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Ian Robinson

A Guide to InfraWorks Smart Labelling

A Guide to InfraWorks Smart Labelling
So, you’ve seen lots of posts about Infraworks and all the clever things it can do. But sometimes, it’s the simplest things that can make a dramatic difference. Take labels for example. In Infraworks you can add labels to your objects, basing the labels on real world data, and you can even style them so they automatically appear when you get close to an object. Amongst the other great things you c...
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Rob Merriman

Why Advance Steel Users Should Be Using Copy With Adjustment

Why Advance Steel Users Should Be Using Copy With Adjustment
A lot of the models we create in Advance Steel have objects that are replicated throughout, but the positioning or angles may be different. For example, a model containing a stair with 20 flights might have 10 different flight angles, and it can be time consuming and frustrating to set out the bolts, welds or features for all these items individually. The Copy with Adjustment tool will solve all o...
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Simon Locke

Revit Circuit Referencing Using Dynamo Part One

Revit Circuit Referencing Using Dynamo Part One
This tutorial will take you through the process of transforming the circuit references in Revit. To start with we are going to create two new parameters for Phase and Way using a shared parameter file. For those of you that aren’t familiar, a shared parameter file is a ‘text’ file that holds pre-created custom parameter information that can be used in a project to create project parameters, in a f...
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Simon Locke

Revit Circuit Referencing Using Dynamo

Revit Circuit Referencing Using Dynamo
One of the things I get asked regularly whilst teaching the electrical section of a Revit MEP course is whether you can re-format the circuit references for 3 phase circuits so that they look more like the UK standard. Autodesk Revit circuit referencing uses the US format for the 3 live phases which are A, B & C, whereas in the UK we use L1, L2, L3. Therefore, when you create electrical c...
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Adam Butcher

Get Into The Habit Of Using The Inventor Assembly Bill Of Materials

Get Into The Habit Of Using The Inventor Assembly Bill Of Materials
We all need an accurate bill of materials (BOM) at the end of the day, and most of us don’t even use the fantastic bill of materials option, which is available in the Autodesk Inventor assembly environment. I always use this option when checking to make sure that I haven't forgotten any information, which could include things like a description, stock number or any other info that I might need in ...
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Alan Johnson

Adding A Material To Revit Imported 3D Geometry

Adding A Material To Revit Imported 3D Geometry
If you have created an Autodesk Revit family by importing a 3Ddwg or SAT file for example, it will help to follow this handy tip for assigning a material (and colour). The imported 3D geometry will have a default material and colour. If you select your 3D imported geometry you can use query to find the default layer. On the Manage Tab > Settings Panel > Object Styles > Imported Obje...
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Alan Johnson

Creating Revit Families From Imported 3D Geometry

Creating Revit Families From Imported 3D Geometry
One of the big advantages of using Autodesk Revit family creation is that you can import 3D geometry from supported file formats and applications. This functionality leverages sophisticated technology in order to provide more consistent and higher quality 3D imports than other technologies. When imported into projects and families, these 3D shapes adopt some of the behaviour of the assigned Revit ...
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Dave Talbot

What’s the Next BIG Disruptor for AEC

What’s the Next BIG Disruptor for AEC
If you think the AEC world is settling into BIM and BIM is the future think again. The adoption of 3D technologies in the AEC sector is merely serving as an enabler and catalyst for change right across the sector. What would previously have been considered the norm is now highly debatable to the point that the current reality is that “change is fast becoming the new norm”. Robotics, Artificial Int...
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Adam Butcher

A Guide To Autodesk Inventor Level Of Detail

A Guide To Autodesk Inventor Level Of Detail
Following up on our guide to Inventor Positional Representations I thought I would take the time to go through the Autodesk Inventor level of detail. By default, in an assembly file there are four levels of detail - master, all components suppressed, all parts suppressed and all content centre suppressed. On top of the default levels of detail you can create your own levels as required. With level...
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Adam Butcher

A Guide To Autodesk Inventor Positional Representations

A Guide To Autodesk Inventor Positional Representations
Most of the designs we create using Autodesk Inventor are built as fixed non-moving assemblies that never reflect the intended purpose of the finished product. Positional representations can be used to manipulate the assembles motion, and the various positions can be saved with the assembly file. The saved positional representations can also be used as drawing views or overlays. In order to create...
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