Wednesday, October 31, 2012

FREE Webinar: QTO (Quantity Takeoff) in Civil 3D

QTO (Quantity Takeoff) in Civil 3D

AutoCAD Civil 3D software includes Quantity Takeoff (QTO).  Most people overlook that functionality, but it really is a useful tool.  You can use the model you have built as part of your design to measure and quantify the pieces needed to turn your project from paper to reality.  You can export to a number of formats and even to other applications for further analysis.  In this session we will review:

·        Open and Review list of pay items
·        Assign pay items
·        Use QTO Tools to review items
·        Generate QTO Output

Wed., November 7th, 2:00 PM (Mountain)
If you are interested in attending, register at:

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Subscription Productivity Tools for AutoCAD® Civil 3D® 2013

Just in case you forgot, in August Autodesk announced that the Productivity Tools for AutoCAD® Civil 3D® 2013 have gone live on Subscription Center. This is a collection of tools and content supporting regional and/or industry specific workflows that can be downloaded and installed by Civil 3D subscription customers to enhance the value of the Civil 3D product.

Watch for a ProSoft Webinar on these tools coming up soon!!

Download now at the Subscription Center

The following are some of tools that were launched: 

Borehole Utility for AutoCAD® Civil 3D® 2013
The imports data files containing borehole information in AGS and CSV format and creates Civil 3D points and/or borehole diagrams projected onto a Civil 3D Profile View.

Bridge Modeler for AutoCAD® Civil 3D® 2013
The Bridge Modeler for AutoCAD® Civil 3D® 2013 enables users to create bridge models based on critical geometry in the Civil 3D corridor model and existing ground surface. Users can also create AutoCAD Civil 3D alignments and profiles from key bridge strings such as bottom of lowest girder or top of barrier. Finally, users can quickly transition bridge parameters created in the AutoCAD Civil 3D version of this Bridge Modeler into the Autodesk Revit Structure Bridge Modeling extension (REX) where additional modeling can be accomplished.

Cartogramma Utility for AutoCAD® Civil 3D® 2013
The Cartogramma Utility for AutoCAD® Civil 3D® 2013 is a graphical representation of earth works in designed area. Locations and quantities of cut and fill areas are precisely determined.

Corridor Solids Extraction for AutoCAD® Civil 3D® 2013
The Corridor Solids Extraction for AutoCAD® Civil 3D® 2013 enables users to extract AutoCAD solids from Civil 3D corridor shapes and links which can then be used for design review, construction simulation and general project visualization. Users can calculate volumes directly from solids and easily import the solids into other applications such Autodesk Revit, Navisworks and 3ds Max Design.

AutoCAD® Civil 3D® 2013 Extension for Civil View
The AutoCAD®Civil 3D®2013 Extension for Civil View is intended to be used in conjunction with the existing Export to Civil View for 3ds Max Design option in AutoCAD Civil 3D and provides the ability to add Civil 3D alignment, profile and pipe network data to your Civil View model in Autodesk 3ds Max Design.

AutoCAD®Civil 3D®2013 Import/Export Extension for GENIO
The AutoCAD®Civil 3D®2013 Import/Export Extension for GENIO streamlines the migration of data from Bentley® MXROAD® software to AutoCAD Civil 3D software. It also enables customers to use AutoCAD Civil 3D on projects that require Bentley MXROAD format deliverables and/or the use GENIO or binary "modelfile" format as data sources.

Rail Track Layout Utility for AutoCAD® Civil 3D® 2013
The Rail Track Layout Utility for AutoCAD®Civil 3D®2013 provides functionality to place and edit track turnout geometry from a configurable library, on AutoCAD Civil 3D alignments.

Monday, October 29, 2012

ArcGIS for AutoCAD

ESRI's latest release of ArcGIS for AutoCAD simplifies the communication between CAD and GIS platform.  For those using AutoCAD and not Map 3D or Civil 3D this is a pretty good tool.  You can use ArcGIS for AutoCAD to do the following:

Use ArcGIS for AutoCAD to
  • Streamline information sharing between GIS and CAD groups.
  • View live, rich cartographic GIS maps in AutoCAD.
  • Include the results of GIS analysis in AutoCAD designs.
  • Add imagery to your AutoCAD drawing.
  • Create, manipulate, and define how CAD data is organized and attributed as GIS content so it can be used in ArcGIS for Desktop or AutoCAD.
  • Navigate your AutoCAD session based on street address or place names.

Here is the link below to get your FREE add on:

Monday, October 22, 2012

FREE Webinar: The Power Of Search Sets in Navisworks

The Power Of Search Sets in Navisworks

Are you using static selection sets in Navisworks? What happens when your files are updated and things change? You will have to recreate those static selection sets. This Webinar will discuss the versatility and power of using dynamic search sets instead of the static selection sets.

Here's the date and time:

Wed., October 24th, 2:00 PM (Mountain)

If you are interested in attending on October 24th, register at:

Revit Extensions for Autodesk Revit 2013

If you are a subscription customer, check out the new "Revit Extensions for Autodesk Revit 2013" under the "Product Enhancements" section of the subscription website.

There are quite a few nice features; especially if you are a Revit Structure user.

