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Archive for July, 2010

SEMCO Rectangular to Round & Oval Conversion Calculator

Posted by Rob W on July 31, 2010

SEMCO’S MicroLink™ Rectangular to Round and Oval Conversion Calculator is designed to aid in the conversion of rectangular HVAC layouts to round and oval duct and fittings. Enter the rectangular size shown on drawings and it will calculate the equivalent round diameter and list SEMCO’s recommended round diameter and oval major/minor. The History button will give you a printable listing of all sizes calculated during the current session. When you start up your next session, you will be prompted to clear the history for the last session.

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Tips & Tricks for Building a 3D Model with Objects in AutoCAD Architecture

Posted by Rob W on July 29, 2010

Autodesk Solutions for Architects & Design Visualization Professionals
Dear Design Professional,
Autodesk invites you to view a free screencast featuring tips and tricks to help you improve productivity, deliver innovative design ideas, and manage change in your daily project workflow.
Featured Screencast: Tips & Tricks for Visualization in Renovation & Retrofit Projects
Interior and exterior building renovations and retrofits are on the rise as more and more building owners seek ways to increase energy efficiency, lower impacts on the environment, save on energy costs and qualify for federal stimulus funds. But how do building owners, and the team of architects and design visualization professionals working on these projects, answer the question “What will the changes to my building look like?”

This screencast presentation provides a view into using Autodesk 3ds Max Design for high quality visualization on renovation and retrofit projects. You’ll learn about leveraging design data to determine what information you have for your design and how to use it. You’ll then learn about materials, camera matching and a quick look at Autodesk ImageModeler to accurately model an existing building from digital.

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If you miss this you can always watch it later at the same link…

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Pre-Insulated Pipe Supports Webinar

Posted by Rob W on July 27, 2010

Learn more about Pre-Insulated Pipe Supports for both Cryogenic and High Temperature Applications right from your computer at no cost. This technical presentation will last one hour and is on Thursday, August 5, 2010 at 10:00 am or 2:00 pm.

Register for the Pre-Insulated Pipe Supports Webinar

The featured presenter, David Baker has over 15 years experience in
Pre-Insulated Pipe Supports and Installation & Maintenance and is the manager of PT&P’s Field Service division.

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Navisworks Training By De Ding

Posted by Rob W on July 27, 2010

Credit for these vids got to:

De Ding At Linkin

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AutoCAD MEP 2011 – Improved Pipe Detailing

Posted by Rob W on July 24, 2010

Create more accurate display representation to improve construction documents and 3D co-ordination from the building services model produced within AutoCAD MEP 2011.

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Learn more about the Design, Application and Installation of Custom and Standard Pipe Clamps

Posted by Rob W on July 13, 2010

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Free Security and Maintenance Programs

Posted by Rob W on July 9, 2010

Prevention, detection, and cure: 12 programs that will provide the best all-around security for you and your computer – for free

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Buildings Webcast: Expedite LEED Certification with BIM for Design Build Projects

Posted by Rob W on July 6, 2010

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Or if you miss it you can watch it later

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Things to Know about Video Graphics Cards

Posted by Rob W on July 6, 2010

  1. Integrated and plug-in graphics accelerators. Most computers have video acceleration built into the main processor, but they are typically not as fast as plug-in graphics cards. They also don’t have their own memory and must use your main computer resources to run video games and movies. A video graphics card has its own memory and processor, freeing up your computer’s resources for other tasks and speeding up performance. Video graphics cards are also at the front of special effects technology development, so they’re constantly improving. A card more than a few years old will quickly become obsolete. One feature which has been advanced is the type of slot that a video graphics card will fit into.When looking for graphics cards, you’ll see labels like PCI (peripheral component interconnect), AGP (advanced graphics port) and PCIe (PCI Express). These terms describe the type of motherboard slot that the graphics card requires for connection. PCIe is the most recent advancement. So, if you look for a graphics card labeled PCIe, you will be pretty much up to date.
  2. Processor speed and memory. Every video graphics card has a graphics processing unit, which is similar to the central processing unit on your computer’s motherboard. The GPU processes the images for your computer monitor. Developers have programmed GPUs with abilities such as full-scene anti aliasing (FSAA) and anisotropic filtering, which help make cleaner and more realistic 3-D objects. How fast your video graphics card can perform these tasks depends on its processor speed and how much memory it has. Processor speed is measured in megahertz (MHz). Usually, you will find video graphics cards with memory in the 128 MB to 512 MB range. High-end video games generally require at least 128 MB and recommend 256 MB of video card memory.
  3. Frames per second (FPS). Each frame is one full-screen image that your video card processes. Your eye can process about 25 frames per second, but a good video graphics card will operate at 60 FPS or higher to produce a clean image with no blurring or pixilation. A video card with more memory can save more images in a memory buffer until they are needed, increasing FPS.
  4. Pixel fill rate. How many pixels your video card’s GPU can process per second will determine how quickly it can process images. A good video card will have a high pixel fill rate, but it isn’t the main factor to consider.
  5. Triangles per second. 3-D images rendered by computers are made up of millions of tiny polygons. The more of these shapes a video graphics card can process per second, the less blurring you will see when playing videos or playing video games.

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MEP Webcast: MEP Solutions for Subcontractor Coordination on a Construction Project

Posted by Rob W on July 3, 2010

Seize the opportunity to win more work with Autodesk Navisworks 2011. Watch a free one-hour screencast about Autodesk Navisworks project review software, and learn about the latest features in release 2011 that can help you reduce project costs, expedite schedules, and facilitate collaboration throughout all phases of construction.

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