Thursday, 30 September 2010

Structural Revit Ninja ~ New Blog to add to your list

   Welcome to my blog. Notes, Tips and experiences from my daily use of Revit on commercial projects from a Structural perspective

I would like to welcome Ben May who is Technical Manager with an Australian Consulting Engineering Firm and a REVIC (Revit Users Group of Victoria) Committee member to the wonderful world of Blogging.

He started the Revit Ninja Blog on the 4th of September. His opening message says:-

"Welcome to my New Blog
After many thoughts of starting my own Revit blog finally I took the step

If you dont know me, I am currently working for a large Consulting Engineering firm in Melbourne, Australia. Managing an established team of 15 Revit Structural technicians working with a team of 30 design engineers on every project type imaginable including our first baby a $900million hospital which is now fully completed onsite. I am also spending some time helping out our MEP guys who are entering the next phase of their implementation process of Revit which is exciting times finally having a fully integrated building model to work with.

Some exciting things happening, new projects new experiences which I hope to share here on this blog

So back soon with some info on what is happening at the moment "

He has already posted some interesting and informative about his experiences, so add him to your list of Revit Bloggers and keep an eye on his blog..... I'm adding his blog to my watching list.

Wednesday, 29 September 2010

Revit 2011 Web Update 2 Now Available


Revit 2011 Web Update 2 is now available for all products. 

links below:

Autodesk Revit Architecture 2011
Autodesk Revit Structure 2011
Autodesk Revit MEP 2011

Update Enhancement Lists below:

Autodesk Revit Architecture 2011 Update Enhancement List
Autodesk Revit Structure 2011 Update Enhancement List
Autodesk Revit MEP 2011 Update Enhancement List

  • Web Update 1 (WU1) is included with Web Update 2 (WU2) - It is not necessary to install WU1 first, WU2 will take care of it.
  • The Subscription Advantage Pack (SAP) that is imminent will require WU2 so there is no redundancy to install WU2 now and then the SAP when it goes live.
  • It will be necessary to visit the Subscription site to get the SAP when it becomes available.

Monday, 27 September 2010

Revit 2011 Subscription Advantage Pack ~ Bloggers day

* Extended Worksharing Capabilities
* Extended Design Analysis Capabilities
* Extended Project Collaboration Capabilities
* Q&A

I will leave it to Revit OpEd   Revit - David Light   Do U Revit?   and CADD Help to fill you in.

We are still playing around with Worksharing and trying to find Architectural firms to work in partnership with on projects in Revit. So at the moment Extended Worksharing Capabilities is about as useful to us as a pushbike is to a goldfish.

In as few words as possible, I'm underwhelmed!

I was looking for something for everybody in this SAP, some fixes and tweaks, a bit like last year when they finally got it to work on UK Computers.

IMHO it’s the basics in Revit Structure that need fixing, I want to be able to schedule pile layouts without relying on my software provider producing an add-on for Revit to bridge the gaps in what should be basic functionality wihtin the program. I want to be able to RC detail and schedule without dropping out to ASD.

The Architects and the Sustainability LEEDS BREEAM and MEP Users got something Extended Design Analysis Capabilities.

USA and Japanese Engineers get a couple of extensions. Looks like very little else for UK this time around.

Autodesk, the clue is in the word "Subscription Advantage Pack", but at the moment I'm at a loss to see any Advantage for UK Users, well at least until I can read the read me and see what bugs they have fixed, and if they are more or less than those they have introduced with the SAP.

Sunday, 26 September 2010

RAC2011- Professional Mass Modeling & Rendering Tutorials

Autodesk Revit Architecture 2011- Video Tutorials ~ Professional Mass Modelling & Rendering.

These Videos have been created by Autodesk Student Expert Tu Graz,  Marvi Barsha, Klaus Hyden and Philipp Muller Special thanks to Bjorn Wittenberg and Herbert Bickelmann

There appears to be three of these series of videos in German, but currently only two appear to have been uploaded in English. If  I discover the third I will be sure to post links to it here on my blog for you to enjoy....

Step 00/12 - Introduction (1:21)
Step 01/12 - Extrusion – Work Plane – Void (5:16)
Step 02/12 - Conceptual Mass - Blend Mass – Edit Mass Profiles (5:31)
Step 03/12 - Reference Lines – Freeform Surface – Revolve Mass (6:37)
Step 04/12 - Swept Blend Mass – Dissolve Mass – Spline Through Points (5:02)
Step 05/12 - Divide Surface – Surface Patterns – Adaptive Elements  (4:30)
Step 06/12 - Panel by Pattern (Part 1) Type – Parameter (6:40)
Step 07/12 - Curtain Panel by Pattern (Part 2) Instance – Parameter (5:38)
Step 08/12 - Autodesk Mass Floors – Floor Area and Volume Calculations – Place Floor, Wall, Curtain System and Roof by Face (6:00)
Step 09/12 - Walkthrough (7:03)
Step 10/12 - Render Materials – Exterior Daylight Render – Background Image (6:49)
Step 11/12 - Night Render – Adjust Exposure – Render without Textures (7.26)
Step 12/12 - Graphics Display Options – Shadow Settings – Interior Daylight Render (4:59)

Click here for more from the guys in Lederhosen!

