Saturday, February 24, 2018

Revit 2018 Export to Building Site; Pages from Revit 2018 Architectural Command Reference Book

More Revit book related sharing today... my Autodesk Revit 2018 Architectural Command Reference book, by SDC Publications,  has a chapter for each tab on the Ribbon. Each chapter covers every command on that tab. It should be pointed out that MEP, and many advanced structural commands are not covered in this book; thus, the word 'Architectural' in the title.

This book is not a tutorial.

But, it does come with nearly 100 short videos.

The File tab chapter is nearly 100 pages and covers some things I do not see used very often, like the Building Site export, which allows 3D Revit geometry and some MEP connectors to be translated into Autodesk Civil 3D Styles.

 The five screen shots below are each pages from the book...

Friday, February 23, 2018

New Revit Book Chapter; Multi-Story Stairs

In a continued attempt to add value to my Revit textbooks, I recently developed a new 50-page appendix chapter covering the new Multi-Story Stair feature introduced in Revit 2018.

This new online 'exclusive' chapter is based on a presentation I did last year (2017) in Europe on the new Revit feature, which earned the #4 speaker spot. This was at the BILT conference in Aarhus, Denmark. Here are a few conference-related posts:

On a related note, I also had the opportunity to work with the developers on this new feature in 2016 via online sessions and during a week I spent with them in the Autodesk office in Shanghai China.

The result of working through this chapter is a 20-story stair with railings that return in a...

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Managing Detail References in a Door Schedule with Global Parameters

A typical project has several drafting views representing a door's head, jamb and sill condition. These drafting views are organized on sheets, and each has a unique drawing number. The drawing and sheet number are then referenced in the Door Schedule as shown in the first image below.

The problem is, this is all manually entered text as there is no way to refer directly to the drafting views from here. Schedule Keys are not practical because there are too many door combinations and those schedule cannot use Shared Parameters.

While there are certainly some add-in workflows that would work, this post will share how to use Revit's newer Global Parameters to at least ease the pain when it comes to managing all this manually entered text.

On the Manage tab, open the Global Parameters dialog as shown below. In this dialog you...

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Another Dedicated VR Space - Seriously!

In our Duluth office, where I work, we are in the process of creating a large, open collaboration area with our Integrative Design Team (IDT) floor.

Overlapping this space we added a second dedicated VR space as shown in the image below. This offers a spacious "play area" just steps away from where the work is being done.

The two Vive lighthouses are 22 feet apart (6.7M). This provides ample space to actually walk around a virtual workroom, reception area, or exam room, for example.

This space also utilizes the TPCast wireless adaptor to make the Enscape and Fuzor VR experience truly remarkable!

This space is still waiting on some furniture, so things are...

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Civil 3D Pipe Network to Revit; Epic Fail

As a full service firm with in-house surveyors and civil engineers, we have Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3D files just a few folders away from our Revit models on most projects.

We always generate the Revit toposurface from  a C3D surface. I will save that workflow for another day.

However, there is another important feature in these files that is pretty much not accessible to us in Revit; it is the underground utilities such as sewer, storm water, water and gas pipes. In Civil 3D these elements are called Pipe Networks.

Over the last couple months I tried to get Pipe Network data into Revit and worked three...

Monday, February 19, 2018

NVIDIA GPU Technology Conference 2018

I will be speaking at NVIDIA's GPU Technology Conference, in Silicon Valley, next month (March 2018). I will be presenting on LHB's implementation of virtual reality (VR) in the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) market. This will include discussions on hardware, software and, most importantly, how our clients have responded.

There is a 25% discount code at the bottom of this post!

There are 53 sessions in the AEC sector as seen in the...

Friday, February 16, 2018


I must admit, writing blog posts for Enscape is a lot of fun.

It is personally rewarding to blend my knowledge of the visualization aspects of Revit, with the brave-new-world of Enscape's real-time rendering prowess, into written format for others to build upon and hopefully share back to the AEC community.

In this most recent article I dive into the...