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Civil 3D – (Bug) 2009 MapExport Shape File shells out

I am posting this from over at the old site, for a user who needed the info pertaining to Civil 3D 2009.

Attempting to export a Shape File results in a CTD.  This error has been advertised, and the fix is available, as follows:

Copy the file from the following path:

(XP) -> C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Autodesk\AutoCAD Civil 3D 2009\R17.2\MapExport.ini
(VISTA) ->C:\ProgramData\Autodesk\AutoCAD Civil 3D 2009\R17.2\MapExport.ini

and paste it to:

(xp) -> C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\AutodeskC3D 2009
(VISTA) -> C:\ProgramData\Autodesk\C3D 2009

If the command has been run, then a file will already exist.  OVERWRITE IT.

This should be fixed in Civil 3D 2010 and 2011.

Inventor – Positional Representations

The Representations are a integral part of the Autodesk Inventor Design process. Most users employ View Representations, but what about Positional Representations.  Are you still not using these awesome features?

What are Positional Representations?

It is their job to store temporary modifications to Constraints, Components, and Patterns. An example is a stator assembly can be driven out of a motor for inspection, or a component ungrounded temporarily.  We can then save this change and activate it whenever we need, making inspection and presentations much easier to accomplish.  I personally use them as a preparation for Simulation.

A few things to remember about Position Representations are:

  • They can not be adjusted while the Representations are set to the default Master Position.
  • These are simply storage containers for feature overrides
  • They cannot be edited directly, but instead the pertinent feature overrides are edited
  • Components, Features, and Constraints offer different overrides in context menus

My Example

I have run this Bracket component set through Stress Analysis, and am now heading to Simulation. When I get there I will manually apply the joints, and need some ease of visibility.  This will provide inspection capabilities during the Simulation Joint procedure, and for revision inspections later.

I will demonstrate pushing the Left and Right (Green and Tan) Assemblies apart, and saving the Positional Representation as ‘SimPrep’. I’ll Drive the PresserFoot (Red) up as well.  We’ll use this opportunity to review some of the other capabilities of Position Representations as well.


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Autodesk University 2009 – Thank You

Yes, I can write an eternity on AU, but it’s time to wrap it up.  A Quick Thank You note and then some afterthoughts following this article.

My intent this year was to

  • meet everyone I wanted to
  • get some good interviews
  • introduce some new courseware
  • to expand my skill set and professional horizons
  • to prove the benefit of AU, and to help increase attendance

Hopefully something I picked up will be useful to you all in the year to come.

Autodesk University Staff

I want to thank these folks right from the start.  Thank You very very much.  The Design Slams were a lot of fun, please continue them next year.

Special thanks to:

Cheryl Romero – God bless you! You are the bomb! (“The Queen of all things AU” was already coined by LA).

Joseph Wurcher…much thanks again, and it was nice to finally meet you this year.

Sophie Dupras…I didn’t get to meet you, but thanks for helping.

Autodesk personalities

Lynn Allen… Always a pleasure to speak with you.  Thanks

Karen Brewer… Truly captivating person. I look forward to speaking with you again. (…also the only person I have ever instantly remembered the name of).

Kevin Schneider…Well, I missed the chance to interview you, but thanks for the sweet Fusion demonstration…Teach next year please.

Autodesk Certifications

You folks really busted your rears.  This was not a convention for you, but a hard week of work… stuck with a guy who thought he should run half a mile before taking a test.  1600+ certifications in 3 days. 

Barbara Bowen, Nancy Tremblay, and all of you there that went out of your way to make everything as smooth as possible. Amazing.

Autodesk Usability

Ananth Uggirala, Carlos Olguin, and Erin Bradner. Thanks for the opportunity to work with you, and taking extra time to discuss the broad scope of usability.  Erin, one day I hope to actually meet you.


I can’t speak for the classes at ImaginIt, but the professionalism, warmth, and diversity of the people there always amazes me.  Every time I turn around, someone I enjoyed speaking with, that helped me, or that I think I need to speak with is from ImaginIt. 

Mark Flayler, Alex G. (Gioultouridis), Warren Medernach, Malcolm Fernandes and Elvis.  These guys really made me feel at home, and introduced me to some pretty cool people.  Thanks to all of you.


The classes and personal time taken, I really appreciate.  I think you have a good bunch up there Dan.

Dan Banach – As always, a truly good guy, that I can always count on for honest professional advice…and thanks for dinner too.

