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

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

Inventor 2018 What's New - Part 2: AnyCAD Improvements

July 26, 2017 By Ron Jones Leave a comment

Inventor AnyCAD Overview


Tagged with 3D, Autodesk Revit, Inventor, BIM, digital prototyping, Manufacturing, 3D Digital Modeling, Autodesk, SolidWorks, GD&T, geometric, constraints, STEP, IGES, Catia, Creo, NX, shrinkwrap, task scheduler, AnyCAD, compatibilty

Civil 3D PIPES:  Assigning Alignments to Structures Labels

June 13, 2017 By Leo Lavayen Leave a comment

Recently while working with a client, I learned about a FANTASTIC Civil 3D feature; changing the Reference Alignment directly to a Pipe Structure Label.  I confirmed this has worked since 2016. 


Tagged with Tech Support, Infrastructure, Civil 3D, Alignment, Autodesk, Alignments, Civil 3D 2016, Civil 3D 2017, Civil 3d 2018

Inventor 2018 What's New - Part 1: MBD & 3D Annotations

May 18, 2017 By Ron Jones Leave a comment

Model-Based Definition and 3D Annotations Overview


Tagged with 3D, Inventor, digital prototyping, Manufacturing, 3D Digital Modeling, Autodesk, GD&T, geometric, MBD, model based definition, PDF, constraints

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

Plug Welds in Inventor

December 16, 2016 By Brad Bland Leave a comment

Have you ever tried to create a plug weld inside of the Autodesk Inventor Weldment environment? Did you find it difficult? If so, keep reading.  In today's blog post we discover an easier way. 


Tagged with 3D, Inventor, digital prototyping, Manufacturing, 3D Digital Modeling, Autodesk, plug weld, akn_include, weldment

Blowing up a Fusion Design

November 07, 2016 By Craig Bashor Leave a comment


If you have not already heard, Autodesk's Fusion 360 is blowing up the design industry around the globe. The updates for the product are coming about every month and I am loving it. Fusion allows the user to do a boat load of items, from design to simulation to CAM and more...

One of the biggest problems I see with Fusion is learning all the new features that are being added to the product. You may be a user of another CAD product, but some command operations do not always transfer from one to the next. In this post I will explain how to use the commands in the Animation environment of Fusion. Download Skateboard Model


Tagged with 3D, Cloud, Autodesk 360, Autodesk Inventor, Autodesk Cloud, presentations, AutoCAD, Fusion, Autodesk, SolidWorks, Solid Edge, Cloud Design, Autodesk Fusion, explosion

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