Friday, 27 April 2012

Revit Structure 2013 Video Tutorials by NICADMAN

There are a couple of nice Structural Revit 2013 videos over at NICADMANS Autodesk Corner YouTube Channel..on Calculating Tonnage of Steel and Custom Tags in Revit Structure .... Go visit and enjoy

Saturday, 21 April 2012

Johnny Depp in DARK SHADOWS

OK sado that I am I went to look for Revit training videos on YouTube and found this instead:-

A Tim Burton film with Jonny Depp (who else?) who plays a two century old vampire, with a very British accent , A Beautiful Witch that cursed him and placed him in a coffin which is dug up in 1972   TREX     Barry White

Lines from Depp to the HOT Witch like  “You may strategically place you’re your wondrous lips upon my posterior and kiss it repeatedly”


Wednesday, 18 April 2012

FREE WEBINAR - Autodesk Revit MEP


Autodesk® Revit® MEP provides Building Information Modelling (BIM) software for mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) engineers and supports more accurate and efficient design from concept through to construction.
  • Design building systems more accurately using coordinated, consistent information inherent in the intelligent Revit MEP model.
  • Analyze for efficiency with integrated analysis earlier in the process.
  • Keep documentation coordinated and consistent with parametric change management technology.
  • Deliver 3D models and documentation to support the building lifecycle

This FREE professional webinar will show you how Autodesk solutions can deliver the power of BIM to building services consultants and engineers.

Agenda - 10:30AM to 11:30AM
  • Welcome & Introductions
  • BIM Overview
  • Model Based Design Using Revit MEP
  • Q&A

Thursday 19th April 2012 Register Here

Once registered you will receive an email confirming your registration with the information you need to join the Webinar.

System Requirements
PC-based attendees:
Required: Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server

Macintosh®-based attendees:
Required: Mac OS® X 10.4.11 (Tiger®) or newer


Monday, 16 April 2012

Revit 2013 Downloads Please Hold Again and Again

As recorded by Steve Stafford on Friday 13th (Not a good day anyway), Autodesk were having problems, today I went to download the my upgrade of Autodesk Building Design Suite - Premium 2013 only to be informed I don't have one dispite the button now being displayed

So I left it a litle while, and now when I go into the Subscription Area the now famous and previously reported message from Steve Stafford is back......

Come on Autodesk get your bloody act together will you, every year we have this problem, AU 2010 virtual was a wash out, luckily I was too busy to bother with AU2011 and you expect us to ultimately use your software on the cloud .......... I don't think so do you?

Friday, 13 April 2012

Autodesk 360 Structural Analysis for Autodesk Revit 2013

Autodesk 360 Structural Analysis for Autodesk Revit formerly known as Autodesk Labs Project Storm was released a few days ago.

Structural Analysis for Revit enables structural engineers to conduct analysis in the cloud as a part of the BIM process. With Structural Analysis, engineers and designers can extend design models from Revit Structure directly to the cloud helping to minimize disruptions to workflow and allowing users to continue to design as analysis is completed. Once the analysis is conducted, results can then be visualized and explored within Revit Structure.

Key features

  • Extend models from within Revit Structure to the cloud for static analysis.
  • Reduce disruption to workflow by performing analysis in the cloud.
  • Visualize and explore analytical results from directly within Revit Structure.
  • Streamline workflow by using analysis results to inform decision making early on.

Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Revit Addict YouTube Training Videos

Taking a punt around YouTube as I do from time to time I've made a nice find I would like to share.... RevitAddict's Channel 

About RevitAddict's channel

Tuesday, 10 April 2012

REVIT 2013 Stair Components

Daryl Gregoire Over at Revit Rocks! is having a little trouble with the 2013 stair components, can you spot it?

Great for spiral staircases I guess?

If you know how to fix his problem let him know....

