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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...


Thursday, February 19, 2015

BIM Collaboration with Autodesk Navisworks - Review


Paul Aubin has a new book out!



I was fortunate enough to receive an early review copy from Paul of his new book, "BIM Collaboration with Autodesk Navisworks".  The review copy could not be better timed.  I started a new job as BIM Manager of Turner Construction here in Connecticut.  As you can imagine, Navisworks will be open just as much as Revit on my laptop.  I was looking forward to reading Paul's latest book (co-authored with  Darryl McClelland).

I was not sure how "basic" or "advanced" this book would be.  I have quite a bit of experience in Navisworks running clash detection, selection sets, search sets, etc...  I would consider myself a bit of a veteran.  I was delighted when I got through the book and had a page full of notes with tips and tricks picked up along the way!

Monday, February 16, 2015

Revitworld Magazine - First Edition


I've always imagined that a magazine dedicated completely to Revit could be feasible but would be quite the challenge.  Well, David Christie, along with Isla Christie, are up for the challenge!  Together, they have released the first edition of Revitworld.  A free online magazine dedicated to all things Revit!

The first issue features some neat tutorials, laptop reviews, a Q&A, and other interesting articles.  The magazine has a nice feel as I flipped through and contains a great mix of text and images.

Continue reading to view the first issue of Revitworld and continue following Revitworld for new issues...


Thursday, February 12, 2015

Using Revit with Google Cardboard (Virtual Reality Goggles)


I am not sure why Autodesk did not make a big deal or announcement about this but man is it COOL!  If you log into Autodesk 360 Cloud Rendering you will notice a few new features under the "Render as" option:


Having heard of Google Cardboard (and messed around with Oculus Rift) I was really interested to check the new "Stereo Panorama" out.  So I did what any technology geek would due and purchased a set of Google Cardboard goggles on Amazon.  Concurrently, I ran a few test renderings of projects I already had in the cloud... 

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Case Study - Revit for Design Competitions



If you follow current events in the architectural world then you may have heard about the Guggenheim Helsinki design competition.  The Guggenheim foundation hosted an open competition to design a new museum in Helsinki, Finland.  Incredibly, over 1700 designers submitted from all around the globe.

Among those 1750 submissions is a a design by team number "GH-124686905".  That team consisted of my good buddy Derek and I.

A year or so out of school we both decided we wanted to start taking part in some design competitions as a way to expand creatively, build a better portfolio, and maybe even get a commission (hey, you never know).

Of course, Revit was our program of choice.  I wanted to share some images with brief text from this experience because there are very few articles (if any) demonstrating the power of Revit at such an early stage as a design competition entry. Continue reading for more images and examples...


Friday, January 30, 2015

Real World Dynamo Uses by CASE Inc.





Dynamo is here and it is not going anywhere.

I am constantly asked what the difference is between Grasshopper and Revit (and why so many students are using Grasshopper).  Well, it's comparing apples and oranges!  Then Dynamo hit the streets.  At first, that made my answer to the aforementioned question more difficult.  Well, William Wong, over at CASE, beautifully spelled out the differences in a recent article.

If you're reading this post then I have a feeling you may have heard about Dynamo (and have been hearing more and more about it).  Well, William's article not only spells out the difference between Dynamo and Grasshopper but he also uses three real world examples in which Dynamo enhances, automates, and even manages quality in Revit.  That's right, he isn't showing you how to make an inverted hyperparabaloid using Dynamo... These are real-world examples from the trenches.

Absolute must read article... Continue for the link...

Monday, January 26, 2015

BIM After Dark - Volume 2: A Week in Review(s)



I released the second installment of my BIM After Dark series about a week ago.  Volume 2 focuses on the creation of Construction Documents using Revit.  I should not have been surprised with the overwhelming response to this series because you chose the topic!

Either way, I am still in shock of the fantastic response.  First, the series has already sold 184 copies of various packages.  Second, the initial feedback has, again, reminded me why I still create content for this blog after five years.  It is difficult to retain the proper perspective about what this website is and where it came from after so long and I thank you all for doing so.

Finally, I sent out a few advanced copies to some of the people I have always looked up to in this tiny little Revit blogger niche and asked them to send me their own feedback on Volume 2.  The first two I'd like to share with you are the opinions of Paul Aubin (who has a new book out that I will be reviewing very soon) and Michael Anonuevo (of Little Details Count).  Continue reading for links and excerpts...

Friday, January 16, 2015

BIM After Dark - Happy Hour #2



To celebrate the release of Volume 2 I am going to host the second BIM After Dark Happy Hour. In the first ever happy hour I attempted to design and render an entire house in 1 hour... I just about did it!  See for yourself!  I could not believe over 150 people showed up live to hangout!  So cool!

For the upcoming Happy Hour I thought I would show some examples of tips and tricks from BIM After Dark - Volume 2 revolving around construction documentation.  I would also like to save some time to answer your questions live!

 So grab your favorite cocktail and meet me online this Monday, January 19th at 4PM EST.   

Click here to join the Google+ Events Page. 
Click here to watch the stream live on YouTube.