You've got to see this. It's going to be available on July 13th. It's a plugin for Revit that allows you to insert families, objects, lights, base modeling, etc into Revit from a menu. You can pick an entire floor, select all rooms, pick the object, such as a light, and it's inserted into every selected room in the model.
You have got to go watch the video this second. I'm in awe of the brilliance of this and I'm not just saying that because I'm the US distributor for Tools4Revit, I'm saying it because it's the most fantastic thing I've ever seen as a timesaver for Revit designers.
It's called BID - Building Information Detailing (code name Building Interior Designer)
Here's the link to watch the video of the http://www.tools4revit.com/building-interior-designer/insert-elements/
I can't believe it...it gets better. The plugin lets you select any parameter and change them all through the entire building. Lights. Ceiling heights, colors. Anything.....this is phenomenal.
Keep going and you can analyze element data: http://www.tools4revit.com/building-interior-designer/analize-data/
And for the big finish, generate legends in sections and list quantities: http://www.tools4revit.com/building-interior-designer/analize-data-update-legend/
Again, this will be available for the United States on July 13th. I will have pricing information available shortly as well as trials and product demonstrations.
You can submit a request at this link for pricing and more information.
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Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Got this one from that meddling kid...
If it wasn't for that darned kid, we'd still be drafting in 2D. Thanks Jeff. You're doing a great job with your TheRevitKid.com blog. Giving me a run for my money.
DesignIntelligence » Blog Archive » An NCARB Lesson from Chicago: It’s Time to Think Growth:
"The unexpected lesson from NCARB in Chicago: It’s time to dislodge your professional practice from the rut and into the tango that is integrated project delivery. This is where the NCARB annual meeting had more than average relevance — apply some or all of these tactics and you’ll not only make the design professions more efficient, the planet greener and safer, but you’ll also get on track for superior success."
Read the rest of the Revit Kid's blog: http://therevitkid.blogspot.com/2009/06/time-to-grow.html
and the source http://www.di.net/blog/2009/06/an-ncarb-lesson-from-chicago-it%E2%80%99s-time-to-think-growth/
This just in:
Repost: The Revit Clinic: Building Skills with Skill Builders:
Building Skills with Skill Builders
I hate having to one up my friend Jeff at TheRevitKid.com and today's blog post about Architectural Cardio, but it reminded me of a story I read last year. It's so annoying to remember reading something on the internet and then having no idea how or where to find it until you refine and refine your google search until you actually find it, so here it is. Maybe it should be part of the new government energy bill. How bad could it be to force everyone to exercise in their homes and offices. I just think that vacuuming is a bitch.
East Hampton, N.Y.
- The walk on the house’s concrete floor which rises and falls is comparable to moon walk. The floor is made in a traditional Japanese style, using hardened soil, here mixed with a little cement.
- The undulating floors provide you with a luxury of mountain climbing within the comfort and security of your home. For the not so sure-footed there are a dozen brightly colored metal poles to grab on to.
- Its architecture makes people use their bodies in unexpected ways to maintain equilibrium, and that will stimulate their immune systems.
- The walls are made of various materials including metal and translucent polycarbonate, which admits a gentle light.
- Walls painted, somewhat disconcertingly, in about 40 colors if not more.
- Multiple levels meant to induce the sensation of being in two spaces at once.
- Oddly angled light switches and outlets.
- Windows at varying heights.
- No doors or privacy obstructions in the house. However, they do provide you with hooks in the ceiling, and someday the house could be festooned with curtains or other dividers.
- A sunken kitchen in the middle of the house.
- The finished house consists of four rectangular rooms surrounding a free-form living space.
THE house is off-limits to children, and adults are asked to sign a waiver when they enter. The main concern is the concrete floor, which rises and falls like the surface of a vast, bumpy chocolate chip cookie.
But, for Arakawa, 71, an artist who designed the house with his wife, Madeline Gins, the floor is a delight, as well as a proving ground.
As he scampered across it with youthful enthusiasm on a Friday evening in March, he compared himself to the first man to walk on the moon. “If Neil Armstrong were here, he would say, ‘This is even better!’ ”
Then Ms. Gins, 66, began holding forth about the health benefits of the house, officially called Bioscleave House (Lifespan Extending Villa). Its architecture makes people use their bodies in unexpected ways to maintain equilibrium, and that, she said, will stimulate their immune systems.“They ought to build hospitals like this,” she said.
