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Thursday, November 29, 2007

Today it's not Autocad Revit Architecture Suite - It's Sweet Revit and our 300th Revit Customer!

Well, today's the day. We just sold Revit to our 300th customer. It's been a wonderful journey and it's not so much that I love Revit itself, it's that I love what Revit can do. Accurate schedules, quantities, walkthroughs, interference detection, automated creation of roofs, stairs and curtainwalls.

It is my personal opinion that the construction industry is broken. Communication, coordination and collaboration are missing from the picture. Lineweights are no match to 3D Parametric Modeling. Revit helps fix all that. Architects and engineers working together during the design phase to alleviate problems during construction. Square and cubic footage of materials to help the contractors estimate more accurately.

I was asked recently how much does BIM cost and what training is required for it. How do you answer a question like that? BIM doesn't cost you anything, BIM saves you money. Training for BIM? Read, work with other Revit firms, accept the fact that working in 3D does not create more liability and work with contractors during the design phase.


I met with an architect last week after having just met with the developer who uses him for most of their work. His response to their new requirement of Revit was "they want quantities, they'll just have to pay me for quantities. What do you mean there are no lineweights, I need my lineweights. I'll use Revit it they pay for it. I don't need any new software. I've been doing this for 30 years." I can't wait to see how this turns out.

I just hope the next 300 are easier than the first 300. To my customers reading this blog right now, thank you for believing in me, our technical staff and Revit. To my prospective customers reading this, I won't apologize for being so passionate about Revit and never shutting up about it. I will apologize to you for being a little over the top about Revit and BIM. To my 77 current subscribers, thank you for subscribing to my blog. It means a lot to me and I spend a lot of time scouring every resource to provide you with interesting reading and keep you coming back for more. To the 200 people a day who find my blog, however did you wind up here?

To, Rusty, Nancy, Claude, Jeff, Mark, Joe, Jack, Al, Sheryl, Kim, Frank, Richard Y, Mike R, Neil and especially Richard, thank you for all of your faith, help and hard work to get us to #300. I could never do all this alone and appreciate each and every one of you. We're now the largest Revit reseller in the country and we have the best Revit sales and tech team in the world.

I'd like to thank the aCADemy....my darling wife Adrian, without her, I never would have sold my first seat of Revit and to JR in her belly, will your first words be Revit or maybe Google Yahoo. I hope when you're born in 68 days that everyone reading this now will have replaced one incandescent bulb with a mini fluorescent to make the world a little greener for your future.

Last, but not least, special thanks to David Suero of Naples, Florida for forcing Larry Warner, Warner Architecture, Naples Florida to switch to Revit so they could work on a project together. Larry agreed to purchase Revit sight unseen and David did a great job of convincing him. This 300th sale really belongs to David and Larry, so as promised, they will both get FREE Revit training.

Now serving number 301.....
Good night and thank you.
Gregory "MrRevit.com RevitGeek.com Revit247.com " Arkin
Revit Geek Revit 24/7
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Aedas Receives Autodesk Revit BIM Experience Award for Innovative Designs in Dubai and Hong Kong

83 stories....who says you can't do large building in Revit.....

Hong Kong-Based Firm Solves Design Challenges Using Revit Architecture on Residential and Educational Projects
http://www.aedas.com/

SAN RAFAEL, Calif., Nov. 28 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK) today announced that it has presented Aedas, an international design firm based in Hong Kong, with a Revit BIM Experience Award for their use of Revit Architecture software to create remarkable buildings around the world, including a new 83-story high-rise residential tower in Dubai that incorporates more than 10,000 frames of glass on the modularized twisting facade. With Revit Architecture the multi-national team was able to quickly visualize and verify the overall constructability and economic feasibility of the complex curved curtain wall structure. The Revit BIM Experience Award honors commercial firms, educational institutions or individuals for the use of the Revit platform to create complex designs, collaborate across multiple disciplines and drive increased productivity and sustainability in the building design process.



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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Content Search/Visual Search initiativeIt is Alive in the Lab

The Visual Search technology preview is a web service that allows designers and engineers to search for parts and components using visual input. We have made this available as a technology preview so that we can gather feedback at Labs.VisualSearch@autodesk.com on how a solution such as this may fit into existing workflows.

