New Autodesk Seek Extension Plugin for Autodesk Revit


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.

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Model Group Copy Technique


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.

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Is your internet connection reliable and up to speed to download Autodesk Product and Content?


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. 

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IFC Exports from Revit


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.

Earlier Version Dialog

Earlier Version 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.

IFC Export_01

Modify Setup in Alternate UI

 

 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.

IFC Export_02

 

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.

Bottom of Pipe Tag for Revit 2015


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/

Pipe Tag

Pipe Tag

 

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.

 

Spot Elevation

Spot Elevation

 

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.

 

BOP Tag

BOP Tag

Exporting High Quality Views from Revit for Reports


Wanting to save a view as an image for reports? There are a few easy steps to taking higher-quality image shots within Revit as a Render image. It will store the image in the Revit Project Browser, after which the image view in Revit is exported to a standalone file for creating reports.

Let’s get into the details.

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