Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Going offline for about two weeks; Heading towards Ljubljana Slovenia for BILT Today!

This blog will be quite for the next two weeks...

Today I leave for Europe to attend, and present at, BILT in Ljubljana, Slovenia. But keep an eye one the Enscape blog as I have two new articles in production! Sneak peak at the topics: one on grass and another on finding the right perspective.

I am fortunate to be bringing my family and extending the trip for a family vacation. My family has gone to some interesting places, we may not have otherwise thought to go to, thanks to RTC/BILT. I wrote a post on the RTC blog about that a few years ago: RTC Family Vacation – An Attendee’s Letter. In this letter I talk about making plans to attend RTC (now called BILT) in Dublin, Ireland. This will be the third European RTC/BILT conference I have attended--I went to Denmark last year as well.

If you will be at this conference I look forward to seeing/meeting you!

Here are the sessions I will be presenting:

Presentation 1:
Thursday, 11 October 2018
1.3 & 1.4
Presentation Topic:
Revit MEP Remodels and Alternates; Hands On
Presentation Time:
1:45pm - 4:30pm
150 minute Lab
MEP, Model Management, Autodesk | Advanced

Presentation 2:
Friday, 12 October 2018
Presentation Topic:
Dynamic Energy Optimization with Autodesk Revit and Insight
Presentation Time:
2:45pm - 4:00pm
75 minute Presentation
Simulation and Analysis, Architecture, Autodesk | Advanced

Presentation 3:

Saturday, 13 October 2018
Presentation Topic:
A Multi-Disciplinary Design Firm’s Journey to Embrace Early Stage Energy Analysis
Presentation Time:
9:00am - 10:15am
75 minute Presentation
Simulation and Analysis, Multi-Platform | Intermediate

I will surely have some interesting things to share with you when I get back.

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Friday, October 5, 2018


My latest Enscape blog post is out, and it is on glazing in architectural design.

Glass is such an integral part of the architectural fabric everyone enjoys, either passively in day-to-day life or professionally as a discriminating architect. Enscape can be used to develop realistic and aesthetically pleasing results and this article helps get 'from here to there'.

Click the image, or link below, to go to the article:



Thursday, October 4, 2018

Create Custom Fill Patterns in Revit, For Free with PyRevit Tools

Re: Custom tile pattern needed ASAP!

Architects and interior designers are going to love this!

Finding or creating fill patterns for Revit, or Hatch patterns for AutoCAD, can be a huge pain. Today I will share a nice tool, which is free, we can use to quickly create any model/drafting pattern... and it is done within Revit. Plus, it is free. I know I already said that, just saying it again for emphasis:) This is made possible by a Revit add-in called pyRevit.

pyRevit is a set of custom tools for Autodesk Revit based on a programming langue called IronPython. This suite of tools was created, and is maintained by, Ehsan Iran-Nejad who is an architect in Portland Oregon, USA. Given his stellar developer skills, I love that he pointed out in his GitHub profile that he is an "Architect, of actual buildings".


Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Creating Wall Baseboard in Revit - Option 5 - Roof and Fascia

Back on to the multitude of ways to represent wall baseboard, or skirting, in Autodesk Revit. This next option has already been mentioned by some via comments and Twitter. Although it makes a lot of sense and is probably the fastest option for creating both the finish floor and baseboard I do not recommend it.

First, the proposed method: Roof element as floor and Fascia element as baseboard/skirting.

Before the "how" I will tell you "why" I don't like it.

In the world of BIM we use a lot of add-ins, analysis tools and work with other design firms. When we start to 'break the rules' it often causes problems for us and others on the project.

For example, Revit's Create Energy Model command had no controls of what...

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Hyperlink from Revit Starting View to Office Standards Manual

I have been implementing a few changes in the architectural office template for 2019, such as advanced materials. In the starting view, I added a way to quickly get to the firm Revit standards manual.
BTW, I previously wrote about Revit's starting view here: Revit Starting View and Titleblock Re-purposing
To facilitate staff having quick access to the firm standards for Revit I created a Generic Annotation family with a URL parameter that points to a local (i.e. on the firm's network) file rather than a web address. This family is simply placed next to the heading, shown below, and table of Contents in the starting view.


Friday, September 28, 2018

My Enscape Article On ArchDaily; 9 Ways to Make Your Renderings More Realistic

It is with much excitement, I write to tell you my latest Enscape article has been published on ArchDaily.

Link to ArchDaily article:
9 Ways to Make Your Renderings More Realistic

As the title implies, in this article, I offer nine tips to improve the quality of your renderings using Ensacpe, making them look more realistic.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Print PDF Set with Hyperlinks from Revit

The inspiration for today's post comes from Mike Matheny's comment in yesterdays post on printing sheets in a specific order. Mike used to work with me here are LHB and also wrote this post on my blog a while back: To BIM 360 Design or Not!

When printing a PDF, Revit will add hyperlinks automatically. This is a Revit thing, not a PDF printer driver thing. Here is an Autodesk help topic on that: About Printing to PDF

And, because the Bluebeam add-in Create PDF button on the Ribbon is apparently not using its own Bluebeam-installed print driver, we don't get hyperlinks as Mike correctly pointed out.

Here are how Hyperlinks do work, when using a PDF print driver...