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Saturday, June 30, 2007

Revit Tip - Change the lineweight, linecolor and style in Revit for any wall element.

You can change the lineweight, linecolor and style in Revit for any wall element.

Go to the "Override Host Layers" for Cut Line Styles on the lower right of the Visibility/Graphic Overrides window.

Click on the checkbox next to Cut Line Styles and then click the edit button.






























Here you can change the Line Weight, Color and Pattern for the different Function of the walls.





















BEFORE





AFTER






Special thanks to our Revit Guru Joe Vivirito for this tip and to the developer
who just finished taking our Revit Essentials class who asked the question.
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Friday, June 29, 2007

Revit Architeture Summer Classes - In person or remote via live webcast

We've got lots of summer classes for Revit Architecture Essentials.

July 13, 19 and 26 (Fri/Thur/Thur) for those of you who can't get away for 3 days in a row.
July 16-18 (M-W)
August 13-15 (M-W)
Sept 10-12 (M-W)

If we have enough interest, we will have a once a week class for 3 weeks in August and September as well.

We will be offering these classes live through GoToMeeting, so if you're not in Florida, you can still attend from the comfort of your own home/office. The class works best remotely if you have dual monitors or a second computer to display the instructor's screen while you were interactively with Revit on your computer.

Click here for course description and syllabus.
You can even get Continuing Education credits for the class.

Please contact me and I'd be happy to provide you with pricing and more information.
Click here to email me or call me directly 305.992.4734. Gregory Read more...

Thursday, June 28, 2007

e-SPECS BIM Supports Revit-Based 2008 BIM Products

Jun 22 - e-SPECS BIM Supports Revit-Based 2008 BIM Products: "e-SPECS BIM Supports Revit-Based 2008 BIM Products

PORTLAND, Maine, June 22, 2007 - InterSpec, Inc. (“InterSpec”) announced today e-SPECS building information modeling (BIM) enhanced integration for all Autodesk Revit-based 2008 BIM products including:

* Revit Architecture
* Revit MEP
* Revit Structure

InterSpec, the leader in specification solutions integrating CAD drawings and BIM models, further enhances the e-SPECS specification solutions using the Revit application programming interface (API).

New e-SPECS functionality includes:

* Direct API BIM Model Export
o Replacing the ODBC Export is a faster and more efficient export of all model data pertinent to the products and materials for specifications.
* View the Specs from within the BIM model
o Select a family and view all the associated specification sections directly associated with that family. Select the interior wall family for instance and view the associated gypsum board, metal stud and painting sections.
....Read More... Read more...

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

We have a South Florida Engineering firm up and running on Revit MEP

Are you an architectural firm using Revit Architecture and looking for an engineering firm using Revit MEP that you can partner with? Well, we've just finished implementing a large firm in South Florida (and next week we start working with a national MEP firm).

We owe it all to the hard work of our Revit Guru Joe who spent weeks researching and working with Revit Architecture, Revit Structure and Revit MEP and the nuances involved in Project Templates, Workset Sharing and Coordination. It's not as easy as you think, and our staff is available to help you put it all together. This isn't training out of a book. It's real world coordination, implementation and working with your projects.

We're proud to let you know that we're the only Autodesk reseller in Florida that does training and implementation on Revit Architecture, Structure and MEP! We can now help you take your projects and bring them to the next level of coordination and conflict resolution during the design phase instead of the construction phase.

Imagine a world with no RFIs, Change Orders or Addendums and replace them with higher profits, happier and less stress employees and no more missed deadlines.

Contact us and we'll help you get to the next level of architectural design. Read more...

Google SketchUp - Bonus Packs - Who wants more Revit content?????

Bonus Packs

Components
These are pre-drawn objects (like trees, cars and people) that are useful for creating reusable models to be placed within other models. We've included dozens of components in Google SketchUp to help get you started, but these additional libraries of components that will help you create more advanced SketchUp models. You can also search for your specific needs in the 3D Warehouse.

Component Library # of items file size Windows Mac OS X
Architecture 723 12.7 MB Download Download
Construction 797 6 MB Download Download
Film & Stage 107 3.4 MB Download Download
Landscape Architecture 583 14.3 MB Download Download
People 166 5.7 MB Download Download
Symbols 26 1.9 MB Download Download
Transportation 48 3 MB Download Download

Materials
Looking for a specific material for your SketchUp model? Our SketchUp Bonus-Pack™ contains some new great-looking materials that you can use to spice-up your SketchUp models.

Materials Library # of items file size Windows Mac OS X
Materials Bonus Pack 626 14.4 MB Download Download
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Monday, June 25, 2007

that you can change the lineweight, linecolor and style in Revit for any wall element.

