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What is included in the CADLearning on-demand training?

A hybrid course might be the right choice for you if you are looking for a way to supplement your traditional live classes with the flexibility of on-demand classes. With the hybrid course, you can go back and re-watch or review the information that you are having difficulty with.

Microsol Resources is offering a variety of training options from live in-person training to live online training, and with on-demand training to give you the flexibility you need for your ongoing professional development.

We offer our on-demand training with CADLearning by 4D Technologies and is a perfect extension to our current live Autodesk Certified Instructor-led training classes. As an Authorized Autodesk Publisher, CADLearning offers courses from AutoCAD to Revit and dozens of other software applications and is the premier learning partner for all things Autodesk.

For a limited time, our Autodesk training includes one-year of free access to CADLearning, our on-demand training partner to give you the best of blended learning.

What is included in the CADLearning on-demand training? You will able to find a list below of all the CADLearning courses that available to you as part of the subscription. Here they are listed from A-Z:

 

CADLearning for Advance Steel teaches the use of Advance Steel as a detailing software for fabricators, engineers, and designers working with structural steel. The content in this course has been devised to help users quickly learn the most efficient methods for steel modeling, detailing, and documentation.

 

CADLearning for AutoCAD® teaches the use of AutoCAD as a world-class 2D and 3D design application. Its innovative interface, in combination with its powerful 3D tools, allows users to create nearly any design imaginable. The systematic project management tools make it easy to keep track of even the most complicated projects, and it makes for efficient coordination with colleagues. Its documentation and presentation tools allow users to share impressive presentations for both collaborators and clients.

 

CADLearning for AutoCAD® Architecture teaches the use of AutoCAD Architecture as an architectural drafting tool. The content in this course has been devised to help users quickly learn the most efficient methods for creating and modifying geometry, organizing data, and presenting completed architectural designs.

 

CADLearning for AutoCAD Electrical® teaches the use of AutoCAD Electrical as an electrical systems modeling tool, tailored for use by professionals working with electrical components and systems based on the International Electrotechnical Commission standards. Lessons cover how to design a wiring schematic, starting with wires and working toward a completed schematic.

 

CADLearning for AutoCAD LT® teaches the use of AutoCAD LT as an essential 2D drafting application, used by engineers and designers across a myriad of disciplines. The content in this course has been devised to help users quickly learn the most efficient methods for creating and modifying geometry and organizing data using AutoCAD LT.

 

CADLearning for AutoCAD Map 3D® teaches the use of AutoCAD Map 3D as a geospatial mapping and analysis tool. Users will gain all the necessary skills needed to complete a GIS or non-GIS map using the program. Lessons cover how to use data sources to create map features and stylized topologies. Then analyses and calculations can be performed using those feature sources, and complete map books can be created and plotted.

 

CADLearning for AutoCAD® Mechanical teaches the use of AutoCAD Mechanical as part of results-driven manufacturing. You will gain all the necessary skills needed to complete a design in the program. Lessons cover migrating existing designs from AutoCAD; using standards for consistency; using Mechanical-only tools to speed up design, such as layer groups, content libraries, and collaboration tools.

 

CADLearning for AutoCAD® MEP teaches the use of AutoCAD MEP as a design tool for the mechanical, electrical, piping, and plumbing disciplines. You will gain all the necessary skills needed to complete a system design using the program. Lessons cover adding MEP content from standardized catalogs; connecting intelligent MEP objects to form systems; project management tools to help speed up design, analysis tools for optimal system performance, and collaboration tools.

 

CADLearning for AutoCAD® P&ID teaches the use of AutoCAD P&ID as a tool for engineers in the power and process industry. You will gain all the necessary skills needed to complete a system design using the program. Lessons cover adding intelligent symbology to create process and instrumentation diagrams; annotating and validating a P&ID; project management tools to help speed up design; analysis tools for optimal system performance; and collaboration tools.

