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Autodesk BIM for Infrastructure: Sustainable Cities

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

Autodesk’s intelligent model-based design software can help cities plan, design, build, and manage more efficient, sustainable infrastructure. View this new video story of urban renewal and learn how Building Information Modeling (BIM) supports better informed decision-making and helps achieve greener outcomes more quickly, easily, and cost-effectively.

You have probably seen Susan Smith’s AECWeekly on this topic. Here is a video from Autodesk:

ArchiCAD Tutorial – Guide Lines in ArchiCAD 15

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

Article source: Eric Bobrow

Watch this ArchiCAD training video to understand the new Guide Lines behavior in ArchiCAD 15. While Graphisoft’s new technology is powerful, it can be frustrating and confusing, since some of the old methods no longer work the same way. This free ArchiCAD tutorial is presented by master teacher Eric Bobrow.



Project Storm for Autodesk Revit Structure

Friday, September 2nd, 2011

Project Storm for Autodesk Revit Structure is a technology preview that provides cloud-based structural analysis to structural engineers as a part of the BIM process. With Project Storm, engineers and designers can extend design models from Revit Structure to the cloud for structural analysis from directly within Revit Structure. Check it out at

Autodesk Labs: Civil model – integrated BIM workflow

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

The Corridor Solids Technology Preview for AutoCAD® Civil 3D® 2012 software provides functionality to create AutoCAD® solids from AutoCAD Civil 3D Subassembly shapes that are contained in an AutoCAD Civil 3D Corridor Model. By creating solids from subassembly shapes, representative real-world objects such as tunnels, retaining walls, and pavement layers can be more easily used for visual analysis, design verification, and construction coordination through enhanced model sharing between various project team members who are using applications such as Autodesk® Navisworks® 2012 products, Autodesk® Revit® Structure 2012, Autodesk® 3ds® Max Design 2012, and the new Autodesk® Infrastructure Modeler 2012 software.

SketchUp Pro Features

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

Google SketchUp Pro is a simple but powerful tool for exploring and presenting your ideas in 3D. SketchUp Pro is everything traditional CAD software isn’t — quick to learn and intuitive to use. This video shows some of the features of Sketup Pro:


3D Elevations and Dimensioning in Vectorworks

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

3D Dimensioning is detailed in this Video Tech Tip by Vectorworks. Nice video!!!


Publishing the ArchiCAD model to Tekla BIMsight

Monday, August 29th, 2011

Tekla BIMSight is a free application that improves design, construction and maintenance workflow processes by:

  • Combining design models created by various disciplines;
  • Identifying conflicts between elements with clash detection;
  • Providing improved collaboration for all project parties.

This video shows how to publish ArchiCAD models to Tekla BIMsight.

Mosaic Project for Autodesk Users

Friday, August 26th, 2011

Mosaic is an online peer-to-peer resource that provides an aggregate perspective into the existing set of Autodesk User Communities. The industry media, social media, AUGI, and discussion groups (just to name a few) are invaluable stores of knowledge. Mosaic aggregates these resources and connects users directly to them from one convenient web destination. For more information, visit

Roombook Extension for Autodesk Revit Architecture 2012

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

Roombook Extension for Autodesk Revit Architecture 2012 is available through the Autodesk Subscription Center

The Roombook Extension for Autodesk® Revit® Architecture software helps calculate the surface area of walls, floors and ceiling elements, room circumferences and the total number of furnishing elements within a project.

In addition to the automated detection of room areas and surfaces, this extension helps users configure these elements manually to local requirements, as well as achieve more accurate model take-offs. Quantified results can be exported to Microsoft® Excel® software and Autodesk® Quantity Takeoff (QTO) software.

Intergraph 2011 Golden Valve Award Winners

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

The 2011 Golden Valve Awards showcased innovative uses for SmartPlant® and SmartMarine Enterprise engineering design software. For the first time in the competition’s history, there was a tie for the “Best of Show” in the annual Intergraph Golden Valve Awards. COSCO Shipyard Group and Keppel FELS Limited shared the top honor. Both images were created using SmartMarine 3D and SmartPlant Review and depict an isometric view of a semi-submersible drilling rig.

The Golden Valve Awards competition is sponsored by Intergraph and recognizes the most innovative and well-executed uses of software supported by Intergraph Process, Power & Marine. The winners were announced on June 6, 2011, in Orlando, Florida at Hexagon 2011, Intergraph’s annual international users conference.

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