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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Looking to hire a Revit Specialist

Anyone looking for a job in Colorado? Here's a great firm looking for a dynamic Revit user. For the rest of you, take a look at the job of the future. CAD operators take special note of the skills you'll need to start learning immediately. David, good luck finding someone qualified to fit the bill. It's a shame so many people have poo pooed Revit and there aren't enough qualified people out there that can meet the requirements of the job.

Looking to hire a Revit Specialist http://bimmanager.blogspot.com/2010/06/looking-to-hire-revit-specialist.html

Our current Revit Specialist (Kelly Carlson) is moving on to greener pastures pursuing her architectural career (still with Neenan though) and we are looking for someone to take her place. If you are interested please Click here to apply


The Revit Specialist is responsible for active, hands-on, assistance to Revit project teams. This will include developing processes, training material, and content, as well as teaching and providing expert advice to individuals and groups.

Primary Responsibilities:


  • Improve the quality, practice, and delivery of architecture to our clients
  • Work closely with the BIM Coordinator to understand systems and processes established
  • Maintain high level of competency of software through continued use and training
  • Find creative solutions to users problems through research and development
  • Attend approved conferences, seminars, and workshops for Revit


  • Oversee the training of staff relating to Revit, with developed training processes
  • Provide mock project Revit training for new employees
  • Provide advanced training of mentors
  • Disseminate lessons learned information to staff
  • Conduct inter-office coordination meetings relating to Revit
  • Bring back learning from conferences and disseminating information to appropriate teams
  • Update internal Revit blog

Support Project Teams

  • Set up new files at the request of project teams
  • Monitor project files for conformance to standards and processes
  • Create project specific content at the request of project teams
  • Develop processes to assist project teams in tying LEED design provisions into Revit

Managing Standards and Libraries

  • Document and update standards and best practices
  • Monitor conformance to standards and processes
  • Maintain and upgrade templates and libraries
  • Maintain, organize, and continue to build the Revit content library

Periodic Support

  • Create upgrade and deployment strategies for Revit
  • Work with Autodesk to resolve major technical issues


§ 3+ years of real world experience, preferably in a Revit Management capacity, using Autodesk Revit Architecture

§ Construction background preferred

§ LEED AP preferred

§ Experience in commercial/medical projects preferred

§ Revit Structure/MEP, Navisworks, AutoCAD, SketchUp and 3ds Max knowledge a plus

§ Communicate well, both verbally and in writing

§ Must have above average troubleshooting skills, strong analytical problem solving skills, and the ability to interpret technical questions

§ Have a special passion for Revit

§ Must be a Revit expert

§ Enjoy helping individuals and teaching groups

§ Understand basic design and building systems

§ Ability to understand all parts of Architectural Contract Documents

§ Experienced at leading and managing people

§ Care about quality


What Revit Wants: Using legacy mass forms in 2010 and 2011 [Revit Tips]

Here's a great tip from Luke at What Revit Wants

Original source:
What Revit Wants: Using legacy mass forms in 2010 and 2011

By 'legacy mass forms', I mean the nice, simple kind - sweeps with editable profiles, extrusions with sketches and the like.

The problem with 2010 and 2011 massing is that you cannot create these nice and simple forms in the conceptual massing environment in a project.

The answer? Simply download the file below. It contains a 2009 version mass. Copy this mass to a 2010 or 2011 project and you now have access to the simple sweep and extrusion tools! You can create new sweeps within this mass and have all kinds of legacy mass fun.

Download the file from this link


AutoCAD Arch/MEP Services & Support - Product hangs at startup while command line displays "Loading Modeler Dlls".

Published date: 2010-Jun-29
ID: TS15331630

Applies to:
AutoCAD® 2011
AutoCAD® Architecture 2011
AutoCAD® Civil 3D® 2011
AutoCAD LT® 2011
AutoCAD® Map 3D 2011
AutoCAD® Mechanical 2011
AutoCAD® MEP 2011
AutoCAD® P&ID 2011


When you tried to start your product it became unresponsive while the command line displayed the message "Loading Modeler DLL's".

When you closed the unresponsive application you were presented with a Microsoft Windows error message, the details of which included the following or very similar text:

A problem caused this program to stop interacting with Windows.

Problem signature:
Problem Event Name: AppHangXProcB1
Application Name: acad.exe
Application Version:
Application Timestamp: 4b724de9
Hang Signature: 4f8a
Hang Type: 128
Waiting on Application Name: spoolsv.exe:spoolss


This behavior can be caused by outdated or incompatible plotter drivers.

To resolve the issue, please ensure that you install the latest version of the manufacturer's drivers for your plotter.

You should also check if there are any updates to your plotter's firmware and install these if available.

Autodesk - AutoCAD Services & Support - Product hangs at startup while command line displays "Loading Modeler Dlls" Read more...

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Beazer Adds Solar Leasing Option to Homes in Phoenix - Solar Power, Green Building - Builder Magazine

Source: http://www.builderonline.com/green-building/beazer-adds-solar-leasing-option-to-homes-in-phoenix.aspx?cid=BLDR100610002

Rental program offers solar power without upfront installation costs.

Photovoltaic shingles on the rear of a home in Beazer's Terraza at  Villago in Phoenix collect solar energy that homeowners will lease from  SolarCity.

Photovoltaic shingles on the rear of a home in Beazer's Terraza at Villago in Phoenix collect solar energy that homeowners will lease from SolarCity.

Beazer Homes is expanding its green-built offerings in Phoenix by giving buyers the option to lease solar panels, thereby lowering utility bills without the dissuasive upfront costs of sun-harnessing technology.