To use Visual Search:

  1. First you need to provide visual input such as a doodle (freehand sketch), 3D model (IPT, STL), 2D drawing (DWG, DXF) and even an image (JPG).
  2. Next, you click search, and the web service will provide you with results matching your input.

The Visual Search technology preview aggregates content from several external sources as well as the parts libraries that are provided with Inventor software application. There is also community aspect to Visual Search, whereby you create your own personal Visual Space where you can upload your Inventor and AutoCAD files. The files that you upload are immediately indexed and available for search. You may notice that this tool currently references only mechanical design content. We may add content that is useful to the AEC industry in the future.

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IES::Revit::Revit Architecture:: Revit RAC Tutorials

We have developed a toolbar which “plugs-in” to Autodesk’s Revit Architecture providing a direct link to the software and to the company’s new architect-orientated Toolkits. The Toolkits are designed to allow architects to undertake top-level building simulation analysis, facilitating sustainable design at the click of a few buttons.


Follow the links below for details on these;

What you would you like to do...

...read an overview about the Plugin?

...watch an animation showing the Plugin?

...read an overview of the IES Sustainability Toolkit?

Prepare a Revit Architecture Model for analysis:

...learn how to prepare the RAC model

...learn how to assign model data to an entire building?

...learn how to assign model data room by room

...learn how to check model integrity

Perform and interpret sustainable analysis:

...learn how to start sustainable analysis

...launch and use the Sustainability Toolkit

...launch the full IES

Coming Soon...


...learn how to perform an energy/carbon calculation

...iterate your design to lower energy usage

...compare against the 2030 Challenge

...learn how to perform a LEED daylighting calculation

...iterate your design to improve daylight levels

...compare against the LEED 8.1 requirement

learn how to perform a SunView analysis

...iterate your design to reduce solar penetration

http://www.iesve.com/content/default.asp?page=s97_1

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Sunday, November 25, 2007

The Power of BIM

Building Information Modeling - BIM - is an innovative method to seamlessly bridge communication within the architecture, engineering and construction industries. With BIM, architects and engineers efficiently generate and exchange information, create digital representations of all stages of the building process, and simulate real-world performance - streamlining workflow, increasing productivity and improving quality. See what BIM has done for others, and what it could do for you.
Click on the picture to see a short video and learn more about this exciting technology










BIM’s Return on Investment (pdf - 207Kb)
Once you’ve implemented BIM, what kind of return on investment (ROI) can you expect?


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Saturday, November 24, 2007

Is BIM the future? - Mel Starrs - Elemental

Posted by mel starrs on November 13th, 2007 http://www.melstarrs.com/elemental/

BIM (Building Information Modelling) has long been the way I think the industry ought to work. It just seems so logical to me. The premise is simple - build an intelligent 3D model of a building which can be exported and manipulated by various designers, including architects, structural engineers and building services engineers. This model is in effect a virtual prototype of the proposed building. Various propBIM (Building Information Modelling) has long been the way I think the industry ought to work. It just seems so logical to me. The premise is simple - build an intelligent 3D model of a building which can be exported and manipulated by various designers, including architects, structural engineers and building services engineers. This model is in effect a virtual prototype of the proposed building. Various proposals can be tested in the virtual model, resulting in an actual building whose vagaries are well understood before a brick is laid.
Sounds great on paper, but the reality is that this is still a long way off. What does the industry need to change in order to further this technology, which exists today but is grossly underexploited?


One problem is that the information in CAD is not suitable for direct export into BIM (this article explains well). IES are hoping to have moved one step closer. They have teamed up with AutoCAD Revit to enable BIM more easily. osals can be tested in the virtual model, resulting in an actual building whose vagaries are well understood before a brick is laid.
Sounds great on paper, but the reality is that this is still a long way off. What does the industry need to change in order to further this technology, which exists today but is grossly underexploited?
One problem is that the information in CAD is not suitable for direct export into BIM (this article explains well). IES are hoping to have moved one step closer. They have teamed up with AutoCAD Revit to enable BIM more easily.


So the conundrum is, we’ve got to design for lowest common denominator in a
user interface, while providing as much functionality as is necessary for the
customer to be interested and excited in the application. Unfortunately,
the users of applications are rarely the buyers of applications, so we need a
better method to get the proposed user interface in front of the actual users as
often as possible.

