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Wednesday, January 30, 2008

A couple of new additions to the Revit Family

I'm sneaking in this post while my wife is napping in the next room.

It's been an exciting couple of days. We'd been working for the past 9 months on creating the perfect parametric 3D family object which we've just exported from UterusCAD and started implementation on.

His name is Joseph Reuben "Revit" Arkin. I tried to just get Joseph Revit Arkin, but kind of got voted down on that one. I told my wife it would help sales and I was thinking I'd be able to get Autodesk marketing funds to help pay for diapers, but to no avail. I hope I'll be able to keep up on my Revit postings during implementation and training of JR.

I'll elaborate on these next two more in detail as soon as I can, but two more families we've joined are the following:

First is Trelligence, Inc. makers of Trelligence Affinity™ and Affinity for Revit™.
We're officially the first Autodesk dealer to partner with them. Why none of our competitors have started working with Trelligence and other BIM software providers is beyond me, but perhaps you want to ask your reseller why they're not being loyal to you helping you in every way possible to improve your business. In the meantime, we've added Trelligence along with Broutek, CostX, E-Specs, Riverbed and Adapt just to name a few of the companies we're directly working with. Now that's a big family that we want you to be a part of.

Affinity is software focused on enhancing the early architectural design process with a unique programming, space planning and schematic design solution. Targeted at the worldwide architectural, engineering, construction and owner/developer (AECO) market, the Trelligence Affinity patent-pending software integrates with ArchiCAD from Graphisoft, Revit Architecture from Autodesk, and other design tools to extend the benefits of Building Information Modeling (BIM) - faster planning, less rework and better team collaboration - to the early design phases of complex building projects.

Next is the University of Miami School of Architecture. Starting this Saturday and for two more Saturdays, we will be training over 100 University of Miami students and faculty on Revit Architecture. With this partnership we will be helping the University integrate Revit into their curriculum. Special thanks to Dean Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, Associate Dean Denis Hector and Ted Evangelakis for their assistance and support to make this happen.

No longer can local architects complain that they won't buy Revit because the schools aren't teaching it. Bringing our families together through this exciting new technology, we can better help the architects of tomorrow reach for the sky with 3D modeling and sustainable designs using Revit and wean everyone off of AutoCAD.

Speaking of AutoCAD, I have to go change another diaper now. Read more...

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Revit - So easy, even a 16 year old can use it

I've been helping a 10th grader in New Jersey with his school projects. He found my Revit blog one day and started playing with the program.

He's taking a drafting class and has been doing all of his projects in Revit. Everyone asks him what program he's using and he won't tell his classmates or the teacher. Everyone once in a while, he'll IM me and ask how to do something. Today it was "how do you make a split wall?" I sent him a Revit journal file showing him the steps it took and 15 minutes later he sent me this picture. Not bad for a 16 year old. Keep up the great work Ryan.

Here's a link to the PDF file of his plans, elevations and 3D views.
Very impressive indeed.

Get the LED out - Inhabitat » Ann Arbor Lighting Up With 100% LEDs!

Today is my birthday, so I'd like each person reading this to give me the following present.
If you're an architect, engineer, designer or drafter, go to your office tomorrow and whatever project you're working on, try to make it a little bit greener. Add a little more insulation to the outside walls, use some fluorescent bulbs instead of incadecent, pick a motion sensing light switch instead of a manual one, picks some trees that need a little less water. Walk to lunch to a restaurant near your office instead of driving. Turn off the water while brushing your teeth. Take a shorter shower. There, you've just gift wrapped the planet and made a difference. Thank you - Gregory.

by Ali Kriscenski

Ann Arbor, Michigan, LED, Cree, Lumecon, Mayor John Hieftje, annarbor4.jpg

We haven’t been giving Ann Arbor, Michigan enough attention and the city deserves it! Last year Ann Arbor joined forces with LED manufacturer Cree, Inc, on an ever-expanding citywide LED initiative to save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. With a recent retrofit contract signed with Lumecon, Ann Arbor is on its way to being the first U.S. city to light up its downtown with 100% LED technology!

Read the rest of the article at - Inhabitat » Ann Arbor Lighting Up With 100% LEDs! Read more...

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Free IFC2SKP Beta for SketchUp 6

TOKYO, Japan, Jan 24, 2008 - Cadalog, Inc. announced today that it released a free beta version of the IFC2SKP plug-in for Google SketchUp 6. The IFC2SKP plug-in works inside SketchUp 6 and will directly import IFC formatted models into SketchUp. The IFC format is a neutral data and geometry format for CAD or BIM software programs. It is widely used in 3D Architectural CAD or BIM programs such as Revit, ArchiCAD, VectorWorks, MicroStation and Autodesk Architectural.

IFC2SKP will not only import the geometry from an IFC file but it will also import and display the BIM data of each object. For example, information about doors, windows, and stairs will also be imported into SketchUp and displayed when needed.

The IFC2SKP beta plug-in was created by the research department of Secom (Secom IS Lab) which is involved in the International Alliance for Interoperability (IAI). IAI specifies the IFC format. Secom is one of the world’s largest providers of home and building security systems. Secom's IS Lab has appointed Cadalog, Inc. to distribute the beta version of IFC2SKP to the SketchUp community.

To download the free IFC2SKP beta, please go to http://www.ohyeahcad.com/ifc2skp/.

Download IFC2SKP Program File (zipped file)
Download Sample IFC files to import
Download the IFC2SKP PDF manual


Revit Resource: Blogs by Topic

So here's a new blog that's listing previous posts on various topics.

If you're in a pinch and looking for a tutorial, tip or story, you can do a quick search there.


Revit Zone - Who says you need Walls to form Rooms?

For the latest Feasibility Study that I have been asked to produce at work, I wanted to use Revit’s excellent Colour Scheme feature to help analyse the spatial make up of an existing school.


The problem was that this Study had to be done is a very, very short space of time. And my starting point was a 2D AutoCAD survey of the existing buildings. I didn’t have time to put in any walls, doors, windows, etc. BUT, I still wanted to form Rooms, so that I could a) produce a Room Schedule and b) colour code the plan according to each room’s “Department”.

So the solution was to import the AutoCAD plan into Revit…..

Read the entire tip here - Revit Zone - Who says you need Walls to form Rooms? Read more...

