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Friday, July 16, 2010

The Eyeful Tower Revit Sample File

OK. This one I'm going to have to give credit to Kevin for.  Kevin's a Revit Structure guru in Texas.  We had a very in depth conversation about BIM late Friday and it was so refreshing to talk to someone who was so passionate and went the extra mile with his projects.  His company does very elegant structural work in Revit Structure and Kevin definitely gets a starring role in my new movie, Mission BIMpossible.  Kevin, thanks for your time on Friday and I look forward to our next conversation.

I had presented this to our Revit Architecture Essentials class this week.  One of the students, who happened to speak french and had studied all of the history of the Eiffel Tower, thought I was serious when I said it was the "Eyeful" tower.

Well, as coincidences happen to be, this structure really is an eyeful.  The French people didn't want it when it was first created, and now it's a vital part of their landscape.  Hmm, sounds a lot like Revit and BIM.

I recommend you download the DWF version of the file and laod Design Review.  If you do, go to the Tools section on the Ribbon Toolbar, pick the Section Face button and drag the slicer around.  This is a truly amazing feature for any Revit project in order to visualize the building and literally get quite the eyeful.

Oh, another thing....if you open the Revit file, you'll see all of the hard work I put into creating the Eiffel Tower in Revit.  Actually, I just found a DFX file on the internet, imported it into Revit and made up a sheet set.  If any of us actually had the time to actually model the structure in Revit Structure, that would be fantastic.

When you look at the model, imagine how it was built without any visualization tools.  They had no CAD, no structural analysis software, no BIM, yet it still stands.  It's quite the compelling argument that we don't need any technology to build a building.  I'm sure it took forever to draw the building by hand, but so many of you seem to think that hand drafting or AutoCAD 14 is all you'll ever need. 


Ben July 16, 2010 at 8:55 AM  

first link is missing .com


Randy Deutsch July 16, 2010 at 10:00 AM  

Did someone miss an opportunity to pun?!

"I"-ful tower?

...as in, there is no "I" in Eiffel

Nice post!

Kevin Billings July 16, 2010 at 10:58 AM  

Thanks for the great conversation Greg and the info you helped me with. It really helped our client. I will probably never live down the 'Revit Guru' title now. hahah

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