Here's another great article about the house: http://home.howstuffworks.com/home-improvement/repair/bioscleave-house.htm/printable
Here's a really cool LEED v2.2 Mind Map from Pomodoro Design
My dear friend Matt who works for a reseller in Australia decided to post a comment about the premature nature of my Service Pack post. Perhaps, Matt didn't notice that the build date of the Service Pack is June 12th and I made the posting on June 26th. That's a full 2 weeks after the update file was created.
As I have done previously with information about the Ribbon, release of 64bit, release of AutoCAD Architecture bundled with Revit Suite, the release date of Revit 2010 products and release of Revit for subscription customers prior to release date, I will continue to provide my readers and the world the information as soon as I can, even if it is before the actual release of the update.
It's more important that everyone has this information so they can make deployment and IT plans and be ready for when the software actually hits their hard drives. It's always better to have the information too early than too late. If only Matt had any sort of Revit technical experience, he'd have known that and not made that blog comment (settle down Matt, I know you have Revit technical experience, just wanted to raise your blood pressure thousands of miles away).
Anyhow, expect the Revit Update to be released early next week as Autodesk is on vacation this week, well everyone except for Scott Sheppard at http://labs.blogs.com/ who's just released Project Showroom 1.0.20.
Matt, thanks not for your comment and get back to your funnel!
Monday, June 29, 2009
Top 10 Green Building Products 
As the magazine does every year, Sustainable Industries has just published its list of the Top 10 Green Building Products of 2009. Selections are chosen based upon environmental performance, scalability / market impact, innovation, design aesthetic, value, and compatibility with LEED. Download the guide at Sustainability Industries. Here are the top ten:
H. R. 2454 A BILL To create clean energy jobs, achieve energy independence, reduce global warming pollution and transition to a clean energy economy.
The fun starts on page 297. Looks like LEED is going to be required on all new buildings. They even mention something called ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2004. I can't for the life of me remember where I've heard of that recently. Oh, yeah, 90% of the LEED AP exam questions. They even mention Revit in there, but I'm not going to tell you on which of the 1092 pages it's on. Just kidding. No specific mention of Revit, but you're certainly not going to want to design all of your green buildings in CAD, so it's time to face the music, invest in BIM and our energy analysis software if you want to be able to do any work, and yes, it is for commercial, residential new and existing buildings.
Related link: House Bill and LEED?!http://therevitkid.blogspot.com/2009/06/house-bill-and-leed.html
TITLE II—ENERGY EFFICIENCY
14 Subtitle A—Building Energy
15 Efficiency Programs
16 SEC. 201. GREATER ENERGY EFFICIENCY IN BUILDING
18 Section 304 of the Energy Conservation and Produc19
tion Act (42 U.S.C. 6833) is amended to read as follows:
20 ‘‘SEC. 304. GREATER ENERGY EFFICIENCY IN BUILDING
22 ‘‘(a) ENERGY EFFICIENCY TARGETS.—
23 ‘‘(1) IN GENERAL.—Except as provided in para24
graph (2) or (3), the national building code energy ef25
ficiency target for the national average percentage
1 improvement of a building’s energy performance when
2 built to a code meeting the target shall be—
3 ‘‘(A) effective on the date of enactment of
4 the American Clean Energy and Security Act of
5 2009, 30 percent reduction in energy use relative
6 to a comparable building constructed in compli7
ance with the baseline code;
I just got another follower on Twitter called SoManyShrimp. Actually, that's their name, their Twitter account is somanyshri5057. Other than it being a junk twitter account only existing to sell some bizarre product, it got me thinking.
I saw "shrimp" and my brain heard "BIM". Next thing, I'm saying BIM Gumbo, BIM kabob, fried BIM, Bar B Q BIM, BIM Scampi,
You can barbecue it, boil it, broil it, bake it, saute it. There's uh, BIM-kabobs, BIM creole, BIM gumbo. Pan fried, deep fried, stir-fried. There's pineapple BIM, lemon BIM, coconut BIM, pepper BIM, BIM soup, BIM stew, BIM salad, BIM and potatoes, BIM burger, BIM sandwich. That- that's about it.
