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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Autocad WS Mobile - Portable DWG management

Finally, a solution for all of the people in the construction field who now don't have to carry around blueprints with them. This should really save a lot of trees. Imagine the collaborative abilities you will now be able to have. Even for Revit, although you'd have to export the model as DWGs, but still I see this as a great tool for people working on construction sites. The markup tool could really help as-builts as well. PS. It's free!!!!!

Go here to see the site: Autocad WS Mobile

AutoCAD® WS - Mobile Application

Coming soon to the App Store

Announcing the AutoCAD® WS mobile application for iPad™ and iPhone®

AutoCAD WS mobile will be available soon. This free* mobile app will let you view, edit, and share DWG™ files on your Apple® iPad, iPhone and iPod touch®.

Together with the new AutoCAD 2011 for PC and Mac software, AutoCAD WS mobile app will make AutoCAD more accessible than ever for millions of professional designers and engineers worldwide. AutoCAD WS mobile is part of the Project Butterfly Technology Preview product release coming this fall.

Sign up for a Butterfly account today and be the first to get the AutoCAD WS mobile app.

Stay connected to your designs wherever you go

The AutoCAD WS mobile app will enable you to view and work with DWG files directly on your iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. Using an intuitive touch and gesture interface, you will be able to accurately select, annotate, and interact with AutoCAD drawings.

Once logged in to your free online account from an iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch, you will be able to work on DWG files uploaded to your online workspace.


Open your DWG drawings for viewing, markup and editing. AutoCAD WS mobile application supports Xrefs and image underlays, with Multi-Touch™ zoom and pan.


Tap objects to select, then move, rotate, and scale objects. You can also draw basic shapes, make text annotations, and measure distances. All edits are captured and stored in your online workspace, so your drawings are always up to date.


Share drawings with others through your iPad, iPhone, or iPod device. If other people are editing a drawing simultaneously with you, you'll see their edits in real time.


It's official: AutoCAD 2011 for Mac is real (with screenshots)

Notes (9:13am) AutoCAD for Mac is not coming as an iPad app.  It's another app called AutoCAD WS that allows for web viewing and editing. It was called Project Butterfly that allows for web based editing.  AutoCAD for Mac will be released in the fall/October.  You can contact me for pricingand more information at this link.

Feel free to use any of the information below, but please give proper credit to Revit3D.com as to not violate copyright laws.

What's the world coming to.  I can as of this moment, officially announce the release of AutoCAD for Mac.  If you're a Revit user, I'm sure you're wondering when Revit for Mac will be released.  I have no idea, but like you, I'm wondering why resources aren't being put into your software for Mac.

Anyway, it's not releasing for a bit, but we can talk about it and you can read the literature.  You can even crossgrade your AutoCAD for Windows to AutoCAD for Mac.  No word on Revit Architecture Suite with AutoCAD for Mac either, in case you were wondering.

Autodesk has officially released the announcement this morning in some major news publications.  Check later today on www.autodesk.com/autocadformac for more information.

AutoCAD 2011 for Mac
AutoCAD 2011 for Mac

Design and shape the world around you with AutoCAD for Mac software. Explore your ideas with design tools that can create almost any shape imaginable. Increase your design and documentation efficiency with DWGTM technology, helping you to more securely, accurately, and seamlessly share data with colleagues, regardless of what platform they work on. Customize AutoCAD for Mac software with programming tools so you can work the way you want to. With the power, flexibility, and accuracy you expect from AutoCAD in an intuitive, native Mac interface, AutoCAD for Mac helps you take your design and documentation further.

Adobe Reader Autocad 2011 for Mac Brochure
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Download a trial at http://www.autodesk.com/autocadformac-trial
More info. available at http://www.autodesk.com/autocadformac


Monday, August 30, 2010

Revit: Changing the Offset of a Column Affects its Grid Intersection in the Graphical Column Schedule

Source: http://revitclinic.typepad.com/my_weblog/2010/08/changing-the-offset-of-a-column-affects-its-grid-intersection-in-the-graphical-column-schedule.html

I have seen some users report that they change the offset of a column, and then when they go to their Graphical Column Schedule either the column is no longer reported on an intersection or they receive a message that "Some columns in the project are excluded from the graphical column schedule view.". Most often this occurs because the new column position is no longer within the extents of the grid range.
Let's take a look at an example. Here everything looks as expected. The column is placed on A-1 and so reports it in the Graphical Column Schedule:

Now let's say we want to drop the column and lower the top offset by 1'. We don't receive any warnings, but now the Graphical Column Schedule is reporting the intersection as a distance from the other grid line present instead of A-1:

So why is this? We can open an elevation to find out. In this view we can see that when the column is dropped by 1', it falls below the extents of Grid A. The extents of Grid B still cross through the column, so the schedule reports that relationship instead:
Now, let's drop the column by 3'. Here's where you will see "Some columns in the project are excluded from the graphical column schedule view.". When the column drops this distance it no longer crosses the plane of any grids, so there is no grid to measure from to report it in the schedule.
I hope this helps!

Original: Changing the Offset of a Column Affects its Grid Intersection in the Graphical Column Schedule


Project Neon Update Now Available - Autodesk

Source: http://labs.blogs.com/its_alive_in_the_lab/2010/08/project-neon-update-now-available.html

Today's posting comes from Jay David Stauffer of the Project Neon team.

Project Neon continues to improve. In response to feedback from our users, we implemented some improvements to Project Neon’s rendering engine on August 20th. You should notice:
  • more light in interior scenes that include some daylighting
  • reduced noise in all Render Quality Settings
  • the elimination of shadow artifacts in corners
As you test these improvements, please remember that we are looking for your feedback to labs.neon@autodesk.com as we will continue to develop Project Neon.
Inclusion of light from sky in Global Illumination

Original: Project Neon Update Now Available

A BIM Opportunity?

I was visiting a GC at a jobsite last week and had the chance to talk to the onsite architect about BIM.  We were discussing RFIs, change orders and the vast amount of paperwork in his office.  He said something very profound yet disturbing about the construction documents that are used for construction.

...and I quote....
"It's an opportunity to enhance the design during construction"
WTF!?! Is that really what RFIs and field changes are, an opportunity?  Shouldn't the design have been enhanced before construction? An opportunity for what? Chaos?  I told him I was going to make a blog post about his quote because it was just too absurd of a statement.  So, here we are with CAD vs BIM and all of the horrors of paper management resulting from doing it the same way for the last 28 years vs the joys of BIM.

Where do we go from here.....


Thursday, August 26, 2010

Rotating Solar House Generates Five Times The Energy It Consumes

Sit in it and rotate.

Source: http://techcrunch.com/2010/08/20/rotating-solar-house-generates-five-times-the-energy-it-consumes/

What’s cooler than a rotating house? One whose solar panels produce five times the energy the house uses. That’s pretty incredible, considering that even zero-energy structures are rare.

German architect Rolf Disch built the home, called Heliotrope, to follow the sun throughout the day. The structure features triple panes of thermally insulated glass to strike a balance between letting light in and keeping the house cooler inside.

A giant 6.6-kilowatt-capacity rooftop solar panel called the Sun Sail slurps up the rays of energy, pumping them into the home and grid. Solar thermal collectors on balcony railings act as water heaters and radiators. On cloudy days, the house can be heated with wood chips and solar thermal heating.

The Sun Sail itself rotates separately from the house, adjusting itself to the best possible position at all times. This gives it a 30% to 40% advantage in energy production over traditional rooftop solar panels.

The house is green inside as well. Waste water goes through a purification system for reuse, and rain water collects in a rooftop basin. The toilet system turns human waste into compost.

Is it nice to live in? Disch must think so, as he resides in the prototype himself. Two other Heliotropes have been built to date, each costing about $2 million to build.

This video tours the house inside and out. Be warned: it’s in German and the time lapse at the beginning is set to some rocking techno music:

Hat tip to Inhabitat

Original: Rotating Solar House Generates Five Times The Energy It Consumes:


Quick Tip to Toggle Revit 2011 Help Documentation Location

Source: http://revitclinic.typepad.com/my_weblog/2010/08/quick-tip-to-toggle-revit-2011-help-documentation-location.html

We still see this request come up from time to time, so I wanted to send out a quick tip and reference our technical solution.
It is possible to toggle the location Revit 2011 products use for the Help documentation.  You can specify between local documentation and the default online documentation using the process in the technical solution below:
Switch between local and online help documentation for Revit 2011 products
As a side note you can also do this for AutoCAD products as well:
Switching to locally-installed help for AutoCAD 2011