Friday, January 25, 2008

Revit Posts of the Day 1/25/08- There were just too many to show them all


Thursday, January 24, 2008

BIMarchitect:Another Hot Tecton Limited Video

This animation looks like a Revit model rendered in 3ds Max. Coordinating building systems is one of the main reasons designers using BIM software and this video illustrates that in a simple and clean way. Very nice.

See the original video here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xUbDOUa0H68

BIMarchitect:Another Hot Tecton Limited Video http://bimarchitect.blogspot.com/2008/01/another-hot-tecton-limited-animation.html

Spiral Ramps: a Helix of a Solution: Fear and Loathing In a CAD vs. BIM World:

No one said there'd be math!!!!! This post is amazing...

|z_1-rcost z_2-rsint z_3-ct; -rsint rcost c; -rcost -rsint 0|==0


"Well before I begin (and if you were wondering where) that transcription for the AU Unplugged session that I did is, well, I am taking a bit longer than expected (as can be ascertained by it not being complete yet). I am working on it and have also asked ADSK again if they'd let me post the actual audio, so soon you can expect to have one or the other.

That said let's get to the helical Ramp. BTW one can extrapolate these procedures out to create Spiral Stairs as well...they both employ very similar processes!!!"

Read the whole tip here: Fear and Loathing In a CAD vs. BIM World: Spiral Ramps: a Helix of a Solution: Read more...

BIM & BEAM: Interface between Revit® Structure and STAAD.Pro

BIM & BEAM: Interface between Revit® Structure and STAAD.Pro: "Structural Integrators is currently developing an interface between Revit® Structure, and STAAD.Pro. The initial version of the link will be free to registered users of Structural Integrators, and will be a one-way link from Revit Structure to STAAD.Pro. Future releases will provide full bi-directional integration between these two products.

In anticipation of the 2008 Q1 release of the link, Structural Integrators is seeking beta testers. If you already own Revit® Structure and STAAD.Pro and would like to be a beta tester for this interface, please go to http://structuralintegrators.com/staad.php" Read more...

Angry Employee Deletes All of Company's Data - Science News | Science & Technology | Technology News

This has nothing to do with Revit but is a public service announcement....

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Call it a tale of revenge gone wrong.

When Marie Lupe Cooley, 41, of Jacksonville, Fla., saw a help-wanted ad in the newspaper for a position that looked suspiciously like her current job — and with her boss's phone number listed — she assumed she was about to be fired.

So, police say, she went to the architectural office where she works late Sunday night and erased 7 years' worth of drawings and blueprints, estimated to be worth $2.5 million.

"She decided to mess up everything for everybody," Jacksonville Sheriff's Office spokesman Ken Jefferson told reporters. "She just sabotaged the entire business, thinking she was going to get axed."

It didn't take Steven Hutchins, owner of the architectural firm that bears his name, much time to figure out who'd done it — Cooley was the only other person who had full access to the files.

Police arrested Cooley Monday evening and charged her with causing greater than $1,000 damage to computer files, a felony. She was bailed out the following afternoon.

****************** Make sure you back up all of your Revit files********************************

Note: Another issue to be careful of is that all of your software is in compliance. We've seen disgruntled (and sometimes even gruntled) employees contact Autodesk License Compliance and turn in their recently departed employers for piracy so they can use the reward money to pay their mortgage.


PS. This last part is for everyone googling Revit Kegen, Hack, and Crack. Just get the free 30 day trial which doesn' t expire. If you're a student, you can get Revit for free anyhow. Revit isn't Autocad. It's worth buying.


Tuesday, January 22, 2008

BIMparts.us - It's all about the content and now Revit can better than ever. Announcing that we are the US Distributor for BIMparts.us' content - 5% off

I'm proud to announce that Revit3D.com/BIM Builder is the North America distributor for BIMparts.us Revit Family content and we're offering a 5% discount to all purchases made through us.

Why BIMparts.us and Revit3D.com? Many reasons.
It's all about the content.
You could design all of your own custom content, but it could be time consuming.
BIMparts.us's content is parametric and they create Family objects to be as small (KB) as possible so they don't weigh down your models.

They're turn around time for custom objects is 48 hours.

BIMparts.us is creating content that no one else is. They've taken it upon themselves to create a market where none exists and the quality of their content is superior to other sources.
You can depend on content created by professionals with all of the parameters included that you need.

Why did BIMparts.us choose Revit3D/? Because we care about our customers. We're focused on the BIG/BIM picture. We're currently working with firms in Revit Architecture, Revit Structure and Revit MEP and we see how important it is to share the models, data, content and families in order to take advantage of virtual design and construction.

We're offering a class February 1st on creating custom families, but at the same time realize that many firms have limited resources. In order to maximize your time efficiency, turn to Broutek to help you create complicated objects, particulary in the MEP field.

Contact me if you'd like more information.

BIMparts.us -Welcome to our families library where you can purchase and download fully parametric families.

You can browse the library by selecting a family group from the menu on the left or by searching using the search tool above.

Our families are ready-to-use

Victaulic Schedules
Each Family contains information for creating schedules in their corresponding field.
victaulic victaulic#Broutek

RevitUp: Revit Webcast: View and Visibility Control in Revit

From Revitup http://revit-up.blogspot.com/2008/01/revit-webcast-view-and-visibility.html

This morning I did a webcast on View and Visibility Control in Revit, "Seeing what you want to see."

For those of you who may have missed that webcast or who wish to watch it again, you can now view the complete webcast on my website at http://www.dscohn.com/speaking/revit_views.htm


If only they had Revit 4500 years ago...World's oldest Revit sample.

Mark sends me an IM earlier today telling me I have to see something really cool. He recreated a pyramid in Revit in 3.5 hours. I've uploaded the file and can play with it. It looks like a very energy efficient building and I don't think it has a carbon footprint. He said doing this in 3ds Max would have taken days. I guess that's why he's ranked in the top 10 Revit instructors in the country.

Download the file here

Monday, January 21, 2008

Revit: New Revit Tools appear on the Revit subscription site

"The following two new tools for Revit 2008 have appeared on the Revit subscription web site; these are the Work Sharing monitor and Batch Print for Revit. These are available for all Autodesk subscriptions members running either Revit Architecture, Revit Structure or Revit MEP."

