Autodesk Tips and Tricks for AutoCAD, Civil, MEP, Electrical, Revit, Navisworks or Inventor Users


AU time is here!!!!

Yea it is that time of year us nerds live for!!!!!!!! On my way now to Vegas!!!


I am going to try to come back

It has been awhile… Because of my new Job I have not posted anything in a long time. I am going to try to bring this back.

#1 to keep my skills sharp, my new job has me doing more management and less CAD work. But I love the CAD aspect and want to stay sharp.

#2 I like helping people and I think this is a good way to do it.

Thought for the day:
When you are using the Vault to manage you files it is important to have split personalities. What I mean is if you do CAD work and you are a Vault Admin make sure you have two separate login’s to the Vault. One for doing CAD work (ie LastFirst) then one when you need to delete or override permissions (ie AdminLastFirst). This keeps you from accidently deleting or moving something in the Vault. One reason I use Vault at home is to keep the Hommer moments away (Think Doh! not the Odyssey). When you get busy it is very easy to break something and not realize it until months later.

AU 2011

 Let the carnage begin!

NERD-A-PALOZA 20111!!!

Certification Exam this afternoon, then Focus Groups tonight. I am going to try to take the Inventor, AutoCAD, Civil and MEP test this week. I will be Certifiable by the end of this week. I have something scheduled from 8:00am to past 9:00pm every night (counting events stuff).





AU 2011 – Birds of a Feather

CAD for Environmental Engineering

If you are in the Environmental CAD field this session is for you! Come join us in the

Birds of a Feather Area outside the Exhibit Hall. Tuesday Night 8:30pm-9:30pm


We will be talking about the issues that are pertinent to the Environmental Engineering CAD User. We have issues the normal CAD user in a single Platform doesn’t normally face.


  • Dealing with Multiple Disciplines
  • Dealing with Multiple Platforms
  • Dealing with Legacy Files – Landfills last forever and so does the Environmental work.
  • More Software More Problems – When you have to work with not only AutoCAD and its verticals, buy GIS, Microstation, IntellaCAD, Equis, Vizo you get all kinds of fun errors…
  • Handling Large Projects vs. Small Projects
  • SWPPPs, SPCCs, BMPs, Phase I, Phase II, MEME, POT MAPS, BLs, etc
  • Dealing with Hazardous Materials – Not only do we have to worry about peoples safety as a structural engineer would, but we also have to worry about blowing them up and making them sick.
  • Dealing with Sub Contractors – Some firms do all the design in house, others outsource the Electrical or Structural or even Civil Work.
  • Sharing info – Now we need data or we need to give data to:
  • Drawing Security- Some sites we handle are controlled by the government, some are owned by the government and others are just on Dept of Homeland Security lists. How do you handle:
  • Site Visits – Do you get to go onsite?

This is a round table interactive discussion. Come see what others in your niche field are doing to deal with these issues. Everyone from the Enterprise User to the 1 CAD Guy in the whole firm. You will find we all face the same issues, doing more with less.

CAD Release Form

Copy this into word and you have what I think is a decent start on a CAD Release form. Work with your Legal Department or Attorney to get their sign off before using this.


CAD Plan Files Disclaimer, Release and Limitation of Liability Agreement


(###) ###-####


Project No.:  088880####

Project Name:  Project Name

Date:  xx-xx-2011


The information contained on the electronic files for the above listed project was created by Your Company Inc. ({YCI}) While {YCI}  has made every appropriate effort to assure the accuracy of these documents, it cannot guarantee that these documents contain complete and accurate information.  These documents must be compared to the original hard copy, with stamped and sealed certification, in order to insure the accuracy of the information contained and to further ensure that no changes or modifications have been made to the documents. 


All design files are AutoCAD 2010 drawing files (*.dwg).  Receiver agrees that {YCI} cannot provide the files in other file formats or compressed formats, and agrees to accept the file(s) in the format provided.  Receiver agrees that {YCI} cannot be held responsible for problems arising from files which have been converted for use in non-native applications (e.g., AutoCAD design files to MicroStation).


Since revisions or additions to the design file(s) may occur at any time, the receiver agrees to indemnify, defend and hold harmless {YCI}, its officers, agents, and employees from and against any and all claims, suits, losses, damages or costs, including reasonable attorney’s fees, arising from the use of outdated design files, and such indemnification shall survive acceptance of said file(s) by receiver.


Any use of these documents is at the receiver’s sole risk.  The undersigned agrees, to the fullest extent permitted by law, to indemnify and hold harmless {YCI}, its officers, directors, employees and subconsultants against all damages, liabilities or costs, including reasonable attorneys’ fees and defense costs, arising from any changes made by anyone other than {YCI}  or from any use, transfer or reuse of the electronic files.  


Under no circumstances shall delivery of electronic files for use by the undersigned be deemed a sale by {YCI}, and {YCI} makes no warranties, either express or implied, of merchantability and fitness of these files for any particular purpose. In no event shall {YCI} be liable for indirect or consequential damages as a result of the use or reuse of the electronic files.



I have read, understand and agree to this Disclaimer/Release/Limitation of Liability, and I am authorized by the receiver named below to execute this agreement on its behalf.


Company (Receiver):                                                                                                



By Name:                                                                          Title:                                         


Signature:                                                                          Date:                              

AU 2011 is almost here!

This one is short and sweet… I have been down in the posting because I have been prepping for AU, keeping my LUG going, and working a 55+ hour a week job and doing another 30+ a week design project on the side. I am going to try to do better after I get my AU class finished.

MTAUG Aug Meeting


This month we will be trying something different. In the past when we did new things they seem to have gone over well. So this month I will be showing you a work-flow. Basically what I do to take an inventor project from start to competition. This will not be the perfect world scenario you here in one of my classes (do this and make sure you do that). I am going to show you some real world work around and who to complete something on “$0” budget and no time to get it done.  I will also be taking information over to AutoCAD to simulate working with others who may not have Inventor.