About arunag

Aruna Gopal is a Civil Engineer , worked as a Structural designer , tumbled on AutoCAD R10 in 1991 & since then loves working on various applications like CAD, 3dsMax,Revit, Photoshop, Adobe premiere etc.Trained a host of students & professionals on Autodesk Products. Worked on 3d visualization projects for well known firms. Presently working as faculty in M.S Ramaiah Institute of Technology, Architecture department .

AutoCAD Mobile App – Keep drawings Alive!

AutoCAD Mobile App:

Working on your AutoCAD drawings need not keep you locked to your desktop! AutoCAD is across all platforms, be it your mobile or iPad or any anodroid based tablet. Just download the app and use it for viewing, editing, sharing and collaborating with your peers seamlessly. An easy to use app that makes your work more productive and interactive!

Ideal for consultants working on the go at fields, sites etc , saves paper and gives instant design feed connecting team members from all locations.

Go and get the App if you haven’t done so and be connected any place anywhere you go Keep drawings Alive!

AutoCAD mobile

International Day for Disaster Reduction at SOA, RIT on Oct 13th 2017

International day for disaster reduction

Ar.Ulhas Rane -Guest Lecture on Disaster Management

International day for disaster reduction

Panel presentation- On Oct 13th 2017

On Oct 13th 2017, Students of 7th semester B.Arch from School of Architecture, RIT came together to celebrate International Day for disaster reduction. I organized the event as these students learn Disaster Management as a subject in their curriculum, hence it would be apt to be aware of importance of this day.

The event was started with a Guest lecture from Ar. Ulhas Rane , who is the director of Envirodesigners Pvt Ltd and also an educator and researcher. His works on Disaster hit areas of Latur, Bhuj and Tsunami affected areas in Tamil Nadu was inspiring. He emphasized the need to respond to disasters by individuals not only as architects or engineers but as a responsible and compassionate human.

This was followed by panel presentations by the students on topics related to flood management and earthquake relief which was overviewed by Ar Ulhas Rane. I thank all the participants who made the event successful.




International day for disaster reduction

Panels-Oct 13 2017

3dsMax Workshop at School of Architecture, RIT


3dsmax workshop at SOA, RIT

The School of Architecture, RIT Bangalore hosted the 5 day Workshop ‘Visualization with 3dsMax’ from 7th to 11th Aug 2017.


Faculty experts:

Er. Aruna Gopal for 3dsMax

Ar. Karishma Susan and Guest speaker Ar.Misha B for tips on presentation skills.

The small group of enthusiastic students were made to go through quick basic modelling techniques with emphasis on creating organic shapes and skins of buildings using 3dsMax.

This was followed by rendering techniques and post processing tips and tricks to create rendered plans, sections and elevations including tips on creating Portfolios.

Thanks to the entire team that made it possible to make this workshop a success. Looking forward to seeing great designs come alive on 3dsMax by the attendees. Good luck to all. 


AutoCAD Linetype scale variations

AutoCAD Lintetype Scale

AutoCAD Lintetype Scale






Does your Autocad Linetype scale vary in Model space and Layout space?

If your Linetype (eg Hidden type), is looking correct in Model space as seen above in first picture, but is not showing up in the layout space for any viewport scale(second pic), then follow these steps to resolve this issue.

  • Set MSLTSCALE = 1
  • Set PSLTSCALE =0
  • LTSCALE =1(Do not change this)
  • Make sure you give the LTscale values in the properties box for the selected objects with linetype.
  • Go to model space and regenerate.
  • Best practice is to keep the Modelspace scale as 1:1

    AutoCAD Lintetype Scale

Doing this setting will retain the Linetype Scale in Layout space viewports irrespective of  any viewport scale given




Revit Live – Autodesk Live Viewer

Revit Live 

Get Ready to feel the Revit files Live!

Revit Live is an automated data presentation in the cloud. It can take you through the model in a more realistic environment with ease.

Supports virtual reality environment

The much awaited feature of Animated objects!! Doors open! characters animate!

Make adjustments to lighting and Shadows

Stylize the renders for interesting presentations

Use Autodesk Live Viewer to visualize the interactive Revit Live designs on your ipads.

To learn more watch the videos here



Enscape: Realtime 3D walkthroughs with live integration in Autodesk® Revit®

Enscape™ is the world’s only VR and real-time rendering plugin for Revit.

