Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Didacticiel Revit Français

Pour les lecteurs français qui suivent mon blog voici un livre intéressant en français pour apprendre Revit (le seul en dehors des manuels d'Autodesk)

Revit 2012 SUPPORT DE COURS + son DVD d'exercices

Aricad, Spécialiste des solutions informatiques CAO Autodesk 2D et 3D

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Cloning Revit Structure Families

I've been quite latelly and it is because I was very busy with the work but also because I decided to post higher quality content and not only hot news. So today it's my first post on Revit cloning.

Well what is Revit Structure cloning ? It's the term I use to describe the duplication of the same structural sections families for different uses and different contexts. An exemple is shown below using a C-Channel section :

Here is the standard out-of-the-box Revit family with the automatic setback behavior :

Here is a family with the setback disabelled (manual imput of extension from working point available in the proprieties) (very useful for complex connections nodes)

Here is a family built to relocate itself automatically in between two structural bay (For shear connector modeling purpose)

For sure you can use the out of the box famillies and adapt them for theses different context but it is very time consuming and it is not very dynamic when there are modifications required to the grids and levels.

Next time you create structural content do not forget to ask your team what behavior is the best to suit their needs.

Happy cloning !

Monday, October 8, 2012

BIM guides & standards

I recently updated my tab called BIM guides & standards to display 2 new useful ressources :

Revit standards (new release V3) : ANZRS v3

Bim methodology, approach & standards : BIM/IPD Aus (Working Group Publications)
Australian Institute of Architects

Sunday, September 16, 2012


Yes I am attending AU2012 again this year ! If you are attending to this event and you are a BIM manager or Revit Structure modeller this is a list of calsses you should be interested in. Here are my AU2012 favourite classes list :
SE2342 - Autodesk® Revit® Structure: The Complete Solution for Steel Buildings
SE3716-R - Coordination Using Autodesk® Revit® Structure in a Fabrication Modeling
SE2151-L - Learning to Design Connections in Autodesk® Revit® Structure with SDS/2
SE3262 - Modeling in Autodesk® Revit® Structure: Tips and Tricks for Downstream
SE3281 - Adding Functionality to Autodesk® Revit® Structure
SE3904 - Linking Autodesk® Revit® Structure and Autodesk® Robot™ Structural
SE1868 - Integrating Autodesk® Revit® Structure with Analytical Software
SE2490 - Concrete Modeling Using Autodesk® Revit® Structure
CP2560-L - Creating an Autodesk® Revit® Add-In from Start to Finish
BO3641 - Infrastructure BIM for Serious People
CI1529 - Bridge Information Modeling: Opportunities, Limitations, and Spanning the
CR3049-L - Creating Custom Families That Use Multiple Calculations to Create Geometry
SE4240 - Autodesk® Revit® as a Tool for Modeling Concrete Reinforcement
SE3002-L - Autodesk® Revit® Structure: Modeling Structural Rebar in Complex Concrete
FB2172 - Building Information Manufacturing: Optimizing Your Design with SDS/2 Connect
SE4281 - Rebar Detailing and Autodesk® Revit® Structure
AB1712 - Schedules: Beyond the Basics
AB1518-L - Autodesk® Revit® Families: The Basics
AB2725 - Using Autodesk® Revit® Architecture for 2D and 3D Building Enclosure
AB2100 - All in the Family: Creating Parametric Components in Autodesk® Revit®
AB2410 - Echo Chamber: Complex Parametric Arrays in Autodesk® Revit®
AB1416 - Tips and Tricks to Make Your Autodesk® Revit® Drawings and Presentations
FM3222 - COBie and the Common Language
FM3145 - Autodesk Consulting Add-on Utilities: COBie Toolkit and BIM Coordinator Tool
AB2623 - Triage for Your Autodesk® Revit® Family
AB2083-L - Autodesk® Revit® Families: Step-by-Step Advanced Concepts
CP1749 - Taking the Autodesk® Revit® API to the Next Level As a Beginner
AB2533 - Twelve Models Are Great on the Runway, but What About When You Work with
AB2374 - Is Beauty Only Skin Deep? A Computational Approach to the Design of
AB2444 - Things You Didn't Know Autodesk® Revit® Could Do...or Maybe You Just Forgot
CM2593 - Autodesk® Revit® for the Field: Making It Mobile Without Microsoft® Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) and Citrix® ZenDesktop™
BO2029 - Your Company Is Ready for BIM, But Are Your Employees?
AB1449-R - Top 50 Autodesk® Revit® "You Don’t Know What You Don't Know" Tips
CI1474-R - Implementing BIM: Up Your Strike Rate with Your BIM Pitches
CM3631 - The Thankless Job of a BIM Manager
AB2080 - Creating Construction Details in Autodesk® Revit® Architecture
AB3079 - Managing the Construction Administration Phase in Autodesk® Revit®
ED2423 - Opportunities and Challenges of Teaching BIM and Autodesk® Revit® at the
CR2809-P - Rapid-Fire Autodesk® Revit® Data Extraction: Best Practices for
FM3556 - Designing Facility Management and Operations Requirements into IPD/BIM Projects
CR3331 - Got Metrics? Evaluating BIM Performance and Tracking Your Return on Investment
AB2006 - Unfold the Curtain! Think Outside the Curtain Wall Tool in Autodesk® Revit®
CM2594 - BIM Titles and Job Descriptions: How Do They Fit in Your Organizational Structure?