The Best Construction Management Apps for the iPhone and iPad

By: Houston Neal Director of Marketing, Software Advice
on 8/25/2010
From time to time we like to write about the “lighter side” of construction technology. This time, it’s apps. Specifically, construction apps for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
It’s no secret that we love Apple – run a search for “apple” site:softwareadvice.com in Google and you’ll see what I mean – but when it comes to tracking down an App for your iPhone or iPad, the App Store isn’t the friendliest place to search. Enter “construction” into the search bar in iTunes and you get a list of 234 apps (and counting). This includes apps categorized as “games,” “lifestyle” and “entertainment.” Or try typing “architecture.” You’ll get a list of 255 apps that include “photography,” “travel” and “navigation.” Sure we understand playing SimCity Deluxe might alleviate stress on the job site, but it’s not going to help you create a punch list item.
So we decided to build a list of the best architecture, engineering and construction project management software apps for contractors, project managers and architects. Our methodology was simple: filter out the irrelevant apps (e.g. “iShovel” and “Men at Work – Ultimate Sound Box”), sort by trade and functionality, then prioritize by rating and popularity. For anyone interested in seeing a complete list of construction apps (minus the junk), visit this Google Doc. We tagged each app with one or two category names, then added columns for price, rating, device compatibility and minimum iPhone OS requirements. If there is an app that you think belongs in this list, please leave us a comment below.

Read more: http://www.softwareadvice.com/articles/construction/the-best-construction-management-apps-for-the-iphone-and-ipad-1082510/#ixzz0xlovUTlJ


Encoding 64 bit Walkthrough - Codec and Solution! - Revit Rendering

Source: http://whatrevitwants.blogspot.com/2010/08/encoding-64-bit-walkthrough-codec-and.html

I previously described the difficulty of encoding walkthroughs on 64-bit Revit with any sort of compression codec. I did provide a workaround in this post.

However, in recent correspondence with Autodesk, a more suitable solution was revealed to me. Apparently, some users discovered that the Lagarith Lossless Video Codec works properly in Revit 64-bit. Needless to say, I was quite excited. After some testing, I can confirm that this codec works very successfully.

Click the link to get the steps:


Quick Tip - Evenly Spacing Pipes - Insid the System - Revit MEP [Tip]

Did you know you can use the dimension tools to evenly space elements, such as pipes.  Say, for example, you have a series of pipes you want spaced evenly at 6".  You  can use the Aligned dimension tool with its 'EQ' control to evenly space the pipes, then, a second dimension to define the distance between the pipes.  See a quick demo here.  


Wednesday, August 25, 2010

YouTube - Autodesk Revit Dubai Building Magic by Gameli, Simulacion de Construccion

Wow, this is pretty impressive. Can you imagine the day that all of the CADoholics will realize what they're missing with BIM? Ah, who cares about them anyway.

Thanks to RevitJourneyman.com for this find: http://revitjourneyman.blogspot.com/2010/08/cool-revit-video.html


YouTube - Autodesk Revit Dubai Building Magic by Gameli, Simulacion de Construccion


Tuesday, August 24, 2010

AutoCAD Services & Support - AutoCAD 2011 Update 1

How's this for a public service announcement....a Revit blog post about the AutoCAD 2011 update.

Published date: 2010-Aug-20
ID: DL15569492

Applies to:
AutoCAD® 2011

You can apply Update 1 to AutoCAD 2011 running on all supported operating systems and languages. Be sure to install the correct update for your operating system.

