21 December 2009
Autodesk is conducting research to understand how Revit® Architecture users and buyers engage in online social media, how social behavior is evolving in your business, and where business buyers choose to participate in online communities.
This 15 minute survey will not ask for any personally identifying information. We will use your responses in aggregate only and will not attribute any responses back to you.
10 December 2009
08 December 2009
05 December 2009
28 November 2009
Well I'm trying to get into the game once again. AUGI has had a tough time since Sep 2008. It parted ways with SolidVapor (management company) and has struggled in this economy just as others have done. I believe I have the experience and vision to aid AUGI get back it's footing so I am running for the Board of Directors, for the 2010-2011 term.
This time around is again typical AUGI, full of power plays, politics, and drama galore. It is quite amazing how once you put on the volunteer hat that your passion for a given issue is magnified tenfold. The cool part is that I've been there and I think I can handle it once again.
This time around there are 8 open seats on the BoD with 2 returning, the new Board will be like a new football team, brimming with energy and drive. The potential is truly amazing! Unlike recent BoD elections, the ballot will not be a slate of names just up for a yes/no vote but rather a ranked ballot with 9 names for 8 slots. Someone will not make it, which is quite a shame because there are some great candidates (myself included of course)!
Joining AUGI is free, and becoming informed about the upcoming election is easy. Read about the candidates here! Then after Autodesk University, AUGI will hold the election and which you can return to the website and cast your votes! Vote for me, or not, but if you read this blog I very much hope you vote. Only with a high voter turnout will the newly elected BoD have the confidence in themselves that they have the complete backing of the membership, to do whatever it takes, and to steer AUGI in even better directions.
Catch me at Autodesk University and say "HI". Live long and prosper!
Just saw Star Trek 2009 - it rocks!
20 November 2009
On Tuesday, December 1st and Wednesday, December 2nd, we will be hosting a User Assistance Discussion Forum. We hope you will be able to join us for one of the sessions if you are planning to attend AU this year!
Discussion Forum: “Embedding Learning into the Product"
We will present our proposed changes to user assistance (help system, tutorials, animations etc.) for future releases of AutoCAD and other Autodesk products. The goal is to move more assistance into the product so it is available when you need it.
Help shape the future of Autodesk products. We would appreciate your opinions.
Who Should Participate?
Autodesk users who use the help system and training.
When Are the Focus Group Meetings?
Date Session Time Duration
Forum: “Embedding Learning into the Product"
Tuesday, December 1 5:00 –6:30 pm 90 minutes
Wednesday, December 2 3:00 –4:30 pm 90 minutes
All events will take place in the conference area in the Mandalay Bay hotel. Participants will receive a gift for their time.
How Do I Sign Up?
To sign up, fill out this brief survey:
Please indicate which session you are available to attend. The confirmation will include specific location, and an NDA will be required for all who attend.
In the meantime, please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions, email to:
Space is limited so sign up today! Please fill out the survey by Monday, November 23.
We look forward to seeing you in Las Vegas!
The User Assistance Team
19 November 2009
So my twit handle? @caddhelp of course... ;)
04 November 2009
20 October 2009
16 October 2009
15 October 2009
Well with Win7 I hope to do better and actually enjoy the new features and interface without complaint. I ordered Windows 7 Home Premium via Sams Club for $128 delivered to the door when it ships.
08 October 2009
For example, I need to draw or select something and a solid hatch is blocking my view. Well the standard method would be to freeze the annoying layer, do what you need, and then unfreeze. But depending on the condition it might be quicker to just erase it. In AutoCAD I can delete stuff, do whatever, and then OOPS and what I deleted last will be restored. Pretty cool!
Now for Revit, that takes using the CTRL+X to erase and put it into the clipboard. Then do what I need, and PASTE SAME PLACE to put it back.
The caveat to this technique is dimensions associated to the deleted objects will be tossed in the garbage, so you need to be on top of your CADD game to use this.
30 September 2009
It is interesting that so many of the best firms have less than 50 people.
