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Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Automatic Area Calculations by BOMA Standards !
THIS IS HUGE NEWS !!
In this great video demonstration displayed above I show how the new .NET plug in for Area Calculation Standards works. In particular using what is known as the BOMA Standard of calculating areas.
This automated standard uses the space 'classification' and actually compares the adjacent space classification(s) to determine where to place the boundary lines. It's truly amazing and EXTREMELY useful to those who need to do this.
You can now place Space objects and then tabulate the Gross, Net and Usable areas based on a specific Area Standard such as BOMA, DIN or SIS !
I sure could have used this automated process years ago when my entire job entailed surveying building spaces (measuring tape, clipboard, flashlight...you know the drill) and then manually calculating the Gross, Net and Usable areas.
Based on this new AutoCAD Architecture ability I think I will start to look for new work on measuring spaces again !
Friday, September 07, 2007
Saturday, April 07, 2007
Click the link below to view an 11 minute CADclip on creating the ADT Stair you see above by using the cool 'by linework' method. This may be ADT's best unknown secret.
ADT 2007 Stairs By Linework (right click and save target as to download)
I think it's a safe assumption to say that most people (present company included) have seriously struggled to use the ADT Stair tool to do anything other than a straight run of stairs. Heaven help you if you actually want to use 'winders'......even with the new 'winder styles'.
We have all seen the red circle of death. ADT Stair winders seem to have a mind of their own that do not follow any design rules that I have come across.Well now there's a very easy solution that really works. Stairs by Linework..........from the highest hilltop........YEAH !!
As far as I am concerned they can scrap the old stair tool and just leave this one in.
* In the CADclip I use straight lines as the boundaries and risers but you can use arcs and polylines as well.
We also learn a little bit about attaching the railings and overriding the cut plane in the CADclip lesson above.
ENJOY......all my ADT friends........enjoy !
Friday, April 06, 2007
Click the link below to view a 9 minute CADclip on creating the ADT roof you see above.
ADT 2007 Curved Roof (right click and save target as to download)
So once you get the hang of ADT you will inevitably get challenged by creating a Roof that is not made up of standard Flat Sloped surfaces.
We all know you can Auto Project ADT walls up to the underside of an ADT Roof object but did you know that you can 'Auto Project' walls up to basic AutoCAD 3d solids ! Yes you can.
You can also convert an AutoCAD solid object to a Roof Slab object to finish it off !
There are 32 awesome CADclips on the AutoCAD 2007 3D Solid modelling tools here > AutoCAD 2007 3D to get you up to speed on all the AutoCAD 3D modelling.
Wednesday, February 21, 2007
Destination Desktop: Spring Training for CAD Professionals
May 31st - June 2nd, 2007
BCIT - Burnaby Campus, Burnaby, BC, Canada
Destination Desktop is a unique conference where you can learn more about CAD than you ever thought possible in an action-packed, super-charged environment.
CAD professionals and industry experts will enhance your skills during three days of intense hands-on courses in the fields of Architecture, Manufacturing, Civil/GIS & Mapping, General Design and Programming.
Read all about it here > http://www.destinationdesktop.ca/default.htm
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
Monday, January 01, 2007
Below are 7 great Video CADclips and one 12 page PDF document on all the 'in's and out's' of getting your ADT walls to clean up.
I say, you can measure the initial success of using ADT in a project by your ability to manage wall cleanups. If you can’t get the walls to cleanup you might as well throw in the towel. That is the truth.
The good news is that walls will clean up if you know all the rules. Our friends at autodesk provide us with all the tools. You just need someone to pull it all together and lay it out on the table for you nice and organized. That is exactly what the CADclips and Documentation below are about to do. That,..and then some.
You can click any of the links below or right click and 'Save Target As..' to download.
12 Page PDF Document
ADT 2007 Wall Cleanups - PDF
Wednesday, August 23, 2006
Monday, August 14, 2006
The tip is with regards to changing and Attached Xref to an Overlayed Xref and visa versa.
My guess is that 90% of AutoCAD users are unaware of this tip.
The tip is:
In the XREF dialog box if you double click the word Attach or Overlay in the'Type' column (as seen above) you can actually toggle the xref from being Attached to being Overlayed, and visa versa. This can help eliminate a Circular Xref error. This click behaviour in a dialog box is unusual forAutoCAD, and I don't think it would even occur to an experienced AutoCAD user to try this.
