January 28, 2015

BIMTech Newsletter January 2015

Our January issue of BIMTech news has launched. check out the articles here. This month has a great article explaining the difference between A360 Drive and A360 Team. Don't forget to sign up.

Archives here

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January 16, 2015

A360 Collaboration for Revit Video Series

Well by now you have heard that Autodesk launched another cloud service back in December called A360 collaboration for Revit. I am sure you may have watched the overview video from Autodesk. On all the great features and benefits of A360 Collaboration for Revit.

I have created a 5 part video series on the A360 Collaboration for Revit service. The series will take you through the following topics and the links are below.

Video 1 - Overview of A360 Collaboration for Revit
Video 2 - A360 Account Creation
Video 3 - Downlod and Install Collaboration for Revit
Video 4 - Creating A360 Project, Inviting Team Members & Uploading a Revit Model to A360
Video 5 - Linking Revit Model from A360 and Using Communicator

I hope this video series has helped you. Best of Luck with your collaboration efforts

Bill



December 7, 2014

Autodesk A360 Collaboration for Revit

Connect teams with building collaboration cloud service

Autodesk® A360 Collaboration for Revit® connects project teams with centralized access to BIM project data in the cloud. Stay connected in real time using the Communicator chat tool within models. With Revit software and Autodesk A360 integration, Collaboration for Revit enables the entire project team to work on shared building information models.



December 3, 2014

How to load Fabrication CADmep into vanilla AutoCAD

In this video I show you how to open Fabrication CADmep within AutoCAD. CADmep is suppose to open AutoCAD upon launch, however mine keeps freezing up. So I go into AutoCAD first and than launch Fabrication CADmep using the "TakeOff" command. See short video attached.

December 1, 2014

What can Building Information Modeling (BIM) do for your projects?

This is a great introduction to BIM video for those that may or may not have heard of BIM (Building Information Modeling).

See what intelligent models are and how they can improve projects.

October 1, 2014

Revit to Fabrication CADMEP workflow

I have been working with contractors that are utilizing Autodesk Fabrication CADMEP for their fabrication designs. These contractors are receiving Revit files from MEP consultants however they tend to re-create the fabrication drawings manually and not utilize a BIM workflow.

I have been working with them to get the consultants Revit files into Fabrication CADMEP. The two videos attached will show you quickly how content from Revit can be brought into Fabrication CADMEP and populated with the proper content required for construction.

Stay tuned for more posts on Autodesk Fabrication and the exploration of using Revit for Fabrication drawings in the coming weeks.







September 21, 2014

AutoCAD 2015 get back your toolbars and classic workspace

have you installed AutoCAD 2015 and discovered no AutoCAD classic workspace? If you have this is a quick way to get back your toolbars and create a new workspace. No CUI skills required.


July 7, 2014

DPTech June Newsletter Released

Our latest newsletter on Digital Prototyping DPTech has just released it's first monthly issue. Check it out here.



July 4, 2014

BIMTech June Newsletter Released

Our June issue of BIMTech news just launched last week. Check out current and previous months issues here. If you wish to receive the newsletter monthly please sign up.

July 3, 2014

In the Fold announces a new technology preview from Autodesk called Project Skyscraper to bring Revit collaboration to the Cloud check out the post here. I guess you can call this Revit Server in the cloud. Still will raise a few questions like what will the cost be? how much storage do I receive? who owns the model? 

If you wish to sign up for an Open House click here.

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June 25, 2014

Autodesk 2015 Uninstall Utility

One of the features available in the 2015 product line is the Quick Uninstall Utility.
With this tool, you are able to quickly and easily view and uninstall all of your currently installed Autodesk software simply by checking a few boxes.
To find this file on Windows 7, go to your Start Menu.  For Windows 8, select your Window key and type, “Uninstall Tool” in the search menu.
If you can’t find it on the Start Menu, you can find it in the following directory:
C:Program Files (x86)Common FilesAutodesk SharedUninstall ToolR1UninstallTool.exe 

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June 23, 2014

Do you want your old toolbars and classic workspace back? - AutoCAD 2015

As of late I have had many request from user on how they can get back there AutoCAD toolbars and classic workspace within AutoCAD 2015.

After installing AutoCAD 2015 I noticed that the AutoCAD classic workspace is a gone and no toolbars appear. Users are being forced to use the ribbon like it or not. Well not completely.

my tip does not require you to go into the CUI. Simple and easy way to bring back your toolbars, minimize the ribbon and create your own My AutoCAD Classic workspace.

see the video below

enjoy!

