Friday, 30 September 2011

Create FREE 3D Adobe PDF files from Revit

Here is a little GEM that I saw a couple of weeks ago on What Revit Wants the reason for re-posting, well it tells you how to Create a 3D PDF files from Revit for FREE and I love the FREE appliactions plus when I want to find it again I know I have it here on my Blog.

Original Posting Create 3D PDF files from Autodesk Revit for free

Here is how to do it:
  1. Close Revit
  2. Download and install i-model plug-in for Revit (you will have to register)
  3. Download and install Bentley View
  4. Open a Revit project
  5. Open a 3D view
  6. In the Ribbon, go to Bentley - Publish as i-model
  7. Open the i-model DGN in Bentley View
  8. File - Print to PDF
  9. Tick 'Print to 3D'
  10. Click Printer button
  11. Choose a place to save your file
  12. Open the 3D PDF in Adobe Reader
  13. Have fun navigating your Revit model inside a 3D PDF file.


Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Revit Structure 2012 Update 2 Ready - Well Nearly!

Autodesk have just posted Update 2 for Autodesk Revit Structure 2012

It is available to users who have purchased a valid license for Autodesk Revit Structure 2012, Autodesk Building Design Suite Ultimate 2012, Autodesk Building Design Suite Premium 2012, Autodesk® Plant Design Suite Ultimate 2012, Autodesk® Plant Design Suite Premium 2012 or AutoCAD Revit Structure Suite 2012, and is subject to the terms and conditions of the end-user license agreement that appears during installation.

For a list of improvements, please download the Autodesk® Revit® Structure 2012 Update Enhancement List: BUT read below

      Update Enhancement List (pdf - 184Kb)

Note: Build Number can be found in the Update Enhancement List

Note: Enhancement list will be updated within two business days of Update 2 being posted to include Update 2 improvements.

In English - Don't bother downloading the Update Enhancement List, because as always we at Autodesk never complete software, updates or patches etc. as a one stop shop.

We (Autodesk) have decided to release this two days before we finish the Enhancement List or documentation, cos we don't have clue what's in there anyway ;0)
Ummmm usually there is a Subscription Advantage Pack released about now, so is there or isn't there going to be one this year?

Hell ~ What do we pay subscription for, sure there will be, two or three weeks before they release 2013!

Revit is about BIM
BIM is about Information
Information is about good communications
Autodesk you are poor communicators
Your User Base expects and deserves better

6/10 Do Better

UPDATE it's now two days later and here is the file for Update 2 

      Update Enhancement List (pdf - 200Kb)

Autodesk Cloud - Apps, Enhancements, Services

Autodesk Cloud, is a collection of more than a dozen web-based capabilities, products and services that enable customers to extend their desktops with greater mobility, new viewing and sharing capabilities, and more computing power, helping them better design, visualize and simulate their ideas.

In addition, Autodesk Subscription customers will now have exclusive access to cloud-based, high-performance rendering and design optimization, and enhanced collaboration capabilities.

Autodesk Subscription now provides 3 GB of online storage for each seat of software on Subscription for greater access to design and engineering documents, anywhere, anytime.

Read more Here

Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Finally CSC Intergration Tool for Revit Structure 2012


It's great to see that after six months from the launch of  2012 CSC have finally released their new BIM integration tool, Revit Integrator. This unique and free tool enables structural engineers and technicians to synchronize models between Autodesk Revit Structure and CSC's steel building design software, Fastrak, and concrete building design software, Orion.

Why has it taken so long and why is the download file size 10x that of previous versions, because CSC software also includes all the families it need to operate without having to rely on the families provided by Autodesk.

As Yoda would say "Worried Am I" yet another source of families to validate or worry about.

The link over at BIM and Beam is broken and gives a 404 error message so use This One to get to press release page about the software and This Link to get you straight to the download page.

Sunday, 25 September 2011

Autodesk® Design Review for iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch.