 

CADLearning for AutoCAD® Plant 3D teaches the use of AutoCAD Plant 3D as a tool for engineers in the power and process industry. This content has been devised to help users quickly learn the most efficient methods for creating 3D models that are based on, and linked to, process and instrumentation diagrams.

 

CADLearning for AutoCAD® Raster Design teaches the use of Raster Design, which converts raster data and images into vector data for use in DWG™ files. The content in this course has been devised to help users quickly learn the most efficient methods for working with photographs, images, and scanned drawings to prepare them for use as vector objects in AutoCAD.

 

CADLearning for Autodesk® 3ds Max® teaches the use of 3ds Max, a 3D modeling, animation, and rendering software used by professionals in the fields of entertainment, design, and engineering. The content in this course has been devised so that users can quickly learn the versatility, functionality, and interoperability that 3ds Max provides for every stage of a project.

 

CADLearning for Autodesk® BIM 360™ covers the use of BIM 360 as a cloud-based management solution for building and construction project lifecycles.

 

 

 

 

CADLearning for Autodesk BIM 360 Field covers the use of BIM 360 Field (now called Autodesk Build) as a cloud-based software tool for the management of projects to and from the field. It allows team members at the construction site to collaborate with colleagues in the office via the internet in real-time using Wi-Fi, or, when no connection is available, any markups or changes done in the field can later be synchronized.

 

CADLearning for Autodesk BIM 360 Glue covers the use of BIM 360 Glue (now called Autodesk BIM Collaborate) as a cloud-based management solution for building and infrastructure projects. It provides easy access to project models, data, and collaborative workflows across authoring tools and project control applications. It allows users to coordinate and synchronize models across disciplines.

 

CADLearning for Autodesk® Formit® teaches the use of Formit as a Windows, browser-based, and mobile app for building information modeling, used by architects. The tutorials in this course have been devised to help users quickly learn to create innovative concept designs from a mobile device.

 

CADLearning for Autodesk Fusion 360 teaches the use of Autodesk Fusion 360 as a free-form digital prototyping tool. Users gain all the necessary skills needed to complete a workable model using the powerful 3D tools in Fusion 360. Lesson topics cover such subjects as getting started using the program, creating 3D models and designs, documenting and presenting designs, and model analysis.

 

CADLearning for Autodesk Hydraflow Extensions teaches the use of the Hydraflow Extensions within Civil 3D as a hydrology and hydraulics modeling tool. Lessons cover how to design a hydrology model and then analyze the design for optimization of the system. The Hydraflow Extensions for AutoCAD Civil 3D assists users in the creation of stormwater reports, watershed analysis, and hydraulic analysis of streams, rivers, and storm sewers.

 

CADLearning for Autodesk® ReCap™ teaches the use of ReCap™, and ReCap Pro™ reality capture software and services. The content in this course has been devised to help users quickly learn the most efficient methods for capturing and editing 3D scanning data in order to integrate it into their designs.

 

CADLearning for Autodesk® Character Generator teaches the use of Character Generator, an online application that provides users a quick and simple way to create 3D human-based characters. The content in this course has been devised to help users quickly learn how to create and modify characters complete with rigging and texture maps that can then be used immediately in animation software such as Autodesk® 3ds Max® and Autodesk® Maya®.

 

CADLearning for Civil 3D® teaches the use of Civil 3D as a surface construction modeling tool for infrastructure professionals. The content in this course has been devised to help users quickly learn the most efficient methods for designing a surface model, starting with points and working toward a completed corridor.

 

CADLearning for Autodesk® Collaboration for Revit teaches the use of Collaboration for Revit (now called Autodesk BIM Collaborate Pro), a cloud-based worksharing service that allows team members from multiple disciplines, locations, and firms to collaborate by providing centralized access to Revit models. This content has been devised to help users quickly learn how to leverage the power of the worksharing and communication features in C4R with Revit.

