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What are we to do with Forge?

What are we to do with Forge?

Automate repetitive tasks, render 2D and 3D models in a web browser, generate reports on consumption, usage and contract details, and convert images into high-res meshes, point clouds and orthophotos. It all sounds a little dreamy, doesn’t it? Perhaps a little out of reach?
We’re here to tell you all this may be in your work space sooner than you think. In fact, it’s already at your fingertips! Cue Forge, a relatively new tool from Autodesk, providing us with a way to unlock the powerful functionality in Autodesk’s products. It’s designed in a way that allows you to pick and manipulate a variety of tools Autodesk has provided, to bring to life your imagination in ways never before possible. All this is created through using a set of API’s and services handled by a platform intuitively called Forge. But before we start casually throwing around sophisticated acronyms like API and SDK, let’s take a minute to understand some of the foundational (and admittedly…

Uninstalling Autodesk Software with the WMIC Utility

It’s not uncommon to have two or three versions, of ten or more Autodesk products installed on a typical workstation. Each one of those products having language packs, libraries, enablers, add-ons etc. This can result in dozens of installed Autodesk applications. Even uninstalling one release year of those products, done manually could mean running through thirty or more uninstallation wizards. This blog post, updated from one I did back in 2013, will guide you through making this process much easier, faster, and less work.
WMIC Uninstall The most versatile way to uninstall is by using the WMI command-line (WMIC) utility. (Windows Management Instrumentation Command) This utility can be used for a wide variety of tasks, one of which, is uninstalling applications using the CALL command. This command can be customized to uninstall any selection of applications by searching based on two types of criteria; Vendor, and Name. To select Autodesk applications, you can make a call for any app…

Pros and Cons of LiDAR

When it comes to capturing existing conditions, the first question in everyone’s mind seems to be “to scan or not to scan?” With all the technologies out there, the next question is usually “which tool is best for the job?” Complicating the ability to answer these questions is the accelerated pace at which new technology developments and commercially available products enter the market.

When overwhelmed by choices—especially new, unproven and expensive options—we’re often moved to inaction, making it difficult to invest in the proper technology. But if we don’t invest now, we will fall further behind our competitors.

During the last couple years, we have invested in a wide range of reality-capture technologies ranging from traditional, ground-based survey tools to terrestrial laser scanning to unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV)-mounted capture platforms. We now find ourselves flying drones on jobs that previously may have been captured with terrestrial-based scanners. Drones seem to captur…

Express Yourself: Using Expressions in Civil 3D

Expressions in Civil 3D have been around since the beginning of time……Civil 3D time! However, I don’t think people utilize expressions to their full capabilities, or even at all.I’ve heard of some pretty cool ways people are using expressions to label and analyze their models in Civil 3D and thought I’d share a few.
This article helps walk through setting up a couple expressions, starting with simple mathematical formulas to more advanced analysis expressions.
About Expressions Expressions are stored in the Settings tree, within the label style type folders. They are not available for label style types that do not have relevant properties, such as Note label styles.But for the most part, they are available in every type of label such as surface, alignment, profile, etc.
You insert expressions into label styles using the Text Component Editor when you are editing a label style text component.

Expressions make use of the same properties that you can add to label styles, such as Point Elev…