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Project Spark becomes Autodesk Revit LT

A small step for Autodesk but a big step for the BIM implementation !

Few months ago I was talking about Project Spark from Autodesk labs in this post and now it graduates to Revit LT ! An affordable way to start doing BIM ...

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

IPD & extended team collaboration

Currently working to find sufficient documentation to integrate IPD & WAN collaboration in my worksharing & team management classes in Québec city ... hope people are going to be open-minded. The biggest challenge is to deal with the law that is far behind us ... are we ready for that ? I don't know but I am still dreaming of the day were we can share all our expertise and knowledge freely without worrying about who's responsible for what ... anyway in my class engineers and architects have to collaborate and I have to say that it's as fun as looking children playing together ;-) ! 

Integrated Project Delivery means :

"… facilities managers, end users, contractors and suppliers are all involved at the start of the design process
… processes are outcome-driven and decisions are not made solely on a first cost basis
… all communications throughout the process are clear, concise, open, transparent, and trusting
… designers fully understand the ramifications of their decisions at the time the decisions are made
… risk and reward are value-based and appropriately balanced among all team members over the life of a project
… the industry delivers a higher quality and sustainable built environment"

Integrated Project Delivery : A Guide, The American Institute of Architects

Sunday, August 19, 2012

BIM Wash

I was talking about BIM wash to my colleagues few weeks ago and yesterday I found a good definition in The Hitch Hikers Guide to BIM by Alan James Wooldridge :

"The term BIMwash is derived from Whitewash, “a cheap white paint or coating of chalked lime used to quickly give a uniform clean appearance to a wide variety of surfaces”. 
Metaphorically, to whitewash means to “gloss over or cover up vices, crimes or scandals or to exonerate by means of […] biased presentation of data” (Encyclopaedia Britannica, 2003).
In essence, BIMwash is the attempt to hide imperfections (BIM Incompetency), while at the same time, promoting an inaccurate view of one’s BIM capability or credentials."

You can also read this post talking about BIMwash : 

Also, a related topic :

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Revit software language problem with nested parameters

I was reading few months ago a post from Mr. Steve Stafford and I decided to post a bug related to Revit nested families. Here is the post followed by the issue :

" It's a fairly common situation - you create a nested family (child) and load it into a host (parent) but the parameters in the child don't seem to respond to the parents. If you've got kids that's not so shocking? Children not listening to parents?

You've got to "connect the dots" to get it to work. It might seem a bit obtuse but you have to "do the work over" in the host family to be able to flex or fill out a parameter in the nested "child" family. The image below shows a nested Type Parameter getting connected to the host's version.

It isn't necessary to name the parameters exactly the same but it might help keep things straight."

Read the complete post here.

