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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Without A Net: AutoCAD 2011 for Mac Update 2

Without A Net: AutoCAD 2011 for Mac Update 2
Source: http://withoutanet.typepad.com/without_a_net/2011/03/autocad-2011-for-mac-update-2.html

Autocad 2011 for mac update

An update is now available for AutoCAD for Mac at the following link:

AutoCAD 2011 for Mac Update 2

Note: The previous updated, AutoCAD 2011 for Mac Update 1, must be installed before installing Update 2.

Update 2 resolves problems that have been reported by the Customer Error Reporting (CER) utility and other general problems identified after AutoCAD 2011 for Mac Update 1 was made available. Updates have been made to the following features:

  • 2D Display
  • 3D Navigation
  • Blocks
  • Clipboard
  • Command Line
  • Find and Replace
  • General UI
  • Menu
  • Open/Save
  • Plot
  • Properties Inspector
  • Render
  • Start-up/Close
  • External References (Xrefs)

I recommend you thoroughly review the accompanying readme file before applying Update 2. The readme includes important installation instructions and details on issues addressed by this update. Most people don't actually take the time to review readme docs but I know from first-hand experience that a little reading beforehand can sometimes save you a lot of grief later.


Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Sloping Slab Edges -Revit tip


by Luke Johnson
Revit does not want you to place a slab edge on part of a slab that is sloping (because it has been shape-edited).

However, you can 'trick' Revit into letting this happen by:
    Click here for the answer: Sloping Slab Edges

Can I Still Use Project Freewheel with Design Review 2012? - Beyond the Paper

Stop wasting time creating and sending PDFs. 

With the new version of Design Review released last week, several customers have asked whether or not the existing ShareNow add-in will continue to work with Project Freewheel--the Autodesk service that enables your team to collaborate on designs using just about any operating system or device that has Internet access.
The short answer is, yes! For more information, about how to start using the ShareNow add-in with Autodesk Design Review 2012, check out the video below.
Be sure to visit the Autodesk Labs Project Freewheel website to learn more about this terrific service.
Project Freewheel...just one more way Autodesk takes the design review process beyond the paper.

April ADN Plugin of the Month, ASHRAE Viewer for Revit, Now Available

http://labs.blogs.com/its_alive_in_the_lab/2011/03/april-adn-plugin-of-the-month-ashrae-viewer-for-revit-now-available.html of the Month, ASHRAE Viewer for Revit, Now Available
by Scott Sheppard
Distribution of air conditioner and ventilation
"Hi, there. I am from Central Services, and I want to talk to you about your ducts."
   from the movie Brazil, 1985.
Continuing our theme of plugins for design applications other than AutoCAD, this month's plugin is once again for Revit.
Download ASHRAE Viewer for Revit MEP 2011 and 2012
This plugin can be used to view American Society of Heating Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) Table Data and accompanying images explaining the data. Revit MEP utilizes the ASHRAE Duct Fitting Database to lookup coefficients for determining pressure losses through duct fittings. This add-in provides a way to view the illustrations and the data table of available duct fittings from the database. Specifically the ASHRAE Viewer add-in provides the following functionality:
  • Visualization of the selected fitting – when a fitting is selected in the add-in, the graphics describing the application of the coefficient table is shown.
  • Display of the coefficient table – by clicking on the Show Table button, the user can see the lookup table that Revit uses for the selected fitting.
  • Table assignment for multiple fittings at once – allows the user to select multiple similar fittings and assign them the same table in one operation.
The plugin was developed by Martin Schmid of Autodesk's AEC Industry Success team. In addition to the standard read me, he even included a user manual that formed the basis of this blog article. Thanks Martin. So give this one a try and let us know what you think at labs.plugins@autodesk.com.
Showing you how to extend the value of our design applications is alive in the lab.


When Copying or Inserting a Detail Element the Orientation is Rotated RT @RevitClinic

I want to outline the following scenario:

You have a Detail View which was added in a Floor Plan View.  The detail view contains a detail group.  At some point the callout or the crop region of the detail view is rotated changing the orientation.  When in this detail view, you copy the existing detail group and paste it.  Instead of the expected matching orientation of the existing group, it is inserted rotated.

The new detail group instance should reflect the floor plan orientation the detail view resides in.

Even though the detail view was rotated, new instances of the detail group will reflect the host view orientation.


If you want to create a second instance matching the original detail group orientation, you can use one of the following tips:

1.  CTRL + Drag to Create Copy

Hold the CTRL key > drag the detail group to create a copy.  The orientation should match the original instance.

2.  Copy > Paste Aligned to Same Place

Select the detail group instance > Copy > Paste Aligned to Same Place.  Then move the new instance down; the orientation should match the original instance.