...continue reading the article... http://www.melstarrs.com/elemental/2007/11/13/is-bim-the-future/ Read more...

Friday, November 23, 2007

Reed Construction Data's BIM Partnership - 11/19/2007 - Constructioneer

A leading international provider of construction information solutions, Reed Construction Data announced October 3 that it has partnered with RCMS Group, an innovator in providing building information modeling (BIM) services to the building design and construction market.

The agreement is primarily intended to promote the creation and distribution of intelligent building content to the AEC community, including building product manufacturers, architects, general contactors, and subcontractors. For this partnership, both companies are focused on creating content and building models for the Autodesk® platform, and specifically Revit, which allows an architect to use the content in both the conceptual stage and the design process.

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BIM services that include:

  • Creation of BIM content for building product manufacturers
  • Conversion of completed 2-D construction drawings to 3-D BIM models
  • Development of Architectural BIM models working with architects, structural and MEP consultants
  • Development of "Builders" BIM model for general contractors
  • Creation of quantity take-offs from BIM models for general contractors
  • Detection of collisions and clashes within BIM models for general contractors
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Thursday, November 22, 2007

Revit for Landscape Architecture and creating a custom filled region using a hatch pattern - HOK CAD Solutions:

I've been recommending Revit Architecture to landscape architects as an alternative to AutoCAD. Revit includes a good library of 3D trees, automatically schedules every planting item so you can have an accurate plant schedule, and you can see how the shadows of the trees affect your building's sun/shade studies and heating/cooling loads for LEED certification.

Revit Architecture also allows you to import surveyor's points files to do 3D topography, you can create property lines, import Autocad drawings and convert to a 3D landscaping plan, sidewalks, parking spaces and more.

The second half of this post involves paving patterns for sidewalks and driveways. Our friends at HOK have come up with a solution to this problem with custom filled regions using hatch patterns.
Click here to read their solution. http://hokcadsolutions.blogspot.com/2007/11/revit-paving-patterns.html
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RevitLandia - Another Revit Blog (Italian)

I have no idea what they're saying on this Italian Revit blog RevitLandia, but the pictures are cool.
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Revit Complex Curves

Who says Revit doesn't loft?


Complex nurb wall shape generated by Revit.

Not at all what I had massed out. But good to know the Revit can do complex curves....
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Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Greenbuild...IES launch Revit Architecture 'Plug in'


IES PLUG-IN WITHIN REVIT ARCHITECTURE PROVIDES DIRECT LINK TO IES SOFTWARE

Enables easy top-level analysis of energy efficiency and building performance at early stages of the design process

IES is pleased to announce it has developed a free plug-in to Autodesks Revit Architecture which provides a direct link to its software and to the companys new architect-orientated Toolkits. The Toolkits are designed to allow architects to undertake top-level building simulation analysis, facilitating sustainable design at the click of a few buttons. Being demonstrated for the first time at the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo at Chicago, IL (November 6-8, 2007), the plug-in is due to be released at the end of November 2007.

This new development enables architects to investigate the building's performance at early stages in the design process without any specialist simulation knowledge or the need to re-input geometry data, and without leaving the Revit environment. It allows the Revit Architecture BIM model to be easily and quickly imported into IES' unique system of integrated building performance analysis tools.


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Monday, November 19, 2007

1-2-3 Revit: Small Firms Take On BIM - What small firms can do to quickly reap the benefits of BIM - Cadalyst AEC

This article is almost a year old, but I thought it may be helpful to those of you at smaller firms looking for help in migrating to Revit.


There's been an explosion of interest and excitement around BIM lately, but that excitement is sometimes tempered with concerns regarding potential disruptions, costs and delays associated with software and workflow transition. In a small firm, these worries are magnified because there are no other offices that can take up the slack during training, no IT group to handle the minutiae of implementation and no wiggle room to maneuver if things go wrong.

But with the right preparation and planning, introducing BIM into a small firm can be swift, painless and highly effective. A previous 1-2-3 Revit column outlined general success factors for implementing a BIM solution; this month's column provides best practices tailored to small firms that are moving to BIM.

