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Saturday, February 28, 2009

Autodesk Binding Hotfix Utility - Activation issue - Mac Fix?

Autodesk Binding Hotfix Utility: "Autodesk Binding Hotfix Utility /

Mac Fix??????? (3/1/09 Apparently yes ~ Yes, this is a fix for those of you using a Mac!! THANK YOU AUTODESK FOR DOING SOMETHING ABOUT IT! I have been re-registering for a long time, finally it just works! -www.therevitkid.com

Revit® Architecture 2008/2009
Autodesk® Revit® Building 8
Revit® Structure 2008/2009
Autodesk® Revit® Structure 1/2/3

Published date: 2009-Feb-09 ID: DL5620053
This update corrects a problem that requires you to reactivate your Autodesk® product whenever you restart it.

Description of Problem

After you activate and then restart your product, you receive error 0.1.0011 or 11.1.6011 and are required to reactivate.

This problem can occur for Autodesk's 2007-based products on computers with SATA Raid controllers.

Note: This update must be applied to all computers that share a license. Therefore, if you apply this update to one computer and then want to use the Portable License Utility to transfer the license to another computer, be sure to install the update on that computer, too.

If this update is applied to a computer that does not have a SATA Raid controller, the license on that computer will be broken. You will need to reactivate the product to repair the license.
Affected Products

AutoCAD 2007/2008/2009-Based Products

Readme (html - 6Kb)

AutoCAD 2006-Based Products

AdskBindHotfix.exe (exe - 474Kb)

Readme (htm - 4Kb)

After you activate and then restart your product, you receive error 0.1.0011 or 11.1.6011 and are required to reactivate.

This problem can occur for Autodesk's 2006 & 2007-based products on computers with SATA Raid controllers.

Note: This update must be applied to all computers that share a license. Therefore, if you apply this update to one computer and then want to use the Portable License Utility to transfer the license to another computer, be sure to install the update on that computer, too.

Important: If this update is applied to a computer that does not have a SATA Raid controller, the license on that computer will be broken. You will need to reactivate the product to repair the license.

Installation Instructions

To install the Autodesk Binding Hotfix utility

1. Close all applications and log in as Administrator.
2. Download the BindHotfix_2007.reg file to a location on your local computer.
3. On your local computer, find and double-click the BindHotfix_2007.reg file that you downloaded.
4. Click Yes when prompted, 'Are you sure you want to add this information...'

A message will indicate when your product(s) have been successfully updated."


Revit advertising....Never saw this before...

I got an email from one of our Revit Architecture clients. They're looking for Revit Structure & Revit MEP firms to partner with. They asked all the current firms they work with and they all said they only use AutoCAD. This is starting to become a problem.

The architects say they're not moving to Revit because their engineers don't use it. The engineers say they're not moving to Revit because the architects aren't asking them to. The great 2D standoff. So now our seasoned Revit architects are asking us for names of engineering firms who have Revit Structure and MEP. This is great for the engineers who've made the investment and really bad for the engineers too stubborn to start making the transistion. I think every architect should call their engineers and ask the simple question "when do you plan on moving to Revit." It's just a question. Get an idea from them. You don't have to say "you must move to Revit." You don't have to say, "we're only working with engineers using Revit." If enough architects ask the engineers, they'll start to get the message. It doesn't even matter if you're even using Revit or not. It just starts the conversation.

We had a webcast yesterday on the Integrated Environmental Solutions. Their range of different Toolkits means that you can easily and quickly look at energy, carbon, daylight, solar, heating and cooling loads, as well as the impact on local green rating credits. Importantly they are the only vendor to take into account the affect of solar/light penetration on energy and carbon, which allows you to understand better how light pipes, atria and internal/external solar shading devices affect the performance of your building.

If you're getting into Sustainable/LEED design, you'll be wanting engineers using Revit because AutoCAD just can't give you any of the data necessary to do these calculations.

Now, for the reason I started this post in the first place. The signature line of the email...

Architects and Designers

Using Revit BIM Technology
(ask us about Revit and how it can work for you)

It's the first time I've seen an architect advertising their use of Revit in every email they send. It also makes me happy that the local Archicad dealer tried to convince them to move to their product. Good thing they didn't because only Autodesk has an architectural, structural and MEP solution for parametric modeling. Why architects don't ask that question before deciding on software is beyond me, but it should be part of the conversation.

We gave the customer a list of MEP & structural engineers using Revit, so we've now helped another firm move from Little BIM to Big BIM. I can't wait to see the smile on the general contractor's face when he sees a totally coordinated set of construction documents. Read more...

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

The BIM Cycle Chart - Revit & BIM Software Partners

Hi everyone. I've updated my BIM Cycle chart of products.

Basically, I've got just about every software partner for Revit.

The chart is available for viewing at www.revit3d.com/bimcycle. It may not be perfect and slow to
load. I'm working on that. It's a miracle I figured out how to use Illustrator and slice the picture into
URL links.

If you know of other major products that tie into Revit, let me know, I'll partner with them,
have my techs learn the programs and we can teach you how to integrate Revit with them.

We essentially have solutions from conceptual design through Facility Management.

I'm in awe of how Revit, BIM and IPD are growing every day. I don't know how anyone can
keep up with it all, know every product, and incorporate them all into daily workflow.

My staff is working on just that task, because there's so much more to BIM than just Revit.
Just wait to you see what IPD has in store for you. It's a whole world apart from how we do things now.

I'm trying to figure out what's driving me into expanding so far into all of these products, and the only thing
I can really come up with is that it's such a challenge to embrace and corral all of this technology and bring it all together. They are all 3D to 6D solutions and I'm so happy I'm not stuck in a 2D world of software.

I'm sure there are more products coming down the road, and I'll be there to grab them too.
If you're reading this, are in Florida and not working with CADD Centers, you're going to need us someday
soon because we are the only reseller in Florida to offer all of the Partner Products. If you're outside of Florida, we can train anywhere in the US, and since your reseller probably isn't even teaching Revit MEP yet, send me an email for training options.