Included below is a quick example video of the above scenario and two approaches for reference [no sound]; at the end take note how the orientation matches the floor plan angle:

Video Example


Tuesday, March 29, 2011

It's that time of year....Autodesk University 2011 Call for Proposals - Proposal Deadline: May 6, 2011

Share the Power of the Possible

Have you found creative ways to integrate and use Autodesk® software on real-life projects? Have you developed processes that improve company workflow and efficiency? Do you have ideas about where your industry is headed?
If so, consider becoming a speaker at Autodesk University 2011. Each year, AU presents a series of face-to-face and virtual events that offer an excellent curriculum taught by outstanding speakers who are leaders in their industries.

AU 2011 Events

Autodesk University is seeking class proposals for:
  • Autodesk University 2011 User Conference and Exhibition. This annual Autodesk user event, scheduled for November 28–December 1, 2011 at The Venetian Hotel, Las Vegas, NV, offers outstanding training classes, exhibits, and networking opportunities for design professionals from around the world.
  • Autodesk University Virtual 2011. These on-demand training classes, offered in Spanish, Portuguese, and English, are made available worldwide via the Internet in advance of and during the AU 2011 conference.

How to Submit a Proposal

AU welcomes multiple submissions from experienced presenters.
  1. To help you prepare your proposal, use this convenient AU 2011 Proposal Checklist.
  2. Read What's New about the Call for Proposals process this year.
  3. Submit your proposal.
Submit a Proposal
Visit the AU Speaker blog often to keep abreast of the progress of class selection, as well as late-breaking news specifically for AU Speakers.

Those who submit proposals will be notified about their class status no later than June 30. We look forward to reading your class proposals and seeing you at AU 2011.

...Old School.....

Remember Abbot & Costello Who's on First?

Don't know how this popped into my brain, but how about Abacus & Cadstello.
Who's on Layer 0?

Corny or very accurate to those clinging to their old ways and technologies.
I don't know anyone who actually knows how to use an abacus, but I'm sure there were huge lines for the AbacusPad 2 which was much lighter and faster than the orginal AbacusPad.

Do you have any appreciation for how far we've come with technology?  I know you Revit lovers do, but what about the rest of you reading this.  How are you ever going to make the transistion from the abacus to the slide rule.  I'm sure there was a huge pushback on that technology.  
It seems that it's the same crap over and over, over the centuries.  People just never change.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Help. Please vote for my blog in the JDR Annual Industry Blogger Awards

There's a company in San Diego called Jackson Design and Remodeling. Their marketing people have started a blogger awards contest and asked me to submit my blog for the voting.
It's an interesting endeavor because it promotes my blog, but also promotes their company. It's a great idea so I'll ask you to click on the link below and vote for my blog.

Please!!!....it will take just 10 seconds.  Click on BimBoom and click Vote.  That's it.
Click this link, scroll down to Architecture section and vote.  

Vote Today for Your Favorites! Voting Ends on April 15th.

2nd Annual JDR Industry Blogger Awards

Vote for your favorite blog here! You can vote for one blog in each category: Green, Interior Design, Architecture, Construction Business, and Remodeling. Please place only one vote per category per computer.
Come back to track the progress of voting anytime between now and April 15th. Winners will be announced on April 20, 2011.
JDR has been a pioneer in the design and build remodeling industry for over twenty years. We believe in embracing innovation and excellence. We're hoping that the JDR Blogger Awards will bring additional recognition to the work of our favorite bloggers, while supporting our efforts to promote the professionalism of the remodeling industry and keep our clients informed about the latest trends in home design.

JDR Annual Industry Blogger Awards


School's Out Forever!

School's out completely.

I'm sure you all remember the famous song by  Alice Cooper.

I vividly remember hearing it on my last day of high school and was glad to finally be done with that batch of boredom.

I was driving home tonight and the song was playing on the radio.  I had two very special conversations today, and in each one, we discussed the state of education of the architectural industry.

Specifically, in one of the conversations, we were discussing the new Building Design Suite Ultimate package that includes everything and 3ds Max, Navisworks and Inventor.  How much training exactly do you think you'll need to get up to speed not only on the workflow of just Revit Architecture, but the BIM process, LEED, IPD, FM, Inventor, coordination with contractors, LOD 5 and so many other things.

When exactly will you have time to actually get a set of drawings out the door with all of the training you're going to need.  Please don't delude yourself into thinking that you'll be able to get away with 2D CAD for the next 20 years. It's just not a reality.

