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Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Revit Collaboration - Building/Structure/Systems

Attention all Revit Building users:

We have 10 firms using Revit Systems and 15 using Revit Structure looking to work with Revit Architects.

If you are looking to collaborate with any of these firms, please contact us and we can partner you up with them so you can fully take advantage of the BIM experience. Read more...

Autodesk just released last quarter/year's Revit Sales

Drumroll please... 7,700 seats of Revit are being sold per month, up form 6,000/month previous quarter.

Autodesk Fiscal 4th Quarter 2007 (our 2006) - 23,000 Seats of Revit sold
The Company's model-based 3D products, Inventor, Revit and Civil 3D, continue to increase their market penetration. Combined revenues from these model-based design products increased 40 percent over the fourth quarter of fiscal 2006 to a record $121 million or 24 percent of total revenues in the quarter. In total, Autodesk shipped more than 47,000 commercial seats of 3D in the quarter including 23,000 seats of Revit, over 15,000 seats of Inventor and nearly 9,000 seats of Civil 3D.

Autodesk Fiscal year 2007 (our 2006) 70,000 seats of Revit sold
Revenues for fiscal 2007 increased 21 percent over fiscal 2006 to $1.84 billion, driven by strength in revenues from model-based 3D products, new seat revenue, maintenance revenue from subscription, and revenue in the emerging economies. Combined revenues from the Company's model-based 3D products increased 41 percent over fiscal 2006 to a record $399 million. In total, Autodesk shipped nearly 150,000 commercial seats of 3D including nearly 70,000 seats of Revit, nearly 48,000 seats of Inventor and nearly 31,000 seats of Civil 3D.

Ladies and Gentelmen, this brings us up to 183,000 seats of Revit sold. Revit is not a fad. It's not the future. It is the present. Give yourself the gift of Revit and join the Revitlution!!! Read more...

Monday, February 26, 2007

Just some renderings

Nothing too exciting to report today, so at least i have some pictures to show you. Although you'll probably focus on the two incredible lobbies, personally, I found more WOW factor in the fact that you can do interference detection during the design phase and not wait until the construction phase. See how the ducts actually penetrate the walls?

Why anyone who tells me they only work in 2D and don't need 3D and can't appreciate what you see here is probably just focused on deadlines and trying to keep up with the workload. Even more of a reason to switch to Revit and not only increase productivity by at least 10 to 20%, but also reduce construction administration time with better coordination between disciplines.


Saturday, February 24, 2007

AIA Miami Design Technology Expo 2007

For those of you looking for Revit Training Classes in Miami and Florida in general, you've come to the right place. CADD Centers of Florida is the premiere Autodesk BIM reseller in Florida. With our exclusive line of Autodesk and Partner products, (seen here at www.bimcycle.com) we can help you with all levels of Revit training from beginner to advanced.
Classes include:
Revit Essentials
Revit Advanced
Revit Rendering
Revit Family Content Creation
Revit LEED Calculations
Revit Structure
Revit MEP
Revit for Architects, Structural Engineers, MEP Engineers, LEED professionals, General Contractors and Subcontractors.

We're an Autodesk Certified Training Center and have the honor of having the top 2 rated Autodesk Revit trainers in Florida, and the second highest rated Revit trainer in the country.

Here's a link for class posts here on the blog and the link for our corporate website training classes.

I want to thank all of the architects who stopped by our booth yesterday, especially to Guido who spent an hour with Elias and couldn't believe how amazing Revit is.

In the picture is Elias, our famous newest Revit tech expert, who had been using Revit for over 4 years starting with release 5 at an architectural firm in Florida. He really wowed everyone with his knowledge and experience.

We got lots of great leads although I'm still amazed at how many people still don't know what Revit is or does. The toothpick vs. Lego analogy worked really well and having everyone see Revit up close and personal really helped us get new customers.

On two philanthropic notes, we met with Nathaniel Q. Belcher, AIA – Director of School of Architecture -
Florida International University and have agreed to do Revit training for all of the students in the architecture program and they're all getting free copies of Revit Architecture.

Also, we volunteered to do AutoCAD/Revit training at the AIA Miami summer camp program, a new and unique program to help high school students get a start in the architectural world.

I'd like to thank AIA Miami President Martin Diaz-Yabor, Yovanna M. Alvarez of Perkins and Will, Rick D. Ruiz and Executive Director Mike Brazlavsky for their hospitality and assistance at the AIA Miami Design Technology Expo and for allowing us to be a part of the architectural community and helping us to give something back to the future architects of Miami. Ask your reseller before you spend your money with them, what they are doing to give back to the community. Remember...Loyalty is a two way street.

Revit Architecture 2008 Release Date - Autodesk's 2008 Line of Software

Although no one really knows the exact release dates of the 2008 products and everyone will speculate, we can look historically and see when last year's versions were released and extrapolate that data to prepare your hard drive for some additional gigabytes of new toys.

That being said, I found this on another blogger's site this morning and I have no idea where he got this information or even if it's accurate, but the internet is a free and public domain so you could have found it yourself anyway by googling it.

I hope this helps!


2006 Estimated to ship on:

AutoCAD® 2007

March 23

AutoCAD LT® 2007

March 23

Autodesk® Architectural Desktop 2007

April 7

Autodesk® Revit® Building 9

April 12

Autodesk® Revit® Series – Building 9

April 12

Autodesk® Revit® Structure 3

April 12

Autodesk® Revit® Series – Structure 3

April 12

Autodesk® Building Systems 2007

April 19

Autodesk® Revit® Series – Systems Plus

April 19

Autodesk® Revit® Series – Structure 3

April 12

The greatest loss of time is delay and expectation, which depend upon the future. We let go the present, which we have in our power, and look forward to that which depends upon chance, and so relinquish a certainty for an uncertainty.

