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AUGIWorld February 2019 -- First steps

AUGIWorld February 2019
You’re fresh out of school and ready to begin your career, or you have years of experience and are being introduced to new software. In either scenario, you are a beginner. And, as a beginner, you will benefit from the advice of those who’ve been there before.

The February 2019 issue of AUGIWorld will get you on the right track when creating Revit families, working in 3ds Max, exploring InfraWorks, and more. Dive in and enjoy.

In the February 2019 issue:

New Year’s Resolutions: Effectively Training the Masses — Kevin Sanders demonstrates how to develop a training plan that is expandable, repeatable, and fits almost any size firm.

Starting a Revit Family — Gareth Spencer helps those new to Revit Structure with this exploration of family creation, modification, libraries, and more.

The Modifier Editor — Brian Chapman discusses 3ds Max fundamentals, such as modifiers the Modifier Editor.

Start, Stop, Continue — Mark Kiker presents a highly effective way for teams to address strategic planning.

Exploring Annotations in ACA — Melinda Heavrin with a comprehensive look at AutoCAD Architecture 2019 annotations: keynotes, notes and labels, callouts, and much more.

InfraWorks for Beginners — Tony Carcamo offers new users an introduction to InfraWorks, including tips for road design and importing GIS data.

To Host or Not to Host — Nathan Mulder weighs the benefits of hosted and unhosted families in Revit MEP.

Inside Track — Brian Andresen presents five new AEC-related products. This month: Repair, an app for cleaning and correcting AutoCAD files; Chainage, which allows creation of chainage/station marks; Dynamo for Autodesk Fusion 360 supports bidirectional data exchange between Fusion 360 and Dynamo Studio; MaxMounts Pro 2.0, 3ds Max maxscript for creating mountains, terrains and other features; and Dimensions by Line, a plug-in that lets users place dimensions on the plan or section view along the conditional line formed by two indicated points.

AUGIWorld February 2019 Issue Released!


AUGIWorld January 2019 -- Take Your Skills to the Next Level

AUGIWorld January 2019
If you went to Autodesk University in November 2018, you likely attended at least one session focused on advanced features in Autodesk products. And if you couldn’t make it to Las Vegas last year, you’ll be pleased to know you can pick up some advanced tips from several articles in the January 2019 issue of AUGIWorld.

Also in this issue, meet Kimberly Fuhrman, AUGI’s new president.

In the January 2019 issue:

Express Yourself: Using Expressions in Civil 3D — Shawn Herring shows you ways to use expressions to label and analyze Civil 3D models.

A New Look at Familiar Features — Brian Chapman looks at InfraWorks functionality users may not be aware of. Overlays, Materials, Animations, and Translation are explored.

Adding a Beam to a Beam Family — Alex Mercado offers a step-by-step for Revit Structure, demonstrating how to add a 2D line directly to the Beam family with the ability to turn it on/off and to offset the beam all within the Family Properties.

Please, Don’t (Just) Blame the Tech — Kelly Cone takes a critical look at the AEC industry and challenges all involved to be voices for change.

Advanced Tips for More Realistic Visualization — Brian Chapman presents tips that advanced users of 3ds Max can apply to improve the realism of renderings.

Eight Questions You Should Be Asking Your Boss — In last month’s issue, Mark Kiker offered questions the boss may ask, and the real meaning behind the questions. This time, you are posing questions to management.

Exploring Spaces in ACA — Melinda Heavrin walks you through space functionality in AutoCAD Architecture 2019.

Inside Track — Brian Andresen presents three new AEC-related products. This month: Properties+, a plug-in that permits users to choose the model properties they wish to see, displayed together; Ductulator, a Revit-based duct resizing tool; and Bonus Tools, a collection of 120 apps for Revit.

AUGIWorld January 2019 Issue Released!


AUGIWorld December 2018 -- Prepare for 2019

AUGIWorld December 2018
Goodbye, 2018. Now what? To hit the ground running in 2019 you’ll need a game plan, and a peek at the future wouldn’t hurt, either. In the December 2018 issue, AUGIWorld authors provide a look at trends, evolving roles, preparing for BIM success, and lessons learned.

Enjoy what’s left of this year and get ready for the next with these offerings.

In the December 2018 issue:

Planning for the Future with Civil 3D and Bentley — Brian Chapman discusses the benefits to be gained from an Autodesk/Bentley agreement that gives users of the respective products the ability to combine workflows using their different programs along with API systems.

The Evolution of BIM Coordinator — Philip Russo reflects on the role of BIM Coordinator, as it looks today and how it is evolving.

Six Questions You Don’t Want to Hear from Your Boss — Mark Kiker explains how to avoid a half-dozen unpleasant conversations with your manager.

Restructuring for BIM Success — Jay B. Zallan expands on last month’s article about how firms of any size can put themselves in a position to succeed with BIM.

Realistic, Interactive, Real-Time Visualization — Brian Chapman explores the use of the Unreal Engine and Datasmith for creating interactive content for multimedia purposes.

Project Management and Lessons Learned — Walt Sparling emphasizes the importance of formally documenting lessons learned during projects.

