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Saturday, April 26, 2008

Embrace the Family Editor

Most elements (families) in Revit are made with the Family Editor and can be built with incredible
features. Don’t be afraid to dig in to the editor and explore your creative side. We’ve seen many
beautiful families and clever tricks put to use that make Revit fun to use. Figure 1.7 shows a curtainwall system with nested panels and attachment clamps. As we’ll discuss , making such families isn’t too difficult, and requires no programming or scripting
knowledge. Using 3D modeling tools and parametric dimensions, you can create reusable and
dimensionally flexible components for any architectural element. By taking your time, being patient,
and problem solving, you’ll be producing custom content in no time.

You Create a Full Range of Documents with BIM, Not Just a 3D Model

Other software packages, like SketchUp, Rhino, and 3ds Max, are excellent modeling applications.
However, these modeling applications don’t have the ability to document your design for con-
struction, nor can they be leveraged downstream. While these tools are not BIM, they can still play
a role in a BIM workflow; many architects use them to generate concept models, which can then be
brought into a BIM application and progress through design, analysis, and documentation. If you
prefer to work with other tools for concept modeling, doing so isn’t a problem. When the design
starts to gel, import the geometry into Revit and start taking advantage of BIM.
Not everything is modeled in 3D in Revit. You can create 2D details in Revit, import CAD details,
and reuse details from other Revit projects. The tools may be a bit different than AutoCAD, but
there is nothing you can draw in CAD that can’t be drawn in Revit. By using the intelligence of
Revit families, you can build your details into individual components, thereby embedding drafting
into the object. Figure 1.6 shows an example of a detail drawn entirely in Revit.

Problem-Solve Your Designs

An advantage of a BIM methodology is that you can’t cheat your design. Because the elements have
properties based on real-life constraints, you’ll find it difficult to fake elements within the design.
When you get stuck trying to resolve a roof condition, it’s most likely that you have a complex roof
to solve. You can’t just fake the elevations and call it a day. Of course, in CAD-based systems, fakery
has always been possible and has no doubt led to some messy Construction Administration work.
As you move into the BIM world, be prepared to take on some early design challenges.
Figure 1.5 shows what appears to be a simple house model, but it’s more complex than it looks.
With Revit, you model the dormers, the trusses, and the fascia and soffits. You need to determine how
the walls and roofs connect to one another—and Revit is well suited to figuring these things out.

Elements in Revit

Every Element in Revit Has Properties
You’ll interactively adjust elements, and you’ll also frequently change the model through properties.
Get used to the idea of clicking the Element Properties button to make changes to the model. A
member of the Basic Wall family, for example, has properties like width, height, bearing or non-
bearing, demolished or new, interior or exterior, fire rating, and material. You can even define how layers wrap when inserts are placed in the wall, add integrated wall sweeps, and build stacked
walls. Figure 1.4 shows the assembly options embedded in the type properties of a Revit wall.

Elements Interact with Other Elements—All the Time
The wall interacts with other walls to join geometries and clean up connections. It connects to
floors, levels, and roofs, and it affects rooms and areas. Windows and doors placed in a wall move
with the wall. Deleting the wall will delete all the windows and doors in the wall and all dimensions associated with the wall. If you move a level, expect floors, roofs, walls, and all the plumbing
and electrical features to also move as their parameters change. Keep the interaction of elements in
mind, especially in multi-user scenarios where your changes to the model will affect many views
at once.

Duplicating a View Takes Two Clicks
With Revit, you can duplicate floor plans quickly, allowing you to generate plans as in-progress
working drawings, others for presentation purposes, and still others for final Construction Documents (CDs). Note that this is very different from making a copy of a drawing: you are simply
duplicating a view then changing how to look at the model. Remember, no matter which view you
change the model in, the change will immediately be updated in all views. And in each view, you have
total control over what information you want to display. Think of a view as a pair of glasses that
can filter what you see; but the underlying model is still there, all the time.

