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  • BEM - Building Energy Modeling - EcoDesigner STAR helps architects design energy efficient buildings, has thermal bridge analysis feature, ability to fine tune energy efficiency calculations, CAD User, Mar 2014
  • BIM: The Next Stage of Evolution - real collaboration needs fundamental shift in working practice, improved software tools that enable easy shared access to BIM database, seamless integration between tools used at each stage of process, Michael McCullen, CAD User, Mar 2014
  • Graphisoft's New BIMcloud - BIMcloud works as intermediary or gateway between individual users, servers that actual hold model data, can be deployed on public cloud or run from private in-house server installed on premises, Lachmi Khemlani, AECbytes, Apr 17, 2014
  • John Bacus of Trimble Talks to Architosh About SketchUp, Broadly and About Version 2014 - SketchUp 2014 has classifier tool, IFC export capabilities, improved layout feature, updated Ruby 2.0 programming language, Anthony Frausto-Robledo, Architosh, Apr 20, 2014
  • NEC3 Contract Manager - Q&A about NEC3 contracts fitting with 4Projects product proposition, benefits of NEC3, training required, danger of becoming too reliant, David Chadwick, CAD User, Mar 2014
  • Nominal Frame Thickness - set nominal frame thickness to WALL_THICKNESS or to dimension of actual frame component to avoid confusing flipping behavior in ArchiCAD 17, James Murray, On Land, Apr 18, 2014
  • Setting the Scene - Vectorworks Landmark provides planning tools to create perfect setting to place iconic building designs, David Chadwick, CAD User, Mar 2014
  • SketchUp Pro 2014 and IFC: Welcome to the New World of BIM - latest release makes it very easy to attach IFC data to elements, qualifies as BIM software, Jared Banks, Shoegnome, Apr 13, 2014
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AutoCAD 2015

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  • AutoCAD 2015 Review - more responsive interface, intuitive graphic previews, improved text, dimensions, geographic location tools, revamped set of tools for working with point clouds, new design feed environment, available for $4,195, David Cohn, David Cohn, Desktop Engineering, Apr 2, 2014
  • AutoCAD 2015: What's New? - exploring contents of new tab, tips to restore back AutoCAD 2014 workspace, Martin Phelps, CADline, Apr 15, 2014
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AutoCAD Civil 3D

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  • Accessing the Enhanced Geolocation Features in Civil 3D 2015 - open drawing file, view ribbon tabs at top of application window as workspace loads, launch CUI dialog box to load missing geolocation tab, visit customize workspace to set tab alongside original ribbon tabs, Matt Miyamoto, Ideate, Apr 14, 2014
  • AutoCAD Civil 3D 2015 New Features: Overview - dark theme, point cloud performance, smoother point cloud objects navigation, enhanced vertical alignment design, align/profile locking features along with improved object label association, corridor section labeling, Almas Suljevic, Being Civil, Apr 18, 2014
  • Civil 3D Can Help You Do the Splits - incorporating semi-automatic split profile views into workflow, Jeff Bartels, Talking Transportation, Apr 17, 2014
  • Getting a Grip on Points - allow grip reappear by ensuring that elevation is assigned to 'default elevation' field located in create points dialog bar in Civil 3D, Leo Lavayen, Advanced Solutions Blog, Apr 18, 2014
  • Grading Style Slope Markings Display Issues - type BEDIT, press return, select tadpole 2, type CONVERTPOLY, pick heavy from command line options before choosing polyline that forms tadpole's head in Civil 3D, Geoff Woodhead, Cadline, Apr 17, 2014
  • I'm Terrible with Names - visit toolspace settings tab to expand subassembly, commands category, right click CreateSubAssemblyTool command, expand subassembly options, click value column next to subassembly name prompt to turn feature on in Civil 3D, Jeff Bartels, Talking Transportation, Apr 15, 2014
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Autodesk 360