Thank you all for investing your time in BIM and really being on the cutting edge.
~Gregory

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

IES/LEED Webcast Friday 2/27 2pm-330pm EST - IES Architectural Suite * Architectural Suite Plus provide Revit integrated sustainable analysis tools

Friday 2/27/09 2pm - 330pm EST Live Webcast from Integrated Environmental Solutions: IESVE.com

The IES Architectural Suite and Architectural Suite Plus provide the integrated sustainable analysis tools architects need to design for tomorrow, today. Click here to register for this webcast.

The IES Architectural Suites, which include the VE-Toolkits, provide architects the ability to customize analysis to fit their needs across the likes of; energy consumption, carbon emissions, LEED Daylighting, Architecture 2030 Challenge benchmarking, thermal comfort, solar shading and penetration, daylighting (glare and light levels), artificial lighting, internal loads, envelope sensitivity and more.

•Consider building performance results alongside aesthetics to inform decisions • Get high quality data from the earliest stages of design • Include early stage analysis in client bids • Make best use of innovative passive design strategies • Make best use of zero/low carbon technologies • Achieve dramatic energy reductions while ensuring good daylight levels and thermal comfort • Assess and compare potential performance trade-offs of different sustainable strategies.

The IES tools can be linked directly from Revit and SketchUp, so building performance analysis becomes an integrated part of the design process, leading to buildings which are more sustainable and offering high-value opportunities for market differentiation. When utilizing the Building Information Model, the effects of each decision can be quantified quickly and easily and provide guidance to move forward with the most appropriate sustainable solutions.


Andekan » Meet Andy, our fully parametric human Revit family

Have you met Andy, the Andekan.com Free Human Revit Family?

Well, just visit http://www.andekan.com/our-revit-family-meet-andy.html to download him.

Name Anders Kan

Place of Birth Somewhere in Europe
Profession Male Model
Height 5’9” / 180 cm
Weight 165lbs / 75kg - that’s 420kb for the digitally inclined
About Me
Place me in your projects to get a realistic sense of space. You can stand me up, sit me down, or position me in any way you can imagine.

Andekan is the world leader in content creation for Revit Architecture and Revit MEP.
They will create custom content for any A/E firm or manufacturer. If you work at an architecture or engineering firm and have a specific manufacturer you'd like content made for, let me know their name and we will contact them. It's time for the manufacturers to jump on board and become part of the Revit Family. Referral fee$ available for successfully closed deals.

Please contact me for more information.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Thursday Webcast - Revit Family Creation Class for Revit Architecture 2/26/09 9am-5pm EST via live webcast from Fort Lauderdale FL

Date Change to 2/26/09 - Thursday - Proposal Link Here

We're having our Revit Creating Family Content class on Tuesday and we're going to be webcasting it.
If you'd like to take the class go to Revit3D.com/classsignup and we'll send you a proposal. If you can't make it to Tuesday's class, signup to be advised of future dates.

Revit Architecture 2009 - Intermediate - Creating Family Content (Arch.)

Course length: 1 day Cost: $395

This is a one day class on creating custom family content and modifying existing content. The activities in this training session will expand your knowledge of the Family Editor by introducing those unique features in Revit Architecture . Parametric Component Design Techniques, Families, the Family Editor and Creating Families are part of this class. The participant should have a working knowledge of Revit Architecture and experience with the actual components that you will be modeling.

Prerequisites: The student enrolling in this class should have a working knowledge of the Revit Architecture platform.


  • Basics of solid and void massing
  • Extrusions
  • Blends
  • Sweeps
  • Workplanes


  • Type Parameters
  • Instance Parameters
  • Shared Parameters
  • Using formulas in Parameters


  • Creating a non parametric bookcase
  • Creating a parametric bookcase
  • Creating a wall based family with an opening (Door, Window, Skylight, etc)
  • Creating a custom railing

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Tales from from inside

I just received an anonymous note from one of my readers. Sounds like a lot of resentment from someone having to work on the weekend. How many other people out there reading this have gone through the same thing? I've kind of moved beyond features of Revit in my daily conversations with prospects, but he does bring up a great point. Revit automatically creates all schedules including door, window, roof, wall, rebar, fixture, furniture, curtainwall and many more. Revit also automatically create all numbering of sections, elevations, callouts, details, door window and room numbers. Just thought I'd mention that for the newbies.

So, here's the contents of the note I received:

Hi everyone reading this blog. To give you a brief background, I am currently a project manager with 12 years of experience in the architecture business and am stuck at my office on a beautiful Saturday afternoon. I am manually checking my CDs before they go out for permit in order to make sure that all my tags, and information is coordinated within the set.

The reason why I am telling you this is because I am the guy that has been going to my bosses explaining to them the benefits of REVIT, but yet find myself wasting my Saturday (and Sunday) doing tasks that could have been avoided by using REVIT.

There needs to be some way for the principals to understand that in order to run a successful business, we must stay ahead of the curve and use technology to help us keep every penny that we earn. Since our fees haven't changed in what seems decades, now is the time to make the most of our time and be as efficient as possible.

To all you considering if Revit is 'it', well all I can say is ,would you
rather be spending your weekends at home with the family or at your office doing redlines and not even getting compensated for it, because as a professional ,you'll go the extra mile and put in the non paid OT to get the job done right.

I've been reading Greg's blog for 2 years now and it gives me hope that someday my bosses will see it and realize that its well worth the money because it maximizes our use of personnel and time.


The guy stuck in a 2D-world office.

REED SmartBIM Library 1/2 Price Sale through 3/31/09 and Reasons to Buy

For a Limited Time Only - SmartBIM Library is 50% off!

In anticipation of the launch of SmartBIM Library 3.2, we are having a pre-launch sale! All licenses of SmartBIM Library are 50% now through March 31st. Anyone who purchases SmartBIM Library now, will be automatically upgraded to version 3.2 upon its launch.

SmartBIM Library List Price 1/2 Sale Price
Single License $500.00 $250.00
5 pack $2,250.00 $1,125.00
10 pack $4,250.00 $2,125.00
25 pack $10,000.00 $5,000.00
Unlimited Site License $50,000.00 $25,000.00

This sale will end March 31st

BIM Object Survey Result Highlights

  • The average number of searches per day for objects is ten.
  • Employees using their office library average over three minutes a search.
  • Employees using internet collections such as Autodesk Seek, Revit City and the AIA site average over six minutes a search.
  • Over 40% of the time after spending this amount of time searching the employee does not find the object they need in either the office library or on the Internet.
  • When the employee can not find the object they need it is split evenly between building their own or modifying an existing object.
  • The average time to build or modify an object is 6 minutes, some modifications are quick, but over 30% of the time employees are taking over 1 hour per object.
  • 60% of the employees build or modify objects less than 10 times a week, 40% of the employees build or modify objects over 20 times a week.

