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Friday, November 26, 2021

Enscape for Revit Tutorial - What's New in 3.2?!

Wondering what's new in Enscape for Revit (version 3.2)!?  In this video I break down my top two favorite new features and show you how to use them. You'll get a chance to quickly see how the new Dynamic Asset Placement and Panoramic Tour features will improve your workflow and make your Enscape for Revit experience so much better. 

There have been a bunch of great real-time rendering releases in the last month so I wanted to start a short series that reviews them all.  Stay tuned for some more here on the blog and on the YouTube channel...

Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Lidar Scan to Revit from an iPhone?! (Polycam to Revit Workflow) - Replay

On last night's episode of BIM After Dark Live I walked you through the process of taking a lidar scan to Revit from an iPhone.  That's right, laser scanning with your iPhone and then using that information in Revit.   Using an app called "Polycam" I will give you my super simple Polycam to Revit workflow.

When I first bought an iPhone 12 I couldn't wait to see what I could do with the LIDAR capabilities.  My search led me to an app called "Polycam".  Fast forward to almost a year later and Polycam is a title sponsor of this livestream!  Who would have thought?  Well, I have continued to use their product over the last ten months and can't wait to show you the workflow I have developed.

I'll be talking about the steps it takes to get a LIDAR (and photogrammetry ) scan from Polycam on your iPhone or iPad into Revit, my lessons learned along the way, and a case study in which I surveyed and existing house with just Polycam and made a pretty darn good existing conditions model from it!

Check out some snips from the case study I shared on the episode:

Thursday, November 18, 2021

Energy Analysis in Revit (Insight 360) w/Dan Stine

Well, I knew Dan was coming on the show to talk about early energy modeling and analysis in Revit... But, I didn't think he was going to start from a blank file and run through the entire process!! So cool!  

On this episode on BIM After Dark Live, Dan Stine showed us how easy it is to quickly analyze our design's energy impact.  If you don't think this is cool or important, I am not sure I want to be your friend.. ;)

Dan walked through some of the following topics...

Friday, November 12, 2021

Revit Family Formula Tips (w/Brenton)

Brenton came on the show last week to talk about his favorite Revit family creation tips he developed over years of getting PAID to make Revit families.  If you missed Part 1 of Brenton's episode, check it out here. There were so many comments and chat replies asking for a Part 2, we decided to do it last night...

Brenton continued on with his table and chairs example but we focused on family formula creation!  Brenton had some awesome tips and great ways of explaining tough concepts like "if" and "not" statements...

Oh, and he had a fantastic tip at the end to show you how you can TAG nested elements through a groups family...

Thursday, November 4, 2021

Revit Family Tips ( From a Professional Revit Family Creator ! )

This episode of BIM After Dark Live had the chat buzzing!  Brenton Wiberg (of joined me to talk about what he has learned while building Revit families for his clients.  We hit on a bunch of great topics and tips from what to look out for when starting a Revit family to using family type parameters!

If you missed it live, be sure to check out the replay above!  

The live audience (after 1.5 hours!) was asking for a part 2... stay tuned... ;)

Friday, October 29, 2021

The Revit Add-Ins You Need to Install Right Now! (w/ Revit Pure)

On this episode of BIM After Dark Live, Nicolas Catellier from Revit Pure returned to the show to talk about the Revit add-ins you need to install right now!  I can't tell you how often I get asked the question, "Jeff, what Revit add-ins should I have?" or "what Revit add-ins do you use?". 

Well, Nick is going to break down his favorites and demonstrate what they each do... Not so surprisingly, our lists of favorite add-ins overlap quite a bit!

From add-ins that improve productivity to one's that every BIM manager should know about we hope you'll walk away with at least one new and powerful tool in your Revit toolbelt!

I can almost guarantee that you will find at least ONE useful add-in you didn't realize existed during this show!

Continue reading for links and information from the show....

Thursday, October 21, 2021

Structural Modeling in Revit (Marcello's Framing Principles)

If you missed this episode live you definitely want to check out the replay.  In typical Marcello fashion he demonstrated unique ways of approaching "traditional" structural beam modeling techniques...

On this episode of BIM After Dark Live I was joined by the great Marcello Sgambelluri to talk about structural modeling in Revit.  I know this show (and my content) tend to be architecture heavy.  I'm an architect, what can I say?!  Well, this one goes out to our structural engineering friends using Revit.