AutoCAD2011Update1.exe (exe - 11025Kb)
AutoCAD2011Update1x64.exe (exe - 16071Kb)

Where is the ceiling?!!? Check the Underlay Orientation - Revit Clinic

Fewer things in life are more frustrating then when you think you have all the bases covered, and yet you’ve overlooked the obvious.
Here’s a real-life example:  A friend of mine owned a lawn mower that would not start.  So after doing a little research online (as he was not a small engine mechanic by trade), he performed some basic maintenance:  cleaned fuel filter, carburetor and belts, checked the spark plug, and changed the oil.  Satisfied that he did everything by the book, he put the mower back together and gave the pull-cord a yank.  No dice.  He tried again.  Nothing.  Getting frustrated, he started the tried-and-true method of kicking the mower.   Still wouldn’t start.  Finally, after calling the (inanimate) mower a slew of bad names and threatening the (lifeless) mower with certain harm and even permanent injury, I….umm..I mean, my friend thought, ‘Hmmm.  I wonder if there’s enough gasoline in the tank’.
We all know how this story ends.  Gas was added and mower started on the second try.  Despite being so thorough, the obvious item (gas) was overlooked.  My buddy felt kinda silly, but you can bet that will be one of the first things he’ll check next time.
The same principle applies to resolving issues in Revit.  Sometimes, it’s the seemingly obvious things that we forget to check.  One specific issue that has come up several times from Revit MEP users is the inability to see the ceiling grid in their ceiling plan views, particularly when the ceiling is on a linked model.  In most of these cases, customers have done their due diligence and checked all the right things:
  • Ceiling category is on in Visibility/Graphics
  • Worksets are visible
  • The view range settings are correct
  • The view discipline is set properly
  • The correct view template has been applied
  • The linked model actually has a ceiling grid
Yet, after verifying all of this, the ceiling still does not appear.  Frustrating.  But, what is the one thing that these individuals often overlook?  It is the Underlay Orientation setting in the view properties.
In Revit MEP, Underlay Orientation can be set to either Plan or Reflected Ceiling Plan.  By default, this parameter is set to Plan when creating new reflected ceiling plan views.  As long as it is set to Plan, the ceiling grid will not be visible.  Seems so obvious, right?  Well, not necessarily.  With good reason, most users assume that applying a ceiling plan view template (i.e. Mechanical Ceiling), would cause the ceiling to appear.  Unfortunately, Underlay Orientation is not controlled by a view template; it has to be manually changed in the view to Reflected Ceiling Plan.  This is the part that is not so obvious, which is why I employed the formatting trifecta of bold, italics and underline to emphasize it (similar to:  Mower needs gas to start!!!)
Here is a brief video illustrating this.  In the video, you’ll note that new levels are copied/monitored from the link, and new reflected ceiling plans are created from these levels.  However, no ceiling grid appears in the view.  Applying the mechanical ceiling view template doesn’t work either. It’s not until the Underlay Orientation setting is changed in the properties window that the ceiling appears.

I hope that highlighting this not-so-obvious step will help our readers avoid the frustrating process of trying to do something as basic as displaying a ceiling grid in their Revit MEP project.  At the very least, this knowledge might help you avoid acting like this guy.  Screaming at inanimate, lifeless objects like Revit seldom works; it didn’t work for me……uhhhhh.…I mean….my friend.

Oh, and by the way, to answer your question:  Yes, a wish request has been logged to have Underlay Orientation automatically set to Reflected Ceiling Plan when creating a reflected ceiling plan view.


Monday, August 23, 2010

Complex Family Shapes in RA 2011: How to model a Pool Table | ClubRevit

Michael over at ClubRevit.com asked me to let you know about a new post he wrote. I have to warn you, it's a long and amazing post.

 In the post, you'll learn how to go from this:

...to this:

This is part of a series on creating complex family shapes in Revit. In my previous post (Creating Complex Family Shapes in Revit: Introduction _June 7, 2010), the Beer Mug example was modeled in Revit Architecture 2010. However, from here on, I’ll be using Revit Architecture 2011 (RA 2011) to take advantage of its new features and enhancements.

This post will deal with my firsthand account of RA 2011 Family editor tools in the creation of the Pool Table Set found on my website (https://www.littledetailscount.com). As I explain some of this latest version’s features, I’ll show you my modeling setup as an example. Later on, I’ll present annotated isometric views of the pool table with explanations on how it was modeled.