..continue reading the rest of the article...1-2-3 Revit: Small Firms Take On BIM - What small firms can do to quickly reap the benefits of BIM - Cadalyst AEC Read more...

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Revit Rants - 5 Golden Rules for Revit

PROJECTS

  1. Work in multiple views
  2. Setup your template effectively and continually update it & customise templates at the beginning of new projects to suit that project
  3. Plan your project
  4. Develop a system of control for your Library
  5. Make use of your model as much as possible for drafting and details
FAMILIES:
  1. Setup Reference planes first
  2. Give your family an appropriate ORIGIN point
  3. Do all families as non-hosted (there are some exceptions) first
  4. Fill out and add parameters & types for all your families
  5. Minimize numbers of families by making them as flexible as possible
Click here to read the details of each item - http://revitrants.blogspot.com/2007/11/mr-spots-5-golden-rules-for-revit.html
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BIMarchitect: "Importing to Google Earth"



Have you ever wondered how to export your Revit model to Google Earth?

Click here to find out...

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REVIT Rocks !: REVIT Horizontal and Vertical Orthographic Snap Angle Tips

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Above is a 6 minute video demonstration on a couple quick tips on drawing linear objects in and around the orthographic axis.

http://revitrocks.blogspot.com/2007/11/revit-horizontal-and-vertical.html
PS. Daryl has an incredible website of tips at revitrocks.blogspot.com
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Revit isn't BIM - My epiphany of the day

This past Thursday morning, I stopped by the office of one of our largest Revit MEP clients. I went to see how Joe, our Revit MEP/Structure specialist was doing. He was there for a day of advanced implementation strategy.

Much to my surprise, an architect from a firm just barely starting to use Revit Architecture walked into the room. A little later I was having a conversation with him in the hallway when it hit me. Revit is not BIM. I never really felt it was, but this was different. BIM is a concept, not a piece of software. Revit is a piece of BIM.

So here we had a firm using Revit MEP and the architect came to learn from us how to coordinate Revit Architecture with Revit MEP. Now that's BIM! An architectural and engineering firm sharing the model early on in the design process and coordinating the project. For me, this will mark the day that Revit truly began to replace 2D and AutoCAD.

Now comes the scariest part. We've done the training for the Structural and MEP firms involved in this particular project. The architect chose our competitor to do their training. Only problem is, they don't do Revit Structure and Revit MEP training. They don't do coordination and collobartion between Revit Architecture, Revit Structure and Revit MEP. So there's the architect, furiously scribbling notes so he can glean as much information from Joe as possible and I'm glad they're tagging along on our technical specialists and can rely on us for Revit support.

So, as I'm standing there having my epiphany, I'm thrilled that we're getting architects and engineers using Revit they way it was meant to be used (together) and thrilled that our firm has become such an integral part of the use, growth and success of Revit A/S/MEP in Florida and nationally. I can only hope that you get to have this same feeling sooner than later, as it's really nice to know that you can make a difference in the world of architecture and construction.

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Autodesk - Building Information Modeling - Project Chicago: Green Research

* Project Chicago: Green Research Our Latest Research on Sustainable Design Technology* Autodesk and the USGBC are committed to a future where design process and technology are integrated in support of our common goal - a sustainable tomorrow. Over the past year, the “Project Chicago:Green Research” team investigated how modeling, analysis, and sustainable validation could converge into an improved design process. Using scenarios from BNIM Architects’ Lewis and Clark State Office Building in Missouri, a research team of experts developed alternative concepts for sustainable design environments and studied their impact on the design process. This video showing the results of this research suggests a compelling future."




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This is a test of the Emergency Drafting System.

This is a test of the Emergency Drafting System.

We are checking to verify that you are using the latest technology for your business.

If you see anything similar in your office to the picture, it may be time to reevaluate your current technology and consider the switch to Revit immediately. Thank you.

This concludes the test of the Emergency Drafting System.

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Thursday, November 15, 2007

Revit Zone - Roofs: Using the Roof Join / Unjoin Tool

Tutorials arrow Roofs: Using the Roof Join / Unjoin Tool

In this short tutorial we will look at how the Join / Unjoin Roof tool is used to mitre one roof into another. http://www.revitzone.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=721&Itemid=49


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Autodesk Visual Search now available on Autodesk Labs

We have all used search engines. You enter some text. You click the search button. The search engine queries its pre-indexed set of content and returns a list of results that match the text. This works great for documents and even images that have text associated with them. We have even shown that it works well for design data via our Content Search Alpha available on Autodesk Labs.

