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    • CADmep Videos March 3, 2017
      Fist, if you are looking for Autodesk MEP Videos you can find them here CADmep    Playlist of beginner videos   Plumbing with Jeremy 1 Plumbing with Jeremy 2 CADmep Design Line Luciano    NavisWorks NavisWork 101 – Building Your Model NavisWork 101 – The Basic Tools You Will Be Using NavisWorks 101- Clash Detective NavisWorks 101- Navigation 
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    • Navigating In NavisWorks Freedom March 3, 2017
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    • Construction Confidence Index April 29, 2014
      Associated Builders and Contractors’ (ABC) Construction Confidence Index (CCI) is a diffusion index that reflects the nation’s construction contractors’ perceptions of the business environment over a six-month period, as well as the prospects for commercial and industrial construction spending growth in the months ahead. Source data are collected from ABC me […]
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    • Fabrication CADmep Level & Size Blocks April 22, 2014
      Blocks with attribute definitions can be used to create custom Level \ Size Labels: – attributes for Levels for reference to the Top, Centre or Bottom of Objects – attributes for Size for Object Width, Depth & Diameter READ MORE
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    • AutoCAD Super-Duper Click Savers April 15, 2014
      Return on investment on the AutoCAD platform is all about saving picks and clicks and this class is all about exposing the super-secret tools in the AutoCAD platform. The biggest issue is that you don’t know what you are missing from release to release unless someone exposes these little secrets. In this class, we will […]
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    • Bluebeam Takeoffs & Estimation February 25, 2014
      Revu includes all of the tools you need to prepare your next bid as much as 70% faster. In this session, you will learn how to useRevu’s built-in measurement tools for takeoffs, save custom measurements in the exclusive Tool Chest™, export measurements to Excel®, and use Custom Columns to add formulas to the built-in worksheet […]
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    • Fabrication for MEP: Detailing, Costing, and Fabrication Integration February 21, 2014
      Come and learn about Autodesk® Fabrication software and how the individual systems integrate together to provide more seamless detailing, costing, and fabrication of MEP systems. This class builds on information about design line technology presented in the Go Beyond Design classes. This class will enable you to better understand how this technology, and the […]
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    • TSI Training Class Docs February 21, 2014
      Someone shared these with us a while back Its older info but some of it may help Download docs here 
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    • CADMep 2013 Plumbing with Jeremy February 20, 2014
      We had Jeremy who has been using CADMep train us on how to get started seeing that TSI or Autodesk does not have any documentation how to get started and training from TSI is only available in Texas or on site but it takes forever to get it set up. Part 1 Part  2 Rob […]
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    • Quickly Create a Structural Model with CADmep February 20, 2014
      There are times in the MEP modeling industry that we need to create a structural model and CADmep is a very good tool for this. So let’s take a look at how we can quickly and efficiently build our structural model. (For this example you will need a 2D structural drawing)1. Open your 2D structural […]
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Subcontractor “Pass-Through” Claims Still a Matter of Controversy

Subcontractor “pass-through” claims, sponsored by a prime contractor against a public project owner, are both useful and controversial. A pass-through claim results from a claim liquidation agreement between the prime and the sub. The prime agrees to pursue the project owner, at the prime’s expense, for the subcontractor’s increased costs. The prime will pass through the recovery, if any, to the sub. In return, the sub agrees to accept only what the prime is able to recover from the owner and otherwise hold the owner harmless.

Pass-through claims have gained wide acceptance because they promote the settlement of claims and bring all the parties together in a single forum to resolve a dispute arising out of a single set of facts and contract documents. But pass-through claims are not viewed favorably in all circles. They expose public entities to liability to parties that never received a public contract. A recent Tennessee case held that pass-through claims are not allowed in that state . . . read more.