 

CADLearning for Autodesk® Design Review teaches the use of Design Review, which allows users to view, mark up, print, and track changes to 2D and 3D views of designs, without the original design software. The content in this course has been devised to help users quickly learn the most efficient methods for working with and marking up views of DWG™ and DWFx™ files.

 

CADLearning for Dynamo Studio covers the fundamental use of Dynamo. Dynamo Studio is a free program from Autodesk that uses visual programming to create its own geometry with parametric relationships. It can also read and write to and from external databases. Dynamo is a stand-alone program, but it can also be used as an add-on to Revit, the premier BIM tool from Autodesk.

 

CADLearning for Autodesk® InfraWorks® teaches the use of InfraWorks as an infrastructure design, modeling, and presentation tool. The content in this course has been devised to help users quickly learn how to use real-world data to convey design intent within existing conditions, in real-time via the cloud.

 

CADLearning for Autodesk® Insight® teaches the use of Insight, a building analysis simulation tool that integrates with Revit and FormIt Pro to produce insights of whole-building energy analysis, heating and cooling loads, daylighting analysis, and solar radiation analysis. The resulting insights can represent millions of potential outcomes at once. The content in this course has been devised to help users quickly learn how to generate a range of potential design effects, in real-time via the cloud.

 

CADLearning for Autodesk® Inventor® teaches the use of Inventor as a 3D digital prototyping tool used worldwide by mechanical and industrial engineers, designers, and professionals. This content has been devised to help users quickly learn the most efficient methods for creating and modifying parts and assemblies to complete a workable 3D model.

 

CADLearning for Autodesk® Inventor® Advanced Part Modeling teaches the use of the advanced functionality within Inventor, the premier digital prototyping tool. This content has been devised to help users quickly learn advanced 2D and 3D sketching techniques, as well as duplicating, deriving, and controlling features. Users who wish to expand their repertoire of skills in Inventor benefit by mastering these techniques.

 

CADLearning for Autodesk Inventor Professional® Cable & Harness teaches the use of the Cable & Harness add-in for Inventor. This add-in allows users to create and manipulate three-dimensional wire harnesses into an existing Autodesk Inventor assembly. Lessons cover how to configure and route a vast array of cable and wire harnesses, then analyze the results to achieve the greatest efficiency.

 

CADLearning for Autodesk Inventor Professional® Finite Element Analysis teaches the use of the Finite Element Analysis add-in for Inventor, better known simply as “FEA”. This add-in allows users to approximate the stress and strain within the complex geometry of an existing Autodesk Inventor assembly. Lessons cover how to create simulations and then analyze them, in order to make better manufacturing decisions.

 

CADLearning for Autodesk® Inventor Professional® Tube & Pipe teaches the use of the Tube & Pipe add-in for Inventor. This content has been devised to help users quickly learn the most efficient methods for creating and manipulating three-dimensional tube, hose, and pipe systems for existing Inventor assemblies.

 

CADLearning for Autodesk Inventor Sheet Metal teaches the use of the specialized functionality for sheet metal within Autodesk Inventor, the premier digital prototyping tool. Lesson topics cover every aspect of working with sheet metal, from standards to creation to documentation. Users who wish to expand their repertoire of skills in Inventor benefit by mastering these techniques.

 

CADLearning for Autodesk® Maya® teaches the use of Maya, a 3D modeling, animation, and rendering software for professionals in the fields of entertainment and design. The content in this course has been devised so that users can quickly learn the basic functionality within Maya to create complex 3D content in the form of images and animation.

 

CADLearning for Autodesk® MotionBuilder® teaches the use of MotionBuilder, a 3D character animation program used for motion capture, virtual production, and keyframe animation. The tutorials in this course have been devised so that users can quickly learn how to manipulate motion capture information and implement it in efficient ways, how to rig a character, and how best to use these animations in the digital world.

 

CADLearning for Autodesk® Navisworks® teaches the use of Navisworks , a premier project review software. Navisworks was developed for professionals in such fields as architecture, engineering, and construction. It allows users to review integrated models and data through animations and renderings, both for model analysis and project outcomes.

