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Ultimate Guide to Surviving AU in Las Vegas

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Autodesk University is being held in Las Vegas, Nevada, again this year on November 19-21. If you’ve been there, you know that everyone has a Vegas story. There are movies about Vegas stories. Sure, they can be a little far-fetched, but sometimes truth can be stranger than fiction. Here are …

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7 KPIs for Construction

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By adopting certain processes for project management, firms can improve performance, reduce risk and minimize downstream problems. Don’t take my word for it. Autodesk commissioned a study by Dodge Data & Analytics in 2019 to survey over 200 US-based contractors about benchmarking and construction management. The study findings are described …

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DfMA – An MEP Force Highlight

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At MEP Force 2019, we were reminded that Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DfMA) grew out of the trades. Prefabrication is a natural fit for mechanical, electrical and plumbing installations and has been in use for decades in the automotive industry. As explained in the 2014 ResearchGate CTBUH Journal article …

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Protect Against Ransomware with Panzura

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If the mere thought of Ransomware scares you, join the club. You lock your doors and windows; you get a guard dog; you don’t walk alone on the street after dark; and still criminals can get to you – through your internet-connected computer. All it takes is one poorly-timed mistake …

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Big BIM Little BIM – an MEP Force Highlight

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The combination of the construction labor shortage and more demanding schedules and budgets for building projects is creating an opportunity – a need actually – for mechanical, electrical and plumbing trades to fill the role of helping determine constructability of buildings and develop constructible models. This was the overarching message …

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I Look at Clouds from Both Sides Now

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In Judy Collins’ 1967 song Both Sides Now, the lyrics relate, “I really don’t know clouds at all.”1 That may be the way a lot of people feel about computing “in the cloud.” With cloud computing, the user’s local server or personal computer is replaced by an on-demand network of …

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5 Opportunities for GIS in Civil Engineering

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Although GIS and CAD have historically been considered separate technologies, with the explosion of data available from a plethora of collection methods, it’s now possible for the two disciplines to converge, creating new design and analysis tools for civil engineers. In the article “Q&A: Opportunities for GIS in civil engineering,” …

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MEP Force Rocks the Trades

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The MEP trades are at a turning point in construction history, and it’s a good place to be. Never before have the signs of the times been so clearly pointed toward the men and women of the mechanical, electrical and plumbing trades. Those signs say, “Take a seat at the …

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Inventor – New in 2020.1

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Autodesk Inventor contains tools for engineering and design professionals to perform 3D mechanical design, product simulation, visualization, and documentation. Both 2D and 3D data can be integrated into a single design space with free-form, parametric and direct-edit options. A full virtual representation of the final product allows “testing” of its …