Search Activity Quantity/Day Minutes per Search Cumulative Time per Day Cost per day
Office Library 10 3 1/2 hour $20
Internet Sites 4 6 1/2 hour $20
Simple Build/Modification of Object 6 5 1/2 hour $20
Complex Build/Modification of Object 1 30 1 hour $40

Total Cost $100/day


For full article on survey go to:

Contact me for a proposal. We are an official reseller of Reed products Read more...

Building the Future - One child at a time

Well, this has nothing to do with Revit, but everything to do with my one year old, JR. He follows a long line of builders. His full name is Joseph Reuben Arkin, hence the "J.R.". I call him Junior, but that's another story.
He's named after my grandfather Joseph Arkin, a builder who moved to Florida in 1934 to build a project on Miami Beach. That's a little history...now a little future.

My wife brought home a toy for JR yesterday and I wanted to share it with you. It's made from recycled materials (SprigwoodTM – a child-safe, bio-composite material made from recycled wood and reclaimed plastic) and has no batteries. As it rolls on the floor, there's a generator inside charges it. There's nothing like a toy that has lights and sounds and no batteries. We want our child to appreciate a Green world and this is the perfect start. I just want you all to know that we practice what we preach as we LEED the world.
Sprig Toys

Kids are building, growing and powering their imaginations with Sprig’s eco-friendly toys. Smell the wood-shop scent. Take ‘em for a spin. And say bye-bye boring couch – hello active fun!

Our Sprig Adventure Series harnesses the natural kinetic energy of push- and pump-action play to generate lights and sounds – all without batteries. However, our tales of discovery don’t stop here. Playing in sand and dirt is good clean fun with our affordable Eco-Trucks line that includes an Excavator, Loader and Dump Truck. Curiosity and giggles also grow at Sprig Hollow. These friendly play sets, vehicles and sweet, buggy characters explore anywhere from gardens to the bedroom.

Designed for the active preschool child, our vehicles, character bodies and play sets are molded using SprigwoodTM – a child-safe, bio-composite material made from recycled wood and reclaimed plastic.



Saturday, February 21, 2009

Autodesk - Sustainability Report - Enabling Sustainable Design

Autodesk - Sustainability Report - Enabling Sustainable Design: "Enabling Sustainable Design
How Autodesk Enables Sustainable Architecture, Engineering & Construction

Autodesk is increasing awareness of environmental issues and promoting the adoption of sustainable design practices within the global community of architects, engineers, builders, and owners by working with industry partners, building design and engineering software with green functionality, and participating in strategic partnerships that further the green building agenda.

As a design technologies leader, Autodesk empowers AEC professionals to design more sustainably. We produce software used to cost-effectively design and deliver high-performing, resource-efficient buildings and infrastructure, as well as to renovate or replace aging infrastructure.

...there's more so click to continue Autodesk - Sustainability Report - Enabling Sustainable Design


Follow up on the Sad but true story

In a recent post of Sad but true story of a 2D architecture firm, it's taken an interesting turn. Turns out one of the founding partners of the firm sat in my AIA CEU class on Integrated Project Delivery. I asked him some questions during my presentation and I asked him to call me the next morning which he did. He said "I'd like to know of any bottlenecks that exist in my company."

He was very open to the lecture and I told him everything that had transpired with his IT manager.

I'm going to segue for a moment because this has happened to me before.
1. I meet with IT or CAD manager at a firm.
2. I discuss Revit and BIM with them, discuss options, training, the future, etc.
3. IT/CAD Manager takes the Revit trial and literature and puts them in the bottom drawer.
4. IT/CAD Manager never mentions our conversation, anything about Revit to any member of the company or to the principals or other decision makers.
5. One of the following occurs. I meet a principal of the firm at an AIA event or through a colleague, the principal attends an event or lecture discussing Revit, BIM or IPD, another principal of a firm moves to Revit, tells the principal about it or the principal, not living in a bubble, reads one of the hundreds of articles all over the internet and design magazines about Revit.
6. Principal asks IT/CAD Manager what is the firm's status with Revit.

I had one experience where one of our structural engineering client's principal was taking an architectural principal and told them they had to move to Revit and to call me for the training.
Well, in my Sad story outcome, I was able to have a very lengthy conversation with the principal and explain to him everything about Revit, BIM, IPD and his IT manager's clear decision to not discuss BIM with any senior management.

Now, I didn't expect to have the principal in my class. I didn't expect to have this conversation with him. I tell you this story because you can't hide Revit anymore from everyone in the firm.
It's in the mainstream now. It has the potential to have the IT/CAD manager look like they weren't doing their job and that has it's repercussions. IT = Information Technology. Information. Technology. Staying on top of appropriate software needs for a firm. Research. Change. Adoption of something better. Talk to the firm. Discuss the pros and cons of a transition to Revit. Let everyone in the company be part of the decision. It's a lot of responsibility to make that kind of decision, whether it be for or against the change.

To ignore it in 2009 can be very detrimental to one's career. Not just in job security, but like in my previous story, to the entire well being and existance of the firm. A lot of good it would do the IT manager if the entire compnany folded. I'm sayin this partly to scare you and partly to help the naysayers to face the reality that BIM and IPD are barreling down the IT highway and you can't avoid them. Act wisely for yourself, for your company and for the future of the AEC industry. They bytes you save may be your own.

I'll continue this story as I get more information. For the moment, a majority of all new projects must be started in Revit. I don't know how the IT manager is going to manage them. They'll be finding out very soon he's not BIM saavy and hasn't grown with the firm's future needs. I spend at least an hour a day doing research and learning as much as I can about the industry and technology. I don't know how I'd have a choice otherwise and be able to be a partner and mentor to my customers and my blog readers. For you 2D skeptics, decision day has arrived and it's time to fight the instinct to avoid change. Try it, you'll like it. Read more...