Congrats to all!
28 September 2009
15 September 2009
Here is the link on Amazon if you need. Again, I get $0 for each copy sold (unless the publication is a real hot item) so this is just me saving time on the search.
09 September 2009
If you are a member of Linkedin and willing to help on occasion, consider joining the CADDHELP group. As opportunities pop up you will be notified accordingly.
28 August 2009
21 August 2009
>This update addresses over 160 defects and issues< WOW
13 August 2009
07 August 2009
So the fundamental issue is keeping the core element within the wall in the same place as you change the wall types. The key to this is the location line.
Within an architectural model I have only ever seen two location settings, exterior face and core centerline. The problem is both of these settings will have to be changed.
So what I do is open up the arch model (yes, for editing) and change all wall location lines to wall centerline. Then close the model.
Then open my model. Use transfer project standards and bring in all architectural wall types.
After this I fire up import link and bring in the arch model. Then use copy monitor, but before bringing in objects adjust the options to do one to one arch model wall type to struct model wall type. We need to get the wall in first, in the right place, then we can fix it.
Once ready then I copy monitor the walls as I need. RST should create wall instances matching the arch wall exactly.
Once that is done exit the copy monitor tool and then I can select all walls and change the location line to core exterior face. I use that to handle any CMU walls in the best method.
Then I can use the families list and edit wall types to remove all non-core layers, and simply delete wall types (and walls) I don't need. The wall where I remove layers from the type should not move around since they are located by the core face.
24 July 2009
AutoCAD Civil 3D
Since starting these API wish lists seven years ago, ADN has consistently lobbied Autodesk’s various engineering teams for the enhancements you request. And your voice is being heard. Across our products, API enhancements requested by ADN members are delivered, release after release.
Your vote is important, but to be counted, we have to hear from you! The deadline for entries is Friday July 31, 2009. Each survey is short and should take around five minutes to complete.
When the surveys have ended, and the results have been compiled, we will publish the final API Wish list that our engineering teams will use to prioritize API development.
Thank you in advance for all your help. Autodesk values your input.
23 July 2009
22 July 2009
16 July 2009
Revit API Wishlist Survey, Summer 2009
So how should that person regain that skill? Pick up a book? Grab a fellow employee? Open up help? Call a reseller for technical help? Ask in a forum? Check out youtube videos? Watch in-house training?
What do you think? It had just been trained and then a month later forgot how to use the software, what method would you use? Which method offers the best and most reliable source of information in a consistant and reliable fashion?
14 July 2009
Before you think poorly of me, I get zilch from book sales (unless sales are really, really good) but the book is really a great resource for those using RST and myself and the other authors are very proud of our work.
01 July 2009
The AUGI 2009 Special Election is underway...
We have four candidates on the slate. Only two seats are open for the Board.
Each candidate should be considered individually. A candidate is elected based on total Yes votes counted. You may vote on all four candidates, but you may only vote Yes on a total of two candidates. The two candidates receiving the largest number of Yes votes will be elected.
The process of narrowing down the number of qualified nominees to the four candidates included on this year's ballot was a difficult one. The candidates that are elected will serve the remainder of a two year period that continues through December, 2010.
We commend all the nominees and candidates for their willingness to serve and be part of this process. Their credentials and dedicated service are one of the reasons that AUGI is such a strong organization. It is through members such as these that we continue to expand the offerings, programs, events, and training to AUGI members.
NOTE: You must have been a member of AUGI for at least 30 days prior to the close of nominations (May 24, 2009) to be able to vote in this year's Board of Directors election.
Your Vote Counts!
28 June 2009
This is a newly completed project in China which the caption said
"Shanghai, 13 floors of a newly built apartment building collapsed exsposing weak pillars."
24 June 2009
19 June 2009
Most everyone knows that framing elevations *want* to attach to a grid. And you can create a copy of a framing elevation and lose the 'datum' attachment, thus requiring assigning a workplane if you try certain things like putting in a brace.
