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Doug Benoit brings over twenty-five years of civil engineering experience to the technical team at Managed Design. Previous experience includes thirteen years gathering real world experience at an engineering firm in St. Paul. He then utilized those skills working for an Autodesk reseller for nine years as a Civil Applications Engineer before joining Managed Design in 2009. Doug’s current responsibilities include training, mentoring, writing technical guides and technical support.

Geolocation Online Map Feature Discontinued in AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT 2014.

Douglas Benoit on Jul 6, 2017 4:49:24 PM

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Due to an upgrade of Bing Maps, support is ending for the Online Map Data feature for Autodesk AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT 2014-based products.

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Virtual Agent ENU vs. Eng

Douglas Benoit on Oct 24, 2016 5:55:51 PM

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In my experience through the years as an application engineer, I’ve noticed there are many people, like me, who use Autodesk’s Virtual Agent to download software. Are you a part of this group while downloading IDSP 2017, IDSU 2017 or other suites? Take note: If you are in the U.S., download the software labeled “64 Bit – ENU” (ENU stands for English U.S.). The other download is for those in the U.K. Perhaps this was obvious to all of you, but I’ve been haunted by the clean-install process more than once so chose to share my little scare with you.

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Administering Network License Files

Douglas Benoit on Jun 23, 2016 4:33:17 PM

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With a new year comes new change with Autodesk. Now the software offers advanced options to generate license files for network versions. This option is available through the Autodesk Account portal as long as you have the appropriate permissions.

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What A360 Account is Right for Me?

Douglas Benoit on Apr 20, 2016 3:30:00 PM

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Like many of us, you have an Autodesk A360 account.  So you know which one you have?  The real question is do you know which one you need?  To answer that, you need to know what flavors of A360 are available and how they differ. 

First and foremost, there is the Autodesk Account

  • This is where your personal account information is located, and what you were initially asked when you create your A360 Account. (you can change your password and personal profile information)

Next in line, we had Autodesk 360. It was the first version of A360.  Autodesk360 is now called A360 DriveA360 Drive is geared toward the individual…

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Autodesk Viewers, So Many Options

Douglas Benoit on Feb 10, 2016 8:42:23 AM

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Do you share design files with non-Autodesk users who need to review your design for approval or buy-in? 

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Using MnGeo LiDAR Data in Civil 3D

Douglas Benoit on Jul 2, 2015 10:16:00 AM

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Once a LAZ file from the MnGeo website, which is by default metric, has been extracted and cropped, follow the steps below to bring the resulting metric LAS file into an Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3D 2016 imperial environment to create usable data and ultimately a surface.

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Taming Misbehaving AutoCAD Files

Douglas Benoit on Jun 4, 2015 9:39:00 AM

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Recently I was reviewing a very thorough Autodesk Knowledge Network document called How to repair corrupt AutoCAD files, it is a very detailed document.   However, when I was done, I realized that there was something missing from this document.  It’s a very important tool that is personally my hail mary to bring a corrupt AutoCAD file back to life.  That tool is called… wait for it…  

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