Imagine a new construction—a house, a room, a building, anything. It will most certainly have walls, and of different types. While internal walls help divide up space, external walls must be weatherproof to withstand the test of time. Architects, site workers, and construction managers need to visualize these different styles of walls in designs and documentation. Such variations in styles are a norm not only in walls, but also in other objects such as stairs, windows, doors, ducts, and so on. How does one keep track of these various styles in different drawings and projects? As the scale of construction increases, so does the complexity. Our class introduces the concept of the Styles Browser Palette in AutoCAD Architecture software (Building Design Suite software, AutoCAD MEP) through live demonstration and examples. We’ll establish the productivity gains achievable (2x/3x or more, based on object type) while consolidating, visualizing, and applying styles to objects using the Styles Browser Palette versus without it.
Architects, MEP professionals, Civil Engineers, Construction Managers, CAD Managers, AutoCAD Users, Building Designers
Gaurav Sachdeva is product manager for AutoCAD Architecture software, AutoCAD MEP software, and AutoCAD Mechanical software. An MPhil in computer science from University of Cambridge and an MBA from Indian School of Business (Hyderabad), Gaurav has regularly spoken at entrepreneurial summits. An artist and a musician on the right side of his brain, he is keenly interested in design and has driven the next-generation strategy and execution of an array of successful products.
Sridhar Subramani has more than 15 years of CAD experience, working as test lead and scrum master at Autodesk, Inc. A seasoned professional in software testing, he has also been actively involved in news groups of AutoCAD Mechanical software and AutoCAD Architecture software and resolved over 1000 issues reported by customers. Sridhar conducts in-house training in AutoCAD software and AutoCAD Mechanical software. He has written several technical solutions that are published on the Autodesk support website.
This class will show you how to get the most out of the powerful features of AutoCAD Architecture software and improve your productivity. You'll learn valuable tips and tricks and proven techniques to save time and make your drawings more accurate. You'll learn how to create and apply display configurations, as well as how to override display representation to define how an object appears; how to extract the quantities of materials in a selection of walls; how to perform wall cleanups; how to use multiple insertion points for AutoCAD Architectural multiview blocks, which you can toggle through using the Control key; how to display a graphic line to verify which object a schedule tag is anchored to; how to let one insert cut an opening through multiple walls; how to create an endcap that joins 2 wall components; and how to add a wall parapet using a sweep.
Are you considering a change? Is it time to make a move? Do you have the attitude necessary to use Revit Architecture software? Changes in staff and the way we set about doing our designs may need to be reconsidered. We'll look at many of these issues with the aim of easing your transition. If you already know how objects work in AutoCAD Architecture software and you know how a building is put together, then you're more than halfway home. Revit software will help you continue on your Building Information Modeling (BIM) journey and set yourself up for postdesign use. Don't merely create drawings with your CAD package-create entire building designs.
The construction industry is implementing virtual reality (VR) for planning, design, and construction of projects. This presentation will showcase how VR is helping owners, designers, and contractors better visualize and implement design. Examples that show how VR can make a difference in the industry include planning high-security buildings, jails, airports, and complex medical centers. End users can give feedback on the design and construction of their facilities, which is an important innovation. By using VR, clients get the ability to make changes virtually for free well before actual construction has begun. We'll show how the embrace of VR in construction planning is improving design-it leads to faster project approvals, decreases in the number of change orders, and better projects.
Prefabrication and automation in offsite construction requires building models to be rich in data. The generation of construction drawings, creation of a bill of materials and the application of fabricated information is required in the model. In wood construction for example, it requires modeling of accurate processing (precutting) and assembly of prefabricated items including tooling (e.g. nailing and milling operations). All this, including derived data in the form of CNC files, shop drawings, etc., needs to be accessible by all stakeholders - the builders, prefabricators and project managers. By combining Autodesk products and APIs, hsbcad has developed improved workflows to create and modify rich model content. Revit content is able to enrich cloud based BIM that drives CNC equipment and improves on site processes. This leads to increased efficiency and cost control for the complete construction process.Joint AU/Forge DevCon class
Learn how to create, standardize, and distribute tool palettes within a company network and/or organization. For everyone from new CAD users to advanced CAD users, this session will help speed up efficiency and organize tools for team use. Learn about the basics of creating tools and adding them to palettes, organizing and naming the tools, saving and distributing palettes from a network location, and setting up LISP routines to switch between palette groups. See how these tools can streamline detailing across multiple users and help centralize CAD standards. The class will utilize several examples to walk through the process from start to finish. We'll also discuss best practices and tool limitations.