Friday, February 20, 2009

This is so cool - DuCool Chillers Energy saving cooling News 280109

My brother the contractor, (wow, I've never said that before) called me asking about working on a new product he's working with. Wanted to share it with you because this looks really amazing. Below is an article & here's the DuCool website.

DuCool Chillers Energy saving cooling News 280109: "Chiller-Free Dehumidification/Cooling Saves 90% in Energy Costs 6,500 square foot (600 square meters) building cooled with only 6 kW of electricity

Sol Energy Hellas used DuCool’s chiller-free, desiccant-based dehumidification and cooling technology in the six-story Prometheus Pyrphoros building in Paleo Faliro, Athens, Greece to save 90% on energy costs. The 6,500 square foot (600 square meters) building is now cooled with only 6 kW of electricity to save $22,000 (€16,854) in energy costs per year. The energy savings amount to $3.38 per square foot (€28.09 per square meter). DuCool’s technology uses geothermal water and hot water from a solar thermal system to provide cooling and dehumidification.

“DuCool’s unit helped us reach comfort zone conditions while reducing energy consumption by 90%,” said Nikos Manioudakis, Senior Research Engineer for Sol Energy Hellas, which designed and operates and maintains the Prometheus Pyrphoros building. “These savings provide less than a three-year return on investment without even taking any possible tax savings into account.”

Sol Energy specializes in providing energy-saving solutions in the hotel and industrial sectors. The six-story Prometheus Pyrphoros building has a total of 6,500 square feet (600 square meters). Sol Energy considered a conventional solution of using a 40 ton refrigeration (TR) capacity cooling tower and chiller and 3400 cubic feet per minute (5,800 cubic meters per hour) air handling unit. This approach would have cost approximately $47,000 (€36,000) and consumed 59 kilowatts of electricity during 2650 annual hours of operation for an annual energy cost of $24,700 (€18,762)."


Green Building Impact Report | GreenerBuildings

Green buildings, as represented by the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System of the U.S. Green Building Council, are an undisputed market success. In the eight years since the launch of LEED, green has firmly established itself among mainstream leaders in the building sector, representing tens of billions of dollars in value put in place and materials sales.

LEED was created to reduce the environmental impacts of the built environment, but so far no comprehensive evaluation of the overall impact of LEED has been conducted. Until now.

The Green Building Impact Report (GBIR) is the first integrated assessment of the land, water, energy, material and indoor environmental impacts of the LEED for New Construction (LEED NC), Core & Shell (LEED CS) and Existing Building (LEED EB) standards.

In this report we attempt to answer whether green buildings live up to their name.


IPD by the numbers 2D 3D 4D 5D 6D

1D = program data
2D = length and width or program requirements
3D = height or building information model
4D = time or schedule or construction sequence
5D = cost and resources of a project

Which leaves us with 6D

So, I'm thinking that 6D is the combination of 1 - 5, add in the contractual level of Integrated Project Delivery, people, process, workflow and the human factor.
I've just registered IP6D.com. I hope I'm right about this and it is the next logical number and advanced in the AEC industry.

I did find one blog post: http://bimandipd.blogspot.com/2008/02/bim-and-2d-3d-4d-5d-6d.html where they say it's FM, but I'm going to say that's part of BIM or 5D.

6D is 3D x 2. A doubling of the power of 3D. I definitely think I'm on to something big!
Anyone want to give some feedback? Don't be shy. Read more...

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Announcing my newest Revit Software Partner - Solibri

Don't know how many of you have been paying attention, but Revit isn't BIM. Revit is a piece of the BIM puzzle which includes people, process, workflow, software technology and lots of great API developers.

I've been coralling all of the best of the best software partners for Revit. I've got all of Florida locked up, so whoever is working with my competitors, you may as well switch to me now, because we're here to make you really rock with Revit.

Introducing.....Solibri Model Checker

Solibri Model Checker™ is out of the box software solution (Patent Pending) that analyzes Building Information Models for integrity, quality and physical safety. The system offers easy-to-use visualization with an intuitive walk-in functionality. With a single mouse click, the system X-rays the building model and reveals potential flaws and weaknesses in the design, highlights the clashing components and checks that the model complies with the building codes and organization’s best practices.

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Solibri Model Checker™ adds value throughout the life cycle of the building. It is extensively used a growing number of building owner and users, construction companies, architects and engineering firms. Solibri Model Checker™ is a valuable tool for

  • Building owners checking designs against program requirements
  • Architects and Engineers delivering cost-effectively high quality 3D building information models
  • Construction companies obtaining reliable and up-to-date cost estimates
  • Facilities Management FM operations for checking material life-cycle and maintainability
Please check out Solibri model checker Screenshots and Videos.

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Get Ready for BIM Webcast 2/24/09 3pm EST

Get Ready for BIM Webcast

Tue Feb 24 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM Eastern Time

Abeo Geospatial and DLT Solutions are hosting a webcast on Building Information Modeling (BIM). Michael Juros, AEC Technical Specialist, will cover how using Revit Architecture can streamline work flow, increase productivity, improve quality and ultimately increase ROI.

Date: Tuesday February 24, 2009
Time: 3:00 – 4:00pm ET

Building Information Modeling (BIM) is an innovative way to seamlessly bridge communication between the architecture, engineering and construction industries. With BIM, architects and engineers efficiently generate and exchange information, create digital representations of all stages of the building process, and simulate real-world performance.

Revit Architecture is built for BIM, so it mirrors the real world of buildings. Its intelligent design and interoperability make Revit Architecture a true return on investment.

Michael Juros, AIA, is an AEC Technical Specialist focused on Building Information Modeling. Prior to joining Autodesk, Michael worked in Revit Technology’s Quality Assurance department where he applied his experience in Architectural design and project delivery to the specification, design and testing of the Revit releases 7-10.

Register Now


Integrated Project Delivery - My first lecture

Yesterday I had the honor of giving a presentation on IPD for the Construction Specifications Institute Palm Beach Chapter. It was a 2 hour interactive conversation/lecture on BIM & IPD and the future of the AEC industry and a huge success. It's an amazing conversation to have even though it's a difficult one. The reality is that it's the 'Human Factor' that's going to affect adoption, acceptance and embracement of this new future. BIM & IPD have been proven to be effective and work in the real world. It's not a question of IF, it's only a question of WHEN.

