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Autodesk Lab's Project Kameleon gives you the tools to author your own infrastructure component parts that are compatible with InfraWorks 360 and AutoCAD Civil 3D, or customize existing component parts, assemblies, parts families, and catalogs in the built-in shape library.The bridge and drainage component catalogs that you author or modify in Project Kameleon, such as Abutments, Girders, Piers, Pier Foundations, Inlets, Manholes, Culverts, Frames, Grates, and Underground Structures, can be published to your InfraWorks 360 style catalogs. Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2016 at BIMagination
If you haven't heard by now, AutoCAD Electrical 2017 has been released. We are very excited about the features that are part of this release, especially since the features were all customer requests. If you are a subscription customer, you may have seen some of these updates in the AutoCAD Electrical 2016 Subscription Advantage packs. Optional SQL Server Support You can now choose to use SQL Server for the catalog and footprint lookup databases. The databases are supplied in Access format as in previous releases. But, you can use the Content Migration Utility provided to migrate the content to your... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2016 at AutoCAD Electrical
No fear the help might be near! Progman developer of MagiCAD, has launched MagiCloud. A cloud service where manufactures can publish their products amongst others in Revit format. Simply log on to, create an account to get access, and you will find yourself in a huge library of MEP... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2016 at BIM Toolbox
The Model Builder service will be upgraded on Friday, March 11, 2016, and will no longer support release version 2015.3 of InfraWorks 360. This means that if you're using InfraWorks 360 release version 2015.3, the Model Builder service will no longer create new models for you beginning March 11, 2016.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2016 at BIMagination
Here are some best practices to follow when working with InfraWorks 360 models that cover large geographic areas (1,000 sq. km. or more) and use high resolution terrain and imagery data, or have additional, complex data layers. This post covers the workflow from system and application configuration through project setup, data import, and fine-tuning your model. Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2015 at BIMagination
The Subscription Advantage Pack is a collection of value-added features available to subscription based users. As of November 15th, the Subscription Advantage Pack 2 (SAP2) is ready to be downloaded. Here's a sneak peek at what's packed in this release: Include Autodesk Inventor Parts in Panel Bill Of Material In Electromechanical projects, if AutoCAD Electrical parts are linked to their corresponding Autodesk Inventor Parts, you can generate a combined Bill of Material Report. A new option is now available in the Panel Bill of Material report to include the Inventor Parts in the report. A “Source” column has been added... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2015 at AutoCAD Electrical
Have you imported Roadway Geometry from Civil 3D only to find that Geometry Editing has been Disabled? Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2015 at BIMagination
In addition to the release of Insight 360 today, the Autodesk Building Performance Analysis blog has also migrated to a new platform. Be sure to update your bookmarks and check out to continue to get the latest from the Insight 360 team. Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2015 at Building Performance Analysis
We’re three weeks out from the annual Vegas pilgrimage, so we figured we’d check in and let you know about some classes we are looking forward to. AS10523-R - How low can you go? The Architecture 2030 Design Charrette AS11611 - How Much is Zero? Integrating Solar Power Design and Energy Analysis AS11608 - Greening your Buildings by Implementing Performance Simulations in Early Design In addition to these classes we’ll be roaming around the Answer Bar as well as the Expo Hall answering your questions, giving demos, and chatting with attendees. In fact, we’ll be kicking off AU with a... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2015 at Building Performance Analysis
This article is part 4, the final installment in my series on adding content to AutoCAD Electrical. Create your set of symbols Add the data to the catalog database Add your symbol to the icon menu and Catalog Browser Insert the symbol In the previous article I looked at adding the symbols to the icon menu and Catalog Browser. So now we are ready to insert the symbol. Insert Symbol from Icon Menu Open the Icon Menu, Schematic tab > Insert Components pane > Icon Menu. Locate and select your symbol. Your symbol is attached to your cursor, making it... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2015 at AutoCAD Electrical
Last month we mentioned that you could test a hosted preview of Revit Sunrise which included automatic thermal zoning. Well now Sunrise has graduated and you can download Revit 2016 R2 now and try out the new thermal zoning capabilities in your own version of Revit! Get the full scoop on accessing R2 at Inside the Factory. We continue to improve energy analysis tools in Revit and in some cases this will improve the accuracy of the energy analytical model. Best of all you don’t have to be an energy engineer to use thermal zoning – it’s automatic! What is... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2015 at Building Performance Analysis
We’re one week away from Greenbuild! We are very excited to sponsor and attend Greenbuild again, this year in Washington DC. Similar to last year, we’ll be hosting a series of classes in our Education Lab, right next door to the Autodesk booth (#2229) in the Expo Hall. Below is the full schedule of events. If you plan on attending, be sure stop by the Autodesk booth and get the latest—especially those “Special new product preview” sessions *wink wink*. If not, be sure to check back next week for some BIG announcements! Wednesday, November 18 10:30 – 11:30 EL11 -... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2015 at Building Performance Analysis
This article is part 3 in my series on adding content to AutoCAD Electrical. Create your set of symbols Add the data to the catalog database Add your symbol to the icon menu and Catalog Browser Insert the symbol Adding a Symbol to the Icon Menu Note: If you always insert your symbols from the Catalog Browser you do not need to do this. Use the Icon Menu Wizard to add new pages and components to the Icon Menu. I know I eventually will add a family of symbols, so first I'll add a new submenu page. Since I created... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2015 at AutoCAD Electrical
