Thursday, September 20, 2018

Creating Wall Baseboard in Revit - Option 4 - Slab Edge

The next option to look at for creating wall baseboard in Revit is the Slab Edge command. We are starting to get outside of the "intended" use for Revit tools and workflows. I will talk more about that in general in the next post on this topic.

First off, using the Slab Edge command requires we pick the edge of a floor or a model line. In most cases the edge of the main floor is likely not aligned with the wall that needs baseboard. However, if you use the "thin floor" workflow described in this link: Revit Floor Finish Workflow - Thin Floors and also covered in my Interior Design using Autodesk Revit 2019 book, the Slab Edge commands works really well in most cases.

Looking back at our home office example, if a thin floor defined the space, and we add a small jog at the door opening, then adding the Slab Edge representing wall baseboard takes four simple clicks.



Here are the results in a isolated 3D view.

Continue reading...

Monday, September 17, 2018

Program Development within Revit - Last Week at NDSU

Last week, in my graduate architecture seminar on Building Information Modeling at NDSU we talked about managing space requirements, aka the program statement or brief, before anything is modeling in Revit. We must understand what the "puzzle pieces" are before we can start the design process. This effort is often done within Excel, but can accomplished in Revit and provided additional value.

Rooms can be add to a schedule before actually being placed within the model using the Insert Data Row command. We can add custom parameters to track program area, equipment needs and even a percentage difference between program and actual area - the cell can also get filled with a color when the difference is too great, using Conditional Formatting, as shown here.


Creating another schedule of the same data, we can sort the rooms by department and get area sub-totals.

Continue reading...

Friday, September 14, 2018

Creating Wall Baseboard in Revit - Option 3

The next option to discuss is the "favorite" In-Place family.

But first, here are the previous posts on this topic:


It is fairly easy to create, checks a lot of the boxes but has some significant downsides which cause a lot of BIM managers and influencers to want to avoid them altogether.

In fact, the Dynamo-guru John Pierson, posted this on Twitter and got a huge response... when a Revit user tries to start an In-Place family they get a funny warning (click image to go to the tweet on Twitter):


Using this method we can create baseboard which continues along a sloped surface, like the ramp shown in the image below. This In-Place family uses the same built-up profile in a Sweep. When the sweep is selected, you see the material, profile and sub-category options in the properties. BTW, this was created in the Wall category so it can use the same sub-category as the Wall Sweep discussed previously in Option 2.


Continue reading...

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Minnesota State Senator Experiences Virtual Reality at LHB

Yesterday I had the opportunity to facilitate a Virtual Reality (VR) experience of an LHB project for few people visiting LHB, including Minnesota State Senator Erik Simonson.

CEEM (Clean Energy Economy Minnesota), a non-profit whose mission is to educate and stimulate economic growth in clean energy industries, brought together the Senator, LHB, Minnesota Power, Ecolibrium3, and CEE (Center for Energy and Environment) to learn about the CIP program. The CIP (Conservation Improvement Program) is intended to help organizations and households achieve energy efficiency. Minnesota Power provided rebates through their CIP program to support the LHB-designed DTA Duluth Transportation Center, which the group toured after the meeting.

I had a few minutes to demonstrate what LHB is doing with VR. In the next two photos I am showing the Senator the Essentia Health Wellness Center in VR, which is currently under construction in Hermantown.



Continue reading...

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Creating Wall Baseboard in Revit - Option 2

Following up on yesterday's post I will share another way in which we can represent baseboard on walls in Revit. Rather than include the baseboard definition in the wall type, this option uses the Wall Sweep tool. This also has some pros and cons.

Yesterday's post: Creating Wall Baseboard in Revit - Option 1

Looking at the same project, lets say we want to add baseboard to the other two walls in this home office - I hid the desk so we can focus on the bottom of the wall.

Continue reading to learn more...

