Wednesday, February 24, 2010

AntiVirus Software and Revit Worksets

Some people have seen the situation where they can save a file to the server but as soon as they try to make a Central file Revit says 'File Not Saved'. This can be the AntiVirus software blocking it. You will want to make sure that the following file extensions are allowed:
When you make a Central File Revit will make a sub-folder with the above listed file extensions. Of course you will always want to make sure full read/write permissions are given to the user.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Upcoming BIM Webcast to Explore Integrated Project Delivery


On Feb. 25, 2010, at 2p.m. (EST), Reed Construction Data will present “Lessons in BIM Adoption: How Integrated Project Delivery Can Work”; a free webcast exploring the benefits and challenges of a collaborative approach to design and construction....

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Sending CAD Files to Background

Sometimes imported CAD files appear in the foreground and you just can't move them back. This can be addressed by the following method:
1. Import the CAD file and make sure that 'Current View Only' is checked.
2. Click on the CAD file. In the Options Bar you will see 'Foreground' or 'Background'.

Monday, February 08, 2010

ORUG Feb3rd Notes

Pinned Storefront Door Disappears

Make a Storefront Curtain Wall.
'Unpin' a panel.
Replace the unpinned panel with a Curtain Wall Door Panel.
If you try to 'pin' the new Curtain Wall Door Panel it will be changed back into a standard panel.

Friday, February 05, 2010

Revit 2010 License Timeout Workaround

Revit 2010 is not able to recover a lost network license when Revit is running. The program switches to Demo mode and any open data files will not be saved.

Solution (well, kind of...)
The files attached will allow Revit 2010 to recover a network license while running. If, after a 2 hour grace period, a network license is not found, Revit 2010 will display a dialog with the options to Save As & Exit or Exit. The user will not encounter Demo mode at anytime during this process.


BIM Cloud Computing

Steve Staffords blog referred to this great article on cloud computing with Revit....

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Ontario Revit Users Group Feb.3, 2010

We are really excited about 2010 at the Ontario Revit Users Group. Response to the 2010 Syllabus has been overwhelming.

John Peterson, a project architect with KPMB, has designed an exciting ORUG syllabus based on the design process and leveraging the information inherent to a Revit model. This series will consist of four meetings that will take us on a journey through the ups and downs of idealized proposals and real Revit projects
We will travel from the initial sketches to a robust, coordinated BIM model. Along the way we will cover important side ventures into Green Model analysis, cost estimating, Revit Structure and MEP coordination, Family creation, hardware optimization and Worksets.


Keep an eye on the blog for the post-meeting article.

Monday, February 01, 2010

AutoCAD File 2 Miles Across

If you're getting this error check the following:

In AutoCAD:
-zoom extents, delete any extraneous points or objects. Do this in plan and elevation views. Objects in the Z plane which are 2 miles away can also cause problems.
-confirm what the units are (we will need this when importing into Revit)
-make sure the that the entire drawing is not too far from the origin-0,0,0. You can move the drawing to 0,0,0 if needed with the move command.

In Revit:
Before you import make sure that you choose the correct import units.

As a side note. When importing site plans it may be a good idea to import the contours separate from the site plan lines. This is because the contours are usually at a proper sea elevation and site elevation while the the other site lines are at 0. You can isolate the contours layer and wblock it.

Here's some additional info and links on Steve Stafford's blog...