I was having a conversation with Kim Renshaw of Autodesk a few weeks ago and I was saying that I thought there are 3 different types of BIM. BIM for architects, BIM for contractors and BIM for owners/facility managers.
She immediately challenged me on it and said, "No. There's only one BIM and all of those people just use the information in a different way."
Well, I think she's right and I was wrong. The next issue is how do we really share the BIM information and how does the original model get shared downstream. Another whole topic is what does the original design team need to do with their modeling process so it can be reused downstream. Do they get paid extra for that by the owner? Who owns the model, data and information? I'm sure all of this is already on a lot of your minds and Integrated Project Delivery also plays a very heavy hand in all of this. We all now that BIM is going to take of the world a lot faster than AutoCAD did in the last 26 years. Considering that Revit came out about 9 years ago, I think in the next 2 to 5 years, 2D design will be completely gone.
Argue with me about that if you will, but let's do some math. On every single construction project, about 5% of the owner's money goes towards design. The remaining 95% goes towards construction, managment, labor and materials. Since the 5% has such a huge effect on the other 95%, it's in the owner's best interest to do everything than can to control the effects of the 5% on the 95%. That's what IPD is really about. Any thoughts from my readers?
All I can say is 'Run Revit Run!"
Wisconsin becomes the first state to require BIM on large, public projects - - Blog on Building Design & Construction - 1340000734
...I've been doing this Revit/BIM blogging thing for a while now and I can dishonestly tell you, I never saw this coming....
Jun 27 2009 10:50AM By Jeff Yoders
reposted from: http://www.bdcnetwork.com/blog/1340000734/post/1190046119.html?
As of July 1 the Wisconsin Division of State Facilities will require all projects with a total budget of $5 million or more and all new construction with a budget of $2.5 million or more to have their designs begin with a Building Information Model.
The new guidelines and standards require A/E services in a design-bid-build project delivery format to use BIM and 3D software from initial planning concepts up to bidding documents and finally to project closeout. There are 5 projects over the $5 Million threshold up for A/E selection in the next few months, followed by 18 more expected between 2009 and 2011. The projects include new and existing construction for 16 state agencies including the Department of Military Affairs, Department of Administration, Department of Corrections, and also the University of Wisconsin system.
Public comments are now being taken on the new BIM standards and guidelines at the DFS website.
Two thoughts on this.
1.) By going through a thorough pilot program that delivered 13 projects worth a combined $300 million since 2008, the Wisconsin DFS is in a good position to make this requirement. They know what to expect and how BIM projects should be delivered.
2.) Requiring BIM will force a lot of architects and engineers that bid on state contracts to make the switch to 3D design. Overall this is a good thing, but there will be unintended consequences. The new guidelines don't require integrated project delivery so there's a potential for "BIMwashing" using traditional 2D documents just as we've seen greenwashing in sustainable projects.
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Starting next week, all construction projects seeking certification under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, must use a new version of the green building standard. One of the biggest changes to LEED with the new version has to do with energy reporting — building owners must now annually submit data about how much energy (and water) they use or get recertified every two years. The new requirements aren’t perfect, and the standard’s approach to building energy use has some critics, but companies developing energy-related technologies for buildings could see some increased demand for their products.
The U.S. Green Building Council, which designs LEED, says the collection of data will provide valuable information about the way buildings actually perform and help improve future versions of LEED. And the nonprofit organization hopes that forcing certified building owners to report energy use on an ongoing basis will push them to reduce the amount they use. In a press release Thursday, Scot Horst, senior vice president of LEED, said it “will bring to light external issues such as occupant behavior or unanticipated building usage patterns, all key factors that influence performance.”
Still, even with the changes, LEED has shortcomings in how it treats the energy use of buildings, said Prudence Ferreira, a principal with the San Francisco-based energy consulting firm Integral Impact. The energy-modeling software it relies on still lacks accuracy, and the new standard doesn’t require building owners to perform regular monitoring and recalibration of systems, like heating or air conditioning, after initial commissioning. The latter would ensure the building was performing as well as intended. The new LEED standards would be even better if they limited the permissible net energy use of buildings based on their size, Ferreira said. That would be a true performance criteria, she said.
