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Sunday, September 30, 2007

Autodesk - AutoCAD MEP Services & Support - AutoCAD® MEP 2008 Service Pack 1

For you Autocad Revit MEP users, here's a little gift from Autodesk.

AutoCAD® MEP 2008 Service Pack 1

Published date: 2007-09-26 ID: DL10109709
Applies to: AutoCAD® MEP 2008

autocad_mep_2008sp1.exe (exe - 18245Kb)
Readme (html - 119Kb)

Revit Hand Rendering

One of my clients who's been using Revit for a while, likes to maintain that hand rendered look and feel.
He builds his model in Revit, prints out the 100% accurate elevation and then hand renders on tracing paper over the Revit generated model.

Here's the result. Isn't it nice to know you can use the latest technology combined with good old fashioned talent.


Saturday, September 29, 2007

REVIT Rocks !: REVIT Architecture 2008 Curtain Systems Video

Another Great video from Revit Rocks....


Watch the video above and learn how to draw this Solarium in about 8 minutes.

REVIT Curtain Systems and Curtain Walls are really easy to model.

You can draw Curtain Walls just like any other wall and you can model Curtain Systems by using existing model edges, faces or linework.

In the video demonstration above I use a few model lines placed at two different levels to quickly construct the solarium you see above.


Staples to build its first 'green' store in Miami - 09/29/2007 - MiamiHerald.com


Miami is getting Staples' first 'green' store, adding momentum to South Florida's sustainable-building push.


Rendering of the proposed 'green' Staples
Rendering of the proposed 'green' Staples

Office retail giant Staples is putting its first ''green'' store in North America in the city of Miami.

Corporate executives announced the move at a groundbreaking Friday for a store on Biscayne Boulevard at Northeast 21st Street, north of the Carnival Center for the Performing Arts. The office supply store is seeking LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

''We have about 1,600 stores through the U.S. and Canada,'' said Royce Reed, Staples' regional vice president. ``This is to be our first LEED store in the North America chain.''

LEED, an acronym for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is the country's most-widely recognized designation for eco-friendly buildings. In the past year, a raft of South Florida developers have announced plans to win the designation. In July, Chrysler announced plans to build its first ''green'' car dealership in west Miami-Dade County.

But so far only one South Florida structure has earned the coveted LEED certification -- Florida Atlantic University's Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing in Boca Raton.

The Washington, D.C.-based green building council offers certification on four levels to buildings that undergo an intense review: basic, silver, gold and platinum. Staples seeks silver certification for its Biscayne Boulevard store.

The project is the brainchild of Coral Gables-based MK Real Estate Group, headed by Michael Katz and William Biondi. The pair initially planned a green office-condo on the site but struggled to get the project off the ground and instead struck a deal with Staples.

Miami Mayor Manny Diaz seeks measures to require all developers in the city to use green building practices for new structures.

Jason Biondi, son of William and a green building consultant, said sustainable elements of the store will include bicycle racks and showers that allow employees to bike to work; preferred parking spaces for carpoolers and hybrid or electric cars; a system that captures rainwater to be reused for irrigation; a rooftop that reflects sunlight; and 20 percent more vegetation around the building than city code requires.

The store is set to open by March.


Sunday, September 23, 2007

Adapt Software ADAPT-Builder™ and Revit® Structure Integration

As the BIM circle gets bigger and bigger, yesterday we became a reseller of Adapt's software. Today we start training a 33 seat structural engineering firm from Miami and we've been asked about Revit and post tensioned slabs. Well, Adapt has the answer to this problem and within 60 days they will be releasing a new version of their software that will design post tensioned slabs and insert the post tensioning tendons directly into the Revit Structure model. If you've ever had jobsite coordination issues with tendons versus slab openings, this should sure make your job easier and we're proud to be the only Florida reseller selected to sell this amazing software.
As part of our commitment to the architectural and engineering community, we are trying to gather all of the pieces of the puzzle to really take advantage of BIM and improve the construction process. And now, a word from our sponsor.....

Adapt Software ADAPT-Builder™ and Revit® Structure Integration: "ADAPT-Builder™ and Revit® Structure Integration Revit Structure software meets ADAPT-Builder. Two powerful programs. One building model. A breakthrough in concrete slab and foundation design. ADAPT now offers Revit Structure as part of the ADAPT-Builder Suite! Now you can use the 3D building model you create in Revit Structure to do your detailed concrete slab and mat design and analysis in the ADAPT-Builder suite. And you can use the same model to automatically generate your production drawings. Full bidirectional integration virtually eliminates the need to re-model your slab. That saves you hours in redundant data entry and dramatically reduces coordination errors. Workflow below shows transfer of relevant project parameters, geometry of structural concrete components, and loading information to ADAPT-Builder for analysis and design. Transfer your changes back to the central building model in Revit Structure to complete your design process." Read more...

