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PDF Rant

I wish people would realize that if you’re working on a revit project, if you do markups in DWF instead of PDF, you can ACTUALLY OVERLAY THEM IN REVIT!!!!

Live Session – Family Series #4 | Modeling Overview and Family Phasing

The next installment of the Family creation series will begin in about an hour. Head over to RFO for the link around 12:15pm CDT.

So we got through the SD phase of the family phasing and went off on a lot of Ref planes and work plane discussion last session. This time I will finish up the family phasing concepts and how to gradually get more information into your families as the project progresses instead of designing them 100% up front and then having to change them all in the DD phase!

This session will overview the remainder of the modeling tools in the Family Editor, developing families alongside your project and begin delving in to Shared Parameters.

Who: US and THEM
What: Family Phasing, Sweep Tool and Shared Parameters
When: May 10th, 12:30pm CENTRAL DAYLIGHT TIME!
Where: Anymeeting, link posted 15 minutes prior
Why: You need to learn this shtuff!


Live Session – Family Series #3 | LoD, Ref Planes and Extrusion (OH MY!)

Here is the link to the thread that will have the archived recording as well as the link to the live session once the session is started. Keep this up and look for the link if you are interested in listening in live. The session will be today, 12:30pm Central Daylight Time.


Revit 2013 – New Features Tour

So the time has finally come! The NDA has been lifted and the features are flying… well at least from those of us who actually waited for the NDA to be lifted. Here today I’d like to “briefly” list some of the new features in Revit 2013 and then spend the next weeks days going over some of the more exciting ones!


  • Administrative
    • Push Revit.ini updates to multiple users
  • Production
  • Interoperability
    • DGN V8 export added
    • DGN export dialog updated
    • Levels, Lines, Line Weights, Patterns, Texts and Fonts now mappable in the DGN export
    • DGN export configurations now save to the project file and are now transferable project standards
    • Import DGN design models
    • DWF now exports phasing info
    • Manual naming of multiple views/sheets now available in DWF export
    • Views and Sheets now displayed alphabetically in export dialogs
    • Revit text elements now assigned to text style in DWG exports
    • Unreferenced Error fixed for images exported from Revit to DWG
    • Hatch pattern scale fixed for DWG exports
    • Transparency in Revit now exported as Object Property in DWG exports
    • Ability to hide Scope Boxes, Unreferenced Views and Reference Planes now an option in DWG exports
    • DWG export of 3D solids now a Revit.ini switch
    • “Correct Slightly Off Axis Lines” added to DWG import options
    • “Center to Center” positioning now uses center to center of the view on the X-Y plane
    • Shared Coordinates now kept when importing DWGs
    • IFC… let’s just say they improved it quite a bit!
  • UI & Rendering
    • Ribbon and Command naming more consistent across all platforms
    • Command name alignment more consistent
    • Commands in different verticals have icons which better reflect that discipline’s use of the command
    • Ghost Surfaces and Transparent Override replaced by Surface Transparency Sliders
    • WARP replaces OpenGL to allow Hardware Acceleration on all computer builds!!!
    • Anti-Aliasing available in ALL views now with improved results and performance
    • RPCs now visible in Realistic Visual Style
    • Sky, Image or Background options now available in Elevation, Section, Isometric and Perspective 3D views
    • Artificial Lights now glow in Realistic Visual Style along with Photographic Exposure option
    • Ray Trace Visual Style mode added to view styles
  • Revit
    • Save and Load selections available in all platforms
    • More filter control in the Visibility Graphics dialog categories lists
    • Project Template library support added in File Locations
    • View Templates now lockable to views as well as automatic updating of a view once a view template is assigned to a view
    • View Template parameter now schedulable
    • View Types are now manageable for nearly all types of views via type duplication and view lists
    • Plumbing is now an option in the Discipline parameter for views
    • Set default view discipline on creation of new views
    • RCP underlay orientation now defaults to “Reflect Ceiling Plan” instead of “Plan”
    • Color Schemes now configurable in view templates
    • “Workset Global Visibility Settings” is now a Project Standards workset that is editable and able to be checked-out
  • Arch
  • Struct
  • MEP
    • Site tools added
  • Revit (One Box)
    • Access to tools and functionality of all Revit verticals
    • Setting discipline during install will customize UI for that discipline
  • Construction Modeling
    • Merge parts into a single part
    • Exclude parts to prevent scheduling and from showing up in views
    • Restore parts brings excluded parts back into a part
    • All faces of parts are now available for shape editing. Resettable
    • Divide parts with parametric gaps
    • Divide parts with custom profiles. New Category “Division Profiles”
    • Parts inherit parameter values from their parent source
    • Parts now Import/Export from/to IFC
    • Assembly view creation has expanded dialog options
    • Assembly view creation dialog remembers last settings per project and per user
    • Assembly views can now be placed on normal sheets. Normal views can now be placed on Assembly sheets
    • Assembly views allow rotation on sheet
    • Assembly Views transferable to other Assemblies
    • Assemblies now have Assembly Origins
    • Assembly types
    • Assembly export to IFC
  • Materials
    • Entire materials system concept reworked
    • New materials interface.. completely new, not even remotely related to old interface
    • New Structural data for materials
    • New Thermal data for materials
    • Savable Material Libraries

