Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Buildings and Energy Consumption

Interested in having a little fun and learning at the same time? Check out Autodesk's little game that teaches you out buildings and their energy consumption!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Inventor and Revit

We're having a presentation/discussion on the workflow of Autodesk Inventor and Autodesk Revit today... I'll fill you in later on any good tidbits of information that come from the meeting, but for now you can reference these documents to get your feet wet.

AEC Edge has a short article on the subject. You can download the latest edition here.

You can also checkout this Skills Builder provided by Autodesk here.


Friday, October 16, 2009

Solar Radiation - Now works with Revit 2010 SP2

Let the sun shine in!

Update posted... The Solar Radiation preview now works with Revit 2010 SP2. Thanks Autodesk Labs!

Note - you need to uninstall an earlier version of the tool prior to installing the lastest version.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Videos in Autodesk Revit Solutions

Interesting - Autodesk is now including videos for a variety of their solutions. Here are the few of the latest...

Change the Background color of the Revit Canvas:

Changing the Hardware Acceleration setting in Revit:

Printing to PDF in Revit

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Sketchup (free version) and the .dwg/.dwf export

I know this is not related to Revit directly, but we do share back & forth between Revit and Sketchup... Sometimes with the .dwg format. We're on the Pro version of SU so this is not an issue for us, but for those of you using the free version - BEWARE... The .dwg and .dwf export will no longer be supported in future release of the "free" version of Sketchup.


Thursday, July 30, 2009

Classic UI in Revit 2010

Well - it's happened... Classic UI in Revit 2010!


I have mixed feelings, but none the less - it's out there now.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Conditional Formatting in Revit Architecture

I typically don't re-post tips from other blogs, but this one made my day. Credit goes to Lee Miller of HOK CAD Solutions.

Ever wonder how to color cells in a Revit schedule? If so, then check out this hidden gem!

Go to the Formatting tab within the Schedule Properties, highlight the field you wish to add the conditional formatting, and then hit ALT +N.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Revit 2010 Classic Interface - Dirty Trick

We'll this is a dirty trick. You see everyone posting about the classic Revit interface...

I was excited when I first saw an Autodesk support document on the "Classic Revit Interface". You go there excited to see what they did and they say:

"You can do that"...

Sounds like a mean April fools joke!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

BIM Contracts

New post on my BIM and IPD blog relating to BIM Contracts...


Friday, April 03, 2009

New Warning in Revit

Got this warning from one of our users today. Guess they feel a little overwhelmed... A little humor goes a long way!

(Some creative photo editing)...

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Revit 2010 User Interface (UI) - Good or Bad?

Many of you probably know who Phil Read is. We'll he's made a couple You Tube videos on the new UI of Revit 2010. Pretty interesting stuff!

Video 1
Video 2

Also - here is a link to his blog:

Friday, January 09, 2009

Wall Transparency & Shadows

I've been trying to come up with a solution where I could see shadows in a model "while using a section box to cut away a portion of a building". The problem is that as soon as you turn off an object or use a section box, the shadows are no longer cast because Revit doesn't "see" the object as being there anymore...
This post does not solve the issue and it appears that it can't be done, but I did run across something pretty interesting. Check this out...

Walls with multiple layers and shadows showing:

Make the exterior layer (brick) Transparent: (any amount will do)

You can see thru the wall when looking thru the brick, but you can't when looking the other direction (thru the gyp). WOW!!
Also notice, that since the sun is hitting the gyp side of the wall, the shadows still are cast.

Here is a view looking toward the inside of the walls. Notice that you can't see thru the walls because that material has no transparancy. Only the brick does...

If I give the interior material (gyp) transparency as well, you can now see thru the walls similar to when we were looking from the exterior in, BUT the shadows are no longer cast (except for the edges which is sort of weird). Bummer...