Friday, December 19, 2008

XL2CAD for Revit

Dotsoft has ported their AutoCad excel software to Revit. Place excel spreadsheets into Revit via linked DXF files.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Using Radar

What is Radar?
Radar is a method of detecting distant objects and determining their position.

When do I need it?
You just linked a developed Revit model into a new project file and you can't seem to find it. Ever happen to you? I know it happens to many. This is where having radar comes in handy.

If I just imported a project and I can't seem to locate the imported model the first thing I do is setup my radar.
1. Go to a floor plan view and add four new elevations looking in all directions.
2. Highlight these new elevations in your project browser and go to element properties.
3. Uncheck Crop View and Far Clip Active parameters.
4. Open each view individually and zoom all (ZA) until you find the model you are looking for.

Users new to file linking can waste valuable time searching for imported models. Next time just tell them to setup their radar.

Friday, October 31, 2008

Excerpt from a Revit Standards Manual

Some time ago I finished writing a 35 page Revit Standards Manual for our office. Since this is a blog for Revit Beginners I thought I would share an excerpt...

"One thing to keep in mind when implementing Revit for the first time. The more you rely on Revit's advanced features the more training your staff will require to use those features. Flexing families will require training, advanced scheduling will require training, developing clean condocs will require training... and so on. When you can, you should keep it simple. The difficulty is that, if your office is like ours, users will often demand things from Revit that requires the use of more advanced features. Hence more training becomes necessary. And, as people come and go, you will find out that even basic training never really ends."

Monday, September 15, 2008

Thursday, September 04, 2008

The Revit Clinic

Harlan Brumm has started a blog called The Revit Clinic. I'll look forward to reading his remedies.

Friday, June 27, 2008

Revit 2009 Rendering

Here is me doodling with Revit's new rendering engine in 2009.

I had to scale the roof tiles to 16' and the grass to 6". I also had to load some of our custom families to detail the elevations. The plants are out of the box.

Friday, March 28, 2008

My Work

It occured to me that I never once posted pictures of any project I worked on, so here are two images from a model I built back in Revit 4.5