RA 2011 is a huge improvement that addressed a lot of issues from the 2010 version. I recommend you upgrade to this latest version because you’ll be able to work with less clicks. Aside from the enhancements to the Ribbon interface, a lot of cool features has been added. You may have already read about them in numerous articles and internet blogs. We’ll take a closer look at some of these features relevant to this post and as outlined below:
A. Significant changes to the family editor tools
1. The improved Ribbon Interface, Quick Access Toolbar (QAT) and Tab Behavior Display
2. The Modeless Properties Palette
3. The Modify Tab
4. Visual Enhancements
B. Some Rendering Issues with RA 2011:
1. Carpet & Fabric_Velvet materials
2. Glass_Clear material
3. Metal Screen material scaling
C. How the Pool Table was Created
D. Conclusion

Continue reading the post: Complex Family Shapes in RA 2011: How to model a Pool Table | ClubRevit

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Project North versus True North

Here's Ian's second post.


Welcome to this Revit Zone article on “Project North versus True North”. The facility to flip between “Project North” and “True North” exists within Revit to allow you to both draw (and detail) your building orthogonally and yet still display a site layout correctly (ie with North pointing vertically upwards on the page.

This is one of those strange topics that’s much better demonstrated by a quick example that reams of descriptive text. OK, so here goes……

Please note: For the purposes of this demonstration we are going to use an AutoCAD plan that has been imported into Revit. This is quite a good way to demonstrate the concept re ally, because (if you are like us) there are quite a few times when you will indeed bring a site plan (in AutoCAD format) into Revit and then re-orientate it to suit.

Here is the basic site plan brought into Revit using the “Import CAD” function….

Continue reading the post: Project North versus True North


Design Options: An Introduction

Ian over at Revit Zone, let me know about a couple of new posts. Here's the start of the first. Click continue at the bottom to read the entire post at his website.


Welcome to the Revit Zone article on Design Options. In this article we are going to take you through what Design Options are, when you would use them and also a quick-step-by-step example of their use. After reading and digesting this article, you should be comfortable with setting up “Option Sets” and also in creating individual “Options” within those sets.

What are Design Options

Quite simply, the Design Options facility in Revit allows you to explore different options for various parts of your project. The important words to pick up in that statement are “various” and “parts”. Let me now explain the importance of these two concepts in relation to Design Options.

Various: You can consider different options for different elements of your design, all at the same time. For example- you may want to consider four variations of entrance lobby; AND you may also wish to consider three variations of kitchen layout in the same scheme. This is what “Option Sets” are for- and we’ll discuss these in detail later.

Parts: It is crucial that you appreciate that Design Options are best used when you wish to study varying options for small, distinct elements of your scheme. The majority of your project should be determined- leaving you to explore isolated (and distinct) areas.

Continue reading the rest of the post Design Options: An Introduction

Inside the Factory: User Performance

Repost: http://insidethefactory.typepad.com/my_weblog/2010/08/user-performance.html

Recent releases of Revit have focused on performance and this effort will continue into the future. These efforts come in two forms: Machine Performance and User Performance.

Machine Performance specifically refers to the time it takes the system to respond to a user action. Examples are faster graphics, improved start-up times, and quicker file open. Many strategies are employed by factory workers such as code optimization, memory optimization, and multi-threading. These are very cool meetings where half the words spoken are computer jargon. Greps, Atoms, ect.. We test code changes with large customer data sets and produce amazing charts and graphs. There is now even a dedicated performance farm. I'll share more in future posts for the curious.

User Performance measures the time it takes you to understand and respond to a machine signal. Work has been done here as well. The ability to create more shortcuts to commands or work mode-less with properties are examples. Sometimes it's very subtle such as limiting the amount of data presented at a single time or making it easier to scan a list. Human Factors guidelines, patterns, and flow charts rule here.

In this post I am soliciting examples of what internally we call "Point of Use". Way back in release seven or eight we enabled it so you could jump from one place in the UI to another from property fields. The best example is material. From any element material field if you want to view details of this material or define a new one on the fly you can jump to the material dialog and later return.


At the time Revit was full of dead ends. You would be in a place, decide you need something new defined, back-out, create the new item, and return to the previous location. drill down, back out, drill down, back out..repeat. No good for user performance.

Progress was made then yet some of these remain. Once example is you can't load a new profile from the internal wall sweep dialog - you must exit, load the profile, and return to the dialog.

I have a list going of these but wanted to solicit examples from you mostly because I am interested in which ones are the most painful/memorable/frequently encountered. Each of these require a specific fix by different code owners so it's not easy to make a global change. Instead its a continual effort to knock them off. A similar approach was used for dialog re-sizing. 2011 got many but a few (hopefully lower frequency dialogs) remain. We'll get them to in time.

