Tech Tuesdays: AutoCAD Video Tutorial with AEC Industry Specialist Isaac Harper

 

Tech Tuesdays: AutoCAD Video Tutorial with AEC Industry Specialist Isaac Harper

In this week’s edition of Tech Tuesdays, AEC Industry Specialist Isaac Harper shares an AutoCAD tutorial on “Using Areas in Fields.”  Watch below.

 

 

 

 

Applied Technology Group is a Platinum Autodesk Business Partner. Founded in North Little Rock, Ark., in 1992 as a local computer services company, ATG has grown to become a leading design technology partner with the purpose of assisting customers in maximizing the value and adoption of advanced technologies so they can perform competitively in the AEC sector. ATG collaborates with customers across the Gulf South, Midwest and Southwest through partnerships with 3DR, Autodesk, Leica, Microsoft and Panzura. Learn more about our company at www.atgusa.com.

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Tech Tuesdays: Video Tutorial with AEC Industry Specialist Angela

 

Tech Tuesdays: Video Tutorial with AEC Industry Specialist Angela

In this week’s edition of Tech Tuesdays, AEC Industry Specialist Angela explains “Two Methods to Get the Autodesk App to Open Up Quickly.”  Watch below.

 

 

 

Applied Technology Group is a Platinum Autodesk Business Partner. Founded in North Little Rock, Ark., in 1992 as a local computer services company, ATG has grown to become a leading design technology partner with the purpose of assisting customers in maximizing the value and adoption of advanced technologies so they can perform competitively in the AEC sector. ATG collaborates with customers across the Gulf South, Midwest and Southwest through partnerships with 3DR, Autodesk, Leica, Microsoft and Panzura. Learn more about our company at www.atgusa.com.

Autodesk and the Autodesk logo are registered trademarks or trademarks of Autodesk, Inc., and/or its subsidiaries and/or affiliates in the USA and/or other countries.

Why ATG? Dane Batson, Customer Success Representative Manager

 

Why ATG? Dane Batson, Customer Success Representative Manager

 

 

Why ATG? Dane Batson, Customer Success Representative Manager, is constantly focusing on the end user and continuing to cultivate changes that will increase productivity and add value for our customers. Contact Dane today to learn more about how ATG can help you build stronger relationships and greater success.
Contact Dane today at 1.800.935.4894.

Applied Technology Group is a Platinum Autodesk Business Partner. Founded in North Little Rock, Ark., in 1992 as a local computer services company, ATG has grown to become a leading design technology partner with the purpose of assisting customers in maximizing the value and adoption of advanced technologies so they can perform competitively in the AEC sector. ATG collaborates with customers across the Gulf South, Midwest and Southwest through partnerships with 3DR, Autodesk, Leica, Microsoft and Panzura. Learn more about our company at www.atgusa.com.

Autodesk and the Autodesk logo are registered trademarks or trademarks of Autodesk, Inc., and/or its subsidiaries and/or affiliates in the USA and/or other countries.

Why ATG? Rob Bigelow, GISP, Service Sales Manager

 

Why ATG? Rob Bigelow, GISP, Service Sales Manager

Why ATG? Rob Bigelow, GISP, Service Sales Manager, has the first-hand experience from his time as an AEC Industry Specialist to understand how vast ATG’s resources are in providing our customers with the services and support they need to build stronger relationships and experience greater success. Contact Rob today at 1.800.935.4894 to learn more.

 

 

 

 


 

Applied Technology Group is a Platinum Autodesk Business Partner. Founded in North Little Rock, Ark., in 1992 as a local computer services company, ATG has grown to become a leading design technology partner with the purpose of assisting customers in maximizing the value and adoption of advanced technologies so they can perform competitively in the AEC sector. ATG collaborates with customers across the Gulf South, Midwest and Southwest through partnerships with 3DR, Autodesk, Leica, Microsoft and Panzura. Learn more about our company at www.atgusa.com.

Autodesk and the Autodesk logo are registered trademarks or trademarks of Autodesk, Inc., and/or its subsidiaries and/or affiliates in the USA and/or other countries.

