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Importing wire types in AutoCAD Electrical

Whenever we are working with AutoCAD Electrical, one of the key features that we have when we are creating our drawings, is the ability to create and assign the custom wire types that we will use throughout our ...

Infraworks: Custom Assemblies

It’s relatively easy to create a custom component road assembly within an Infraworks model.  But how does one save that custom assembly for use later?  Read on to find out! The answer depends on how you’d ...

Civil 3D: PPK Extension

Many of our customers desire the ability to transform Civil 3D data between coordinate systems.  This was challenging or impossible…until now!  Read on… It is available for Civil 3D 2019-2022.  Read more ...

Enabling The Navisworks Plug-In in Plant 3D

In my previous blog, I explained how Navisworks can complement Plant 3D. Now I will show you how to enable some Navisworks features directly within Plant 3D, or any AutoCAD based products. With this feature enabled ...

What a “Free” Document Management Tool Costs Your Business

Many “free“ content management solutions are available in the market today, such as SharePoint, Box, Network Shares, and even USB external drives. Organizations recognize the need to capture their ...

Autodesk Desktop Connector Update

We are excited to share with you the highlights of the latest Autodesk Desktop Connector update! Enhancements are: Folders Shared using Autodesk Drive are now visible on the desktop when using Desktop Connector. ...

Previews… More like Pro-views: Professional Revit Family Previews the Easy Way Using the Free Family Preview Generator

When you are looking at inserting a family, you will want to get the most amount of information about the family file in the shortest amount of time. Without tools like HIVE you are limited to 2 sources of information, ...

Getting Started with Product Design Visualization

Getting started with product design visualization is easy.​ Currently most engineering is accomplished using 3D modeling software’s. It can be done in solids, surfaces, meshes, nurb curves etc. It ...

Earthworks Processor Alternative Use Cases – Mapping Borehole Information

Earthworks Processor is a great tool in the CTC CIM Project suite for automating hours of surface creation and manipulation for the purpose of calculating dynamic and accurate earthworks quantities. With the ...

CIM Project Suite 22.0.3 Released

We are pleased to announce that our partner CTC Software released Civil 3D CIM Project Suite, version 22.0.3. It is now released and can be accessed on the CTC website. Below are release notes: 22.0.3 9/17/2021 ...

Create Easy Surface Statistics Labels with Dynamo

In this blog, our Civil/Infrastructure Technical Product Specialist, Jae Kwon, will cover how a Civil 3D user can use an automatic way to create surface statistics labels with Dynamo. Instead of Civil 3D users ...

15 time-saving labeling shortcuts with CTC’s Label Genie (Part 1)

Label Genie can save you a ton of time by creating all sorts of useful labels quickly. Here’s 15 examples that you can use right now. Descriptions of the settings are included, but to really get up and ...

How Sets in Revu Simplifies Document Management

This story was originally published by Rob Dunn on the Bluebeam Blog. Digitally creating PDF drawings and sharing them for review and markups through the cloud saves lots of time for professionals in the architecture, ...

Dynamic Duo – AutoCAD Plant 3D and Navisworks: How to view Plant 3D data in Navisworks

In a data driven world, information can be the currency that can make or break your project. Misinformation, or the lack of, can cause delays and costly errors in a project’s life cycle. AutoCAD Plant 3D is ...

Autodesk Desktop Connector Update

We are pleased to share with you the highlights of the latest Autodesk Desktop Connector update! New Feature and Enhancement: Autodesk Construction Cloud drive now supports the View Online capability in Desktop ...

Wrangle that Sheet: Making Revit Sheets Layout Easily with Free Tools from the BIM Project Suite

The CTC BIM Project Suite is geared towards users doing the project work, the included tools aim to make everyday project work easier and more efficient that using Revit tools alone. There are 5 free tools accessed ...

Effective Data Structure is Key for Success in Today’s Digital Workplace

Digital transformation is essential for any business looking to navigate the post-COVID world that exists today. Before the pandemic, the focus on digital transformation was high but has increased due to a large ...

Assign Point Layers by Note Column with Dynamo

In this vlog, our Civil/Infrastructure Technical Product Specialist, Jae Kwon, will demonstrate how to assign point layers by Note Column with Dynamo application. Autodesk Dynamo is a programming environment ...

Civil 3D 2022.0.1 CIM Suite Tools Updates from CTC

We are excited to announce that our partner CTC Software released Civil 3D CIM Project and Manager Suites, version 22.0.1. It is now released and can be accessed on the CTC website. This update saw a lot of fixes ...

Quantity Takeoffs Are the Best Kept Secret in Bluebeam Revu

This story was originally published by Mike Landers on the Bluebeam Blog. Upon buying a home many years ago, a homeowner provided the contractor with a PDF for wooden flooring installation. The contractor vowed ...

Understanding Product Lifestyle Management (PLM): The Path to the Digital Future

In my opinion, the most painful product lifecycle management (PLM) failures happen when companies struggle to understand the concept and implement it in their organization. This technology is made to help them. ...

8 Ways Layers Create Clarity in Revu

This story was originally published by Troy DeGroot on the Bluebeam Blog. ne powerful feature in Bluebeam Revu I think everyone should be using in some capacity is Layers. If you come to Revu with a CAD background, ...

Migrating Versions in AutoCAD Electrical

Every year Autodesk releases a new version of the software which often contains new features, bug fixes and overall improved stability, so a common question that we get from our customer is: how do I move all ...

Bring your designs to life in Lumion 11.5

This story was originally published by Lumion on the Lumion Blog. With Lumion, you can render more than a building. Render your client’s dream home, render a story about design that moves emotions, render ...

Civil 3D 2022 CIM Suite Tools Updates from CTC

We are excited to announce that our partner CTC Software released Civil 3D CIM Suites for version 2022. It is now live and can be found on the CTC website. The update can be downloaded from the about menus in ...

