Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Canadian Consulting Engineer BIM Article

Here's an article that Bill Wright (Revit MEP Implementation Specialist) and I recently co-authored for Canadian Consulting Engineer, February 2012 Issue page.26.

True Tales of BIM
Consultants share their insights into what it takes to successfully implement building information modeling. As it turns out, managing and understanding people is as important as being familiar with the actual technology...

Revit Structure 2012 Intermediate Training Videos Released

Introducing video training for Revit Structure 2012 Intermediate. This 7.5hr course completes the workflow of a project focusing on industry best practices along the way. Picking up where the fundamental course left off, this course covers intermediate and advanced topics like Phasing, Families and Collaboration. Watch some free sample videos here. The Revit Structure Bundle contains 14 hours of project specific training.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Video: Splitting Columns

Here is a video showing the workarounds for splitting columns.
The workarounds demonstrated are changing Vertical Columns to Slanted and/or using the Coordination Monitor.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Video: How to Fillet in Revit

Back in 2006 I did a simple post on how to Fillet. Now we have a video...

I can trim, offset and align but where's fillet?

Fillet is used with a 'draw' tool like line or wall. Here's how to put a radius on the corner of walls;
Start the wall tool and choose fillet arc from the dropdown list.
Pick the two corner walls and draw a preliminary arc.
Pick the arc and adjust the radius by typing the number in the dimension.

Revit Fill Patterns (Hatch Patterns): Part 1

Revit Hatch Patterns: Part 1

Hatch patterns in Revit are referred to as 'Fill Patterns'.
When applied to a Revit material they can be either 'Surface Patterns' or 'Cut Patterns'.
Surface Patterns: Fill Patterns on an element in projection.
Cut Patterns: Fill Patterns on an element when cut.

Revit further divides them into 'Model' and 'Drafting'.
Model: Is always real world size (for instance 8"x4"x2.5"). Useful for measuring brick coursing.
Drafting: Is always a printed size (for instance measured off the sheet as 1/16"). Useful for representing diagonal masonry hatch no matter the scale.

Fill Patterns start life as a .pat file. The same file used in AutoCAD and other programs for hatches.
Here's a site with some free .pat files. As an example, you could download the file. This contains a bunch of sample brick hatches in .pat form. Take a look at the thirdrun.pat. These .pat files can be opened and edited in Notepad. Here's an AutoCAD dwg file made by Chirag Mistry which explains how to write and edit a .pat file for Revit. Most .pat files are 'Drafting' patterns according to Revit. In order to make them 'Model' patterns you need to add ";%TYPE=MODEL" to the second line of the pat file (without the quotations). You can do that to the thirdrun.pat file.

Once your .pat file is ready you can import it into Revit. This can be done under Manage-Additional Settings-Fill Patterns. You can then choose 'Drafting' or 'Model'.

Here are the steps for importing a .pat file:
Choose the .pat file. (thirdrun.pat)
Scale (this can only be changed on import)

You can also make simple crosshatch patterns within Revit (no need for a .pat file) . Just follow these steps:

Manage-Additional Settings-Fill Patterns. You can then choose 'Drafting' or 'Model'. 
Drafting or Model
Line Angle
Line Spacing
Parallel Lines or Crosshatch

These Fill Patterns can now be applied to Filled Regions and Revit Materials.

Please read this AUGI thread for additional reference: