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Monday, January 15, 2018

2017 Highlights and What’s Coming in 2018

Happy new year Revit-ers!  I know, I know… This post is a little late this year.  I typically publish my “year in review” posts before the craziness of the holidays.  This year, my personal and professional schedule pushed it into the new year.  Well, better late than never, right?

Welcome to 2018!  

Before I dive into what’s on the drawing board for The Revit Kid and BIM After Dark in 2018 I wanted to review and highlight 2017.  When I think of 2017, three key subjects come to mind: Virtual Reality, 3D Printing, and Dynamo…

Continue reading for a detailed review on 2017 and what’s on the boards for 2018….

Monday, November 27, 2017

Lumion 8 - Teaser Image ...

Click to enlarge.... Like, for real... Click it....

I downloaded Lumion 8 last week and am beyond impressed with the the new updates, features, and settings... 

In fact, I have been so impressed that I could not wait to finish my thorough review before sharing at least an image with you all! 

While I am in the process of completing my review post about Lumion 8 Pro I want you all to click the image above and see the comparison (or contrast!) between the two versions.  The images above are raw renderings of one of my projects (modeled in Revit).  

I hope you all can see why I am so excited about this release...

What do you think?!

Also, you can follow the trail of my previous two Lumion reviews here and here...

Friday, November 3, 2017

DIY Dynamo Enrollment Closes Today!

The response to DIY Dynamo has been more than I could have imagined!  Thank you to those of you who have already enrolled and have even begun running through the videos.  I can't wait to meet you all during the live office hours!

I wanted to remind all of the other reader's here on the blog that the enrollment period for DIY Dynamo will end tonight at 6:00PM(EST).

What are other readers already saying about DIY Dynamo?

"Firstly I just wanted to thank you for another fantastic series of tutorials. I purchased and downloaded DIY Dynamo yesterday and watched last night - really enjoy how you focus on the architect/designers/Revit user perspective, rather than getting too into the coding of dynamo like other tutorials do. Thank you for this..."
      - Tim Greatrex, Architect.

"Just finished watching the introduction module; really excited about the rest of the course..." 
      - Tom from Texas

Additionally, the private Facebook group is already active with discussions and conversation!  Before we even closed the enrollment ... Continue reading to get a peak inside...

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Another Dynamo Journey Story... (60secondrevit)

When I published a post a few weeks ago describing my Dynamo journey there were a lot of great comments and feedback.  It seems as though many of you were interested in hearing how others got into Dynamo, how they use it, and how they learned.

Because we are in the midst of the DIY Dynamo enrollment week I decided to do something a little different.  One of the people who helped (and continues to help) me continue growing my Dynamo skills is John Pierson of SixtySecondRevit. John is a well known member of the Dynamo community and created some of the most useful packages out there (like Rhythm).

I thought it would be great to hear his Dynamo story and where he started his journey (and why).  Instead of simple interviewing John through twitter or text I thought I would record a Skype call...

Continue reading to hear my "interview" with John...

Monday, October 30, 2017

DIY Dynamo - Enroll Today

When I started the Dynamo Days of Summer back in August many of you reached out and asked if I was going to create a Dynamo tutorial series similar to the BIM After Dark videos.  At that time, I had already started working on a course and your emails and interest are what pushed me to finish it.  Well, the time has come!

I published some posts recently that uncovered some of the reasons you told me (through surveys) why you haven't learned Dynamo.  The first post examined the most common reason: there's no time.  In the second post, I walked through my Dynamo journey and how I did not think I had any practical uses for Dynamo (when I actually had a ton!).

Finally, a week ago I posted a video tutorial (extracted directly from DIY Dynamo) to demonstrate two major points:  Dynamo isn't as hard as it looks and you can learn it in under 10 minutes!

Now, are you ready to start your Dynamo journey?  Enrollment is officially open for DIY Dynamo - A Beginners Course on Dynamo for Revit. 

Continue reading to learn more about the course, what's inside, and a special launch day discount...