Autodesk Desktop Connector Update

June 1, 2021 (v. 14.10.0.1456) Do you use BIM 360 and AutoCAD products?  Do you have the Autodesk Desktop Connector installed?  If so, there is a new update.  This may not be news to you as there are frequent ...

How to add a new Table/Family in AutoCAD Electrical

A very common question that we get asked is how we can add a custom table inside the catalog browser. As you already know, the catalog browser consists of several different “families” or categories that divide ...

Civil 3D 2020.6 Update

Fixes, and of course new features are included with this update.  Here are the release notes.  Read on to discover what’s new.   Fixes There have been many defect fixes and you can read about them here.  ...

How to Build a Digital Project Dashboard for Plan Documents

This story was originally published by Bluebeam, Inc. on the Bluebeam Blog. Digitizing plan documents is only as effective as your ability to access them as you work. Digital dashboards in Bluebeam Revu make ...

Three Pirates Build a Music Ship

What will you do if you take a month off work and can not travel anywhere due to Covid-19 travel restriction? The answer is easy: Stay home and build a musical instrument repair workshop from an old shed and ...

The Basics of Document Control: What You Need to Know

With today’s shifting digital landscape, if your organization is not focusing on document version control, you maybe be costing your business money and efficiency by not using modern, practical engineering ...

AutoCAD Printing and CTB

Do you use more than one CTB file when printing in AutoCAD?  More than 10?  40?  What if I said you really only need 1, the Monchrome.ctb file?  Read on to find out how… If you already understand CTB files, ...

The Bluebeam Stapler—Making Working Life a Little Less Complicated

This story was originally published by Bluebeam, Inc. on the Bluebeam Blog. Working on a job that requires numerous PDF files to be collated into one manageable document? It’s easy with Bluebeam Stapler. What ...

Civil 3D and Infraworks 2022 are Here

Autodesk has released the latest version of their Civil Engineering package, Civil 3D 2022, and its partner in crime, Infraworks.  Click to peruse the Autodesk Documentation. Recap 2022 has also been given some ...

CTC 2021 Revit Product Updates!

CTC Software has been preparing to release updates to our AEC tools for Revit 2021. This release launched May 4th and affects most of our AEC offerings. HIVE has undergone a massive update, streamlining all aspects ...

Autodesk Desktop Connector Update

Do you use BIM 360 and AutoCAD products?  Do you have the Autodesk Desktop Connector installed?  If so, there is a new update.  This may not be news to you as there are frequent updates, but this one is somewhat ...

How to Create an Empty/Smaller Catalog Database in AutoCAD Electrical

When we are working with AutoCAD Electrical, one of the keys features of the software is the ability to quickly grab information from the catalog browser so it can be later on be used in our reporting tools such ...

Matterport – Blur Brush Tool (Beta)

Do you need to censor something in your Matterport Tour, say a family photo, signage, license plates? Inside your Matterport Account, in the Edit Mode of a Showcase model, is the Blur Brush. The Blur Brush is ...

Lumion 11.3 Release Overview

Architects love using Lumion for one important reason — it breathes life into rendering. Lumion makes the process feel like a natural part of your craft, helping you produce beautiful results with ease at every ...

Revit Content Management- Changing Needs for a Work from Anywhere Future

The past year has brought challenges to all. While we look for areas to support and encourage, we continued to look at how we can best serve the needs of our clients. One of the most critical points that hit ...

How Meridian Portal Can Help You Streamline Online Reviews

A typical review scenario can look like the following: a technical drawing or document needs to be approved internally by a group of experts.  The relevant documents are gathered from various sources, printed, ...

Matterport Capture app for Android is officially here!

This article was originally published by Kirk Stromberg and Matterport on the Matterport Blog. With Capture now generally available on Google Play, anyone can Matterport their space using a Pro2 or their favorite ...

Label Genie for Civil 3D: New Features

Label Genie, with it’s recent debut, changed how we do Civil 3D sheet annotation. Allowing automated insertion of labels across multiple drawings and layouts at once, Label Genie turns hours of work into minutes. ...

Auto Grader for Civil 3D: New Features

Auto Grader is a game-changer in Civil 3D site grading. Through dynamically linked feature line sets, users can create grading families for parking lots, ponds, subdivisions, and more. The latest release features ...

Bluebeam Revu Update 20.2

The latest update for Bluebeam Revu has recently been released; you can find the release notes at this link. Independent Length Measurement units.  In previous versions, a user would calibrate a page, say in ...

Earthwork Processor for Civil 3D: Subgrade Volume Calculations

Earthwork volume calculations can be a complex task in Civil 3D, especially with variable depth subgrades found in many site projects. With the CTC Earthwork Processor in the CIM Project Suite, this work is done ...

Installing AutoCAD 2022 and Other Autodesk 2022 Applications

AutoCAD 2022 is here and it has a new installer.  Very few clicks are required, which is good and easy, but what if you need to customize your installation?  Read on… Installers can be customized by logging ...

AutoCAD 2022 is Here

It’s springtime and the birds are singing.  Also, Autodesk has released the latest version of their flagship CAD package, AutoCAD 2022.  Click to peruse the Autodesk Documentation. Read on to see some notes ...

Revit MEP and CTC– Schedule XL

Having troubles keeping your MEP notes from Excel in Revit up to date? Schedule XL is the right tool for you. Schedule XL allows you to create schedule views (drafting view or schedule view) within Revit from ...

5 Revu Workflows for Civil Designers, Contractors

This article was originally published by Troy DeGroot and Bluebeam, Inc. on the Bluebeam Blog. Awhile back I was teaching a Bluebeam Revu basics class for a group of civil engineers and designers. An issue quickly ...

Civil 3D Double Click Customization

Is there a Civil 3D object that you would like to double click and run a specific command?  if so, read on.  (This works for AutoCAD commands too.) Try double-clicking an Alignment.  The AutoCAD properties ...

Tip: 5 steps to great renders from Lumion

This article was originally published on the Lumion Blog. You’ve finished your 3D model and imported it into Lumion. Now, it’s time to make it look great. With all of Lumion’s functionality just inviting ...

