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Civil 3D 2015 - Service Pack 2

This is a service pack you won't want to miss!!  Civil 3D 2015 Service Pack 2 is now out and fixes many important things.

Check you application manager or download it from the link below.

The following issues have been resolved in Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3D 2015 Service Pack 2:Alignments and Profiles An issue has been resolved where opening an AutoCAD Civil 3D 2012 drawing in AutoCAD Civil 3D 2014 or AutoCAD Civil 3D 2015 caused profiles to shift unexpectedly.An issue has been resolved where opening a drawing that contains corrupted profile views caused the application to close unexpectedly.An issue has been resolved where horizontal grid lines in profile views were extended into the axis offset.An issue has been resolved where a fixed parabolic vertical curve was lost when exported to LandXML a…

Project Green Stormwater Infrastructure for Infraworks now available via Autodesk Labs

GSI combines the easy sketching and modeling capabilities of the Autodesk InfraWorks platform with a dashboard full of hydrologic metrics that automatically update with each design change. Leveraging an industry-standard hydrological model, GSI provides feedback on site runoff and guidance on how to add Best Management Practices (BMPs) to meet municipal requirements for Low Impact Development (LID) or water storage. GSI offers 7 options for BMPs, all of which can be sketched, modeled, and customized to meet the user’s needs: Green roofsRain gardensSwalesPorous pavementFilter stripsRainwater harvestingTreebox filters
See link below for more information:

Autodesk Revit 2015 R2 Update!

If you are on subscription you'll want this one, guys!  Autodesk has included over 30 user-requested features that add powerful capabilities and enhance software performance and productivity.  These features will help out Architects, MEP and Structural Engineers.
In this release, Autodesk is delivering on a customer request for access to site planning tools within Revit.  The new Site Designer Extension for Revit 2015 will be available through the Autodesk Exchange store to subscription customers.  It is based on an acquisition of site planning software known as SiteWorks from Eagle Point.  This is a huge and welcome addition to Revit!!

Here's a few points about Site Designer:Report and schedule areas, volumes, and cut and fill volumes to better understand the impact of site design changes on requirements to move or add fill.Iterate conceptual designs and create more realistic visuals of the building site by incorporating grading features directly into the Revit model.Better c…

In Eastern Idaho? Can't make it to AU? No worries!!

ProSoft Power Launch is coming to Eastern Idaho!! In fact it's just around the corner! This year's version of PowerLaunch promises to be the best yet. ProSoft's PowerLaunch is your opportunity to attend informative workshops, receive invaluable instruction, ask questions of the Autodesk experts, network with fellow professionals, and much more — and there's NO fee to attend! So please join us. There really is no other Autodesk/Design-oriented event quite like ProSoft's PowerLaunch conference.

Registration is mandatory.

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Running a standard clash detection in Navisworks

The Clash Detective in Navisworks is really one of the most robust features of the program.  It allows the user to explore a project much further than ever before possible.  In fact it really is a leap forward from the CAD days and is one of the primary benefits of Building Information Modeling (BIM).  Construction firms have really taken off with Navisworks, and by using the Clash Detective feature in the program they are saving time and money by finding errors and omissions in the project virtually before construction.  I am also seeing many architecture firms start to utilize this software.  Running a clash detection with the coordination teams and consultants is helping them identify where changes need to occur long before construction and respond in the proper manner.  
The Clash detective in Navisworks goes beyond the act of simply clashing objects together and visually seeing the results.  In addition to a traditional clash, the user can create reports, set up a predefined cla…

Preparing a Revit file to export to the Navisworks file format

To get a model going in Navisworks, you'll need to start in your design software of choice.  Typically this is Revit or AutoCAD, although other software can be used.
This example will use Revit as the design software.  Open your model in Revit.  It is a good idea to go to the 3D view.  Remember that Revit will export to Navisworks specifically what you have shown in the a view.  The 3D view is the best place to do this.  In order to get a model out in a format Navisworks can read you need to utilize object enablers under the Add-Ins tab.  Click on the External Tools button.

Once you select External Tools, you can pick the Navisworks 2015 button.  This will open an export scene as dialogue box where you can save the 3D view in a Navisworks file format.

In this dialog box there is a button called “Navisworks Settings” which you can use to adjust settings to your liking.  One thing that makes Navisworks so powerful is the fact that it can work with a variety of different file types.…

Changes to Physical Media Shipment

To make you aware, today Autodesk announced changes to their policy for shipping physical media.  Up until now physical media, if requested by the customer has been shipped at no additional charge.   Below is the statement from Autodesk: "Starting September 29, 2014, customers in the U.S. and Canada will be required to pa $30 (US) for a physical shipment of their software-cost includes standard shipping rates.  Software Download has become the most effectie and environmentally-friendly way to access Autodesk software.  The increase in software download adoption confirms that many of our customers find this method most convenient."

Here are the most common questions posted on Autodesk's website regarding Autodesk Maintenance Subscription:

1.1 What changes are being made to Physical Shipment Requests (PSRs)? Today, Maintenance Subscription customers receive their software via download and if needed, can request a physical
shipment of media at no charge. Starting September …

LiDar Capture for Slab Verification

I was asked recently to do a project that consisted of LiDar Scanning (Using my FARO Focus 3D) for use in Slab Verification. Out of the thousands of projects I have done in the past dozen years, this is one I have never had the opportunity of doing. My first thought was that it would be complete overkill, and maybe a waste of time. But to my surprise it worked out very well. I chose a concrete slab locally here in Utah, the slab was for an apartment building being built in Vineyard. I don't want to bore you with ALL of the details, but I quickly outlined the steps below. If you want more info, I'd be happy to discuss anytime. Slab Verification Process Scanned only 5 setups for the 15,000 sq ft building slab (Total Time = 1 hour)Imported/Registered Scans in Autodesk ReCap Pro (Total Time = 30 minutes)Brought in the scan into Civil 3D for analysis (Total Time = 10 Seconds)Selected the point cloud, edited the Point Cloud Color Map to show elevation change (Total Time = 15 Seconds)…

Civil Structures 2015

Using these  Bridge Modeling Autodesk® Revit® Extensions, you can generate bridges based on user-defined criteria. Users can define basic parameters of the geometry of a bridge including: a road profile, a deck, abutments, piers and railings. The road profile may also be imported from a LandXML format file. The bridge is generated based on user-defined families that are provided with these Revit Extensions.

Best Practices for Worksharing in Revit

General Considerations Decisions made when sharing a project and setting up its Worksets can have long-lasting effects on the project team. AutoCAD users will recognize some of these implications from setting up xref structures for projects. In general, when setting up Worksets you should take several considerations into account: 1. Project size 2. Team size 3. Team member roles 4. Default Workset visibility Establishing practical policies on how all team members access and create new Worksets in the project will maintain performance for existing users and ease the process of introducing new team members to the project.
Project size: The size of your building may affect the way you decide to segment the Worksets for your team. Unlike AutoCAD xrefs, you don’t need to make separate Worksets for each floor of the building. You will want to separate the project into Worksets that allow team members to work without interfering with each other. In a multistory structure you may want to creat…