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Saturday, March 29, 2008

Earth Hour 2008

I hope you all participated in Earth Hour yesterday. If you did, thank you. If you didn't, shame on you.

Please visit www.earthhour.org

Here's a little slide show I made to motivate you to spend a little more time creating sustainable design.
If you're not already using Revit, please download the demo and start playing with it. It's a tool to easily help you create more sustainable designs.

http://picasaweb.google.com/revit3d/EarthHour02 (click this link if you don't see the slideshow)

Now, please watch the Earth Hour Video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9_c5K7Jdw9E (Click this link if you don't see the video)
Earth Hour 2008 was a remarkable global event, and in towns and cities across America people "turned out" to lend their voice to the worldwide call for action on climate change. Read more...

Friday, March 28, 2008

Revit is shipping 4/15/08 - Finally!!!!

Well, here's the latest batch of release dates from Autodesk for the upcoming week.
Here's the link to last week's list.

Are you ready for Revit 09? Is your DVD drawer open? Did you bump up to 4gb of RAM and get the newest NVidia card? Did you read the Mental Ray and VSTA User's Guide? Have you check out all of the new 2009 features? Have you signed up to go the Autodesk Experience It Before It's Real Tour in your city?

Presenting this week's batch of Autodesk Shipping Release Dates!!!!

Autodesk Product

2008 FCS Date

AutoCAD Map 3D

April 8

Revit® Architecture

April 15

AutoCAD® Revit® Architecture Suite

April 15

AutoCAD® Revit® MEP Suite

April 15

Revit® Structure

April 15

AutoCAD® Revit® Structure Suite

April 15

AutoCAD® Civil 3D®

April 15

AutoCAD® Land Desktop

April 15

Autodesk MapGuide® Enterprise

April 16

Autodesk MapGuide® Studio

April 16

AutoCAD® Raster Design

April 18

Autodesk® Productstream® Professional

April 18


As long as we're on the subject of Revit MEP, let's talk about a national firm Ross & Barruzini

Well, this falls under the "I couldn't have said it better myself" category.

We've been working with Ross & Barruzini (http://www.rossbar.com%29/, a national MEP firm based out of St. Louis.

After we finished a batch of Revit training for a national architecture firm (who wasn't thrilled with their national reseller's training), they insisted that their MEP firm use our services, so they'd be able to sync their Revit models. Well, one thing led to another, and here we are with a national MEP/Arch. firm Revit ready and looking to partner with Revit Architecture firms because of our efforts, training, tech support and implementation.

As you will read below, not all Revit training is the same. Just because your reseller offers Revit classes, it doesn't mean they have the architectural/engineering background to understand how to build a building.

Here are two blog postings direct from their IT Manager Ken Schriever. Ken, thanks for the kind words.


Revit Training the R&B Way

To help standardize our work flow we implemented a CAD committee. Over the past five years we have established firm wide standards for the ever-changing AutoCAD. The group is comprised of our top CAD users from all disciplines from all of our offices. This teamwork approach allows us to make CAD additions and changes to the company with full buy-in from all disciplines, in other words, NO SURPRISES.

When the decision was made to move forward with Revit the CAD committee sprang into action. First we had to decide, "What is the implementation cost?" Since we already had previous Architectural Revit users on board we had a head start for their training at a local firm in St. Louis called Sieler. Sieler is a team of architects and engineers with real world experience and hands-on experience with the product. The custom training was done over five days; I say custom because the training was created by Sieler NOT directly from the book. This was great for the architectural side however they are not MEP trainers.

We looked and decided to move forward with Hxxxxxxx as our MEP training provider and setup the off site training schedule. After the first day our users returned with a definite "no-go attitude." Clearly the trainer did not have the MEP background we expected and he was training directly from the book. This was not acceptable so the CAD users quickly requested an alternative. We then looked at CADD Centers in
Florida. They were recommended by a partner of ours that uses them exclusively for all Revit and AutoCAD training. This was great for our local users but the added cost to fly our St. Louis users to Miami was not acceptable. So we trained our Miami users with the three day Revit training at CADD Centers. The results were great, the Miami team was very happy with the outcome. This led us to remote training over GotoMeeting for our St. Louis and remote users. This worked great, we had all of our users in-house so they could still be available for emergencies and at the same time they were in a locked training room environment. Thanks to CADD Centers of Florida, we are now on our way with Revit certified users. If you ever need training I would recommend CADD Centers of Florida as they have been a great resource for training, implementation and follow up support.

Revit Training
Gregory Arkin
CADD Centers of Florida
(954) 772-7300 x127

Ross & Baruzzini Leading the Revit Revolution

Ross & Baruzzini is Revit Ready..