But what do you do if you are at a loss for words? What do you do if you have an idea as to what something should look like but do not know much else about it? Fear not. Autodesk Labs is happy to announce a technology preview of

Autodesk Visual Search

Using this technology preview, you create a rough sketch. You click the search button. The search engine queries its pre-indexed set of content and returns a list of results that resemble the sketch. This works great for 2D and 3D design data - much like a compass that shows you the way. Instead of sketching, you can even load one of your own 2D designs, 3D designs, or images and search for other designs that are similar.

So please give it a try and tell us what you think: labs.visualsearch@autodesk.com. Exploring new ways to locate design data is alive in the lab.

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Great new Revit utilities

Room Renumber

This utility allows a Revit Architecture user to easily
renumber existing rooms into an order defined by selection.
In addition, rooms can be inserted into an existing series of rooms
with the subsequent room numbers shifted to make
space for the inserted room number.

* Version 1.0.2865

Click here to download

Change Case

Does your company (or your client) have standards or
preferences on whether rooms or views are named with
UPPER CASE, Title Case or lower case? If so, this tool will
save you lots of time! The tool can scan your model, and
automatically fix case issues to whatever standard you
would like.

* Version 1.0.2868

Click here to download


Door Mark Update

Should your Door Marks refer to the room that the door
swings into? This utility interrogates all doors and rooms to
determine what the proper mark should be for each door,
allows the Revit Architecture user to inspect and override
the suggested marks, and updates the marks.

* Version 1.0.2875

Click here to download


RevitCity.com Content Browser

This utility gives you a web browser inside of Revit, which
can connect to the popular RevitCity.com site. Once you
find the content that you need, the utility makes it easy to
download the content, store it in the proper library, rename
it and load it into the current model all in one step.

* Version 1.0.2868

Click here to download


Earth Connector for Revit

The original Revit to Google Earth connection has been
updated to work with the other Revit Utilities. Key
features of this update include support for Windows Vista,
as well as extensive support of Revit Phases working with
Google Earth Timespans. Watch your building come
together, phase by phase, inside of Google Earth!

* Version 1.0.2868

Click here to download

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Autodesk sells another 21,400 seats of Revit last Quarter. Total now 242,400 seats.

Autodesk - Press Room - Press Releases:

"Autodesk shipped over 21,400 commercial seats of Revit 8/1/07 - 10/31/07"

We're now up to 242,400 seats of Revit sold. 7,133 copies/month sold in August-October 2007.

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Autodesk Announces Intent to Acquire Robobat

SAN RAFAEL, Calif., Nov. 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK) today announced its intent to acquire Robobat, a privately held company based in Grenoble, France that specializes in analysis, design, and steel and concrete detailing software for the structural engineering industry for approximately $42.5 million in USD cash subject to a working capital adjustment. The addition of Robobat technology to the Autodesk portfolio supports the company's vision for building information modeling (BIM) and will enable Autodesk to develop structural analysis and detailing solutions that leverage the information at the heart of BIM from design to fabrication.

"Over the past year Autodesk and Robobat have continued to work closely on product integration and to resolve the business issues that prevented Autodesk from completing the acquisition in 2006," said Jay Bhatt, senior vice president, Autodesk AEC Solutions. "We look forward to finally integrating these new solutions into our portfolio while continuing to invest in our relationships with other structural analysis partners around the world". ...continue reading...

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Autodesk - Revit MEP Services & Support - Revit® MEP Content Extensions

The Revit MEP® Content Extension provides new content for Revit MEP users. Both Imperial and Metric versions of the content are available for download below, in ZIP format. After download, users can then uncompress the file to the desired content location.

Before You Download
The content files are compressed with their path information included back to the root directory of the folder structure installed with Revit® MEP 2008 Web Update #2. For example, in a default installation of Imperial content, the ZIP file would be uncompressed at:

C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Autodesk\RME 2008\Imperial Library
In this situation, all files will be uncompressed to the correct folders.