Bill


April 7, 2014

Redcage Partners with Nasuni

Redcage Solutions is proud to announce that we have Partnered with Nasuni. Nasuni is the next-generation of cloud-integrated storage for the enterprise. We combine on-premises cloud gateways with cloud storage to deliver an enterprise-class storage solution that never needs to be backed up, scales from TBs to PBs and is available from every office and device.

Nasuni is Storage Infrastructure as a Service (SIaaS) a complete storage solution leveraging the cloud as a primary storage component built-in to a unified storage system. 

With Nasuni, enterprise organizations can expect to:
  • Increase day-to-day productivity of distributed teams.
  • Upload photos and videos from the field using Nasuni Mobile.
  • Limit the capital investment necessary to support new offices and teams.
  • Simplify the challenges of managing infrastructure in remote locations.
  • Reduce the cost and complexity of data storage, backups, and replication.
  • Securely share and control data access with third-party collaboration teams; entirely managed with your own encryption.
If you wish to contact us or to find out more on how we can help solve your storage challenges please visit our Nasuni page.





April 3, 2014

Revit Keyboard Shortcut Tip

This tip has been around for a long time. I was browsing RevitForum the other day and came across. Did you know that you can have multiple assignments for the same keyboard shortcut? Check out Mark B's post on RevitForum.org (http://www.revitforum.org/tutorials-tips-tricks/581-more-shortcut-key magic.html)

April 2, 2014

Worksharing Display Modes - Revit Tip

A great Revit tip is Worksharing Disiplay Modes, which is conveniently accessible inside of Revit. With these modes, users can easily visualize their model to understand what is happening in many areas in and around their project’s environment.

Prior to worksharing display, it was difficult to see which elements within Revit each user had ownership of. This oftentimes than not, created workflow issues when borrowed elements were modified. Another common problem is when users would forget to switch to the proper workset prior to placing elements in Revit. This resulted in multiple elements appearing on the wrong worksets.

The solution to avoiding these unnecessary workflow hurdles has now been simplified by using the Worksharing display command. With this command enabled (see control bar image below), users can choose between four worksharing display modes.

checkout-status
Checkout Status
Helps users distinguish between elements that are owned
by the individual, others or no one.

owners
Owners
Individual owners will help users visualize exactly which
elements are belonging to which users.

worksets
Worksets
The worksets tab helps users visualize elements based
on the workset to which they’re associated.

model-updates
Model Updates
Allows users to see changes to the model and to observe
which elements have been deleted and/ updated.

Users can make changes to the colour display of these modes
by selecting Worksharing Display Settings.

March 31, 2014

Revit Schedules - adding colour and calculated values

In this video we show a feature in 2014 to add shading to a column. After that we create a calculated value and conditional format to add an additional colour for a design check. We also show how to create a parameter. enjoy

March 30, 2014

Whoa!! I have been away for a couple years

Wow I can't believe it. I have been away from my blog for a couple of years now. A lot has happened in the past few years. Life became extremely busy with work, family and fun.

I now have two amazing boys and a new career. I am still a BIM Solutions Consultant with an Autodesk Solutions Partner. However I have taken on a lot more responsibility and with that I feel everyday is a whole lot more rewarding. 

I have been working in the reseller channel for almost 8 years now specializing in BIM Solutions & Software. It was almost a year ago now when I left my former reseller to join a new Autodesk Reseller named Redcage Solutions. www.redcage.ca. My first year as flown, I have met a ton of great people and have taught myself more than I ever thought was possible.

Some amazing news this past week. Autodesk names Redcage Solutions as best new Reseller of the year. ow.ly/3iHaMu. The award recognizes Redcage Solutions for its outstanding achievements in delivering world-class service and technical expertise to their customers. This is a huge honor for our team we are extremely grateful and have work hard this past year. We hope to even do greater things this year. At Redcage we pride ourselves in always putting our clients first. We feel the true difference is in our people. 
Over my years within the reseller channel I have help many firms successfully implement Revit and as I grow with Redcage I am branching out and successfully implementing Revit within many more firms that I may never of had the opportunity to work with in the past. I look forward to working with even more AECOO firms this coming year and help them find the BIM Solution that fits their needs. 

I am even more committed than ever to keep my blog rolling, I apologize to my followers for dropping off the blog world for awhile. My blog has taken a backseat to my life and career, however moving forward I plan to bring some bigger news, ideas, tips and tricks. I hope to become more of a resource than I have in the past.

cheers

Bill Wright