Where do you recall you need to back out of a dialog more often?


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>Inside the Factory: User Performance


Saturday, August 21, 2010

Revit MEP & Revit Structure Wish List Ballots Are OPEN! - AUGI

AUGI Wish List

Revit MEP and Revit Structure Wish List ballot closes on Sept. 1st at 12:00 am GMT.
AUGI Members, it is time once again to let Autodesk know what you would like to see in future releases of Revit MEP and Revit Structure. The next Wish List ballot is open. Autodesk uses the results of AUGI Wish List ballots to help plan out improvements in the software. Take advantage of this opportunity. The only thing you need is a membership in AUGI, and a little bit of your time.
You've submitted your wishes, now come vote on the ones you'd most like to see become a part of the product you use on a daily basis. On behalf of all of the wish list team members - reviewers and administrators - thank you for your time and your vote!

Vote now for Revit MEP and Revit Structure!

You must be an AUGI member and you must log in to vote.

Revit in Motion: Sheet Grid Guides

Nice little post over at http://revitmotion.blogspot.com/2010/08/sheet-grid-guides.html.

With the arrival of R2011 it is finally, finally possible to align different plans (e.g. floorplans) on different sheets without having to draw pencilmarks on your screen. Here is how it works and how it works better (IMHO):

In a sheet view go to Ribbon > View > Guide Grid

click here to read the rest: Revit in Motion: Sheet Grid Guides


Friday, August 20, 2010

Shared Positioning: Linking, Recording and Publishing Multiple Revit Site Locations to Linked Project Files - The Revit Clinic

Source: http://revitclinic.typepad.com/my_weblog/2010/08/shared-positioning-linking-recording-and-publishing-multiple-revit-site-locations-to-linked-project-.html

Using an example of a campus site, with 4 linked Revit projects for each individual building, the following 2 videos [with sound] walk through the process:

If coordinates have never been modified with the specific Revit link, follow these steps:
1.  Insert Revit project files; Insert > Link Revit > Positioning > Auto – Center to Center.
2.  Move each building link into necessary location on site.
3.  Next record the link location by selecting link > Properties > Shared Site > 

Publish the shared coordinate system...
4.  Under Record selected instance as being at Position: click Change.   Duplicate the Site Location > specify a name.  Make current if desired.
5.  Click Reconcile.
6.  Save project file, then save the new position back to each linked file when prompted.
7.  Test opening a linked project; it should contain updated location and correspond to location \ true north angle.  
Additionally you can test removing \ linking the Revit projects back by Auto – By Shared Coordinates.  You will be prompted for site location to use, and the project links should be aligned to the previous location automatically.

If coordinates have been previously modified with the linked file, and you will be updating locations, follow these steps:
1.  Insert Revit project files; Insert > Link Revit > Positioning > Auto – Center to Center.

2.  Move each building link into necessary location on site.
3.  Next record the link location by selecting link > Properties > Shared Site > Record Current Position > Change > Duplicate the Site Location > Rename.
4.  Publish coordinates back to each link [publishes location relative to this project location, along with angle from project to true north].
5.  Manage > Publish Coordinates > Select desired site location.
6.  Save project file, then save the new position back to each linked file when prompted.
7.  Test opening a linked project; it should contain updated location and correspond to location \ true north angle.  
Additionally you can test removing \ linking the Revit projects back by Auto – By Shared Coordinates.  You will be prompted for site location to use, and the project links should be aligned to the previous location automatically.

 Full Size Video Link


Shared Positioning: Linking, Recording and Publishing Multiple Revit Site Locations to Linked Project Files


Shared Positioning: Acquiring Coordinates from a CAD Link and Rotating True North

Via: http://revitclinic.typepad.com/my_weblog/2010/08/shared-positioning-acquiring-coordinates-from-a-cad-link-and-rotating-true-north.html

I want to demonstrate some examples with the acquire coordinates workflow below.
Linking a CAD file, moving into place, and acquiring coordinates to align the Revit coordinate system with the CAD file are covered in the video below.
Additionally, True North is rotated, the linked file is rotated and the updated location is pushed back to the CAD file to show the Y axis reflecting True North.  Example steps and the embedded video are below:
1.  Link CAD file Auto – Center to Center.
2.  Move link into place in project.  Manage > Acquire Coordinates.
3.  In Site view, un-clip Project Base Point and move to corner of building @ 500’,500’.  Re-clip.
4.  Rotate True North.  Then rotate CAD link the same angle to match True North rotation.
5.  Save project, and then save updated location back to CAD link when prompted.
6.  Open CAD link, verify new location was published.
7.  As final test, detach CAD link in Revit project.  Link in again by Auto – Shared Coordinates to verify link lands in correct location.

