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This article is third in my series about wire sequencing. I started with this diagram to show the high level logic for how AutoCAD Electrical 2016 determines the wire sequence when there are more than 2 components connected in the same wire network. I covered using the Edit Wire Sequence command to define a specific sequence, including when a terminal is part of the wire network. I also talked about using angle tees to define the sequence. Now, I want to look at the drawing and project properties for wire sequence. If the wire network does not have a wire... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at AutoCAD Electrical
As part of the ASHRAE Energy Modeling Conference this year in Atlanta, we will be hosting a pre-conference workshop. The workshop is open to the public, regardless of whether or not you intend on attending the full conference. During the 4 hour workshop we will be walking through how Revit automatically creates an Energy Analytical Model from architectural geometry and how you can interact with results from energy, lighting, and solar analyses. Additionally, we’ll be providing some sneak peeks at what’s to come! Be sure to read the workshop description for more details. Seamless BIM to BEM: Energy Analytical Model... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Building Performance Analysis
This article is part of a series on wire sequencing in AutoCAD Electrical 2016. This chart represents at a high level how AutoCAD Electrical determines the wire sequence on a wire network with more than 2 components. In my previous article I talked about the first diamond; Defining a wire sequence using the Edit Wire Sequence command. In this article I will look at the next diamond in the flowchart; using angle tees to define the wire sequence. Angle Tee Connections If I use an angle tee instead of a dot where the wires connect, AutoCAD Electrical can tell exactly... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at AutoCAD Electrical
When you have a wire network with more than 2 components it is important to understand how AutoCAD Electrical determines the wire sequence. Even with just 3 connected components there are a number of possibilities. (I am using boxes to represent components to keep it simple.) AutoCAD Electrical looks at a number of things to determine the wire connection sequence. Wire Sequencing - Flow Chart As you can see it can get pretty complicated. Instead of trying to go into detail on each of these in one long post, I will do a series of posts, one post for each... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2015 at AutoCAD Electrical
I’ve been known to say that Analysis Display Styles is my favorite Revit feature. When I say this people usually roll their eyes or chuckle, but I’m serious! It hasn’t always gotten the best reputation, and has been described as “not that useful,” but I’d like to change that mindset. Yes, it’s a simple concept, but what it really comes down to is making your analysis visualizations work for you. It might come off as kind of a “duh,” but many people don’t know they can already do this! Why is this useful? You can use it to apply the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2015 at Building Performance Analysis
Want to change the future AutoCAD Electrical? We are in constant lookout to understand what our user needs in our products. As our design cycle progresses every year there are many occasions that we want to connect with our users and get their feedbacks on our designs. This feedback is most crucial part of design iteration cycle and helps making our products more intuitive and easy to work with. One of the key feedback platform showcasing our continual design effort is AutoCAD Nautilus Customer Council. The Customer Council is an online forum for our exclusive customers to get early access... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2015 at AutoCAD Electrical
Author: George Hatch, Autodesk Senior Technical Specialist Do you have vector geometry you would like to bring into InfraWorks from Civil 3D but are not sure how? Maybe its site data, or maybe it’s just a simple sketch you laid out in AutoCAD. This quick tip will show you one... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2015 at BIMagination
Are you a fan of Autodesk Building Performance Analysis tools? Want to get your hands dirty and work on a project with us? Then join the ASHRAE Energy Modeling Conference LowDown Showdown! We’re still recruiting team members. If you can’t make it to the conference in person, you can still participate in our bi-weekly calls as a fan and contribute to the Autodesk team design! Reach out to if you are interested in joining. The ASHRAE 2015 Energy Modeling Conference will take place in Atlanta, Georgia, September 30th to October 2nd. Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2015 at Building Performance Analysis
Autodesk’s Sustainability Solutions team recently launched Project Aquila for buildings and manufacturing facilities. It’s a cloud-based app that overlays building sensor data with 2D drawings and 3D models while providing useful analytics and real-time alerts for facility managers. Project Aquila is a free technology preview that will have ongoing development over the next few months, so be sure to provide feedback! Watch the video below and check out the full announcement here . Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2015 at Building Performance Analysis
Still haven’t checked out Revit 2016’s energy analysis workflows? Join Autodesk Senior Product Manager Ian Molloy and Microsol Resources for an overview of the Revit 2016 workflows that make Energy Analysis easier, faster, and more reliable than ever before. In this webinar, you will gain unique insights into the energy and environmental performance of buildings at any stage in their lifecycle, an invaluable tool to help deliver higher performing buildings more cost effectively, and with greater certainty. Tuesday, August 11th 11:00am - 12:00pm ET Register here This webinar will focus on: Energy Analysis features and workflows in Revit 2016 The... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2015 at Building Performance Analysis
The Lighting Analysis plug-in for automated analysis for LEED has been made available for Revit 2016. Access it on the Lighting Analysis Product Page or at Autodesk Exchange Apps. Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2015 at Building Performance Analysis
“…sustainable design has little to do with bio-algae energy generation, Passivehaus insulation standards, or any other bit of green techno jargon. Sustainability begins with design, ends with verified performance, and requires constant questioning along the way. Really, a little bit of inquisitiveness goes a long way.” And what a great project to remind us of that. Check out this recent story on the Army Corps of Engineers’ regional headquarters in Seattle, Federal Center South. Read more at Line/Shape/Space. Courtesy Benjamin Benschneider Photography. Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2015 at Building Performance Analysis
The Electrical Audit reports on many potential problems in your project. It can be very useful in identifying duplicate tags, children without a parent, and much more. But, sometimes what it reports is not really a problem. Maybe it is just a component that is only wired on one side so it is reported as no connections. Or maybe there are components that you never assign a catalog and yet they show up in the report every time. The Electrical Audit has been updated in the Subscription Advantage Pack so that once you have determined something is not really a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2015 at AutoCAD Electrical
