Creating a Single Slope Roof in AutoCAD Architecture

When creating a roof in AutoCAD Architecture, it defaults to creating a roof with a ridge down the middle (going the long direction) when using the Roof tool.  There are many times when a single slope roof is needed, whether that is a long sloping main roof on a commercial building or on a shed roof over an extension on the side of a house.  The following will outline steps to get a shed style single slope roof on the side of a house as an example. Continue reading

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AutoCAD Architecture 2011 Trim Crash Fix

The initial releases of Autodesk AutoCAD Architecture 2011 and AutoCAD MEP 2011 possess a bug that causes the software to crash when using the Trim command.  The problem is also sometimes triggered by other commands such as Fillet, Chamfer, and Extend.

Autodesk has released a Hotfix for this problem and compressed zip files for both 32-bit and 64-bit installations can be downloaded at the following website:
http://usa.autodesk.com/adsk/servlet/ps/dl/item?siteID=123112&id=15140123&linkID=9240658

According to the Readme text file, the instructions for using the Hotfix are: Continue reading

Creating a 3D Section View in Revit

Whether a building is complex or fairly simple, sometimes typical 2-dimensional views just don’t display what you really need to see.  Using a 3D view of a section through a building gives a better view of just what is going on inside the building.  Most 3-dimensional software packages have methods to create 3D section views, and you should take advantage of those when beneficial to you. Continue reading

3D Views in Construction Documents

Throughout history, architects and other designers have been creating some form of Construction Documents that would be referenced by workers when constructing a building.  While the media and method has changed over time, the method of showing the information on the documents has not substantially changed.  Information is still shown almost exclusively as 2-dimensional views represented by plans, sections, elevations, and details.  It is time that Construction Documents take on a new look and include 3-dimensional information, even if the digital model is passed along through the process.  This includes the architects, MEP engineers, structural engineers, and any other consultants providing Construction Documents. Continue reading