Inside Track — Brian Andresen presents four new products from Autodesk partners. This month: CopyFamilySharedParam, an application that permits users to copy multiple shared parameters from one Revit family to another; AUGmentecture, a plug-in that lets users upload 3D models from Revit to their AUG account for viewing on mobile devices; NoGestures, an app that enables the use of the right mouse button to pan and orbit the viewport; and Clean & Fix, a plug-in for cleaning and enhancement of AutoCAD blueprints.

Thank You! — AUGI expresses gratitude for the tireless effort of its volunteers in 2018.

AUGIWorld December 2018 Issue Released!


AUGIWorld November 2018 -- Never Stop Learning

AUGIWorld November 2018
As AUGI members know, continued education and training in their respective industries and associated technology is necessary and never ending. Witness the hundreds of Autodesk product users, many of them AUGI members, who travel to Autodesk University every year to attend the workshops, forge new professional relationships, and check out the technology offerings. And when it isn’t “AU time,” these professionals are busy looking for other opportunities to expand their skills and advance their careers through ongoing education.

The November 2018 issue of AUGIWorld focuses on the topic of training and education, and there is something for everyone—tips for those conducting training and assistance for those seeking it. So dive in!

In the November 2018 issue:

Inside Autodesk Certified Instructor Training — Todd Rogers, who is an Autodesk Certified Instructor (ACI), provides advice on the how to get involved with the ACI program.

How Do I Learn InfraWorks? — Oscar Castaneda shows users how to get started with InfraWorks and where to find some great learning resources.

Identify Your Training Needs — Gareth Spencer invites those charged with education and training for their employees to strategize on the best approach and style.

Not Your Typical Education and Training — Brian Chapman introduces some non-traditional resources for 3ds Max training.

Can We Talk? Being Interactive — Mark Kiker suggests one of the best ways to learn something new is to get out and talk to people—whether at an event, your office, even your home.

How Do YOU Learn? — Shaun Bryant discusses the various ways users can advance their skills with training—from typical instructor-led classroom, to online classroom, to events and written material.

The “Not So” Easy Button — Nathan Mulder uses one of his projects to demonstrate the work that goes into functionality available at the push of a button.

Communication Management — Walt Sparling explains why any successful project begins, progresses, and ends with communication in its many forms.

Dearest Small & Medium AEC Firms: Restructuring for BIM Success (Now) Applies to You — Jay B. Zallan explains that to be successful with BIM, users need to leave their CAD comfort zones and transform.

Inside Track — Brian Andresen with three new AEC-related offerings from Autodesk and partners. This month: BIM Track, an issue tracking platform that boasts many new features; Cloudsfer, a cloud migration service; and Sketch Checker, an add-in that helps identify points where a sketch is not properly closed.

AUGIWorld November 2018 Issue Released!


AUGIWorld October 2018 -- Beyond "Out of the Box"

AUGIWorld October 2018
Nearly every Autodesk product user customizes their software to some degree, rather than use the products in their OOTB (Out Of The Box) state. Some users are content to “personalize” the software, adjusting toolbars, ribbons, palettes, and so on. Others dig deeper and make more substantive modifications.

In the October 2018 issue of AUGIWorld, our authors offer tips on customization. Kicking it off, Joshua Geimecke seeks to answer a fundamental question:

“To Customize or Not.” While Joshua isn’t opposed to personalization or customization, and admits to doing both, he offers a practical view on why users should customize with constraint.

In the October 2018 issue:

Component Road Customizations — Matt Wunch helps you discover the power of InfraWorks’ component roads, which can be customized to create just about any roadway style, intersection, or configuration.

Customization with 3ds Max — Brian Chapman steps 3ds Max users through customizing templates, startup files, toolbars, and content such as textures and materials.

Developing a Thick Skin — Mark Kiker advises tech managers to keep their cool when confronted by frustrated users who blame technology when things go wrong. Managers should look beyond the negative feedback and collaborate on a solution.

Destination Customization: Customized Solutions for AutoCAD — Jisell Howe gives a first-person account of creating a customized tool palette with pop-up menus for AutoCAD MEP.

Risers and One-Line Diagrams: Not Just a One-Way Street — Nathan Mulder presents a detailed workaround for risers and one-line diagrams in Revit MEP.

Influence Autodesk’s Tomorrow — Chris Lindner invites AUGI members to get involved in the AUGI Wish List, which can move product improvement suggestions to eventual product features.

Uninstalling Autodesk Software? Let’s Save You Some Time! — Bryson Anderson demonstrates the various ways to remove unwanted software, from simple uninstalls to more complex cleanups.

Inside Track — Brian Andresen with three new AEC-related offerings from Autodesk and partners. This month: Autodesk Site Designer Extension for Autodesk, which uses native Revit families, components, and toposurfaces so site designs become part of the overall model; 3D PDF Exporter for Autodesk AutoCAD exports solid and wire bodies to a 3D PDF file; and SPIT i-BIM, a smart library, features more than 230 objects, a customized browser, and more.

AUGIWorld October 2018 Issue Released!

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