Archive for August, 2010

Architectural Contract Work Available!

August 30, 2010

I was recently asked if I knew anyone that would be interested in doing architectural design and production drawings contract work.


Architecture background

5+ years of experience

Proficient in Revit Architecture 2011

If you are interested or know of someone, please contact Gilbert Moreno ( for more information.

Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Express

August 27, 2010

For those who don’t want to make a big investment in a spatial database engine, the new release of SQL Server R2 will probably accommodate your needs. And it’s FREE!!! Microsoft has boosted the storage limitation from 4GB to 10 GB. The 1 CPU and 1 GB RAM limitations remain the same. Autodesk Map 3D 2011, Civil 3D 2011, and MapGuide Enterprise 2011 are currently supported using the SQL Server Spatial Connection (FDO version 3.5). Select the Microsoft link below to download and test drive R2. Make sure you download a minimum of (Database with Management Tools). Also take time to look at the Overview Tab.

Still wondering if you should move to Civil 3D?

August 26, 2010

Many of you out there are still using Land Desktop, and others are using just plain, vanilla AutoCAD.  The link that I am providing below is a great video on the insufficiency of design work versus design work using Civil 3D.  Sit back and enjoy The Road Ahead:

Video: Performing a Feature Overlay! What, what, what’s that?

August 25, 2010

As us, CIVIL GUY’S and GAL’s, learn more about Map 3D features inside Civil 3D, you may be at a point where you are ready to explore other arsenals in the Map 3D toolbox such as Feature Overlay.

I am using the Feature Overlay command to clip my connected data for flood zones to an area of interest. It is very simple really! Draw a polyline that represents the area of interest (AOI) for a project location. Use MAPEXPORT to export AOI as a polygon and a little advice, export as SDF rather than a shape file. When you export to a shape file, you will end up with a series of files to manage where an SDF (Autodesk Personal Database) is only a single file. Connect to your AOI.SDF file through the Map Taskpane or drag and drop the file from Windows Explorer as I did in the video. Now you are ready to perform the Feature Overlay Command…

Although I used the Feature Overlay Analysis to do a CLIP, there are other types of analysis to explorer!!



To play the video, just click on the image. It will take less then 2 minutes to watch.





Ryan Caudell

Total CAD Systems, Inc.

Back to School

August 24, 2010

“Home computers are being called upon to perform many new functions, including the consumption of homework formerly eaten by the dog.”  ~Doug Larson

Here we are, the beginning of a new school year for many of you—whether you are a student or a parent, the dog days of summer have come to an abrupt end. Parents are bustling around, trying to be sure their kiddos have everything on the infamous ‘supply list’. Students are bittersweet, with mixed feelings of happiness from seeing the friends they haven’t seen in months vs. facing the new requirements of the educational ‘powers that be’. Of course, many of the teachers are familiar faces, some are new—but there is always that one teacher or educator who stands out year after year, their reputation well known by all who enter his or her hallways…even by newcomers.

When I was in school, that educator was a vice principle by the name of Mr. Slade. Mr. Slade was more than an educator, though—Mr. Slade was a force with which to be reckoned. He was not terribly tall or muscular in stature, he was average height and quite thin–but he was a giant in the minds of most of us. The last thing we ever wanted to hear was “Report to Mr. Slade’s office!” Although he was not a terror, and would flash a warm smile, wink, or wave to those who respected him, he was quite intimidating: he ran a tight ship. He was well-known for outrunning anyone who tried to skip out during lunch (which earned him the nickname Shotgun Slade), and once even had a notion to take a school bus down to the beach to round up those students who were truant. It wasn’t until later in life we realized he only wanted us to get the best possible education, to fare well, and make good things happen in our lives. He took particular interest in students who needed guidance, who may not have had as many opportunities as others, or may be down on their luck. Wouldn’t that be great, for all of us to have our own ‘Mr. Slade’ to boost or push us when we need that extra nudge?

Well, we don’t have a ‘Mr. Slade’ in our pockets—but we do have something to offer those of you who might be down on your luck. I think I have mentioned it before, but it is worth mentioning again, and many of you are still out of work…so make the most of your time, get educated, advance your skills while you have an opportunity to do so. Check out Autodesk’s Assistance program to see if you qualify for training here, at our facility in Houston. It only takes a few minutes to complete, and we can get you scheduled for training.  Hurry, though, the offer will only be available for a little while longer.

Take care, and hope to see you soon!