So has I was saying, I recently had a headatche trying to fix a familly that was using a nested family. Unable to find out what was happening with the family I decided to try it on an other computer then mine. This usually happens when you are running out of ideas and you give a try to weird ideas ;-) ... but amazingly it have worked fine. So let me explain what was going on. As usual I develop families on my computer on Revit in English. Some of the built-in parameters, such as the length parameter in the beam family template, are translated automatically between different Revit software languages. For example, Lenght becomes Longueur when using a French version of the software. Usually when you use only these parameters in formulas this is not an issue but if you use more then one level of families (nested families) Revit doesn't translate theses built-in parameters in the nested family formula at the lower level. Ex.:

Revit EN 
Host family (level 1) :
CalcLenght = Length*2

Nested family (level 2) :
Calc Lenght = Length*2

Revit FR

Host family (level 1) :
CalcLenght = Longueur*2

Nested family (level 2) :
Calc Lenght = Length*2

Now if you associate parameters between the host  the nested family you can get unexpected behavior depending on what Revit language is installed on the current computer. The formulas in the nested family will also becomes static (the last value calculated inside the family will be used).

So next time you develop content for your international offices, using different Revit languages, keep that in mind !

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Revit point cloud works

I recently worked on my first point cloud project. This was a industrial project modelled to help plan a reorganization of a part of a building. The technology is not as easy to use as it seems to be.

Here are some things you will have to keep in mind if you attempt to model a building steel structure from a point cloud :

  1. First select the scanner to be used : there is many types of scanners. Some of them scan in color (it take pictures while scanning and project the images on the points to color them) and older ones can only scan in black. Color may be helpfull to help you understand wich kind of object is reprensented by the 3D points.
  2. Sometimes the cloud is not enought dense and compact to understand the geometry. Unlike architectural modelling, building structure need much more accuracy to be able to determine wich steel section is to be modelled. This have been said, to get all the information required to match you "place holder" column to the real one you need all the dimensions (D, B, T) of the column to match it with the corresponding shape in the handbook. I suggest you scan more "stations" to get 3D points from more view angles. Remember that : what you see is what you get !
  3. Usually deflection (Yielding zone) of beams & columns and the utlimate physical limit (Plastic Zone) are 2 phenomena very difficult to observe on existing buildings. However this is something you can see by measuring the point cloud or simply by looking at it when the deformation is very high, wich I hope you will not see on your project. Make sure you define the LOD (Level Of Detail) required for the purpose of the current project. If you model is intended to be used for reinforcing the building structure you may want to see wich column is still at it maximum capacity or if this columns is to be replaced due to distortion. If you only need to get clearance from the model, you may not need this LOD so modeling it straight as it was shown on conceptual stage of the project should be enought. 

Luckett & Farley structural engineers used 3D laser scan to construct a Building Information Model (BIM) for a project. A series of scans in and around a chamber structure helped generate millions and millions of data points. The collective of points created a Point Cloud file, which Revit 2013 recognized and could be sliced, diced, and manipulated to see what was happening in the chamber.

Read more here!


Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Why Trimble have bought SketchUp ?

Now everyone knows that Sketch up is now part of Trimble BIM plan. I have to admit that I have no idea what is the purpose of sketchup in a BIM process outside of the preliminary schematic design stage. This morning I have received my first newsletter from them but it's still very fuzzy :

"Depending on your level of SketchUp obsessiveness, you may or may not have heard about our recent Trimblification. Around the beginning of June, SketchUp officially left Google to become a part of Trimble. All you really need to know is that this is unequivocally a good thing for everybody. SketchUp's future is brighter than it's ever been, amazing new things are on the way, and the team (almost all of which accompanied the product to Trimble) is doing great. Best of all, we're focused in a way we haven't been in years: on our users, on new features, and on helping SketchUp to become everything you -- and we-- have always wanted it to be.

Now back to business as usual...

A couple of months ago, we quietly launched what is perhaps the most important addition to the SketchUp universe since version 8: The all-new SketchUp Showcase is a whizbang online home for SketchUp projects of every stripe. It's a two-billion watt spotlight that we custom-built for showing off our users' work, and folks who've seen it say it's beautiful. I hope you'll agree."