Already, the Atlanta-based production builder’s eSMART green building model—standard on all of its homes as of January—features water- and energy-saving products such as low-E windows, tankless water heaters, Energy Star-rated appliances, dual-flush toilets, home energy monitoring, and compact fluorescent bulbs along with fresh-air ventilated ducts, MERV-8 filters, and low-VOC paints to improve air quality.

Homes in Beazer’s Terraza at Villago development in Phoenix now also will come with the necessary attachments for a solar panel array. Instead of buying the PV equipment, which can carry an upfront cost from $15,000 to $60,000, homeowners can utilize SolarCity’s SolarLease program: SolarCity installs panels for zero down payment and then leases the electricity back with a monthly price lower than what the home’s energy costs would be.

“It’s a way for them to save money on their utility bill,” says regional marketing manager Jennifer Puma, “but there’s different levels of savings depending on the size of the unit they’re getting. It’s very plan specific.”

A SolarCity consultant works with the homeowner to determine the size of solar unit and lease rate based on the house’s sun exposure and how much solar energy the homeowner would like to use. After installation, the company provides monitoring and performance guarantees, performs maintenance and repairs, and allows for future upgrades.

In addition to solar panels, home buyers can opt for solar-integrated roof tiles.

The eSMART homes in the 99-unit Terraza at Villago start from the low $100s, with two-, three-, and four-bedroom models ranging from 1,345 square feet to more than 2,300 square feet.

Beazer says the solar program works best in warmer climates with low cloud coverage, but it may branch out to other areas if the program takes off.

“We just got started with the program, and our other divisions are very interested in seeing what happens,” says Puma. “So it’s a wait-and-see approach at this point, but there is a lot of interest right now.”

Evelyn Royer is an editorial assistant for EcoHome.

Source: Beazer Adds Solar Leasing Option to Homes in Phoenix - Solar Power, Green Building - Builder Magazine


High On Health Care Tall Hospital Goes 3-D [BIM]

Here's a little video about a billion dollar project. Think they're using CAD on it? Of course not.

McGraw-Hill Construction's Video Library


Revit 2011 Update 1 Graphics Hardware List - The Revit Clinic

Source: http://revitclinic.typepad.com/my_weblog/2010/06/revit-2011-update-1-graphics-hardware-list.html

Based on additional testing that has been performed, the Graphics Hardware List of cards and drivers that are supported for use with Revit has been updated.

The updated list replaces the previous list at the link below:

Graphics Hardware List

I have organized the changes made to the list between the original release and the update 1 release below:

1. AMD Driver updated to

2. AMD Driver updated to

3. The following cards \ drivers additionally have been tested and added to the list:

-NVIDIA Quadro – Windows XP 32-Bit and 64-Bit – Driver

-NVIDIA Quadro – Windows Vista / 7 32-Bit and 64-Bit – Driver

4. The following cards \ drivers have been updated to a “Not Supported” status based additional testing:

-NVIDIA Quadro – Windows XP 32-Bit and 64-Bit – Driver

-NVIDIA Quadro – Windows XP 32-Bit and 64-Bit – Driver

-NVIDIA Quadro – Windows Vista / 7 32-Bit and 64-Bit – Driver

-NVIDIA Quadro – Windows Vista / 7 32-Bit and 64-Bit – Driver

-NVIDIA GeForce – Windows XP 32-Bit and 64-Bit – Driver

-NVIDIA GeForce – Windows Vista / 7 32-Bit and 64-Bit – Driver

For the majority of the cards above, there is an alternate or more recent driver available that is tested \ supported instead:

-For &, version is supported \ recommended.

-For &, version is supported \ recommended.

-For, version is supported \ recommended.

I hope this helps organize and clarify and changes made between the initial and update release!

Revit 2011 Update 1 Graphics Hardware List - The Revit Clinic

Autodesk Labs Technologies Project Neon

More cloud computing for you....


Project Neon is a rendering service that offers greater productivity and a faster turnaround of photorealistic renderings by leveraging the power and compute capabilities of the cloud. Rendering is a time and hardware intensive process that translates 3D models into photorealistic images that allow the design team to optimize the results they deliver to their clients. By harnessing the power of the cloud, customers no longer you have to wait for long periods of time to generate single or multiple views of their designs, The Project Neon service eliminates the need for customers to purchase and maintain expensive hardware for their rendering needs. Providing a realistic view into designs during the entire design process delivers superior results for your customers.

Sample Files

You can try it with your own files or these samples.



Share your thoughts regarding Project Neon by following the feedback links in the upper-right corner of this page.

You can also post comments on the It's Alive in the Lab blog.

Autodesk Labs Technologies Project Neon


CAD vs BIM in a very visual comparison

I was just sent an email by a Revit using architect friend of mine.  After a quick read through the email, then a thorough reread, then a really thorough reread pixel by pixel, I decided to share this with you.  I hope no one is offended by it, but if you are, welcome to the world of free speech.

You got to love the Italians

This is the hostess for an Italian TV talk show....


Every man in Italy is watching, bet on it!!!!!!!!!!!!

This is the hostess for an American TV talk show

Where in the hell did we go wrong?

Why are you still doing this?

When you could be doing this?

Where in the hell did we go wrong?

Friday, June 25, 2010

RFIs, BIM, Neo, Victor and a lot of begging [Rant]

I haven't even started this post and know I'm going to go off in 30 different tangents. 

First, I want to congratulate Victor Ramsey for starting yet another BIM blog.  I can already tell this one's going to be special.  Victor and I have had several lengthy conversations and I believe I inspired him to start his new blog, http://neobim.blogspot.com.  Within seconds, it all made sense.  Neo, The Matrix, Data all tied into the concept of BIM.  Victor, great work on your first post and you better create a post a day.  The world needs your BIM knowledge and experience and frustrations out there so we can all see what you've been going through to be a BIM evangelist in a 2D world.