Full Size Video Link


Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Room computations only succeeded without considering the following elements - The Revit Clinic

Via: http://revitclinic.typepad.com/my_weblog/2010/08/room-computations-only-succeeded-without-considering-the-following-elements.html

Should you see this message, it would be after linking a Revit file into the host project.  The warning is as follows:

Room computations only succeeded without considering the following elements.
In the Revit 2011 release, room bounding elements are calculated internally through a linked file.  If there is a bounding element that cannot be calculated it will be excluded.  It is important to note that this is rare, and the user will be notified when the project is linked or reloaded into the host project.
The warning dialog box currently lists the element id of the Revit link, not the element id of the specific element being excluded inside the link.  It is important to note the linked file itself is not being excluded, instead only the specific element[s].

If you would like to capture the specific element id of the excluded element it is visible in the journal file. Open the current journal file located in “C:\Program Files\Autodesk\Revit version\Journals” and look for the following line:

TB- RegionMaker fails: Broken LoopSegment chain
TB- Info on failing curve 2540:
TB- Element id 1234567, ForeignElemRef 8888888

The element id in this example is 8888888.  The linked project could be opened directly and this element id could be isolated to see why it may be excluded from calculation.  The most common reason for exclusion is a very slight misalignment or off axis line.


Some new and special Autodesk promotions starting 8/16/10

I'd like to let you all know about some Autodesk promotions that just came out yesterday.  Hopefully, some of you took advantage of the Get Current Promotion that ended Sunday.  It's more important now than ever to stay current on subscription.  If you didn't know, Autodesk changed the upgrade/crossgrade policy this past March.  If you're not on subscription and have a 2008-2010 product, you can upgrade or crossgrade for 50% of the retail price of the software you want.  If you have AutoCAD 2008 and want the Revit Architecture Suite, it's $2995 (50% of $5995).  AutoCAD is $1995 and AutoCAD Architecture is $2495.  For just a little more money, you can have Revit Architecture, AutoCAD Architecture and AutoCAD in the Revit Architecture Suite.  Of course, if you're current on subscription and wanted to move from AutoCAD to Revit, it's a lot less money, so even if you don't like it, subscription is the cheapest option and the upgrade every 3 year mentality just ends up costing you more money.

Navisworks Manage Upgrade Promo 8/16/10 - 1/15/11
This promo is great for companies that have some extra Autodesk licenses lying around.
You can crossgrade from AutoCAD Architecture, Revit Architecture Suite, Revit Architecture Visualization Suite, Revit Architecture, Revit Structure, Revit Structure Suite, AutoCAD MEP, Revit MEP Suite, Civil 3D or Map 3D (all 2011 versions).  It's $4995 to do the crossgrade so it's half off of the Navisworks Manage $9995 retail price.

Another interesting promotion is the Civil 3D w/3ds Max Design 6 month Term Promo 8/16/10 - 1/14/11.   Essentially, you get a free 6 month license of 3ds Max Design to see how it can help visualizations for Civil 3D.  Pricing varies on this one based on what product you're coming from. they include AutoCAD, AutoCAD LT, AutoCAD Civil 2010, Land Desktop 2009 and Map 3D 2011.

Then there's the Autodesk Assistance Program Employer Discount 4/19/10 - 1/16/11
Applicants must meet the following requirements for eligibility:
  •  Be over age 13
  •  Be currently unemployed, or a Military Veteran transitioning to a civilian career within 2 years of leaving active service
  •  Have worked in the architecture, engineering, design or manufacturing community  complete online application required elements, including personal contact information, and industry
  •  Specify their date of departure from their former employer, employer name, and HR contact information (except Military Veterans)
  •  Self-certify that they meet eligibility requirements 
 If you hire someone who meets those requirements, you can purchase new licenses at a 50% discount. Of course AutoCAD is excluded, but Revit products are available.

