Revit® 2015

Having been a CAD devotee for many years, I was blown away when I saw my first Revit project almost 10 years ago. I was excited to see the capabilities and I couldn’t wait to download a trial and poke around in the sample project a consultant had given me. Many nights hunched over a struggling underpowered laptop later, I learned all that I could on my own and even took a Revit New User class in the very office that I now reside. I saw much potential for the future and decided that I wanted to be part of it. Looking back now, I can tell you that Revit has come a long way since the first time I saw it. Let’s discuss the improvements that will make your teams more productive and improve the quality of your project deliverables. Continue reading


AutoCAD® Civil 3D® 2015 Product Review

I, like many of you out there, have experienced some type of “horror” story related to the earliest releases of Civil 3D. Issues with performance and the “corruption” of almost all types of 3D objects were to be expected during the “birthing” of this new and innovative product. Saving “early and often” was the mantra in almost all design houses, as well as making sure that you had a good, working copy saved to either your local or network drive, “just in case.”
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Creating a “C“ Channel Stair for Revit® Architecture 2014 and up

There are a variety of variables available for stairs. In this article we will look at a specific group of variables within the stair family.

The Support group of variables will allow us to change the type of support, stringer type to a C Channel profile and adjust the position of the stringers. This can be applied and used for both Straight and U shaped stairs. Continue reading


What’s new in Autodesk® Simulation CFD 2015

As a relatively new addition to the Autodesk family of simulation products, Autodesk® Simulation CFD is attracting much attention. Autodesk is investing a lot of resources to make simulation accessible, easy to use, and most importantly, enhancing it to fit your workflow. Let’s take a look at some of the major enhancements to the Simulation CFD 2015 product. Continue reading


Job One – Backing Up!

In our department, we are largely focused on implementing and supporting the three data management solutions that we provide at Hagerman & Company – Autodesk® Vault, Synergis Adept and BlueCielo Meridian.  One thing that continues to concern us is the number of customers of these systems that do not maintain good backups in order to protect hardware failure or other data loss. Continue reading


Adding Custom Annotation Classes in AutoCAD® P&ID

Hagerman & Company recently received a support case from a client who wanted to access Revision Information in the Data Manager in order to export and import the info to Excel for processing. The customer was currently using Drawing Properties to track revisions, but these properties cannot be edited in the Data Manager. This method also meant that each drawing would need the revision info entered one drawing at a time which can be time consuming in a large project. Continue reading