But placing a framing elevation based on a named reference plane could be the trick to use in some circumstances... like a framing elevation not based on a grid!
18 June 2009
AutoCAD Product Design&Usability Group will greatly appreciate your input on the use of certain features of the Materials Editor Palette.
Who Could Participate?
Any user of AutoCAD application involved in preparing models and materials for rendering.
If you are ready to participate- please access this Survey (Survey has 7 questions only!):
This Survey will be active: June 17-27, 2009.
AutoCAD Product Design&Usability Group
Thanks for your participation!
09 June 2009
21 May 2009
There, did you like that little adage? Good!
Anyway, the latest news is that AUGI has just entered the nomination period for a special election to be held to fill empty Board of Director seats.
Keep on eye on www.augi.com and vote when the time comes!
18 May 2009
05 May 2009
Last year, for the first time, we (Autodesk) asked the AU Community to help us select the best 600-plus sessions for AU 2008, and the response was invaluable. This year we'd like to do it again.
If you are considering attending AU 2009, please take a few minutes to vote for those sessions that you absolutely want to see. Your votes will help us select not only the best sessions, but will also give us some insight into the most popular ones to help us schedule them at the best times and locations.
How to Vote
To vote for sessions, go to the Autodesk University Session Selection page and log in using your AU Online username and password. If you do not have an AU Online account, it only takes 15 seconds to register as an AU Online member.
Topics can be looked up by product, speaker, or industry. You will be able to read the entire submission (unedited) and vote on several criteria. Please limit your votes to approximately 20 sessions.
The voting deadline is Friday, May 8 at midnight PDT.
Over the next few weeks, the AU team will review all of the class proposals. Final class selection will be made based on your input, that of industry experts, and speaker feedback that we received from past AU conferences. We expect class selection to be completed by mid-June and hope to publish AU 2009 class selection by late July.
Registration for AU will start on August 12, and one week earlier for AU members. Class schedules will be available for review by late July.
Thank you in advance for helping us select the most interesting and relevant classes. Be sure to vote before May 8.
The AU Team
03 May 2009
Revit Architecture 2010
Revit Structure 2010
Revit MEP 2010
01 May 2009
30 April 2009
So I went through the file in whole, assigning shortcuts. What is my philosophy on it?
Commands that I use a lot (like beam) get 2 letter shortcut and will be moved to the top. So BM will start Beam but also B
Commands that I use a little less but when used, are used repeatedly, get double letter shortcut if available. For example, Align is AA. It could have been AL and then put at the top so that A
Commands that are used daily but not frequently, two letters based on the wording hopefully. So like Reference Plane being RP. Not the best placement on the keyboard but not a killer. Depending on more frequent commands, it may be moved to the top so that R
Then infrequent commands that by the nature of the lack of use will be hard to remember - first letter shortcuts. For example, Dimension Radial is DRA.
After this it gets sketchy - some commands won't get assigned a shortcut since remembering them will be next to impossible. While others will get assigned and hopefully be intelligently named so as to remember them.
27 April 2009
Just noting a few commands are no longer in RST. Big deal? I don’t know but that isn’t typically what software is supposed to do…least not CAD software.
Tools-Split Walls with Gap (formally turned on with an INI switch)
A whole group of commands related to views…gone. Now the word is you can use the view cube. But that doesn’t make it a great replacement for a shortcut.
View-Orient-To Other View
Know of more? I have not finished my own look so there may be more, send me comment so I can update this list.
16 April 2009
But what about AutoCAD? You do have the option of menu bar/toolbars as in the past. But should you? I don't think so. If you have MS Word and other applications along with RST all with a ribbon, why would you use AutoCAD with one?
Personally I feel strongly enough that even for the corporate AutoCAD menu WPM uses for the Structural Services group (my area) that I have removed the menu bar and toolbar elements so that the menu is only a ribbon format. The logic is that it will aid in people getting used to the ribbon for RST if that is all they ever see and they can't fall back to the menu bar format. Now I just have to wait to see if the logic pans out.