All of my attendees got 2 AIA CEU HSW Sustainability credits. Did you know that 4 Sustainability credits are now required from the AIA? I'm in the process of becoming an AIA CEU provider so I can continue to give this lecture and help educate the community. I know how difficult it is to get the coveted HSW Sustainability credits and I don't mention modified bitumen once during the 2 hours so you'll be sure to stay awake.

I'm very lucky that I have a personal mentor on IPD. His name is Phil Bernstein, the Yale Professor and BIM/IPD Guru at Autodesk. Thanks to Phil's guidance, I can now intelligently discuss workflow, process, integration and contractural obligations and not mention the word Revit.

Any company in Florida who would like me to give this presentation to your firm and you get the CEUs, just let me know. All I ask in return is that you make CADD Centers your reseller. Fair trade I think. Also, the Revit Essentials class gives you 20 CEU credits as well.

From the AIA's IPD Guide

Integrated Project Delivery encourages early contribution of knowledge and experience and requires proactive involvement of key participants. Responsibility is placed on the most able person with decisions being made on a “best for project” basis. Although it is possible to achieve Integrated Project Delivery without Building Information Modeling, it is the opinion and recommendation of this study that Building Information Modeling is essential to efficiently achieve the collaboration required for Integrated Project Delivery.

IPD Definition – AIA California Council 6/2007

The World According to BIM, Part 2 - Cadalyst AEC

The discussion continues about the workplace challenges presented by BIM, and the approach we think will yield the best results.

In Part 1 of this article, I examined the role of the CAD operator as it relates to building information modeling (BIM). I also provided some insight into the thought process that should govern how BIM operators are selected. This time I will discuss the communication that should take place among the various parties involved in a project and how data sharing should be approached.

External Communication and Sharing Intelligent Data
If you haven't yet looked at the Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) documents on the AIA web site, you should, because you almost cannot speak of BIM without mentioning IPD in the next breath. There is a wealth of documentation out there regarding IPD, so I won't dwell on it, but I will reiterate some of the more important points as they relate to the focus of this article.

Continue Reading? You'll really want to on this one...
The World According to BIM, Part 2 - Cadalyst AEC

Simply Elegant Home Designs Blog: The Value of an Architect

You had me at '3D'. Here's a great example of an architect using 3D and visualization as a design tool. Now if he would only import the sketchup model into Revit to finish the CDs.

While at my regular job - Larson Brenner Architects - I received a phone call a few days ago. It was from someone who had been designing there own cabin. Subsequently the design was given to a builder who's draftsman tried to complete the design and drawings. Well it turns out that he did not like the design. He was still enamored with the floor plans, but not the exterior appearance. The image below is of the original design.I was asked to see if I could take a shot at improving the appearance of the home without significantly altering the floor plans. He also wanted to maintain the basic chalet style roof line that he had started with. I agreed to work on an hourly rate basis to provide the services. I modeled the plan quickly in Sketchup and did several minor alternatives. In the end we landed on the final solution as shown below.

There are many aspects of design that need to be considered including:
  • form scale proportion rhythm pattern
  • texture shade and shadow color spatial qualities
  • quality of light function circulation patterns
  • furniture placement construction related issues cost / budget

Read the rest: Simply Elegant Home Designs Blog: The Value of an Architect

The Business Vs. The Angry Architect [97 Things] : Near-Time

Found this on Twitter today. Thought someone may find it interesting.
9/3/2008 by Chad LaVigne.
Last Updated 12/23/2008 by Chad LaVigne.

There comes a time in our career as an architect when we realize many of the issues we encounter are recurring. Though the project and industry may change, many of the problems are similar. At this point we can draw on our experience to provide many solutions quickly, leaving more time to enjoy the challenging issues. We’re confident in our solutions and we deliver as advertised. We have reached homeostasis. This is the perfect time to make a colossal mistake - like deciding you know so much that it’s time for you to start talking more than you listen. This poor decision usually comes with a side of cynicism, impatience and general anger towards inferior minds who dare contradict your superior understanding of all things technical and otherwise."

continue reading: The Business Vs. The Angry Architect [97 Things] : Near-Time

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

AutoCAD Revit Structure Detailing 2010 - What's New Official Guide PDF

Click here to download the Guide

This stuff is just amazing. Archicad could never do anything like this.


Ultra Tip - Revit Suite Activation Trick | What's the Word on BIM? - CADsoft Consulting - Arizona

Absolutely brilliant tip from http://www.cadsoft-consult.com.
Kudos to Patrick Villella for figuring this out.

Bloglink: Ultra Tip - Revit Suite Activation Trick | What's the Word on BIM?:

Alright, I’m excited about sharing this tip with you. Figuring out this trick just saved me and one of our clients a few hours of work.

Product: Revit Architecture Suite 2009
Issue: Activation - ‘activation code is invalid’
Cause: AutoCAD 2009 was activated before Revit Architecture 2009

The back story is pretty long-winded, so if you just want, you can just jump to the tip"

Here’s the Ultra Tip!

Use the PLU (Portable License Utility).

Autodesk-Portable-License-UtilitySimply export the license to a folder on your computer. For this client, AutoCAD 2009 had the license info, so we used the PLU in the AutoCAD menu group to export it.

Then, import the license from the file, using the PLU in the Revit menu group.

Just like that, Revit was now activated — no reinstall necessary!

BTW, AutoCAD didn’t need to be activated. In the Revit Suite configuration, AutoCAD is treated almost like an add-on and simply piggybacks onto the Revit license. Nice!


Revit Structure 2010 - What's New Official Guide PDF

Click here to download the Guide


Revit Architecture 2010 - What's New Official Guide PDF

Click here to download the Guide


Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Not much to say today...

I'm busy preparing to give a lecture tomorrow for the AIA & CSI in West Palm Beach on Integrated Project Delivery and BIM. 2 HSW Sustainability CEU credits. Wow! Anyone else want those credits?

It's going to be powerpoint heaven.

I went to check Twitter for a moment and someone just sent me this so I just had to retweet it:

What do you call someone who refuses to switch to BIM? a CADaver!

