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