Tour The Revit 2019.1 New Features In The Latest Release

This article and all of it’s content originally appears on the Revit Autodesk blog. You can can read the full article here- http://blogs.autodesk.com/revit/2018/08/15/revit-2019-1-new-features-in-the-latest-release/

 

 

Tour The Revit 2019.1 New Features In The Latest Release

 

Two Revit 2019.1 new features significantly deepen workflows with Autodesk BIM 360 project delivery and construction management software. When you first start up Revit 2019.1 you’ll notice how the new Revit Home screen makes it easier to navigate to and access your cloud models, providing BIM 360 Design users especially a more consistent and integrated experience. Big news is a new Site Collaboration workflow between Autodesk Civil 3D 2019.1, and Revit 2019.1 via BIM 360 Docs, that enables a connection between civil engineers and architects on large infrastructure projects. Additional Revit 2019.1 new features include free-form rebar aligned distribution and improvements to perspective views and dialog sizing. This update is available to subscribers and current maintenance plan customers via your Account portal or within Revit with the in-product Autodesk Desktop App.

Revit Home is a new user experience that modernizes the way you access, store, and share project information.

With Revit 2019.1, it is much easier for you to open your BIM 360 Design models directly from Revit Home. The BIM 360 project list is integrated into the left panel in the Home UI and you can quickly and easily browse BIM 360 folders to get to the model you need. With cloud models front and center, storing models in BIM 360 makes Revit workflows easier.

 

 

Easily open a Revit sample file from the updated Recent Files screen. Additionally, now as you click on a central file from Recent Files, Revit will create a local copy of the central model for you, adopting a consistent experience with BIM 360 Design models and reducing the risk of unwanted changes directly to the central files. With Revit Home, local copies are now hidden, and only central models show up on the recent files page, making your view more streamlined and easier to navigate. The new responsive Revit Home in the Revit 2019.1 release will improve model management, organization, and discovery.

Site Collaboration with Civil 3D

Site Collaboration is a Revit 2019.1 new feature that introduces unprecedented interoperability between Revit and Civil 3D New workflows will help both save time and improve accuracy when you are transferring site information and project location data between project teams. You can easily link topography from Civil 3D into Revit using Autodesk Desktop Connector and BIM 360 Docs and will also be able to interact with this topography in Revit with surface hosting, tagging and scheduling.  Civil 3D is included in the Autodesk Architecture, Engineering, and Construction Collection, which is great way to access Revit along with other essential tools at a great value.

 

Civil 3D Publish to Revit workflow:

The site collaboration feature connects architects using Revit and engineers using Civil 3D via the BIM 360 document management module. When publishing Civil 3D to Revit, the workflow focuses on topography only. Engineers in Civil 3D can publish topography from Civil 3D, view the resulting data in BIM 360 document management, and then link the published data into Revit.

  • In Civil 3D, from the tool space, select the surface for publish via Desktop Connector.
  • Use BIM 360 , to check the topography in a 3D view and verify the correct data has published from Civil 3D.
  • You’ll need to use the latest version of the free Desktop Connector to publish to Civil 3D surfaces for synchronizing the local files in BIM 360 Document Management.

Revit publish from Civil 3D Workflow:

In Revit, you will be able to easily link topography, which will help you to collaborate more effectively with civil engineers on the project.

  • Browse to BIM 360 and link to the Civil 3D export.
  • Civil 3D geolocation will try to place the model appropriately in Revit, but you also have the option to specify coordinates from Revit to update
  • It is possible to spot dimension, add a building pad on the topography link and create a topography schedule in Revit with name, projected area, and surface area.

This workflow also supports sub regions and hosting railings. Sub regions are good for changing the surface material in Revit.

It is also possible to place elements on the topography – this will function as a link. Updates must be made in Civil 3D and edited and published again for use in Revit.

To work best, this workflow will require strategy for efficient navigation and linking and we recommend developing your BIM execution plan accordingly.

 

 

Making Updates to the Topography – Civil 3D and Revit Workflows:

This enhancement vastly improves the workflow for topography transfer from civil engineers to architects. You can make changes in Civil 3D and then upload as described in the previous process to BIM 360. In Revit, use reload or reload from and link topography again.

 

 

Support IFC Links from BIM 360 with Desktop Connector

With Revit 2019.1 IFC files can be linked in Revit using Desktop Connector and they will maintain their links. This feature will open doors for new IFC collaborative workflows.

 

Create

This category of Revit features is focused on delivering better tools, capabilities, and experiences central to authoring of project data, generating and using models.

