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Saturday, April 30, 2011

The Case of the Disappearing Parts and Floors @revitclinic

Source:
BIM -The Revit Clinic

The new create parts tool in 2012 allows you to select a Floor, Wall, Ceiling, or Roof (flat) and divide the system family into its sub layers, creating parts. If you haven't tried it yet, check it out. Its intended for constructions uses to make dividing your model into constructible pieces easier without having to duplicate and recreate the original geometry. However, you may notice that if you are in the floor plan view that has a floor and you select the floor and make parts from its layers, the floor and its parts seem to disappear from the view.

Here one minute

Before

Gone the next

After_parts

The issue here is that Floors are a little special when it comes to displaying in a floor plan view and that same "specialness" doesn't apply to parts. Floors in Revit are typically created below the Bottom of the View range (they start from their host level and go down) and in normal visibility and graphic terms, shouldn't really display in a floor plan anyways. However, due to architectural convention and our drafting needs, Revit displays floors in a floor plan view even if they are not technically within the View range of the view (and instead are at the bottom).

Parts don't get this special treatment. There are a few ways to have the floor or the parts display in the floor plan view again.

There is a new parameter on Views called "Part Visibility" Changing this parameter to "Show Original" will display the original floor object. Changing the parameter to "Show Both" will slow the floor and the parts, but the parts will still not be shown in the view as they are outside of bottom of the view range. "Show Parts" will hide the original object (the floor in this case) and only show the parts (which you cannot see in the view yet).

Part_Visibilty

To get the parts from the floor to display, you will need to adjust the bottom of the view range and the view depth so that the parts are included in the view range. In my case, simply dropping the bottom offset -1.0 mm and the offset for the view depth the same amount results in the parts from the floor being able to be displayed in the view. As long as the parts exist at all between the Top and Bottom of the Primary View Range, the parts will display (they don't have to be fully within the top and bottom, just a sliver needs to be within the Range).

View_Range

Happy Parting!

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Thursday, April 28, 2011

Revit OpEd: Railings and Stairs - Usability Study

Source: Revit OpEd: Railings and Stairs - Usability Study
http://revitoped.blogspot.com/2011/04/railings-and-stairs-usability-study.html

The Autodesk User Experience team is looking for Architects, Drafters, Designers and CAD Managers who use Revit Architecture or other products to design stairs or railings, to participate in a usability study of some Autodesk software concepts.


The sessions are approximately 90 minutes long. If you are interested in participating, please take a few minutes to fill in this short questionnaire. Participants who are a good match for our study will be contacted within a few days.


Your involvement helps make Autodesk products better.



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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Revit Services & Support - 2012: Installer crashes when creating cross-platform deployments with multiple language packs added in a single session of setup.exe

http://usa.autodesk.com/adsk/servlet/ps/dl/item?siteID=123112&id=16937491&linkID=9243099&CMP=OTC-RSSSUP01

Published date: 2011-Apr-27
ID: TS16937491

Applies to:
AutoCAD® 2012
AutoCAD® Architecture 2012
AutoCAD® Civil 3D® 2012
AutoCAD® Electrical 2012
AutoCAD® Map 3D 2012
AutoCAD® Mechanical 2012
AutoCAD® MEP 2012
Autodesk Building Design Suite 2012
Autodesk Design Suite 2012
Autodesk® Inventor® 2012
Autodesk Product Design Suite 2012
Autodesk® Revit® Architecture 2012
Autodesk® Revit® MEP 2012
Autodesk® Revit® Structure 2012

Issue

You were creating a cross-platform deployment, i.e., a 32-bit deployment on a 64-bit OS or vice-versa, and you added two different language packs to the deployment causing the installer to display the following error message and crash:

Solution

When creating a cross-platform deployment, only add one set of language packs to the installer per session of setup.exe. If you need to create the deployment in an additional language, you should do so in a separate session of setup.exe by launching the installer from the media and then adding a single language pack.




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Time to Get That AU 2011 Proposal Ready – Deadline is May 6 |

Just a reminder. Time is running out. If you get selected, you get to go for free, so give it a shot.

