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,…

Build better infrastructure – the new features in Civil 3D 2021

Another release of Civil 3D just became available, just as you probably finished installing the latest 2020 “fix.”   That was somewhat sarcastic, but I do some see much needed improvements to Autodesk Civil 3D 2021 and all other 2021 products. …

Design better – the new features in Autodesk AutoCAD 2021

A new version of AutoCAD is now available. And, some good news – in my opinion – is that the awesome folks at Autodesk haven’t made sweeping changes to the AutoCAD 2021 interface, in fact, side by side comparisons with…

Connecting Teams Impacted by COVID-19

As the COVID-19 pandemic forces more and more Americans to work from home, many are struggling to find ways to adjust to this new work environment. This is particularly true for those who are used to working in teams to…

Taming the “Wild, Wild West” of National Guard Facilities Data Storage

The Army National Guard is a distributed and complicated organization that has multiple divisions and units in each of the fifty states, three territories and the District of Columbia. However, while these agencies are overseen by a centralized federal organization…

How to Get Started in Civil 3D

Even for civil engineering veterans who have successfully transitioned their project workflows to Civil 3D, odds are that there is still room to go back and learn—or at least refresh—some of the fundamentals of the program that could help expedite…

Surveying with drones – saving governments time and money without sacrificing accuracy

Since exploding onto the scene, drones or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are transforming the construction world. Indeed, construction is anticipated to be the largest commercial use case for drone technology. From civil infrastructure projects to buildings and facilities, drones drive…

Where to go for help with Civil 3D

With the number of different variables that civil planners need to consider in any public works project, and the task of coordinating dozens of design elements coming from a wide array of engineers, architects, and other designers, all while maintaining…

Five government digital design predictions for 2020

The past few years have been exciting ones for the government digital design community. The adoption of next generation building information modeling (BIM) solutions and new 3d modeling technologies have drastically increased the capabilities of the people that design, build…