Be Creative

Revit’s tools are clustered in easy-to-access groups such as modeling, drafting, rendering, structural, and so on. Most of these tools will get you where you need to go with minimal effort.
For more complicated conditions, be prepared to put your creativity to use. Remember, Revit is a 3D modeling application that will let you build almost anything you want. For example, if you can’t create the wall or roof you want with the explicit Wall or Roof tool, you can create your own walls
and roof using 3D solid geometry. Figure 1.3 shows an example of custom-designed railings, curtain walls, and structural elements—all possible for a creative and engaged designer.

What to Expect from BIM

When moving to a BIM work environment, you’ll experience a change in process and workflow.
Perhaps the most immediate and obvious difference is that a traditional CAD system uses many
separate files to document a building, whereas a BIM project typically has only one file. With
CAD, all the separate files are created individually and have no intelligent connection between
them. Each drawing represents a separate piece of work to be managed and updated throughout
the design process. With such an unwieldy process, the possibility of uncoordinated data is very
high. The change management required by CAD is a tedious and error-prone process that requires
diligent project management and lots of red lines. BIM provides a different approach to the problem:
Rather than many files, you work with one file. With BIM, all information is consolidated and net-
worked together for you, and the resulting drawings all relate back to a single underlying data-
base, guaranteeing an internally consistent model.
If you understand the basic premise of an integrated building model, then you’ll by now have
realized that BIM removes the concept of drawing lines to represent objects. Instead, you build
walls, roofs, stairs, and furniture. You model the building and its systems. Figure 1.2 shows a 3D
sectional view of a Revit model. You can see that the model incorporates façade elements, floors,
roofs, parapets, curtain walls, and materials. All this information is modeled and must be designed
as it is to be built. You then add layers of information to the drawings to explain the model, in the
form of parametric tags and keynotes. Although the end result is still a set of printed lines, you
rarely draw these lines. This concept of modeling is so simple, so natural, that you’ll get used to the
idea in no time and find yourself dreading the idea of ever having to go back into the 2D realm.
Revit is excellent at managing changes and keeping your model interconnected. Unlike CAD,
the intent of BIM is to let the computer take responsibility for redundant interactions and calcula-
tions, providing you, the designer, with more time to design and evaluate your decisions. As the
architect, you hold the design decision process in your hands. With a BIM tool such as Revit, be pre-
pared to change your expectations of how to use design software. Remember—you are modeling
a building now, not drafting lines. You’re doing what you do best: solving complex 3D problems.
As you move into a more advanced Revit workflow, we want you to keep some concepts in the
back of your mind.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

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Revit 2008 - Building Information Modeling

