Friday, November 16, 2018

My Presentation on Lighting Analysis at the 2018 Minnesota AIA Convention

This was the week for conferences... Greenbuild, Autodesk University and the Minnesota AIA Convention all happened this week.. I had the opportunity to present at the latter... which was yesterday. This post will recap my experience at the event.


My presentation was titled: Professional Lighting Analysis for Architects.

Additionally...

Monday, November 12, 2018

Enscape Blog Post: BEST PRACTICES: GRASS IN ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN

I did not get a chance to write about one of my new posts over on the Enscape website as it was overshadowed by the new release of version 2.4. This post discussed grass-related features that are new to this version, including adjustable height and variable height options. Grass just keeps getting better...


Link to post: BEST PRACTICES: GRASS IN ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN

Additionally...

Friday, November 9, 2018

ROAST - Commercial Release and Webinar Series

ROAST is a new web-based Post Occupancy Evaluation tool by KT Innovations (KieranTimberlake). I was involved in their beta program and we even used it internally at LHB. I wrote an overview on the tool back in May (2018): Roast by KieranTimberlake. A few things have improved since then, but that post still embodies the main concepts of the product, workflow and results.

My motto for this product: Have the courage to find out what the occupants think of your newly designed, or remodeled, space so it - and future projects - can be improved upon!


On a related note, here is a post I wrote on some Pre/Post Occupancy Evaluation work by LHB (but, before ROAST): Pre/post-occupancy Evaluations and Generative Design.

Additionally...

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Mark and Type Mark Parameters in Revit - The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

Anyone who uses Revit know about the built-in Mark and Type Mark parameters. Here are a few things to keep in mind related to these parameters many of us have love/hate feelings for...

Mark Parameter

The Mark parameter automatically increments as families are placed. But not for all categories, as you can see with the three desks (more on this in a moment).


The Mark parameter is incremented by category, not by each family as seen here...

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

ASHRAE Standard 209-2018 -- Energy Simulation Aided Design for Buildings

This is very interesting… worth investigating for those involved/interested in energy modeling and high performance design.

Standard 209-2018 -- Energy Simulation Aided Design for Buildings except Low-Rise Residential Buildings (ANSI Approved)

"The ASHRAE 209 Standard makes it easier to define energy modeling goals and what types of energy modeling are most useful for a project"

“defines nominal requirements for using modeling to support integrated design efforts”
The cost of ASHRAE Standard 209-2018 is $67 for ASHRAE members.

Click here to view the preview PDF.

The AIA article is written by Kjell Anderson, AIA, who is director of sustainable design at LMN Architects in Seattle, WA. While I do not know Kjell, I did work on a project with LMN several years ago... the Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center - Harbor side Ballrooms Addition, which is partially pictured below.



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Friday, November 2, 2018

BILT Europe 2018 Top Speakers and Recap on Simply Complex Podcast

I am honored to learn that I am the #2 speaker for the BILT Eur 2018 held last month (October) in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Thanks so much to the attendees and the committee!

Additionally,

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Enscape Version 2.4 Released!

Yesterday I tweeted this...


As I come off the sugar-high from Halloween yesterday, I want to share the other two items. Today I will start with the new stable release of Enscape, version 2.4. Tomorrow I will touch on the other topic.

You can get all the details in this Enscape blog post: NEW VERSION: ENSCAPE 2.4 RELEASED

Additionally...

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Lighting Design at the University of Minnesota - Fall 2018

Yesterday, a beautiful fall day in St. Paul, Minnesota, I once again had the good fortune to present to Professor Abimbola O. Asojo's interior design students at the University of Minnesota. I covered lighting analysis using the Autodesk Revit add-in ElumTools by Lighting Analysts, Inc. I also managed to find a little time at the end to show them Enscape as well!



Additionally...

Monday, October 29, 2018

LHB Makes 'ENR Top 100 Green Buildings Design Firms' List

Pretty cool to see LHB's name, the firm I work for, in the top 100 Green Design Firms list as complied by ENR (Engineering News-Record).

Check out the ENR article here:
https://www.enr.com/toplists/2018-Top-100-Green-Buildings-Design-Firms


On a related note...

Saturday, October 27, 2018

BILT Europe 2018 Reflections

Just back from BILT Europe 2018, which continued into a family vacation though Italy, I wanted to share some highlights and images from the conference and more.

Host City/Country

Each year the conference moves around Europe. This year the it was held in Ljubljana, Slovenia. It is a beautiful, pedestrian-friendly, city. Here is just one of many photos I took while exploring with my family.


Additionally...

