Friday, December 13, 2013

FREE Webinar - iConstruct: Taking BIM To A New Dimension

Up Next (Thurs. the 19th):

Topic — iConstruct: Taking BIM To A New Dimension

iConstruct software is an advanced Building Information Modeling (BIM) solution that utilizes the collaboration and review technology provided by Autodesk Navisworks.

A powerful information management tool, iConstruct enables the vast array of information stored in the latest generation of BIM models to be extracted, organized and used in an efficient and logical way.
iConstruct allows project teams and consultants to manage design and construction information to suit various segments of the industry, from design engineers to construction managers, and integrate this intelligence into a single 3D model displayed in Navisworks.

By running on Navisworks, iConstruct interacts with the large majority of design software currently in use and has the ability to read a large number of different CAD formats. This enables it to be used by second and third parties, without the need to purchase expensive design software, while gaining access to the information stored within the design.

Here's the date and time:
Thurs., December 19th, 2:00 PM (Mountain)

If you are interested in attending on December 19th, please register here.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

A Few Reasons you Can't See Stuff in Revit

I hope you were able to recover from Autodesk University this year if you were able to attend.  I got back Friday night and pretty much had to sleep the weekend off after sitting in classes all day, taking the certification exams, and doing work in the evening.  Overall I found this years AU to be a very successful and profitable trip for me.  I have to say, the classes were very well presented on the whole, with great tips and plenty of content to keep me learning for the next little while. If you have never attended, I would suggest trying it at least once.  There are hundreds of classes, and plenty of networking opportunities.  For me, it was valuable to meet people in the industry and learn their way of doing things.   I know I will try to implement some of these things in my daily workflow in Revit.  Speaking of a few new tips, I picked up this list of possible reasons people find it difficult to locate something in Revit and thought I would publish it for you.  Take a look, and if you have anything else you want to add, post a comment or drop me a line.  

Being Able to Find Stuff in Revit

Check to See if:

  1. The object or category is temporarily hidden
  2. The object or category is hidden in the view
  3. The object is being obscured by another element
  4. The object's category or subcategory is hidden in the view
  5. The object is outside the view's view range
  6. The object has one or more of its edges overridden to display as '<Invisible lines>'
  7. The object resides on a work set that is not visible in a linked file
  8. The object resides on a work set that is not visible in the view
  9. The object resides on a work set that is not loaded within the project
  10. The object is a family and none of its geometry is set to be visible in the view type
  11. The element has been placed outside the view's crop region (visible extents)
  12. The object is a family and none of its geometry is set to be visible at the view's detail level
  13. The object is part of a linked file that is not visible in the view
  14. The object is part of a design option that is not visible in the view
  15. The object resides on a work set that is not loaded in a linked file
  16. The object is constrained to a scope boxes that is not visible in the view
  17. The object is subject to an element override, set to background color
  18. The object style is set to background color
  19. The extents of the object itself don't permit it to be seen
  20. The element is an annotation object and does not reside entirely within the annotation crop region
  21. The object is set to not be visible at the category's detail level
  22. The view's far clip depth is not sufficient to show the object
  23. The object resides within a group (detail model) and it has been excluded from the group
  24. The object's phase settings or the view's phase settings prevent the object from displaying in the view
  25. The object is affected by a filter applied to the view
  26. The object is in a link that is not in its correct position
  27. The view's scale is prohibiting the object's visibility
  28. The object is a mass, and 'Show Mass' is turned off
  29. The view's discipline is prohibiting the visibility of the object
  30. The object is subject to a category override, set to background color
  31. The object's host view has been deleted (area boundaries)

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

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Friday, November 22, 2013

Autodesk® AutoCAD® Civil 3D® 2014 Productivity Pack 1

The Civil 3D 2104 Productivity Pack 1 is for Autodesk subscription customers only.  Login to your subscription site now and access the following!!

The Autodesk® AutoCAD® Civil 3D® 2014 Productivity Pack 1 provides a collection of new capabilities for Civil 3D 2014 users available in all languages in which Civil 3D has been localized.

New capabilities include: 
Civil 3D® Export Drawing to DWG or DGN files 
AutoCAD Layouts exported as DWG files
Export a model space view and selection of layouts
Gravity network parts as true sections
Pressure Pipe networks in Autodesk® Vault
AutoCAD “Set Location” command

Monday, November 18, 2013

Autodesk Vehicle Tracking 2014

What is Autodesk Vehicle Tracking 2014 software?

