Our neighbors in Canada are holding a conference that many will find beneficial. The Canadian BIM Council (CanBIM) is hosting an event whose goal is to build awareness for standardization and create an atmosphere of understanding and sharing among users, technology and AEC companies, software and developers. It will be held in Toronto on June 10-11 of 2015.
I have been working with Autodesk products for 26 years, so during that time I have gotten to know the names of their various software packages. That includes how to spell the software names. I have always been a bit amused by how the various packages actually get spelled, both by people that use the software and those that don’t. Some of the most interesting spellings are found in job descriptions posted by human resource personnel.
For AutoCAD users, the latest big news is that Autodesk has released their 2016 version of AutoCAD. Along with AutoCAD, you can also get the 2016 versions of AutoCAD LT, AutoCAD Architecture, AutoCAD MEP, AutoCAD Electrical, and AutoCAD Mechanical.
As with each release, there are features that you will love and some that you really don’t care about. However, which features are preferred vary per person and per discipline. I will try to give a basic description of some of the new/updated features of AutoCAD 2016.
Many organizations work in environments where they need to produce documents that contain both Imperial and Metric dimensions. AutoCAD has had the ability to do this easily for many years, but Revit just recently gave us the ability to easily show both methods. Since it has not been available like this for very long, many Revit users are not aware of this important feature.
Since the Revit 2014 release, you can display Primary units and Alternate dimension units for both the permanent and spot dimension types. This feature allows you to simultaneously display both imperial and metric values in drawings as primary and alternate dimensions.
AutoCAD for the Mac is becoming more popular and Autodesk has kindly provided a shortcut list for AutoCAD for Mac 2015 users. Most AutoCAD users utilize keyboard shortcuts and this list includes all of the “Out of the Box” shortcuts for the Mac version.
When creating plumbing systems, Revit does not have a default way of showing where the piping changes from sanitary system to a vent system. This was easy to do in AutoCAD since we just used a different line type or a layer with a different line type to differentiate the vent portion. Revit wants to show connected pipes as one system so we will create an easy solution to this issue.
It is important to show the different appearances for documentation purposes, so this article will show how to easily show a transition between the two systems which can then be shown as separate colors, line types, etc.
Buildings often have portions that are created at an angle to the main portion of the building. When this occurs, we want the construction documents to show the angled portion at right angles to the sheet to make effective usage of the sheet space. Scope boxes provide us with a very easy way to address this issue.
Scope boxes within Revit are also an excellent method of having multiple views of the same area show the exact same portion of the building in each view. This is helpful for consistency in showing a wing the same in a Furniture Plan, Dimension Plan, Occupancy Plan, Code Plan, Framing Plan, Roof Plan, Power Plan, Communications Plan, Lighting Plan, HVAC Plan, Piping Plan, Sanitary Plan, etc.