Integrating Sapphire Reviewer™

by evstudio May 8, 2019

EVstudio has been working closely with the MiTek software designers to integrate Sapphire Reviewer into our structural engineering toolkit. Sapphire Reviewer is an in depth software created to aid the design process of structural layouts. Since we are committed to creating a cohesive design environment […]

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EVstudio is now using Blackpoint Software with ACA

by Jim Houlette, PE May 7, 2019

Our structural department is working with Oakwood Homes and has recently added Blackpoint Software to AutoCAD Architecture (ACA) to help improve our services to our Client.  Blackpoint provides may great features for home builders.  First, it helps to organize and track plans, it also helps […]

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BLIPMODE – AutoCAD Command to Remove the Pick Point Crosses

by Sean O'Hara, AIA, LEED AP November 6, 2018

In AutoCAD, when the BLIPMODE setting is set to “ON”, wherever you click on your drawing, AutoCAD will show a little white cross (+). I’m not sure why you’d typically want this and I always set it to “OFF”. Like many things in AutoCAD, sometimes […]

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SAPPHIRE Build Option Manager (Formerly Blackpoint) – The Future of Residential Options

by EVstudio AEP May 29, 2018

SAPPHIRE Build Option Manager (Formerly Blackpoint): Putting the Pieces Together Production homes are popping up everywhere as the Denver housing market continues to charge forward akin to many growing cities across the country. But with costs continuing to rise due to high demand, labor shortages, […]

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McDwiff is an Option for Opening DWF Files on a Macintosh

by Sean O'Hara, AIA, LEED AP March 27, 2018

We make use of the DWF file format for sending drawings to clients for review or print shops to print. It is a significantly better format for sending drawings than PDF. Not only are the files a fraction of the size, but they are also […]

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Constructing Walls in Revit

by EVstudio AEP February 16, 2018

Revit Architecture has a fairly robust system for placing and designing walls. The first important step in the process is selecting the type of wall that needs to be placed.  A bunch of typical wall types are included ‘out of the box’. For instance, I […]

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Snap to Both Sides of Walls in AutoCAD Architecture – Layer 0

by Sean O'Hara, AIA, LEED AP August 25, 2017

AutoCAD Architecture walls have a justification line and a width. Sometimes snaps will only work on the justification line and not on the linework determined by the width setting. After some aggravation with this, I’ve found the cause and the solution. ACA will not snap […]

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Revit Tip #37 – Import a Pattern File

by EVstudio AEP January 20, 2017

Here is a quick tip for Revit if you need to import a pattern file for use as a model material. The standard pattern file will not scale properly or line up with the surface it is on. If you are importing a pattern for […]

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AutoCAD Tip – Example of Accurate Location of Objects with Rotation Command

by Kacy Landsittel June 10, 2016

This article is intended for a person having basic knowledge and familiarity of AutoCAD who needs a method for accurately locating an element in a drawing relative to other elements. There are other methods to accomplish the task of accurately locating objects relative to other […]

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OSMODE System Variable in AutoCAD – How to Reset Your OSNAP Settings With a Number

by Sean O'Hara, AIA, LEED AP October 1, 2015

There will come a time when Autodesk’s AutoCAD will forget your object snap settings. Sometimes a poorly written lisp routine will reset them and occasionally they just change for no apparent reason. Thankfully there is a very easy way to get them back without going […]

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AutoCAD vs. Revit: A Structural Engineer’s Opinion

by Katelyn Wager, PE June 26, 2015

As the design  industry continues to slowly transition away from traditional drafting programs, namely AutoCAD, and into using building information modeling (BIM) programs, such as Autodesk’s Revit, structural engineers seem to be putting up a fight.   The interface is more artsy, commands seem primitive, […]

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.DWF an Excellent Format for CAD Drawing Review

by Dean Dalvit, AIA, PE June 1, 2015

You’ve got to hand it to Autodesk. With AutoCAD, they’ve managed to become the major worldwide force in the design community, developing the drafting platform for nearly every discipline in the AEC industry. Their BIM product, Revit will likely follow suit as the standard for […]

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