Imperial Download
This is the Self-Extractor executable of imperial content for Revit® MEP 2008.

See the list of new content here

Metric Download
This is the Self-Extractor executable of metric content for Revit® MEP 2008.




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Autodesk - Revit Architecture Web Update SP3 build (20071109_2345):

http://revit.downloads.autodesk.com/download/2008/SP3_RAC-S2008.exe

Improvements made in the current Web Update SP3 build (20071109_2345):
• Allows the ability to array face-based families placed on a vertical face.
• Allows the ability to maintain face-based instances on curved surfaces of a Revit file linked
into Revit Architecture software when the link is unloaded.
• Improves stability when selecting sections.
• Allows the ability to insert an electrical receptacle into a legend view.
• Improves stability when accessing the Help menu in Revit Architecture on a computer with
the Microsoft Windows Vista™ operating system.
• Improves stability when applying a view template to a sheet.
• Improves performance when views contain many objects with overridden graphics by
element.


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Autodesk - Revit Structure Web Update SP3 build (20071109_2345):

Autodesk - Revit Structure Services & Support - Product Download—English: "Revit Structure 2008 for AutoCAD Revit Structure Suite 2008 (exe - 253 Mb)"
http://revit.downloads.autodesk.com/download/Structure2008/SP3_RST-S2008.exe

Improvements made in the current Web Update SP3 build (20071109_2345):
• Improves API for element coping.
• Improves API for instance creation of cellular beam.
• Improves API for rebar group distribution.
• Improves File > Open performance time when opening some project files in Revit Structure software.
• Allows the ability to array face-based families placed on a vertical face.
• Allows the ability to maintain face-based instances on curved surfaces of a Revit file linked into Revit
Structure when the link is unloaded.
• Improves stability when selecting sections.
• Improves stability when accessing the Help menu in Revit Structure on a computer with the Microsoft
Windows Vista™ operating system.
• Improves stability when applying a view template to a sheet.
• Improves performance when views contain many objects with overridden graphics by element. Read more...

New Revit MEP Update #3 build (20071109_2345)

Web Update Enhancement List Revit MEP 2008
Improvements made in the Web Update #3 build (20071109_2345):
http://revit.downloads.autodesk.com/download/RME2008U3/RME2008_WU3.exe

  • Consistent Electrical Fixture insertion behavior after creating Electrical Fixture schedules.
  • Improves performance when placing Callouts on MEP models in certain situations.
  • Allows the ability to array face-based families placed on a vertical face.
  • Allows the ability to maintain face-based instances on curved surfaces of a Revit link when the link is unloaded.
  • Improves stability when selecting Sections.
  • Allows the ability to insert an electrical receptacle into a legend view.
  • Improves stability when accessing the Help menu in Revit MEP on a computer with the Microsoft Windows Vista operating system.
  • Improves stability when applying a view template to a sheet.
  • Improves performance when views contain many objects with overridden graphics by element.
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RevitUp: Tag Doors by Type / Tag Windows by Mark

Revit Tip of the Day -
How do you tag doors by Type rather than by Mark; or tag windows by Mark rather than by Type?
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Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Typical conversation during a Revit Demo and so much more that's on my mind.

If this isn't your first time at my site, I'd first like to thank you for using your valuable internet time and spending it here. Secondly, this Revit blogging is exhausting. You may think, how do you find something to come up with every day? Well, it's the opposite. Revit this. BIM that. Green here. Tips there. Content coming. Opinions, forums blogs, data, jobs....it's never ending. If this is your first time visiting the site, good luck absorbing all of the information you find here. Download Revit at www.revit3d.com/start and do the 4 hour Getting Started guide to quickly see why you'll want to switch.

The problem is too many items and pacing myself in posting them. I'm constantly being pulled in two directions. One is to give enough information, data, literature and compelling reasons to help people make the decision to switch to Revit sooner than later. The other is to provide tips, guidance, content, families, tutorials and every other bit of help for the current Revit users to help them maximize their productivity with Revit.

