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Michael Rotolo
Toronto, Ontario
As a former engineering CAD manager, trainer, and currently an account manager, I'm able to provide industry insight and strategize with firms to develop optimized technical workflows with software systems. Often, I present specific solutions with defined outcomes from a technology standpoint. This includes best-practices and to support the use of Building Information Modeling (BIM) processes with software, training, consulting and hardware offerings.
Interests: golf, movies, soccer, chess, video games, music
Recent Activity
Autodesk has released Revit 2019.2 with new features. I like the ability to store non-workshared models in BIM 360 Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2019 at The Mad Cadder
Many people in architecture, engineering and construction are not familiar with BIM (Building Information Modeling). This short video provides a quick overview. Download What is BIM (Building Information Modeling) Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2018 at The Mad Cadder
What's New in Revit 2018.2 Update Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2018 at The Mad Cadder
Autodesk has a website to view the status of many of their cloud services including BIM 360. The Health Dashboard lets user know when maintenance is scheduled or if a service is expiring issues. You can also sign-up for email... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2018 at The Mad Cadder
Want to know if your computer can run AutoCAD, Revit, 3DS Max, etc.. Instead of comparing your computer to a recommended system specifications, use the Autodesk Prerequisite Checker. Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2017 at The Mad Cadder
RTV Xporter PRO - $49 - $9,9995 USD - Add on to Revit Automated batch documentation Schedule automatic exports of prints and digital files such as DWG, PDF, IFC, or Navisowrks Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2016 at The Mad Cadder
Lynn Allen is the most recognized Autodesk Technical Evangelist. She frequently posts new AutoCAD features with functional examples to understand the benefits. Download her latest AutoCAD 2017 Tips n Tricks booklet: Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2016 at The Mad Cadder
Gary Stockton from CADline provides a very useful tip to resize the size of the text for temporary dimensions. Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2016 at The Mad Cadder
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