September 22, 2014

elearning - Upcoming Revit, Civil 3D, Navisworks and Vasari Classes

Join the Ideate Tech Experts for eLearning – live online classes that provide your entire organization with easy access to premium education. 
9.25::Revit 201:
Documenting Your Project in Revit MEP - Keynotes and General Notes
9.26::Infrastructure 201:
Intersection Design Tool
10.1::Infrastructure 201:
Data Short Cuts
10.2::Ideate Software:
Revit Project Management with Ideate BIMLink
10.3::Navisworks 101:
Introduction to Navisworks Manage
10.7::Ideate 101:
Getting Started with Vasari
Each class is designed to give you specific, improved results in a particular topic. You can interact with the instructor right from your own office, while eliminating travel time. Because the class schedule rotates, you can easily select your topics of interest and choose the day which best meets your schedule.

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Classroom Training - Open Revit Architecture, Revit MEP and AutoCAD Classes

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Revit Architecture Fundamentals
9.30-10.1::San Francisco
Revit MEP Mechanical Fundamentals
9.30 + 10.3::San Francisco
Revit MEP Piping & Plumbing Fundamentals
AutoCAD Fundamentals
Revit Architecture Fundamentals
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September 18, 2014

InfraWorks 2015: Import Sketchup Model

Last year I wrote a blog post on how to import a Sketchup model into InfraWorks. This post is essentially an update to that post. With the current release of InfraWorks the process has been simplified to just a drag and drop of a SKP file, which you can download from Sketchup 3D model warehouse. Here is a result:

However, as you drag & drop your SKP file I have noticed it will not bring the materials and textures associated with it, see below:

So the trick is to convert the SKP file to Collada, DAE, format by simply exporting SKP from the free Sketchup Make 2014 to get the following result:

So download and install Sketchup per the link above the export:

As you export to DAE it creates a folder with all associated material images.

Simply drag and drop the DAE file inside your InfraWorks model, assign it the right Type and place it interactively using your mouse. Click Close & Refresh.

You are done. Enjoy!

Gaurav Bagga
Ideate Infrastructure Solutions Application Specialist

Gaurav is a well rounded Application Engineer and Project Manager for Infrastructure Solutions at Ideate based out of San Francisco. He has over 15 years experience in construction industry and has been helping numerous small, medium and ENR 500 firms maximize their CAD investment for the last ten years. Gaurav is an Autodesk Certified Instructor and Autodesk Civil 3D Implementation Certified Expert. He has taught at several conferences, CAD Camps and Autodesk University. He has taught AutoCAD, Civil 3D, Land Desktop and Map 3D to thousands of students and helps Ideate develop the Infrastructure Services curriculum and courses. With his extensive CAD technology background he helps Bay Area engineering and surveying firms analyze and improve their design and drawing production process thereby improving productivity and the bottom line. Follow Gaurav on Twitter: @BeGeez

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September 16, 2014

Lines Display Blurry or Unsharp in AutoCAD 2015

While working on Ideate Tech support, a client had an issue with lines showing up blurry in AutoCAD 2015. This turns out to be a known issue that Autodesk is looking into. There are some work-arounds, however. 

The solution

It is most likely related to your graphics card driver.  Below is a list of possible fixes:

Option 1

  1. Turn Smooth line display off in the Graphics Performance Box
Option 2
  1. Edit special settings of the NVidia driver, “NVidia FXAA Anti-Aliasing” = OFF. You can find the NVidia control panel by right clicking anywhere on your desk top and choosing the NVidia Control panel.  Once in there, go to the Manage 3D settings, and choose AutoCAD on the Program Settings tab.  From there, you can make sure Antialiasing – FXAA is turned off.  Refer to the image below. 
  2. Turn Hardware Acceleration on in AutoCAD
Option 3
  1. Uninstall AutoCAD 2015 
  2. Update your Graphics card Driver
  3. Re-install AutoCAD 2015
Here is a link to the documented solution from Autodesk.

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Kate Ming, P.E.
Ideate AEC Application Specialist

Kate is an Application Specialist at Ideate, Inc. and a Professional Engineer with 6 years of industry experience. At Ideate, Kate provides training, consulting and technical support services for  our customers.