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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!

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...