Archive for April, 2009

Revit TotD – 4.9.09: Double shot! Google Earth Topos and Door Schedules

OK, so if you didn’t know already, I am a student.¬† Earlier this week I had a huge project deadline in studio so I wasn’t able to get any tips up.¬† Now I’m going to make up for that with a double shot of tips!¬† These are some pretty good tips here, so pay attention now!

First, I want to start off with a very simple tip which is yet another typical result of not paying attention to what the dialog is presenting you for options.¬† Remember, the biggest tip anyone can give you is to pay attention to your interface!¬† It gives you what you need, you just have to pay attention to it!¬† I’ve been asked a few times in the chat about adding a to/from parameter to door schedules.¬† This is a very simple procedure, as shown in this video.

This is as simple as noting the “Select Available Fields From” drop down in the fields dialogue for the Door Schedule.¬† Go ahead, try it out; you’ll be surprised how many To/From parameters there are!

The second tip I want to share with you today is a little more complex and ti delves outside of the realm of Revit for just a brief moment.¬† Google Earth is a wonderful resource for figuring out where that country is that’s in the news that you’re not really sure where it is. Did you know however that you can also use google earth to create a quick topo for your revit models?!¬† Let me show you how!

First, you will need a copy of Google Sketchup and Google Earth installed.  The free version of Sketchup will work fine.

  1. Open Google Earth and find your site location
  2. Ensure that the Terrain layer is turned on if you want the topo to be acurately contoured.
  3. With Google Earth zoomed into your site, open Sketchup and import the geometry from Google Earth.
  4. Once the site is loaded into Sketchup, be sure the Terrain layer is on there also.  Note, the Terain is placed at actual elevation above the ground place so you may need to zoom out to see it.
  5. Clean up whatever you don’t want to be included in the Revit model (like the flat surface below the topo).
  6. Save the Sketchup file.  If you are using Revit 2009 and Sketchup 7, be sure you save the file as a sketchup 6 file format.  Otherwise Revit can not read the file.
  7. Import the sketchup file into Revit, et voila!

Some notes about Sketchup Topos:

  1. You can not use Topo tools with SKP topos.  This means Pads, Split Surface, etc.
  2. The geometry is very bulky in files size and not very smooth.
  3. Geometry is rough and does not render very well, but is a very quick way to get accurate topo into the project.

I hope you enjoyed another edition of the Revit TotD.  If you enjoyed it please let me know so by leaving a comment and sharing with your friends and coworkers.  Thanks again and have a great day!


Revit TotD – 4.6.09: Roof Eave Offsets

Oh, hi thar!¬† Thanks for coming back.¬† I hope everyone had a better weekend than I did.¬† School… that should be all I have to say.¬† Anyhow, onto roof eaves!

This is one of those things that is a result of people not knowing where to look for the properies they need to get the results they need.  The result we are looking for is having a roof that has one eave lower/higher than the other.  This can be achieved by editing the properties of the sketch line that you wan tto offset, as shown in this video.

Make your roof.

Goto the properties of the sketch line representing the eave you want to offset.

Change the offset.

Finish the roof sketch.

Easy!  Just need to know where to look.  Remember to explore all the property dialogues and look at your options bar if you are having problems figure out how to accomplish something.  Thanks again for stopping by.  I hope you enjoyed, please comment and pass this along to your fellow reviteers!


Revit TotD – 4.3.09: Transfer Project Standards

Hello again!¬† Today’s TotD is a nice short one.¬† It’s a good one that a lot of people don’t know about till they get tired of copying things from one project to another.¬† Good news; There is a very simple way to do it!!!

Here is a short little video (NOW WITH NARRATION!!!) that explains how to go about doing this.

It’s a very simple process.¬† Have both the project you want to transfer to and the project you want to transfer from open in the same instance of Revit.¬† If the project you want to transfer from is linked into the project you want to transfer to, this will also work (but you can not transfer from the host project into a project that is linked into the host).¬† Go to File > Transfer Project Standards

Hit OK then you’re good to go.¬† You may get a dialogue that asks you if you want to overwrite something.¬† Basically, you need to know if the things you are transferring are named the same or different from what you already have in your current project.¬† If they are named differently, then choose New Only. Otherwise hit overwrite and pray you didn’t just wipe out something you needed.

Hope this helps and I hope you come back for another Tip of the Day!


Revit TotD – 4.1.09: Keyboard Shortcuts that come in Handy

In a previous TotD I mentioned the path to the keyboard shortcuts text file that will allow you to change or add some keyboard shortcuts that may help you speed up some of those repetitive tasks.

I have setup my own keyboard shortcuts based on commands that I found myself spending MANY mouse clicks doing that could have been eliminated by simply making a keyboard shortcut for it.  This has saved me so much time that I have decided to share a few of these.  I’m going to present these in the format that the Keyboard shortcut file presents them: “<KEYSTROKE>” <Menu location>.  Note also that you may  need to change some shortcuts that already have these keystroke designations.  Simply search the text file for that keystroke combo to see if it is already reserved.

“ER”    menu:”File-Editing Requests”

“RL”    menu:”File-Reload Latest”

“PS”    menu:”Edit-Paste Aligned-Same Place”

“PR”    menu:”Edit-Properties”

“AV”    menu:”View-Activate View”

“DV”    menu:”View-Deactivate View”

“HH”    menu:”View-Temporary Hide/Isolate-Hide Object”

“HI”    menu:”View-Temporary Hide/Isolate-Isolate Object”

“HC”    menu:”View-Temporary Hide/Isolate-Hide Category”

“IC”    menu:”View-Temporary Hide/Isolate-Isolate Category”

“HR”    menu:”View-Temporary Hide/Isolate-Reset Temporary Hide/Isolate”

“TL”    menu:”View-Thin Lines”

“DO”    menu:”Tools-Design Options-Design Options”

“WT”    menu:”Window-Tile”

“ZF”    menu:”View-Zoom-Zoom To Fit”

“ZA”    menu:”View-Zoom-Zoom All To Fit”

Some of these are my custom shortcuts, and some are pre existing shortcuts that I use on an everyday basis.  I hope this helps your productivity a little and as always, I hope you enjoyed today’s Tip of the Day!

-Carl Gibson

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