Thursday, October 25, 2018

New Enscape Blog post - BEST PRACTICES: FINDING THE RIGHT PERSPECTIVE

This never gets old... once again I am happy to share a new article I wrote for the Enscape blog. This lasted post explores some techniques & fundamentals related to perspectives that students and even some professionals will benefit from.


Link to post: BEST PRACTICES: FINDING THE RIGHT PERSPECTIVE

Additionally...

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


Presentation 2:
Date:
Friday, 12 October 2018
Session:
2.4
Presentation Topic:
Dynamic Energy Optimization with Autodesk Revit and Insight
Presentation Time:
2:45pm - 4:00pm
Duration:
75 minute Presentation
Categories/Level:
Simulation and Analysis, Architecture, Autodesk | Advanced


Presentation 3:

Date:
Saturday, 13 October 2018
Session:
3.1
Presentation Topic:
A Multi-Disciplinary Design Firm’s Journey to Embrace Early Stage Energy Analysis
Presentation Time:
9:00am - 10:15am
Duration:
75 minute Presentation
Categories/Level:
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

Enscape Blog Post: BEST PRACTICES: GLAZING IN ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN

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:


Enscape blog post: BEST PRACTICES: GLAZING IN ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN

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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".


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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.


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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...

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Printing Revit Sheets in Order using Bluebeam Revu CAD

Revit does not currently have a way to plot sheets in any order other than Alphabetically and Numerically. That means every time a set of drawings is plotted, the order of the sheets needs to be manually adjusted in the pdf after (Ex: Drag the G sheets above the A, P sheets above the M, etc.).

The closest we can get is the Autodesk Batch Print utility on the Revit Add-Ins tab. But this does not save the rearranged list and it hardwired to work with the Windows default printer. So, creating PDFs with this workflow is not very easy.

Bluebeam Revu CAD

If you have Bluebeam Revu CAD you can print sheets in a specific order to a combined PDF file, and the customized list can be saved for future use. You do need the "CAD" or "Extreme" version which adds a special panel to the Add-Ins tab in Revit (this panel is on the Output tab in AutoCAD and Civil 3D).



If you have Bluebeam Revu CAD and do not see the tools on the Ribbon, within Revit, then use...

Monday, September 24, 2018

Share a Coke with, me! Thanks, Autodesk!

I received a nice surprise in the mail last week from Autodesk. At first, I thought is was just a few bottles of Coke with Autodesk-branded bottle openers. Which would have been nice, just at that. But, a couple days later I found that the bottles are customized and one even has my name on it!


Good thing they were not Pepsi bottles as I might have given them away before I realized this:) Sorry, personal preference... would rather have Mt. Dew than Pepsi. But I love an ice cold Coca-Cola!

Super cool. Thanks, Autodesk!

My son posted this artsy photo, he took, on Snapchat saying...

Friday, September 21, 2018

New Book: Autodesk Revit for Architecture Certified User Exam Preparation

In the competitive world in which we live it is important to stand out to potential employers and prove your capabilities. One way to do this is by passing one of the Autodesk Certification Exams. A candidate who passes an exam has credentials from the makers of the software that you know how to use their software at a base level. This can help employers narrow down the list of potential interviewees when looking for candidates.

To help those interested in taking this exam I wrote a small preparation guide. As you can see in this photo, the book is thin, with just over 100 pages, and intended to be a simple, to-the-point, study guide. And, when I say "thin" I mean, compared to my 612 page commercial design book also pictured -- which, by the way, was first publishes in 2003!


Key Features

This book will prepare you to pass the Revit Certified User Exam on your first try
Designed for users with at least 40 hours of real-world Revit experience
Gives an overview of the exam process
Describes the main topics you need to be familiar with to pass the exam
Provides a multiple-choice sample exam to verify that you are ready for the exam

In Detail

Autodesk Revit for Architecture Certified User Exam Preparation is intended for the Revit user who has about 40 hours of real-world experience with Autodesk Revit software. This book will help guide you in your preparation for the Autodesk Certified User, Revit for architecture exam. By passing this exam you are validating your Revit skills, and are well on your way to the next level of certification.

Throughout the book you will find an overview of the exam process, the user interface and the four main topics: Elements/Families, Modeling, Views and Documentation. The specific topics you need to be familiar with to pass the test are explained in greater detail throughout the book. At the end of the book, there is a sample multiple-choice practice test to self-assess your readiness for the exam.

This book will help you pass the Autodesk Certified User exam on the first try, so you can avoid repeatedly taking the exam and obtain your certification sooner.

Continue reading...

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...