Source:
Time to Get That AU 2011 Proposal Ready – Deadline is May 6 |
http://auspeaker.wordpress.com/2011/04/27/time-to-get-that-au-2011-proposal-ready-deadline-is-may-6/

I don’t know about you, but I’m a great procrastinator at times, especially if it involves reading guidelines and attending to lots of details. Nevertheless, the deadline for this year’s Call for Proposals (CFP) is just one week away! How is your proposal coming?

We’ve made quite a few changes this year, so if you are a veteran AU speaker and you haven’t read it already, check out the What’s New for Autodesk University 2011? page. It’s a quick way to get a feel for how things have changed from previous years.

AU is such a great opportunity to share what you’ve learned about your industry and Autodesk software. Just think about how you have personally benefited from the knowledge and practical experience of others who have come before you.

One of the biggest changes this year is that we are being much more specific about what we are looking for. Why? For one thing, many speakers have asked us for this. It helps them to home in on the topics that will really benefit AU attendees. So make good use of the Tracks and Topics page to help you figure out a good topic.

There are lots of changes to virtual classes this year too. For one thing, you will be recording your class yourself using one of the many video recording software programs available on the market. And we won’t be offering live Q&A this year. You will simply have to provide 24-hour response to question submitted electronically, especially in the weeks immediately following your presentation.

Anyway, now is a good time to read through all the great information available on the CFP. If you love speaking and sharing what you know, be sure to get going on your class proposal as soon as you can. May 6 will be here before you know it.

–sandy

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Monday, April 25, 2011

New Android App Reinvents Mobile Photo Backup

Wow, what a great tool for contractors in the field taking jobsite photos. Automatic syncing? Is there an app for that on the iPhone?
Don't have a sugarsync account? Go to www.revit3d.com/sugar. It's a lifesaver. Did you know it will keep version iterations backed up of your files? Every overwrite a spreadsheet and didn't have a backup of it? Even get older versions of your Revit files.

You can even share your SugarSynced photos with others for instant access. It's not just about the I in BIM, it's about collaborating and sharing that information.

Link: New Android App Reinvents Mobile Photo Backup

Imagine a world where every photo you take on your mobile phone is backed up to your computer automatically. No thinking or effort is required. No wires are needed. And you don’t even have to remember to open a special app to make it happen – you can just use the good ‘ol camera on your mobile device. And it just works.

Sound like a dream world too good to be true? It did to us too. But we made it a reality with our brand new Android app!

Hot off the heels of our biggest and baddest iPhone/iPad app, our Android app out today is the first mobile app that removes the work required to sync photos (and folders – more on that later) to your computers. We call the technological magic powering it “AutoSync” because we put the “auto” in sync. Quite simply, it’s the zero-step process to backing up and syncing your mobile photos from your Android device to all your computers.

Mobile photo backup will never be the same
Backing up new photos taken couldn’t be any simpler with our new Android app. Just take a picture using your device’s camera. Period. Behind the scenes, SugarSync will detect the new photo, back it up to the cloud, and sync it to your computers in your Mobile Photos folder. No thinking, wires, or emails to yourself. It just works.

Road warriors, meet your new weapon
Our new Android app enables true two-way sync functionality available only on computers right on your Android device. For example, many of us use our Android tablets as reading devices. How great would it be if you could sync your important files directly to your mobile device and always have them up-to-date? You wouldn’t have to push a button, open an app, or flip a switch. You could even hop on an airplane with the peace of mind that the latest and greatest files have synced to your device. AutoSync makes it happen.

Of course, you may be a road warrior and need to edit documents on the fly using your Android device. With the SugarSync app, you can make changes on an airplane; when you arrive at the gate and catch a data signal, your changes backup & sync to your computers – no work required, because well, AutoSync Folders does the heavy lifting (syncing). Chalk it up as one less reason you ever need to be in front of a computer.

Your AutoSync, your way (even when SugarSync isn’t running)
Turning on AutoSync is a snap. Just tap on the menu button on your mobile device while in the app, choose Settings, and enable AutoSync Folders and AutoSync Photos.

We also built AutoSync in a way that respects your battery, data plan, and wallet.