Sunday, 8 April 2012


Last night my two daughters and I went to see McFly at the Hammersmith Apollo, Those guys get better with each year and they have been around nine so far. Emma has been a fan since day one, I dropped them off at Fairfield Halls 8 years ago and picked them up, then I had to go with them to Wembley the following year. "Dad you have to know the words of the songs if your coming with us" and so a now 54 year old McFly fan was born, and we have seen them each year since. 

Support Bands were IVYRISE and DIVE BELLA DIVE

I did keep calm and they did play lounder, thank god for ear plugs, no joke after seeing them last year at a small venue I thought they had gone out of tune at the end of the concert and my ears rang for a good 24 hours after, this year I took steps to not inflict any more hearing loss.

Three New Songs


The track above is very Mike and The Mechanics like

My daughters have been so good and supportive since my wife was taken into hospital and since we have had her home and on oxygen, I would love to arrange for them to actually meet McFly as a reward.

Who knows it is said they there are only six degrees of separation between us and everyone on the planet - if I post it up here it may happen!

Saturday, 7 April 2012

Further Revit 2013 New Feature Video Tutorials from AutoDesk

Following on swiftly from the Stairs series blogged about yesterday AutodeskBuilding have uploaded further New feature Video, and they have found someone without an annoying voice or speech impediment to do it ;0)
After a path is divided, adaptive components can be placed on one of the nodes. The component will be repeated on all nodes of the divided path.

Autodesk Revit 2013 continues to improve on interoperability in DWG

Autodesk Revit 2013 supports import and export of Bentley MicroStation v7 and v8 file format.

Autodesk Revit Exchange provides a central location for the add-in content. You can find apps that address your needs and acquire them through a fast and easy process.

In Autodesk Revit 2013, you can now create multi-segmented gridlines. This provides capability for you to span grids across different segment of a building without creating multiple grids with multiple grid numbers

In Autodesk Revit 2013, an enhanced view reference tool enable a view to be placed in any standard project view except schedule or sheet views.

In Autodesk Revit 2013, you can now search for views in the Project Browser by right-clicking in any views.

In Autodesk Revit 2013, dimension continues to enhance based on customers feedback, including new diameter dimension tool, split linear dimension chains, and defining an equality formula.

Divide path is a new tool in conceptual massing and in-place mass in the project environment in Autodesk Revit 2013. It enables dividing a range of curves including lines, arcs, circles, partial ellipse, splines, as well as chains of curves and edges of forms

New view creation has been greatly improved in Autodesk Revit 2013. You can now duplicate View Type as a Type Property to better define new ...

A custom background option is now available for all view styles. Artificial lighting will cast lights, reflection, and shadows, as well as entourage, including people and plants will appear photorealistic in realistic view style. This increase efficiency to create compelling graphic presentation.

In Autodesk Revit 2013, various enhancements has been made to visualization, including offering more flexibility in controlling surface ...

Interactive ray trace mode provides a more realistic view of the model, including shadows, materials, reflections, lighting and entourage.

Friday, 6 April 2012

Errors Installing Revit Structure 2013 and Design Review

As I'm having a lazy Bank Holiday I thought I would have a look to see if Revit Structure Suite 2013 had made the subscription centre, and it had, so with due diligence I downloaded the files and installed....

Within the first ten minutes of the install I had two error messages

The first was this

I had a look at the file it was having problems with, it's there and a day later than all the others in the directory, but appears corrupted as I can't obtain properties, preview or open with infranview dispite just being a graphic file.

OK it Design Review and Not Revit so after Ignoring as Retry didn't work we moved on about two minutes then I got the next error message.

I have no idea what WhipFilter.dll is or what does but it has not registered and it's suggested I contact my support personnel !

OK I'm at home it's a weekend, I will ask my IT support guy next wednesday when I see him, or perhaps just download design review and install again

Finally I get this screen

I've apparently successfully  installed everything...... Umm it seems to have missed the two error messages for Design Review that its' presented and the advice to contact my support person.

