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Friday, June 7, 2024

Get Your Designs from Schematic to BIM in Minutes with AI (Skema) - Replay

On this episode of BIM After Dark Live I was joined by Marty Rozmanith to talk about using an AI tool called Skema to speed up your design process (from schematic to BIM!).  Marty is best known for his role leading the requirements team for the Revit product (acquired by Autodesk). His work applying modular approaches and digital twins in AEC has been published in The Wall Street Journal, Forbes magazine and other professional journals.

Some of the topics we covered included:
- What is Skema and what does the workflow look like?
- The promise of BIM knowledge reuse
- Toward the idea of a Parts Bin
- BIM models are not created equally (variance in parametric systems) 
- What our knowledge graph methodology means for Revit power users
- How Design Catalogs impact a firm’s workflow
- When will Industrialized construction and MMC really take off?

Monday, June 3, 2024

What's New in Dynamo for Revit 2025? (w/John P!) - Replay


On this episode of BIM After Dark Live I will be joined by John Pierson of Parallax Team to talk about all of the new features to Dynamo for Revit 2025!

Some of the topics we will cover include:

Dynamo for Revit 2025:

- Now .NET8 (formerly .net framework 4.8 - microsoft)

    - potential speed gains, more modern

- New Nodes for linked files

- Toposolid nodes

- Coming soon - panel nodes

Notes about packages for Revit 2025:

- Most c# packages need updated

- Python is still iffy

- Ongoing package manager woes

Click here to view the episode now... 

Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Rebuilding Volterra... In Revit?! (w/Paul Aubin) - Replay


On this episode of BIM After Dark Live we welcomed back the great Paul Aubin to talk about rebuilding Volterra, Italy... in Revit. 

For nearly a decade, Paul has been involved in an effort hosted by the Volterra Detroit Foundation to preserve, document and share the history and culture of Volterra, Italy. Volterra is a hilltop town in the Tuscany region continuously inhabited for over 3000 years. Deploying modern tools to study and document the historical and cultural fabric of the city has been the focus of several international workshops conducted their since 2016. Paul has been privileged to have been part of all of these workshops first as an attendee and more recently as one of its facilitators. We’ll discuss the work, the tools, the procedures and the lessons learned.

 Click here to view the replay now... 

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)