 

PlanGrid is a cloud-based construction project management software that is especially suited for mobile devices. It allows users to work from anywhere to collaborate with their teams, organize and share project tasks and data, mark up sheets, upload documentation and photos, report on issues, RFIs, and tasks, and much more—all from the field.

 

CADLearning for Autodesk Product Exam Preparation covers all of the topics included in the certification guides and exam objectives as described and provided by Autodesk. Realize that the lessons presented are a subset of the full CADLearning for Autodesk products, and prerequisite knowledge is needed to obtain a full mastery of the topics and exam objectives. Test taking skills as well as time management is also covered.

 

CADLearning for Product Installation teaches users how to install their Autodesk® software. The tutorials in this course have been devised so that users can properly install both stand-alone and network installation deployments, to get up and running with their Autodesk product as quickly as possible.

 

CADLearning for Autodesk® Revit® covers the use of Revit, the premier Building Information Modeling (BIM) tool for design and construction professionals in the Architecture, Engineering and Construction industry. This content has been devised to help users quickly learn BIM methods for creating and modifying geometry, organizing data, performing analysis, and presenting designs using the specialized functions within Revit.

 

CADLearning for Autodesk Revit for Architecture covers the use of Revit as an architectural and construction modeling tool. Revit is the most popular architectural design tool from Autodesk, with capabilities for modeling, analysis, documentation, and collaboration. Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced users will learn the core and architectural functions of Revit as it works within the world of Building Information Modeling, or BIM.

 

CADLearning for Autodesk® Revit® for MEP covers the use of Revit, the premier Building Information Modeling (BIM) tool for engineering and design professionals in the industries of construction and architecture. The content in this course has been devised to help users quickly learn BIM methods for creating and modifying geometry, organizing data, performing analysis, and presenting designs using the specialized MEP functions within Revit.

 

CADLearning for Autodesk® Revit® for Structure covers the use of Revit, the premier Building Information Modeling (BIM) tool for engineering and design professionals in the industries of construction and architecture. The content in this course has been devised to help users quickly learn BIM methods for creating and modifying geometry, organizing data, performing analysis, and presenting designs using the specialized structural functions within Revit.

 

CADLearning for Autodesk Storm and Sanitary Analysis teaches the use of the Storm and Sewer Extension within Civil 3D as a hydraulic water analysis tool for a new or existing wastewater industry model for planning, rehabilitation, maintenance, and network extensions. Lessons cover how to design a gravity storm or gravity/pressure sanitary sewer model and then analyze the design for optimization of the system. The Storm and Sewer Extension for AutoCAD Civil 3D assists users in the creation of storm water reports, watershed analysis, hydraulic pump design and hydraulic analysis of streams, rivers, and storm sewers.

 

CADLearning for Autodesk Vault Basic covers the use of Vault as a data management tool. Lessons cover how to better share data, control versions, and manage revisions. Using Vault ensures accountability among users, provides file security and ease of reuse, and tracks a history of each design when used in conjunction with Autodesk design products.

 

CADLearning for Autodesk® Vehicle Tracking covers the use of the Vehicle Tracking integrated software for creating and perfecting transportation-related designs in conjunction with Civil 3D. The content in this course has been devised to help users quickly learn the most efficient methods for modeling and testing vehicular behavior within the confines of a proposed design.

 

Summary

CADLearning’s Library includes over 35,000 lessons and 15,000 assessment questions on more than 50 Autodesk products. Lessons are atomized to focus on just one concept or feature, providing short, digestible microlearning that is immediately actionable and leads to better knowledge retention.

Interested to try out the CADLearning on-demand platform, you can request your free 30-day trial today.

If you have questions or need additional information, please contact our Training Coordinator, training@microsolresources.com.