On November 7, 2013, Autodesk announced the availability of Autodesk® Vehicle Tracking 2014 software. The software is a comprehensive transportation analysis and design solution for vehicle swept path analysis that enables engineers, designers, and planners at government agencies and engineering consulting firms working on transportation or site design projects to predictably evaluate vehicle movements.

Use parking lot design software within an AutoCAD environment

Extend the AutoCAD platform

Use design and simulation tools that are integrated within the AutoCAD environment.

Use swept path analysis to speed planning and design processes

Speed planning and design 

Optimize project performance and reduce rework.

What does it do?
Provides features to easily analyze and visualize the movements of steered vehicles, light rail vehicles and aircraft, as well as design parking layout and intersections within a drafting (AutoCAD) or design (AutoCAD Civil 3D) environment.
Rapidly analyze models to identify access or right of way issues

Provides tight integration within AutoCAD Civil 3D, including 3D surface tracking and native civil object interaction

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Friday, November 1, 2013

What’s the Skinny on Autodesk Design Review?

For those of you who use Design Review in your workflow, I thought it would be helpful to pass along this information that landed on my desk.
With the release of the 2014 set of products, Design Review was not included.  That left some of our customers asking the questions about its future.  It is true that Autodesk has not updated Design Review 2013 and it looks like it may be the last version we see.  Autodesk 360 is getting more and more funding lately, and it looks like it is getting pushed hard.  This seems to make sense because Design Review is a free product and Autodesk doesn’t recoup their investment of resources on it.  Autodesk 360 is a subscription benefit. 

Here is a link to the Autodesk Discussion group where a user posted a question about Design Review.  This post is quite a lengthy discussion on the matter, so it is evident this will affect a number of individuals.

I want to direct your attention to page 4 of this forum.  Scott Sheppard, a Program Manager with Autodesk Labs posted this comment:  Thank you for the question. I am not here to delude anyone. If you want an electronic review process, given the current state of Autodesk 360, Autodesk Design Review is still the way to go. But the original question was is Design Review being discontinued, and the answer is yes, it will eventually be replaced by Autodesk 360. Until that time, the 2013 version is available for download from the Autodesk site and works with the 2014 product line since the DWF format did not change.

I personally translate this to mean that the folks over at Autodesk are currently putting all their effort into Autodesk 360, but Design Review will be hanging around in the meantime.  Additionally, it is important to note that Vault uses DWF files and we are currently assisting with Vault implementation in multiple companies.  Remember that Design Review still works with the 2014 product line and still provides a great benefit to the daily workflow of designers.  Rest assured that to powerful tools provided by Design Review will continue on in Autodesk 360 in some manner.

A concern the team at Autodesk is currently working to resolve is that companies want to maintain control of files on their own servers and is working on developing solutions with regards to this issue.  Right now, the plan from Autodesk is to keep Design Review 2013 available as a free download.  They will only put out updates as necessary. 

Hopefully this will help you understand that even though the future for Design Review is somewhat undetermined at this time, the tool set it provides will continue forward in some form or another within Autodesk 360.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Setting up Room Schedules in Revit:

Rooms and Tagging:
Rooms are special objects in Revit because they do not have some sort of a clear physical representation similar to other model elements like walls, furniture, and doors.  They are however just as much as part of your model.  Their horizontal extents are determined by “Bounding Elements” in the form of walls, doors, columns, or actual room separation lines.  All of these objects allow Revit to determine the area of each room.  Additionally, it is possible with Revit to calculate the volume of each room.  These settings are accessible on the Room & Area panel under the home tab.
Rooms & Room Tags:
The room is the spatial object that contains all the metadata about the space.  The tag merely reports those values.  In many cases you can change the values in the room tag, and the room properties will update (and vice versa).  But whereas deleting the room will delete the tag, the opposite is not true.  You can delete a room tag, and the room will remain.  This makes sense because the room may not be tagged in all views.

Adding Rooms to a Project:
Adding Rooms is a simple process.  Just go to the plan view and hover over enclosed spaces.  The room boundary highlights, indicating the space in which you’re about to place a room object.  You don’t have to tag rooms as you place them, but by default this option is selected.  In the type selector, you can select to apply a “Tag Only”, Tag by Area, or “Tag with Volume”.

