Plan Production Workflow with CTC Tools: Sheet Sets

Technical Consultant Infr/GIS  at SolidCAD

 

Creating sheets has always been a time-consuming process and needs to be addressed quite early in the design for preliminary submissions.

While sheet sets can help us with global information updates across sheets with the use of fields, they cannot alter or create layouts and viewports.

Civil 3D does offer a solution for creating multiple sheets in one fell swoop. But, where these tools fall short is in flexibility and updating.

CTC Software has come up with a set of tools to bridge this gap in flexibility and updating. This workflow can integrate seamlessly into a company standard with only the addition of 3 blocks and a few designated layers.

Sheet Generator ties in with sheet sets for information updating, and has the power to update Plan & Profile sheets if the alignment or scope change throughout a project.

Instead of View Frames spliced by matchlines, Plan Viewshapes inserts blocks as viewport area extents and closed polylines representing the actual shape of the viewports in layout sheets.

Profile Views takes advantage of native tools to split up profiles for each sheet.

Networks to Views adds all desired networks to profile views, but only assigns parts to the views they are visible in.

Adjust & Move on Profiles allow for efficient tweaking of the profile views to best line up with Plan Viewshapes.

Profile Viewshapes overlays the extents of the profile viewports onto the profile views for designers to make any last adjustments.

Create Layouts takes the plan viewshapes and profile viewshapes, adds matchlines to either depending on settings, adds north arrows, and creates sheets that can be added to a new or existing sheet set.

The true power of this tool set is the Update layouts command. As plan viewshapes change or shift this tool can write that change out to the affected layouts. It will adjust viewport shapes, north arrows, matchlines, layout names, and ripple through the sheet set.

CTC also has great tutorials for all their tools on their Youtube Channel.

Meridian Accelerates Time to Market through Engineering Document Accuracy

By Daniel Isaac, Technical Consultant

 


As an excellent solution for any life sciences business with full support for E-Signatures and E-Records compliance, Accruent’s Meridian provides 3 key features:

    1. Ensure compliance with FDA 21 CFR, Part 11, and Annex 11
    2. Fully realized change control for all engineering documentation
    3. Enable team collaboration through a secure single source of truth

Here are some big numbers that prove Meridian is one of the top document management platform choices:

Stats related to Meridian's user base

Accruent’s Meridian technical document management solution can assist life sciences companies overcome the common issues found when dealing with vast amounts of asset information while maintaining full compliance requirements required by the industry. Teams will always have access to the latest versions of documents that are fully approved.  Through electronic signature control, your business will accelerate time to market by managing change control faster and with full traceability for audits.

What can your company achieve with Meridian?

Always be in control of your technical data.

  • Ensure the team is working on the latest approved documentation.
  • Provide accurate printing of documents with watermarking ability.
  • Full version control and revision management in a secure environment.

Deliver new products on time.

  • Arm your maintenance teams with the most up to date documentation in the field.
  • Provide a robust and easy search tool for all technical documents.
  • Avoid production delays due to out of date information.

Reduce audit issues with less risk of noncompliance.

  • Full audit trails – know when and who made changes.
  • Avoid costly fines and delays with life science specific regulations.
  • Workflows ensure consistency across teams and working sites.

Empower your teams with improved communication.

  • Access to markup tools and comments on all technical documents.
  • Find the exact document you need quickly via robust search features.
  • Improve team cohesion by providing the same view of official documentation to both engineers and maintenance & operations.

To learn more about Meridian solutions and how they can help your team, please contact the SolidCAD Meridian team.

Bluebeam: PROFILES

By Jonathan Guibert , Account Manager A.E.C QC , Bluebeam / Laser Scan 3D

 

What is a profile?

One of the most essential features in Bluebeam that will help all users to organize themself is maybe one of the less known; Profiles.

Profiles in Bluebeam are important. It is not just about having a custom interface. It’s more about having an organized tool that will make you more efficient to work and you will be able to deploy at large in your department. In addition to the interface, by exporting a profile, you export everything you customized in Bluebeam (including Tool Sets and Markup list columns). So everybody is unified in their work.