Go to the "Override Host Layers" for Cut Line Styles on the lower right of the Visibility/Graphic Overrides window.


Click on the checkbox next to Cut Line Styles and then click the edit button.



Here you can change the Line Weight, Color and Pattern for the different Function of the walls.


BEFORE


AFTER. Read more...

Friday, June 22, 2007

1-2-3 Revit: BIM and Collaborative Project Management - Connecting the people, information and processes involved in BIM enables a shared project visi

1-2-3 Revit: BIM and Collaborative Project Management - Connecting the people, information and processes involved in BIM enables a shared project vision. - Cadalyst AEC: "1-2-3 Revit: BIM and Collaborative Project Management
Connecting the people, information and processes involved in BIM enables a shared project vision.
Jun 1, 2007
By: Rick Rundell, AIA
Think about how your office would function without e-mail. If you're old enough, you remember those days. Stacked plastic in-boxes and out-boxes overflowing with paper. Standing over a copy machine, duplicating memos and sending them off via trusty manila interoffice envelopes or, even worse, the U.S. postal service! E-mail is so pervasive that we've forgotten the inefficiencies that surrounded the simple act of correspondence before the Internet." ...Read More... Read more...

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Revit 2008 DWF Publishing Tips

Beyond the Paper: Revit 2008 Publishing Tips: "Revit 2008 Publishing Tips

Enclosed are Revit 2008 publishing tips introduced to an audience at a recent event in Europe by Senior Product Manager, Diane Li.

1. Use built-in DWF publishing – this replaces DWF Writer that was previously required with earlier versions of Revit (pre-version 9)

Publish 2D DWF
Publish 3D DWF

Click here to read the article

Stop using PDFs and use DWF printing. Autodesk has free DWG and DWF viewers available at www.autodesk.com/dwg and autodesk.com/dwf.

Also, have your contractors, owners and consultants use Autodesk's Design Review, a free program to view, print, measure and mark up drawings.
You can download it directly here: http://download.autodesk.com/esd/designreview/2008free/SetupDesignReview.exe Read more...

Wiley::Mastering Revit Architecture 2008

Wiley::Mastering Revit Architecture 2008: "Mastering Revit Architecture 2008
Eddy Krygiel, Greg Demchak, Tatjana Dzambazova
ISBN: 978-0-470-14483-1
Paperback
840 pages
November 2007
US $59.99 Add to Cart

This price is valid for United States. Change location to view local pricing and availability.

Evaluation Copy
Instructors may request an evaluation copy for this title.

* Description

Revit experts and Authorized Autodesk Authors and Consultants Steve Stafford and Bruce Gow developed this practical reference and tutorial based on years of experience using the program and training others to do so. Unlike the competition, Mastering Revit is organized by how users learn and implement Revit and features detailed explanations, interesting real-world examples, and practical tutorials to help readers understand Revit and BIM concepts so that they can quickly start accomplishing vital Revit tasks." Read more...

Saturday, June 16, 2007

Sweets 3D - SketchUp Models- More Revit Family Items


Sweets 3D - SketchUp Models: "Sweets3D Collection
Sweets is building the largest collection of professional grade SketchUp 3D building product models. These high quality models have been organized by the CSI MasterFormat indexing familiar to Sweets users. The following manufacturers are pleased to offer SketchUp models in the Sweets3D Collection at Google 3D Warehouse:"

If you don't know it already, Sketchup models can be imorted directly into Revit and Revit models can be exported to Sketchup.

In the sample file below that you can download, there are some kitchen cabinets and a GE Dishwasher GU3600XTSS_Stainless_Steel.

Click here for the Kitchen.rvt file and here for the Sketchup Diswasher
http://www.construction.com/Sweets/3Dmanufacturers/ Read more...

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Revit Essentials Class (1 Day a week for 3 weeks) and Revit Advanced class (Fri/Sat)

For those of you with a busy schedule who can't take off 3 days in a row, we're offering a Revit Essentials class in Ft. Lauderdale

Week 1: 7/12/07
Week 2: 7/19/07
Week 3: 7/26/07

and a Revit Advanced class on a Friday and Saturday
June 29th and June 30th.

We'll even off the classes remotely...

Email us for pricing and to sign up. Read more...

