AutoCAD Layer Tips and Tricks

The user of AutoCAD may have bunch of questions and quarries to be solved. The video tips from Cadalyst and Lynn Allen provide immense help from the practiceners point of view.

The questions here are frequently asked:-

  • Do you recognize the greatest way to generate new layers?
  • Can you use a crossing window in the Layer dialog box?
  • What if you don’t want “U” to undo everything you did when you were in the Layer dialog box?

The answer is ready here, learn and make it use.


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BCFier 1.0 for Revit

It is formerly known as Free BCF Plugin for Revit. BCFier 1.0 supports Autodesk Revit 2014 and 2015 as well as windows platform (ability to open file devoid of Revit).

BCFier 1.0 contains the following exclusive features :-

  • Open, save, generate/edit BCF files (.bcfzip)
  • Add or delete issues
  • Add or delete comments
  • Combine BCF files and feature updates
  • Open several BCF files
  • Observe 3D viewpoints as native Revit views
  • Support for 2D views (only among BCFier installations)
  • Switch element visibility in view
  • Insert custom images as snapshot (snap pictures through a tablet camera on jobsite)
  • Annotate snapshots

For more information, visit the BCF Plugin group on LinkedIn or send mail at:

BCFier 1.0 for Revit
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Make your facility management process better through 3D facility & equipment modeling

3D facility and equipment modeling play a crucial role in making superior design visualization and plant maintenance and development activities.

Given below a wide array of software & 3d modeling programs which can make a sea change in facility management system.

Incorporated 3D scanners and software make 3d modeling system better. Faro Technologies launched Focus3D X 330 laser scanners which represent point cloud data of assets and facilities and simplify design, build, maintenance, retrofit, and expansion methods.

The building owners can use scene and webShare software to process, circulate, and combine the 3D dataset information online, in actual time.

By preserving 3d data of facilities, it is possible to reduce downtime and repair time. If there is a break down, one can know the exact position, type and length and get it prefabricated off-site to fit it in exact position.

CAD Schroer developed MPDS4 Plant Design and Factory Layout Software. If any modification is made to factory layouts, piping, process designs, or materials handling systems, the software can assess the change in both 2D & 3D formats. This feature facilitates the owners & operators to conceptualize, envisage, and gauge the impact of new machinery and technology prior to set up them.;

MPDS4 can easily deal with several data formats as well as large design through an advanced customization tool.

Smart 3D is developed by Intergraph and it facilitates engineers hail from various localities and disciplines to cooperate with each other in near-real time. Numerous 3D formats are supported in a individual hybrid model, and the rules engine implements reliability, gurantees conformity to design standards as well as makes the recurring tasks automatic. Model Data Reuse facilitates objects to be copied and at the same time restoring relationships and the original design intent.

With Smart 3D, the designs can be optimized designs by improving quality, interoperability, productivity, as well as making the project schedules reduced.

With Bentley’s Integrated Plant Lifecycle (IPL) solution, the information can be distributed through various disciplines across all stages of the asset lifecycle. The set of design, analysis, simulation, and information management software provide huge benefits to the process plant engineering professionals and asset owners.

The software supports the ISO 15926 open industry standard and at the same time provides top-notch change management functionality.

The 3D infrastructure and structural data collection and models can be obtained through the 3D scanning and modeling of simple assets which can create a single environment for facilities management and reduce a major amount of inaccuracies as well as enhance safety, and saving time and money.


Make your facility management process better through 3D facility & equipment modeling


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An exclusive cad tutorial video on Autocad limits

Mohammed Sabeer, the well experienced trainer & consultant in Cad, has created the following useful cad tutorial through which he briefly explains with some easy steps the concept of LIMITS in Autocad. One can also gather knowledge on various drawing commands like LINE , CIRCLE , ARC , RECTANGLE etc as well as a wide array of editing commands like ERASE , TRIM , FILLET , MIRROR.

The DRAWING LIMITS command is applied to arrange the size of the drawing space in AutoCAD while beginning a new drawing. It denotes the size of your area. It also helps you to identify drawing limits properly.

To use the drawing limits command, just type limits in command section or one can choose drawing limits in the format menu.


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European BIM Summit 2015

Association of Quantity Surveyors, Technical Architects and Building Engineers of Barcelona-CAATEEB), together with the BIM Academy, is organizing a exclusive seminar on Building Information Modeling in Barcelona, Spain commencing from February 2015 on 12th and 13th.

The BIM conference will comprise of complete sessions of talks, practicums, visits, new services and new companies all featured on BIM, as well as 3 top-level speakers each session, standard case studies and workshops about applications (contractors, software…).The presentations are available in English and Spanish with instantaneous translation facility.

