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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.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

BIM After Dark - Ultimate Gallery (Part 2)

After the webinar on materials I hosted yesterday I realized many of the project I showed during the webinar were not in the BIM After Dark gallery.  Considering the fact that I used many of the techniques illustrated in the BIM After Dark - Volume 1 video series to make the following images I thought I would add some more... (Click here for Part 1).

Every single image below was created using Revit and Photoshop... Nothing else!

Click here if you want to learn how to create the same type of renderings, floor plans, elevations, and sections shown below!

BIM After Dark: Image Gallery

(Click to enlarge or start slideshow) patient while they load...

Thursday, July 24, 2014

The Ultimate Revit Custom Material Marathon - Free Live Webinar

I  am excited to be curating a FREE live webinar hosted by Novedge on August 6th!

When thinking of topics I realized my last three posts had to do with materials in some way.  So I thought I would talk about custom materials, sharing materials, cloud rendering with materials... etc...

Within the hour long webinar I will show you how to find your own custom texture maps, create bump maps, and create custom materials.  Then, I will show you how to manipulate those materials and get some awesome rendering results.   Finally, I will break into some material management techniques (similar to this recent post).  Sounds cool?  Sign up below!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

SAuBIM - Code Calcs now Available for Revit 2015!

Harry and I have finally released an install for SAuBIM and Revit 2015...

For those of you who are not familiar with SAuBIM, click here for my launch post from last year...

Here is a little run-down...

I took a quick detour away from BIM After Dark after reaching out to Harry from Boost Your BIM for some help updating SAuBIM.  Harry was excited to help make SAuBIM an add-in within Revit 2013 and Revit 2014.  He was awesome to work with and I think we created an extremely useful tool.

The first version of SAuBIM was released in May of 2011 and looked to connect a calculated parameter with a room tag in order to create Code Compliance and Egress plans quickly.  Unfortunately, the API for Revit 2012 did not allow a few things to happen so the program had to open and close Revit a few times during the process.  Not any more!!

SAuBIM Version 2.0 is a fully integrated add-in that will semi-automatically update your occupant load tags with the click of a button.  Check out the video here...

Purchase SAuBIM for Revit 13, 14, and 15 now!!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Revit Material Management Tips and Tricks

I have been getting many questions about different aspects of managing materials in Revit.  I thought it would be valuable to wrap a bunch of my material management techniques into a post here on the blog.  I also dug through the archives and pulled up some old posts (warning, some videos may be "pre-ribbon"!!):

Here is a good one from July 2009 (more material creation than management):

Tutorial - Families and Materials

While I was away from the blog and digging my face into the LEED reference guide I received a lot of emails. There were a few emails that were very alike and I would like to address the issue. It was very hard for me to think of a way to explain the answer in an email so I did it The Revit! way with a nice easy to follow video.

The question had to do with conflicts between family materials and project materials.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Create Your Own Material Libraries in Revit

Beyond actually creating custom materials this would be the number one question I get when it comes to material management.  Here is the scenario:

I have a project that I have created a bunch of new materials (or modified a bunch of defaults ones).  I tweaked and rendered these materials to point where I am finally happy.  Now, I want to bring these materials into a different project that has already been started.  How do I accomplish this?!

For a while, I was making sure the material and asset names were unique and I would copy/paste elements with those materials applied into the new project... Yeah, I did...  Not anymore!  Wait until you see how easy it is to share materials between Revit projects.

First, you need to understand that a materials and and asset are two DIFFERENT things.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Another Cloud Rendering Issue

I posted about an ongoing cloud rendering issue back in February.  Well, here is another one that has bothered me and negatively affected some of my renderings...

If you use a material with self-illumination (such as "Light Bulb - On") and you rendering it in the cloud you may get an unwanted result.  I tested this a with a couple different settings and haven't been able to find a reason for it.  Here are the results...

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

7 Things I Learned at #RTCNA 2014

1. Chicago has some serious thunderstorms.

Many of you may have seen the numerous tweets about cancelled flights, delays, and overall travel annoyances.  I, too, had to deal with some issue getting to the conference on Wednesday night.  Fortunately, thanks to perfect timing and the power of Twitter I hopped on a plane with a fellow RTCNA attendee and made it on time.  To quote Jay Zallan, "these are first world problems.."

2. Schaumburg is NOT Chicago

Similar to RTCNA 2012, RTCNA 2014 was marketed as being in the big city of Chicago but ended up being about 31 miles away.  Ultimately, the conference was a hit regardless of where it was located (the only time I would have had to get outside would have been late at night anyways).  I have always wanted to go to downtown Chicago... Maybe one day I will.

3. Revit is STILL gaining traction...

I have been blogging for over five years about Revit, BIM, and technology as it relates to architecture and construction.  Talking about Revit everyday, working with Revit everyday, and blogging about Revit everyday may have caused me to lose a bit of perspective.  I've assumed that Revit (and BIM in general) had become the new norm and had been accepted as the new norm.

I was wrong.  When I saw all of the new faces at this years RTCNA (apparently there was a very large percentage of first time attendees) they reminded me that BIM is still on the rise!  This was an encouraging thought that will motivate me moving forward with the blog and BIM After Dark. 

Monday, June 30, 2014

BIM After Dark - Volume 2: Survey

I mentioned before that I would be creating a survey to find out from you, my readers, what BIM After Dark - Volume 2 will be about!  I did this last year for BIM After Dark - Volume 1 and I believe the videos catered to your needs.

The survey is based off of a series of email responses from the Volume 1 mailing list.

Remember, I make these tutorials for you... I want to know what you want to know!

Additionally, when you complete the survey you will get a discount code to help purchase BIM After Dark - Volume 1 !!

The survey is only 4 questions... If you can spare a few minutes please click here to take the survey now...

Friday, June 20, 2014

Are You at #RTCNA Right Now?

If you are, stop by my class today at 2:30 in Schaumburg CD !

I'll be talking Revit, 3D Max, V-Ray and some awesome post-processing techniques... You'll also get a little gift for showing up.

See you then!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Will you be at #RTCNA ?

I will be!  A week from today I will be boarding a flight to Chicago for this years Revit Technology Conference North American (#RTCNA).  I am extremely excited to be a speaker for two sessions this year.

In Session 8, I will be filling in for Tom de Plater.  Tom could not make the trip from the other side of the globe and asked me to fill-in.  His lecture is about the Unity Game Engine, Revit, and Oculus Rift VR goggles....  How could I say no?!

In Session 10, I will be introducing you to the world of 3DS Max/V-Ray.  Anyone who wants to make their Revit models looks like renderings on the cover of Architectural Record will enjoy the class.

If you are going to be at RTCNA and you see me, please say hello!  I go to this conference every year in hope of meeting more of my readers... and I always do!  So, don't be shy!  Also, shoot me and e-mail or Tweet if you want to meet up!  I may be giving out a few little gifts related to BIM After Dark...

Finally, make sure you follow me on twitter (@TheRevitKid) and the hashtag #RTCNA.  I will post on the blog as frequently as possible but Twitter is always the easiest method of reporting from the conference.  You will never see as much Revit talk on Twitter than you will during this conference.

See you all there!!