What is Autodesk Inventor R2?

November 25, 2015 By April Raque Leave a comment

For months, all anyone has talked about is R2... And for months, I've had no idea what they meant by R2. Was it a new droid in the upcoming version of Star Wars: The Force Awakens? Is it the new R2D2?


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BIM... I Want It and I Want It, Now!

August 28, 2015 By April Raque Leave a comment

BIM might very well be the goose that laid the golden egg for building owners. As the building industry continues to evolve, design and construction firms are delivering more valuable information to building owners and operators through the use of BIM-enabled processes.

Why not, Give Owners What They Want?


Tagged with Building information modeling, facilities management, data, Data Management, AEC, BIM, Advanced Solutions, News & Events, Autodesk, Penn State University

Visual Collaboration for Manufacturers

August 04, 2015 By April Raque Leave a comment

The Manufacturing industry has seen a rise in competition, putting pressure on companies to find new ways to effectively communicate with skilled laborers and engineers located all over the world. Analyzing and visualizing complex data, while getting teams connected and collaborating at all stages of a project, is essential to the effectiveness of the development cycle. 


Tagged with product design, Visual Collaboration Systems, data, workflows, VCS, collaboration, product development, Technology, SMART Meeting Pro, SMART, Advanced Solutions, Manufacturing, Software, development cycle, engineers

Autodesk 360 Files and Limited Hard Drive Space

October 14, 2014 By Bryan Fields Leave a comment

To start with, I am a big fan of Cloud Services and find them amazing. It’s nice to have access to my entire photo library, anywhere, anytime. Having access to my files, on any device, makes working on them so easy. I've used a variety of services for cloud storage over more than a decade, including Dropbox, which I tried as soon as it came out and adopted for all of my personal files.

For CAD, it's Autodesk 360! Integrated within most of the Autodesk applications, Autodesk 360 give you access to cloud storage. It easily integrates with Windows, so you can add files just as easily as putting them on a thumb drive. Autodesk 360 is FREE with limited storage space, but with the Autodesk Subscription, you get 25 gigs of storage space for all of your data needs.

The open Dialog Box from AutoCAD 2015

Autodesk 360 sync's data locally to your machine. However, the Autodesk 360 application does not allow you to change the location of where files are synced locally. With 25 gig subscription based storage, this is where a problem can occur. Many users now have Solid State Hard Drives (SSD). These are not as large as traditional hard drives, so where we put files can be a concern. Since my C: Drive is a SSD and my D: Drive is a traditional drive with more space, I want my Autodesk 360 data to sync to my D: Drive.

So, how do I move my Autodesk 360 files to the D: Drive? The answer is simple... Use a Symbolic Link. The Symbolic Link is basically a folder shortcut, pushing data to another location. Computer applications will see the files in one location when they are really somewhere else.


Tagged with sync, Tips, Cloud, Subscription, data, Autodesk 360, Windows, Tech Support, SSD, AEC, Cloud Computing, Infrastructure, MLINK, AutoCAD, Manufacturing, Cloud Services, Autodesk, Tricks

Removing Pain from the Process in Georgia and Florida

August 21, 2014 By April Raque Leave a comment

Advanced Solutions is hosting an innovative event series for the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) industries in Georgia and Florida.


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Improving Quality through Process Innovation with Workflow Simulation and KLH Engineers

August 19, 2014 By April Raque Leave a comment

Advanced Solutions and Kohrs Lonnemann Heil (KLH) Engineers, PSC, have partnered on an internal process improvement through the Advanced Solutions Workflow Simulation service. Advanced Solutions approached KLH Engineers to be a Workflow Simulation partner, just as the KLH team was looking to examine their RFI and submittals process to validate weak points and identify opportunities for improvement.

KLH is constantly looking at ways to automate "busy" work, so their engineers can focus on being engineers. Executive Director of Engineering, Joseph Kohrs, PE, said, "We're not afraid to take chances with the technology." He went on to say, "We don't want to be the guy who waits for the technology to mature before we utilize it. We feel that is a failed response in terms of being innovative and staying ahead of the competition."

Once KLH embarked on the RFI and submittal assessment, Joseph says, "We knew that we were going to save time and money with a change to the process." "What Advanced Solutions was able to give us was a forecast of those potential savings." Advanced Solutions was able to show a decrease of 40% in the average number of submittal and RFI process steps, provide a 48% decrease in administrative overhead, and confirm required workflow changes between the receipt of the RFI and processing by the engineer to meet their targeted turnaround time.


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