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.
      Alex Herrera
    • Calling All AutoCAD Center Marks May 14, 2018
      Mastering center marks is easier than ever, thanks to changes introduced in AutoCAD 2017. Join AutoCAD tipster Lynn Allen as she takes you through the ins and outs of creating and editing, so you can become a supreme center mark and centerline guru!
    • Create Smart Centerlines in AutoCAD April 23, 2018
      It’s not uncommon to add centerlines while dimensioning -- but are your centerlines smart? AutoCAD tipster Lynn Allen shows you the ins and outs of associative centerlines, and explains how to disassociate and reassociate them!
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      The 2018 edition of "How to Choose a CAD Workstation on a Budget" provides advice on configurations that balance function with finances.
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      Updated version of the popular guide, "Fabulous Freebies for CAD Users," helps readers find no-cost and low-cost tools and resources.
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    • More Ch-ch- ch-ch changes... From AutoCAD to BricsCAD
      This has been a year of change for me and it hasn’t stopped yet! Today Bricsys announced the news… I’m joining their team! In my role as User Success Manager, I’ll help BricsCAD and BIM customers maximize their investment in...
      Heidi Hewett
    • 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...
      Heidi Hewett
    • Happy weekend from Above the Clouds
      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!
      Heidi Hewett
    • Throwback Thursday... Replaced by AutoCAD
      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 […]
      Rob W
    • 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 […]
      Rob W
    • 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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Archive for the ‘Construction News’ Category

Construction Confidence Index

Posted by Rob W on April 29, 2014

Associated Builders and Contractors’ (ABC) Construction Confidence Index (CCI) is a diffusion index that reflects the nation’s construction contractors’ perceptions of the business environment over a six-month period, as well as the prospects for coefocus_0311_stfrancisweb2ammercial and industrial construction spending growth in the months ahead. Source data are collected from ABC members from across the country through a confidential monthly survey. This national economic indicator provides stakeholders with a forward-looking view of the nation’s nonresidential construction industry. Read More

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FTP and Sharepoint are obsolete – Balfour Beatty Construction

Posted by Rob W on May 12, 2011

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Webinar: Pipe Support & Expansion Joint Field Examples

Posted by Rob W on May 3, 2011

Thursday on Pipe Support & Expansion Joint Field Examples & Case Studies. This seminar is approved for 1 PDH credit hour for Texas Professional Engineers.
Please see this weeks’ Product of the Week on adjustable pipe saddle supports designed for a Booster Pump Station Rehabilitation project in Florida.
PT&P designed adjustable pipe saddle supports fabricated from A240 Gr 304 stainless steel, for a Booster Pump Station Rehabilitation Project in Florida. The pipe saddles are stanchion type supports designed for 10″ and 16″ pipe sizes, and can be vertically adjusted +/- 3″ by turning the middle section of the seamless pipe.
sign up for the Webinar this Thursday at 10 am, or would you prefer 2 pm?

If you miss this they normally archive their webinars just search their site

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Tekla gives professional BIM application for everyone in construction FREE

Posted by Rob W on February 14, 2011

To make an impact on the construction industry, 3D modeling software provider Tekla is launching a new advanced application for building information model-based project communication and cooperation. Tekla BIMsight is ready for everyone in the industry to download and share over the Internet for free. Now contractors, designers, architects, MEP detailers and fabricators can combine their models, check for clashes, and collaborate using new and unique BIM software.

Tekla BIMsight is a new collaboration tool that lets construction industry professionals step into the BIM (Building Information Modeling) process for free. This software application makes it easy to combine and understand 3D models created by different AEC disciplines with different software, to interpret the design intent, check for clashes, and comment and mark changes. Tekla BIMsight presents a centralized way to maintain and communicate shared construction information: project participants can see the big picture as well as every important detail in the same, illustrative and easy-to-grasp 3D model. Tekla BIMsight can be used throughout the workflow of construction, from the design phase of the building to its erection and site management.

”Tekla’s mission is to drive the evolution to digital information modeling, multiplying our customers’ potential to think and achieve big in their projects and businesses,” explains Tekla Executive Vice President Risto Räty. ”Understanding BIM as a centralized process rather than ’just a model’ requires cooperation and goodwill between the construction disciplines. This is exactly what we want to achieve with the new Tekla BIMsight software, and our part of the goodwill is to distribute it for free on this Valentine’s Day for the whole industry to easily take into use.”

Tekla BIMsight has been described as ’the missing link’ BIM  software application because it enables accurate and effective 3D building information model-based project collaboration and management for everyone in the industry. BIM-based way of working supports the modern requirements of sustainability and green building, for example, by optimizing prefabrication and site management and enabling a paperless process. Accurate, model-based communication enables better constructability through finding, reacting to and correcting possible design errors early before on-site construction. All this motivates people working in engineering and construction to centralize their data and to make requests for information accurately and efficiently through one shared application that presents the combined model of a whole construction project from every possible angle.

Tekla BIMsight software is ready to download for free at http://www.teklabimsight.com/. Video tutorials and an online user community make it easy for anyone to get started visualizing and communicating with building information models. At the moment, Tekla BIMsight is only available in English.

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[Live Webinar] VFDs: An Emerging Sustainability Imperative

Posted by Rob W on January 19, 2011

Variable Frequency Drives are quickly becoming key to an energy conscious society. In this webinar, presented by the Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) contractors and engineers will learn what the best applications are for this technology and what its advantages are over other technologies.

From design considerations and payback, to government mandates and local/regional initiatives, AHRI will share best practices that can help you see the role and value of VFDs today.

Register now for this live webinar

 

 

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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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FREE Live Webcast: Successful BIM Without the Wash

Posted by Rob W on August 20, 2010

Join Autodesk and McCarthy Building Companies  for this free one-hour webcast to explore how implementing Autodesk BIM solutions as an integrated process across project team members has helped McCarthy to work more productively and demonstrate real value to its clients.
Wednesday, August 25th, 2010
10:00-11:00 a.m. Pacific Time
1:00-2:00 p.m. Eastern Time

Many firms market their use of BIM, when in fact they may only use BIM for visualization and presentation, performing basic 3D CAD modelling, and producing traditional 2D paper drawings or CDs. BIM is more than just 3D modeling software–it is an integrated process that allows professionals to explore a project’s key physical and functional characteristics digitally, before it is built. BIM allows builders to rely on coordinated, consistent information to visualize, simulate, analyze, document, and deliver projects on time and within budget.
In this webcast, Adam Lega and Connor Christian of McCarthy Building Companies will demonstrate how McCarthy chose Autodesk BIM solutions for their construction projects to help them work more productively and win more business. They will discuss five practical tips that can help you recognize the hype and set expectations that meet reality, illustrated by real-life examples of BIM projects from McCarthy’s portfolio.

Register today to learn more!

If you miss this you can usually watch them 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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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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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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