Revit MEP: Revit Extensions for Revit MEP 2009: "Thursday, October 30, 2008
Revit Extensions for Revit MEP 2009
Release Date: 2008-10-10
Revit® Extensions are a series of easy-to-use applications that extend the capabilities of Revit® MEP 2009 software in key areas, including modeling, coordination, and documentation. Specifically, the extensions provided in this executable file are: Freeze Drawings, Compare Models, Text Generator, and Elements Positioning. The file installs the Revit Extensions for Revit MEP 2009. It also includes the Extensions Engine, a platform that hosts each Extension within Revit MEP 2009.Please note that the multi-language executable file contains content in English and Simplified Chinese. Revit Extensions for Revit MEP 2009 are now compatible with the 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Revit MEP 2009 software.
This new content can be downloaded for free from your Autodesk subscription login."
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Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Here's a little blurb from an article in The Miami Herald yesterday. Read the blurbs below and guess which software wasn't used to design the building.
To my Revit using customers, I apologize for posts about beating up on that 2D program you used to work with every day. Sometimes, I just can't understand the resistance to Revit.
You know what, as I'm writing this, and reading the article, I'm damn pissed. I live in Miami Dade County and my taxes just went up to pay for $100 million dollars because of bad construction documents. Maybe tomorrow I'll call the Director of the Aviation Department and ask him to change three little letters in their future RFPs. Let's just change DWG to BIM. Three letters. What harm could that do?
Recently, I spoke to one of the principals of an MEP engineering firm who worked on the plans. Said they worked on the project for 10 years. I asked him if they made money on the project. His answer - "I don't know". Yes, they now how Revit and we just finished their training, so at least one more MEP engineering firm in Florida is Revit ready.
Now, on the the article....
--but nearly $100 million remains unpaid to subcontractors for work delayed because of poor planning, design changes and disruptions, according to two recently filed lawsuits.
--Separately, four subcontractors that worked on the South Terminal have sued their higher contractors' bond insurers for $30 million they say they are still owed, citing four years of delays, design errors, thousands of changes and disruptions.
--and [its] subcontractors and all subcontractors on South Terminal submitted a claim of over $100 million
--and took two extra years to complete.
--'Because of incomplete, inadequate, inaccurate and insufficient plans and specifications and untimely project administration (which went beyond mere lethargy and bureaucratic bungling) the contractor and its subcontractors' performance under both trade contracts was delayed, hindered, and actively interfered with, resulting in its and its subcontractors' cost of performance increasing substantially,'' the lawsuit says.
Final comment: When you talk about your fear of BIM and "sharing the model" and all of the liability that can bring you, and you only give the contractor and subs PDFs of your drawings because they "might change something", do you talk to your attorney and send in the check for errors and omissions insurance.
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I just got this email:
I am practicing on a single family home and I wanted to know if I have the access to different blocks i.e. -garage doors. These are not in my residential template that came with my Revit software. Do I have to purchase additional blocks / families?
Here's my response:
48 Garage Doors available for free.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
AU 2008 Buddy Pass: “Economic Stimulus” for New Registrants
A tough economic climate demands the competitive edge only Autodesk University can deliver:
- In-depth product training on all the software you use every day
- Powerful business strategies and industry insights from trusted experts
- The best networking opportunities you’ll find anywhere
You don’t want to miss AU 2008—and we don’t want you to miss it either. To make it easier for you to attend, Autodesk has announced the AU 2008 Buddy Pass offer.
The AU 2008 Buddy Pass Offer from Autodesk
The Buddy Pass offer begins at 9:00 a.m. (PT) on November 5.
The first 100 people to register and fully pay for a regular* AU 2008 pass can invite a “buddy” to register for free.
When the 100 free Buddy Passes are gone, people who register and fully pay for a regular AU 2008 pass can invite a buddy to register for only US$595.
In addition, anyone who registered and fully paid for a regular AU 2008 pass before November 5 at 9:00 a.m. (PT) can also invite a “buddy.”
Note: The AU 2008 Buddy Pass offer is for a limited time only. Autodesk may end this offer at any time without notice.
Note: Only one (1) Buddy Pass per fully paid regular AU 2008 pass.
