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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Revit release date update (Not April 8th)

I can't officially confirm or deny any information that I'm about to post.
Officially, this information is available to the public on various websites and any reasonable person must take due care to not infer anything from this information.

I'm getting a lot of inconsistent information and requests that I'm not comfortable with, since I'm on your side and I know your time and need for scheduling certain activities are based on information you may have read on this blog.

At this time, all I can do is provide you these snippets:

That is not public information because it's subject to change, so I can't provide that, but it will be available by the end of April at the latest.
> http://forums.augi.com/showpost.php?p=1054881&postcount=24
When it comes to the release date it's just a matter wanting to deliver accurate information, but things are always subject to change as we work to lock down the code and ensure the best possible quality. Things come up at the last minute that can change schedules quickly.> http://forums.augi.com/showpost.php?p=1054910&postcount=32
Unfortunately, we cannot comment on the actual date you will have Revit 2011 products in your hands, but we hope that these technical solutions will help you get ready for the new product and gets you excited for when you do have it.  
> http://revitclinic.typepad.com/my_weblog/2010/03/revit-2011-solutions.html
 So, that's what we have to look forward to at the moment. For the record, I'm posting this on 3/31/10.  It's not an April Fools joke.

That date is wrong. It will be soon after that date, but Revit will not be release on April 8th. Scott Davis Revit Technical Specialist - Autodesk
http://forums.augi.com/showpost.php?p=1056156&postcount=52
As soon as I can get to the bottom of this, I'll let you know what the actual ship date will be. 

Hopefully, you'll all agree with Gordon Price:
I would rather not know the product is available until the actual day it is available, if that means autodesk delays a product that isn't bloody ready yet. Picking a ship date and sticking to it even when the product has problems is both an issue of marketing driven development, and the realities of pressing and mailing a bazillion DVDs in a timely manner. Given that the latter is no longer an issue, perhaps the power of the former is also curtailed a bit?
Autodesk, I implore you; make the download available when the product is READY, and not a minute sooner! I would rather hear on April 29th that April 30th is the day than hear on March 25th that April 8th is the day and have buggy junk to download on April 8th and not use till SP1 becomes available some weeks or months later.

Gordon

http://forums.augi.com/showpost.php?p=1054895&postcount=28


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Revit MEP: Automatic Transfer Switches in Revit MEP

http://inside-the-system.typepad.com/my_weblog/2010/03/automatic-transfer-switches.html

Automatic Transfer Switches in Revit MEP

by Martin Schmid, P.E. - MEP Customer Success Engineer


How do I incorporate an automatic transfer switch (ATS) into my electrical distribution model? Revit doesn’t have a family category for transfer switch, nor does it have a transfer switch part type for the Electrical Equipment category. Nonetheless, you can modify the provided “Automatic Transfer Switch.rfa” family that ships with Revit MEP 2010 to allow you to connect an emergency panel to both a normal power branch and an emergency power branch.

Continue reading for the solution: Revit MEP: Automatic Transfer Switches in Revit MEP


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Firefox Add-on for Autodesk Design Review 2011 Now Available - It is Alive in the Lab

http://labs.blogs.com/its_alive_in_the_lab/2010/03/firefox-addon-for-autodesk-design-review-2011-now-available.html

2011

The Firefox Add-on for Autodesk Design Review lets you view HTML pages, that have DWF files embedded in them, with Firefox. Without the add-on this functionality only works with Internet Explorer. It is an add-on to your already-installed Autodesk Design Review. The team updated this add-on so it is compatible with Autodesk Design Review 2011.

Free Download of Firefox Add-on for Autodesk Design Review from Autodesk Labs

You can download it today and use it when you have DWF files embedded in HTML pages.

Ie_ff

Please note that in order to function, the Firefox Add-on for Autodesk Design Review relies on the "Internet Explorer Browser Control" to be installed on the system. This is not exactly the same as Internet Explorer itself. So even though you may be using Firefox exclusively as your browser to navigate to various locations on the internet, Microsoft considers the "browser control" to be part of the operating system independent of "the Internet Explorer browser." In other words, Internet Explorer must be installed on your system so that Autodesk Design Review can open files (e.g. DWF or DWFx) over the internet even if you are not using Internet Explorer for web browsing.

Keeping the feedback coming in from those using our latest applications is alive in the lab.

Source:
Firefox Add-on for Autodesk Design Review 2011 Now Available - It is Alive in the Lab


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Job Posting: BIM Manager - Manhattan - RicciGreene Associates

Here's a great glimpse into your future. A job posting of every job over the next 3 years.


Minimum Requirements

  • B./M.Arch or B.S. in Architecture, Engineering or similar Construction related discipline.
  • Experience with large institutional projects a plus.
  • 3 years minimum experience in a design technology role such as CAD/BIM Manager, CAD/BIM trainer or similar.
  • Revit Architecture, MEP, or Structural project experience and knowledge or very strong knowledge of other BIM tools.
  • Knowledge of Buzzsaw and/or other web-based project management tools.

Benefits

  • Medical & Dental Insurance
  • Paid Time Off (Vacation, Holiday, etc.)
  • 401(k) Plan
  • Direct Deposit
  • The chance of actually continuing to work in the architectural field and not have a dead end job. (I wrote this one)
Continue reading the rest of the post: BIM Manager - Manhattan - RicciGreene Associates
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Revit Architecture 2011 New Tools: Modeless Properties Palette - The Revit Clinic

I was working on a project today in Revit Architecture 2011. I hate to say this, but it was amazing. It was so fast. Having the properties palette open all the time made it so easy to use Revit. Making changes to wall types, sizes and materials was a breeze.

Also, working with the new and improved ribbon was sweet. It wasn't schizophrenic. Everything was exactly where it was supposed to be on each ribbon.

The only reason I hate to tell you all of this because I know you want it now. That need for instant gratification is so intense. Just a few more days (or maybe weeks), who knows....

Source: http://revitclinic.typepad.com/my_weblog/2010/03/revit-architecture-2011-new-tools-modeless-properties-palette.html

Revit 2011 products introduce a modeless Properties Palette which can be moved to a user defined location [including a second monitor].

The palette contains the type selector, instance properties, properties filter [to filter multiple object type selections] and the shortcut to the type properties dialog:

PropPalette

When no objects are selected, by default the view instance properties or sheet properties will automatically be active.

ViewSheetProp

You can choose to close the properties palette as well. If closed you can access the properties after selecting an object > Modify Properties or Type Properties.

PropRibbon

Source: Revit Architecture 2011 New Tools: Modeless Properties Palette - The Revit Clinic


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Revit Architecture 2011 Revit.ini Details

I've uploaded a sample copy of the Revit.ini file for anyone who wants to take a look at it in case you want to know what you need to do to tweak it in the very near future.

Here's the link to a published Google Doc for your perusal: Revit.Ini preview link
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Other posts from around the BIM Blogosphere

Here's a list of today's posts from other blogs.  I figured I'd just try to put them all here as links so you can read what interests you.

http://cadalot-revitlearningcurve.blogspot.com/2010/03/revit-2011-introduces-certified.html
Revit 2011 Introduces Certified Graphics Hardware List and Utility


http://revitoped.blogspot.com/2010/03/dept-of-subtle-omni-class-parameters.html
Dept. of Subtle - Omni Class Parameters Missing


http://whatrevitwants.blogspot.com/2010/03/how-to-determine-material-that-has-been.html
How to determine the material that has been painted on a surface


http://blog.jtbworld.com/2010/03/update-autodesk-network-license-manager.html
Update Autodesk Network License Manager for 2011 release of Autodesk products


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ReadyBoost for Windows 7 | Cadalyst

Now that you've all ordered brand new computers with Windows 7 and 12 GB of RAM, there's nothing like using your spare thumb drives to get even more RAM.

Source: http://www.cadalyst.com/management/readyboost-windows-7-13199

CAD Manager's Toolbox: You can never have too much memory when working with CAD applications. This Windows feature increases your memory resources while keeping costs in check


I know that many CAD managers aren't using Microsoft Windows 7 yet, but with more machines shipping with the new operating system every day, I wanted to pass along a tip about a very cool Windows component called ReadyBoost.