The Suitability Maps (preview) tool analyzes your model and overlays a heat-map to identify areas that are suitable for infrastructure projects, based on construction and earthwork costs. As an added bonus, when you apply suitability maps to your model, you can include them in your corridor optimization analyses (requires Roadway Design for InfraWorks 360). With suitability maps defined, your corridor optimization jobs will also consider construction and earthwork cost-effectiveness when planning a design road's optimal horizontal path. Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2015 at BIMagination
Introduction: Electrical designers use AutoCAD Electrical’s comprehensive database for assigning catalog data to the components used in drawings. AutoCAD Electrical 2015 established strong interoperability with Autodesk Inventor Professional 2015 by introducing Electrical Catalog Browser add-in. When it comes to use the same catalog data components in previous releases of Autodesk Inventor before 2015 release, they had to pick parts from various locations where inventor parts are stored. This whole process was extremely tedious & time consuming. With the introduction of Electrical catalog browser add-in in Autodesk Inventor 2015 also brings a new column introduction (SYMBOL3D) for AutoCAD Electrical’s 2015 catalog... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2015 at AutoCAD Electrical
The Subscription Advantage Pack is a collection of value-added features, available to subscription based users. AutoCAD Electrical Ideastation serves as the platform for collection of ideas from all our customers. Some of the most popular ideas in this portal are picked up by our team, groomed, churned through a development cycle and finally, delivered as installable feature bundles, thereby the subscription users can gain an early access to the latest product enhancements. As of July 16th, the subscription advantage pack is ready to be downloaded. We encourage users to post new ideas & enhancement suggestions on this forum and give... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2015 at AutoCAD Electrical
Recently, a user in Rome, architect Marika Prete, shared with us a solar and lighting analysis study she conducted. We thought it provided great insight so decided to share it with you as well. Enjoy! USE OF SAR AND LAR TOOLS FOR ANALYSIS AND CONCEPT DESIGN Could an insolation analysis be useful to understand which rooms will have the most or least access to daylighting? Are results from Solar Analysis for Revit and Lighthing Analysis for Revit related? The answer could be affirmative, since between solar radiation and light there is a direct proportional relationship. But only in some cases... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2015 at Building Performance Analysis
When Autodesk’s Building Performance Analysis Certificate (BPAC) was first generated, it served to fill a gap identified within educational institutes and professional training. This gap, despite its enormous implications on achieving energy efficient building design, was making knowledge of building science accessible and useful to those engaged with the important task of designing our built environment. The original version of the certificate set out to close this gap and was successful by exposing participants to digitally based analysis methods of informing design decisions that improve sustainable performance of a building design. With such a strong and useful agenda within BPAC,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2015 at Building Performance Analysis
This roadway style has been modified with Decorations and Custom Profiles to display transmission poles and power lines. Today I'll explain how to fine-tune your custom profiles to visualize more advanced features such as power lines, cable cars, gondolas, or even ski lifts. (This is a follow-up to a recent... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2015 at BIMagination
Last month we updated the Solar Analysis for Revit plugin available as a Technology Preview in Autodesk Labs. Now you can conduct solar radiation analysis for mass models and building element models in Revit 2014, 2015, and 2016. Get the plugin here. Updates to the newest release include improved handling of weather data for coordination with weather data used by Lighting Analysis for Revit, Revit Energy Analysis, and FormIt 360 Pro. Additionally, the plugin expiration date has been extended to September 15, 2015. Have you tried Solar Analysis for Revit? Let us know how it went and if there are... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2015 at Building Performance Analysis
So you have a Revit model, now what? Join us next week as we cover how you can start to take your Revit designs to the next level with analysis workflows. With the use of the building performance analysis tools, you can make informed design decisions early and throughout the process. Learn best practice tips and tricks for getting started with analyzing your building’s performance in Revit. Topics to be covered include solar studies, solar analysis, lighting analysis, and energy analysis. Thursday, July 16th 11:00am - 12:00pm PT Register here Webinar attendees will receive 1 AIA LU. Related articles Two... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2015 at Building Performance Analysis
In AutoCAD and AutoCAD Electrical, palettes are being used more and more. A palette is a type of user interface that can stay open even while you are using other commands. The Properties palette is an example of a palette in AutoCAD. The Project Manager and Catalog Browser are examples of palettes in AutoCAD Electrical. But, as more palettes are open it can feel like you have less and less drawing area. So I thought it might be nice to look at a few tips and tricks related to working with palettes. To Dock or Not to Dock You can... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2015 at AutoCAD Electrical
Don't miss the upcoming webinar "Maximise design hours with InfraWorks 360 and AutoCAD Civil 3D" - Thursday, Jul 30, 2015 from 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM BST (content focus will be primarily for UK & Ireland customers) Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2015 at BIMagination
In case you missed it, we’re celebrating the one-millionth app download from Autodesk Exchange Apps, a web-based design and engineering app store created for the Autodesk community only three years ago. This incredible milestone was reached early last week. See more at: Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2015 at BIMagination
Once you have set up an electromechanical project, you can see Inventor parts and electrical representation in Location View and information is shared between AutoCAD Electrical and Inventor. If you use Autodesk Vault with Inventor and Electrical, you can use it to back up the electromechanical data along with the native design files. AutoCAD Electrical and Autodesk Vault There are a couple of best practices associated with AutoCAD Electrical and Autodesk Vault. Some of the recommendations for backing up electromechanical data are: The working folder for the project is the shared folder accessible to all multiple electrical users. Every time... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2015 at AutoCAD Electrical