Read the details at Revit: New Revit Tools appear on the Revit subscription site:
http://autodesk-revit.blogspot.com/2008/01/new-revit-extensions-appear-on-revit.html

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Sorry, I'm bored. Here's a 3D to 2D Conversion. Hope you like it as much as I did.

Here's the original link. The 3D to 2D conversion looks very fast.

When I was little, my parents always found it amusing that I called my dad's company Arkin Destruction instead of Arkin Construction. I still love a good implosion in the morning. Read more...

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Wait until you see what we do in the next 25 years

Well, this is hot off the presses. Autodesk has a ranking system for the performance of each Reseller's instructors. There are over 1,000 instructors nationwide in the US. One of the reasons I love Revit so much is because of how incredible our Revit team is and how they get better every day. Out of 1,000 techs, two of our Revit specialists are now ranked number 7 and 10 nationally.
Just for a little comparison, below I also listed our competitor's stats. This year, we've trained 250 students on Revit vs 20 for them.
In Florida, we're number 1 & 2 vs number 19. I hate to brag, but that's not even close.

Several things to mention. I'm damn proud of all the hard work our team has done to make us experts in BIM. Over on the west coast of Florida, our hard work won us HOK as their reseller of record for Florida. AIA Tampa has brought us in to train their members and the Revit classes are full.

Revit is not AutoCAD. In order for our customers to be successful, our techs need to be knowledgeable, tech savvy and have architectural and construction experience. In order to work with Revit, you need to know how buildings are put together. It's not just lines, layers and lisp routines and it's 3D that's got nothing to do with the Z axis. Joe's experience with Revit MEP and Revit Structure has changed us from being just a reseller to us being partners with our clients and they're bringing us into to be an integral part of their consulting team.

Just last week, he was a vital link for a project being created by Arquitectonica and Steven Feller PE, one of the largest MEP firms in South Florida. With Joe's assistance and guidance, we have their architects and engineers sharing the model, working together, coordinating and designing as a team. Mark's superior training methodology, visualization skills and Revit family creation has made him a integral part of hundreds of firms around Florida and nationally.

Why am I telling you all this? Mainly, because our Revit team deserves the recognition of exponentially bringing Revit to architecture and engineering firms in Florida and now nationally. Secondly, to let you know that you can't just pick a Revit trainer because they're $200 lower on their training quote. Revit is a completely different animal than AutoCAD and even if you've been loyal to your reseller for 20 years, ask yourself this question. Has your reseller been loyal to you? Have they invested in training and technology and created a team of instructors and technicians that can help you grow your business and quickly migrate over to Revit?

Yes, it costs some money to train your staff and bring us in to do Revit implementation and help you set up your Revit project templates, but the increase in production far exceeds the costs of training.

the oldest Autodesk reseller in the United States now celebrating our 25th anniversary. We've been around so long because we've adapted over the years to every new piece of technology that Autodesk has released. Revit is no different and we welcome you to work with us and experience the difference.


Revitcity.com & Revit3D.com

I'd like to thank Hiroshi and www.revitcity.com. I'm officially a blog resource.

If you haven't been there, check out their website. They're a vital part of the Revitlution.
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Rendering: Revit's Accurender Vs. Viz, 3DS Max, Maxwell.....

*Update 2/18/08 - Revit Architecture 2009 replaces Accurender with Mental Ray

I was just going to post a comment reply, but then decided, I'd rather everyone see this as a post.

Blogger Edo said...

Well, no matter how hard you try to render your models in Revit, it's never good enough. I wonder if Autodesk will replace Revit rendering engine with MentalRay as they did to AutoCAD... January 17, 2008 1:45 AM

Here's my response:
This is something that we can debate for years. "Never good enough"...
So my questions is, never good enough for what? Presentations? Getting a new job? Conveying to Mrs. Smith what her new kitchen will look like? Seeing how the glass and lighting affect the energy efficiency of the building? Are we talking about a large architectural firm with their own rendering department or a small firm with 3 people. What about those just using Autocad and not Revit?
I think until Autodesk changes the rendering engine inside of Revit, it is good enough for certain situations. Yes, it's not photorealistic, and no one's going to debate that, but there are many situations where it is much faster to quickly make a rendering.
Let's disect it like this.
If you're using Revit, and have created the 3D model and have never used Max, Viz, Mental Ray or another rendering program, Accurender takes minutes to figure out and make your first rendering. I remember the first time I ever opened up 3ds Max. I was setting up a new computer for a friend of mine and he gave me this disc to install. It was years before I was a Revit Jedi master and had never heard of the program. So I install it and double clicked on the icon. I saw these 4 black windows and a lot of buttons. I started clicking on some of the icons and to be quite honest, I never felt so computer illiterate in my life. I've been using computers for 25 years and started on DOS 1.1 and I had no idea how to do anything in this program. I didn't know where to even begin. Recently, I found a photo and was going to make a post about it, and this is the perfect time to bring it in.
The first picture is what I see when I open 3ds Max or AutoCAD. Yeah, what's the learning curve to fly the space shuttle? The second picture at the right is what I'd like to see and how I feel about Revit. You sit down, you push the start button and you're quickly moving towards your destination (rendering or CD creation).

If you're modeling in Revit, it's easy to export the model into Viz or Max and finish the rendering. If you're currently working in AutoCAD, you must create the 3d model from scratch in Viz/Max and that takes a lot more time and interaction with renderer. Then, you have to reverse engineer the final output back to your plans and elevations of AutoCAD.

In the last 2 months, every rendering company I've spoken to while they were upgrading or buying new seats of Max, they all wanted to buy a copy of Revit. Why? Because it's much easier for them to interact with the architects and work together on the rendering.

Bottom line is, Revit is not a photorealistic rendering program. It's good for most cases. It's faster in most cases. It works well with Viz and Max. There's now a plugin to work with Maya. If you're choosing between AutoCAD and Max or Revit and Max or just Revit, there's still a benefit to work in Revit because of it's ability to improve construction documentation. Revit lets you go from conceptuals or schematic right into rendering. I'm sure this post could create all sorts of opposing opinions and that's fine, but the important thing is Revit is still a better tool than AutoCAD to work with your renderer.