The motto of this seminar is to organize attendees from each European country in all the sectors associated with the building life cycle which range from BIM software and product industry, manufacturers and producers as well as associations, managers, consultants, professionals.

Schedules of the seminar:- Day 1 – February 12, 2015

Day 2 – February 13, 2015

Roof Crickets and Flat Roofs created by Revit

This is a method that how to create an expanded roof, the can host of small cricket match among friends. The Revit tools are obvious methodology to use here for this construction.

Published by the TheRevitKid – this amazing video enable the user to have authentic learning about the authentic learnings.

Roof Crickets and Flat Roofs created by Revit

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A position is vacant for BIM (Project) Engineer in USA

Sanveo, a leading technology and Services Company offering Building Information Modeling (BIM) and BIM coordination services to AEC industry, is seeking some knowledgeable Building Information Modeling (BIM) professional having 3D modeling and 2D drafting expertise with Revit and AutoCAD MEP.

The prospective candidate has to deal with various projects (both BIM and 2D drafting) simultaneously and should have supervised the allotted work to the Company’s offshore team.

If you have sound knowledge in 3D CAD modeling and 2D drafting and talent to work throughout pre-construction and construction stage of commercial building projects, please go through the following job responsibilities:-

  • Ability to manage several AutoCAD Revit, 3D AutoCAD MEP and BIM projects all at once and also need to manage the entrusted work to the offshore team.
  • Work in tandem with the clients throughout pre-construction stage like an on-site BIM Engineer to create the 3D models, 2D Shop Drawings as well as As-Built and Submittal drawings.
  • Assist team members to generate 3D BIM models and 2D drawings in Revit, AutoCAD and Navisworks.
  • Sufficient knowledge in the progression of BIM
  • Administer and evaluate work product from one or more BIM professionals working
  • Be able to work in diverse construction environments like commercial, educational, industrial and health care associated projects

Desired Skills & Experience:

  • MS or foreign corresponding to Construction Management/Technology from recognized US Universities preferred or having 3-5 years of experience in handling BIM detailing work procedures which range from Pre-construction to construction stages of commercial construction.
  • Well versed with BIM Authoring and Analysis tools like AutoCAD MEP, Revit MEP and Navisworks. Mechanical Detailing skill is required but not essential.
  • Knowledge in CADDuct and CADMech will be an added advantage but not necessary.
  • If required, the candidate has to undergo training on Revit, CADDuct and CADMech.
  • outstanding collaborative and organizational skills together with good communicate.
  • Verified project support experience.
  • Required Travel: 25% to 50%.

For more updates, send mail to or give a call at +1 (510) 770-1900

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Some industry recognized BIM terms to execute a BIM project

With the advancement of Building Information (BIM), several new technical terms and keywords are included in it. But these BIM terminologies may not be always understandable by the professionals associated with construction industry. Given below the extensive lists of some useful BIM terminologies and their descriptions.

1. 4D, 5D, 6D, 7D: BIM gradually evolves from 2D CAD to 3D CAD. Now there are additional dimensions which are used for connecting the BIM model intelligently with time, cost, and schedule-related information. BIM can integrate 4D (time) and 5D (cost) virtual modeling of buildings, and all facets of life-cycle facility management (6D).

2. Asset Information Model (AIM), Building Information Model (BIM), Project Information Model (PIM): Besides, Building Information Model, there exist Asset Information Model (AIM) and Project Information Model (PIM). An Asset Information Model (AIM) refers to a model that accumulates the data & information required to support asset management i.e. for the operation of an asset. ‘Asset’ information model is assigned to the identical model post-construction. The ‘asset’ can also denote to civil engineering and infrastructure work.

Project Information Model (PIM) is the information model that is built up throughout the design & construction stage of a project.’ The necessity for the Project Information Model is defined in Employer’s Information Requirements (EIR) as well as at Level 2. It is expected to include a federated building information model, non graphical data and associated documentation.

The project information model is built up gradually, first like a design model and then a ‘virtual construction model involving all the objects to be manufactured, set up or assembled.

3. BIM execution plan (BEP): The BIM Execution Plan (BEP) is based on PAS 1192-2. It is one of the most crucial constituent of any successful BIM project. It describes the predictable BIM deliverables and directs the coordination of the project teams.