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Autodesk Inventor

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Autodesk Revit

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  • 4 Easy Steps to Better Organize Your Face Based Family Thumbnail - hide/get rid of 'face' (extrusion) in template, uncheck check-box of hidden lines from visibility graphic, uncheck check-box 'keep scene upright' from options setting in Revit, Philip Chan, Phil-osophy in BIM, Apr 17, 2014
  • Automatic Numbering of Elements Within Revit - install extension set of tools, click 'extensions' on ribbon tab to access tools dropdown, avail element positioning utility to create position tags using mark parameter for selected objects, Dennis Collin, CADline, Apr 16, 2014
  • Compiling the Revit 2015 SDK and Migrating Bc Samples - edit all project files globally in editor to modify HintPath tag value, or copy Revit API assemblies into expected locations, avoid modifying any project files at all, Jeremy Tammik, The Building Coder, Apr 15, 2014
  • Creating an Entourage Family - select template file dialog, open entourage.rft or metric entourage.rft, sketch geometry representing entourage in 2D/3D views, state visibility settings for entourage placeholder before specifying parameters, render appearances in Revit, Autodesk Knowledge Network, Apr 2014
  • Creating Standard Sheet Notes & Disclaimers in Revit - select schedule keys rather than building components when creating phantom schedule, rename schedule, add fields, insert rows, fill in cells to create schedule, drag schedule onto multiple sheets, Dennis Collin, CADline, Apr 15, 2014
  • Default Revit Family Folder for Open Command - Revit defaults to location of specified Revit Library Path when opened from opening screen, while defaults to location where user last saved family file when opened from QAT or application menu, Doug Bowers, Applying Technology to Architecture, Apr 15, 2014
  • Definition of Parameters for Generating a Reinforcement Drawing - exploring draw options, elements, data mapping, naming tabs in Revit, Autodesk Knowledge Network, Apr 2014
  • Determining the Size and Location of Viewports on a Sheet - GeoSnoop utility in Revit dynamically generates temporary form displaying outlines of sheet, 3 views it contains, Jeremy Tammik, The Building Coder, Apr 17, 2014
  • A Dozen Reasons Not to Use Adaptive Components in Revit - family editor lacks annotation tab, addition of model text is not allowed, family sizes sometimes gets huge, lacks visibility settings, controls for flipping components, absence of host elements limits possibilities for using reporting parameters, Tim Waldock, Revit Cat, Apr 18, 2014
  • Exploding Imported Geometry - explode import symbol into next highest level elements in Revit, select import symbol, click on explode drop-down to explode imported geometry, or imported DWG 3D solid geometry in family editor environment, Autodesk Knowledge Network, Apr 18, 2014
  • Exporting Grids - create grid in Revit, set CAD format to DWG files, click solids tab in modify DWG/DWF export setup dialog, select export as AutoCAD Architecture, AutoCAD MEP objects option, Autodesk Knowledge Network, Apr 18, 2014
  • Generate Revit Topography from Point Cloud Data - load scans into Recap, delete unwanted points, turn off perspective to easily select points, export point cloud as .rcs/.pcg, add points to surface before linking CAD to bring in contour DWG in Revit, Mark Cronin, better Revit, Apr 3, 2014
  • Get to Know Your Status Bar in Revit - progress bar displays percentage of file loaded, hints displays program options, worksets icon helps choose active workset, select underlay, pinned items, elements by face, avail filter tool to refine items by category, David Butts, The MEP BIM Engineer, Apr 21, 2014
  • Mapping AutoCAD SHX Fonts to TrueType Fonts - map fonts by editing shxfontmap.txt using text editor, follow specific format to allow TrueType font mapping in Revit, Autodesk Knowledge Network, Apr 2014
  • Migrating RoomEditorApp to Revit 2015 - enabling CopySourceAsHtml for Visual Studio 2012, Jeremy Tammik, The Building Coder, Apr 16, 2014
  • Precast Elements - availability of tab depends on existence of precast element families in Revit, defining precast element in RC column, Autodesk Knowledge Network, Apr 2014
  • Reinforcement of Beams Dialog - check left, right side of dialog to define beam reinforcement, parameters of beam, reinforcement, bottom displays graphical view of defined RC beam, generated beam reinforcement in AutoCAD Structural Detailing, Autodesk Knowledge Network, Apr 2014
  • Revit 2015: Graphic Display Options - 'sketchy line' option to make model look like hand drawn drawing, anti-aliasing option to show smoother lines in display, Edwin Prakoso, CAD Notes, Apr 21, 2014
  • Revit Stairs - basics of building custom stairs, handrails/guardrails in Revit, David Beach, YouTube, Apr 17, 2014
  • Setting or Changing Ground Level in Revit - visit manage tab to specify coordinates at point, select ground level line to set elevation, if ground level still says 0 then change ground level line type to shared datum, Justin Doughty, CADline, Apr 17, 2014
  • Using the API to Compare Display Performance in Revit 2014 & 2015 - API command to compare same RVT in different versions of Revit, different RVTs in same version of Revit, different computers, graphics cards, Harry Mattison, Boost Your BIM, Apr 16, 2014
  • View Title Enhancements in Revit 2015 - list of parameters is expanded from 6 to 16, view titles can be constructed with view parameters only, reduces errors, improves accuracy of information, Cesar Escalante, Ideate, Apr 15, 2014
  • WPF Fill Pattern Viewer Control Benchmark - invoke FillPatternBenchmarkCommand to retrieve all fill patterns from model, display them in form that requires 2 new ViewModel modules in Revit, Jeremy Tammik, The Building Coder, Apr 22, 2014
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Autodesk Vault