One last note. For those of you who think Archicad has a better rendering engine then Revit, my answer is, who cares? Go back to your Archicad forum and leave us Reviteers alone. Revit kicks Archicad's butt every day. If your an architect, you'll want Revit over Archicad any day. If you're a full time renderer, you're using Viz/Max anyhow and Revit makes your life easier.

Click here to see Revit renderings and answer the question for yourself once and for all.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

DirectX vs. OpenGL - virtualdub.org

Article about rendering, ATI, NVIDIA and a bunch of stuff not for the faint of heart.

http://virtualdub.org/blog/pivot/entry.php?id=180

Revit: Revit and 3dsmax workflow document

Anybody who is either considering or even using Revit and 3dsmax together may want to take a look at this whitepaper released by Autodesk. It provides some very useful tips when working with both products.

Revit: Revit and 3dsmax workflow document:

Rendering in Revit Architecture, Part 1 - January 2008 - AUGI

The ability to render an item in any drafting program has been an elusive. Sure, there are Autodesk® VIZ and Autodesk® 3ds Max®. But those aren't drafting programs, are they? They are rendering programs. Yes, I know, AutoCAD® came out with a nice render engine in 2007, but that is a different story. Why? Well because of the fact that:

  1. You need to configure a viewport to print rendered. What a mess this is. You can never really tell what you are going to get until it's printed. Then the actual viewport eats all of the RAM from your drawing.
  2. Or

  3. You need to keep re–rendering it.

Both are bad scenarios. If you dump the file to a jpg or bmp…well, we all know how that looks. Being able to actually render something and save that rendering without killing the model is crucial to some projects. Especially in the "How much time did you spend on this job because we haven't really even won the bid yet" phase. Here, I give you the steps for rendering within Autodesk® Revit® Architecture.

The first step is to create a 3D view
....continue reading the exercise... http://www.augi.com/publications/hotnews.asp?id=1698

BIMarchitect: Tecton Limited Video

BIMarchitect: Tecton Limited Video: "Tecton Limited Video

This video shows how Tecton Limited - a firm based in Hong Kong - leveraged a Revit model for use in a game engine. The visualization is very convincing. The rain and lightining effects are great. Nice work Tecton!" Read more...

3D Section Perspectives - REVIT - for real

Here's a great little video by http://bimcompletethought.blogspot.com/

This is a quick demo of section perspectives and how they help spell things out to an owner. I gotta say this worked pretty well!


Autodesk - Revit MEP - Documentation—English

Double-click the files below to download the Family Editor tutorial. The tutorial document in PDF will be copied to: C:\Program Files\Revit MEP 2008\Program, and the datasets will be copied to C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Autodesk\Revit MEP 2008\Training\Imperial\Family Editor Tutorial.

Revit MEP Imperial Family Editor Tutorial (.exe format - 1 MB)

Revit MEP Imperial Family Editor Datasets (.exe format - 12 MB)

Revit MEP Metric Family Editor Tutorial (.exe format - 1 MB)

Revit MEP Metric Family Editor Datasets (.exe format - 12 MB)


Revit Shared Coordinates

Revit Shared Coordinates: "Revit Shared Coordinates
January 16th, 2008 · No Comments

When working in Revit you often have to work with other models that people provide or you have to share yours with others. How do you possibly line up the models when they are just floating in space?

Revit Architecture projects have coordinates for all the elements. Those coordinates are stored in the project only. You need to share those with others who may be using your model. Others need to share their locations with you. This is done through the Share Coordinates function under Tools.

This will work for RVT and DWG files.

If you have the file that is used as the main coordinates - you publish your coords. If you are linking a file from others that are defining the location you Acquire their coords.


You should define the shared coordinates from only one file. That one file defines the coordinates for all shared files in a project. Usually everyone Acquires from the Site file.

Tools > Shared Coordinates > Acquire Coordinates"http://www.caddmanager.com/CMB/2008/01/16/revit-shared-coordinates/

Protecting your Family


There is an interesting thread on the forums regarding a method to protect families from being copied out of an original model. I had to pen my own opinion on the issue...check out the thread here. Note, you will need to be a AUGI member to get access - but that is easy and free!

CADDHELP:

Revit Temp files in C:\Documents and Settings\CCF\Local Settings\Temp

I just looked in C:\Documents and Settings\CCF\Local Settings\Temp and found a ton of Rev**.tmp files.
You may want to go in there and clean out the folder.

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Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Drafting vs Modeling « Life’s too short to drink cheap wine.

Drafting vs Modeling « Life’s too short to drink cheap wine.: "Listening to more Seth Godin and am once again struck by the idea that our industry has been operating under the assumption that it takes a lot of warm bodies to document Architecture.

Manual drafting was a tedious endeavor and it took a lot of people to produce the work. It was so labor intensive that people with the right skills were often hired to do nothing more than draft. Computer Aided Drafting did little to change things… if anything it has made the problem worse over the years instead of better.

When AutoCAD first began being used in offices it was only used for Floor Plans… drawings that were useful on more than one sheet and for more than one profession.

Somewhere along the way we began producing more and more work in CAD and we got further and further away from what we were documenting and how and what we should be documenting. We began to add more and more detail into the drawings because we could. We began focusing on detail and nuisances and details that we never would have considered before… or at least focusing on them at smaller scales than we did when manually drafting. All this, and more, has lead us to see AutoCAD as a liability instead of an asset and now seems to require more time and, arguably, more people than it should.

Continue reading the post - http://gmcdowelljr.wordpress.com/2008/01/08/drafting-vs-modeling/

Revit OpEd: Local Files - How, How Often and Where?

This post (a bit longer than usual) makes a rash assumption that you've been using Worksets for a bit already and may have experienced occasional errors or crashes. You may just be curious about comments others have made about making new local files every now and then.

Read THIS if you wonder why there is a Local File at all? Here is a quick reference guide to Workset terms

I suggest you make a new Local File every day you work.

There are many operations in Revit that require sending a lot of data to your Local File. In fact every STC (Save to Central) usually pulls more data into your Local File than you are sending to the central file. You can avoid some of this data transfer by making a new Local File since a copy has the latest saved data in the Central File. When team members are participating in the project sporadically it is easy to have many hours of work occur between when you made your last Local File and starting work now. Making a new Local File ensures that you are working with the latest saved data.