For example, you can tell AutoSync to run only when you are connected to a power source, to WiFi, or both. Let’s say you set AutoSync to only run when you are connected to WiFi and then you went camping in the middle of nowhere and took lots of photos. When you came back home, AutoSync would automatically detect a WiFi signal and upload all your photos. No need to change any settings, open SugarSync, or do anything. Again, it just works.

On that last point, AutoSync doesn’t even need the SugarSync app to be open! AutoSync can check for changes to folders or new photos based on a time interval you choose.

Thanks to our new Android app you can officially say goodbye to….
– Losing your photos (and precious memories) when you lose your mobile phone
– Providing tech support to family and friends on how to get photos off of Android devices and onto their computers
– Emailing a file from your phone to ensure your computer has the up-to-date file
– Who needs more goodbyes? This is meant to be a happy blog post!

From now on, when it comes to mobile photos and files, don’t think. AutoSync! Get our new Android app from the Android marketplace here or scan the QR code below.






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Technology overload - #BIM Zombies and Angry CADs

Apparently I have AT&TDD.  It's Attention Time & Technology Defecit Disorder.

It started when I saw the AT&T iPhone commercial about how you can now talk and surf at the same time.  At least, that's what I thought I heard because I was busy playing on my iPad while watching TV, while talking on the phone while surfing the net on the iPhone.  It was in the middle of a meeting, so I can't be sure about all of it as I was driving while texting having been watching the TV through my SlingPlayer.  I sure can't wait for 5G to come out so we can waste even more time faster.

So, do you have not have enough time to pay attention to everything you're working on and your technology is creating more work for you to do rather than make it more efficient?

Maybe you have AT&TDD as well.  How do you get rid of it?  Well, there's an app for that.  AutoCAD WS for Droid.  Opps, I zoomed in on the wrong commercial.  That just gave me a great idea for a new program.  Angry CADs.  You drop mechanical pencils on people.  Oooh.  Even better app.  Angry CAD Zombies and Plans.

Wow, there are zombie architects walking towards you and you shoot various types of mechanical pencils and AutoCAD DVDs at them.  You can get special weapons like blueprints, rulers, polylines, RFI clouds and spec books.  Anyone out there know how to make an iPad game? 

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Upgrading #Revit Server 2011 to 2012 - @RevitClinic

Source: Upgrading Revit Server 2011 to 2012 - The Revit Clinic

RServer

I wanted to include the recommended process for upgrading a Revit Server from 2011 to 2012:

  1. Ensure all users close out of Revit and any local or central projects they have open on the client workstations.
  2. Apply a server-level administrative lock on the Central Server you will be upgrading to Revit Server 2012. Lock the server name at the top of the tree:

    RServerLock

    Process is located here.

  3. Uninstall Revit Server 2011 from the Windows Server Control Panel.
  4. Determine the Project and Cache directories in use for Revit Server.
  5. Install Revit Server 2012 on the Windows Server. Process for Central Server is located here. Process for Local Server is located here.
  6. Specify the same Project and Cache folder locations used for Revit 2011.
  7. When the installation is complete unlock the administrative lock. Process is located here.
  8. Once the Central and all Local Servers are updated to Revit Server 2012, users can launch Revit from the client workstations.
As an optional first step you can also backup all data on the Central Server prior to uninstall \ reinstall.

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#Revit Search and Selection Sets Part II - Tips


Source: a [BIM] New World by Teresa Martin

Alas! It has been a month or two since Part I (Search and Selection Sets - Part I). Here is part II, of the long awaited sequel!

As I mentioned in Search and Selection Sets Part I (Post Dated 1-31-2011), Search Sets are the gold in Navisworks. This is where you get to drive. This is where you have all the control. Search Sets, as mentioned are based upon common data properties such as size, name, type, file, units, etc. This is why they are so powerful! If you know the common property to search for, you work here is done! And most importantly, you can re-use searches in different projects if they search for similar properties.

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Joe Queenan on the Frank Gehry Glut | Moving Targets - WSJ.com | Share on LinkedIn

This is a pretty amusing article that every non-starchitect will appreciate...

