Tips, Tricks & Resources For MEP Detailers

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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 […]
      Derek_mcgearty
    • How to render to a file only a small part of a timeliner animation May 25, 2018
      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 ?
      nicolasmenu
    • Timeliner animation using the Viewport renderer (AVI) is not multicore ? May 25, 2018
      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...
      nicolasmenu
    • Simulate 2016: What do the options for Convert Object Properties do? May 25, 2018
      Options>File Readers>DWG/DXF>Convert Object Proerties> several checkboxes.I am using Simulate with these options for the first time.  I have all of the object enablers installed for the products: AutoPLANT, ProSteel, etc. that work with Simulate 2012.   Do these options enhance the enablers, take the place of the enablers, turn the enablers off a […]
      deanlyon
    • Navisworks Navigation speed May 24, 2018
      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. […]
      DaltonGOO
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    • CAD Workstation Form Factors 101: Shapes and Sizes May 17, 2018
      Herrera on Hardware: With so many types of workstation models on the market today — and new arrivals appearing all the time — it’s best to start by sorting out the categories and learning what differentiates them.
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      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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    • 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 […]
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Archive for the ‘CAD Books’ Category

Mastering Autodesk Navisworks 2012

Posted by Rob W on September 14, 2011

Design, communicate and collaborate with Navisworks

Mastering Autodesk Navisworks shows you how to best use the amazing Navisworks software. This collaboration tool enables the consolidation of all files connected to a construction project including file formats such as Revit, SketchUp, ArchiCAD, and others into one 3D model that all participants can view, share, navigate, and use for visualization and simulation. With the ability to support 60-plus file formats, Naviworks has an eager fan base seeking more information. Using step-by-step tutorials, real-world examples, and hands-on exercises, this thorough guide provides the complete guidance you need to master Navisworks.

  • Introduces you to Navisworks using a workflow approach that mirrors how it is used on real projects from start to finish
  • Explains how to import the 60+ supported file formats, navigate around the merged 3D model, document and annotate it, and coordinate schedules with TimeLiner
  • Delves into the powerful clash detection tool, which warns you if a design will not work in the real world
  • Covers advanced functions such as creating visualizations and using scripting tools
  • Features step-by-step instruction, real-world examples, and downloadable before-and-after tutorial files

Mastering Autodesk Navisworks is the ultimate reference on this exciting collaboration and design review software.

 

Mastering Autodesk Navisworks 2012

 

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CAD Masters Training

Posted by Rob W on September 2, 2011

 

 

CAD Masters has been recognized as a valued partner by Autodesk in many ways.  We are an Autodesk GOLD Partner, an Autodesk Government Specialist, an Authorized Training Center, an Autodesk Certification Center, a Civil 3D Implementation Certified Expert, and a member of the Autodesk Developer Network.  CAD Masters received Autodesk’s top award for Customer Loyalty in 2008.

More importantly, however, is being recognized by our customers as a trusted business partner.  See the links below for more information about how we might partner with you:

 

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BIM and Construction Management: Proven Tools, Methods, and Workflows

Posted by Rob W on November 15, 2010

Check out this free E-Book at Google Books

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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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Autodesk NavisWorks 2009: Essentials AOTC

Posted by Rob W on August 1, 2010

In this courseware, using hands-on exercises that demonstrate the functionality of the Autodesk® NavisWorks® 2009 Review, Simulate, and Manage features, students learn how to open, review, and run object-interference checks on 3D models. Students also learn how to link to task-scheduling files and create 3D construction simulations. Using the Animator and Scripter tools, students create interactive animations. In addition, students learn how the Presenter tools can help them to create photorealistic images and animations. This courseware provides students with the skills and knowledge to use NavisWorks 2009 effectively.

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Navisworks Manage 2010 Essentials Training

Posted by Rob W on June 5, 2010

The Navisworks Manage 2010 Training vBook covers the following topics: Application Overview, Object Properties, Search/Selection Sets, Views, Red-Lining, Modifying Objects, Clash Detection, Timeliner (4D visualization), the Presenter Module, more In-Depth Features and how to Link to Building Management Systems

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