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Welcome to 2020 and staying connected. What does staying connected mean to you? In 2020, we have experienced new levels in daily communication through Zoom Meetings, Microsoft Teams, and Webex to name a few. So how do we stay connected in our fire protection designs?

AutoCAD Plant 3D

Wednesday, May 09, 2018

Faced with the challenge of an outdated and no longer supported software and after much testing of different modeling software options, Ahern's pipe groups (Piping Design and Pipe Fab Drafting) decided to switch to AutoCAD Plant 3D.

Faced with the task of renovating an existing pump area of a waste water treatment plant with limited on-site personnel available to verify existing conditions, Ahern turned to 3D laser scanning as an alternative method to quickly and accurately digitally document the existing

Revit Model: A Case Study

Monday, March 27, 2017

Ahern recently completed a project for a large hospital that required an as-built Revit model. Learn how we did it and what we've learned for future Revit model projects.

LISP Routines Explained

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Often while working in CAD, designers are required to perform multiple tasks to complete a desired process. This is where LISP routines come in. LISP routines process large amounts of data and combines multiple functions and commands into a single process.

Construction layout and surveying is all about accuracy. Until recently, these processes were performed manually by multiple people, and took a great deal of time and effort.

BIM Basics

Monday, March 21, 2016

BIM is a broad term that stands for “Building Information Modeling”.

BIM is used to help depict sequences of activities during a project, clarify spaces, and identify design conflicts between structural and mechanical trades.

By CAD Designer, Ahern Fire Protection

Benefits of Using Flex Drops

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

By  CAD Designer, Ahern Fire Protection-Des Moines

The duplication of identical welding symbols on a drawing may be avoided by designating a single welding symbol as “TYPICAL” (abbreviated as “TYP”) and pointing the arrow to the representative joint.