Sunday, November 24, 2013

Linking Autodesk® Revit® Structure and Autodesk® Robot™ Structural Analysis: Beyond the Basics

This class focuses on advanced interoperability between Autodesk Revit Structure and Autodesk Robot Structural Analysis Professional software. You will learn best practices for transferring sloped and curved framing and curtain wall between Revit and Robot. They demonstrate techniques for working with floor openings, analytical/rigid links, and framing offsets. Learn the advanced options that are available in the Revit-Robot link to facilitate model transfer and data fidelity. Increase your productivity by getting the most out of this powerful analytical link.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Revit slab editing tip ... the swiss cheese method !

A lot of you are probably already using this tip but, just in case someone missed it, here is the Swiss Cheese method to edit slabs !

First this method is very useful if you have to create a slab with multiple slope and an irregular perimeter profile like this curved slab here :

You probably noticed  that editing the slab's boundary sketch creates additional nodes with "default" elevation which causes constraints or dimension lines  removal on details. This can be especially painful when you are at the final stage of project documentation, you edit a slab, and get that kind of warnings :

And that result  ... outch ...

The suggestion is very simple. Create a rectangular slab, set the elevations all around with the shape editing tools then removed  the part of the boundary using the vertical opening tool. Obviously, make sure you draw a sketch of the part you want to remove not the part you want to keep !

Voilà !

Monday, November 11, 2013

Revit 2014 update 2 enhancements

Following my last post about Revit 2014 update 2, Autodesk now gives us the enhancement list :

Autodesk® Revit® Platform 2014 Enhancements
  • Disables the ability to paste spot elevations into a Sketch mode.
  • Improves stability when using Results and Compare for Energy Analysis.
  • Improves stability when exporting to AutoCAD 2000 DWG format.
  • Improves Online Help experience by properly redirecting help inquiries to Autodesk Help.
  • Improves stability when enabling Sun Path.
  • Improves graphic display of Analytical Model Walls.
  • Improves data integrity of user defined parameters when utilizing temporary view templates.
  • Improves stability when editing dimensions.
  • Improves upgrade reliability of projects created with a different language version of Revit.
  • Improves stability when selecting materials within the Material Browser.
  • Restores the appearance of area color fills within linked files, when setting the view as By Linked View.
  • Improves stability when upgrading projects which utilize Keynotes.
  • Improves stability when importing IFC files.
  • Improves stability when editing Filters within the Visibility/Graphics Overrides dialog.
  • Improves stability when saving projects which were upgraded.
  • Improves stability when combining Phases.
  • Improves accuracy of Analytical Volumes.
  • Improves display of Imported Categories for DWG files linked into the project using the “Current View Only”
  • option at time of import. Improves stability when attempting to turn on sun path while temporary view properties mode is active.
  • Improves data integrity when export model to FBX.

Autodesk® Revit® Architecture 2014 Enhancements
  • Improves display of hidden lines on walls in Floor Plan and Elevation views.

Autodesk® Revit® Structure 2014 Enhancements
  • Improves display of vertical rebar when the rebar extends past the View Range.
  • Improves the location consistency of Structural beams when upgrading projects.
  • Improves stability when viewing a sheet which contains Structural Reinforcement Areas.

Autodesk® Revit® MEP 2014 Enhancements
  • Improves the visual fidelity of point clouds in MEP discipline views in regards to underlay elements in the view.
  • Improves connection reliability between fittings when upgrading MEP projects.
  • Improves connection reliability between fittings when changing the size of MEP elements.
  • Improves the data integrity of the Outside Air per Area value for a HVAC when exported to gbXML.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

The broad interoperability that people really want is not delivered today.

BIM interoperability means that the word ‘waste’ needs to disappear and we have to think of everything as a resource. We will not throw data away, we will put it where it can be used again during the building lifecycle.

Figure 1: A BIM Project Flow Chart from