Free Form Rebar Aligned Distribution

In Revit 2019.1 the Free Form Rebar tool can now be used to create rebar sets with planar bars distributed along the faces of a structural element and aligned to a distribution path. This new type of the free form rebar distribution increases 3D rebar modeling versatility and helps you define accurate reinforcement for standard and non-standard shapes of concrete elements.

 

 

As with the surface distribution type, you can model aligned distribution type by working in 3D views and selecting the structural element faces to which the bars are aligned. Bars in an aligned distribution are created at the intersection of each individual bar plane with the host surface. All the bars are planar, respect the cover of the host and are aligned to the distribution path.

  • The path is the edge of an element that can host rebar. This can be selected directly when placing the set and represents the intersection of the faces in the Path Surface 1 and Path Surface 2 constraints.
  • The bars in the set can be aligned to the path (it’s the default option) or can be parallel to the face selected in the align/close constraint.
  • If the option to automatically close bars is enabled, then closed contour geometry can be obtained for each bar in an aligned distribution set. This option is enabled by default when placing a bar with the stirrup/tie style.

Get further detail on this feature in Tomasz Fudala’s post on BIM and Beam.

Move Pattern on Top of Wall

With Revit 2019.1 you have greater control over the look of a wall at every visible surface and enhanced wall control. You can now drag, rotate and align a model pattern on a painted top surface of a wall such that you may adjust the pattern tile location on all faces of a wall for highly controlled alignment.

 

 

Applied Technology Group is a Platinum Autodesk Business Partner. Founded in North Little Rock, Ark., in 1992 as a local computer services company, ATG has grown to become a leading design technology partner with the purpose of assisting customers in maximizing the value and adoption of advanced technologies so they can perform competitively in the AEC sector. ATG collaborates with customers across the Gulf South, Midwest and Southwest through partnerships with 3DR, Autodesk, Leica, Microsoft and Panzura. Learn more about our company at www.atgusa.com.

Autodesk and the Autodesk logo are registered trademarks or trademarks of Autodesk, Inc., and/or its subsidiaries and/or affiliates in the USA and/or other countries.

ATG Webinar: Preparing Your Laser Scan for Modeling in Revit

 

 

 

Preparing Your Laser Scan for Modeling in Revit

ATG Technical Team Lead Scott Pruitt, AIA, breaks down the things Architects and Designers can do in ReCap to make it easier to model in Revit.

After this presentation, you will be able to:
•Clean up Point Clouds created by Laser Scanners for faster, more efficient modeling
•Set up view states and walk away knowing how to control them in Revit
•Control the visibility of areas of the scan to make modeling easier

August 21 at 12 PM CST

ATG Webinar: Manage Fields & Formulas: Taking Advantage of Advanced AutoCAD Features

 

 

Fields & Formulas: Taking Advantage of Advanced AutoCAD Features

Why fields, you may be asking. But Isaac says who wouldn’t want to take advantage of an AutoCAD feature that can save time and globally update your annotation content, but that can also use “Actual” AutoCAD Entities to determine the outcome. So Why NOT Fields!

In this session, Isaac will cover:

•What are fields in AutoCAD
•What are the different fields available in AutoCAD
•How to I use AutoCAD entities to control my fields
•How can I create my own custom fields in AutoCAD
•How can I create a Formula inside of a field
•How can I control the display of the fields
•What do I need to do before I plotting a field

August 28 at 12 PM CST

AutoCAD Blog: Implementing Sheet Sets for Maximum Efficiency

 

AutoCAD Blog: Implementing Sheet Sets for Maximum Efficiency

This article and its content originally posted on the Autodesk AutoCAD blog. View the original page here: http://blogs.autodesk.com/autocad/sheet-sets-automate-callout-data-autocad/

Most sheet sets contain information that is interrelated. For example, a view on one sheet might refer to a view on a different sheet. Using traditional methods, you can manually maintain the text references between sheets, but that process can be tedious and error-prone. You can dramatically improve your productivity and minimize errors by updating your existing blocks to include fields. In addition to automatically updating textual data as changes occur, hyperlinks enable you to quickly open the sheet that is referenced by the callout and zoom to the appropriate view.

The process for automating callout data is very similar to automating block label data. However, unlike view label blocks, you can assign multiple callout blocks to your sheet set. You will need to update the default value of the attributes to include fields. If you have multiple callout block definitions, you will need to repeat this process for each one. If you combined your callout blocks into a single dynamic block, then you will only have to add fields to that one dynamic block definition.