Creating a Room Schedule:
Once Rooms are created it is a simple process to create a schedule that can be used to list off all the rooms in the project.  Simply go to the view menu and under the Create panel push the Schedules button. This will bring up a dialogue box titled “New Schedule”.  In this box select the “Rooms” category.  Once selected, it will open up another box titled “Schedule Properties.”  Select number, name and area from the available fields list on the left hand side and add them to the Scheduled Fields list on the right.   Once you push OK here, it will display your schedule, with all the rooms in a new view.  It is located in the Project Browser under schedules.

Deleting Rooms:
As said previously, it is possible to delete a room tag without deleting the room.  This is simply done by selecting the room tag and pressing the delete key.  The room remains although it may not be visible.  You can find rooms without tags by moving your mouse around in a space.  The reference will highlight with lines crossing through the space when your mouse pointer is over one of them.

Deleting rooms themselves takes multiple steps.  If you highlight and delete a room object in a floor plan view, the definition of the room remains in your project until you either place another room using the same definition or actually delete it in a room schedule.  When you do this, a warning box appears in the lower right corner of the screen stating: “A Room was deleted from all model views but still remains in this project.  The room can be removed from any schedule or placed back in the model using the Room command.”  To delete the room completely from the project, highlight the row in the schedule, and right click to delete the row.  If you deleted the room in plan, it will show up in the schedule with the words “Not Placed” under the area column.  In the Properties box, you can pick the filters to sort the rooms to make a selection quicker if there are multiple rooms needing to be removed.  When working on a project, always create a Room Schedule that you can use to modify data about the rooms.

Room Renumbering:
Out of the box, Revit doesn't have a room renumbering tool.  You are required to manually go in and renumber each and every room individually.  This can be problematic and time consuming if you have a large building with multiple floors.  

Going out on the Internet to the Revit Autodesk Exchange, I typed in renumbering into the search bar and was able to find some free tools from CTC BIM Project Suite for Revit 2014.  Included in this package is a room renumbering tool.  Simply click in each room in your project and it will renumber the room accordingly.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

FREE Webinar - Modeling Floor Finishes

Modeling Floor Finishes
Product Platform:  Autodesk Revit
Presenter:  David Barker, Senior AEC Application Engineer
Industry:  Architecture

Autodesk Revit 2014 provides a few different methods to use when modeling floors, and attaching various finishes. In this webinar, we will explore the different workflows to take to achieve the results required by architects and contractors.

Here's the date and time:
Wed., October 23rd, 2:00 PM (Mountain)

If you are interested in attending on October 23rd, please register

We look forward to seeing you online for these informative webinars.
Thank you, and please contact us at 888-263-09393 with any questions you may have.

Monday, October 14, 2013

List of GIS Sites

I just wanted to share a list of a few of my favorite GIS sites and places you can go to download FREE GIS data.

And if you are in Utah, nothing better then the Utah GIS Portal!!

Monday, September 30, 2013

Autodesk Remote - FREE Subscription Benefit

What is Autodesk Remote??

Autodesk® Remote is a stand-alone application for Microsoft Window 7 and 8 and is compatible with all Autodesk products. It lets you drive Autodesk software installed on your primary computer from a remote computer for fast access to native design data over standard networks. To use it, simply install Autodesk Remote on the PC you want to share. Install it again on the machine you want to connect from and start your connection. Note: dual monitor support is the #1 request from early adopters. We’re listening and actively working on it for the next release.

Autodesk Remote also has a companion iPad application for Autodesk Inventor. The App allows you to access your host PC from an iPad so you can work from anywhere, improving collaboration and increasing flexibility.Please note: At this time, the iPad App only supports Autodesk® Inventor®.

Download the iPad app from:

Autodesk Remote requires that you have a Subscription account that is associated with an Autodesk product. Remote is dependent on availability bandwidth and connectivity. Depending on your local infrastructure, your performance may vary.

Download REMOTE here:

Friday, September 20, 2013

FREE Webinar - Autodesk Infraworks Part 1 of 2

Topic — InfraWorks Part 1 of 2:
Building Existing Condition Base Models

Product Platform:  Autodesk InfraWorks
Presenter:  Jason Jenkins, Civil Specialist
Industry:  Civil Engineering, Site Planning

From downloading information off the web to producing a quality constraints map, this webinar will walk you through the steps and show just how easy it can be to build quality, useful 3D maps to impress clients and win jobs.

We will review how to import and stylize your maps for quick and easy 3D modeling of existing conditions. Part 2 of 2 will be upcoming soon and display all the design and presentation features of InfraWorks.

