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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...

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Revit Tutorial - Create "Butt Glazing" in a Curtain Wall / Storefront

Javier emailed and asked a very good question:

"Hi Jeff, I was wondering if you have a tutorial where explain how create a exterior glazing wall where the mullions are behind the glazing?"

First, thanks for the question, Javier.  This is a condition commonly known as "butt glazing".  Typically, the glazing sits in front of the mullions and it joined with silicon sealant like the detail below:
A Typical "Butt Glazing" Detail

When I create butt glazing in Revit I find it unnecessary to model this silicon joint.  I simply but the glass together and use the default mullion and curtain panel families.  Keep reading for a quick video illustrating the way I usually create a vertical butt glazed mullion in Revit that looks something like this...

Revit Vertical Butt Glazing - 3D View

Revit Butt Glazing - Plan View

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Revit Technology Conference in Asia!

If you have followed this blog over the years you would know how highly I recommend attending the Revit Technology Conference (RTC).  In fact, here are a list of posts over the years about RTC...  RTC is now expanding and adding a new region to its already impressive series of confrences: Asia.

When I first heard this news I decided to log into Google Analytics and see how many of you, readers, are from Asia...

Well, just about 175,000 unique individuals from Asia have visited this blog within the past year.  Cool!  That means that many of you reading this may be from Asia!  Will you be attending RTC Asia?  I hope so!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Revit Tip - Fix the Thick Lines in Perspective Views: A Step-by-Step Guide

This is one of those little things that could drive you crazy.  Have you ever created a camera view in Revit and the lines of your model looked so thick and muddy that you could barely make out the details?  Kind of like this:

Well, it only takes a few clicks to make it look like this:

Continue reading to find out how to fix it and make those thick lines look thin again!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Getting Started with Autodesk FormIt | Jarod Schultz

This is a post that has been sitting my drafts for some time.  Follow the link below for an excellent run-down on Autodesk FormIt.  I mentioned FormIt in the past and as a beta tester I must say that FormIt is growing very fast and in the right direction.

Monday, August 11, 2014

The Ultimate Revit Material Marathon - Replay

For those of you who could not make it to The Ultimate Revit Material Marathon last week, Novedge was nice enough to record and it and post it online!

Over 300 people attended the webinar live!  It felt as if every single one of them asked a question!  You will see toward the end of the video I tried answering as many as I could.  The Novedge team saved those questions and I will be answering the unanswered questions in a blog post down the road.

If you enjoy the video below you will definitely enjoy my latest video series BIM After Dark. I go through many of the techniques shown (at a much slower pace) and expand on them as well!  Click here to find out more...

Click here to view the webinar via Vimeo.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

BIM After Dark - Ultimate Gallery (Part 2)

After the webinar on materials I hosted yesterday I realized many of the project I showed during the webinar were not in the BIM After Dark gallery.  Considering the fact that I used many of the techniques illustrated in the BIM After Dark - Volume 1 video series to make the following images I thought I would add some more... (Click here for Part 1).

Every single image below was created using Revit and Photoshop... Nothing else!

Click here if you want to learn how to create the same type of renderings, floor plans, elevations, and sections shown below!

BIM After Dark: Image Gallery

(Click to enlarge or start slideshow) patient while they load...

Thursday, July 24, 2014

The Ultimate Revit Custom Material Marathon - Free Live Webinar

I  am excited to be curating a FREE live webinar hosted by Novedge on August 6th!

When thinking of topics I realized my last three posts had to do with materials in some way.  So I thought I would talk about custom materials, sharing materials, cloud rendering with materials... etc...

Within the hour long webinar I will show you how to find your own custom texture maps, create bump maps, and create custom materials.  Then, I will show you how to manipulate those materials and get some awesome rendering results.   Finally, I will break into some material management techniques (similar to this recent post).  Sounds cool?  Sign up below!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

SAuBIM - Code Calcs now Available for Revit 2015!

Harry and I have finally released an install for SAuBIM and Revit 2015...

For those of you who are not familiar with SAuBIM, click here for my launch post from last year...

Here is a little run-down...

I took a quick detour away from BIM After Dark after reaching out to Harry from Boost Your BIM for some help updating SAuBIM.  Harry was excited to help make SAuBIM an add-in within Revit 2013 and Revit 2014.  He was awesome to work with and I think we created an extremely useful tool.

The first version of SAuBIM was released in May of 2011 and looked to connect a calculated parameter with a room tag in order to create Code Compliance and Egress plans quickly.  Unfortunately, the API for Revit 2012 did not allow a few things to happen so the program had to open and close Revit a few times during the process.  Not any more!!

SAuBIM Version 2.0 is a fully integrated add-in that will semi-automatically update your occupant load tags with the click of a button.  Check out the video here...

Purchase SAuBIM for Revit 13, 14, and 15 now!!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Revit Material Management Tips and Tricks

I have been getting many questions about different aspects of managing materials in Revit.  I thought it would be valuable to wrap a bunch of my material management techniques into a post here on the blog.  I also dug through the archives and pulled up some old posts (warning, some videos may be "pre-ribbon"!!):

Here is a good one from July 2009 (more material creation than management):

Tutorial - Families and Materials

While I was away from the blog and digging my face into the LEED reference guide I received a lot of emails. There were a few emails that were very alike and I would like to address the issue. It was very hard for me to think of a way to explain the answer in an email so I did it The Revit! way with a nice easy to follow video.

The question had to do with conflicts between family materials and project materials.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Create Your Own Material Libraries in Revit

Beyond actually creating custom materials this would be the number one question I get when it comes to material management.  Here is the scenario:

I have a project that I have created a bunch of new materials (or modified a bunch of defaults ones).  I tweaked and rendered these materials to point where I am finally happy.  Now, I want to bring these materials into a different project that has already been started.  How do I accomplish this?!

For a while, I was making sure the material and asset names were unique and I would copy/paste elements with those materials applied into the new project... Yeah, I did...  Not anymore!  Wait until you see how easy it is to share materials between Revit projects.

First, you need to understand that a materials and and asset are two DIFFERENT things.