Monday, December 08, 2008
Tuesday, December 02, 2008
Monday, September 22, 2008
To determine whether a DWG file was originally created in Autodesk® Revit® Building
- Open the DWG file in AutoCAD® or an AutoCAD-based application.
- Enter Filter on the command line.
- Select XDATA ID from the Filter drop-down list.
- Click Select.
- In XDATA ID list, look for an entry for Revit. If such an entry exists, then the file was created in Revit.
Click here to go to Autodesk's Support site and view this solution.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Click here to read more.
They've also published a bunch of videos on the subject. Click here for those.
I'll share more once I've had some time in the software...
Wednesday, August 06, 2008
Thursday, July 31, 2008
Wednesday, June 04, 2008
Railings typically show the full height of a stair, follow the landing, etc., something like this:
In many cases, you don't want the railing around the landing but only on the bottom & top flights, so you have to remove some of the sketch lines and add an additional railing so you end up with something like this:
You also more than likely don't want to see the entire stair in plan, so you turn off the visibility (or dash) the following sub-categories:
Railings beyond cut line
Stairs beyond cut line
Stringer beyond cut line
Now is when you run into the problem. Since you no longer have one continuous railing that intersects the cut plan, the railing doesn't appear correctly and shows up when it shouldn't (above/beyond the cut plane).
There are probably a few solutions to this, but I'll only list a few...
Solution #1: Hide "element"...
I obviously like to understand what's going on, so I dug a little deeper.
Solution #2: If you look at this in a section and take note of where the upper railing starts, you can correct the display problem by altering your view's top range within the View Range dialog box. Our top range normally defaults to 7'-0", but in this case as long as you have the top range less that where that railing starts, it will not longer show as desired. Here's what I mean -
You can see that this particular railing starts at 5'-6 171/256"...
Adjust the top range below this value. In this case, I adjusted the top range to be 5'-6", just below the railing.
Once I did that, the railing no longer displays! The same thing applies if you want to show the stair beyond the cut plane dashed...
So in review: If you no longer have one continuous railing on your stair, but instead two individual railings (one per flight), the railing on the top will not respect the "do not show beyond cut plane" visibility control because it doesn't interesect the cut plane.
On the same note, you may have the exact opposite situation occur... In our case, we had a very high space with a tall stair. The top railing started well above the top range and the team wondered why it didn't show...
So you can see, we've run into both situations... one where they didn't want the railing to show and one where they did. Once you understand what's going on, you can fix both situations :)
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
"STL is a popular file format for stereolithography used for rapid prototyping and computer aided manufacturing. An STL file describes the surface geometry of a 3D object. "
You can download here: http://labs.autodesk.com/utilities/revit_stl
or visit the Autodesk labs site at: http://labs.autodesk.com/
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
You can also Subscribe to either the Top 5 Hot issues or the Top 5 Recent Solutions!
Here you can see I subscribe to the Top 5 Hot issues using the Google format. It adds a gaget to my iGoogle home page - How cool is that!!
Thursday, May 01, 2008
Go to the subscription site and download. The link is right on the main page!
You can get to the subscription site (login page) by going here:
You can also access the free e-learning via the subscription site...
Autodesk has now posted the extensions for Revit Architecture 2009. They are:
- Worksharing Monitor
- Batch Print
- Globe Link
You can download them from the Subscription site (assuming you're a subscription member...)
Go here to sign in to the subscription site:
From there, navigate to here (on the main page)
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Create a schedule to show all the views in your project.
Add the columns that you deem necessary. Here is what we use:
Notice the two columns at the far right (highlighted yellow).
“Current” is the current detail level of the view.
“Recommended” is what we recommend the view should be. It doesn’t mean it has to be, but based on the scale, is suggested.
The Recommended column is created in the schedule properties, under Fields. It is a calculated Value with the following formula:
if(Scale Value 1: < 49, "Fine", if(Scale Value 1: < 97, "Medium", "Coarse"))
Note: You can actually change the detail level right within the schedule. You don’t have to go to the view to make the change.
Other things you can do within the View List:
- Change the "Title on Sheet".
- Find out what sheet a specific view is placed on.
What a great place to manage your views!
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Here are a few tips to make your life a little easier when using Revit to do an Interference Check within your model.