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Creating Wall Baseboard in Revit - Option 1

There are a few ways to represent wall baseboard in Revit. Each have there pros and cons. I will cover one in this post and follow up with a couple more options in future posts.

The first option is to add it to the wall type. This makes it automatic and appear everywhere. First, I will show how to set it up and then point out a few potential problems with this option. Of course we will check out the results in Enscape:)

Read on to learn more...

Monday, September 10, 2018

BILT-Eur 2018 - Handouts Done and Free Revit Books

Us speakers were required to have our handouts done early last week for next month's BILT conference in Europe; this year the AEC technology-focused event will be in Ljubljana, Slovenia. My three handouts are turned in and I am now wrapping up the presentation material.


If you are going to the event, read on to learn about how you could win a Revit book in one of my sessions. If you are not going, it is not too late to change your mind, and even save ten percent.

Continue reading...

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Autodesk Revit Code Animated and In Person

Recently, Harlan Brumm, Revit Product Manager at Autodesk, posted something very interesting on Twitter... as seen in the image below (click image to go to Twitter).


Here is a link to the YouTube video showing the Revit code evolve over the last twenty years!



In the video you can see the date at the top of the screen. The earliest date is 1998-05-28. The first

Friday, September 7, 2018

Enscape Blog Post: TIPS FOR INTERIOR DESIGN

I am once again excited to share a new Enscape blog post which I recently wrote. It is called Tips for Interior Designers.


The next image is the hero shot of the project I created just for this post in about 8 hours - this includes creating the Revit model! I will let you learn why in the actual post.


Continue reading and learn how to get a free chapter on Revit Materials...

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Revit Basics: Viewport Title Overview and How to Edit Them

A viewport title, or drawing title, is automatically added when a view is placed on a sheet. There are a few subtle things related to editing, or modifying them, that are helpful to know. And that is this "Revit Basics" post.

When you select the viewport, or drawing, on a sheet you can edit the length of the extension line which appears only in this situation (i.e. the viewport is selected). If you move the viewport now, the view title goes along for the ride.


If you select the view title directly, the grip is gone and you can move the view title apart from he viewport.

Continue Reading...

Friday, August 31, 2018

Revit 2019.1 Supports Repositioning Painted Model Patterns on Wall Edges

Previous to Revit 2019.1, when we painted a material on the edge or top of a wall we could not "Tab in," select it and move it. Well, not without a hack I previously wrote about here: Revit Materials: Model Pattern Position.

This new improvement works on all sides of a wall; top, bottom and edges. In the iamge below I re positioned the model pattern on the top and one side of the wall. Note, that only 'model patterns' can be manually repositioned like this, not 'drafting patterns'.


A simple but helpful tip!

Here is a YouTube video, which Autodesk...

Thursday, August 30, 2018

BILT-Eur 2018 - Save with my Special Discount Code!

Although it is coming up soon, about 6 weeks in fact, there is still time to join in on the fun, learning and networking BILT-Eur is known for! This year the conference is in Ljubljana, Slovenia from 11-13 October.

If you think you can make it, use this link and code to save 10% on the 3 Day Delegate rate (excluding accommodation):  click here to get started.

The discount code is DANIELS10 which can be inputted during the registration process.

Just so you know, I do not get any kickbacks for this, it is just a final push by the committee, and the speakers by request, to extend this offer and include more delegates in the magic!


A couple related links you may find interesting:



I hope to see you there... and if I do, I will give you a sticker:) I may even give away some Revit books in my sessions;)



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Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Updating Your Graphics Driver - A How To Post For Students

With fall semester starting I want to share some tips which will hopefully help architecture and engineering students get off to a smooth start. However, I am sure there are many others who will benefit from this information as well.

Revit, AutoCAD, SketchUp, Fuzor and Enscape, to name a few, all use the graphics card in your computer to display what you see on the monitor. I find that ensuring the driver is up-to-date for your graphics card makes for a more stable and robust experience while using these sophisticated tools. Here are the basics on making sure you have the latest and greatest driver installed.