Autodesk Inventor: Get A Different Perspective

In this modern age of software, it seems that there is a specific software or tool for just about anything, but our main asset for accomplishing our CAD work is still our eyes. The way we view things has a major ...

CTC & Feature Lines – Establishing the Hierarchy of Power!

Which option do you choose when creating a feature line? In my early days of learning Civil 3D I was given an analogy of buckets. That any of the objects in a site, “Bucket”, could not interact with other ...

How a CMMS System Can Increase your Business’s ROI and Uptime

Have you been tasked to minimize your equipment downtime, increase asset condition visibility and spare parts?  If so, this can be a daunting task for an asset–heavy organization to move to a more ...

11 Revu Tools to Ease the Punch Walk Process

This article was originally published by Troy DeGroot and Bluebeam, Inc. on the Bluebeam Blog. Today I want to talk about Punch Walks, QA/QC, or whatever you might call it when you collect field data during ...

Flexible, Customized Legends and QTOs with CTC’s Data Wizard.

Flexible, Customized Legends and QTOs with CTC’s Data Wizard.   How do you tackle quantity takeoffs in your projects? Do you use Civil 3D’s QTO Manager? Do you scale on paper or PDF’s? Between the ...

Automated, Flexible, and Iterative Plan Production Tools. CTC’s Sheet Generator Workflow is the Whole Package.

You can’t afford to create plan and profile sheets without these tools! If you have ever tried to create Plan & Profile sheets on mass with the Native View Frame tools it sure beats doing it by hand. But ...

Create Your Own AutoCAD Tutorial Library

Are you or do you have a staff member in your office who likes to create tutorial content?  Or maybe you simply have some web links to which you’d like to regularly refer.  Maybe you’d like to share these ...

How a Localized, Multi-Language CMMS Can Streamline Global Operations

Any sizeable global corporation that maintains sites worldwide knows how language barriers can negatively impact communication and team productivity.  Let’s break this down: If person-to-person communication ...

A Document Management Workflow for the Modern Construction Project

This story was originally published by Bluebeam, Inc. on Built, the Bluebeam Blog. Most construction projects are massive undertakings. Teams of architects and engineers work tirelessly preparing large volumes ...

Outil Civil 3D pour arpenteurs – CIM Project suite 2021

L’article de blog d’aujourd’hui présentera des outils spécialisés à l’arpentage, accélérant d’une part la production de vos plans dans Civil 3D et d’une autre part l’élaboration de vos gabarits. ...

Why You Should Move Technical Documents to the Cloud

Increasing operational efficiency is a crucial metric for any modern organization.  Teams are struggling during the Covid-19 Pandemic due to the reality of having a smaller remote workforce. Having reliable ...

Outil Civil 3D pour simplifier vos corridors et Projets 3D – CIM Project suite 2021

L’article de blog d’aujourd’hui présentera des outils qui accélèreront la production de vos designs de Projets 3D, qu’ils soient des corridors routiers, des intersections ou des tranchées d’excavation. ...

Infraworks 2021.2 Update

Autodesk has released the next update for Civil 3D 2021.  Find the release notes here.  Here are some highlights: Add decorations to component roads imported from Civil 3D. Modify lane markings for component ...

What Makes Digital Collaboration in Construction Possible?

This article was originally published by Bluebeam, Inc. on the Bluebeam Blog. ne of the downstream effects of the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic has been a strong projected uptick in cloud software conversions. With ...

Civil 3D 2021.2 Update

Autodesk has released the next update for Civil 3D 2021.  Find the release notes here.  Here are some highlights: New ArcGIS workflows: Refresh data sources. Import raster data as an image, or as surface data. ...

Outil Civil 3D pour simplifier vos terrassements – CIM Project suite 2021

L’article de blog d’aujourd’hui présentera des outils qui simplifieront vos designs de terrassement, en utilisant tout le potentiel des Lignes caractéristiques de terrain sans avoir à passer par les ...

Plan Production Workflow with CTC Tools: Sheet Sets

Creating sheets has always been a time-consuming process and needs to be addressed quite early in the design for preliminary submissions. While sheet sets can help us with global information updates across sheets ...

Meridian Accelerates Time to Market through Engineering Document Accuracy

As an excellent solution for any life sciences business with full support for E-Signatures and E-Records compliance, Accruent’s Meridian provides 3 key features: Ensure compliance with FDA 21 CFR, Part 11, ...

Bluebeam: PROFILES

What is a profile? One of the most essential features in Bluebeam that will help all users to organize themself is maybe one of the less known; Profiles. Profiles in Bluebeam are important. It is not just about ...

Civil 3D Pressure Pipes

Civil 3D 2021.1 introduced several new features including a new compass when creating a pipe run.  This is excellent news, but depending on your modeling requirements, it can cause an issue if you leave in a ...

Autodesk Fusion 360 & Metallic Strip Animal Sculptures – Part 2

As promised in my last blog, here are some tips and tricks that I often use to convert mesh body to a b-rep or t-spline body in Fusion 360. Tip #1: Converting a mesh body to a b-rep or t-spline body in Fusion ...

The Digital Transformation Train is Leaving the Station, and We Should All Be on Board

2020 has taught me a number of things, including presumably how indoor cats feel, that March and June are the same thing if you don’t go outside, and that if Godzilla were to stumble onto the shores of Tokyo ...

Why Revu Is the Essential Tool for Facilities Teams Leading Return-to-Office Plans

This article was originally published by Bluebeam, Inc. on the Bluebeam Blog. As many organizations across the globe begin to bring employees safely back into the office after months of remote work due to the ...

Gravity Pipe Network Editing Best Practices using CTC Tools

Today’s blog post will be focused on revealing the industry’s best practices for Civil 3D – Pipe Networks. Explore the techniques to build Civil 3D gravity pipe networks and edit them using the ...

