After Hours PILOT Classes? YES!

June 08, 2015 By April Raque Leave a comment

Advanced Solutions is now offering "After Hours" PILOT classes for select classes. You spoke and we listened...

Don't try to cram classes into your busy daily schedule! We now have three afternoon/evening classes, beginning June 15th, starting at 1pm, 2pm, and 4pm EDT:


Tagged with Training, AEC, educational series, Infrastructure, CEUs, PILOT, Revit, Civil 3D, AutoCAD, Manufacturing, Software, News & Events, education, Revit Architecture

Attention CAD Club Members: Join CAD Club Tech Talks!

June 08, 2015 By April Raque Leave a comment

A little know fact... As an Advanced Solutions (ASI) CAD Club member, you have access to exclusive member benefits. One of the most recent to be unveiled is the NEW CAD Club Tech Talks.

CAD Club Tech Talks are "lunch and learns" hosted by ASI PILOT Instructors. This ongoing educational series began on May 29th. There are 21 CAD Club Tech Talks scheduled from June to December, on a wide variety of topics for the architecture, engineering, construction, infrastructure and manufacturing industries. Here is a list of the upcoming Talks:


Tagged with DFM, Autodesk Vehicle Tracking, CAD Club, AEC, Infrastructure, 3ds Max, PILOT, BIM, Revit, Civil 3D, Manufacturing, Simulation, News & Events, Moldflow, TechTalks, Revit Structure

Expanding BIM for Greater Project Performance...Again!

March 10, 2015 By April Raque Leave a comment

During the month of January, Advanced Solutions hosted the Innovating with BIM series of events for the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) industries in Missouri, Ohio, and Florida.


Tagged with Autodesk Revit, FARO, Recap, Autodesk Navisworks, AEC, architecture, Laser Scanning, BIM, Navisworks, Revit, Advanced Solutions, News & Events, construction, Autodesk, engineering, FAROTechnologies, Autodesk ReCap

Meet the Woman: Emma Stasek Joins the ASI Michigan Team

January 09, 2015 By April Raque Leave a comment
Emma Stasek
Michigan - Business Development Manager

Tagged with business development, Civil Engineering, Structural Engineering, Engineering & Construction, Michigan Technical University, AEC, architecture, Navisworks, Revit, Advanced Solutions, News & Events

Expanding BIM for Greater Project Performance

January 06, 2015 By April Raque Leave a comment

During the month of January, Advanced Solutions will host the Innovating with BIM series of events for the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) industries in Missouri, Ohio, and Florida.


Tagged with Design, Building information modeling, 3D, Recap, Field Management, Building Design Suite, AEC, architecture, modeling, BIM, Navisworks, Revit, Advanced Solutions, News & Events, construction, Autodesk, engineering, BIM Technology

Portrait of a Winner!

September 08, 2014 By April Raque Leave a comment

As part of Advanced Solutions' The Sky's the Limit with Autodesk 2015 Software event, we held the Climb Higher Design Competition. All participants had to do was to design a simple tree house or ball launcher (to protect the tree house from enemy attacks) and submit their designs by July 25.

We received many entries, but two stood out above the rest…

William Miller (Team M.C. & V.C.), of Miller Consulting & Visualization Service LLC, received first place for his Tree House Design, with Tom Davidson (Team Byte-Sized Solutions) receiving first place for his Ball Launcher design. I sat down and spoke with both winners and learned some interesting facts about their experience with the contest.

Byte-Sized Solutions Ball Launcher Design

How did you hear about the contest?

William: "I heard about the contest when I went to The Sky's the Limit with Autodesk 2015 Software event on June 25."

Tom: "I first heard about the contest at the Digital Prototyping Summit, presented by Advanced Solutions on July 10. The contest was promoted at the end of the presentations with a short video."

What inspired your design?

William: "My tree house was inspired by my vision to make a tree house that is handicap accessible, as well as the occupants' ability to enjoy the tree house through all four seasons."

Tom: "My 3 1/2 year old son was the inspiration for most of my design. He loves playing with soft-foam toy "shooter guns" as he calls them, so immediately I knew that I wanted to design a ball launcher. Originally, I was looking at creating a trigger-activated launcher; however, my son likes the "shooter guns" that require more interaction, so I choose to design a tension-spring mechanism instead, as I thought that would be something that he would enjoy more. As for the ball hopper and the optional mounting bracket, I added these bonus features to make the ball launcher more than just a single shot design so that the defender of the Tree House would have a better chance to defend themselves from multiple enemies (or siblings). As for the aesthetics, I had my son help point out what features he liked the most on the toys that he owns and then tried to incorporate those features into my design. Finally, as for the product name... the xTREEm Blaster just seemed appropriate."