Expedite the design review process by viewing and redlining design files in the field. Autodesk® Design Review mobile app enables you to review Autodesk 2D and 3D design files directly on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch. View, mark-up, and annotate drawings on the spot, reduce the need to carry around over-sized paper drawings, and enjoy an all-digital design review workflow.

• Open and view 2D and 3D DWF files from your Autodesk Cloud account
• Use multi-touch to zoom, pan, and rotate drawings
• View meta data and other details about elements within your drawings

✓Markup & Annotate

• Use simple and intuitive redline and markup tools to communicate changes
• Add text or comments using familiar callouts and drawing tools

Friday, 23 September 2011

UK & Ireland Revit User Groups

View UK Revit User Groups in a full screen map - Click the map location indicators above for links to web sites and linked-In groups 

London Revit User Group
10th Meeting due November 2011
Glasgow Revit User Group
6th Meeting due 19th October 2011
Edinburgh Revit User Group
2nd Meeting was July 2011
Bristol Revit User Group
2nd Meeting was May 2011
Revit User Group Leeds
3rd Meeting due 28th September 2011
4th Meeting due 23rd November 2011
Revit Users Ireland Group
2nd Meeting was September 2011
Manchester Revit User Group
2nd Meeting due 9th November 2011
Revit Midland User Group
Linked-In Group - No actual meetings arranged yet
North East Revit User Group
Linked-In Group - No actual meetings arranged yet

Monday, 19 September 2011

NBS and The National BIM Library

NBS is pleased to announce the development of the National BIM (Building Information Modelling) Library for the UK construction industry.

The National BIM Library, which will be accessible online and free of charge, will enable architects, contractors, interior designers and other construction professionals to locate and download generic BIM objects for a comprehensive range of systems and products such as walls, windows, doors, foundations, cladding and roofs.

The service, which will go live in November with the first set of objects, will be built up to become the primary source of standard and proprietary BIM objects.
Standard BIM object
By also publishing property definitions for all systems and products, NBS will also establish a common approach to quality standards across the construction industry, with a view to encouraging consistency and collaboration.

The development of the National BIM Library is the latest step in NBS's efforts to provide, share and maintain quality information for the built environment and by extension, support the growth of BIM as an information-rich database and highly effective business process. It also supports the launch of NBS Create, the groundbreaking new specification tool, which truly brings specification into the BIM arena.
The information behind a specification model in NBS Create

The generic models will initially be delivered in IFC (Industry Foundation Classes) and Autodesk Revit formats with the intention of making content available through a variety of alternative formats as soon as possible.

The National BIM Library will also offer manufacturers the opportunity to have their proprietary objects authored to the new standard and hosted within the National BIM Library as well as other information sources such as and the NBS itself. This will facilitate generic objects to be replaced at later stages of a design with specific manufacturer's objects once specified.

To register your interest in BIM object authoring and hosting, please email

To subscribe to our BIM Bulletins to receive the up to date information about the National BIM Library and regular BIM news, click here.

Thursday, 15 September 2011

Project Neon for Revit


Have you tried Project Neon?  It’s a cloud rendering service. You can render your Revit (and AutoCAD) model online now, using Autodesk render farm. Then you can download the final result. It’s fast, free (at least for now) and you can use your valuable hardware and software while it renders your model.

If you’re interested try it here:

Tuesday, 13 September 2011


I would like to see this kind of app for Revit

GRAPHISOFT BIMx is an innovative, interactive, BIM communication tool for architects setting new standards for design communication and presentation in the AEC industry. BIMx now turns the iPad/iPhone into a full-fledged interactive building model explorer device as well.

More info:

Monday, 5 September 2011

Scott White & Hookins are looking for Revit Technician

Technician - Structural/Civil

This is a great opportunity for someone who knows Revit Structure already or who is keen to rapidly develop their experience in this growing and exciting area.

