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Thursday, May 25, 2023

Photoshop AI for Architects - GAME CHANGER!!


Every so often something comes out and I get so excited about it I have to make a video IMMEDIATELY!  

This is one of those times... Adobe dropped a huge public beta of their new AI tool for Photoshop yesterday and it is AWESOME!.

Monday, May 1, 2023

Notched Wood Column in Revit Tutorial (Office Hour Sessions)


On this episode of Office Hour Sessions I walk through a simple process to making notched wood columns in Revit for things like wood decks and heavy timber framed buildings. 

Every other week I hold a private call with members of the BIM After Dark Community.  I thought it would be valuable to highlight some of the conversations here on the channel.

If you think you could benefit from an Office Hour like this one, Join the BIM After Dark Community for full courses, support, and sample files today !

Click here to view the office hour session now....

Friday, April 21, 2023

Episode 100 Replay! - My Top 3 Revit 2024 New Features


I still can't believe we hit the episode 100 milestone for BIM After Dark Live... Who would have thought a livestreamed happy hour about BIM would turn into what it has... Thank you ALL for following along the last three years, commenting, chatting, and being a part of this journey. 

On last night's episode I did a quick overview of my favorite new features of Revit 2024 and demonstrated some of the possibilities they give us!  

I even made a little "stream" for the livestream... 

Friday, April 14, 2023

Advanced Revit Family Concepts with Revit Pure - Replay


Nicolas from Revit Pure joined me last night to demonstrate some advanced Revit family creation concepts.  Some of the topics included...

- Strategies to simplify formulas in Revit for family creation

- Use a trick to use text as a condition in If statements in Revit family creation

- Protect your Revit families dimensions with secret formulas

- Using lookup tables to avoid lengthy and complicated formulas

Oh, and he may or may not have made a cocktail live, on air! 

Tuesday, April 11, 2023

See you in Dallas? (Digital BILT Week 2023)


I am super excited to announce that I will not only be attending my first (in-person) conference since 2019, but I will be speaking at it, too!

Digital BILT Week (formally known as BILTNA, and RTCNA) is a conference that is near and dear to my heart.  I have been attending and speaking at this conference since 2012.  

If you are looking for a conference that is just the right size to actually MEET people, has high quality classes to actually LEARN something, and, well... where you can actually meet ME, then you should try to make it to Texas in June.

If you do decide to sign up... Make sure you sign up for my session as well:

Session 1.2 
Thursday, 15 June, 2023 - 10:45 AM

Friday, March 31, 2023

Award Winning Revit with Lake|Flato Architects - Replay


Have you ever wondered how an award-winning architecture firm like Lake|Flato Architects uses Revit for their projects? In this episode of BIM After Dark Live, I was joined by a friend of the show, Daniel Stine, to discuss how the Lake|Flato team uses Revit and technology to design and build their incredible homes. We dove into how they manage Revit templates, materials, renderings, and more. Perhaps we will even get to open up a real Lake|Flato Revit model and see what's inside!

Thursday, March 23, 2023

Do Architects still Draw by Hand? (Interview with Eric from 30x40) - Replay


Yesterday's episode of BIM After Dark Live did not disappoint!  Eric Reinholdt (from 30x40 Design Workshop) joined me and we had a great conversation about architectural practice, technology, education, and more...

You'll get to hear how Eric started 30x40 Workshop, why he still loves building physical models, how he monetizes his practice (beyond just architectural services), and more...

As BIM and technology enthusiasts, it's easy to focus on digital tools and forget about the art of being an architect. Eric has done an amazing job of using technology to streamline his process while still valuing analog tools, such as hand drawing and physical model making.  I'm sure you'll be just as interested as I am to delve into Eric's processes, tools, and ethos…

Thursday, March 16, 2023

Electrical Plans in Revit (for Architects) - Replay


To wire, or not to wire... That is the question....


Brenton Wiberg, of, joined me on last night's episode of BIM After Dark Live to talk about making electrical lighting and power plans in Revit (from and Architect's perspective).  Brenton went through 3 methods of approaching these plans and talked about the pros and cons of each...

This is one episode that I think EVERYONE will take a little something away from...

Be sure to check out the replay here...

Monday, March 13, 2023

Architect & YouTuber - Desk Tour (Only $350!)

In a previous livestream I walked through the design/construction of my home office.  I got a bunch of questions about the actual desk setup.  So, I thought I would make a video tour of an Architect & YouTuber's desk consists of.  Plus, I'm pretty excited to share a hack to getting an adjustable desk for under $350!

Click here to view the video tour now... 

Thursday, March 9, 2023

Archicad vs. Revit (The BIM Battle ROYALE!!) - Replay


Well.... that was fun...

What do you get when a Revit expert and an Archicad expert walk into a bar?  This awesome conversation!

On last night's episode of BIM After Dark Live I was joined by Jared Banks of Shoegnome Architects to talk about little BIM vs. big BIM, architectural practice, and Archicad vs. Revit.

I think we've decided to have a part 2 in which we side by side model stuff in Revit and Archicad and explore the differences and similarities of how each program gets the job done!  Stay tuned for that!

Friday, March 3, 2023

When an Architect Designs and Builds His Home Office - Replay


On last night's episode of BIM After Dark Live I ran through the tools, processes, and lessons learned from my experience as both the Architect and General Contractor while designing and building the BIM After Dark studio home office.  If you're using Autodesk Revit as a residential architect or wondering how this "BIM thing" could actually help as a small scale residential contractor this episode is for you!  Plus, the story contains an interesting storyline with an unexpected deadline.

I covered:

- Revit Model and Permit Drawing Setup

- Estimating and Financing the Build

- Scheduling Tool I used

- Walked through each stage of construction and pointed out lessons learned and areas where Revit came in handy throughout.

- Whether I did or did not meet the looming deadline....

Click here to watch the episode now...