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Thursday, December 1, 2022

Roofs in Revit with Balkan Architect - Replay


I'll be the first to admit I wasn't expecting a ton of "ah ha" or "brilliant idea" moments from an episode about Roofs in Revit... But, alas, Milos (Balkan Architect) brought the house down yesterday... Seriously, you should see some of the comments!

One word... Slop arrows...

Now, you have to go watch the episode to see why....

Monday, November 21, 2022

Revit on an iPad ?? Finally !!


That's right, Revit on an iPad ??  FINALLY!   As I was looking into the features and functions of the iPad Pro I discovered it supported a mouse... Could this be the perfect "thin-client" setup with ultimate portability and all the tablet friendly aspects of an iPad? Enjoy my review and walkthrough...

Click here to view my review and live demo of Revit running on an iPad ... 

Thursday, November 17, 2022

Schedule Group Elements in Revit and more… (w/Revit Pure) - Replay


On this episode of BIM After Dark Live I was joined by Nick from RevitPure to talk about how to schedule grouped elements in Revit and more...

Nick and I talked about when to use groups, assemblies, and links and then diving into some best practices when choosing to use groups.

Some we touched on included...

- The origin point of a group in Revit
- Best practices for elements to use within Revit groups.
- The dangers of "fix groups" command.
- Scheduling elements that exist within a group
- and more....

Oh, and of course... there was a little Dynamo sprinkled in, too. :)

Click here to view Episode 87 

Thursday, November 10, 2022

Architects, Interior Designers, and Landscape Architects... Collaborating in Revit? (w/Aaron) - Replay


If you didn't join Aaron and I live last night you definitely have to check out this replay.  As expected, Aaron brought an "outside of the box" (and perhaps controversial??) perspective on how architects and interior design teams can make the most of using Revit together. 

One word: Redundancy.

Architects, Interior Designers, and Landscape Architects... Whether you are in the same firm or not, I bet you struggle with figuring out how to collaborate successfully in Revit.  Who owns the walls? Linking, copying monitoring, one model!?  So many questions, so many options!  Am I doing it right? Is this the best way to handle room finish plans?!

On last nights episode of BIM After Dark Live, Aaron Maller (of Parallax Team) returned to the show to pick apart this very topic and talk about what he has feels are the best practices when it comes to Autodesk Revit and the integration between architects, interior designers, and landscape architects.

Monday, November 7, 2022

Model Caution Striping in Revit Tutorial


This video is a short tutorial I made in response to a question on Twitter. The question asked how to model caution striping for a factor floor in Revit.  There were some great responses like railings and adaptive components but I thought I would add my own flavor... The power of the curtain wall tool... 

Click here to view the video tutorial... 

Friday, November 4, 2022

Working with Meshes in Revit (Episode 85) - Replay

As expected, last night's episode of BIM After Dark Live was a ton of fun! 

I talked about and explored various concepts around working with meshes in Revit.  With the release of Revit 2023 came some welcomed improvements to how Revit deals with meshes and I wanted to share some of what I have learned and how to take advantage of the new features.

Some of the things we talked about were:
- The file types you can import and compare how they look in Revit.
- Dealing with materials (rendered and shaded) when it comes to imports.
- Modifying imported mesh files to make them easier to use in Revit.

... Oh, and I downloaded, and imported "Thanos" while live on air, thanks to a suggestion from the audience...

Friday, October 28, 2022

The End of Navisworks?! (3D Coordination in the Cloud) - Episode 84


3D Coordination (also known as MEP Coordination or Clash Detection) is one of those things that is vital to the success of a BIM project... Did you know that it can all be done in the cloud now?!  No more playing "FTP jockey" and uploading, downloading, and verifying your data is up to date...  Could this be the end of Navisworks?!

In last night's episode of BIM After Dark Live I talked about how you can take advantage of using Autodesk Model Coordinate and more efficiently coordinate your models with your consultants, sub-contractors, and more...

Topics we covered were:
- The advantages of Revit Cloud Workshared Models on ACC / BIM 360
- Taking advantage of "views".
- Understanding the "Clash Matrix"
- Filtering Views, reviewing clashes, and navigating the viewer...
- And more....

Click here to view the replay of episode 85 now... 

Monday, October 24, 2022

The FREE Viewer Autodesk DOESN'T want you to know about...?


Have you ever wanted to share an interactive Revit model view, diagram, or section with a client or collaborator?  Or maybe you want to open a Rhino file without installing Rhino?  Well, this free viewer from Autodesk is pretty damn incredible... And for some reason they don't seem to want us to know about it?!

In this video I'll walk you through how to set up share a Revit model with someone and NOT need them to create an Autodesk account to view it!

Click here to watch the video tutorial now and learn about this super secret tool... 

Friday, October 21, 2022

Architectural Visualization in Practice (w/ Oliver from Upstairs)

If you are an architect, architectural student, or generally interested in architecture.... You have probably come across one of Oliver's videos on his YouTube channel "Upstairs" ( ... Oliver produces some beautiful architectural visualizations, renderings, and diagrams with a unique style to each one.  Like me, he also shares a lot about his workflow and how he creates his works of art!

On this episode of BIM After Dark Live, Oliver will be joining me to discuss the role architectural visualization plays in professional practice and share a bunch of examples along the way.  


Tuesday, October 18, 2022

Modern Kitchen Renovation Series - The Client Meeting (Episode 18 - The Finale)


The final episode of our modern kitchen renovation series is here....

In episode 18 of our modern kitchen renovation series we will end this season by presenting all of our hard work to the clients!  The client presentation is something that many of you dread, I know...  Well, I am hoping this episode shows you how all of these fantastic tools we have can make it a bit easier.  From Revit to Enscape to Polycam, and back... you will see me use every tool in the toolbox to effectively present my design to my clients ... 

Thursday, October 13, 2022

Parametric Cabinets in Revit Tutorial (w/Brent) - Replay


In this episode of BIM After Dark Live I was joined by Brenton Wiberg to talk about building parametric cabinets in Revit.  In this live Revit tutorial, Brenton walked through how he goes about building a custom cabinet family from scratch!  We explored his thought process on how to approach this type of family and his lessons learned from many years of getting PAID to MAKE families just like this one. 

There are some awesome insights to take away from Brenton's approach like his use of face based families and instance parameters its a must watch for all of us Revit nerds. 

Click here to watch the replay of episode 82 today... 

Wednesday, October 12, 2022

Modern Kitchen Renovation Series - Revit Presentation Views and Boards (Episode 17)


In episode 17 of our modern kitchen renovation series we will be making our final preparations for a meeting with the client by creating Revit presentation views and boards.  I will walk you though how I use view templates, my graphics settings, how I export my views, how I add a little stylish touch, and then pulling them all together into a printable board...