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Autocad vs. Revit - some interesting comparisons

AutoCAD Prototype circa 1981................ vs...................... Revit 2009 AutoCAD vs Revit (just a few comparisons from then and now)

rotary phone VS IPHONE
dial up VS Broadband
typewriter VS Microsoft Word
general ledger paper VS quickbooks
walking VS 767 jumbo jet
screwdriver VS powerdrill
fold up map VS Google Earth
morse code VS cell phones
DOS VS Vista
newspaper VS RSS Feeds
polaroids VS digital cameras
chisel & stone VS digital prototype printers
record player VS IPOD
paper & pen VS tablet PC
Sharpie Pen & Fax VS Autodesk Design Review
telegram VS email
faxing VS Scan/email
bartering VS credit cards
calculator VS Excel
cave VS High rise
stars VS GPS
fire VS microwave
Betamax VS TIVO
radio VS Satellite Radio
4" black & white TV VS 70" Plasma
reel to reel VS DVD
floppy disk VS 8GB thumb drive
BC VS AD (Before Computers VS After DOS)

....and the list goes on.....

What other technology from 1982 are you using?
Don't get me wrong, I think AutoCAD has been a wonderful tool for the past 25 years, but I also think that it's time to use the latest technology to grow your business and focus on sustainable design, interference resolution during design phase, visualization tools, and virtual construction and design.

Just my own personal opinion, but I think over 225,000 other Revit users will agree with me.
I hope you weren't offended by any of the comparisons, because while I embrace the past and the history of architecture, I also embrace the future of this incredible technology, automation and the ability to return to the focus of design and the concept of the Master Builder.

How much time do you spend mentoring architectural interns and teaching them the art of architecture, design and construction versus spending your days responding to RFIs and change orders, fighting with the contractors and owners, manually coordinating drawings and laboriously creating door, wall, window and finish schedules? This is a very serious question and something to think about when you get to the office Monday morning and look at the stacks of paper and blueprints on your desk and the emails sitting in your inbox? I ask you to do this because we want to help you get back to the basics and help you have a happier, more focused career in architecture. Our company does Revit and BIM training nationally and can offer you tech support and live webcast training so we can lower your stress level and raise your profits.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

24 hours of Revit Revit Revit

The past 24 hours were quite interesting. Every day I'm more amazed at how far the word has spread.

  • Last night I attended the City of Miami Beach's Ad Hoc committee on Green Building. It looks like they are going to require new construction to incorporate sustainable design and require LEED certification.
  • This morning I met with a developer who's built over 50 million square feet of projects. A thirty minute meeting turned into 2 hours as they kicked the tires on Revit Architecture, Structure and MEP. The project architects' only complaint was that they may be out of a job if Revit really could do all of the interference detection in the design phase. They're coming to our October training class and want two seats of Revit.
  • Next up, 2 blocks away, was a meeting with a landscape architect who was ecstatic that Revit could do renderings, automatically provide plant schedules, do topo and site plans, and sun shade studies for the landscaping around a building. They're sending 3 people to our October Revit class.
  • Then I had a meeting with the President of the US Green Building Council's Florida chapter. Today I became a member and am studying to become LEED accredited.
  • On my drive down to Coral Gables, I had a 45 minute conversation with a general contractor in South Florida who called me up to get pricing on Revit. I sold him a seat of Revit Architecture, discussed CostX for estimating and they're sending their first person to our Revit class and then we're planning onsite training for all of their project managers. They're developing a plan to only with with Revit architects on their design/build projects.
  • After that, I met with the principal of an architectural firm who's been using Revit for over a year. Within 4 months they were fully up and running on Revit and I was quite impressed with their projects. As luck would have it, one of the projects they were working on was with the contractor I sold Revit to, 20 minutes earlier. Their current reseller didn't have anyone to give them Revit training so Autodesk Consulting Services did a great job getting them up to speed. I've never seen a firm so advanced in such a short period of time. The owner of the firm had full executive level buy in and he's proud of the fact that his drawings are perfect. I'm not talking about line weights, we're talking about schedules, details, elevations and coordination. They have taken Revit to the next level by creating assembly codes for all of their objects to automate their spec writing and we discussed working with e-SPECS.
  • On my drive back to the office, I got a call from a gas station fuel tank installer. He's tired of going back and forth between the building department and the engineers, so he was looking at getting AutoCAD. I sent him a copy of a set of plans our in-house Revit MEP expert did and he's off to get approval from the head of his company and since Revit can give them bill of materials, they're ecstatic.
  • So, I get back to the office and check my email and there's an order from a four generation home builder and they're switching all of their Autocad Architecture seats to Autocad Revit Architecture Suite. That's a whole other story since their lead architect said he'd quit before he'd ever switch to Revit. He loves it now.
  • All in all a pretty perfect Revit day. There was one creepy thing that happened. While checking my blog, I found one my local competitors spent 45 minutes rummaging through all of our training and support pages. Maybe he's looking for a job. I hope he's not trying to copy what I've created on my blog, but I've got more important things to worry about.
Well, there you have what's becoming more and more common in my world. I'm just so fascinated with the fact that so many firms are slowing down, losing their pipeline of work, yet we're up to 93 people trained in Revit in the last 6 weeks and I need another tech to keep up with all of the training we have lined up. If you don't think Revit is going to take over the world of design and don't think you need to start getting it into your 1 to 5 year plan, give me a call and we'll discuss the possibilities.