Thomas Fitzgerald and Stephen Gabriel did a great job this year.

More Speakers

Ron Couillard…Awesome classes, and a really good guy to be around.  Thanks again.

Adam Peter… Great class.  It was a pleasure to work with you.

Peter Maxfield…Thanks for a great class and the introductions.  I hope they will both expand the possibilities this year.

Shakeel Mizra…Really good class.  Thanks for your time.

Rollin Godette…Thanks for the class and the chat.

Chris Fuggit…Really good guy, thanks for the time bud.  Next year!


All those awesome bloggers and tweets that really made me feel at home.  Shaan Hurley… deserves a special thanks for all his hard work and keeping participation way up.  Thanks for the great Blogger Social as well.  That was a nice way to start AU.

Donnie Gladfelter… Thanks for introductions, passing my name along, and generally helping smooth out some rough spots.


Teruo Misumi…For allowing me to disturb your lunch, and inviting me to the meeting.

Autodesk University 2009 – Tuesday

SNC00121 It’s the first day of classes, and we are all ready.  There are about 8000 attendees, and they descend on the South Convention Center for Breakfast. 


This year it’s muffins and coffee. ummm…yeah…  We’ll push through this section with a few brief comments.  First BRING BACK BREAKFAST!

The muffins were delicious, as most muffins are, although I have no idea what they were since they were labeled “assorted muffins”.  Since this is not a culinary convention, we should not be expected to know what type muffin is which.  I suspect those with basic food allergies were perplexed.  We were told the first day to “go upstairs, they still have food up there”.  You can figure out how well that went over.

Classes – Showcase

I headed off to my first class, which was ID104-2L Showcase Your Design by Stephen Gabriel.  This was a great class.  Not too difficult.  I like high level classes, but I am new to showcase, so the level was just right.  I had waned to meet Thomas Fitzgerald, one of the lab assistants, but I had other responsibilities, and figured I’d meet up with him later.

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AU 2009 – Get Ready

This has been revised since originally posted due to the lack of handouts this year.

au09 badgeOne week out folks!  Get your stuff prep’d and hang on tight.

I missed last year, and don’t know exactly what to expect because they changed things dramatically over the 2 years I did attend.  I expect the core things to be similar though.

For those that have never been, or who are still not sure about the event, here are a few things to remember:

Don’t wait till Vegas

Get it, buy it, pack it, prepare it NOW.  Once you get there, it’s too late.  Nothing in Vegas is affordable.  There are thousands of people like us there every day, and need just one thing… and will often pay dearly for it.  No one there will cut you a break.  Toiletries, Snacks, Smokes, Currency.  Get it before you leave.

Study up on the event, and make sure you are prepaed for your classes.

AU preview guide

General Check in

Have the cabbie to take you to your hotel first.

Lugging all your luggage around to AU check in will be the biggest drag (no pun intended).  Get in with a group going to same hotel, and share the fare. Get to your hotel and set up first.  If you get in early, then ask the concierge if they can hold you luggage until check in.

Immediately scoot over to the conference check in. 

You will receive all manner of things from them, including some special event announcements.  Get this over with before the rest of the herd shows up.

Make sure all your information is correct

Do you have all the ribbons and stuff?  Are you supposed to attend subscription events?  If so, you better have your registration stuff properly taken care of. The registration area should have a booth with Autodesk employees that have computers and phones.  Press them to fix your problem.

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Autodesk University – 2009 Shave Shaan’s Head

I’m not much into general news and things, and don’t blog about all the stuff going on, but I do like AU.

We lost events like AEC overrunning the TAO nightclub, and holding the bartenders hostage in exchange for 20 cases of Absolute and Heineken; and don’t forget the Blueman group.  I wrote about it in the past , yes, and I’M STILL UPSET. And what about breakfast ?!!

Anyway, we need some entertainment venues, so I offer the next best thing.

Shaan Hurley Bald.  Ok…It ain’t the Blueman Group, but it should still be fun.

Shaan needs money and 2000 Twitter followers for charity. I need to laugh.  Go to his link and help me get some entertainment this year.

Autodesk – DWG Launcher wigged out fix

7/8/2009 This has been a pain in numerous people’s sides for a long time.  One day you love it and the next day you hate it.  The DWG Launcher This gizmo is the thing that loads the drawings from remote requests, based on the registered DWG extension. AcLauncher.exe Since Autodesk is trying to spread it’s… Continue Reading

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