Friday, August 3, 2012


For the ones who don't know VEO it is developing a ground breaking collaborative cloud solution for the design, construction, and operation of buildings and other structures. Some of their products (VEO™ Lux - Navigate and Visualize, VEO™ Logic - Coordination and Validation, VEO™ Time - Scheduling and Sequencing, VEO™ Track - Asset tracking, VEO™ Archive - Model-linked document library, VEO™ Pulse - Real-time sensor data) are very impressive. Have a look at their promotional video below :

Revit coordinates

Back from a 2 weeks vacation here is my first post of August :

Excitech have created a free Revit plug-in that let you find & schedule x, y, z coordinates of elements in the project !

This allows users to more rapidly produce schedules of, for example, piling and services; as well as to publish coordinates for complex geometry across 3D space.

The coordinates are added to the objects element properties which will allow schedules to be generated and tags to be placed.

The application has been designed to publish X,Y and Z coordinates to selected object categories and store these within the objects instance properties.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

2 hot enhancements in Revit 2013

What Autodesk refers to as “Small Feature Enhancements” can often be the most useful in speeding up day-to-day production. Don’t underestimate the power of these minor improvements.

Multi-Segmented Grid Lines: You can now draw funky-shaped grid lines instead of just straight lines or arcs. The tool will take you into sketch mode to accomplish the task. It might just be some crazy scheme that rarely occurs, and I won’t argue here why this might be good or bad, but in any case this is no longer a limitation in the software.

Figure 1: Multi-segment grid lines
Dimensioning: Some nice little enhancements include a “Diameter” tool to complement radiuses, splitting dimension chains into multiple strings, and new equality text features. Within the dimension type properties, equality text can be customized and then users can choose which kind of equality text they wish to use for each dimension instance. This will be great for all of those equally spaced beams on floor framing plans.

Figure 2: Equality dimensioning

Originally posted on AUGI

Revit orient to view

Models routinely become large or complex over the life of a project, and consequently a Revit user will occasionally want to isolate, in 3D, a certain area of the model or a particular group of elements. The novice Revit user will then begin the tedious task of hiding elements to achieve the desired view. Of course numerous options are available to quicken this process, such as toggling the visibility of different categories of elements, temporarily hiding/isolating elements in view, applying ghosted settings, manually adjusting section boxes, and perhaps even filters and/or worksets. This approach will eventually work; however, the task of isolating a particular section of a model can be quickly achieved by using the Orient to View command, which is found by right-clicking on the View Cube, shown in Figure 9. Figure 10 shows a floor that has been isolated via the Orient to View command.

Figure : Orient to View command.

Figure : Orient to View to see one floor.

The way this command works is to adjust the section box such that it mimics the view range and the crop region of the selected view. To return to seeing the entire 3D model, either turn off the section box in the view properties, or manually stretch it back.

Originally posted on AUGI

Monday, June 18, 2012

BIM Guides & standards

I recently added a tab named BIM guides & standards to my blog to share my recent discoveries about BIM conventions and guidelines. The section is still under construction since I have to wrap up all the information I have on my desk ...

Just kidding ... but there is only 24 hours in a day and I am very busy theses days ...

I will upload links to good books & open standards available on the web so come back later to see the new stuff !

BIM Guides & Standards

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Autodesk & Vela Systems

Autodesk announced the acquisition of Vela Systems Friday, a major move toward extending BIM to the construction site with mobile acess to data stored in the cloud.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Revit core layer display

Here is a quick video I have done showing how to display only the core layer of the walls by using parts and view filters. The idea came to me during my Revit architecture advanced class when an Architect asked me how we can display the bearing walls like that in Revit as per their standards.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Autodesk® Revit® Structure 3D Detailing: Tips and Tricks You Need to Know

This material was created by Autodesk University faculty member Adam Sheater, Design Technology Manager, Copyright © (2011)

All in the Family: Creating Parametric Components in Autodesk® Revit®

45 minutes well invested talking about Revit families
This material was created by Autodesk University faculty member Matt Dillon, Vice President - Technical Services, Copyright © (2011)

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Revit content

I have recently done a wrap up of web site where you can find Revit content. Enjoy !

