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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Technical Tip Tuesdays: Engraved Text on a Curved Wall

Applying three-dimensional text on a surface is a great feature in Autodesk Revit. However, there is a constraint, model text can only be applied on a flat surface. So what do you do when you would like to apply a 3D embellishment to a curved surface – say a curved gateway?

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Technical Tip Tuesdays: Analytical Boundary Errors

Recently we were auditing a Revit model and ended up stuck in a the unfortunate cycle of trying to click through hundreds of errors to complete an Ungroup task. These errors were referencing various floors and complaining along the lines of: "Boundary edge lines intersect each other. Boundary contour must not be distorted." After attempting to click 25 times in a row to proceed, we gave up and cancelled the command. Surely there must be a better way...

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Technical Tip Tuesdays: When the Revit Application Menu is Slowing You Down

Today’s post is a quickie. I had recently had someone contact me about the severe lag time he was experiencing whenever he selected the Revit Application Menu (that’s the blue Revit button in the upper left corner). It was taking a minute or more for Revit to react and display the subsequent menu.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Just published – Moving into the 21st Century – Science World reaps benefits of BIM

Geraldine Rayner, Summit BIM Director shares her thoughts in the most recent Pilings Industry Canada magazine on the transition to BIM in the construction industry particularly the piling industry.

The article entitled "Moving to the 21st Century - Science World reaps the benefits of BIM" explores how the BIM process allows leading-edge innovators to convey information utilizing digital information rather than paper – from design through to facilities management.

Read the complete article here.

Monday, June 29, 2015

It's a perfect day to register for a webinar

Our summer webinar series focuses on the hidden gems found in the software you use every day. Join our technical experts as they reveal how you can do your work stronger, better, faster.

Upcoming webinars
Designing using Revit with Lumion 
Jeremy Peters, Technical Consultant 
Tuesday, July 7 at 11:00 am PST 

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Technical Tip Tuesdays: Creating a Circle Glazed Roof the Easy Way

Creating a circle glazed roof is very easy when you know how. When you don’t know how you can land up with nothing very useful after hours of work.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Technical Tip Tuesdays: Dirty Little Workaround Alert: Auto-Numbering Parking Tags

As we all know, numbering a large number of parking spots can be very time consuming. But hey, hey, doesn’t Revit allow for auto-numbering of parking tags in a similar way as it auto-numbers other things like doors with Tag All?

The short answer is, no. Auto-numbering is hard-coded into the program and is not available for families of any other category than those that Revit has provided for.

But, there is a way.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Technical Tip Tuesdays: Stumped by Nested Family Schedules?

Ever had one of your nested families, for example a chair, not appear on a schedule? Say for example, you have a handful of different types of desks that all use the same type of chair. You generate your schedule and, voila, all your nested chairs appear perfectly except for one type of chair.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Geraldine Rayner to present at the Construction Leadership Forum

Geraldine Rayner, Summit BIM Director will share her thoughts on how the BIM process impacts deliverables from design to build and from build to operate.

With over 30 years of experience in the AECO industry, Geraldine is committed to demonstrating the huge benefits that working in a BIM environment offers designers, contractors, developers and owner-operators. This session will explore new BIM-based processes of doing work, alternative electronic means of communications, and the benefits of being able to read the data – not simply the paper.

The session titled “Powered by Data – Breaking the Paper Barrier” will take place on Friday, May 8 at 1:00 pm at the Construction Leadership Conference in Whistler, BC. To learn more about the event, or register for sessions, please visit the Construction Leadership Forum website here.

Revit schedules... the value more than adds up

Traditionally, scheduling has been used in the design and documentation process as a way to convey project information in an organized table that various stakeholders can review and use. Whether it’s a door schedule, equipment schedule or means of showing room finish information for estimators, schedules were created by manually entering values into columns and rows, either directly in drawings or in spreadsheet form to be added or included in drawing sets.

A model based delivery process, and more specifically Autodesk Revit, provides scheduling tools that automatically extract data contained in objects present in the model. The biggest advantage over traditional schedules is that data need only be entered once, it is kept up to date as model changes occur and it is coordinated across multiple schedules automatically.

In my latest webcast I took a look at Revit’s scheduling tools and explored how we can speed up data entry, ensure that it’s consistent and, once in the model, how we can use it to investigate and validate your model. When you have the time be sure to take a look on our You Tube channel. In the meantime I’ll use the example of a room finish schedule to highlight some of the tips I offered up.

Speeding up data entry
Just as I do when working in plan views I always recommend creating a working schedule where I do most of my data entry and manipulation without the worry of affecting my final plotted output. A room finish schedule will, at a minimum, typically contain LEVEL, ROOM NUMBER, ROOM NAME, and various fields for floor, wall and ceiling finishes.

The Sorting and Grouping tab provides options
to speed up data input and 'roll up' schedules
for summaries and increased efficiency
We can manually enter information for each room but that can be tedious, time consuming and prone to errors. If we have similar rooms that share common finishes (e.g. Classrooms, Corridors or Washrooms will each have the same floor, wall and base finishes) we can use tools on the Sorting and Grouping tab of the schedule properties in Revit to contract the schedule so that we only need to enter data once and it will be applied to every room sharing similar properties. (Refer to the image)