New InfraWorks update with better BIM and GIS workflows

Autodesk Connector for ArcGIS is first in-product competence from joint venture among Esri and Autodesk. More advance features are included in InfraWorks update.

Autodesk’s alliance with Esri adds new wings in the latest Autodesk InfraWorks software update. The most exciting feature is that there exists a new Autodesk Connector for ArcGIS.

The objective of Autodesk is to make BIM + GIS workflows superior across the software pipelines of different infrastructure design and engineering professionals. The connector is utilized to develop an InfraWorks model directly from GIS data to be published to Esri’s ArcGIS Online.

All the data in GIS from Esri’s ArcGIS comes into InfraWorks. This information flow among these two most recognized apps signify that when the Esri-based GIS data is updated the InfraWorks is also updated and restored.

The latest update to InfraWorks comprises of other new features and enhancements. It becomes easier to edit vertical curve values directly in the Curves Properties panel. There exists Delayed Model Regeneration to facilitate the designers to proceed on and not waiting for entire model to be refreshed each time while creating small modifications to the model, similar to moving a curb.

Opportunities for Surveyors:

InfraWorks views can be easily availed through web and mobile devices but the feature now comprises of a bookmarks and detailed model data view. Finally, BIM 360 users will be able to view account and project name data evidently while receiving projects in several and different BIM 360 accounts. It is a BIM 360 upgrading that carries over to superior workflows for InfraWorks.

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New InfraWorks update with better BIM and GIS workflows

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How Twinmotion 2018 is synchronized with Revit

This Revit video provides brief demonstration on Twinmotion 2018 that will launched very soon by Abvent. The newest version will be very useful for architectural visualization via 3D immersion with some simple clicks of the mouse.

Twinmotion 2018 is supported with Unreal Engine. It is very user-friendly and powerful for architects and designers to generate images, videos, panoramas and executable files.

Twinmotion 2018 offers real-time collaboration with ArchiCAD and Autodesk Revit. Given below, some exclusive features of the software :-

It produces photorealistic visualisations of buildings as well as imports models in a standard range of 3D file formats, together with FBX, DWG and DAE.

The Users will be able to develop background environments out of a library of stock models and textures, and attribute lights.

There are various types of atmospheric properties which range from clouds, rain and snow, as well as ambient lighting on the basis of geographical location and time of day. These are modified through slider-based controls.

There also exist brush-based systems for editing topography or inserting animatiable vegetation to a scene, and a Bezier-based system for pathing animated crowds or traffic.

The software also comprises of a basic camera editor and a set of standard post-process effects.

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How Twinmotion 2018 is synchronized with Revit

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ASCENT introduces Autodesk 2019 Courseware Roadmap

ASCENT – Center for Technical Knowledge, a member of the Autodesk Authorized Publisher Program, just launched its updated Learning Guides for Autodesk 2019 software. ASCENT’s wide-ranging Autodesk 2019 Courseware Roadmap layouts the release dates for over 70 titles.

Titles exist in both print and eBook formats via ASCENT’s online store at, and in print at

Besides, Autodesk 2019 offerings, ASCENT has introduced a French version of Revit Architecture 2018 Basic guidelines, known as Autodesk Revit 2018 Architecture: Concepts de base (Métrique) to spread out BIM program to the French language architectural community with the collaboration among ASCENT and Autodesk.

By extending the BIM programs to the architectural community, it is possible to cope up with the advancement in AEC industry as well as fulfill the mission of architects.

Besides, providing it’s important and existing educational resources, ASCENT also extends multi-language accessibility to it’s courseware with the introduction of our first French language learning guide.”

The following Autodesk 2019 Learning Guides are accessible for purchase:

• AutoCAD 2019: 3D Drawing and Modeling – Mixed Units
• AutoCAD 2019: 3D Drawing and Modeling – Metric
• AutoCAD 2019: Beyond the Basics – Mixed Units
• AutoCAD 2019: Beyond the Basics – Metric
• AutoCAD 2019: Essentials – Mixed Units
• AutoCAD 2019: Essentials – Metric

• AutoCAD 2019: Fundamentals – Mixed Units
• AutoCAD 2019: Fundamentals – Metric
• AutoCAD Civil 3D 2019: Fundamentals – Imperial
• AutoCAD Civil 3D 2019: Fundamentals – Metric
• Autodesk Inventor 2019: Introduction to Solid Modeling – Mixed Units
• Autodesk Inventor 2019: Advanced Part Modeling (Mixed Units)
• Autodesk Revit 2019: Fundamentals for Architecture – Imperial

These learning resources are specifically designed for self-paced learning, instructor-led training, and on-the-job reference. ASCENT also provides Video-Enhanced eBooks, Official Certification Preparation books, self-paced eLearning and Video-Enhanced eLearning Bundles.

The educational institutions, corporations, Autodesk Training Centers and individuals can access ASCENT’s Learning Guides worldwide via distribution centers in North America, South America, Europe, Australia, and Asia. For volume sales, contact an ASCENT representative at 1-866-527-2368.

ASCENT introduces Autodesk 2019 Courseware Roadmap

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~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ – The newest free program for BIM professionals

The iluac software, a company from France, recently launched a new program called, to deal with the barriers which BIM delivers to designers by facilitating them to produce BIM models with software they are well versed.

