How to transform PDF underlays to AutoCAD Objects

Lynn Allen, Cadalyst contributing editor and Autodesk Technical Evangelist , presents a useful video for AutoCAD professionals. In this video tutorial, Allen provides some useful cad tips to transform PDF files (underlay) to AutoCAD objects.

So, the AutoCAD users can get rid of time consuming tracing on top of PDFs to reproduce objects or draw it from the beginning.

How to import a specific area from a PDF Underlay

1. Choose the PDF underlay.
2. From the PDF Underlay contextual tab, click Import as Objects.
3. At the prompt, click two diagonal points which a rectangular crossing area, or select from one of the other options.

A crossing area is equivalent to a crossing selection. The settings option demonstrates a dialog box in which you can specify the types of objects to import, customization of layers, either the imported objects should be imported as a block, and various other options.

4. Decide whether you desire to retain, separate, or unload the attached PDF once the selected objects are imported.

The specific area of the attached PDF is imported into the drawing as AutoCAD objects.

For more details, watch the following video tutorial.

Video Source: cadalystvideos

How to transform PDF underlays to AutoCAD Objects

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Details about Aautodesk BIM 360 package

Autodesk BIM 360 is an integrated cloud platform for AEC project delivery and construction management. It is specifically designed for the design manager, construction manager, construction site supervisor, building owner, operations manager or anything else to access the exact tools to fulfill project planning and delivery responsibilities.

BIM 360 Docs – It is the base for all work managed in BIM 360. As any AEC project sets out, this is where it should begin. It’s the place to consolidate, control and provide entry to project information for all team members.

BIM 360 Design – The design package combines workflows that occur all through the design stage of the project into the BIM 360 common data platform to simplify the transformation process into construction. Design teams will be able to assess and collaborate continuously during the design phase. Workflows comprise of co-authoring shared Revit models, coordinating deliverables with multidiscipline design teams, tracking deliverables exchanged, and visualizing alterations among deliverables in aggregated models.

BIM 360 Glue – It facilitates the team members to simplify VDC and BIM collaboration through the expedition of model aggregation and clash detection along with performing constructability reviews, recognizing costly issues in the pre-construction phase, enhancing multi-discipline coordination, and automating clash detection and speed reviews.

BIM 360 Build – It makes the quality control and jobsite security of construction better by arranging superior construction quality control and eliminating rework. Besides, it applies the checklists to boost jobsite safety programme conformance. It has the capacity to generate, assign and manage issues, RFIs and Submittals, and monitor field performance with construction daily reports.

All packages are available with insight tools in our project analytics offering as well as general document management capabilities together with file sharing, publishing drawings, version control, and document comparison features.

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Enscape – The powerful 3D real-time rendering software

Enscape belongs to a virtual reality (VR) and real-time rendering plugin for Revit, SketchUp, Rhino and ArchiCAD. With just simple click of the mouse, Enscape starts functioning and instantly it walks through your entire rendered project.

There is no requirement for uploading to the cloud or exporting to other programs. All modifications in the project can be readily accessed to assess in Enscape.

It is possible to instantly look into various design options and demonstate projects to clients. If the client prefers to view something dissimilar in the design, Enscape will quickly illustrate the changes made to the project, even in VR. By applying the option to generate a standalone file of your architectural project, it is possible to send an Enscape file to your clients or colleagues for quick representations.

The software contains the following exclusive features :-

• Real-time walk-through
• Live link to SketchUp – Dissimilar to other renderers the alterations in SketchUp are directly reflected in Enscape
• Direct Integration – Retain your tools and employ Enscape through the SketchUp toolbar
• Standalone export – Generate an .exe file from your project that runs without SketchUp

• Effortless usage – Rendering with one click
• Virtual Reality (VR) – Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and Windows Mixed Reality support with one click
• 360° Panorama Views – Supports Google cardboard for 360° mobile view
• Video Path – Multiple options for every keyframe

Major applications :-

• Design review
• Internal presentation
• Client presentation
• Rapid render making

Free Trial Version:
The free trial expires after 14 days. After that, it’s possible to buy a monthly or yearly license at the Enscape store (

Go through the following video tutorial for live demonstration.

