November 6, 2015


Well today is not Tuesday and based on my previous post I would say I am 3 days late for this AutoCAD tip. Well better late than never, so let’s get started.

I had some issues this week with importing a CAD detail into Revit. Revit gave an error that the detail was way outside the import region. After a few tests I quickly realized that the issue was with the detail not being anywhere close to AutoCAD’s absolute 0,0,0 coordinates.

AutoCAD by default on install has the coordinates set to relative and this prompted me to make this video. Have you ever been stuck attempting to move objects within AutoCAD to absolute 0,0 only to find that the object stayed in place? Well that is because relative coordinates are set by default.

In this video below I show a quick way to move objects from relative coordinates to absolute 0,0,0 when relative is still set in the settings. I will also show you how to change relative coordinates setting as default back to absolute.

Now if that last sentence did not make any sense please watch the video I think I did a better job explaining in the video.

October 29, 2015

Creating Placeholder Sheets in Autodesk Revit 2016

From @RedcageTravis

In this video we explore a couple ways to speed up template development by leveraging place holder sheets from a sheet list, or re-using an existing sheet list from an existing project file.

October 28, 2015


In this video I walk you through the AutoCAD 2016 tool for splitting dimensions. The same tool is called the Dimension all in one tool, Or at least that is what I call it. Check it out, thumbs up if you like and please subscribe I will be uploading weekly AutoCAD tips.

My previous AutoCAD Tip on how to get your AutoCAD 2015 & 2016 classic toolbars and workspace back is here.

October 7, 2015

Autodesk React Structures Overview - Lab Preview

Autodesk React Structures is a new offering being developed for the structural engineer that is fully integrated into the BIM process and the rest of the Autodesk product portfolio. React Structures is being designed to be a powerful yet easy to use structural analysis offering for structural engineers. The application is available today free as a technical preview. This project has been created on Autodesk Labs to collect feedback about the technology.
Will this be a Robot Structural Analysis replacement? I guess time will tell but for now you can join the technology preview, download, test and see for yourself. Check out the Autodesk video below. Join the Preview here

October 5, 2015

Autodesk Seek for Revit Plug-In

Autodesk has launched a free technology preview for the Autodesk Seek plug-in for Revit. Now you can access BIM content from Seek directly within Revit instead of going to the web using the tool within Revit today. Download the free plug-in for Revit 2015 or 2016.

Note you will need an Autodesk account in order to join the technology preview

August 20, 2015

August 2015 Issue of BIMTech Newsletter

Our August issue of BIMTech news has launched. check out the articles here. Revit and AutoCAD tips this month.

July Issue here
June Issue here
Archives here


May 12, 2015

Revit Piping to Pipe Stress Analysis

CADmep can output Pipework Component Format (PCF) files that can be used for analysis in other products, such as AutoCAD Plant 3D

See link to tweet and main article. 

April 13, 2015

Project Vasari Beta is ending May 15

Autodesk has announced that May 15th will be the end of Project Vasari. moving forward the focus will be to create and support integrated software tools. Vasari functionality will be and already is in other Autodesk products (FormIt & Revit). See guide below.

Vasari Features

Autodesk Offering

Wind Analysis

Flow Design plug-in for Revit

Climate Analysis


Daylighting and Electric lighting Analysis

Lighting Analysis for Revit

Whole Building Energy Analysis


Solar Analysis

Revit plug-in on Labs

Solar Studies

FormIt, Revit

Energy Cost Range

Revit plug-in on Labs



March 25, 2015

march 2015 BIMTech Newsletter

Our March issue of BIMTech news has launched. check out the articles here. Revit and AutoCAD tips this month.

Archives here

March 11, 2015

Enhanced Visual Styles in Revit 2015

Walk through video on using the Enhanced Visual Styles within Revit. If you like the video please subscribe to Travis's YouTube Channel

March 10, 2015

Cloud Rendering in Autodesk Revit 2015

Interested in rendering? Interested in how you can render to the cloud from Revit. Here is a video from my colleague Travis on how to use Autodesk's cloud rendering inside of Revit.

March 9, 2015

Autodesk Official Show Reel 2015

Autodesk's annual showcase of customer work using Autodesk software Show Reel 2015

March 6, 2015

What is new in FormIt Web Version 9.0

New Features include
  • Groups
  • Content library linking
  • Improved conversion from FormIt to Revit
  • Smart selection and more

March 3, 2015

Revit Tip - Turn off Coarse Filled Walls in Linked Revit Project

If you have ever taken a Revit model from an Architect and linked into a new Revit project you may find that the walls print shaded when the view is set to coarse mode. In this video I explain how to remove the shade from the walls without bothering the Architect.

February 23, 2015

Our February issue of BIMTech news has launched. check out the articles here. Revit and AutoCAD tips this month.

Archives here


February 19, 2015

View and Share Any Design File

would you like to view and share your design files without having to login to a website with no downloads and no plugins required? Well Autodesk has launched a website to do just that. 

view 2D and 3D designs in over 50 file formats. I tested the site today with some large Revit models and my browser handled the viewing just fine. Actually my models loaded quicker than when I place them into A360 for viewing.

You have the ability to turn on and off layers / categories, view sheets and 3d views for Revit models. Even explode your model if you wish. Many more features available I suggest you check them out.

January 29, 2015

AutoCAD P&ID Getting Started Video Series

Here is a quick video series I created on how to get started with AutoCAD P&ID. The series is basic and to the point on how P&ID functions.

Areas Shown:
  • create a drawing
  • add equipment
  • connect equipment
  • assign pipe info and tag
  • add valves and off page connectors
  • export and import equipment data using excel

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


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.