I hope you enjoy the variety I provide here every day. Well, this post is all about me. My first official Revit sale was on July 28, 2005 and they were the 24th firm we ever sold Revit to (almost spooky because we're the oldest Autodesk reseller in the USA and the president of our company sold the 17th copy ever of Autocad). Our company's very first Revit sale was on 10/31/02. In those first 1000 days and 23 sales, it works out to one sale every 43.47 days. In the next 838 days leading to today, I'm about to complete the 300th sale to firm purchasing Revit. Now, a new firm is buying Revit from CADD Centers every 3 days. Just to speed things up, I'm going to give free Revit training and a 1 year tech support contract to my 300th customer. PS. I'm almost up to 200 visitors a day to revit3d.com and I wish I knew where you were all coming from and how you found me. (Please leave a comment because I'm dying to know.)
[That's me on the left receiving my Autodesk Shooting Star
award for selling Revit to 175 firms in a year, standing with Gary Regal of Autodesk]


This all leads to the reason for this whole post in the first place. Having talked to over a thousand people about Revit, I'm telling the same Revit story over and over again (not that I don't love it, and I'm not complaining) and more importantly I get asked the same questions over and over and over again and resolve all of the Autocad user concerns. Yes, the output looks the same. Yes, you can export the model to Autocad and your engineers can still work with you. No, there are no layers, model space, paper space, layout tabs, xrefs or lineweights to deal with. Yes, it's completely different and they're called categories, families, visibility and parametric models. No, it's nothing like Autocad's 3D extruding up the Z axis. Yes, it completely automates your scheduling and coordination of section, detail, elevation, callout and sheet numbers. Yes, you can import all of your existing Autocad drawings, blocks and detals. Yes, you can have multiple people working on the model at the same time. No, you don't need any Autocad experience in order to use Revit. No, the files aren't that huge compared to Autocad. Yes, if you're on subscription you can install it as a backup copy on your laptop and home computer.

Part of my daily Revit story is a little something that makes me unique and completely differentiates me from every other Autocad salesperson and reseller. It's my shtick and I love it. You see, I'm a 3rd generation General Contractor. My family has been building and developing in Florida since 1934. Every single person in my immediate family is involved in the construction industry. Architects, Interiors Designers, Owner's rep. GC (license # CGC 000226). Property Insurance Attorney. My father, my brothers, my mother, my wife. 19 people in our entire family are involved. Actually, make that 20, since my cousin Barry does Bankruptcy law and is cleaning up messes with this whole subprime mortgage fiasco. I don't love being a salesperson. I do love when a person calls up to by a copy of LT and they end up with Revit. It's not that I love Revit, it's that I love what Revit does to help the constuction industry. Fewer RFIs, Change Orders and Addendums. It's why I left the construction industry in 1996 (Monday morning piles of paperwork) and opened up a computer consulting business. Now, I'm just trying to help fix the broken construction industry, convincing you that it's OK to share your Revit model with everyone, because sharing your model lets you
facilitate a new way of working that involves the creation and use of coordinated, consistent information–enabling faster decision-making, better documentation, and the ability to predict performance before ground is ever broken. It's called Virtual Design and Construction Yes, it sounds boring, but it makes architecture fun again. Interference detection, accurate schedules, heating and cooling calculations, accurate elevations and sections, LEED calculations. Post tension tendon placement. Yes, it's geeky in a way that's so foreign from your LISP routines and line weight standards, but it can double your productivity and if I can eliminate 10 RFIs, a day by selling Revit, I'm saving poor innocent trees and that makes me happy. So, if we ever meet or have a phone conversation, I hope you appreciate my passion and love for this technology and feel free to tell me to shut up becaue all you want to do is give me your credit card information and find out how soon you can take the next class.

I recently ran across the movie below and it's sometimes how I feel about the Revit conversation. One of the main reasons I started a Revit website in the first place was to document how I've been able to be so persuasive and passionate about selling and supporting Revit and to have all of the answers you were looking for in one convenient spot. All I ask is that you subscribe to my blog (click here) and tip your blogger on the way out. I'm offering a free pass to our brand new class, "Revit Family Creation" to the 100th subscriber (and you must stay subscribed for 1 month).

The movie below is pretty funny and you'll want to see the whole thing, but I have to warn you, there's some pretty foul language from 1:37 to 1:59 into the clip so hit Mute if you can't handle a little jobsite dirty language. You've been warned and yes, yes yes, I love Revit, that really is my license plate and I'll do whatever I can to help everyone who visits this blog become a success with Revit and help you make more money and have fun again in architecture. Thank you for sticking through this post and enjoy the show. Viva la Revitlution!!!!!