Enscape – The powerful 3D real-time rendering software

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Allplan 2019 is just launched with some new and advanced features

Allplan 2019 is launched to provide huge benefits for architects and engineers to implement BIM efficiently in building and infrastructure.

The latest version comprises of several functions to simplify the formation of buildings and structures with high geometric complexity. It also makes the co-operation smooth among planning partners in BIM projects.

Moreover, many detail improvements also ensure greater convenience and flexibility in work processes. The newly developed stair module facilitates the architects to model complex stairs in a time-saving and accurate manner.

Allplan 2019 offers the architects and engineers to employ a BIM tool to work in concert successfully at any phase of the BIM process.

Allplan 2019 includes new views and sections for reinforcement detailing. With this feature, write-access to the building model is not necessary while detailing reinforcement.

By applying the new property palette, settings like format, visualization and attributes for different components for instance walls, ceilings, foundations, roofs and rooms can be controlled effectively. With the Object palette, it is possible to categorize objects with their properties.

IFC is the standard interface for openBIM projects. The newest version IFC4 offers a further enhancement that allows exporting elementary geometry information (“BaseQuantities”) in BIM projects.

With the new stair modeler in Allplan Architecture 2019, stairs are generated instantly and easily. Staircase components like steps, substructure or stringers as well as properties are specified with the aid of a separate pallete. Axis, sections, steps or distances are easily rectified with handles.

A 30-days free trial version is available for Allplan Architecture 2019 and Allplan Engineering 2019 from or

Allplan 2019 is just launched with some new and advanced features

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A position is vacant for designer/architect in Settle, WA, USA

SHED, a renowned architecture firm in Seattle (USA), is inviting application for a talented and motivated designer/architect.

With this role, the candidate has to work in tandem with firm principals on variously-scaled projects ranging from Pre-Design through Contract Administration.

The prospective candidate has to undertake the following liabilities :-

1. Building and sustaining 3D (sketchup) models at all phases of design
2. Generating permit and construction drawings
3. Workability studies, research, and presentation packages

The ideal candidates should have the following qualities :-

a. Contain a portfolio demonstrating sound design skills
b. Possess a Masters of Architecture degree from a recognized university
c. 1 to 3 years post-graduate experience in design or construction setting
d. Should be committed to architecture and the mehod of design
e. Should have an interest in, and understanding of construction assemblies, material properties, etc

f. Good written and oral communication skills
g. Should illustrate outstanding interpersonal skills
h. Should have dire interest and understanding of sustainable building practices along with LEED and Passive House standards
i. Well versed with researching and settling technical issues
i. Sound knowledge in ArchiCad, AutoCad and/or Revit, SketchUp, Adobe Creative Suite, V-Ray

If you are interested, please send your resume and portfolio to

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Details of CADS RC3D for Revit

The purpose of CADS RC3D is to simplify the placement, annotation and bar marking of reinforcing steel for all types of RC structures. CADS RC expands the robust reinforcement modelling strength of Revit.

By employing the 3D modelling functionality of Revit efficiently, CADS RC3D facilitates the rebar being splitted into particle groups (bar ranges). Besides, bar marks are formed and managed, detailed reinforcement (shop) drawings are produced with the single click of mouse.

Bar bending schedules are generated automatically and material lists are exported to external production software file formats like BVBs, aSa, Soulé and Excel.

With it’s user-friendly functionality, it is possible to produce 2D detailed reinforcement (shop) drawings from Revit models.

Unique annotation functions offer ticking & tagging of bar ends in different user-defined styles.

Supplementary annotation functions are generated to detail tapered ranges and mark rebar ends.

