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Revit MEP: Duct System Graphic Overrides

When you start drawing duct or pipe in Revit MEP with the Out Of The Box (OOTB) project template, you may see some color overrides automatically applied.  Where do these come from?  And more importantly, how can we customize them to our own standards?  Let’s start with the “Duct” tool.  Before we even place our first point, let’s look at the “Properties” palette and notice the parameter there, under the “Mechanical” heading, called “System Type”. 

This parameter allows us to designate the type of system our duct is without needing to connect to equipment or air devices (as was required in the past).  You will notice that for the OOTB project template, duct system overrides have been set up for each of the available system types (Supply, Return, Exhaust).  Please note, you can add additional system types as needed.  These defaults are meant only to demonstrate possibilities.
These overrides are stored as “Type Properties” of the “System Type”.  The only way to access these properties …

Revit MEP 2012 Pipe Rise/ Drop Annotation Size

You may have noticed your pipe rise/ drop annotations showing up larger than you would like.   The way that Revit controls these underwent a minor tweak with the 2012 release.  Let’s look first at the “Mechanical Settings” dialog box. 
Here we will find the “Pipe Rise/ Drop Annotation Size” setting.
The problem you may run into here is that the rounding doesn't seem to allow you to go less than 1/8”.This rounding, however, is controlled in an entirely different dialog box: “Project Units”.
You can access the "Project Units" dialog from the manage tab.
In the “Piping” discipline, under “Pipe Size”, the rounding you find here will control the “Pipe Rise/ Drop Annotation Size” which we found earlier under “Mechanical Settings”.  Set this rounding to a finer value (1/32" or 1/64") and then back in the mechanical settings dialog box try adjusting your “Pipe Rise/ Drop Annotation Size” to 3/32” and see how that looks.

Volumes Dashboard Extension for AutoCAD Civil 3D 2011

Recently released at the Autodesk Subscription Center the "Volumes Dashboard Extension for AutoCAD® Civil 3D® 2012" provides an easy way to keep track of earthwork volume calculations during the iterative processes of a project.
With this one interface users will be able to calculate, report and visualize surface volumes very quickly.
Visit the subscription center now and download this extension in order to make earthwork volumes easier for yourself or your users.
Subscription link:

Autodesk University Registration

Autodesk University Virtual FREE registration begins November 15, 2011Can't make it to the AU 2011 Conference and Exhibition in Las Vegas this year?Autodesk has got you covered from anywhere in the world. That's right! Autodesk University Virtual is available for FREE! AU Virtual 2011 Join us for the premier virtual conference dedicated to the worldwide Autodesk user community. This online event delivers on-demand technical classes on the newest releases of Autodesk products and the latest trends and challenges facing the design industry. Register for FreeAU Virtual is free to all AU members. Select from 250 classes in English, Spanish, and Portuguese on a wide range of topics. Plus you can network with other virtual attendees, watch key AU 2011 Las Vegas presentations and insider videos, and visit online exhibits-right from your desktop. After the event, AU Virtual classes will continue to be available on the AU website. AU Virtual Preview Classes Begin November 15AU Virtual pre…

The Best Just Got Better!!

ProSoft, an industry leader in Autodesk software, service and support is excited to announce the addition of Gabe Cottam to their team!!
Gabe is no stranger to the AEC industry.  At first, you may recognize Gabe as the former enthusiastic President of the Wasatch Front Revit User Group (WFRUG), but Gabe actually began his extensive Autodesk career in 1997 with AutoCAD R12. Over the past 14 years, Gabe has worked in the MEP and Structural disciplines as a CAD Operator, Designer, CAD Manager, and BIM Manager. 
With his vast BIM experience, Gabe has assisted several companies in transitioning from 2D AutoCAD to 3D BIM modeling using Revit.  These successful implementations included: Revit training, standards, family creations and production best practices.   
Gabe is also a seasoned Autodesk Certified Instructor with the ability to train and support your company with: Revit MEP, Revit Architecture, Revit Structure, Revit Families Creation, AutoCAD and NavisWorks.
With Gabe’s passion, knowle…

View and edit DWG files from your mobile device!!