15 April 2009
13 April 2009
This project has some very cool geometry. Basically a chopped off cone, then tilted at an angle. And being that it houses butterflies, special care had to be taken regarding the internal structure of the building.
09 April 2009
Now the next concern is your customization (I hope you have something at least). In my case WPM has a fairly large set of tools and accompaning menu that serves it all up for the user. But here is the rub. When you roll to a new version, AutoCAD be default wants to migrate the users settings.
What then happens is annoying if not problematic. If they previously used, say 2009, and then install the new 2010 deployement, when they go to launch 2010 the software will offer the user a chance to migrate their settings. This then copies, not points to, the various files such as PAT, LIN, etc. files to their location system. Whereas you did a great job sharing all your standards and customization on a network drive - instantly all that stuff is copied to the individual system.
Oh sure, you can tell people to hit CANCEL but you know some will blow that simple instruction. Well, all is better now.
With 2010, during the deployement creation the admin guy can turn off that 'feature'. In fact they can turn off a number of annoying things done previously for your 'benefit'.
I don't know about you, but so far 2010 is a great update just for that ability. I'm sure I will have more later...
07 April 2009
AUGIWorld has gone digital! And as such now has more space in which to publish work from more users. As the technical editor for the magazine, one of my tasks is to find good authors and help so-so ones get better! So if you are interested in writing, getting your name in lights if you will, email me at david.harrington(at)augiworld.com. When you do email me, please tell me what application you most want to cover. Being a jack-of-all-trades may be good for your work, but for this stuff you need to specialize.
02 April 2009
Walter P. Moore's own Larry Griffis was presented with the American Institute of Steel Construction’s (AISC) highest individual honor, the J. Lloyd Kimbrough Award. This award is named after AISC’s first president and is not given annually – only when a deserving individual, such as Larry, is selected. This award is reserved for those engineers who are “…pre-eminent steel designers of their era,” and is on top of Larry’s T. R. Higgins and Lifetime Achievement awards from AISC.
I have been fortunate in my 22 years at Walter P. Moore to work with Larry directly a number of times. A consummate professional, his graciousness is only surpassed by his engineering prowess and his desire to help others do great work. Congrats Larry!
This news is so fresh it hasn't made it to the AISC web site yet, but here is the list of winners anyway. http://www.aisc.org/content.aspx?id=544
01 April 2009
After getting to the bottom of the post, alas, an April fool's joke. I then verified that Autodesk had released nothing of the sort. Funny guys, really funny...
26 March 2009
Who Should Participate?
Any AutoCAD user who uses Visual Styles, custom styles or effects in AutoCAD and is familiar with similar features in other applications.
What Are We Looking For?
The Goal of this survey is to gather usage-specific data and user-specific preferences for Visual Styles, effects, and for the Adaptive Degradation features.
Visual Styles in AutoCAD Survey:
Survey will be active: March 26- April 3, 2009.
AutoCAD Product Design&Usability Team
24 March 2009
I know, I know, it is awfully quiet on this little blog. I’m sorry, I can’t help it at the moment. I’m very busy with work and as noted there are new versions of software just over the horizon. Once those hit, THEN, there will be lots to talk about. So have patience, all will be revealed soon.
18 March 2009
13 March 2009
I took nearly 300 pictures while in DC. Any chance I had I went out playing tourist. Luckily the WPM DC office is a scant 3 blocks from the White House so finding opportunities were easy.
I have a habit of taking a picture of something recognizable with my head in the shot as well. DC proved to be no exception. Enjoy!
Anyway, I will post a pic or two here just for giggles and then try to get back to proper blogging next week.
02 March 2009
20 February 2009
19 February 2009
So I did a little digging and found a video just about this vary issue. It is big at 146meg but shows where we were and how the ribbon idea came into existance. Here is the link to the file and below is a snippet description.
