Autodesk’s Connected Learning

Autodesk has released a new website for connected learning. In their words, “In these 15-minute project-based courses, you’ll learn cross-product workflows and tips & tricks on how to effectively start a project and move through the schematic design phase efficiently.

Along the way, you’ ll learn a better way to collaborate in BIM projects with a team of architects, structural, MEP, and civil engineers. Understanding how your design will perform as a whole can help you improve it earlier, at lower cost.”

Check it out here.

Make Your Buildings Have a More Realistic Look in Autodesk Infrastructure Modeler

There is a setting in Autodesk Infrastructure Modeler (AIM) that will give more depth and detail to your buildings.

Take a look at the image below…

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Note that the building looks absolutely fine.  BUT, there is a way to get more detail out of this.  For instance, look again at the balconies.  Wouldn’t it be nice if they were actual balconies and not just an image draped on the structure?

This can be accomplished very easily.

Click on the Application menu in the upper left corner and select Options…

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Once in the Options dialog box, choose 3D Generation.  To the right, change your Building Complexity to High and select OK.

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The changes will not take effect until you regenerate your model.  To do this, click on the Manage tab.  Under the Generate panel, select Generate Model.

After the regeneration takes place, the result is as seen below…

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Notice now that the balconies are actual balconies and the windows have depth to them.  You can also see that the poles are now objects projected from the building. 

Happy New Year, good luck and check back often.

Civil 3D Tutorials

A lot of people request Civil 3D tutorials and/or videos.

Over a course of time, a colleague and I have created several tutorial videos to help you get started using Civil 3D on a daily basis.

These videos are free to view.  Some have sound and some do not.  The ones without sound have callout tips that pop up.

We started these videos when 2010 was released, which they still apply to the current version.  You will notice that some of them are in 2010, 2011 and 2012.  The video on the parking lot grading was done in 2011 before they released the service pack to fix the closed feature line issue.

Please feel free to view the tutorials at any time and any place.  When you click on the link below, it will take you to our Screencast site.  Once there, all the videos will be under the video shown on the screen.

You can get to my videos by clicking here.

Happy viewing!!