1. Open the drawing that contains the callout block from your source library. The callout block might be its own little DWG file or it might be a block definition within another drawing, such as a template.

You will need to edit the Default for each of the attribute definitions. A typical callout block would include attribute definitions for the view number and sheet number. Your block might include additional information as well, but these two are the most common. The method you use to update the attribute definition depends on whether the block is stored as its own drawing or as a block definition within a drawing. You can use any method (BATTMAN etc.) that you want. However, you want to ensure that you are editing the attribute definition NOT just the attribute value in the block instance. How do you know the difference? The attribute definition says “Default,” whereas the attribute value says “Value.” NEVER insert a field in an attribute “Value.” It may appear to work properly, but if the instance was updated to include a field and the definition wasn’t, the next time someone erases the block instance and reinserts it, the field data will no longer be there.

 

2. If your callout block is stored as its own drawing, skip ahead to step 3. If, however, your callout block is stored as a block definition within your drawing, insert and explode the callout block. (Alternate methods include BATTMAN or the Block Editor. If you are editing a dynamic block, you should use an alternate method because exploding will lose the dynamic block parameters and actions). When you explode a block with attributes, the attribute values are replaced with the attribute definitions.

 

3. Double-click on the attribute definition representing the view number.

4. In the Edit Attribute Definition dialog box, right-click in Default and select Insert Field.

 

5. In the Field dialog box, select the SheetSet Field category, the SheetSetPlaceholder Field name, the ViewNumber Placeholder type, specify an appropriate format, select Associate hyperlink, and then choose OK. Using the SheetSetPlaceholder field in your callout block enables you to define block attributes for fields that are not associated with any particular sheet or sheet set. Associating a hyperlink will enable you to click on the inserted callout block to open the associated sheet and zoom into that particular view number.

 

 

6. Select the same attribute definition that you just edited, right-click, and choose Properties.

7. In the Properties window, set the Preset property to Yes. Since AutoCAD will enter the attribute value for you (via field data), you do not want to prompt the user to enter the information as you would have done using traditional attribute definitions. Setting the Preset property to Yes will prevent AutoCAD from asking for a value when the block is inserted.

 

8. Repeat steps 3-7 to add a field to the attribute definition for the sheet number using the SheetNumber placeholder type.

9. Redefine the callout block using the Block command (not necessary if you use BATTMAN or the Block Editor) and save the drawing.

That is all it takes to make your old callout block(s) smarter! Now you need to assign your callout block(s) to the Callout blocks property in your sheet set.

1. In the Sheet Set Manager, right-click on the sheet set title and choose Properties.

2. In the Sheet Set Properties dialog box, select Callout Block and choose the button to access the Select Block dialog box.

 

 

3. In the Select Block dialog box, navigate to file that contains your updated callout blocks. As mentioned previously, your callout blocks might be defined in their own drawing (DWG) or template (DWT) files or they might exist as block definitions within a larger drawing or template file.

4. If your callout blocks are individual drawings, select the option: Select the drawing file as a block.

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If your callout blocks are definitions within a drawing or template, select the option: Choose blocks in the drawing file and then select the appropriate block definitions.

You can assign any number of callout blocks to a sheet set.

 

5. Choose OK to close each of the dialog boxes and accept the changes.

Now you’re ready to test it out!

1. In the Sheet Set Manager, select the Sheet List tab.

2. Open a sheet to which you want to add a callout.

3. Select the Sheet Views tab. This tab displays all of the sheet/layout views created by the Sheet Set Manager.

4. Right-click on the view that you want to reference in your callout and choose Place Callout Block. The first time you do this, the Place Callout Block cascading menu option may display the option to Select Blocks. You can choose the Select Blocks option and then select all the callout blocks that you want to be available from the Sheet Set Manager. Subsequent access to the Place Callout Block cascading menu will display all the blocks that you selected.

 

5. Select the callout block you want to insert and place it on the sheet. The view and sheet numbers should automatically display in the callout.

6. Hover the cursor over the callout block and press Ctrl as you select the view or sheet number. If you select the sheet number, AutoCAD will open the appropriate drawing sheet. If you select the view number, AutoCAD will open the drawing as well as zoom into the appropriate view.