 

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Top 12 Tips for Utilizing Revit Groups

Here are my top 12 tips for utilizing Revit groups. Ten was just not enough. In my opinion, groups can be the most abused tool in the toolbox. So why do we use them? 

Well, it seems to be a no brainer. Like in AutoCAD, architects, MEP engineers, and construction professionals create groups of repetitive and yet still quantifiable elements as if they were individual elements. Modify one instance of the group, and Revit will update every instance of that group in the entire project. One can even exclude an element from a group instance to make an exception.  Select the group, hover over an element in the group, and tab in until the specific element is highlighted, then left-click. That element now displays a symbol, which will allow us to exclude it from this group instance. See the image below. This does not make this group a new group. Pretty cool.

Of course, groups can be made in CAD, but in Revit, groups are broken down into model groups and detail groups. Detail groups for annotation, text, and detail items like 2-dimensional detail components. Think clips, brick, or flashing. These groups can be exported out to the library and imported as groups into other projects. Model groups typically hold Revit families. The two types of elements, detail and model, cannot be created in the same group. They are managed separately.  Let’s now discuss the methods of creating groups and the various benefits of doing so. 

How to Group in Revit

Create a group by selecting elements or existing groups and using the Create Group tool.

  1. In a project view, select the desired elements or existing groups you want in the group.
  2. Click Modify | Multi-Select tabCreate panel (Create Group).
    Note: If you have only selected one element type, the respective Modify | <Element> tab displays instead of the Multi-Select tab.
  3. In the Create Group dialog, enter a name for the group.
    Note: The name of this dialog will vary depending on the types of elements you selected.
  4. If you want to open the group in the group editor, select Open in Group Editor.
    The group editor allows you to add or remove elements from a group, attach detail groups (for model groups), and view group properties.
  5. Click OK.

 

Over the years, Autodesk and the Building Information Modeling (BIM) team have improved this excellent tool. This process to edit a group is as simple as a double click, but they have not made groups more flexible. If we create a group the wrong way, Revit gets upset. You don’t want to see Revit upset. In actuality, Revit gets confused. The main problems occur when groups contain elements that are constrained outside the group. In the simplest form, if one were to create a group of elements, including a door, the wall where the door is hosted would need to be within that group. The wall could have a top constraint that does not apply to all instances. It is also common to create groups for casework that rely on the walls for placement, but the walls are not part of the group. In class, you may have heard me say, groups should be “self-centered.” These types of constraints can also cause problems in Design Options.

That being said, yes, there are restrictions that one should be aware of when implementing the use of groups throughout a big AEC project.

Here are 12 Top Most Useful Tips on How to Utilize Revit Groups

  1. Put elements and their hosts in the same group.
  2. Ensure all elements in the group are hosted to the same level.
    • Some elements may not behave correctly—line-based families, for instance.
  3. Don’t constrain elements outside the group. There are many kinds of constraints.
    • Un-constrain the elements within the group, so they are no longer tied to elements outside the group.
  4. Large numbers of elements in a group will hinder performance and possibly cause corruption.
  5. It is better to have many small groups than a few large groups.
  6. Don’t nest Groups. Don’t have groups inside groups.
  7. If you see a warning asking you to fix the groups, don’t.
    • Fixing the group doesn’t fix the group. It explodes it or creates a new group that is no longer referenced to the first group.
  8. Name groups correctly. Don’t make copies of groups called Group1.
  9. Although we are now able to mirror groups, some elements with constraints still cause problems when mirrored. Ceilings in groups get confused when mirrored.
  10. Take ownership of the group type workset when editing.
    • All elements in a group reside on the group instance workset.
    • Be aware of the ownership of type properties.
  11. Be cautious putting floors or stairs in groups. Don’t lock the sketch lines to other objects.
  12. Groups can be used to distribute elements and then can be ungrouped.
    • For instance, we use the array command to make multiple copies. The default option is to “Group and Associate.” Ungroup them when complete.