Seneca (5 BC - 65 AD)

Friday, February 23, 2007

Revit Training Thursdays

We just finished an experiment of having a Revit Essentials class three Thursdays in a row at our CADD Centers Ft. Lauderdale Authorized Training Center. As you can see in the photo, the room was full with 11 students (including 4 university students getting their free Revit training). Having the class once a week for 3 weeks worked out great. They weren't overwhelmed with information, practiced for a week what the learned in each class, and brought in sample projects they were working on to have problems addressed. There's nothing better than to take an actual firm project and have it included in the Revit training.

Joe, our senior Revit trainer/implementor showed me an article after the class by the famous Matt Murphy from Cadalyst magazine in January. Here's a snippet of the article and you can click on the link at the bottom and read the whole article. Our company has been following this methodology on our own and it's great that we find an article validating our teaching style. We're doing some on-site training for a 29 seat firm in Miami starting next Friday which is going to teach the first group of 16 as follows: Group 1 8 students: Friday 8 hrs, Saturday 4 hours, Friday 8 hours, Saturday 4 hours. The second group of 8 students will follow on weeks 3 and 4. Small groups, incremental training and working with their project data. Joe has been phenomenal doing this and it's great that our techs are willing to work nights and weekends. It's our dedication to our clients that has made us successful with our Revit clients. I feel like Donald Trump with the shameful company plugs, but when you're proud you want everyone to know. Please read the article below as it is another piece of the puzzle in helping you transition to Revit.

Oh, one last thing I completely overlooked. The main reason we decided to teach Revit on three Thursdays in a row was because of the stress of asking you to take three days in a row and lose the production time. One day a week seemed so much less stressful on our clients and they appreciated this flexibility against their schedules and deadlines. We're actually considering teaching the same class Thursday and Friday three weeks in a row so you could even have an emergency pop up and choose Thursday or Friday of each week. How's that for customer service.

Anyway, have a great day and look for me at the AIA Miami Design Expo today.


Training by Immersion or Vignette?

When you schedule training sessions, you can do it one of two ways: training by immersion or training by vignette. Training by immersion means that everyone takes two or more consecutive days out of the office to get trained. Believe it or not, this is the least likely way for people to retain and apply new knowledge! Yet this method is still the way the majority of training is delivered. Why? Is it because it's the optimum way to learn or is it because it's optimum for scheduling?

By the end of the first day of training, I need to start to practice and apply what I just learned. By the second day I'm overloaded. The mind can absorb and digest small segments of learning more easily with personal practice and review time between new episodes of learning.

With today's hectic schedules, doesn't it make more sense to learn in smaller increments? How about one day of training or multiple half days followed by a few days between sessions? Half days of training provide time to practice and absorb the material more easily, provided you've given specific drawing problems or tasks to be completed. Think about taking your lunch hour, sitting down with your colleagues in a conference room and having brown-bag learning. The smaller you can break the content down, the easier it will be to digest.

The other reason for training by vignette is to space the days or hours of training to allow for practice and initial application of the knowledge. The sooner you can apply it, the sooner the knowledge or skill will stick. It also gives time for a follow-up session to address questions and concerns so the new technique is neither abandoned nor applied improperly.


Lesson Plans—Why Does Instructor-Led Training Fail?
Training must evolve to match participant and company needs.

What is Building Information Modeling?

A picture is worth 1000 words.

You may ask what is Building Information Modeling or BIM? Building information modeling is the creation and use of coordinated, consistent, computable information about a building project in design that yields reliable digital representations of the building—representations used for design decision-making, production of high-quality construction documents, performance predictions, cost-estimating and construction planning, and, eventually, for managing and operating the facility.

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Vista and Revit

Curtis, our IT Directory just came in and told me that he has Revit Building 9.1 running fine on Vista. It's the only Autodesk product that he found to run without ANY problems.

Compatibility Warnings:

  • Autocad 2007
  • Land Desktop 2007
  • Civil 3D 2007
  • Building Sytems 2007
No warnings:
  • Revit
This is true on Vista and Vista 64

Thank you Curtis for all of your hard work in testing these products for our clients and the world.

Note: Your mileage may vary. This was just a test on our Dell/Vista machine with 2GB of RAM and an Nvidia video card. Read more...

Toothpicks and Legos

AutoCAD verus Revit Architecture

Toothpicks versus LEGO ®

Which would you rather have your children playing with?...
...and that's all I have to say about that.

Image and Lego name courtesy of © 2007 The LEGO Group. All rights reserved. Use of this site signifies your agreement to the terms of use.

Yesterday's Demo and a true understanding of Revit

Elias and I went to a firm of 10 drafters. They do lowrise commercial and government work. Demo went well and everyone was impressed with the product, but several repeat issues came up.

Lineweight: Revit lineweights are exactly the same as AutoCAD lineweights. You can tweak Revit to make any plan, section, elevation or view look exactly the same as an AutoCAD drawing. Revit automatically adjusts lineweights and fonts when you change the scale of a view. It's two clicks and it's automatically updated. The owner of the firm is committed to having perfect looking drawings and the output is critical. As a former General Contractor, I always find it intriguing that so many architects care about how the lines look, but not what's on the drawings. So many times when I estimated projects, I found inaccurate door and window schedules. The schedules looked beautiful and the lines were wonderfully drawn, but the plans had errors. Revit is comprised of great looking lines and accurate drawings.

