April 22, 2014

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Added Pressure Drop Calculations in Autodesk Revit MEP 2015

The Pressure Drop Calculation Methods are updated in Revit MEP 2015 with further options built in to the pull down menu. Previous versions only came with one calculation option available or required a 3rd party add-in to change methods.

Several of the more common or useful friction factor formulas have been added to the dropdown. These include the Altshul-Tsal, Colebrook and Halland Equations for Duct and variations for Pipe. The ability to use a different Calculation Method can improve accuracy in the model.

The new pull down menu is accessed through the Mechanical Settings in the Manage Tab for both Duct and Piping Calculations. Selecting the Calculation Method in either Duct or Pipe will show the drop down menu and supporting formula below.

Check out the video Revit MEP 2015: Pressure Drop Calculations

Also, for information on training and consulting for the various products Ideate services, visit our website at www.ideateinc.com

Don’t forget to look through other great features our Ideate Technical Team has found in the new 2015 releases for Revit MEP, Revit Structure, Revit Architecture, AutoCAD and more: ideateinc.com/2015

Bradley Cooley
Technical Support Dispatcher

Bradley earned his Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Oregon, the Portland, Oregon campus, where his special research and design emphasis was on production facilities including wineries, breweries and distilling. Bradley’s professional experience has a design build services for residential construction and environmental graphics focus. Within his community, he volunteers as a youth athletics coach. As an Ideate tech team member, Bradley provides customer service by phone and online assistance for software installation and functionality. He is based in the Ideate Portland, Oregon office.

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April 21, 2014

eLearning - Upcoming Revit 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. 
4.22::Ideate 101:
Network License Manager
4.29::Revit 201:
Getting Started with Daylighting Studies
4.30::Ideate Software: Ideate BIMLink
Revit Project Management with Ideate BIMLink
5.1::Civil 3D 201:
Data Short Cuts 
5.2::Revit 201:
Revit for Interior Designers 
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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AutoCAD 2015: User Interface Updates

With 2015 Autodesk products now available AutoCAD users are starting to download and install the latest version to get a peek at what’s new in the latest and greatest release. Here are some of the more noticeable changes that Autodesk has made to overall appearance of AutoCAD 2015.

New Start Screen

Instead of the Welcome Screen that we’ve all gotten used to over the past few years, AutoCAD 2015 now has a new Start Screen that opens when the application is launched. The new Start Screen looks like a blank drawing tab, and is divided into two sections.

Create Page
The Create page is set up for all things drawing related. From the Create page, you can start a new drawing, select from a list of template files
(DWT) to create drawings, open existing drawings, sign-in to your Autodesk 360 account, and see Program Notifications for updates and performance related information.

Learn Page
The Learn page contains links and videos to references and resources related to AutoCAD 2015. Here you can find videos on Getting Started with AutoCAD, New Features, Tips, and Online Resources.

Switching from page to page is as easy as clicking on the links at the bottom of the screen.

New Dark Themed Ribbon and Customizable Status Bar
The Ribbon in AutoCAD 2015 has been updated to support a dark gray theme. In past releases, the Ribbon was a consistent lighter color regardless of the dark or light theme selected. The new darker theme provides a more consistent appearance when used with a dark Model Space background color.

The old format Status bar with icons lined along the bottom of the drawing area has also been updated in the 2015 release. We now have control over which status options are displayed at the bottom of the screen via the customize pop up list in the bottom right corner. The list includes all status options from Coordinate display to Clean Screen options. This pop up does not control the on/off functionality of the particular feature; just the display of the icon.

Check marks indicate which icons will appear on the Status bar for easy one-click on/off control. Common hotkey shortcuts also work, regardless of the icon being visible or not. This can make it somewhat confusing, so it is a good idea to keep the icons you intend to use visible on the status bar. Unfortunately, the option of displaying Text versions of the Status Icons is no longer available in 2015 through the right-click “Use Icons” option that was there in the past.  

The standard blue/gray color scheme still indicates the on/off status of the icons, and they are displayed based on which items you check in the customization pop up.

So what do you think about the new dark theme and customizable status bar? 

When you’re getting started with AutoCAD 2015, spend some time digging through the new user interface and see what other cool updates you can find. 

Check out the video: AutoCAD 2015: User Interface Updates

Also, for information on training and consulting for the various products Ideate services, visit our website at www.ideateinc.com

Don’t forget to look through other great features our Ideate Technical Team has found in the new 2015 releases for AutoCAD, Navisworks, Civil 3D, Revit Architecture, and more: ideateinc.com/2015

Matt Miyamoto, P.E.
Ideate AEC Application Specialist

Matt is a licensed Civil Engineer in the state of Hawaii. Matt obtained a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and has 7 years of private sector design experience which he applies in his role as an application specialist with Ideate, Inc. His project experience includes residential and commercial site development, private and public sewer, water and drainage systems, harbors improvements, and roadway improvements. While in Hawaii, Matt was involved in multidisciplinary projects for City and County agencies, State Departments, the Army COE and private developers. @MattM_PE

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