Community & Generic content
RevitCity - Downloadable user content, no quality control.
RevitForum - Downloadable user content, no quality control.
All-in-One Revit Families - All in one fully parametric component packages
Cadworks - BIMXchange for MEP Content 
Design Content Design content provides online access to Revit families in current & latest format wich are accurate representation of specific manufacturer products.
Yellowbryk – generic Revit content and custom content services.
ArcXL - Wide range of views made with detail components on drafting views.
Productspec Australasian Content
Bimstop BIM Content Network
UK NationalBimLibrary

ArchVision RPC – wide variety of rendered entourage.
TurboSquid – variety of general content. (Hyperlink will direct to Revit content)

Manufacturer content
Autodesk Seek – content aggregated by Autodesk. Contains default Revit families as well as manufacturer-specific content, low to moderate quality control. Content in a variety of formats, search can filter for specific formats. Free, no registration required.
ARCAT – includes 10,500 manufacturer listings by alpha or CSI section, 7000 BIM Models, 900 specs all in the CSI 3 part format, 300 SpecWizards for automated spec writing and 7,000 CAD Details. Free to use and no registration required.
bimstore – manufacturer-specific content; modeled by bimstore, high quality control; free, registration required for downloading content.
SmartBIM – manufacturer-specific content; modeled by SmartBIM, high quality control; free, no registration required.
Sweets – manufacturer-specific content, modeled by manufacturers, quality control unknown; various formats, can’t filter by format type; free, registration required for download; much of the 3D content is in SketchUp format.
CAD forum Downloadable user content, no quality control.
RevitComponents – manufacturer-specific and general content, mostly modeled by site author; quality control unknown; free, registration not required.
Broutek – buy and download content; purchase content credit packs which range from $32 to $60 per credit; content custom made by request/payment.
PinnacleCAD – custom content creation for fee; samples available.
RevitBay – premade Revit content.
FormFonts – subscription site with a variety of content and formats, can’t filter for specific formats
Boon Edam

Ruskin Air&Sound Control
Applied Air
L.J. Wing
Loren Cook
SPX Cooling

AO Smith Hotwater
Sloan Valve
American Standard
Kohler Native Revit Files
Caroma USA
Bradley Products
Galvinengineering Australia WA

Acuity Brands Lighting
Focal Point Lights

Mono Systems


Canam Cold formed steel product (Canadian steel product manufacturer)
Weyerhauser With the largest team of technical and sales support associates in Canada, Weyerhaeuser is the industry leader in engineered wood products, helping Canadian dealers, builders and design professionals achieve superior results in the light commercial, multi-family and single-family construction industry.

Revit3D Revit Family Links

Sunday, April 29, 2012

45 Autodesk® Revit® Tips in 45 Minutes

This material was created by Autodesk University faculty member Chad Smith, Solution Integrator, Copyright © (2011)

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Accepting changes in the AEC industry

Sometimes peoples are asking me : "Why is Revit so difficult to learn ?" or "Why is BIM so hard to understand? " These are really good questions.

Like many other BIM softwares, Revit is a complex software (in terms of feature in the package) that can create drawings easily. This have been said, the real question should be : "Why are you so badly holding your old habits and blinding yourself from evolution & technology opportunities ?"

Old men answer : It was working like that 10 years ago. Why should we change a winning formula ?

My answer : The market is evolving and construction process are changing. Do you want growing opportunities and expand your buisness ? I am not saying that your actual proccess is bad, however dont't you agree that it can be improved ? Charles Darwin was saying : "It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change."and this is also true for the AEC industry. With BIM you can now plug any graphic or non graphic information such as time scheduling and technical data sheets in your model then share it with your project management system, estimation system or create automation opportunities. The idea is to centralize the information in a unique database to be able to create relationship between construction objects. By using the building information model in the different project lifecycle, from early design to facility management you are creating this database. Project players don't have to input the information in the same interface if you improve the interoperability between your softwares when there is no non-proprietary format available such as IFC, SDNF, CIS/2, etc. Bridging data between softare usually lead to new improved business process by eliminating redundant data input. Information can be viewable, shared, sorted, analysed or grouped to calculate almost everything you can imagine.

Don't be afraid of sharing, collaborating and exposing your ideas. Remember that if you don't pay attention to the new trends and delivery standards you're never going to survive according to the
"Theory of evolution"!