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  • Configure the Revision Table - dialog allows configuring display of data, visit Vault settings or select enable revision table check-box to access revision table setting, determine whether first/last version of revision value is used, detect revision scheme change, Autodesk Knowledge Network, Apr 2014
  • Customize Your Vault View - select 'define custom view,' add new view to list to create own filtered data set, highlight newly created view to modify, set fields in customize fields window, hit custom filters followed by advanced tab, Brendan's Inventor Blog, Brendan Henderson, Apr 21, 2014
  • New Features of Vault 2015, Pt 2 - avail greater flexibility to layout BOM, associate files easily by drag drop, copy paste into detail page of BOM, access 'saves as' associated with BOM Vault, new interface for thin client project explorer, Sophie Day, Adris Blog, Apr 11, 2014
  • Open a File from Vault with the AutoCAD Vault Add-in - log into Vault that consists of file to be edited, maintain file in checked-in state, ensure if permissions to check out file for editing are available before opening file from Vault for editing, Autodesk Knowledge Network, Apr 18, 2014
  • RDLC Editors - free editor from RDL/RDLC tools set, functions good as Visual Studio 2008 but has alignment issues, lacks snap feature or ability to easily line up UI controls in Vault, Doug Redmond, It's All Just Ones and Zeros, Apr 16, 2014
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CAD Hardware

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  • Flying with Structural FEA - 2 main drivers for mixed FEA, conventional stressing approach: approximation, certification; popular structural analysis techniques within aerospace industry: multi-body dynamics analysis, non-linear analysis, Tony Abbey, Desktop Engineering, Mar 29, 2014
  • Geometric Kernels in COMSOL Multiphysics - selecting geometric kernel from preferences window when starting new model, converting geometry objects, Lorant Olasz, COMSOL Blog, Apr 16, 2014
  • Meshed Up or Messed Up? - root causes of meshing problems, disadvantages of improper meshing, expert-built templates can serve as best practices for nonexpert users, Kenneth Wong, Desktop Engineering, Apr 2014
  • Tips for Using the Wall Distance Interface - understanding functionality of wall distance interface in COMSOL Multiphysics, combining it with another interface, Clemens Ruhl, COMSOL Blog, Apr 21, 2014
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Rapid Prototyping

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Siemens PLM

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  • Alternate Reality: 51 Uses of the ALT Key in Solid Edge - Alt+RMB for view fit, in draft environment, Alt+Click on callout or leader to add any number of extra vertices, Alt+drag to detach PMI dimension or annotation from one model element, Tushar Suradkar, Siemens PLM Software Community, Apr 21, 2014
  • Siemens NX CAD Vision 2014+ - to improve engineering efficiency, deliver industry specific workflows via industry catalysts, better collaboration, including with suppliers, supporting system development across multiple engineering domains, Michelle Boucher, Tech-Clarity, Apr 16, 2014
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