Suite Revit Dreams.....

FAU to house South Florida's first 'green' building - 09/14/2007 - MiamiHerald.com

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FAU to house South Florida's first 'green' building

South Florida is set to have its first ''green'' building certified by the U.S. Green Building Council, beginning what many hope will be a parade of environmentally-friendly buildings across the region.

Florida Atlantic University's Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing in Boca Raton is poised to win the honor from the Washington-based U.S. Green Building Council, whose Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program is widely considered the country's most respected green building standard.

The building has been approved to receive the council's ''LEED Gold'' rating, the second-highest offered. The school has one month to appeal for an even higher standard or accept Gold status, the highest any building has received in Florida so far; Joe Rainwater, associate director of FAU's facilities planning department, said the school will accept.

South Florida developers have announced a slew of green building plans in the past year, but none have yet won LEED certification. Statewide, there are 21 certified projects; the closest to South Florida are in Sarasota.

''This is just the beginning of a regular occurrence,'' said Carolyn Mitchell of the Green Building Council's South Florida chapter.

However, there is still plenty of catching up to do: California has more than 120 LEED certified buildings.

Typically, a developer registers a project with the USGBC, builds it, and then goes through an intensive review. The USGBC offers four LEED standards: in ascending order, LEED, LEED Silver, LEED Gold and LEED Platinum.

Developers win points if they complete certain sustainable building options, hoping to accumulate enough to hit one of the four benchmarks. FAU's nursing school got points for installing an air conditioning system with sensors that pump less air into a room when no one is there.

The college building also was designed to have so much natural light that often no lights need to be turned on during the day. No potable water is used to irrigate landscaping; instead the school pays for reclaimed wastewater that is clean but not drinkable. Bicycle racks and showers encourage biking to the school. There's a charging port for electric cars.

FAU finished its 76,000-square-foot building two years ago. But FAU's Rainwater said LEED certification was well worth the wait -- and they're shooting higher.

''We have already started another one,'' Rainwater said. ``We are working on a new college of engineering building. We are aiming for it to be LEED Platinum.''

© 2007 Miami Herald Media Company. All Rights Reserved.
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Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Ecobuild america - Washington DC December 10-13 BIM, Green, Sustainable Design Conference

Ecobuild america:

Here is a sampling of some of the Green & BIM courses:
Residential Green Building
Developing Green Specifications
Introduction to BIM: People, Processes and Tools
BIM Best Practices: Case Studies, Expert Advice

Hear case studies demonstrating the use of BIM technology on current projects to show how BIM tools enhance the design and construction process, facilitate team collaboration, and improve multi-discipline coordination to build more successful projects.
W25 BIM Implementation Strategies
BIM can take on many different appearances whether defined by the vendors or by the owners, designers, contractors, facility managers, or first responders. Be in control of your destiny to provide needed design and facility management services to clients and owners. This workshop will prepare you to understand the opportunities available to your firm in the world of BIM.
S12 The A to Z of Sustainable Buildings
Lean, Green and Seen: Using BIM in Sustainable Design
Making BIM Interoperability a Reality: Technical Details of the National BIM Standard
BIM Vendor Perspectives
Overview of the National BIM Standard
BIM and Project Costing
S34 BIM for Planning and Design
Discuss how Building Information Modeling can manage knowledge in a sustainable way throughout the life-cycle of a project. Learn how to use easy BIM tools and processes including links to Google Earth, Revit, Archicad, and Excel. See how BIM is being used, in a presentation of actual case studies, which support scenario based real time planning.

S54 Sustainable Information Modeling - Going beyond BIM
Green Building Project Planning and Cost Estimating

Renaissance Washington DC Hotel
Registration Information

Monday, September 17, 2007

BIM Wars - Revit Takes Command

The battle for dominance in the 3-D modeling industry is heating up. Four updated software releases have tightened the race.