Source: http://online.wsj.com/article_email/SB10001424052748703789104576272982600173192-lMyQjAxMTAxMDIwMzEyNDMyWj.html#printMode

An Iowa-based philanthropist and architecture aficionado has offered a $300 million reward to any city anywhere in the world that dares to hire someone other than Frank Gehry to design its gleaming new art museum.

"Don't get me wrong, I like iconoclastic, swoopy structures that look like bashed-in sardine cans as much as the next guy," says the philanthropist, who wishes to remain nameless for fear of enraging close friends in the art world. "I like Czech dance halls that look like a 747 plowed right into the fa├žade as much as anybody. I bow to no man in my admiration for an architect who can design an art museum that looks like a intergalactic recycling center. I just thought it would be nice to give the second-most-famous architect in the world a shot at a payday. Whoever he is. I know I've got his name here somewhere."

The philanthropist's gambit underscores how amazingly popular Mr. Gehry's playful, irreverent architecture has become in recent years, and how hard it is to find anyone helming a major municipal building project who would dare to hire someone else to execute a commission. The latest is a 76-story structure in lower Manhattan, the largest swoopy apartment building in the world.

"There's a swoopy, somewhat incongruous Frank Gehry building in Millennium Park in Chicago," says a famous architecture critic who wishes to remain nameless for fear of being perceived as a revolting, disgusting philistine who ought to be hanged, drawn, quartered and then shot, but only after being blinded and flayed alive. "There's a swoopy Frank Gehry building in L.A. There are swoopy Frank Gehry buildings in New York, Seattle, Cleveland, Toronto, Cambridge, Mass., and Princeton, N.J. That's not to mention the swoopy Frank Gehry buildings in Basel, Switzerland, Miami Beach, Las Vegas and Bilbao, Spain. Everywhere you go on the planet, whether it's an art museum, a concert hall, a corporate headquarters or a hospital, there's a swoopy Gehry building. I'm not saying that the world doesn't need any more swoopy Gehry buildings that look like dented Miller Lite cans. I'm just saying that maybe the world doesn't need quite so many."

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#Revit Server goes Desktop - Installation guidelines for Windows 7 users


Source: http://do-u-revit.blogspot.com/2011/04/revit-server-goes-desktop.html

So you have plenty of vacant workstations lying around in your office (I know of a lot of firms with whole graveyards worth of equipment sitting there collecting dust). And if these machines are already running Windows 7 64 bit, you can get up and running with a Revit Server setup at a whopping cost of $0. How does that sound?

“Sure” you might be saying, “it’s unsupported”. Maybe that’s true (meaning, Autodesk doesn’t guarantee it will work since it has not been officially tested) but the key to knowing that Revit Server will work is in the System Requirements: at least IIS v.7 and Microsoft .NET 3.5 SP1, all of which can be installed on Windows 7 x64.

However if you tried to do this, RS (Revit Server) won’t let you install it since it is checking for the existence of Windows Server 2008. In the following step by step guide, you’ll learn how to get things working properly and I can tell you from at least a week’s worth of experience that things seem to be working just fine.

See the rest about installation, setup and troubleshooting...
>Revit Server goes Desktop

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Friday, April 22, 2011

Removing the Unused - 3 Times the charm for Purge Unused in Revit 2012 - RT @RevitClinic

Source:
Removing the Unused - 3 Times the charm for Purge Unused in Revit 2012 - The Revit Clinic
http://revitclinic.typepad.com/my_weblog/2011/04/removing-the-unused-purge-unused-in-revit-2012.html

In 2012, the Purge Unused command has gotten a little help. Now, it is possible to delete out of your project all the unused materials and property set definitions. I really like the ability to delete out all the unused materials.

Purge_Unused

One thing to know about this new ability is that it may take up to three purge Unused to fully clear everything from a project. Allow me to explain. When you use Purge Unused, you only see the items that are not being currently used in the project.

Any families that are listed in the list may be using materials that are in the project. The materials that those families are using won't be shown in the list because they are "in use" in those families that aren't being used.

Confused yet? Good.

When you purge out a family, its materials now might be unused in the project and the next time you launch the purge unused dialog you may see the additional materials that can be purged from the project.