Ross & Baruzzini is in the process of making a major change in our Computer Aided Design (CAD) system. In years past, our firm has been utilizing CAD. We’ve seen it grow and have adopted and customized the system created a very streamline and powerful tool. When we began with CAD, it was basically an electronic drafting board of lines and boxes. We still drew every line, in every detail, every time it was seen. The return on investment or ROI is surfaced when the time for revisions was greatly reduced making it quicker than the traditional graphite or ink. The next big breakthrough was the addition of connecting drawings together through x-referencing. This allowed the end user to attach an architectural background to his work without having to add the information to his sheet. This also allowed for disciplines working in-house to drastically reduce the size of each sheet and maintain updated information without having to update their drawing. When a change is made to any drawing it is reflected on the other users' referencing the data as well. Since the early 80s Ross & Baruzzini have adopted the Autodesk technology. We are currently in the process of switching to a new BIM based technology by Autodesk called Revit.

What is BIM and why would I want to change my primary design tool?
Building Information Modeling (BIM) entered the market about ten years ago to move from the traditional 2D drafting to 3D modeling solution. By introducing the 3D aspect we are able to give variables and intelligence to all sides of and object. This was a big leap forward in the creation of BIM. Now you could drop in blocks or "Families" to interact with another discipline's object to perform automatic tasks such as scheduling, calculations and checks and QC. BIM was brought into the industry not only to increase efficiency while also reducing design mistakes and change orders resulting in less overhead cost to the owner or client. According to Autodesk you can save 33% on total design time for every project life cycle. While many other organizations have taken a wait-and-see attitude about BIM, Ross & Baruzzini is dedicated to being a leader in the Midwest region. We are in our first year of implementation and will be tracking our manpower and project cost so we can trend the data and get a real life analysis. Customers using BIM will save time and money, see fewer design errors, experience improved productivity, and have access to new business opportunities. BIM is not a technology, but it does require suitable technology to be implemented effectively.

Change is never easy, make the transition as smooth as possible
It is never easy to change you primary design process. Most users have been using the Traditional Autocad software for so long that they could not imagine learning a new way to think. However, our users have had a very positive attitude though the entire training process. We trained all of our users in-house though an online web meeting with all of our offices. We are now identifying potential projects to move forward. We plan on being a Midwest leader in the Revit realm providing our clients with clean BIM documents. We are dedicated to moving forward and championing this process for all of our clients and partners.

Posted on March 3, 2008 04:44 by Ken Schriever Read more...

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Revit 2009 New Feature - VSTA

Thanks to all of you who requested the Mental Ray User's guide.

Now it's time to move on the bonus round. As with Mental Ray, this next one will for my email subscribers only.

Creating Macros in Revit 2009 - VSTA
PS. No relation to Vista.
PPS. Microsoft is stopping shipments of XP June 30th, 2008 so if you're on a 2007 product, it's time to upgrade)
PPPS. 2005 Autodesk products are officially retired and can be upgraded via Legacy pricing. All 2006 products retire 3/14/09 including Revit 8
If you haven't upgraded, you should now because Legacy pricing is much more expensive.

VSTA is the acronym for Visual Studio Tools for Applications and is the replacement technology from Microsoft for VBA (Visual Basic for Applications). VSTA is a .NET development environment built into Revit (and other Autodesk applications) and can be used to create both VB.NET and C# based macros. While I called this a 'light' programming environment that is not to say this is for beginners as you will need to have some programming skills to take advantage of this feature, maybe Matt can provide an example file that can be useful." - From Green Revit: Revit 2009 New Feature - VSTA- http://greenrevit.blogspot.com/2008/02/revit-2009-new-feature-vsta.html

Other current resources
Autodesk.com Revit SDK can be obtained from here.

  • DevTV: Introduction to Revit Programming NEW !
    A self-paced video tutorial demonstrating how to get started developing with Revit.
    View online | Download

You can look here for future updates: http://blogsearch.google.com/blogsearch?hl=en&ie=UTF-8&um=1&q=revit+vsta&btnG=Search+Blogs

This time I'm going to do things a little different.
1. Here's the PDF file (39 pages) Revit Architecture_2009_User_Guide_Creating_Macros_with_Revit_VSTA.pdf
2. I will email all current subscribers the password to open the file.
3. If you're a new subscriber, I'll email you the password after you've activated your subscription. Be patient. It may be a few hours before I get to you
Click here to sign up if you haven't already.


AUGI Revit Chapter Meeting - Best Practices for Implementing Revit - Fort Lauderdale 3/27 630pm

For those of you in South Florida, the local AUGI chapter is having a Revit meeting tomorrow evening.
You can attend locally or via Live Webcast.