From the website:
"Revit® Extensions for Autodesk® Revit® 2013 extend the capabilities of Autodesk® Revit® 2013, Autodesk® Revit® Architecture 2013, Autodesk® Revit® MEP 2013, and Autodesk® Revit® Structure 2013 software in key areas, including structural analysis, modeling, reinforcement, interoperability and construction documentation. This download contains all previously released Revit Extensions and updates. The Q3 Update includes enhancements to bridge modeling, integration with Autodesk® Robot™ Structural Analysis Professional 2013, and improvements to the reinforcement extensions. Refer to the “Feature Summary” for details."

Friday, October 19, 2012

Update Release 2 Available for Revit 2013 Products

A new update is available for Revit 2013.  Read more here:

Update Enhancement List

Improvements made in Update 2 build (20121003_2115):

Autodesk® Revit® Architecture 2013 Enhancements

• Improves stability when upgrading 2012 project which contains analytical walls.
• Improves stability when adjusting multiple sketch lines of a floor at the same moment.
• Improves stability when editing the gutters on a roof object with the Add/Remove Segment tool.
• Improves stability when renaming a Stair run type or landing to ‘none’.
• Improves stability when using the ribbon Cancel Edit Mode button to exit Stair Edit Mode. 
• Improves stability when using an open profile for a wall sweep.
• Improves stability when splitting a wall.

Autodesk® Revit® Structure 2013 Enhancements

• Enables the Area, Area Boundary and Tag Area ribbon commands.
• Improves stability when using Beam Systems.
• Improves the respect of the Top In-Plane parameter for Analytical Models Walls after wall is
• Improves the joining of Rebar to the host surfaces. 
• Improves retention of Rebar Shapes upgraded within Revit 2012 projects.
• Improves stability when editing Rebar Shapes in the Family Editor. 
• Improves display of underlay items in non-wireframe Structural Views.

Autodesk® Revit® MEP 2013 Enhancements

• Improves stability when sizing Duct.
• Corrects the use of tees when specified in duct routing preferences within projects upgraded from
Revit 2012.
• Improves stability when upgrading a pipe fitting connected to multiple systems. 
• Improves stability when editing duct fitting size in the active view and then editing the duct fitting
type in the Property Palette.

Autodesk® Revit® Platform 2013 Enhancements

• Improves stability when Save to Central or Sync with Central. 
• Improves stability when utilizing Create Assembly Views from the project browser.
• Improves stability when editing a label within the family editor.
• Improves stability when saving file to a location with low disc space. 
• Improves stability when launching Export gbXML – Settings dialog. 
• Improves stability and memory usage within graphics display.
• Improves stability during IFC data import which contains openings with no usable geometry.
• Improves stability when importing IFC data which imported into Revit 2012 with warnings.
• Improves import of clipped solids during IFC import. 
• Improves IFC Export to support buildingSMART International IFC certification.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Civil 3D - Field to Finish Event

Come join ProSoft for yet another FREE event in Boise, Id!!

Angel Espinoza from Autodesk will be demonstrating some very useful survey tools within Civil 3D.  Come enjoy, sit back and let Angel take you from "Field to Finish"!!

Wednesday October 24th

7:30 – 8:00    Check-In & Continental Breakfast
8:00 – 11:30  Field to Finish Presentation (By Autodesk and WH Pacific)

Monday, October 15, 2012

Autodesk VAULT: Collaboration and Data Management Software

Collaboration and Data Management Software

Autodesk® Vault data management software helps organize, manage, and track data creation, simulation, and documentation processes for design and engineering workgroups. Get more control over design data with revision management capabilities and quickly find and reuse design data, for easier management of your design and engineering information.
Tightly integrated with Autodesk Digital Prototyping and Building Information Modeling (BIM) applications, Autodesk Vault data management software helps manufacturers, engineers, architects, and construction teams to more efficiently collaborate and meet tight deadlines.

Data Management for Workgroups
The Vault family of products improves team productivity without
disrupting natural design workflows.

Data Search and Reuse
Shorten product development time—don’t waste your work.
The Vault product family helps you find digital design data, and
reuse it whenever possible.

Revision Control
Keep control of revisions, from inside your design application.
Track changes and versions, helping to reduce manufacturing
and design errors and speed cycle times.

Simple Administration and Configuration
Deploy the Vault product family quickly to start enjoying the
benefits of effective data management right away.

Monday, October 8, 2012

View Navisworks Models on Your Tablet!

The new app is called "BIM 360 Glue" and is available now.

Access Autodesk BIM 360 Glue Projects and Models mobile ipad app
Here are the key features of this first release:
Easy access to up-to-date, multi-discipline BIM 360 Glue projects
  • "One-click to BIM" access from email notifications to a precise model view
  • Navigate through saved views and access object properties
  • Secure authenticated, anywhere access to BIM 360 Glue projects
Navigate project models via views Autodesk BIM 360 Glue Mobile iPad app
Intuitive exploration of multi-discipline BIM projects in the field
  • Navigate using intuitive gesture-based pan, zoom and orbit, optimized for BIM
  • Walk through the model with gravity-assisted navigation
  • View project model details with immersive, gyroscope-enabled look around
Review BIM object data Autodesk BIM 360 Glue mobile app iPad
Integrate with your BIM ecosystem
  • Coordinate over 50 design file formats in BIM 360 Glue for mobile access
  • Publish Navisworks models to BIM 360 Glue for access in the field
  • Access large project models and data - online or offline

Very exciting news.  Read more at the "Beyond Design" blog.