Wednesday, February 18, 2009

My New Home Is Ready!

I know I've been a bit of a blogging nomad for the past year, thanks for sticking with me! My new digs- an Offical Autodesk Blog- are finally ready, so I will be posting over there a minimum of 3X per week from this point forward. Civil 3D Rocks will stay here as a repository for the old reference material.

I am very excited about this- we'll mix Civil 3D technical information, previews, tricks, with relevant Civil 3D Industry information, photos and updates from conferences and user groups, and general good times. I hope you will join me- I feel like I am getting my voice back after a year or so of relative silence!

The new blog is called BIM on the Rocks. See you there! (And of course, you can always find me on twitter

You can subscribe using this link: BIM on the Rocks Feed

Or from the website, click the RSS Feed icon.


If you are used to getting Civil 3D Rocks in your email, use the above link then in the next window, choose the "Get BIM on the Rocks delivered by email"


If you are unfamiliar with reading blogs and other frequently updated webpages, watch this short video on how you can make it easier to keep up to date.

Monday, February 09, 2009

Learn more about the coming release- get involved in Beta!

I've been quiet- yes- but the good news is that my permanent Autodesk branded blog home is almost ready! I get my training tomorrow on how to use the site, and soon I will be back to bothering you a minimum of 3X per week! I know you are excited. The timing is perfect- just in time for the coming release!

Jack has some information over at From the Ground Up about how to sign up for the last phase of our beta program. Please check it out!

Friday, February 06, 2009

Want to See AutoCAD 2010? Watch the recording of yesterday's press conference!

Yesterday, Autodesk announced some key features in the upcoming release.

As Brian over at Being Civil posted, the recorded video can be watched here: AutoCAD 2010 Product Launch.

Also be sure to download the Press Materials. There is more than just information about AutoCAD in there- all of the platform products (AutoCAD MEP 2010, AutoCAD Architecture 2010, AutoCAD Civil 2010) have bits in the press kit as well.

Today will be the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) event, so check the site later today for information about the Revit family, Civil 3D and others!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Happy Chinese New Year!!!

When I first watched this adorable little cartoon, I thought it was cute. Then I realized, its a storyboard for my next AEC Keynote presentation!



Friday, January 09, 2009

Civil Structures with Revit Structure Webcast 1-27-09

If you had a chance to see or watch the AEC Keynote Presentation at Autodesk University, you might have been excited to see some of the bridge modeling tools for Revit Structure. If you missed the presentation, it is available for viewing. Get the link to watch the AEC Keynote here.

Scott Hammond will be doing a webcast on these tools on January 27, 2009 at 10AM PST.

Register for Civil Structures with Revit Structure 2009 here

Also note there are some great archived webcasts listed at that link including:

Getting Up and Going with Revit Structure 2009: From Pilot to Production
Revit Structure Best Practices: Concrete Structures
Revit Structure Best Practices: Steel Structures
Revit Structure and AutoCAD: Which tool is right for you?
Revit Structure: Analysis Showcase

Friday Whetstone 1-9-09

Just a few quick things I wanted to share as we get rolling in this new year...

Last year I made a few New Year's Resolutions. Here is a status update on how I did.

  1. I let my subscription to National Geographic lapse, so I no longer have this problem. CHECK!
  2. I kicked the cookie dough habit, and picked up a cheeto habit to replace it. CHECK!
  3. I submitted three. Once got accepted, I was asked to repeat it. So I did two classes, but they were the same. (And it was based on last year's material, so it didn't take that much time to prepare.) semi-CHECK!
  4. It became exhausting to buy anything, and I gave away half of the other stuff in my attic because I just couldn't deal with it anymore. Though I do admit to buying new gloves because the old ones were packed away somewhere that I could not find. NO CHECK!
  5. I used to have a 4 cup coffee maker. Now I have a 12 cup coffee maker. So I still make 4 cups, but its not a full pot. CHECK! Cheating? Maybe.
  6. Panorama is waaay to smart to let me get away with this anymore. CHECK!
  7. While I may not read a book every month, some months I'll read two books. I also count watching episodes of "House" and any Clive Cussler novel movie as reading a smart book. CHECK!
  8. I applied for the P.E. last year. Some of my experience letters didn't come back in time for the October exam, but 4.8 years worth are in the hands of the DAPE right now. There is another 1.1 years out there I am hoping gets signed for in the next few weeks. So April is looking like it might be a winner. Cross your fingers.

This year, my biggest resolution is to rediscover my inner athlete. Secondly, I'm always looking to continue to learn and grow. I've tweaked my list of daily blog reading to include a wider variety of sites- not just CAD and Civil 3D, but industry sites, travel, education, and fun.

One thing I wanted to share with you is this little video about RSS and reading blogs on feed. I've mentioned this before, but it came up again this weekend when my Dad asked what feeds were. If you like reading blogs, but are frustrated by having to check lots of websites and missing new things, watch this little video. Also, if you are already feed reader savvy, share this video with your friends who aren't.

For some more information and a somewhat dated list of blogs that I read, check out this post: Read What Dana Reads.