AUGI Fort Lauderdale Chapter - Best Practices Implementing Revit

Join us for a Webinar on March 27 630pm EST

Space is limited.
Reserve your Webinar seat now at:

Date: Thursday, March 27th - 6:00pm Doors Open

Time: 6:30pm Meeting Starts

Location: CADD Centers of Florida Office.2005 W Cypress Creek Rd Suite 207
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309

Questions? Email info@revit3d.com

Title: AUGI Fort Lauderdale Chapter - Best Practices Implementing Revit

Thursday, March 27, 2008

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM EDT

System Requirements
PC-based attendees
Required: Windows® 2000, XP Home, XP Pro, 2003 Server, Vista

Macintosh®-based attendees
Required: Mac OS® X 10.3.9 (Panther®) or newer


Friday, March 21, 2008

Here's your consolation prize since Revit isn't releasing next week. Revit Architecture 2009 Mental Ray User's Guide

(Yes, these are pure Revit renderings with built in Mental Ray)

I've printed out the entire 118 pages of the Revit Architecture 2009 Mental Ray User Guide as a PDF.
Just like Autodesk, it will only be available to my blog email subscribers.
Click here Subscribe to Revit3D.com by Email.

1. Here's the PDF file (118 pages)
Revit_Architecture_2009_MentalRay_UserGuide.pdf (requires passord to open)
2. If you're a new subscriber, I'll email you the password after you've activated your subscription. Be patient.
It may be a few hours before I send you the email. The password is earthhour, but I hope you'll subscribe to my blog anyway.
As soon as you subscribe to the blog, check your email for a validation email. It may bounce to your
spam or junkmail folder.
The email subject will be "Activate your Email Subscription to: Revit3D.com / BIMBoom.Blogspot.com"
You must complete this step to activate your subscription.

Sorry about that, but I need to keep track of who receives it and can't post it publicly.
You can always wait until you install Revit 2009 to view it.

Topics in this section
  • Rendering Workflow
  • Lights
  • Plants and Entourage
  • Decals
  • Rendering an Image
  • Rendering Best Practices
  • Troubleshooting Issues with Rendering
  • Solar Studies


What you've all been waiting for....the first batch of Autodesk 2009 Release dates...sorry, no Revit releases next week. //Update-Ship date 4.15.08

Update: All Revit products are shipping 4/15/08.

Click here to download Revit 2009

Hot off the presses as promised...now you know why I recommend subscribing to the blog...instant Revit gratification.

Next update will be Friday 3/28/08 at about 6PM EST. At this point my best guess is 4/3/08 for Revit release date, but who knows based on last year's ship date of 4/12/08.

These are official Autodesk release dates

Autodesk Product

2008 FCS Date

AutoCAD® 2009

March 25

AutoCAD LT® 2009

March 25

Autodesk® Design Review 2009

March 25

Autodesk® DWF™ Writer 2009

March 25

AutoCAD® Architecture 2009

March 26

AutoCAD® MEP 2009

March 26

Autodesk® 3ds Max® 2009

March 31

Autodesk® 3ds Max® Design 2009

March 31

Autodesk® Quantity Takeoff 2009

March 31

These are the actual release dates from LAST YEAR 2007 to use as a comparison.
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

Revit MEP 2009 Beta 3 Installation Photos and What's New

Well, there's still no What's New slideshow, so this is the best I can do for now.


Also, as a special treat, here's the "What's new printout from the Help Files.
It's not pretty, but it'll give you something to read over the weekend.
http://www.bimwit.com/files/manuals/Revit MEP 2009 New Features Help Menu.pdf


Augiworld Magazine - First Look at Autodesk 2009 Releases

Click here to read the article...http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/jam/augiworld0308/


Thursday, March 20, 2008

Revit Structure 2009 New Features

I just finished downloading and installing Revit Structure 2009 Beta 3 and they just added the new features preview. Just remember, you saw it here first!!!!


Testing Testing 1, 2, 3? Revit 3 Betas just releaesd for you beta testers

We must be getting really close now. I've just finished downloading Beta3 for Revit Architecture, Structure and MEP and will let you know what goodies I find in there as soon as the darn content extractor finishes downloading another gazillion family objects.

So, all you beta testers, start downloading the new betas and tie up your company's bandwith for the morning.


Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Broutek - Escalator - Going up?