Source: ARCHITECT Magazine
Publication date: September 1, 2007

By Katie Gerfen and Laurie Manfra

Designers entering the profession today might not believe it, but there was a time not too long ago when the closest an architect could get to computer-aided design was an Etch A Sketch. The release of AutoCAD in 1982 revolutionized the industry, and 25 years later, the design process is being turned on its head yet again, with the popularization of 3-D modeling and building information modeling (BIM). In some ways, says Autodesk senior vice president Jay Bhatt, the latest change is even bigger: “Unlike CAD, which moved drafting from paper to screen, BIM represents an entirely new vision and workflow for the A/E/C industry, where digital design tools capture and make available consistent and coordinated information to all stakeholders in the process.”

This is not a photo; it's a rendering, showcasing the realistic qualities of 3-D rendering as well as program interoperability. Autodesk's Revit Architecture was used for the building information modeling, and 3ds Max was used for visualization and more dimension.

Revit Takes Command

2000 Revit launches
2006 Revit hits 100,000 seats
2007 Revit hits 200,000 seats

...continue reading...


Saturday, September 15, 2007

BIM/Revit and Interns - http://youngarchitectsbuild.blogspot.com/

Here's an interesting blog posting I just found and since we've been offering free Revit training to all architectural students in Florida, I couldn't agree with him more.

BIM/Revit and Interns

I recently had a conversation with one of the pricipals at Gensler. He shared something with me that I hadn't considered that I thought was fascinating. As Gensler transition's to Autodesk's BIM platform Revit, he can no longer hire interns as CAD drafters. The former model of intern learning through CAD for three years doesn't work with BIM. Now you have to understand construction in order to create the model and produce construction documents.

It seems to me that there will be an inevitable split in the architectural community ... firms that use BIM modelling and those that don't. If you believe the case studies on BIM (and I do) that there is a quantifiable labor savings and increased level of coordination, the firms that employ BIM will have a decided edge for larger and more complicated projects. The federal government (never an innovator) is rolling out an interesting 3D/BIM program here.

Those firms that continue business as usual, the same firms that haven't been able to increase their rates for the past 10 years, will be caught in a lowest-cost of service model, competing with production work out of India and China.


Friday, September 14, 2007

A "Family Type" Parameter for swappable subcomponents - Revit Rants

A "Family Type" Parameter for swappable subcomponents

I'm sure a lot of you have seen this before and its a really powerful tool. I'm referring of course to the ability to have "Family Type" parameters in a family for nested sub components.
What does that mean?

It means you have a single door where you can swap out the panel, or handles or frame. This avoids you having many different door families to achieve the same thing. It also means you don't have to load in 15 different families into your project, instead you may only need 2 or 3 and thus its better for file size.

Read the full article..... courtesy of http://revitrants.blogspot.com/

Thursday, September 13, 2007

BIMania: Architects do it with models

2006/10/06 from http://bimania.blogspot.com/

Architects do it with models

Finally I understood why the majority of architects won't have anything to do with the Building Information Model.

There has been presented a number of theories that explain this phenomena, from the known difficulty that the artistic architect´s side has to deal with technology, the fact that senior architects are info excluded, to the blue collar connotation that comes with the use of computers.

They are all wrong!

Here is the explanation, plain and simple: "Architects do it with models".

It is highly understandable that Architects don't want to “do it” with Virtual Models, or even worse, Architects don't want to do it with Building Information Models.

Go blame them...


Workset sharing in Revit - Must Read!!!!

A major benefit of Revit is the ability to share the model database with multiple people simultaneously. 5 people can each be working on their own copy of the model, each in the same room, one on ceilings, one on walls, one on doors, one on furniture and the last on dimensioning. When each person saves their copy of the model, it updates the central model and everyone can see the changes. This is a major improvement over AutoCAD where only person can have access to a DWG file.

It goes a step further, when you can share the model with a Revit Structure and Revit MEP user and you can sync the model and collaborate with your engineers and run interference detection to find errors in the design phase. In essence, this is what BIM is all about.

You really need to read this article.

Here's a great article from AUGI to explain it further and get you started. Of course, our Revit techs are experts in workset sharing within a single firm and collaborating with engineers. We'd be happy to assist you if your local reseller or Revit tech runs into problems.

Worksharing in Revit, Part 1 - September 2007

Here's this scenario. Whenever I start a beginning Autodesk® Revit® class or a presentation on the virtues of Revit and BIM (Building Information Modeling), I love to point out that Revit and BIM are basically a single file. "No more praying that all of your external references have resolved, no more relying on fields in AutoCAD® Architecture's Project Navigator, no more convoluted Windows file structures, no more... yes, you have your hand up. Do you have a question?"

"Um. Yes. I have the unique situation where several people in my office will be sharing the same file. How are we supposed to work on the same model?"

"There will be a central file. The users will actually save a copy of that file and work in that copy. Any changes made can be saved back to the central file and the rest of the team. I WILL be covering this a little later, but right now I want you to understand the basics of Revit before we get into it," I reply, then go back to my little "Revit is wonderful" rant. "'Blah, blah, if it wasn't for Revit I'd go back into construction and alcoholism'"... Yes, you in the back there with your hand up. Question?"
...Read the whole article here...


