SolidCAD Acquires Consortech’s Autodesk Business Unit

SolidCAD Acquires Consortech’s Autodesk Business Unit

By Mark DiPinto, Marketing Intern SolidCAD

SolidCAD continues to strengthen its presence in the Quebec market through the recent acquisition of Consortech’s Autodesk business unit.  The Brossard, Quebec based company is recognized as an Autodesk Gold Partner and has been assisting both design and data management professionals within the architecture, engineering, construction and geomatics industries for over 28 years. Consortech helps clients analyze, recommend, implement and provide support and training on the best data management, design processes and solutions available.

Through this acquisition SolidCAD reaches an exciting milestone as they actively grow their team of professionals and expand their presence not only across Canada, but specifically in Quebec to address the needs of the local market.

Civil 3D 2018 and Large Surfaces

Civil 3D 2018 and Large Surfaces

By Matt Kolberg, Application Specialist at SolidCAD 

If you have recently upgraded to Civil 3D 2017 or 2018 or are planning to AND you work with large surfaces (I’ll let you define what a large surface is) you’ll want to read this article!

If you want to skip past all the history and get to the point, the short story is, 2017 and 2018 store the entire surface definition within DREF drawings and this affects performance. This option can be turned off.

Most Civil 3D users know that a large surface should be created in one file and Data Referenced (DREF’d) to another file for use in such things as profiles and corridors. This helps reduce errors and improves performance.  2017 and  2018 are no different, but it contains a new feature which is meant to help another occasional user issue.

When DREFs were introduced they were, and still are, susceptible to the source file being moved. If the source file is moved, not unlike an AutoCAD XREF, the source object cannot be found and the DREF drawing is empty.

Civil 3D 2014 introduced a new feature where all Data References (except surfaces) are actually stored in the DREFd drawing file. If an alignment’s source DWG cannot be found, it’s no problem since the alignment actually lives in the DREFd file.  It’s still a DREF and it will still synchronize when the source file is found, but at least there’s something in the drawing and not a blank slate.  There is no option to turn this feature off, and you likely wouldn’t want to.

Surfaces were not included with this feature because they can be very large and performance would suffer in the DREF file. They weren’t included, that is, until Civil 3D 2017.  Entire surface definitions are now stored in DREF files.  If the source file is lost, you still have your surface.  This is great for drawings containing few or small surfaces, but it can drastically affect performance for large surfaces.

If your source surface is big enough to require an MMS file, there will be a second MMS file for the DREF drawing. These can be very large.  Not only does your drawing performance suffer, but now your hard disk must contain the additional MMS file.

This option is ON by default and I’d leave it there if you primarily work with smallish surfaces. I’d turn it off if you typically work with big ones.  There are two options:

  1. Change the setting in your template (DWT) so that future drawings will have the option set as you wish.
  2. Change the option afterward for drawings containing existing surface DREFs.

The DWT setting can be found in the Civil 3D Settings tab:

If a surface has already been DREF’d, the option can be changed in the Prospector:

2018 has been an excellent version and this feature is welcome to most, but beware of large surfaces.

Vehicle Tracking Update 2018.1

Vehicle Tracking Update 2018.1

By Matt Kolberg, Application Specialist at SolidCAD 

Autodesk has clearly spent considerable resources developing this update.  There are many fixes and enhancements in this Vehicle Tracking 2018.1 update.  You will find information about the update here.  Click this link to view a recorded webinar.  The update can be installed with the Desktop App or by downloading it from Autodesk Account.

There is one critical change that will affect all users.  There has been a mid-cycle format change for the vehicle tracking objects.  Don’t worry, the drawing format is not changing, just the vehicle tracking objects; roundabouts, swept paths etc.  What this means is if a drawing is saved with 2018.1 and then opened in 2018 without the update, the vehicle tracking objects will appear as proxy objects and therefore not editable.  All users’ workstations must be updated concurrently.

Since grip-editing is very popular method for editing vehicle tracking objects, it is recommended to install the Map 3D hotfix previously blogged.

A brief look at the changes:

  • Object format change.
  • Get units from the drawing.
  • Parking tool enhancements.
  • The majority of the enhancements are related to roundabouts and their corridors.
    • Better baseline and region development.
    • Slip lanes are now 3-dimensional.
    • Fixed overlapping corridor links.
  • Defect fixes.

Civil 3D Update 2018.1

Civil 3D Update 2018.1

By Matt Kolberg, Application Specialist at SolidCAD 

Autodesk has released the latest update for its Civil 3D 2018 application.  You will find information about the update here.  Click this link to view a recorded webinar.  The update can be installed with the Desktop App or by downloading it from Autodesk Account.

