If you want a plethora of power user tips then be sure join Cadalyst Columnist and Autodesk Technical Evangelist Lynn Allen as she takes you through a whirlwind of productivity techniques that are certain to improve your everyday drawing life. At a tip a minute, you'll be sure to discover some top secret AutoCAD features that will remove tedium and boost your ability to meet project deadlines.
Lynn Allen, Cadalyst columnist and Autodesk Technical Evangelist, speaks to more than 30,000 users worldwide each year. For the past 22 years she has written a column for Cadalyst magazine called "Circles and Lines" and is the voice behind the popular Cadalyst videos - "Tips and Tricks with Lynn Allen". Lynn started using Autodesk® software over 25 years ago, and taught at the corporate and collegiate level for 13 years before joining Autodesk. A sought-after public speaker with a unique comedic style, Lynn is always one of the highest rated speakers and host of Autodesk University® in Las Vegas. The author of three AutoCAD books, her latest is entitled AutoCAD Professional Tips and Techniques
As a group, we will share ideas, workflows and techniques to help make for a smoother and less painful transition from AutoCAD to Revit Architecture so that others may benefit from our successes and failures. You may have heard that the only way to switch to using Revit is to just dive right in and take the plunge. Well maybe there are options to this “sink or swim” approach. How do you re-train your staff? Who should learn (or not learn) Revit? How can AutoCAD fit into a Revit office. This discussion will help answer some of your questions and address some of your fears. We will share with one another how switching to Revit has affected our office, workflow, staffing and efficiency. Share the successes and failures which you experienced making the transition to Revit. Let's help anybody who is considering, but who has not yet made the move to Revit. Together as a group, let’s share how we all made the switch while putting some common fears and myths to rest.<br/><br/>
Construction is still one of the most dangerous jobs in the world, with job sites being complex networks of people, equipment, and activity that are dangerous and ever changing. With continued pressured to drive more value to clients, how do project teams use technology to improve productivity while maintaining safe working conditions? Skanska sought to answer this question and has piloted the use of an Internet of Things (IoT)-based technology called real-time location systems (RTLS) to dynamically track people and assets in order to make our job sites smarter, safer, and more productive. This presentation will focus on how RTLS can enhance environmental awareness and real-time visibility of worker’s safety and productivity on active job sites, as well as into operations. Representatives of Skanska and Redpoint Positioning will explore RTLS in action on real projects, along with benefits, challenges, and lessons learned. They will also explore the role of CAD and Building Information Modeling (BIM) tools when deploying RTLS. This session features Revit, AutoCAD, and BIM 360 Field. AIA Approved
This class will focus on sharing workflows for integration of Revit software models into preconstruction and construction phases of self-perform work. This class will explain how to model for effective takeoff and shop drawings. We will also discuss communication foundations for training and for sharing the model throughout the project life span, and we’ll provide lessons learned/best practices for these workflows. This session features Revit and AutoCAD. AIA Approved
Capitalizing on Revit software for the field is the key to fully implementing Building Information Modeling (BIM) and virtual design and construction (VDC) in the construction industry. By examining some landmark projects—such the Miami All Aboard Station, Hard Rock Hollywood, and other projects—attendees will learn the importance of fully modeling outside conditions, cranes, formwork, and other construction-related activities to understand constructability and how this impacts costs and schedules. Bringing the models to the field does not stop at coordination, and by correctly modeling how work is placed and utilizing parameters, modelers can provide extremely detailed quantities and approaches to the field and estimating at a subcontractor level. This class will also demonstrate the importance of estimators getting involved in the modeling process. Back with examples from landmark projects, the course will show how a model-based takeoff methodology is more accurate and more efficient than are traditional estimation methods. This session features Revit, AutoCAD, and BIM 360 Glue. AIA Approved
Building owners are now utilizing Revit models and information created during design and construction to streamline their own operations. To successfully track and report on facilities data a method to reference “places” in the building is needed, particularly with respect to occupants and assets. By understanding the details of how space is used, facility professionals can reduce vacancy and ultimately achieve major reductions in real estate expenses. In this presentation we will discuss how Cloud-based facility management systems with real-time bi-directional integration to a portfolio of Revit models enables space planners and portfolio managers to analyze spatial performance across an entire facilities portfolio. We will also take a close look how Cloud-based Business Intelligence Tools (BI) and distributed secure access to all members of a facilities team can ensure the spatial consistency and quality of Revit model data throughout the lifecycle of a facilities portfolio.
