By Guilherme Borges de Lima for Autodesk University

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There is no doubt about the importance of the period of operation of an infrastructure asset, such as a bridge or dam, in view of its life cycle. However, despite such relevance, there is an absence of tools and workflows that allow us to safely and dynamically manage the mass of information that is generated during the operation of such assets.

In this article, we will present the possibilities of using Autodesk Forge to support engineering teams, so that they are subsidized with information for decision making in a fast, safe, and transparent way. Examples of IoT usage will be presented, integrating real-time data from sensors installed in the asset and integrated into the model. In addition, the importance of including information from the design and construction phases with the operation phase will be justified. …


By Ferny Celina for Autodesk University

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This article shows the flexibility and consistency of energy analysis performed with BIM-based simulations such as Revit, Insight, and Green Building Studio. These tools were used to study the energy performance and thermal comfort of an existing building to reduce the dependence on the mechanical system of the building through retrofitting strategies. The BIM tools helped the designers to experiment with all possible design alternatives before the execution for the final design solution, which saves money and time while simultaneously contributing to more energy-efficient building design.

Performing Energy Analysis

Rapid urbanization has resulted in exploitation of the available energy resources. Greenhouse emissions due to the maximum usage of the mechanical system for active cooling of the building has created greater impact on our fragile ecosystem. This was an eye-opening situation for people all around the world, thus promoting energy-efficient solutions for the buildings. Envelope systems pose a great scope to reduce the energy consumption and consequently improve building efficiency. It is not yet known in what way building envelope design measures are to be selected and the performance in hot and humid climates. …


By Steve Cox for Autodesk University

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Using generative design (GD), we are able to engage in design exploration to assist us in seeking out new ways to solve engineering and product design problems. It provides us with the opportunity of exploring what lies beyond the boundaries of traditional designing, especially where light weight, high stiffness, and minimal material usage are important. Exploration and discovery in design can be helpful as we look to address the environmental pressures we are facing in the area of design and manufacturing.

However, many people still see generative design as a tool for creating designs that can only be produced using additive manufacturing. Find out how that’s not the case, and how the tools that support other methods of manufacturing can be used in interesting ways. …


By Michael Freiert for Autodesk University

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In a well-set-up workflow, it gets harder to find incremental improvements we can use to shave seconds off each task. What if we could shave seconds off many tasks with one tool? Computer gamers and mechanical-keyboard enthusiasts have a few tools that the CAD community has not yet widely embraced. Gaming peripherals are designed to send multiple keystrokes or commands to a computer in one key press.

This article will look at how input devices such as game pads, gaming mice, and customized keyboards can improve a design professional’s workflow. We will look at several types of individually customizable input tools, and discuss how we can implement tools that were not designed for a corporate environment in that environment. We will examine where these tools have shortcomings, and how to dial in their utility versus the potential for them to be a distraction. …


By Kean Walmsley for Autodesk University

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Autodesk’s new office in Toronto is the first large-scale example of a generatively designed office space. Photograph by Ben Rahn/A-Frame Inc.

Project Discover was the original project that launched Autodesk’s work around generative design for AEC, leading to the creation of Project Refinery, an optimization engine for Dynamo. It involved the generative design of Autodesk’s new office in the MaRS district of Toronto, a showcase for using generative design for architectural layout. While this project pre-dated the latest Autodesk tools in this space, Autodesk Research embarked on Project Rediscover to go back and retrofit the original approach to work with Dynamo and Refinery. …


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AI SpaceFactory’s structure called MARSHA (short for Mars Habitat) won the NASA 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge.

On the afternoon of December 11, 1972, the Apollo 17 lunar module touched down in the Taurus-Littrow valley on the surface of the Moon. Over the course of the next three days, astronauts Eugene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt conducted three moonwalks, each more than seven hours long, collecting samples, taking readings, and performing experiments. In between, they returned to the lunar module, their home base. The mission, the last of the Apollo series, set a number of records, including longest total time spent on moonwalks and the longest time spent on the Moon.

To more fully explore celestial bodies like the moon and other planets, we’ll need to stay for longer than three days. And that means building some kind of long-term habitat for the people that make the trip. It’s a challenge that NASA engineers have long pondered, and one they aimed to solve by finding a way to construct that habitat before people arrive. …


By Samir Rezk for Autodesk University

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Do you love the dynamic relationships of Civil 3D object data, but still find yourself zoning out after a few minutes of doing a repetitive task? Using basic but logical math computations, we can visually arrange functions or nodes, and use Dynamo to automate many tasks that are required as part of any infrastructure project. A Dynamo script can be the missing dynamic link between AutoCAD objects and Civil 3D objects and, should the alignment change, AutoCAD blocks placed along the alignment can be automatically updated. In this article, we’ll explore why Dynamo has gained popularity among Revit users, and how to benefit from it in our Civil 3D workflows. …


By Chad Franklin for Autodesk University

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As CAD managers, tech managers, designers, and product users, we use AutoCAD software (and AutoCAD-based software) in a variety of ways — from project design requirements through drawing production standards automation and technical support. AutoCAD includes an extensive number of tools that can positively impact productivity by eliminating inconsistencies, assisting with standards conformance, and troubleshooting challenges, all while attempting to avoid errors, budget loss, and risk. This article features three key AutoCAD productivity tips that can help you achieve your efficiency goals, from the single designer, to an entire product design team, to the company’s drawing production staff. …


By Nik Makarev for Autodesk University

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Modern architecture necessitates complex shapes and atypical solutions for structures. With the growing pace in the construction industry, the time allotted for the building design is decreasing, and designers are also required to make quick and prompt decisions. Traditional 2D design techniques do not meet the needs of customers either in quality or in speed. All of these factors contribute to the transition of design organizations to the full cycle of BIM design. …


By Ken Flannigan for Autodesk University

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3D coordination is now used in most projects to help improve predictability during construction. Usually the geometry is only shown in its final constructed location. While it is a big step forward to improving communication and planning, it doesn’t include the space needed during construction — which limits what can be predicted during the construction process. This article will show how to apply a practical approach to 4D construction simulation, including large equipment routing, clear work areas, on-site material storage, and key milestone indicators. …

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