This article is part 2 in my series on adding content to AutoCAD Electrical, covering adding content to the catalog database. Create your set of symbols Add the data to the catalog database Add your symbol to the icon menu and Catalog Browser Insert the symbol Adding a Table to the Catalog Database The command to add a new table to the catalog database is kind of hidden on the ribbon. Probably because it isn't something you do every day. To find it, expand the Other Tools panel on the Project tab. Select your catalog database .mdb file. The default... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2015 at AutoCAD Electrical
I recently wrote a post about adding your own attribute templates for Symbol Builder. Based on that post a customer asked me to write about the larger workflow of adding content to AutoCAD Electrical. This is really a series of steps, which can include the following: Create your set of symbols Add the data to the catalog database Add your symbol to the icon menu and Catalog Browser Insert the symbol In this post I will write about creating the symbols. In follow up posts I will cover the other steps. Creating a Symbol Set Creating symbols is tough to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2015 at AutoCAD Electrical
In InfraWorks 2014, there were many options to control the Sky, including different styles [sunset, sunrise, etc.], and the ability to turn the sky off altogether. The sky feature in InfraWorks 2015 was changed to a single dynamic style, and continues in 2016 versions. The functionality and options for Sky Control from InfraWorks 2014 is still available in InfraWorks 2015 and 2016, once you run a small snippet of JavaScript, which I provide to you in this post. Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2015 at BIMagination
Lighting Analysis for Revit (LAR) now features a Custom daylighting analysis type and a free preview of the Solar Analysis for Revit (SAR) plugin all in one installer. The new release is available through the LAR product page and the SAR Labs page, and will soon be posted to the Exchange Store. The new Custom Analysis type in LAR has been our top request since the tool was released over a year ago. Now you can go beyond the automated settings of LEED 2009 and v4 and select your own dates, times, thresholds, and analysis plane height, opening the door... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2015 at Building Performance Analysis
Just a community announcement that the Passive Low Energy Architecture Conference (PLEA) has opened the call for papers. Abstracts are due November 8th, and the conference will take place July 11-13 in Los Angeles. Read the full announcement here. This is the first time since 1981 that the United States hosts a PLEA conference. PLEA 2016 is organized by Cal Poly Pomona, the University of Southern California and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. The theme of PLEA 2016 is Cities, Buildings, People: Towards Regenerative Environments and will explore the interactions between people and buildings to achieve livable, regenerative environments at... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2015 at Building Performance Analysis
Recently I had a few questions from customers about the Symbol Builder and how the attribute templates work. They were trying to add a new category of symbols and running into a few problems. When you first start Symbol Builder you get a dialog box with lots of options. The ones I want to talk about today are the Symbol and Type drop-down lists. What you pick on these 2 drop-downs control which attributes are available, and some default values, when you get into the Symbol Builder environment. You can always add attributes and change values, but starting with a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2015 at AutoCAD Electrical
Previously we advertised the opportunity to join the Autodesk ASHRAE EMC team as part of the LowDown Showdown energy modeling challenge. On October 1st in Atlanta, that volunteer team of architects and modelers presented their final design. Eight software vendors participated in the challenge, with team members joining from several different countries and time zones. The primary goal of this challenge was to showcase the talents and skillsets of the team members and demonstrate workflow capabilities of software tools used to design a high performance building. The Autodesk team included Yung Nguyen from SC Engineers, San Diego, CA; Dustin Altschul... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2015 at Building Performance Analysis
Earlier this year Autodesk and IBPSA-USA partnered to host a series of Sustainable Design Charrettes. The first two took place in San Francisco, and now we are happy to announce an upcoming one in New York City! Tuesday, October 20 6:00pm-8:30pm RAB Lighting Showroom 535 W 24th St, 6th Floor New York, NY 10011 Attendance is free, and limited, so be sure to register as soon as possible. The event will be held at the RAB Lighting Showroom in Manhattan and will explore industry trends, case studies, as well as a hands on design scenario exercise. Attendees can expect to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2015 at Building Performance Analysis
Did you miss our getting started webinar earlier this summer? Have no fear, we’ve partnered with Kelar Pacific to give an encore presentation! Learn how integrated energy, lighting, and solar analysis tools can help you inform your decisions throughout the design process. BPA Evangelist Stephanie Egger will cover some best practices tips for getting started with analyzing your building’s performance in Revit. Wednesday, October 14th 11:00am – 12:00pm PDT Register here Webinar attendees will receive 1 AIA LU. Related articles Webinar: Energy Analysis for Autodesk Revit Getting Started with BPA Webinar: Watch Now! Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2015 at Building Performance Analysis
The latest of release of InfraWorks 360 supports offset intersections, so with the use of both right and left turn lane styles and an intersection object, you can create an intersection with multiple turn lanes, for visualization purposes. With additional tweaking of styles and alignments, other intersection configurations can be achieved too! Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2015 at BIMagination
In this blog post, I will show you how I created a conceptual model of the SS City of Chester, a historical shipwreck that sank in 1888 after colliding with another ship, the RMS Oceanic, just beneath the Golden Gate bridge. I chose to use the City of Chester because I saw some promising pictures of sonar data showing the seafloor contours of the shipwreck and surrounding area, although I haven’t found any publicly available copies of that data yet. Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2015 at BIMagination
Earlier this summer we hosted a “Getting Started with BPA” webinar. Now, as summer comes to a close, you can watch that webinar on demand! WATCH NOW Learn 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. Related articles Webinar: Energy Analysis for Autodesk Revit Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2015 at Building Performance Analysis