So, if you really think that's school's out forever, here's another theme song for you:

Na-na-nah-na, na-na-nah-na, hey, hey, hey, goodbye
Na-na-nah-na, na-na-nah-na, hey, hey, hey, goodbye

(Goodbye), Goodbye, it's over, we're through, it's done
Our relationship is no longer one on one, so I quit girl
I don't need this, I'm disgraced 'cause in my face
You spin, I quit steppin' out with another guy
And after givin' you my love I deserve to know why
How long has this been going on, how long have you been doin' me raw
You thought I didn't know, you thought I'd never go
Well, that's why I'm makin' this song, to say goodbye

Na-na-nah-na, na-na-nah-na, hey, hey, hey, goodbye
Na-na-nah-na, na-na-nah-na, hey, hey, hey, goodbye

Pack your bags, leave, get out of my site
I won't share you with another man on any night
You try to play me for a fool, but now you see you've been schooled by the E
And it's plain to see, you thought you had luck like a four-leaf clover
Your luck just ran out, home girl it's over
I hope you had a lot a fun, were you lyin' when you said that I was number one
Well, I guess it doesn't matter, it makes no difference
I caught you with a smokin' gun, or so to speak, girl you a natural sneak
And the hand you dealt me was really weak
But that's alright, you won't see me cryin', I brush a girl off when I catch her lyin'
So when I toss you out don't dare ask why, don't try to return with a tear in your eye
That's just my way of sayin' goodbye

Na-na-nah-na, na-na-nah-na, hey, hey, hey, goodbye
Na-na-nah-na, na-na-nah-na, hey, hey, hey, goodbye

Usin' me, confusin' me, inside you abusin' me
You think I'll stick around so you can keep abusing me
Wise up girl, I ain't playin', you try to make it better sayin' let's hit the hey and make love
Then I know that your loyal but I can't take the stress, I don't need the termoil
You told me that you love me but it was a lie
You know that I care, but I must say goodbye
Who is it that you thinkin' about when we kissin'
And when we all alone is it him that you're missin'
I couldn't stand the feelin' when I see a man in my spot next to you
So what you want me to do, forget about it, act like it never happened
Turn the other cheek and wait to get slapped again
Or until you say when you're through with me but you will see I'll be the first to say b-y-e
So when I toss you out don't dare ask why, it's just my way of sayin' goodbye

Na-na-nah-na, na-na-nah-na, hey, hey, hey, goodbye
Na-na-nah-na, na-na-nah-na, hey, hey, hey, goodbye

I must admit it, you hit it well
Did you get your kicks puttin' me through hell
Runnin' around with your new found child, he's not a man
He can't get wild, but that's alright, girl, you made your choice
And maybe by now you're sick of my voice, but it's too bad
'Cause you made me mad, and I'm gonna show you all the things that you might've had
Then you'll be the one feeling pain and misery
Regretting the past (goodbye) 'cause you're history
So when I toss you out don't dare ask why, don't tug at my sleeve as I walk by
Don't try to return with a tear in your eye, it's just my way of sayin' goodbye

Na-na-nah-na, na-na-nah-na, hey, hey, hey, goodbye
Na-na-nah-na, na-na-nah-na, hey, hey, hey, goodbye

Autodesk - Legal Notices & Trademarks - Software License Agreements

Ready for an action packed blog post? Well you came to the wrong post. Autodesk has released their End User License Agreements, affectionately known as the EULA.
I know everyone just clicks on Accept and continues on with their installation, but it may be something that's worthwhile to read once every 29 years or so.

It's important to understand that you are licensing the right to use a software vendor's software. You don't really own it.

Now that Autodesk supports Standalone, Network and Citrix licensing for many products, you may want to see how this affects you and what your company does with the software.

Enjoy and remember, no attorneys were harmed in the writing of this blog post.

Autodesk - Legal Notices & Trademarks - Software License Agreements

Software License Agreements

Autodesk® software is not sold. Rather, we license it to the end user under the terms of a software license agreement. The terms of Autodesk's software license agreements may vary depending upon the specific software product and version that you licensed from Autodesk as well as the specific geographical region in which you obtained your software license.

We generally provide our software license agreements electronically within each software product as a “click through” license. However, for some of our software products we may include the software license agreement as a printed form inside the software package. Please refer to the particular software product for the software license agreement applicable to that software. Unless you have another agreement directly with Autodesk that controls and alters your use of Autodesk software products, the terms and conditions of the software license agreement that accompanies the software product apply to you.

For your convenience, we have posted below the software license agreements for some of our software products and versions. These agreements are provided here for reference purposes only. Remember that you are bound by the specific software license agreement that applies to each software product you have licensed and installed.

If you are not able to locate below the software product and version that you have licensed and installed, please contact License.

2012 Platform License and Services Agreement (Platform LSA)

Applies to the following products:

AutoCAD® 2012
AutoCAD® Architecture 2012
AutoCAD® Civil 3D® 2012
AutoCAD® ecscad 2012
AutoCAD® Electrical 2012
AutoCAD® Inventor LT™ Suite 2012
AutoCAD LT® 2012
AutoCAD® Map 3D 2012
AutoCAD® Mechanical 2012
AutoCAD® MEP 2012
AutoCAD® P&ID 2012
AutoCAD® Raster Design 2012
AutoCAD® Revit® Architecture Suite
AutoCAD® Revit® MEP Suite 2012*
AutoCAD® Revit® Structure Suite 2012*
AutoCAD® Structural Detailing 2012
Autodesk® Alias® Automotive 2012
Autodesk® Alias® Design 2012
Autodesk® Alias® Surface 2012

*Each product in these Suites has a separate license.