Next, I think I found an easy way to describe Revit. You create a scaled replica of the building on the screen. It's a model. It has real doors, walls and windows that you can see through. But, imagine that it's a digital model with 1,000 cameras. Each camera takes a shot of something different. Some cameras take pictures of the elevations. Some looking straight down (plans). Some looking straight up (reflected ceiling plans). Some at angles (perspectives) and you can take them all in black and white (normal plans) or in color (shaded or rendered). There are moving cameras that give you animated walkthroughs. They are xray cameras that give you sections and callouts. And just like you can use Adobe Photoshop or Microsoft Paint, you can draw on top of any of those pictures and add lines and details. Does that make a little more sense? If you adjust anything anywhere on the model, any camera pointing at that item or group gets updated instantly. And the biggest difference....it works in reverse. If you change anything on the camera shot, such as moving a door, adjusting a wall, it updates the model itself. That's why it's called parametric modeling and can automate the creation of construction documents. Your CDs are a byproduct of creating the model. Any questions?

As a subtopic of above, Revit stands for Revise Instantly. So, any changes you make anywhere on the model, views, sections, elevations or callouts are updated everywhere else on the drawings. Unlike AutoCAD where you have to manually go through each sheet and make modifcations, Revit takes a fraction of the time to make changes. That's part of the reason that productivity goes up and coordination time goes down. If you even change a sheet number, all of the related section and callout numbers are automatically updated.

"We only work in 2D we don't work in 3D. Glad to hear it. Revit is not a 3D program. Really you say, but that's what I've heard. Well, ladies and gentlemen, the answer is "Revit is a 4D program. Yes, you get double what you get in 2D. You get all of your lines, you get a model, you get intelligent schedules. The 4th D is the building intelligence and parametric functionality.
So, it's not about just seeing your building in 3D, it's about the ability to bring in Revit Structure and Revit MEP work and do interference detection and see where the pipes and ducts hit beams and columns. Wouldn't you rather catch it now than in the field?

Transistioning. Lets say you have a firm of 12 people. You can't take them all offline for three days to do training because you have production deadlines. We recommended sending the threee best drafters to our training center for Revit Essentials. They would go back to the office and start on the first Revit project. Once they've got the hang of it, send the next batch of 3 people and get them started on a new Revit project. The first 3 Revitechs can assist them with what they went through. Send the next batch of 3 and the first batch is now into advanced features and can really help move everyone along. So, you've slowly made the transistion at your pace and not affected the productivity of your firm. We assist you the whole time, add in advanced training and with our project template implementation, we can help you set up projects based on types of work so you don't have to worry about that. We can duplicate all of your AutoCAD layering, fonts, lineweight and more into Revit so you're ready to go. That was easy.

Revit has no layers, xrefs, model space or paper space or command line.
Layers are replaced with intelligent categories that can be adjusted on any view. You can duplicate a view of a plan and turn on the furniture layer and halftone the rest of that drawing.
Model space and paper space are replaced with an intelligent project browser where you just drag one of the camera shots of a plan, section or elevation and drag it onto a sheet and can instantly adjust it's scale in 5 clicks. Command line is replaced with an intelligent toolbar that shows you just the tools you need depending on the task. Creating a wall, see connection types and heights. Dimensions, see the individual item or whole wall choices. Simple and intuitive.

You can reuse data. If you create a project template for a school, all of your door types, wall types, schedule setups are all there. Reuse your model and project information quickly and easily.

Well, that's all for now and I hope it helped.

Thanks for reading and give me a call if you have any questions.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Random Data Story but completely relevant to BIM

I'm sitting here thinking of what to add today, when I get an email from www.paytrust.com, my bill paying service. Now this story is completely random and unrelated to anything BIM, but I think completely relevant to it.

I open the email and see that my gas bill for the month is $36.45. All of my bills get paid automatically by Paytrust and I rarely pay attention anymore because my bills get mailed to them, scanned in, entries posted by their staff, then my payment rules take over. Complete automation, so I really don't even think I actually have any bills anymore. Well enough about that.

So, I look at this static email with an amount on it, and I wonder, hmmm, that seems expensive this month. I really have no clue, so I open up the Paytrust website, click on the my payees link, click on payments made to Teco Gas, click on CSV and click download. 10 seconds later, I have an excel spreadsheet with all of my payment data since I moved to a house that had gas appliances 3 years ago.

Now, here's the fun part. I'm an Excel expert and have been using spreadsheets for 24 years. I can't remember the last time I every made a graph. I'm looking all over Excel for the function and finally find, Insert, Chart. Oh..it's chart, not graph. So I highlight the payment date and amount column, click on insert chart, clicked on Area for the type and click finish.

I now instantly see over a 3 year period what I've paid and can now complain about my wife's very long showers. I then sort the columns by amount and see the highest month usages.

The reason for this whole randomly unrelated story....Because instead of getting static 2D bills every month that are useless bits of paper, my gas bill has intelligence when received online and exported. I can digitally work with it. I call it BIM Billing Intelligent Money. (I just made that up, but it works).