Interested in viewing DWG™ files from more than just your desktop? Try our free AutoCAD® WS mobile and cloud app, and take your files with you on the go. It's available for your iPhone® and iPad®, plus Android™ devices, or you can view DWG files right from your web browser, with no software to install. The AutoCAD WS mobile app, version 1.3 offers some exciting new features:
Layers: Toggle layers on/off, or toggle layer visibility. Numeric Entry: draw by entering exact units and measurements. Area Measurement: calculates the area and perimeter of the area you select. Get your FREE app now:

Boise Civil User Group - September Meeting

This month's user group is on Thursday September 22, 11am-1pm at the Idaho AGC Building.
This month's sponsored presentation will be given by Shawn Herring of ProSoft.

Topic: "Best Practices when working with Survey Data"
We will be taking a look at the beginning process of all our civil projects; Survey. Working with survey data and getting it to do what you'd like it to do can be a pain sometimes. Have you ever received a bunch of points from the surveyor and wondered, "What's best way to import this data and get started quickly?" For this month's session we will go over importing points, manually creating points and exporting points out for staking. We will create some point groups and look at how point groups can automate the drafting/design process. We will take a quick look at importing a Fieldbook file for that “Field to Finish” option and see how our template can automate the surface creation process.

Don't miss this month'…

Service Pack 1 for AutoCAD 2012

You can apply this update to AutoCAD 2012 running on all supported operating systems and languages. Consult the readme file for installation instructions and more details on the primary issues resolved by this update. Be sure to install the correct update (32-bit or 64-bit) for your software and operating system.

September's Plugin-of the month!
OVERVIEW This section of Autodesk Labs contains a “plugin of the month" brought to you by the Autodesk Developer Network (ADN). The plugins provided are simple productivity enhancing tools that streamline the use of our design applications. The plugins are developed by Autodesk or by other ADN members. All of the plugins we provide come with full source code to show what goes on inside and will have taken a relatively small amount of time to develop (from half a day up to about a week). The idea behind this is that nothing we deliver will be especially "out-of-reach" for someone wishing to invest in learning and using our Application Program Interfaces (APIs). Hopefully you are inspired to create your own plugins. THIS MONTH'S PLUGIN Supported Applications TransTips for AutoCAD, Inventor, Revit, and 3ds Max
This plugin translates the contents of tooltips in various Autodesk products automatically into on…

Updated Google Earth Extension for AutoCAD 2012 Family Now Available

The Google Earth extension supports version of AutoCAD as far back as 2007. For this update, only the 2012 compatible technology preview was updated. This is even different from the 2012 update the team made in June of this year. In fact, this update is a complete rewrite that interfaces to Google Earth using a new Java Application Program Interface (API). The former version used the Microsoft COM API (// more), so we'd really like your feedback on this new version or the AutoCAD 2012 discussion forum.

(It's Alive in the Lab, Scott Sheppard)

NEW Civil 3D Labs Preview: 3D drive with corridor solids!!

Autodesk Labs: 3D drive with corridor solids
The Corridor Solids Technology Preview for AutoCAD® Civil 3D® 2012 software provides functionality to create AutoCAD® solids from AutoCAD Civil 3D Subassembly shapes that are contained in an AutoCAD Civil 3D Corridor Model. By creating solids from subassembly shapes, representative real-world objects such as tunnels, retaining walls, and pavement layers can be more easily used for visual analysis, design verification, and construction coordination through enhanced model sharing between various project team members who are using applications such as Autodesk® Navisworks® 2012 products, Autodesk® Revit® Structure 2012, Autodesk® 3ds® Max Design 2012, and the new Autodesk® Infrastructure Modeler 2012 software.

Download it here:

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Have you heard about SEEK? Seek.Autodesk.Com is full of free Revit Families for your pleasure!

The Autodesk® Seek web service enables designers to discover, preview, and download BIM models, drawings, and specifications. For manufacturers, it's a unique way to connect with designers and consumers who specify or recommend building products.

