Archive for February, 2012

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:

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…?

Revit TotD – 2.7.2012 | Somewhere to Start Families 2.2

Yes! I’m really going to start this back up. A post here, A post there. Maybe one in between. Either way, I’ll be trudging through this series as well as posting the occasional impromptu tutorial post. In the meantime, I’m going to just leave the text that I wrote over 9 months ago and just let it go from there. It’s actually quite short and is just another large step on the way to understanding families. Enjoy, comment and see you for the next one.

Well, I thought all this preliminary explanation that is leading up to family creation would bore everyone, but I’ve never had so many hits on my site! This is awesome! I thought I was going to make the next one a preemptive strike on modeling and get down and dirty with some geometry creation but seeing these stats kinda makes me think I should just chug along; those who are looking for geometry creation will be back in good time.


BIM TotD – 2.6.2012 | EOH

If you don’t know by now, I’m a KS junky… that’s Keyboard Shortcut for you mouse clickers (try it, try typing KS in Revit to see what happens!). So it occurred to me that I should share another quick KS that I use quite a bit.


A personal preference of mine is to halftone objects that are being called out in an enlarged plan. This makes any dimensions or tags that are in that area pop out and become more readable against those objects. So as you can imagine I do a lot of half toning of individual objects. To prevent pulling my hair out in trying to get certain categories grouped or any fancy trick like that I usually simply halftone the individual objects using element overrides.

Believe it or not, there is actually a KS for this already provided in Revit: “EOH” If it’s not already in yours, maybe it should be. Simple to add. Search for halftone in your KS dialog and look for the highlighted command below.


That’s it for today. Thanks for stopping by and I look forward to seeing for the next BIMTotD



Revit TotD – 2.3.2012 | No School like the Old School

Finally here. The post you’ve all been waiting for: how to get PDFs into your Revit model! Yes, I posted a nice little OpEd on how I feel about people who are whining about Autodesk not putting PDF support into Revit and it apparently stirred the hornets nest a bit. I can’t say I wasn’t looking for a reaction, but I can say I was surprised at where the reaction went. I’m not going to sit here and tell you that this is the best way to go about putting PDFs into your Revit model. I’m not going to sit here and tell you that it’s the only way to be done; I’ve been using Revit too long to know that there is no ONE way to do anything in Revit. However, like everything else posted ont his site, I will tell you I’ve found this to be the best method for bringing information from a PDF into my Revit projects.

If you’re completely lost as to what this is all about, check here, here and finally here before continuing.


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“… and hopefully that puts to rest the point I was making with my original post. Thanks for watching and I’ll see you again for the next, BIM Tip of the Day!” Sorry about that, I hit my 5 minute limit on Jing, hopefully to be remedied soon.

So in today’s T[hought]otD I’m basically just going to break down and compare some different methods of bringing information in from a PDF into a BIModel: Info via PDF > Image, Info via PDF > DWG, and Info via PDF > Revit.

Some important points I’ve made in the video:

  • Method: Bring info into model via image
  • Method: Bring info into model via PDF > DWG
  • Method: Bring info into model via
  • No method will be 100% accurate.
  • All methods require due diligence in checking the information.

So the question now remains, were the comments that were made that started this whole fiasco due to talking about 2 completely different things? I was referring to people wanting to bring an entire building plan in from a PDF to trace from. Maybe the Cudds was referring to older CAD details? I’m unsure but I honestly can’t imagine anyone truly believing that tracing an image to be more accurate that reconstructing the documents  through pure Reviteering muscle! Even if it were just a CAD detail wanting to be brought in, why would we prefer a PDF over a DWF? If it’s a portable document we want to bring in, why not at least ask the factory for support on their own portable format instead of asking them to incorporate another company’s standards in commercial use?

That’s all for today. If I get enough interest I’ll create a more detailed series on the workflow I used to get these drawings in to Revit. Until then, thanks for stopping by and I’ll see you back for the next, BIMTotD!


.Carl Gibson

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