Wednesday, September 12, 2007

AIA Building Connections, Revit, BIM, Partnering, Technology and Me!

This posting is composed of two parts.
First, I'd like to thank the aCADemy. I've been having a great time promoting, educating and evangalizing Revit, BIM, Sustainable Design and Collaboration for the last 2 years and specifically, since May of 2006 when I first started my original Revit website www.bimwit.com. I've gone a little overboard adding website names linking to the main site www.revit3d.com. Names like abcddd.com (it's a easy as ABC and 3D), bimbeau.com, cad3po.com and r3d2.com (star wars references), ddduuuu.com (3d for you), gotrevit.com, JoinTheRevitlution.com, RevitBorg.com (you will be assimilated), Revitect.com (no more archaictects), revitrevit.com (sounds like a frog, but you can leapfrog over your competition), runrevitrun.com (thanks Forrest Gump, Revit Plans, Revit Sections, Revit Interference Detection, Revit Gumbo, Fried Revit, Revit Renderings) and revituniverse.com because soon, everyone will be using Revit, even on the Moon. Other names just for fun: www.revitgeek.com (for you Ara), revit247.com (because once you get hooked on Revit 24/7 you just can't stop.

So, I'd like to thank the AIA's Building Connections website for noticing my little blog 2 weeks ago with a posting on their website in the same paragraph as HOK (who we've just completed training for in Florida). I finally feel like I've made it when the AIA recognizes my hard work to help spread the word about current technology, Revit, BIM and sustainable design.

So, here's the post and some information about the AIA's Building Connections website. As a side note, please take into consideration that the AIA is promoting the interoperability of digital data for the AEC industry and for all of you out there who would rather send a PDF or fax instead of a DWG or DWF. It's time that we all work together and share the data to really embrace partnership, technology and quality architecture and construction and focus on 3D coordination, automated construction document creation and not focus on layers and lineweights.

More BIM blogs http://www.building-connections.info/news/weekly_link.html
posted August 27, 2007

The field of blogs dedicated to BIM-related topics continues to grow, with new appearances every week. Here are a few of the notable blogs that have emerged since the last weekly link on this topic. Two blogs maintained by HOK address BIM topics: HOK CAD Solutions touches on practical CAD topics with a strong emphasis on Revit, and HOK Green BIM covers a wider range of topics including software, standards, and events. Revit Zone is a UK-based site with good, current tutorials and an active blog; and Revit3D has an actively maintained collection of links and frequent news postings.

And now, if you've never seen or heard of it, here's AIA's Building Connections website.
http://www.building-connections.info/ and http://www.aia.org/tap_building_connections

The International Clearinghouse for Interoperability Standards and Activities in the Architecture, Engineering, Construction, and Real Estate Industries

The AIA Technology in Architectural Practice Knowledge Community created www.building-connections.info/ to serve as a clearinghouse for information about design and construction industry initiatives to promote interoperability and data exchange standards.

Many groups within the building industry are working on this common issue: how can we agree on standards for data exchange so that real collaboration can occur throughout our fragmented industry? These groups are competing within a small community. No one gets sufficient funding or attention to be effective. And none has the funding to market the message to the professional user communities so that the value of interoperability becomes widely understood.

Interoperability: The ability of software and hardware from multiple vendors to communicate seamlessly across diverse systems, platforms, applications, and networks using open, public standards for data exchange

Now that the potential of intelligent building modeling is recognized as a means to integrate design, construction, and operations, we must have open, nonproprietary standards to enable software interoperability across platforms, disciplines, and applications. We believe interoperability is critical to process improvement throughout the building industry. Until now, efforts to develop standards have themselves been fragmented and uncoordinated, and the value of interoperability has not been effectively "sold" to stakeholders. Read more...

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

BIM & BEAM: New Revit Extension Grid and Level Generator

A new Extension allowing for parameterized definition and generation of Cartesian and cylindrical grids sets in Revit projects.

In addition, columns and footings can be automatically generated at grid intersections, or can be aligned with grid lines in case of beams and walls structures.

Grid network can be parametrically edited an associated 3D model lines representing grid lines may be generated in 3D view.

You can download it at: http://www.extensions4revit.com/n/e4r/850/49


Monday, September 10, 2007

Speaking of foundations, we have a major structural engineering firm now using Revit Structure and they want to work with you.

Let's get philosophical for a moment and discuss what's going on all over the world.
You say you're not moving to Revit Architecture because your engineers aren't using Revit Structure or Revit MEP. The engineers say they aren't buying Revit Structure and Revit MEP because their architects aren't using Revit Architecture and they'll move to it when the architects do.

