Incorporating Project Contacts on your Cover Page

December 19, 2017 By Jamie Owens Leave a comment

Q1 - How do you include your project contacts in your construction documents developed in Revit?


Tagged with Autodesk Revit, Construction Documents, Project Contacts, Cover Page

Cloud linking in Revit 2018.2, it is not a myth anymore!

December 15, 2017 By Jamie Owens Leave a comment

Wow, it has already been a month since I first posted about the rollout of the Autodesk Desktop Connector for BIM 360 Team.  For those who have it installed and have been following the notifications about updates, you probably have seen a few updates with it in the past month.  With such a new program, updates coming more regularly means they are putting a great deal of effort into getting it to do the users need.


Tagged with Revit, BIM 360 Team, Desktop Connector, Revit Linking, Revit Linked Files, Collaboration for Revit, Cloud Linking, 2018.2

Hacking the AEC Industry at DTOCON

November 29, 2017 By Lisa Brady Leave a comment

It was a quiet morning as hackers put finishing touches on their projects after working tirelessly away through the night at Polytechnic University.  AEC professionals teamed up with Polytechnic students to develop solutions to current AEC business challenges at the Design Technology Orlando Conference and Hackathon (DTOCON).  Day one began with a half-day class on Autodesk Dynamo so students and professionals could leverage the technology for the hacking session that would soon follow.  The evening events kicked-off with a Mock-a-Rita social after which Advanced Solutions CEO, Michael Golway offered a compelling keynote presentation followed by Baker Barrios, ASHRAE, Walter P Moore, and Whiting-Turner presenting their hack requests.

This fantastic conference was two years in the making as Darick Brokaw brought his vision to life of leveraging technology and some of the smartest minds to solve challenges in the AEC Industry.  Darick partnered with Advanced Solutions and Polytechnic University, and although Hurricane Irma threatened to wipe out this opportunity, everyone persisted, and even though delayed, the conference was a huge success! 

As far as the AEC challenges the teams were asked to solve, one requested a way to leverage the Amazon Echo to gather project information while another was requesting an alternate iOS developnent for their construction safety beacon.  The remaining two requests involved automating the creation of scaffolding in Revit and output of schematics with airflow and other HVAC data.  After the presentations, the students were off for a seemingly endless night of problem-solving.  Many of the students had never used Revit, but through perseverance, hard-work, and incredible problem-solving abilities, teams were able to present very compelling solutions to these unique AEC challenges.  Baker Barrios, Walter P Moore, Whiting-Turner, and ASHRAE each awarded $1000 to the winning teams of their respective solutions.  The teams had a second chance to increase their winning with the category of Best Overall Hack.  Each member of the winning team received a $250 Tech Pack awarded by Advanced Solutions. 

We could not be more proud of the substantial investments these individual made in the course of 24 hours! 

Winners of Best Overall Hack - The Freakin' Beacon Team

To learn more about how the Freakin' Beacon team took home the win or to see the other winning solutions along with some very interesting hacks, visit the DTOCON YouTube page

Thank you to the many organizations that helped make this possible:

Orlando Revit User Group
Central Florida Contractors BIM User Group
Polytechnic University
Design Technology Orlando
Baker Barrios
Walter P Moore
ASHRAE of Central Florida
Advanced Solutions




Tagged with AEC, Autodesk, Hacking, DTOCON, Programming

Autodesk Desktop Connector for BIM 360 Team

November 10, 2017 By Jamie Owens Leave a comment

Today’s file systems range from local hard drives on our computers, or if you work in an office, you probably work mostly on a company server.  You might even use cloud-based systems to exchange files, like Dropbox, OneDrive or A360 Drive.  Most of these systems have a desktop application of sort that allows you to sync between your computer and the cloud system making the storage system easier to handle and work from.  Those who use A360 Drive for this, then on October 10th, probably noticed and saw the messages that the A360 Drive Desktop App was being discontinued with no known replacement for syncing our cloud files to our desktop, leaving us wondering what Autodesk had in store.


Tagged with Revit, Autodesk, BIM 360 Team, Desktop Connector

How To Guide: Combining (merging) Surfaces

October 30, 2017 By Leo Lavayen Leave a comment

The question comes up often on how to merge surfaces.  Autodesk has an 11 step process listed on the web, but I found it only applies to particular scenarios and doesn’t fully explain other options.         


Tagged with Surface, AutoCAD Civil 3D

Advanced Solutions PLM Presents “Keeping the Fusion in Fusion Lifecycle: How to Deliver a Successful Project” at Autodesk University Fall 2017

October 26, 2017 By Lisa Brady Leave a comment

Join Katelyn Wilson, PLM Specialist from Advanced Solutions and Andree Cordts, Director of NPI for Oxygen Development, at Autodesk University 2017 as they take a dive into what it takes to prepare for a successful Fusion Lifecycle implementation.


Tagged with Autodesk PLM 360, Autodesk University, Autodesk Fusion

Revit Parameters have gone GLOBAL!!!

October 25, 2017 By Jamie Owens Leave a comment

Whether you are a novice or expert Revit user, you likely noticed the many different types of parameters: Family, Project, Shared, and Global Parameters.  Here is a review of the differences between each parameter and some good applications for each parameter type.


Tagged with Autodesk Revit, Parameters

Fave Five Revit 2018 Features!!!

October 10, 2017 By Jamie Owens Leave a comment

Recently I gave a presentation on the new features of AutoCAD, Revit, and Navisworks 2018 at the Central Florida Contractors BIM User Group.  A member of the group asked me, “What is your favorite new feature?” Answering this question is complicated with so many new features from which to choose. So, I figured I would give you, not one but five of my favorite new or enhanced Revit 2018 features. With the release of Revit 2018.1, I decided to include that version as well.    


Tagged with Autodesk Revit, Autodesk, Revit New Features

AutoCAD Civil 3D Support - Missing or Disappearing Objects.

August 22, 2017 By Leo Lavayen Leave a comment

Unable to see any Civil 3D data unless the drawing is inserted into a new drawing; occurring with newly created objects that disappear from one day to the next.


Tagged with Tech Support, Infrastructure, AutoCAD Civil 3D

ISSUE with Geolocation – Online Map Data

August 15, 2017 By Leo Lavayen Leave a comment

I was recently trying to enable the Mapping Service from the Geolocation tab,


Tagged with Tech Support, Infrastructure, Geolocation, AutoCAD Civil 3D, map data, georeferencing

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