But beyond the shortcomings, the new LEED provisions could give a boost to companies that sell the tools that enable building owners to manage energy consumption. While building owners can simply turn over their utility bills to the green building council to meet the new reporting provisions, some might look to emerging technologies to keep that energy consumption down, like Seattle-based Optimum Energy’s efficient HVAC system. In particular technologies that utilize wireless sensors, and intelligent analytics to identify faults in heating and air conditioning (after years of use these machines can become inefficient) could enable building owners to make sure they continuously meet the energy requirements.
And even if the new LEED standards aren’t enough to convince building owners to buy these tools now, these types of reporting requirements could some day come from the states, too. California has been moving to require buildings to report annual energy use, and Russo said she believes state governments probably will eventually require performance standards, along the lines of what Ferreira described.
I could never do what I do without people like Scott Sheppard doing what he's doing at Autodesk's 'It's Alive in the Lab', the Autodesk laboratory where they get to create technology that makes the design experience of the future become a reality now. Yesterday morning, I saw Scott's Lab post Request for Help Identifying a Painting and I decided to see what I could come up with. I must say it was about as impossible a task as some of Scott's work challenges, but I refused to give up. Below are the results and I was thrilled that Scott gave me an entire blog post on http://LABS.BLOG.COM/its_alive_in_the_lab/2009/06/seek-and-yee-shall-find.html
It's funny. I'm thinking how cool it is to have my blog, readers, recognition and to be able to stand out in the crowd and then I look at the painting below and it's a group of faceless, anonymous, generic group of people, which makes all of this stand out even more. Yes, it's nice to be noticed and stand out in the crowd. It's taken a lot of hard work to get here and I like making a difference in the world. Thank you all.
June 28, 2009
Need Help Identifying A Painting? Revit3D.com to the rescue...
Isn't technology a beautiful thing? Isn't the community we have formed using a the internet like a family? In response to my posting Need Help Identifying a Painting, I received this email from Gregory Arkin who mans the Revit3D.com blog.
I always love a challenge, so after failing at Google image searching for words like silhouette, bicycle, Paris, artwork, etc. for a very long while (thank goodness for Firefox autopager), I decided to go a different route. Instead of searching for the image using Google, I used Google to search for a tool that would be of assistance. I Googled "upload image search," found a website called TinEye.com, uploaded your image, and came up with five results within 15 seconds:
None of the results were very helpful, and one was a non-existent website, but alas, one did return a clue. The file name had "Gerard-Fromangert" in the name. A little more research uncovered http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G%C3%A9rard_Fromanger and there you have it.
"Corps à corps bleu" is the name of the piece of art and it was housed at Paris-Sienne (2003-2006) Centre Beaubourg, Paris
I am not having so much luck finding the availability of reprints, but I'll keep looking. I hope I'm the first to come up with the information for you. It was well worth the effort for the appreciation I have of all you've done in "The Lab." Keep up the great work. I love what you guys are doing.
Good luck finding a copy for your daughter.
Thanks Gregory! As this is the kind of investigatory work that Gregory does, you Revit users should check out Revit3D.com to garner the tips and tricks Gregory has unearthed. I'm sure you'll be as grateful as I am.
Appreciating the help from our Labs family is alive in the Lab.
Saturday, June 27, 2009
There are several things that I find absolutely fascinating when I see the new Autodesk videos showcasing their technology. The first is so many of their products now tie into to each other. Digital fabrication, design, analysis, coordination, visualization and more all can share the information and really streamline the workflow and process. Perhaps, not all so perfectly just yet as I'm sure some of you might say, but I don't know of any other companies that have such a depth of technology that tie across so many industries.
I laugh when some customers or prospects tell me how they're not going to pay Autodesk any more money and that they're going to go to "another vendor". Please, there are no other vendors that have such a strong market share and products that tie in everything along the way for manufacturing, design, engineering and construction. Again, yes some of you don't love what Autodesk has done (the ribbon), but overall, they have invested hundreds of millions of dollars in acquistions and creationg of technology over the last 26 years. Would you still want DOS or Windows 7? Morse Code or the iPhone?
Of course, not everyone will always be happy, but take a look at the video. Look at how the video ties in so many parts of our world. Look at how the database of information flows through the creation and construction. I have a post coming up shortly on 'Disruptive Technology' that I hope you'll find interesting. Until then, take 3 minutes to watch the video. I'd like to hear your thoughts whether you agree or disagree. Don't be shy (and if you are, you can comment anonymously).