When will the madness end? Aren't you the same people complaining that your engineers are using Autocad Release 14? So, how do we fix this little problem. One way is to do what I've done. I've gone to the largest structural and mep firms I could find and offered to help them get trained and implemented on Revit. Then, I offered to go to our hundreds of Revit Architectural firms and partner them together. After all, isn't that the point of BIM, to share your model with those you collaborate with? Well, guess what? They've agreed and now we have engineers for you to partner with.

And why do we want to collaborate with our engineers? Hmmm, let me think, to do coordination, conflict detection and resolution before the building's built and eliminate potential problems in the design phase instead of the construction phase. And who benefits from all of this? Let's see. Less construction administration for everyone, fewer RFIs and Change Orders, less paperwork, reduced errors and omissions, accurate schedules and quantity of materials, happier contractors and developers and faster constructed buildings.

And what can you gain from that? More profit perhaps? The ability to design more projects per year and make even more money.

So, why the hesitation to work in Revit? Oh yeah, you only work in 2D, you don't work in 3D because it's too complicated. That would be great except that all of your construction administration is in 3D, live in the building and on the jobsite.

As I've stated here before 3D in Autocad is not the same as 3D in Revit. They're total opposites. Who wants to extrude up the Z axis when you can say, let's copy the level 2 slab to level 3 through 30 and let's make the columns and stairs multistory with top level of 30. Wow. wee'v just created a 3D model in minutes and have elevations, sections and schedules done because our Autodesk reseller helped us create our Revit project templates.

So now when I meet with an architect and they give me the "but my engineers aren't using Revit excuse", I tell them that I have structural and mep firms lined up waiting to work with them. This leads to the next excuse, "but they'll charge me more than my current engineer." I have a client in Jupiter Florida, an Autocad MEP firm who's been using 3D for 3 years now. They acknowledge and are proud of several facts. First, they charge more than all of their competitors. Second, they can't handle all of the work that's being thrown at them and have a backlog. Why? Because they're doing all of their designs in 3D and everything's coordinated in the design phase and their architects are saving money throughout the overall project by spending a little more on an MEP engineer who problem solves in design. It makes so much sense, but I'm sure every architect makes so much money processing RFIs and going to emergency jobsite meetings every week to fix coordination issues.

Have you asked your engineers to move to Revit? Just say "we're moving to Revit and we love working with you and we'd like you to move to Revit with us so we can continue to work together." There, was that so painful? I didn't think so.

And if they say they're not ready and maybe they'll move to it in a few years, well, give me a call and set up a meeting for you with our Revit MEP and structure engineering firms. What have you got to lose except for your Change Order log book?

One last thing. The structural engineer who switched resellers today to us, did it because an architecture firm (who's still not one of our customers) in Miami got such bad training from their reseller that they came to one of our Revit classes to compare training from their existing reseller. They were so impressed with our training that they made the recommendation to their structural engineer that they simple had to work with us and not their current reseller. Thanks for the referral Hector. I'm sorry that none of the 10 people you had trained in Revit are using it, but my offer's still on to help get you implemented, even if your boss is being stubborn and your Revit is collecting dust.

I'd love to hear your comments on this. Don't be shy.


New Revit MEP Update #2 build (20070829_2300)

Web Update Enhancement List

Revit MEP 2008
Improvements made in the current Web Update
#2 build (20070829_2300):


  • Room Tags on Copy/Monitored Rooms no longer return question marks in certain situations.
  • Improves stability when using the Split Tool on Pipes or Ducts.
  • Multiple Sprinkler Systems can now be copied more consistently.
  • Improves stability when modifying the shape of an Elbow with an open end.
  • The length override for Duct Transitions remains consistent after changes to the connected layout.
  • Improves stability when generating ductwork from a mirrored air system.
  • Improves stability when demolishing a duct with two connected takeoffs.
  • Improves stability after receiving a corrupt element warning when opening a project.
  • Publish to DWF™ functions when Rooms are present and are clipped by the viewport.
  • Improves stability when saving a Project with a linked DWG™ file that contains an image.
  • Improves stability when applying a view template to a sheet view.
  • Working on Windows Vista™ operating system, allows the ability to write to revit.ini, licpath.lic, KeyboardShortcuts.txt, and the Journals folder.
  • Line-based families contained in a group are no longer flipped when the group is mirrored.
  • Improves stability when importing group into Titleblock family.
  • Allows the ability to export renderings to TIFF format.
  • When temporary dimension text too small to read, user can adjust the size of the font through Revit.ini.
  • Linked DWG file added by another user will now show up in Manage Links after reload latest.
  • “Relative” spot elevation updates automatically with the change in Level elevation.
  • When exporting to DWG file, overlapping lines that share a point are no longer missing in the resulting DWG.
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    Before downloading and installing:
    Important Content Changes (pdf - 98Kb)
    Changes to the default content have been made with this Web Update. This document explains how this impacts you.
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    This guide explains how to obtain proper licensing for your Revit® MEP software product.

