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Monday, September 28, 2015

Revit Tip - Using Formulas in Dimensions to Work More Efficiently

This is one of those tips that you don't know it's value until you try it.  I have to admit that living and working in the United States has a major downside: imperial units.  If you are like me then you absolutely HATE fractions.  Over time I have been much faster with adding and subtracted fractions on the fly... But let's be honest, adding 5/8, 7/16, and 3/32 is not something we all do in our heads on a daily basis.

Well, thanks to this great tip from an awesome reader named Carlos you can put away that "construction calculator" and do your fractional math while you work... within Revit...

Monday, September 14, 2015

Revit Tutorial - Show the Area of a Filled Region in a Tag (Using Dynamo)


Dynamo in the Real World...

Tack this one up as a "real-world" use for Dynamo.  A very good friend emailed me and asked if I knew how to send the area of a Filled Region into a tag.  For example, he had some filled regions on elevations for a planning and zoning submission... Those filled regions needed to show the area.  Obviously, you can click the region, look at its area in square foot (or meters squared) and then type it into a text note/tag.  Well, that would be pretty painful if there were hundreds of them!

Other than actually modeling the signage as a 3D box family that can report the area I decided this sounded like a job for Dynamo.  Repetition, reporting parameters... I mean, come on now!

Continue reading to learn how to create your own Dynamo script that will report a detail items parameters....

Thursday, September 10, 2015

BIM After Dark - Volume 2: Second Edition Sale (plus a NEW FREE eBook!)

I always imagined the BIM After Dark series would be a continuously updated source of Revit information and tutorials with specific and targeted topics.  That being said, I am happy to announce the launch of BIM After Dark - Volume 2: Second Edition.  With your feedback I have added some tutorials, updated others, and created a NEW eBook! 

If you have already purchased and downloaded Volume 2 you will have received this updated content automatically and 100% free!

Continue reading to learn more about the new FREE eBook, the Second Edition, and to take advantage of the re-launch sale today!

Monday, August 31, 2015

Revit Tutorial - The Quad Corner Mullion

I was working with a friend of mine and he asked about the cleanest way to do a corner mullion.  When I showed him the following technique he was ecstatic!  I then checked the blog to see if I ever did a tutorial on it... to my surprise, I didn't!  This may be a simple little tutorial but I know some of you will be as exited about it as my buddy was!

Continue reading for the step-by-step...

Monday, August 24, 2015

Autodesk Project Expo - Realtime Rendering for Revit

It has been over a year since Autodesk acquired BitSquid and I have been patiently awaiting what would come of it for the AEC industry. Well, we finally get a glimpse of how this acquisition will effect us Revit users.  Continue reading for a video reel of what can be done using the "stingray engine"...

Monday, August 10, 2015

Revit Tip - Project Base Point and Survey Point Revisited

Over the years there have been posts on this blog that spark debate, opinions, and "face-palms".  The "Controlling Your Levels..." post I published back in May of 2015 is an example of a post that makes you think and rethink Revit's coordinate system.

Well, an awesome reader named Ben Muller (@pix3lot) was wracking his brain (and the comments portion of the previously mentioned post) to understand fully every aspect of Revit's coordinate and level system.  As a result, Ben created a nice graphic that really helps to explain all of the different level and coordinate systems in play when using Revit.  Keep reading to view Ben's awesome image:

Monday, August 3, 2015

Revit Tutorial - Site Designer Plugin

I attended a class about the Site Designer Plugin by Dan Rosenberg during RTCNA this year for the simple reason of understanding how to get the damn tool to work!  For those of you who have attempted or used the Site Designer Plugin you may have found it to be anything but intuitive.  Well, Dan was able to break it down and make it at least work.  For that, I was glad I attended the class.

The concept behind the Site Designer plugin is fantastic.  The ability to make accurate (looking) roads, sidewalks, and curbs that automatically follow your toposurface is a no-brainer.

During the session Dan mentioned he had created a series of videos about the Site Designer tool and asked that we share them.  Well, I decided to post them here for you!

Thursday, July 30, 2015

My #RTCNA Top 8 : Recap and Afterthoughts

Revit Bloggers on a Selfie Stick
I attended my fourth North American Revit Technology Conference last week.  I don't want to make as bold a statement as declaring this years the best of the four but it sure as hell was a great event.  As I write this my mind is still in a blur and recovering from the brain overload last week.  I wanted to take the time and review some of my personal "Top Eight" topics or takeaways of the conference.

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!