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    • Long term large file storage options? March 21, 2018
      Please bear with me as I'm touching on this as a bit of an outsider. We have run into an issue of storage space with our facility scans.   Currently we were loading our scans (at a minimum, roughly 1/2 terabyte) into Vault. As you may know, in order for someone to work within the file or just view it, they need to copy a version of it from Vault to thei […]
    • Number of Polygons before Exporting to FBX March 20, 2018
      I am very new to Autodesk Navisworks. Suppose I open up, on Navisworks, an NWD file holding a model of a two-storey square house. I want to export it to use it in Unity as an FBX file with a limited number of polygons that make up the house. Is there a way you can view the number of polygons your model currently has? This is to tell how many polygons I want […]
    • Crashing when using the save button March 19, 2018
      As well as crashing when I sort the selection tree, I am also crashing when I use the save button. I have Navisworks 2018 on SP 1. This is insane. Is there s fix for this.
    • TimeLiner Rules March 19, 2018
      I am trying the function "Auto Attaching using Rules" for gatehouse example, I tried several time a lot of combinations to match Task name from GANTT with task name from model but I did not succeed. Can you help me please?
    • Scripter to open html March 19, 2018
      Hello  In the scripter i can jump to a stored view.Can i also open a html in the same time?Navis Manage 2017
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    • Eattedit March 20, 2018
      All, I'm the only one on the group that is having this problem. When I double click on a block with attributes, Enhanced Attribute Editor window comes like it's supposed to but the problem that...
    • Lee Mac's InsertWithState program - Insertion point question March 20, 2018
      I'm utilizing Lee Mac's InsertWithState function to insert dynamic blocks with specific visibility states and it works great. Can someone please show me how to specify the insertion point in the...
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    • Controlling the AutoCAD Cursor Badge
      In AutoCAD 2015 badges were added to the AutoCAD cursor to help you identify the editing operation you were about to perform. For example, when you use the ERASE command and pass the cursor over an object, a small red...
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      Kicking off the weekend early on this cold Colorado morning with nothing related to AutoCAD.... Just one of my favorite hiking photos from "the city above the clouds". Have a great weekend!
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      Here's an oldie! This wooden pencil doesn't have a date on it but I'm guessing it's from the early nineties if not even the eighties! Who really believed back then that AutoCAD... or any CAD could replace good old paper...
      Heidi Hewett
    • Delete duplicate AutoCAD objects
      AutoCAD drawings often contain duplicate or overlapping geometry that unnecessarily bloats them and makes them more challenging to edit. There are numerous reasons overlapping geometry might be created, such as copying or drawing new geometry on top of existing geometry....
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    • Subcontractor “Pass-Through” Claims Still a Matter of Controversy
      Subcontractor “pass-through” claims, sponsored by a prime contractor against a public project owner, are both useful and controversial. A pass-through claim results from a claim liquidation agreement between the prime and the sub. The prime agrees to pursue the project owner, at the prime’s expense, for the subcontractor’s increased costs. The prime will pas […]
      Rob W
    • Autodesk Navisworks Animated Construction
      Autodesk Navisworks project review software can import project schedules from planning applications, enabling you to simulate and visually communicate construction schedules. In this video, Autodesk’s Paul Walker has further enhanced the 4D simulation by animating building components (using the Navisworks Animator feature) and rendered with Navisworks to cre […]
      Rob W
    • Learn more about the Design, Application and Installation of Custom and Standard Pipe Clamps
      Learn more about the Design, Application and Installation of Custom and Standard Pipe Clamps right from your computer for free. This technical presentation is this Thursday, July 22, 2010 at 10:00 am or 2:00 pm. Register for the Design, Application and Installation of Custom and Standard Pipe Clamps Webinar The featured presenter, Jerry Godina has […]
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    • What is BIM Model or Building Information Modeling?
      Building Information Modeling or BIM is the latest buzzword in construction industry worldwide. It has been flaunted on the front page of construction magazines; more seminars are being arranged throughout year and many companies are involved in developing products/tools around BIM. So, what is BIM? Why it so popular and what lies there in it […]
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    • Apps Simplify Processes Big and Small
      Whether you’re looking for a better way to log employees’ time on a project, make a crucial measurement on the jobsite, or automate business-process management, one tool required is one you most likely already have: a smartphone. Construction productivity tools are going mobile, and the combination of advancing cellphone technology and a flurry of activity [ […]
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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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