Marcello is well known for create lots of "wild" things in Revit (like elephants) but he is a structural engineer at heart.  I could not think of a better person to come on and  share his best tips when modeling building structures in Revit!

We'll be covering a whole spectrum of topics from using analytical lines as helpers, to columns schedules, and even some Dynamo... 

Thursday, October 14, 2021

Site Modeling in Revit from a Landscape Architect's Point of View

On this episode of BIM After Dark Live I was joined by Lauren Schmidt to talk about site modeling in Revit from a landscape architect's point of view.  Lauren has spent more time than most figuring out the best approaches for using Revit for landscape architecture. 

Lauren talked about a range of topics and compared how to accomplish modeling tasks using out of the box Revit tools and Parallax Team's "FOREground for Revit" add-in.  Some of the things she demonstrated were:

- Modeling Roads, Sidewalks, and Paths that Follow Topography
- Modeling Curbs in Revit that Follow Streets and Topography
- Planting Tips and Tricks in Revit
- Inserting Planting Groups Using FOREground for Revit
- Modeling Site Walls in Revit
- Tagging Plantings in Revit with FOREground

Thursday, October 7, 2021

Revit Groups vs Links (w/ Aaron Maller)

Well... that was one heck of an episode!  

If you missed last night's discussion I had with Aaron Maller about Links vs Groups in Revit live, you have GOT to check it out now.  Not only did Aaron make his case for what he believes is a better approach, he also threw in some great little tips and tricks along the way...

On this episode of BIM After Dark Live I was joined by friend of the show Aaron Maller to talk about Revit Groups vs Links ... That's right...  We are going to try our best to answer the age-old Revit question of when to use Revit groups or when to use Revit links.

In typical Aaron fashion, he has spent some serious amount of time studying the pros and cons of both options... Will we land on a decision?  Will there be a winner?  Check out the replay and find out!

Friday, October 1, 2021

Revit Schedule Excel Hacking with Paul Aubin


On this episode of BIM After Dark Live I was joined by the "bim-famous" Paul Aubin to talk about Revit Schedule Excel Hacking.  What does that mean?  Well, it means Paul has been messing around with some of the limitations of Revit Schedules and wants to share some of his findings with you all!

Paul and I ran through a recent hack he discovered while overcoming a Revit schedule (note block) limitation while also more generally talking about some other ways this process (and some simple Excel skills) can open the door for you to hack Revit schedules yourself!

If you have never used a Lookup Table in Revit before... This episode is worth it just for that!

Our "Big 'BAD' BIM Tip of the Week" was submitted by Jim Balding and has to do with created room checklists for productivity management inside Revit.  Thanks for the submission Jim! 

Thanks to Enscape for sponsoring the Tip of the Week Segment.  Use this link to save 10% off of an annual subscription!

Sample Files:

Paul was also nice enough to share some sample files from today's session!  Click here to download the sample files today...

Thursday, September 23, 2021

Enscape for Revit - The New Material Editor in 3.1 (Replay!) w/Josh Radle


On this episode of BIM After Dark Live I was joined by Josh Radle to discuss Enscape for Revit.   Enscape continuously adds awesome and valuable new features with each release, and 3.1 is no different.  For a "point" release it is impressive.  

I have been a long-time user of Enscape for both design and visualization and I am super excited to have Josh on to share what's new in the platform.  

Some of the topics we covered:

- Brande NEW Material Editor (displacement maps in Revit?!) and how to USE IT!

- Material Library (Preset Materials that look AWESOME in Enscape)

- The new 3.0 user interface and some of the benefits of it...

- How to get FREE sample files.

Plus, we took questions along the way!

Oh, and don't forget about the "BIG 'BAD' BIM Tip of the Week"... The tip this week came from Dan and had to do with stacked walls... dun dun dun.

Links Mentioned:

Try Enscape for FREE today 

Revit / Enscape PBR Materials Blog Post

Enscape FREE Sample Files

Envision 21 Conference

Thursday, September 16, 2021

Shared Parameters in Revit

If you missed the livestream last night the replay has now been posted!  

I talked about the different types of parameters, why shared parameters exist, and what to do if you delete your shared parameter file!!

Oh.... And I gave into the peer pressure and opened a shared parameter file, too....