It's a simple fact that any information in a computer is either contained in RAM (memory chips) or stored on a hard drive (a mechanical disk). It's another simple fact that RAM is fast and hard drives are slow, and the more often the hard drive is accessed, the slower your computer becomes. The problem with CAD applications is that they require so much RAM that hard drive access is frequent, and computer performance suffers as a result.


CAD Manager's Toolbox: You can never have too much memory when working with CAD applications. This Windows feature increases your memory resources while keeping costs in check


I know that many CAD managers aren't using Microsoft Windows 7 yet, but with more machines shipping with the new operating system every day, I wanted to pass along a tip about a very cool Windows component called ReadyBoost.

It's a simple fact that any information in a computer is either contained in RAM (memory chips) or stored on a hard drive (a mechanical disk). It's another simple fact that RAM is fast and hard drives are slow, and the more often the hard drive is accessed, the slower your computer becomes. The problem with CAD applications is that they require so much RAM that hard drive access is frequent, and computer performance suffers as a result.

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BIM Troublemaker: Mobius Stripping: Adventures in Infinity

Source: http://bimtroublemaker.blogspot.com/2010/03/mobius-stripping-adventures-in-infinity.html

I was at an art exhibit over the weekend and one of the artists was exploring the relationship between the finite and the infinite.

He postulated that the simplest finite expression we have is bianary language. ON or OFF. Yes or NO. 0 or 1. And from those simple choices, stacked one on top of the next, we reach infinity. Which got me thinking about computers and Revit. I had never given much thought to the idea that everything we do on our computers boils down to a binary expression....and from those simple choices, stacked one on top of the next, we develop our work, our designs, our lives...out to infinity. The concept stuck with me.

So in the spirit of the infinite, I wanted to look at how REVIT would deal with a MOBIUS STRIP....and thus far, I found that it deals with the form poorly. But it did generate some of the wackiest errors I have seen so far while using the program....like this one:

Continue reading theTroublemaker: Mobius Stripping: Adventures in Infinity and see a few videos





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The Building Coder: Revit 2011 Product GUIDs

Source: http://thebuildingcoder.typepad.com/blog/2010/03/revit-2011-product-guids.html

RevitAddinUtility

In the past, the Revit product GUIDs were often used to determine the Revit installation location. In Revit 2011, this can be achieved a lot simpler and safer by making use of the new RevitAddinUtility functionality.

RevitAddInUtility.dll is a new .NET utility class assembly which lives in the Revit Program folder, in the same location as Revit.exe, Revit.ini, and the Revit API DLLs.

The Revit SDK provides documentation on how to use it in its own little help file RevitAddInUtility.chm, as well as a sample application RevitAddInUtilitySample demonstrating its use.

The latter is located in the ExternalCommand2011 folder, which contains two separate very interesting sample applications:

  • RevitAddInUtilitySample
  • ExternalComandRegistration

Here is an excerpt from the documentation of these two in 'ReadMe_ExternalCommand 2011.docx':

Two samples with the following functionality demonstrate how to use the new external command registration more effectively:

  • RevitAddInUtilitySample: Show how to use RevitAddInUtility to create and edit an add-in manifest file, retrieve information from the manifest file, and retrieve installed Revit product information.
  • New features of external command registration:
    1. Visibility mode: demonstrate how to control the visibility of each external command based on the different product and document types.
    2. IAvailabilityClass: demonstrate how to dynamically enable or disable individual external commands bases on the current user’s selection or other application information.
    3. Icon and tooltip: demonstrate how to define an external command's ribbon icon and tooltip.
    4. Localization: demonstrate how to localise strings in the add-in manifest file.

Enthusiasm and Namespaces

Guy Robinson gives vent to some enthusiasm about Revit 2011 and the new API and provides a lot of interesting background information on and a pointer to a powerful tool for handling the namespace refactoring in the Revit 2011 API, which might save a significant amount of porting time and effort.

Revit 2011 API News Webcast

Kean Walmsley points out that we have yet another group of events that I forgot to mention on Sunday besides the DevCamp, Devlabs and API training classes: free online sessions on the 2011 products and their APIs. The session on what's new in the Revit 2011 API is taking place on April 21st, and once again you can visit our training schedule (also accessible via autodesk.com/apitraining > Schedule) to attend. He also points to some other product related sessions that may be interesting to you.

Plus: he updated list including the GUIDs for the Revit 2011 versions
Click here to see the list: The Building Coder: Revit 2011 Product GUIDs


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Dude Totally Re-Creates San Francisco With Toothpicks | Magazine

Can anyone tell me why the first thing I thought of when I saw this was 2D CAD? There's nothing like building a replica of a bridge with little thin lines of wood. Toothpick by toothpick by toothpick. I bet he designed it with R14 too.

By David Downs March 22, 2010Wired April 2010

Photo: Robyn Twomey

Photo: Robyn Twomey

In 1977, Scott Weaver decided to replicate the Golden Gate Bridge with toothpicks and Elmer’s glue. When the 17-year-old finished that structure, he just kept going. What started as a pastime became an all-consuming quest to, as he puts it, “blow people’s minds” with toothpicks. Mission accomplished.

The Rohnert Park, California, resident, a surfer and competitive freestyle Frisbee player — who also likes to transform his house into a castle for Christmas — has poured 3,000 hours into his 9-foot-tall, 20-pound simulacrum of San Francisco. Ripley’s Believe It or Not offered Weaver $40,000 for his 100,000-toothpick town, but he turned it down without hesitation. “Other than my wife and my son, this is the most important thing in my life,” he says. “I just regret that my mother wasn’t able to see it while she was alive.”

Click on the thumbnails below for a guided tour of Weaver’s creation.

Scott Weaver toiled for 3,000 hours and brandished some 100,000 toothpicks to build a 9-foot-tall, 20-pound simulacrum of San Francisco. Ouch!

Video: Wired.com Video Team

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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Updated 3D/2D ShareNow installers compatible with 2011 - It is Alive in the Lab

Why go through the hassle of creating PDFs when you can use DWF with Design Review or Navisworks Freedom? Plus, there's a lot more information available.

Source: http://labs.blogs.com/its_alive_in_the_lab/2010/03/updated-3d2d-sharenow-installers-ready-for-2011.html

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Share your designs with the world.

ShareNow is a group of add-ins for Autodesk products. These add-ins publish a design from AutoCAD, Inventor, Inventor LT, Revit, or Design Review to the Project Freewheel server. With one click of the ShareNow icon, your design application publishes a DWF file of your current design, uploads it to Project Freewheel, and invokes your browser with a view of your design. You can then leverage all of the benefits that Project Freewheel has to offer - without installing additional software. Collaborate with your team members on Microsoft Windows, Apple Macintosh OSX, or Linux. They can use Internet Explorer or Firefox. They can use a PC, Mac, PDS, or a cell phone -- whatever has a compatible browser with an internet connection.

With this most recent update, we have added support for the 2011 products. Even with our latest releases, you can download the installers and share now right now.

Updating our technology previews for newly shipped products is alive in the lab.


Updated 3D/2D ShareNow installers compatible with 2011 - It is Alive in the Lab


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Revit Architecture Services & Support - Video: Revit 2011 Guide Grid for sheets

Published date: 2010-Mar-30
ID: TS14916087
Applies to:
Autodesk® Revit® Architecture 2011
Autodesk® Revit® MEP 2011
Autodesk® Revit® Structure 2011

Issue

You would like to know more about the Autodesk Revit® 2011 Guide Grid tool.

Solution

A Guide Grid is a customizable grid, available in Revit sheets, to assist the user in aligning specific points of the view among numerous sheets. You can create a Guide Grid for a sheet view under View > Guide Grid.
When moving a viewport datum's inside the view or the crop region of the viewport will automatically snap to the Guide Grid. You can also customize the grid spacing under Properties > Guide Spacing.
Once you have at least one Guide Grid setup it will be available in the Properties of the sheet view under Guide Grid. Here you can specify which type you would like to enable on a particular sheet.


