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AUGIWorld May 2018 -- Implementing new Autodesk releases

AUGIWorld May 2018
The new software is purchased, the installation complete… now for the interesting stuff. Ensuring a smooth transition to new software takes some forethought and planning.

“Winging it” is ill-advised. And even if you’ve done this a bunch of times, there are always tips you can pick up to streamline the process.

In the May 2018 issue of AUGIWorld, you’ll get just that—tales from our authors who share what they learned during their implementation processes.

In the May 2018 issue:

An Approach to Implementation — Jim Fisher, who faced the task of implementing a custom menu for his engineering group, shares his strategy.

The Forgotten Tools — Remember Revit Extensions? Gareth Spencer helps you rediscover these tools and highlights several standouts.

A Culmination: Advice I Give Myself, Part 3 — Mark Kiker wraps up his series with sage advice he has offered (and followed) over the years.

Creativity Unleashed — Brian Chapman discovers significant enhancements in 3ds Max 2019 and presents them here.

Beyond Installation: Implementing New Software — Michelle Rasmussen looks beyond new software features to the impact on BIM workflows.

Implementation Considerations — Oscar Castaneda discusses a good path for bringing a new InfraWorks release into your environment.

Also in this issue…

The Good, the New, and the Revit — Jay B. Zallan reveals how to find new and enhanced features in Revit Architecture whether you’re an expert, a seasoned user, or a beginner.

Seriously Simple Object Style Audits — John Pierson shows how Dynamo can help with the process of auditing a Revit file.

Inside Track — Brian Andresen presents three AEC-related products from Autodesk and its partners. This month: OneDrive, which allows you to easily bring existing OneDrive documents into BIM 360 or BIM 360 Docs; Markup, which facilitates collaboration among project teams working with BIM models; and Styler, a Revit ribbon and panel customization tool.

AUGIWorld May 2018 Issue Released!


AUGIWorld March 2018 -- Some of Our Favorite Tips & Tricks

AUGIWorld March 2018
The hope of picking up some new tips & tricks is one of the primary reasons user communities exist. The user-to-user contact, online or in person, provides the shortcuts, workarounds, hints, and techniques that help users perform their work faster, easier, and more effectively.

AUGI members reap the benefits of AUGI’s own “by users, for users” mindset from the Forums at and from the pages of AUGIWorld magazine. In the March 2018 issue, for example, AUGI members are the beneficiaries of a collection of our authors’ favorite tips & tricks for various Autodesk products.

Murray Clack kicks it off with his article, “I Work for Tips!” and AutoCAD users are sure to learn something new.

A few years ago, Brian Chapman presented 50 tips & tricks for 3ds Max users and he adds to that list in “20 More Tips & Tricks.”

And that’s just the beginning, so enjoy this issue’s tips & tricks treasure trove.

Tips for Nested Families — Philip Russo provides help with nesting families and organizing content in Revit Structure.

Productivity-Boosting CADD Nuggets — Jeff Frye enjoys sharing little tips he calls CADD Nuggets with others. Included in this look at some of his favorites are new uses for old commands.

Customized Grading Materials — Tony Carcamo demonstrates how to create customized materials and grading styles to create models for site pad grading projects with InfraWorks.

Inside Track — Brian Andresen presents AEC-related software from Autodesk and its partners. This month: an element renumbering product; a suite of products that enables Revit users to process workflows and import and export data; a plug-in that helps users prepare a 3D model for use on Microsoft HoloLens; and software that generates DXF files for use on cutting machines.

A Recap: Advice I Give Myself — Over the years, Mark Kiker has dispensed lots of great advice—to others as well as himself. In this article and in upcoming issues, he revisits some of these items.

Also in this issue…

Let’s Talk Tips — Jay B. Zallan sets you off on a journey of learning and exploration that begins with two simple Revit tips.

MEP Systems: Autodocumentation to Fabrication — Mark Mendez discusses design to fabrication and the steps in between.

AUGIWorld March 2018 Issue Released!


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!

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