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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Free eBook! - DESIGN:BIM - A Guide to Utilizing Design in the BIM Process

DEISGN:BIM - A Guide to Utilizing Design in the BIM Process
Last week marked the one year anniversary of BIM After Dark - Volume 1.  As I have stated before, I could not be happier with the success of Volume 1.  I mentioned in this updates post that I planned on re-launching Volume 1 with some additional content.  Well, here it is!

Customers who purchased Volume 1 emailed me asking if I could create a breakdown of my design process (from sketches to final presentation boards).  Well, I finally did!

"DESIGN:BIM" is a simple, easy to follow, guide that takes you through how I use Revit within my design workflow. Additionally, I would like to invite  all of you to a free LIVE webinar/hangout this Friday to celebrate BIM After Dark's first year!  During the webinar I will be demonstrating some of the techniques I've documented in the eBook and Volume 1.  Also, I will be announcing the release date for Volume 2 at the end of the webinar!  Don't miss it!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Revit Tutorial - Angled Arched Beams

I was asked by a colleague is Revit could make an ellipse beam on an angle.  Once he showed me the sketch of what it was supposed to do I told him, "heck yeah".  Why was I so confident it could be done?  Well, I've seen Marcello make beams follow way crazier forms than an ellipse on an angle!

Using what Marcello has coined "sacrificial elements" the beams were a piece of cake.  In fact, they even contain the analytic lines still!  Check out the video and download the sample file...

Friday, November 21, 2014

Last Day for the Celebration Sale!

This is just a reminder that today is the final day for the BIM After Dark - Volume 1 celebration sale. I posted about some major milestones for the blog, BIM After Dark, and my personal life earlier in the week.  

Head on over to that post to find a discount offer code for BIM After Dark - Volume 1...  

The sale will end tonight at midnight.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Milestones & Celebration Sale!

I wanted to take a minute to share a few major milestones in my personal life and this blog.  If you have followed the blog over the past five years you may have realized this year was probably the least amount of publishing I have done.  Although, I tried my best to at least get one new post a week and have been successful in doing so.  Also, to celebrate some of these awesome achievements you will find some discount offer codes for BIM After Dark at the end of this post...

The Revit Kid, AIA

The main reason for my lack of publishing has been the amount of time and effort I've spent studying for, and taking, the Architecture Registration Exams (AREs).  I am happy to say the time and effort has paid off.  I started studying in January of this year (2014).  Fast forward ten months, 7 tests, and one re-take and here we are.  I can officially say that I am an Architect (without any legal ramifications!)

What does this mean for the blog and my future?  No idea, but after successfully achieving such a long, grueling, and difficult goal the possibilities feel endless!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

New Homepage! Plus, Updates and News!

This website is about delivering as much value to you as humanly possible.  With that in mind, I have been fiddling with ways to make the website, blog, and tutorials easier to navigate and explore.  Blogs are fantastic in that they allow you to get information out fast and furiously... On the other hand, a blog with five years of content and over 1,000 posts can be extremely overwhelming to explore (especially the archives...).  This, along with the fact that almost 60% of the daily traffic to this blog is through search engines, have pushed me to make the site a bit less overwhelming.

Home Page

I took some time and really thought about how I could de-clutter the landing page for new and returning visitors. I wanted a well designed, one-page (no scrolling), and minimal landing page.  All of the important aspect of the site in one place (social media links, recent blog posts, tutorials page, BIM After Dark links, etc...).

Additionally, I wanted a single landing page for both BIM After Dark and The Revit  I even toyed with the idea of branding it all together and the blog would become the "BIM After Dark Blog"... But... I can't seem to let go of "The Revit Kid"... Yet...

If you have not seen the new homepage, click here to take a look.... 

Comment below this post and let me know what you think!!  I would love to hear your feedback.

Get Started! Page and Video

In addition to the homepage, I have been tweaking other pages within the website over the past few weeks.   The old "About" page is now a "Get Started Here!" page.  This page will hopefully help new visitors get a feel for the website, content, and navigation.

I also created this "Getting Started with The Revit!" video to illustrate all the site has to offer....

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Revit Tutorial - Creating a Custom Mullion Profile (Curtainwall BIM)

I published a post introducing you to Jon's blog a few weeks ago.  I mentioned that there were some real quality posts on his blog, and I meant it!  So much so, that I felt it necessary to re-post one of Jon's tutorials on a topic that comes up often: custom curtainwall mullions.  Yes, that's right, you CAN create custom profiles for your mullions... You aren't just stuck with the OOTB profiles...