You've got to love Reviteer humor.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Just want to set the record straight about the plate

I had to put my new registration sticker on my license plate yesterday. Usually, once a year, I manage to be in Coral Gables Florida and come out of a meeting and there's a ticket on my car. I always get pissed because I put money in the meter, and when I look at the ticket, it's always for an expired tag. Of course, I have the sticker, it's just actually taking the time to put in on the license plate that never seems to happen.

So, this year, having made it two whole weeks without being ticketed, I decided to put on the new sticker before venturing to Coral Gables and their eagle eye meter maids.

As long as I had to remove the plastic cover on the plate, I figured we'd make it a family affair and have a little fun.

People always look at my business card and say "cool" to which I respond, "that's really my license plate too.". I don't think anyone really believes that, so my wife was kind enough to take a picture of JR and me and the official Revit 3D license plate.

Yes, part two is, that at the top of my blog in the banner, that really is my son. He just turned a year old. He sure did enjoy throwing the license plate on the ground and hearing the noise it made.

The only question left is when will we have 100% adoption of Revit & BIM? I hope before JR graduates from college.


Ewanski GBS - Green Building and Green Business Blog

Sometimes it's luck and sometimes it's fate. I love the diversity of Twitter, although when I read some of the profiles of my new followers, I wonder what the heck they were thinking. You can't imagine my surprise when I got a new follower (http://twitter.com/patriciaewanski) at 8:48PM. She had me at 'Green', the first word in her bio. I went to her linked blog and was so happy to see such an active Green/LEED blogger.

Not wanting to be selfish, I'd like to share her blog with my readers.

Ewanski GBS - Green Building and Green Business Blog

In my personal effort to expand from Revit to BIM to IPD and LEED and Green Building Analysis & Design, I'm sure I'll be spending a lot of time following her blog to see how it can help us with Revit. Wave to your new fans Patricia. Read more...

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Dow Chemical plans to sell solar shingles by 2011 - Florida AP - MiamiHerald.com

Dow Chemical Co. says it aims to start selling power-generating roof shingles by 2011.

The Midland-based chemical giant has been at work for the past year on a $50 million project called Dow Solar Solutions.

The company's scientists and engineers are working to develop a product to sell thermoplastic solar roof shingles throughout North America.

Dow Chemical is collaborating with three home builders - Lennar Corp. of Miami, Pulte Homes Inc. of Bloomfield Hills and Prost Builders Inc. of Jefferson City, Mo. - and with Tucson, Ariz.-based Global Solar Energy Inc., a maker of flexible materials.

The researchers have conducted numerous tests in preparing the shingles for market, said Robert J. Cleereman, senior director of solar development for Dow Chemical.

"We've thrown everything you can imagine at them from (simulated) hail to fire to see how they react," he told The Saginaw News. "One day, a person would no more think about buying a house without solar shingles than they would buy a house without plumbing. That is our hope, at least."

At the center of the project is a $2.5 million injecting and molding machine nicknamed "The Beast" that produces the solar cell-imbedded shingles.

The marketing for solar shingles will be shaped by government subsidies and utility policies, Cleereman said.

"I can see utility companies paying for the roofing for customers," he said. "It would save them money on building power plants because the solar shingles can act like individual little power plants."


Armstrong Commercial Ceilings Revit Library

BIM is becoming the foundation of building design, visualization studies, contract documents, analysis, simulation and facilities management. Autodesk® Revit® is the dominant BIM authoring application and Revit's market penetration into architectural firms is occurring three times faster than the market penetration of 2D CAD in the 1980s.

Please Help Us Build

To ensure we are creating efficient, usable objects for your project files we'd like your input on the initial objects shown below. We'll integrate your ideas in future object creation as we add to this library.

Here's an example of what you'll see when you load one of the files below in Revit.

Click here to download the Revit Family Library

Saturday, February 14, 2009

The Revit Kid! - A new blog about the future of architecture

A new blog was born yesterday in Revitland and it's name is "The Revit Kid." I'd like everyone to take a look at in and subscribe. Why? Well, one reason is Jeff contacted me about a year ago with a major software issue and I helped him out with it. He had a major technological problem and a deadline and I helped him solve his problem. Jeff's a student who's embraced Revit.His blog is indicative of thousands more of peers and classmates that are ditching AutoCAD in school and using Revit.

Why should you care? One, these kids won't go and work and 2D CAD firms. Second, they're going to be the rising stars with contractors because the software they use embraces the most modern technology that teaches them to design to build. The Revit adoption rate of architectural students is huge. Autodesk gives them Revit for free, but they have to pay for AutoCAD. If that's not a good enough reason, the features of Revit certainly are.

Jeff, I wish you much luck and success with your blog and I will do anything I can to help you, as you are my vision of the future and next great generation. Jeff, thanks for linking my blog to yours. Great move to get you started with traffic. You better write a post a day. Millions are depending on you. ~G

Thursday, February 12, 2009


Hello and welcome to The Revit Kid.com! My name is Jeff and I will be the main blogger for this here blog. I am a student who experienced the amazing capabilities and advantages of Revit Architecture while forcing my self to learn it during my last design course. While sitting in class the other day I had a conversation with a few students currently enrolled in the architecture program at my school. These students were taking a Revit class. Their eyes glazed over as I showed them the work I have done in Revit and the questions began to flow out of them. This is when I realized that it might be very helpful to any students wanting to learn Revit to learn it from a fellow student. The Revit Kid!

-Video Link-

Friday, February 13, 2009

Stimulus This!!!!

Well, the stimulus bill was just approved by the Senate moments ago. $787 Billion. I wish all of it was going towards the AEC industry, but hopefully there's enough money to kick start our industry.

My company is offering quick-start Pilot Project training to anyone wanting help to make their projects shovel ready in BIM & LEED.

Let's all cross our fingers that the stimulus does it's job and we can focus on happier times. Read more...

Navisworks 2010 Brochures

Navisworks - Top 10 Reasons to Switch - pdf Read more...

Revit Structure & Detailing 2010 Brochures

Revit Structure 2010 Brochure - pdf
Revit Structure 2010 Top 10 Reasons to Switch - pdf

AutoCAD Structural Top 10 Reasons to Switch - pdf
AutoCAD Structural Detailing FAQ - pdf

Revit MEP 2010 Brochures

Revit MEP Suite Questions and Answers - pdf
Revit MEP Top 10 Reasons to Switch - pdf Read more...