* Regular = four-day, all-inclusive
What’s Included In the Buddy Pass—and What Isn’t
- Buddy Passes provide full access to all AU 2008 classes and functions.
- Buddy Passes do not include hotel.
- Buddy Passes do not include pre-registration for classes and labs—the Buddy Pass holder may attend classes and labs only if there is room available.
Sunday, October 26, 2008
A couple of pieces of Revit custom modern furniture for you and a story with another happy Revit ending
Here's a link to a Revit file with 7 pieces of custom furniture that Mark made for a client. The 7 pieces are shown on the right.
After you download the file, you can change the materials and colors on the furniture as you see fit.
Click here to download the file
So, now the backstory. My wife hired an interior designer in what I was told was "just to make some blackout shades for JR's room", but that's a whole other story. Anyway, the rule is, you can't come into my house without hearing about Revit. I showed him Revit, interior design capabilities and the renderings and he just flipped out.
Well a few weeks go by and the designer gets asked to bid on a hotel lobby renovation. He's up against 5 other designers and we get a call on Friday night from him to create some renderings for a meeting Tuesday night. Mark recreates the lobby from photos and old blueprints, creates the furniture from scratch and 20 Revit hours later, the designer has posterboards for his Tuesday night meeting.
His is the last of 6 presentations and he shows the story boards of the proposed plans, elevations and renderings. The condo board and residents are thrilled but have one question for the condo manager. "What did you tell him that you didn't tell the other designers? Why was he the only one that brought plans and renderings?" His answer..."I told them all the exact same thing." You see, not one other designer brought anything with them. They just came to talk to the board and the residents and brought copies of their contract agreements.
So, what was the difference? I hate to say it, but it was me and my passion for Revit. Because I showed the designer Revit and what our staff can do, he immediately hired us to help him make the presentation for the bid. Once again, Revit is being used for a marketing tool and the visualization capabilities make all the difference against the competition. I'm happy to say he called yesterday and was awarded the contract and he's hired us to do 3 more jobs. Another win/win for everyone.
Below are the two actual renderings presented. We're happy to give you the Revit furniture families so perhaps Revit can help you win more business the way our customers are.
Friday, October 24, 2008
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1.Click here to Download Navisworks Freedom: (it's Free!)
2. Open a Revit model.
3. Click File, Publish DWF, 3D DWF, give it a name, choose .DWF as the file type (not .DWFX)
4. Go to Navisworks Freedom and open the DWF file.
5. At the top on the toolbar, there's an icon that looks like a pair of shoes. Click it, hold down the left mouse button and you can now walk through the building.
It's that easy. I'll be making some videos of Navisworks in action in the very near future and posting some sampless.
Read the review below. Navisworks is an amazingly easy program to use and gives you a whole new level of visualization.
Of course, you AutoCAD users can skip this whole post as this is for us 3D aficionados.
Update 10/24/08 8:34 pm. I just received a phone call from Lachmi Khemlani who saw my blog posting of her article. I suppose I should be flattered, but I engaged in a blog faux pa that I have to apologize to Lachmi for. AECbytes is a magazine with copyrighted material. I posted way too much of the article and even though I knew I shouldn't have, Navisworks is just way too important. I asked Lachmi for permission to keep the article posted on my site because of the importance of Navisworks to BIM workflow. I'd like to thank her for the one time granting of copyright waiver and ask that all of you visit her site often. So, you can read the article here, or visit her site directly with the link below.
Autodesk NavisWorks 2009: AECbytes Product Review:
"I last took a detailed look at NavisWorks in Feb 2004, when the genre of 3D design publishing and review was still relatively new. Since then, the use of NavisWorks has grown to the point where it is almost ubiquitous in construction firms as well as multi-disciplinary A/E firms using BIM. For example, see the case study of GHAFARI Associates published in AECbytes a few years ago, the work done by Mortenson as described in the BIM Symposium feature, its use by HOK and Skanska in the BIM award winning Royal London Hospital project, and many more that have been featured in AECbytes. In fact, it would be fair to say that many of the benefits of BIM showcased in landmark projects such as the Denver Art Museum and the Letterman Digital Arts Center could not have been achieved without the use of NavisWorks. As Mitch Boryslawski, who worked on the BIM implementation of the LCetterman Digital Arts Center, put it in his article, “NavisWorks’ unique highly compressed technology and its ability to assemble 3D large and complex models from almost any CAD application on the market today makes NavisWorks a must in the project management tool box.”"