Interference detection: complaining about my wife's long showers.
Scheduling: I can see when every bill gets paid
Import/Export: I can export all of the data from Paytrust and work with it in Excel

If I wasn't using Paytrust and BIM, I'd have to manually sort through 3 years of bills, find every individual bill and take hours to figure it all out. Using intelligent digital technology, I did it all in 2 minutes. What if I had scanned in all of my bills for the last 3 years. Yes, it's digital, but it's not intelligent digital. Just like AutoCAD versus Revit. Digital versus Intelligent Digital.

Do you see now why I took the time to write this blog post? Because we're in the most exciting time ever of computerized designing and there are huge advantages of switching to Revit (and Paytrust of course) to save you time, energy (shorter showers honey) and add a level of intelligence to your designs that you can use to help in the construction process.

Thanks for reading. Don't forget to tip your blogger or at least leave a comment.

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

4BIM.com "BIM sharing for the construction industry"

I found a great site over the weekend. They have some incredible information including HOK's own CAD standards including Revit standards. I highly recommend adding them to your list of Revit Resources.


4BIM provides centralised Building Information Modelling (BIM) news, resources and useful links for governments, architects, design teams, contractors, supply chain, clients, owners and others planning and using BIM through design, manufacture, construction and operation of building projects.

Building Information Technology at HOK

HOK has made a long-term, commitment to using Building Information Modeling (BIM), to work more efficiently and accurately, and to provide additional value to our clients.


Experience it before it's real. = Great Article

New Autodesk Maxim: Experience it Before it's Real

Company executives unveil new products and strategies -- including a sharp focus on digital protoyping -- at World Press Day 2007.


"By the year 2025, the world will have 30% more people. Half of those buildings in which the Americans will live, play and work in the year 2030, don't exist yet," observed Jay Bhatt, Autodesk vice-president of AEC Solutions. These statistics point to one irrefutable conclusion: There'll be a massive construction boom.

But buildings are also among the top environmental offenders, he noted: "36% of all energy consumed is consumed by buildings. 30% of raw materials used are used on buildings. Buildings account for 36% of the greenhouse gas emitted. ..." (Bhatt's source for these statistics, Autodesk press office verifies, is a recent article in The Economist. An alternate source, the American Institute of Architects, observes, "Buildings and their construction account for nearly half of all the greenhouse gas emissions and energy consumed in this country each year," in the report Architects and Climate Change.)

So the architectural design market of the future, Bhatt predicted, will be fueled by not only aesthetic concerns but also green concerns. That makes sustainability not just a socially responsible pursuit but also a profitable one. Revit, Autodesk's BIM (building information modeling) platform, takes the center stage in Bhatt's sustainability discussion.


Revit Architecture 2008 (formerly Revit Building), according to the Autodesk, "delivers new features to enable sustainable design with analysis of materials, quantities, energy use and lighting. With enhanced gbXML (Green Building Extensible Markup Language) functionality, designers can quickly perform energy analysis and study building performance using tools such as those from Green Building Studio, Inc. and IES Ltd." The announcement highlights improved management of linked model information and improved DWF file specification support; a plug-in for publishing Revit models to Google Earth; and better interoperability with Autodesk 3ds Max.

Read the whole article here

Autodesk Official FAQ about Revit Architecture 2008

Direct from Daryl at DGCAD and RevitRocks


Here's the PDF http://www.cadclips.com/downloads/REVIT%20ARCHITECTURE%202008%20QA.pdf

Revit Systems Webcasts

I know....equal time for the MEP engineers. Here are your webcasts for Revit MEP.


Webcast Archives

Autodesk invites you to view these previously recorded online training sessions for MEP Engineers. These informative webcasts are led by product experts and will give you a closer look at Autodesk® Building Systems and Autodesk® AutoCAD® Revi®t Series—Systems Plus.

Engineering the Freedom Tower
Recorded on: Tuesday, October 5, 2006
Recording URL: https://www112.livemeeting.com/cc/autodesklearning/view?id=FreedomTowerEMEA_10_5_06&pw=Audience

New York City’s Freedom Tower is one of the most significant building projects currently under construction. Hear from the structural engineering firm, WSP Cantor Seinuk, and the MEP engineering firm, Jaros Baum & Bolles on how they are bringing this icon to life using Autodesk® Revit® Structure and Autodesk® Revit® Systems.

During this one-hour webcast, you'll hear first-hand accounts about how the Autodesk® Revit® platform frees them to:

  • Work on the model simultaneously with increased building understanding.
  • Significantly reduce errors between MEP, structural, and architectural disciplines.
  • Easily accommodate design alternatives and make changes anytime, anywhere—and then propagate those changes everywhere.

A First Look at Autodesk AutoCAD Revit Series—Systems Plus
Recorded on: Tuesday, July 18, 2006
Recording URL:

AutoCAD Revit Series--Systems Plus includes two software applications, Autodesk Revit Systems and Autodesk Building Systems 2007. You'll get a first look at the building information modeling software for MEP engineers. In addition, you'll learn how to easily create duct runs, size systems, layout and wire devices, and more.


Revit Structure Webcasts

I certainly don't want to forget the structural engineers in the crowd. Although the majority of my website is focused on architecture, Revit Architecture, Structure and MEP users all benefit from using Revit together. If you currently are an architect, I'd imagine you want your engineers to also join the Revit bandwagon. Every time I sell Revit to an architectural firm, I ask them for a list of their structural and MEP engineers so we can show them the benefits of Revit collaboration. We recently trained a firm of 20 people and they had their structural engineering firm sit in on the training. At the end of the first day, he came up to me and asked me how he could crossgrade to Revit Series Structure. We currently have a list of engineers using Revit that we give to our new architectural clients so that they work together in avoid conflicts (both on the screen and on the jobsite).