When it comes to property sets, the same thing that happened with families can happen with materials. Property sets may be "in use" by a material that isn't being used in the project.When the material is purged, its property set is no longer being used and will display in the Purged unused dialog when you launch it again.

So, long story short, you may need to do a Purge Unused three times to get everything out of the project. Once to get everything you normally would, then to get any additional materials or property sets, and finally, to make sure all the property sets are taken care of.

Happy Purging.


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Thursday, April 21, 2011

BIMillionare - #BIM #IPD #AIA #REVIT #MILLION

Well, today's the magic day.  It seems only yesterday I hit 1 million. 

At some point during today, April 21st, 2011, one of you had the honor of having the 2 millionth view of my blog.   It seems so long ago when I started a little website called BIMwit.com which was born on May 8th 2006.  It was in August of that year that I was introduced to blogs (actually at an Autodesk leadership conference) and I made my first actual blogpost on January 1st, 2007.

Below is that post.  I can't believe that over 4 years later, I still have the energy and the drive to keep posting.  Many have asked me how I manage to keep the blog up to date, and to be perfectly honest with you, I don't know how I do it either.  I go through periods of exhaustion, boredom, annoyance and back to passion again.  I just can't stop now. 

I've absorbed so much information, wisdom and insight from all of my research and conversations over the last 6 years, that I think I've forgotten more than I remember at this point about BIM. 

Here are a few thoughts about BIM.

There’s a crisis in the profession
It is often repeated that BIM is 10% technology 90% sociology
If that’s the case, why is 90% of the energy and resources focused on the technology?

Its focus is on people, relationships, and workflow. 
The way people behave in response to new technology, however, does not change.
the number one problem of BIM : not technology, but personality
... this mindset requires collaboration, coordination, team work, and knowledge sharing in order to succeed. 



 The above words are not my thoughts.  They are from my friend Randy who wrote them in his latest blog post, http://bimandintegrateddesign.com/2011/04/20/why-bring-another-book-into-this-world/

When I look at what Randy wrote today and then below what I wrote over 4 years ago, When I was talking to Randy a few weeks ago, we were talking about my blog post that week, BIM Quote? Fear!   Randy had mentioned to me how he loved that the post had a beginning, a middle and an end to it and how he couldn't come up with another item of fear.  He said that I did what most bloggers don't do, and that's make a complete thought and leave nothing out of the conversation.  I laughed and told him that it certainly was not my intent to write a blog post that had a beginning, middle and end to it, but that it was just my random thoughts. 

Randy, I don't know how you managed to write an actual book about this stuff, so your words and efforts are truly appreciated and your efforts shall make you world famous.  I am honored to know you and the other BIM bloggers and BIM rock stars.  I swear this was all one big accident.  I never intended to write a blog about BIM.  I never asked for this responsibility, pressure or fathomed the breadth of topics and conversations that would result from it.

I certainly never imagined that I would be sitting here tonight writing this knowing that my words have been seen 2 million times. That also means that my son, JR, has been seen by a lot of people around the world.  I hope that he doesn't freak out when he figures out how I made him a part of the blog for such a long time.



I don't know how many of you reading this have been here since January 28th, 2008, but we've all grown a lot in that time frame.  At this point, I'm just kind of rambling, but I hope that my words and my passion for BIM, people and technology have had a positive effect on your life and your job.  I'd love to know how my posts have helped you.  Randy gets to measure his feedback by how many copies of his book get read.  My feedback comes from having hit the 2 million view mark and also from hearing back from you. 

Well, I'm going to end this post with the beginning.  Here's my very first post.  I think I've definitely found a few more of the puzzle pieces.  That just brings up the thought that doing BIM is like doing a jigsaw puzzle in the dark and wearing gloves.  Eventually, you figure it out and the puzzle gets solved. 

Thank you, whoever you are, that got me to the 2 million mark today.  Hopefully, you'll be coming back here for years to come...and maybe someday, every architect and engineer in the world will be using Revit.  That will be the day I can stop writing the blog.  But, as technology tends to do to us, I'm sure there will be something else to write about whenever that moment happens.

