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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 yesterday 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 4 days ago 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
An Electromechanical Project consists of an AutoCAD Electrical Project, Inventor assemblies and the content on shared folder. The files in the shared folder are used to exchange the data between AutoCAD Electrical and Inventor. The shared folder has three files: The EMX file contains the project link information. The physical snapshot file contains the component level link information from Inventor The logical snapshot file contains the component level link information from AutoCAD Electrical Q: How to reuse an Electromechanical Project? A: To reuse an Electromechanical project: Sync the projects from both AutoCAD Electrical and Inventor so that all the information... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2015 at AutoCAD Electrical
Autodesk® announced the June 2015 release of InfraWorks 360™ 2016 last week, ushering in new enhancements and added functionalities to learn and explore! To help you get acclimated to new and/or improved features in this release, we've created new Learning Videos and new Help topics, and also want to direct... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2015 at BIMagination
When a child contact is placed close to the parent, many times it is shown as being linked directly using the dashed link lines. And yet, the cross-reference for this child was still shown at the parent. You could trick AutoCAD Electrical into not showing it by adding the value NULL in the CONTACT attribute on the child. But, then it wasn't counted in the contact total. Or you could hide the cross-referencing totally on the parent. But, if there were children not linked directly, the cross-reference needed to be visible. Now, in AutoCAD Electrical 2016, the references for the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2015 at AutoCAD Electrical
When the USGS released amazing new GeoTIFF maps of the California seafloor this week, we eagerly started exploring how this bathymetry, geology, and ocean floor biological habitat data would look in InfraWorks 360. Turns out, bringing GeoTIFFs of ocean topography into my InfraWorks 360 model was even simpler than I thought it would be. Plus, with the right aerial imagery, you can even see waves breaking on top of underwater reefs. Here's a peek: Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2015 at BIMagination
Are you trying to simulate floods in your InfraWorks 360 models? We've got a couple of different options for you. Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2015 at BIMagination
Use avoidance zones in InfraWorks 360 to specify areas to avoid when optimizing the horizontal path of a design road. Any avoidance areas you add to your model will be included as cost zones, and factored into construction and earthwork cost estimates for the optimal design of the selected road corridor. Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2015 at BIMagination
What is it? Ideastation went online in June 2014 as an initiative to engage & empower the AutoCAD Electrical user community. Users can make the most of this platform by sharing their ideas for new features, or feature enhancements they would like implemented in the product. How does it work? You know how it works while posting an idea, but we wanted to tell you a little more about how we process the postings and how seriously we take your ideas. The AutoCAD Electrical Ideastation team gets together and reviews new ideas on a weekly basis. We rely on the... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2015 at AutoCAD Electrical
Making Your AutoCAD Civil 3D Project Shine, Part 1 showed you how to bring your AutoCAD Civil 3D project into a data-rich InfraWorks 360 model of the project's real-world location. In this follow-up post, let's talk about what to do, now that you've brought your infrastructure design project from AutoCAD Civil 3D into InfraWorks 360. Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2015 at BIMagination
Apart from the AutoCAD Electrical Idea Station, we are always looking to engage with customers who are interested in shaping the future of AutoCAD Electrical. One way we do this, is to invite people to join our Customer Council. The Customer Council is an online forum were participants get early access to product builds, and learn about about potential future enhancements, while we hear and respond to their experience and feedback. Sometimes, we reach out to a group of participants to do one on one calls to delve deeper into a particular problem, or proposed solution. The time commitment is... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2015 at AutoCAD Electrical
You've just designed a spectacular proposal for a large infrastructure project bid using the latest release of Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3D. You need to show your designs to stakeholders on the project, but you don't want to show them the same old DWG drawing format they're used to-- and before you hand the designs off, you still need to conduct final design and analysis in context of the proposed project site. This is your cue to finally boot up your free trial of Autodesk InfraWorks 360, and let InfraWorks 360 be a display case for your hard work. Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2015 at BIMagination
With the latest release of Autodesk InfraWorks 360, you can import a polygonal area of interest in SHP file format to specify the extents of a Model Builder model. Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2015 at BIMagination
When you Set Model Time in your model, InfraWorks 360 will display only the assets in your model that have creation and termination dates indicating that they exist during the specified model time. To locate your model objects within the desired space-time continuum, you can add creation and termination date attributes to the properties of objects in your model. Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2015 at BIMagination