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Enforcing CAD Standards Without Authority

There’s a myth among CAD and BIM managers that authority is the secret to success. A common belief is unless you are given the authority to enforce what you create, the odds of being successful are stacked against you. Struggling to get my firm to adopt the standards I had developed for it, there was a

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Autodesk “Make Anything” 2017 Showreel

With so much talk about tools like AutoCAD, Civil 3D, and Revit, it’s easy to forget just how far Autodesk technology reaches, and how it allows designers to make anything. From the buildings and parks we walk in, to the movies and television shows we watch, to the vehicles we drive to see those movies

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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

InfraWorks 360

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

Celebrating ten years of The CAD Geek

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

Updating AutoCAD Block Attributes using Microsoft Excel Excel Attribute

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

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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

AutoCAD Classic Interface

Recreating the AutoCAD Classic Workspace

Despite several improvements to the Ribbon interface over the years, many AutoCAD users still prefer the AutoCAD Classic workspace featuring menus and toolbars. Since introducing the Ribbon interface in AutoCAD 2009, Autodesk has been nice enough to provide a classic interface to aid users transitioning from the old interface. The menu and toolbar-based AutoCAD Classic Workspace

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Establishing Shared Coordinates Between Revit and Civil 3D the Easy Way

“Model Coordination” in the AEC (Architecture, Engineering, and Construction) industry is most often limited to what’s in Revit. While that ensures a coordinated building model, it leaves the question of what to do about the Civil 3D model unanswered. Revit has a Survey Point, but in my experience only a small percentage of teams spend the time

AutoCAD 2016 Splash Screen

AutoCAD 2016 SP1 Adds Support for Windows 10

Although service packs already exist for many AutoCAD 2016 verticals like Civil 3D; Autodesk released service pack 1 for “vanilla” AutoCAD this week. Whilst I recommend always paying attention to new service pack releases, this service pack is especially important for a few reasons. Reason 1: The Service Pack Fixes Things The basic function of

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