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Simon Dickinson

How to Make Millions Using Revit and Dynamo (Possibly)

How to Make Millions Using Revit and Dynamo (Possibly)
Ok, so this all started the other evening when my wife was trying to create random teams for an event at work. She needed to select one person from one list to form the head of five other lists, then add to these lists names from another list. Then everyone else needed to be added at random to these lists to make the teams. My wife being an accountant jumped straight for her tool of choice Excel. ...
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John Bennett

Advance Steel – Managing your Project Migration to a New Product Version

Advance Steel – Managing your Project Migration to a New Product Version
It’s coming to that time of the year for new version releases of CAD products. As exciting as this may be, it usually leads to issues when upgrading projects to the new version, finishing projects or keeping versions in the previous copy. When facing this with Advance Steel, a little bit of project management will be needed for a smooth transition. Having been in this situation many times, and bei...
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Jonathan Hand

AutoCAD 2018 - The best new bits

AutoCAD 2018 - The best new bits
Another year has gone by, and we have a new release of the Autodesk flagship product AutoCAD. In this blog, I look at some of the best bits that will help improve your everyday drafting tasks. File FormatThe 2018 release brings us a new file format. The system default is still set to AutoCAD 2013 so be careful and check the version when saving. With AutoCAD 2018 you can open all valid DWG files fr...
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Alan Johnson

iConstruct ‘add in’ Tool for Navisworks

iConstruct ‘add in’ Tool for Navisworks
As with some Autodesk software, Navisworks allows us to ‘add in’ additional tools, these can be 3rd party created tools or tools created by Autodesk. One ‘add in’ for Navisworks that I am going to focus on is created by iConstruct. See iconstruct.com where you can download a complete version of iConstruct for 2016 and 2017 or you could request a free trail. The iConstruct ‘add in’ contains many us...
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Simon Locke

Text Enhancements in Autodesk Revit 2017

Text Enhancements in Autodesk Revit 2017
One of the updates to Revit in the 2017 release was some additional features in text editing. Text in Revit has always been a relatively simple affair, probably due to it being used as a support function to tagging. However, the latest release has seen some nice additions to this command. These new features are available both when adding your text or editing it. Along with the usual Bold, Italic...
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Josie

Concentrated Power: The Z2 Mini G3 Workstation Delivers Performance and Style

Concentrated Power: The Z2 Mini G3 Workstation Delivers Performance and Style
The world’s first mini workstation is as stunning as you like, at 2.3” tall, this little PC is 90% smaller than the traditional business-class tower. Light, portable and looking like it’s come straight from the future, the Z2 Mini G3 Workstation feels more like an expensive, stylish toy than a functional workstation. But this couldn’t be further from the truth... Yes, the Z2 mini is shorter than ...
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Ian Robinson

Infraworks 360 - Getting the Point (Cloud) Part 3

Infraworks 360 - Getting the Point (Cloud) Part 3
In the first post about Point Clouds I talked Recap 360, you can read it HERE if you missed it. In the second post it got rather large so I blogged HERE, this post includes a whitepaper which can be downloaded through the same link. In this post I will be talking about Infraworks 360. If you have access to it via an Autodesk Suite of products, you may have the LT version. This post refers to both ...
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Emma-Louise Osbourne

Spill Consult Animated Banner – A Motion Graphics Project

Spill Consult Animated Banner – A Motion Graphics Project
Motion graphics, or ‘infographics’ as it is sometimes called, is a great way of providing information to customers in a form more interesting than a chunk of text. Typically in 2D, this form of media grabs the viewer’s attention, and with the help of pictures and/or symbols can be a great way of explaining something with the help of visuals to back up the text, in a quick, simple way that is easil...
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Simon Dickinson

Accessing the Entire Revit API Using Dynamo and Python

Accessing the Entire Revit API Using Dynamo and Python
So, you have been using dynamo but you realise you cannot find a node to do a specific task. You search the packages and still cannot find what you are looking for. Using python, it is possible to access the whole Revit API (Application Programming Interface). Let me show you how, and where you can find resources to show you how it all works. Let’s start with a very basic overview of the Python no...
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Aleck Giles

Top Tips to Remember When Using NC Files for Structural Steelwork in Advance Steel

Top Tips to Remember When Using NC Files for Structural Steelwork in Advance Steel
It is becoming increasingly popular to use NC files for manufacturing structural steel beams. This is intended to improve speed and efficiency whilst reducing or removing any human error. That can certainly be achieved and Advance Steel can produce all the files you need very easily. However, there are some important things to remember when choosing this route to manufacture. The files are written...
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