AEC Tech News #184

6 Dec, 2006 By: Scott MacKenzie

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Make Mine a DWG, Part 1

Step-by-step, here's how to translate your ArchiCAD files into AutoCAD files

What is the most requested CAD file format among consultants? My guess would be AutoCAD 2000. Yes, I know it's an unsupported version, and it drives me crazy, but many firms and institutions are slow to upgrade. Every major CAD or BIM package can translate its own drawing formats into AutoCAD's DWG file format. That's nice, but how good is that translation?  Well, it's only as good as you make it. Even if you're running a current version of AutoCAD, you still need to evaluate the files you saved down to earlier file formats.

If you (or someone else in your firm) haven't taken the time to evaluate the end DWG product you create, chances are you're leaving a big mess for your consultant to clean up. In this and future editions of AEC Tech News, I'll go over the most important tips for creating a good DWG file in ArchiCAD versions 9 and 10 for your clients and consultants. Read more>>

Event Report: Autodesk University 2006, Part 2

By Sara Ferris

Though the Autodesk Revit platform for building design is catching on with customers (Revit Building recently passed the 100,000-seat milestone, the company reports), 2D won't be disappearing any time soon. That's the word from Jim Lynch, vice-president of marketing for the Building Solutions division, who spoke with me at Autodesk University 2006, now under way in Las Vegas. Autodesk is in fact promoting a 2D-to-2D transition by encouraging AutoCAD users to move to Architectural Desktop, which it bills as a better AutoCAD for architects. Read more>>

Mark Your Calendar: AEC Events

Cadalyst'scomplete list of upcoming industry events is always available on our Web site.

Business Process Modeling Workshop
January 18, 2007
Troy, Michigan
Vasco Drecun's one-day workshop provides an opportunity for attendees to learn more about a hands-on methodology for modeling and analyzing process using standardized reference models. The workshop will be supported with hands-on modeling of real-life examples. Read more

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