The gentlemen in the movie clip looks like an actual Autocad user. Can't you tell? He's been using it since release 10.
Please share this or any of my posts with anyone you think would enjoy moving to Revit.

One last note. Today is one of my proudest days working at CADD Centers. Because of the passion, hard work, training, dedication and skills of our entire Revit team, today we had conversations with two of the largest international Revit based architectural firms in the world and had lengthy conversations about using our Revit training, implementation and support services to help them. How you help documented Autodesk Revit success stories is quite the challenge, but we have the most amazing team of techs that can compete and exceed the skills of any other reseller, local or national, so we have the confidence level to produce results. Thanks team and thank you Revit users of the world.
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Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Visa Lighting - Building Information Modeling Files (BIM)

Let there be lights...and there were.....

Visa Lighting offers a comprehensive BIM product library. The BIM files contain meta-data to assist in energy, sustainability, and photometric calculations. BIM also removes the barriers between design and collaboration; projects proceed smoothly as errors are reduced or eliminated, less waste of resources and time result in improved, superior projects of superior quality. Our dedication to the design community dictates we assume a leadership role in extending the graphic capabilities of this powerful tool.

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USG Design Studio - Revit Family Wall and Ceiling Content

Forget BIM, now it's PIM (Product Information Modeling)

USG has a complete library of wall and ceiling types already created as Revit family objects (and they're free!). Now if we could only get every other manufacturer to do the same thing!

www.usgdesignstudio.com

Whether you are using CAD or BIM to design your projects, or looking for specifications, USG's Design Studio is a valuable tool that will help in selecting the products that best fit your needs.


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The Five Fallacies of BIM, Part 1 (1-2-3 Revit Tutorial) - Debunking some common misconceptions about BIM. - Cadalyst AEC

Debunking some common misconceptions about BIM.

"We'll lose hundreds of billable man-hours while we transition to BIM."

"Using a building information model is risky and only benefits the owners."
"BIM is too complicated for a small firm like ours to implement."
"We'll lose money on our first few BIM projects -- money we can't afford to lose."

If you have been considering moving to building information modeling (BIM) in your practice, I'm sure you've heard these and other concerns. But how big should these concerns really be?

Here are five of the biggest misconceptions I hear about BIM:

  1. Productivity suffers during the transition to BIM.
  2. BIM applications are difficult to learn.
  3. BIM will disrupt established workflows.
  4. Owners and contractors benefit most from BIM -- not the designer.
  5. BIM will increase a designer's risk.

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Monday, November 12, 2007

Revit - Fed Ups with your current software package?

Revit isn't just another brown box of software!

"When it absolutely, positively has to get there overnight." or...When you absolutely, positively have to design it overnight!

UPS (oops) I should have used Revit Express.

When your construction document delivery counts.

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Just a little list of the programs that are compatible with the Revit Platform

Revit City List of 3rd Party Apps

Autodesk Partner Products & Services - Revit Apps:
"Products compatible with the latest releases of Revit"

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Saturday, November 10, 2007

US-MS-Biloxi-Architect Architecture Construction Revit Hospitality Casino Interiors

Check out this job posting. It may look like it's from the future but it's Revit is today's news!!!!

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File Sharing in Revit, Part 3: Bringing it Home - November 2007 - AUGI - Eric Wing - November 2007

I have a question. At what point did we all start working out of our homes? Every time I start talking about file sharing, the same question always arises. "What happens if I take the model home and work on it? Can I attach it back to the... what did you just call it?... Mmmmm, oh yeah! The central file?"

Yes. Go home and work in your boxers or lounge pants all you want. But know this: You are opening up the chance for a real issue. File sharing in Autodesk® Revit® is in place with the intent that users are tied into the same central file. This is the way in which Revit disallows the same items to be modified by more than one person. This is the way in which Revit protects you from, well, you.

...continue reading....http://www.augi.com/publications/hotnews.asp?id=1667

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Friday, November 9, 2007

Latest Best of Revit Renderings from RevitCity.com/gallery.php

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