Note that GPU, Graphics Processing Unit and Graphics Card mean the same thing and are used interchangeably.

Verify Your Graphics Card

There are a few ways to verify which graphics card your computer has. If you have an NVIDIA card, simply right-click on the desktop and select NVIDIA Control Panel.


The graphics card is listed right away. In this example, it is an...

Saturday, August 25, 2018

NDSU - First Week of School - Fall 2018

The first week of the Building Information Modeling (BIM) seminar I teach at NDSU in Fargo, North Dakota is already past. It was a good week, with another full class of great architecture and landscape architecture students - pictured here!


We did not waste any time and have already covered some Revit content creation and an...

Friday, August 24, 2018

Revit 2019.1 - Site Collaboration with Civil 3D

With Revit 2019.1, which came out last week (August 2018,) we have a new way to represent topography provided by Civil engineers who use AutoCAD Civil 3D 2019.1. This new workflow involves publishing a surface to BIM 360 Docs and then linking that cloud-based surface into Revit.

With this new workflow we can get a nearly 100% accurate representation of the existing and/or proposed surface(s) from Civil 3D. In most cases sub-regions and building pads can be added within Revit. And, because this workfow uses a link, when the surface changes the sub-regions and building pads are maintained!

Although not perfect, it is super cool and easy to use.

Read on to learn more...

Monday, August 20, 2018

Revit 2019.1 - New Feature - Align Sections

A cool new feature in Revit 2019.1 is the ability to use the Align common on a section. Now you can make that section align perfectly with an angled wing of a building and not worry about symbolic lines in Revit families not showing up because they are not perfectly perpendicular to the view!

We can even use snaps while placing the section... and, other elements can even snap to the section line itself. The section, in the image below, is perfectly aligned with the angled grid line.



Although a long overdue feature, a big thanks goes out to Autodesk for this one.

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Friday, August 17, 2018

Revit 2019.1 - The New Home Screen

Revit 2019.1 has a new Home page/screen when the application is opened. At first blush you may just think it is a UI refresh... and while that is partially true, it also has a couple of interesting new features.

First, the previews only show Central models (and non-workshared models). No locals files will ever be shown here! Not only that, but when you click on a preview for a central file, it creates a local file!!! In the past, I have always recommenced you never ever touch the previews. Not anymore!

Notice the Central files have a little icon in the lower left....


Additionally...

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Enscape Blog Post: BEST PRACTICES: ALBEDO IN ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN

Quick post:

I had the good fortune to write another Enscape blog post which went live today! If you have ever heard the term "Albedo" and are not sure what it is... this is the post for you.

Here is a link to the post:
BEST PRACTICES: ALBEDO IN ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN

I hope you like it!



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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Revit 2019.1 Released Today

The Revit 2019.1 Update showed up today  in the Autodesk Desktop App...

Here are the listed improvements in the release notes:

  • Added the ability to link topography published from Civil 3D.
  • Added the ability to support units defined in Civil 3D for topography links.
  • Added the ability to manage linked topography in manage links dialog.
  • Added the ability to browse topography in BIM360 document management.
  • Added the ability to link a topography from BIM 360 Document Management.
  • Added the ability to use geo-location information defined in Civil 3D when linking a topography.
  • Added the ability to locate to the last path which you have been after opening link topography dialog.
  • Added the ability to keep hosting elements after topography link is reloaded.
  • Added the ability to copy building pads and subregions on a linked topography.
  • Added the ability to reload linked topography when opening a Revit project.
  • Help links now use https instead of http and support single sign-on functionality.
  • Improved the user experience to handle different error cases for topography links.
Lots of Civil-related items. See the link  for a list of 'resolved issues' as well.
Update: Turns out the "release notes" section is missing a lot of new stuff. Check out Harlan Brumm's post here: http://blogs.autodesk.com/revit/2018/08/15/revit-2019-1-new-features-in-the-latest-release/ 

A new 'Revit Home' only shows Central files and only creates new local files if the review is clicked (of course, it will still show non-workshared files). Also, the ability to align Sections to other elements has been added. Plus a few other things I will post about soon.


