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Showing posts from September, 2014

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.

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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 …