On-Demand Access to the Latest Technical Drawings Anywhere

Having instant cloud-based access to the latest asset information is now a priority for today’s manufacturers, as it maximizes safety and labor efficiency. Accurent has added new features and integration tools ...

Plumbing Code Calculations With Spreadsheet Link and Schedule XL – Part 2

Posted from CTC BIM Project Suite White Paper Library –  CTC Software Result When the workflow is developed and implemented, the entire building occupancy can be calculated in a minute, and the code validation ...

CTC Tools for Civil 3D Best Practice Series: Grading

This week’s post is all about the best practices series that is focused on revealing the industry’s best practices for Civil 3D Grading tools. It has been designed for Civil 3D 2020 users.  After watching ...

Autodesk Fusion 360 & Metallic Strip Animal Sculptures – Part 1

Part 1 I love sculptures and can spend hours at museums that devoted to sculpture. I also love structural Engineering and structural sculptures. Running into Artist Sung Hoon Kang‘s stunning animal sculptures ...

Plumbing Code Calculations With Spreadsheet Link and Schedule XL – Part 1

Posted from CTC BIM Project Suite White Paper Library –  CTC Software The Issue Revit® has trouble with complex calculations and the ability to run cross-category math. This can be frustrating when design ...

Five Ways to Design and Access Masterfully Efficient Digital Dashboards in Revu

This article was originally published by Bluebeam, Inc. on the Bluebeam Blog.   Digital dashboards offer teams a centralized, easily navigable hub for critical project documents and information. Don’t ...

Program Validation with Spreadsheet Link and Room Family Manager – Part 2

Posted CTC BIM Project Suite White Paper Library –  CTC Software End Result When the workflow is developed and implemented, the entire special program can be added to the Revit project in a matter of ...

Program Validation with Spreadsheet Link and Room Family Manager – Part 1

Posted from CTC BIM Project Suite White Paper Library –  CTC Software Issue When working on medium to large buildings, how are you managing your program requirements? How are you checking the intended ...

Using Meridian Portal to Streamline Cloud-based Reviews

A typical scenario in today’s work from home reality needs a technical document package to be reviewed by a dedicated team of experts. A document controller accomplishes this by gathering the required hard ...

Autodesk Desktop Connector and Sheet Sets

An update to the Desktop Connector as made available on August 11, 2020.  Here is the relevant Autodesk document. If you’re a Sheet Set user who also uses BIM 360, this update is for you.  In addition to ...

AutoCAD 2021.1 Update

Autodesk has released the first update for AutoCAD 2021.  Find official documentation here.  Here are some highlights: Blocks palette: There is a new Favorites tab. Block can be copied from other tabs to the ...

Civil 3D 2021.1 Update

Autodesk has released the first update for Civil 3D 2021.  Find official documentation here.  Here are some highlights: Feature Lines: Easily insert elevation points or PIs on feature lines at their crossings ...

InfraWorks 2021.1 Update

Autodesk has released the first update for Infraworks 2021.  Find official documentation here.  As of the date of the release of this article, Autodesk has not yet added information about the 2021.1 update.  ...

Boost the power of Meridian with Cloud API Integrations

While Enterprise resource planning and maintenance management platforms are versatile tools that can up productivity and lower operating costs, they normally offer basic engineering document management ...

Working with Bluebeam Studio Project – Part 2

Part 2 : How to Basically set-up a project Now your project is created, you will need to upload all documents needed for your project which need to be shared with your team or your partners in the project. To ...

Parameter Jammer using Revit MEP and CTC Tools

Are you a Revit MEP user and frequently download Revit content from manufacturers or sources like BIM Object? Once that content is loaded into the project, is there a struggle to get the family properly to work ...

What’s new in Revit 2021

Revit 2021 comes with many new features and improvements. I have highlighted some of the multidiscipline Revit features in this post. User Interface feature As soon we open Revit 2021 for the first time, we notice ...

Working with Bluebeam Studio Project – Part 1

Introduction: What is Studio Project Studio Project is a cloud-based light document management system that allows people to centralize and access their project data using Bluebeam Revu Interface. Files within ...

Civil 3D Surface Points

Easily differentiate points appropriate for a surface model from those that are not. A typical topographical surveys consist of hundreds or even thousands of points, most of which must be added to the definition ...

How SaaS EDM Solutions makes remote work effective during Covid-19

Many industries have been affected by the Covid-19 Pandemic including Manufacturing, Utilities, and Transportation. As projects need to stay on track despite today’s challenges, we have all had to assess our ...

Property Set Data in Civil 3D

We use the Manage Tab in Civil 3D for some important stuff like data shortcuts, managing styles, and Dynamo. But how often do we look at the panels between those tools? So today let’s talk about Property Set ...

The Multi Space Dimension of Autodesk Inventor

Relativity says we live in four dimensions. String theory says it is 10. What are ‘dimensions’ and how do they affect reality? With three axes, we can describe forms in three-dimensional space. And Every ...

Collaborating with Bluebeam Studio

What is Studio? Let’s start from here. Most users are not familiar with Bluebeam Studio although it is becoming more and more useful and popular these days. So, let’s dig into to it and take a look at ...

What’s new in Inventor 2021

Inventor 2021 comes with many visual changes that continue to modernize and streamline the 3d modeling experience. Several productivity enhancements and one fairly major AnyCAD update round out this year’s ...

The new Rotary machining strategy in Fusion 360 CAM is a thing of beauty!

Last month, I wrote that a lot of improvements and new features had recently been built into Fusion CAM. One of these is the Rotary multi-axis 3D milling strategy, which has been a very long time in coming. What ...

Civil 3D 2020.4 Update

Autodesk has released the Civil 3D 2020.4 update.  Use the Desktop App to install it.  Here are the Autodesk release notes for this new update. Notables: New SYSVAR “DataShortcutsSourceCheck” to change ...

What’s new in turning? A lot!

I mentioned in my last entry that Turning saw some important (and overdue) improvements of late. Indeed, you may have noticed that the Turning/Profiling function has been broken into a dedicated roughing strategy ...