Given all the civil improvements, I guess it is no surprise that the AutoCAD Civil 3D 2019.1 update come out today as well.

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Design Options - Delete Sheets and Drafting Views via Accept Primary

I was talking with my friend and former co-worker, Jon Rose, who is the BIM Manager at Devenney Group in Phoenix Arizona. He asked about something I was not aware of, so of course that means it requires a new post here!

The issue: Drafting Views were going to be deleted when accepting a Design Option in Revit.

Turns out Drafting Views and Sheets can be associated with Design Options. I knew schedules and all other views could do that as the content presented then changes based on the option selected. I will even be spending some time presenting on this topic in my MEP lab for remodels and alternates later this year at BILT-Eur 2018 in Slovenia. But Drafting Views and Sheets  do not change relative to a Design Option.

This post will cover the 'how and why' as I understand it!

As you can see in the image below (click to enlarge) that both Drafting Views and Sheets can be assigned to a Design Option (via VG or VV).


Then...

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Exciting News for AEC from NVIDIA at SIGGRAPH 2018 - Quadro RTX Series

At SIGGRAPH 2018, NVIDIA's fearless leader and entertaining guy, Jensen Huang, announces a new and improved line of Quadro graphics cards; Quadro RTX 8000, Quadro RTX 6000 and Quadro RTX 5000 due to ship later this year!

These cards bring to market, the new VirtualLink, single USB-C connector, to simplify and improve Virtual Reality (VR) and Samsung DDR6 memory. The new line also boasts direct support for real-time ray-tracing via new RT Cores and accelerated AI via new Turing Tensor Cores.
"First implementation of ultra-fast Samsung 16Gb GDDR6 memory to support more complex designs, massive architectural datasets, 8K movie content and more."

Image courtesy of NVIDIA
Our friends at Autodesk are working with NVIDIA to leverage this new technology. I am guessing...

Revit 2019 Installation Error - You cannot install this product on the current operating system

Pending Windows Updates often causes issues with installing new software. A lack of updates can be an issue as well. Yesterday we had an issue with a person trying to install Revit 2019 -   getting the error shown below.


Turns out there was an error in...

Monday, August 13, 2018

Modeling a Historic Stone Building

Modeling existing buildings can be tricky. I have a couple of techniques to share about modeling this existing public park building. As you will see, this is a work in progress.


To represent the stone walls, there are two basic options. Make a repeatable texture from a photo of the wall, or just use a photo of the wall. Check it out...

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Product Review: Hypar

I had a recent web-based meeting with Anthony Hauck, and Ian Keough, both of the newly formed Hypar. Before I talk about Hypar, I want to make sure you know who these two guys are...

Anthony Hauck was with Autodesk for 10 years and at one point was head of all Revit product line development and in his most recent role headed the development of generative design among other things. I've crossed paths with him many times over the years, at AU and RTC/BILT. As well as most recently when LHB hired him, post-Autodesk, to give a web-based pretension on generative design. He is a great and passionate guy!

Ian Keough is, well, the father of Dynamo. For the past 5.5 years he was also with Autodesk. He was also involved in some interesting BIM360 Field development. Here is a 2014 interview on the origin's of Dynamo you may find interesting: Meet Ian Keough, Dynamo’s Papa. I still find it interesting how things have evolved from what the Revit founders thought regarding user programming in Revit, as I previously wrote about here: Revit User Programming - Not Originally in the Cards. Clearly Ian had a different vision, and it has been widely embraced!

Much more could be said about these two I am sure... but suffice it to say this is truly a dynamic-duo from which great things will emerge! See what I did there:)

So what is Hypar? Here is the concise description from their...