 

How to create a profile

When you start Bluebeam, you will first go to the Revu menu and click to see the menu show up. Then go to Profiles and select Manage profiles:

A dialog box will open, and you will be able to add a new profile:

Click on Add… and another window will open (don’t worry there is no more after that)

Add your name or your service/department name and click OK. Your screen will flash (don’t worry it is not exploding) and now you are in your profile.

You will notice it looks like the previous one you were in. That’s normal. Revu doesn’t want you to create everything from scratch so it uses the last profile as a canvas you will work on.

But the first step is done. Let’s customize it:

How to custom my interface?

Before customizing your profile, you will need to ask yourself what you need to do with Bluebeam. This little brainstorm will be valuable to know what we will show and we will hide.

From there you have 3 ways to do it.

The first will simply consist of right-clicking where the current icons are to bring up the toolbar’s menu.

Then select from the available menu the toolbars you think you need. When you have done this, the selected bar will be displayed in your interface.

Now we will see how to create your own toolbar.

To do this, right-click at the top of the screen to bring up the toolbar menu and select Customize

A dialog box will open to allow you to customize existing toolbars and create your own toolbar

In order to facilitate the understanding of this part, we will identify each part and detail them:

1- Toolbars

These are all the toolbars that currently exist in Bluebeam and this is also where you will be able to create your own

2- Items

These are the tools which are the toolbars that we select in part 1.

3 – Orders (and Categories)

This is where all the tools Bluebeam offers are located. These are classified by category

To create your own personalized toolbar, click on the   icon and a window will show up

Name your toolbar as you wish and click OK

After that, we are going to select the tools that we are going to need for our most common tasks and add them to our custom bar.

The tools that we will put must be the ones we want to have at hand because they are the ones we will use most often

Finally, let’s see the 3rd and final way to add tools to your custom bar.

When you navigate the Bluebeam menus to choose a tool, you will notice a pushpin next to the name of the tool. Click on it to bring up the menu of toolbars.

Select where you want to add this tool (in which bar) and now the tool is available on your toolbar.

Remember to save everything by going in Revu →Profiles→ Save Profiles before closing Bluebeam.

Export a profile

To export a profile and everything in it, go to Revu → Profiles → Manage profiles.

Select the profiles to export and click on Export. Choose the location where your profile will be exported. Copy/paste it into an email and send it to everyone who will work with it from now on.

Civil 3D Pressure Pipes

By Matt Kolberg , Applications Specialist at SolidCAD

 

Civil 3D Pressure Pipes

Civil 3D 2021.1 introduced several new features including a new compass when creating a pipe run.  This is excellent news, but depending on your modeling requirements, it can cause an issue if you leave in a new setting.

In the examples below, the parts list has no bends, and they are not needed for this design.  The pipe runs as required to be drawn like a polyline.  While working with a customer, I ran into this issue, but I could not find the solution, and surprisingly, neither could Autodesk.  Thanks to my esteemed colleague, Colin Gaudet for discovering what turns out to be a very simple solution.

2021.0

This is the behavior from 2021.0 and it is the expected behavior.

2021.1

This is the behavior after installing 2021.1.  The compass indicates that there are no bends and it will not allow any angle to be drawn, only a straight line.

The Setting

There is a new setting to allow pipe runs to be “snapped” to known bend angles.  Turn off the new setting to return to the expected behavior when there are no bends.  The compass remains, but it now allows any angle to be drawn.

 

Autodesk Fusion 360 & Metallic Strip Animal Sculptures – Part 2

By Hung Nguyen , Technical Consultant 
at SolidCAD

Hung Nguyen

As promised in my last blog, here are some tips and tricks that I often use to convert mesh body to a b-rep or t-spline body in Fusion 360.

 

Tip #1:

Converting a mesh body to a b-rep or t-spline body in Fusion 360 requires some knowledge on mesh elements. At the moment, the current limit for number of mesh elements for Fusion 360 is roughly 10,000. Meshes with greater than 10,000 elements will cause the performance of Fusion 360 to suffer and Fusion 360 may not be able to convert them to solid bodies.