There was one word in Victors first post that really sparked something in my mind.  He mentioned the acronym RFI.  We throw that word around every day, receive millions of them worldwide on a daily basis on projects, but have you really every dissected what it means.

RFI ~ Request for Information.  So, what does that mean?  It means that information is missing, conflicting, erroneous, outdated or incomplete.  I think they should be called BFIs, Begging for Information.  Why is information missing?  Why is it incomplete?  Why are there conflicts between the architectural, structural and systems drawings? 

What is wrong with the system?  Why do the contractors and bidders have to beg for a complete set of documents for construction?  Where's the professional integrity of creating CDs?  Why has the system failed?  What a frustrating, inefficient and error prone process people use to create their documents.  You may as well use a typewriter and etch-a-sketch.

...and then BIM shows up.  If you're a designer and have had one RFI on a project do to a conflict that should have been resolved in CD creation, QA and QC, then shut up.  You didn't do your job.  Your job is to provide the owner with a complete set of documents.  If you aren't doing that, then how much longer can your business survive without BIM. 

Is it about the software?  Is it about the geometry?  Is it about the specifications? Is it about the quantities?  Is it about the content?  Is it about the coordination?  The more conversations I have with the BIM rock stars and leaders in the industry, the more I see how huge BIM is going to be.  There are leaders and there are followers.  There are early adopters and there are laggards.  Can you afford to wait 10 years to start using a BIM authoring tool? 

Begging for Information.  Begging for BIM.  It's all about the information and more so, it's about sharing the information.  Every time I hear an architect say how they won't share their model or drawings with contractors, I just cringe as to how out of touch they are.  They always talk about liability.  Their attitude is a liability to the success of the project.  Yes, there are legal issues involved in who owns the data, the model and the design.  No, I have no idea what the final answer is on who pays for it, who owns it and who can access it.  Read your own AIA documents on BIM and IPD to see how your people have already tried to cover these topics. 

I'm BFA.  Begging for Adoption of BIM before it's too late.  Too late for what?  I'm not even sure anymore.  Is this the end of the architectural led methodology?  Is my Design-BIM-Build concept already taking over?  Who knows?  Who has that information?  I know, let's make an RFI and find out....but you better do it quickly, before you get a delay letter for not responding to all of the other RFIs sitting in your inbox. Read more...

Revit 2011 and DB Link for 64 bit - The Revit Clinic

Here's another thought to ponder. Revit is a parametric database. A database is filled with information. That information needs to be shared with the project team. There are now tools that let you connect that information to other databases and programs. It's all about the information.

Source: http://revitclinic.typepad.com/my_weblog/2010/06/revit-2011-and-db-link-for-64-bit.html

The other day I helped out with the Q and A portion of a webcast by Amy Fietkau (of Ask Amy) on the Revit DB link extension that is available on the Subscription Center.

The DB Link tool is a great little add on for Revit products that allows you to connect your Revit model to a external database.

The most common questions that I have seen are about setting up the database and 64 bit Operating Systems. It can be a little tricky if your not a regular database user (I fall into this group!). There were a lot of great questions and a few good tips during the webcast so I want to make sure to get some of them out there and hope they help you use the tool.

If your interested in what the tool can do, you should check out two videos that Inside the Factory put together. They show what you can use the tool to do with Revit.

Revit as a Database

Revit as a Database Part 2

One of the questions I hear a lot is “What about using Revit DB Link with a 64 bit OS?”

I’d have to say that Revit DB link works the easiest with a 32 bit OS. A 64 bit OS can be used, but there are some things that will make it trickier and a little bit more trial and error will be needed. If you are using Office 2010 it makes it a little bit easier, but not fool proof.

The issue is that until Office 2010 came out, Microsoft did not provide the 64 bit ODBC drivers needed to connect to a Access Database or to Excel. You had to use a different database, like SQL Express, to connect to it.

With the release of Office 2010, they released the drivers needed to connect ODBC with Access and Excel. If you don’t have Office 2010, you still can download and install the Microsoft Access Database Engine 2010 Redistributable so that you should be able to setup the connection. I actually haven’t tried this download myself yet though.

Even with Office 2010 installed, you will have to setup a ODBC connection (the MS Access Tab in the DB Link tool will be blank) in order to connect to a data source. I ran across a good blog post the other day that walks through the setup.

Update on DB Link – using 64 bit ODBC drivers

If you want to use SQL Server as your connection, I was able to find another blog post (its in French, but can be translated) that explains the setup process pretty well.

Tools Q3: RDBlink

I’ve been messing around with SQL Express 2008 and the key for me has been making sure that I was using SQL Server Management Studio. Having Management Studio made all the difference for making the connection and setting it up (without it, I was quite literally stuck).

Last, but not least, a quick troubleshooting tip you can use when trying to work out a problem with exporting or editing/importing via the DB link tool is to see if you can export your model via the ODBC export option in the Application Menu. This can help boil it down a little bit and see if the problem is with Revit or the ODBC connection.

I’d be interested in hearing about your experiences with the Revit DB Link tool and why you have used it, so please submit your comments.

Revit 2011 and DB Link for 64 bit - The Revit Clinic


Documentation for the Revit Extensions for Revit Structure - The Revit Clinic

Source: http://revitclinic.typepad.com/my_weblog/2010/06/documentation-for-the-revit-extensions-for-revit-structure.html

As a Subscription Customer you have access to some additional Revit tools and documentation; in this post I'm referring to the Revit Extensions for Revit Structure. I've seen quite a few customers with two main issues: where to find them and how to use them.