Autodesk NavisWorks 2009 is a family of applications for 3D design publishing and project review, repackaged by Autodesk into four standalone applications after it acquired NavisWorks in 2007. The top level application, NavisWorks Manage, has all its capabilities including model aggregation, visualization, and review, 4D construction simulation, and clash detection.
Pros: Ability to open and combine files in all the popular and critical file formats including IFC; file converters available for applications such as Revit and ArchiCAD; powerful compression technology that reduces model sizes dramatically; extensive repertoire of navigation and review tools; dynamic selection sets that can be re-used across projects to make object selection and clash detection setup easier; can import schedules from applications such as Primavera P3 and Microsoft Project; free viewer application available to share the review results with a wider audience; relatively easy to learn and use.
Cons: Minor interface issues such as a surfeit of floating palettes with unpredictable docking behavior, and the lack of a 3D-2D synchronized navigation ability to quickly navigate to the exact position required in the model; no object editing capabilities; does not allow objects to be divided into parts for more accurate scheduling; no integration with other applications such as cost-estimating, project management, construction management, and facilities management.
Price: Suggested retail prices for NavisWorks Review, NavisWorks Simulate, and NavisWorks Manage are $1995, $3995, and $8995 respectively; NavisWorks Freedom is a free downloadable viewer.
Figure 1. Using a file exporter automatically installed by NavisWorks to convert a RevitOf course, the real power of NavisWorks lies in its ability to combine multiple models, and
Architecture 2009 file into the NavisWorks format, which is then opened in NavisWorks.
an example of this is shown in Figure 2, which combines separate architecture, structure,
and MEP models that were exported from their respective Revit BIM applications into a
consolidated file that can now be reviewed as a whole. As shown to the left of the graphics
windows, the Selection Tree automatically provides a hierarchical listing of the model
components, starting with the files they came from followed by their floors and so on, making
it easy to select and view different parts of the model. As with earlier versions, a model’s
scale, rotation, and origin can be easily changed to synchronize it with the other models.
Figure 2. A new NavisWorks file created by consolidating three different modelsWhile the example shown in Figure 2 demonstrates the use of NavisWorks for multi-
exported from Revit. The Selection Tree is being used to select a specific group of
components in the structural model, shown in blue.
disciplinary real-time visualization and review, it can also be gainfully used within a
single discipline. For example, if an architectural model in Revit is large and has been
sub-divided into multiple linked models, they can be brought together as a whole in
NavisWorks instead of in Revit—it would be much faster in NavisWorks because of the compression technology that it uses.
In addition to the various navigation tools I described in my review of NavisWorks3,
there are now tools that can constrain the navigation to collision detection and gravity,
providing a more real-world experience. You can also choose to display an avatar
navigating through the model, providing a third person view and a sense of scale, as
shown in Figure 3. While the navigation experience is nothing as slick as the experience
of walking or flying around in virtual worlds such as Second Life (see my article on
Second Life published last year), it is certainly functional and adequate for reviewing
the model. Views can be saved for easy access in the Viewpoints palette.
Figure 3. Navigating the interior of the combined model shown in Figure 3, usingOther visualization and review capabilities remain almost the same as in the version
the Third Person tool.
I reviewed previously. You can create and save selection sets of similar objects by
searching for items having a common property or combination of properties. Figure
4-a shows an example of the Find Items tool being used to search the model for all
the exterior wall types that are brick on metal stud, and then saving the results of
the search as a selection set for easy retrieval later. What is also impressive is that
these search selection sets are dynamic, which means they will automatically update
the selection if the model is modified and re-imported or if a new model is added.
You can also export these search sets to reuse them on other projects. Figure 4-b
shows the same model but with a large number of additional selection sets that
were imported into the project. Items that are selected can be viewed in isolation
to study them better, or they can be hidden to examine other elements more closely.