Autodesk - Autodesk Revit Architecture Services & Support - Video: Revit 2011 Guide Grid for sheets

...and from The Revit Clinic...

We will be starting a series going over some of the new tools available for Revit 2011 products.  The first item we will cover is the new Guide Grid for sheets.
A Guide Grid is a customizable grid, available in Revit sheets, to assist the user in aligning specific points of the view among numerous sheets.  You can create a Guide Grid for a sheet view under View > Guide Grid.
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When moving a viewport datum's inside the view or the crop region of the viewport will automatically snap to the Guide Grid.
You can also customize the grid spacing under Properties > Guide Spacing.
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Once you have at least one Guide Grid setup it will be available in the Properties of the sheet view under Guide Grid.  Here you can specify which type you would like to enable on a particular sheet.
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I have also created a video technical solution with a short video demonstrating this new functionality.  Link is included below: Read more...

Renovations Make a Comeback - NYTimes.com

THE Columbia is a tall yellow-brick condominium at the corner of Broadway and West 96th Street, populated by many families and professionals. On weekday mornings, the lobby bustles with kids scurrying to school and grown-ups hurrying to work. Lately, though, there has been an addition to the hubbub: Contractors, lines of them, waiting for authorization to ascend the elevator to the apartments they are in the process of renovating.

Men with tool belts used to be a common sight around condo and co-op buildings in a city that was renovation-mad. But when the economy collapsed and the real estate market tanked, the contractors, along with the carpenters, plumbers, electricians, floor guys and stone guys, seemed to fade away.

Now they’re coming back. Across the five boroughs and beyond, the renovation business, which fell victim to tightening credit, declining home sales and overall economic misfortune, is starting to pick up. The increase reflects contradictory forces: a fitful but growing sense that the economy is getting better and, at the same time, more subdued ambitions for the future.

“I think a lot of it has to do with people having a longer-term perspective in their home now,” said Doug Milles, a member of the condo board of the 300-unit Columbia. He added, “I’ve always felt personally that it’s a good time to invest in your property during down times, because when things get better, you’re going to have a lot more attractive property.”

Contractors around the region say their phones are starting to ring again.



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Monday, March 29, 2010

A blog comment on Time Cost Quality Triangle - The BIMuda Triangle.

Ive had some interesting discussions today regarding my BIMuda Triangle post. Instead of paranormal activity, there's parametricnormal activity. What else could explain the phenomena that occurs in the BIMuda Triangle where spending less money and time actually turns into higher quality.

So, in one of my conversations we were discussing Time-Cost-Quality from an architect's perspective. How could you not want to save time and money to get higher quality? What are you trying to accomplish with CAD? Is your goal to just create a roll of blueprints and stop there?

If Revit could actually be used as a tool to help you create higher quality construction documents, what's your excuse to not want to embrace it? Oh yeah, it's too much money to pay for software and training. How exactly do you explain that to your client who's stuck with a project 10% over budget from change orders?

As you spend less and less on software, qualified modelers and designers, how exactly are you going to decrease time and increase quality? The less you spend on software and salary, the worse the quality gets. Is that really the business model you expect to get you repeat business? What a contradiction in business approach from the contractors. Should we call them Contradiction Documents?

Enough of my rant, here are some thoughts from Trent I got today:

Trent, March 29, 2010 11:39 AM

I'm on the MEP end of things now, and realizing that what you have said is too true. Our Engineers look at Revit as another software to use much like CAD, they aren't looking at it as a new way of approach. For example, starting a project, everyone wants to start in CAD, then go to Revit, but then they are losing all the valuable information and time saved using Revit. Then other's say we will use CAD while there are a lot of changes going on, then when the plans get solidified by the Architect, we will create in Revit. I laugh and scoff, because Revit handles these constant changes much better than CAD, and thus we could save many man hours by using Revit.

Although I have found that the biggest time loss in Revit is the initial setup, getting everything to look like you want, getting your symbols and objects to display properly, and setting up an office standard. I wasn't around for the switch to CAD (well, I wasn't in this industry then...) but I can assume there was a lot of time lost for similar reasons. So when we have people complaining about the time it takes, we need to remind them that CAD looks the way it does because it has been refined across some 12 years or so of trial and error. For most of us, this is probably our 2nd or 3rd year (for the "experienced") and more likely our 1st year. So as this blog says, take the time to re-evaluate how we do things, get Revit to work for you and your Engineers.

Revit3D.com - BIMBoom Revitlution: Time Cost Quality Triangle - The BIMuda Triangle.


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Revit Tech Support - What is the proper ADSKFLEX LICENSE FILE syntax?

Published date: 2010-Mar-29
ID: TS14907356

Applies to:
AutoCAD® 2011
AutoCAD® 2010
AutoCAD® Architecture 2011
AutoCAD® Architecture 2010
AutoCAD® Civil 3D® 2010
AutoCAD® Civil 3D® 2011
Autodesk® Revit® Architecture 2011
Autodesk® Revit® Architecture 2010

Issue

You have set the ADSKFLEX LICENSE FILE variable and it will not work as expected.

Solution

In some instances, ADSK_LICENSE_FILE has been set to:

27000@servername

The current syntax/value for the environment variable ADSK_LICENSE_FILE for Autodesk 2010/2011 products is:

@servername

To edit your environment variables:

Windows 7 & Windows Vista

Go to: Start > Settings > Control Panel > System and Maintenance > System > Advanced System Settings > Advanced > Environment Variables

Windows XP

Go to: Start > Settings > Control Panel > System > Advanced > Environment Variables



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Revit 2011 Solutions - The Revit Clinic

Source: http://revitclinic.typepad.com/my_weblog/2010/03/revit-2011-solutions.html

You may have noticed a whole bunch of new technical solutions begin published yesterday regarding Revit Architecture 2011. Our Support team has been working pretty hard the last few weeks to get the material ready. Typically, we wait until the new product is in your hands to publish these articles, but this year we wanted to get you the information in your hands as early as possible so that you are informed and can prepare for the release.

Check out the new solutions on our Support page for Revit Architecture.

Unfortunately, we cannot comment on the actual date you will have Revit 2011 products in your hands, but we hope that these technical solutions will help you get ready for the new product and gets you excited for when you do have it.

Definitely check out the new posted system requirements on our website to start planning for Revit 2011!


Source: Revit 2011 Solutions - The Revit Clinic


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New to Autodesk.com: Product Installation Help Landing Page - The Revit Clinic

Source: http://revitclinic.typepad.com/my_weblog/2010/03/new-to-autodeskcom-product-installation-help-landing-page.html

Autodesk's customers regularly have licensing and installation questions, especially around the annual product release cycle. It can be frustrating for users who are excited about firing up the latest version to experience problems installing and activating the software.

In an effort to assist user with these issues, Autodesk has created a Installation Help landing page on Autodesk.com. From this page, users can go to the Installation & Licensing forum, where Autodesk Product Support is now a regular monitor, to make sure all users can get their products up and running quickly.

Install

We are confident that this page will help users spend less time troubleshooting installation and licensing questions and more time trying out the new product features.


Source: New to Autodesk.com: Product Installation Help Landing Page - The Revit Clinic


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Revit 2011 3D Video Slideshow

I just put together a little slideshow with the images that run while you're installing Revit Structure 2011 and Revit MEP 2011.

The images are quite impressive and these are actual projects completed by Revit using structural and MEP engineers.

Now that the Revit trilogy is complete because of all of the improvements and refinements for Architectural, Structural and MEP, the 2011 versions used together are going to forever change the workflow for the better.

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Sunday, March 28, 2010

Time Cost Quality Triangle - The BIMuda Triangle.

I'm sure you're all familiar with this
  • Design – Completing the build to plans and specification.
  • Cost - Completing within budget.
  • Time - Completing within the designated time frame.
  • Quality - Ensuring a satisfactory quality of workmanship.
  • Legal - Complying with legal requirements.
How much time you spend on the project increases the quality and the cost. I think this is the inherent problem with CAD. I'm finding that it's not AutoCAD versus Revit, but more about the workflow and process of the software and how that directly impacts the triangle.