Well, my favorite BIM/PIM/RIM partner has done it again. Don't take the ladder of success, take the escalator of success and you'll get there much faster with Broutek.
Every family that comes out Broutek is better than the next. Stop using your most talented Revit modelers to make content and just have Broutek create it for you.
Use your Revit resources wisely. Click here for a Broutek Price Quote

From the Broutek Blog

Escalator render

When the escalator question was put to us a short while ago, we took time to scout around and see what was already available in one form or another. But what we found didn’t really float our collective boat. We certainly saw some very pretty models, make no mistake about it, but they were lacking something… Steps for one, along with the point and click ease which we rely on so often and almost take for granted in the program we all hate to love: Revit.

So we gathered round the table, coffee or tea in hand, depending on national preference, and asked ourselves: What would we want from an escalator family? To which we replied:

- Automatic sizing between levels
- Steps

Doesn’t seem like too much to ask, right?

Not so fast. Getting a model, one built in a Mechanical Equipment Template, to auto-connect between floors is easier said than done. So we searched for a while, and finally found a template that auto-leveled. We did a few tests, and realized that it could work. There were a few false starts, however, as we discovered that putting any kind of dimension in between the levels completely negated the template’s auto-leveling abilities. So we made the top and bottom landings on their appropriate planes, and had the rising structure of the escalator as a sweep, locked at an angle to the horizontal plane, with the end points of its path locked to the two levels. Worked like a charm.

Escalator in-product screenshot

Next came the introduction of the steps. In previous escalator models, we had access to the vertical distance between levels and the horizontal length of the model as family parameters, which made step numbers and placement a simple application of your old friend Pythagoras’ theorem. Alas, in the all-singing-all-dancing auto-leveler, we didn’t have access to any of the lengths - horizontal, vertical or diagonal. Why not? Because just like with the space between levels, attaching dimensions to any one of the lengths broke the automation.

Again, there was much discussion and drinking of hot beverages.

Then a member of our team had an epiphany: There is one type of family that doesn’t need a length dimension. If you just click and draw a line, the family repeats itself along it ad infinitum. The Generic Line Based Family! This led to some preemptive rejoicing, as we ended up having to re-build and re-nest the Line Based family a number of times to actually get the thing to work.

Escalator wireframe

In our first attempt, we thought we were being clever and seeing problems before they occurred. We said to ourselves, “If the line is going to follow the rising sweep of the escalator, and we build the steps flat… they’ll make a segmented slide, and we don’t want that!” So we built the steps at an angle with the tread of each step 30° from the horizontal, from the path of the Line Based Model. Didn’t work.

Looking back, a little pre-testing should have been done. The steps were indeed at an angle, but in a line stretching horizontally from the base of the escalator backwards, into the distance, and never rising from that plane. Apparently, the Generic Line Based model’s path doesn’t like being hosted on geometry, and without any major planes built between levels, there was nowhere other than lower level plane to draw it.

We needed a quick re-think, again. This time around we found our answer, one that now seems almost obvious. We built the steps rising from the path in the Nested Generic Line based model. “Of Course,” we said, slapping out foreheads at the simple logic of it all. From there, we nested the family’s reference planes in place, and it was all-systems-go.

Jonathan Lloyd
BIM Modeler - Broutek


Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Revit 2009 - Update on Ship Dates

Well, we're almost at that magic date where you will get a visit from the FedEx guy with your shiny new Revit 2009 DVD.

Starting this Friday night and continuing over the next three weeks, I will be receiving the shipping dates of the Autodesk versions that will be shipping the following week.

I usually get that email around 5pm. As soon as I receive it, I will post the shipping dates.
I'm expecting to have the Revit release dates March 28th or April 4th. If possible, I will get you the link to download the new version directly.

Raise your hand if you care when AutoCAD ships. Yeah, I didn't think so. I'm in awe of the fact that I've had over 12,000 visitors and 45,000 clicks in the last 30 days. Two words. Revit 2009. I'm amazed at the number of people from all over the world wanting to find out every little tidbit about the new release. I'm proud and honored to be a part of the Revit community and want to thank all of you for making my site a part of your daily routine. Even better, somehow, when you Google "Revit", my site comes up #15 out of 3.5 million hits. Don't know what I did to deserve that, but hey, I'll take it.

Now that I have such a captive audience, I'll try to step up the postings to keep you all happy. I've been trying to vary the postings on articles, tutorials, tips, BIM, Green Building and information on convincing AutoCAD users to switch to Revit. I have to be honest, I'm just tired of convincing 2D line drafters that Revit is the way to go. It's just so exhausting to try to convince people it's the way to go when they just care about their PLT files and line weights. With the AEC market in such bad shape in the US, it's just more exciting to divert my blogging energies to those who already have an appreciation and passion for BIM.