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Autodesk® Infrastructure Modeler 2012 Software

Autodesk® Infrastructure Modeler 2012 Software Autodesk announced two new additions to the Autodesk Building Information Modeling (BIM) for Infrastructure portfolio for planning, designing, building, and managing more sustainable infrastructure.
These new products complement the Autodesk® Infrastructure Design Suite 2012, to help infrastructure professionals increase efficiency and remove waste from their processes.
One of the new additions is Autodesk® Infrastructure Modeler 2012, conceptual design software that helps infrastructure professionals evaluate future projects. Autodesk Infrastructure Modeler allows users to create models that represent the natural and built environment; evaluate multiple conceptual designs for projects all in one model; and communicate visually rich proposals to stakeholders. With this new conceptual design solution, GIS, planning, and civil engineering professionals can more quickly develop convincing project proposals to improve stakeholder buy-in an…

Revit PLUG-IN of the Month

Wall opening area for revit


OVERVIEW This section of Autodesk Labs contains a “plugin of the month" brought to you by the Autodesk Developer Network (ADN). The plugins provided are simple productivity enhancing tools that streamline the use of our design applications. The plugins are developed by Autodesk or by other ADN members. All of the plugins we provide come with full source code to show what goes on inside and will have taken a relatively small amount of time to develop (from half a day up to about a week). The idea behind this is that nothing we deliver will be especially "out-of-reach" for someone wishing to invest in learning and using our Application Program Interfaces (APIs). Hopefully you are inspired to create your own plugins. THIS MONTH'S PLUGIN Supported Applications Wall Opening Area for Revit
This plugin calculates the sum of openings on e…

CAiCE Translator for Civil 3D 2012

CAiCE Translator Extension for AutoCAD Civil 3D 2012

The CAiCE Translator Extension for AutoCAD Civil 3D 2012 is an application that converts data from CAiCE projects into Civil 3D. Project data including survey data, points and chains, horizontal and vertical alignments, surfaces and cross sections can be selected and imported into the current Civil 3D drawing file. The extension does not require CAiCE to be installed. This extension is provides a 32-bit and 64-bit install for AutoCAD Civil 3D 2012.  It will automatically load to your Toolbox on your Toolspace.  Enjoy!!!
Download it here:

Bid Express® Extension for AutoCAD® Civil 3D® 2012

For Civil 3D users there is a newly available extension for Civil 3D 2012 on the Subscription Center!!!!
Bid Express® Extension for AutoCAD® Civil 3D® 2012 This collaboration with Info Tech, Inc. provides users up-to-date Pay Item Lists for (currently) 20 state transportation agencies that can be used in Civil 3D’s Quantity Take Offs to generate statistically accurate quantity, “and price estimates”, based on state historical bid tabulations.
Here is a media release with additional information.
This extension uses a introductory free-of-charge service until June 30, 2012 and is only available in the United States and Canada.
Details on the Bid Express Extension for AutoCAD Civil 3D 2012 are available at

Boise Civil User Group - July 28th

We have a meeting coming up this next Thursday, July 28th from 11-1pm at the AGC Bldg.This meeting will be structured a little differently than all other meetings.Our next meeting will be a networking/social gathering.We will be covering some general user group business, network and possibly a Q&A session near the end.Lunch will be provided by our sponsors.This will not be the normal pizza/sandwich lunch...much better!

Maptoacad command does not work In Civil 3D 2012!!

MaptoACAD command does not work in Civil 3D 2012 On the Ribbon (Planning and Analysis) Output Tab\Save Current Map to AutoCAD

According to Autodesk this is a known issue. The plan is to correct this in the next release. You may see this in the Update, SAP or into 2013.
Although there is no direct replacement for this command you may try using the following work-around:
Try using the MAPEXPORTCURRENTMAPTODWG command, this is similar but not the same as the MaptoACAD command.
MAPEXPORTCURRENTMAPTODWG breaks everything down to base AutoCAD Objects.

Revit Architecture Fundamentals

ProSoft is holding an open enrollment July 19-21 for Revit Architecture Fundamentals for only $595.00 (for a limited time only).
Seats are limited! call your local ProSoft representative to sign up today! Don't miss out on this great opportunity!

Call today

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Revit Architecture Fundamentals
July 19-21
Cost: $595.00

Autodesk Subassembly Composer for AutoCAD Civil 3D 2011 & 2012

For all Civil 3D Subscription Customers the Autodesk Subassembly Composer is now available!!
Login to your subscription center now to access it:
The Autodesk® Subassembly Composer provides a user interface that is designed to help streamline workflows:
The flowchart provides a more intuitive view of the subassembly logic and is easily modified using drag and drop functionality.The graphical preview displays the subassembly geometry and can be used to help simulate how the subassembly can behave with different target values. Selection in the flowchart and preview are synchronized making it easier to find and edit the properties of a subassembly component. Subassembly Composer works directly with PKT files that can be imported into AutoCAD Civil 3D. The Autodesk Subassembly Composer provides the following set of subassembly functionality for corridor modeling:
Use geometric relationships to set and control subassembly points, links and shapes. Create simple an…

Navisworks 2012 File Load Error


"Can't load _.NWC because of an internal error"

When a 2011 NWF is linked to a 2011 NWC file and the NWC file is overwritten with a 2012 version. The Navisworks NWF file is expecting to link to a 2011 file but encounters a different, newer version than expect.