Lastly, one you'll all love is the AEC Training and Implementation Voucher Promotion.  The promotion runs from 8/16/10 through 10/31/10. 

For 1-5 new licenses* or upgrades purchased, the customer training/implementation voucher is US$200 per seat of qualifying software purchased. For 6+ new licenses or upgrades purchased, the customer training/implementation voucher is US$300 per seat of qualifying software purchased.  Customers who purchase one of the “premium” Manufacturing products listed above are eligible for US$2,500 per seat of qualifying software purchased.  Customers are limited to one voucher per seat of qualifying software purchased with a maximum redeemable about of US$10,000.  Customers may use the voucher(s) toward training or implementation services to offset their cost. 

To be eligible for the voucher, customers must attend a classroom training class, on-site training
class, or complete implementation services for one of the above named AEC or Manufacturing
products.   The training or implementation services must be completed by December 31, 2010. 

From August 16, 2010, through October 17, 2010, customers who purchase qualifying new commercial licenses of AutoCAD ® 2011 software may be eligible for one of two rebate options:
  • Save $300 by Mail-in Rebate on new commercial licenses of AutoCAD 2011 software;
  • Save $400 by Mail-in Rebate on new commercial licenses of AutoCAD 2011 when purchased with Microsoft Windows 7 Professional, or Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate

Monday, August 16, 2010

A nice local Revit success story from Jupiter Florida

I just got an email from one of my clients.  They've been pretty heavy into AutoCAD MEP and it wasn't easy to get them to consider working with Revit MEP because of the deficiencies in prior releases and the lack of architects using Revit in their neighborhood.  I was very happy to see that they're actually using it now and like it better than the old school/CAD way.  

Here's the letter I got from Jack and down below is a snippet from their website that actually mentions the word Revit.   You know I love to see that

From: Jack Trexler Designer at RGD & Associates
To: Gregory Arkin 
Date: August 16, 2010
I just wanted to let you know that I have completed my second Revit MEP project and it looks like I have 3 more coming in next month. I am finding it a lot easier to work with a project in Revit than AutoCAD MEP, not to say I haven’t had growing pains but the coordination with basic things like ceiling heights and beam locations are all worth it. I hope you can get more of the architects in our area to make the switch and if you have any clients looking for a cutting edge MEP firm that has embraced Revit please feel free to give them our contact info.

Keep up the good work.


In case any of you are looking for a great Revit MEP firm in West Palm/Jupiter Florida, give Jack a call.
West Palm Beach Office:
1003 Jupiter Park Lane Suite #2
Jupiter, FL 33458
Office (561)743-0165 
They even have a blog.  Imagine that...http://www.rgdengineers.blogspot.com/ It's graphic contains a Revit model in it.
 RGD and Associates Inc. Consulting Engineers use Autodesk Building Systems and “Revit” Building Systems software for their clients’ realization of engineering systems. Mechanical and plumbing systems are built on the computer in full scale 3-D. RGD was an early adapter of this technology and has been using it since its arrival into the mechanical design arena. All personnel are fully trained in its use with expert skill levels. The beauty of the system is that the building can be fully modeled in 3-D prior to construction. Clearances and interferences can be checked and corrected while the building is on the drawing board so to speak. This greatly reduces the need for panic adjustments in the field and the resulting change notices. RGD works seamlessly with architects and clients using these advanced 3-D software systems.  

AEC EDGE - Current Issue - Lots of great Revit/BIM articles

AUGI | AEC EDGE Spring 2010

Click on the image below to launch the current issue in enhanced online interactive format. If you would like to download a pdf version, click the link(s) found on the left. We hope you enjoy this latest creative product from your friends at AUGI.

There are some great articles this month for Revit and BIM
Rooms and Spaces: Revit's Un-biult Elements
BIM for Integrated Design: A Process for Design Analysis
Linking Revit Files
Collaboration Using a Single Model
Sustainable Infrastructure: The benefits of Autodesk BIM at a project and city scale
Product Review - Codebook Version 9.0 for Revit
What's new in Revit Architecture 2011
Revit Fundamentals - Part 3

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Link: AEC EDGE - Current Issue


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