Monday, March 24, 2008

Great Revit Learning SIte

This site is great for finding help on almost anything! Many common questions are answered.

FYI, some of the info is a little outdated. Still good though.

Use files to create an instant toposurface

If you can obtain a csv (Points File) from the surveyor which contains coordinate points, this can be used to create a Revit topography surface.
If you can obtain a dwg with contours (polylines at proper Z elevations) you can import that and use the Import Instance function to create a toposurface. Keep in mind that the contours usually come in at the geodetic height unless otherwise edited. You may want to bring it closer to a zero Z elevation in AutoCAD before importing it for easy use.
If you choose to use a dwg with polyline contours as the topography base do the following things...
Open the dwg in AutoCAD and isolate the layer with the contours
Erase any non-essential info
purge, audit and save the dwg
In Revit:
Start the Toposurface Tool
Import/Link CAD Formats-Choose the contour dwg
Click Use Imported from the sidebar menu
Select Import Instance
Finish Sketch

Floor Pattern Legend

The Revit Legend tool will not show floors in plan as of R2008. In the meantime, here's a way...

1. make callout of floor in plan view
2. tag by material
3. crop as needed
4. drag and drop on sheet
repeat as needed

This will be a dynamic 'legend' which will not require much updating. It could be applied to many other things as well; walls, families etc.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

March 26 ORUG Meeting

Date: Wednesday March 26, 2008
Time: 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM.

Location: Alice Fazooli's, 294 Adelaide St W, Toronto ON, M5V 1P6.

Click here for map. For those taking the TTC, it is conveniently located near both Osgoode and St. Andrew stations on the Yonge-University-Spadina line.

Content: The BIM Model: New Concerns and Opportunities

Liability Conversation
This portion will be an interactive, moderated discussion with Charles to discuss industry concerns about legal liabilities and the BIM model.

Charles Simco - Shibley Righton LLP Charles has been recognised as an expert in the practice of Construction law and professional liability. He has been invited to speak about a variety of topics relating to his expertise at various legal and construction organizations.

Printing a Tactile 3D Model
Allan and his Technical Expert will discuss big picture reasons for using 3D printing as well as technical procedures. He may also offer free services as a giveaway.

Allan M. Agard - Entire Imaging Solutions Inc.Using 3D CAD files, Entire has been providing professionals with the highest quality digital 3D colour replication models for the past 36 years. Customization is provided to meet the specific needs of every client. Models are produced in days.

If you would like to become an ORUG member or attend this meeting as a guest, please contact Jay Polding at