Autodesk Revit Structure Webcast Series

Autodesk Revit Structure TrussWizard Tips and Tricks

Recorded on: Wednesday, January 17, 2007
Recording URL: https://www.livemeeting.com/cc/autodesklearning/view?id=RS_01_17_07&pw=Audience

Autodesk Revit Structure 4 has improved the process of manually modeling trusses with the introduction of the TrussWizard. Topics covered in this session include:

  • TrussWizard Basics
  • Autodesk Revit Structure improvements to modify trusses
  • Detailed truss connection examples

Introduction to Revit Structure Families
Recorded on: Wednesday, December 20, 2006
Recording URL: https://www.livemeeting.com/cc/autodesklearning/view?id=RS_12_20_06&pw=Audience

An introduction to Autodesk Revit Structure Families and the Autodesk® Revit® Family Editor. Topics include:

  • Autodesk Revit Family Editor Basics
  • Autodesk Revit System Families
  • Autodesk Revit In-place Families
  • Example of Creating an Autodesk Revit structural family

What’s New in Revit Structure 4
Recorded on: Wednesday, November 15, 2006
Recording URL: https://www.livemeeting.com/cc/autodesklearning/view?id=RS_11_15_06&pw=Audience

Autodesk Revit Structure 4 has enhanced modeling capabilities, advanced analytical tools and improved concrete documentation. New features that will be covered in this session include:

  • Beam System creation and layout improvements
  • New structural steel and precast content
  • Boundary Condition elements
  • "Auto-detect" setting for the analytical model
  • Path reinforcement and Rebar sets

Engineering the Freedom Tower
Recorded on: Tuesday, October 5, 2006
Recording URL: https://www.livemeeting.com/cc/autodesklearning/view?id=FreedomTowerEMEA_10_5_06&pw=Audience

New York City’s Freedom Tower is one of the most significant building projects currently under construction. Hear from the structural engineering firm, WSP Cantor Seinuk, and the MEP engineering firm, Jaros Baum & Bolles on how they are bringing this icon to life using Autodesk® Revit® Structure and Autodesk® Revit® Systems.

During this one-hour webcast, you'll hear first-hand accounts about how the Autodesk® Revit® platform frees them to:

  • Work on the model simultaneously with increased building understanding.
  • Significantly reduce errors between MEP, structural, and architectural disciplines.
  • Easily accommodate design alternatives and make changes anytime, anywhere — and then propagate those changes everywhere.

Making the Most of AutoCAD® in AutoCAD® Revit® Series—Structure

Recorded on: Tuesday, August 8, 2006
Recording URL: https://www.livemeeting.com/cc/autodesklearning/view?id=Structure_08_08_06&pw=audience

This session is great for structural engineers, designers and drafters who want to use Autodesk Revit Structure and AutoCAD side-by-side. You'll learn tips on how these two products work together for maximum productivity and fast return on investment.

Autodesk Revit Structure 3: New Features—Part 2

Recorded on: Tuesday, July 11, 2006
Recording URL: http://download.autodesk.com/us/revitstructure/webcasts/Structure225.wmv

In this session you will learn about Autodesk Revit Structure 3 software's improved modeling and analytical tools. New features covered in this session include:

  • New options for Graphical Column Schedule
  • Filters and selection sets
  • Member support checks
  • Analytical/Physical Model consistency checks
  • Tags and schedules for loads
  • Track change tool for analysis results

Autodesk Revit Structure 3: New Features—Part 1
Recorded on: Tuesday, June 6, 2006
Recording URL: https://www.livemeeting.com/cc/autodesklearning/view?id=Structure_06_06_06&pw=audience

In this session, you'll learn about the many enhanced drafting tools for structural drawings and details. New features covered in this session include:

  • Sloped beams and 3D snapping
  • Columns attachment to roofs and slabs
  • Slab foundations with arbitrary shape
  • Area reinforcement for concrete slabs and walls
  • Detail Components
  • Detail Management tools

Multiple Users on a Single Project in Autodesk Revit Structure
Recorded on: Wednesday, April 5, 2006, 9:00 - 10:00 AM PST
Recording URL: https://www.livemeeting.com/cc/autodesklearning/view?id=ARS_4_05_06&pw=audience

Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Intended Audience: Structural engineers, designers, technicians, and drafters

Worksharing provides a complete range of collaboration modes within the design team for higher efficiency and productivity. Learn how to share and manage your project information using the multi-user worksets tool. This session covers how to:

  • choose the right workflow for your design team
  • set up worksets
  • properly use worksets tools
  • leverage best practices for effective worksharing

Coordination Between Autodesk Revit Structure and Autodesk Revit Building
Recorded on: Wednesday, March 29, 2006, 9:00 - 10:00 AM PST
Recording URL: https://www.livemeeting.com/cc/autodesklearning/view?id=ARS_03_29_06&pw=audience

Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Intended Audience: Structural engineers who work with architects using Autodesk Revit Building

Structural engineers who use Autodesk® Revit® Structure software can better coordinate their work with architects using Autodesk® Revit® Building software. This session covers how to:

  • share building information between Revit Structure and Revit Building users
  • perform interference checks between architectural and structural objects
  • use the Coordination Monitor tool to track design changes throughout the project
  • decide when to link files versus sharing a single file
  • leverage best practices of building information modeling for multi-discipline projects

Exploring Analytical Tools in Autodesk Revit Structure
Recorded on: Wednesday, March 22, 2006, 9:00 - 10:00 AM PST
Recording URL: https://www.livemeeting.com/cc/autodesklearning/view?id=ARS_03_22_06&pw=audience

Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Intended Audience: Structural engineers and designers involved in structural analysis and design of building structures.

