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Monday, May 25, 2015

Revit Tip - Controlling Your Levels: Project Base Point and Survey Point...




Here's the scenario.  You have a topographic survey completed in CAD by the surveyor.  Its a good file and you are able to import the CAD file and create Revit topography from the survey.  Nice!

Now, you want to model your building.  When you enter one of your elevation views you realize the topographic map is at 29'-0" and your Level 1 is at 0'-0".  Hmmm....  You want to model your building at the correct elevation (29'-0") but you want your wall sections, elevations, and details to read 0'-0" on your documents. Keep reading to find out how you can control what your Levels will show...

Monday, May 18, 2015

Revit Tip - Snap Override for Less Frustration




The temporary dimensions and snaps in Revit will normally be a big help when in 'sketch mode'.  But, they can also be a source of major frustration when they restrict you from moving and drawing lines where you want!  Thankfully, the Snap Overrides menu exists to help ease your temper.  Knowing a couple little tips and tricks when overriding Revit's default snaps can save you time and frustration.  Keep reading to see a couple tips on using Snap Overrides effectively...


Monday, May 11, 2015

BIM After Dark - Volume 3 Survey: Revit Families [ What Do You Want to Know? ]




To date, the release of BIM After Dark:Volume 1 in December of 2013 and Volume 2 in January of this year have successfully helped over 750 (currently at 763) readers expand their Revit knowledge.  The success and feedback from the video series has completely humbled me and reinforced what this website has stood for.  Helping people learn Revit in a straight-forward, easy to follow, video format.

I truly believe the reason for this success is your feedback.  The topics for all of the BIM After Dark videos have been chosen by you.  Through simple surveys over the years I have collected data on the most in-demand topics you would like to learn about.  Well, the time has come to hone in on the direction Volume 3 will go.

Volume 3: Creation - BIM can do anything..., will generally focus on family creation and conceptual massing.  Please, take a few minutes to answer a survey about Volume 3 and have a say in the next BIM After Dark video series!  I know some of you have been asking for a release date... I will say that my goal is to have Volume 3 live this summer (no official date yet).





Friday, May 1, 2015

Book Review: Architect + Entrepreneur



I have been publishing on this blog for over six years now.  During those six years I completed an associates degree, bachelors degree, and a master of architect.  Additionally, I completed IDP, all of my exams, and am now a licensed architect.  Therefore, it should not be a surprise that this blog has always leaned towards Revit Architecture (and less towards the other flavors).  I know many of you who follow the blog are also architects and designers.

When I read a review copy of Eric Reinholdt's new book, "Architect and Entrepreneur: A Field Guide to Building, Branding, and Marketing Your Startup Design Business", I knew I had to share it with you!  Also, Eric does mention BIM and Revit in a few paragraphs, ;)....

Continue reading for my review of one of the most positive, uplifting yet honest, business of architecture books I have read... and I have read MANY....

Monday, April 27, 2015

Revit Tip - How to Drag and Drop Multiple Families More Efficiently




Bernie Wade, of BIM Design Consultants, has been a long time and active follower of this blog.  He has always provided me with great feedback, encouragement, and a question or two.  Well, the other day Bernie discovered a neat little trick he though would be great to share with The Revit Kid and BIM After Dark community.  Instead of simply emailing me the tip he took the time to make a video of it as well!  Continue reading for a video tip on how to speed up the process of loading in (and overwriting) multiple families....


Monday, April 13, 2015

Revit 2016 Available Now: For Students and Professionals




Not so long ago the yearly launch of Revit's latest version was a big deal.  The Revit "blogosphere", myself included, would get an inside scoop and have posts in our queue ready to publish the second it was released.  Every year around this time my traffic would bump considerably because of people searching for the Revit's new features and release dates...

What happened...?  The releases seem so anti-climactic the past couple of years...

For whatever reason I remembered this is typically the time of the year for Revit's latest version to be released.  So I checked... And sure enough, Revit 2016 is here!  Students and professionals can now download Autodesk's latest release of Revit...

Curious as to what is "new" in Revit 2016?  Keep reading to find out....


Revit Tip - Nested Window Family Issue





I've had this link sitting in my draft folder for quite some time.  I decided to post it now because I received a couple similar email questions on the topic. The tip is pretty straight forward and has to do with how nested families visibility settings effect their setting in the main family.

Instead of re-inventing the wheel, I will let Jarod explain (he explains it well)...

