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RobiNZ
New Zealand
A Kiwi who likes blogging about design, technology, cycling, autos and (a rather unexciting) life!
Interests: design, gps, cad, rally, cycling, formula one, computers and other stuff!
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An interesting drive today, my first time in a Nissan Cube. I was a bit apprehensive to start with because it was an automatic, and I so rarely drive them, but still had three pedals. The third is a foot... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at RobiNZ Personal Blog
I only discovered the bizarre U.S. Survey foot after encountering it in a CAD file. I did the foot > metre conversion on an incoming imperial file and none of the resulting measurements made sense as were ‘a tiny bit out’. Turned out the file was actually created in U.S.... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at RobiNZ CAD Blog
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A recent promotion announcing Civil 3D availability on BIM 360 Design had me wondering if AutoCAD Architecture (ACA) projects would work using BIM 360 Docs with the Autodesk Desktop Connector. If so it would be rather useful for legacy projects. ACA projects have some odd control files (xml but with... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2019 at RobiNZ CAD Blog
Ha, thanks for the comments and glad you found their new feed. I didn't use RSS for a few years but started again a couple of years ago, with Feedly, as found it better to manage my own info feeds than let some social media AI bot decide what I read. Still have A&L Daily in my fave feed list group
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This video shows fitting the Schwalbe Marathon Plus tyres I run on my CX bike. They are heavy, bullet proof, and with stiff sidewalls and strong beads can be a battle to fit. I knew the “wire in the trough”... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2019 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
I had a most interesting Revit User Group experience tonight. The topic, a panel discussion on “Shared Coordinates”, was good and prompted some great discussion but it was what happened towards the end which made it bizarre. We weren’t in our usual venue, tonight hosted at a street level architectural... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2019 at RobiNZ CAD Blog
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I was looking to schedule the insert location and rotation of a Multiview Block in AutoCAD Architecture. They have location properties for x,y,z and rotation in the Properties Palette but, strangely, rotation is not an available MV Block property when creating a property set. I tried the Block and MInsert... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2019 at RobiNZ CAD Blog
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Sam shares the story behind his creation, surely seen by every Revit user at some stage, the Revit sample house: Samuel Macalister - Architect and BIM Specialist and the Revit 2014 Sample House | labs.blogs.com Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2019 at RobiNZ CAD Blog
Given the recent, unnecessary, measles outbreak in New Zealand I think Richard Saunders documentary deserves more coverage. It was made in, and references, Australia but the message is universal: “The Vaccination Chronicles: if only” can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mTprFOmIjIg, and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2019 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
Somebody will not go over, or around, the laptop so… Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2019 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
One thing I'm curious about regarding UI, where's the workflow which lets me edit a Revit model, ie arrange/add objects, from within VR. Seems like such a natural fit for the likes of interior design that it's odd Microsoft have it working in their Mixed reality world/App before Autodesk?
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When he heard I was going home, from Autodesk University, via Hawaii Shaan recommended a Blue Hawaiian Helicopter flight as a great way to see Oahu. Unfortunately, the pilot he knew (from some Autodesk related work) was not flying the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2019 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
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Due to flight timing I had Friday, after Autodesk University, in Vegas. After the best part of a week Casino living and ‘The Strip’ it was time for a change. On the way to the US I heard a “The... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2019 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
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Way back in 2006 I blogged about AutoCAD Architecture/MEP’s (ACA/AMEP) Project Standards feature. It allows object and display styles to be updated in all or selected files within a Project. There is provision to automatically apply ACA/AMEP Object Styles, Display Settings, Materials and AutoCAD Standards ( like line, layer, font... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2019 at RobiNZ CAD Blog
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March 31st means it is blog’iversary time. Fifteen years since that first tentative post! New Zealand is a long way from everywhere and social media eliminates that gap. I really appreciate the connections blogging, and more recently Twitter & Facebook, have enabled. While the other platforms have taken over much... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2019 at RobiNZ CAD Blog
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I had a nice breakfast back at “Seashore Cabaret” on the Petone waterfront (opposite the lodge). Today was just the drive back to Auckland but by a different route than I came down. AHBART skilfully packed (OK, not really) for... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2019 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
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I had a nice breakfast back at “Seashore Cabaret” on the Petone waterfront (opposite the lodge). Today was just the drive back to Auckland but by a different route than I came down. AHBART skilfully packed (OK, not really) for... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2019 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
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Just driving today, Westport to Picton and on the Bluebridge Ferry to Wellington. Love the Buller Gorge road, great in any mode of transport but especially this one! I found LOVE on the side of the road at Inangahua Junction!... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2019 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
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I slept in a bit again, nice after the busy A20 and big drive days. Finally looked out the window about 8am to see blue skies and sun. What a contrast to last night’s overcast and drizzle! I’d come back... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2019 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
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After collecting AHBART in Christchurch late in the evening I drove out to Akaroa. There were three motivating factors for this; I’ve never been to Akaroa A former colleague has retired there and it was a chance to catch up.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2019 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
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The last day of our Alps To Ocean ride started with breakfast at Burnside Homestead. Most large NZ houses of this era were laid out as rooms along corridors/wings. Burnside is unusual in having a huge octagonal centre parlour with... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2019 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
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Signs of more snow arriving on the hills overnight but seeing this sunrise, and blue sky, was a nice start to the day. After breakfast at Waitaki Braids we loaded up and drove back to Otematata to ride the best... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2019 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
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I had a late night watching F1 on my phone as mobile data was faster than WIFI. Awoke to grim weather, cold and wet, and it didn’t look like it was passing. At breakfast Bas suggested a change from the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2019 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
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My Bravo 155 HGT ticked up 255,000km on the way home from work. Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2019 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
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Autodesk have released a new learning hub offering focused training with topics across all their Arch/MEP platforms (Revit, AutoCAD & FormIt): AUTODESK CUSTOMER SUCCESS LEARNING HUB / ARCHITECT LEARNING CENTER While looking at the article "Collaborating in AutoCAD with Specialized Toolsets”* I had the odd experience of seeing myself looking... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2019 at RobiNZ CAD Blog