There are two types of BEP ranging from ‘pre-contract’ BEP & post-contract’ BEP. A pre-contract BEP is set up by potential suppliers, defining their projected approach, capacity and aptitude to meet up the Employer’s Information Requirements (EIR). Alternatively, it is equivalent to ‘contractor’s proposals’ in a Design & Build contract). Post-contract BEP defines how the information necessary in the Employer’s Information Requirements will be supplied.

4. CIC BIM protocol: It is an additional legal agreement intended for construction clients and contractor clients. The Protocol is a vital standard document that offers the legal framework in the application of BIM working methods in a project. The Protocol is designed to be applied in all common construction contracts and compatible with BIM working at Level 2. The protocol focuses on the detailed obligations, liabilities and associated limitations on the use of the models by the employer and the contracted party to allow collaborative working and at the same time protecting intellectual property ownership and legal responsibility discrimination amid those associated with the project.

5. Clash rendition: As per definition of PAS 1192-2:2013, Clash Rendition (CR) refers to rendition of the native-format model file to be purposely applied for spatial coordination methods. It is applied to attain clash avoidance or for clash detection amid structure and services as well as Building Information Models set up by diverse disciplines. The advantage of clash rendition is to minimize errors, and therefore costs, pre-construction commencement.

6. Common Data Environment (CDE): The Common Data Environment (CDE), is a central information storehouse for the project and it is utilized to gather, manage and distribute documentation, the graphical model and non-graphical data for the entire project team. It facilitates the project team to get rid of the repetition & mistakes. Cloud storage is a recognized method of providing a CDE. The purview and requisites for a CDE are described in PAS 1192-2.

7. Construction Operations Building Information Exchange (COBie): COBie is a data format that consists of a subset of the information available in the building model that focuses on distributing building information not geometric modeling. It is directly connected with building information modeling (BIM) approaches to design, construction, operation and management of built assets, refurbishment or demolition etc.

COBie facilitates to capture and record vital project data at the starting point together with equipment lists, product data sheets, warranties, spare parts lists, and protective maintenance schedules.

The Government’s Level 2-mandated requirement is for COBie-compliant information exchange. BS 1192-4 forms best practice for the execution of COBie.

8. Data drop: Usually, data drops are coordinated to the project phases, and the essential information reveals the level of development that the project should be accomplished by that phase. The RIBA Plan of Work suggests 6 data drops aligned with the phases like design brief, concept, design development / technical design, production information / tender documentation, practical completion, post-practical completion.

9. Data Exchange Specification: It refers to a specification for electronic file formats applied in switching over digital data connecting diverse BIM software applications. It also smooths the progress of interoperability. As for instance IFC and COBie (see above). PAS 1192-2 outlines information exchange activities.

10. Federated model: This is, basically, an integrated Building Information Model that is assembled by merging various diverse models into a single one. Alternatively the model can be imported into another for collaborative working.

A single federated model is ideal for design co-ordination, conflict resolution, approvals processes, design development, estimating etc. Here the individual models do not interrelate; they contain clear authorship and stay separate. So, the liabilities of the creators of the separate models remain unchanged by their integration into the federated model.

11. Government Soft Landings (GSL): The term “soft landing” already subsists in some portions of the construction industry and it imitates the requirment for moving smoothly from the design and construction stage to the operational stage of a built asset.

The motto of GSL is to minimize costs (capital and running) and enhance performance of asset delivery and operation, and is supported by the application of a Building Information Model. The following are some exclusive features:

  • BIM is projected to be applied more and more as a data management tool to make the briefing process easy and simple.
  • Post Occupancy Evaluation is executed, to assess and to make the performance of the asset better as well as be trained for the future.

12. Industry Foundation Class (IFC): IFC is an object-based format, to enable exchange of information between different software. Developed by ‘buildingSMART’, a global alliance specialising in open standards for BIM, IFC is an official standard, BS ISO 16739, and contains geometric as well as other data.

13. Information Delivery Manual (IDM): To reap the full advantages of BIM, information should be accessible when it is required and to a superior quality.

This can be obtained through an Information Delivery Manual that recognizes the different construction procedures, and the information necessary at every phase. ISO 29481-1 denotes a methodology for the format of the IDM.

IDM also outlines one part of the BuildingSMART interoperability model; the other two parts range from the Data Dictionary (mapping alternative terms for common elements) and IFC .

14. Information Manager: To implement the CIC BIM Protocol, it requires employing an ‘Information Manager’ by the employer. This is, basically, a project manager liable for dealing with the delivery of the asset through BIM processes and methods. This is anticipated to form the part of an extensive range of responsibilities under an existing appointment and is executable either by the Design Lead or the Project Lead.

Some industry recognized BIM terms to execute a BIM project

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