Monday, April 6, 2015

Marcello's Dynamo BIM Tutorial List


Marcello, made famous by his incredible creation of the Revit cow back in 2010, has a knack for immersing himself in whatever new technology is interesting to him.  In addition, having hung out with him many times, I can say that he is an awesome guy.  Which is why you should defeinitely be following his blog as he dives into the world of Dynamo...  I won't say too much more because Marcello says it all in his latest blog post series...

I took the liberty of listing 22 of his latest posts regarding Dynamo... Because I believe you, my readers, should see Marcello's content! Keep an eye on his blog and I will update this list as new posts come out...




Monday, March 30, 2015

From Revit to Lumion - THE ULTIMATE REVIEW



I first gave Lumion a try back in 2012 when they released Lumion 2.2 free for students.  To be honest, I was extremely disappointed.  The process of getting a Revit model into the program, applying materials, and making something that looked presentable was far from seamless.  Well, what a difference three years can make!

To be completely honest, the only reason I started using Lumion again was due to the fact that the company I now work for invested in it a few months before I started working for them. Essentially, they said, "well, we bought it... can you use it?".  Reluctant at first, I took it as an opportunity to not only see the progress Lumion did (or didn't) make but to see if I can produce visualizations comparable to what can be done within Revit itself.  

As of today I have been using Lumion (Pro Version 5.3 for three months and I am hooked!  Not only is the work flow between Revit and Lumion very simple but the quality of the visualizations I have been able to create are fantastic (images and videos).

In this post I will break down my process of using Revit and Lumion in tandem to create renderings and animations just like the ones above...

Monday, March 23, 2015

Revit Tip - Increase / Decrease Focal Length of Camera




I bet you read the title of this post and said "no way, you can't do that in Revit!!".  I said the same thing when I saw "snowyweston" mention it on a thread over at Revit Forum.  Well, you most certainly can adjust the focal length of a camera view in Revit.

I have no idea why Autodesk decided to make this a "hidden feature" but the secret is out now!

How many times have you placed a camera in a space (especially a small space) and had to stretch the view and skew everything to make it all fit?!  Not anymore! The days of skewed furniture and weird perspective are over!

Keep reading to find out how you can adjust the focal length of a camera view in Revit....


Monday, March 16, 2015

Revit Tip - Schedule Technique for Quicker Sheet Creation


One of the things I love about Revit is how there are many different ways to perform a task.  Some better than others but there are typically more than one right answer.  I posted a tutorial a few weeks ago illustrating a technique I have used in the past to quickly generate sheets.  Well, Dan commented on the post with another technique.

This was one of those "duh" moments.  I completely forgot that placeholder sheets can be converted to real sheets in Revit.  DUH!  Dan, thanks for commenting and sharing your knowledge with our community.

As for the tip, continue reading to find out another method of created sheets in Revit...


Monday, March 9, 2015

All Rendered Colors are NOT Created Equal... In the Cloud...


If you're like me and spend far too much time searching for seamless textures, cutout trees, and tweaking hue and saturation then you may have noticed a little issue when rendering in Revit.  The issue arises when using Autodesk 360 Rendering.  Hopefully, Autodesk will look to correct this inconsistency after I publish it here (like they did with a few other Cloud issues...).  But, until they decide to fix it I want to show you a work-around.

The issue involves inconsistent colors.  For example, if you want a solid red object.  Typically, you would create a new material and change the "Color" of the generic material, similar to this:



Unfortunately, if you render on the cloud the color never seems to look like the red you chose...  Usually its a grey of some sort.  Below is an image I rendered in the cloud.  Notice the differences between the red and brown columns... The red column on the left is supposed to be the color I set up above... Not quite the same, huh?



The columns on the right were created using the workaround...  Much more like it...  Continue reading to get your colors consistent...


Monday, March 2, 2015

Revit Tip - Copy / Paste for Quicker Sheet Creation


Creating lots of sheets in Revit can be a hassle.  There use to be a nice little tool that helped the process along (but it has been out of commission for some time now).  Whether you are navigating to the "View" tab, selecting sheet, and then your title block, or right clicking the "sheets" in your browser and selecting "New Sheet" it can be tedious on a job with over 200 sheets...  Well, I discovered a little shortcut that could save big time.

The video you are about to see has been extracted directly for BIM After Dark - Volume 2.  In Volume 2, I take you through the process of creating Construction Documents from a design model.  During our journey I throw in little tips just like this one to increase efficiency which ultimately leads to bigger bottom lines!  Check out BIM After Dark Volume 2 today...