Saturday, 25 September 2010

RAC2011 ~ Video Tutorials ~ Getting Started

Here are a nice set of Autodesk Revit Architecture 2011 Getting Started video tutorials that I found on YouTube ~ They have been created by Autodesk Student Expert Tu Graz, Marvi Barsha, Klaus Hyden and Philipp Muller who give Special thanks to Bjorn Wittenberg and Herbert Bickelmann.

These guys are Austrian so it's a bit like being taught by Arnold Schwarzenegger but there again their English is better than my German! and they do know there stuff.... So guys what about some English Revit Structure Videos?

Step 00/14 – Introduction (2:13)
Step 01/14 – User Interface  (4.07)
Step 02/14 – Grids & Levels (6:51)
Step 03/14 – Walls – Columns – Floor Modifications (6:06)
Step 04/14Split Element – Match Properties – Attach Element to Top (3:47)
Step 05/14 – Interior Walls – Trim / Extend Elements – Doors (5:42)
Step 06/14 – Windows – Stairs – Shaft Openings (5:14)
Step 07/14 – Railings – Modifications of Curtain Walls (5:29)
Step 08/14 – Import Site – Building Pad = Place Site Components (5:17)
Step 09/14 – Groups – Rooms & Room Tags – Color Scheme (7:05)
Step 10/14 – Dimensions (6:32)
Step 11/14 – Wall Construction & Wall Wrapping – Schedules & Tag Elements – Section (5:45)
Step 12/14 – View Template – View Properties – Sheets (5:50)
Step 13/14 – Freeform (6:13)
Step 14/14 – Sun Path – Camera & Navigation Wheel – Render Properties (6:39)

Thursday, 16 September 2010

AUGI World Sept -October 2010

AUGIWorld, the official AUGI magazine, is published every two months and is made available free of charge to all AUGI members.

Download the most recent issue:

Click for high-resolution (30.3MB) version
Click for low-resolution (9.09MB) version

The editorial content of AUGIWorld includes:
·             Tutorials for the newest Autodesk products
·             CAD management trends and issues
·             Tech articles and tips & tricks
·             Training advice
·             CAD industry observations

Friday, 10 September 2010

Calling all Revit Users in and around Bristol in the UK


I had a chat with Mark Fox over at Revit FOX on the phone after he sent me his details for the UK Revit Register and I had looked at his Blog.

He is really interested in finding more people in and around Bristol who might be interested in gathering in a local pub or office, or perhaps starting a BRUG Bristol Revit Group.

Mark says on his Blog “I suppose it was inevitable, that at some stage, I would need to give up my lonely Revit existance and join other like minded individuals. I have to say although daunting, also somewhat exciting. I feel I have been boring my colleagues with my Revit talk, and ultimately the conversations are always one sided, as no-one else uses/wants to use Revit! So… with a hop and a skip and a little glint of pearly whites, i’m off to make contact! Wish me luck!"

Lets do better than just wishing him luck, let’s help find him some other Revit Heads to Play with and put some more pins on the map!

If you are in or around the Bristol area and fancy gathering and talking Revit then send your details to me for adding to the UK Revit Register, and then Mark and others in your area will be able to find you.

There is nothing quite as good as peer to peer support, that's why I'm involved with AUGIuk!

Wednesday, 8 September 2010

Revit FOX another UK Blogger surfaces !

I was recently contacted by Mark Fox a 28 year old Structural CAD Technician who asked me to add his details to the UK Revit Register. He has managed to wangle one of a couple of Revit Structure seats that his employer has purchased to be installed on his computer so that he can play and learn Revit.

Mark has been playing with Revit since October 2009 and is working his way up the learning curve and has decided to record and document his struggle on his shiny new blog Revit FOX

I will be adding Revit FOX to my watching list because he is a UK Blogger, Revit Structure user and reminds me of me! ~ I started this blog for the same reasons three years ago.

So Mark welcome to the snakepit that is Blogging!

Thursday, 2 September 2010

A Hunter Shoots A Bear

I have no idea how this guy has done this but try a few basic words, It had me in fits of laughter!

Thanx to Rikki for finding this one

Wednesday, 1 September 2010

Manufacturers BIM Models

Here is the link to the CADdetails page of Manufacturers who have BIM Models!

I keep forgetting that this place exists, so now it's on my blog I have a reminder (and so have you!)