Tips, Tricks & Resources For MEP Detailers

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      Come on Autodesk lets have more Navisworks development and features, lets not let Navisworks fail even more behind than it already is on the 4D front, it's a great product but for how much longer?
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      When can we expect the SDK for navisworks 2019? Regards Eddy
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      We are receiving an error when importing viewpoint in all cases. See the below screen shot. 
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    • Point cloud visual styles June 19, 2018
      A quick one guys, in recap i am able to change the visual style of the point cloud. When appended to navisworks i cant seem to find that option. My cloud has no RGB values so it's very hard to look around and see what's going on. Thanks, Danny
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Archive for February, 2014

Bluebeam Takeoffs & Estimation

Posted by Rob W on February 25, 2014

Revu includes all of the tools you need to prepare your next bid as much as 70% faster. In this session, you will learn how to useRevu’s built-in measurement tools for takeoffs, save custom measurements in the exclusive Tool Chest™, export measurements to Excel®, and use Custom Columns to add formulas to the built-in worksheet to calculate costs directly in Revu.

Estimators who want easy, affordable solutions and rapid electronic take-off will learn how to create custom tools, mark-up,and measure using Bluebeam Revu. Performing take-offs from Google Map images or PDFs is easy. With Bluebeam’s measurement tools its quick, accurate and affordable for area, length, count, perimeter, volume and even measures arcs. With Bluebeam Revu’s Visual Search you can find symbols on one page, across pages or throughout folders. Comparing revisions is also a snap with Bluebeam’s compare documents feature – clouding all the differences on a planset for you. Construction estimating will never be the same. Paperless, electronic and exportable to your favorite estimating program, Microsoft Excel.
Estimation Webinar recorded February 20, 2013

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Fabrication for MEP: Detailing, Costing, and Fabrication Integration

Posted by Rob W on February 21, 2014

Come and learn about Autodesk® Fabrication software and how the individual systems integrate together to provide more seamless detailing, costing, and fabrication of MEP systems. This class builds on information about design line technology presented in the Go Beyond Design classes. This class will enable you to better understand how this technology, and the technology behind the Autodesk Fabrication products, can help contractors develop holistic knowledge around the portfolio to improve their business practices, increase productivity, and save money.

 

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TSI Training Class Docs

Posted by Rob W on February 21, 2014

Someone shared these with us a while back Its older info but some of it may help

Download docs here 

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CADMep 2013 Plumbing with Jeremy

Posted by Rob W on February 20, 2014

We had Jeremy who has been using CADMep train us on how to get started seeing that TSI or Autodesk does not have any documentation how to get started and training from TSI is only available in Texas or on site but it takes forever to get it set up.

Part 1

Part  2

Rob Williams
http://www.mep-precision-detailers.com

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Quickly Create a Structural Model with CADmep

Posted by Rob W on February 20, 2014

There are times in the MEP modeling industry that we need to create a structural model and CADmep is a very good tool for this. So let’s take a look at how we can quickly and efficiently build our structural model.

(For this example you will need a 2D structural drawing)
1. Open your 2D structural drawing
2. Click on the Polyline 3D Fill button
3. 
4.  
5. Select the line you wish to fill (does not need to be a polyline can be a standard line)
6. The “Fill Start Options” dialog box will open
7. 
8. In the first box select your structural steel service
9. In the second box set your section (optional)
10. Select the appropriate size (W16x26 in this example)
11. Click on the offset button and select how you would like it to fill (I generally select “Top” so that when I choose my elevation it will be top of steel)
12. Click on the elevation button and set your elevation
13. Click on the OK button
14. Select all additional lines in the drawing that represent that same size beam and hit enter when finished.
Additional trick:
Add exterior insulation to the beams to represent fireproof coating. That way you can detect clashes with the fireproofing.

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CADMep Design Line Fall of 0

Posted by Rob W on February 20, 2014

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What’s New in the Autodesk Fabrication Solutions for 2014

Posted by Rob W on February 20, 2014

An overview of the new features and benefits of the Autodesk Fabrication Solutions for 2014

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Getting Started With CADMep

Posted by Rob W on February 19, 2014

Here is a playlist that will help you get started

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Mighty Macros: Powerful Commands to Pump Up Productivity

Posted by Rob W on February 9, 2014

Description

This class is filled with all the tips and tricks you’ll need to create macros in AutoCAD® software. Macros are small groups of commands and routines that can be any length, without requiring any special characters at the end of the line. In this class, you learn to create custom macros that apply to your business needs and enhance your productivity on designs. You develop a custom tool palette placing over 50 of your new macros on the palette for quick access during project design. Most importantly, what you learn will bring value to your employer and give you knowledge that can help you excel within your field.

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AutoCAD Super-Duper Click Savers

Posted by Rob W on February 9, 2014

 Description

Return on investment on the AutoCAD platform is all about saving picks and clicks, and this class is all about exposing the super-secret tools in the AutoCAD platform. The biggest issue is that you don’t know what you are missing from release to release unless someone exposes these little secrets. In this class, we provide a one-stop-shopping document to help you remember all of them and refer back to them. Updated from last year, this class includes new tools and uncovers AutoCAD 2014 secrets. Your repetitive steps and tasks won’t know what hit them.

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