I'd like to start focusing on Design, Modeling, Visualization, Sustainability, Analysis, Collaboration and Simulation. It's time to move on and focus on how the Revit platform will affect architecture and construction. Last week, I listened to a lecture by Phil Bernstein. It was a fascinating, esoteric conversation about how BIM changes the way you've been designing and contractors have been building for the last 25 years. People actually sharing the data and the model to reduce "Liability" and work together. If you've never bothered to read my "About me" link, I'll just mention that I'm a third generation general contractor. I left construction because I hated RFIs, Change Orders and Addendums. It's not the estimator's job to find everything missing on the plans. The superintendent shouldn't have to fight to get answers about coordination issues and do the interference checking between MEP and structural. I love BIM. I love what it does for contractors and developers. If it helps you get your designs developed faster and become profitable, then it just makes it that much easier for you to make your annual Revit subscription payment and keep investing in the technology. And with that, I'll end with the fact that your subscription renewal payment is about to do it's job and you're going to love the new versions of Revit. I'm going to take my first guess and say that Revit should be arriving at your doorstep in about 16 days.

Either check back here Saturday mornings or Click here to subscribe to this blog to get instant Revit 2009 updates.

Thanks for sticking around and reading this whole posting.


Sunday, March 16, 2008

Autodesk's Impressive Product Line

This has nothing to do with anything Revit or BIM, but is kind of afterglow after Autodesk One Team Conference last week. This is just a memo to those who think AutoCAD is the only product. Autodesk currently has 77 products. This doesn't even include Robobat, Navisworks or Green Building Studio and other acquisitions in the pipeline

When the occasional customer threatens to buy Archicad, it's very easy to get them back on track with the mere mention of the Autodesk portfolio, but that's another conversation.

Pretty impressive list. I don't think they're done expanding. The only reason I can think of to show you this list is because of the videos I posted yesterday.

AutoCAD * AutoCAD Architecture * AutoCAD Civil 3D * AutoCAD Electrical * AutoCAD Land Desktop * AutoCAD LT * AutoCAD Map 3D * AutoCAD Mechanical * AutoCAD MEP * AutoCAD OEM * AutoCAD P&ID * AutoCAD Raster Design * AutoCAD Revit Architecture Suite * AutoCAD Revit MEP Suite * AutoCAD Revit Structure Suite * Autodesk 3ds Max * Autodesk AliasStudio * Autodesk Backdraft Conform * Autodesk Burn * Autodesk Buzzsaw * Autodesk Civil 3D - Civil Design Companion * Autodesk Cleaner * Autodesk Cleaner XL * Autodesk Combustion * Autodesk Constructware * Autodesk Crisis Command * Autodesk Design Review * Autodesk DWF Writer * Autodesk FBX * Autodesk Fire * Autodesk Flame * Autodesk Flint * Autodesk FMDesktop * Autodesk Freewheel * Autodesk GIS Design Server * Autodesk Gmax * Autodesk ImageStudio * Autodesk Impression * Autodesk Inferno * Autodesk Intent * Autodesk Inventor * Autodesk Location-Based Services Products * Autodesk Lustre * Autodesk MapGuide * Autodesk MapGuide Enterprise * Autodesk MapGuide Studio * Autodesk Maya * Autodesk Mobile Command * Autodesk MotionBuilder * Autodesk Mudbox * Autodesk PortfolioWall * Autodesk Pre-Plan * Autodesk Pre-Plan Command * Autodesk Productstream * Autodesk Showcase * Autodesk SketchBook Pro * Autodesk Smoke * Autodesk Stone Direct * Autodesk Streamline * Autodesk Subcontractor * Autodesk Survey * Autodesk Symbols * Autodesk Topobase * Autodesk Toxik * Autodesk Utility Design * Autodesk VIZ * Autodesk Wire * Autodesk Wiretap * AutoSketch * CAiCE Visual Transportation Products * DWG TrueConvert * DWG TrueView * HumanIK * mental ray * RealDWG * Revit Architecture * Revit MEP * Revit Structure


Revit Architecture: Setting the Site, Part 1 - March 2008 AUGI

In the beginning there was dirt. Lots and lots of dirt. What do we know about dirt? We are architects and engineers. We know you have to dig a big hole to stick a building in, or make a big pile and compact it to bear on. We also know this costs a fortune. We also know that in construction, there aren't many variables we can count on time after time. One variable we can count on is there is always going to be dirt. Lots and lots of dirt.

This article is going to begin focusing on starting a site plan. Come to find out there is a lot that goes into removing and pushing around volumes of earth. It also has a huge influence on our structure. Not just for aesthetics, but for structural lateral bearing pressure. Big wall + heavy earth = reinforced concrete.