Monday, August 6, 2018

Thermal Resistance in Revit plus Related ArchDaily Article

I read an article the other day from ArchDaily on calculating the thermal transmittance of a wall (see link below). It occurred to me to write a post on how Revit can calculate thermal resistance - R-value - of materials and assemblies... here it is.

ArchDaily article:
How to Calculate the Thermal Transmittance (U-Value) in the Envelope of a Building

By way of comparison, let's look at the table "Calculating Assembly Wall R-Value" from ColoradoEnergy.Org found here: http://www.coloradoenergy.org/procorner/stuff/r-values.htm


*This image is posted by permission from Randy L. Martin

The referenced graph has a column calculating the stud-only condition and another for insulation-only, filling the 3.5" space in the wall. Let's look at each condition in Revit:

Stud-Only Calc

If we open the residential template that ships with Revit, we see the R-value listed for the wall type Exterior - Wood Siding on Wood Studs. R = 8.30


However, the chart is dealing with a 2x4 (3 1/2") stud, not a 2x6 (5 1/2") so let's change that in...

Friday, August 3, 2018

Revit for Interior Designers Presentation by Ceilidh Higgins

Ceilidh Higgins is a a talented and prolific Australian interior designer, blogger and BILT-ANZ committee member. She recently did a presentation at the BILT-ANZ (2018) conference called: Inside Out – Implementing Revit for Interior Design Teams.


I've known Ceilidh for a few years now, and while I was not at the conference I heard the presentation went well. I had a chance to review the slide deck before the conference, I reached out and offered, and was happy/honored to see a slide recommending my Revit book for interior design! I love it when my peers review my presentation materials and manuscripts, so I try to do the same occasionally. I did not have too much to offer/comment on as the presentation was solid:)


I wanted to share a link to her post about the presentation, which includes her slide deck:
http://themidnightlunch.com/implementing-revit-interior-design-teams/

Be sure to follow her blog, The Midnight Lunch, which covers "Collaboration on the practice of interior design, architecture and multi disciplinary consulting."

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Thursday, August 2, 2018

Invisible Parameters in Revit

Simple tip to share today... but use it with caution:)

It is possible to hide certain family parameters within the project environment. For example, if you have several intermediate calculations - you know, the ones you've seen in manufacturer's content - which are not needed by the end user and just clutter the properties dialog.

The 'use with caution' comment stems from the fact that this has the potential of leading to confusion when trying to troubleshoot or modify the family later on.

Here is how it works...

First, this only works with Shared Parameters, so create one.


Next, use that Shared Parameter in a family (see image below).

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Product Review: AutoTURN for Revit

AutoTURN is a product that has been around for a long time... as an add-in for CAD we use it to define and verify the path and clearances required for vehicles. Transoft, the makers of AutoTURN, have now come out with a version for Revit. And, while the primary use-case for most might still be civil engineers and landscape architects in CAD for applications divorced from a building, some architects need to do this themselves or, like LHB, design public works projects such as transportation centers (see image below,) city bus storage and maintenance facilities, County maintenance facilities and fire stations which all have large vehicles moving within a building.


I gave AutoTURN for Revit a test drive using the free trial version. It was easy to download and...

Monday, July 30, 2018

Revit Starting View and Titleblock Re-purposing

A nice technique I am seeing more and more is the use of a Sheet View with a custom titleblock for Revit's preset Starting View. This post will discuss what, how and why...


First, in case you don't know, Revit let's you select a specific view to open with every time Revit is

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Past Projects - University of Minnesota Mechanical Engineering Building - Minneapolis

Yesterday I posted about my trip, earlier this week, to the University of Minnesota school of architecture... that post is here: Lighting Design at the University of Minnesota. On that trip I brought Ben Sherman, Dunwoody architecture student and intern working with me at LHB, and we got there a little early so I could show him a project I worked on several years ago. I thought it would be fun to share a past project now and then on this blog, so here it is...

