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Michael Rotolo
Toronto, Ontario
As a Technical Account Manager, Autodesk Certified Implementation Expert and former trainer, Michael lends his management skills to planning and managing BIM and AutoCAD based Implementations. Michael explores best practices, tips & tricks and news & links related to his areas of specialty at his blog, The Mad Cadder, which is frequented by industry professionals.
Interests: golf, movies, soccer, chess, video games, music
Recent Activity
As a former trainer and now a technical sales representative, clients often ask me to define the role of a BIM Manager. Search the internet and you will find many job listings that list all the skills required, but most... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2016 at The Mad Cadder
Traditionally, the Autodesk License Manager for a network license type, now know as Multi-User, distributed licenses based on product versions. For example, if a firm has a 10 node Building Design Suite Premium network licenses and a user opens AutoCAD... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2016 at The Mad Cadder
Many architectural, engineering and construction firms are leveraging scanned point cloud data to capture accurate as-built conditions. Autodesk Recap 360 is used to modify the point cloud - Dejan Skenderovic from Pluralsight and Cadalyst author has created the following... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2016 at The Mad Cadder
As of August 1, 2016, Autodesk is transitioning to a subscription-based licensing model similar to other large software developers like Adobe. The new licensing can be confusing to manage. To help, Autodesk has released an eBook to get you up... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2016 at The Mad Cadder
At one point in time, Autodesk was seriously considering purchasing SketchUp from Google. In the end, it was purchased by Trimble. Afterwards, many of the SketchUp development team left to join Autodesk. This team created Autodesk FormIt , a product... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2016 at The Mad Cadder
Article by Nick Williams Thanks very much to Nick Williams of Acuity training for this excellent AutoCAD Keyboard Shortcuts productivity hack Continue reading
Posted Feb 29, 2016 at The Mad Cadder
The need for CAD Management still exists. Beyond AutoCAD, a CAD Manager's role continues to evolve regardless of the design software used by staff. However, the environment this person manages is forever associated with IT. This article by Robert Green... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2016 at The Mad Cadder
Autodesk has announced two new suites of tools specifically for structural and MEP design, detailing, fabrication, and construction. Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2015 at The Mad Cadder
Lost or misplaced your command line? Luckily, there is an easy way of getting it back without resetting your Workspace or Profile settings. Here is how that can be achieved: Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2015 at The Mad Cadder
Here is a link listing and demonstrating the new features of Autodesk's latest release of AutoCAD 2016. Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2015 at The Mad Cadder
Autodesk has released the latest version of Flexlm 11.12.14. Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2015 at The Mad Cadder
Issue: You want to know more about the backup (. bak) and autosave (. sv$) files that AutoCAD creates, where they are located, and how to use them. Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2015 at The Mad Cadder
The latest Service Pack for AutoCAD 2015 has been released. AutoCAD 2015 Service Pack 2 Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2014 at The Mad Cadder
GRAITEC, an international BIM software developer for AEC and Structural Engineering specialist, is excited to announce the launch of their complementary productivity tools for Autodesk Advance Steel, GRAITEC Advance PowerPack. Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2014 at The Mad Cadder
Until March 2015 in the Autodesk //LABS, you can try FABmep Import. The FABmep Import for Revit MEP is a free technology preview that enables users to import Autodesk Fabrication FABmep models into Autodesk Revit MEP software, providing round-tripping capabilities... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2014 at The Mad Cadder
CAD drawings are, as you know, often saved in PDF format, for sharing and security purposes, but, the problem is that a PDF is useless if the user wants to make changes to the drawing. The only solution is to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2014 at The Mad Cadder
Many customers take off quantities for their construction projects in 2D. Autodesk Navisworks Simulate 2015 and Autodesk Navisworks Manage 2015 software enable your customers to take off quantities from both 3D models and 2D sheets. With the release of the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2014 at The Mad Cadder
Great tip from Lynn Allen on how to setup your AutoCAD drawing area to gain more real estate. Lynn Allen - Gain Screen Real Estate in AutoCAD Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2014 at The Mad Cadder
In the Autodesk Labs right now.... The Revit Credit Manager for LEED® will allow you to automate calculations for your LEED Daylighting and Views IEQ 8.1 (Daylight Option 1 Simulation and Option 2 Prescriptive) and IEQ8.2 (Views) credits as well... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2014 at The Mad Cadder
Lighting Analysis for Revit is a fast cloud service that uses A360 Rendering to expose electric and solar lighting results directly on the Revit model. The results are validated against Radiance, a commonly used simulation tool, and displayed in-canvas more... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2014 at The Mad Cadder
Managing Revit Data with Assemble from Assemble Systems By Michael Rotolo, April 28, 2014 Architectural and engineering firms use BIM to provide a better visual representation of their designs, and to improve the coordination between disciplines. This is true also... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2014 at The Mad Cadder
For those looking to install the new Building Design Suite 2015, please be aware that it is no longer supported in 32-bit Windows operating system. For more information, please refer to the following link: Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2014 at The Mad Cadder
Autodesk has announced changes to their upgrade policy effective February 1, 2015. Basically, Autodesk will no longer offer the option to purchase upgrades after that date and you will need to purchase a new license unless you are on Subscription.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2014 at The Mad Cadder
Bill Johnson from Ideate wrote a good article about setting Temporary View Templates in Revit MEP which is one of the great new features for 2014. Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2013 at The Mad Cadder
In Revit, you have always been able to replace the value of a dimension but not with a numeric value. Here is a quick tip on how to edit the dimension value in Revit: Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2013 at The Mad Cadder