~Gregory


Monday, January 1, 2007

Welcome

Welcome to the wonderful world of Revit and BIM.
The theme of this website is "Pieces of the Puzzle"

Each person, software program, technology and method of communication is a "Piece of the Puzzle." Stop being puzzled and use these pieces to create a solution to the woes of the construction industry.

Together, we are all part of the solution. Choosing the best software, collaboration tools, training and implementation. Communicating better. Working in 3D not 2D. Sharing the Building Information Modeling (BIM) data with each other. Have you ever worked on a jigsaw puzzle for days and wind up with that one missing piece? In the construction industry, you and Revit are that missing piece. You're here now and you're here for a reason.

This website will educate you in several ways:

  • Creating an encyclopedia of resources about Revit Building, Revit Structure and Revit Systems.
  • Information for Architects, Engineers, Contractors, Owners and Facility Managers
  • The connection of Revit to various other products, industries and flow of information
  • A guide on why to get Revit and how to convince others in and out of your firm to jump on the BIM bandwagon.
  • Offer students a way to get free Revit training and job placement.
  • Lastly, just to expose you to my passion for this incredible line of products and construction industry solutions.




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The MEP CAD Engineer: AutoCAD MEP 2012 - Unable to Execute Tool Error for Palette tools

Take a detour over to http://mep-cad.blogspot.com/2011/04/autocad-mep-2012-unable-to-execute-tool.html for some tips on how to deal with installation issues.
Link:
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Your Autodesk Design Review 2012 WikiHelp Awaits! - Beyond the Paper

Stop using PDFs for your clients and contractors. The less you share information, the smaller your share of future business will be. Design Review is free. Exporting your dwg or rvt files to dwf is free and built into your Autodesk software. There's freewheel from Autodesk that you can view dwf files without any software. Want to see? Go to www.revit3d.com/bs (that's for BIM Sample). See how easy that was?

Get with the 'program'!

Source: Your Autodesk Design Review 2012 WikiHelp Awaits! - Beyond the Paper
http://dwf.blogs.com/beyond_the_paper/2011/04/your-autodesk-design-review-2012-wikihelp-awaits.html

When we have questions about "how to" use Autodesk Design Review’s tools, we may search the Help file for answers and find what we're looking for there. However, when we have job-specific questions, requiring us to know "when to" or "why to" use certain product tools as part of a larger process, we often need to turn to people who have real-world experience and insight.

We may ask our questions using email or instant messages, use Web searches, or post to discussion groups--all the while hoping to get our answers...answers we can trust. When we find our answers, or when we develop our own solutions, we’re excited to share them! But where? We may post videos and presentations to a variety of websites, but are we sure we’ll find a receptive and responsive audience?

Rather than spending time searching and posting to all of these different online channels, the new Autodesk Design Review WikiHelp can provide the best of both worlds. As you might expect, right now as we roll it out, our WikiHelp lets you browse Autodesk Design Review's Help information. But with your participation, WikiHelp can become much more than just the typical Help file presented online.

ADR WikiHelp

Autodesk Design Review WikiHelp is a way for you to add your own knowledge; it's all about providing you with the venue to share your design reviewing experiences with each other. In short, Design Review's WikiHelp can be used to combine "how to" with "know how" to create a single, vetted resource for Design Review users.

You can review the Autodesk Design Review WikiHelp right away without even registering or signing in. The Wiki Guidelines and the Frequently Asked Questions will help get you started.

Whenever you're ready to participate, just sign in to the WikiHelp site using your free Autodesk User ID. If you don't have an ID, go to the Autodesk Log In page and click Create User ID Now. To start, you can comment on, rate, and share WikiHelp pages. If you're ready to dive right in, you can begin editing content, posting tips, tricks, and tutorials, uploading videos, or whatever you think is useful to other Design Review users.

All new or modified content is saved as a draft to be reviewed by Autodesk moderators. This is to ensure that all contributions meet the posted Wiki Guidelines. Once approved, your contributions become public, and the interaction begins! Over time, the entire community will begin to make contributions, validate changes, and apply meaningful tags to make the content even more useful and discoverable.

As you begin using the Autodesk Design Review WikiHelp site, we'd love to hear what you think about it. What's your favorite aspect of it? What can we do to improve it? Either post comments to this blog article or post your comments directly to the WikiHelp site itself.

