Tips, Tricks & Resources For MEP Detailers

Archive for October, 2010

CAD in the Cloud:

Posted by Rob W on October 31, 2010

CAD in the Cloud: Introducing AutoCAD WS – October 2010

Earlier this month, AUGI President Mark Kiker talked with Guri Stark, Vice President of the AutoCAD product line for Autodesk, and Tal Weiss, Senior Software Development Manager, about Autodesk’s new product, AutoCAD WS.




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Introduction to Autodesk Navisworks Webinar Series – Appending Data and Creating Views

Posted by Rob W on October 27, 2010

In this webinar we will explore the methods navigating around the model. We also illustrate the need for creating views as well as a few ways to create animations. This webinar is the second in a series.


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Does 64-bit Computing Matter for CAD Users?

Posted by Rob W on October 23, 2010

You’d have to be living under a rock to not have heard that the PC market is in the middle of a transition from 32-bit to 64-bit computing. However it’s very likely you have not heard much about how this change is going to help you. The reality is that it has not delivered much yet. This transition has been happening very slowly because there are three separate 64-bit transition steps which need to occur in series. The first step is the processor and motherboard hardware, second is the operating system and hardware drivers, and last are the programs. The big benefits of the change won’t start to come until all three steps are complete. The good news is, we are just about there.

The advantage of a 64-bit architecture is that it allows the PC to juggle much bigger chucks of data – like real big numbers. If you are not regularly doing math with numbers over 4 billion you might think this is not going to help you. The real advantage for CAD users comes in the area of large memory addresses. 32-bit systems are limited to handling 4 GB of RAM. They just can’t count memory addresses higher than that. 64-bit systems can count so much higher that the ceiling of the amount of RAM possible becomes far out of sight. Back in 1990 when I thought my new 32-bit 486 with 4 MB of RAM was cool I didn’t think I would need a thousand times that much RAM in 20 years. I’m just as sure today that I won’t need a million times as much RAM on my desk in 20 years, but the 64-bit processor architecture will handle it.

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Free Trade Magazine Subscriptions & Technical Document Downloads

Posted by Rob W on October 14, 2010

Browse through our extensive list of free Business, Computer, Engineering and Trade magazines, white papers, downloads and podcasts to find the titles that best match your skills; topics include management, marketing, operations, sales, and technology. Simply complete the application form and submit it. All are absolutely free to professionals who qualify.

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HP Officejet 7000 Wide Format Printer

Posted by Rob W on October 13, 2010

Low-cost, B-size inkjet printer




18″ Clamps

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Posted by Rob W on October 7, 2010

The NVIDIA Quadro FX 1800 graphics board is a leading high-range professional 3D graphics option with 768 MB of fast memory, giving excellent price/performance suitable for CAD, DCC, and visualization applications

Support for 768 MB ultra-fast GDDR3 memory
Revolutionary new architecture increases raw geometry and fill rate performance over previous generation products
Features HD out and two dual-link DVI connectors for the industry’s best image quality

$121 from this seller


looks like they raised the price. I wonder if anyone got one of these at $121…

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Webinar: Dedicated Outdoor-Air Systems and Energy Recovery

Posted by Rob W on October 5, 2010

Sponsored by: Greenheck Fan Corporation

You can view the recorded version of this presentation (including slides and audio)  You can ask the presenters questions while you are viewing the archive. Simply type in your question in the question window on the console and press the submit button. Our presenters will do their best to respond to you via email as soon as possible.

To view the recorded event: CLICK HERE

This archive will be available at this URL for one year.
It can also be found on the HPAC Engineering website.

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The Aubin Academy Master Series: AutoCAD MEP 2011

Posted by Rob W on October 2, 2010

This title has not yet been released.
You may pre-order it now and Amazon will deliver it to you when it arrives.

Pre-order at Amazon

If it is as informative as their 2010 book IMHO it will be well worth the $48.

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