First, where to find them:

  1. You'll need to log into your Subscription Account at http://www.autodesk.com/subscriptionlogin.
  2. Once logged in, click the Downloads link on the left viewing pane.
  3. Then click Product Enhancements to see the available tools for your account.

    Sub Downloads

Now that you have the tools installed, how do you use them? I've organized a couple of key places where you can find more information about the Revit Structure Extensions for Revit:

  • Extensions4Revit: http://www.extensions4revit.com/n/e4r
  • The Extensions for Revit section of BIM & BEAM, a blog written by Autodesk Employees Wai Chu, Nicolas Magnon, and Brian Haines: http://bimandbeam.typepad.com/bim_beam/extensions_for_revit/
  • Autodesk University Online Class Materials: http://au.autodesk.com. If you log in and go to the Online Classes tab, you can search for the Keyword Extension in the Structural Design and Engineering track to see a list of the courses available. There are quite a few, for example: Maximize the Use of Autodesk Revit Structure Extensions and Concrete Reinforcement with Autodesk Revit Structure and Robot Structural Analysis.


  • And lastly, within the Extension tool itself. You can right click on any Extension tool and select Info for more information on how it works.

    Extensions Info

I hope this information helps! Please feel free to share any other good places you've found as well!

For more information on the Subscription program, you can take a look at one of Harlan's previous posts, The Power of Subscription.

Documentation for the Revit Extensions for Revit Structure - The Revit Clinic

A car is not merely a faster horse - BIM is not merely a faster CAD

 Every day, Seth Godin astounds me with his wisdom.  In just a few sentences, his words convey the basic principles of every business and the nature of change. 

"And email is not a faster fax" is just one phrase in his latest post.

BIM is not CAD.  Modeling the building isn't just a faster way to draw lines.  The workflow and processes are different.  Revit has been out on the market for 10 years now.  Archicad has been out for over 25 years.  Why has the architecture industry still not 100% embraced this different and better way of designing buildings.  Why has the automative and airplane manufacturing industries adopted the technologies years ago?  Buildings cost millions of dollars, yet you use a glorified typewriter to create construction documents for them.

Why are you so adverse to technology?  Is it because you're an artist?  Look at all of the different car models, shapes and sizes on the road.  They use parametric modeling in their industry and aren't afraid of technology and change.  So what is it then?  What is the core problem?  Fear, money, change, arrogance, stubbornness? 

I was talking to an Autodesk employee yesterday who told me that during a conversation they had, a customer said they didn't see their firm needing Revit for at least 10 years.  We both laughed at that.  I foresee that Revit will be at 80% full adoption in 3 years or less.  Owners and contractors are demanding it.  As more Design-BIM-Build projects get underway, you're going to be told what software that you'll be using, and it won't be any 2D CAD software.

Remember, construction documents are documents for construction.  That means you actually need to provide the documents necessary for construction.  Providing a bunch of manually drawn lines in 2D doesn't really provide the "Information" ideally to satisfy the needs of the owner. 


Point Cloud Tool for 3ds Max and 3ds Max Design Now Available - It is Alive in the Lab

It looks like Autodesk is finally catching on to the needs of the construction industry. More and more technology based on 3D and buildings. Warning: This is not for the 2D laggards.


A point cloud is a set of vertices in a three-dimensional coordinate system. These vertices are defined by X, Y and Z coordinates. Point clouds are often created by 3D scanners. Using an automatic process, these devices measure in a large number of points on the surface of an object and output a point cloud as a data file. The point cloud represents the set of points that the device has measured.

Our newest technology preview is:

The Point Cloud Tool for 3ds Max and 3ds Max Design allows you to:

  • Import .PTS format point cloud data into 3ds Max or 3ds Max Design scenes.
  • Display the point cloud data in the 3ds Max viewport with a variety of rendering options and levels of detail.
  • Render point clouds using the mental ray rendering option.
  • Slice point clouds into pieces using geometric display volumes.
  • Export multiple clouds or parts of clouds to a new .PTS files.

Please give this a try and let us know what you think at labs.3dsmax.pointcloud@autodesk.com. If you do not have access to the YouTube video for this preview, you can download it here.

Looking forward to seeing beautiful designs that started as scans is alive in the lab.

Point Cloud Tool for 3ds Max and 3ds Max Design Now Available - It is Alive in the Lab

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

BIM Procrastination and bidding

Here's something that's a first for me.  I just got off the phone with a wall and ceiling contractor.  There was a blurb hidden in the GC's general conditions that BIM may be required of the subcontractor.  The chief estimator called me up asking for a price to included in their bid.

I'll preface this by saying, I didn't read the bid scope of work, contractors documents, didn't see the plans and in 20 questions, found out it's a 3 story, 45,000 square foot building with 7 types of ceilings.  

We were now down to 11 minutes before the bid.  How does one price up something like that for a modeling job?  Thankfully, ceilings are relatively easy in Revit so I asked him how many rooms there were.  I came up with a time to model each room and we threw a number at it.  

This is no way to bid BIM buildings and there needs to be a better way for GCs to standardize bid packages, requirements, etc.  Of course, we have a BIM Execution Plan that we give to contractors we work with to help them make this easier for their subcontractors.  It looks like more and more GCs are requiring BIM fabrication drawings.  That suits me just fine and we're geared up for that internally and with some great partners.  

We're heading down an interesting road with BIM for contractors and I can't wait for the day where everyone in the construction industry is 100% BIM savvy.  It's interesting that it was missed by the estimating team on the bid I helped with.  Perhaps the estimator didn't know what a BIM is and ignored it. 