So now I will start double clicking in other dialog boxes and see what other treasures lie within.
As most experienced AutoCAD users know, an attached Xref WILL travel with the host file if it is further Xref'd but an Overlayed Xref will NOT travel forward with it's host file if it gets further Xref'd.
Saturday, May 20, 2006
The next session is for Architectural Desktop and the topic is the infamous 'Project Navigator'.
Topic: ADT Project Navigator
Date: Tuesday May 23, 2006
Time: 11:00 am MDT
Duration: 30 minutes
Only room for 10 people until the system gets expanded. (shouldn't be long).
Email me with your name to request a CADILOT - ADT Project Navigator session invitation.
For more information here is a link announcing the new CADILOT system.
Main CADILOT page
Saturday, May 13, 2006
This CADILOT class will be held on Thursday, May 18, at 3:00 pm MDT.
The topic will be 'A REVIT Demo'. The objective of this class will be an exercise of how the new CADILOT system works and maybe learn some REVIT along the way as well.
Only room for 10 people, so the first 10 people to email me at mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org and title the message "CADILOT Thursday" will get in.
* If you cannot make this scheduled time, fear not just email me with the message title "CADILOT - RAIN CHECK PLEASE" and I will put you on the list for the next Freebee.
You will receive an email invitation that looks like this. (You have to accept a security certificate and away we go.)
Please join my meeting athttps://www.gotomeeting.com/join/xxxxxxxxxConference Call: Dial (xxx) xxx-xxxx, then enter access code xxx-xxx-xxxMeeting ID: xxx-xxx-xxxGoToMeeting(TM)Online Meetings Made Easy
C A D I L O T - CAD Interactive Live Online Training (www.cadilot.com) coming soon !
New Online 'Fully Interactive' CAD Training Available - The future is here and we are ON IT !
That's right, sit back at your desk, in board room, on a boat, in a park, in a hotel or, on a bus.....and watch how it's done. LIVE and Interactive ! Get to know me.
One on One or in a Group.
Ask questions and get your answers right then and there. We can record the session so no need to panic. How about scheduling a few sessions ahead of time on your availability.
Through the magic of CITRIX and thin client technology anyone in the meeting can be given control of the mouse and control of the SOFTWARE. This means we can pass the mouse back and forth ! This technology has been around for years but not to this level of simplicity .
DG CAD is all setup to provide you with live 'Online Conference Style' training.
It's instant, it's easy, it's fully interactive and it's very effective !
We do this in the same way people have been doing live conference meetings for some time now but with better technology and faster internet.
We are setup through www.gotomeeting.com and it's so simple it's funny.
You instantly see our screen on your screen and we talk over the speaker phones. Then if you want the mouse control can you have it !
Email us to setup your sessions ! > mailto:email@example.com
Saturday, April 29, 2006
I remember way back when there was a way to make your paper space view look monochrome, black and white or more like the plot preview. Somewhere along the line I upgraded my software and seemed to have lost just exactly how this is done. Occasioanlly I would spend a couple minutes looking around but could never get it back.
Well I finally figured it out, again and thought there must be others in the same position !
The trick is you MUST to go through the Page Setup Manager dialog box then into a particuar page setup. If you go straight into the plot dialog box the option is not available. Yet another reason to always use the page seup manager.
The check box in question is in the upper right side and it's called "Display Plot Styles" ?? Ok. I suspect most people either don't know what the option does or they don't even see it. Either way I prefer to set this option 'On'. See the images above and below.
Thursday, April 27, 2006
Wednesday, April 26, 2006
Tuesday, April 25, 2006
Try it out. It's fun and it's easy.
Right click the link and 'save target as..' to download the file.
Intro to the Detail Component Manager
Monday, April 24, 2006
You can right click and 'save target as..' to download the files.
Networking Palettes (PDF)
Networking Palettes Part 1 – Theory
Networking Palettes Part 2 – Demo
Sunday, April 23, 2006
Friday, April 21, 2006
Monday, April 17, 2006
Creating an Elevation or Section is like taking a snapshot in time of certain objects. It creates a special View that can be updated almost as if it was a block.
Use the Callout Tools to generate the Elevations or Sections.
Below are links to Full Tutorial.
(Right click and 'save target as..' to download the file)
PDF hard copy