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Greg Benson-Shettle is an Autodesk Certified Instructor at Graitec UK Limited with more than 20 years experience of creating CAD drawings for client projects with a focus on goal based collaboration, delivering quality solutions Greg has been an Autodesk Certified Professional for Revit and AutoCAD since 2012.

Greg Benson-Shettle

Fixing Shared Parameter File Gone Bad

Fixing Shared Parameter File Gone Bad
In a recent technical support call one of our clients was having a real scheduling issue where selected parameters reported information from some families but not others even though all families had the same available parameters! How could this be happening, he was tearing his hair out and up against a deadline. This problem was the result of badly used Shared Parameter files in the families that ...
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Where Is My Residential Template? Missing Content in Revit 2018

Where Is My Residential Template?  Missing Content in Revit 2018
Oh no! my content has gone missing! Actually, no! The Revit 2018 start-up Project menu has been simplified but the Residential Template is still available, here is how to load it. The templates menu is customisable; many practices will add their own Revit template or replace the default set with one of the many others that come with Revit How to customise the menu Click on the File tab, (in 2018...
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Rotating Model Space in AutoCAD Lt

Rotating Model Space in AutoCAD Lt
In this video, I give 3 great tips for rotating the contents of AutoCAD in Model space when using Lt. How to use Model space viewports. Rotating a Model space viewport. How to save your custom named viewports. This is a follow up to my previous post that explains how to rotate paper space layout views. We will be using some tools from the View Ribbon and then adding a toolset that you may n...
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Autodesk 2018 Product Updates & Add-ons

Autodesk 2018 Product Updates & Add-ons
Where can we get software updates & those handy extensions? The 2018 products are available and there are services update available already, so here we will show where you can them from and as a bonus, in the same location we can find the Autodesk Product Extensions. It’s all on Account; the Autodesk Account. 1. Log into your Autodesk Account. 2. Go to the Management tab. 3. On the Products &a...
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3 Great Viewport Tips - Rotate a View, Viewport visual Aid and Magic Text

3 Great Viewport Tips - Rotate a View, Viewport visual Aid and Magic Text
In this blog and video, I give 3 great tips for rotating the contents of AutoCAD viewport when using Lt. How to Rotate a viewport -The settings you need to change. A Viewport Visual Aid - Instantly see which viewports are rotated. Magic Text - Keeping text readable even after rotating. How to rotate Viewport contents in AutoCAD Lt At the Command prompt, enter VPROTATEASSOC. Set the value to 1....
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Revit Depth Cueing - Graphic Display Options

Revit Depth Cueing - Graphic Display Options
Autodesk Revit has a good set of tools that will help us prepare the presentation of architectural designs on a view by view bases. Once a style of presentation has been created we can even save that style as a template that can be applied to other views within a project, but that’s a story for another day. The tools we have are various ‘Graphic Display Options’, these are available in a couple o...
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Revit tip - Make your Revit Callouts look the way you want

Revit tip - Make your Revit Callouts look the way you want
During training sessions, I have the privilege of working with talented design professionals who know what they want when it comes to design presentation. Consequently they will ask challenging questions to achieve their goals, and the answer to this one, ‘How do I customise the look of the Callout frame?’, is worth sharing. The immediate question is how to make the corners square? We have an answ...
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Graitec PowerPack - Openings Tool and how to use it with Revit linked files.

Graitec PowerPack - Openings Tool and how to use it with Revit linked files.
If you have not yet installed the Graitec Power Pack for Revit then you are missing out on some great additional tools within Revit such as Link to Excel, the Re-Numbering tool, and numerous Structural Reinforcement tools to name just a few. This article, however, is all about the Openings Tool. The Openings Tool examines your architectural model, finds all the intersections of Pipework and Ductwo...
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How to Draw Multiple Lines in AutoCAD - Whitepaper

How to Draw Multiple Lines in AutoCAD - Whitepaper
In a recent AutoCAD training course a question was asked. ‘Was it possible to draw several lines at once to represent, for example, the interior and exterior faces of a wall?’ The short answer is yes. For many years AutoCAD has had a feature called multi-lines and using this we can even configure various Multi-line styles to represent different types of walls of varying build-ups and thicknesses. ...
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AutoCAD visits Father Christmas

AutoCAD visits Father Christmas
AutoCAD visits Father Christmas in this festive tutorial for a bit of fun that explores an assortment of drafting tools and the command line options that provide greater scope of usage over the default settings. In this AutoCAD video tutorial there will be extensive use of various elliptical tools, practical application of trimming using both selective cutting edges and global select all options. ...
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