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

3ds Max Services & Support - Hotfix – Autodesk 3ds Max 2011 – 2010.06.07

Published date: 2010-Jun-22
ID: DL15302592

Applies to:
Autodesk® 3ds Max® 2011
3dsmax2011_32-bit_2010.06.07.msp (msp - 16142Kb)
3dsmax2011_64-bit_2010.06.07.msp (msp - 20729Kb)
Readme (htm - 10Kb)

The latest Hot Fix (2010.06.07) from Autodesk for Autodesk® 3ds Max® 2011 software includes fixes for issues with stability and performance. Specific areas addressed are, Autodesk Materials, Autodesk® FBX®, Help, Lights, mental ray®, and Slate Material Editor.

Autodesk - Autodesk 3ds Max Services & Support - Hotfix – Autodesk 3ds Max 2011 – 2010.06.07

Autodesk® Revit® Structure 2011 - Web Update #1 (20100614_2115)



This download is the latest update for Autodesk® Revit® Structure 2011 software as a standalone product and as part of AutoCAD® Revit® Structure Suite 2011 software.
It is available to users who have purchased a valid license for Autodesk Revit Structure 2011 or AutoCAD Revit Structure Suite, and is subject to the terms and conditions of the end-user license agreement that appears during installation.
For a list of improvements, please download the Autodesk® Revit® Structure 2011 Update Enhancement List:
Update Enhancement List (pdf - 254Kb)
Note: Build Number can be found in the Update Enhancement List

Update 1 – June 2010

Important Note:
Update 1 is not a full install; rather it is using service pack technology similar to AutoCAD®- based products. Prior to installing the Update 1, please verify that you have already installed the First Customer Ship build of Autodesk Revit Structure 2011 which is available below.
Before You DownloadPlease read before downloading and installing:
Service Pack Readme (htm - 37Kb)
Get StartedRead all instructions above then click the following link to download.
Autodesk Revit Structure 2011 Update 1_32-bit (exe - 39575Kb)
Autodesk Revit Structure 2011 Update 1_64-bit (exe - 59881Kb)
The service pack can be applied to both the standalone and suite versions of Autodesk Revit Structure 2011.
Improvements made in Update 1 build (20100614_2115):

Autodesk® Revit® Structure 2011 Enhancements

  Improves rebar set visibility in section view when hiding first/last bar.
  Improves rebar visibility correction in detail fine view.
  Improves the joined wall analytical when using the “center of core” horizontal projection
  Updates to Option highlight when switching edited design options.
  Improves UI stability when clicking in View while model is regenerating.
  Enables the Properties Palette to remain editable after changing level in Options bar.
  Improves stability when creating building pads.
  Improves alignment direction for beam start/end connection symbol of a curved.

Autodesk® Revit® MEP 2011 - Web Update #1 (20100614_2115)


This download is the latest update for Autodesk® Revit® MEP 2011 software as part of AutoCAD® Revit® MEP Suite 2011 software.
It is available to users who have purchased a valid license for AutoCAD Revit MEP Suite 2011, and is subject to the terms and conditions of the end-user license agreement that appears during installation.
For a list of improvements, please download the Autodesk® Revit® MEP 2011 Update Enhancement List:
Update Enhancement List (pdf - 212Kb)
Note: Build Number can be found in the Update Enhancement List

Update 1 – June 2010

Important Note:
Update 1 is not a full install; rather it is using service pack technology similar to AutoCAD®- based products. Prior to installing the Update 1, please verify that you have already installed the First Customer Ship build of Autodesk Revit MEP 2011 which is available below.
Before You DownloadPlease read before downloading and installing:
Service Pack Readme (htm - 36Kb)

Get Started

Read all instructions above then click the following link to download.
Autodesk Revit MEP 2011 Update 2_32-bit (exe - 39555Kb)
Autodesk Revit MEP 2011 Update 2_64-bit (exe - 59867Kb)
The service pack can be applied to both the standalone and suite versions of Autodesk Revit MEP 2011.

Improvements made in Update 1 build (20100614_2115):

Autodesk® Revit® MEP 2011 Enhancements

  Improves stability of the Location dialog.
  Improves performance of panel schedule views.
  Allows Calculated Values to be added to Load Summary section in panel schedule templates.
  Improves display of panel schedule borders.
  Improves the stability of distribution systems that use a L-G Voltage value of None.
  Enables Slope and Justification editors for layouts that include duct and pipe accessories.
  Enables Copy/Move/Array tools for layouts with sloped and non-sloped pipes.
  Improves sizing when a round takeoff is connected to a rectangular duct.
  Improves stability when changing the location setting for heating and cooling load calculation in worksharing.
  Improves stability when connecting conduit to equipment surface.
  Improves surface connection between different design options.
  Improves cable tray bend radius control.
  Improves temp dimension witness line snapping in surface connection edit mode.
  Improves converting cable tray tee to cross.
  Improves stability when drawing a cable tray from equipment.
  Improves stability when editing type properties of electrical equipment.
  Disables the Modeless Properties Dialog when a value is changed in the Type Selector to avoid
confusion or an incorrect property change. 
  Updates the pressure drop calculations through a transition using the coefficient loss method
when reporting the static pressure on systems.  
  Improves Move functionality to allow the user to select different views without having to reselect elements.
  Improves Move and Copy functionality to allow the user to move/copy at any angle when an
elbow fitting is included in the selected elements.
  Improves Move and Copy functionality during movement in 3D views.
  Improves Move and Copy functionality to maintain depth when used in elevation or section views.
  Improves Rotation functionality to allow the rotation of sprinklers in elevation views.
  Disables disconnect warnings when drawing round duct from a rectangular duct using the tap
fitting “Tap-Perpendicular”.
  Ensures the direction of the connector on Air Terminals is verified for the proper orientation of the Air Terminal.

Autodesk® Revit® Architecture 2011 - Web Update #1 (20100614_2115)

For future reference, you can always check Revit247.com for the latest versions and updates of all Revit products.


