By Paul Munford and Luke Mihelcic for Autodesk University

Introduction

Is there still a place for 2D drafting in modern design and manufacturing? Depending on your processes and technology, the answer may be yes or no, but for many of us, it’s going to be somewhere in between. You don’t have to choose between 2D and 3D. We’d like to show you some tips, tricks, and workflows to use 2D drafting in AutoCAD and 3D parametric design in Inventor together.

Perhaps you are transitioning from one product to the other? Perhaps you are coming from AutoCAD to Inventor, and you want…


By Jacquelyn Brown, Robert Loncar, and Stephanie Rindosh for Autodesk University

Introduction

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission is a state agency responsible for more than 550 miles of highway. As design and construction projects increase in complexity, the Commission faces multiple challenges with data management and variations in project deliverables. With advancing technology, their final goal is to implement digital models as a requirement for project bidding. In congruence with current challenges and goals, they partnered with Microdesk to integrate organization standards and initiate the process of building intelligent 3D model designs using Civil 3D software. This article outlines the solutions that…


By Olga Kerkhanidi for Autodesk University

Introduction

The efficiency of a project team is sometimes slowed by the repetitive and tedious manual operations of modeling, data entry, or quantifying. Using Dynamo scripts allows us to save time and minimize human error, and provides the tools for quality controls. This article will give an idea of when and where Dynamo can be used to manage data and automate object placement for existing building projects. This approach is not as obvious because BIM in general, and Revit in particular, are originally oriented towards new construction. We will provide an example of exploration, application…


By Nikolas Martelaro, Mike Kuniavsky, and Nick Akiona for Autodesk University

The age of computational design has finally arrived. Incorporating data and artificial intelligence (AI) at every stage of a design process transforms our design tools, and perhaps the very definition of what it means to design and engineer. We have started to tap the enormous opportunity in the data flows and computational capabilities available to us. And as access to data — and our ability to extract knowledge from it — grows, we see opportunities for organizations to rethink design processes at a fundamental level.

We see a near…


By Pete Strycharske for Autodesk University

There is an increasing desire to build custom designs that can more easily convert from traditional mechanical / industrial CAD tools into BIM-ready content that can be utilized inside of Revit. Autodesk Inventor has the capability to generate Revit-ready content, but often this requires specialized knowledge of the process. What if things didn’t have to be this way? The workflow presented here will utilize everyday Inventor techniques to set the stage for powerful iLogic capabilities to allow virtually any designer to configure Inventor models into Revit-ready content.

The Goal

Why Is This Topic Important?

As design, manufacturing, and construction industries increasingly…


By Ravi Wood and Rina Sahay for Autodesk University

This article encompasses the journey for BIM managers, from the inception of the BIM Execution Plan (BEP) through the various phases of construction. Case studies illustrate the skills that project managers need to develop, implement, and execute plans across a project. We include AIA and other standards. We will discuss in detail the design development and construction document phases of the project to define the processes that BIM managers can use to excel on projects. …


By Edurne San Miguel for Autodesk University

The AECOM office in Madrid, Spain has accommodated and enhanced the quality process and technical reviews on several projects by using BIM 360 as the tool to ensure consistency, traceability, and streamlining of the entire process. Quality reviews used to take several steps, paper printing, pen markups, and documentation archiving in different unconnected environments. Using BIM 360, we have redesigned our quality process — from the work-in-progress reviews to technical reviews and verifiers checking within the same platform — by using Document Management Markups and Issues functionality, approval workflows, and BIM 360 Field


By Tyson Fogel for Autodesk University

Introduction

You’re walking down the street, coffee in hand. The sun is out, the birds are chirping: what a beautiful day! As you turn the corner at the end of the block, you notice your path becomes obstructed by odds and ends — broken furniture, discarded consumer products, and debris. It’s garbage day, and all this stuff is headed for the landfill. You might attribute this situation to overconsumption or wastefulness, but it’s primarily a product of poor design. …


By Tony Sabat for Autodesk University

Introduction

The construction industry is made up of a complex network of stakeholders, processes, and decisions that all need to maintain perfect cohesion and cadence for the successful delivery of a project. Construction projects are only growing more complex and the need for streamlining existing processes and developing new is mandatory to sustain the global growth forecasted.

This article will take the audience through the next generation of processes and workflows looking to expedite existing methods and even bypass them entirely to deliver projects with substantially less risk and better design in the end. We’ll…


By Jerry Bartels for Autodesk University

Image courtesy of Dawn Digital.

Introduction

This article is dedicated to productivity techniques and tips that will help improve your daily operations when working with Civil 3D software. These include automating regular tasks, using standard functions in new ways, exploring underutilized features, and even exploiting a handful of undocumented commands. We’ll present the information using a real-world problem-solving context, rather than simply going feature by feature, so you can fully appreciate the ‘why’ in addition to the ‘how.’

We present resource information here to help supplement what is covered in the recorded portion of the class. The article will not…

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