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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Technical Tip Tuesdays: PDF hyperlinks from Revit 2015 and later

Hassle-free hyperlinks!
A little publicized feature of Revit 2015 R2 is the ability to generate hyperlinked PDF document sets when using a hyperlink compliant PDF writer like Adobe Reader or Bluebeam Revu. See 2015 R2 PDF Export Enhancements

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Summit BIM to speak at BUILDEX Express

Summit BIM’s Director Geraldine Rayner and BIM Consultant Edwin Guerra will present at the upcoming BUILDEX Express Conference in Vancouver this October 21. Designed for individuals in construction, property management, and architecture this one day event allows attendees to choose sessions convenient for their schedule and the information that they are looking for.

Based on more than 30 years of experience in the AECO industry, Geraldine and Edwin will look at the gaps between the theory and practice of BIM before moving into a discussion of how Quality Assurance and Quality Control protocols applied throughout the project lifecycle can help building owners protect their investment.

The session titled “Behind the Wheel: Owner Driven Building Design and Delivery through BIM” will begin at 8:00 am. To learn more about the event, or register for sessions, visit the BUILDEX Express website.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Ready, set, webinar

Take advantage of the long summer days to explore hidden gems in the software you use every day and change the way in which you work with it. Our technical experts provide a high level view on how to use BIM better in your office as well as grounded tips and tricks that help you work more efficiently.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Dynamo sample scripts

At the recent Dynamo webinar I promised a few scripts to share:

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Just published - Planning for Digital Operations Data

In a world where contact information is available at the click of a button and we seamlessly transition data between devices, Geraldine Rayner, Director of Summit BIM asks why we still use paper in the AECO industry.

Published on the FacilityCare website, the article - Planning for Digital Operations Data - outlines how to plan and manage the building information modeling (BIM) process so that the data for FMO is available digitally at building completion.

Read the complete article here.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Technical Tip Tuesdays: Horizontal Mullions on a Curved Curtain Wall

Welcome to Technical Tuesdays! Today we’re going to look at how you create horizontal mullions that are parallel to the ground on a curved curtain wall with a sloped top.

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.