The triangle works on the principle that as more emphasis is placed on one element, less is placed on the others.
Example - If you want a very low cost design, then you will have to sacrifice quality and the length of time to get it done.
It is generally accepted that it's only possible to achieve two of the elements at the same time, so you can have a high quality design and you can get it done quickly……. but it’ll cost you somewhere.

We know that clients want to pay less money. That means you have to lower the cost of the project. That affects the quality of the construction documents. During construction, that leads to more time spent on the project. That costs you more money. We won't even discuss the legal aspects of all of this.

So, what if the secret of Revit is that it's about how it makes a better workflow and improves the process. So many people are fighting that specific change. The don't want to change. But why not? What if there is a better way? Wouldn't you want to embrace a change of workflow that could lower your cost and time, but increase quality?

Thus, we wind up in the BIMuda Triangle. Of course, I've just registered www.BIMudaTriangle.com. It seems that many are caught in the CAD triangle. What is the phenomena of Revit and BIM? Why do you think so many people are moving to it on a daily basis? Think about that linear workflow of how you interact with your engineers. When do you give them your backgrounds? How much time do they have to react to changes you make downstream? What if the owner hires outside consultants? Who's responsible for the time to coordinate their work?

In the BIMuda Triangle, it is the opposite of what you go through today. When the time goes down, and the cost (less salary needed) go down, quality actually goes up. How is that possible? We, who use Revit daily, already know the answer. You would think that after so many years of errors, omissions, RFIs, Change Orders, delays and every other problem that you've had, you would want to try something different, even if it had the remotest possibility of making a positive difference.


On the bright side, the GSA, Contractors and some states, Wisconsin and Texas (hi Chris, hope you're doing well), get it and see Revit/BIM as a business decision, and not just another piece of software. These are executive level conversations. It's not about the software. It's about the process. Did AutoCAD really change anything from hand drafting? Isn't it pretty much the same process, only on a computer screen instead of a piece of paper? Did you really change that much by switching to AutoCAD over the past 28 years. I just love having these conversations with myself on the blog. I do use them in every conversation I have, so hopefully one more person reading this will finally switch to Revit.

Should we discuss Integrated Project Delivery and LEED in regards to the current CAD process?  Is CAD a process?  Computer Aided Drafting.  That just sounds like a tool, not a process.  With all of these complexities, how do you plan to survive once the recession ends.  Can you keep doing it the same way?  Does Computer Aided Drafting equal Project Delivery?  What does it take to deliver a project?  Do you consider the project the set of blueprints or is the project the actual completion of the building?  Where do you draw the line? 

Your thoughts?




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Saturday, March 27, 2010

Autodesk Tech Support - Acad.vlx Virus Cleanup

Published date: 2010-Mar-25
ID: TS13717811
Applies to:
AutoCAD® 2011
AutoCAD® 2010
AutoCAD® 2009
AutoCAD® 2008
AutoCAD® 2007
AutoCAD® Architecture 2011
AutoCAD® Architecture 2010
AutoCAD® Architecture 2009
AutoCAD® Architecture 2008
Autodesk® Architectural Desktop 2007
AutoCAD® Civil 2010
AutoCAD® Civil 2009
AutoCAD® Civil 3D® 2010
AutoCAD® Civil 3D® 2009
AutoCAD® Civil 3D® 2008
Autodesk® Civil 3D® 2007
AutoCAD® Civil 3D® 2011
AutoCAD® Electrical 2011
AutoCAD® Electrical 2010
AutoCAD® Electrical 2009
AutoCAD® Electrical 2008
AutoCAD® Electrical 2007
AutoCAD® Map 3D 2011
AutoCAD® Map 3D 2010
AutoCAD® Map 3D 2009
AutoCAD® Map 3D 2008
Autodesk Map® 3D 2007
AutoCAD® Mechanical 2011
AutoCAD® Mechanical 2010
AutoCAD® Mechanical 2009
AutoCAD® Mechanical 2008
AutoCAD® Mechanical 2007
AutoCAD® MEP 2011
AutoCAD® MEP 2010
AutoCAD® MEP 2009
AutoCAD® MEP 2008
AutoCAD® P&ID 2011
AutoCAD® P&ID 2010
AutoCAD® P&ID 2009
AutoCAD® P&ID 2008
AutoCAD® Raster Design 2010
AutoCAD Raster Design 2009
AutoCAD Raster Design 2008
Autodesk® Raster Design 2007

Issue

Users of AutoCAD-based products have reported a malicious acad.vlx file that causes drawing corruption.

Solution

This is not an actual AutoCAD file provided by Autodesk. When the malicious acad.vlx file is loaded in AutoCAD, it corrupts the drawing, which may result in a Missing Language Pack dialog box displaying when you save and reopen the drawing.
The acad.vlx file creates a copy of itself in the Help folder (for example, C:\Program Files\AutoCAD 20xx\Help\logo.gif). Several other files are also modified and the ACADLSPASDOC system variable is set to 1, allowing the acad.vlx file to be loaded into other opened drawings, thereby corrupting them.
The cleanup process outlined below detects and deletes any acad.vlx file before AutoCAD attempts to load it, preventing the spread of the virus.

To prevent additional file corruptions

You must be a system administrator on your Microsoft® Windows® operating system to complete this process.
  1. In your product installation folder, locate the Support folder (for example, C:\Program Files\AutoCAD 20xx\Support).

  2. In the Support folder, double-click the acad20xx.lsp file (for example, the acad20xx.lsp file). Add the code below to the file. AutoCAD will detect and delete the acad.vlx and logo.gif files.


    (defun cleanvirus( / lspfiles lspfile x)
    (setq lspfiles '("acad.vlx" "logo.gif"))
    (foreach lspfile lspfiles
    (while (setq x (findfile lspfile))
    (progn
    (vl-file-delete x)
    (princ "\nDeleted file ")
    (princ x)
    );progn
    );while
    );foreach
    )
    (cleanvirus)
  3. Open each of the following files:
    • C:\Program Files\AutoCAD 20xx\Express\acetauto.lsp
    • C:\Program Files\AutoCAD 20xx\Support\ai_utils.lsp
    • ROAMABLEROOTPREFIX\Support\acad.mnl
      Note: Replace ROAMABLEROOTPREFIX with the value returned by the ROAMABLEROOTPREFIX system variable.
  4. If present, delete the following line of code:

    (vl-file-copy(findfile(vl-list->string'(108 111 103 111 46 103 105 102)))(vl-list->string'(97 99 97 100 46 118 108 120)))

  5. Save each file.

Autodesk - AutoCAD Services & Support - Acad.vlx Virus Cleanup


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iPAD and Revit????

I was just reading this on Engadget and a thought occurred to me. I wonder what Autodesk has in store for the iPad.
Last year they released Sketchbook Mobile. Wouldn't it be cool if you could work with a Revit model on the iPad. What if you could take it onto a jobsite with GPS awareness. You could actually be standing in a room making a sketch in your Revit model.....Ok, maybe this is something for Revit 2020, but at least you saw the concept here first.



We already knew that the iPad would be getting a few pieces of software that haven't shown up on its tinier, phone counterpart -- but now that a few screenshots of forthcoming apps for the device have reared their head, we're getting a clearer picture of just what this thing will feel like. If these shots of the new Yahoo! Entertainment, Bento, OmniGraffle, and Brushes are any indication, the iPad will be doing a lot more than just zooming up your Facebook profile. There's definitely an emphasis on content creation, file exporting (if not saving), and syncing with desktop versions of some of these apps, and Yahoo!'s work (alongside Brushes') shows that we've only begun to scratch the surface of what interfaces will be like on this device. We're sure the next week will be filled with all sorts of these kinds of leaks, but for now you can cherish the moment when you first laid eyes on your new way to check a TV schedule. A few more shots after the break, and lots more at the sources.

Continue reading New screenshots of iPad apps start to make this thing seem less like a giant iPhone

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Webcast - Tuesday 2pm EST - IES VE Energy Analysis Tools for Revit

We are hosting a free 1 hour webcast Tuesday, March 30th at 2pm presented by IES via live webcast.   Click here to register.  Registrants will also be registered to see a live preview of Revit Architecture 2011.