Figure 4. (a) Searching the model to select all items having a specific propertyIn addition to selection sets, other useful features that make it easier to explore
and then saving those search results, shown in blue, as a selection set. (b) Using
additional selection sets that were imported into the project.
different parts of the model include smart tags that display pop-up information
about an item by moving over it without having to select it, sectioning tools that
allow up to 6 sectional cuts to be made in any plane while still being able to
navigate around the scene, a choice of four interactive lighting modes and four
different rendering modes, and a set of tools for measuring distances, areas, and
angles in the model. You can also create animations to be able to share specific
aspects of the model with others. This can be done either by simply recording
a real time walk through, or by assembling specific viewpoints that are then
interpolated into an animation.
A critical part of the review process is being able to mark up models, and
NavisWorks allows you to do this by adding comments and other redline marks
to the model. Figure 5-a shows the Redline tool being used to add a comment
tag to an object. A new viewpoint for that tag is automatically added to the
Viewpoints palette, making it easy for reviewers to quickly see the comments
and the objects they relate to. It is also possible to export a Viewpoints report
in HTML format, as shown in Figure 5-b, which lists all the viewpoints, showing
a screenshot of the tagged item and any comments associated with it. This
allows the review comments to be distributed to a wider audience without
requiring them to use any additional software other than a browser.
Figure 6. Viewing the single published model with the free NavisWorks FreedomIn addition to publishing the model as a NavisWorks file for viewing with
application, and using the saved views to go through the comments that have
NavisWorks Freedom, it can also be exported as a 3D DWF file which can then
be used with Autodesk Design Review, also a free application. (See the recent
review of Autodesk Design Review 2009 published in AECbytes.) Also available
is the ability to publish the model as a KML file that can be subsequently
geo-located and viewed in Google Earth in the context of the actual site of the project.
4D Construction Simulation and EnhancedLet’s move on to look at the additional construction simulation and visualization options that are available in the higher level products, NavisWorks Simulate and NavisWorks Manage. The 4D construction simulation works by linking the 3D model with a construction schedule, which can be brought in from popular project scheduling applications such as Primavera P3 and Microsoft Project. NavisWorks can also work with task schedules in the common MPX format created by other applications such as Primavera SureTrak. All the individual tasks from the linked task schedule file can be imported, associated with a task type such as Construct, Demolish, or Temporary, and finally, assigned the model items that need to be associated with them. Items can be selected and manually attached to tasks, or if the task names correspond with the names of layers, selection sets, or the items themselves, the assignment can be made automatically using the appropriate rule. After all the items in the model have been assigned to tasks, the display settings for the simulation can be defined and the simulation can be played, showing the sequence in which the project will be built. Figure 7 shows the simulation created in the Timeliner by importing a basic schedule that had been created in the MPX format. The convenient visual feedback allows many what-if scenarios for the scheduling to be explored so that the construction time and other aspects of the project can be optimized.
Thursday, October 23, 2008
I hate to copy and paste, but here's a copy of an important update courtesy of Harlan Brumm of The Revit Clinic Blog
October 22, 2008
Seek and you shall find
I just recieved a notifcation regarding Autodesk Seek and I wanted to share it with you. Seek is a great tool for finding content for Revit and other Autodesk applications. It is actually build right into Revit 2009 products.
This lets you search for content online on Seek right within Revit. I recommend that you ch
Check out this annoucement from our Seek Team:
Greetings from the Autodesk Seek team!
We’re excited to announce that the Autodesk Seek website redesign is now live as of early this morning. Check it out and let us know what you think. Key areas of improvement include:
· More complete, integrated and visually appealing UI
· Easy access to product information via “quick links” on the homepage
· Improved search results pages
· Building product content updates
· Manufacturer-specific program pages
New Content Information
More and more building product manufacturers are contributing product information to Autodesk Seek. Check out http://seek.autodesk.com and explore available building products via the ‘New Content’ and ‘Featured Content’ buttons.