While the physical model in Autodesk® Revit® Structure is used for documentation, the analytical model is leveraged by third-party analysis software. Improve your usage of the analytical information in Revit Structure models. This session covers how to:

  • work with the analytical model
  • apply loads and load combinations to your model
  • adjust or reset analytical models
  • use rigid links
  • round-trip from Revit Structure to several analysis software packages

Tips and Tricks in Autodesk Revit Structure
Recorded on: Wednesday, Jan 25, 2006, 9:00 - 10:00 AM PST
Recording URL: https://www.livemeeting.com/cc/autodesklearning/view?

Intended Audience: Structural Engineers, Structural Designers, Structural Technicians and Drafters

Improve your knowledge and usage of Autodesk Revit Structure. Learn more techniques for Building Information Modeling and parametric structural components. This session covers:

  • How to work smarter in Autodesk Revit Structure
  • Advanced modeling tools for real world examples
  • Creating parametric structural components
  • Best practices of Building Information Modeling for structural projects

From Model to Details with Autodesk Revit Structure
Recorded on: Wednesday, Jan 11, 2006, 9:00 - 10 AM PST
Recording URL: https://www.livemeeting.com/cc/autodesklearning/view?

Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Intended Audience: Structural Engineers, Structural Designers, Structural Technicians and Drafters

Learn how Autodesk Revit Structure improves the production of construction documents with effective design change management and efficient coordination tools for structural engineering projects. This session covers:

  • Taking advantage of 3D structural models to produce construction documents faster and easier
  • How to leverage your existing AutoCAD knowledge to make migration easy
  • How to manage views, organize drawings and create structural details
  • Accurately keeping track of design changes for fully coordinated drawings

Introduction to Autodesk Revit Structure
Recorded on: Wednesday, Dec 14, 2005, 9:00 AM PST
Recording URL: https://www.livemeeting.com/cc/autodesklearning/view?id=Burke-11&pw=audience

Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Intended Audience: Structural Engineers, Structural Designers, Structural Technicians and Drafters

Learn how Autodesk Revit Structure can speed up the modeling and design phase as well as the production of construction documents for your structural engineering projects. This session covers:

  • An Introduction to Autodesk Revit Structure – Why Revit Structure?
  • How to use Autodesk Revit Structure to improve productivity, create higher quality projects, and deliver better coordinated drawings
  • Understanding Building Information Modeling - Integrating information from all aspects of the building process
  • Understanding Parametric Change Technology – A change anywhere is a change everywhere

Monday, February 19, 2007

Sample: Compound_Roof rvt file

Click on the picture to download the Revit file: Compound_Roof.rvt

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Saturday, February 17, 2007

Revit Sales in Florida

Just tried a little experiment. Exported all of our Revit sales information into Mapoint and exported the data as a web page. You can click on the picture to enlarge it.
Who wants to help us make the whole state purple?

Data sorted by County

Data is sorted by quantity per zipcode

Friday, February 16, 2007

Revit and Vista

A customer called me yesterday and asked me about whether Autodesk products would work in Vista. I told her that Autodesk has announced that the 2008 products will work in Vista.

She said "wow, what a non event." After I thought about it, she's right. Wouldn't you expect that Autodesk would have to make their products work in Microsoft's newest operating system?

Her concern was a valid one. How does a firm proceed with hardware/software purchases and upgrades to Vista? What about the older products? What's the answer?

Apparently, you should be on subscription and always use the latest versions of Autodesk's software. Not just because we love to sell Revit, but because of all of the turmoil in the DWG marketplace. Everyone's using different versions and different programs and different layering systems. There's no consistency.

Because there is now Revit Architecture, Revit Structure and Revit MEP, the only way Autodesk could make them all work together seamlessly is for everyone to be working on the same version.

Autodesk is about to release the 22nd release of Revit Building (in 7 years), the 5th version of Revit Structure (in 2 years) and the 3rd version of Revit Systems (in a little over a year). Do you realize how many resources Autodesk is investing in this product line?

That brings me to another segue to those people I've spoken to in the past year who think that Revit is a fad and Autodesk will drop in in favor of Architectural Desktop. How much longer can they compete against firms using Revit? I don't think much longer, maybe just a year or two.

So, to finish this post, Revit Architecture 2008 will work on Vista. Get on subscription if you're not already go get yourself a dual core processor. Run Revit Run!

Windows Vista™ support for Revit® products

Published date: 2007-01-30
ID: TS1067716

Applies to:
Autodesk® AutoCAD® Revit® Series—Systems Plus 2
Autodesk® AutoCAD® Revit® Series—Systems Plus 1
Autodesk® Revit® Building 9.1
Autodesk® Revit® Building 9
Autodesk® Revit® Building 8.1
Autodesk® Revit® Building 8
Autodesk® Revit® 7
Autodesk® Revit® Structure 4
Autodesk® Revit® Structure 3
Autodesk® Revit® Structure 2
Autodesk® Revit® Structure 1


You want to know if the Windows Vista™ operating system supports Autodesk® Revit® products.


Windows Vista does not support Autodesk Revit Building, Autodesk Revit Systems, or Autodesk Revit Structure.