After creating a model in Revit, you can go directly to the IES products and perform critical energy analysis early in the design stage.  Why pay engineers to spend large amounts of time to recreate your building with older technologies when you can do your own energy modeling?


You will learn about the energy analysis tools from Integrated Environmental Solutions: www.iesve.com


Energy/Carbon Simulation
Heating & Cooling Loads
Solar Shading
Daylight Assessment
Low/Zero-Carbon Technologies

Daylighting
Comfort

Water

Renewables
Revit® plug-in - Powerful solutions for sustainable design

IES’s specially developed Revit plug-in Toolbar allows Revit® Architecture and MEP users to import their 3D BIM model into IES’s software and undertake sustainable performance analysis.

The great thing is you don’t need to rebuild any models – a clever interface takes you through the ‘Setting Model Properties’ process step-by-step. All you need to hand is basic information on building type, construction materials, and heating and cooling system types, at either the whole building or room level depending on what stage you are at in the design process.

Once you’ve set up your model you can access the different IES performance analysis products by clicking the relevant button. Each product offers different levels of functionality; so whether you are an architect or an engineer, want top-level information or want to explore in much more detail, there is a solution for you.

To start with there is our FREE building and energy calculator VE-Ware. Then our VE-Toolkits offer low cost, early-stage energy, carbon, daylight, solar and LEED analysis capabilities. Next is VE-Gaia, a complete workflow environment from modelling to reportage which is driven by "step-by-step" smart navigation. Finally our full VE-Pro suite provides incredibly detailed, high-end, integrated analysis options across all elements of building performance, with lots of additional modelling flexibility.

Beyond BIM
Building Information Modelling is a significant move towards integrated design – but if you really want to strive towards carbon neutral and energy saving, you need to integrate performance analysis right from the start.
IES does exactly that – ensuring that architectural elements and engineering systems work effectively together from concept stage onwards; optimising the collaborative workflow and putting sustainability right at the center of the discussion.
It really is achievable to take advantage of everything BIM tools have to offer and raise the bar towards the true definition of sustainability. IES has worked in partnership with Autodesk® Revit®, Google SketchUp™ and Graphisoft® ArchiCAD® to develop plug-ins or tight connectivity between these systems and ours, so that models can be translated directly without the need to re-build.
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ArchicadFAIL - Forum post and comparison of Revit to their software.

Awwww...you shouldn't have.... I'd like to thank the every Archicad user for their continued support...of our products.

Because we get the occasional "we're going to buy software from another vendor" threat, I like to stay on top of what the Archicad forums say about their own products and Autodesk products.

Reasons why Archicad can't compete with Autodesk.
1. Worldwide adoption: Archicad is mainly used in Europe. Sure, there are pockets of people in the US, but nothing compared to Revit adoption.
2. Content: I'd like to first say that their GDL scripting language is just about impossible for a non programming person to use. That would explain why manufacturers aren't making content for them, but are focusing on Revit content. It's all about the content. Content with intelligence that can be used in energy calculations.
3. Revit MEP vs Archicad MEP Modeler. Archicad has a plugin to do MEP modeling. That's all it does. Model. It doesn't actually design the system, do any sort of load balancing or calculations. It just one big fancy extruding tool. I wonder what they have to do for energy calculations.
4. Energy Calculations: Archicad does have an energy modeling program. When I took a closer look at it, there's a drop down menu for building type. There are three choices, Heavyweight, Medium and Lightweight. Sounds like the story of the three little pigs. The info for the product is manually entered and doesn't seem nearly as robust as IES, Ecotect and Green Building Studio. I didn't see anything about sun shading.

Here's what Revit users get: Shadows and Reflections, Shading Design, Solar Analysis, Photovoltaic Array Sizing and Load Matching, Lighting Design, Right-to-Light, Acoustic Analysis, Thermal Analysis, Ventilation and Airflow, Energy and Carbon Results, Whole Building Energy Analysis, Carbon Emission Reporting, Water Usage and Costs Evaluation, Photovoltaic Potential, Energy STAR Scoring, Daylighting, Project Locating, Weather Pinpointing, Detailed Weather Analysis, Wind Energy Potential, Natural Ventilation Potential, Analyzing Design Alternatives.

Uh...I don't think there's even a chance they have the tools we have.
5. Contractors. Not one general contractor or subcontractor is using Archicad. In fact, with the new features of Revit MEP, there will be even more subcontractors who can now do their conduit runs, cable trays and use the improvements for panels, ducts and piping. Since the BIM for Contractor movement is what's really driving Revit right now, the manufacturers are more inclined to create more content for Revit and no one else.
6. Speaking of contractors...Navisworks. Archicad has a virtual building explorer. That's all it does. Let's you walk through the building. It doesn't do clash detection or tie in the construction schedule. It's all about the clash detection. I suppose it's because the don't have the amount of Revit family content so why bother with clash detection.
7. You. Yes, you're the reason Archicad can't compete with Revit. In just a few short years, you've outnumbered the number of Archicad users over the past 26 years. That must mean something. With the 2011 releases coming out soon, there will be even more AutoCAD users moving over to Revit. I'd say in about another 2 or 3 years, there should be about 3 million Revit users out there.
8. Autodesk. I've lost count, but I think they have almost 100 products now. Biggest ones that affect you. Civil 3D, Inventor, and 3ds Max Design. It's all about workflow, process and sharing the data. I don't think anyone can compete with the Autodesk product line.

OK, I'm bored now. I do want to thank the Archicad forum for posting direct links to Autodesk, David Light of HOK and my Revit blog. Thanks guys. We appreciate the extra traffic and having you get more depressed about the new Autodesk product line.

I do love the "almost on the same playing field" comment. It's like the captain of the Titanic saying "it's a beautiful night for a swim."

If anyone else wants to add comments, feel free to post them here. It's time to have some fun and watch them squirm.

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 27, 2010 9:35 am Post subject: Re: Revit 2011 & Autocad 2011 Reply with quote

This release is huge, really huge. I think they have almost bridge the gap with Archicad. Archicad has always been a few release ahead of Revit, but with this release, Revit is almost on the same playing field as Archicad.

http://autodesk-revit.blogspot.com/
http://bimboom.blogspot.com/
http://www.youtube.com/user/AutodeskBuilding
http://docs.google.com/leaf?id=0Bz01oraxIz0ZZDYxMmM3M2MtNjgwZi00NjI3LTkxMzMtZjFmNzE0NjVhOGM4&sort=name&layout=list


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Friday, March 26, 2010

uh...never mind about AutoCAD Revit Visualization Suite's death

Well, apparently, the Revit Visualization Suite is not dead, it's just in a coma.  I was informed by Autodesk that it's just a little delayed. 

It was removed from the pricebook and we had been given bad information about it no longer being available.  It's a great product for anyone focused around visualization.  Between the tools of Revit, 3ds Max Design and Navisworks, it does give you every possible tool to use visualization to the extreme.

If you ever wanted to, you could crossgrade from Revit Architecture Suite to the Visualization Suite for less money than buying the products individually.  The really nice part is the subscription price is lower than the individual prices combined. 

So, maybe next quarter it will show up in its rightful place. 

At this time, I'll make a small  statement.  The posts, commentary, opinions and any information on this blog is not the opinion of Autodesk or CADD Centers of Florida. This blog is completely independent of any organization, corporation or business entity.  I've gone Revit Rogue.  Do not hold anyone else responsible for anything that is said here.  At no time will I personally endorse a product or service that would be considered unflattering or controversial to a reasonable person.  Information disclosed here is only such that it becomes generally known to the public.  Furthermore, I love AutoCAD.  I think it's wonderful and the best software program in the whole world.  I think everyone should own at least one copy of it.  There, that should make the stockholders happy.  Just keep buying more AutoCAD.  That will make the stock go up.  Sure.
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Roof Plate Offset From Base - The Revit Clinic

OK, time to stop looking at all the 2011 product info and get back to work. You still need to put a roof over your head and this post and video are just the thing.