This download is the latest update for Autodesk® Revit® Architecture 2011 software as a standalone product and as part of AutoCAD® Revit® Architecture Suite 2011 and AutoCAD® Revit® Architecture Visualization Suite 2011 software.
It is available to users who have purchased a valid license for Autodesk Revit Architecture 2011, AutoCAD Revit Architecture Suite 2011 or AutoCAD Revit Architecture Visualization Suite 2011, and is subject to the terms and conditions of the end-user license agreement that appears during installation.
For a list of improvements, please download the Autodesk® Revit® Architecture 2011 Update Enhancement List:
Update Enhancement List (pdf - 204Kb)
Note: Build Number can be found in the Update Enhancement List

Update 1 – June 2010

Important Note:
Update 1 is not a full install; rather it is using service pack technology similar to AutoCAD®- based products. Prior to installing the Update 1, please verify that you have already installed the First Customer Ship build of Autodesk Revit Architecture 2011 which is available below.
Before You DownloadPlease read before downloading and installing:
Service Pack Readme (htm - 39Kb)

Get Started

Read all instructions above then click the following link to download.
Autodesk Revit Architecture 2011 Update 1_32-bit (exe - 39575Kb)
Autodesk Revit Architecture 2011 Update 1_64-bit (exe - 59876Kb)
The service pack can be applied to both the standalone and suite versions of Autodesk Revit Architecture 2011.


Update Enhancement List

Improvements made in Update 1 build (20100614_2115):

Autodesk® Revit® Architecture 2011 Enhancements

  The list of supported video cards and drivers has been updated.
  Improves stability in working with families.
  Improves stability when deleting views.
  Improves stability when export to gbXML.
  Improves stability when view "Analytical Surfaces" in the Export gbXML dialog.
  Correct export of embedded curtain walls to gbXML.
  Improves stability when export to DWG.
  Improves stability when export a split view with shared coordinates to DWG.
  Respects crop region with blocks when exported to DWG in wireframe visual style.
  Correct placement of annotation when exported to DWG.
  Improves stability when Export to DWF.
  Improves stability and performance when working in the Materials dialog.
  Improves IFC import to display a warning when encountering a geometry issue that would have
previously caused instability in some cases.
  Improves Properties Palette and canvas interaction that caused unstable graphics if family
regenerations were interrupted.
  Updates to placed instances will now occur when reloading a Family Parameter into project
environment as a Reporting Parameter.
  Improves In Canvas Parameter Labeling to allow a Reporting Parameter to be created when an
Instance or Type Parameter could not be.
  Disables Reporting Parameters between In Place Families and Reference geometry.
  Correct parameter names display within the Decal Dialog.
  Improves consistency between Revit and Max when exporting lights with IES files via FBX.
  Restored custom quality setting that controls number of refractions in a rendering. 
  Improves the performance when adjusting the exposure of a rendered image.
  Improves issues encountered when rendering elements with different phase settings.
  Repairs upgrade issue with certain light fixtures using IES files.
  Repairs printing issue where Scope Boxes from Linked files were visible despite Print settings
turning them off.
  Ensures correct orientation of Elevation tags when tag family is edited.
  Improves stability when switching among the tabs in RVT Links Display Settings.
  Improves stability when ungrouping arrayed elements.
  Improves Filter Rules.

Webcast 6/23 1pm EST - Revit Architecture and the Revit Database Link

Autodesk invites you to attend an Architecture and Design Visualization live webcast, a free educational session designed to help you improve productivity, deliver innovative design ideas, and manage change in your daily project workflow.
Revit Architecture and the Revit Database Link
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
10:00- 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time
Learn how to import and export data between an external dataset and Autodesk Revit Architecture -- or any Revit platform solution -- using the Autodesk® Revit® Database (DB) Link feature. This live webcast, presented by Autodesk Technical Specialist Amy Fietkau, will cover the highlights of how to transfer data between databases so you can easily maintain relationships of linked data. You'll learn how a grid view enables you to make final edits before import, how databases are updated following internal or external changes, how grid control enables the creation of Revit shared parameters and how changes to new database fields automatically update Revit shared parameters upon future imports.
Register Now                  
Interested in more information for architects and designers? Here's an on-demand presentation you might enjoy:
Tips for Understanding the Basics of Revit and BIM
This screencast presentation focuses on going back to the basics by exploring the foundation of a BIM model and answering the question "Why Revit Architecture"? Geared towards current AutoCAD users, or anyone who wants to learn more about BIM, this brief, 30 minute video presentation will pave the way for understanding more about Revit. You'll learn how features in Revit enhance productivity, how a BIM model keeps the design data connected, how objects are the same in every view. Need a schedule? No problem in Revit! You'll see how changes made in one view update and change the information throughout the model. In the end, you should walk away with a much better understanding of the basics of Revit and BIM.
View Now                  


Monday, June 21, 2010

USC School of Architecture upcoming BIM events.

I had the honor of sitting in on a BIM lecture at the AIA National Convention last week by Karen Kensek, a professor at USC.  We had some good BIM banter during her question and answer period and I'm happy to help in her request to me to post these events on my blog.   I hope that any and all of you have the ability to attend these seminars.  It's nice to know that there's a university out there so deeply enmeshed in BIM.  I wonder what USC knows that so many architectural programs at other schools haven't figured out yet. 

Karen, keep up the great work and keep these types of events coming more frequently.

This summer, the USC School of Architecture is offering TWO EVENTS that you might be interested in:  an exclusive series of Executive Education roundtable seminars and the FREE annual BIM symposium.  Please take the time to read the entire email if you are seriously interested in the current and future state of the AECO profession.

Feel free to forward this email to your colleagues and others that you feel would be interested in our events.

