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FREE Webinar - iConstruct: Taking BIM To A New Dimension

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Topic — iConstruct: Taking BIM To A New DimensioniConstruct 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, whil…

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 …

ProSoft Training Locations!!

Think ProSoft is just a "local" training and consulting company?  
Well, think again!!
With our industry specific experience and commitment to providing our customers with the best training money can buy, ProSoft is quickly becoming a national leader in support and training for you design solutions. 
Whether it is Civil 3D, Revit, Infraworks, Vault...etc, ProSoft has you, and most of the country, covered!!
Check out where we've been this year.

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

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.
Extend the AutoCAD platform Use design and simulation tools that are integrated within the AutoCAD environment.
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 Au…

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…

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 make…

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.

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:

NOTE: Autodesk Remote requires…

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:

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 …

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:

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. This process makes use of the Legend Tools under the View Menu-->Create Tab.  Click …