Repost: http://revitclinic.typepad.com/my_weblog/2010/03/roof-plate-offset-from-base.html

Say you are troubleshooting 2 roofs, which appear identical in terms of instance and type properties. However one roof has an offset, yet the Element Properties > Base Offset From Level field lists both as 0'-0"?

For this scenario ensure to verify the sketch lines of the roof, which have an additional parameter for Plate Offset From Base.

To verify this edit the roof, and highlight one or all of the sketch lines. Right-click > Element Properties. Note the Plate Offset From Base dimension to verify if the roof is offset here.

PlateOffset

I've also included a video example, with sound below:

Video Example


Source: Roof Plate Offset From Base - The Revit Clinic


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FBX File Link with Revit Architecture & 3ds Max Design - Have to see this video

What a huge time saver for a better workflow. I dare any AutoCAD user who has to send 2D dwgs to a renderer to manually create a building in 3ds Max to compare to this Revit/Max powerhouse.

Just another reason to never use CAD again.


Video Link: YouTube - FBX File Link with Revit Architecture — 3ds Max Design 2011 New Features


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Revit Architecture 2011 User Interface Video

Here's a great video to see the new interface

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The full list of what's new in Revit Structure 2011

PDF Link

Revit Structure 2011 User Assistance

What’s New?

New in Autodesk® Revit® Structure 2011

The following features are new or enhanced for Revit Structure.

For additional detail and a more interactive listing of New Features for Revit Structure, go to the following:

http://www.autodesk.com/revitstructure-features.

User Interface Enhancements
• Modeless Properties Palette
• Repeat last command / Repeat Commands recently used
• Quick Access Toolbar (QAT):
• Single QAT per application
• Increased number of default commands in the QAT
• Customization options via dialog box: move command up/down, add separator, remove
command
• Improved access to Worksets and Design Options on status bar
• Ribbon Enhancements:
• Redesigned Modify tab:
• Consistent modify tools - panels and buttons are always in the same order on the left side
of the Modify tab. Buttons enable/ disable as necessary.
• Modify tab name updates to reflect the active contextual tab appended.
• Contextual tab content is appended to the right side of the Modify tab when active.
• Modify and contextual contents are separated by a gray visual bar.
• Persistent access to core modify tools (Object-Action commands):
• Move
• Copy
• Rotate
• Mirror - Pick Axis
• Mirror - Draw Axis
• Delete
• Type Selector Enhancements
Type Selector is combined with the Properties Palette. Open at all times; can be
opened/closed using the Properties Palette button available in the Properties ribbon panel.
• Group Edit Mode access
Panel is removed from the ribbon and will float in drawing area when invoked. Default is upper
left corner of drawing area and can be moved.
• Model In-Place
Project ribbon replaced with the family ribbon when an in-place model is started or edited.
When you finish editing in-place, the ribbon will revert to the project ribbon.
• Improved icons based on user feedback

Large Team Workflow: Linked Models
• Enhancements to the Visibility Control of Worksets in workshared files:
• Visibility by Default for Worksets
• Ability to open/close Worksets for linked models
• Ability to control visibility of linked models according to host model
• Ability to apply View Filters to linked models from host model
• Ability to tag elements in linked files, with the exception of rooms, spaces, and areas
• Ability to automatically generate a ceiling grid from walls in a linked model
• Ability to apply View Filters to linked files

Graphics
• Realistic materials available in editable views
• Hardware acceleration (DX9) on by default
• Levels of Details (adaptive to zoom)
• Ambient occlusion
• Display performance improvements (over 30%)
• Significant performance improvement in display of mechanical and electrical drawings (up to
200%)

Materials
• Protein 2.0 appearances, in single project library
• Increased interoperability with 3ds Max through:
• Export of FBX files to Max with Protein 2 appearances
• Import of DWG files and ADSK files with Protein 2 appearances
Note3ds Max/Design 2011 is required for materials to transfer.
• Support for new realistic display style through Protein 2 materials
• New material classes available in Protein 2, including procedural appearances

Inventor Interoperability
• Support for oval duct, cable tray, and conduit connectors
• Support of new electrical properties (such as Motor)
• Improved performance when importing ADSK files
• Improved AEC Exchange functionality
• Support of Protein materials

Performance Improvements
• Graphics
• MultiCore Operations
• Sync with Central
• Model Open
• User interface reaction time
• Linked Models

DWG Export
• Increased visual fidelity when exporting Revit files to DWG
• Export option for True Color
• Export option for Text treatment

Family Editor Enhancements
• Interactive exploration of parameter values in Revit families
• Ability to lock labeled dimensions
• Reporting Parameters
Parameter Enhancements
• Default parameter type (length vs. text)
• Parameters groups automatically set

Temporary Dimension Enhancements
• Remembering witness lines
• Family Editor: right-click permanent dimensions to select labels
• Ability to control temporary dimension font size and background (transparent or opaque)
3D Alignment Enhancements
• Align tool now works on an element's node, vertex, edge, surface, form, or level

Expanded Region of High Geometric Accuracy
• Previous versions of Revit were unable to maintain the expected level of geometric accuracy at
locations farther than 1 mile from the project origin. Revit will now maintain a high level of
geometric accuracy for elements placed within 20 miles of the project origin.
Selection Enhancements
• Select All Instances in the current view or in the entire project

Text Notes Enhancements
• Additional leader attachment points: Top Left (TL), Middle Left (ML), Bottom Left (BL), Top Right
(TR), Middle Right (MR), and Bottom Right (BR).
• Ability to adjust leader end distance
• Ability to show box around text
• Ability to create bullets and numbering

Sheet Enhancements
• Create new sheet list rows to create placeholder sheets
• Convert placeholder sheets to project sheets
• Grid guide for sheets, enabling consistent sheet creation

Floor Enhancements
• Ability to set span direction for metal deck floors
Analysis
• Sun Path
• Interactive tool for visualizing the impact of natural light and shadows on buildings and sites

Structural Analysis Enhancements
• Horizontal projection from columns and beams
• You can now horizontally project from columns to the default plane or to a named reference
plane. You can also horizontally project from the center line of a beam, location lines, grids, and
named reference planes.
• Horizontal projection from the center of a wall core
• You can now specify the center of a wall core to accommodate varying widths in vertically
compound structural walls.
• Vertical projection auto-detect behavior of columns
• Top or bottom vertical projection of a column will now auto-detect beams when structural floors
are not present.
• Vertical projection from beams
• You can now project vertically from the location line or the bottom of a beam.
• Manual analytical adjustment of columns
• You can now use the top or bottom of a column analytical model as a source for manual
analytical adjustment.
• Rigid Links enhancements between beams and columns
• The enhanced rigid links will be formed between beams and multiple neighboring columns, and
their creation are governed by parameters on both beams and columns.

Reinforcement Enhancements
• Reinforcement of spiral
• Reinforcement project units
• Reinforcement of slab edges
• First and last rebar sets are now suppressible in a project
• Additional hook bend radius for rebar
• Concrete Host Cover Reference has configurable object style
• Concrete Host Cover Reference Lines now remain in view when resizing and repositioning rebar
• Major Space is now a label category parameter for area reinforcement tags
Concrete Join/Cleanup
• Improved concrete end joins and cleanup for curved beam and variable beam profiles

Slanted Column
• Steel and concrete end position geometry and trim
• Beam to column joins
• Plan view placement
• Column end geometry position control when column is attached to a beam
• Cut column tangent to an attached structured floor
• Unattached column end cut appearance

Beam System Enhancements
• Specify beam direction with walls and beams
• Specify beam direction from an independent sketch line
• Remove a beam system while retaining beam elements

Truss Enhancements
• Bottom chord attachment to structural floors and foundation slabs
• Sketch chords on attached trusses
• Remove a truss family while retaining beam elements

Connection Symbol Enhancements
• New aditional load connection symbol families
• Ability to load and manage connection symbol families (from the Structural Settings dialog)

