Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Civil 3D Pipe Network to Revit; Epic Fail

As a full service firm with in-house surveyors and civil engineers, we have Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3D files just a few folders away from our Revit models on most projects.

We always generate the Revit toposurface from  a C3D surface. I will save that workflow for another day.

However, there is another important feature in these files that is pretty much not accessible to us in Revit; it is the underground utilities such as sewer, storm water, water and gas pipes. In Civil 3D these elements are called Pipe Networks.

Over the last couple months I tried to get Pipe Network data into Revit and worked three...

Monday, February 19, 2018

NVIDIA GPU Technology Conference 2018

I will be speaking at NVIDIA's GPU Technology Conference, in Silicon Valley, next month (March 2018). I will be presenting on LHB's implementation of virtual reality (VR) in the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) market. This will include discussions on hardware, software and, most importantly, how our clients have responded.

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There are 53 sessions in the AEC sector as seen in the...

Friday, February 16, 2018


I must admit, writing blog posts for Enscape is a lot of fun.

It is personally rewarding to blend my knowledge of the visualization aspects of Revit, with the brave-new-world of Enscape's real-time rendering prowess, into written format for others to build upon and hopefully share back to the AEC community.

In this most recent article I dive into the...

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Curtain Wall Door Schedules on Wrong Level

Occasionally I see this problem, where a door within a curtain wall is reporting the incorrect level. I am not exactly sure what the root of the problem is, but I will outline the steps I take, which typically corrects the issue.

The Problem

In this first image, notice the curtain wall itself is reporting the correct level, 1st Floor. However, the door is showing up under the Basement heading, in the schedule. For context, a regular door was placed to the left (#130-D).

The Fix (or Workaround?)

Here are the steps to change which level the door schedules on....

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Revit Books with Substance (IMHO)

I recently had the opportunity to talk with several professors and instructors who teach Revit or BIM. I always love the chance to learn how these classes are taught, what works and what doesn't. Thanks to Autodesk's annual software renewal cycle I get the chance to make changes to my books fairly regularly and thus respond to some of the challenges or shortcomings in my books. The main goal, of course, is to help instructors teach a well rounded class, and provide the students with the best possible learning experience .
If you want to chat with me about your Revit/BIM course, please reach out via LinkedIn, Twitter or SDC Publications.
Some of the teachers I have spoken with use books in their...

Monday, February 12, 2018

BIMedge - YouTube Videos by Joe Banks

Joe Banks has a great series of short videos on YouTube covering various Revit tips and tricks. He has been added new videos regularly. If you subscribe to his YouTube channel you will be updated anytime he posts new tips.


Sunday, February 11, 2018

Midwest University 2018

The world of Revit and CAD conferences is pretty small, so it is nice we have a formidable one right in our backyard here in Minnesota; Midwest University hosted by CTC. This conference always has high quality speakers and the great Lynn Allen, formerly with Autodesk, who will be back again this year.

In addition to Lynn, the world's #1 AI robot, Sofia, will be there. That should be interesting.

Keynotes from Jim LynchAutodesk VP Construction Products | David Ivey, HOK Regional Design Technology Manager | Lynn Allen, Autodesk Technical Evangelist SophiaHanson Robotics, Artificial Intelligence Robot  | Shane Scranton, Iris VR CEO & Co-Founder | Vickie Patel  HKS, Practice Technology Manager & Reeti Gupta, HKS- Director of Practice Technology