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

Revit Rendering - Staying Out of the Dark!

August 01, 2017 By Jamie Owens Leave a comment

Ever spend a week building your Revit model, apply materials and create all the trim and detail, to hit render and everything is dark?  Here are my top 5 lighting settings to check before hitting render again.


Tagged with Autodesk Revit, Tech Support, AEC, Revit Architecture, Rendering, AEC Collection, Lighting

Advanced Solutions Announces New Partnership with AVAIL

May 01, 2017 By Lisa Brady Leave a comment

Louisville, KY 05/01/2017 – Advanced Solutions, Inc. an Autodesk Platinum Partner announced their partnership with AVAIL, an enterprise content and workflow management solution focused on the AEC industry.


Tagged with Architecture, Engineering & Construction, AEC, Infrastructure, Manufacturing, News & Events, Civil Infrastructure, Content Management, AVAIL

Advanced Solutions Wins Autodesk BIM 360 TechBox Challenge

April 04, 2017 By Lisa Brady Leave a comment

Advanced Solutions Wins Autodesk BIM 360 TechBox Challenge


Tagged with BIM 360 Field, BIM 360 Glue, Architecture, Engineering & Construction, AEC, BIM 360, News & Events, construction, Autodesk, BIM 360 Docs, Construction Management

Flying High! Advanced Solutions Announces Partnership with 3DR

March 28, 2017 By Lisa Brady Leave a comment

Advanced Solutions Design Software partners with 3DR to offer Site Scan™, the complete drone data platform for the AEC industry.


Tagged with Architecture, Engineering & Construction, AEC, Infrastructure, News & Events, construction, Autodesk, Reality Capture, 3DR, Site Scan, Drone

What’s so important about those Autodesk Customer Satisfaction Surveys?

August 08, 2016 By Todd Butler Leave a comment

Your email dings with another email from Autodesk… Bummer, it’s another Customer Satisfaction Survey… You don’t have the time to respond, you delete, and you move on with your day.

You've just lost an opportunity to comment on your Autodesk Channel Partner. A chance to let them know how they’re doing and how to improve their support of you, the Autodesk customer.


Tagged with Customer Support, Customer Service, MFG, AEC, News & Events, Autodesk, CSAT

Design, Drinks & Digital Deployment at Dock1053 in Raleigh

August 02, 2016 By Lisa Brady Leave a comment

Don't miss this opportunity to tour the newly renovated Dock1053!  Learn more about this exciting project by Grubb Ventures as they take you on a tour of this amazing space. We will also hear from Kris Lengieza of Stiles Construction as he shares implementation strategies that have helped transform the way they do business and learn valuable techniques whether you are an architect, engineer, or contractor. Also, enjoy complimentary food and drinks while networking with peers in the Raleigh AEC community. 


Tagged with Design, Raleigh, AEC, architecture, BIM, construction, Autodesk, engineering, Software Deployment, Implementation, Digital Deployment, Dock1053

Civil 3D 2017 What’s New: Pressure Pipes

May 12, 2016 By Leo Lavayen Leave a comment

In the new release of Civil 3D 2017, we gained a few more Pressure Pipe catalogs and a few more parts.  Using the SetPressureNetworkCatalog command we can see the complete list


Tagged with Civil Engineering, Pressure Pipe, AEC, Infrastructure, Pipes Catalog, Civil 3D, AutoCAD Civil 3D, Civil Infrastructure, Civil 3D 2017

Civil 3D 2017 What’s New: Siteless Feature Lines

May 11, 2016 By Leo Lavayen Leave a comment

Since the release of Civil 3D Feature Lines, their interaction has plagued us.  We discussed this very issue in a previous 2014 blog article, Grading Gone Wrong.


 Autodesk took the hint and added in the use of Feature Line styles to control the Split point resolution within the Sites > Feature Lines > Properties…


Tagged with Civil Engineering, Feature Lines, AEC, Infrastructure, Civil 3D, AutoCAD Civil 3D, Grading, Civil Infrastructure, Alignments, Software Alignment, feature line, Civil 3D 2017

Increase Profits with Autodesk's New Breakthrough Cloud Technology

May 04, 2016 By Lisa Brady Leave a comment



Tagged with Building information modeling, AEC, architecture, BIM 360, BIM, construction, Autodesk, engineering, BIM 360 Docs

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