Installed fonts don’t appear in Bluebeam Revu | Revu for Windows

This article was originally published by Bluebeam, Inc. in the Knowledge Base. Problem A font that’s installed on your computer doesn’t appear in Revu. Causes The font type isn’t compatible with Revu Revu ...

Tons of new goodies for Fusion 360 CAM

Since I last wrote here, there have been big, big changes to Fusion CAM (excuse me: “Fusion Manufacturing”). These changes range from completely new (and it needs to be said, very useful) machining strategies, ...

CTC 2021 Revit Product Updates!

CTC Software was actively preparing to release updates to our AEC tools for Revit 2021. This release took place on May 4th and affected all of our AEC offerings. HIVE has undergone a massive update, streamlining ...

Sharing is Caring

In todays manufacturing world there is a bigger demand on sharing data with all stakeholders outside your company.  This could be your supplier, buyer, manufacturing team and they could require viewing the drawing ...

AutoCAD and Bluebeam

Many users create PDF files from AutoCAD products as PDF seems to be the standard digital format.  There are three issues you may run into and some settings to consider if you use Bluebeam Revu as well as AutoCAD. ...

Working Remote Sessions With Gautam Shenoy and Bluebeam

This story was originally published by Bluebeam, Inc. on the Bluebeam Blog. In light of many states’ stay at home orders in light of the nationwide COVID-19 pandemic, many professionals in the construction, ...

Dynamo for Autodesk Fusion 360 – Made Simple

Dynamo Studio is typically associated with Revit; however, it offers a fantastic platform for algorithmic-driven design and easy parameter manipulation in Fusion 360. It also features great T-spline and surface ...

Civil 3D 2021 is Here

It’s that time of year again folks; Autodesk has released their flagship Civil Engineering product in Civil 3D  2021.  Here is an Autodesk article explaining the new changes.  Here are my favorites from ...

Working From Home with HIVE – CTC

This article was created by CTC Software So, you need to work remote from the office and you have discovered it is a bit of a pain for production. Or, perhaps you have yet to discover the pains of extended remote ...

AutoCAD 2021 is Here

It’s that time of year again folks; Autodesk has released their flagship product in AutoCAD 2021.  Here is an excellent article explaining the new changes.  Below are the features that are close to this BLOG ...

Manage drawings more efficiently with Batch Link | Revu 2019

This article was originally published by Bluebeam, Inc. in the Knowledge Base. The Batch Link® feature automatically creates hyperlinks for a group of PDFs, like when you’re working with a multi-drawings ...

Roof Truss versus Rafter and Extending to Core tool

I would like to point it out two tools that can make a big difference when designing roofs, the Truss or Rafter tool and the Extending to Core tool. They also affect the shape and size of the eave truss. Revit ...

Path of Travel update on Revit 2020.2

Since my last post about the path of travel, Autodesk made a very useful update on the path of travel tool. The path of travel was calculated automatically by Revit picking the start and end point. Now we have ...

Frame Generator End Caps in Inventor 2020

In the 2020 release of Inventor, the Frame Generator Design Accelerator received a number of minor enhancements as well as one of significance that likely has users asking how they ever lived without it. You ...

Finally, plan and profile sheets that update after design changes

Plan production tools in Civil 3D are great for creating plan and profile sheets, but what about when the inevitable design changes come and you need to update your sheets? You either update them manually or ...

HSM CAM Tips and Tricks: Equation-Driven Parameters

I will be publishing quick Tips and Tricks regularly to help make you more productive and to capture your best practices. One of my favorite such tricks is using “smart fields” or equation-driven parameters. ...

Bluebeam: DYNAMIC FILL

When I sometimes look at some architectural projects, I tell myself that as much as the design is beautiful, the various estimators involved in the project must have pulled their hair out. So, let’s look ...

Create custom legends and QTO with Data Wizard

Tabling, legend creation and QTO workflows leave a lot to be desired in Civil 3D, forcing to use many different subpar tools, or worse, performing the work manually. With Data Wizard you can scan any number of ...

Interested in tweaking an HSM (Inventor CAM, Fusion CAM, HSMWorks) post-processor yourself?

The “SolidCAD Universal FANUC” post processor (free on our website) contains a large number of parameters that can be set on-the-fly through the “Post-Process” dialog, without needing to change anything ...

BING Images Won’t Appear

Have you ever turned on background BING imagery inside AutoCAD products only to find they don’t appear?  There could be a few reasons for this: No Geolocation or coordinate system is set. You’re not logged ...

Keeping Your Revit Model Healthy by Utilizing CTC Express Tools

Many firms struggle to fully keep their Revit models healthy. There are manual, and tedious workflows that can be error prone. Do you want to do a thorough health check of your model prior to sending it out? ...

Bluebeam: ESTIMATING BASIS

A lot of people are still estimating on paper plan to quote their job on a project. So, why should they use Bluebeam for doing it? In fact, we’ve got the answer from the same people; faster, direct export to ...

Design better Pipe Networks with CTC Software

While Pipe Networks are a great toolset in Civil 3D, they fall short as a true design tool. With CTC Software, we can edit pipe runs through a design-oriented, dynamic interface. We can swap multiple parts, both ...

Do you know about Adaptive Clearing?

Hey CNC’ers! Do you know about Adaptive Clearing? It’s the intelligent roughing strategy at the heart of HSM CAM that has changed milling forever. Increase your profitability by getting to near-net-shape ...

Curious about the hype around Autodesk’s HSM CAM?

Hey CNC’ers! Curious about the hype around Autodesk’s HSM CAM? And now you’re looking for more information and possibly a demonstration? Well, you’ve come to the right place! SolidCAD is not only Canada’s ...

AutoCAD FLATTEN

AutoCAD has a command contained within the Express Tool named FLATTEN.  It is designed to remove any non-zero elevations from selected objects within a drawing.  It does an excellent job with this, but there ...