Saturday, June 9, 2007

An Owner's Perspective of BIM - Cadalyst AEC

An Owner's Perspective of BIM - Cadalyst AEC: "An Owner's Perspective of BIM
Jun 7, 2007

John Moebes, formerly an associate principal at the Dallas, Texas-based Good Fulton & Farrell Architects, did such a good job as a consultant that he was subsequently hired by one of his clients, the iconic home furnishing and gift store Crate and Barrel. A veteran Autodesk Architectural Desktop user who is currently using the Revit platform, he now serves as Crate and Barrel’s director of construction. At the American Institute of Architects Convention in San Antonio, Texas, several weeks ago, when he found himself seated next to a Cadalyst editor during dinner, he volunteered his insights on BIM (building information modeling). In this interview (edited for length and clarity), drawing from his experience as a consulting architect and an owner, he shares his visions of the paperless office, clarifies the difference between PDF and DWF, and discusses BIM’s current identity crisis.

KW: What is the owners’ perspective on the paperless workflow?

JM: It’s finally catching on among the owners. They’re historically the last ones to adopt workflow changes. If you’re an owner, your responsibilities can be overwhelming. You’re ultimately responsible for the budget, the schedule, the end user experience …
...Continue Reading... Read more...

Friday, June 8, 2007

"I don't work in 3D, I only work in 2D"

I've been selling Revit for over two years and have over 200 customers who have purchased it from our company. On many occasions during the initial conversation, a customer will at some point say "I only work in 2D, I don't want 3D." Then I go into the whole routine of how you work in plan, elevation and section views of Revit and you are only working in 2D.

I get a phone call two days ago from a guy who wants pricing on LT. Oh boy, I think, this is my lucky day. Turns out he's an architect and a contractor. Perfect candidate for Revit Architecture.
He starts out by saying he's looking for a price on LT. I respond with the price and say "you know, we have another program that..." at which point he cuts me off and say "I only do 2D, I don't want anything with 3D."

Since this was about the 1,000 time i've heard that, I said "why does every architect say they only work in 2D?" He responds "well you have have to take the Z-Axis and extrude...." and I stop in and say "OK, I get it. you don't have to say another word.

So, here's my big epiphany for 3D.
If you've been using Autocad for a number of years and have tried to do something in 3D, you've no doubt had a heck of a time trying to work in 3D with Autocad axis system. It's hard, complicated, slows you down, doesn't help your get out your construction documents and not worth the effort to try to figure out.

Now for the big finale...
3D IN AUTOCAD IS NOT THE SAME AS 3D IN REVIT.

Revit is not lines and blocks and extrusions. It's actual materials (doors, floors, windows, slabs, etc.) that you work with and design a building on the screen.

As you're drawing your walls in Revit, because you preselect the wall type (and there are many preloaded in the program) and you select the height of the wall, as you are drawing your floor plan, you've automatically created the inside and outside line of the walls (with the proper width), hatch patterns, sections (by virtue of the wall type you selected), elevations (by the fact that you selected the height of the wall - either level 1 to level 2 or unconnected to any height).

So, the next time you're discussing 2D versus 3D, please take a look at and try Revit before you say no....you may be pleasantly surprised. Read more...

Thursday, June 7, 2007

6/7/07 Learn why this technology is the future of the design & Construction Industry -A continuing education and dinner program plus (2) HSW. CEU’s

June 7th 2007 Tropical Acres 2500 Griffin Road, Ft. Lauderdale, 33312
$75 per walk in. Fee includes 1 free drink (3) course dinner, BIM Program and (2) HSW CEUs
Email questions to csiaiabim@csiwse.org

The following is cooperative seminar by CSI and AIA

BIM – BUILDING INFORMATION MODELING

Learn why this technology is the future of the design & Construction Industry

A continuing education and diner program offering (2) H.S.W. C.E.U.’s

  • Who should attend?

Architects, Engineers, specification writers, Landscape Architects, IT/CADD Managers, Construction Managers, General Contractors, Subcontractors, Fabricators, Interior Designers, Developers.

  • What is Building Information Modeling and what are it’s key benefits?

Building Information Modeling (BIM) is an innovative approach to building design, construction and management. It supports the continuous and immediate availability of project design, scope schedule and cost information that is high quality, reliable, integrated and fully coordinated. BIM is changing the way industry professionals think about how technology can be applied to various markets segments of the building industry and the way project stakeholders communicate with others.

While other BIM events target only a niche or two within the lifecycle of a project, CSI and AIA are bringing you a program that invites the entire team to come together for a focus on the important issues of interoperability for effective planning, accurate design, improved construction, and efficient maintenance and operations. Join CSI and AIA Fort Lauderdale chapters to see the benefits for you and your organization.

June 7th 2007
Tropical Acres
2500 Griffin Road
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 33312

(Download Registration)

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Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Revit Advanced Class: June 29/30 Friday/Saturday Ft. Lauderdale, FL

If you live in South Florida, we invite you to sign up for our Revit Advanced class on June 29th and 30th. As a compromise to those of you who can't take off two days during the week, our Revit expert Joe has agreed to teach the class on Friday and Saturday.

