Tuesday, July 28, 2015

How To Clean Up Your Designs With Connect

Photo by Kathryn Hile
Dealers use ofcdesk Connect to translate their CAP 20/20 layouts from AutoCAD to Revit.  Little do they know that Connect can "clean up" CAP designs as well.

In this post I'll show you how you can use Connect to analyze your CAP layout to find improperly scaled items, doubled items, or anything else that will muck up your design.

These symbols may cause problems, as you work to quote your project or translate your design to Revit. Connect's "clean up" will also make sure that your layout is accurate and ensures your Bill Of Material is correct.

This cleaning process is useful because it confirms that your masterpiece design translates properly to Revit, so your client receives an accurate design.

As you see below, after you select your layout in AutoCAD, using the Connect plug-in, a  pop up window will appear; this is the "Translation Analysis Window."

The Translation Analysis Window is the "broom" that helps you clean up your design.

Our server compares your design against our database of millions of up-to-date symbols and finds any discrepancies between what you've created and what the manufacturer can deliver.

The Translation Analysis Window shows you where there are troublesome symbols.  The window will also give you tips and fixes on ways to improve your layout.

Use this window as a way to get up close and personal with the problematic models in your design. The window contains buttons for zooming in, marking, and visually isolating the poor or customized models that you've inserted into your project.

For example Lets look at the most common types of models you insert into your CAP design that could cause problems for your Bill Of Material or Revit translation.

1. Invalid Item

This is an item that our system doesn't recognize.  This is a rare occurrence, though you may enter an AutoCAD file that is improperly named, so the Connect system can't find it.

2. Non-Block Reference

Connect will tell you if an item in your layout is a non block reference.  Connect typically suggests ignoring these items, as they don't have any data worth using in your design.

3. Duplicated Item

Duplicated items can ruin your design and your Bill Of Material.  Connect will tell you if there are two items with the same product number in the same position.  Delete the extra one and move on.

4. Revit Not Available

This means that Connect has concluded that there is no Revit file for the product that you inserted into your layout.  Connect will classify this item as a "Special."  Stay tuned for ways to work with Specials in future posts.

Even if you don't need to translate your CAP layout to Revit, you can use this simple analysis tool to clean up your design and avoid inaccurate quotes.

After that, take the next step to sharing and visualizing your award-winning layout to win the project.

Learn more about ofcdesk Connect.

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