Custom Profiles

Posted by Jon McFarland on Februrary 25, 2013

1)  Click the Application button (with the R at the top-left corner of the user interface) > New >Family.  In the New Family - Select Template File dialog box, click Profile-Mullion.rft.  This opens a new file using the template for mullion profiles.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Revit Tip - Show a Triangle on a Spot Slope (The Revit Geek)

If, for some reason, you have not stumbled on Brian's blog you should now.  Definitely a blog worth following with plenty of great tips and tutorials.

Brian posted the simplest of tips that will change some of your lives!  It's one of those "oh, there it is" moments...

Have you ever wondered if Revit can make a slope triangle graphic for your roofs and sloped surfaces?  Well, yes, it can!

Click here to see how to make your slope arrow a slope triangle!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Entire Revit 2015 Detail Component Library - The Visual Guide

This is pretty cool!  Lawrence, over at the Autodesk Revit Structure blog published a 30 page PDF that illustrate every detail component in Revit.  The guide is structured similar to the divisions and folder layouts as the default Autodesk Detail library.  If you use detail components (and I am sure you do) then this PDF will definitely interest you.

Example page from the PDF...

Click here to visit The Revit Structure blog and download now... its FREE!

Monday, October 6, 2014

"New" Blog - Curtainwall BIM

Last week I posted a tutorial about creating butt glazing in Revit.   Well, a wonderful reader named Jon sent me an insanely detailed email.  Jon is a BIM manager at a curtwainwall manufacturing company... Using Revit for shop drawings!  COOL!

Anyways, Jon sent me a great detailed email about some of the "real-world" issues that my curtain wall had.  For example: "In the real world, the horizontal captured mullion butts against the vertical, but the cap (the extruded element that is in front of the glass) extends to the grid line"...

 As much as I appreciated Jon's detail it was a little TOO detailed for me.  But, if you are interested in how to make curtainwalls that can basically be fabricated directly out of Revit (and shop drawings in Revit) then check out Jon's blog.  He does not have a million posts but they are high quality tutorials specific to curtainwall / storefronts.

Cheers Jon!!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

REMINDER: BIM After Dark - Educational Discount Program

With the semester now in full-swing, I wanted to remind all teachers and students that I do offer a hefty discount for BIM After Dark - Volume 1.  All you have to do is email me from your .edu email address (or a scanned student/teacher ID) and you will get a discount code specifically for you!

Take advantage now and have your jury critique your design and not your presentation!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Revit 2015 R2 - 12 Must See Links

Autodesk released an update to Revit 2015 this month. This update was a little different than others in that it included some the addition of some new features or tweaks to old features (not just stability and "under-the-hood" improvements.

There has been a bunch of great information and subtle changes noted about the new release.  I thought it would be beneficial to summarize them here in a pretty little list.

1. Click here to view the Autodesk PDF Enhancement List

2. Click here for a list of Enhancement in the Revit Wiki...

An announcement from Autodesk via David Light:

3. Autodesk New Update Notification:  David Light at Autodesk-Revit

Steve Stafford at Revit Op-Ed published a series of posts demonstrating some of the subtle, yet powerful, changes:

Monday, September 22, 2014

Are You a Student Using Autodesk's Cloud Rendering? Here's What You Should Know.

It is no secret that I am a huge proponent of Autodesk's 360 Cloud Rendering service.  Personally, I use it in the office almost weekly (if not daily).  The simple ability to send my views to the cloud and continue working without bogging down any computers is MASSIVE for me.

I have used it so much that I have created my own techniques on how to make a raw cloud rendering look similar to renderings produced with professional rendering engines (such as V-Ray).   If you are interested in my techniques check out BIM After Dark - Volume 1.

Example: Rendered in the cloud using the techniques I illustrate in BIM After Dark (Click here to see more).
If you are student, Autodesk was gracious enough to give you unlimited cloud rendering credits absolutely free.  This is huge!  I remember leaving my laptop on for days rendering a few scenes while I built a physical model (crossing my fingers hoping the machine didn't break or restart).  Throwing up 30 or 40 interior/exterior scenes to the cloud and being able to crank out floor plans, sections, and elevations while they rendered was life changing.

Well, with the release of Revit 2015 and a new cloud update, the word "unlimited" is key.  You will still have an endless supply of cloud credits at your disposal, but, you may not able to throw thirty up to the cloud and let it crank away...