  • To start, Open Revit Architecture.
  • In Revit Architecture, make sure the Site tab is active on the Design Toolbar. If not, right-click on the design toolbar and select Site .
  • Continue reading the tutorial


Saturday, March 15, 2008


Heard this at Autodesk sales training this week and thought it was funny.

MAD - Manual Aided Design (good old paper and pencil and ruler and gigantic electric eraser)
I guess you could also have said PAD, paper aided design, or let's be obvious, a pad of paper.

CAD - Ah, our 25 year old favorite (you've been using the same technology for 25 years? ugh. Computer Aided Drafting (some of you will say "& Design", but with AutoCAD, designing is in your head, lines, circle and arcs represent them on the screen). Did I really need to spell that out?

RAD - Revit Aided Design . Ah Nirvana. The Holy Grail of design tools. Design, Visualize, Simulate, Analyze - the new Autodesk buzzwords. The ability to analyze heating and cooling, sun/shade, LEED and lighting is going to be a big part of your future.

PS. Just found out, Revit is not a product, it's a Platform. Revit Architecture, Revit Structure and Revit MEP, now those are products!!!!! I guess Autodesk wants us to differentiate that so you realize that there are 3 products that all work together to Sync, Link and Think. Read more...

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Oops I drank the Autodesk Koolaid and it's delicious

I'm out in Las Vegas at Autodesk One Team Conference and Sales Training.
I'm absolutely in awe of the vast array of products that Autodesk has in regards to the AEC industry. If you're not involved with BIM and Revit, you're so far behind the rest of the industry. It seems like every day, Autodesk is acquiring another company that fits into the BIM platform.

I didn't really drink the Koolaid, for those of you that have been following my blog for a while, know how I feel about ManualCAD. We saw some amazing demos of the Revit 2009 products. Now, Autodesk is adding Maya and Inventor into the mix. The ability of Inventor to create variable based shapes of complex buildings was jaw dropping. Using Maya for flexibility in shaping buildings was one of the most amazing things I've seen. The ability of the products to tie into eachother, share the data and flow throughout the life of a project from conceptual design through facility management is unbelievable.

Whether or not you love or hate Autodesk, and like or dislike paying for upgrades every year, there is no other software firm in the world with the resources, software, vision and integration when it comes to the AEC industry. When you add the GIS, mapping, digitial prototyping and visualization tools, it's a joke when you threaten to move to Bentley Architecture or Archicad. They just don't have the breadth of the Autodesk software line.

When you see where Autodesk is going with visualation, you'll be blown away.
3ds Max and Maya are now becoming integral parts of the design visualization. They're no longer just there to make pretty renderings to show prospective clients. Visualization has become an integral part of the entire process.

Yeah, I know, sounds like I'm spewing the marketing babble, but when you look at the big picture, drafting 2d lines is so archaic.

Sometimes I wonder which way to go with my blog postings. Focus on Revit and BIM, convince AutoCAD users to convert or show you the latest in sustainable design.

At this moment, I'm so over trying to convince people to switch to Revit from AutoCAD. If you don't see the business and design benefits of BIM now, there's no way you can compete against those who've made the investment. Yes, I know, you've already spent so much on AutoCAD and training your staff. So what. It's about profits and process, not paperspace.
It's about the bottom line, not lineweights.

For those of you already on Revit, you ain't seen nothing yet. Autodesk has grown 20% per year for the last 4 years. They've done it because of your passion for design. They're investing heavily in BIM and peripheral products to bridge the gap between design and construction.

The whole process and workflow as you've know it for the last 25 years is about to experience a major paradigm shift. For you AutoCAD users, it's the end of the line.

More to follow, I promise.

Sunday, March 9, 2008

Revit Downloadsof the Day

Here are 4 models created by our 3D modeling specialist Mark,who is currently ranked as the number 1 Autodesk instructor in the country.
I hate to brag, but his teaching style is amazing. With over 250 students trained in the last 3 months, I have no idea how he finds time to create these models. He's available for hire anywhere in the world if you'd like help creating Revit massings like these.

Links:  All Revit Samples Web Page   /   Sample File Download Directory


Orlando architecture firm looking for a BIM Manager

Last September we spent 3 days at a very prestigious architecture firm in Orlando. Well, we've been working with them the past 6 months and they've converted the whole firm over to Revit in a very short time thanks to the great work of our senior Revit Instructor extraordinaire Joe Vivirito.

That being said, they're looking for a BIM Manager. They're located in downtown Orlando in Florida in the United States of America. They are an international firm working in Dubai, South Korean, Philippines, and China as well.

