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,…

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…