October 5, 2015

eLearning - Upcoming Revit, Infrastructure, Navisworks and Ideate Software Classes

Join the Ideate Tech Experts for eLearning – live online classes that provide your entire organization with easy access to premium education.
10.8::Ideate Software:
Auditing Your Revit Project with Ideate Explorer
10.9::Infrastructure 201:
Civil 3D - Intersection Design Tool
10.13::Ideate Software:
Ideate BIMLink for Revit MEP Projects
10.14::Navisworks 201:
Clash Detection
10.16::Infrastructure 201:
Civil 3D - Data Shortcuts
10.21::Ideate Software: 
Introduction to Ideate Sticky
10.22::Revit 201:
Getting Started with Roof Framing in Revit Structure
10.23::Revit 201:
Site Tools
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.

Click here for class descriptions, times and registration link. Questions? Contact education@ideateinc.com

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Classroom Training - Open Revit Architecture, AutoCAD and AutoCAD Civil 3D Classes

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Revit Architecture Fundamentals
10.13-10.15::San Francisco
Revit Architecture Fundamentals
AutoCAD Beyond the Basics
10.20-10.22::San Jose
Revit Architecture Fundamentals
Civil 3D Fundamentals
Civil 3D Fundamentals
Revit Architecture Beyond the Basics
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October 2, 2015

Interoperability: Revit and Showcase

Ideate likes the “best fit” analogy, where features in a product are matched with required tasks, such as modeling or presentation. Using the example of a historic building (E1027), which is shown in the process of being modeled in Revit, the Showcase product is used to simultaneously present onscreen animations. Showcase can create “shots” and sequencing them within storyboard slides. The linked building can be updated, as it is being modeled, with no loss of any content. The presenter can have alternative lineups for material assignments, positions for building elements and visibility display of building elements. Alternatives can be presented “real-time” as combinations of the lineups. 

This ability to have the two products working together means you can toggle from modeling the building (Revit) to presenting/reviewing the building (Showcase) with high quality individual on-screen animations or sequences of animations. Animations take minutes or seconds to produce, using simple dialogs.  Output can be presented on-screen or rendered out to a separate file if required. 
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Jim Cowan

AEC Senior Application Specialist

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

October 1, 2015

Autodesk AutoCAD 2016 Revision Cloud Enhancements

Here at Ideate, we are always looking for tips or features that can help make our customer’s job a little easier.  Recently, while teaching an AutoCAD Civil 3D 2016 course, the class got into a discussion about the use of revision clouds.  One of the attendees used revision clouds quite often, but mentioned that he relied on the “Object” option because he found it difficult to draw and adjust revision clouds on the fly. 

In the 2015 and earlier releases of AutoCAD-based products that was definitely the truth.  However, in the 2016 release revision clouds have been enhanced to be better and easier to use than ever before.
When looking at them side by side, the revision clouds in AutoCAD 2015 and 2016 appear identical.  What has changed are the options for creating the revision clouds, and the grip editing behavior of revision clouds after they have been created.

The previous options for creating revision clouds included Object, Arc Length and Style, with Object being the only option for drawing a cloud that was not free-hand.  In the 2016 release, new options for Rectangular, Polygonal, and Freehand are now available for revision cloud creation.  Also added is a Modify option that allows a user to add to an existing revision cloud and trim overlapping areas.

AutoCAD 2016 REVCLOUD Command Options
An even better enhancement in 2016 is that after a revision cloud has been created, it also maintains the primary object’s grip editing behavior.  That means a rectangular revision cloud will have the same grips as a rectangle polyline when it is selected for editing.  The same behavior is also carried over to polygons and circles, making it much easier to modify and adjust existing revision clouds.  Arc segments are currently not supported by this feature and are converted into shorter connected polyline segments when part of a revision cloud.

Here’s a screenshot of a rectangular revision cloud in 2015 after it has been selected.

AutoCAD 2015 Revision Cloud Object
As you can see, each segment of the revision cloud is an arc that is independently grip edited by selecting either the endpoint or midpoint grips, making it very difficult to quickly adjust the area covered by the revision cloud.  Grip editing this object typically just creates one larger arc in the series that is connected to the smaller segments, which isn’t very useful.

AutoCAD 2016 Revision Cloud Object 
The same type of revision cloud in 2016 appears much different when selected.  Because it was created from a rectangle object (or using the Rectangle option) it includes the same grip editing features and behavior as a rectangular polyline.  Four corner grips and four midpoint grips are all that we need to modify and edit the existing revision cloud.  The cloud pattern also dynamically updates to conform to the newly edited shape.
Adding segments to a revision cloud is also much easier in 2016.  Just like a polyline, hovering over the midpoint (bar shaped) grip allows a user to stretch the segment or add a vertex to the existing shape.  Hovering over an endpoint (square shaped) grip also includes the Stretch Vertex, Add Vertex or Remove Vertex options.
Add Vertex Option at Midpoint Grip
The Modify option also provides another quick way to draw additional pieces and trim the overlapping areas without having to erase or redraw the original revision cloud.

Modify Option within REVCLOUD Command

Whether you’re a current user of the REVCLOUD command or if you’ve tried it in the past and weren’t quite satisfied with the behavior, the enhancements made in the AutoCAD 2016 release are a definite improvement.

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Ideate ENI Manager & Senior Application Specialist

Matt is an ENI Manager and Senior Application Specialist in Ideate, Inc.’s Seattle office. He has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and is a licensed Civil Engineer. Prior to joining Ideate, Matt worked as a civil engineer, using Civil 3D on a variety of projects including site development, roadway improvements and infrastructure design. With over 10 years of experience in the civil engineering industry, Matt now provides training, consulting, technical support, and implementation strategies for organizations transitioning to Civil 3D. Matt is an Autodesk Certified Instructor (ACI), as well as an Autodesk Certified BIM Specialist: Roads and Highway Solutions. Additionally, Matt is and Autodesk Certified Professional for AutoCAD, and AutoCAD Civil 3D. He can be found on twitter as @MattM_PE

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