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Monday, February 8, 2016

Revit Tutorial - Parametric Pendant Light (Start to Finish)

To close out the launch of BIM After Dark - Volume 3 a couple weeks ago I held a live webinar (happy hour).  The event was fantastic with well over 150 people attending (live)!  You guys rock!  I wanted to post a recording of the event here on the blog for those of you that missed it.  In the video below you will learn how to create a parametric pendant light fixture (that looks good rendered) in less than one hour!  Continue reading to view the tutorial...

Monday, January 25, 2016

BIM After Dark - Volume 3: We are Family!

BIM After Dark - Volume 3 is now available!  

Now you can finally scrap all of the bad models you’ve downloaded, stop letting what’s available dictate your designs, and begin creating your own parametric Revit content.

Volume 3 is focused 100% on custom family creation while stressing the use of real-world situations and examples. In addition to over six hours of non-stop, easy-to-follow, and information packed tutorials you have the option of some great bonuses in the complete package…  

Continue reading to find out more about what’s inside and a special launch discount…

Friday, January 22, 2016

Revit Tutorial - Parametric Table: A Revit Family Introduction

In my previous two posts I discussed the topic of downloading bad Revit families and allowing free content to dictate your design.  These are two major issues in the Revit community and we are all guilty.  

What can we do about it?

On Monday, BIM After Dark - Volume 3 will be released.  Volume 3 focuses on family creation.  From the basics (as demonstrated in the tutorial below) to advanced techniques (like adaptive repeaters and complex formulas) this volume will give you all the skills you need to build your own Revit families.

Keep reading to learn more about Volume 3 and view the tutorial...

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Don’t Let Free Content Dictate Your Design…

How many times have you been asked about why you used a specific family in your project?  

How many times was your answer “because it’s all I could find”?

Frank Lloyd Wright is turning in his grave.  A man that custom designed everything from a desk chair to a drawer pull.  Imagine the horror on his face if you told him that you threw your design intent in the trash for the simple reason that there was no model available.  The time has come for you to stop settling for what is out there and build your own Revit families...

Monday, January 18, 2016

Are You Tired of Downloading Bad Revit Families?

I'm just as guilty as you are.  I'll admit it here on a public forum for the whole world to see.  I, The Revit Kid, have downloaded free Revit families from the Internet.  

You may be thinking, “So what? How else will I build my models?”

I will respond by asking a question.  Was the last family you downloaded for free a good family?

Was it parametric?  Did it actually look like the production intended it to? Was it even the size of the product you are specifying?  Finally, did it kill the performance of your overall project model?

Monday, January 11, 2016

Autodesk Revit "Family Cheat Sheet": Free Printable Guide

BIM After Dark - Volume 3 is set to release on January 25th...  It's time we get our families in order!

Do you remember every single acceptable formula syntax in Revit? Do you know which family template you should start with and why?  Do you know what the recommended file sizes are for your different family types?

If you're like me, you constantly search for or browse to the same help files, forum posts, and blog posts to find the same information over and over again...  Finally, I've created a simple, printable, PDF with all the information you need when building custom Revit families... It's called the Autodesk Revit "Family Cheat Sheet".  Continue reading to download it for FREE today...

Monday, January 4, 2016

Revit Tutorial - Creating Family Type Catalogs

If you have ever loaded in a family and a strange dialogue popped up that allowed you to choose which family types you want to load then you have had experienced a "type catalog".  This is a quick little tutorial extracted directly from BIM After Dark - Volume 3 (set to release January 25th, 2016).

A type catalog lists all of the types in a family, allowing you to select and load only the types you need for the current project, resulting in a smaller project file size and less headaches.  Creating a type catalog used to be a major hassle and required some serious notepad use... As you will see in the tutorial it has become MUCH easier...

Monday, December 21, 2015

BIM After Dark - Volume 3: Release Date Set! Plus a Last Chance Offer and Giveaway!

Well, the time has finally come.  I am turning up production on Volume 3! I figure there is no better time to produce an epic video series about family creation then around the holidays!  Personally, I cannot wait for 2016 to arrive.  Not only will Volume 3 be completed and released (completing the trilogy started 3 years before) but I will be teaching a course at the University of Hartford, taking on another new adventure, and getting married... Yeah, big year...!

I digress... Continue reading for the official release date of BIM After Dark - Volume 3 as well as some updates about Volume 1 & 2...  Also, keep reading for a special discount and a chance to win a free copy of Volume 3...!

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

2 Years Later - Top Ten BIM After Dark Videos...

As of this past Thursday (December 10th) the BIM After Dark series has been live for two years!  I know, it's hard to believe... As of today, BIM After Dark has 907 awesome customers and counting!  The feedback has been incredible and I am learning as much from you as I hope you are from me.  Both Volume 1 and Volume 2 have exceeded expectations and I am truly humbled.  Additionally, I will be publishing the release date for Volume 3 very soon... 

In honor of the two year anniversary, I went through the many posts relating to the BIM After Dark videos.  Some of them are direct segments extracted from the videos and others are simply related to either Volume 1 or 2.  I thought it would be fun to rank them based on page views and compile a list of the top ten...  keep reading to see the hottest topics over the past two years from Volume 1 and 2...

Monday, December 7, 2015

Architect + Entrepreneur Startup Toolkit : A Must Have!

Earlier this year I posted a review of Eric Reinholdt's book  "Architect and Entrepreneur: A Field Guide to Building, Branding, and Marketing Your Startup Design Business".  Many of you emailed me and thanked me for the review and introduction to the book.  If you have not read the review, or the book, and dream of one day starting your own architecture firm you should read it right now! In the book, Eric stresses the importance of creating and maintaining standard operating procedures.  In an effort to help those enlightened by his book, Eric has releases a set of standard documents that you can purchase today and get your new design firm rolling right away!

I purchased Eric's set of documents immediately after received his email about their availability.  Even if I had my own template or document set up for a particular purpose I know I can learn from viewing other firms documents. 

Continue reading to find out what's included and to get your copy of the documents today...

Monday, November 30, 2015

Revit Tutorial - Creating a Jerkinhead (Half-Hipped) Roof

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The "jerkinhead" (also called "half-hipped"or "clipped gable") roof is a funky one to model. But, like many approaches to Revit, Occam's razor applies... There are always more than one way to solve a problem in Revit but I always find the simplest solutions is usually the best.  So, how would I model a jerkinhead roof using Revit's roof tool?  Continue reading to find out...

Monday, November 23, 2015

Practical Dynamo - Following Topography

Snap an object to your topography in Revit... I dare you to! Oh, you can't?

Accurately following topography is one of those things Revit just has not evolved to yet.  There are many objects you may want to follow topography: trees, pipes, fences, roads, etc...In the past, there have been a few different workarounds (one of them required exporting your topography as a DWG and the importing it so you can select edges, etc...!).  Well, now that we have Dynamo accurately following topography can be as easy as a single click... really...