Customizing the Inventor Marking Menu

A few years ago, Autodesk introduced context-sensitive radial menus called Marking Menus, in Inventor. These menus provide a quick and visual way for users to select the most commonly used commands in each environment. ...

Revit Data Corruption

Let’s talk about data corruption in Revit. In this post I will look at these 4 points: File crashes before opening Crashes when opening a new view Looking for corrupt families Higher level investigation As ...

ArcGIS and AutoCAD – Free Background for everyone using AutoCAD

Imagine a world where you could get high resolution background image maps to display and PRINT in AutoCAD. Esri and Autodesk are working closer than ever and this alliance benefits all CAD and GIS users. Esri ...

PART 3 : Change Management (ECR, ECN, and ECO)

This is the third in a three-part series of Fusion Lifecycle videos. In this video, we will focus on Change Management with a specific focus on Engineering Change Orders. In the previous video, we saw that the ...

Revit Family Creation: Family with Adjustable Built-in Label

Usually Tags are added separate from the Components we place, but in certain situations the “tag” needs to be part of the family. To push this further occasionally a request is made for flexibility in the ...

PART 2 : Bill of Materials (BOM) Transfer from Vault to Fusion Lifecycle 

This is the second in a three-part series of Fusion Lifecycle videos. This video, will focus on the Bill-of-Material transfer from Autodesk Vault Professional to Autodesk Fusion Lifecycle. Vault Pro and Fusion ...

Revisiting AutoCAD Basics: Shortcut Menu Hotkeys

Many of us use keyboard shorts and aliases to keep our eyes on the drawing area and keep our thoughts on our design. Searching for commands on the ribbon, especially if it’s buried in the pull-down portion, ...

Path of Travel tool – Revit 2020

Path of Travel tool is a new feature in Revit 2020 that determines the distance between two points on a floor plan. By selecting a start point and an end point, Revit automatically creates the path and calculates ...

BIM Project Suite – Free Valuable Tools for AEC

Down below are BIM Project’s Suites best FREE tools: (1) Quick Select Gives users the ability to build or filter selections of Revit objects by specific categories or parameter values. For more click here ...

PART 1 : New Project Introduction Process In Fusion Lifecycle

This is the first in a three-part series of Fusion Lifecycle videos. In this video, we will review the New Product or New Project Introduction process in Fusion Lifecycle. Fusion Lifecycle and Autodesk Vault ...

Project Analytics with CTC Software

Need for data analytics is growing rapidly within the AEC industry. I have clients that tell me about the work, effort, time and most importantly money they have lost because they did not understand the reasons ...

Common Uses of Productivity Tools by Contractors

Model Compare, in the BIM Project Suite. This tool can compare to iterations of a Revit model. Very useful to see “what’s changed” in very great detail. Thus if they are estimating, or looking for coordination ...

Uncover CTC’s Project Cleaner tool from BIM Manager Suite

In case you were unable to attend SolidCAD and CTC’s webinar last week here is what you need to know… When working through general project cleanup, there are many tedious tasks. Deleting unused views, removing ...

Civil 3D Assembly Sets

Have you ever saved and used Assembly Sets within the Intersection Wizard for saving your custom assemblies for future use?  Have you ever had issues with them not appearing to work properly every time you use ...

Introduction to BIM Project Suite

In case you were unable to attend SolidCAD and CTC’s webinar last week here is what you need to know… Shawn Zirbes, a Guru for everything CTC, uncovered how the BIM Project Suite allows Autodesk Revit users ...

Civil 3D Viewports

A little tip today.  Have you ever zoomed out within a profile viewport and your surfaces and alignments are not there?  The two viewports shown below are nearly identical except the one on the bottom doesn’t ...

Bluebeam Revu 2018.6

Bluebeam has released their latest update for their flagship PDF markup tool, Revu.  Please see this link to learn more about how to update your installation, and then click here to find out which defects have ...

Reconcile the Differences Between Parameters live in projects without Destroying Data

Let’s talk about Revit families. Are your Revit users pulling families from manufacturer websites, then having to spend project time individually reconciling the differences between the parameters used without ...

CTC BIM Projct Suite 2020 – Invisibility Advisor

Find improperly displayed elements in Revit with Invisibility Advisor. Part of the BIM Project Suite, this tool can also identify the cause of invisibilty as well as offer useful information and links to relevant ...

Workaround: Civil 3D XREF Structures Do Not Resize

My friend and customer, Ben Cartmell from Koers & Associates in Parksville, has brought to my attention a method, of which you may not be aware, for working around a limitation within Civil 3D. The limitation ...

Revit Project Cleanup – Why and How

As a collaborative BIM software, Revit enables multiple authors to work within the same project file. However, as projects progress files can grow rather large, often time filling up “extra stuff”. This extra ...

Making more beautiful, realistic, and detailed renders in Revit

3D visualization is an essential part of architectural illustration today. Renders allow you to communicate your vision and intent to clients and colleagues. This is why models or drawings are often sent out ...

Energy analysis – Realize the greatest benefit of BIM

Many engineers do not realize the power of Revit and prefer to trust the process of designs they have been using for years, such as Excel, manual calculations or their company templates. In fact, they have implemented ...

The 3 Main Types of Panel Schedule Templates in Revit

Panel schedules are an essential part of any electrical design and provide a level of coordination that ensures accurate design and documentation. Panel schedules can be created before or after circuits are connected ...

Are we beyond BIM?

If everybody is so proficient with the change to a BIM process, then why aren’t building projects embracing it more widely? Why aren’t those firms who have embraced it finding the efficiencies that it promises? ...

BIM 360 Design – the next gen of Collaboration for Revit

As of April 9, 2018, Collaboration for Revit is available as BIM 360 Design – Autodesk’s next-generation cloud work-sharing, data management, and design collaboration product. This is part of several changes ...

Auto-numbering parking stalls using Dynamo

This article describes how to use Dynamo to number parking stalls. Numbering parking tags can be tedious doing manually. If you have to number or renumber parking stalls and you are looking for tools to do it ...