Friday, October 20, 2017

Got 10 Minutes? Learn Dynamo! (Dynamo Tutorial and News Inside!)

Over the last few weeks I have been running through some of the common reasons Revit Kid readers stated (through survey data) they have not started their Dynamo journey.  The first, and most common, reason was lack of time.  The second most common reason not finding a practical use (or problem to solve) using Dynamo for Revit.

Last week, I walked through my Dynamo journey and the “ah-ha” moment I had while working for a major Construction Management company.  In that post, I wrote about the two discoveries I made that I believe stopped me from learning Dynamo.

The two “limiting beliefs” I learned were:

1. Dynamo is not that difficult.
2. There were lots of ways I could use Dynamo I didn’t even think about.

If you don't believe what I learned is true... Continue reading.  Also, keep reading for some news on the DIY Dynamo course launch...

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Why I Learned Dynamo and The Two Things I Discovered During the Process...

Last week, I discussed the number one reason (based on a survey of Revit Kid readers) Revit users have not used/learned Dynamo: Time.

There have been some great comments and dialogue born out of last week’s post. This week, I’d like to talk about the second reason Revit Kid readers stated they have not learned Dynamo yet and tell a short story about why I eventually took the plunge.

The second most common reason Revit Kid readers have not learned/used Dynamo (again, based on a survey I held here on the blog) was “no practical use” or “haven’t found a need”....

Continue reading to hear about my Dynamo journey and how I was thinking the exact same thing...

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

You Don’t Have Time to Learn Dynamo, You Say?

We’ve all been there.

You’re sitting at your desk with four empty coffee cups, Pandora blaring some tunes into your headphones, and Revit’s damn magenta colored sketch lines burned into your retinas.

I know what it’s like to work with a deadline looming over your head (or maybe more than one deadline).  Which is why I was not surprised to discover the number one reason reader (such as yourself) said you have not learned Dynamo yet is that you “don’t have the time”.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

The Dynamo Desktop Cheat Sheet - Free Download!

Although the temperature has remained in the high 80's here, summer has officially ended.  That means the Dynamo Days of Summer are coming to a close.  Usually, I would be very sad this time of the year with cold and snowy weather approaching.  But, this year, I am excited!

Why? You ask.

Because my latest course, "DIY Dynamo - A Beginner's Course on Dynamo for Revit", will open enrollment soon!

Why else?

Because I am excited to share my latest free download with you all! 

Continue reading to learn more about The Dynamo Desktop Cheat Sheet and find out how to download it for free today!...

Monday, September 18, 2017

Revit Tip - Auto Section Box Using Scope Box

This is a simple tip that can help improve your efficiency, improve live model viewing, and assist when exporting part of your building(s) to other formats.  I discovered this a while back when I had to export a large project by level for viewing on iPads in the field.  All 15 floors had to be sliced and exported.

Keep reading and you will see why this technique helped me achieve my task....

Monday, September 11, 2017

Revit Tutorial - Align Views on Sheets (Tips and Tricks)

Today's tutorial can be one of those tips that seems rudimentary.  Well, it is... But, the amazing thing about Revit is how many different ways users go about accomplishing the same task.

I have seen hundreds of different Revit files from hundreds of different companies and users and the variety of techniques used to align views on sheets is astounding.  I decided to make a quick video that demonstrates the way I align views from sheet to sheet in Revit....

Continue reading to view the tutorial ... let's see how many other ways you come up with!

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Did You Miss the Assemble Webinar Last Week? Here is the replay...

For those of you who missed it live, last week I co-hosted a webinar with Assemble Systems.  Assemble is a cloud hosted model based quantity takeoff (5D) program.  It runs within your browser and is extremely simple to use... Actually, before I continue re-explaining why I have been pushing Assemble so hard for contractor's just watch the video and find out!

Continue reading to view the “Conditioning” with Assemble to Visualize and Communicate Cost
Featuring Turner Construction webinar replay....