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.


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



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
Helps users distinguish between elements that are owned
by the individual, others or no one.

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

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

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.


Bill Wright

March 26, 2012

Follow me on Twitter

Well it has really been a long time between posting. I have a lot of great things I can often blog about just trying to juggle and find the time between work and family is difficult and my blog takes a back seat.

So I have decided twitter maybe a better chance for me to get tips and tricks in the BIM world out to all of you.

You can follow me on twitter @BillWright80 follow me.

December 5, 2011

Multi Tag Devices Circuited on Same Panel

I had a request from a client on the following. Devices on same floor need to be tagged differently. One tag indicates device is circuited to panel on same floor and other device would have a different tag being circuited to same panel from different floor.

This can be difficult to achieve with Revit MEP because Panels have only 1 parameter called Panel Name that typically is added automatically to the device circuit tag if you have the Circuit Naming parameter set.

Video shows an added shared parameter for the naming of the panel and changing the Circuit Naming parameter properly so that 2 custom tags can display the proper information.

Example: Branch Panel 1 on first floor would read "BP.1-BP1" Device cicuited on same floor would tag "B1-1" and device circuited from a different floor to BP1 would tag as "BP.1-B1-1"

Hope this video can help many others in the Electrical world. Cheers

Video Here use full screen mode if viewing video below

September 28, 2011

Revit 2012’s Update 2 released

Revit Architecture 2012 update 2

Revit Structure 2012 update 2

Revit MEP 2012 I could not find an update on Autodesk's website and my product says it’s updated but that was update 1. Maybe Autodesk has not issued RMEP update 2 yet

Autodesk Cloud Offerings

Now are available through Autodesk Subscription

Autodesk Cloud Rendering website link. Also all of Autodesk Cloud offerings

Autodesk has launched a number of cloud services for subscription customers. What you get as a subscription customers depends on what products you have on subscription and if you have a standard, premium or ultimate suite.

In the end not every subscription customer will get all the cloud service options. Good or bad I guess time will tell.

You can read here about the finer details and how you can register below. You will find core benefits, select benefits, videos and be able to compare the services. Learn More Here

Here is another link to all of Autodesk Cloud offerings for example.

- storage, sharing and viewing of files
- DWG Editing in the cloud using AutoCAD WS
- Mobile Viewing with Design Review Mobile App
- Rendering in the Cloud
- Optimization with Autodesk Inventor coming soon
- Energy Analysis with Autodesk Revit Conceptual Energy Analysis
- Green Building Studio
- Collaboration with Autodesk Buzzsaw Mobile

Learn More Here

September 13, 2011

Revit MEP Pipe Fitting Annotation Scale

Simple video regarding pipe fitting annotation scale within Revit MEP and benefits of turning the check box off vs. leaving the box on. Video HERE

April 18, 2011

Autodesk WikiHelp

I wanted to point out a great web resource for users of Autodesk software called Autodesk WikiHelp.

Autodesk’s WikiHelp contains over 20 products of information along with almost 10,000 users and many contributors that publish videos, comments and additional information when it comes to Autodesk products.

Revit 2012 WikiHelp was just updated with 2012 product information