Here's the date and time:
Wed., September 25th, 2:00 PM (Mountain)
If you are interested in attending on September 25th, please register:

Monday, August 19, 2013

eTransmit Add-In for Revit 2014

Autodesk's Revit 2014 has recently made an eTransmit add in available.  This is very useful when trying to package your model with all CAD links and Revit links for your consultants.

With eTransmit for Revit you can:
§  Copy and detach a Revit model and associated files to a single folder for internet transmission. This removes the typical error messages when you copy central files using the operating system.
§  Locate dependent files automatically and include them in the transmittal folder, helping to reduce the possibility of error. All dependent files are automatically converted to use relative paths so the dependent files can be located by the model.
§  Choose to include related dependent files such as linked Revit models, CAD files, DWF™ markups, decal images, and external keynote files. You can transmit any Revit (.rvt) model that has been upgraded to be compatible with a Revit 2012 software product or later.  
§  Choose to Upgrade the Revit (.rvt) model and linked models to the current release.
§  Choose to remove unused families, materials, and other objects from the Revit projects to reduce file size.

§  Transmit models that are using file-based worksharing or server-based worksharing. eTransmit for Revit can also work with non-workshared Revit models.

Here’s how you go  about getting this plug-in:
  1. Download the plugin from the subscription center.
  2. This next screen will list off all the "Product Enhancement" available from Autodesk right now
  3. Scroll down a bit and click on the “eTransmit for Autodesk Revit 2014 link.”
  4. Click on the “English” button on the next screen and this will start the download process.
  5. Once downloaded you can go ahead and install the plugin.  Make sure you are out of Revit when you do this.
Once installed, open Revit 2014.  You will see a new menu item along the top titled "Add-Ins."

The eTransmit process in Revit works a little different than the AutoCAD eTransmit process.  The big difference is that you don't need to be in the model to perform the eTransmit command, unlike AutoCAD.

On the Projects/Families screen you will choose the Add-Ins menu and select eTransmit over on the left hand side.

Once you select eTransmit, this dialogue box opens up which will give you a variety of options to link Revit models, link CAD drawings, DWF Markets, Images, and Keynotes.  Essentially, everything associated with your Revit model will be linked.

There are also a couple of transmittal options here as well.  I personally use the "Transmit without opening Models" option.  This is faster and cleaner than opening up the model and saving it.  The only reason to choose the second of the two is if your model wasn't up to date.

Once you select your model, and select a location for the “eTransmitted” contents, you are ready to Transmit the model.  This may take a few minutes depending on the size of your model, and the number of links involved.

The new directory will contain the following:
  • Transmittal Report
  • CAD Links (if any)
  • Revit Links
  • The Base Revit Model.
Again, this is a great tool to use if you are packaging a Revit model for use by other consultants.  Additionally, it can be used to "freeze" your current model, and all associated links at a certain design point for archiving or other purposes.

I hope you found this information useful.  I am planning on posting frequent topics related to AEC on this blog.  If you have any ideas, questions, concerns, or comments please feel free to contact me at Prosoft (801)225-5955 or

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Uninstall Multiple Autodesk Products Quickly and Easily

If you have ever tried to uninstall an Autodesk Suite, you have probably noticed there are dozens of different products, all installed separately, they all installed together but where is the button to uninstall them all together? Unfortunately, there is not one! If you have ever sat at your desk, uninstalling each program one by one, keep reading this will save you alot of time!
I have put together a simple script using the windows utility WMIC to easily remove all Autodesk applications! Running this script will remove any and ALL Autodesk applications! 
To run this script you need to first open a cmd shell, in order for this to run properly, it must be run with elevated permissions. To do this click start -> all programs -> accessories -> Right click on 'command prompt' and choose 'Run as Administrator'. 
In the CMD window that will open type 'wmic', then hit enter. This will enter the wmic utility. Your command window should now look like this:

Next lets look at the script, and how it can be manipulated to fit your needs.
The text for the script is: "product where "vendor like 'autodesk%'" call uninstall /nointeractive" 
This makes a call to uninstall any product, with a vendor of Autodesk. This will be the case for any Autodesk product. 
You can also remotely remove applications from a machine by running this command. 
"/node:pcname1 product where "vendor like 'autodesk%'" call uninstall /nointeractive" This will run the above command on the remote machine you list in the script above by replacing 'pcname1' with the name of the remote computer you want to uninstall from. 
You can also send this command to multiple computers by creating a text file called pc.txt and placing it on the root of the c:\ drive. In this text file, list each pc name you want to uninstall from, one name per line. You do not need anything but a line break in between each name. Then run this command. 
"/failfast:on /node:@"c:\pc.txt" product where "vendor like 'autodesk%'" call uninstall /nointeractive"

