Category Archives: BIM/Revit

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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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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Nesting Shared Elements

Combining a bunch of stuff into a single family (nesting) makes modeling more efficient, and can be less of a processing hit than groups – but there are some things to consider – specifically, if the nested elements should be … Continue reading

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Project Start Up – Site File

Although a Revit file can be a complete site, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND teams model the SITE separately from the BUILDING. Here’s why: 1) Buildings are modeled in PROJECT NORTH by default. This makes for more accurate models/data, and supports the … Continue reading

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Protected: Customizing Keynotes

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