Building Information Modeling
Fast-forward to the present context and the advent of Building Information Modeling: In this landscape,
complexity is still very high, but the production of drawings is now the by-product of building
a virtual 3D model composed of constructive elements. These elements are loaded with data that
describe not only geometry, but also cost, manufacturer, count, and just about any other metadata
you can imagine. With an integrated parametric 3D model, it’s possible to detect spatial clashes
between the multitudes of systems in the building. You can know with confidence whether duct
work will interfere with the structural steel long before construction starts.
The goal of reducing errors and smoothing out the construction process is driving firms to be
more efficient, effective, and productive. In this reality plans, sections, and elevations are all
derivative representations—producing them isn’t a set of isolated, discontinuous tasks. A datarich
model means that more analysis and iterative searching for optimal solutions can occur early
in the design process. As detail is added, the model becomes an increasingly accurate representation
of what will actually be built. The model itself can be used to generate part lists, shop drawings,
and instructions for industrially produced elements. If you can send a digital file that can
instruct machines to produce components, the need for traditional annotated drawings disappears.
Of course, that day has yet to arrive; but the idea can get you thinking about future directions
and possibilities. The ultimate benefits of BIM are still emerging in a market primed to
radically change the way buildings are designed and built. A shift in process and expectation is
happening in the Architecture, Engineering, Construction (AEC) world, with private and public
sector owners beginning to demand BIM models as part of the delivery package.
The shift from traditional 2D abstractions to on-demand simulations of building performance,
usage, and cost is no longer a futuristic fantasy but a reality. In the age of information-rich digital
models, all disciplines involved with a project can share a single database. Architecture, structure,
mechanical, infrastructure, and construction can be coordinated in ways never before possible.
Models can now be sent directly to fabrication machines, bypassing the need for traditional shop
drawings. Energy analysis can be done at the outset of design, and construction costs are becoming
increasingly predictable. These are just a few of the exciting opportunities that a BIM approach
offers. Designers and contractors can begin to look at the entire building process, from preliminary
design through construction documentation into construction, and rethink how buildings come
together. The whole notion of paper-based delivery may become obsolete as more players adopt
up-to-date, accurate, digital models.
As we’ve mentioned, with a Revit Building Information Model, a parametric 3D model is used to
generate traditional building abstractions such as plans, sections, elevations, details, and schedules.
The drawings produced aren’t discrete collections of manually coordinated lines, but interactive representations
of a model. Working in a model-based framework such as Revit guarantees that a change
in one view will propagate to all other views of the model. As you shift elements in plan, they change in
elevation and section. If you move a level height, all the walls and floors associated with that level
update automatically. If you remove a door from your model, it’s simultaneously removed from all
other views, and your door schedule is updated. This unprecedented level of coordination allows
designers and builders to better control and display information, ensuring higher quality and a leaner
The immediate 3D design visualization of the building and its spaces improves understanding
of the building and gives you the ability to show a variety of design options to all members of a
project, at any moment. Integrated design and documentation keeps the data centralized and coordinated.
This in turn leads to live and up-to-date schedules and quantity take-offs. That information
can then be used to make decisions earlier in the design process, reducing risk and cost overruns. Not
only that, but with the coordinated BIM model, you can start running energy analysis, solar studies,
daylighting simulations, and egress analysis much earlier in the process, allowing you to iterate
through design decisions earlier, not later.
Coordination with BIM is now required for many buildings to come into existence. Consider
Daniel Libeskind’s recently completed Denver Art Museum and its extreme geometric configuration Integrating the mechanical and structural systems into a 3D model was essential to the
building’s successful completion. Exact spatial organization of structural members could be modeled,
which in turn led to fewer field errors and fewer requests for information. In addition, parts
could be sent directly to fabrication from the model, eliminating the need for 2D drawings entirely.