Can we keep it ma?

Look what I just found laying around the interwebs! Look what I just found is live!

Revit TotD – 3.21.2012 | Family Creation Series – Family Planning

So here’s the next installment in the Family Creation series. This is the continuation of our talk about planning out the families and getting everything ready before you go into the family editor. I talk about a strategy that I’m developing which I feel works pretty well, and involves separating out the Content, Structure and Style of the family and finding a way to make each independent of the other. Hope you enjoy, and I’ll see you around for the next installment in a couple of weeks!


Session 2: http://www.revitforum.org/architecture-general-revit-questions/7072-live-session-family-creation-series-2-a.html

Recorded Session: http://www.anymeeting.com/rfowebinar/EA54D781824C



Revit TotD – 2.29.2011 | Family Creation take… 2.1?

I’ve decided to move forward with the Family Creation series in tandem with a series of Live Sessions I’ll be hosting over at Revitforum.org.  So I’ll be posting links to the Live Session posts when they are available as well as a link to the Recorded sessions for all to watch.


For those of you who have been watching lately, this first one will be a recap of a lot of the things I’ve already gone over. The next couple of sessions will cover new information. Unfortunately the sessions will be about an hour long each, but they will each be archived for you to view at your convenience. Remember to post your questions and suggestions for what you’d like to see so I can add it to my session tree!


Session 1: http://www.revitforum.org/architecture-general-revit-questions/6746-live-session-family-creation-series-intro.html

Recorded Session: http://www.anymeeting.com/rfowebinar/EA53DD84844F



Live Interview…

I’ll be doing a preliminary interview for anyone interested in my consulting services this afternoon. It will be in the form of a live webinar. Find more information here: http://www.revitforum.org/architecture-general-revit-questions/6461-live-session-slightly-advanced-rail-creation.html

Business Call

So I figured I should actually post what is going on and why you haven’t seen a post. It seems that every time I get back to going in a good pattern for posting something stupid happens. Well this time I’m officially looking for clients. If you are looking for a Revit professional, implementation specialist or design consultant (or all of the above!) please give me a call or email me. Remote or travel, we’ll make it work. In the mean time, know that I’m still working on getting posts out to you guys but unfortunately the blog doesn’t put food on the table for my family so Job hunting is taking precedence.

Hope to hear from some of you soon, until next time.


The Whipping Boy: Starring Revit

Sad but true that a bunch of professionals can justify standing around a desk for hours blaming a piece of software they barely understand for all their project issues. I know that Revit is still the new kid on the industry block, but seriously folk; I think there have been enough successful Revit projects by now that it’s no longer an excuse to blame Revit for your office woes. So break up those water cooler gossip sessions and just let Revit take its course, you may even learn a thing or two about why what you’re doing is just bad design…?

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