Title: Beneath the Surface: The Natural Experience
VisionSpeaker(s): Daniel Makoski
Description: Come hear how the Surface User Experience team is focusing on design and user experience as a key driver for creating more natural, intuitive and emotional products. Learn how Surface shifts the approach that has been used for more than thirty years of making users learn the language of computers and products to an entirely new approach where technology, computers, and products learn the language of people: touch, voice, and gesture.
Overall a wonderful evening. It was great seeing Lynn again and having a chance to share a bit of tiny Tampa town.
18 February 2009
What else can I determine by this? Well it depends on what you consider "most" to mean. If most of the Autodesk 2010 products are based on AutoCAD then I would wager that means the apps based on AutoCAD will be ready then. That also means by definition that non-AutoCAD products won't ship then. Again, no big deal really but this is an interesting tact by Autodesk to drive interest before the program is out.
I personally have a lot to do when AutoCAD 2010 is out. The custom menuing system I use has both toolbars/pull-down menus/ribbon tabs. We have decided to fully support the ribbon interface and nix the older menu bar and tools method for accessing commands. I';m sure a number of people will be lost but there is no time like the present to adopt the latest user interface trend. I say trend because we all know it will change again, some day. ;)
12 February 2009
I’m curious, do people care what display theme is used in publications? Users of Autodesk products could be using one of many versions of MS Windows/Vista and soon & v7. Now throw on top of that desktop themes, the screen captures for dialogs and user interfaces could look very different from book to book and potentially within chapters of multiple author works.
But does anyone care? Do you care if the figures you see on paper match your system exactly? What would expect the authors to use? The default? Or what looks and reads best on paper? Care to comment on this issue? Please do so!
Comment here on the blog or here on the AUGI forums.
09 February 2009
06 February 2009
Autodesk® Revit® Structure 2010
Autodesk Revit Structure 2010 software offers building information modeling (BIM) to structural engineering firms, delivering a better coordinated and more reliable model for more efficient and accurate design and documentation. Help improve multidiscipline coordination by using crucial information from architectural and engineering files, whether from Revit-based product models or from 2D file formats. Incorporate analysis through bidirectional linking to popular structural analysis software, including Autodesk® Robot™ Structural Analysis Professional software. Powerful parametric change management technology assists in coordinating modifications and updates across the model and documentation. Utilize a comprehensive set of drafting tools to help complete your construction drawings in Revit Structure, and share your design data with project teams for more efficient collaboration.
Enhanced Conceptual Design, Modeling and Analysis
An improved conceptual design workspace for flexible form-making and direct
manipulation allows users to sketch in 3D levels, and reference planes give users
access to all aspects of the model without relying on multiple views. All conceptual
designs are parametrically linked to the BIM model.
Engineers and drafters can now create slanted columns using the same column
families used for vertical columns, which also include analytical characteristics.
Autodesk® Subscription customers can benefit from a new extension that helps enable
preliminary analysis on complex architectural forms.
Autodesk Subscription customers can also receive enhanced tools for bridge
modeling, allowing bridge engineers and designers to more quickly and efficiently
model parametric bridge structures.
Another extension available for Autodesk Subscription customers is a tool for modeling
typical 3D steel connections, allowing drafters and engineers to define components
required for beam-column end plate connections, or column base connections, and the
extension creates the connection using 3D components.
Improved User Interface
• New customizable ribbon toolbar is task-oriented with redesigned, intuitive icons.
• Customizable Quick Access Toolbar allows one-click access to an individual user’s
favorite and most frequently used tools.
• Enhanced integration with Autodesk® Seek web service lets designers search a vast
library of 2D and 3D building products and publish customized designs to the service.
• New “Options Bar,” navigation toolbar and enhanced Tooltips help improve productivity
and user experience.
Performance and Interoperability
Native 64-bit support.
Expanded API (application programming interface) support.
It's today at 12pm ET.
05 February 2009
Look for more information on the web and here as I have time. Great work Autodesk!
Dear User of the AutoCAD 2010 (Beta) or AutoCAD 2010- based vertical product!