Teams seldom work identical hours. Somebody leaves early, comes in early, works late etc. You may leave an hour or two before others. Let's say three people worked for two hours after you left. If my math skills don't fail me that's 3 x 2 = 6 hours of work you missed. If you come in the next morning before anyone else, open your Local File from yesterday it is at least 6 hours out of synch, possibly more if others STC after you left but had not done so for some time before you left. If you don't immediately use Reload Latest (it is too easy to forget isn't it?) you will begin work without seeing at least six hours of work. For some six hours is a lot of work while others, not so much. If you made a new Local File this morning instead you'd already have those six hours of work and no waiting for Reload Latest.

You might even consider making a new Local File midday. Let's imagine Joe made more, possibly major, changes to the project titleblock and there is a couple hundred sheets in the project. He does this a little before lunch and does his STC just after the team heads out for lunch. When you each return from lunch and open your Local Files followed with Reload Latest, you each have to wait while Revit pulls the titleblock changes to your file and updates each reference to it. This may not be a major amount of time but it is certainly more than if you made a new Local File and just opened that instead.

continue reading this great post - Revit OpEd: Local Files - How, How Often and Where?: Read more...

Autodesk finalized purchase of Robobat Today

Acquisition Extends Autodesk's Leadership in Structural Engineering

SAN RAFAEL, Calif., Jan. 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK) today announced that it has completed the acquisition of Robobat for approximately $42.5 million in USD cash subject to a working capital adjustment. On November 15, 2007, Autodesk announced an agreement to acquire Robobat, a privately-held company based in Grenoble, France, that provides software for structural engineering analysis, design, and steel and concrete detailing. The acquisition complements Autodesk's current structural engineering software offerings and will help Autodesk provide a more complete set of well integrated solutions to the structural engineering industry.

Autodesk's acquisition of Robobat 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. Autodesk plans to continue support for current Robobat products while working to develop new solutions for structural engineering, detailing and analysis that incorporate both Robobat and Autodesk technology.

"We're happy to welcome Robobat customers, partners, and employees to the Autodesk community," said Jay Bhatt, Autodesk senior vice president, architecture, engineering and construction (AEC). "And we're particularly excited to integrate the Robobat technology with Revit Structure, which will further extend the power of BIM to structural engineers, designers and drafters around the world."

"Robobat is excited to join Autodesk and introduce our software to new audiences around the world," said Andre Niznik, CEO, Robobat. "We also look forward to incorporating Robobat and Autodesk technology to create innovative new solutions for our structural engineering customers."

...continue reading...http://pressreleases.autodesk.com/index.php?s=press_releases&item=372


The very next day....Revit Redemption

I walk into another firm where the main drafter has taken our Revit Architecture essentials and advanced class. His first question is when is our next Revit MEP class because he wants to start learning to place in the ductwork and plumbing to improve their coordination.

I'm fascinated because here's a totally opposite yet similar situation to yesterday's visit.
You see, he's bought Revit on his own, paid for his own training and uses it exclusively at his firm (they're small, only 5 people). His boss sees what he's creating in Revit, uses his drawings for construction documents, pays him a salary, yet she still won't get Revit for the whole firm or pay for training. He wouldn't change a thing and loves how Revit has helped him grow as a designer

To the right is a snapshot of Alberto's work in Revit. Read more...

Friday, January 11, 2008

So a guy walks into a office... 2 for 1 special

I walked into an architect's office today to save another soul from the tedium of 2D line drafting. No one was at the front desk so I knocked on the door of the room next to the front desk. Seated in front of me was a girl in her 20s and a man in his late fifties/early sixties.

I told them I was the Autodesk sales rep and they gave me the funny look of "what's an Autodesk". "AutoCAD, I'm the AutoCAD guy" I said (wincing with those tragic words), while holding a trial of Revit in my hand (tightly gripping the last copy I had in my trunk). If they didn't realize what Autodesk was, I was sure Revit was out of the question.

Oh, AutoCAD, we use AutoCAD, we have the latest version, AutoCAD 2004 LT.
Wow, that's great, but there's a new program that's so much better, as I present the sleek, shiny and sexy Revit Architecture trial package (with the amazing Getting Started Guide gently nestled in it's home on the inside left side of the (hopefully recyclable) package.
"Well, Revit's starting to replace AutoCAD and..."
We've been down this road before and that program is too complicated. All we need is AutoCAD and it works fine for us. Now, we have to get back to work and we're on a deadline, so thank you for stopping by.
Well, here's my card. Take a look at my revit3d.com blog and call me if you ever have any questions (as I hand my card to the girl who has a curious look, or perhaps it was a "help, I've been kidnapped. Please save me from this dungeon. The look could have gone either way and I can only speculate.

So, here's the irony of the story. The architect is sitting next to his drafter. He doesn't know how to use AutoCAD, so he's dictating to her where to put the lines on the screen. She knows AutoCAD, but doesn't have his 30 years of architecture and construction experience. It now takes two people to do one person's job (as opposed to Revit where one person could potentially do the work of two people. I'm in awe of the double reverse lack of productivity they're experiencing (Two for One Special). He's never used AutoCAD, can't use AutoCAD, is forced to sit over the girl's shoulder and tell her how to draft the design and he's telling me that Revit's too complicated? This man's crazy, I'm thinking. A program he's never seen or heard of is more complicated than his own program that he can't even use. Ah, I just love the digital divide. ...to be continued...

PS. When me, or one of my peers walks into your office. please don't be so stubborn about not seeing us or not taking a look at Revit. We know you don't have time to see us, but that's the point. Revit saves you time, and if you had it, you'd have the time to see us. There are over 250,000 people who have bought it with 7 to 8000 a month switching and those numbers are growing every day. It really is a more intuitive, intelligent and a more fun and holistic approach to architecture. Humor us, take a look at it, download it and try the getting started guide. The industry is shifting to BIM faster than you think. So, please, take 5 minutes to meet with your Revit salesperson. Revit comes bundled with AutoCAD, so there's no need to have one or the other. Both can live in peaceful coexistence on your computer and you can slowly grow into Revit. Thank you.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

New structural .rfa content available in the Subscription Center

Wai Chu Technical Product Manager for Revit Structure has posted a thread on the AUGI Forum that the Autodesk Revit Structure product team has just uploaded some new structural .rfa content in the Subscription Center.

