Friday, November 24, 2017

Copy Monitor; Levels

In this previous post, Copy Monitor; Grids, I discussed the process and value of using Copy/Monitor on the structural grids. In this post we will look at a similar process for Levels.

In my opinion, structural owns the grids and architectural owns the levels -- meaning they are the party responsible for making any project-wide changes to those important aspects of the design.

In the Structural and MEP models, we can see...

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Enscape Blog Post: BEST PRACTICES FOR RPC PEOPLE IN REVIT

I've had the good fortune to write another blog post for Enscape, and it is now live on their website (link provided below). The post is an overview on using RPC entourage and clutter to create amazing architectural renderings that look natural and lively. This includes content we have access to in Autodesk Revit, ArchVision's subscription-based content, as well as the Enscape RPC replacement option.

At the end of this BIM Chapters post, I have a few teaser photos related to the "part 2" for the Enscape post... creating custom RPC content!

Additionally...

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Copy Monitor; Grids

I find that even experienced Revit users are not too familiar with Revit's Copy/Monitor feature. This is a feature I recommend be used on every project in the multi-discipline firm I work for. It has some pros and cons, which I will highlight in the next few posts.

In my experience, most BIM projects have a separate structural model. Structural owns the grids. If a change needs to be made to the grids, structural should be the one, and the only one, making changes to grids.

There is often a desire to adjust the length of a grid in the architectural and MEP models - for example, adjusting the...

Monday, November 20, 2017

Dell Canvas 27

I had the opportunity to play with the Dell Canvas 27... which is a nice sized touch monitor and drawing surface. This is similar to the Microsoft Surface Studio with Surface Dial.

For those looking to do some readlines in Bluebean Revu, sketch on a blank canvas, or to embellish a rendered iamge in Photoshop, the Canvas is worth a look.

This is more of an "at your desk" tool, and not necessarily something you would haul around with you, given its size. But I imagine the large drawing area is what most would like about this particular product.


As a test, I opened...

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Enscape VR Example - Civil Project

In my recent NVIDIA webinar I showed a few examples of using Enscape for Virtual Reality (VR). To watch that recorded webinar, check out this previous post: Watch My NVIDIA Webinar on VR in the AEC Space.

I started running out of time and was not able to show the full length of each video. So I figured I would share them one at a time here.

This is a Civil project, which was also featured in this NVIDIA Customer Story: click here for that.

Click here to watch the video on YouTube: https://youtu.be/bIbtYNq7i5Q


Friday, November 17, 2017

Fuzor VR Example - New Elementary School

In my recent NVIDIA webinar I showed a few examples of using Fuzor for Virtual Reality (VR). To watch that recorded webinar, check out this previous post: Watch My NVIDIA Webinar on VR in the AEC Space.

I started running out of time and was not able to show the full length of each video. So I figured I would share them one at a time here.

It is interesting to note the...

AIA-MN 2017 Convention Follow Up

Ok, last post on the Minnesota AIA 2017 Convention...

My presentation on the Revit + Insight workflow for energy modeling felt like it went well and I received some positive comments afterwards! So that's good...

After putting in a bunch of time preparing, it is rewarding to get positive feedback. Here is a nice comment I received by an attendee via email:
"Thanks for the informative session at the AIA convention, particularly the clear distinctions between Sefaira and Insight and how easy is it to do early modeling in Insight."
Before speaking, I was introduced by Rick Carter FAIA, LEED Fellow, who is LHB's Integrative Design Team Leader. He also framed my presentation with a brief (like, the 2 minute version) history on LHB's research and sustainable design efforts.

The convention itself is in a beautiful setting in downtown Minneapolis. Here is a view from the second level of the registration area in the Minneapolis Convention Center.


Additionally...

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Today - Dynamic Energy Optimization @ MN AIA Convention

Today, Thursday November 15, 2017,  I will be speaking at the Minnesota AIA Convention in the Minneapolis Convention Center.

My presentation is titled "Dynamic Energy Optimization with Revit and Insight 360".

If you happen to read this blog, please make a point of saying hi. I would love to meet you!

I previously wrote this post about the presentation...
AIA Minnesota Convention 2017; Dynamic Energy Optimization with Revit and Insight 360

Some appealing sessions during my time slot, I hope I have a good turn out! Here is an excerpt from the convention schedule... all the recent grads are going to be tempted to learn more about what they have to do to pass the Architect Registration Exam (ARE).