Subscription Advantage Pack
NoteThe following items were previously released exclusively to Subscription customers.
• Conditional Formatting in Schedule
• Element Section Area and Linear Weight in Schedules
• Span Direction Tool
• DWG Export enhancements (Index color and True Color support)
• Beam Coping for steel beams framed into joined beams and columns
• Text Formatting Shortcuts (Ctrl+B, Ctrl+I, and Ctrl+U)
• Beam System Tags
• Split Walls with Gap
• Keyboard Shortcut UI
• Find and Replace Text in Notes
• Convert between Line Types: Model, Detail, Symbolic
• Export to DWG with correct RGB colors
• Linked File Performance Enhancements
• New API for slope angle and elevation for x,y location in given slab with choice of top and bottom
• Insulation Tool
• Beam Placement using 3D CAD Geometry
• Control beam length tolerance
• "A" and "W" User defined parameters to be available in Schedule Field
• Countrification Content for China, Russia, and Italy
• Structure Extensions:
• Interference of Reinforcing Bars
• Bridge Design Modules

Revit Extensions
• Shared Parameters Converter
• Model Review
• Autodesk Revit DB Link
• Wall framing enhancements:
• New method to choose the location of the studs (wall layers are exposed)
• Multi-selection of walls and openings
• Steel frame generator
• Reinforcement enhancements:
• Export and draw user-defined reinforcement or designed reinforcement in ASD
• Export and draw the formwork of element recognized by REX in ASD
• Exposed required reinforcement on beam and column extension
• Leverage new mounting part content with beam, column, and wall extension
• Provide content mapping tools to synchronize code dependent data shared between RST,
RSA, and ASD
• Generate rebar using shape codes

User Assistance (Documentation)
• Transition to Web Help, which includes improved search capabilities
• Streamlined Help reference content
• Short Tutorials in video format
• Additional Enhanced Tooltips
• New animated ToolClips
• Improved First Experience

Other Enhancements
• Custom elevation tag
• List sheets not in a project on drawing list
• Background images in renderings
• Repeat last command
• Sheet layout grid
• Removal of 4 core rendering limit
• Google Maps™ mapping service interface (Location dialog) lets you visualize project locations
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The full list of what's new in Revit MEP 2011

PDF Link: 

Revit MEP 2011 User Assistance

What’s New? >
New in Autodesk® Revit® MEP 2011

The following features are new or enhanced for Revit MEP.
For additional detail and a more interactive listing of New Features for Revit MEP, go to the following:

http://www.autodesk.com/revitmep-features.

User Interface Enhancements
• Modeless Properties Palette
• Repeat last command / Repeat Commands recently used
• Quick Access Toolbar (QAT):
• Single QAT per application
• Increased number of default commands in the QAT
• Customization options via dialog box: move command up/down, add separator, remove
command
• Improved access to Worksets and Design Options on status bar
• Ribbon Enhancements:
• Redesigned Modify tab:
• Consistent modify tools - panels and buttons are always in the same order on the left side of
the Modify tab. Buttons enable/ disable as necessary.
• Modify tab name updates to reflect the active contextual tab appended.
• Contextual tab content is appended to the right side of the Modify tab when active.
• Modify and contextual contents are separated by a gray visual bar.
• Persistent access to core modify tools (Object-Action commands):
• Move
• Copy
• Rotate
• Mirror - Pick Axis
• Mirror - Draw Axis
• Delete
• Type Selector Enhancements
Type Selector is combined with the Properties Palette. Open at all times; can be
opened/closed using the Properties Palette button available in the Properties ribbon panel.
• Group Edit Mode access
Panel is removed from the ribbon and will float in drawing area when invoked. Default is upper
left corner of drawing area and can be moved.
• Model In-Place
Project ribbon replaced with the family ribbon when an in-place model is started or edited.
When you finish editing in-place, the ribbon will revert to the project ribbon.
• Improved icons based on user feedback

Large Team Workflow: Linked Models
• Enhancements to the Visibility Control of Worksets in Workshared Files:
• Visibility by Default for Worksets
• Ability to open/close Worksets for linked models
• Ability to control visibility of linked models according to host model
• Ability to apply View Filters to linked models from host model
• Ability to tag elements in linked files, with the exception of rooms, spaces, and areas
• MEP Element Interaction:
• Facilitates the copying of plumbing fixtures, lights, mechanical equipment, and air terminals
between linked models
• Reconcile Fixtures Browser to reconcile if a fixture has been moved, changed, or deleted
• Ability to automatically generate a ceiling grid from walls in a linked model
• Ability to apply View Filters to linked files

Graphics
• Realistic materials available in editable views
• Hardware acceleration (DX9) on by default
• Levels of Details (adaptive to zoom)
• Ambient occlusion
• Display performance improvements (over 30%)
• Significant performance improvement in display of mechanical and electrical drawings (up to
200%)

Materials
• Protein 2.0 appearances, in single project library
• Increased interoperability with 3ds Max through:
• Export of FBX files to Max with Protein 2 appearances
• Import of DWG files and ADSK files with Protein 2 appearances
Note3ds Max/Design 2011 is required for materials to transfer.
• Support for new realistic display style through Protein 2 materials
• New material classes available in Protein 2, including procedural appearances

Inventor Interoperability
• Support for oval duct, cable tray, and conduit connectors
• Support of new electrical properties (such as Motor)
• Improved performance when importing ADSK files
• Improved AEC Exchange functionality
• Support of Protein materials

Performance Improvements
• Graphics
• MultiCore Operations
• Sync with Central
• Model Open
• User interface reaction time
• Linked Models
• Electrical circuiting

DWG Export
• Increased visual fidelity when exporting Revit files to DWG
• Export option for True Color
• Export option for Text treatment

Family Editor Enhancements
• Interactive exploration of parameter values in Revit families
• Ability to lock labeled dimensions
• Reporting Parameters

Parameter Enhancements
• Default parameter type (length vs. text)
• Parameters groups automatically set

Temporary Dimension Enhancements
• Remembering witness lines
• Family Editor: right-click permanent dimensions to select labels
• Ability to control temporary dimension font size and background (transparent or opaque)

3D Alignment Enhancements
• Align tool now works on an element's node, vertex, edge, surface, form, or level

Expanded Region of High Geometric Accuracy
• Previous versions of Revit were unable to maintain the expected level of geometric accuracy at
locations farther than 1 mile from the project origin. Revit will now maintain a high level of
geometric accuracy for elements placed within 20 miles of the project origin.
Selection Enhancements
• Select All Instances in the current view or in the entire project

Text Notes Enhancements
• Additional leader attachment points: Top Left (TL), Middle Left (ML), Bottom Left (BL), Top Right
(TR), Middle Right (MR), and Bottom Right (BR).
• Ability to adjust leader end distance
• Ability to show box around text
• Ability to create bullets and numbering

Sheet Enhancements
• Create new sheet list rows to create placeholder sheets
• Convert placeholder sheets to project sheets
• Grid guide for sheets, enabling consistent sheet creation

Floor Enhancements
• Ability to set span direction for metal deck floors

Analysis
• Sun Path
• Interactive tool for visualizing the impact of natural light and shadows on buildings and sites

Conduit and Cable Tray
• Model conduit and cable tray with new element types
• Better, more complete coordination with other disciplines
• Model with or without fittings
• Adjustable bend radius for bends
• Schedule total length of run when not using fittings
• Surface connectors on equipment:
• Enable an entire surface to be connectable for conduit placement
• Added to the appropriate electrical equipment families
• Connect conduit to cable tray

Panel Schedules Templates
• Customizable templates to control content and appearance of panel schedules
• Consistent size and appearance on sheets
• Templates for branch panels, switchgear, and data panels
• Copy styles using Transfer Project Standards
• Support for international circuit naming conventions

Panel Schedule Instances
• Format based on template
• Lock circuits
• Group circuits
• Assign spares and spaces
• Rebalance loads
• Move circuits

Demand Factors
• Support for industry standard demand factor types
• User-definable load classifications
• Demand loads can be shown on panel schedules
• Copy styles using Transfer Project Standards