Create a 3D view called Interference Check.
Set the view to wireframe (optional).
Using Visibility/Graphics, show only the categories of elements that your doing the interference check on, i.e. in the 3D view, only show Walls and structural framing if that's what your checking interference on.
Run the interference tool... Best practice is to choose a limited number of categories at a time, or better yet, "one" category against another. You'll thank me for this unless you like to sort thru lists of thousands of collisions...
Assuming you have some collisions - when you select items (within the Interference Report), they should highlight in red and since you are only showing a limited number of categories in the 3D view, it should be easier to find. You don't have to hit the show button at this point.
As you alternate clicking on the items in question, each should highlight in the current (3D) view. The image below shows how I'm clicking in the Interference Report and the item highlights in the view. As I mentioned above, you shouldn't have to hit "Show" because you're already in a view that should be displaying the items.
You are also given the element ID that can be used to find the element in other views within the model... Also note that you can also get the Element ID of any (or multiple) objects(s).
To search for an item using its element ID, go to the Tools Pulldown and select:
Copy/paste or type in the element ID...
Note: There are a couple gotcha's
- You can only check the host model against itself, or with (1) linked model.
- You can't check the host model with more than one linked model, e.g. you can't check the architectural model (walls), with Structural's model (beams & columns) and Mechanical's model (ductwork).
- You can't check a linked model against a linked model.
- When you export the Interference Report to HTML, you're given a number for each clash. You are not given the same number when you review the Interference report within Revit.
- You can't ignore clashes that you know are legit.
- Once you run thru all the collisions, since you can't ignore clashes, if you run the interference check again in a week, you'll have all the same clashes (that you wanted to ignore), that you'll have to go thru again...
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
We'll - in the Options dialog box, there is no "apparent" path for this. It's somewhat disguised under the Libraries section.
By specifying a different path here, it will do two things:
- Update your Imperial Library Shortcut in the Open/Load dialog box.
- Update your Load From Library (under the File Pulldown)
Ditto in RAC 2009, but it's under Places...
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Unwritten Rule: Walls that are unconnected AND less than 6' in height will not display their interior layers (you'll get a display similar to coarse).
These two walls are the same family, just different heights...
Constrain the Top of the wall to the same level as the base constraint, but give the wall a Top Offset equal to the desired unconnected height. This is essentially the same thing as being unconnected, but in Revit's eyes is not...
Same as above, but constrain the top of the wall to the level above. Do some math to include an offset "down" from that level.
"Attach" the wall's top to something... In this example, a Reference Plane will do.
Thursday, March 06, 2008
This doesn't work in all situations, but by placing your cursor where you want the line to wrap and then hitting CRTL ENTER , Revit will enter a hard return. Here is an example of a view title where I wanted to divide the view title between two lines.
FYI - In this particular example, you can't do this on the "view's name", so you'll have to instead use the "Title on Sheet"...
Thursday, January 31, 2008
David titled it "My staggered wall is not cleaning up!!!! " The issue is when you have a condition where parallel walls don't cleanup properly because of their position or that that a short wall is created that won't clean properly - Something like this:
The key is in the order you click the blue grips... Click the horizontal wall's blue grip here:
Then click the other horizontal wall's grip here:
And you get this!
How cool is that!!! Too bad we have to do it manually, but at least it works. Autodesk - take note...
Now the question is, does this "stick" so next time I open the project, is the correct cleanup still there... We'll see..
Monday, January 21, 2008
I know you can do similar tasks using Windows Task Manager, but having it all in one location is very nice. We have run into issues of low memory, etc. resulting in crashing - this will assist staff in staying on top of those memory issues.
Also, being able to keep this window on top (transparent) and continue to monitor things is handy.
- Worksharing Monitor
- Batch Print Utility
Both are available to Subscription members (we all should have subscription, right??) I won't get into specifics about each app here (at least not yet) because they seem pretty straight forward, but download and check them out!
Here's where you can find the download:
Log onto the Subscription site:
On the main page, navigate to the following:
Click on the above link, you'll be taken to where you can download...
Once installed, you'll find the tools under the Tools Pulldown, then External Tools or in the case of the Worksharing Monitor, from the Desktop icon created during installation.