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Friday, 26 October 2018

Multiple Instances Of One Project Link In A Federated Model

"Anything that is worth teaching can be presented in many different ways. These multiple ways can make use of our multiple intelligences." - Howard Gardner

Imagine working on a project where there are multiple buildings/rooms/spaces which looks exactly the same, but in different locations, elevations or orientations. Many think that each one of those buildings/rooms/spaces must be handled as separate project files, which would then be linked into the Master Project file (Typically the Shared Levels and Grids Project, containing the topography)

However: There is an easier way of doing this

In this example, two buildings were created, each in their own project file. Multiple instances of these buildings were placed in different locations, at different elevations and orientations within a Federated Project file. By entering the Shared Site functionality of a specific link, notice that one can record the position of this linked file's INSTANCE. This is a very important concept to remember. Even though we are working with one file, changing this setting will only affect the selected instance/s.

Notice that we can create multiple positions of the same linked file, thus being able to place multiple instances of the same building in our project, and record those unique positions.

The above becomes quite important when other parties need to work on/with your project. They would link the Topography, and each individual link into their project (In this case we use a Structural Engineering model as an example). When entering the Shared Site functionality, we can control that Building A must be linked into both the Unit A1 and Unit A2 positions. Similarly, Building B must be linked into both the Unit B1 and Unit B2 positions.

Should anything change within the linked files, it will update automatically, retaining the position, elevation and orientation.

Even your schedules, provided that you have entered the correct non-graphical information into your linked files and linked instances, will show the correct information.

Seeing that it is Friday, how about a bit of philosophy?
Irrespective of whether you agree with Howard Gardner's theory at the start of this blog entry or not (Intelligences versus Aptitude versus Personality Traits), I do believe that Education and Training needs to adapt to the ever changing times, industries, atmospheres and technologies.

People's behaviours and perceptions also needs to drastically change. Don't get me wrong, this is not a rant. However, I came across a very thought provoking Ted Ed talk by the former host of Dirty Jobs, Mike Rowe: Learning From Dirty Jobs.

Yes Mike, I got a lot of things wrong too

Friday, 12 October 2018

Revit 2019 - Precast Add-in

"Better Quality, More efficiency, Unbounded Creativity" -

I recently played around with the Precast Add-in for Revit 2019, and I must say that I had some fun in doing so.

Trying to see if I could "break" the add-in, I created a ring's head using structural walls

These walls were split through the Precast add-in, providing the results below:

Reinforcement was automatically added to each splitted part through the add-in as well

Selecting the Shop Drawings command, Revit generates Assembly views, complete with Sheets and Schedules and places it on each part's sheet. Minor tweaking will need to be done regarding the placement location of the views on the sheets.

Have a great weekend folks!

Friday, 21 September 2018

3D View Manipulation Using Scope Boxes - Revit 2019

Something I do love about new releases of Revit, and even with new Service Pack updates, is that we often find new features which are not part of the official new features lists. Similar to the previous Revit Recess post: Revit 2019 Colorfill Legend Visual Style, we have another exciting new feature which allows us to crop a 3D view with a scope box.

Let's start this entry by looking at the various ways in which we can manipulate the extents of a 3D view:

Method 1: View Crop Region - Pretty much self-explanatory

Method 2: Section Box - A manual method of isolating a specific area of your model, manipulating the section box extents by pushing and pulling the section box sides. The biggest drawback to this method is that the size and position of the section box is not saved. In other words, if you meticulously position and size your section box, turn it off and turn it on again, the section box extents will be around your entire project.

Method 3: Selection Box - My go-to method for automatically sectioning a 3D view according to selected objects. A "Bread-and-Butter" command along with Trim and Align.

Method 4: Scope Box - Revit 2019 now allows us to apply a scope box to a 3D view. This is game changer, especially when working on very large and complex projects, where a lot of time has been spent setting up specific positions for scope boxes on plan views. Very nice feature.

Have a great weekend, folks! For the South African readers of Revit Recess, enjoy Heritage Day on Monday!

Monday, 10 September 2018

Revit 2019: Colorfill Legend Visual Style

Revit 2019 has provided us with 2 great Colorfill Legend functions called "Highlighter Width" and "Switch to contour fill at" for Piping.

From the image below, notice how the graphics for pipes looks. The default setting for "Highlighter Width" is 1.6, which controls the thickness of the colorfill lines. The default setting for "Switch to contour fill at" is 152.4, which means that any pipe with a size of more than 152.4 (In the example) would not have a border, but rather be filled with colour. 

When changing the "Switch to contour fill at" option from 1.6 to 0.5, the border lines for the piping are a lot thinner.

Similarly, changing the above option to 3, results in a much thicker border lines

Changing the "Switch to contour fill at" option to 50, will ensure that all pipes larger than 50mm will have a solid fill instead of border lines.  

And lastly, changing the above option to 10 will ensure all pipes larger than 10 will have a solid fill. 

These new functions could make isolating certain properties on piping a lot easier, without having to set up multiple filters to achieve a specific visual style. 

Have a good week, folks!

Tuesday, 21 August 2018

Revit Artistry

"In the big picture, architecture is the art and science of making sure that our cities and buildings fit with the way we want to live our lives" - Bjarke Ingels

For quite some time I have wanted to create an art piece, a sculpture, natively in Revit. Some of you might be thinking, "just because you can do something, does not mean you should"; I whole heartedly agree with this statement. However: Being able to 'fully' utilise any piece of software, you have to hone your skills regularly, you have to broaden your mind to what else is out there. In other words, what can I create that will challenge me? The last physical sculpture I have ever made was in kindergarten where we were given play dough and straws. I think I need to remedy this.    

In the meantime, a digital sculpture will have to do. I sourced an image from the internet and traced over it using the spline command (TIP: Save yourself hours and download an Auto-Clicker program). These shapes were extruded and a random void cut layout was added.

I searched for a paint splatter image on the internet and thought that the image below would look interesting when being used as a decal image.

I'm quite satisfied with the end result: