Archive for February, 2010
If had a nickel for every time someone asked me why Revit can’t render lights in the proper place on a tiles ceiling, I’d… well I’d be sitting back and writing these instead of writing these between work hours.
Now, if I had a nickel for every time the person that asked me that told me they have never cracked open the Revit manual, I’d be writing these tips from my private island!
Let’s not lie, we’ve all rendered something and seen this before. I’m looking at my 3D Preview, everything looks great.
You hit render… and wait… and wait.. wait….. what the?!?…
WHAT HAPPENED TO MY CEILING TILES!? Yeah, you know it. Did you know there’s a way to align the render materials? What if I told you it’s less than painful to do this in 2010 (sorry, 2008 is a bit more extensive process if I remember correctly)? I’ll even show you!
This is all done from the materials setting dialogue.
Find the Material containing the texture you wish to align.
Go to the Render Appearance Tab
In order for this to work, it’s important that the texture map is set up to be really close to the same size as the surface pattern. So if you have a 2’x2′ surface pattern set to the material to represent the tiles in a Reflected Ceiling Plan (RCP), then you should have the image map set to appear close to 2’x2′
Click “Align Texture”
Here you can align the texture map on top of the surface pattern (see why the sizes need to be set up correctly now!?).
Click OK a few times, and try that render now!
Assuming you set your lights up corectly in your RCP you should now see your lights rendered in the correct place!
Thanks again for stopping by! I sincerely hope you learned something from this tip. Feel free to comment and give feedback. Stop by again, for the next Revit TotD!
With the environmentalists on the rise again, it’s more important than ever for us architects to try to save as many resources as possible. We all know how much of a paper hog an average size architecture firm is, much less the large ones! Here is a process that I push in all offices that I work in to help do their part in environmental responsibility, PLUS a few efficiency benefits to boot!
Using DWF Markups is ridiculously easy considering how powerful of a tool it is. Let’s take a look at the process.
The first thing you need to know about the process is that markups only work on DWFs that are exported from Sheet views in Revit. While this tip does not go through the export and markup process, I can assure you it is very simple. Once you have a DWF marked up and ready to be used in your project. Go ahead an import it back in to your sheet view.
Note that you do not have to be in your sheet view to import the markups, as the linking dialogue tells Revit which sheet in the DWF belongs to which sheet in Revit.
Once you have the DWF sheets linked up to their respective Revit sheets, click OK to load the Markups.
You can now see any markups that someone has placed in the DWF and how they correspond to the sheet. Each markup is an individual object with its own properties.
You can see in the properties that you can change the status of these markups to either Question, Needs Review or Done.
You can add notes to the markup for the reviewer or future users…
..and you can see who has worked on this markup in the past as well as who created it to begin with.
Once you are complete with the markups, you can save the changes back out to the DWF for the project manager to review
There you have it. A very easy to use tool, with very powerful implications. A great way to save on paper, keep track of your revision process and efficiently review your projects!
Thanks again for stopping by. Please feel free to comment and I hope you come back for another tip of the day!
OK, with many thanks to Mr. Qabulin we are able to chat once again. You can use either your own IRC client such as mIRC, Colloquy (for you mac users) or MirandaIM to access the chat. Or you can still use Mibbit just like before. The new address is as follows:
There is also now a webchat interface available at: http://gibsonhh.info:9090
If you are using Mibbit and you think you will be using this often, I would suggest creating a free account. This will save the server info and allow you to log in automagically just by logging in to mibbit. Here is how you set it up the first time:
- Point your browser to http://mibbit.com/ . Once the page appears you have two options. Choose the one on the left to launch Web Chat. Then you will see this screen. Click “Serv”
- No enter the server info, which in this case is gibsonhh.info:6669
- Enter a nick name.
- Click Go
You may be prompted to enter a new nick name if someone else is already using that nick name. The server will automatically place you in a chat room called “#TheLounge”. Anything goes here really, including Revit talk. However if you feel that you need less banter and more Revit, there is always the /join #Revit command that will take you to the #Revit chat room where only Revit talk is allowed.
I can’t guarantee that live, hot, local girls are ready to talk, but I can guarantee some quick answers to your most difficult Revit questions. Hope to see you there soon!