 

Tip #2:

When using the “Convert” command to convert a mesh into a T-Spline body an error might occur such as detailed in the picture below.

This is because Fusion is better equipped to handle Quads as opposed to Triangles or Polygons. Quad meshes cannot be created in Fusion. To create a quad mesh, Use 3DS MAX or Autodesk Recap Photo. To convert triangulated mesh to Editable Poly with 3DS Max before inserting into Fusion 360, use these steps:

Import triangulated mesh into 3DS Max

  • Apply Subdivide (WSM) with “Display Subdivision” turned OFF
  • Use “Collapse To” to Collapse the mesh
  • Convert the Collapse mesh to Poly mesh
  • Apply “Quadrify All”
  • Export and Insert the Quad Mesh into Fusion 360

 

Tip #3:

You can create or convert quad mesh using ReCap Photo. ReCap Photo can create mesh from a series of photographs. Photogrammetry is not an exact process. The mesh generated from the pictures will seldom, if ever, be perfect. Typically, some cleanup is required. Use ReCap Photo to simply highlight and delete unnecessary surfaces. You can also use the Slice and Fill command makes it easy to preserve the desired portion of the mesh while ensuring a watertight result. The final step in ReCap Photo is to export the mesh as OBJ(Quads). Traditional meshes are made up of triangles. The Quad mesh is made up of four-sided patches. The image shows how to export mesh to OBJ(Quads).

Convert quad mesh using ReCap Photo

 

Tip #4:

In your Fusion 360 preferences, you will need to ensure that the “Triangulate mesh polygons” flag is not enabled. Only quad meshes can be converted to t-spline bodies and enabling this flag will convert imported quad meshes to triangular meshes.

Disable Triangulate mesh polygons in Fusion 360

 

Tip #5:

To convert a quad mesh to t-splines, you must be working in the Direct Modeling environment. After ensure the preferences above are set up correctly, right click the mesh body you would like to convert to t-splines in the browser and select “Convert”.

Convert to t-splines in Fusion 360

The “Convert” dialogue will then allow you to convert a quad mesh to t-spline body.

Convert quad mesh to t-splines

 

Tip #6:

Some conversion may produce error due to surface self-intersects. These errors are often highlighted very well in Fusion 360. The self-intersected T-spline will not be able to become solid body if not treated. You can use Edit Form to move vertices, edges or faces of the T-Spline to clear out self-intersected area.

Fusion 360 conversion error

 

Tip #7:

To fix surface self-intersects quickly, you can double click the edge ring and use UnWeld Edges to separate the T-Spline to remove self-intersected T-spline.

 

Tip #8:

Finally, learn some tricks from Autodesk Fusion 360 site will speed up your mesh to Solid conversion process. Here is my top 7 tricks which may be useful for you

  • Learn some fusion shortcut – there are many Fusion shortcut image which you can download.
  • I love the “S” key where you can search and add your favorite command to your shortcut.
  • Hold down the “Alt” key while moving, rotate or scale will add extra edges to the model
  • When add new edges; Fusion, by default will add uncreased faces to the model. By holding down Alt + Ctrl, you can force Fusion to add creased Faces.
  • To select a ring of faces, select a face then hold down the Shift key and Double Click a next face.
  • Alt+1, 2 or 3 will display form in different mode.
  • Finally, learn to identify between components and bodies if you want to turn a multi bodies part to an assembly.

Autodesk Fusion 360 shortcuts

Until next time…

The Digital Transformation Train is Leaving the Station, and We Should All Be on Board

 

By Kate Hilton , Software Developer at SolidCAD

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2020 has taught me a number of things, including presumably how indoor cats feel, that March and June are the same thing if you don’t go outside, and that if Godzilla were to stumble onto the shores of Tokyo tomorrow,  everyone would probably collectively shrug and go back to getting their coffee. While you’re probably thinking that none of these are very important lessons, I’d point out that a few of them are very strong evidence that today more than ever, is essential for businesses to better use available tools to automate processes, get employees connected, and develop strong digital connections with their customers. I’m not going to tell you which ones. Instead, we’ll jump to the point: the train probably left the station in March, but it’s not too late to get a ticket.