You can watch the video in full screen and HD too.
Original Video Link
Friday, June 26, 2009
...aren't you glad I'm back posting? Wanted to give all of you a heads up with this, but it's not actually on the website yet. I'm sure it'll be published any minute. Of course I'll let you know when it's live. I gotta tell you. I love being the first person on the planet to post these types of things. Here's a really long list of fixes for you and they added back the 2009 design bar (ha! just kidding.)
AUTODESK® REVIT® ARCHITECTURE 2010
(looks like it may not be released unitl probably on our around July 6th)
Update Enhancement List
Improvements made in Update 1 build (20090612_2115):
Autodesk® Revit® Architecture Enhancements
- Dragging a ribbon panel near a view no longer causes the view to pan.
- Improvements to color fill output when exporting to DWFx.
- All reference callouts, sections, and elevations will mirror when project is mirrored.
- When the sheet view is active, ribbon commands display the correct UI state.
- “Is Reference” Instance Property is available for reference points.
- Commands in Print Preview mode can now be accessed by keytips.
- Improves stability when printing.
- Decal image path is now saved.
- Disables the “Add to Quick Access Toolbar” option when tool already exists on Quick Access Toolbar.
- View Control Bar no longer shows old and new state of commands until the view is redrawn.
- Improved detail level icons in the View Control Bar.
- Improvements to form creation and editing of conceptual masses
- Improvements to divided surfaces on conceptual masses.
- Improved graphic performance when using View Cube® navigation tool.
- Images will now display in print preview and print correctly.
- Improved stability when printing to PDF.
- Type Selector preview images update for types created by Duplicate Type command.
- Type Selector will remain added to Quick Access Toolbar when opening a new Autodesk Revit Architecture session.
- When multiple contextual tabs are available, the proper contextual tab will be displayed when clicking on the Options Bar.
- Improved stability when multiple sessions of Autodesk Revit Architecture are running.
- Duplicate icons from ribbon and application frame no longer appear in the Options Bar.
- Improved stability when plotting or exporting.
- Alt+Numeric keypad entries will create the expected special text character
- Improved ribbon display issues.
- TIFF images will display correctly in plan after project is reopened.
- Relinquish all when closing a local file now works if there is a new view, family or workset in the project.
- Selecting Boundary when creating a ramp or stair no longer reverts back to Run option.
- Flip controls are now available in the Detail Component family editor.
- ADSK file from Autodesk® Inventor® software no longer loses custom UCS information in Autodesk Revit Architecture.
- Application frame size is saved between sessions.
- Reveal Hidden Elements and select keyboard shortcut enabled in family environment
- Select previous keyboard shortcut is now available.
- Raster export to DWF™ format will follow quality settings.
- On Quick Access Toolbar, moved Sync to Central command next to Save command.
- Improved visibility of Tab highlights when in thin line mode.
- Modified section and elevation command icons.
- Room/Area Tag, Column, Keynote Tag, and Component/Repeat Detail/Legend Component drop-down buttons on the ribbon will now relfet the last-used command.
- Improved precision of parameters in families using type catalogs.
- Improved display of shadows.
- Improvements to IFC export.
- Improved display of color fills in elevation views
- In Export to AutoCAD® Civil 3D® software dialog, location tab now lists the correct setting for angle of rotation measured from.
- When exporting to TIFF or PNG, the sky alpha channel will now properly drop out.
- Improved wall-by-face creation on imported masses.
- Wall wraps will display correctly in detail views.
- When exporting wall joins into DWG with shared coordinates, all collinear lines are now merged.
- Improved stability when using parallel wall join cleaning switch described in the
- Revit Performance Technical Note.
Autodesk Revit API Enhancments
- Suppressed Revit inaccuracies warnings during transaction when generating geometries using massing API
- Associated LinearArray's NumMembers property with Family parameter.
- Dissociated FamilyParameter from Label property of BaseArray and Dimension
- Provided a tool to update reference path of RevitAPI.dll for samples.
- Provided an update to DistanceToPanels sample.
- Improved stability when creating NewReferencePoint with PointOnEdge that references a ModelCurve.
