November 24, 2015

Autodesk Advance Steel for Creation of a High Level of Detail in a BIM Model.

Using the example of a small historic building, which is shown in the process of being modeled in Revit, the steelwork is exported from a current view. The resulting Autodesk Advance Steel model receives the sized structural framing members, now editable in Autodesk Advance Steel - and a model having “Workplanes” and “Structures” to facilitate creation of a fabrication model using the Project Explorer.

The BIM user can now develop the model in Advance Steel and link it to the Revit BIM model or can work with the Advance Steel Model as “synced” content so that changes can be automatically updated. This allows for an added level of detail in the BIM model.

A major feature of Autodesk Advance steel is that it can be used to create linked shop drawings extracted from the detailed model and the NC files needed by shop fabricators.

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Jim Cowan’s extensive AEC design industry experience, Autodesk design solutions expertise and status as an Autodesk Certified Instructor have made him a sought after University Curriculum developer, instructor and presenter. Jim’s areas of expertise include eLearning, interoperability between solutions and overcoming barriers to the adoption of Building Information Modeling (BIM). Educated in Architecture at Edinburgh College of Art/Heriot–Watt University and in Landscape Architecture at the University of Manitoba, Jim has special focus on sustainability issues: daylight analysis, sun studies, lighting analysis, modeling buildings and conceptual energy modeling (models with shading devices).YouTube Channel: MrJimCowan

November 23, 2015

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November 19, 2015

How to Display Linetypes in AutoCAD Correctly in Model and Paper Space

If you create your model at a 1:1 scale and print on 1:1 scale you are all set and don’t need to read any further.

If you are reading this chances are your projects are large and you don’t typically print on 1:1 scale. And displaying linetypes in paper space and model space simultaneously has been an issue.

To rephrase, the problem is printing linetypes correctly for a typical AEC project in model space and paper space at the same time. This question gets asked very frequently and I decided to address it here.

Linetypes are controlled by four variables: LTSCALE, CELTSCALE, PSLTSCALE and MSLTSCALE.

LTSCALE is global scale factor for the drawing

CELTSCALE is the current object scale factor

PSLTSCALE is the paper space scale linetype factor

MSLTSCALE is the model space linetype factor (introduced in AutoCAD 2008)

To put simply set the value of the above four variables to 1 and your linetypes will show appropriately in both paper space and model space. Make sure you set the appropriate annotation scale in the model space – as pointed by the arrow in the screen shot below (1/4” = 1’). Problem solved!

Suggested further reading for conceptual understanding:

About Linetypes

LTSCALE and PSLTSCALE system variables

Linetype Scale (MSLTSCALE and PSLTSCALE)

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Gaurav is a Senior Application Specialist for Infrastructure Solutions at Ideate based out of San Francisco. He has over 18 years of experience in construction and related software industry. With this extensive design technology background he helps engineering and surveying companies, federal and state government agencies, and ENR 500 firms critically analyze and improve their construction drawing production process. He implements Civil infrastructure design technology led by InfraWorks and Civil 3D and has helped Ideate grow Civil Infrastructure Services. Being an industry recognized speaker he has presented cutting edge design technology at several industry conferences such as Autodesk University. @BeGeez