A brief look at the changes:

  • New corridor rehab workflows and subassemblies.
  • Crossings and projections improvements.
  • The new Infrastructure Parts Editor introduced with Infraworks 2018 is now supported in Civil 3D.
  • Reference templates improvements.
  • Defect fixes.

AutoCAD Update 2018.1

AutoCAD Update 2018.1

By Matt Kolberg, Application Specialist at SolidCAD 

Autodesk has released the latest update for its AutoCAD 2018 application.  You will find information about the update here.  The update can be installed with the Desktop App or by downloading it from Autodesk Account.

A brief look at the changes:

  • Xref layers override improvements.
  • View and viewport improvements.  Please note that if this update is applied to Civil 3D, these improvements are available, but do not appear in the ribbon.  See this document for details.
  • High resolution monitor support.
  • Defect fixes.

Revit Courses are now CanBIM Certified!

NEWS UPDATE: SolidCAD Now Offers courses that are CanBIM Certified!

By Daniella Delgado, Marketing Manager at SolidCAD

At last week’s CanBIM meeting in Toronto, SolidCAD recently announced that they are CanBIM certified.

You can now take Revit courses that are recognized by the CanBIM Foundations. To learn more about which courses this includes, visit:

https://www.solidcad.ca/services/training/

Civil 3D / Map 3D Hotfix

Civil 3D / Map 3D Hotfix

By Matt Kolberg, Application Specialist at SolidCAD 

Autodesk has release a new hotfix for Civil 3D and map 3D 2018.  The issue occurs when grip-editing an AutoCAD arc and some other objects.  The position of the mouse is different from the position of the grabbed vertex. 

The issue occurs when you move the vertex a second time within the same selection and only for AutoCAD Objects.  There are two other problems this hotfix addresses.

Click here to for more information and to download the hotfix.  Download the ZIP file and be sure to read the “hotfix readme.txt” file for installation instructions.

Bluebeam Revu 2017 Updates

Bluebeam Revu 2017 Updates

By Matt Kolberg, Application Specialist at SolidCAD 

Bluebeam has released Updates 1 and 2 for its Revu 2017 lineup.  See Bluebeam’s Release Notes for more information.

As usual, there are fixes for defects and some new functionality.  Notable items include:

  • Compatibility with Autodesk AutoCAD 2018.
  • Compatibility with Autodesk Navisworks.
  • Compatibility with Autodesk Revit 2018. (CAD and eXtreme only)

Only Update 2 requires installation as it includes all of the fixes and enhancements from Update 1.  To apply the update, there are two options:

  1. If you already have Revu 2017 installed, simply launch Revu and Click Help> Product Updates.  The correct installation link will be provided.
  2. If you do not have Revu 2017 installed, download the full Revu installer from the Bluebeam Updates page.

Check out how SolidCAD helped Cithara Guitars Inc. make beautiful music using Autodesk Fusion 360!

PROJECT PROFILE

By Daniella Delgado, Marketing Manager at SolidCAD

If you are inquiring about a product that does it all when it comes to product design, Fusion 360 is the solution for you!

This 3D cloud-based platform allows users to test both fit and finish, create photorealistic renderings and simplify the production process overall. With this software you can now efficiently fabricate your designs using a CNC mill.

Recently SolidCAD directed Cithara Guitars Inc, a custom guitar shop located in Hamilton, ON., to Fusion 360.  With Autodesk’s Fusion 360, Cithara Guitars was able to completely design and manufacture their guitars in one environment without any rework or errors

PRESS RELEASE: SolidCAD earns Autodesk Construction Specialization

SolidCAD, Canada’s largest Autodesk Platinum Reseller, has been awarded the new construction specialization allowing them to provide clients with industry leading construction and data management tools.

 

By Daniella Delgado, Marketing Manager at SolidCAD

In case you didn’t know, SolidCAD earned its Autodesk Construction Specialization.

What does this mean?

SolidCAD successfully passed all of Autodesk’s industry-specific certification exams and can now offer consulting services and expert training related to with the BIM 360 platform:

  • BIM 360 Field
  • BIM 360 Glue
  • BIM 360 Document Management
  • BIM 360 Team
  • Collaboration for Revit
  • BIM 360 Plan
  • BIM 360 Ops

The company is dedicated to answering client demands to digitize the construction industry, help address challenges and provide solutions that optimize collaboration and data management.

To learn more visit: www.solidcad.ca