So if you're out there, and you are having the same problem, you are not on your own ;0)

If and when I find out what WhipFilter.dll is and what is not going to happen as a result, and what the missing png file affect I will let you know. If I don't just un-install and re-install after downloading Design Review 2013 on it's own.

One year, just one year to would be so good for Autodesk software to install with no problems..... I can dream can't I?

The install, including errors took just under an hour after I had downloaded the files which I didn't bother to time, as I said it's a lazy bank holiday, I just set them to download and enjoyed the sun in the garden.


I un-installed Design Review 2013 when to the Autodesk web site to re-install and get the following error message when I try to install

After multiple tries of checking my internet connection it still will not install

Now trying to download the file from here and reading the Installation Guide , it appears I'm not on my own and this suggestion has come from the Autodesk discussion groups.

I had trouble downloading the setupDesignReview2013.exe, I don't think my virus protection software liked it, but I did manage to download the unpacked it and installed a working copy of Design Review 2013 without any bugs..... Yippppppeeeeeee

Revit 2013 Stair Video Tutorials

These have been uploaded to YouTube by AutodeskBuilding

In Autodesk Revit 2013, component-based stair is now available. It provides capabilities to assemble a stair using individual run, landing, and support components.

In Autodesk Revit 2013, component-based stair is now available. You can use direct manipulation controls to modify stair components.

In Autodesk Revit 2013, component-based stair is now available. New stair types are available in the draw panel for creation, including L-shape an U-shape winder stair.

In Autodesk Revit 2013, railings have been enhanced by adding new handrail and top rail sub-category elements, improved railing transitions, and the ability to include system generated-extensions to top rails and handrails.

05-Component-Based Stair - Precast Stair 
In Autodesk Revit 2013, component-based stair is now available. You can now define a notch conditions to the precast stair, this enable more accurate insight on how the stair may be constructed.

06-Component-Based Stair - Converting Stair to Sketch-Based
In Autodesk Revit 2013, component-based stair is now available. The convert tool enables you to use the sketch tools to modify the design as needed.

In Autodesk Revit 2013, component-based stair is now available. Component-based stairs offer more flexibility creating stair layouts with multiple runs leading to the same level.

In Autodesk Revit 2013, component-based stair is now available. Component-based stairs offers more options in customizing representation of stairs, including stair path, and cut mark

In Autodesk Revit 2013, component-based stair is now available. You can now number tread and risers, as well as tagging stair components.


Thursday, 5 April 2012

Official Training Guides for Revit 2013

Here are a couple of press releases that have come to my attention.

Wiley Announces Official Training Guides for New Autodesk 2013 Products

Seventeen Autodesk Official Training Guides Publishing from Sybex

San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) April 02, 2012

Sybex, an imprint of Wiley, will publish seventeen new books between April and July 2012 on Autodesk 2013 software. Last week Autodesk announced their 2013 software products, and Sybex produces Autodesk Official Training Guides on their top software products to help readers learn and use their powerful 3D design, architectural, engineering, and entertainment software packages.

“We’re excited to once again be able to offer such a diverse collection of Sybex books to help users learn how to best use the new 2013 software from Autodesk,” said Neil Edde, Vice President and Publisher for Sybex. “We have six new full-color Essentials titles publishing, as well as a range of books for users at all levels – beginners through professionals – who want to quickly learn Autodesk 2013 products.”
Sybex is one of two companies designated by Autodesk as a provider of Autodesk Official Training Guides for Autodesk 2013 products. The Autodesk Official Training Guide brand ensures that books have been reviewed and recommended by Autodesk for both classroom training, self-paced learning, and for preparing for Autodesk certification exams.