Project: UofM Mechanical Engineering Building Remodel and Addition

Year Completed: 2000


While working on this project I was at a firm called SJA Architects, which is now part of

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Lighting Design at the University of Minnesota

Yesterday I had the opportunity to visit with two University of Minnesota College of Design professors and a student researcher about a new Lighting Design Minor they are developing. This will be a great resource/asset for the aspiring architect and interior design interested in a holistic approach to sustainable and high performance design.

Mary Guzowski is a professor in the school of architecture who focuses on daylighting and sustainable design. And my friend Abimbola O. Asojo, PhD, AIA, IDEC, LEED AP who is a professor in the interior design program... I have presented to Abi's students for the past three years and have written about that here: Enscape Blog Post: Best Practices for Lighting and Exposure. And finally, for introductions, is the talented student researcher Logan Stein who, along with another student I have not met - Tianwei Gu, performed several case study tests over the summer.


Pictured above in Rapson Hall, from left to right: Abi, Myself, Logan and Mary

The case studies revolved around the analysis and simulation of a recently completed remodel...

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Drop-down menus are missing in Revit 2018

There are still a number to issues in Revit 2019 related to 4k monitors and Windows DPI scaling. I still recommend you stay way from 4k monitors. I recently got a new laptop and ran into an issue... due to a specific combination of hardware, all the drop-down menus in Revit's properties palette do not work as shown in the first image below.


Read on for the unfortunate workaround....

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Revit Lifeline by Steve Stafford

If you ever want a second opinion on the workflow for a large project or need help on a tricky Revit issue and don't have time to wait for Revit support, consider using Steve Stafford's Lifeline. I did just last week when dealing with a tricky Shared Coordinates issue... he helped me for nearly two hours! And at a $1/minute it was well worth it. Click the links below to learn more!

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Revit Parameters - Using the Correct Units - Structural Framing Total Weight

Revit schedules can do some complicated things, using built-in and custom parameters combined with formulas. Often. I seem to start setting things up in a way that is more complicated than it needs to be... when there are easier ways to achieve a desired results.

One things that helps, in many ways, is to use the correct units, or type, when creating a parameter. As you will see in this example, you get the benefit of not having to "normalize" or remove the units of another parameter when using it in a formula and you can change the format and have the value automatically change.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Product Review: MSI WT75 8SM Laptop with Intel Xeon E-2176G 3.7GHz Desktop Processor

While at NVIDIA GTC earlier this year, where I presented on Virtual Reality (VR) in the Architecture/Engineering/Construction (AEC) market, I had the opportunity to talk with Maggie Chen at the MSI booth in the exhibit hall. Through this lengthy discussion and follow up emails I was able to test one of their super new workstation-grade laptops for two weeks. This laptop has one thing in particular that is pretty amazing and could not even be mentioned publicly until today!

This laptop has an Intel Xeon E-2176G 3.70GHz Desktop Processor in it!

Wait, what? Not only is this a new processor, it is a desktop processor in a laptop.

Additionally...

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Autodesk Insight webinar series

I was just reading Dmitry Chubrik's weekly blog reviews (translated to English) on his website BIM2B.ru and realized I had not posted about the great new Autodesk series on Insight; their cloud-based energy analysis tool.

Learn everything about building performance analysis: Autodesk Insight webinar series


There are three episodes so far (listed below):

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Revit Basics - View Range plus Discipline

Sometimes restating something again, and a little differently, can help a person understand a topic more clearly. Perhaps this post on Revit's View Range will connect a few more dots for those having trouble fully grasping the concept. Plus, this post ties in the plan view's Discipline setting and the Beyond linetype...