Now that your drawing is using field data, it is CRUCIAL that you do NOT edit those attribute values using traditional methods. For example, if you want to change the view number or sheet number on the callout, it might be very tempting to double-click on the callout block and enter the number for the Value of that block instance. If you do that, the intelligence you gained from fields is gone.

Unfortunately there is no way to prevent users from making this mistake, so it can only be avoided through education! If you see a field in a drawing (text with a grey background), never edit it! That data is being read from somewhere else and you need to edit the source, not the attribute value! In most cases that source data should be edited in the Sheet Set Manager. Since a callout is reading the view and sheet numbers from an existing view/sheet, you need to change the view or sheet number on the View List (Sheet Views) or Sheet List tab. Do not forget to REGEN your drawing to ensure it displays the most current field data.

By the way, if you are familiar with sheet set view categories you may wish to use different callout blocks for different types of views. For example, you might have a view category called Elevations that points to one set of callout blocks and a view category called Sections that points to a different set of callout blocks. You can use the Sheet Views tab to assign callout blocks to different view categories.

Applied Technology Group is a Platinum Autodesk Business Partner. Founded in North Little Rock, Ark., in 1992 as a local computer services company, ATG has grown to become a leading design technology partner with the purpose of assisting customers in maximizing the value and adoption of advanced technologies so they can perform competitively in the AEC sector. ATG collaborates with customers across the Gulf South, Midwest and Southwest through partnerships with 3DR, Autodesk, Leica, Microsoft and Panzura. Learn more about our company at www.atgusa.com.

Autodesk and the Autodesk logo are registered trademarks or trademarks of Autodesk, Inc., and/or its subsidiaries and/or affiliates in the USA and/or other countries.

Albuquerque ATG Customer Appreciation Event

 

Albuquerque ATG Customer Appreciation Event

On behalf of ATG USA, you’re invited to a Customer Appreciation Event on Thursday, September 6th. Join your ATG Account Executive as they say thank you for your years of loyalty to us. Complimentary drinks and apps will be provided. This event starts at 5:30 PM and will run until 7 PM at the Parq Hotel, Apothecary Rooftop Bar Lounge & Bar- 806 Central Ave SE in Albuquerque.  We look forward to seeing you there. Please RSVP to your Account Executive or email sprince@atgusa.com

 

 

 

On behalf of ATG USA, you’re invited to a Customer Appreciation Event on Thursday, September 6th. Join your ATG Account Executive as they say thank you for your years of loyalty to us. Complimentary drinks and apps will be provided. This event starts at 5:30 PM and will run until 7 PM at the Parq Hotel, Apothecary Rooftop Bar Lounge & Bar- 806 Central Ave SE in Albuquerque.  We look forward to seeing you there. Please RSVP to your Account Executive or email sprince@atgusa.com

 

Applied Technology Group is a Platinum Autodesk Business Partner. Founded in North Little Rock, Ark., in 1992 as a local computer services company, ATG has grown to become a leading design technology partner with the purpose of assisting customers in maximizing the value and adoption of advanced technologies so they can perform competitively in the AEC sector. ATG collaborates with customers across the Gulf South, Midwest and Southwest through partnerships with 3DR, Autodesk, Leica, Microsoft and Panzura. Learn more about our company at www.atgusa.com.

Autodesk and the Autodesk logo are registered trademarks or trademarks of Autodesk, Inc., and/or its subsidiaries and/or affiliates in the USA and/or other countries.

The Future is Bright at ATG USA

 

The Future is Bright at ATG USA

The future couldn’t be brighter at ATG USA. We had a fantastic time at our Q3 Kickoff Meeting. We are very grateful to all of our customers to be your Platinum Autodesk reseller of choice.

 

 

 

 

Applied Technology Group is a Platinum Autodesk Business Partner. Founded in North Little Rock, Ark., in 1992 as a local computer services company, ATG has grown to become a leading design technology partner with the purpose of assisting customers in maximizing the value and adoption of advanced technologies so they can perform competitively in the AEC sector. ATG collaborates with customers across the Gulf South, Midwest and Southwest through partnerships with 3DR, Autodesk, Leica, Microsoft and Panzura. Learn more about our company at www.atgusa.com.

Autodesk and the Autodesk logo are registered trademarks or trademarks of Autodesk, Inc., and/or its subsidiaries and/or affiliates in the USA and/or other countries.