Thank you for your time!  Sorry that the email is so long, but I needed to describe BOTH EVENTS.



USC, School of Architecture

EXECUTIVE EDUCATION:  August 2nd and 3rd
This year, we have launched five course offerings centered on the theme of Los Angeles as a 21st century model of critical urbanism, creativity, and culture. These courses will explore a set of strategically themed topics, connecting over a dozen of the most forward thinking global practitioners, politicians, and urban theorists today with our own faculty.  One of the two-day sessions is themed around building information modeling (BIM).  This is a unique opportunity to interact in a small group (30 maximum attendees) with leaders in the profession, in a session focusing on dialogue and debate.  Please visit the website for further information about this unique event, its distinguished speakers, and registration information.  As only a very limited number of spaces are available, please enroll soon.

Keep checking back on the website as additional information will be updated there.



Current list of speakers:

Keynote speakers:
Phil Bernstein, confirmed
Vice President, Industry Strategy and Relations, Autodesk AEC Solutions

Ken Sanders, confirmed
CIO of Gensler

Session leaders:
Cristiano Ceccato, invited
Associate,  Zaha Hadid Architects, London

Larry Eisenberg, confirmed
Executive Director, Facilities Planning and Development
Los Angeles Community College District

Carl Galioto FAIA, invited
Senior Principal, Managing Principal HOK/New York

Stephen R. Hagan FAIA, confirmed
U.S. General Services Administration

Atul Khanzode, confirmed
Director of Virtual Building at DPR Construction, Inc.

David Todd, confirmed
Executive Vice President National Technical Services
Bovis Lend Lease, formerly Walt Disney Imagineering for 33 years

invited instigators:
Jordan Brandt, Horizontall LLC
Marty Doscher, Morphosis
Calvin Kam, CIFE, Stanford University; Optima
Dennis Selden, Gehry Technologies

BIM isn’t BIM without Information.  For decades, faculty, researchers, and software companies have been developing software tools that are intended predict the performance of a building, for example, energy consumption, day lighting, cost, code compliance, structural analysis, etc. These tools have typically been stand-alone tools that provide a specific analytical capability.  The range and depth of these tools has been astonishing, and yet lamentably many of these tools have not been significantly integrated into the design processes of professionals.  BIM is a promising technology to encourage improved integration of design analysis into the building model.  For the Fourth Annual BIM + Symposium, we will explore the nature of analytical modeling in architecture, engineering, and construction.  We will seek opportunities for a more responsive integration of the evidence/simulation based design decision-making.  We will have speakers who have integrated simulation and BIM i
n their design process, a forward looking section on BIM parametrics, and informative presentations on interoperability and standards.  More information including a list of speakers and registration information will be available on the web site.  Please reserve your spot soon; BIM CON!FAB filled up last year.

Keep checking back on the website as additional information will be updated there.


Current list of confirmed speakers:

* Architecture and Engineering *
Rachelle Villalon,  Jenna Knudsen, and Alex Korter,  CO Architects
Erin McConahey + team, ARUP
Mitch Dec, David Summers, Tianxin Xing, Glumac, “Rapid Energy Modeling”

* Construction *
Jim Bedrick, Webcor
Viktor Bullain, Turner Construction, "BIM Execution Plan for Successful Model-based Analysis"
Jonathan Widney, Solibri and Darren Roos, Suffolk Construction Company, "Mining the Model – Analysis of the Model Information, not just the Geometry"

* Parametrics / Performance Based or Algorithmic Design *
Nathan Miller, NBBJ, "Feedback Cloud:  Tactics for Toolset Integration and Design Optimization"
Kurt Komraus, Buro Happold

* Integration, Standards, the Big Picture *
Richard Nowicki, NTD Architecture and Lance Lareau, San Diego CCD, no title yet
Michael Rendler, LACCD, “BIM /GIS The WHOLE Picture.  LACCD e7 System”
Chuck Good-Man, Irwin Partners Architects

If you wish to contact us,  use one of the email addresses listed below.

If either of the websites don’t work, please contact Gennaro Avolio-Toly at avolioto@usc.edu .

For more information about the Executive Education sessions, please contact Eric Moore at ericjmoo@usc.edu .

For more information about BIM Analytics, please contact Eve Lin (Karen’s assistant) at shihhsil@usc.edu .

If you really want to get a hold of me, email kensek@usc.edu .  Thanks!

SW SW SW - The future of BIM (for only some of you)

I was at a very interesting meeting today with two near future BIM partners of mine.  We were discussing some emerging technologies and one of them said 'SW SW SW'.

I asked him what that meant.  He said, "Some will, some won't, so what?"

I wrote that down and immediately thought of that in regard to BIM.  We're at the point now where it's just about too late to get into the game.  Those of you reading this who are BIM fanatics, thank you.  Those of you who found your way here by accident or are trying to put the pieces together to convince your boss that you should go the BIM route, good luck trying to adopt BIM while all of your competitors have taken away any chance of you winning future work against them.

As for the so what part...who cares anymore.  BIM has clearly won as a better process of virtually constructing buildings, running all sorts of analysis and what if scenarios on them and providing large amounts of information for use downstream to the contractors, owners and operators of buildings. 

So what if you think BIM is just a fad.  So what if you just don't get it and try to convince anyone that you can do it faster with CAD than with BIM.  Does the ignorance of BIM outweight the arrogance of CAD.  What if they called it computer information drafting or building automated modeling?  So what?  Is it about a name or the process?  Does it matter what you call it as long as you're providing a better deliverable to the client? 

What a strange place we're at.  I wonder what would have happened if there wasn't such a long recession.  Would that have decreased or increased the adoption rate of BIM?  So what?  It just doesn't matter anymore.  It's time to just focus on the "Some Will" folks because they're the only ones who matter anymore.  So what if you disagree.... Read more...

