Tips, Tricks & Resources For MEP Detailers

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    • Bentley Acquires Synchro June 22, 2018
      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?
      bryndaff
    • Navisworks 2019 SDK March 23, 2018
      When can we expect the SDK for navisworks 2019? Regards Eddy
      etick
    • Issues importing viewpoints Navisworks to Navisworks June 19, 2018
      We are receiving an error when importing viewpoint in all cases. See the below screen shot. 
      Salda
    • 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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    • Navisworks 2018 not opening .rvt files directly June 19, 2018
      I have a user trying to open .rvt files directly into navisworks. When trying to open the file there is a pop up stating that there is no plug in availbale that can open the .rvt file.When trying to append the file and selecting .rvt as the file type it fails to load sometimes crashing the software.I've tried on my machine and am having the same issue.I […]
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    • plotting .eps files with autolisp June 22, 2018
      Hi All I am perplexed by a problem I have had recently using autolisp code to create .eps files through a command line call. I have one machine this works on fine and one that it refuses.It WILL...
      abryan
    • Please could somebody advise on adjusting the axis June 22, 2018
      I have a large number of drawing and they all appear in model space as the image below. Is there a setting change I could make to adjust the axis and drawing simultaneously in order that that they...
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    • CAD Workstation Form Factors 101, Part 2: The Tried-and-True Deskside Workstation June 20, 2018
      Herrera on Hardware: You know that the deskside form factor is the familiar mainstay of the CAD workstation world — but do you know why?
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    • Rendering and VR Shape the Design Process at Woods Bagot June 20, 2018
      Virtual reality and interactive rendering, powered by Epic Games' Unreal Engine, Chaos Group's V-Ray, and NVIDIA’s Volta and RTX technologies, are vital in helping stakeholders inside and outside the architecture firm to see designs more clearly.
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      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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    • 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...
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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...
      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!
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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...
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    • 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 […]
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    • 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 […]
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    • 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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Archive for the ‘MEP Coordination’ Category

Monthly Tekla Webinar July 6th – Tekla BIMsight 1.2

Posted by Rob W on June 13, 2011

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If you cannot make this webinar live they will post it later on the same page.

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Look, A New Forum Dedicated To The MEPF Community!

Posted by Rob W on April 5, 2011

Look a new forum for the MEPF community, A place to discuss above ceiling coordination issues and software packages. Most software developers do not provide this kind of outlet so we are. For some reason they do not want us to know each other. Also, it’s a good outlet to discuss the industry in general.

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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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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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NEC Panel Clearance

Posted by Rob W on August 17, 2010

The National Electric Code requires min. 3’0″

there are several rules defined in section 110.26 of the NEC; for 600 volts or less it is:

  • left to right the minimum clearance is 30″ or the width of the equipment, whichever is larger
  • in height, there should be 6′ 6” minimum height to stand in front of the equipment (exception for dwelling units for panels 200 amps or less)
  • the depth in front of the equipment varies depending on the voltage and surfaces of the opposite wall behind you: if the voltage is 150 volts to ground or less the depth of clearance is 30″: as stated above; if the voltage is higher it depends of whether the opposite wall is insulated or not: if insulated the depth is 3′ 6″, if not insulated (such as cement block) the depth is 48″

I refer to these rules as the “refrigerator rule”: the clearance in front of the equipment in question requires a dedicated clear space roughly the size of a large refrigerator.

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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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SEMCO Rectangular to Round & Oval Conversion Calculator

Posted by Rob W on July 31, 2010

SEMCO’S MicroLink™ Rectangular to Round and Oval Conversion Calculator is designed to aid in the conversion of rectangular HVAC layouts to round and oval duct and fittings. Enter the rectangular size shown on drawings and it will calculate the equivalent round diameter and list SEMCO’s recommended round diameter and oval major/minor. The History button will give you a printable listing of all sizes calculated during the current session. When you start up your next session, you will be prompted to clear the history for the last session.

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Tips & Tricks for Building a 3D Model with Objects in AutoCAD Architecture

Posted by Rob W on July 29, 2010

Autodesk Solutions for Architects & Design Visualization Professionals
Dear Design Professional,
Autodesk invites you to view a free screencast featuring tips and tricks to help you improve productivity, deliver innovative design ideas, and manage change in your daily project workflow.
Featured Screencast: Tips & Tricks for Visualization in Renovation & Retrofit Projects
Interior and exterior building renovations and retrofits are on the rise as more and more building owners seek ways to increase energy efficiency, lower impacts on the environment, save on energy costs and qualify for federal stimulus funds. But how do building owners, and the team of architects and design visualization professionals working on these projects, answer the question “What will the changes to my building look like?”

This screencast presentation provides a view into using Autodesk 3ds Max Design for high quality visualization on renovation and retrofit projects. You’ll learn about leveraging design data to determine what information you have for your design and how to use it. You’ll then learn about materials, camera matching and a quick look at Autodesk ImageModeler to accurately model an existing building from digital.

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If you miss this you can always watch it later at the same link…

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Navisworks Training By De Ding

Posted by Rob W on July 27, 2010

Credit for these vids got to:

De Ding At Linkin

http://video.yahoo.com/watch/3382863/9465443
http://video.yahoo.com/watch/3382832/9465301
http://video.yahoo.com/watch/3382814/9465248
http://video.yahoo.com/watch/3382794/9465219
http://video.yahoo.com/watch/3382851/9465341

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AutoCAD MEP 2011 – Improved Pipe Detailing

Posted by Rob W on July 24, 2010

Create more accurate display representation to improve construction documents and 3D co-ordination from the building services model produced within AutoCAD MEP 2011.

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