Author: Donnie Gladfelter

Project Kameleon Updated in Autodesk Labs

For anyone who has tried Part Builder in AutoCAD Civil 3D and didn’t like it (which is probably everyone), Project Kameleon is worth your attention. Currently an Autodesk Labs technology preview, Project Kameleon is a standalone parts editor that brings the process of modeling custom Civil 3D content into the 21st century. Beyond simply modernizing the process of modeling custom content in Civil 3D, Project Kameleon also introduces several long wished for features. Unlike Part Builder, Project Kameleon is capable of modeling content for both gravity and pressure networks in Civil 3D. While the inclusion of pressure networks is...

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InfraWorks 360 2016.4: More Awesome and More Affordable

With quarterly releases, InfraWorks 360 remains one of the most actively developed applications in Autodesk’s product portfolio. This week marked the fourth release of the 2016 cycle, and like earlier releases – there’s plenty to be excited about! Some of the new features you will find in this new release includes: Raster Overlays Improved Cloud Model Management Model Builder Updates More Responsive Modeling Options Advanced Intersection Modeling: Acceleration & deceleration ramps, Center Turn Lanes, and more! Expanded Drainage Calculation Options AND MORE!!! These new features certainly make InfraWorks 360 2016.4 anything but a lackluster release. As incredible as these new features are,...

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Celebrating 10 Years Of The CAD Geek

Ten Years Blogging I published my very first post to The CAD Geek in January 2006. It’s now February 2016, and my humble corner of the Internet has appeared in web browsers around the world for an entire decade! If I were to choose just one quote to embody the last ten years of The CAD Geek, it would have to be from Steve Jobs’ commencement speech: You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. Starting The CAD Geek During...

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Updating AutoCAD Block Attributes using Microsoft Excel

Block Attributes are an integral component of nearly every AutoCAD-based project I’ve worked on. Beyond the ubiquitous title block, Block Attributes are commonly used for Room Tags, to display calculations, and more. Whilst it isn’t too difficult to update a couple of Block Attributes, when the blocks to update ventures beyond that – the task quickly becomes as tedious as it is time-consuming. I’ve long wished AutoCAD had a command that would let you link a block to something like an Excel spreadsheet. Although that wish has never been granted, the next best thing exists in the form of AutoCAD’s...

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Arriving at Autodesk University 2015

We’ve been waiting all year, and the time has finally come for Autodesk University 2015 to get underway. Whilst the conference doesn’t officially begin until tomorrow, several pre-conference activities have already begun. I stopped by the registration desk after grabbing a bite to eat for breakfast this morning and plan to attend the Infrastructure Summit a little later today. Autodesk University veterans will notice a few changes when registering. First Autodesk sent out an email with individual QR codes for each attendee. Simply open that email and scan the QR code at the registration desk and your badge will begin printing. Likewise, gone are the old paper badges wrapped in a plastic holder. Badges for this year’s conference are printed on plastic. A nice touch in my opinion. In addition to attending this year’s conference, I’ll also be presenting three classes. Be sure to follow me on twitter @TheCADGeek to receive live updates from the...

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