Don't get left behind. This class will peek into future technologies that will change the way you work. Join us as we share innovative new HP and NVIDIA products and technologies that span Virtual Reality (VR), 3D Printing, and 3D Scanning. In addition to our view of tomorrow, we will help you enhance Autodesk workflows today with new graphics technologies and Workstation-class hardware, and Tips & Tricks for performance optimization. You will leave this class inspired by our vision of the future, and armed with the knowledge and tools you need to work more productively today.
Early BIM workflows rarely included actual building product data and families. As our technology grows and matures it is becoming more important to move from the “Building Models” (BM) that we started with and add more and more “I” so that we take full advantage of “Building Information Modeling” (BIM). Who better to provide this information than the companies that actually manufacture the products we use in our design. Building Product Manufactures (BPM’s) were mostly left out of the BIM party during the early stages of our transition from 2D to BIM, but now they are slowly being incorporated into our models. So the question is how we best welcome them into our party to benefit the entire design build team. This class will discuss strategies, topics, and tools that help the entire design build team to realize the true power of virtual design.
With 12 years on the works and operations scheduled in 2020, the Salt Lake City International Airport in Utah, designed by HOK, is a prime example of Building Information Modeling (BIM) execution of a project of colossal proportions. With 1.6 million square feet, $2.6 billion budget, and several dozens of consultants working in tandem, the Design Team demonstrated the ability to devise unique BIM strategies that included the automation of repetitive processes, the remote collaboration with virtualized engines, the adoption of daily cloud-based file exchanges, the adoption of streamlined communication channels, the decentralization of the 3D coordination, the dynamic documentation of approved workflows, and the almost unrestrained disposition to adopt tools and technology to facilitate the documentation process. We will discuss in great detail the variety of BIM strategies adopted by the Design Team, the challenges faced when managing more than 100 cross-linked Revit software files, and the key lessons learned of the overall BIM process. This session features Revit, AutoCAD, and Navisworks Manage. AIA Approved
CAD managers need to know several key success factors. They may not be what you expect. Key factors include software, hardware, your firm, your industry, and yourself. We will review each of these with a focus on uncovering critical perspectives and knowledge that you need to add to your talent mix. Find out how to move beyond the basics and build on your technical skills with management and leadership prowess. This session features AutoCAD. AIA Approved
This session will focus on the know-how of the implementation and use of Vault software in an architecture, engineering, and construction company for civil engineering projects. The speaker will share experiences on the steps leading to the successful implementation of Vault software across the entire company. He will specify the key levels of the implementation and use of Vault software, and the gains at each level. He will provide actual examples of how programming can expand the possibilities of different levels, making the work even more efficient. The session will include a discussion of the actual benefits of Vault software (project plus Vault equals X% rise in efficiency and quality, which in turn leads to money savings). The speaker will present return-on-investment analysis results. This session features Vault Professional and AutoCAD.
Sources of video and photo content are rapidly increasing within construction. In addition to mobile phones and tablets, drones and even wearables are starting to generate their own views of “reality” from the job site. How can this information best be capitalized on for value during construction, and managed afterward for future retrieval? In this case study-driven class, Oliver Smith of Skanska and Josh Kanner of Smartvid.io will explore how a new set of technologies are helping to deal with the content proliferation—and are also going beyond to elevate the power and value of this visual data. New techniques in machine learning are enabling mining of the native content to help tag and search the ever-growing set of videos and photos coming from the field. Once tagged, the content can be integrated with Building Information Modeling (BIM) for ongoing progress updates during the project and other workflows. We will present examples of drone-generated and mobile-phone-generated field-progress capture. This session features Navisworks Manage, AutoCAD, and Revit. AIA Approved
Why should you be using Dynamic Blocks? Quite simply, Dynamic Blocks can greatly reduce the number of blocks in your library, improving your efficiency. While it does take a little more time up front to create a dynamic block, the timesavings on the back end are well worth the effort! Even better news: if you are a proficient user of AutoCAD software, you should have no problem converting those boring, static blocks into shiny, new, Dynamic Blocks. This session features AutoCAD. AIA Approved