The AEC (architecture, engineering, and construction) collection is a set of software tools provided by Autodesk to help architects, engineers, and construction professionals with various tasks. The collection includes many types of construction management software tools, such as Revit, Civil 3D, AutoCAD, Infraworks, and Navisworks Manage.
For newbies, the AEC collection may be challenging to grasp at first. As someone who’s been in the construction indsutry for one and a half years, I’ve recently been there myself. It took me some time to know how to fully utilize the software tools based on the needs of each project.
However, learning how to use these tools gives beginners a great advantage as they can be invaluable tools to help you design and execute your projects with ease. The collection provides you with a comprehensive set of BIM and CAD tools supported by a cloud-based common data environment that facilitates project delivery from early-stage design to construction.
With its five main software tools, you can streamline your workflow, collaborate with team members, and bring your vision to life. Here are 7 useful tips I want to share with beginners in the construction industry, so that you can make the most out of the AEC Collection:
- Take advantage of the tutorials and online resources
As mentioned above, the AEC Collection comes with a wealth of resources and tutorials that can help you get started with the software tools. Take advantage of these resources to learn the basics of each tool and get up to speed with the software quickly. Of course, if you need detailed consultation and in-depth training on how to use the tools, we’re here to help!
- Customize the interface to suit your needs
The AEC Collection allows you to customize the interface to suit your design workflows and preferences. The customization includes adjusting the size and position of panels and palettes, creating custom toolbars, and assigning keyboard shortcuts to frequently used commands.
Take the time to explore the settings and options available to you and set up the interface in a way that is suited to your needs, whether you’re an aspiring engineer or architect, so that it’s easy and convenient for you to navigate around.
- Learn the shortcuts and hotkeys
Each tool in the AEC Collection comes with a variety of shortcuts and hotkeys that can help you work faster and more efficiently. Learning these shortcuts and hotkeys is important and extremely helpful when it comes to speeding up work flow.
- Use templates to save time
The AEC Collection comes with a variety of templates that can be used as a starting point for your projects. For instance, architects may want to familiarize yourself with the architectural templates in Revit as well as the visualization templates in 3ds Max. These templates can help you save time by providing a framework for your building designs and floor plans, and even allow you to create 3D visualizations of buildings and structures.
- Use collaboration and cloud-based tools for increase flexibility
Want to work with team members and other stakeholders in real time? The AEC Collection’s collaboration tools can do that for you. Make use of the collaboration tools in BIM 360 or Revit to easily communicate with others and share ideas.
BIM 360 and Revit are also cloud-based tools in AEC collection that allow you to work from anywhere, at any time, maximizing your productivity. By taking advantage of these tools, you can stay connected with your team and work on your projects from any location, which can improve operational efficiency.
- Learn to automate repetitive tasks
The AEC Collection includes tools that can automate repetitive tasks, such as creating custom scripts to generate floor plans, elevations, and sections. You can also copy and paste elements within a project or between projects to save time and reduce errors.
- Stay up to date with the latest features and updates
Last but not least, as the AEC Collection is constantly being updated with new features and enhancements, staying up to date with the latest updates and features is essential to master the software tools. Taking advantage of the new features as soon as they become available will benefit you and your construction projects.
By following the tips outlined in this article, you can adopt these skills and help ensure the success of your projects. It could be difficult in the beginning, but by taking time to acquaint yourself with the unique features of each software tool, you are surely able to position yourself for success and make a meaningful contribution to the field of architecture, engineering, and construction.
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