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Tips and tricks for using AutoCAD, Revit, Autodesk Inventor, Civil 3D, Autodesk Vault, InfraWorks, BIM 360, Fusion 360, and more.

  • Leica HDS Software Licensing Tips

    Leica HDS Software Licensing Tips

    Software can be a wonderful tool to assist in completing many of today’s tasks. When it works well, it can make our jobs seem less like work and more like a hobby or fun. When it doesn’t work the...

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  • Understanding Data Clips in Civil 3D3:45

    Understanding Data Clips in Civil 3D

    When you're working with large datasets in Civil 3D it can affect your performance. Using Data Clips can help with this. Learn how.

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  • Notice:  Family Corruption in Revit 2020.2

    Notice: Family Corruption in Revit 2020.2

    Please be aware that the Revit Team at Autodesk identified a defect in the 2020.2 update/build that is corrupting families in some projects. On February 4, the team published the notification on...

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  • Civil 3D Help Resources

    Civil 3D Help Resources

    Brian Johnson | Applications Expert It is common for a person that is using an extensive and complex software product to encounter a situation that requires the use of features that are outside of...

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  • Connection Rules for the AutoCAD Plant 3D HDPE End Types

    Connection Rules for the AutoCAD Plant 3D HDPE End Types

    If you download or create polyethylene content like the HDPE ISCO catalog found in Autodesk’s App Store your Plant 3D Piping Connection Settings within Project Setup will need to be modified so...

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  • Customize Quick Properties in AutoCAD

    Customize Quick Properties in AutoCAD

    Learn how to customize quick properties in Autodesk AutoCAD.

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  • AutoCAD Map 3D Map Book for Plan Production in Civil 3D

    AutoCAD Map 3D Map Book for Plan Production in Civil 3D

    Matt Miyamoto | ISD Project Manager In several recent conversations it has been asked if it is possible in Civil 3D to automate sheet creation for detailed grading across a project. The question...

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  • Utilizing Revit Global Parameters for Building Code Requirements

    Utilizing Revit Global Parameters for Building Code Requirements

    Global Parameters in Revit can be used to assign a parameter value across an entire project. It has many uses when it comes to building design. One example would be to utilize Global Parameters to...

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  • Autodesk AutoCAD Electrical SQL Migration Part 2 of 2

    Autodesk AutoCAD Electrical SQL Migration Part 2 of 2

    You want to switch your AutoCAD Electrical Installation from Access Databases to SQL Databases, but the instructions from the Autodesk Help system do not provide all the necessary information.

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  • Pack and Go for Inventor Functionality Missing in File Explorer

    Pack and Go for Inventor Functionality Missing in File Explorer

    With Autodesk Inventor installed, the Windows file explorer should provide several Inventor-related functions when an Inventor file is selected, then right-clicked.

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  • Earthwork Construction Plan in Civil 3D

    Earthwork Construction Plan in Civil 3D

    Brian Johnson | Applications Expert To create an earthwork construction plan in Autodesk Civil 3D, use the Earthwork Plan Production feature found on the Analyze tab of the ribbon and on the...

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  • INSERT & CLASSICINSERT in Civil 3D 2020

    INSERT & CLASSICINSERT in Civil 3D 2020

    Matt Miyamoto | ISD Project Manager Those of you who are working with the new 2020 versions of the AutoCAD product family may have noticed an enhanced INSERT command. In previous versions of...

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  • Using Symmetry constraints to reduce the element count and improve analysis times with Inventor Nastran

    Using Symmetry constraints to reduce the element count and improve analysis times with Inventor Nastran

    Performing finite element analysis (FEA) on large models can be time consuming and frustrating due to the high number of elements and computer memory required. In general, any model that has more...

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  • Different Ways to Copy an Alignment in Civil 3D

    Different Ways to Copy an Alignment in Civil 3D

    Richard Morrow | Applications Expert In this Blog I wanted to share a couple different ways of coping an alignment in Autodesk Civil 3D. I always new I could use the AutoCAD Copy command within...

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  • Autodesk AutoCAD Electrical SQL Migration Part 1 of 2

    Autodesk AutoCAD Electrical SQL Migration Part 1 of 2

    You want to switch your AutoCAD Installation from Access Databases to SQL Databases, but the instructions from the Autodesk Help system do not provide all the necessary information.

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  • AutoCAD 2020 DWG Compare Command

    AutoCAD 2020 DWG Compare Command

    AutoCAD introduced the DWG Compare command in version 2019 and at first glance, the command appears to have only gone through a “cosmetic” change in the AutoCAD 2020 release. In AutoCAD 2019 the...

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  • Publishing (Files) vs Publishing (Plots) with BIM360 for Civil 3D

    Publishing (Files) vs Publishing (Plots) with BIM360 for Civil 3D

    Matt Miyamoto | ISD Project Manager With the addition of BIM360 to our Civil 3D environment in the Civil 3D 2020.2 Update, we now have a couple of different definitions for “Publish.” In general...

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  • Inventor 2020 error:  'Could not start the Autodesk Desktop Connect Service.  The required services (Autodesk Desktop Connect and Guided Tut

    Inventor 2020 error: 'Could not start the Autodesk Desktop Connect Service. The required services (Autodesk Desktop Connect and Guided Tut

    When launching Inventor 2020 this message appears. You can continue working but it appears every time you start the program: "Could not start the Autodesk Desktop Connect Service. The required...

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  • BIM 360 Design for Civil 3D Collaboration Tip 2 – Creating a New Drawing

    BIM 360 Design for Civil 3D Collaboration Tip 2 – Creating a New Drawing

    Matt Miyamoto | ISD Project Manager With the new release of Civil 3D 2020.2, we’re all seeing some slight changes in the appearance of Civil 3D’s Start page (Blog Post Part 1) and some new options...

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  • Customizing the Ribbon with IMAGINiT Utilities for Civil 3D

    Customizing the Ribbon with IMAGINiT Utilities for Civil 3D

    Matt Miyamoto | ISD Project Manager If you’re a subscription customer through IMAGINiT Technologies, you have access to our custom Utilities for Autodesk Civil 3D. These utilities are specialized...

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