With WikiHelp, the Autodesk Design Review team begins moving away from its previous information monologue, toward a more collaborative content conversation. We look forward to participating in this conversation with you.



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...In other BIM blogger news...I won!!!

Thanks to those of you who voted for me in the http://www.jacksondesignandremodeling.com/blogger-awards.  I still wish more of you had taken the time to vote and I know where each and every one of you live, so next year, you better help me out. 

It was a close call, but my readers pulled through at the last moment and I won the JDR best blogger for architecture voting.  Was it the biggest contest in the world? No. Was I competing against so much larger and well know blogs? Absolutely.  I guess that makes it pretty cool.

So, Luke, your technorati statistics mean nothing here.  You may have the best blog in Porpoise Spit Australia, but here, in the real world, BIMBoom will always reign supreme.

Luke to make sure we don't have this competition next year, I just want you all to know that Revit Architecture 2013 will be shipping on April 13, 2012.  Yup. That's release "13" releasing on Friday the 13th.  I hope you're not superstitious.  I really don't know when it's shipping, but it's always nice to be first or number one.

I promise to do everything I can to remain the best BIM blogger in the world. 



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BIM Job Posting - Director of BIMness Development

One of my BIM headhunter friends called me today to fill one of those impossible positions that doesn't exist yet.

I love the special part at the end
* Must be familiar with how BIM works within the Construction Industry
If you are interested are want to forward this to someone, send your resume or information to revit3d+bimjob0420@gmail.com and it will automatically be forwarded to the headhunter. Good luck.


Position: Director of Business Development – U.S. Operations
Location: Anywhere – USA

Obviously, there is a degree of technical experience necessary in order to be successful in this position. However, a few of the intangibles that have to be acknowledged are;
1) Strong experience running a sales team.
2) A good amount of travel throughout the United States.
3) Being connected..having a strong network of relationships and perspective target clients.
4) Must be able to develop or bring to the table a deep network of software channel partners.
The company represented is the world’s leading CAD and BIM production and solutions provider to AECO firms, real estate companies, and city governments. This company has completed over 5000 projects across more then 50 countries. It’s the firm of choice and has been featured on CNN, CNBC and AEC publications throughout the world. Our client has offices in New Delhi, London, Dubai, Shanghai, Sydney and Chicago.

The services that the company offers are;
BIM for A/E Firms
Digital Building Portfolio
BIM for Construction
BIM Content Creation
* Must be familiar with how BIM works within the Construction Industry


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5 #Revit 2012 Timesavers RT @RevitClinic


 by Ryan Duell
I've organized some of my favorite enhancements below with the 2012 release which either save a few clicks, or make displaying something in the project more efficient…
1.  Project Browser right-click Shortcuts
In the Project Browser you can now right-click on Legends, Schedules/Quantities and Families as a shortcut to the tool.  This is similar to the previous right-click Sheets > New Sheet functionality.
NewSchedule
2.  Semi-transparent Selection
By default Semi-transparent element selection is active [you can disable or change the color under Options > Graphics].  This creates a dynamic approach to select an element and automatically view it transparent.  Quick method for viewing through an exterior wall into the project, without overriding any element settings…
TransparentSelection
3.  3D Connexion Support
If you have a 3D Connexion device, you can now utilize it to navigate in Revit 2012.
For many users this may be one of the best new features for 2012, which opens up some great shortcuts for navigating the model.
3Dconnexion 3D Mouse
4.  Saving all Families \ Export Family Types
You can now easily save all families from the project under Save-as > Library > Family > <All Families>.
You can get here even quicker using the process in #1.  And speaking of families, for anyone who has ever created a Type Catalog, you can now export or import your Revit family types in this format.  It helps streamline the initial type catalog creation and formatting.
Exporting Family Types
Loading and Saving Families
5.  Editing Requests
You can now view editing requests directly inside Revit on the status bar.  This makes it easier to see if you have any pending requests, and allows you to automatically grant a request directly from the dialog.
EditingRequests
Worksets and Editing Requests on the Status Bar
Granting a Request to Borrow an Element
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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Too much information #BIM #CAD #IPD - BIMformation Overload

I was just having a conversation with a customer and he said the most profound thing to me that I heard all day.