If you’re not already on board, you’re missing out. Notably, this year has shown a prevalent increase in the “work from anywhere” culture. Covid and WFH are now BFFs, meaning this is a necessity for multiple reasons:  ensuring the safety of your employees, the risk of an outbreak impacting productivity in the workplace, and the added caveat that with the increase in WFH at many businesses means that your employees may see greener pastures elsewhere if you aren’t offering it.

This doesn’t mean that all digital transformation is created equal. Adopting Microsoft Teams and crossing your fingers is not an effective strategy for adapting to our new reality. Many workplaces have highly involved processes that require generous attention to detail and incredibly effective lines of communication.  So, for a manufacturing business, how do you ensure that this forced digital revolution doesn’t impact your team’s ability to be productive?

Luckily, the revolution is no longer in its infancy, Covid has only helped it along. Many solutions already exist and for a manufacturer you can easily improve communication and visibility among your teams, automate workflows, and interface with your customer base. Autodesk Vault and Fusion Lifecycle are two such tools that, if not already in your workflow, should be up for consideration immediately.

What is Vault and Fusion Lifecycle (FLC)? These two products are the rails that the digital transformation train rides on. Fusion Lifecycle is a product lifecycle management tool, and Vault is data management tool. Together, these products rule over your manufacturing data like Facebook does over the data of…well, everyone. With a single source of information, you can control and automate state change and change management tools, ensure a smooth process from project inception to engineering and manufacture easily than ever before.

The next tool you are most likely missing out on, is a sales tool to bring your CAD data to the fingertips of your sales reps and customers. Let your customers buy their tickets to ride. While some businesses may have leveraged Autodesk Configurator 360 in the past, moving forward, this tool will no longer be supported. This is why, we at SolidCAD, have developed Variant.  Variant is a web based iLogic configurator tool that can be used to easily convert Inventor iLogic assemblies into a powerful sales tool. Suddenly, that model that only engineering teams have seen becomes an interface that your customers can use to make selections, verify their choices, instantly obtain professional quotes, and order your products. If you still have massive catalogues with complex part numbers and PDF order sheets that often result in their own special type of chaos and deficiencies in your sales to manufacturing workflows, your children are probably already making fun of you on TikTok.

Now, the buck doesn’t just stop here. Its no longer worth it to simply deploy these tools, pat yourself on the back for a job well done, and head home to binge a whole season of the Kardashians on your streaming platform of choice. A train that isn’t well designed likely won’t stay on the tracks for long. Variant, FLC and Vault are all highly customizable and can be fully integrated. A comprehensive digital transformation strategy includes ensuring that these products work perfectly in sync with the bespoke workflows and processes that your business wishes it could achieve, and in a way reduces manual data transfer and intervention wherever possible. Imagine freeing up the bandwidth your sales reps, engineers and production managers expend moving around all this data? Communicating these changes, reducing the possibility for human error and not to mention the likelihood of winning more bids as a direct result of the reduced sales cycle times are just a fraction of the possibilities.

Not convinced? If your business isn’t already a passenger or ready to buy a ticket, take a moment to consider this: it’s highly improbable that you personally haven’t already benefitted from another business transforming a product, service, or industry. Whether you’ve been streaming Netflix to pass the time, connecting with family over Zoom, or watching your children use the internet to go to school, our lives have never been more touched by digital transformation.  If you have, then there is absolutely no doubt that the same applies to those who work for you or buy from you. In a time where leaving our homes can suddenly have a massive impact on our lives and those of our loved ones, every business needs to consider how they can embrace this era and bring customers and employees closer together while letting them remain well apart.

All aboard!

Why Revu Is the Essential Tool for Facilities Teams Leading Return-to-Office Plans

This article was originally published by Bluebeam, Inc. on the Bluebeam Blog.

As many organizations across the globe begin to bring employees safely back into the office after months of remote work due to the COVID-19 pandemic, facilities managers are emerging as critical players in the transition. And Bluebeam Revu is essential in making it happen.

While employees have been busy adapting to working remotely, facilities leaders have been spending much of the last six months preparing for employees’ inevitable return to the office—whenever that may be.