The course is $795 for the two days from 9am to 5pm in our Ft. Lauderdale Training Center.

If you're out of the area, we are considering live remote access to the class.

Please send me an email if you'd like to sign up. Read more...

BIM's Identity Crisis in the Paperless Office - Crate and Barrel's director of construction ponders on where the industry is heading. - Cadalyst AEC

BIM's Identity Crisis in the Paperless Office - Crate and Barrel's director of construction ponders on where the industry is heading. - Cadalyst AEC: "BIM's Identity Crisis in the Paperless Office
Crate and Barrel's director of construction ponders on where the industry is heading.
Jun 7, 2007
By: Kenneth Wong

John Moebes, formerly an associate principal at the Dallas, Texas-based Good Fulton & Farrell Architects, did such a good job as a consultant that he was subsequently hired by one of his clients, the iconic home furnishing and gift store Crate and Barrel. A veteran Autodesk Architectural Desktop user who is currently using the Revit platform, he now serves as Crate and Barrel’s director of construction. At the AIA Convention several weeks ago, when he found himself seated next to this Cadalyst editor during lunch, he volunteered his insights on BIM (building information modeling). In this interview (edited for length and clarity), drawing from his experience as a consulting architect and an owner, he shares his visions of the paperless office, clarifies the difference between PDF and DWF, and discusses BIM’s current identity crisis." ....continue reading..... Read more...

Monday, June 4, 2007

New version of Revit Architecture 2008 20070524_1700

Autodesk - Revit Architecture Services & Support - Product Download—English: "Below is the most recent build for the Revit® Architecture 2008 and AutoCAD® Revit® Architecture® Suite 2008 software products.

This update is made available to registered users of Revit Architecture 2008, and is subject to the terms and conditions of the end-user license agreement that appears during installation.

http://revit.downloads.autodesk.com/download/2008/SP1_RAC-S2008_20070524_1700.exe
This build, (20070524_1700), addresses issues related to:

  • For a selected Line, Hide Category in View affects all Categories of Lines.
  • Some Detail, Plan, or Section Callouts are erroneously hidden in cropped views.
  • Masking Regions in Tag Families do not obscure elements in project and in exports.
  • Filled Regions containing Solid Fills, which are overridden to be Transparent, print inconsistently between Vector and Raster modes.
  • Instability with Overlay Planes turned off in Graphics Settings.
  • Some Crop Regions are not visible in Views in upgraded files and templates.
  • Display problems in a View when zooming with OpenGL® hardware acceleration turned on.
  • Copying nested links from the Project Browser places only the Link and not its nested components.
  • Elements do not refresh in views when deselected.
  • Product Registration for multiple products in Subscription returns “Invalid Serial Number.”
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Saturday, June 2, 2007

Solutions from Synergis: Tab Over - Multiple uses of the Tab key in Revit Architecture, Revit MEP and Revit Structure. - Cadalyst AEC

Solutions from Synergis: Tab Over - Multiple uses of the Tab key in Revit Architecture, Revit MEP and Revit Structure. - Cadalyst AEC: "Multiple uses of the Tab key in Revit Architecture, Revit MEP and Revit Structure.
Jun 1, 2007
By: Peter Gehring
Autodesk Revit products use the Tab key for a variety of time-saving techniques. Many users are familiar with using it to select chained collections of walls or lines, but it can aid with object selection in other ways. You can use it to cycle between overlapping or nearby objects in 2D and 3D views. You can cycle through alternate points to dimension to or through alternate running object snaps.

Because some readers may be new to using Revit, let's start with the basics."

...continue reading.... Read more...

Friday, June 1, 2007

Google Earth Extension Now Available for AutoCAD 2008-Based Products

Google Earth Extension Now Available for AutoCAD 2008-Based Products

The Google Earth™ Extension for AutoCAD® 2008, AutoCAD® Architectural 2008, and AutoCAD® Civil 3D® 2008 software applications is now available for beta testing on the Autodesk Labs website.

This is a public beta (no non-disclosure agreement is required) and we would appreciate your customers’ valuable feedback while they explore this new application.

This publishing tool is designed to specifically meet the needs of architects, designers, and engineers using Autodesk products. With the easy-to-use, wizard-driven interface, users can publish their 3D models directly from AutoCAD into Google Earth.

From the planning process all the way through to public approval, everyone involved in a project can now view and navigate it in the context of the rich, interactive Google Earth environment. Other benefits allow you to:

  • Deliver high-impact presentations at planning board meetings or public hearings
  • Streamline the preliminary project planning process
  • Share conceptual plans with clients as they develop
  • Connect everyone involved in a project from the planning stage through to public approval

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