Revit 2019: Essentials for MEP Engineers

Getting started with Revit can feel daunting. It’s an unfamiliar program that may not work like your current software. But, like anything new as you become more familiar with it you will start to see the benefits ...

Revit Family Guide – Master Revit Families in 10 Steps

A Family is a group of objects that form a building component such as a door, a wall, a window or a chair. All families are associated to a specific category and contain a set of properties (parameters) and a ...

New in Revit 2019 – MEP Engineers improvements to primary/secondary hydraulic

Revit 2019 has arrived, and with it comes a number of great new features and enhancements for different uses. • BIM 360 Design is the re-branded C4R • Open Dialog Enhancement to show version of the Revit ...

Implementation and BIM

What is this thing we have been calling BIM “implementation” for so many years? As a professional who has been working in and around the move to Building Information Modeling for over 15 years, I am appalled ...

4 New Features Architects should know Revit 2019.2

Autodesk’s release of 2019.2 included some interesting features that Architects should be aware of.  There were a couple minor improvements to the program itself, but it seems like a larger effort is being ...

CUI command in AutoCAD

In this post I will show you how to Customize User Interface and how CUI command allows to customize drawing environment to suit your needs. The Customize User Interface (CUI) Editor in AutoCAD provides a wide ...

So you think your Revit model is corrupt

 I am going to talk about file corruption in Revit. To keep things brief I will be doing a few separate posts on this topic. Today I will touch on 4 points: Initial Investigation First steps to resolution Common ...

How to reuse Revit content to supercharge your BIM infrastructure & standards

By Michelle Ovelson, AEC Technical Consultant at SolidCAD Looking for efficiencies when it comes to enhancing BIM infrastructure and standards? Repurposing Revit content from completed projects is a smart, efficient ...

How to reuse Revit content to supercharge your BIM infrastructure & standards

Looking for efficiencies when it comes to enhancing BIM infrastructure and standards? Repurposing Revit content from completed projects is a smart, efficient method of updating your template and warehouse or ...

Why every project needs a BIM Execution Plan

In this video, you will learn why a BIM Execution Plan (BEP) is important for a project of any size. Whether you’re working on a big “full BIM” IPD project or a smaller project, a properly created and developed ...

Using Curtain Walls for Wall Panel Systems

This video examines one of the best features Revit has to offer: curtain walls. We will look at how to use curtain walls for exterior finishes – like metal panels – that are not curtain walls. During this ...

Tips & Tricks: Increase your productivity in Revit

Have you ever wondered if there’s a better way to do something in Revit, join us for this short video that focuses on how to improve your productivity. This video will review: The best way to use 3D View Cube ...

Best Practices for Revit Model Groups

Revit Model Groups are a wonderful thing when you know how to use them and follow some basic rules. They allow capturing repetition in the building model, and provide a way to tag through the groups, maintaining ...

How to Organize My Schedules Using the Browser Organization

In this video you will learn some quick tips and the basics of organizing the schedules using the Browser Organization. Revit 2018 provides various options for organizing the schedules in your project browser ...

Tips for Creating Detail Components

Detail components are Revit families that can be placed in drafting views or detail views to add information to the model. They offer a more efficient, easier to use, and easier to control method of detailing ...

Civil 3D 2020

Autodesk has released the latest iteration of their Civil Engineering modeling software, namely Civil 3D 2020.  Go to the Autodesk Account page to download the software or get it from the Desktop App. Note, ...

AutoCAD 2020

Autodesk has release the latest iteration of their flagship drafting software, namely AutoCAD 2020.  Click here to see Autodesk’s page detailing what’s new.  Go to the Autodesk Account page to download ...

Civil 3D 2019 Update 2

A new update for Civil 3D 2019 has just been released.  You can find it in the usual places; the Desktop App or your Autodesk Account.  Here is the ReadMe; note that AutoCAD 2019.1.2 must be installed prior ...

Infrastructure Road Show Series – Recap

Recently the SolidCAD civil team conducted the first Infrastructure Road Show series across Western Canada! Our roadshow series was designed to uncover emerging technologies and new software, share best practices ...

Civil 3D 2019.1 Update

Autodesk has released the first update for Civil 3D 2019. It is called the Civil 3D 2019.1 Update. As is the new norm, updates contain fixes and also feature enhancements. You can discover all of the details ...

Civil 3D 2019 Pipe Networks

Please note, this issue seems to have been fixed with the release of Civil 3D 2019.1. ———— If you are still having issues with Civil 3D 2019 installed and you’re using pipe networks, ...

Autodesk Multi-User (Network) Licensing

Infraworks  Attention Autodesk multi-user customers!  Excellent news follow. The 2019 license manager provides additional functionality which resolves two issues present in previous versions: In previous versions, ...

Leica Geosystems BLK360

Leica Geosystems BLK360  SoildCAD, a Cansel company recently added the Leica Geosystem to their growing product line. The BLK360 imaging laser scanner is the smallest, most easy-to-use imaging laser scanner ...

InfraWorks

InfraWorks  There has been a significant change to Infraworks’ services. 1. It will no longer be possible to create new analyses such as Watershed, Traffic, Line Girder, Profile, and Corridor in 2018.2 and ...

AutoCAD 2019

 AutoCAD 2019  Autodesk has released the latest iteration of its flagship drafting application AutoCAD.  Here are some of the highlights. This is a comparison matrix from Autodesk. AutoCAD 2019 remains on ...

Infraworks 2018.2

Infraworks 2018.2 Autodesk has released the latest update for its Infraworks application.  You will find information about the update in the team webcast found here.  The update is not yet available as of January ...

Civil 3D Update 2018.2

Civil 3D Update 2018.2 Autodesk has released the latest update for its Civil 3D 2018 application.  You will find information about the update here.  The update can be installed with the Desktop App or by downloading ...