Modelled rebar is divided into physical zones inside each element of the structure.

Reinforcing bars are allotted to exact layers and accordingly viewed more smoothly.

Advanced editing functions facilitate rebar to be duplicated from one structure to another.

Various reinforcing bars are attached together to develop new, complicated bar shapes.

Trimming reinforcement is indicated and added around openings in the structure compliant with user’s preferences.

Rebar is trimmed and expanded to openings, detail or model lines.

Superior bar placement functions facilitates arranging new bars equivalent to other reinforcement already in the structure.

Generates Bar Bending Schedules (BBS) that adheres to UK, US and other country standards.

Reinforcement is ‘called off’ in the by element ‘release’ or ‘drawing sheet’ and then managed consequently.

The BBS and ‘bar lists’ are provided onto drawing sheets or printed with industry standard reporting templates

BBS and bar list templates can be easily tailored to abide by company standards.

Go through the following video tutorial, to get more clear idea.

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How to use group tool in Revit for multi-storied buildings

This is a very useful tutorial for Revit users. The tutorial presents brief guidelines on how to apply group tool in Revit with repeating levels when working with multi-storied buildings.

If any buildings contain various floors and the floors are equivalent, then group’s tool can be used to simplify and speed up the process as well as create any modifications rapidly to all the floors.

Given below, some handy tips to create a group in Revit :-

Create a group by selecting the components or existing groups, and utilizing the Create Group tool.

In a project view, choose the required components or existing groups to be needed in the group.

Click Modify | Multi-Select tab  Create panel  (Create Group).

Note: If one element type is only chosen, the respective Modify | tab shows rather than the Multi-Select tab.

In the Create Group dialog, provide a name for the group.

Note: The name of this dialog will differ on the basis of the types of components which are already been selected.

In order to open the group in the group editor, choose Open in Group Editor.

The group editor facilitates you to include or exclude components from a group, attach detail groups (for model groups), and view group properties.

Click OK.

To download the project and Revit files, click on the following link.

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ETAP 18.1.1 delivers innovative solutions for modeling, analysis, and operation

ETAP® released the most updated version of the ETAP 18 series i.e. ETAP 18.1.1. This newest version extends the innovative solutions prepared for modeling, analysis, and operation.

ETAP – Revit Data Exchange module facilitates the electrical designers and engineers to easily connect with Autodesk as well as transmits electrical data from Revit directly into ETAP software.

Building Information Model (BIM) described in Revit is exported to ETAP to produce an intelligent one-line diagram, along with unrestricted sub-systems and settle element properties. The model provides supports for full (initial) data import and incremental updates.

ETAP 18.1.1 contains the following exclusive features :-

a. Improved performance
b. Rapid run-time speed
c. Incremental model import from Revit® BIM
d. Detailed conversion from SKM PowerTools®
e. Extended eTrax™ Rail Traction System feature
f. Improved Plot Manager acquiring study files over a local network
g. Improved one-line diagram PDF output
h. Superior compatibility with Microsoft PDF printer
i. Supports greater DPI font scaling up to 200%

To download a trial version, click on the following link

ETAP 18.1.1 delivers innovative solutions for modeling, analysis, and operation

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How to control the object snap behavior associated with hatch patterns and extension lines in AutoCAD

Lynn Allen, presents this exclusive cad video that demonstrates how to control the object snap behavior when it connects to hatch patterns and extension lines in AutoCAD.

Have you ever tried to grab the endpoint of an extension line instead of the anticipated object, or grab the seperate objects in a crosshatch pattern, then this AutoCAD video tutorial is ideal for you.

To install custom hatch patterns into AutoCAD, follow the steps, given below.

Copy your hatch pattern PAT file(s) into the default Support folder that AutoCAD employs to locate hatch patterns. The default path is mentioned in the Support File Search Path list under the Files tab in Options. It is normally the first one displayed. It is the one that goes to your user folder.

Watch the following youtube video for getting more information.

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