As an educator, I teach graduate students at NDSU, I am looking forward to the Architectural Education session right after mine. Minnesota now has two options for accredited architectural education; University of Minnesota and Dunwoody - both are over 100-year-old institutions (one Public, the other Private, respectively). One of the presenters for this session, John Dwyer, AIA, founding program manger of Architecture at Dunwoody, was one of my co-presenters last year at this same conference--we presented on virtual reality in architecture (John was presenting work from his firm D/O).

FYI: Dunwoody is in candidacy for NAAB accreditation with it's first group of students graduating in the Spring of next year (2018). This is a 5-year bachelor degree program, and accreditation is required by most States to sit for the ARE (a little more detail for my international readers).



Of course my presentation will include how Insight can report directly to AIA 2030 DDxReview: Insight for 2030 DDx Reporting.

Here is the course description for my session, from the program...


Thanks to SDC Publications, I have four copies of my Autodesk Revit 2018 Architectural Command Reference book to give away during the session!



Hope to see you there (if you are going:))!


Wednesday, November 15, 2017

3D PDF Tips for Revit Users

Exactly 4 years ago, to the day, I wrote a blog post for Tetra4D on their 3D PDF Plug-In for Revit. I believe this plug-in now belongs to SimLab. The post is still applicable today... not much has changed with 3D PDFs. The functionality in Adobe Arobat and Bluebeam Revu are also similar when it comes to 3D PDFs.

The nice thing about this plug-in is that Revit's appearance assets are applied to the 3D PDF... of course that makes the file bigger. I am asked to create 3D PDFs occasionally, and this...

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

BILT-EUR 2017 Top Ten Speakers

This morning the BILT-EUR 2017 Top Ten list was published... and I am happy to report I made this list.

So, first off, a big thank you to those who attended my presentation (pictured below) - I am honored.

BTW, I found out about the top ten raking in a...

Monday, November 13, 2017

Revit Floor Finish Workflow - Thin Floors

Type Selector showing several floor finish elements
A level’s primary floor does not have a good way to host multiple floor finishes—and when the floor is coming from a linked structural model it is not possible at all. One solution is to use a thin floor element sitting on top of the main/structural floor.

This post follows up on a previous post, where using the technique discussed in this post incorrectly can cause issues. Read about that here: How Did the Interior Designer make MEP Spaces Disappear?

The concept is pretty simple, but here are a few things...

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Enscape Blog Post: BEST PRACTICES FOR REVIT PROJECT SETUP

I wrote another post this past week for the Enscape blog.

The post is about best practices for setting up your Autodesk Revit project to create an efficient and accurate real-time visualization experience with Enscape.

Speaking of Enscape...

Friday, November 10, 2017

How Did the Interior Designer make MEP Spaces Disappear?

I have seen a number of reasons MEP Spaces disappear or not possible to place to being with. I will share one a dealt with recently. And to be fair, for this example, anyone working in the architectural model could cause this problem for the MEP team, not just the interior designers:) I do cover the thing that causes the problem in my interior design book, but when done as instructed this problem can be avoided.

First, we have an architectural model with'''

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Watch My NVIDIA Webinar on VR in the AEC Space

I am happy to report that my webinar, hosted by NVIDIA, on VR in the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) industry went well yesterday! We had over 700 people registered and a ton of questions.

Based on one of the poll questions, over 60% of those in attendance were not using VR in their practice currently. Which was pretty cool, as I was able to share a lot of information with them.

A VR project example using Enscape and NVIDIA Quadro P6000

As I mention at the beginning of the presentation...

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

It's Today! Free NVIDIA VR Webinar

Today I will be doing a presentation on Virtual Reality in the AEC space; a free webinar hosted by NVIDIA. I will be talking about our projects, workflow, and, of course, hardware.

Additionally, I have created a series of short videos which highlight the capabilities of a few of the VR tools we use. This includes the HTC Vive and the Oculus with Touch controllers.

Here is a short snippet from one of the videos I will be showing...

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Reflecting on BILT-EUR 2017 in Aarhus Denmark

I would like to share a few thoughts and experiences on the recent BILT-EUR 2017 conference in Aarhus Denmark.

Speaking Opportunities

I have fortunate to present at various conferences all over the United States, and even the world, on architecture and building information modeling. For instance, the Minnesota AIA Convention in 2016 on practical applications of...

Monday, November 6, 2017

Dell Video: LHB visualizes architectural designs through virtual reality powered by Dell Precision

A few weeks back, I wrote about a promotional video Dell was creating, which features my firm's use of Virtual Reality using their hardware. That post highlights the process of creating the video.

