Tuesday, August 13, 2013

3D Printing - Update

Here is an update to my original post of exporting a Revit model to STL for 3D printing...

Click here to download. More to follow shortly.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Autodesk Vasari - Beta 1

Hey hey - Autodesk Vasari - Beta 1 announced today!!

Check it out here!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Upgrading Projects to Revit 2013 Today!

Anyone that thinks upgrading from one version of Revit to another is an easy task is crazy...! Here is a quick brain dump.

I guess the easy part was creating the deployment and with the help of our IT department, pushing that using GPO went on without a hitch. But, even this part took some thinking... Thoughts below.
  • Create deployment - easy
  • Revit.ini portion of deployment didn't work, so we had to push the .ini after the install was complete. Easy, but definitely should be working within the deployment
  • Extensions - Why don't they let you install these as part of the deployment. Another thing you have to do after the fact... Thanks IT for Scripting the install of these (3) elements!
Our philosophy here @ EUA is to upgrade ALL our projects that are currently active. I know many may not agree with this philosophy , but that's whats been working for us for the past (7) years... That way we don't have multiple Content libraries to maintain, people don't have to have multiple versions on the PC's, staff don't open and upgrade projects they shouldn't, bla, bla, bla. It works...

Upgrading projects not that painful other than we have our staff clean, purge, review and fix warnings, etc. prior to the upgrade. Not a bad thing to do anyways, so we do it... Then upgrade. Oh yea, we have all our consultants upgrade too. They have multiple versions anyways, so that's typically not been a problem. We all share our updated models and off we go!

Now, updating our content that are not .rfa files is another story... There are a few options for updating .rfa files. This is easy
  • Old Batch upgrade tools
  • File Updater Add-in
  • CTC's Family Processor
 We also have customized our Revit Family Templates (.rft) files. Yea, I know we're not supposed to, but we do it anyway and up to this point has worked AWESOME. When we start new families, we have all the parameters , reference planes, etc. we need and everything is nice and tidy. We'll, there is definitely a hiccup in upgrading in 2013. You CAN'T do the trick of renaming the extension and batch upgrading anymore. There once again are a few tips/tricks out there, but nothing is good or fast... UGH!

We also reload all the families in any .rvt files that contain content, like Drafting Views, etc.... Why is it anyway that Revit thinks a family is "different" once it's upgraded to a new version, so if you load a drafting view for example, it adds a (1), (2), etc. after Detail Components (now named Detail Items - another big pain...!). That forces us to reload any content in those projects...

Well, that is enough food for though today...

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Autodesk Labs - Project Chronical

Part of my job here at EUA is to transfer knowledge to our staff. There are a variety ways to accomplish this, but I'm always looking for more efficient methods. My two most common methods are:
  1. Writing articles/white papers (which takes too long) and people just don't have the patience to read long documents these days. Why do you think youtube is so popular...
  2. Creating videos using Camtasia which is a pretty quick and efficient way to transfer knowledge.  Short 3-5 minute videos are easily digestible.
 Well, it looks like there may be a new kid on the block - Project Chronicle


There aren't much for details yet, but you can sign up to be notified when it's ready for testing. Sounds promising!

Visit the Autodesk Labs site for more information or follow this link!

Monday, January 16, 2012


We'll, I got beat to the punch but I thought I would blog this anyway...

VEO (in Spanish "To See") is a new software application to manage your BIM model through is full lifecycle. Love the name by the way...

It's currently in beta (or in M-Six terms, Pioneer) and my firm (EUA) has been lucky enough to be involved. I'm really looking forward to digging into this and seeing what this app can really do. More info to come...

You can checkout the preview here, and here is the link to M-SIX.


Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Revit's Worksharing Update Frequency Gotcha!

Well, when I saw this feature, I thought how cool is this! BUT... I did wonder if this would cause a performance hit. Think about it, it's communicating with the central file every 5 seconds!

Well, it turns out that it doesn't seem to get used that much by our staff and now it's causing issues between our two offices - UGH...

The problem is this; we have a Milwaukee office and a Madison office with all our servers (and projects) located in Milwaukee. When we have a Madison team member working on a project along with Milwaukee team members, the Madison staff will get this error a lot! I mean a lot...

I ran across a few threads on the issue, but in our case it's related to the Workset Update Frequency. The solution was to move the slider to the extreme other side (Manual Updates).

All users working on project must make this change, not just the Madison staff.

If you so choose, you can also make the change in your Revit.ini using the WorksharingUpdateFrequency line in the [Partitions] section. The values you can set go from 5 (every 5 seconds) to 61 (off). 
   I hope this helps!

Monday, March 28, 2011

Revit - Home View, View Cube and the Save View command

This week's tip will focus on the Home button & View Cube and in-particular, the Save View button.

What does Save View do?
·         If you have a 3D view that hasn't been named yet, i.e. {3D}, you can create a new 3D view by using Save View. Results are similar to duplicating the 3D view in the Project Browser.
·         If you're in a 3D view that is already named, Save view does NOT save a new view, but only the view's orientation. We've had instances in the past where a 3D view will continue to revert back to a predetermined orientation when you close and open the model. This will correct that behavior.
·         Do you have a 3D view that you want to match another 3D's view orientation/view direction?
o   If you have only one orientation that you're trying to match in the entire project, you can use the "Set Current View as Home" option. You can reorient ANY 3D view to the Home orientation using the home button.
o   If you have more than one orientation you would like to match, you can use the Orient to a View option.
¨       Establish the orientation of a 3D view (View 01).
¨       Go to another 3D view (View 02) where you would like it to match View 01's orientation. Right click on the View Cube and Orient to a View. Select View 01 – Voila!
·         Once I save a 3D view's orientation, what happens if I accidently move/rotate the view. Can I get back to the saved orientation?
¨       Yes, but you have to leverage yet another tool... the Steering Wheel. Once you enable the Steering Wheel, right click anywhere on it to bring on the context sensitive menu. Select Undo View Orientation Changes.

o   In some cases you may also consider the Rewind tool (also located in the Steering Wheel).