Autodesk® Inventor® 2012
Autodesk® Inventor LT™
Autodesk® Inventor® Professional 2012
Autodesk® Inventor® Publisher 2012
Autodesk® Moldflow®Adviser 2012
Autodesk® Moldflow® Insight 2012
Autodesk® Navisworks® Manage 2012
Autodesk® Navisworks® Simulate 2012
Autodesk® Revit® Architecture 2012
Autodesk® Revit® MEP 2012
Autodesk® Revit® Structure 2012
Autodesk® Simulation Mechanical 2012
Autodesk® Simulation Multiphysics 2012
Autodesk® SketchBook® Designer 2012
Autodesk® SketchBook® Designer for AutoCAD® 2012
Autodesk® Storm and Sanitary Analysis
Autodesk® Vault 2012
Autodesk® Vault Collaboration 2012
Autodesk® Vault Collaboration AEC 2012
Autodesk® Vault Professional 2012
Autodesk® Vault Workgroup 2012

If your 2012 Platform software product is not listed here, please contact License.

2012 Platform LSA - English - US and Canada (pdf - 97Kb)
2012 Platform LSA - English - All Countries but US-Canada (pdf - 97Kb)
2012 Platform LSA - Chinese - Simplified (pdf - 216Kb)
2012 Platform LSA - Chinese - Traditional (pdf - 337Kb)
2012 Platform LSA - Czech (pdf - 190Kb)
2012 Platform LSA - Dutch (pdf - 129Kb)
2012 Platform LSA - French (pdf - 121Kb)
2012 Platform LSA - German (pdf - 112Kb)
2012 Platform LSA - Hungarian (pdf - 209Kb)
2012 Platform LSA - Italian (pdf - 126Kb)
2012 Platform LSA - Japanese (pdf - 310Kb)
2012 Platform LSA - Korean (pdf - 264Kb)
2012 Platform LSA - Polish (pdf - 215Kb)
2012 Platform LSA - Portuguese (pdf - 105Kb)
2012 Platform LSA - Russian (pdf - 255Kb)
2012 Platform LSA - Spanish (pdf - 128Kb)


Delete is unavailable for some Elements in a Revit Family -RT @revitclinic #Revit

Source: http://revitclinic.typepad.com/my_weblog/2011/03/delete-is-unavailable-for-some-elements-in-a-revit-family.html

You are editing a family file and select elements to delete.  You notice the Delete tool is grayed out; you cannot delete these elements in the family.  How did the family get to this current state?
By default if you start a new family file, add some elements, save the family, navigate to the family file, and rename the extension from .RFA [Family File] to .RFT [Family Template File] the elements you added in that file will now be locked from deletion if you create a new family from this template.
Or simply take an existing family and rename the extension using the same process as above.
What if you need to delete these elements?
When considered a template and you start a new family file from this template, the elements from the template will be locked from deletion.  If you simply make a copy of the file, and rename the extension back to .RFA, you can open the file normally and delete any of these elements.  If needed you could rename the extension back to .RFT afterward to set it back as a family template.


Accepting false limits - Seth Godin

Fear! I say it everyday to people afraid to move to BIM.  Yes, it's scary, new and different.  But so were your iPhone, car, computer, DVR, GPS, XM radio, airplanes, cars, microwaves and a million other things that are now a part of your everyday life.

You know what I fear most?  It's a single line.  It's a yellow line.  It divides the road.  There are cars that are coming towards you at 60 mph.  Just a single yellow line painted on the road is all that separates you from life and death.

Just a single white line on your screen is all that separates you from a life of boring drafting to the new and exciting world of BIM.  Isn't it time for it to be the end of the line for you?

I know you can do it.  So many others have and isn't it nice to know that every single architect, drafter and designer in the world is going through the exact same fears, doubts and concerns.  You're all in the same boat.  Is it the Titanic or the NCL Epic?  You decide.

Source: http://sethgodin.typepad.com/seths_blog/2011/03/accepting-false-limits.html
I don't accept for a minute that there's some sort of natural limit on your ability to do just about anything that involves creating ...
The key to this disconnect is the unspoken part about time and effort and fear. 

Friday, March 25, 2011

The Aubin Academy Master Series: Revit Architecture 2011 (A book review by Michael Anonuevo)

I really need to apologize publicly to Michael who sent this to me a month ago and I neglected to post it.  Michael is the owner of http://www.littledetailscount.com, a great Revit website for specialized Revit content.
He's got everything and the kitchen sink.
Click here for additional details 

It's a bit awkward to give Michael publicity since my own company does Revit content for manufacturers, but there's so much content that needs to be made, that there's plenty of work for all of us who take the time to make content so you can focus on designing buildings. 

I guess I'll take this time to publish the photo of me and Paul Aubin at Autodesk University 2010.  He's on the left if you've never met him.   