Revit 2008 - Understanding BIM

Understanding BIM: From the Basics to Advanced Realities

The Advantages of Building Information Modeling
The production of design documents has traditionally been an exercise in drawing lines to represent
a building. These documents become instruction sets: an annotated booklet that describes how
the building is to be built. The plan, section, and elevation are all skillfully drafted—line by line,
drawing by drawing, sheet by sheet. Whether physical or digital, these traditional drawing sets are
composed of graphics—each line is part of a larger abstraction meant to convey design intent so
that a building can eventually be constructed. By and large, this is still the reality we face today, but
the process of creating these drawings is being fundamentally changed as a result of BIM. Let’s put
this into a historical context for a moment and briefly walk through the evolution of architectural
design and documentation.
A Brief History of Design and Documentation
Andrea Palladio’s
Four Books of Architecture
(trans. Robert Tavernor and Richard Schofield, MIT
Press, 1997) presents an amazing array of drawing techniques that show buildings cut in plan and
section and even hybrid drawings that show elevations and sections in one drawing. There are
drawings complete with dimensional rules for laying out the relative proportions of rooms. You
can even see hints about construction techniques and structural gestures in the form of trusses,
arches, and columns.
These representations were simplified expressions of a project, and often they were idealized
versions of the building—not necessarily how the building was built. The drawings were communication
and documentation tools, themselves works of detailed craftsmanship. In those days
(14th–17th centuries), the architect was brought up in the tradition of building and had integral
knowledge of how buildings were constructed. Palladio, like many other architects of his day, grew
up as a stone mason. Building techniques were deeply embedded in the construction trades, which
in turn spawned the great architects of the time. Other master masons and sculptors include the
likes of Filippo Brunelleschi, Giovanni Bernini, and Francesco Borromini. These architects are often referred to as the master builders—they were integrated into all facets of the design and construction
of architecture.
Over time, however, architecture became more and more academic as building typologies solidified,
and classical reconstructions on paper and in model form became part of the formative education
of the architect. The design profession began its gradual separation from the building trades. The
notion of design process and iterative problem solving became critical attributes of a design professional—
in many cases superseding knowledge of construction means and methods.
With modern architecture, solving abstract spatial problems, accommodating programmatic elements,
and experimenting with new materials became driving forces. The machine age and the promise
of mass production were idealized and fully embraced. Le Corbusier’s (1887–1965) romantic vision
of steamships and automobiles inspiring a new generation of architecture took hold, and buildings
became increasingly machine-like. Consider all the office towers and commercial office parks that
have emerged, with their internal mechanical systems used to keep the building operational.
As buildings continued to grow in complexity, both technically and programmatically, the
architect grew more removed from the act of physical construction. Modern materials such as steel
and reinforced concrete became prevalent, and complex building systems were introduced. In turn,
the production of more detailed drawings became a legal and practical requirement. Structural
engineers and mechanical engineers were added to the process, as specialized knowledge of building
systems grew. No longer could the architect expect to produce a few simple drawings and have
a building erected. Complexity in building systems demanded greater amounts of information,
and this information was delivered in the form of larger and larger construction document sets.
Architects today find themselves drafting, producing details, working with a wide range of consultants,
and still having to create sketches for contractors in the field.
The traditional production of plans, sections, and elevations continues to this day, but with far
more drawings than in the days of Palladio. At the same time, we ask: Will all these drawings be
necessary in the near future? Will the adoption of BIM lead to new delivery methods, new forms of
construction, and new roles for the architect? Can a shift in technology lead to a shift in thinking
about building?

Revit 2009 New Features video

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Revit Architecture 2009 New Features Announcement

Revit Architecture 2009 Features Announced

Revit® Architecture 2009 features were officially announced today at Autodesk World Press Day 2008.

This is a short list of Revit® Architecture 2009 Feature Improvements and Enhancements

Wish List Projects

Mirror Project Tools: Link Scale to Display, Create Custom Scales, Create Custom Displays

View Templates: A new dialog box features an easier-to-use tool providing users the ability to pick and choose which view properties they apply from the view template

Quality Rendering and Performance

Mental Ray® Rendering, Material Libraries, Physically Accurate Lighting, Photometric Lights, Real Sun and Sky, Optimized Rendering Solution

New Mass Geometry for Complex Forms

Swept Blend: This new type of mass geometry can be combined with the existing parametric capabilities of Revit Architecture 2009 to create new forms based on algorithmic design variations. Extending the range of what is achievable during conceptual design and family creation, swept blend functionality offers more opportunity to express complex forms.

New Revit Start Up

Revit® Architecture 2009 displays a graphical representation of recent projects and recent families that have been opened by the user. This allows quick visual access to recently used files as well as faster Revit Architecture 2009 start-up.

New Autodesk 3D UI

The Autodesk 3D UI provides an intuitive, standardized navigation experience across multiple Autodesk 3D design products. I find it similar in appearance and functionality to the current system in the DWF Viewer or Design Review software.

Data/File Exchange

FBX export increases interoperability between Revit Architecture 2009 and Autodesk 3ds Max Design software

New DWG enhancements make collaborating with those relying on DWG-based workflows easier

Dimension Improvements/Enhancements

Dimension to Intersections, Dimension to Arc Centers, Dimension Text Formatting

Text Overrides: Replace Dimension with Text, Add Text Above, Below, Prefix, or Suffix

Room Tag Improvements

Tag All Not Tagged, Move Tag When Room is Relocated, Rotate Room Tags, Align to Rotated Dependent View

Room Enhancements

Room Behavior in Sections: Graphical Display, Selecting Rooms, Adjusting Vertical Limits and Color Fills

Plotting Enhancements

New plotting improvements allow drawings that rely on Hidden Line Removals (e.g. many Floor Plans, elevations, etc) in Revit Architecture 2009 print faster.