Hassles of collaborating and exporting Revit files into other rendering tools and losing the updates and changes, long rendering hours can now be overcome using Enscape that lets you get the following advantages over rendering on Lumion or 3dsMax or cloud:

  • Real-time walkthrough 
  • Live link to RevitUnlike other renderers the changes in Revit are directly visible in Enscape
  • Direct integration – Keep your tools and use Enscape through the Revit toolbar
  • Standalone export – Create an .exe file from your project that runs without Revit
  • Effortless usage –  Rendering with one click
  • Virtual Reality (VR) – Oculus Rift support with one click

For more information on this tool click here

Free trial available. Nice rendering and walkthrough options making Revit files more lively and beautiful.

Enscape for Revit Live renders and walkthroughs

3D Student Design Challenge: 2016

logo_82663D Student Design Challenge -2016: BIM Challenge Registrations Open!

Time for Students of Architecture & Civil Engineering to showcase their BIM skills and ideas through this competition and WIN attractive prizes.

Note the important dates and don’t miss the chance.


JULY 1st : Registrations Start

NOVEMBER 30th : Submissions close

DECEMBER 30th: Results

Urging Students to bring out their creativity, futuristic ideas and design skills through the powerful tools of BIM provided by Autodesk.

Click here to learn more and register




Rhino Workshop at School of Architecture, MSRIT

Rhino Workshop at ScDSCN1433hool of Architecture, MSRIT:

Acquiring the skills of software that are popular in the industry is an added advantage for the students to pursue higher studies or to get good job opportunities. ‘Tensegrity’ Workshop using Rhino Modelling tools powered with Grasshopper generative tools and Kangaroo simulation, was conducted at School of Architecture, MS Ramaiah Institute of Technology from 8th to 14th Feb 2016 by Einer Hler Einarsson and Shruthi Basappa from SEI Iceland.

Under the expert guidance of Einar and hand holding practicals with Shruthi, the Seven day Rhino adventure with students of 8th Sem began with sessions learning basics of Rhino Modelling, followed by introduction to advanced modeling tools and rendering techniques. Tensegrity was the theme of the workshop, hence they were made to explore the methods to create a small scale model first working in groups of 3, using simple materials like straws, elastic wires etc. The same model was then magnified in scale working it more with scale and theme.

First take at Tensegrity structure

First take at Tensegrity structure

By the third day the students were exposed to the generative modeling using Grasshopper. Working for the first time on Grasshopper environment was exciting and fun. The Students were seeing their models behave parametrically for the first time and enjoyed the experience.

Intensive Lab Sessions

Intensive Lab Sessions

Having simultaneously worked on the digital model and prototype model of the Tensegrity structure they were now ready to put the large scale model using Bamboo as the material. The teams working in groups of 10 slogged it out in the workshop of Mechanical department to create the joinery details and put together their models by the end of the 7th day.



Having completed the simulation using kangaroo, the last part of the exercise was to present their panels and all models. The enthusiastic groups of students put their best efforts in making the entire episode interesting, creative and informative.

As part of the competitions, winners for outstanding performers were: Ramya PV, Anjali Srikanth, Aprameya Pandit and Ashwini Ram.

The winning team for Large scale group model was the ICOSA team working with perfect timing and skill.

Prize distribution

Prize distribution

Kudos to all the participants for making it a great success . Excellent training and guidance by the trainers from Iceland made the workshop a huge success.

Thanks to the college Principal Dr NVR Naidu and the College Management for the support and encouragement,  Convenor and the Head of the department, Architecture , Dr Sridhar Rajan, team of Workshop Coordinators: Ar Rajshekar Rao, Er Aruna Gopal, Mrs Rashmi Niranjan and Ar Sudha Kumari.




ICOSA , Winners of Large scale Model Group

ICOSA , Winners of Large scale Model Group

Rhino Workshop -‘Tensegrity’

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Rhino Workshop -‘Tensegrity’

All excited to announce the final countdown to Rhino Workshop -‘Tensegrity’, 7-day workshop focussing on modelling with Rhino, Grasshopper and fabrication.

Einar Hler Einarsson and Shruthi Basappa from SEI, Iceland  will be conducting this 7-day intensive workshop at School of Architecture, MSRIT from 8th Feb to 14th Feb 2016. Students of 8th Semester are the enthusiastic participants.
Best Wishes to all participants!