Saturday, October 31, 2009

Autodesk Architects on Twitter

Autodesk Architects on Twitter
Follow Autodesk Technical Specialists Amy Fietkau, Eddie Perlberg, and
others at

You can also find me on Twitter and LinkedIn in the links below.

Autodesk BIM Reports

The Autodesk-sponsored 2009 McGraw-Hill Building Information Modeling (BIM) SmartMarket Report is now available for download. The report is a summary of a survey that was given to approximately 3,000 architects, engineers, contractors, and business owners across the United States and Canada. It focuses on two areas: determining where BIM adopters are experiencing business value, and determining why non-users haven’t adopted BIM and what it will take to get them to adopt.


You can find additional BIM-related reports at

Revit Visions Wichita Users Group

Networking is an important part of learning new technology. If you are interested in Building Information Modeling (BIM) and Revit, please join the Revit Visions Wichita user group. We typically meet for lunch on the third Tuesday of the month (currently taking a break for the holidays and will start again in January). You can be informed of time and location of upcoming meetings by registering through LinkedIn at Also, please join my LinkedIn professional network at


Autodesk Assistance

Know someone who has recently been laid off? Direct them to


The Autodesk Assistance Program has been recently expanded to include benefits for companies that hire Autodesk Assistance Program participants.


AutoCAD LT Rebate

Now through January 15, 2010 (extended to Feb 28), customers who purchase qualifying new commercial licenses of AutoCAD LT software may be eligible for a rebate of up to $300 for each new license purchased (up to $1,500 for a maximum of five licenses total per invoice address). Additional Terms and Conditions can be found at

Crossgrade from AutoCAD LT

AutoCAD LT 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010 (purchased before Aug 1, 2009) can be crossgraded for promotional discounted prices. You can crossgrade to one of the following for just $2,495:

  AutoCAD 2010

  AutoCAD Architecture 2010

  AutoCAD Civil 2010

  AutoCAD MEP 2010

  AutoCAD Map 3D 2010

Or you can crossgrade to one of the following for just $2,995:

  AutoCAD Civil 3D 2010

  Autodesk Revit Architecture 2010

  AutoCAD Revit Architecture Suite 2010

  Autodesk Revit Structure 2010

  AutoCAD Revit Structure Suite 2010

  AutoCAD Revit MEP Suite 2010

This offer expires Dec 30, 2009.

Autodesk Upgrades

Do you still have 2007, 2008, or 2009 licenses that have not been upgraded? Autodesk's Simplified Upgrade Pricing begins Mar 16, 2010. At that time all upgrades will be half the price of a new license of software. To encourage customers to upgrade before this price increase in March, Autodesk is currently offering a 10% discount on upgrades through Jan 15, 2010.


You can read more about the Simplified Upgrade Pricing and the 10% promotional discount terms and conditions at

Kansas Training Funds

Kansas Department of Commerce funds may be available to help subsidize implementation services. The Kansas Industrial Retraining Program can assist companies in Kansas who are implementing new technology and have revenue of over 50% coming from outside Kansas. Typically they will reimburse 50% of your cost. Contact me for more terms and conditions. If you do not meet these specific requirements there may be other assistance available.

Other states may have similar programs available.

Autodesk Subscription Advantage Packs

Autodesk Subscription customers have access to Autodesk Subscription Advantage Packs that include the latest Autodesk software technology. Subscription Advantage Packs are now available for download and include new features, specialized functionality, and powerful tools that help extend the capabilities of your Autodesk 2010 software. Subscription Advantage Packs are available for:

  AutoCAD 2010

  AutoCAD Architecture 2010

  AutoCAD Civil 3D 2010

  AutoCAD Map 3D 2010

  AutoCAD MEP 2010

  Autodesk Revit Architecture 2010

  Autodesk Revit MEP 2010

  Autodesk Revit Structure 2010

  Autodesk Navisworks 2010

  Autodesk 3ds Max 2010

Demo videos of the various Subscription Advantage Packs can be viewed at

Friday, October 30, 2009

Autodesk Software Update 2

New service packs (Update 2) are available for AutoCAD Civil, AutoCAD Civil 3D, and Revit-based Products. According to Autodesk this update offers numerous memory, performance, and scalability-related improvements. You can access the downloads from the Services & Support / Data & Downloads pages for your products on or use the links below:

  AutoCAD Civil

  AutoCAD Civil 3D

  Revit Architecture

  Revit MEP

  Revit Structure

ATG is Autodesk Reseller of the Quarter

Autodesk Names Applied Technology Group as Reseller of the Quarter for Excellence in Customer Service - Oct 19, 2009