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Friday, May 17, 2024

Twinmotion 2024 for Revit: What's New?! (w/Tyler) - Replay


In this episode of BIM After Dark Live I was be joined by Tyler Puryear to talk about what's new in Twinmotion 2024 for Revit!  We talked about best practices, templates, and, of course, highlight the new features!

Some of the topics we touched on were:

- Spacing and Area Tools

- Render Layers

    - Fabrics

    - Substance Files

    - Foliage Material

- Camera Updates

- Sequencer & Action Camera

- Deterministic Animations

Click here to view the episode now.... 

Friday, May 3, 2024

Control Room Tags through Linked Files in Revit (Office Hour Sessions)


I've been using Revit for over 16 years now... And I can honestly say this is the first time I discovered this little tip about tagging rooms through links. 

Check out this snip from a recent Office Hour session to see what I am talking about .... 


If you think you would benefit from joining an office hour like this one... Join the BIM After Dark Community today.

Friday, April 26, 2024

Small Firms, Big BIM: Why Technology is Essential for Architects to Survive - Replay

On last night's episode of BIM After Dark Live I welcomed Jim Balding (of the ANT Group) to the show.  Traditionally, BIM has always been equated to the "big firms".  Well, Jim and I are going discuss how BIM (and the adoption of new technology) actually benefits the smaller architecture and engineering firms MORE!  Jim has spent his entire career integrating new technologies with small-scale professional practice.

Jim shared some of the tools, workflows, processes, and (I'm sure) stories of his years spent in the world of "little BIM"... 

Oh, and tune in to the beginning to hear two unique stories of how Jim and I met and how he called me out when I registered for a conference one year.... ;)

Click here to view the replay now.... 

Thursday, April 18, 2024

Should Architects do the "100 Days of AI" Challenge? - Replay


On this episode of BIM After Dark Live I was joined by Carl Storms (The BIMsider) to talk about his completion of the 100 Days of AI challenge.  What did he learn?  Should Architects, Engineers, and Contractors do the challenge?  Would he do it again!?    

Click here to view the episode and hear some of the tools, insights, and lessons learned from Carl... 

**Spoiler Alert** - We forgot to talk about the "AI Sandwich" ... haha!

Friday, April 12, 2024

Revit 2025: My Live Reaction to New Features! - Replay


Well, that was fun... 

Last night I opened Revit 2025 for the first time... Live!  We walked through some of the highlighted new features, tried them out, and gave some commentary.  The chat was very active and the features are very promising...

I highlighted some of the new Toposolid enhancements, text/annotation improvements, family improvements, auto-join walls, and more...

Click here to view the replay now... 

Friday, April 5, 2024

Building the FIRST Ever Custom GPT for Revit (w/Dan Peterson of "Revit Wizard") - Replay


On last night’s episode of BIM After Dark Live we welcomed Dan Peterson of “Revit Wizard”.  Dan was kind enough to teach us all how to build our OWN Custom GPTs and demonstrate how “Revit Wizard” (his own custom GPT) is helping teach new Revit users at his firm…

Be sure to check out the replay here…

Tuesday, March 5, 2024

Never Lose a Revit Family Material Again: 2 Easy Tips (Office Hour Sessions)

In this Office Hour Session I spend some time riffing on Revit material parameters and management between a Revit family and project.  I also dive a little bit into materials within nested families, family material parameters, and more. 

If you think you would benefit from joining an office hour like this one... Join the BIM After Dark Community today...

Wednesday, February 7, 2024

HUGE Update Makes AI Rendering for Architects Even Easier (Revit + Veras)


In this video I will show three examples of AI rendering for architects with EvolveLab Veras and Autodesk Revit. AI image creation has come a long way and Veras has been adding feature after feature over the last 12 months... I'll show you how these updates will change the way you design your buildings. 

Click here to view the video now....

Tuesday, January 23, 2024

Desktop or Laptop for Architecture ?!


"Should I get a desktop or laptop for architecture?".  This, along with,  "what computer hardware should I get for Revit?", are the two most common hardware based questions I get... In this video I recorded an open box review of my new desktop computer, benchmark it, an compare it to it's laptop equivalent...

Click here to view the video now...

If you're looking for a new desktop or laptop be sure to check out BIMBOX today (and let them know you heard it here!!)...

Desktop Specs:


13th Gen i9-13900K

128 GB RAM


Nvidia GeForce RTX 4090

Laptop Specs:

BIMBOX Mech 16

13th Gen i9-13900HX



Nvidia GeForce RTX 4090 (Laptop)

Friday, December 1, 2023

Autodesk Construction Cloud: Beyond Revit Worksharing - Replay


On this episode of BIM After Dark Live (Autodesk Construction Cloud: Beyond Revit Worksharing) I welcome back Scott Davis to expand on Autodesk Construction Cloud ("ACC").  Many of you know of the term (or know of "BIM360") and use it for Revit Cloud Worksharing... As great as the Revit Cloud Worksharing is (and it is great), you may not know about all of the other incredible features ACC has to offer... We will dig into how you can take full advantage of the tool you are paying quite a bit of money for... and take live questions along the way..

Some of the things we plan to touch on include:

Insight - Power BI templates

Markups in issues


Sheet Collections

Locations - Import From Revit


Download PDFs from Build

...and more!

Click here to view the episode now.... 

Also, don't forget to check out Scott's previous episode here... 

Monday, November 20, 2023

My Residential Revit Template: An Exclusive Look Inside - Replay


On this episode of BIM After Dark Live I walked through my Revit template for custom residential architecture. 

So many of the Revit template examples and downloads available are focused on larger commercial projects. I wanted to create a streamlined, minimal, and effective template that was optimized for small-scale residential design and construction. This template will give you everything you need to quickly create a model and set of construction documents for your 400 square foot home additions... not your 4 million square foot hospitals!

Click here to watch the replay as I take your questions and walk through my approach to such a template... 

Interested in Downloading the Template?

This template is exclusively available to members of the BIM After Dark Community.  

Key Features:

Text notes, dimensions, schedules, line styles, and more that all look graphically compelling right out of the  box. 

ONLY the view templates, line styles, detail components, families, wall types, and just the content you NEED to start your single family residential projects in Revit.

Minimalist, "retro" style titleblocks and cover sheets built in. 

Schedules, key schedules, note blocks (with annotation families), and more to help you quickly generate your construction documents. 

A fully comprehensive sample project of a 400 SF addition with all views, sheets, details, and information included!  

A project browser that is simple to use and organize (as well as customize!). 

Graphic display settings for your 3D and 2D views that will improve the quality and comprehension of all of your Revit views.

.... and more....

Click here to become a member and download the template AND sample file today... 

Thursday, November 9, 2023

Multi-Family / Mixed Use Revit Documentation Tips (w/Aaron Maller) - Replay


Special guest Aaron Maller (Parallax Team) returns to the show to talk about real-world multi-family / mixed use projects in Revit.  With a focus on documentation, Aaron will walk through his teams approach to detailing, linking, grouping, and documenting an insanely large multi-family project! 

If you missed it be sure to check out the replay here...