- Floating point values are no longer reset when crossing from managed code to unmanaged code.
- In the Print API, ViewSheetSetting.Save() no longer raises an InvalidOperationException when the user removes all views.
- A meaningful exception will be raised when incorrect sketchPlane is used in NewSweep(,,SketchPlane,,,).
- FamilyManager.Set() can now assign ElementId value to parameter
- Improved stability when using DocumentOpened event and linked files.
- Improved stability of VSTA.
AUTODESK® REVIT® STRUCTURE 2010
Update Enhancement List
Improvements made in Update 1 build (20090612_2115):
Autodesk® Revit® Structure 2010 Enhancements
- Enhanced the ability to properly export the analytical model from in-place family of category walls and floors to 3rd party applications.
- Allowed user to cancel the error message when creating a wall using invalid parameters in the pre-created version of the element.
- Improved stability when the slanted column attached to floor above is snapped to beam.
- Improved UK Cellular/Castellated Beam with un-Equidistant End Holes.rfa.
- Added ASB/SFB-Beams.rfa into UK Corus Advance library.
AUTODESK® REVIT® MEP 2010
Visit http://www.autodesk.com/revitmep-download to download the patch as soon as it's available (any day now)
Update Enhancement List
Improvements made in Update 1 build (20090612_2115):
Autodesk® Revit® MEP 2010 Enhancements
- Export to IFC will now respect the level of detail associated with the current view.
- Improved stability when copying family geometry from one family to another.
- Added support for wire gaps to display when starting a project without a template.
- Improved circuiting on electrical devices that contain more than one electrical connector.
- Circuits will no longer be un-circuited or rebalanced during a save to central.
- Improved ability to re-host face hosted elements.
- Space tag leader is now assigned to correct space tag category for view control.
- Space separation line now works when walls are grouped in linked architectural models.
- Diameter control in the Options Bar now displays correctly.
- Fixed problems with demand factors being deleted when using the Undo command after making a change to a demand factor.
- Fixed memory leak when printing or publishing in 64-bit OS.
- Corrected the default unit value for air viscosity in mechanical settings.
- Improved stability when adding a pipe connector in a family with imported CAD geometry.
- Corrected display of single line rise/drop pipe graphics in a section view.
- Can now change the pipe accessory type of inserted families that only contain one connector.
- Plan regions now display geometry correctly.
- Fixed disconnected fitting when changing the duct elbow type when it is back to back with a reducer.
- A duct fitting tap will no longer be incorrectly rotated when changing the width of the main duct.
- Routing solutions will now be provided when selecting both a duct assigned to a system and an undefined duct.
- Improved stability when trying to draw ducts in a project with no levels.
- In some instances ducts would incorrectly display as single line when using color fills. This has been corrected.
- Improved stability when justifying ducts in a section view.
- Eliminated extra graphics that would occasionally display on duct fittings.
- Airflow is now added to duct branch when using connect into from a diffuser and connecting to a main duct.
- Corrected problem of duct branches moving when nudging a main duct using the arrow keys.
- Corrected problem of justifying ducts breaking connection to taps.
- In some situations, sloped single line pipes would not display. This has been corrected.
- MEP objects that are below the bottom of the primary view range will now be displayed using the beyond linetype.
- Improved stability when selecting equipment in a partially created air system.
- Justification will now be automatically changed to center/middle when routing duct or pipe in a section view. When using the layout path tools, small offsets will now be displayed in yellow to indicate that the layout will probably fail if the path is accepted. When this occurs, the user should select another path option or modify the path manually.
- Improved the geometry that is exported as gbXML for energy analysis including eliminating extra cutouts and small sliver spaces.
- Metric models are now imported correctly as metric units when importing into Autodesk®® web-based service.
- Improved stability when editing the zone tag leader family.
- Improved stability when editing nested families.
- Building pads are now correctly exported to gbXML as floors instead of walls.
- Plenum spaces will now display with plenum icon in Heating and Cooling Loads dialog.
- Improved stability when deleting a phase value from an electrical distribution system.
- When using the draw duct command from the right click menu, the new duct will automatically match the shape and size of the selected duct.
- The total load on a power panel will now properly update when an electrical device is changed to a different type with a different load.
- Added tools for pick edges, line shapes, etc. in space separation tool in ribbon.