Researchers develop air conditioning that's 90 percent more efficient, bone chilling

What a hot idea!!!! I'm sure all of you architects will want your engineers to put these in the buildings you're designing, right?

Everybody loves maxing out in the sweet chill of their air conditioning in the hot summer months, but it's inefficient, expensive, and extremely unfriendly to the environment. The good news today, however, is that researchers have developed an air conditioning system that could be up to 90 percent more efficient than standard setups. How so, you ask? The new tech, called DEVap, uses liquid desiccants to make dry air using heat and evaporative coolers take dry air and make cold air, making it far easier to cool already dry climates. Additionally, DEVap uses salt solutions in place of environmentally naughty refrigerants, CFCs, and HCFCs -- the main contributors to global warming. The tech is still in the lab, so until then you'll just have to keep fanning yourself off (or having your friend do that for you).
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Saturday, June 19, 2010

IES Launches V6.1 of the VE

Do you care about the planet? Would you like to make energy efficient buildings? Is sustainability a priority for your firm, or is it only line weights that's important to you? IES, the leader in energy modeling has just updated their software and it's better than ever and easier to to use. Want to see a demo or get pricing, even if it's just for budget purposes? Please email me and I'd be thrilled to help you.


New Model Transfer, Bio-Climatic, and Advanced Thermal, HVAC and Bulk Airflow Features

Glasgow, UK – IES today released version 6.1 of its software suite. New features, which improve technical functionality and user experience, include plug-in enhancements to facilitate better model transfer, a new Bio-Climatic feature within VE-Gaia, and advanced thermal, HVAC and bulk airflow features within VE-Pro.

These new features continue IES’ drive to open up the sustainable low-energy design power of its VE software to a wider user base; enabling the quantitative understanding of building energy performance to become a collaborative effort between architects and engineers. The IES VE technology facilitates energy-efficient building design, reduced CO2 emissions, and better utilisation of low-carbon technologies and renewable energy. It can be used on new builds, refurbishment projects and in-use evaluation to answer key sustainable design questions.

The 4-tier IES VE product structure (VE-Ware, VE-Toolkits, VE-Gaia and VE-Pro), and tight integration with Google SketchUp™, Autodesk® Revit®, Graphisoft® ArchiCAD® and other CAD programs allows building designers to quickly and easily undertake iterative and quantitative analysis directly from design models, right from the earliest stages.

Headline new features within V6.1 include:

• Enhanced IESVE Plug-ins / Model Transfer
o V3 of the IES SketchUp Plug-in now includes ‘Groups and Components’ features and
‘Thick Wall’ capabilities.
o V3 of the IES Revit Plug-in now includes enhancements ‘behind the scenes’ to
improve gbXML geometry transport from Revit using a room-healing algorithm. This has
also been applied to ArchiCAD and other gbXML imports.
• VE-Gaia Bio-Climatic Analysis
o A simple-to-use tool that steers concept urban, built form and design strategy
worldwide using climate data.
o Focused on low-energy and passive options, it automatically derives, from a
user selected weather file, an extensive set of design suggestions based on an
understanding of climate and environment.
o It removes barriers which currently limit the use of Bio-Climatic theory by stripping
away the complex knowledge and time required to undertake the process manually.
• VE-Pro: MacroFlo (bulk airflow analysis)
o New opening types for natural ventilation analysis enables users to
automatically define realistic pressure drops and flow rates from real world data when
information is otherwise unavailable. Aerodynamic free area is automatically calculated.
• VE-Pro: ApacheSim (dynamic thermal simulation)
o New simulation calendar for easy setting and editing of working week and holiday
data, including Middle East working week and import function for national holidays.
o Enhanced fuel types and regional carbon emission settings. Carbon factors can be
automatically set based on geographic location and multiple editable fuel options
allow detailed monitoring.
o New ability to edit multiple surfaces as ‘underground’ allows easy exclusion from
solar gain simulations.
• VE-Pro: ApacheHVAC (systems, operation and control)
o New Radiant Floors surface temperature controller allows close and smart control of
heated/cooled slabs.
o New ASHRAE loads and system sizing facilitates autosizing of HVAC components.

IES are currently running a number of special offers linked to the release of V6.1. All IES customers, including free VE-Ware users, are eligible to 20 percent off any new purchase of SketchUp Pro. An exclusive promo code is received when IES customers download V6.1 and the SketchUp plug-in.

In addition, IES are currently running a special 60 percent off offer on their VE-Toolkits; which assist architects in designing more sustainably by enabling performance analysis at the earliest stages directly from architectural models such as those created within SketchUp and Revit.

IES Launches V6.1 of the VE


SITEOPS Webinar 6/23 2pm - A developer's dream come true. [Webcast]

Free Webinar...SITEOPS is a great tool for developers, civil engineers, surveyors and architects looking to optimize LEED points and finding the best spot for a building on a site.  Increase your services with more design and engineering tools!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EDT
Registration link

Webinar Registration

SITEOPS Multi Pad 4.1 does more than help engineers produce fully cost-optimized conceptual site plans and takeoff budgets in hours - it has also been proven to help firms win and keep business!

During this presentation, guest speaker A.J. Whitaker of Ware Malcomb will look back on his company's first year of using SITEOPS technology. He will show how he is using SITEOPS in a variety of ways, walking through real-world projects and showing the powerful difference this breakthrough web-based technology has meant to his clients. He will offer valuable tips on educating clients and coworkers about SITEOPS.

Come see how SITEOPS "CAD With A Brain" can give your own business a boost!

Wed, Jun 23, 2010 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EDT
Show time in my
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