More about the Ribbon Bar in Revit 2010, Changes, Classes, More Changes.

Just digging a little more into the software and it gets better by the keystroke.

I just discovered that you can right click on an item in the ribbon toolbar and it gets added to the top left of your favorites menu.

By the way, I don't know if this is just in Revit Structure, but when I went to move the structural loading, an X/Y/Z indicator popped up in the bottom left of the screen. Click the photo to enlarge and see it. Was that in Structure 2009?

All in all, the ribbon is better and more productive. I was at a client today working on Revit 2008 and it was painful to work with. I had to show him rendering in Accurender? Remember that little program? I don't remember hearing anyone complaining about Mental Ray being added to Revit last year and the changes that brought.

If you are interested, you can sign up at this link. As soon as we can legally teach the web-based class, we will email you with dates. I really want everyone to not lose a second of productivity with the new ribbon. I think it really is much more productive than the current system.
I'm seeing some griping on the AUGI forum about it.

Here's the irony. All of you Revit users are the foundation of change. You've adopted and embraced Revit and BIM. Can you really complain about any changes to the software? You are the changers. You are the future of the AEC industry. Funny how it all plays out and what changes we're willing to accept, embrace or shun.

So, to summarize:
1. Ribbon good.
2. AutoCAD bad.
3. Revit great.
4. Revit3D providing classes in:
5. 2010 Massing Tool
6. 2010 Ribbon
7. 2010 Family Editor
8. We will create custom classes in any other feature you want or need for 2010. Link
9. Have a nice weekend

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Revit MEP toolbar video and a little sampler of Revit MEP in action

Revit MEP video of toolbars and a little sampler

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Revit MEP 2010 Installation Photos

Some pretty pictures during the Revit MEP 2010 installation.

Photo links

I can't believe nobody noticed - Ribbon update

So, I'm playing with Revit Arch 2010 and I'm looking and looking and looking and can't find the rendering button on the toolbar.

I can't believe Autodesk removed rendering from Revit. Just kidding. They're still working on the product, so I guess this is normal.

Well, I wanted to test the rendering speed and since there's no button, I looked in the keyboard shortcut text file and found 'RR' starts rendering. It must be my imagination because it's a lot faster than 2009. At least I think it is. I will run a test and compare.

In the meantime, here's a test rendering. Nothing special done regarding lighting or materials. I must admit, adding JR to a decal really made the wall look better.

Update 2/12/09: A little birdy just sent me a blog comment (Thank you Mr. Stafford). There's a little teapot at the bottom of the Revit window that opens the rendering dialog. Funny, I did look down there but didn't pay attention.

I took the same file and rendered it in 2009 and 2010. About the same rendering speed. The black barrels are in 2009 and the white barrels are in 2010. Don't know why that happened.
I just did Render, Best, Go. Nothing special. You can click on each picture for larger images.


Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Revit Architecture 2010 Ribbon - Take Two - Revisions

Click the picture to view the movie tour of the next version of Revit Architecture 2010. There are continuous changes being made and this may not be the final look of what ships, but it's getting closer.

These videos should help you become acclimated with the new ribbon toolbar.

I will create screenshots of each item as soon as I'm done playing with the cool incredible new version of Revit. Read more...

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Revit Architecture 2010 Brochures

Hot off the presses...

Revit Architecture 2010Brochure

Revit Architecture 2010 FAQ

Revit Architecture 2010 Top 10 Features

Architecture Industry 2010 Solutions Brochure

A Green Building Theology: Afraid of the Dark

A De-Lightful post from my LEED friend Sara about light pollution and LEED.

Face it folks, we are afraid of the dark. And I am not talking about being-in-your-bedroom-and-being-afraid-of-the-dark afraid, I am talking about being outside, in your community, whether it be rural, suburban or urban and being afraid of the dark. At night anymore, it’s often as bright as it is during the day.

read the whole post:
A Green Building Theology: Afraid of the Dark


Monday, February 9, 2009

REVITalizing: Learning From the Past | CADuzer

More wise words from an SOM BIM Manager....

REVITalizing: Learning From the Past | CADuzer: "With AutoCAD we were still creating lines, arcs and circles just like we did with a pencil. Certainly the ability to copy and create arrays was a great thing, but not until BIM came out did we realize what the computer could truly do for us. Computers should do more than make it easier to repeat our manual processes over and over. They should offer us new methods of creating new outcomes. I think Revit does just that. I would suspect that if you asked any non-architecture or -computer person whether they thought we drew walls with line tools or wall tools, they’d say wall tools because it sounds logical."


I think I broke the Space/Time Contiuum

So, I recently copied some forum posts from the archicad forum here. They're freaking out about the new Revit features and now they're referencing my blog post in their forum post.

Now, I have to reference their new forum posts in my new blog post. I wonder how this will all end. Oh how I love the interweb tubes.

PostPosted: Tue Feb 10, 2009 2:28 am Post subject: Re: revit 2010 and autocad 2010
.......how in the world do you figure that?

Revit 2009 got a brand spanking new Mental Ray renderer along with free-form modeling tools like the Sweptblend tool, and we're still stuck with Lightworks v0.25 and Nudge. The Curtain Wall in AC is great, but let's be frank, it's nowhere near what the new CurtainWall (or even the existing one) in Revit2010 or the subdivision Freeform modelling tools in AutoCAD, AUTOCAD 2010, can and will be able to do.

How is that keeping pace, or even competing?

....the great hilarity of it all is that in that same blog (the Revit3D blog) that was referenced to in this thread, if you scroll a bit further down, there's a poster who makes a kind of mocking warning to anyone considering switching to ArchiCAD by referencing this very Talk Forum and quoting some poor AC user lamenting the fact that ArchiCAD user wishes always seem to end up appearing in the next version of Revit rather than in any version of ArchiCAD.

How true. How so very true. And sad too.

He also makes some pointed, and clearly accurate observations of GSHQ's attitude (or apparent lack of thereof) in this perpetual slide they seem to have engineered themselves into.

Augmented Reality - Autodesk Gallery

YouTube - Autodesk Gallery: Augmented Reality
This is so cool.

Video Link

Response to anonymous blog post about the ribbon and more

I received an anonymous blog post a few days ago and I thought I'd take a moment to publicly respond to it.