 

Benefits of Revit Groups

We all should be considering what content from our successful Revit projects can be shared with the office and used in current and future projects. In the past, the Revit group had its file format. I’m dating myself now. Currently, Revit saves model elements as RVTs or Revit project files. These files can be loaded into the project and placed as groups. In the family environment, groups can be saved as RFA, Revit family files.

You can save a group as a project file (RVT) if you work on a project or a family file (RFA) if you are working in the Family Editor.

  1. Click File tab Save AsLibrary (Group).
  2. By default, the File name text box displays “Same as the group name.” If you accept this name, Revit saves the file with the same name as the group. So a group called Group 5 saves as Group 5.rvt (or Group 5.rfa). If desired, you can change this name.
  3. If your project has multiple groups, select the appropriate group from the Group to Save drop-down.
  4. Specify whether to Include attached detail groups as views.
  5. Click Save.

 

Summary

Revit’s group tools and functionalities are powerful if used carefully and thoughtfully. Getting the right training and having an organized approach is everything. Go forth and make groups as long as you and the team have a plan in place. 

In a previous post, I discussed, “What Causes Revit Data Corruption?” and some model maintenance suggestions, “Revit Project Maintenance Guidelines.” I hope you find this article and those listed here helpful. I welcome you to reach out with questions or comments anytime.

Credits: About Best Practices for Groups from Autodesk Knowledge Network; Best Practices with Revit Groups: Rule #1 by Sean D Burke

 

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Autodesk Online Training | Anytime, Anywhere

As we all get accustomed to the idea of being productive working from home and given the absence of opportunities for in-person training, we thought we’d let you know of the opportunity for remote training through CADLearning, an Autodesk Authorized Publisher.

Benefits of Distance Learning

Design firms can provide this as a resource for their team during upgrades to the latest Autodesk releases each year. Managers typically leverage CADLearning content for new-hire training and assessment, and to bridge skills and knowledge gaps of team members. Our goal is to deliver comprehensive content that helps customers utilizing Autodesk products sharpen their skills and be more productive.

We know that in-person training is a core part of many companies’ training programs, including Microsol Resources. We believe is a great opportunity to teach and reinforce what we like to call your “special sauce” – those processes, workflows, and best practices that are specific to your organization. But, before the in-person session, how do you know that everybody comes with the prerequisite knowledge they need to thrive? And after, how do you reinforce that learning and ensure that it is retained?

Work Remotely

CADLearning provides online access to thousands of video lessons for more than 40 Autodesk products including Revit, AutoCAD, BIM 360 products and many more. This is a good vehicle that includes videos, exercise files and assessments that design firms provide this as a resource for their team during upgrades to the latest Autodesk releases each year. With CADLearning, you can:

  •  Leverage videos during your training for on-demand program examples
  • Quickly create playlists to share with users
  • Ask users to take stock assessments to evaluate existing skills gaps
  • Download exercise files for hands-on practice
  • Use time-markers to help craft curriculums
  • Pull data and analytics to monitor user progress
  • Have immediate access to continuously updated Autodesk content in alignment with dot releases
  • Direct users to videos for ongoing reference, thereby improving retention rates

With around-the-clock, worldwide access tools to identify and fill skills, online training can be used to overcome roadblocks in your design work, learn a new program from A-Z, build custom learning paths, quickly upgrade to new releases of Autodesk software, reinforce instructor-led training and prepare for Autodesk Certification.

What’s included?
  •  Unlimited access to the full CADLearning library
  •  Frequently updated content published in alignment with Autodesk dot releases
  • Mobile apps for iOS and Android
  • Plug-in that provides contextual lesson suggestions as
    you work in a supported Autodesk software program
  • Assessments to help identify and fill skills and
    knowledge gaps
  • Ability to create video playlists for quick access to
    frequently-referenced lessons
  • Exercise files for hands-on practice

Get a free access now to this online tool while working remotely. You can get a 30-day trial here.

If you have any questions, please email our Training Coordinator at training@microsolresources.com.

 

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