SolidCAD, an Approved Provider on the Autodesk Services Marketplace

SolidCAD, an Approved Provider on the Autodesk Services Marketplace SolidCAD, a leading Autodesk Platinum Partner and Canada’s premier technology solution and professional service provider, is excited to announce ...

Achieving Super Results with Autodesk Fusion 360 and ExactFlat

Achieving Super Results with Autodesk Fusion 360 and ExactFlat   Recently SolidCAD’s own Hung Nguyen created an outstanding Iron Man mask for his son who was heading to Comic-Con. With a combination of ...

Civil 3D 2018 and Large Surfaces

Civil 3D 2018 and Large Surfaces If you have recently upgraded to Civil 3D 2017 or 2018 or are planning to AND you work with large surfaces (I’ll let you define what a large surface is) you’ll want to read ...

Vehicle Tracking Update 2018.1

Vehicle Tracking Update 2018.1 Autodesk has clearly spent considerable resources developing this update.  There are many fixes and enhancements in this Vehicle Tracking 2018.1 update.  You will find information ...

Civil 3D Update 2018.1

Civil 3D Update 2018.1 Autodesk has released the latest update for its Civil 3D 2018 application.  You will find information about the update here.  Click this link to view a recorded webinar.  The update ...

AutoCAD Update 2018.1

AutoCAD Update 2018.1 Autodesk has released the latest update for its AutoCAD 2018 application.  You will find information about the update here.  The update can be installed with the Desktop App or by downloading ...

Revit Courses are now CanBIM Certified!

NEWS UPDATE: SolidCAD Now Offers courses that are CanBIM Certified! At last week’s CanBIM meeting in Toronto, SolidCAD recently announced that they are CanBIM certified. You can now take Revit courses that ...

Civil 3D / Map 3D Hotfix

Civil 3D / Map 3D Hotfix Autodesk has release a new hotfix for Civil 3D and map 3D 2018.  The issue occurs when grip-editing an AutoCAD arc and some other objects.  The position of the mouse is different from ...

Bluebeam Revu 2017 Updates

Bluebeam Revu 2017 Updates Bluebeam has released Updates 1 and 2 for its Revu 2017 lineup.  See Bluebeam’s Release Notes for more information. As usual, there are fixes for defects and some new functionality.  ...

Check out how SolidCAD helped Cithara Guitars Inc. make beautiful music using Autodesk Fusion 360!

PROJECT PROFILE If you are inquiring about a product that does it all when it comes to product design, Fusion 360 is the solution for you! This 3D cloud-based platform allows users to test both fit and finish, ...

PRESS RELEASE: SolidCAD earns Autodesk Construction Specialization

SolidCAD, Canada’s largest Autodesk Platinum Reseller, has been awarded the new construction specialization allowing them to provide clients with industry leading construction and data management tools. ...

SolidCAD/Cansel’s Hung Nguyen announced the International Winner of the Fusion 360 Model of the Month!

Check out how SolidCAD/Cansel’s, Hung Nguyen used Fusion 360 to bring his kayak – F1 Model to life! About Hung…   “Hello! My name is Hung Nguyen from Canada – The Land of Love.  I currently ...

What’s New in Inventor 2018?

What’a new in Inventor 2018? Curious to know what has changed in the new release of Autodesk Inventor 2018? This short clip explains all the latest features! […]

Common Tech Issue of the Week #5 – Inventor Edition

Cannot Hide Components in Assembly View in Inventor IDW File Issue: I cannot hide individual components in my existing assembly view in Inventor IDW file.  When I right-click on the part I would like to hide, ...

Update: Canada Ontario Styles Kit for Civil 3D Now Available!

Canada Ontario Styles Kit for Civil 3D The Canada Ontario Styles Kit is available to download and contact SolidCAD today! Here are some Key Highlights  listed below: DWT template containing Ontario Civil 3D ...

Revit Tip of the Day #2

Revit Files are Clogging Up My Server Storage! Some people find that Revit files are using up too much storage on their server or other storage. Although a few companies have ‘limitless’ cloud storage ...

Common Tech Issue of the Week #4

When starting Microsoft Office every time, AutoCAD runs for installation Issue: When starting Microsoft Office every time AutoCAD® runs for installation. Two error messages pop up: AutoCAD <version>: Please ...

Using the Autodesk Prerequisite Checker

Check Hardware Specifications – Autodesk Prerequisite Checker Want to know if your computer can run AutoCAD, Revit, 3DS Max, etc.. Instead of comparing your computer to a recommended system specifications, ...

Common Tech Issue of the Week #3

Restoring Toolbars in New Versions of AutoCAD Issue: Although the new type of interface with Ribbons was introduced in AutoCAD 2009 to replace traditional Toolbars, there is still a large number of users who ...

Civil 3D – Tip of the Day

Civil 3D Object Tooltips If you’ve been using Civil 3D for a while, than you’re probably loving the object tooltips! There are two types of tooltips (Proximity and Rollover)  for Civil 3D objects, which ...

Revit Tip of the Day #1

Backing Up and Recovering Revit Files Standalone and Workshared Revit Files are backed up and restored in completely different ways. Here is an explanation and some best practices… You should probably refer ...

Civil 3D – Tip of the Day

Civil 3D Label Styles-Using Expressions For every project, we either use out-of-the-box styles or create new styles to meet specific requirements of the company we work for or the project we are working on. Once ...

Common Tech Issue of the Week #2

Softlock Manager Error when starting AutoCAD Issue: When starting AutoCAD with standalone license the following error appears and software does not start: “The security system (Softlock license manager) is ...

Common Tech Issue of the Week #1

PDF created from AutoCAD shows frames around text in PDF viewer   Issue: When viewing a PDF from AutoCAD in a PDF viewer, such as Foxit Reader or Adobe Reader, frames are displayed around text. Causes: ...

Software Update for Autodesk Civil 3D

Performance Enhancement Tool for Autodesk Civil 3D 2014-2017 Autodesk has received reports of major performance issues when opening, purging and plotting Civil 3D drawings in versions 2014-2017. For Civil 3D ...

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