Wednesday, May 30, 2018

My Fuzor Avatar, For Real!

I have written about Cad Technology Center's (CTC) large object scanner before, and their store called ME3D in the Mall of America. CTC has also worked with, and promoted Fuzor, a product we use at LHB. Here are a few of the webinars CTC has hosted: Click here for YouTube list.

Out of these two connections and the fact that I would be speaking on Virtual Reality at NVIDIA's GTC 2018 I was able to get a special scan of myself at CTC which was sent to Fuzor and turned in to a custom Avatar, just for fun!

If you notice in the image above and video below, I am even wearing my Revit Express Tools shirt... which is yet another connection, as CTC sells the Electrical Productivity Pack I helped create at LHB!

Here is a video I created of my avatar running around our...

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Win a ticket to AUTODESK UNIVERSITY LONDON 2018 from That BIM Girl

The new student Revit star is That BIM Girl on YouTube... taking the coveted crown from The Revit KidJeffrey A. Pinheiro, who has not been a student for a while now:) Kidding aside, Jeffery still shares a wealth of information on his blog.

Jacqueline Rohrmann has over 1k subscribers and covers everything from Revit to Enscape to her Civil Engineering studies in Germany. She recently had a live in-person interview with Autodesk'er Lejla to go over Revit 2019 new features (click here) and recently did a live chat with Steven from Show It Better (click here).

The reason for my post is to announce that Jecqueline is giving away a free ticket to...

Infraworks and 3Dconnexion Mouse Navigation

I was recently asked if the 3Dconnexion mouse works in Autodesk Infraworks (IW).

Answer: Yes, it does. Check out the video below.

I hadn’t tried it in about two years so I just tried it again and it still works! It is still a little odd in that it can be super smooth and then when I am over an element like a road or building, it pauses or jumps slightly (I think that is the reason). But still totally worth it. This is the only way, in Revit, Revizto, Enscape, Infraworks, you can move five ways at the same time with one hand!

The next two images show my personal 3Dconnexion 3D mouse, but you can by with the cheaper...

Friday, May 25, 2018

GDPR Compliance and Validation

Google takes the lead in adding the required statement to comply with the European Union's new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that went into effect today - see German language example below from this blog; BIM Chapters.

Additionally, they told me I need notify my readers if I am doing anything above and beyond what they do via standard Blogger functionality. I can safely say I am not doing anything, nor do I know how, to automatically collect any personal user data for visitors of this blog.

The only thing I see is how many views per post and where it came from; e.g. Google, Facebook, BIM2B, etc... via the Blogger Stats page - example shown below... nothing secret here:)

Thanks for reading...

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Revit 2019.0.1 Hotfix Released

The first update for Revit 2019 is out; hotfix 2019.9.1. Many firms wait until the first update comes out before starting to use a new version... well, here it is!

These used to be called "service packs" and now they are called a "hotfix". In the past, a hotfix was something between service packs that often required manually copying a file into a specific folder. In addition to a hotfix, there are also Updates which include new features.

For example...

2018.0.0 New Release (new file format)
2018.0.1 Hotfix
2018.0.2 Hotfix
2018.1.0 Update (new features added)
2018.1.1 Hotfix
2018.2.0 Update (new features added)
2018.3.0 Update (new features added)
2019.0.0 New Release (new file format)
2019.0.1 Hotfix

In your Autodesk Desktop App, if logged in properly, you should see this update...

Here are the Hotfixes listed in my Autodesk "Manage" online account...

Thursday, May 24, 2018

NBS - National BIM Report 2018

The NBS in the UK has released their latest National BIM Report... worth a read to stay in the loop on all things BIM around the world. The report is 27 pages with several good images and graphs.

On a related note, I see a good related session happened at BILT-ANZ 2018 which is happening right now in Australia! See Tweet posted by Maria Chiozzi (@m_chiozzi).

For more on the BIM report, read on...

Included in this year’s report:
  • An introduction from NBS CEO Richard Waterhouse
  • A warm welcome to Digital Built Britain from David Philp, Global BIM/IM Consultancy Director at AECOM
  • Insights into making BIM work internationally from Peter Barker, Partner at Ryder Architecture
  • May Winfield and Sarah Rock explain the idea behind the Winfield Rock Report
  • Even more industry insights, and a summary of the report’s key findings from NBS Head of Research, Analysis and Forecasting Adrian Malleson.

Download the report via this link: click here.

For more information: click here.

The annual NBS National BIM Report is now recognised as one of the industry’s most comprehensive reviews into the use of BIM. In this eighth report, we glean an insight into the achievements and challenges of the industry two years on from the BIM Mandate.

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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Revit Wall Type Trick - Showing Studs in Walls, Sort Of

A couple years ago at BILT/RTC, I remember talking to Brian Payne about an idea he had to apply apply a stud/framing image to the back side of furring walls. He then posted the example shown to the right, on Twitter (link), two years ago already.

Along those lines, I recently had an idea to hopefully show the studs in a little more realistically. I ran into a few roadblocks but thought I would post the results anyways. Maybe you have some additional ideas to share!

Before getting into the stud graphics, I will share a tip that allows you to disconnect the gypsum board layers from the stud layer. Not ideal for security and acoustic reasons, but it is not uncommon for the studs to extend to the structure above, and the gypsum board layers to stop just above the ceiling. Revit can handle this in the normal wall type as shown in the first image below.

Here is how that is done...

Monday, May 21, 2018

Roast by KieranTimberlake

With the impending commercial release, I would like to offer a review of KieranTimberlake's (KT) product called ROAST. LHB had the opportunity to beta test this new cloud-based Post Occupancy Evaluation (POE) delivery tool.