New content includes some AISC 13th Editions steel sections, Joist Girders, many UK Metric families and Finland ones, etc.

Once log into the Subscription Center, scroll down to "Product Information & Downloads" section and click on "Building Solutions: Product Modules & Add-Ons". Under "Structural Engineering Solutions" click on "Subscription Structural Library"

They are asking for users to try the new rfa's give them some feedback..

REVIT Structure Learning Curve: New structural .rfa content available in the Subscription Center: Read more...

Vimeo Video: Wiimote to control and navigate 3D CAD - It is Alive in the Lab

It is Alive in the Lab:

Since I don't have a Wiimote myself, I asked Technical Evangelist, Brian Pene, to make a video for me. He obliged. His video is available on Vimeo at:

Wiimote to control and navigate 3D CAD

So you can see the Wii remote in action with Autodesk Design Review. Brian used the Brokk demo file that we use often in our demos. Check it out. Thanks Brian!


BIM & BEAM: NEW RISA/Revit Structure Link Now Available!

BIM & BEAM: NEW RISA/Revit Structure Link Now Available!: "Version 6 of the RISA-3D & RISAFloor link with Revit Structure is now available for download. This is a full two-way link which means you can start modeling in RISA-3D or RISAFloor and send the model to Revit Structure. You can also model in Revit Structure first.

This bi-directional capability offers complete flexibility in the design process by allowing the engineer to decide where to start modeling. Visit their website at www.risatech.com for more information and to download this new link." Read more...

Revit OpEd: Memory Management - Minimize Revit

Revit OpEd: Memory Management - Minimize Revit: "There appears to be growing evidence that a simple task can contribute to improving memory issues with Revit. This POST by Scott Brisk at his blog Revit MEP outlines the evidence that he and Tony Isenhoff with (Eppstein Uhen Architects) have been studying.

Rodney Fiallo, a fellow Revit consultant observed this a month or so ago and mentioned it to me and we've been watching to see if it actually helps resolve a few memory related issues we seen when saving.

The simple task is just minimizing Revit and then restoring it.

Posted by Steve at 8:47 AM"

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

New National BIM Standard Released

New National BIM Standard Released

The NBIMS Executive Committee has released National BIM Standard Version 1 - Part 1: Overview, Principles, and Methodologies for public use. This document, which includes contributions by more than thirty subject-matter experts in the capital facilities industry, incorporates industry comments and now contains new and expanded information about the NBIMS production and use process.

With the release of this document there remain many Building Information Modeling (BIM) issues to discuss, coordinate, and resolve, not only throughout the United States, but also with our international counterparts. It is hoped that this effort will facilitate discussion and lay the groundwork for ongoing organizational and operational activities.

The Executive Committee expresses sincere appreciation to all those who have contributed and continue to contribute to the creation of the National BIM Standard. As always, we invite participants to join the Committee to help shape and share in the transformation of our industry. There is no cost to download Version 1 - Part 1.

National Building Information Model Standard
Version 1.0—Part 1 Overview, Principles, and Methodologies
(PDF 9.1 MB)Cover of NBIMS



Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Revit MEP 2008 Web Update #3 build (20080101_2345):

Web Update Enhancement List Revit MEP 2008
Improvements made in the current Web Update #3 build (20080101_2345):
Download the file - Revit MEP 2008 (exe - 680 Mb)
• Improves stability when editing groups, saving views/groups to the library or creating a new project with
template set to “None”.
• Improves stability when upgrading or linking a project from Autodesk Revit Building 8.1/Revit Structure 2
or older.
• 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
• 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. Read more...

BIM and Building Product Manufacturers (1-2-3 Revit Tutorial) - Cadalyst AEC

How building product manufacturers are providing tools and libraries to integrate their products with Revit and BIM.

For decades, building product manufacturers have had CAD-based libraries for their product lines. In turn, designers have used this content within CAD applications, primarily for the geometric data that describe the product. There has been limited use of the associated nongraphic product data associated with the building product components.
Building information modeling (BIM) and computable building information models are changing that situation as designers add more detail -- both graphic and nongraphic -- to their building information models earlier in the process to support a variety of tasks from design visualization to energy analysis and cost estimating.
This month's "1-2-3 Revit" column examines the growing trend of product manufacturers that are creating BIM-based libraries for their own product lines and looking to increase the specification of their products by enabling designers to easily incorporate their products in building information models.
Building Components
The Revit building information modeling solution includes an extensive library of components. These parametric families range from basic architectural components such as walls, casework, and doors to elaborate assemblies such as kitchen cabinetry and escalators. Revit components include geometry (the component's size and shape) and design intent (how it relates to other building components) as well as nongraphic attributes that describe the component such as materials or fire rating.
Revit Architecture includes an extensive library of generic parametric components.

Continue reading the article - BIM and Building Product Manufacturers (1-2-3 Revit Tutorial) - Cadalyst AEC: Read more...

The Official Unofficial Revit Release Date & FAQ for Revit Architecture 2009, Revit Structure 2009 and Revit MEP 2009

Updated 3/28/08 - Click here for the latest information - Revit is shipping 4/15/08

Updated - Revit 2009 Officially Announced today 2/12/08 - Read the press release here

Want to see the new features? - Click here ...Mental Ray finally!!!!

Many of you are starting to google "Revit 2009" and want to know all of the new features, and of course, when will it be released. Well, here's your official unofficial ship date. April 12th. (3/28/08 - See, I was pretty close!!!!)

Officially, no Autodesk reseller can discuss release dates, prices or features of any product not currently released. We're under a very strict embargo with Autodesk.

The chart below was released April 6th, 2007. We found out just 6 days before it released. Use this as a guide for extrapolating whatever you want to for a future version, but it's just going to be a guess.

Product Name FCS Date
AutoCAD® Revit® Architecture Suite 2008 April 12
AutoCAD® Revit® Structure Suite 2008 April 12
Revit® Architecture 2008 April 12
Revit® Structure 2008 April 12
AutoCAD® Revit® MEP Suite 2008April 11

Personally, I think it's fantastic that everyone wants to know the new features for 2009 and when it's releasing. I can't tell you how many times I've come across architects who are on subscription for Autocad and Autocad Architecture, have 2008 and are still running 2004 or 2005. Does anyone look forward to a new release of Autocad and rush to install it? I didn't think so.

