Thursday, July 27, 2017

Revit Training for Lighting Designers

Next week I will be giving two talks at the BILT-NA conference in Toronto, Canada. One session is "What's New in Revit 2018" and the other "Luminaire Families for Experts".

I have had a number ...

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Revit 2018.1 - New Content, Part 3

The recent 2018.1 update comes with some new content, as I have already written about in these to previous posts:
Today I will take a look at the new systems furniture (i.e. cubical content).

This content is...

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Callout and Reference Label

Quick post today using an image I created to help answer a question from someone in our office about Callouts and Reference Labels.

The image describes...

Monday, July 24, 2017

Revit 2018.1 - New Content, Part 2

In my previous post, Revit 2018.1 - New Content, Part 1, I talked about the new appliance families provided with the Revit 2018.1 update. In this post I will cover the new window content. I had the opportunity to test drive the window content, with some of the Autodesk staff working on this, while I was at Revit: Inside the Factory in Shanghai China last October (2016). I am super excited to see a feature I recommended, and don't often see in Revit door/window content in general, was added to the final product; more on this later.
  • FYI: Keep in mind, this content is part of the 2018.1 update, but is fully compatible with the original Revit 2018 install. Click here to download the new content.
Window Content Preview in Windows Explorer

The new window content consists of...

Friday, July 21, 2017

Revit 2018.1 - New Content, Part 1

Autodesk Revit 2018.1 comes with a significant content update which I think a lot of people will be able to use; especially the new structural content. But even the new appliances and window will be beneficial to many.

There is a lot to talk about so I will break this discussion up into 2 or 3 posts. Today I will cover the appliances. The windows will take a little more time to document... they are powerful, but may not be super intuitive to everyone. So I want to spend a little time to unravel what is going on under the hood.

  • BTW, I had the opportunity to test drive the window content, with some of the Autodesk staff working on this, while I was at Revit: Inside the Factory in Shanghai China last October (2016).

The content is provided...

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Autodesk Structural Precast Extension for Revit 2018

A new structural feature in Revit 2018.1 is the Autodesk Structural Precast Extension for Revit 2018. Available in English, French and German languages at the moment.

This feature/extension leverages Revit's Parts functionality and currently supports the design of solid walls, solid slabs and hollow core slabs (precast plank). I just said "design" but the new tool is also developed to automatically create shop drawings and export CAM files (Unitechnik and PXML) for fabrication.

Check out the detailed BIM and Beam blog post here; click here.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Changing the Revit 2018 Icon

Architect and Revit guru Brian Payne recently had a clever idea and created a custom Revit 2018 icon; here is the Twitter link. He did this because the icon is the same as the Revit 2017 icon, making it more difficult to quickly discern between the two on the desktop or task bar. Using the ICO file Brian provides in the link above and following the steps below you can swap out your icon as well.

As a side note on this topic, as an author I am happy when something superficial like an icon or the UI does not change. It makes updating my books easier. However, as a user, I like Brian's idea and have applied it to my computer.