External reference (xref) is one of the key concepts in AutoCAD software. In AutoCAD 2018, we addressed this pain by providing smarter options that help reduce the pain created by a broken reference-and even if you're in a quagmire of missing references, we provide tools that will help you smartly search and fix the broken paths. And we all love layers-layers are a drafter's best friend-but often the challenge is how to effectively manage xref layer properties in the host drawing and the ability to control the xref layer property overrides without the need of having to change SYSVARs umpteen times. In this class, I intend to show how to effectively use the 3 key system variables-XREFOVERRIDE, VISRETAIN, and VISRETAINMODE-to choose either all xref layer properties to always sync, or selectively choose a few layer properties to sync and reload and keep the overrides for the other properties without the need to change SYSVAR values and open and close your host drawing file.
High-quality facility drawings in AutoCAD software give organizations the information they need to assign, redesign, and reallocate space, whether for manufacturing or offices. When it comes to computer-aided facilities management (CAFM), there's one tool: AutoCAD. This class will show you the skills you need to use AutoCAD to calculate available area, understand which percentage is usable space, and export drawings and data for analysis and presentation. Concentrating on the basics, this class will guide you through a simple CAFM project, letting you learn at your own pace and develop your skills as you go. Shaun Bryant will show you how to set up drawings, define and measure areas, set up facilities area tables, and annotate drawings. By the end of the class, you'll be able to export the information to applications such as Microsoft Excel so that you can analyze the data in a tabular format.
PERI as supplier of the construction industry is faced with the challenges to meet the multitude of different requirements of our clients. Clients are traditional well-established construction companies , but also increasingly project managers, architects as well as building owners. The complexity of the projects to be delivered poses another challenge. These projects range from small single-family homes, big office buildings, through to complex high-rise buildings, sophisticated 3D freeform surfaces, infrastructureand industrial projects. <br/><br/>The core topic of this lecture will be how PERI meets these challenges, how it produces solutions, and, ultimately, how PERI provides its clients a broad range of services. Learn more on PERIÂ´s way of providing its clients with its best practice services, how PERI drives its strategy of process integration within its chain of suppliers, and how the BIM 360 Platform reinforces factors such as quality, time, safety, and costs on-site.
The intent of this roundtable is to ignite a discussion around how we build the next generation of tools and utilities in AutoCAD software that are modern, collaborative, and cloud extensible. We'll use a prototype to showcase how these utilities can help CAD managers and drafters visualize, track, get smart notifications, and monitor the histories of their DWG™ in its lifecycle. The objective is to help the engineering team cocreate and build smart utilities that work for the classic users of AutoCAD, as well as the gen-next-born in the era of cloud apps. The roundtable will help us discover how AutoCAD can become more personalized to the needs of our customers and how much our customers are ready to embrace newer ways of working and collaborating with their customers and peers. We will also explore the fears and tribulations of being connected to the cloud. We will have an expert-led participant group to discuss specific questions, and participants are encouraged to bring their own problems and ideas.
CAD standards are a bone of contention for every CAD manager. For me, CAD standards are all about a single thing-productivity. It's all about decision making. I don't want you spending time deciding what font to use or what lineweight to draw with. Those tasks don't increase the project's value. I want you to be able to focus on creating drawings that sell ideas to a client or help make manufacturing quicker and easier. You shouldn't need to worry about CAD standards. In this lab, we'll go through the exact steps that I use to create a comprehensive set of tool palettes that deploy our company CAD standards. I'll show you how to deploy your tool palettes on the network, and how to update them from a central file. We'll push as hard as we can into deploying scripts and macros from tool palettes, and cover some of the tips and hacks of tool palettes that you won't find in the help file.
Do: set up Autosave. Don't: forget about Express Tools. Do: use Layer "0." Don't: use Layer "0." Do: subscribe. Don't: miss this class! In this class, we'll review common and uncommon Dos and Don'ts when using AutoCAD software. Gain little tricks that will make your AutoCAD experience run smoother with less aggravation-and improve your speed and efficiency. After this class, you'll have a better idea of what to do and what not to do to improve your everyday AutoCAD experience. Do: isolate. Don't: forget to purge. Do: audit . . . and more.