We are seeking an enthusiastic Civil/Structural Engineering Technician with good AutoCAD and structural detailing experience to develop and promote our Revit capability throughout the practice. You would be able to work with Architects who are leaders in the BIM field on interesting and challenging projects, in a professional and supportive working environment alongside other Revit experts.

Main purpose of job

To work as a Structural/Civil Engineering CAD Technician on a wide variety of challenging and interesting projects covering many different construction sectors throughout the UK, including healthcare, commercial offices, education, retail, mixed use and residential schemes.

To help ensure that Scott White and Hookins provides a first class structural and civil engineering consultancy services.

To contribute to Scott White and Hookins’ vision and strategic objective to provide a fully integrated, high quality service to our clients in a friendly, professional manner and to reflect our passion for innovative and sustainable construction.

For more information and an application form CLICK HERE 


Friday, 2 September 2011

Project Spark ........ Teething Problems ?

All excited I have downloaded and installed Project Spark which could be called Revit LT but isn't because although it uses the same file extensions it's not directly compatible with Revit file Doh....

On booting for the first time I get two error messages


Checking the Paths under Options

So off to look at Wikihelp, Find information about where the spark templates should live which is the same location as RST and RAC so then off to my hard disk under C:\ProgramData\Autodesk I have the RST 2012 but now also have RLT with no file structure below but no Spark (Ummm which is kind of Revit LT)

Is this a UK or World install cock-up on Autodesks part or just my install?

The people that created the Wikihelp for Spark on this matter must have edited the Revit one (sensible) but they forgot to alter the icon used in the top right corner.

Off then to the Autodesk Spark Discussion Group to report back my findings as Autodesk need feedback on this latest Lab offering and I have posted the above at

I did not notice that my "cock up" had automatically been replaced by four **** up on posting! "Neat feature" I just hope no one with a dirty mind does not think that I used the F -Word which my Mum said I should never use in public ;0)

Shame you can't get back to edit a post on their group once submitted....

I'm really trying to get my head around Autodesks game plan with Spark, ok ultimately they are a business and will want to make money off a LT version of Revit - but why not be honest and not try to hook a load of people to help you develop and bug fix the product before it's no longer free and you are then expecting the hooked users paying big bucks for a cut down product ( AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT)

Ummm I'm an ex Generic CAD user..... that product that was bought by Autodesk and marketed as AutoCAD LT before they actually released AutoCAD LT and they then asked me if I would like to pay £99 for the pleasure of cross grading a month after having just paid £99 for the pleasure of upgrading my Generic CAD because it had more compatibility with AutoCAD...... £99 was a lot of money in those days <VGB>

I wonder how long it will be before its just a "little bit of history repeating itself"

So as too an answer to where the templates should be ...... Once I get one I will post it below here

 Ummmm a bad install thinks Autodesk, re-install it is the advice...... So I installed at work but I actually opened up the options and ensured that Metric Content was selected

In fact there are three screens of options

And the copy at work installed A-OK
Back to the home copy and Control Panel to Repair and it knew that the templates and content had not been installed, a ticking content as above screen shots from the work install and hay-presto fully working software with content.

Now the content is saved in a folder under c:\programdata\autodesk\RLT

Ummm so why not call Spark what it is Revit LT ?

Thursday, 1 September 2011

New Technology Previews Project Spark and Storm

You may have seen around that two new technology previews have been released around BIM.  Project Spark is now available to try out.  David Light has written a concise overview on his blog, Project Spark - quick overview.


Also, if you want to learn more about Project Spark at the up coming AU, Harlan Brumm, of Revit Clinic will be teaching a class on Spark at the conference.  He will also be joined by the product manager for the technology preview.


There is another technology preview on labs that worth checking out.  Project Storm is a technology preview that provides cloud-based structural analysis to structural engineers using Revit Structure.  Check out the post over on Its Alive in the Lab for all the details. I've downloaded and about to play but you must ensure that you have installed RST2012 Update 1 before installing Project Storm.