July 2017 Issue Released!

2017.06.15

AUGI HotNews -- June 2017, Issue No. 169

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

The full issue contains the below articles, plus sections — Articles by AUGI Members, AUGI Forums (hot topics), 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…

2017.06.01

AUGIWorld June 2017 -- Implementation considerations

AUGIWorld June 2017
Okay, so you’ve licensed new software. Now what? Decisions await you, not the least of which is how to handle training, how best to roll out the new release, how to make sure the users are using the new software efficiently, and many others.

In the June 2017 issue of AUGIWorld, our authors help you manage implementation, among other things. These “other things” include managing your software licenses.

In Philip Russo’s article, “Protecting Your Software Investment,” you’ll pick up some good advice for managing your licenses and users.

And Jay Zallan provides insight into using a custom keynote database in his article, “Addressing Keynotes (in Addition to the CSI Kind).”

Read on to ease your implementation headaches.

The Tech Manager’s Time Crunch — Mark Kiker offers some timely advice for, well, managing your time. Follow these guidelines to help you stay on top of the multiple tasks that face you each day.

Managing Styles — Melinda Heavrin steps you through the Style Manager in AutoCAD Architecture 2018. You’ll learn how to create styles, work with drawings and templates, sort styles, and more.

Implementation of Arion Renderer — Brian Chapman demonstrates the benefits 3ds Max users can enjoy with the use of the Arion Renderer.

Tech Insights — In “HP ZBook Family Generation 4 — Power on the Go,” Robert Green introduces HP’s line of powerful, secure solutions that meet Autodesk software requirements.

Implementation: Change Is Coming — Phillip Lynch helps you navigate the minefield called standards implementation with some advice on dealing with users, getting buy-in from management, and other critical considerations.

Also in this issue…

Plentiful Plug-Ins — Dat Lien and Xavier Loayza team up to bring you a nice collection of plug-ins for AutoCAD 2018, right out of the Autodesk App Store.

Inside Track — Brian Andresen presents a trio of Autodesk and related software products on the market. This month: Copy Worksets from Files 2017, for Revit; the Model Health Checker, which scans your Revit project files and reports on problems that are impacting performance; and Break@Points, which leverages the functionality of AutoCAD commands Break at Point, Divide, and Measure.

AUGIWorld June 2017 Issue Released!

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