Friday, April 13, 2012

Autodesk Revit Server with Bluestreak Vs Graphisoft BIM server

Few years ago BIM collaboration across international offices were very expensive but the time has passed and now it becomes affordable for almost everyone. I am curious who has tried both Autodesk Revit Server with Bluestrak and Graphisoft BIM server ? It looks live they provide similar features & tools ...

Graphisoft BIM server


Revit Server Worksharing and 
With the Revit Activity Stream add-on app for Bluestreak, teams who work on a single Revit model can see all worksharing actions on the model to ensure smooth handoffs. When a Revit user saves to central, that action appears in the Bluestreak design stream and is shared with members of the selected Bluestreak group. With Bluestreak Desktop, these actions appear in real time. The latest Bluestreak Desktop, released in April of 2012, includes a new Worksharing tab to display the current synchronization status of shared Revit central files. The Activity tab continues to display notifications from Autodesk applications and team communications as before. And in the Activity tab, team members can post comments or questions related to the saved model, or they can request other group members to synchronize with central models when needed.

Learn more about Project Bluestreak

Features :
  • Share Revit Worksharing events with your Bluestreak Group through Bluestreak
  • Track relinquishment of Revit objects
  • See Revit Synchronize with Central comments
  • See current synchronization activity on Revit central files
  • Compatible with the Revit Server environment (in an older post I said that concerning worksharing monitoring.

What is BIM ?

Monday, April 9, 2012

Exchange Apps

After Apple's apps store, I am glad to present Autodesk's own apps market : Exchange App for Revit !

I found somme really interestng free apps. Here is my top 5

Solibri IFC Optimizer
 Solibri, Inc.
Solibri IFC Optimizer is built for optimizing ISO Standard IFC files. Optimization is lossless and the file size can be reduced by up to 90%. Optimized files are significantly faster to exchange and open. While plain compression (zip) reduces the typical file size to 15-30% of the original, the typical loading (IFC import) time does not change. With Solibri IFC Optimizer the optimized and compressed file can be only about 6% of the original file size and it opens in 17% of the original loading time. The actual ratios depend on how much redundancy the original file has.

Revit IFC Export Alternate UI 

This application provides an alternate user interface for the export of IFC files from Revit. This new user interface offers additional options not provided in the standard Revit user interface, and provides the ability to store setup configurations into the Revit model for reuse.

Revit Family Tools

The Revit Family Tools allow for easy Revit file management. This program has tools for comparing and merging shared parameters, deleting backup files, type catalog tools, and a family file version detector. Often we must edit our type catalogs, and those files must be saved using the .txt file extension for Revit to use them. However, at times we edit our type catalogs in Microsoft Excel, and later export them to .csv files. Upon completion we manually change the file extensions to .txt for use by Revit. The “Type Catalog Tools” tab automates this conversion from .csv to .txt. Creating families in Revit is typically tied into Shared Parameters. These parameters posses certain properties that must be unique between family files so the information can be entered in a similar way, and so that the families may be properly scheduled or exported to external data management solutions. If multiple shared parameter files start entering your family creation environment, it can be very difficult to manage which parameters to use, and determine which files contain which parameters. Merge Shared Parameters- Once shared parameter files have been compared, there are times when it makes sense to combine multiple files into a single file for future family creation. The “Merge Shared Params” function makes this process very easy. It can copy parameters and groups from one parameter file to the next. It assists in the detection of family versions. It is used to detect the version in which the family was last saved, and can get as detailed as the web update that was applied to the Revit application at the time of save. This is useful for determining if upgrading is needed, or perhaps if a family can be used in projects that are not on the current release of Revit prior to attempting loading.

File Upgrader  

File Upgrader will batch upgrade previous versions of Revit files to the Revit 2013 format. The tool is intended to help upgrade family contents, template files as well as project files. Every time users open a Revit file which was saved in a previous version of Revit, a standard dialog is displayed in the Revit user interface stating that the file is being upgraded. During the display of this dialog, Revit tries to upgrade the document to the current version. This slows down the process of opening a file. To save time opening older file versions during each of the subsequent attempts to open the file, users can manually open each of the Revit files and save it to the current version. This can be time consuming if there is a large set of files to upgrade across various folders and sub-folders. The File Upgrader tool saves time and manual labor by automating this process. This plug-in was first published as an ADN Plugin of the Month: The plug-in has been provided with the complete source code needed to build the application, with the intention of encouraging users of Autodesk software to use programming to tailor the products they use to their specific business needs.

