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Issue 10 – April 2009



– Join The AutoCAD® Exchange

Focus On

– Stay Competitive with Autodesk 2010 Design Solutions for Architecture, Engineering & Construction
– Guide to Sustainable Design for Architecture, Engineering & Construction

Tips & Techniques

– AutoCAD® Architecture: Wall Styles and Material Definitions Start
– Autodesk® Revit® Architecture: Panels
– AutoCAD® Civil 3D: Browser Troubles When Running Report in Vista

What’s New?

– Join us on YouTube™

Subscription News

– New Extensions for Autodesk® Subscription Members

Customer Success

– Revit BIM Experience Award Winner: SENER Engineering Group
– Architectus Optimise Design Documentation and Increase Productivity with Autodesk Revit Architecture

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Dear Chatchai .,

Hello and welcome to the April 2009 issue of Architecture, Engineering & Construction (AEC) News.

In this issue, find out more about the newly launched AutoCAD Exchange community site, discover the potentials of the latest releases of Autodesk 2010 software to help you stay competitive, and gain better understanding on how to create and deliver sustainable design projects through the “Guide to Sustainable Design for Architecture, Engineering & Construction”.

We also invite you to check out our very own Autodesk YouTube channel and view videos on product features, demos, customer stories and much more.

As always, we’ll share our dose of tips and tricks and in our customer showcase, we’re featuring SENER Engineering and Architectus on their success with Autodesk BIM solutions.

If you would like to share your comments on how we can improve this newsletter, please send them to

The AEC News Editorial Team

Join The AutoCAD Exchange

We just launched AutoCAD Exchange, a centralised location for CAD Managers and end users to gather and share information, network and have some fun. This is an interactive portal that will be constantly updated with fresh, relevant information just for them. In a single, customisable information hub, it presents our users with the best tips and tricks for AutoCAD® software, eLearning courses, blog posts, and more from across Autodesk – and beyond. Learn more.

Stay Competitive with Autodesk 2010 Design Solutions for Architecture, Engineering & Construction

The latest Autodesk 2010 design solutions with improved tools for Building Information Modelling (BIM) , Infrastructure Modelling, sustainable design and analysis, give you the ability to design, visualise and simulate your design, before they’re built. Compete and win in the global economy by increasing your productivity, reducing errors and accelerating project delivery with Autodesk Solutions. Read more.

Guide to Sustainable Design for Architecture, Engineering & Construction

This interactive, online guide highlights sustainable design principles and technologies for every phase of the project life cycle – whether new construction or renovation. Autodesk developed the guide to help AEC professionals better understand which decisions are critical, what steps to take, and how Autodesk solutions can help to create and deliver more sustainable designs. Users can explore each project phase to see the opportunities for impacting the efficient use of land, water, energy and materials, then dive deeper to learn more. Check it out at

Tip 1: AutoCAD Architecture: Walls Styles and Material Definitions Start

Learn how to use materials to control the display properties of a wall style in this article by Tharakesh Ananthakrishnan, Technical/Project manager for OMNIX International – Dubai

Tip 2: Autodesk Revit Architecture: Panels

With the new Ribbon we now have panels. Panels are really groups of tools and they have titles. These titles are not very big, but screen space matters so you can get rid of those panel titles if you want. Learn how.
By Harlan Brumm, Global Technical Lead, Autodesk Product Support

Tip 3: AutoCAD Civil 3D: Browser Troubles When Running Report in Vista

If you are one of the many people who are using a default web browser of anything other than Internet Explorer, you may have seen this message when running a report from the toolbox:

“Error displaying report in registered browser.”

Autodesk Civil 3D needs to have Internet Explorer as the default browser, and for some reason this is a little more difficult / hidden in Vista. Simply choosing to “set as default” won’t work. There is another step you need to take. Find out how.
By Justin Ziemba, Autodesk Product Support Specialist

Join us on YouTube

Autodesk has launched Autodesk YouTube Channel. See the latest videos from the Building Industry Playlist which includes:

Kelcey Lemon of Autodesk demonstrating how architects and designers can use new features within Revit Architecture 2010 for Conceptual Design.
Marie Olivares and Scott Hammond of Autodesk, demonstrating how MEP and Structural Engineers can remain competitive today with new analysis and simulation features within Revit MEP and Revit Structure 2010.
Want to know “What’s New” in the latest 2010 releases of our Revit® family of products? Watch the “What’s New” Screen Casts!

New Releases for Autodesk Subscription Members

Eligible Autodesk® Subscription members, as part of their benefits, can now download the following extensions via the Subscription Centre:

Globe Link for Autodesk® Revit® 2010 English
Batch Print for Autodesk Revit 2010 English
Worksharing Monitor for Autodesk Revit 2010 English
Revit Extensions for Autodesk® Revit® Architecture 2010
Revit Extensions for Autodesk® Revit® Structure 2010
Revit Extensions for Autodesk® Revit® MEP 2010
Bridge Toolkit for Autodesk Revit Structure 2010
GENIO Import/Export Extension for AutoCAD® Civil and AutoCAD Civil 3D 2009

Not an Autodesk Subscription member yet? Take the Autodesk Subscription Tour and learn why Autodesk Subscription is a smart investment. From product downloads and updates to online tutorials and personalised web support, Autodesk Subscription will extend the value of your software and enhance your productivity.

Revit BIM Experience Award Winners – SENER Engineering Group.

“Using traditional 2D software, we wouldn’t have been able to finish our design entry at the same level of quality within the tight time frame required for the Cracovia competition. Combining the Revit platform with Inventor and Civil 3D has helped us ensure successful project completion.”
– Ramón González, manager of architecture, SENER Engineering Group

SENER Engineering Group is one of the world’s largest and most successful engineering and technology firms.

Together with Estudio Lamela architects, SENER won the city-sponsored design competition to design and reconstruct the new 25,000 square-meter Cracovia stadium in Krakow, Poland in time for the 2012 European Cup tournament. Using BIM, the firm’s small multidisciplinary project teams have been able to deliver higher-quality work—projects that are more reliable and coordinated, with fewer problems during construction. Read more.

Architectus Optimise Design Documentation and Increase Productivity with Autodesk Revit Architecture

“Architecture is a competitive environment, and the purpose of any technology is to allow us to make the best use of the skills and experience of our professional staff. Revit Architecture eliminates many tedious tasks, and our staff are very enthusiastic about using it.” – Rodd Perey, Design Technology Director , Architectus Sydney

A multi-award-winning practice, Architectus is an international professional services company with more than 200 leading architects, urban designers, and planners, with offices in Auckland, Brisbane, Melbourne, Shanghai, and Sydney.

Using Autodesk Revit® Architecture software, Architectus consistently delivers intelligent architectural solutions, notable for their simplicity and performance. By extending its Autodesk investment with building information modelling (BIM), the company is realising immediate competitive advantage by optimising the design and documentation process and capitalising on intelligent 3D design. Read more.

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