The Autodesk Seek team
Autodesk Seek is a web service currently available to U.S. based users of Autodesk applications. Architects, designers, engineers and others can contact us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Paying the Piper
Whether passed along directly as change orders, hidden in excessive bid spreads and bidding surprises, or buried in someone's overhead, reimbursables, or general conditions, all costs of project information — good and bad — are absorbed by project owners. On hypothetical (but not atypical) projects, owners could pay as much as 6% of construction cost for architectural and engineering fees or creating building information. Another 6% or so of construction cost might go to a general contractor or construction manager for general conditions, fees and/or profits, or managing building information.
Yet, as I've discussed previously, numerous studies in both the United States and the United Kingdom suggest that as much as 30% of construction cost is wasted because of bad information: inaccurate, delayed, misplaced, inconsistent, uncoordinated, and so on. Thus, project owners pay roughly 12% of construction cost to create and manage building information, and inefficiencies of as much as 30% are attributable to inadequate building information.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
I just read about a job posting at http://revitjobs.blogspot.com/2008/10/bim-manager-burt-hill-pa.html. The only reason I point out the posting is for you to see the job of the future. The CAD Manager is evolving into the BIM Manager. My blog has two distinct groups of readers, Revit users and "the others". For you Revit users, there are going to be a lot of positions opening up down the road for that Revit expert as described below. More money and fun for you. For "the others", you better get started soon on learning Revit because all the good jobs will be taken by the time you get around to moving to Revit in 5 years. Either way, I think it's great that jobs like this are opening up. Sure seems a lot more exciting than managing layers and line weights.
Burt Hill seeks an experienced practitioner-technologist to join our "BIM Team" as a dedicated IT employee working alongside professional architects, engineers, and visualization and information technology experts to achieve our firm-wide vision for integrated practice. The BIM Team partners with various expert "practice groups" around the firm, oversees the firm's aggressive transition from a document-driven to building information modeling workflow, and conducts research and development of new tools and techniques that bring value to our process.
- Provide helpdesk support for BIM technologies primarily for our Pittsburgh location; secondarily to other Pennsylvania/Ohio offices. Additional travel may include other east coast and overseas offices
- Provide project-based ‘kick-off’ and ‘on-demand’ training/coaching as needed;
- Promote Burt Hill’s innovative best practices and methodologies within project teams by providing project audits and follow-up training
- Collaborate with other members of our Practice Technology Group to refine, develop & implement standards, training curriculums, and support practices across Burt Hill
- Help design and develop our best-in-class documentation & knowledge management resource
- Work closely with architectural, engineering, and energy analysis experts to develop industry leading practices that enable Burt Hill’s ‘integrated project delivery’ and ‘building lifecycle services
- Collaborate and coordinate with peer technology professionals in our Business and Core Technology groups
- Imagine, innovate, and implement alongside Practice Leaders across the firm in areas including Design, Energy/Performance Analysis, Sustainable Planning & Design, Visualization
- Must have a pre-professional or professional degree related to Architecture and/or Engineering or commensurate experience within the AEC industry. Building design/construction experience a plus.
- Minimum of two years experience with Revit Architecture required; Revit MEP experience desirable.
- Familiarity with Building Information Modeling/Management and Integrated Project Delivery concepts a plus.
- Relevant technical/computing experience, including concepts of programming, interoperability, and data exchanges strongly desirable.
- Familiarity with design & visualization applications like SketchUp, 3D Max, Photoshop, and InDesign desirable.
- As we transition from document-based to BIM-based workflows, familiarity with legacy applications such as AutoCAD or Microstation a plus.
Monday, October 20, 2008
This should keep you busy for a while...
This informative webcast series features the latest release of Revit® Architecture, the building design and documentation software that "works the way you think." Because Revit Architecture is purpose-built for building information modeling (BIM), any change you make – anytime, anywhere – is automatically coordinated throughout your project. Join one or all of these webcasts for an in-depth look at how Revit Architecture helps keep design and documentation coordinated, consistent, and complete.
This series of webcasts will be presented by popular Autodesk Technical Specialist Amy Fietkau. During the webcast you'll be provided an opportunity to ask your technical questions online and receive answers in real-time from our team of experts!
Wondering how to log in to the webcasts? Not sure what time the webcast is where you live? Get these answers and more at the Commonly Asked Questions page.