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Philip Charlson brings over nineteen years of experience in mechanical and architectural design experience to Managed Design. He is a certified expert in Revit Architecture and MEP products. In addition, Philip brings twenty five years of CAD/BIM experience on Autodesk products making him an important part of Managed Design’s technical team. Philip’s current responsibilities include training, mentoring, writing technical guides, providing technical support, implementing and content creation.
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Archiving Revit Projects

Philip Charlson on Sep 7, 2017 11:03:00 AM

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Archiving a Revit Project

There are many companies out there that are working in Revit. Now whether its architecture, MEP or structure all companies need to know what to do with a project when they are completed with it. The question becomes to archive a Revit project and get it to a safe location. Below are directions for a couple common scenarios when a project has been completed within Revit.

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Revit MEP 2018 Project Setup Procedure

Philip Charlson on Jul 24, 2017 7:16:00 AM

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Revit for MEP can be a powerful tool for engineers, designers, and contractors across the MEP (mechanical, electrical, and plumbing) disciplines and getting your project setup properly from the beginning can play a critical role in its success. The following instructions will help guide you through setting up a Revit MEP 2018 project from scratch to where an architectural model is linked into an MEP project.

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Three Favorite Revit Tools

Philip Charlson on Feb 28, 2017 11:35:00 AM

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CGS Revit Tools are a series of add-in utilities that extend the capabilities of Revit in various key areas. They can be a huge time saver and make working in Revit easier and more efficient. With 60+ different tools, and new ones being added constantly, this set of tools has become indispensable for me. Here are just three of my absolute favorite Revit Tools.

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A Visit to Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin

Philip Charlson on Dec 8, 2016 4:52:00 PM

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Like so many people, I would describe myself as a big fan of the designs of architect, Frank Lloyd Wright. Earlier this fall, I was fortunate enough to take a  tour of Taliesin in Spring Green, WI. It was the home and design of Wright from 1911 until his passing in 1959.—

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Network License Manager 2017

Philip Charlson on May 5, 2016 1:39:19 PM

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Network License Manager 2017

The 2017 products are out and that means it is time to start doing new installs and creating images. One related task that is sometimes overlooked is updating LMtools from the server where your network license is stored and that your users access to acquire a license.

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Controlling Layers within Walls in Revit

Philip Charlson on Mar 23, 2016 2:30:00 AM

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In creating building models within Revit you may find the need to only show structural walls within floor plan views. While working on a project recently, I found the need to only show stud components within the walls and no gypsum board or finishes for walls.

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Revit 2016 R2 Enhancements

Philip Charlson on Nov 20, 2015 10:12:56 AM

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At the end of October Autodesk came out with their mid-release update of Revit. With the release comes a number of user-requested enhancements that just can’t wait for the next release. After updating Revit and working in a model with the enhancements, one of the first things I noticed was the addition of the options for Wall Joins. You’ll see it in the Options bar when creating a new wall. In the past you would have to select the wall to set it to disallow a join. Another addition is the ability to select multiple wall joins and change the selected joins to a butt, miter or squared off condition.

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Thinking About Using a Machine for CAMduct?

Philip Charlson on Aug 26, 2015 3:13:00 PM

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Before setting up a new machine within the Installed Machines database, the following considerations must be reviewed and understood. Certain procedures must be in place, and certain information must be available, in order for a new post processor to output and write NC in the correct format.

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Revit MEP and Troublesome P-traps

Philip Charlson on Jul 29, 2015 11:08:00 AM

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Revit MEP has been around for quite a few years now but Autodesk has still not discovered a great way to attach a P-trap to the different plumbing fixtures you want in your projects. If you have tried placing one of these p-traps you find that it typically faces the wrong direction and sometimes doesn’t connect to a pipe at all.

I recently found an easier way to add these p-traps to your systems so that they display correctly when you create your plumbing isometrics.

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Adding Sloped Drainage Lines to CADmep with Design Line

Philip Charlson on Jul 16, 2015 3:14:00 PM

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Creating domestic piping type lines within CADmep is a simple task for most fabrication software users. The place where people tend to have some difficult times is when that pipe needs to be sloped for waste or vent type piping needs to be created.

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