In AutoCAD 2010, some improvements were made to the Hatch feature. We need your help in determining the importance of additional hatch improvements.
AutoCAD Product Design and Usability Group is running a research study on the Hatch Ranking and the Use of Hatch experience.
Who Should Participate?
Users who create and apply hatches to objects and models in AutoCAD 2010 (Beta).
(Please don't participate if you have not used Hatch in AutoCAD 2010).
How To Participate?
If you think you are qualified, please help us to rank the importance of Hatch improvements by submitting the Hatch Ranking Survey.
Hatch Ranking Survey could be accessed via this link:
This Survey is available : February 3-18, 2009
We greatly appreciate your input and help!- AutoCAD Product Design and Usability Group.
03 February 2009
Dear User of the Autodesk Products!
AutoCAD Product Design and Usability Group is running a research study on the materials and rendering user experience.
Who Should Participate?
Users who create and apply materials & textures for rendering models in AutoCAD or other applications. Some questions are AutoCAD-specific but input from experience with other applications is welcome.
How To Participate?
If you think you are qualified, you could significantly contribute by filling out the Materials Survey.
This Survey is available : February 2-15, 2009
Please feel free to pass this survey to your colleagues!
We greatly appreciate your input and help!-
AutoCAD Product Design and Usability Group.
02 February 2009
29 January 2009
2D views from a 3D model. Have some ideas on this? Share them!
27 January 2009
So I'm having a go at using a schedule to isolate and then change beams en masse. Imagine knowing that the beams that are 9' off grid E are 29'-3 3/4" long, on each level. If you know that you can use a schedule to 'edit' that beam size, camber, studs, etc. and edit it pretty quickly. Depending on how you build the schedule, each beam can be listed individually. Or you can adjust the schedule to bundle beams by size, level and length. Doing that gets you the access to that specific beam(s) so one schedule change, changes all that match it.
Now this isn't earth shattering but it is the first I have really put it to use and I must say I have found it very helpful.
Date and Time: 2009-Feb-17
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM - Eastern Standard Time (North America)
Location: Tampa, Florida, United States
Hosted By: Avatech Solutions Subsidiary, Inc. (East)
15 January 2009
If you read this, perhaps you are interested in seeing all the drama unfolding at AUGI? Membership is free (and required) to use this link to get the forum.
13 January 2009
12 January 2009
I hope to get back to CAD related postings this week but I feel compelled to sing (literally) the praises for Rock Band on whatever platform you so choose. Over the holidays I bought the family a Nintendo Wii and the games have been moderately entertaining for the kiddies. They have lots of other things to do so it doesn’t get a ton of use. Well something possessed me and I picked up Rock Band 2 after seeing people playing it during Autodesk University. It is quite amazing how a game with purpose-built technology can bridge all ages. This weekend was the first since getting it and although not yet past the EASY setting on drums or guitar, the game play is quite enjoyable. Saturday the whole family spent more than just a minute or two in the same room – shocking! It managed to attract my 17y old daughter out of her cave, and the 7 & 8y old kids didn’t argue (as much) during this time. I even managed to shred some tunes both on vocals and guitar. I’m sure some long dead rockers are now on their stomachs. Anyway, a big thumbs up! For a good time try it out yourself.
07 January 2009
05 January 2009
I was quoted in the December 2008 issue of Structural Engineer magazine (http://www.gostructural.com/article.asp?id=3349) in an article titled Integrated project delivery in practice: New concepts of improving value for structural engineers.
According to David J. Harrington, senior associate at Walter P Moore and Associates, Inc., in Tampa, Fla., “The concept of IPD in action is something that I think most people involved want from the outset. We all want fully coordinated structures, rooms, terrains, and even [to know] how to build the project. But the nature of the industry is ‘Me first; you and everyone else later.’ This one for one attitude blocks the fundamental goal of data sharing, collaboration, and streamlined project construction.”
I know, kinda fluffy in context…but still kinda neat.