The Aubin Academy Master Series:
Revit Architecture 2011
(A book review by Michael Anonuevo)
Author: Paul Aubin
Publisher: Autodesk Press; 1st edition (September 23, 2010)
Paperback: 864 pages
In 2006, I applied for a job at a well known Las Vegas architectural firm specializing in casinos and large scale hospitality projects. During my phone interview, I was informed that the company uses Autodesk Revit. Being an Autocad person, I was taken aback because I didn't know anything about the software. However, I was told my Revit experience didn't matter. What mattered was my experience in producing construction documents and details. In short, I got hired and immediately gave my two weeks notice to my previous employer. Although I knew I was going to be trained in Revit, I spent the next couple of weeks finding out what Revit is all about. There were quite a few Revit books at Amazon but most of them struck me as extended manuals. I wanted a book that could teach me how to use Revit in a practical way. I zeroed in on "Mastering Autodesk Revit Building" by Paul Aubin after reading a lot of good reviews about his book. I then downloaded the Autodesk Revit 30-day free trial and followed Mr. Aubin's tutorials diligently. How did the book fare? Well, when I started working for the new firm, my supervisor noticed my familiarity with Revit. Instead of having me trained, he immediately put me to work doing construction documents of multi-million dollar casinos! Since then, I never looked back and I credit Mr. Aubin's book for my excellent first exposure to Revit and BIM.
The Book
Last month, I got hold of Mr. Aubin's latest book: The Aubin Academy Series: Revit Architecture 2011. Even after six years of Revit experience, I still buy the latest editions of popular Revit books. It's one way I constantly reinforce my knowledge of Revit. By now, Paul Aubin has already carved his name in the world of BIM as an accomplished author of bestselling books on Revit Architecture, Revit MEP, Autocad Architecture and Autocad MEP (check out http://paulaubin.com/).
For the latest version of Revit, Mr. Aubin has rebranded this book as part of the Aubin Academy Master Series. The target audience are beginners as well as experienced Revit users. In the Introduction, Mr. Aubin explains what the book is all about and how to use it. He touches on style conventions and units used in the tutorials. He gives advice on computer setup, RAM, hardware and operating systems. The book also includes downloadable reference files used in the tutorials. Throughout its entirety, the book focuses on the design development and construction document phases of architectural design.
The Quick Start Tutorial
The book starts with Section I: Introduction and Methodology. For Autocad users, this is what will convince you to join the BIM bandwagon through Revit. The way Mr. Aubin accomplishes this is by guiding you through a Quick Start short tutorial, the end product being a small 2-story pavilion building with a solar study (Figure 1).

Figure 1
Even without 3D modeling experience, you'll be pleasantly surprise to have modeled this small structure in a short amount of time. This tutorial includes topics on:
1. The project browser & properties palette
2. Creating walls
3. Dimensions and constraints
4. Inserting doors and windows
6. Navigation tools
7. Sections and elevation views
8. Levels
9. Adding floors
10. Adding a roof
11. Adding a stair
12. Creating a door schedule
13. Adding sheets
14. Printing
15. Creating a solar study
As you go over the Quick Start topics, you are slowly introduced to tools and commands. You are guided on what action to take whether it be clicking or dragging certain components. The lessons are supplemented with annotated illustrations. Along the way, you'll come up with Mr. Aubin's comments marked with a 'Note' icon. They are basically additional information to reinforce a certain procedure. Tips and tricks are given throughout the exercise and are clearly seen in boxed paragraphs marked with a 'Tip' icon. After finishing this tutorial, you'll have an idea on the power of Revit. This should whet your appetite to learn more about the software. You won't be disappointed as the book explains in great detail the theory, concepts and methodology behind Revit modeling. In the next 15 chapters, he guides you step-by-step in modeling a residential and a commercial building (Figure 2).

Figure 2
What makes this book effective is the way Mr. Aubin approaches the tutorials. For example, he will explain a particular tool and how to use it. Later on, when he comes back to that tool, he'll teach you a different way of using it. Still later on, when he selects that tool again, you're given the keyboard shortcut and another method of using it! In short, you're not overwhelmed with a lot of information at one time. He slowly introduces them to you. Since you will be modeling a building project, you'll learn how to use the modeling tools in a project setting. For experienced Autocad professionals, the transition to Revit is easy. Mr. Aubin wrote books on Autocad and he knows how to effectively teach Autocad users how to transition to Revit. He has already anticipated what new users may ask in every aspect of a building project. Therefore, before you even wonder why you're getting errors, his book already has explanations to them! The same style of imparting information as the Quick Start exercise is applied throughout the chapters.  Here are the titles of the 15 chapters:
Chapter 1: Conceptual Underpinnings of Revit Architecture
Chapter 2: Revit Architecture Interface
Chapter 3: Creating a Building Layout
Chapter 4: Setting up Project Levels and Views
Chapter 5: Column Grids and Structural Layout
Chapter 6: Groups and Links
Chapter 7: Vertical Circulation
Chapter 8: Floors and Roofs
Chapter 9: Developing the Exterior Skin
Chapter 10: Working with Families
Chapter 11: Detailing and Annotation
Chapter 12: Working with Schedules and Tags
Chapter 13: Ceiling Plans and Interior Elevations
Chapter 14: Printing, Publishing and Exporting
Chapter 15: Conceptual Massing
And here are the titles of the Appendices:
Appendix A: Additional Exercises
Appendix B: Worksharing
Appendix C: Rendering
Appendix D: Online Resources
It is worth mentioning that the book is actually a good reference for Autodesk Revit Architecture Certification. He places these icons beside the topics you need to review in order to help you pass the exams (Figure 3):