Rules of engagement:
1. If you're truly interested, send an email to revit3d+job398@gmail.com with your resume and any additional information. I don't
have time to answer questions, so put everything you can think of in the email and I will forward it directly
to the firm.
2. This would actually require you to live in or move to Orlando Florida. If you live in a foreign country,
please think twice before applying, as it's going to be a heck of a commute. To the gentleman in Indonesia
who responded to the last job posting, Florida is very far away.
3. They are looking for an experienced BIM Manager. If your not a BIM Manager now, please list your
4. The firm has previously been Architect of the Year. They are award-winning architectural design firm
with innumerable honors and recognitions ranging from design excellence to dedicated community
5. Orlando is probably the only town in Florida with a huge backlog of architectural and construction work,
so this is a golden opportunity.
6. The owner of the firm is an incredible person and the firm's staff is great. There about 15-20 people
working there.

Good luck.

Saturday, March 8, 2008

World's First Positive Energy Building

Masdar%20Top%20GI.jpgThe Masdar HQ in Abu Dhabi has big ambitions; the site is planned to be the world's first positive energy building, meaning it will create more energy than it consumes. Checkout some more fantastic images by clicking through the gallery.

The project is expected to cost $300 million, and it will form an impressive center piece to Masdar City, which will be a $22 billion development stretching out beyond Abu Dhabi. The Masdar HQ is the very vision of a greener future. In fact, a roof pier will be the first part of the building to be hoisted into place, which will be covered in solar panels that will generate energy for its own construction. The complete structure will encompass some 1.3 million square feet, and we think the term "intelligent design" should now be redefined to accommodate the Masdar HQ's structural plans. [Product Page via Dvice]


Thursday, March 6, 2008

Revit 2009 products apparently will not be 64 bit at launch

From Revit MEP Questions and Answers

3.2 Can Autodesk’s MEP software application take advantage of a 64-bit

  • A native AutoCAD MEP 2009 64-bit version is available. Local language availability
  • varies. Check with your local Autodesk Reseller for details.
  • Autodesk will not offer native 64-bit support for Revit MEP at launch. However, the
  • benefits of running a 32-bit application in a 64-bit operating system apply. In a 64-bit
  • environment, the Revit MEP process can to use up to 4 GB versus the 3 GB limit of a 32-
  • bit environment. (Thanks for the memories)

3.3 Does Autodesk MEP software work in a Windows Vista®
  • AutoCAD Revit MEP Suite 2009 software supports Windows Vista®
  • Home Premium,
  • Ultimate, and Business versions. (Please refer to the AutoCAD MEP 2009 Q&A
  • document for specific information regarding AutoCAD MEP 2009 compatibility) In
  • addition, the AutoCAD Revit MEP Suite 2009 software takes advantage of some new
  • Vista capabilities, specifically thumbnail previews for DWG and DWF files in Windows
  • Explorer, display of properties in the Detail tab of Windows Explorer, and the ability to use
  • the Windows Vista search tools to locate text strings found in drawing properties, text,
  • mtext, and so forth, in the DWG file.

This is really sweeping me off my feet....Does anyone know how long it would take to do this in AutoCAD?


Autodesk Honors Rutherford & Chekene for Integrated Project Delivery with Revit BIM Experience Award

Autodesk - Press Room - Press Releases

Structural Engineering Firm Uses Autodesk BIM Solutions to Enable Interdisciplinary Design Collaboration and Digital Design-to-Fabrication Processes

SAN RAFAEL, Calif., March 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK) today announced that Rutherford & Chekene (R&C), a San Francisco-based structural and geotechnical engineering firm, has been awarded a Revit BIM Experience Award for its innovative use of building information modeling (BIM) to promote integration and collaboration across the extended building team. For more than two years, R&C has used Revit Structure software for design and collaborate on large technical institutional projects. Through its use of BIM, R&C is more efficiently and effectively coordinating designs and improving visualization, analysis and documentation. This close collaboration helps the team identify issues early in the design phase." Continue reading....


Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Mental Ray comparison to Accurender in Revit Architecture 2009

This is from the 2009 help menu. Click on the photo to see a closeup of the new Mental Ray Dialog Box within Revit.
Revit Architecture 2009 User's Guide > What's New in This Release > Rendering Enhancements >
What's Changed for Rendering?

The following table lists rendering features and functions in 2008, and describes how these have changed in Revit Architecture 2009.