You can read my previous post here: Dell Visits LHB to Make Promo VR Video.

I am excited to report that the video is now live.


Click the link below to check it out:

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Enscape Blog Post: Best Practices for Lighting and Exposure

I had the privilege of writing another post on the Enscape blog this week. The article digs into reasons why a scene is too dark and a few simple Enscape settings to greatly enhance the view.

Below, I also mention my previous post and a recent presentation at the University of Minnesota.

I want to give a quick shutout to ArchVision too, as most of the images in the post contain their RPC "office clutter" content for Autodesk Revit. When you combine  Enscape and clutter you get magic.



[in case you can't see it, this post continues below]

Friday, November 3, 2017

Revit 2017.2.3 Update; MEP Phasing Issue Fixed!

If you do electrical design in Revit 2017, you should apply this update ASAP!

This update (Revit 2017.2.3) fixes a bug that, in certain situations, while using the Wire command, could cause all the project Phases to disappear. I wrote about this previously: Project Phases Disappear in Revit 2017

The image below shows the MEP item listed in the "Issues Resolved" list. There are three other platform (meaning basic Revit) fixes as well. Click here to view this page online.


You can find the update in your Autodesk Desktop App tool now (or soon).


A previous Revit 2018 update resolved this same issue in that version.

AIA Minnesota Convention 2017; Dynamic Energy Optimization with Revit and Insight 360

I am excited to be presenting again at the Minnesota AIA Convention on Autodesk's energy modeling workflow later this month. I believe this workflow is one of the most powerful, yet most overlooked, energy optimization tool for architects. Using Revit and the cloud-based Autodesk Insight, any project team-member can play an important role in decisions at multiple stages in a project.

I gave a similar presentation last year in Phoenix Arizona, where the attendees voted the session into the 'top ten' list; RTC-NA Top Ten blog post. I have also been doing staff training on this subject in our Duluth and Minneaoplis offices recently; read most about that here: Increased Efficiency Through Training; For Staff and Buildings.



Session details:
  • AIA-MN Convention 2017
  • Event 39 (TH39) Dynamic Energy Optimization with Revit and Insight 360
  • Thursday, November 16, 2017, 08:30 am - 10:00 am
  • Minneapolis Convention Center
Additionally...

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Many missing elements in Revit 2017 model

I have seen this problem a few times recently; too many elements missing. I will share the most recent situation and a related Autodesk Knowledge Network (AKN) post.

A Revit 2017 architectural model started acting up. Various error messages and crashes were occurring for multiple designers. When we would try to run Audit, we would get the error "too many elements missing". Because of this error, we could not upgrade the model to 2018 either.



I started a support case with Cad Technology Center (CTC), they...

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Material Dialog Will Not Open + Rendering Features are Disabled

If the Revit Materials Dialog will not open, it likely means the Autodesk material library did not install correctly, or has somehow become corrupt. In this case, you should also be getting a warning like this one shown below (unless you checked the box!).


If you search the Autodesk Knowledge Network (AKN) you will find...

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Teaching Conceptual Massing, Adaptive Space Frames and more Enscape

On Thursday I did a presentation, for graduate architecture students as NDSU,  which started from scratch and resulted in the images shown below. This involved Revit's Conceptual Mass environment, Curtain Panel Pattern Based family template and Enscape to for some instant visual gratification!

Back in 2013, Zach Kron, from Autodesk, and...

Friday, October 27, 2017

Avoid Using Worksets to Control Visibility

In my previous post, Opening a Revit Project Detached From Central; What You Need To Know, I touched on how Worksets are sometimes used to control visibility. I also mentioned I would write about why this is not a best practice... well, that is what this post is about.

History

It may be helpful to start the discussion talking about what Worksets were created for. Back in the day, when we only had 32-bit computers (or operating systems) which could only use 4GB of RAM and Revit could not link other Revit models, there needed to be a way to manage how much of the model was loaded into memory. FYI: We still need this today, but only on extremely large projects.

This is where Worksets come in. They are used to...

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Opening a Revit Project Detached From Central; What You Need To Know

Following yesterday's post, Create a New Local File Daily, the other Open dialog box option related to Worksharing is Detach from Central. Today I will talk about when you might want to use this and what to watch out for.


If you need to simply review a Revit model or are...

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Create a New Local File Daily

When working in a worksharing-enabled Revit project, with a team of designers, I recommend everyone create a new local file every day. In this post I will explain why this should be done and mention one potential problem to keep in mind.

