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Monday, November 18, 2019

Dynamo & Revit: Beams that Follow Complex Roofs



Today's tutorial is a simple but powerful Dynamo script.  This is a great introduction to the use of geometry within Dynamo itself.

I was recently tasked with modeling a Unitarian Church here in Connecticut designed by Victor Lundy.  The church has two big modeling challenges: the roof and the beams that follow the roof.


Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Save the Date - First Ever "DIY Dynamo Day"





I can't believe it has taken me over ten years to finally do this...

For the first time ever, I will be holding an exclusive, in-person, training day.

"DIY Dynamo Day" will be held on January 24th, 2020, in Hartford, Connecticut.

I created DIY Dynamo two years ago. Over 200 students have graduated and started their Dynamo journeys! In speaking with previous and current students they all said they found so much value in my online office hours (included in DIY Dynamo) and wished I would host an in-person training session based on the DIY Dynamo curriculum. After a lot of research, planning, and contemplation I have decided to finally do it!


Monday, October 28, 2019

Tutorial - Filtering Revit Rooms by Phase in Dynamo


Last week I walked through how to create 3D room tags in Revit and place them using Dynamo (click here to check it out).  Some of you guessed where I would go next with this tutorial... "What about phases?!"  Well, this week is a follow-up tutorial that will walk through the process of filtering out rooms by their respective phase.

Don't forget to download my FREE printable "Desktop Cheat Sheet" to follow along...

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Tutorial - Creating 3D Room Tags in Revit and Dynamo





Placing 3D Room tags in Revit has proven to be an extremely useful technique for me these days.  It gives me the ability to make quick 3D images with Room Names and Numbers.  Additionally, it has helped tremendously in the 3D coordination process when loading our Revit files into Navisworks or BIM 360 Glue and in model based quantity takeoff when loading our models into Assemble.

In the tutorial below I run through how to create the 3D Room Tag family and how to write the Dynamo script to place it from scratch... Oh, and there may be a bit of information on the upcoming semester of DIY Dynamo... ;)


Monday, September 16, 2019

Tutorial - Aligning Views with Photographs in Revit and Lumion





The following tutorials cover a question I have been asked many times over the years.  I decided it was about time to document how I align views and renderings with real photographs.  Because I use Lumion for many of my renderings I decided to make two tutorials.  One will cover aligning a Revit 3D view with a photograph.  The other will cover aligning a Lumion camera view with a photograph.

Keep reading to see both tutorials and processes...

Thursday, August 15, 2019

"Revit-centric" Design Happy Hour Replay


Last week I published a blog post documenting how I use Revit within my design process.

Click here to check out the post and video from last week...

The video clearly struck a chord within the community and has quickly surpassed 20,000 views on YouTube alone.  I thought it would be fun to grab a cocktail, hop online, and chat with you to expand on some of the topics discussed in the "Making of Stilted Studios" video...

Oh, and with the enrollment of Volume 1 open this week it was a perfect time to talk about presentation techniques as well!

Thank you all who joined me live on Tuesday night (over 290 of you!) and for all the great questions!

For those of you who could not make it live here is the replay:






Monday, August 5, 2019

Revit & the Design Process - The Making of "Stilted Studios" (Sketching, Lumion, & More)




Way back in 2013 I created a free eBook called "Design:BIM - A Guide to Using Revit During the Design Process".  The eBook documented how I used Revit while designing buildings.

Believe it or not, the eBook has been downloaded 10,746 times! I know, crazy, right??

Although my general process is similar, some of the tools and methods have changed over the last six years.  So, I decided to document (in this blog post and a video, below) how I approached the design of a recent, and really exciting, project called "Stilted Studios".  I am really proud of this post/video and it is full of tips, tricks, tools, and techniques.  From Revit to Lumion to hand sketching...  You name it.

Additionally, there is some long overdue BIM After Dark - Volume 1 enrollment news at the end of the post...

Keep reading to learn about my design process and the BIM After Dark course news...


Monday, July 29, 2019

Key Takeaways from BILT NA 2019 in Seattle


I am finally over my jet lag and getting back in to the grove of things after returning from BILT NA 2019 in Seattle.  I wanted to put together a couple of the key topics I took away from the conference this year...


Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Residential Revit - Exploring Design Options in Revit and Lumion (Mid-Century Master Suite)




In continuing the "Residential Revit" series here on the blog, I wanted to make a post that addresses two common topics brought up in emails I receive from readers of the blog: design options and smaller residential projects.  

Before starting the residential Revit series I tended to use larger commercial projects as examples in tutorials.  Well, considering additions and renovations are such a huge market for architects I thought it would be cool to use a much smaller scale example:  a master suite renovation.

Additionally, managing multiple design schemes in a a single model is always a topic of discussion when I chat with residential architects.   Therefore, I put together a little tutorial that walks through how I manages multiple design schemes in one Revit model on a real-world master-suite renovation and how I also managed those design schemed in a single Lumion scene....

Continue reading to learn more about the project and view the tutorial...


Monday, June 10, 2019

Attending BILT NA 2019 in Seattle? Say Hello!


Having a 7 month old child has made it difficult to travel this year.  In fact, I told myself I would only attend one conference this year and I am sticking to it.  It's been no secret over the years that my favorite conference by far is BILT NA (formally Revit Technology Conference).

If you have only been following me recently here is a list of posts from previous RTC event... 

If you have been following me for a while it should be no surprise that I chose to attend BILT NA in Seattle... Will you be attending as well?  If so, be sure to say hello!

I am also honored to have been chosen to speak again at the conference.  So, if you are having trouble choosing your sessions I'll help you choose at least one slot.  I will be talking about Assemble System's (a program I haven't gotten into too much detail about on the blog, but a program you should all be aware of because it will change the way you "do BIM").

Here is some info on the session....


Monday, April 29, 2019

Tutorial - Creating Bump Maps for Revit Renderings


In our last "Residential Revit" series post we talked about finding custom materials for your residential renderings and images.  This week, I want to show you how to make a "bump map" from those images you find using the resources in our last post.

A "bump map" is essential when rendering with Revit.  The bump map is a high contrast, black and white version of the rendered texture.  When paired with your rendered material in Revit the bump map will tell Revit how to slightly displace the texture to add realism. 

Monday, April 15, 2019

DIY Dynamo - Spring 2019 Opening Soon...





Over the last couple of weeks I have received quite a few emails asking about when the next enrollment of DIY Dynamo would be.  Due to the demand, I'm going to put the Residential Revit series on hold for a week or two and we will have the DIY Dynamo Spring 2019 Enrollment next week!

Make sure you sign-up for the DIY Dynamo mailing list to get information on how to enroll and enrollment week discounts, content, etc...