The 2013 Autodesk Official Training Guides and their availability dates are:
Autodesk Revit Architecture 2013 Essentials (April 2012)
Introducing Autodesk Maya 2013 (April 2012)
AutoCAD 2013 and AutoCAD LT 2013 Essentials (May 2012)
Autodesk 3ds Max 2013 Essentials (May 2012)
Autodesk Maya 2013 Essentials (May 2012)
AutoCAD Civil 3D 2013 Essentials (May 2012)
Mastering Autodesk Inventor 2013 (May 2012)
Autodesk Inventor 2013 Essentials (May 2012)
Mastering AutoCAD 2013 (May 2012)
AutoCAD 2013: No Experience Required (May 2012)
Mastering Autodesk Maya 2013 (June 2012)
Autodesk Revit Architecture 2013: No Experience Required (July 2012)
Mastering Autodesk Civil 3D 2013 (June 2012)
Mastering Autodesk 3ds Max 2013 (July 2012)
Mastering Autodesk Navisworks 2013 (July 2012)
Mastering Autodesk Revit Architecture 2013 (July 2012)
Mastering Autodesk Revit MEP 2013 (July 2012)

So it appears that there will still be no Mastering Autodesk Revit Structure

The Autodesk 2013 titles from Sybex will be available for purchase online and at retailers nationwide in both print and all e-book formats. For additional information about the books, visit Visit for information on all Sybex products.

About Sybex®

Sybex has been a leading publisher for the global information technology community for over 30 years. Known for its high-quality publications written by respected authors who combine practical experience with a passion for teaching, Sybex publishes in five major subject areas—3D graphics, CAD/CAM, internet marketing, IT administration, and certification. Sybex has publishing partnerships with prominent companies and organizations such as Autodesk, CompTIA, CWNP, and Guidance. For more information, visit Sybex is an imprint of Wiley.

Autodesk, Autodesk Inventor, ATC, AutoCAD, AutoCAD LT, Civil 3D, Maya, Navisworks, Revit, and 3ds Max are registered trademarks or trademarks of Autodesk, Inc., in the USA and/or other countries. All other brand names, product names, or trademarks belong to their respective holders.

ASCENT- Center for Technical Knowledge® Releases Eight Autodesk Official Training Guides for Autodesk® 2013 Software

Framingham, MA

Rand Worldwide®, a global leader in providing technology solutions to organizations with engineering design and information technology requirements, announced that its courseware division, ASCENT- Center for Technical Knowledge, released eight training guides for Autodesk2013 software: 
ASCENT has made several enhancements to its Autodesk Official Training Guides for Autodesk’s 2013 release of software. The first of these enhancements is a greater emphasis on Learning Objectives incorporated into the beginning of each chapter and section. Recognizing the value of the Autodesk® Certified Instructor (ACI) program, these objectives have been enhanced to enable both students and instructors to clearly identify the expected learning outcomes of each module.
Secondly, Autodesk Certification exam objectives are now incorporated within the applicable ASCENT training guides. New icons have been added throughout the guides to identify student guide topics related to certification objectives for those who are looking to take the Autodesk Certified Professional Exam. Additionally, users will find a concise mapping document in the Appendix that highlights the exam objectives and where to locate those topics within ASCENT training guides.
Also new to ASCENT’s 2013 training guides is the inclusion of a web address through which to download an electronic version of the exercise files, replacing a CD in the book. Moving the exercise files from CD to an online version will prevent issues with misplaced or damaged CD’s, eliminating downtime while waiting for a new CD. The link to the exercise files is clearly indicated at the front of each Autodesk Official Training Guide. Lastly, ASCENT has made it easy to determine what’s new in the software by including “New in 2013” and “Enhanced in 2013” call-outs throughout the guides, where applicable.

Wednesday, 4 April 2012

AutoDesk have uploaded some Revit 2013 Videos.

AutoDesk have uploaded some Revit 2013 Videos. There are a couple without and description and they have lost the RAC RST and MEP identifyer, I assume due to One Box being released. However these acronyms assist Revit Users in quickly identifying who the feature will directly benefit. In the listing below I have added some information about that to assist you.

