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Friday, July 3, 2020

Tuning Up Your Revit Template (w/ Special Guest Aaron Maller) Episode 14

I know it's a good interview when I am writing down notes furiously the whole time.  And boy was I writing down a lot of notes last night!

During last nights episode of BIM After Dark Live, Aaron Maller joined me to give 10 (well, it ended up being more than 10) tips for Revit Templates.  As usual, Aaron did not disappoint.

We covered everything from line weights, to view filters, to placeholder references, and beyond...

Continue reading to view the replay and see the links mentioned...

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Top 5 Ways to Use Design Options in Revit (Episode 13)

Well, last nights episode of BIM After Dark Live was a doozy!  

The format of having the BIM After Dark community Office Hour and a live Happy Hour could have caused a disaster, but, other than a couple minor glitches, everything worked out great.

Not only did the format work out great but the topic of Design Options in Revit was clearly something that interests a lot of people.  We had a record live attendance of 301 people.  

For those of you that joined us live, thank you!  For those of you who missed it live... 

Continue reading to view the replay and see all of the links mentioned...

Monday, June 22, 2020

Beyond Documentation: How to Create High Quality Presentations with Autodesk Revit (AIA Webinar)

Quick post to all of my AIA (and non-AIA) readers!  I will be presenting a webinar about Revit and presentation graphics today (June 22nd) at 3PM (EST).  This webinar is hosted by AIA Connecticut and is worth 1 learning unit. 

AIA members can register for free and non-members will have to pay a fee...

I'd love for you to join me!

Sneak Peek at the slide deck...

Course Objectives:

- Learn how to produce high quality floor plans, elevations, and sections within Revit.
- Discover simple solutions to creating conceptual diagrams in Revit
- Learn how to develop hyper realistic interior renderings with one click in Enscape.
- Gain an understanding of how real-time rendering software gives you the ability to build urban cities around your Revit model and have them come to life in minutes.

Friday, June 19, 2020

Revit & Enscape - Top 5 Secrets Revealed w/Dan Stine

Dan Stine, of BIM Chapters, joined me on Episode 12 of BIM After Dark Live last night, and it was a good one!  Dan walked through 7 (not just 5!) of his top Enscape secrets.  Beyond the awesome secrets Dan shared he also sprinkled in a whole bunch of little tips and tricks throughout.   I will be the first to admit I learned a thing or two about Enscape I didn't know! Thanks, Dan!

If you joined us live, I hope you had a good time!  All of the links mentioned are in this post.

If you missed it, you have to keep reading and checkout the replay... it is a can't miss...

Friday, June 12, 2020

Revit and Twinmotion 2020 - 6 Months Later... (A "Re-Review")

In last nights episode of BIM After Dark Live I did a "re-review" of Twinmotion.  Over the last few months I have been really testing the limits of what Twinmotion can do for me... Including using it on some extremely large and extremely small projects.

I spoke about and demonstrated some of my lessons learned and quirky things to keep in mind when using Twinmotion with a Revit model.  I also answered some great questions from viewers... 

Finally, I announced a few big news items!  

Continue reading to view the replay, see the links mentioned, and find out about the big announcements!

Monday, June 8, 2020

Virtual Reality: How Pre-Construction Inspections Work in VR (Enscape Blog)

The Enscape team asked me if I would share a success story on their blog.  I thought this would be a great opportunity to share the process we have used on multiple projects to improve final inspections with building officials. We call them "Virtual Pre-Inspections".  

Here is a snippet....

"As an architect who has vast experience on both the design and construction sides of projects, the end of project punch-lists and inspections have always been something I do not look forward to. I’m sure I can think of many reasons as to why this is the case, but, when it comes to final inspections I would like to pin-point a few of the challenges we encounter..."

And thanks to the Enscape team for letting me share my story on their site!

Friday, June 5, 2020

The Future of AEC Automation (Dynamo and Beyond) with Michael Kilkelly from ArchSmarter

Last night marked our 10th episode of weekly live Happy Hours!  I am humbled with the response this weekly show has been getting and I thank you all for tuning in (live or the replay)!

This week Michael Kilkelly from ArchSmarter joined me to talk about the future of automation with the AEC industry and show some of the great stuff he is working on (from Dynamo to Refinery, and computational design tools!).  There were some great questions and Michael introduced some thought provoking concepts...

Continue reading to view the replay and see the links mentioned...

Friday, May 29, 2020

Ductwork for Architects - An Introduction to Revit MEP Systems (with Sample Files!)

During this weeks live happy hour I demonstrated how to make ducts and piping in Revit.  As an architect, it took me a long time to realize how much I could gain from understanding how to properly model MEP systems in Revit.  If you've ever attempted to model a duct in Revit and got the "the routing solution failed"... This tutorial is for you!

Continuing reading to view the tutorial and download the sample file...

Friday, May 22, 2020

Twinmotion vs. Enscape (Operating Room Case Study)

I was a bit nervous last night while presenting this case study live...  But, it all worked out in the end!  No crashes, no freezing, and the conversations were great!

Ultimately, last nights episode was a fun one.  Back when I started to dive into Twinmotion 2020, I wanted to really test it out on all fronts (exterior, interior, VR, etc...).  I thought a perfect way to really compare Twinmotion to other software I had been using was to force myself to use it on a real project.

Then the perfect project came along to test out the interior rendering abilities of Twinmotion and Virtual Reality (VR).  The project was a virtual mock-up of an operating room.  Normally, I would do this in Enscape and use it for renderings, live walk-throughs, and VR.  So... I decided to do it in both Enscape and Twinmotion to compare and contrast...

Last night, I presented my results...

To view the video replay and links mentioned, keep reading...

Friday, May 15, 2020

Rhino, Grasshopper, & Revit (w/Marcello Sgambelluri)

The great Marcello Sgambelluri joined me again during last night's happy hour and it was one to remember.  First, YouTube decided to go down 10 minutes before we went live!  Luckily, everything was up and running we were only a few minutes late.

By the way, if you have missed any of the Happy Hours live, you can get notified by either subscribing to my email list or subscribing to my YouTube channel... And, if you have missed the last 7 episodes you can see them all here...

As for last night, well, Marcello demonstrated how "Rhino Inside Revit" works and we discussed some of the ways we believe this technology will benefit the AEC industry...  Yes, we are talking about running Rhino (and Grasshopper) inside of Revit... Super cool... Of course, Marcello also made a few 3D animals as well...

Continue reading to view the replay and see all the links mentioned in the episode...

Friday, May 8, 2020

Photoshop for Architects - Replay

Last night I hosted another live happy hour on YouTube. I ran through some of the techniques I've developed over the years in Photoshop. We went through making sketches look better, cutting out a photo of IM Pei (to demonstrate masking), and post-processing renderings.  If you missed it, the replay is now live...

Continue reading for the replay and links mentioned during the happy hour...

Friday, May 1, 2020

What Does "VDC" Mean? - BIM and Construction

During what has become a weekly ritual here at, I held another live happy hour last night.  I had a few different ideas for topics this week based on conversations happening in the chat of the previous week. So, I took a Twitter poll and the overwhelming winner was "BIM and Construction"...

During the Happy Hour I demonstrated a bunch of examples that illustrate how Revit (and adjacent software) is used throughout the typical process of a construction management company.  We went on for almost 1 hour and 10 minutes thanks to some great questions by you all!

Keep reading to check out the replay and additional links/resources....