Tuesday, October 16, 2007

AutoCAD Architecture 2008 BOMA Standards Demo

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Automatic Area Calculations by BOMA Standards !

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.
Seeing as quite often these documents and calculations become part of a legal agreement between building owners and tenants it is crutial that the areas are accuate and consistsnt between projects.

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

First Annual CADclips University

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completely Online and Interactive CADclips University (CU).

This November 20, 21, 22, 23.

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Saturday, April 07, 2007

ADT 2007 Stairs by Linework

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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

Architectural Desktop 2007 Curved Roof

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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 - May 31st - June 2nd, 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

Architectural Desktop 2008 = AutoCAD Architecture 2008

Well as no suprise ADT 2008 is expected to be released 03/27/2007.
Only it will be released as AutoCAD Architecture 2008.
More details to follow !

Monday, January 01, 2007

7 New ADT 2007 Wall Cleanup CADclips

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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

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