Wiip MoveBackup

Revit create backup copies of the project at the same level than the project or the family file. This little utility allow you to move these files in a subdirectory named Backup.

Activating worksharing in your project template

Have you ever tried to activate the worksharing in a .rte file (Revit project template) ? If so you may have observe that the worksets tool is not available.

Here is a work around to active the worksharing in your project template :
  1. First edit the extension of your template for .rvt instead of .rte
  2. Open the .rvt file
  3. Activate the worksharing
  4. Save the file
  5. Modify the extension for .rte instead of .rvt
  6. Now you have your new project template with worksharing activated
While starting a new project, you will be asked to save back the central file because it have been moved. This is because you have modified the file extension and Revit doesn't make any difference between moving and renaming a file. 

By activating the worsharing in your templates you can set the manager as an owner of the families, project standards & views to "lock" them and avoid users to do modifications on specific settings or objects.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Revit 2013

I am always very excited when a new official release of Revit become available on the market even if I have a beta testing membership. This year I was ready to spread the new features among the community but I am a little upset because there are always some one faster & better then me ... this have been said here is the link to see a wrap up of the core new features posted by David Light :


Monday, March 26, 2012

Autodesk Education Community

Do you know tht you can get a free license of your software if you are a student, teacher, mentor/coach or unemployed.

Here is the link :
You have to register first (free membership)

Monday, March 19, 2012

BIM chapter 1 (Part 2) - Origins of BIM

The architect Phil Bernstein, a consultant with Autodesk, was the first to use the term BIM"building information modeling." Jerry Laiserin would have helped to popularize andstandardize the term, as the common name for the digital representation of the construction process, previously proposed by the companies Graphisoft, Bentley Systems and Autodesk to facilitate information exchange and to interoperabilities digital format. In agreement with this and other, the first implementation was done in BIMsoftware ArchiCAD 1987 by the Hungarian company Graphisoft, with its advanced concept of the virtual building.

Jerry Laiserin on the left and Phil Bernstein on the right

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

The future of Leed implementation

As software as a service (SAAS) and cloud compluting are becoming popular in the industry, Leed is aslo the actual AEC green trend. See the future of Leed powered by technology :


Friday, March 9, 2012

Revit Apps store ?

Here is an interesting concept of application store :

4D construction simulation

Examples of InteliBuild (Canam group) Virtual Construction 4D Animations showing excavation, temporary works, construction sequences. These videos are created using Revit, AutoCAD, Navisworks and Maya animation software for presentation.

InteliBuild use these processes to check planned construction sequences, identify build ability problems and assist contractors with planning of projects

Thursday, March 8, 2012

BIM chapter 1 Introduction

There are several definitions of BIM. As the boundaries are often changing they become unclear or poorly defined. Because the concept itself is not adopted by the majority of the AEC industry (Architecture, Engineering & Construction), its rapid expansion is puzzling on several points bringing confusion and misunderstanding. This result therefore precludes its role to bring together the joint efforts of the team towards the ultimate goal being to save time and minimize fragmentation in the industry.

The perception of BIM in the industry have 2 side. On one side BIM is perceived by the community people, as the emergence and maturity of research that have revolved around the construction industry during the last years, while academic research define it as a purely theoretical concept that have not reach is apogee. We can therefore expect to see it growing with new concepts in the next few years but we must concede that we have still reach an important step.

The next comming posts will be another attempt to explain facets of the term BIM. Engineers, architects and contactors can now handle a volume of information but they must learn to share a data volume which they are not packaged. Logistics and infrastructure around the BIM is now becoming a major issue in decision making. My goal in the topics I will try to explain thoses concept, methods and technologies revolving around the BIM.

Carl Veillette

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Revit server & team management

I have recently started using Revit server across two teams (Roumania & Québec) and I have to say that I am very impressed by the rapidity of the synchronization between the models. Unfortunatelly the revit worksharing monitor available with the subscription is not working with Revit server. But anyway I have an idea to manage the team ... the new worksharing display feature in the 2012 release ...