Author Archives: nmcclure

To Edit or Not To Edit…

Firms take different approaches to template files. Some, (I’m looking at you @twiceroadsfool) like to load ‘em up with most everything a project needs, and let the teams weed out what they find they don’t need.  Others take a more … Continue reading

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Resolving Redundant Rooms

This is an addition to the original post on resolving ‘not placed’ rooms New users are often befuddled by how to place Room Tags in open-flowing areas.  They quickly drop rooms into the zones of a plan, name them and … Continue reading

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Protected: Pre-Programming Room Data

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Show History Comments

I’m a big advocate of milestone archives (surprisingly, its less common than you’d think).  Making a significant revision mid-way between milestone deliverables? Archive.  Getting ready to clean up the model by ‘accepting’ Design Options? Archive. This leads to me being … Continue reading

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Orienting and Color Coding

Our medical office building project is rolling along, with consultant model updates weekly and clash reviews prompting a lot of webinar meetings.  Two things we discovered really quickly: 1) Without direct access to Navisworks Manage, we couldn’t get updated reports, … Continue reading

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Preparing for Navisworks Clash Detection

Many of the smaller firm clients I work with do not have in-house access to Navisworks for broader, multi-discipline clash detection, but may be contributing a model to be reviewed in Navis through the primary consultant, or the contractor on … Continue reading

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Revit pumpkin carving!

Used the holiday to introduce the teams to adaptive components for creating complex geometry.  In this case, a parametric pumpkin, that each person then carved out with voids.  Here’s my sample:   And rendered with ‘candles’ inside:

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Rotating Project North

Yes, it happens.  A project file is started, then more data comes in, and the survey finally arrives, and it turns out that what you’ve started designing in response to isn’t quite oriented how you thought.  Or, the team does … Continue reading

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Modeling Parking Garage Ramps

While I’m a HUGE fan of reducing parking requirements for housing and mixed-use projects, there is still a need to design (and model) parking garages.  This can be a real challenge to new Revit users, as there IS a ramp … Continue reading

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Rendering Non-Renderings

Photorealism renderings have their place in the architectural design process – presentations to design review boards, client promotion materials, etc.  For the in-house design teams, however, I am a much bigger fan of non-renderings – perspective views to communicate scale … Continue reading

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