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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 […]
    • 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 ?
    • 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...
    • 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 […]
    • 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. […]
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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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    • Calling All AutoCAD Center Marks May 14, 2018
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    • 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...
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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 […]
      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 […]
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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 ‘Tech Tips’ Category

Our Newest, State-Of-The-Art CAD Station

Posted by Rob W on August 20, 2013

About 4 months ago we added our 12th CAD station. After we add a station, and we find a good detailer to operate it, we then work on building a new station and look for a new detailer. After many months of research we decided to purchase a CAD Station, in lieu of building one, and we decided on this 2D Cad Station. We are now in search of a detailer who can operate it.


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FirePro V7900 Workstation Video Card

Posted by Rob W on September 22, 2011

Here we have a FirePro V7900 Workstation Video Card, made by AMD . Check out the video for more info!

ATI 100-505647 FirePro V7900 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Workstation Video Card. Supports up to 6 monitors with one card and only takes up one slot.




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Fuze Meeting – Affordable Online Meeting Software

Posted by Rob W on March 1, 2011

Fuze Meeting is a web conferencing tool that lets you share everything on your screen in high resolution with anyone, anywhere, on any device… on any continent, on any planet, in any of the neighboring galaxies. Okay, not quite. But one day.

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Advance2000’s BIM Cloud 2.0 Webinar

Posted by Rob W on February 11, 2011

• Learn the basics of the BIM Cloud
• Understand how your firm will benefit from utilizing this next generation type of environment
• Have ample opportunity to ask questions and discuss with our expert your organizations challenges

About our speaker…
Chris France is the president of our North Carolina office and most recently a CIO for a large architectural firm so he sees technology from the owners perspective.  He has experience in both developing and implementing Cloud solutions.  Additionally, France is an accomplished speaker and most recently presented at the 2010 Autodesk University Conference.

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Test Your Hardware Systems Running AutoCAD 2000-2011

Posted by Rob W on February 5, 2011

The Cadalyst Systems Benchmark 2011 (C2011) is designed to test and compare the performance of systems running AutoCAD. Test files are available free for download.

The Cadalyst Systems Benchmark is designed for use with full, basic AutoCAD only. It is not intended for use and may not function properly with market-specific AutoCAD versions such as Architecture, Mechanical, or Civil 3D; AutoCAD LT; trial versions; international versions; etc.

The Total Index Score is calculated based on subindex scores for four areas of performance: 3D Graphics, 2D Graphics, Disk, and CPU. The 3D visualization portions of the C2010 benchmark are compatible with AutoCAD 2009 and later; the 2D portions of the test work with AutoCAD 2000 and later. The benchmark compares the test times of your current system with a set of base times and computes an index number. An index score of 135, for example, means your test system is 135 times faster than the base system for the functions tested.

Please review the Readme file in the accompanying download for full details and instructions for running the benchmark test and evaluating Total Index Scores. Remember, as is true for all benchmark tests, the Cadalyst Benchmark Test is merely a guide for measuring system performance.


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Logitech G500 10 Buttons Mouse

Posted by Rob W on January 11, 2011

10 Programmable buttons Extra 10 buttons lie readily at your fingertips, and are fully programmable to facilitate frequent control functions.

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FREE-PDF Text Extractor

Posted by Rob W on January 5, 2011

A-PDF Text Extractor

A-PDF Text Extractor is a free utility designed to extract text from Adobe PDF files for use in other applications. There are three mode of output text: In PDF Order, Smart Rearrange and With Position. Learn more about the output type here.

The program is freeware, which means that you can use it either persionally or commercially for free.

The program is a standalone application; no Adobe Acrobat needed. A command line version is available also to allow you to call in your program or script.

If you want to grap images from PDF files, you may check out the A-PDF Image Extractor.

If you find it useful, please consider making a donation The Free Version Is Here

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I-inc iH-252HPB 25″ Widescreen LCD Monitor $169.99

Posted by Rob W on November 3, 2010

Feast your eyes on the 25″ (24.6″ Diagonal) Widescreen Active Matrix TFT Display, which will leave you wondering why you haven’t already made it a part of your home. The iH-252HPB model is a great upgrade from any 20-inch monitor and comes with full HD capabilities. Clear and sharp images are within your reach with full 1080p resolution, perfect for all your movies, games and applications. This large 25-inch screen makes it easy on the eyes for you to complete your computing tasks and write up important documents. With a 2ms fast response time and it’s energy efficiency, the I-inc iH-252HPB 25” widescreen active matrix TFT display is one incredible monitor that will keep you focused in on its 16.7 million color display.

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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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HP Officejet 7000 Wide Format Printer

Posted by Rob W on October 13, 2010

Low-cost, B-size inkjet printer




18″ Clamps

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