Autodesk Navisworks Animated Construction

Autodesk Navisworks project review software can import project schedules from planning applications, enabling you to simulate and visually communicate construction schedules. In this video, Autodesk’s Paul Walker has further enhanced the 4D simulation by animating building components (using the Navisworks Animator feature) and rendered with Navisworks to create this presentation-style video.

Learn more about the Design, Application and Installation of Custom and Standard Pipe Clamps

Learn more about the Design, Application and Installation of Custom and Standard Pipe Clamps right from your computer for free. This technical presentation is this Thursday, July 22, 2010 at 10:00 am or 2:00 pm.
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The featured presenter, Jerry Godina has over 13 years experience as a support designer and manages PT&P’s engineer training development program. He also inspects existing supports, consults on site remediation projects and oversees installation on a regular basis.

What is BIM Model or Building Information Modeling?

Building Information Modeling or BIM is the latest buzzword in construction industry worldwide. It has been flaunted on the front page of construction magazines; more seminars are being arranged throughout year and many companies are involved in developing products/tools around BIM. So, what is BIM? Why it so popular and what lies there in it for architects and builders?

What is BIM?
Well known industry analyst Jerry Laiserin briefs the BIM process as follows – “Building Information Modeling or BIM is a digital representation of the building process to facilitate exchange and interoperability of information in digital format.”

So, BIM is a process of demonstrating both graphical and non-graphical aspects of the full building life cycle and creating a single repository of design and construction documents, specifications and schedules. BIM process generates 3D Model encompassing geometric and geographic information of the building and properties of its components. Bentley, ArchiCAD and Revit are the popular CADD software used to generate standard 3D BIM models.

3D/4D Building Information Model
Team members equipped with desktop PCs are networked together and contain BIM 3D modeling tools with field-specific files and a master file. A 3D model is relatively easy for all members to understand and visualize. Drawing or fabrication job can be coordinated remotely using affordable web conferencing applications such as Webex enabling team to virtually “walk through” during the construction process. In 4D modeling you have an added fourth element of time with 3D model providing better control on project schedules and activities.

What are the benefits of BIM?
Since each and every detail related to building construction is at one place and viewed by all team members design performance increases significantly. For example, the structural engineer can consult immediately with the architect regarding energy consumption strategies pertaining to structure insulation and heating. In this way BIM Model facilitates much improved coordination and collaboration among design and construction team and reduces information loss associated with project management. This helps in saving both costs and construction time and potentially benefit all the stake-holders of construction process including designers, structural engineers and contractors.

Apps Simplify Processes Big and Small

Whether you’re looking for a better way to log employees’ time on a project, make a crucial measurement on the jobsite, or automate business-process management, one tool required is one you most likely already have: a smartphone. Construction productivity tools are going mobile, and the combination of advancing cellphone technology and a flurry of activity by app developers has led to an array of easy-to-adopt solutions for residential builders.

For construction professionals looking for a quick or one-time solution, there are a number of single-functionality apps that can simplify a day on the job. For example, applications can turn your phone into a ruler, a unit converter and scientific calculator, or an accurate leveling device.

A number of apps with much more complex functionalities are also being developed with the construction industry in mind. These solutions take construction productivity software to the next level, integrating all aspects of the business onto a mobile platform and enabling more efficient, thorough, and cost-effective work. (Read More)


Sneak peek for our LI group: the summer issue of CONTRACTOR EXCELLENCE mag now avail for viewing online

Organize Your Desktop

Organize your desktop with Stardock Fences

A very effective way to set up your fences

I’ve always been known as the messy kid, so it’s no surprise that zillions of random files and folders often litter my desktop. Every time I clear my desktop, it gets congested again a few days later, each icon reminding me how much I suck at organizing. What I lack is a system.

After reading David Allen’s book, Getting Things Done, I’ve finally found a system for organization that’s both logical and fun. The book doesn’t give detailed information on how to organize files on the computer, but I’ve adapted his ideas into a system that’s kept my computer desktop pristine. Here’s how I did it: (Read More)