As with last year the big winners with new and enhanced features are the MEP guys, followed by Architecture and last as normal are Structural Enhancements - RC detailing in Revit is nothing more than a glorified toy, you still could not detail and schedule to UK and Eurocodes using it. 

For YouTube Channel visit AutodeskBuilding

LIST UPDATED 5th April 2012

Core Feature:- Autodesk Revit 2013 continues to extend the powerful capabilities to produce shop drawings.

Core Feature:- Autodesk Revit 2013 extends the capabilities to support construction modeling by allowing further customization in parts. Parts can now be merged, exclude, and restore. Two or more parts can be merged into a single part, excludes will removes parts from the project, and lastly, you can restore parts that was previously excluded at any time.You can divide parts with parametric gap offset

Structural Feature:- Autodesk Revit 2013 provides a new feature named Structural Fabric Area.
Structural Feature:- Area and Path Reinforcement has been updated with new behaviour that makes these elements containers for hosting Structural Rebar.

Structural Feature:- In all places where automatic Rigid Links would previously have been generated, now new Analytical Link elements are generated. Now analytical Links can be created manually in the Analytical Adjust mode in places where you need them. The placement editor allows you to select 2 nodes between which a new analytical link will be created.

Structural Feature:- In Autodesk Revit 2013, you have greater control over the analytical model. Analytical floors and analytical foundation slabs now have corner analytical nodes in Analytical Edit mode which allow direct manipulation of the analytical model. A new openings editor enables you to indicate openings to be ignored in analytical floors, analytical foundation slabs, and walls.

Structural Feature:- Fillet and Hook references have been improved and now they let you define a rebar or rebar set in the appropriate position within a fillet or hook. By snapping to these references you can avoid interferences and collisions with other rebar. After modifying properties of rebars or reinforced elements snapping to the references is preserved and adjusted to modified settings

MEP Feature:- Improve space and zone calculations as a foundation for energy analysis by placing a family calculation point inside a space to help ensure that the family is included in the calculation data. Use results to help inform design decisions to better predict the performance of the systems.

MEP engineers can design ducts to meet with ASHRAE standards by using built in tables that are accessible during design.

MEP Feature:-  Design and document more efficient building systems and improve performance with more accurate reporting. New Pressure Loss Reports can be generated for a single duct or pipe system or multiple systems. MEP engineers can set up your report in a number of ways that includes whether or not to show the critical path used, etc. The report format can be saved for use later and obsolete reports can be deleted.

MEP engineers can access Routing Preferences to design pipe systems to help meet industry standards. Real-world materials can then be applied to pipe and pipe fitting sizes to help drive calculations necessary to determine pipe size to support required flow.

MEP Feature:- Design duct and pipe systems with greater accuracy with tools for calculating flow and pressure loss. Flow and pressure is now calculated separately for each sub-segment of a duct or pipe run when using taps instead of tee fittings to streamline the process. Calculated results can be viewed using the system inspector on duct and pipe runs. You can see the pressure loss and flow data for each sub-segment between duct and pipe branches that use tap fittings.

MEP Feature:- No Description

MEP Feature:- No Description

Tuesday, 3 April 2012

What's New Revit 2013 Videos from U.S. CAD

U.S. CAD has uploaded a number of Revit 2013 Videos. Which look really good until you run them and there is no audio?

U.S.CAD is an AEC and manufacturing industry consultant and the largest Autodesk Authorized Value Added Reseller on the West Coast. Their YouTube channel says that U.S. CAD specializes in helping its customers integrate BIM, sustainable design, and digital prototyping technologies within their organizations by incorporating a variety of Autodesk solutions along with implementation, training, BIM modeling and production, and configuration services.

Contact Information:

Phone: 877-648-7223


360 Degree Dynamic View From The Shard

Serously Impressive, here are a couple of screen shots, but visit the site a take the 360 virtual tour....