When you create a new local file you are starting with an update to date project file. Perhaps multiple people where working on the file last night... in this case, if you open your old local file, it is out of date and requires a Sync with Central (SWC) right away. Doing a SWC right away is easy to forget until you run into a rights issues and are forced to SWC.

However, whats worse than the rights issue,,,

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Win A Copy of My Revit Book at Autodesk University 2017

My friend Nauman Mysorewala, who is an architect, BIM manager, Autodesk Export Elite, and educator, will be giving away two of my books in his class at Autodesk University this year.

His class is: BLD125158 - Code Blue, Dr. Revit!—How to Resuscitate Corrupt Revit Models

Course description:

Monday, October 23, 2017

Electrical Focused Intro of MEPPP - Demo Video

The new MEP Productivity Pack (MEPPP) has a ton of new features to support MEP design and documentation. I created a demo video which provides an overview of this new package from the electrical point of view in the YouTube video linked below. 

I recently wrote about the mechanical-focused video here: Mechanical Focused Intro of MEPPP Demo with Blake Guither.

There is so much introductory material, this is nearly a one hour presentation! This is in addition to all the short, bite-sized videos, I mentioned previously by CTC's Shawn ZirbesMEPPP Intro Videos.

Just a few highlights highlights:

Saturday, October 21, 2017

The Challenges with Referencing a Website in a Book

In my Revit textbooks, I sometimes reference manufacture content on websites to help develop a more realistic and interesting project. Of course, the challenge is that websites change. This happened again recently, which created a number of questions from instructors and students.

Here are the details,

Friday, October 20, 2017

Sign Up for My NVIDIA Webinar on Intensive VR Workflows - November 2017

If you are interested in learning more about practical applications of VR in the AEC market, and how the right graphic card can make the difference between success and failure, be sure to sign up for this free webinar hosted by NVIDIA. I will be presenting on the various software and project types we use for VR for internal design review, client presentations, potential-tenant engagement for developers and on-site logistics for things like ribbon cutting, ground breaking and public meeting events.

Details:
  • Title: Why High-Performance GPUs for Intensive VR Workflows
  • When: Wednesday Nov. 8, 2017 from 9:00am - 10:00am PT
  • Register: Click here to register for this free webinar hosted by NVIDIA
Additionally...

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Revit 2018.2 Released

The next incremental update of Revit is out... Revit 2018.2.


Seeing as I am still traveling following the BILT-EUR conference in Aarhus Denmark, I will just point you to the official Revit blog post by Harlan Brumm, which lists all the new features; http://blogs.autodesk.com/revit/2017/10/11/revit-2018-2-update/

The one new feature I am happy to see is the ability to scale a custom fill pattern after it has been loaded. The new controls for the Section Box sounds cool... that, I have not tried yet.

Speaking of traveling... here are some of the beautiful things my family saw in Oslo Norway this week... Munch, Rodin, Green Roofs and Viking ships!






Monday, October 9, 2017

Revit 2018 Family Constraints Validation

Revit 2018 has a new feature I mentioned on my "What's New in Revit 2018" article over at AECbytes, which is verification of family constraints: Constraints are now checked when opening a family.
From the Autodesk Knowledge Network:Verification of family constraints: To help ensure the reliability of families within your models, Revit now checks the status of constraints when you open a family in the Family Editor. If Revit detects potential issues, a dialog offers further information. See Constrain Family Geometry.
On a related note, below is an example message I received the other day when opening a project. This is more helpful and better than Revit just not opening a project or deleting the family instances. However, I still have a number of old projects I cannot open due to a corrupt family. Hopefully that specific problem will be sorted out in the near future.




Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Type Selector Bug - Not All Content Listed

A quick post from the beautiful city of Aarhus Denmark, where I will be speaking at the BILT-EUR conference this week.

There is a strange bug in Revit that causes the Type Selector to remember the scope of the list from a previous action. For example, you open a project, look at the Type Selector list, and the open another project and when the Type Selector list is opened, the list space is either too long or truncated.

This appears to be related to Windows 10 or 4k monitors, as it does not happen on the few Windows 8 computers with normal resolution monitors. This issue occurs in multiple versions of Revit, not just 2018.

Notice, in the image below, that the list of casework content is truncated.


In this example, the list has waaaay too much extra space.


When the list is truncated, the workaround would be to click the Edit Type button and pick from the Family/Type drop-down lists at the top (see image below).


I know Autodesk is aware of this... I am sure it will be resolved in the near future.