Figure 3
He also highlights relevant information applicable to BIM managers. You'll see them inside boxed paragraphs marked with this icon on the side (Figure 4):

Figure 4
In this book, Mr. Aubin thoroughly covers all the aspects of Revit methodology and explains them in plain words. He had fine tuned his teaching methods to the advantage of new users. The book is 8 1/2" x 10 3/4" which is bigger than most Revit books. The graphics are outstanding and well designed. The choice of fonts and line spacing makes the book highly readable. Although there are other tutorial books out there, Mr. Aubin's book clearly stands out in content, style and presentation. For advanced users, this book serves as a handy reference which you will refer to from time to time. In my home, it sits right next to my Architectural Graphic Standards and Time-Saver books. It is the best Revit resource material that will help any beginner jump from traditional CAD into the world of BIM.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Trelligence Announces the Addition of COBie2 Compliance to its Suite of Data Translation Capabilities

More great news from one of my software partners.  My company is working with over 70 AEC software vendors, so it's always nice to know they are doing the right thing with their BIM technology.  As always, contact me for any information about trelligence.  

There are links at the bottom of the post for you to visit with Trelligence at the AIA National Convention and Revit Technology Conference.  I'll be at the RTC, so let them know I sent you and maybe they'll buy me a beer.

Trelligence Press Release
March 22, 2011

Houston, TX - March 22, 2011.  Trelligence, Inc. announced today that its industry-leading architectural programming and design tool, Trelligence Affinity™, is now fully compliant with the latest version of the COBie2 specifications.  COBIE (Construction Operations Building Information Exchange) is a set of IFC-based open standards created to facilitate the exchange of data between diverse applications along the architectural plan-design-build-operate continuum.  The development of the IFC (Industry Foundations Classes) has been a major effort of the IAI (International Alliance for Interoperability) for a number of years.  With the addition of the ability to import, export, and store data in the COBie2 format, Affinity continues to expand its functionality as a data translation and aggregation tool for the AEC industry.

Affinity has long set the standard as a software tool for performing all the steps of the architectural programming and schematic design process.  In addition, Affinity is increasingly being recognized for its ability to provide repository and data translation capability across the entire architectural process, from beginning to end.

Key Formats Supported by Affinity

COBie2                       IFC
Excel/CSV                   SEPS Excel file
SVG                           JPEG
WRL                           Onuma System
gbXML                        Revit
ArchiCAD                    SketchUp

"From its inception, Trelligence took a broad view of the architectural process," said Larry Ciscon, Trelligence President.  "In addition to covering the tasks of a wide swath of the process directly with our software, we have also maintained a dedication to handling all the key data formats that are used in the industry.  We are now finding that companies want Affinity, not just for its capabilities as a programming and design tool in its own right, but also as a means of translating and maintaining information throughout the lifecycle of the project, from planning down through facilities management - Affinity is often being used as the common link between the diverse tools in use in this industry.  Our COBie2 compliance is a continuation of that strength.  To my knowledge, Trelligence is the first software in the industry to fully support the latest COBie2 specifications."

The COBie2 functionality is available in the latest release of Affinity, version 6.1.7.

About Trelligence
Trelligence Affinity is a unique architectural programming and schematic design software solution for the AEC industry that delivers real-time design+analysis tools built on top of domain-specific knowledge templates.  Affinity seamlessly integrates with existing design tools, including Revit® Architecture, ArchiCAD® , and Google® SketchUp, extending the benefits of BIM - faster planning, less costly rework, and enhanced collaboration - to the early design phase of complex building projects. Trelligence is an Autodesk Preferred Industry Partner for the AEC industry.  For further information and video demonstrations, visit www.trelligence.com.

Revit Technology Conference (North America)
June 23-25, 2011
Hyatt Huntington Beach
Orange County, California

Trelligence is pleased to be selected as a presenter at the first Revit Technology Conference in North America.  Larry Ciscon, Ph.D., Trelligence President, will lead the session entitled, "Filling the Gap: Extending BIM to Programming & Schematic Design through Integration" on Friday, June 24th at 2PM.  Please click on the links below to join us and view the schedule.

