A question came up about the need for a self-standing Revit 2016 plotting station to generate PDFs. A firm did not want to tie up a standalone or network license when running off a batch of plots. I initially latched on the prospect of using the Autodesk’s Batch Plotting App, but realized right away its major limitations was that it was not a non-licensed self-standing product and worse did not print to PDF.
The Autodesk® Seek extension for Revit® enables designers to conveniently access high quality BIM models, drawings, and product specifications for more than 66,000 commercial and residential building products, representing over 400 manufacturers, from inside Revit® 2015 or 2016 software.
A cool tip from Autodesk’s A360 discussion group and Through the Interface Blog shows us how to embed content posted to A360. Another excellent use of a360 that gives users the ability to share and embed design content on websites and publish to blog pages. Any media file format viewable in A360 can be used.
Color schemes are a great visual tool in views to highlight or callout specific criteria of information in the view, generally used in plan-type views.
Thursday June 4 2015; Here is the latest attempt to boil down Autodesk Enhancement and Extensions for the Revit 2016 Platform. I’ll post updates to the blog as they roll out. This list is specific for Autodesk not necessary that of others.
Model groups in Revit can be very helpful in replicating repetitive layout of components such as rooms, furnishings, etc. Groups allow editing of one group to update all of the same definition by adding or removing, even excluding, elements. Groups can be mirrored, rotated and modified with the various tools. Groups can even be converted to Revit links to save a group externally as a stand-alone file, as well as the inverse; attached links can be bound to another file and converted to groups. Nothing new.
3D section views in Revit 2016 help people better understand design iterations and the relationship of the parts of the building model. Complex illustrations of model segments can culminate in several, if not dozens, of views during the BIM modeling phase.
Checking the speed and reliability of your internet connection gives us a snapshot at a particular time what is going on with your internet connection at home or the office. While there are more techy versions of these tools, some which are primarily tested via the command line dialog box or software bought for professionals. We offer two web based tools available called Speedtest.net and Pingtest.net.
Industry foundation class, or IFC files, have long been a way to exchange 3-D model geometry with information between platforms. The majority of usage for me has been in the steel industry or exchanging Revit files with applications such as ArchiCAD. Revit has included the ability to export IFC files like many of the Autodesk applications for some time now, however, they enhanced it a short time ago to add additional capability for managing the categories and different options of exporting our data.
A normal approach in Revit for exporting files is to set up individual 3-D views with that specific name in mind, i.e., 3D Navisworks, 3D Glue, 3D IFC, etc., and configure the visibility for categories that you do or do not want to export. This typical workflow of setting up a 3-D view for specific export format is often handled by being able to accept a check box for “Current view only” in the export dialog.
This controls export of desired items that are visible in the view. But with the new user interface enhancements (loaded enhancement from Autodesk Exchange Apps) Autodesk embeds in recent versions of Revit, this check box no longer exists in the standard export dialog. We now do this by selecting the Modify Setup button and see that there are many pre-configured export setups that we can use along with additional check box items to tell Revit what we want to export.
The “Export only elements visible in view” check box is now located on this dialog that we must configure before actually performing the export in the normal dialog.
Standard installs of Revit without the enhancement from Autodesk Exchange Apps will still see the older dialog version, but if you wish to utilize the additional features in images shown here, go to https://apps.exchange.autodesk.com/en and login per your Subsciption credentials and download the IFC 2015 – or IFC 2016, already posted.
I always end up coming back to this one. It isn’t a perfect situation, and you think it would be. The OOTB tags give us an invert elevation tag that pulls that parameter. No BOP elevation is given as a parameter for us to use, so we have to use the diameter parameters and so on. Tag-wise, we can’t add formulas to populate them. All we can do is create a calculated value in a schedule, and that can be tricky to use the right parameters to give us the correct value, often ending up with rounding errors. I am including this link to help explain how Revit actually determines these values, https://aectechtalk.wordpress.com/2014/01/14/understanding-revit-pipe-sizes-and-elevations/
I use the spot elevation annotation in plan and section/elevation views. In plan, I have to tab to be sure I’m snapping to the bottom of pipe. A prefix can be added for BOP. The issue with this is it will not be relative to the level by default; it is relative to the base point or survey point depending on type.
You will need to configure a system tag family with Type settings for a prefix value (BOP:), etc. Then there are instance parameters allowing Relative Base to be the Current Level, or specify a level. Also, Display Elevations can be set to show Top, Bottom, or both values on the tag. Being careful with the tabbing, bottom of insulation can even be selected in plan view. You will need different types created so that you can have different prefix values and text settings for each situation.