Oval Duct
• Flat oval duct
• Can be sized with duct sizing tool

Subscription Advantage Pack
NoteThe following items were previously released exclusively to Subscription customers.
• DWG Export enhancements (Index color and True Color support)
• Text Formatting Shortcuts (Ctrl+B, Ctrl+I, and Ctrl+U)
• Split Walls with Gap
• Keyboard Shortcut UI
• Find and Replace Text in Notes
• Convert between Line Types: Model, Detail, Symbolic
• Export to DWG with correct RGB colors
• Linked File Performance Enhancements
• Temporary dimensions in layout mode for duct and pipe
• MEP Performance Enhancements
• Content for China, Russia, UK, International
• New Electrical content for the US including:
• Communications
• Fire Safety
• Security
• Data
• Nurse Call
• Power

Revit Extensions
• Shared Parameters Converter
• Model Review
• Autodesk Revit DB Link

User Assistance (Documentation)
• Transition to Web Help, which includes improved search capabilities
• Streamlined Help reference content
• Short Tutorials in video format
• Additional Enhanced Tooltips
• New animated ToolClips
• Improved First Experience
• Help appendixes for analysis calculations

Other Enhancements
• Place MEP objects at desired elevation
• Place fittings/valves in section, elevation, and 3D views
• Tag MEP objects during placement
• Piping companion flanges can be automatically added when using flanged pipe
• New electrical content
• Google Maps™ mapping service interface (Location dialog) lets you visualize project locations
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The full list of what's new in Revit Architecture 2011

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Revit Architecture 2011 User Assistance
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New in Autodesk® Revit® Architecture 2011

The following features are new or enhanced for Revit Architecture.
For additional detail and a more interactive listing of New Features for Revit Architecture, go to the
following: http://www.autodesk.com/revitarchitecture-features.

User Interface Enhancements
• Modeless Properties Palette
• Repeat last command / Repeat Commands recently used
• Quick Access Toolbar (QAT):
• Single QAT per application
• Increased number of default commands in the QAT
• Customization options via dialog box: move command up/down, add separator, remove
command
• Improved access to Worksets and Design Options on status bar
• Ribbon Enhancements:
• Redesigned Modify tab:
• Consistent modify tools - panels and buttons are always in the same order on the left
side of the Modify tab. Buttons enable/ disable as necessary.
• Modify tab name updates to reflect the active contextual tab appended.
• Contextual tab content is appended to the right side of the Modify tab when active.
• Modify and contextual contents are separated by a gray visual bar.
• Persistent access to core modify tools (Object-Action commands):
• Move
• Copy
• Rotate
• Mirror - Pick Axis
• Mirror - Draw Axis
• Delete
• Type Selector Enhancements
Type Selector is combined with the Properties Palette. Open at all times; can be
opened/closed using the Properties Palette button available in the Properties ribbon panel.
• Group Edit Mode access
Panel is removed from the ribbon and will float in drawing area when invoked. Default is
upper left corner of drawing area and can be moved.
• Model In-Place
Project ribbon replaced with the family ribbon when an in-place model is started or edited.
When you finish editing in-place, the ribbon will revert to the project ribbon.
• Improved icons based on user feedback

Large Team Workflow: Linked Models
• Enhancements to the Visibility Control of Worksets in workshared files:
• Visibility by Default for Worksets
• Ability to open/close Worksets for linked models
• Ability to control visibility of linked models according to host model
• Ability to apply View Filters to linked models from host model
• Ability to tag elements in linked files, with the exception of rooms, spaces, and areas
• Ability to automatically generate a ceiling grid from walls in a linked model
• Ability to apply View Filters to linked files
Graphics
• Realistic materials available in editable views
• Hardware acceleration (DX9) on by default
• Levels of Details (adaptive to zoom)
• Ambient occlusion
• Display performance improvements (over 30%)
• Significant performance improvement in display of mechanical and electrical drawings (up
to 200%)
Materials
• Protein 2.0 appearances, in single project library
• Increased interoperability with 3ds Max through:
• Export of FBX files to Max with Protein 2 appearances
• Import of DWG files and ADSK files with Protein 2 appearances
Note: 3ds Max/Design 2011 is required for materials to transfer.
• Support for new realistic display style through Protein 2 materials
• New material classes available in Protein 2, including procedural appearances

Inventor Interoperability
• Support for oval duct, cable tray, and conduit connectors
• Support of new electrical properties (such as Motor)
• Improved performance when importing ADSK files
• Improved AEC Exchange functionality
• Support of Protein materials

Performance Improvements
• Graphics
• MultiCore Operations
• Sync with Central
• Model Open
• User interface reaction time
• Linked Models

DWG Export
• Increased visual fidelity when exporting Revit files to DWG
• Export option for True Color
• Export option for Text treatment

Family Editor Enhancements
• Interactive exploration of parameter values in Revit families
• Ability to lock labeled dimensions
• Reporting Parameters
Parameter Enhancements
• Default parameter type (length vs. text)
• Parameters groups automatically set

Temporary Dimension Enhancements
• Remembering witness lines
• Family Editor: right-click permanent dimensions to select labels
• Ability to control temporary dimension font size and background (transparent or opaque)

3D Alignment Enhancements
• Align tool now works on an element's node, vertex, edge, surface, form, or level
Expanded Region of High Geometric Accuracy
• Previous versions of Revit were unable to maintain the expected level of geometric
accuracy at locations farther than 1 mile from the project origin. Revit will now maintain a
high level of geometric accuracy for elements placed within 20 miles of the project origin.

Selection Enhancements
• Select All Instances in the current view or in the entire project

Text Notes Enhancements
• Additional leader attachment points: Top Left (TL), Middle Left (ML), Bottom Left (BL), Top
Right (TR), Middle Right (MR), and Bottom Right (BR).
• Ability to adjust leader end distance
• Ability to show box around text
• Ability to create bullets and numbering

Sheet Enhancements
• Create new sheet list rows to create placeholder sheets
• Convert placeholder sheets to project sheets
• Grid guide for sheets, enabling consistent sheet creation
Floor Enhancements
• Ability to set span direction for metal deck floors
Analysis
• Sun Path
• Interactive tool for visualizing the impact of natural light and shadows on buildings and
sites

Conceptual Design Environment (CDE) / Conceptual Form Making and Editing
Tool Enhancements
• Solid-Solid Cut: Ability to cut one solid from another solid
• Dissolving Forms: Ability to dissolve a form back to the curves from which it was created.
• Generic mass template
• Flexible component mass
• Sketch Edit mode for Form Profiles

Surface Rationalization Enhancements
• Dividing Surfaces with Intersects by:
• Intersecting levels, reference planes, and lines on reference planes
• Combination of U or V grids and intersects

Subscription Advantage Pack
Note: The following items were previously released exclusively to Subscription customers.
• Conditional Formatting in Schedule
• Element Section Area and Linear Weight in Schedules
• Span Direction Tool
• DWG Export enhancements (Index color and True Color support)
• Beam Coping for steel beams framed into joined beams and columns
• Text Formatting Shortcuts (Ctrl+B, Ctrl+I, and Ctrl+U)
• Beam System Tags
• Split Walls with Gap
• Keyboard Shortcut UI
• Find and Replace Text in Notes
• Convert between Line Types: Model, Detail, Symbolic
• Export to DWG with correct RGB colors
• Linked File Performance Enhancements
• New API for slope angle and elevation for x,y location in given slab with choice of top and
bottom
• Structural Components and Modeling:
• Slanted Columns
• Beam Placement using 3D CAD Geometry
• Curved Beams
• Structural Trusses
• Metal and Structural Deck Assembly
• Control beam length tolerance
• Beam Coping Tool

Revit Extensions
• Shared Parameters Converter
• Model Review
• Autodesk Revit DB Link
• Road and Terrain modules
• Wall framing enhancements:
• New method to choose the location of the studs (wall layers are exposed)
• Multi-selection of walls and openings

User Assistance (Documentation)
• Transition to Web Help, which includes improved search capabilities
• Streamlined Help reference content
• Short Tutorials in video format
• Additional Enhanced Tooltips
• New animated ToolClips
• Improved First Experience

Other Enhancements
• Custom elevation tag
• List sheets not in a project on drawing list
• Background images in renderings
• Repeat last command
• Sheet layout grid
• Removal of 4 core rendering limit
• Google Maps™ mapping service interface (Location dialog) lets you visualize project
locations
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