Added note: 2/26/07

AutoCAD/AutoCAD LT support for Microsoft Windows Vista.
Many of our customers have inquired about Vista operating system support for AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT.

AutoCAD 2008 and AutoCAD LT 2008 (scheduled to be released in March) are compatible with the 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows Vista Home Basic, Home Premium, Ultimate, Business and Enterprise. In the near future, an AutoCAD 2007/AutoCAD LT 2007 update that will add support for Windows Vista 32-bit versions will be released.

Visit www.autodesk.com/support for updates on Windows Vista support.


Implementation Concerns in a 3D world.

Our Director of Implementation Services, Rusty sent this to me last night.
Great article about transitioning to 3D


CAD Manager's Q &A
Feb 14, 2007
By: Robert Green

We're rolling out 3D software in my company now and users are coming around to the new way of design. What kinds of items should I be concerned about now and how can I avoid making post-implementation errors in this new 3D world?

Robert Green replies: Good question. I think the most important thing to keep in mind is that once 3D software is installed and users being using it, you're not done with implementation -- you're really just beginning. To that end here are a few pointers I've found by trial and error that have worked for me.

Make everyone aware of your focus. Making users, managers, vendors and customers aware that the transition to 3D design processes is an ongoing task shows your intention to stay on the job. Simply sending this message says a lot about your commitment to seeing the implementation through to a successful conclusion.

Keep training. As soon as people start using the new software, they'll start making mistakes and they'll start asking more detailed questions. If you simply let the implementation drift, you'll allow bad habits to ultimately form and perpetuate themselves. An ongoing training program helps mitigate these problems.

Train in short bursts. Consider a weekly lunch-and-learn or short briefing session for 3D software users who want to learn more. When you get the questions out in the open and solve them in a collaborative environment, everyone is much more likely to accept the methods you teach them. The key to this approach is to be ruthlessly focused on solving problems quickly.

Update your standards as you go. As you find new problems and solutions, document what you find and append your CAD standards. I suggest making these changes during or right after your training sessions so you capture the knowledge before you forget it.

I'll continue the answer to this question by giving you some more hints in the next newsletter. Read more...

Thursday, February 15, 2007

From Digital to Dirt

Here's a dream come true. On our way back from a demo this week, Elias had us drive by a new construction site. Boy, was I surprised when he showed us his last Revit project about to start construction. From computer bytes to concrete blocks. With techs like Elias on staff, there's no stopping us now. How many other resellers have a Revit tech on staff who have actually created Revit projects that are under construction? Ask your reseller what experience their techs have with real world experience. It's the quality that counts.


30 New Leads. Another successful AIA show

Just got home from the AIA West Palm Beach annual show. That's Joe on the left with his new dual core M90 which kicks ass especially with Revit. Elias is on the right hidden behind the customer wanting to know more about Revit. 3 solid hours of nonstop traffic wanting to see Revit. On top of all of the architects wanting to see Revit, I had 3 general contractors, a national engineering/architecture firm, and 3 of the other vendors at the show....cabinet manufacturer, tile installer and a waterproofing company. Oh, I almost forgot the developer, facilities manager from a school system and the community redevelopment agency. I showed Revit to a structural engineer who had been using LT. I always love the look of awe in their eyes the first time they see what Revit does. Joe and Elias....thanks. You did an amazing job. So good that we had all the traffic and our competitor left an hour early. I'm still shocked that there were some people that hadn't heard of Revit and the one architect who told me they still weren't ready to make the move. Oh well. 30 new leads and tomorrow will be a new day.

One bit of bad news. Found out one prospect we did a demo for bought 3 seats of Archicad recently. He said he's giving it a try. I told him that's like buying a diesel truck. It's great until you are in the middle of nowhere and can't find a station to fill up at. He said how easy it was to use. Boy is he in for a surprise in when everyone else is using Revit and he can't find anyone to hire who know the product. I"m more inspired now to tell more developers and contractors about Revit so they ask for it by name. Stayed tuned on this story. Read more...

Revit Books


Revit Demo Quick 8 Minute Demo

Here's a quick demo to show you creation of walls, doors, roof, dimensions, perspective and sheet set creation including automatic coordination of section number.

Click here to download and view full screen version in Windows Media Player Read more...

Revit Video Demo Curved Curtain Systems

If it doesn't play click here to open directly.


Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Revit Architecture 2008 Official New Features

Workflow & Usability

Visual Overrides
Dependent Views
User Defined Filters
Masking Regions
Linked Files
Enhanced Functionality
Color Fill Plans
Graphical Overrides
Schedulable Wall Sweeps
Spot Dimensions
3ds Max
Google Earth
Revit API

Graphical Override Control by Element
Enhanced Functionality
§Visibility, Transparency, Halftone
§Element Cut / Projection Styles
§User Defined Filters

Google Earth Plug-In

§Acquire from Google Earth
§Publish to Google Earth
§Import KML/KMZ
§Export KML/KMZ
Revit Architecture 2008
§AutoCAD 2008 DWG
§3ds Max 9
§IFC 2x3
§Microsoft Windows Vista
General Improvements
§Element Unique ID
§Change Selected Elements
§Math Library
§New Commands – Edit Tools
§Add-in Manager
§Access to elements in Families

Application Integration
§Run Application On Revit Launch
§New Action Listeners
§Top Level Menus
§Custom Toolbars
§Element Pick options
Creation / Control
§Create New Elements (Text, etc)
§Drafting Views
§Visibility / Graphics Control at element level
Application Automation
§Point to Active External Application
§Access to File Menu Commands
§Room Creation With/Without Location

How to: See reflected ceiling on floor plan view.