AIA 2011 National Convention & Design Exposition 
May 12-14, 2011
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
New Orleans, Louisiana (US)

Trelligence will be exhibiting at AIA for the 7th consecutive year.  This AIA show will mark the official launch of Trelligence Affinity IES integration, as well as other new updates to the Affinity 6 release. Visit us at booth 3313 for demonstrations and discussions with our Trelligence team

Autodesk 2012 products now shipping and available for downloading.

Aren't you excited. You can now download AutoCAD LT, AutoCAD, AutoCAD Architecture and AutoCAD MEP 2012 versions.
This is not a test. This is a an actual CAD emergency. Please proceed to your nearest layer and draw a box. Now, step inside the box.
OK, here's the hard part. Think outside of the box.

Revit users....not yet.....soon....for now, open AutoCAD. Draw a vertical line. Now offset it 1/2". What does that look like? A wall? Hmmm....

Autodesk Subscription : Software Download - https://autodesk.subscribenet.com/control/adsk/index

AutoCAD 2012 Multilingual
Mar 23, 2011
AutoCAD Architecture 2012 English
Mar 23, 2011
AutoCAD LT 2012 Multilingual
Mar 23, 2011
AutoCAD MEP 2012 English
Mar 23, 2011


You may now download AutoCAD 2012. It has been officially released!

...or login into www.autodesk.com/subscription login to get your official copy and serial number.
Remember...Autodesk is not shipping subscription customers their software. You MUST download the new versions online.
Hope you don't have dialup connection speed.

http://usa.autodesk.com/autocad/trial/AutoCAD 2012


Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Performance tip for curtain wall pattern based components - The @ReviClinic

Source: http://revitclinic.typepad.com/my_weblog/2011/03/tips-tricks-to-improve-performance-when-designing-pattern-component-family-for-curtain-wall-applied-.html
Performance tip for curtain wall pattern based components - The Revit Clinic

When working with pattern component families for divided surfaces in a mass, you can create a larger mullion panel family subdivided by smaller sub-panels. The grid/panel segments may be larger, but the geometry subdivision will result in a reduction in file size and improve memory and display performance.

  1. Create the new pattern component family for the curtain wall using the Curtain Panel Pattern Based.rft as shown below using these values of 8m x 8m x 8m grid subdivided by a 1m x 1m x 1m panel three or more times to achieve 1m panels.
  2. Create simple conceptual mass with rectangular extrusion with top profile twisted.
  3. Load the new pattern component family for the curtain wall mullion into the Revit Project containing the conceptual mass.
    Curtain Wall 484 Curtain Wall 585
  4. Apply a curtain wall pattern component family to the four faces of the conceptual mass and select divide surface and in the type selector, select the curtain wall component family.
  5. After applying the pattern, this process results in normal memory and display performance especially when rotating the conceptual mass.
    Curtain Wall 786 Curtain Wall 6


Autodesk Revit Services & Support - Operating system compatibility for #Revit products

OS X!!!! I want Revit to work on my darned Mac!!!!! Oh well. I guess I'll have to live in a Parallels universe for now. I hope Microsoft doesn't sue Autodesk for using the word Ultimate in their products they way Apple just sued Amazon for using the phrase 'App Store'.

Autodesk - Autodesk Revit Architecture Services & Support - Operating system compatibility for Revit products

Published date: 2011-Mar-21
ID: TS14026408
Applies to:
Autodesk® Revit® Architecture 2012
Autodesk® Revit® Architecture 2011
Autodesk® Revit® Architecture 2010
Revit® Architecture 2009
Revit® Architecture 2008
Autodesk® Revit® Building 9.1
Autodesk® Revit® MEP 2012
Autodesk® Revit® MEP 2011
Autodesk® Revit® MEP 2010
Revit® MEP 2009
Revit® MEP 2008
Autodesk® Revit® Structure 2012
Autodesk® Revit® Structure 2011
Autodesk® Revit® Structure 2010
Revit® Structure 2009
Revit® Structure 2008
Autodesk® Revit® Structure 4

Operating system compatibility for Revit products


You are wondering what Operating Systems (OS) are supported for Revit Products


The below chart shows supported Operating sytems for Revit products

Revit 2012 Products (current release)

ProductOS32 Bit OS64 Bit OS
Revit 2012 Products*Windows 7Ultimate
Home Premium
Home Premium

Windows Vista (SP2)Ultimate
Home Premium
Home Premium

Windows XP (SP2)Professional
Professional x64 Edition (SP2)

CitrixXenApp 6.0 with Windows 7 or Windows XP Sp2 client
XenApp 6.0 with Windows 7 or Windows XP Professional x64 Edition Sp2 client

Revit 2011

ProductOS32 Bit OS64 Bit OS
Revit 2011 Products*Windows 7Ultimate
Home Premium
Home Premium

Windows Vista (SP2)Ultimate
Home Premium
Home Premium

Windows XP (SP2)Professional
Professional x64 Edition (SP2)

