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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

A Great Week for Building Performance

Today has been a great day for building performance and simulation. There have been three exciting announcements in the past 48 hours, relating to Autodesk products:
  • The Solar Radiation add-in is now available for Revit through Autodesk Labs
  • Energy Analysis for Dynamo alpha version has been released 
  • EnergyPlus has been "Raised to the power of the cloud"

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Are You Seeing a Return from your BIM Investment? (Part 1)

There are a lot of things in this world that I don’t understand – what seems logical to some, is not obvious to others. In our business at Summit, we deal with buildings and how to deliver them in a better way. So I should understand why people with expertise will argue against the logic of such beneficial change as BIM.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Upcoming Webinars to Realize the Full Potential of BIM

Win with BIM
Photo Credit: @yakobusan Jakob Montrasio 孟亚柯
Summit Technologies presents a new series of monthly webinars focused on realizing the full potential of BIM:

Free Webinar: Where to Win with BIM

Tuesday, September 23 at 11:00 am (PDT)

Where should you win with BIM? Everywhere. It should be instrumental in the direction of your organization and at its core, should improve on traditional deliverables. But, is that enough? Bob Heyman, President of Summit will demonstrate how you can improve your delivery, produce better buildings, and gain more work as a result of realizing the full potential of BIM.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Dynamo for the 99% - Selecting objects a different way

In the last post I showed how to create a simple Dynamo definition to select all rooms in a model to change their properties in one go. Selecting objects is the first step to do other interesting and useful things like filtering elements to later manipulate them. This post describes a different way of selecting that could be a bit more intuitive.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Dynamo for the 99% - Select Rooms and Modify Parameters

Dynamo for the 99% will be a series of posts highlighting the use of Dynamo for practical data manipulation or time-saving tasks that could apply to most Revit users.

I recently received an email asking how I had manipulated some room information in my webinar earlier this year. At the time I was living on the edge of Dynamo, using custom dlls that allowed me to manipulate Revit system families (which at the time was not allowed out of the box).

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Explore the Revit App Exchange Visually

Using Tableau Public and import.io I generated the following data visualization for the Revit App Exchange (up to date as of 05/28/2014). It gives you a good way of visualizing the different Revit apps that are out there, their rating, language, file size and more. External link if it is taking a while to load or you experience problems scrolling through the filters.

Friday, May 9, 2014

So, you forgot to install your Revit 2015 libraries...

If you forgot to install certain libraries with Revit 2015, like I did, it is worth noting that the procedure for installing missing libraries has changed slightly. In previous releases, you would Uninstall/Change Revit through the Control Panel Programs and Features. With 2015, you now have a separate listing for Autodesk Revit Content Libraries 2015.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Ladybug and Honeybee for Building Performance Design

In the past I have criticized the lack of climate/predesign and daylighting analysis tools in Vasari. So it was with great surprise that I recently learned about Ladybug and Honeybee, some recent projects developed by Mostapha Sadeghipour Roudsari, Chris Mackey and Saeran Vasanthakumar.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Dynamoing Structural Framing

Every day that passes I continue to see Dynamo as a powerful design tool able to provide useful feedback on tasks that would just take too many clicks using the traditional Revit User Interface. So, today, as I finished my presentation on Dynamo (archive link here), I kept thinking of different applications. Here I used a Structural Framing collector to apply a gradient graphic override by length. This could help an engineer/architect quickly understand the different bay sizes and opportunities for standardizing sizes and reducing costs.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

CAD: Crazy About Dynamo

As Julien Benoit, coined recently in response to Ian Keough being endorsed for CAD on LinkedIn, CAD now means Crazy About Dynamo :)

Dynamo is by far the greatest development on the Revit front in the past year. The speed with which the project has developed is very encouraging and exciting. More encouraging are the things that you can do with it.