Revision Enhancements

Sequences: Revision Order Numbers, Letters, or both, New “Issued By” Field, Display Revisions on Sheet

Layout: Build Order Top Down or Bottom Up, Rotate Schedule on Sheet, Fixed or Dynamic Sizing

Subscription Members Only Toolset

The Worksharing Monitor gives actionable, real-time information to users on the project team. For example, team members can Be aware of the current status of central files, Monitor progress of editing requests and notifications, Plan for the best time to save to central

Batch Print Utility

Revit Architecture 2009 RELEASED!!!!!! DAM ADVANCED

AutoCAD Revit Architecture software turns unparalleled flexibility to maximum advantage. With industry-leading AutoCAD software and the benefits of the Revit Architecture building information modeling (BIM) application, your software, training, and design data investments are protected while you move to BIM at your own pace.


AutoCAD vs Revit

AutoCAD vs Revit (just a few comparisons from then and now)

rotary phone VS IPHONE
dial up VS Broadband
typewriter VS Microsoft Word
general ledger paper VS quickbooks
walking VS 767 jumbo jet
screwdriver VS powerdrill
fold up map VS Google Earth
morse code VS cell phones
DOS VS Vista
newspaper VS RSS Feeds
polaroids VS digital cameras
chisel & stone VS digital prototype printers
record player VS IPOD
paper & pen VS tablet PC
Sharpie Pen & Fax VS Autodesk Design Review
telegram VS email
faxing VS Scan/email
bartering VS credit cards
calculator VS Excel
cave VS High rise
stars VS GPS
fire VS microwave
Betamax VS TIVO
radio VS Satellite Radio
4" black & white TV VS 70" Plasma
reel to reel VS DVD
floppy disk VS 8GB thumb drive
BC VS AD (Before Computers VS After DOS)
....and the list goes on.....
What other technology from 1982 are you using?
Don't get me wrong, I think AutoCAD has been a wonderful tool for the past 25 years, but I also think that it's time to use the latest technology to grow your business and focus on sustainable design, interference resolution during design phase, visualization tools, and virtual construction and design.
Just my own personal opinion, but I think over 225,000 other Revit users will agree with me.
I hope you weren't offended by any of the comparisons, because while I embrace the past and the history of architecture, I also embrace the future of this incredible technology, automation and the ability to return to the focus of design and the concept of the Master Builder.
How much time do you spend mentoring architectural interns and teaching them the art of architecture, design and construction versus spending your days responding to RFIs and change orders, fighting with the contractors and owners, manually coordinating drawings and laboriously creating door, wall, window and finish schedules? This is a very serious question and something to think about when you get to the office Monday morning and look at the stacks of paper and blueprints on your desk and the emails sitting in your inbox? I ask you to do this because we want to help you get back to the basics and help you have a happier, more focused career in architecture.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Wall closure

"How do I get to control the distance or nature of the wall closure wrapping of the exterior wall finish at a door or window?"

Default scenario

Controlled scenario

It's easy! It's all in the Family!

Edit the Family that you are using as an insert. In this case I am using a door.

Using the "Ref Plane" tool draw a new reference plane along the inside of the wall

-This one here - away from the center ref plane

Select that new reference plane and go to its Element Properties. Tick or check the box parameter which is "Wall Closure"

This in effect, cancels the Revit default Wall closure along the center of the wall , and places the wall closure on the custom plane you just created. To be able to control the distance of that plane all you need to do is add a dimension and label it. In this example I selected to name that parameter "Closure"

1. Dimension from the new reference plane to the exterior reference plane (or Interior, which ever is your preference)
2. Select the dimension and on the Options Bar (Top Center of your Screen) next to "Label: click on the little drop down arrow and "Add parameter...."
3. Give it a name. (e.g. Closure) and remember to place it in the correct group (e.g. Dimensions)
4. Load your revised family into the project. (click on "Load Into Project" on the Design Bar)
Select the Family and from its properties you will now be able to control the Wall Closure via the "Closure Parameter.

Have fun!