This will now go through and uninstall each program, we set the /nointeractive switch above, so it will be silent, and not ask you for any further input. You should see similar to below as each removes: 

A return value of 0; means it successfully uninstalled. If you are getting a return value of 1603; check to make sure that you ran the command window with elevated permissions, not doing so will cause some applications not to remove. 
If you have any questions you can email me at

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Door & Window Schedules/Type Elevations - Revit 2014

Creating Door & Window Type Elevations - Revit 2014

This blog post is intended to provide a short workflow detailing how to create "Door Type Elevations" which are typical on a sheet with corresponding schedules.  They typically provide the contractor quick information as to the look and type of door.

I've commonly seen architects and BIM modelers creating elevation views of a door. These elevation views not only show the door, but also the surrounding walls and other elements. After creating this view, it is required to then adjust the boundary to only show the door.  The problem with this approach is that it is not only tedious, but if the door happens to move or get deleted all together, then the view must be updated.
Let's look at a more efficient way of doing this and the process involved.

Creating the Door & Window Type Elevation:

Use Legends to create these elevations.
  1. This process makes use of the Legend Tools under the View Menu-->Create Tab.  Click on the Legends Button to start the process.
  2. A dialogue box opens asking for a Legend Name and Scale.  I entered "DOOR TYPE A," and kept the scale the same as the floorplan, in my case 1/4"=1'-0" for residential.  For commercial, I would typically use 1/8"=1'-0".
  3. In the Project Browser, you will notice a new view titled "DOOR TYPE A" listed under the Legends area.
  4.  Scroll down to the family area in the Project Brower and expand the Doors heading.  This will list all doors in the project you are currently working on.
  5. Pick one and drag it into your drawing area. By default, it comes in oriented in a plan view.  On the Options bar that comes up, you will see there is a button to change the orientation to Elevation front or back.
  6. Change the orientation to Elevation Front and then pick a place somewhere on your screen.
  7. Within this view, feel free to place dimension annotation where needed.  Text can be added as well, but unfortunately, these elevations can’t be labeled using parametric information.  So we are basically adding dumb text to this view.  Obviously you need to be aware of this when making changes/updates to the model later on.
  8. The process for windows is exactly the same as the door.
Storefront and Curtain Walls

Is the process the same to create Storefront and Curtain Wall elevations?

Unfortunately, Revit 2014 hasn’t addressed the need to elevate curtain walls, and storefront in the same manner as doors and windows.  The procedure I use which is the most common is to generate elevations of each storefront and adjust the surrounding boundary within that view.  It is certainly more tedious than the previous “Create Legend” approach, but it gets the job done.  Additionally, remember, if there are any modifications to these elements as far as positioning, the boundary will need to be adjusted.

  1. Under the View menu, click on the elevation button and place a marker where necessary.
  2. In your Project Browser, you will see a new elevation created.  Here you can rename it to be something related to your Storefront.
  3. In the view, pick the bounding  box grips, and scale your window around the storefront piece.
  4. Fortunately, you can annotate this view with dimensions and text similar to the door or window legend.

So there you have a quick and simple method for creating these necessary views for a set of architectural drawings.  Practice it a bit, and let me know how it goes.  If you find, or know of a better way of doing this let me know and I'll pass on the info. to all.

If you have any questions about this blog or have any ideas for future blogs, email me (David Barker) at

Friday, August 9, 2013

Autodesk® InfraWorks ™ 2014 R2 Enhancements

Out now for subscription customers only, you can download the latest enhanced Infraworks R2!!!

Autodesk® InfraWorks™ 2014 R2 software delivers several enhancements to Autodesk InfraWorks 2014.
Create better designs for roads and highways projects with:
Improved pipeline capabilities:
  • edit pipelines and pipe connectors as a connected network
  • better support for IMX import of pipe connectors from Civil 3D structures
Improved intersection capabilities:
  • create junction geometry based on design standards
  • more support for a variety of curb return geometry
  • easily edit intersection geometry with a user friendly interaction model
  • support for both 4-way and T-Junctions
Improved documentation services with the ability to:
  • share InfraWorks models with users through cloud services and view documentation via Autodesk® 360
General products enhancements:
  • Terrain grading updates including the ability to streamline the creation of level sites for efficient site planning and preliminary design
  • Improved piping abilities including the addition of height properties
  • Link to the Autodesk InfraWorks data catalog on