For many, that day won’t come until later in 2021. Several large companies including Google, Facebook and Salesforce.com have announced that their employees won’t be required to return to company offices until as late as August 2021.

Others are considering embracing remote work indefinitely. Twitter is giving employees the green light to consider the option, which will allow many of its employees to permanently escape the high cost of living around the company’s home city of San Francisco. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, meanwhile, has said that the social media company will eventually move toward having half its workforce remote by 2030. The Menlo Park, California-based company also just hired a director of remote work as it plans for the shift.

Not everyone, however, is embracing the remote work movement. Reed Hastings, founder and co-chief executive of Netflix, recently told The Wall Street Journal that he hasn’t seen any positives from full-time remote work. “Not being able to get together in person, particularly internationally, is a pure negative,” he said.

A big, but manageable, undertaking

Organizations are anxious to get employees safely back into the workplace, and determining what that will look like is a complex process, according to Candice Stong, a project manager on Bluebeam’s facilities team. This team manages the construction technology company’s global office portfolio, including its Pasadena, California, headquarters as well as offices across the United States, Europe, the U.K. and Australia.

“To say it’s been crazy over the past six months is an understatement,” Stong said. “We all work from home now, but, eventually, we’re going to be back in the office. So, we have focused on what that will look like according to the requirements set forth in the various safety protocols.”

All workspaces are not created equal, and for most organizations, updating the workplace to meet the various public health protocols is necessary. In recent years, many companies embraced open, flexible, activity-based spaces, along with densely populated workstations with assigned seating. Others adopted a flex-work model using “hot-desking.”

These strategies, which allowed for increased density, have created a challenge given physical distancing requirements in a post-COVID environment. For Bluebeam, clusters of workstations situated closely together wouldn’t suffice to maintain the six-foot physical distance between employees necessary to meet public health protocols. Narrow hallways would have to be re-routed into one-way paths.

Rules around conference room occupancy and use would need to be instituted. In-office kitchen areas would need to be reimagined, along with the common areas and other informal gathering spaces.

Additionally, floor markers, as visual cues, ensuring physical distance requirements are met, as well as zones for temperature checks, are markings that were included on the return-to-office plan documents.

Enabling quick-and-nimble planning

As the early weeks of all-company remote work settled in, Stong began receiving inquiries from vendors offering to assist Bluebeam with workspace reconfigurations and occupancy management solutions considering the likely post-COVID requirements to come. “With access to Revu, utilizing outside resources to manage the return-to-office workspace planning didn’t seem to make sense,” Stong said she remembered thinking at the time.

Given the uncertainty of the pandemic and how our workspace would need to adapt to continuous changes in health protocols and government agency requirements, Stong said she needed to be more self-sufficient with creating relevant workspace plans and be swiftly responsive to changes.

“Being solely reliant on third-party vendors to map out the future of our workspace would take time and money,” she continued.

The larger situation surrounding COVID-19 was seemingly changing each day, which meant occupancy management and workspace reconfigurations required for a safe return would need a quick-and-nimble approach. An approved plan one week might become obsolete the next.

Even for facilities managers that choose to work with an outside resource, it would be smart for them to collaborate in the reconfiguration effort as much as possible. This way, if and when last-minute changes do come to light, the facilities manager can work with the plan documents themselves to institute the change—all without having to wait for the contractor or architect to respond under potentially tight approval deadlines with regulators.

“I think the challenge is facility teams now need to know their buildings better than ever,” said Ryan McGuinness, Bluebeam’s North American enterprise sales director, who interacts often with facilities managers at construction and architecture firms. “They’re trying to do whatever they can with the tools they have, but then they also need to communicate that information to the masses.”

What’s more, facilities managers’ ownership of the return-to-office plan and redesign allows them to take advantage of learning how to use some of the tools their architectural counterparts use to plan and plot out changes. Of course, becoming an expert in the tools architects use for design—like Revit or AutoCAD—is likely unrealistic. Luckily, there is another industry standard tool that is easy to adopt, putting the power in facilities managers’ hands.