People are overloaded with information.  

They can't find what they need, when they need it.

That got me thinking about BIM and the "I" of the BIM Storm.

So what is the solution to this problem?  Is BIM the answer?  When you consider that BIM is an accumulation of aggregated data that continues through the design, construction and maintenance timeline, I think the answer is definitely BIM.

But, what about the specific tools then?  Is the answer a design tool, an authoring tool, a storage tool, a collaboration tool or a management tool.

The answer is all of them.  Of course, it's all dependent on your needs, your workflow, processes and project team.  The reality is that everyone uses something different.  Just a few months ago, I had a Dell Precision laptop, a Droid X telephone and an iPad. Each has it's own operating system, method of storing and retrieving data and technological advantages and disadvantages.

But, because I use Sugarsync, Evernote, Google Apps Premiere (primarily Google Mail and Google Docs) and Buzzsaw, I had everything at my fingertips instantly.  With that kind of accessibility to al of the information that bombards me in my life, it really is the bridge that connects me to my clients and prospects in my vision and drive to help you in your lives.

A box of software is useless unless someone with experience can show you how to use it to your advantage.  BIM is powered by people.  So was CAD, but why do in 2 steps what you can do in 1? 

It's going to get worse.  As you're "forced" to move to BIM, LEED, IPD, VDC & FM, you're going to have to provide a lot more information.  It's not about lines and layers anymore.  It's about creating a digital recreation of the actual building with all of the information needed to manage the building.

If you don't have enough time and too much information to deal with now, can you imagine what's going to happen in your future? 

Oh, one more thing.  How are you going to share all of that information with your project team?  You got a problem.  I have the solution.

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Updated Plugin: Room / Door Renumbering for #Revit Now Available


Source: http://labs.blogs.com/its_alive_in_the_lab/2011/04/updated-plugin-room-door-renumbering-for-revit-now-available.html
 
BIM -It is Alive in the Lab


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Come to think of it, caves do not have doors nor windows.

The Autodesk Developer Network (ADN) sponsors a plugin of the month which provides useful functionality with source code to show would-be developers just how easy it is to extend Autodesk design application functionality. I don't think Kean Walmsley has ever said, "It's so easy, even a cave man can do it." but I think that is the DevTech team's goal. This month's plugin is an ASHRAE Viewer for Revit. You can download it from the Labs site:

ADN Plugin of the Month on Autodesk Labs

In addition to providing a new plugin each month, based on your feedback at labs.plugins@autodesk.com, they often make improvements to previously released plugins. The latest versions of all of the past plugins can be obtained from the plugins catalog page which is sorted by design application and release date.

ADN Plugin of the Month Catalog
Last week I posted a new Room / Door Renumbering plugin for Revit. Changes are documented in the plugin's read me file and this update included:
  • Now the command can only be started when a plan view is active inside a project document.
  • Revit 2012 is now supported.
Advancing what plugins do and how they are made is alive in the lab.
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Wax On / Wax Off: Changing #Revit 2012 to use offline or online help - RT @RevitClinic

Source: http://revitclinic.typepad.com/my_weblog/2011/04/wax-on-wax-off-changing-revit-2012-to-use-offline-or-online-help.htm









You may have noticed the new wiki help for Revit 2012.  http:\\wikihelp.autodesk.com\revit 
Wikihelp
Just in case you don't have a internet connection, or simply want to use a local copy of help instead, a few changes to the Revit.ini can help.  
Check out our previous post on the Revit.ini for more information about the 2012 ini file.
In the Revit 2012 ini there are two lines about help in the [Documentation] section:
[Documentation]
UseHelpServer=1
HelpBrowser=0
If UseHelpServer is set to 1 Revit will first look to the online wikihelp, if it cannot find a internet connection, it will pull up the local help instead.  If you set UseHelpServer to 0 the local help will always be used.
Local_help
If HelpBrowser is set to 0 Revit will use your systems default internet browser (whatever that may be).  If you set it to 1, Revit will use Internet Explorer.  
The wikihelp includes this information on the Online help page.
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