By Edurne San Miguel for Autodesk University

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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

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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

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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

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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…


By Ana-Maria Drughi and Ron Shvartsman for Autodesk University

Integrating Dynamo and Revit into a design workflow provides a powerful new tool for architects and designers in optimizing a design where modular and repeatable elements dominate while still freely exploring the aesthetics. By nature, curtain wall designs are prone to the rigor of modularity and repeatability. Dynamo allows for the exploration of various façade iterations using multiple variables, in order to explore multiple glass types and mullion snap covers, on a sloped curtain wall before integrating into the rigor of design that Revit demands.

This frees architects and designers to…


By Kimberley Hendrix for Autodesk University

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This first of a two-part series explores how to use Custom Objects to extend your Vault to bring information currently stored in external Excel or Access files safely inside your Vault. We will show how to do this using Configuration instead of complex code that’s expensive to write and needs to be rebuilt with each version upgrade.

Kim Hendrix explains how Vault can help your firm with data management and standardization.

Custom Objects Explained

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Custom Objects allow Vault administrators to use an extensible system to create new Vault entities to meet the needs of their team, organization…


By Stephen Lester for Autodesk University

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Virtual Design & Construction (VDC) has progressed rapidly over the last decade, with both increased industry demand and the improvement of relevant software packages and plug-ins driving its progression.

Highly inefficient workflows and longer production hours have given way to more refined models and improved integration between disciplines across the AEC industry. It has become a far more cohesive process enabling efficient and rapid design changes along with the use of more data rich models.

VDC has also experienced growth and advancement through the adoption of gaming engines, providing the ability to immerse oneself…


By Andreas Luka for Autodesk University

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This article shows you how to create an associative parametric model to introduce fundamental concepts that underpin computational design while exploring visual programming in Dynamo software. We will enhance with parameters retrieved from AutoCAD software and Civil 3D objects. We will show how to organize and export a point cloud representing the landform and link it into Civil 3D. Then we will integrate this landform as a triangulated irregular network (TIN) model into the model of the existing environment and perform several analyses, including grading, storm water, and cut/fill balance. Based on this analysis…


By Ricardo Marmolejo for Autodesk University

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Creating organic realistic families in Revit can be quite a challenging task since Revit families’ modeling options are limited to basically five tools: extrusions, revolves, blends, sweeps, and swept blends. Creatively using these five tools will certainly help you to model most types of objects, but when it comes to soft goods (pillows, cushions, curtains, clothing, bedding, etc.) these five tools can be quite limited, not only because of the shapes you can create with them, but also because of the way Revit maps the textures on to them. …


By Beate Freyer for Autodesk University

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A lot of medium-sized companies either do not or only occasionally use virtual commissioning in engineering, the reason being that it is difficult to quantify the real benefits of these technologies. On closer inspection, however, it quickly becomes apparent that immense savings are possible in all areas — sometimes several million euros per year.

Virtual commissioning can hold a lot of potential. Problems and possible improvements can be identified early in the development process and can thus often be avoided altogether. Expensive repairs of the actual machine and subsequent customer complaints are therefore reduced…

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