Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Thursday, December 13, 2007

BIM and IPD Blog

I've created a new blog dedicated to Building Information Modeling (BIM) and Integrated Project Delivery (IPD).

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Interoperability in the Construction Industry

McGraw Hill has released a new document focused on Interoperability in the Construction industry. You can download the .PDF version free from their site listed below.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Avatech Offers Revit Programs

Avatech is now offering custom programs that run in the Revit environment. Check out the following link:

Here are just a few...

Revit Content

Another manufacturer on board!

Visa Lighting is now offering Revit content.

Here is the link to their site where you can download their full library of families.


Thursday, November 08, 2007

Tape Measure Tutorial

Here is a short video on using the Tape measure...

Revit in Demo Mode

Most people know that Revit can be run in a Demo/Viewer mode, but did you know this:
  • You don't have to buy Revit to run in Demo/Viewer mode.
  • Revit can be used as a viewer in Demo/Viewer mode.
  • You can run in Demo/Viewer mode indefinitely.
  • You can Print in Demo/Viewer mode indefinitely (as long as you don't make any changes)
  • You can export in Demo/Viewer mode indefinitely (as long as you don't make any changes)

Take a closer look at dialog when selecting "Demo Mode"...

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Printing - Print Range Options aren't Available

Have you ever tried to print but you're only given the option to print "selected view/sheets"?

Check to see if the focus (or what you clicked on last) is the Project Browser.

For example: You may have made a view active then went directly to print. The focus is still on or within the Project Browser.

Simply click back in the view (drawing window), then the other print options will become available.

Friday, August 24, 2007

New Build of Revit Architecture

New Build of Revit Architecture... 20070810_1700

You can download at:

Here's what's new in this build:

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

What's in my Journal folder?

Revit Architecture 2008 has made some changes to the Journal folder and what is put there. In prior versions, you would only have .txt files (journal files), but now you will also get additional files that meet the following criteria:

1. Revit project files (.rvt) that reside on the network and do not have worksets enabled.
2. Revit Families (.rfa) that reside on the network.
3. Revit Templates (.rte) that reside on the network.
4. Dump files (.dmp) from when Revit crashes

These files place here are backup files of things you've worked on... My concern is that this will start eating up space on your C: drive without you knowing... Be sure to check & clean often.

Who's working on the model "Right Now"!

Ever wonder who's working on the model? In Revit Architecture 2008 you can now find out (on workset enabled projects).

In the same location as the project, you will notice a new folder called: Revit_temp. This folder is automatically created by Revit and if deleted, will be re-created. You should NOT put other content into this folder.

Within the folder in Windows Explorer, you will see something like this:

You may need to turn on the "Owner" column... Right click over another title and select "Owner".

In my example, mikel is currently in the model... If there is more than one person working on the model, they all would be listed.

Friday, August 10, 2007

Keynotes - The .txt file


For those of you using keynotes in Revit, you know that all the keynotes reside in a .txt file of your choice.

The text file (.txt) can be opened by more than one person at a time without any read-only warnings. The problem is that you can be making changes to the text file (adding/modifying keynotes) at the same time another user is doing the same. Someone WILL loose their work depending on who saves last.

This needs to be managed and only one person should be in the .txt file at a time.

If you're a member of AUGI (free), you can view & vote on this topic. Please do... The more feedback we give Autodesk, the better chance this has of becoming better.

Monday, June 25, 2007

Linking in CAD for Details & Sections

I have to give credit to my colleague, Phllis Robbins for creating the information in this post...

Linking in CAD .dwg's seems like a good idea, but I'm finding that in more & more instances, it's more trouble than it's worth... Here is one of those examples.

Wall sections were done outside the project environment - in AutoCAD (which I don't recommend by the way - use the model, that's what it's there for...)

Drafting views were then created within Revit and the .dwg's were link in. Section marks were placed using the "Reference Other View".
That's the first problem - since you're referencing a "Drafting View", the section mark is view specific; you don't see it in any other views (floor plan/elevations, etc.)

The next work around is to cut a live section, turn off the model in that view, then import my cad file. Don't use Drafting Views at all...

That is do-able and that is what we ended up doing, but then again, anything is do-able if you jump thru enough hoops. There are other repercussions of linking in .dwgs. See below...

In the following examples, details were created within ADT and linked into Revit. Revit doesn't interpret everything as you would think. Thanks to my co-worker Phyllis Robbins for her thorough investigation :)

ADT Detail:

After linked or imported into Revit:


After linked or imported into Revit:

I hope this sheds some light on linking CAD files into Revit and just a few of the pitfalls. It can be done and you may think you're saving time, but looks may be deceiving.

Sunday, April 08, 2007

First Post

This is my first post... I thought I would start sharing some of my experiences with managing Autodesk Revit in a 150 person firm in Milwaukee, WI.