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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Revit Tutorial - Creating a Custom Mullion Profile (Curtainwall BIM)


I published a post introducing you to Jon's blog a few weeks ago.  I mentioned that there were some real quality posts on his blog, and I meant it!  So much so, that I felt it necessary to re-post one of Jon's tutorials on a topic that comes up often: custom curtainwall mullions.  Yes, that's right, you CAN create custom profiles for your mullions... You aren't just stuck with the OOTB profiles...

Custom Profiles

Posted by Jon McFarland on Februrary 25, 2013



1)  Click the Application button (with the R at the top-left corner of the user interface) > New >Family.  In the New Family - Select Template File dialog box, click Profile-Mullion.rft.  This opens a new file using the template for mullion profiles.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Revit Tip - Show a Triangle on a Spot Slope (The Revit Geek)


If, for some reason, you have not stumbled on Brian's blog you should now.  Definitely a blog worth following with plenty of great tips and tutorials.

Brian posted the simplest of tips that will change some of your lives!  It's one of those "oh, there it is" moments...

Have you ever wondered if Revit can make a slope triangle graphic for your roofs and sloped surfaces?  Well, yes, it can!




Click here to see how to make your slope arrow a slope triangle!


Monday, October 13, 2014

Entire Revit 2015 Detail Component Library - The Visual Guide


This is pretty cool!  Lawrence, over at the Autodesk Revit Structure blog published a 30 page PDF that illustrate every detail component in Revit.  The guide is structured similar to the divisions and folder layouts as the default Autodesk Detail library.  If you use detail components (and I am sure you do) then this PDF will definitely interest you.

Example page from the PDF...

Click here to visit The Revit Structure blog and download now... its FREE!


Monday, October 6, 2014

"New" Blog - Curtainwall BIM



Last week I posted a tutorial about creating butt glazing in Revit.   Well, a wonderful reader named Jon sent me an insanely detailed email.  Jon is a BIM manager at a curtwainwall manufacturing company... Using Revit for shop drawings!  COOL!

Anyways, Jon sent me a great detailed email about some of the "real-world" issues that my curtain wall had.  For example: "In the real world, the horizontal captured mullion butts against the vertical, but the cap (the extruded element that is in front of the glass) extends to the grid line"...

 As much as I appreciated Jon's detail it was a little TOO detailed for me.  But, if you are interested in how to make curtainwalls that can basically be fabricated directly out of Revit (and shop drawings in Revit) then check out Jon's blog.  He does not have a million posts but they are high quality tutorials specific to curtainwall / storefronts.




Cheers Jon!!


Wednesday, October 1, 2014

REMINDER: BIM After Dark - Educational Discount Program





With the semester now in full-swing, I wanted to remind all teachers and students that I do offer a hefty discount for BIM After Dark - Volume 1.  All you have to do is email me from your .edu email address (or a scanned student/teacher ID) and you will get a discount code specifically for you!

Take advantage now and have your jury critique your design and not your presentation!




Thursday, September 25, 2014

Revit 2015 R2 - 12 Must See Links


Autodesk released an update to Revit 2015 this month. This update was a little different than others in that it included some the addition of some new features or tweaks to old features (not just stability and "under-the-hood" improvements.

There has been a bunch of great information and subtle changes noted about the new release.  I thought it would be beneficial to summarize them here in a pretty little list.

1. Click here to view the Autodesk PDF Enhancement List

2. Click here for a list of Enhancement in the Revit Wiki...

An announcement from Autodesk via David Light:

3. Autodesk New Update Notification:  David Light at Autodesk-Revit

Steve Stafford at Revit Op-Ed published a series of posts demonstrating some of the subtle, yet powerful, changes:

Monday, September 22, 2014

Are You a Student Using Autodesk's Cloud Rendering? Here's What You Should Know.



It is no secret that I am a huge proponent of Autodesk's 360 Cloud Rendering service.  Personally, I use it in the office almost weekly (if not daily).  The simple ability to send my views to the cloud and continue working without bogging down any computers is MASSIVE for me.

I have used it so much that I have created my own techniques on how to make a raw cloud rendering look similar to renderings produced with professional rendering engines (such as V-Ray).   If you are interested in my techniques check out BIM After Dark - Volume 1.

Example: Rendered in the cloud using the techniques I illustrate in BIM After Dark (Click here to see more).
If you are student, Autodesk was gracious enough to give you unlimited cloud rendering credits absolutely free.  This is huge!  I remember leaving my laptop on for days rendering a few scenes while I built a physical model (crossing my fingers hoping the machine didn't break or restart).  Throwing up 30 or 40 interior/exterior scenes to the cloud and being able to crank out floor plans, sections, and elevations while they rendered was life changing.

Well, with the release of Revit 2015 and a new cloud update, the word "unlimited" is key.  You will still have an endless supply of cloud credits at your disposal, but, you may not able to throw thirty up to the cloud and let it crank away...

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Revit Tutorial - Create "Butt Glazing" in a Curtain Wall / Storefront


Javier emailed and asked a very good question:

"Hi Jeff, I was wondering if you have a tutorial where explain how create a exterior glazing wall where the mullions are behind the glazing?"

First, thanks for the question, Javier.  This is a condition commonly known as "butt glazing".  Typically, the glazing sits in front of the mullions and it joined with silicon sealant like the detail below:
A Typical "Butt Glazing" Detail

When I create butt glazing in Revit I find it unnecessary to model this silicon joint.  I simply but the glass together and use the default mullion and curtain panel families.  Keep reading for a quick video illustrating the way I usually create a vertical butt glazed mullion in Revit that looks something like this...

Revit Vertical Butt Glazing - 3D View

Revit Butt Glazing - Plan View

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Revit Technology Conference in Asia!


If you have followed this blog over the years you would know how highly I recommend attending the Revit Technology Conference (RTC).  In fact, here are a list of posts over the years about RTC...  RTC is now expanding and adding a new region to its already impressive series of confrences: Asia.

When I first heard this news I decided to log into Google Analytics and see how many of you, readers, are from Asia...


Well, just about 175,000 unique individuals from Asia have visited this blog within the past year.  Cool!  That means that many of you reading this may be from Asia!  Will you be attending RTC Asia?  I hope so!





Thursday, August 21, 2014

Revit Tip - Fix the Thick Lines in Perspective Views: A Step-by-Step Guide


This is one of those little things that could drive you crazy.  Have you ever created a camera view in Revit and the lines of your model looked so thick and muddy that you could barely make out the details?  Kind of like this:


Well, it only takes a few clicks to make it look like this:


Continue reading to find out how to fix it and make those thick lines look thin again!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Getting Started with Autodesk FormIt | Jarod Schultz


This is a post that has been sitting my drafts for some time.  Follow the link below for an excellent run-down on Autodesk FormIt.  I mentioned FormIt in the past and as a beta tester I must say that FormIt is growing very fast and in the right direction.






Monday, August 11, 2014

The Ultimate Revit Material Marathon - Replay


For those of you who could not make it to The Ultimate Revit Material Marathon last week, Novedge was nice enough to record and it and post it online!

Over 300 people attended the webinar live!  It felt as if every single one of them asked a question!  You will see toward the end of the video I tried answering as many as I could.  The Novedge team saved those questions and I will be answering the unanswered questions in a blog post down the road.

If you enjoy the video below you will definitely enjoy my latest video series BIM After Dark. I go through many of the techniques shown (at a much slower pace) and expand on them as well!  Click here to find out more...




Click here to view the webinar via Vimeo.