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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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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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Civil 3D Default Sump Depth with Value of 2.0

Bill Neuhauser on Mar 3, 2016 1:36:30 PM

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Have you noticed that when you create a new storm system in Autodesk Civil 3D 2015 or 2016 that the darn sumps are all set to 2.0, even when your rules specifiy them to be 0.0?  Well here is the fix.

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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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Autodesk and Skycatch?

Bill Neuhauser on Nov 24, 2015 4:49:28 PM

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ReCap 360 and the invasion of the drones!

This is beginning of many blog posts discussing Drones, ReCap and Autodesk’s venture into the world of drones!

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Part 1: Point Clouds the new way of surveying? You decide.

Bill Neuhauser on Oct 8, 2015 9:01:00 AM

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Over the next few months I will be discussing some of my adventures with point clouds and ways of creating them and using then in both AutoCAD Civil 3D and InfraWorks.  Over this time I hope to get everyone on board as to why PT clouds are the new way of surveying. 

Here is just a teaser.  Below are two PT clouds created of the east steps of the Minnesota State Capital during its recent $300 million restoration project.

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OCR and the Pen Tool in Bluebeam

Ted Moberg on Sep 17, 2015 9:03:00 AM

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The Pen Markup tool is the one many gravitate to when they start to mark up a drawing for the first time.  And why not? It is the tool you’d use to mark up a real paper document.  But I do have – or I did have – an issue with the fact that there was little data associated with the scribbling.  Also most handwriting is hard to read and is left open to interpretation.

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Civil 3D 2016 Service pack 1 is out and ready for your enjoyment!

Bill Neuhauser on Aug 12, 2015 1:40:00 PM

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Civil 3D 2016 Service pack 1 is out and ready for your enjoyment!

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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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