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    • Import Navisworks file into Revit May 25, 2018
      Hey all,I've been hoping to use Manage 2018 on a project but I noticed that pulling in a Revit 2017 file (Importing the native file) just causes it to hang. I don't recall there being an issue with pulling in previous versions of a file type (Newer obviously yes) Is this "Feature" here to stay or just a miss in the current version? We sho […]
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      Is it possible to render only a part of the timeliner simulation (to an AVI)  and not the whole 4D simulation of the project ?Seems like I can only render the whole lenght of my timeliner . Even if only a few tasks are selected.I am rendering the animation using the "viewport" renderer to an AVIThanks for your ideas ?
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      Seems like that rendering a timeliner simulation using the "viewport" renderer (not the Autodesk renderer which will calculate textures, lights, etc... being then, even slower) is not using much of my cores (may be 1 or 2)...Is it possible that this operation is not multi threaded or did I miss a turn ???Thanks for your ideas...
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      I am in a pretty large Navis model 690MB .nwd format. The size shouldnt be a problem because I have larger models. It is scaled correctly.  The walk speed is so fast. I went to the Options - Interface - SteeringWheels - Walk Tool - Walk Speed, where i lowered it to 0.1 and it is still really fast. Almost feels as if it is the same speed as setting it to 10. […]
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Archive for February, 2009

Autodesk MEP 101 – Drawing Ductwork Part 3 0f 4

Posted by Rob W on February 16, 2009

In this video we look at more detailing and then some round pipe.





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Autodesk MEP 101 – Drawing Ductwork Part 2 0f 4

Posted by Rob W on February 10, 2009

In this video we look at some of the basic rectangular fittings you will be using.



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Autodesk MEP 101 – Drawing Ductwork Part 1 0f 4

Posted by Rob W on February 6, 2009

In the next 4 videos we will look at duct and duct fittings  as-well has some detailing tricks. In this video we also look at getting started with drawing a steel structure.

As mentioned in the video ” MEP is missing bar joist”  here is a link to some shared content.

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Autodesk MEP 101 – What You Should Know Before You Start

Posted by Rob W on February 4, 2009

This is the 2nd video in the series. We will look at setting up a drawing template as it pertains to AMEP. We also look at the different duct and piping systems…….


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Autodesk MEP 101 – The Interface

Posted by Rob W on February 3, 2009

This is the 1st in a series of videos dedicated to MEP 2009. It is assumed that you have knowledge of the basic Vanilla AutoCAD Application and understand the fundamentals of drafting. In this first video we look at the additional tools not found in Vanilla AutoCAD for drawing MEP systems and where to find them. After viewing this video you should be able to find the common tools you will need. In future videos we will look at using these tools to develop MEP systems for shop drawings and coordination…

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NavisWorks 101- Clash Detective

Posted by Rob W on February 2, 2009

Here is the final video on NavisWorks. You should now have enough info to get you started with above ceiling coordination. From here I would find a good reference manual (I have this one) then set some goals to learn a little each week until you master it. Myself, I am hoping Autodesk works out the many problems with the interference checking tool in MEP. Personally, that’s all I need.

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Rev 6 -4 -09

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