First, notice that the View Range dialog can be expanded and has a helpful graphic as shown here. Revit help also has this detailed description of View Range: About the View Range


Architectural plan view:
  • If an item touches the Cut Plane, or is below it, it will appear.
  • Wall cabinets will appear above the cut plane
    • Actually, casework, windows and generic models appear if at or below the Top Range
    • By contrast, you will notice the specialty equipment (SE) item will not appear in plan.
The Bottom & View Depth typical align and we see nothing below this in the model.

Monday, July 9, 2018

DWG Export Offset Issue

Occasionally, when exporting to DWG from Revit, some elements will be shifted in the resultant DWG as shown in the first image below; light fixtures moved out of the ceiling grids). While I do not know the reason for the shift, I have found it happens when exporting a Sheet with views. A workaround is to export the View directly, not from the sheet.


Here is the exported view (next image) with the light fixtures in the correct location...

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Revit 'Energy Settings' Tip - Avoid Masses Only Setting

I wrote a post a while back about Autodesk's work with gbXML.org on Level 3 Certification and Validation. That post talks about Revit's ability to create a more accurate energy model automatically. This new workflow supplants the previous method which resulted in special mass elements, in some cases, required rooms/spaces to be created. This post highlights the fact that the old  way is still in Revit for legacy reasons, but should be avoided to leverage the latest and greatest features in this area.

First, there is what Revit help says on the topic...

  • Use energy settings: This method exports the energy analytical model created by Revit.
    The energy analytical model is composed of analytical spaces and analytical surfaces, which are created based on parameters defined in the Energy Settings dialog. The exported data provides an accurate energy model for analysis. Before using this method, define parameters in the Energy Settings dialog and create an energy analytical model.
  • Use room/space volumes: This method uses volumes defined in the building model based on rooms or spaces in the model. These volumes may not be as accurate as those created using energy settings. Before using this method, add rooms or spaces to the model.
    The resulting gbXML file contains energy information for the model according to the gbXML file structure, which is based on a gbXML schema. The gbXML schema was created to help building designers get information about the energy consumption characteristics of their building projects. For more information about the gbXML schema, visit http://www.gbxml.org.

Next, I will quickly show the two methods and the resultant energy model in Revit.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Phase Filters and Linked Model Visibility

This has baffled me for years, that Phase Filters must exist in both the host model and linked models or you can run into visibility issues. A Phase Filter is associated with a specific view, so how can one in a lined model have any impact on the host? Well, it does and has been an issue for years.

Here is a recent example I ran into...

Monday, July 2, 2018

Enscape Blog Posts; Water and Videos!

With the new release of Enscape 2.3 I had the opportunity to write a new post and update an old one. The new one is super exciting, and covers the enhanced water and the update covers the already improved video creation features.


I love these two images I created using Enscape 2.3, which shows off the control and quality of water. On the...

Friday, June 29, 2018

Images in Schedules

This is an update to my post - Managing Revisions in Revit Schedules. I asked Ben Sherman, a college intern working with me, to take some time and try to create a better quality image and then make several for the various numbers. This post will highlight his success...
BTW, Ben is a architecture student who attends Minnesota's newest architecture school, Dunwoody. The school has been around for about one hundred years, but just this year graduated their first 5-year professional bachelor's degree students. This simple task was a break from recreating our entire material library, which uses the new Revit 2019 advanced materials:)
The trick was to create a larger image, still only 45 kb, which at first looked like this in the schedule (when placed on a sheet)...

When the schedule is selected, in the sheet view, you can use the Resize tool on the...

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Enscape 2.3 Released

Enscape just release version 2.3 this week with a ton of cool new features!


Here are a few of the new features and enhancements:

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Revit 2019 Advanced Materials work in 2017 and 2018

A quick post to point out that the new Advanced Materials which ship with Revit 2019 work in Revit 2017 and 2018. I believe they basically worked since the Autodesk Raytrace rendering engine replaced the NVIDIA Mental Ray engine... we just had no way to "flip the switch" to get this new shader to activate (that I know of).


As you can see in the image above and below, the advanced materials...