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Monday, July 27, 2015

Revit / BIM Conference Survey - Looking for Your Input!

Revit Technology Conference North America (RTCNA) 2015 just wrapped up.  With my mind full of information, ideas, and inspiration I wanted to reach out to you, my reader.  I have attended many different types of conferences since starting this blog and have formed my own opinions on each.  I want to know what some of you think!  Haven't been to a conference? That's okay, I am still looking for your input!

Please, take a minute to fill out a quick survey about Revit/BIM conferences...

What is this all about, you ask?  Well, you will just have to fill out the survey and wait and see!

Monday, July 20, 2015

Revit Tip - The Save Selection Tool

The Save Selection tool is one of those little things that has been staring you in the face for years while using Revit yet you barely even noticed or used it.  I wanted to take a moment and give a little love to this little tool...

Where is it?  

When you select more than one item in Revit it will appear on the far right of your screen (see above).  Additionally, the same panel can be found on the "Manage" tab (see below):

Monday, July 13, 2015

Revit Tutorial - Creating Exploded Axons (Advanced Displaced View Techniques)

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Exploded Axonometric (or, "axon" for short) images have made somewhat of a comeback in both construction documents and presentations.  Personally, I believe BIM has a lot to do with it.  The fact that an exploded axon has the ability to show all of the great 3D work done in a model makes it a favorite of model creators.  Additionally, clients and owners (and those with an "un-trained eye") seem to understand these views better than 2D floor plans and elevations.

Fortunately, Autodesk introduced "Displaced Views" back in Revit 2014.  With a few little tips and tricks you can make some awesome looking axons like the one above and the ones below.  Continue reading to view a video tutorial on how to create similar axons (including the neat looking dotted displacement path lines)....

Monday, June 29, 2015 Featured on ArchDaily!

Last week one of the most visited architecture websites featured an article titled "The Best Software Tutorials on the Web".  I have followed ArchDaily for many years (probably longer than I have been publishing to this website) and was absolutely floored to find featured on their list!  What a great honor!

Monday, June 22, 2015

The Dynamo Primer : First Edition is Live!

Dynamo is gaining some serious traction in and around this BIM space we live in.  For example, the post I published with a series of updated links to Marcello's ongoing Dynamo series has been getting slammed with Google search traffic over the last month.  Additionally, I have also found Dynamo useful for automating some every day tasks at the office:

Monday, June 8, 2015

Create Your Own Seamless Textures for Rendering and Visualizations

I have stated many times on this website that using good custom texture images for your Revit materials will greatly enhance your renderings, elevations, and overall presentations.  It is one of the main points in multiple chapters of BIM After Dark Volume 1.  So what do you do if you find and awesome image of the material you are looking for but it is not seamless??

If you are not sure what I mean by "seamless" here are two examples...

This is a textures that is NOT seamless... Notice how you can see where the image repeats itself...

This is a seamless texture... Notice how you cannot tell where the image repeats itself...
The hardest part about finding good textures is finding ones that are seamless.  There are two ways to approach such a problem.  One is to find a texture online that is not seamless and make it seamless.  The other is to take a photo of the texture you want and make it seamless...  With either approach the following tutorial will teach you how to make a seamless texture from any image file...

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

BIM After Dark Videos: Now Accepting PayPal!

BIM After Dark Volumes 1 and 2 have been live for a year and a half now (with Volume 3 in the works!).  I can't even count the amount of emails I have received over the last year and a half asking if PayPal could be added as a method of payment.  Well, Gumroad, which I use for fulfillment of the BIM After Dark series, is finally accepting PayPal!  

That means you can now purchase either BIM After Dark Volume 1, Volume 2, or the Bundle via PayPal!

If you are one of those readers who emailed me thank you for your patience.

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....