Technical Perspective

Early Warning System: Dealing with 2016 Cyber Threats Today!

Social Engineering threats, Email threats. Zero Day threats… With so many threats these days, keeping a computer system or network clean can be a full time job. Wouldn’t it be nice if there was an Early Warning System that could prepare you before the attack actually hits? Is this a pipe dream? To some it is, but if you know how to prepare, you can get ahead of the threats and protect yourself and your networks from these dangers. How, you ask? It will involve some old school techniques combined with new cutting edge technology. Let me explain! Continue reading


Autodesk® Inventor® 2016 Electromechanical: Linking Inventor Projects with AutoCAD Electrical Projects

The release of Autodesk’s 2016 Product line provided Inventor® 2016 users with many enhancements to the communication and interoperability tools. The enhancements included associative AutoCAD file workflows, file translator updates and the ANYCAD associative connections for non-Inventor model files. Another enhancement is the electromechanical project, which allows for a link to be created between a specified Inventor Project and specified AutoCAD Electrical Project. When this link is created the projects become associative, meaning that design changes in one product are updated through a sync process to the other product. Continue reading


Rotating Receptacle Annotations in Revit® MEP

The “out of the box” receptacle that is included in Revit® MEP’s Library has an annotation embedded. In this example the duplex receptacle has the annotation indicate whether or not the terminal is GFI. or not.

An issue arises when the receptacle is placed on a North wall and the annotation is upside down. We will take a look at a way to get the annotation to rotate with the component.

First, uncheck the “read-only” box in the family’s properties. When loading the receptacle in the file browser, right click on the family and go to properties to uncheck the read-only box. Doing this allows changes to be applied when you close out of the family and they will be retained for future use.


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As with most electrical components the annotation is a separate family nested in the component family. To get to the annotation, first open the receptacle family followed by the annotation family.

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Select the receptacle and click edit family.

Once the family is open, go to the project browser and open the view “ref. level” to get the annotation family to appear.

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Once the annotation symbol is located, click on it and repeat the process of opening that family as well.

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Once the generic annotation family is open, look at the Properties pallet and make sure that the boxes are checked for “rotate with component” and “keep text readable”. If they were not originally checked, put checks in the boxes and load into project.

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There are two choices of projects to reload the annotation, but only check the receptacle family.

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Then reload the receptacle family back into the project.  Always choose to overwrite existing version and parameter values.

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Do the same for the receptacle family into the project. Overwrite existing and parameter values again.

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Now you will notice that the GFI annotation is upright and readable.

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Submitted by Matt Johnson, AEC Solutions Engineer, Hagerman & Company, Inc.

Autodesk AnyCAD Tools in Inventor 2016

This is an overview of the tools and settings needed to work with the AnyCAD features inside Autodesk Inventor. Non-Inventor 3D model files and AutoCAD 2D files are discussed. This video demonstrates and explains the settings for different types of files, and the options to maintain an associative relationship to the original files so that changes can be immediately displayed in the inventor files.

Submitted by Kevin Bosch, Manufacturing Solutions Engineer, Hagerman & Company, Inc.



Oops! I Edited Files Out of Turn

In this article, we will walk through some of the potential steps to correct the problem of accidently editing files out of turn within a vault project.

This can occur when a user does not check out a set of files, makes changes, and then saves them over the local working copies. The Vault will work against a user’s efforts to edit files out of turn by marking the local files as read-only while they are not checked out, and by throwing dialogs to warn the users that the files are not checked out during the editing process. Continue reading

P&ID 2016 Signal Line Off Page Connectors

In P&ID 2016 Off Page Connectors were changed to only allow connection with lines that have been assigned a unique line number. This change had an adverse effect on Signal Line Connectors since they do not have a tag assignment out of the box. This video walks you through the procedure for adding a line number tag to signal lines in order for the new Signal Line Off Page Connectors to work properly.

Submitted by Rick France, Solutions Engineer, Hagerman & Company, Inc.