Tagged with Tree House, Design, product design, 3D, Ball Launcher, The Sky's the Limit, Autodesk Inventor, Inventor, 3D printer, AEC, architecture, Climb Higher, Autodesk Mechanical, TSTL2015, Revit, Civil 3D, Autodesk Showcase, Advanced Solutions, Manufacturing, Software, News & Events, Autodesk Simulation, Autodesk, Design Contest, MakerBot

Jogging Revit Sections...a workout!

July 09, 2014 By Alan DeLuce Leave a comment

Ever wondered precisely where that Jogged section is Jogging?

Revit allows us to use the Split Segment tool to create a Jogged Section to omit / incorporate entities, components or elements in our Section cuts which fall outside the initially cut Section line. This tool is executed by selecting on an already placed Section. Modify Views contextual Tab > Section panel > Split Segment Tool (Fig. 2). The user then clicks directly on the Section cut line where they want to "Jog" the section.

However, when we go into the Section view, we cannot determine exactly where the Section made the Jog, as there is no designation or marker for the location of the Jog (Fig. 3). It is to be noted that the user can Jog the section as many times as necessary to create the desired effect (Fig. 4).

After placing the Section and creating the desired Jogs, draw (and Name for your future reference, i.e. Section 1 Jog 1, Section 1 Jog 2) a Reference Plane at the Jogged locations (Fig. 5). Start your Reference Plane (Keyboard Shortcut = RP), Select the Endpoint of the Jogged Section line first and draw the Reference Plane parallel to the Jog. WHAMMY! Now we know exactly where our Jogs are cut (Fig. 6).

Fig. 1 Before the Jog


Tagged with Jogging Sections, Yogging, Split Segment, Jogged Sections, AEC, Revit, Revit Sections

BIM 360 Glue Add-In for Revit

July 03, 2014 By Thomas J. Kemp Leave a comment

Overview of BIM 360 Glue Add-ins

Teams that have implemented BIM 360 Glue should utilize the Add-ins available to maximize productivity in this collaborative environment. Add-ins are available for all versions of AutoCAD, Revit and Navisworks applications and provide a direct link to BIM 360 Glue projects, allowing users to update the model in the cloud without ever leaving the design application.

In my last post in this series, I provided information on where to download the BIM 360 Glue Add-ins and also reviewed the BIM 360 Glue Add-in for Navisworks.

Revit Add-in Functionality

The Revit Add-in includes functionality to upload or download model content directly to/from a BIM 360 Glue project, access clashes clashes identified in Glue, and update properties for equipment based on data collected in the field. The first time any of the Add-in tools are accessed, you will be prompted to enter your BIM 360 Glue login and password.


To upload current model content to BIM 360 Glue, select the Glue tool. You will first be prompted to select the appropriate Glue project. The Add-in will continue to use the selected project by default until Revit is closed. If you are working on multiple projects, simply select the Back button to select a different project.


Tagged with Building information modeling, BIM 360 Glue, Cloud, Autodesk 360, Engineering & Construction, Fusion 360, AEC, architecture, Add-in, BIM, Revit, Glue, AutoCAD, Advanced Solutions, construction, engineering

Spotlight on ASI Technical Support

February 26, 2014 By April Raque Leave a comment
Doug Folck
Lead Technical Support

Doug Folck, Lead Technical Support, is in our Technical Support Spotlight. I sat down with him to ask some questions about his role at Advanced Solutions, life and the things he does for fun.

How long have you been with Advanced Solutions?
In 1988, I began my own business oriented computer service company. Advanced Solutions quickly became my best customer. In 1993, I joined Advanced Solutions as VP of Operations.

What does a Lead Technical Support person do?
Engages in the daily queue of technical support cases, plus, mentors other tech support representatives. I work to create an environment, which enables continuous improvement.

What Autodesk software do you support on?
To some degree, all Autodesk products … I have a special interest and knowledge of GIS, infrastructure and mapping applications.

What do you enjoy most about your role?
There’s always something new to learn. Learning is living! If you’re not continually learning something new, then you merely exist.


Tagged with Technical Support, Tech Support, Backburner, Infrastructure, Vault, learning, Technology, Revit, Advanced Solutions, News & Events, Support, Autodesk

Designing with Autodesk Building Design Suite Simulation & Analysis Tools

February 20, 2014 By April Raque Leave a comment

Tomorrow, ASI Applications Engineer, Adrianna Schneider will begin her exploration of the lesser known tools in the Autodesk Building Design Suite as part of the six part What's In Your Toolbox? webinar series.


Tagged with Simulatiion CFD, Showcase, Robot Structural Analysis, Autodesk 360, Building Design Suite, AEC, Navisworks, Revit, Advanced Solutions, Green Building Studio, News & Events, Infraworks, Autodesk

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