I'm trying to come up with all the reasons why? Why did I start this blog? Why do I criticize 2D drafting programs. Why am I so passionate about BIM.

The answer? I don't know. Something deep inside me drives me to do these things. I don't know how I ever wound up as Vice President of the the oldest Autodesk reseller in the US. Being a general contractor, the very first thing I fell in love with about Revit was the door schedule. I can't tell you how many estimates I worked on as a GC where the doors on the plans didn't match the doors in the schedule. It was love at first byte. There was something magical about Revit and I couldn't even draw a straight line in AutoCAD. All the buttons and palettes and command line....and I had a computer consulting business for 10 years. AutoCAD just seemed way too complicated and Revit so sophisticated. It's just feels right to have this blog and interact with the world in a positive way.

Here's the comment I received and I'd like to address it.
(comments in blue are from the commentor)

"Revit comes up with a new interface and suddenly it's a great feature, yet a year ago, you bash AutoCAD for the same ribbon-type interface. http://bimboom.blogspot.com/2008/05/jr-just-opened-autocad-2009.html"

~I didn't actually bash AutoCAD. That blog post was labeled 'Humor' and I did have a 3 month old son who I caught on camera with the most disturbing look on his face.

That blog post: Oh my poor son. He just looked at the new AutoCAD 2009 interface.
I don't think he'll ever be the same. Does this happen to all AutoCAD users?
He definitely needs some Revit implementation!!!!!

I didn't think that was so terrible. I wasn't bashing AutoCAD for the ribbon. I like the ribbon. I was commenting on the change and how many AutoCAD users went back to the old style interface. My issues has been and always will be the battle for productivity and accuracy.

"As much as I applaud your evangelism in promoting Revit, I feel that your posts are too AutoCAD vs. Revit. "

~Duh! It's a Revit blog. I blog about Revit. I'm here to support current Revit users, help them get into advanced capabilities & peripheral technologies AND I am here to help curious or new users of Revit make the transition AND give them the resources they need to go to battle against the old guard at their firms. Damn straight it's AutoCAD vs Revit. It's 2D vs 3D. It's drafting vs design. It's oBIMa vs McCAD. I'm doing something right because I keep getting more and more readers, my subscription level is going up and I'm linked by more and more other bloggers. I've gotten too much positive feedback from happy blog readers to ever change what I'm doing. I'm trying to change the conversation. I won't accept that things have to stay the same. Somehow AutoCAD became an industry standard and I want to make Revit the new standard. There were thousand before me that got millions of people into AutoCAD in the first place.

What you may not realize is that I want to help you make a lot of money. It does me no good if you have no business, profits or technology to do LEED calculations. It takes a lot of time and energy to do what I do for this blog and I get Revit for free, so I'm not doing this for myself. It's for the greater good and it's for those who embrace technology and appreciate what Revit does for them.

"Both applications provide features that are useful for a specific solution. "

~AutoCAD is fine for drafting and detailing. It should not be used to "DESIGN" buildings. Revit is the solution to a problem in an industry of "CAD Operators". They're not design and construction specialists who know how building go together. It started when architects and engineers with their higher billable rates were considered too valuable to have them sit in front of computers. That was the beginning of the end.

It seems like Autodesk understands this and continues to expand both products. Revit might have some inherent features that make it more suitable for building design, but AutoCAD has features that are more useful for engineering type projects (ACAD P&ID, Civil 3D, etc.)

~OK. They're not expanding AutoCAD. They're taking Revit features and adding them into AutoCAD. Give me a break. Any program where you have to spend 20% of your time determining a layer, line weight and line color is not an efficient use of your time. Civil 3D is nothing like AutoCAD. It's a modeling program for Civil projects and everyone's moving to it in the civil engineering industry. I'm not sure Autodesk understands it. They're supporting an existing base of people who refuse to change. It'd be like Microsoft still supporting Windows 3.1, but they pushed through the complaints and moved forward. Autodesk still makes money from AutoCAD upgrades and subscriptions, so they can afford to throw money at it. Has AutoCAD really changed functionality it 25 years?

Please differentiate between the two so that users can understand which application will benefit them.

~It's not my job to tell people which application will benefit them. That's why they get trials, talk to their reseller, do their own research on blogs like mine. I can't force someone to spend money. Revit Suites come with a copy of AutoCAD and AutoCAD Architecture. They get 2D, 2.5D and 3D software. I'm here to help people make the transistion to Revit. That's why my company does. I work with firms who want to learn new technologies and invest their resources in software that helps them design and doubles productivity. Conduct a poll and see how many AutoCAD drafters have lost their job in the last year against Revit designers. I doubt there's one person unemployed right now who knows Revit. When you can say that about CAD, then I'll shut up and change my passionate position.

Any out of work AutoCAD drafters want free Revit training? Email me and you can sit in on the class. How's that Mr. Anonymous blog poster. I'm putting my money where my mouth is. Anyone out there without a job want AutoCAD training? Didn't think so.

I'll end this with what a great job I think Autodesk has done with their Design & Analysis portfolio. Revit and Civil 3D. Ecotect, Green Building Studio, Intelisolve and Robot.
They've really made a huge investment in tools that help the AEC industry.

Thanks this was fun. Today was a great day and thank you Autodesk for giving the Reviteers something to look forward to around April. I encourage anyone else to comment.

Mr. Revit

Preoccupations - Drawing Board to the Desktop - A Designer’s Path - NYTimes.com

This is an interesting story by a graphic artist and his transition to software based graphic design.
It's not about architecture but there are some similar parallels.

By MICHAEL BIERUT Published: February 7, 2009

IN 1972, when I was a sophomore in high school in suburban Cleveland, I was asked to do a poster for our drama club’s production of “Arsenic and Old Lace.” I found a nice big piece of cardboard, did the most elaborate piece of hand-lettering I could manage with a couple of black felt-tipped pens and turned it in to the director."
THE technology we have at our disposal is dazzling, and our efficiency is such that clients expect fast solutions and nearly instantaneous updates. We are proud to deliver them. Still, I wonder if we haven’t lost something in the process: the deliberation that comes with a slower pace, the attention to detail required when mistakes can’t be undone with the click of a mouse. Younger designers hearing me talk this way react as if I’m getting sentimental about the days when we all used to churn our own butter.

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