Enter Bluebeam Revu

That tool is Bluebeam Revu, whose intuitive PDF markup and editing capabilities make it a manageable but powerful tool for facilities managers to learn when it comes to creating, managing and communicating return-to-office workspace plans.

Aside from detailed and industry specific reconfigurations and markups that will need to take place in workspace plan documents, it’s likely that many non-technical company stakeholders will eventually need to view and sign off on any final plans. This makes Studio in Revu, Bluebeam’s cloud-based document management and real-time collaboration portal, a valuable tool for accessible document communication and approvals.

“I see a lot of our customers being able to use Revu’s advanced markups to give a visual story of what’s going on with their current layout and with what needs to be changed,” McGuinness said. “And then also  being able to communicate that through Studio to anyone involved. Studio is going to give you an audit trail of all those markups.”

Revu tools for facilities managers 

There are specific tools and capabilities facilities managers should be using in Revu when embarking on return-to-office planning.

Basic Markup Tools: Simple markup tools like rectangles and circles, etc., can be used to identify and manage occupancy and physical distance requirements, with fill colors to designate, visualize and communicate various seat assignments. “You could do colored rectangles and place them over desks, but they can still have opacity,” said Andrew Gaer, Bluebeam’s technical account management director.

Custom Line Styles: Revu allows users to create custom line styles to designate different things. For instance, if a facilities manager wanted to present changes in “path of travel” on the return-to-work plan documents for specific hallway traffic, they can use a custom line style that has text in line with that, according to Omar Sheikh, Bluebeam’s senior professional services manager. “It could also be a text box even that says, ‘Temperature Check Station,’” Sheikh said.

Image Markups: Revu allows facilities managers to take photos of certain things in an office or use web-based images to indicate hand sanitization stations or floor markings and include them in the PDF for employees to view and reference. Gaer said this tool could be used to take pictures of temperature check or hand sanitation stations, for example, so office workers can see exactly where they should look for when they return to the office.

Sketch to Scale: This allows facilities managers to create shapes such as circles or rectangles to the exact scale needed for an office plan. If a facilities manager wanted to designate an area as off limits, for instance, they could use this tool to create a rectangle with the exact dimensions of the real-life area. Also, if a facilities manager wanted to create a circle designating six feet to mark up areas requiring strict physical distancing protocols, they can use this tool to do it.

Legends: The markups Legend is able to help facilities managers create a plan document that will ultimately be simple to understand for any collaborators or viewers either marking up, approving the plan document or using the plan when back in the office.

Calibration: This tool will allow facilities managers to determine the proper scale for the plan document. This will ensure all measurements moving forward will be accurate—an important element considering that proper distancing and spacing is required in a return-to-office plan document.

Studio: Once an initial draft of the return-to-office plan document is ready for review and additional collaboration, facilities managers can manage the document (or set of documents) in Studio Projects, Bluebeam’s cloud-based document management solution. They can then start a Studio Session to invite several different reviewers or collaborators to add notes and make markups of their own in real-time no matter their location.

 Tool Set: Facilities managers will likely need to make changes to their plan for multiple locations within their organization, so they’ll want to add these newly created tools to a Tool Chest in Revu so they can easily be accessed for future use.

Gravity Pipe Network Editing Best Practices using CTC Tools

SolidCAD, A Cansel Company

 

Today’s blog post will be focused on revealing the industry’s best practices for Civil 3D – Pipe Networks.

Explore the techniques to build Civil 3D gravity pipe networks and edit them using the new CTC Pipe Designer, Part Tagger, and Part Swapper all from CTC’s CIM Suite.

CIM Suite will help you to:

  • Improve sheet production with automated labeling, dynamic plan and profile sheets, and automatic legends
  • Create better grading models with dynamic site grading, corridor target automation, corridor splitting, and merging
  • Work more efficiently with pipe networks using a dynamic pipe run designer, multiple part swapping, and manhole schedule automation
  • Effectively manage multiple survey code standards, improve survey database workflows, and automate data prep for construction staking

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On-Demand Access to the Latest Technical Drawings Anywhere

By Daniel Isaac, Technical consultant – Document management

Having instant cloud-based access to the latest asset information is now a priority for today’s manufacturers, as it maximizes safety and labor efficiency.