Revit 2008 FeatureIn Revit 2009...For more information
AccuRender radiosity and raytracingRevit Architecture 2009 now performs these functions automatically when it renders an image. You no longer need to perform these functions as separate steps.Rendering an Image
AccuRender environment settings, sun and sky settingsWhen you define render settings, you specify whether the sky is cloudy or hazy (or both), or a solid color. For the sun position, you can select from predefined settings, or define a sun position based on date/time/location or azimuth/altitude.Controlling Lighting in a Rendered Image, Specifying the Background for a Rendered Image
Render scenesYou define render settings for each view. To apply defined render settings to other views, create a view template. Then apply it to the desired 3D views.Defining Render Settings, View Templates for Render Settings
AccuRender backface culling, view cullingRevit Architecture 2009 now performs these functions automatically when it renders an image. You no longer need to specify these settings.
External material librariesMaterial definitions are stored as part of the project file. Render appearances are stored in a local, read-only library. If you make any changes to render appearances for materials, the changes are stored as part of the project. To share changes to render appearances with team members, use File menuTransfer Project Standards.Materials, Rendering Appearance Library, Transferring Project Standards
AccuRender procedural treesArchVision RPC treesPlants and Entourage
Seasonal settingsFor many plants, you can now select a render appearance that shows a standard version of the plant or a fall version of the plant. You specify this in the plant family. The plant season is no longer a render setting.Specifying a Render Appearance for an RPC Family

Swept Away with Revit

I just made a really cool Revit model with the brand new Swept Blend command.
The great news is that I've just uploaded the Revit model for you to play with.
The terrible news is that you can't open it in Revit Arch 2008. You're going to have to wait until April.

I hope your copy of Revit is on subscription so you can get the new version when it comes out. Repeat after me "Revit Architecture 2008 64bit". *I just read a blog today stating it wasn't coming out as 64bit, but it made it seem like a midyear update could happen.

Here's a link to this model. Don't even bother clicking on it now unless you've got a demo version of Revit 2009 (28mb file)

By the way, this whole model took about 8 minutes to create including the curtain wall system.

Links:  All Revit Samples Web Page   /   Sample File Download Directory Read more...

As long as we're on the subject of Revit Engineering - Here are some Revit MEP sample files

You can open these in Revit Structure, MEP or Architecture.

Whenever I do a Revit demo for a company, I always close with the Completed Mechanical System.
Who can argue with being able to move an HVAC grille and watching the flex duct extend with it.

This is what BIM is all about. Of course, this opens a whole can of worms for the typical conversation with a prospective Revit Architect who 9 times out of 10 will say, "why should I get Revit, my engineers are using Autocad 2000". Why not tell them you're moving to Revit and suggest they move to Revit as well?
Revit comes bundled with AutoCAD, so you never have to choose one or the other.

Typically, the engineers will add Revit Structure and MEP when you move to Revit Architecture. They are starting to get it on their own because somebody has to do the LEED calculations which Revit MEP and Architecture do. I've even got lighting fixture companies buying Revit MEP now so they can work with sun/shade studies, heating and cooling based on their lighting package and easily generate quantities.

Click on the links below to download the RVT files. These are great to see how you can interact with Revit MEP engineers.

Files available at this link: Click here
Completed Plumbing Systems

Completed Mechanical System

Completed Sanitary System

Revit Structure 2009 Splash Screen


John Cook - This one's for you...Revit MEP splash screen

Click on the picture for a higher res version to download

Revit Structure 2009 Brochures, Whitepapers and More

OK, here's the next batch of Autodesk 2009 literature. I know it's for Revit Structure users, but you architects out there need to take a look because the owners are paying you to coordinate the models and this will make your life so much easier.

If you hire an engineer using Revit Structure instead of one using AutoCAD, you'll be getting so much more for your money, included less time need to coordinate the drawings. That's money in your pocket.
Furthermore, all of the rebar, column, beam, slab and footing schedules will be accurate and you'll get bill of materials to help you budget accordingly.

Enough of the BIM speach, here's the Revit Structure 2009 literature.


Questions and Answers

White Papers

Coordination Between Revit Structure And Revit Architecture

Effective Collaboration Using Revit Structure And Autocad MEP

Interoperability Between Revit Structure And Autocad Architecture

Maintaining Bim Integrity In The Structural Engineering Office

Multi-User Collaboration With Revit Structure Worksharing

Revit Structure And BIM

Revit Structure Interoperability With Autocad


Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Revit 2009 Splash Screen

Just thought you might want to see the new splash screen for Revit Architecture 2009...we're almost there.

Make it the wallpaper for your computer to get you excited for the new release.

Click on the picture for higher res version


Monday, March 3, 2008

2 Revit Positions Needed in South Florida

I have two architectural firms looking to immediately hire Revit designers.
They don't want AutoCAD drafters, you must have some experience with Revit.

One is a full time position in Hollywood Florida.
The second is preferably a part time student intern.

Please email me with your contact info and I'll forward it on to them.


Sunday, March 2, 2008

Revit 2009 Menus - Here's a detailed look at the drop down menus

Click on the photos to see them up close. Read more...

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