What's the difference between software and drugs?
Drug dealers and software dealers.
Drug users and software users.
Both need to get their fix (or fixed software)

Only 3 more months to go until we all find out what's in store for 2009. Speculate, blog, post to the forums, guess and wish. Bottom line...Revit Rocks!!!

By the way, if you're googling Revit Hack, Crack, Keygen or Serial number, don't even waste your time. Autodesk knows your IP address and is watching you. Just download the trial and buy a legitimate copy. It's hard enough sometimes to register software even if you have a legitimate serial number and hackers don't get any subscription benefits.

KPF'S James Brogan gives tips on how firms can make the transition from 2-D to 3-D design. - Architect Magazine

The Source for Architectural Products, Architectural Firms and Industry News | Architect Online:

Source: ARCHITECT Magazine Publication date: 2007-12-01 By Fred A. Bernstein
Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF) is a big firm with an even bigger profile: its 600 employees in New York, London, and Shanghai are working on such megaprojects as New Songdo City in Korea; the Shanghai World Financial Center; and the Heron Tower in London, to name a few. Changing the way such a large organization works is no small feat, which is why James Brogan, director of firmwide information technology, is keeping close tabs on building information modeling. Usually known by the one-syllable moniker BIM, the system links every drawing, schedule, and construction document associated with a project, so that changes in one are immediately reflected in all the others. The large scale of KPF's projects and the fact that BIM requires architects to think and design differently than in the 2-D days of AutoCAD make such a transition difficult. But Brogan, who studied architecture at Pratt Institute in New York and came to KPF in 2001, believes that BIM allows architects to take advantage of today's computing power.
Choose the software that's right for you ...
Brogan has explored the four leading BIM systems: Autodesk's Revit, Bentley Architecture, Graphisoft's ArchiCAD, and Digital Project from Gehry Technologies (yes, that Gehry). “Overall, we have found that the most recent versions are—finally—robust enough for our larger projects,” he says. For some of those projects, he says, Revit appears most promising.
... and the features that fit the way you work.
At KPF, BIM is not yet being used as a design tool. Architects continue to design with the modeling applications they've used for years, including McNeel's Rhino, Bentley's Generative Components, and Autodesk's 3D Studio Max. “Their work in those programs is ‘ported' to the BIM platform once we are well into the schematic phase,” says Brogan. “But that means we have to make sure all those other programs interface with our BIM software, which can be a challenge.”

James Brogan is overseeing the implementation of BIM as a design tool at KPF, but the transition has been a slow one.
Train people “just in time.”
At KPF, employees who need to learn BIM software start with a week of full-time training. “That lets most people get up to speed,” says Brogan. But to be really comfortable with the tool, he says, can take up to eight weeks of on-the-job training. That process doesn't begin until a person has a real project on which to use the software. “If you train people to use a program before they actually need it, the training isn't nearly as effective,” Brogan says.
Consider how people in the firm work together ...
“The real challenge of BIM,” Brogan says, “is that it revolutionizes the way architects collaborate. Modify one document, and every other document changes. So the firm has to pay attention to group dynamics. A designer who is used to working alone may have to make a difficult adjustment. And those who master the BIM tools can have a great deal of influence on a project.”
... and with people outside the firm.
The promise of BIM is that everyone working on a project, inside and outside your office, will have access to the same information at the same time. Contractors will use BIM for scheduling, estimating, and modeling the sequence of construction. But that also means people outside the firm will have the ability to modify construction documents. It's important to be clear about each firm's responsibilities, says Brogan—both to maintain the integrity of your design and to avoid being held responsible for changes made outside your office.
Don't look back.
“BIM,” says Brogan, “is the wave of the future.” Eventually, he predicts, “the new technology will alter how practically all architects practice.”

Monday, January 7, 2008

Just released (and you saw it here first) - New Revit Architecture Service Pack Web Update SP3 build (20080101_2345):

Web Update Enhancement List - Revit Architecture 2008
Improvements made in the current Web Update SP3 build (20080101_2345):
• Improves stability when editing groups, saving views/groups to the library or creating a new project with template set to “None”.
• Improves stability when upgrading or linking a project from Autodesk Revit Building 8.1/Revit Structure 2 or older.
• 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 Architecture on a computer with the Microsoft Windows Vista operating system.
• Improves stability when applying a view template to a sheet.
• Improve the performance of a view when it contains many objects with overridden graphics by element. Read more...

Revit Structure 2008 Web Update SP3 build (20080101_2345):

Web Update Enhancement List - Revit Structure 2008
Improvements made in the current Web Update SP3 build (20080101_2345):
• Improves stability when editing groups, saving views/groups to the library or creating a new project with template set to “None”.
• Improves stability when upgrading or linking a project from Autodesk Revit Building 8.1/Revit Structure 2 or older.
• Improves API for beams creation with NewFamilyInstance (ref XYZ location,..).
• 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...

Autodesk Revit: It's Just a Phase - December 2007 - AUGI

"I love Phasing in Autodesk® Revit®. One hundred percent of construction has at least two phases, Existing and New construction. Even if your building is out in the middle of an empty field somewhere (that would be nice), that field is existing, right? I suppose when we start building 'floating cities' there will not be any existing conditions, but Revit will be mature enough to handle that in 2501.

In Revit, phases are something that should be considered when plowing through a project. In AutoCAD® it is dealt with in terms of layers. Select a wall and put it on A-exist-blah, blah, blah. In Revit, the properties of an object can be overridden to look half-toned as well. But what are we gaining here? A graphic. That's it. In Revit, we can go beyond the graphic and control our building phases in logical terms. Meaning, we can design our building with the same mindset as we build our building. And that right there, puts the designer at an advantage."
Read the entire tip: http://www.augi.com/publications/hotnews.asp?page=1685
Autodesk User Group International:

Sunday, January 6, 2008

Revit Zone - Creating a Drawing List

Did you know that Revit can produce a list of all the Sheets you have defined in a project? It does this in the form of a Schedule, which (like any other Schedule) you can place on a sheet for printing."