1. Create a new NWF file from scratch from the newer files
2. Publish the working NWF file into an NWD file for reference and import it into or build a new NWF
3. Append or Merge the newer NWC models into the project and delete or hide the older models

4. Manually rename the offending files and Append or Merge the newer files into the NWF
 To do this, it requires a working, non-erroring NWF file, before the user overwrites with the newer NWC file. 

AutoCAD 2012 hot fix! (fixes poor performance)

If you're having performance issues with AutoCad 2012, try this out first!


Boise Civil User Group

Looks like its time for our next user group meeting on Thursday June 23 at 11am-1pm.
The topic for this month is a little bit different yet still very exciting.ProSoft will be presenting on best practices for civil users working with architect's files.Things like how to bring in a Revit structure into Civil 3D as well as how our civil objects are used by architects and how they're used in Revit.We will also look at other visualization programs such as Navisworks, Navisworks Freedom, and 3Ds Max for viewing the whole project together.

Be sure to reserve your lunch by registering on our website.We will be inviting the Revit User Group to join us as well for this meeting so please be sure to register. REGISTER HERE!

Hope to see you all next week!  Have a great week ahead...

Tim Douglas President

Boise Civil User Group

AutoCAD Civil 3D 2012 Transportation Extension

This AutoCAD Civil 3D 2012 Transportation Extension is an application distributed to Autodesk customers for the purpose of enhanced transportation features and functionality of AutoCAD Civil 3D 2012.This extension provides a 32-bit and 64-bit extension that can be installed on AutoCAD Civil 3D 2012.
This is a simple install and the application commands will be found on your toolbox tab (see image).
Some of the advances include:

Check alignment geometry – enables users to check alignment geometry for tangency conditions, and automatically fix inconsistencies.

Show / Hide Labels – enables users to show and hide all Civil 3D labels.

Surface high / Low points – enables users to automatically generate Civil 3D points at surface high/low points.

Export Civil Data (to survey formats – RD5 and TP5) – enables users to export Civil 3D alignments, profiles, and corridors to a TDS .rd5 roadway file and/or .tp5 template file.

Import Raw Data (imports Star*Net data) – enables users to im…

File Upgrader for Revit

File Upgrader for Revit June ADN Plugin of the Month Now Available Perhaps you have upgraded to Revit 2012 and need to upgrade your files from an earlier release. This month's Autodesk Developer Network (ADN) plugin is for you. Download File Upgrader for Revit via Autodesk Labs This plugin can be used to batch upgrade previous versions of Revit files to the Revit 2012 format. It was developed by Senior Developer Consultant, Saikat Bhattacharya, of the Autodesk Developer Technical Services team. This utility tool is intended to help upgrade family contents.You can also use it to upgrade project files. So convert some files and let us know what you think The 2-point conversion is alive in the lab.

Raster Design 2012 now available!!

Raster Design 2012 is now available for download (or shipment if you prefer)!!
Log into you subscription site and download it now:

Get More Value from Your Raster Imagery Make the most of rasterized scanned drawings, maps, aerial photos, satellite imagery, and digital elevation models. With powerful raster editing and raster-to-vector conversion tools, AutoCAD® Raster Design software helps you to easily clean up, edit, enhance, and maintain scanned drawings and plans in a familiar AutoCAD® environment for use in AutoCAD®, AutoCAD® Architecture, AutoCAD® Civil 3D®, AutoCAD® Electrical, AutoCAD® Map 3D, AutoCAD® Mechanical, AutoCAD® MEP, AutoCAD® P&ID, and Autodesk® Topobase™ software.
Timesaving image display features—Use a wide range of image data, embed images, insert and export images, and use a polygonal mask boundary to display image subsets. Image editing and cleanup—Includes commands for despeckle, bias, mirror, and touchup. Rast…