New in AutoCAD 2021 – a More Capable Blocks Palette

I’ve been an AutoCAD user for a long time, about 25 years now. Many of the people I work with have also worked with AutoCAD for a long time, so you might think we’d have some deep AutoCAD discussions when…

Innovative methods, collaboration, and shared learning benefit U.S. infrastructure and taxpayers

In a recent Q&A series on the GovDesignHub, the American Society of Civil Engineers’ (ASCE) Casey Dinges talked about the state of U.S. infrastructure, and the importance of investment now to both improve our infrastructure grading and spur the economy…

The ASCE explains why 2020 is the year we must invest in infrastructure

In our last post on the GovDesignHub, we featured the first part of a two-part Q&A interview with the American Society of Civil Engineer’s (ASCE) Casey Dinges. During our discussion with Casey, we talked about the current status of our…

ASCE on why America’s infrastructure deserves a D+ grade

Every four years, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) puts out their Infrastructure Report Card which provides, “…a comprehensive assessment of the nation’s 16 major infrastructure categories…using a simple A to F school report card format…” In addition to…

Autodesk Vault changes data landscape for electric utility

In data and document management, chaos is certainly not your friend. But, when managing data across a publicly owned electric utility, unpredictability and uncertain document integrity can be costly and even dangerous. Minimally, lost time and errant equipment purchases can…

Existing conditions modeling creates wins for Florida school system

School systems and their administrators continually seek to bring about the best learning environments for their communities.  They are tasked with creating environments that enable high-quality instruction within budgets that are often stretched. Adept administrators look to maximize their budgets,…

Manage data better: the new features in Vault 2021

There’s a time of year that CAD geeks (like me) look forward to with great excitement, but network and infrastructure administrators (also, like me) dread. It happens every spring when the good folks at Autodesk release the new versions of…

The impact of coronavirus: what architects can learn from the financial crisis of 2008

Even though I grew up in semi-rural Southwest Missouri, I have always loved cities—their energy, their feeling of connectivity, their history. But, more than anything, I was fascinated by their structures. Because of this, when I was applying for college,…

Model better: the new features in Revit 2021 for architects

Every spring, we at CADD Microsystems get very excited since this is the time of year that Autodesk releases new software. That means new features to dig into that will increase capabilities and improve workflows for our clients. There are…

What could America’s post-COVID-19 infrastructure plan look like?

Infrastructure plans are the hot potato of government politics. No sooner is an idea floated to fix our nation’s D+ grade infrastructure then it’s dropped. However, with a focus on driving economic recovery after the current COVID-19 pandemic is over,…