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Cracks in the Foundation

It could have been so easily prevented, but it's starting to happen at firms here and I'm sure, all over the country and the world.

I got a phone call tonight from a friend of mine who is the CAD Manager for the Florida branch office of a national architecture firm.

We became friendly about a year ago while I was organizing our Cesar Pelli lecture. Well, one thing led to another and before you knew it, I was in his office giving a Revit demo to a group of 20 people. Here's where things took a turn for the worse. My friend, who's been using ADT since it's first release and an AutoCAD user for 11 years and Autodesk University fanatic became instantly enamored of Revit and how much more intuitive and powerful it was compared to ADT. Plus, he's a registered architect so he's looking at the big picture at his firm.

Since the demo, he's been picking my brain, talking to our Revit techs, coming to AUGI Chapter meetings, reading my blog, practicing with Revit and hoping that his firm would change their mind and do a pilot project with Revit. Since the firm recently upgraded all of their offices to ADT, they were going to learn ADT no matter what according to the president. Some of the regional CAD managers tried to talk to the principals, but to no avail. He asked several times for permission to attend our Revit Essentials class, but they still wouldn't budge. He was even willing to take vacation/sick days to come in for training on Revit and started to feel trapped.

So today was the big day. He walked into the managing partner's office and turned in his letter of resignation. He's leaving the firm and is going to head up a new Revit division at another firm that's ready to make the transition to Revit. It's terrible to think of being the ADT CAD manager at a national firm as a dead end job, but that's how drawn he was to Revit and the future of architectural design.

So, let's talk about you.

  • If you're reading this blog posting, either you have Revit or are considering getting it. You're probably a drafter, CAD manager or hopefully even a principal.
  • If you're a drafter, hopefully you're getting bored of drawing lines all day and want to make architecture fun again. Download Revit and home and keep practicing.
  • If you're a CAD manager, you're probably scratching your head wondering whether to bring in Revit, when and how to implement it. Call me and we'll help you come up with a plan.
  • If you're a principal, you're wondering what is BIM and this Revit program you keep hearing about, how much will it cost, how it will affect productivity and will the investment lead to a ROI.
To those of you who are skeptical of Revit and think AutoCAD is the only drafting program you'll ever need, the foundation is cracking. We're starting to see people leaving firms and going over to the Revit firms. I think that's why half the people who come to our AUGI Revit chapter meetings are there so they can meet people who work at Revti firms. I don't know how a principal cannot contemplate bringing Revit into your firm over the next 1 to 3 years and not be worried about a mass exodus of drafters to Revit firms if you don't. We're already working with a majority of schools in Florida and they're starting to bring in Revit as part of the curriculum. Soon enough, you will only be able to find interns who know Revit and don't know AutoCAD. Of course, they'll be LEED certified, fluent in 3D and able to whip up snazzy visualizations.

Revit isn't just an investment in software, it's an investment in technology, your firm's future and your staff as well. Revit is intuitive, easier to use, lowers errors and omissions on construction documents, allows for better coordination and collaboration and makes everyone in your company happier.

To my friend who just got the wonderful promotion at the new firm, congratulations and I know with your passion and desire to learn, you'll do great things there and I'll be there to help you and your new company in any way I can. I dedicate this blog posting to you and everyone else like you reading mine and the other Revit blogs who see the future and want it now.
Viva La Revitlution!!!!

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Another blog to add to your daily list.

Fear and Loathing In a CAD vs. BIM World
A BIM Junkies Guide To Overcoming an Addiction To Lines.

Great tutorials for Revit Architecture
ust a few:


Revit Words of the Day * some new words

I've come across some new words on other Revit websites.

The first is archistruction:
Archistruction® is Neenan’s unique approach to design and construction in which professionals of many disciplines work together, under a single roof, entwining design, functionality and budget to create cost-effective solutions that meet the broad cross-section of client goals.

Traditional design and construction is achieved by independent companies, working together, yet separately, each with their own interests to protect. This widely used process often leads to inadequate foresight, coordination and accountability, with the client left caught in the middle.

I found this on http://www.bimx.blogspot.com, a great Revit site from a Contractor's perspective. Tocci Building Companies, Woburn, MA,

The next is PIM:
Product Information Modelling. Basically, intelligence to all of the doors, walls, windows, furniture, equipment, etc that you put into your Revit model. Every manufacturer should create 3D Revit families including web page links built into the objects. What better way to get to a million Revit family items.

The original posting from http://www.bim-wit.blogspot.com/

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Product Information Modeling Quote

I just received an interesting Quote from the BIM Manager for Alvine Engineering.
"As the building industry continues to evolve, the need for vendor-specific intelligent objects will become more important in order to perform comparative engineering calculations, extract specifications, avoid construction interferences, and to quantify sustainable design. By the definition of BIM, the data in these objects is required from nearly the beginning of the design process until retirement or reuse." Todd M. Shackelford BIM Manager / CAD Administrater

Read more How Manufacturers for the Building Industry Can Benefit from Product Information Modeling



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Print Data Sheet for e-SPECS for Revit

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""Please click here for full pricing/installation/implementation package. This is the best option for a pilot project.