In the big-picture, one creates a survey by selected from canned questions, feeds in...

Friday, May 18, 2018

Going to BILT-NA 2018? Check out Nauman Mysorewala's Session

If you are going to BILT-NA 2018 in St. Louis this year, be sure to check out Nauman Mysorewala's Session... he has some crazy skills when it comes to dealing with problematic Revit files, seriously.

BILT-NA schedule: click here.

Check out this previous post about Nauman: Working With Revit's Journal File.

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A quick post to let everyone now about this updated article over at the Enscape website on lighting and exposure.

Link to post:

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Thursday, May 17, 2018

2015 Enscape Model Review with Phil Read on YouTube

Wow, 2.5 years ago already, Phil Read and I sat down and talked Enscape. This YouTube video was created back in 2015 and nearly 8k views. Enscape has come a long way since then, but as you can see in the video, it was still amazing back then as well.

Just for fun, here is a...

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Infraworks to Revit add-in

Autodesk has a new add-in listed in the Autodesk Desktop App called Infraworks to Revit. Don't get too excited just yet, unless you design bridges/tunnels in Revit. I am sure this functionality will expand in the future, but right now this add-in just supports bridges and tunnels.

If you are not familiar with Infraworks, in a super simplistic sense, it is to Civil 3D what FormIt is to Revit. In reality, Infraworks is much more sophisticated and I have heard that Autodesk is putting more resources into developing this preliminary design tool, than Civil 3D itself (but I have no way of knowing this for sure). The Infraworks screenshot below shows an area created automatically just by selecting a region; with grade, aerial iamge, existing roads and bridges, and even 3D building where public GIS data is available. New surfaces, roads and bridges can easily be added. Then, the surfaces, roads, bridges can be pushed into Civil 3D for further refinement and documentation. Some Civil 3D elements can also be imported into Infraworks.

Using Revit for detailed design of bridges and tunnels in InfraWorks; this Revit add-in allows you...

Monday, May 14, 2018

Simply Complex Podcast; We Talk BILT Asia and Midwest U

I had the privilege of being on the Simply Complex Podcast again with  Marcello Sgambelluri and Carl Stroms to recap recently attended conferences.

Along with a few random topics, here are the conferences we talked about:

Friday, May 11, 2018

SKM Power*Tools Add-in for Revit!

Breaking News! SKM Power*Tools now has an add-in for Revit. We have been waiting for this for several years now... I look forward to testing this with the CTC Express Tools add-in; Electrical Productivity Pack (EPP) for Autodesk Revit.

Click here for more information: Be sure to watch the 7 minute video in this link.

Here is the add-in shown in Revit.

This dialog, within Revit, shows...

Recap - Lightfair International 2018 in Chicago

Today I would like to share a quick recap I wrote, along with several photos, of Lightfair International 2018 in Chicago this week.

The Venue

The conference was held at McCormick Place in downtown Chicago. A perfect location for over...

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Revit's Initial Intensity Settings for Lighting Fixtures

I am super excited to be speaking at Lightfair tomorrow in Chicago, on Revit Families Done Right. I will be presenting with Matt Kincaid, lighting expert and software developer at Lighting Analysts, Inc., makers of ElumTools add-in for Revit and AGI32.

As mentioned yesterday, here is some helpful information about Revit's Initial Intensity settings for Lighting Fixture families. Enjoy!

Based on Revit's Initial Intensity dialog shown above...

Monday, May 7, 2018

Lightrfair International 2018 is this week in Chicago!

This week I will be presenting at Lightfiar International 2018 in Chicago. The World's Largest Annual Lighting Conference, which had 27k attendees last year.
Here is are the details about my session:May 9, 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM: “Revit Families Done Right” seminar with Matt Kincaid and Dan Stine. Register on
Co-speaker, Matt Kincaid is a lighting expert and software developer at Lighting Analysts, Inc (LAI). They make AGI32, ElumTools, Licaso and Photometric Toolbox. We have presented together at BILT-NA 2017 in Toronto, Canada. We also did a webinar together.

Like most conferences, Lightfair has a nice app for your mobile device. I took two screen shots below of LAI's exhibitor information and for our session on Wednesday.

If you will be there, be sure to visit the great folks from Lighting Analysts at booth #4019 in the exhibit hall. For more information, click here.

Finally, here is a small snip-it from our presentation. Check back tomorrow for some...

Friday, May 4, 2018

LHB Projects That Made a Splash (screen)

Back in the Revit 2010 and 2011 days (years, 2009 and 2010), Autodesk solicited customers for project images to use as a slideshow while the software installs. I was able to get four LHB projects in the mix. Today, I thought I would share these images.

With rare exception, LHB (a 250 person multi-discipline firm) has been doing ALL building projects, with rare exception, completely in Revit for about 10 years now; this includes Architectural, Interiors, MEP and Structural. Even the external Food Service and Parking Ramp consultants we work with use Revit.


Here are screenshots taken during the installation process (click to enlarge). Sorry for the poor quality, as I was only able to find a hard copy, which I scanned.

Thursday, May 3, 2018

A Golden Nugget - The New German-based Sample Project by Autodesk

With the release of Revit 2019, Autodesk has unleashed a lot of new content and two related sample projects for the German market. I will share more about the content, which is meant to conform with available products and standards in, and around, Germany from what I understand.

One file is the architectural model, and the other is MEP. They are both linked into each other.

My explorations for this post are all within the architectural model, but this includes the MEP elements via the link. Here are a few images from within Revit...

In this post I want to share several quick Enscape images from that project; a retrospective in pictures. In a future post I will talk about the content.

Overall, it is a nice project which will start showing up everywhere as...