We're not even through Elias' second week here at CADD Ceners and he's already become a great asset to our company. Every little tip and trick he's learnd using Revit for the past 4 years will help you make Revit more and more a great part of your design process.

Open a Revit drawing and go to a floor plan.
Right click and click on View Properties.
Underlay: Choose Level 1
Underlay Orientation: Reflected Ceiling Plan
Click OK
That's it.


Productivity Increase by switching to Revit

This is from 2004. It’s a white paper about Revit Implementation in Practice by Lachmi Khemlani of AECbytes. Just a quick blurb about increased productivity in Revit.

I believe using the newer versions of Revit makes the productivity losss smaller and shorter, but these are still pretty impressive numbers.

The research study did not yield many hard metrics on the impact of Revit deployment on architectural business practice, as none of the participating firms had carried out any formal measurements. However, a 300 person firm that was the most advanced in its Revit implementation did report that for several projects on which Revit was used, they had used only half the number of staff that had been originally budgeted and completed the work twice as fast. The web survey also yielded some hard data that can be used to determine ROI. After an average productivity loss of 25–50% during the initial training period on Revit, it took most respondents 3–4 months to achieve the same level of productivity using Revit as with the previous design tool. Thereafter, the estimated increase in productivity as a result of migrating to Revit ranged from 10% to over 100%, as shown in Figure 1.

© Lachmi Khemlani, 2004 4
Autodesk Revit: Implementation in Practice White Paper


Box shots of Revit Architecture 2008

Here they are!!!!! What do you think?


Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Another Firm Converted

So today Elias, Joe and myself went to an AutoCAD customer to do a Revit demo. Small firm, 5 seats of AutoCAD, incredible eclectic office beautifully decorated. I knew it was going to be about presentation, not production. They were complaining that they were spending a fortune on renderings and models and even that didn't always let their clients visualize the design intent.
After 45 minutes of the demo and an hour and a half of every question you could think of, I gave them my standard Revit answer. Yes. Whatever you ask, the answer is Yes. Do you know the Verizon Wireless commercials, "Can you hear me now?" Do you realize there's a guy sitting at a desk all day on the phone saying, Yes, Yes, Yes, Yes, Yes. Well, I sometimes feel that way about Revit. Multiple roof plate heights, Yes. Bring in AutoCAD drawings, Yes. Workset sharing to have multiple drafters working in the same room, Yes. I was getting antsy, so I asked Joe for the mouse. I clicked the walkthrough button, created a 15 step walkthrough a house and as the walkthrough went to the exterior, I gradually raised the elevation 10 feet at a time and the rotated the external cameras shots to stay focused on the back of the house. It looked like a movie panning out and then panning back in and looking like a plane taking off. It was at that moment that I saw the gleam in their eyes and knew it was time to talk about the training and implementation services.

It's a great feeling when the drafters, CAD/IT Manager and Principal are all ecstatic about their new toy. Instead of hiring a 6th drafter, they're going to invest in the existing staff with training and project template creation and we're going to get them 20% more productive. It's a powerful argument of salary versus software, subscription and services. The ROI of Revit wins every time. Sections, schedules and speed were appreciated. The rendering capability, camera shots and walkthroughs were just what this firm needed.

Another day, another demo, another delighted drafter. Hey that's 3D and another Piece of the Puzzle is in place. Read more...

ADT IFC Export

The new version of ADT - Autocad Architecture 2008 will have an IFC export utility built into it.
You can now import IFC data into Revit from ADT. Yeah. Read more...

Monday, February 12, 2007

Just some photos of available families for Revit


New Year New Name Revit Architecture 2008

Revit 2009 Links
Revit 2010 Links

Announcing Revit Architecture 2008, Revit Structure 2008 and Revit MEP 2008 and all availabe as a suite.
New name, new features and a whole new reason to use the best BIM software in the world.

As a reseller, I'm not really allowed to tell you about any of the new features, but Revit is better than ever. I hate to say this, but Autodesk has changed all the names and I think it's great.
Autocad 2008, Autocad Architecture 2008 (ADT), Autocad MEP 2008 (Building Systems) have got great new features as well. I've seen them. There's never been a better reason or time to upgrade. More pieces of the puzzle are showing up.

* Improved management of linked model information and improved DWF file specification support. * Google Earth Plug-In for publishing Revit models to Google Earth mapping functionality. * Better interoperability with Autodesk 3ds Max animation software to help drive design consensus across project stakeholders.Revit Architecture 2008 also delivers new features to enable sustainable design with analysis of materials, quantities, energy use and lighting. With enhanced gbXML (Green Building Extensible Markup Language) functionality, designers can quickly perform energy analysis and study building performance using tools such as those from Green Building Studio, Inc. and IES Ltd.
Check out these Autodesk Press Releases...


2007-02-12Autodesk Frames Global Vision for Design Software Industry
2007-02-12Autodesk Transforms Product Development Process With Manufacturing Solution Updates
2007-02-12Autodesk Updates Revit Platform for Building Information Modeling
2007-02-12Autodesk Enhances Geospatial Solutions to Offer Powerful Engineering GIS
2007-02-12Autodesk Updates AutoCAD-Based Solutions for Architects, Civil and MEP Engineers
2007-02-12Autodesk Continues to Inspire Next Generation of Global Innovators
2007-02-12Autodesk Enhances Industry-Leading AutoCAD Software


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