Another great tip from Revitzone.com Click here to read the entire post.



Saturday, January 5, 2008

Revit Structure Case Studies

70% off design time shatters project timetable with Revit Structural!

Efficiencies achieved with Revit Structure have enabled structural engineering technologist and contractor; Jacques van Rooyen, to shatter the project schedule for the development of Varsity Lodge – a residential complex for University of Pretoria students.

Visualisations, rapid design and analysis, greater accuracy and improved project management put him ahead of the project milestones.

The complex is a three level structure comprising 85 untis, each of which includes living space and a bathroom, with five units sharing a kitchen. There is basement parking. The complex muxt be ready for occupation at the start of the 2008 academic year.

During the bidding stage of the project, Van Rooyen used a 3D model of the new structure to assure the developer of the feasibility of the project. This ecured him the assignment.

Revit Structure is a multi-material structural modelling and drafting software system that offers concurrent physical and analytical modelling for design, coordination and documentation.

Van Rooyen used Revit Structure in conjunction with the Prokon analysis program.

"To ensure I didn't exceed zoning limitations, I had to be certain that the height of the basement was no more than one metre above the natural ground level. At the same time I had to ensure that the floor of the basement was sufficiently sloped to handle runoff of storm water"

"Prior to Revit Structure this would have been an extremely time consuming exercise, which would have required the creation of dozens of sections. However, working in 3D I could quickly create my sections, slope the floor and instantly see whether the building was still within the height limitation. in the end i was able to get the ground level accurate to within 50mm."

"The accumulated savings facilitated by using Revit Structure have cut about 70% off structural design and analysis time," says Van Rooyen. "With the software I can do the work of about three people."

Source: South Africa Case Studies: @ http://www.revitup.co.za/main/page_home.html

ZeroHouse Is The Winner! : Environmental Graffiti

As innovative as it is eco-friendly, zerohouse became the only winner of the 2007 Texas Society of Architects (TSA) Studio Award.


Designed by Specht Harpman from the Yale School of Architecture, the firm has created some award-winning work unsurprisingly - its client list includes , Prada and the MTV Store.

The TSA is a member association representing the members of the American Institute of Architects in Texas. Founded in 1939, TSA is headquartered in Austin. The TSA credits five awards every year to architects which reflect innovation and creativity. The Studio Award category encompasses all unbuilt and theoretical work.

The zerohouse was designed for comfort as well as efficiency. Today our carbon footprint is greatest the larger house we have, and the less people we live with. Eco homes in the past have been modelled on this premise. They are efficient, but small, and tend to lack large expanses of glass as this is a major hurdle when controlling the internal temperature of the house.

Continue Reading the article ->ZeroHouse Is The Winner! : Environmental Graffiti: Read more...

Las Vegas to Build World’s First 30 Story Vertical Farm

Las Vegas the tourist mecca of the World is set to begin development of the World’s first vertical farm. The $200 million dollar project is designed to be a functional and profitable working farm growing enough food to feed 72,000 people for a year and provide another tourist attraction to the city that does everything in a larger than life way." -continue reading ->Las Vegas to Build World’s First 30 Story Vertical Farm:

Revenue from the 30 story Vertical Farm would approach $40 Annually

Revit Structure Plug-in from Oasys Software - GSA Structural Analysis

Just saw this over at BIM & BEAM's Blog http://bimandbeam.typepad.com/bim_beam/2008/01/oasys-gsa-revit.html

GSA now includes a bi-directional link between Revit Structure and GSA. With this Revit users can transfer model information between Revit and GSA with minimal loss of data.

Options are accessed from the External Tools menu within Revit Structure including:

* Export a Revit model to GSA
* Update changes made in GSA back into the Revit model
* Update changes made in Revit back into the GSA model
* Create a new Revit model from GSA



The following elements are transferred while exporting a model from Revit to GSA:

* Revit Levels translate to GSA grid planes
* Revit Grids translate to GSA grid lines
* Revit beams and columns are transferred as GSA members
* Revit floors and slabs form GSA areas

The model can be exported as a whole or as a selected sub-set. There is option to coordinate with the GSA analysis layer, though coordination with the GSA design layer is encouraged (as the design data is less likely to require re-working).

Coordination of Revit and GSA objects is maintained throughout the bi-directional process, with extra data on either side being preserved.

Details of the transfer are recorded and reported, to give confidence in the data that has been coordinated, to identify any assumptions that may have been made, and to alert users of any failures in the process.

Oasys steel, concrete and general standard sections can be loaded into Revit models. Referencing Oasys sections in the Revit model results in strong coordination between the Revit and GSA sections during data transfer.


Oasys Software supports successful design


Established in 1976, Oasys Limited has a long-standing reputation for providing high quality software and support.

As the software house of Arup, Oasys is subject to the exacting demands of Arup engineers who require efficient, reliable and technically competent tools.

Designed by engineers for engineers, much of the intellect and the many complex equations that allow the software to perform its magic have come from Arup research and engineering staff.


Friday, January 4, 2008

Revit ArchCenter: Revit Fill Patterns

From: http://revit-archcenter.blogspot.com/2008/01/revit-fill-patterns.html
I've been asked many times if there is this or that type of fill patterns for Revit. I was browsing the web and ran across this web site - http://www.cadro.com.au/index.html and they have a tool (for a price) that will allow you to create your own fill patterns. They do provide a Demo version that you can try out, but the patterns are watermarked and may not end up with everything you put into the pattern. Sounds like it really just allows you to test out the interface.

But, they also have a page that has links to a bunch of web sites that have custom fill patterns. Here is the direct page that the links are located at - http://www.cadro.com.au/hatchkit/HatLinks.html


Oh, also remember you can use any AutoCAD .pat file in Revit. So for those of you that have a copy of Architectural Desktop or AutoCAD Architecture (as they call it now) you have a vast library of patterns to use. Just remember, any pattern from AutoCAD can be brought in as a Drafting Pattern, but you must add ;%TYPE=MODEL to the line between the name and the text for the pattern itself for it to be used as a Model Pattern in Revit.

If you open up the revit.pat file (located at C:\Program Files\Revit Architecture 2008\Data) there is a pretty decent description on what needs to be added for the pattern types.

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