Accurent has added new features and integration tools to ensure maintenance teams have full access to the latest asset information. One of these features includes field access to engineering documents via mobile devices for added flexibility.

Made for Each Other: Accruent’s Enterprise Asset Management & Engineering Document Management Systems

Usually, Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) systems keep track of various documents, including work orders and bills of materials. However, field technicians require access to many other technical documents and drawings types linked to these assets.

Out in the field, a maintenance professional may require the following documents and information in to succeed:

  • Technical drawings, schematics, wiring diagrams
  • Asset manuals and documentation
  • Maintenance and operation procedure guides

In a standard office environment, it can be a challenge to search for the required documents through various folders and different locations, and while the lack of tools compounds on-site this obstacle. Communicating comments and markups to documents also prove problematic in this scenario.

Accruent’s Meridian engineering document solution offers integration to asset management tools to streamline access to the latest information and documents. This allows for easy access and a single source of truth for engineering documentation in the field or the office while eliminating duplicate data entry into multiple systems.

Ensure easy access to accurate, up-to-date engineering documentation related to work orders — download our brochure to learn more.

Combining the Power of Meridian & Maintenance Connection

While in the field, a Technician can use the mobile version of Maintenance Connection to document their work via notes, pictures, and videos.  Maintenance Connection’s ability to integrate with Meridian means that this information is also available to the corresponding engineering teams, which improves the collaboration of the latest data.

Back in the office, Engineers can review, approve, and update technical documents and drawings in Meridian, giving the Technicians the most up-to-date version of this data in real-time.

As a result of this integration, these teams can:

  • Improve collaboration between departments
  • Spend less time managing information
  • Find the latest data efficiently across multiple systems

On-demand Anywhere access of your Engineering Documents

Maintenance technicians now have access to many IoT tools, such as mobile devices, when working on asset management. Accruent’s Meridian Mobile offers an easy-to-use mobile application that gives technicians access to the latest engineering information online and offline.

The Meridian Mobile app provides the following functionality:

  • Preload the latest asset information before going on-site
  • Technicians can comment and attach photos/documents to the corresponding documents while on-site
  • Synchronize any comments/photos added while offline once a connection is available

The Meridian Mobile app is available for iOS, Android, or Windows. It is a great tool that allows users to view and approve assets documentation and view their task lists.

To learn more about Meridian solutions and how they can help your team, please contact the SolidCAD Meridian team.

Plumbing Code Calculations With Spreadsheet Link and Schedule XL – Part 2

CTC BIM Project Suite White Paper Library –  CTC Software

 

Result

When the workflow is developed and implemented, the entire building occupancy can be calculated in a minute, and the code validation table can be filled out. With one more step, that same table can be linked back into the Revit model for use on sheets. Any user, on any project, at any time can leverage this workflow to get updated numbers and update the tables on the sheets. Revit data-entry frustrations and quality control issues are gone, since you can leverage the power of computers to do what computers were designed for by automating the repetitive tasks that creative human minds are not great at completing.

Savings/Benefits Users do not need to know the formulas that are running automatically. They do not need to depend on Dynamo scripts that can be volatile after updates. They can simply walk through a simple workflow that is stable and repeatable. The manual, error prone process can be eliminated, allowing users to focus more on design and documentation more than focusing on basic calculations and manual data entry. Time savings can be found every time that print day approaches. Design time can be extended since this time-consuming manual process is now automated.

Conclusion

Spreadsheet Link and Schedule XL from the CTC BIM Project Suite can help automate calculations. This example of occupancy and plumbing code calculations can be automated nearly 100%. There are many other areas where this type of automation can save hours of time consistently throughout the design and documentation process. Whenever you or your team are pulling data from the Revit model, transferring to a spreadsheet environment, running some calculations then manually transferring data or graphics back into Revit, think about how this can be automated by the BIM Project Suite. Manual, repetitive tasks are not enjoyable, often error-prone and should be eliminated where possible. Let the tools generated for you by CTC Software augment your workflow to allow you and your team to be more creative for longer periods.