Revit 2010

ProductOS32 bit64 bit
Revit 2010 Products*Windows Vista Ultimate
Home Premium
Home Premium

Windows XPProfessional
Professional x64 Edition

Revit 2009

ProductOS32 Bit64 Bit
Revit 2009 ProductsWindows VistaUltimate
Home Premium
Home Premium

Windows XPProfessional
Professional x64 Edition

Revit 2008

ProductOS32 bit64 Bit
Revit 2008 ProductsWindows VistaUltimate
Home Premium
Not Supported

Windows XPProfessional
Tablet PC Edition
Not Supported

Windows 2000 (SP4)Windows 2000Not Supported

* Learn more170 about using Autodesk Revit Architecture software with Boot Camp®, part of Mac OS® X that enables you to install and run Microsoft Windows (and Windows-based applications) on a Mac® computer or with Parallels Desktop, a system utility available from Parallels, Inc. that allows you to run applications in each operating system without restarting your computer.


...more about #Archicad crybabies and #Autodesk Building Design Suites (Real BIM!)

In the midst of my endless blog posts in the last few days (and my apologies to Jay Zallan for the twitspam #Revit tweets) I made a blog post about Archicad users the other night,
Apparently, the Archicad users missed the point of that blog post.  It wasn't a comparison of Revit Architecture 2012 versus Archicad whatever version they're on.  It was about the new Building Design Suite packages.  
My comment:  With the new Building Design Suites that many blogged about today, there's just no way that Archicad will ever have the features and benefits of the Autodesk BIM solution.
Apparently, they didn't bother to see what that was about before  making the comment "a rather childish and condescending blog post".  My phone has not stopped ringing in the past two days from people wanting to switch from AutoCAD to the Building Design Suite Premium and Ultimate.  The game changer is this incredible package of tools that 
1.  No other software company in the design world has
2.  No one has the toolset that Autodesk does
3.  It's so freakin' cheap to get the whole package
4.  The Building Design Suites will forever change the world of the AEC industry and I think that BIM will explode with Autodesk's brilliant strategy (which I must say I was completelyl against when I first heard about it).

Forget about adding Revit Structure and Revit MEP for a second.  You can add 3ds Max Design for $1495 from a current version of Revit Architecture Suite, AutoCAD Architecture or AutoCAD.  It's $3495 normally.  The fact that you get Revit Structure $5995 and Revit MEP $5995 thrown in as well is crazy.  To switch from AutoCAD 2012 to Revit Architecture Suite is $2395.  It's cheaper to get everything in the Building Design Suite Premium than to just go to Revit Architecture alone.  

 ...and then the comments started...


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Anonymous Lux said...
I'm sorry but this year I am NOT impressed by the improvements in Revit Architecture 2012. I expected better, as the things I see in this list: http://simpledesignsense.com/blog/2011/01/06/12-new-features-for-revit-2012/ Archicad users can sleep peacefully
March 22, 2011 6:14 PM
Anonymous Anonymous said...
If we want to brag then it would be better to go and compare Revit not to Archicad but to its bigger brother Allplan. While I see quite a few Revit users crying for long awaited tools and improvements I see Allplan users sitting quite comfortable behind their desks already for many years.
March 23, 2011 6:18 AM
Blogger Scott D Davis16 said...
Lux....you took a post from January (prior to anyone being allowed to talk about new releases of Autodesk products) which is actually a users personal wishlist and thought it was a REAL list of improvements? The line right below it about "revit making eggs benedict for you" didn't clue you in on the validity of this post?

  ...and then there's this.  My favorite comment from the Graphisoft forums.  Peter, thank you for completly missing the point of my post and not getting it about Building Design Suite, not Revit.  It's about the whole concept of BIM, collaboration and let's not forget about real engineering tools.  


Peter Clark

Senior member

Joined: 28 Mar 2007
Posts: 1595
Location: Wiltshire, UK
Posted: Wed Mar 23, 2011 3:20 am    Post subject: Re: Revit 2012 Another horrible release   
I like the new 'create assembly' tool. I could see it implemented in ArchiCAD a bit like the internal elevation tool but looking inwards with extra automatic top and underside views.

I've also noticed a rather childish and condescending blog post by a reseller on the bimboom blog saying how sad he is for ArchiCAD users and that we should 'give up the fight' now that R*vit 2012 has been released!  Is it just me or is there still very little comment or reaction by R*vit users online yet, and the few that have commented so far (and aren't resellers) are mainly negative?  So where are all these tweets and blog posts he mentions that we should be crying over?

I'm not sure many of the features announced would actually help the average residential architect who doesn't build bendy swoopy buildings i.e. 95% of all architects, so perhaps it's the majority of R*vit users who should be 'giving up the fight' and moving to ArchiCAD instead!

(Awaits the deluge of posts from R*vit users!!  )

...and now...enough about Archicad.  I've wasted enough time on that.  Let's get back to our regularly schedule Revit posts.


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