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e-SPECS for Revit extends the Autodesk® Revit-based products document coordination and quality solutions to the construction specifications.

Integrated Specifications
e-SPECS for Revit interfaces with Revit's parametric database, instantly updating your project specifications to the requirements of the building model. Insert a wall, door, window, or any other building object into your Revit model and instantly update your project manual with the appropriate specifications. Any changes you make to the designs will automatically be incorporated into the specification manual. And with the click of the mouse, you can access all the other functionality that e-SPECS provides to update your sections on-the-fly, post project notes, review section markups and more.

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It is with deep regret (snicker) we mourn the loss of....

It is with deep regret that today, for the first time ever, we canceled our regularly schedule AutoCAD class in our Fort Lauderdale training center because we had only 1 person signed up for the class.

It is with intense delight that last week, for the first time ever, we had to add a second Revit Architecture class in our Fort Lauderdale training center and we now have a backlog of students for training.

Furthermore, we're already overbooked for the September class and are canceling another AutoCAD class later this month so we can do even more Revit training.

In a little over the past month, we've trained 70 people on Revit and 12 more signed up for September. Having 7 Revit techs on staff sure does help!

If you think Revit isn't for you or aren't planning on starting to use it soon, don't worry, your competitors are and they thank you for not using it. Read more...

Pulling Wall Layers up and down - http://revit.blogspot.com/ Revit in Plain English

This video explains how to adjust the components of a wall. For instance, pulling brick down past a floor system to sit on the top of foundation.

posted by Jay Polding-ORUG Moderator @ 10:17 AM

thanks to another great revit resource: revit in plain english http://revit.blogspot.com


Monday, September 3, 2007

Revit Advanced Clas 9/17-9/18 and available Live via the web.

Are you ready for the Revit Advanced class?
We're holding a two day class Septembe 17 & 18 and you can take it from anywhere in the USA via GotoMeeting.


YouTube - Revit Structure with ROBOT Millennium, 5 Video Tutorials - Adalbert1981/YouTube


YouTube - Doug Look and the Multi-Touch Wall Part 2

Not showing Revit, but this is part of the next generation of 3D design.

http://labs.autodesk.com

YouTube - Autodesk Touch Wall

No more Keyboard and Mouse....next generation Autodesk Design Tools


YouTube - Alias MRI Architecture

The next generation of Autodesk's Visualization tools


Sunday, September 2, 2007

1-2-3 Revit: BIM and Visualization, Part 2 - Use a Revit building information model to experience an architect's design. - Cadalyst AEC

1-2-3 Revit: BIM and Visualization, Part 2 - Use a Revit building information model to experience an architect's design. - Cadalyst AEC:
"1-2-3 Revit: BIM and Visualization, Part 2 Use a Revit building information model to experience an architect's design. Aug 1, 2007 By: Rick Rundell, AIA Google 'Freedom Tower' and you'll get well over one hundred thousand image hits -- many of them photorealistic images of a building that hasn't been built. This is testimony to the power of today's design visualization applications and their ability to explore, validate, and convey architectural design concepts." ...
http://aec.cadalyst.com/aec/article/articleDetail.jsp?id=444294

National Standards Evolve Slowly - While the National CAD Standard plugs along and plugs in, the National BIM Standards Project gains momentum. - Cada

National Standards Evolve Slowly - While the National CAD Standard plugs along and plugs in, the National BIM Standards Project gains momentum. - Cadalyst AEC: "National Standards Evolve Slowly While the National CAD Standard plugs along and plugs in, the National BIM Standards Project gains momentum. Aug 16, 2007 By: Heather Livingston" Read more...

City Turns New Leaf in Second Life - Architecture professor uses virtual world to teach collaboration. - Cadalyst AEC

City Turns New Leaf in Second Life - Architecture professor uses virtual world to teach collaboration. - Cadalyst AEC: "City Turns New Leaf in Second Life Architecture professor uses virtual world to teach collaboration. Aug 23, 2007 By: Kenneth Wong" Read more...

CADCIM Technologies - CAD Management

CADCIM Technologies - CAD Management: http://www.cadcim.com/students/revit_2008/revit_2008.htm
"Revit Architecture 2008 Release Date: August 20, 2007 CADCIM Technologies released Autodesk Revit Architecture 2008 for Architects & Designers ($55, 736 pages), a textbook by Sham Tickoo, professor, Purdue University Calumet, and CADCIM Technologies. The book comes with the following free teaching and learning resources for faculty members and students:"
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