The program can be downloaded from the Mac App Store. The software facilitates the users to develop a BIM model and database from almost any CAD or 3D source model. As the designers will be able to utilize their CAD or 3D design software according to their choice, they don’t need to focus on BIM considerations throughout the design and drawing phase of building projects. facilitates the users to import a 3D model as per their choice of CAD software. As soon as the model is imported, the user will be able to develop a BIM database by allotting the BIM hierarchies with in-built templates and standard IFC property data. Presently, permits 3D models for being imported from the formats given below:

• SKP and SKB file formats (SketchUp)
• 3Dxx file format (3DTurbo)
• DXF file format (AutoCAD)
• FBX file format (Autodesk)
• OBJ and MTL file formats (Wavefront)
• 3DS file format (3D Studio)
• STL file format (3D Systems)
• DAE file format (COLLADA)
• ABC file format (Alembic)

After importing the model into, users can simply generate BIM data hierarchy, and set up connections among its components and the imported geometry with predefined templates and user-friendly, drag-and-drop features. The users will be able to produce their own property and quantity dictionaries. The software is also applied to explore BIM data and navigate through a model, as well as render it, transforming it a robust 3D visualization tool. is free, but with the use of the software’s Premium Pack (in-App purchase), it is possible to export a final BIM project with the IFC 2×3 format. IFC is a base language that can be employed to deliver information among BIM applications whereas retaining the definitions of various types of information in the transfer. It arranges for BIM interoperability. offers the following exclusive features:

• An easy to use Mac interface
• Include different types of data to elements in a 3D model
• Generate and compose BIM hierarchy and visualization
• Drag-and-drop BIM entity to geometric components
• History of operations on any individual model components
• Find out components in the BIM by clicking on a map
• Intuitive and powerful hierarchical selection
• Apple Metal API-based rendering with anti-aliasing and Retina display support
• Perfect per-pixel transparency with fresnel term
• Cut-Planes
• X-Ray
• Textures and transparency

For more information, go through the following link – The newest free program for BIM professionals

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Tips to improve the Revit Templates

Revit Project Templates provide a beginning environment and standards for new projects and project templates are used as either the default templates or define custom templates to encourage office standards. Besides of giving a beginning point for a new project, a project template also provides view templates, loaded families, defined settings and geometry etc.

After installing Revit software in the system, it opens various templates for different disciplines and types of building projects while users can also create project templates to locate specific needs or to ensure observance to office standards. As Revit has lot of facilities and tools for the users, it has become the favorite one of the architects, designers, project managers, virtual construction modelers and BIM managers.

This article is ideal for the Revit users who want to know more about the Revit Templates and the process to improve their projects and method of work.

Use Templates in files and views: Viewer templates are very useful and the people who work with Worksets find some difficulty to configure the visibility of every Workset. So this template helps to see the limit of views, the appearance of categories, filters and many more; using templates also makes the views standard and make them faster.

1. Use Worksharing: Most of the people are not aware about the templates and still create separate models of a project and then keep them in separate files to join them together, it is a time taking work. In Revit the entire project can be developed and made with the whole team in the same time in a file; where people can do different tasks in a same time like modeling the topography, working with structures, finalizing the architecture, detailing interiors etc. Basically in Revit, people can model an entire project in a same time and can create clash detection to detect the interference.

2. Use Shared Families: When any team works on similar projects with similar benefits and have a group of families that is always together or in toilets or MEP solutions, using the shared-families will unite them all while the editing and measuring can be done separately.
3. Crete Assemblies: The worst thing in detailing things in Revit is making every view and here Montage helps to bring together families of different categories and make a single element with a list of views.
4. Group and organize the views: In Revit, designers can create separate documents, Preliminary Study, Architecture etc. organize them and filter the views as per need.

5. Allot a code for everything: When the subject matter is numeric it is better to organize, parameterize and categorized them as per order like assigning codes; it will help in filtering exactly as per the needs of users.
6. Learning to leader the phases: Phases are one of the smarter things in a project program as it help with ideas, designs and manage the difference between the old and new; also impress the customers and create numeric and tables.
7. Use the Parts: Parts can separate the walls from each other and can help to create wonderful detailed walls with separate structure, finishes, details etc. Users can hide some parts or delete parts to manage the walls.
8. Creating a board: Revit has previously made the families of boards with different sizes but it is better to have a single family of boards with different sizes mean only one family with everything.
9. Purge: As the Revit models are huge, templates help to keep them in order but unnecessary templates are a burden, the Purge command deletes the unnecessary ones.
10. The drawing options: This advantage Draw Options tool allows creating different proposals within the one Revit file.

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How to use Revit for creating model of a Parametric Tensile Canopy

In this Revit video tutorial, you will learn the process for making the model of a Parametric Tnesile Canopy. As the model will be a parametric family, it is possible to modify everything via parameters. It will be modeled as conceptual mass.

To create the model the following processes are followed :-

Initially, arrange the reference planes and include all the dimensions to attribute the parameters.

After that start modeling the construction poles and lock them in proper position.

In the end, model the fabric portion and save the file.

To speed up the modeling process, the following shortcuts are used :-

UN denotes Project Units
CS denotes Create similar
RP denotes Reference Plane
Al denotes Align

To get the detail modeling processes, go through the following video tutorial.

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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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