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Alan Johnson

How to use the iConstruct Dynamic Label Tool in Navisworks

How to use the iConstruct Dynamic Label Tool in Navisworks
When using Navisworks sometimes its handy to tag or Label an item or number of items so we identify them without having to select them and check the properties. We can use the Navisworks tag tool and add comments or use the redline text tool but there is another option. iConstruct comes with a number of standard tools and one of those is Dynamic Label. This simple tool allows us to add our own cus...
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Alan Johnson

How to use the iConstruct Append Data Tool in Navisworks

How to use the iConstruct Append Data Tool in Navisworks
When we select items in Navisworks sometimes those items do not have all the properties that you would hope for, and if you are trying to select or search for similar items it would be handy to be able to add extra data to the selected item or items, we can then use that added data to perform searches. iConstruct comes with a number of standard tools and one of those is Append Data. This simple to...
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Alan Johnson

How to use the iConstruct Select Similar Tool in Navisworks

How to use the iConstruct Select Similar Tool in Navisworks
When we are selecting items in Navisworks sometimes it can be difficult although not impossible to select exactly what we want, so a customisable tool would be very handy to help with our selection. iConstruct comes with a number of standard tools and options to configure other tools, once its installed it will be located on the Tool Add-Ins tab. By expanding the General Configuration tab we can s...
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Alan Johnson

How to Create a Stepped Wall in Autodesk Revit

How to Create a Stepped Wall in Autodesk Revit
When we place a wall in Revit, we set a length and a height. We do this by picking a start point and end point to set the length, and for the height we set a base constraint and a top constraint with any offsets required. This creates a rectangular wall. If we wanted a stepped wall, we could draw separate pieces of wall and then with either levels to constrain to, or offsets we can change heights...
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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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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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Alan Johnson

How to Organise Your Viewpoints in Autodesk Navisworks

How to Organise Your Viewpoints in Autodesk Navisworks
When we are Coordinating models in Navisworks we will more than likely be creating multiple viewpoints so we can jump to preset views without having to navigate each time to reach an item. We can create many viewpoints and name them anything we want, but it would be very handy if we could reorganize them in folders so they are grouped together, for example by areas, who created them or disciplines...
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Simon Locke

Fabrication CADmep ‘Swap In’ Feature

Fabrication CADmep ‘Swap In’ Feature
In an ideal world, once things were drawn they wouldn’t change. We know that not to be the case. So rather than delete and start again a useful feature in Fabrication CADmep is ‘Swap In’, which allows you to substitute a component or fitting in your drawing for an equivalent from your services palette. Once you have identified the component you wish to replace you will need to find its replacement...
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