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Revit Architecture

Revit Architecture

Saturday, February 25, 2017 | By | Add a Comment

RKO backlot main hotel views

RKO backlot main hotel views (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Revit Architecture

Those of us who know anything about BIM or Building Information Modeling know how much of an oh-so-joyous happy dandy fun time Revit Architecture can be.  With its tendencies for the user to have to be highly accurate in the development of a structure without having the ability to adjust measurements manually, Revit can be an extremely time consuming and often excruciatingly painstaking program to design fully developed construction in.

Rendering can be a whole other monster to deal with in itself.  Any project with a significant amount of At the school where I learned my Revit skills, we have wonderful 2 core processor Dell desktops which pretty much are good for doing a percentage of the floor plan work and unless you have several hours to spare, then forget about rendering big projects.  Especially if animation or 3DS Max plug-ins are used, then you should really expect to be spending a significantly lengthy amount of time rendering your projects.

Of course, now we have cloud-based rendering with the experimental plug-in dubbed Project Neon, located on Autodesk Labs which is in the beta phases and allows for the user to render their images through their Autodesk account instead of locally through their own computers.  But rendering a project is still very time consuming and the use of your Autodesk account is not always available (at such places like certain schools).  It is because of the complexity of the program and the time it takes to create each individual aspect of the entire program that the program in its entirety is not always taken advantage of in the workplace.

Just imagine the incredible and beautifully polished 3D designs that could be showcased during potential project bids in any given circumstance if the software were to develop with simplified convenience in mind.  Nevertheless, Revit still is a remarkable program and it is improving dramatically by the year.  I hope to see the day when rooms are created and developed with much simpler methods and randomly generated components and furniture are brought into the program.  These improvements, including the ability to freely manipulate measurements would make Revit an excellent program to use regularly in the workplace.

Incomplete Revit Families

Incomplete Revit Families

Friday, May 6, 2016 | By | Add a Comment



Incomplete Revit Families

When you are working with Revit, you want to make sure great lengths are taken into making sure everything is as complete and organized as possible before completing the final renderings and walkthroughs that will be used to showcase your project to potential buyers and bidders.  So, needless to say, a lot of time and effort must be put into making sure everything is precise in detail and assembled exactly without any errors or discrepancies.

When importing families into Revit, it is often difficult to tell the level of detail or what exactly consists of the family that is imported.  Many family items do not include additional components to give the item a complete realistic look that is necessary for high level presentations.  This often leads to having to also import all the other individual components (if you can find them, especially for use with the version of Revit you may be using) and add them to the main family item you are placing.  Such is the case that I have noticed with many furniture related items that are the files that are included in the Revit databases when the program is downloaded from Autodesk.  This can be extremely time consuming and on a large scale project with many levels, can often take days and weeks to add all of the necessary detail to provide a well polished, impressive presentation of the final project.

Take a look at the bookshelves I have displayed in the pictures above.  The first picture on the upper far right is a stock shelving family that comes with the Autodesk Revit family database files upon download.  The picture of the same shelving unit in the picture of the unit next to a water cooler is pictured with independent book components that were manually placed onto the shelves (which took me an incredible amount of time to do) to give it a more complete, functional look.  I then attempted to copy and past the entire selection of components and place them in various areas of the floor plan and my results were similar to the picture you see of the same shelving unit with missing books.  I found that after multiple attempts of trying to copy and past the entire selection that it continually would not copy and paste all of the books and the shelving unit without many books missing on the shelves.

So, I believe the only solutions are either to: create a custom family of shelving with all of the books placed on the shelves, or to download a pre-made shelving unit from a Revit component website with books placed on the shelves.  The last picture is actually a shelving unit that I found on such a site that was not an accurate model of the picture that was displayed on the site.  So, maybe your best bet would be to create your own family of shelving with books and use that continuously throughout your project in order to save time and have things done correctly the first time!

I hope this helps you in saving many necessary wasted hours that could be used on many other valuable things.  Thanks for reading and please continue to check my blogs regularly for more Revit tips and information.

Adaptive Revit Railing

Adaptive Revit Railing

Tuesday, March 29, 2016 | By | Add a Comment



Adaptive Revit Railing

So lately I have been working on a Revit project that involves the creation of a large corporate office building with attached recreational and exercise facilities, and I came across the difficulty of being able to place a railing on a custom made set of circular concrete stairs that I created to lead up to the set of exterior doors located on both the north and south sides of the east corporate office wing of the building.

So, after many failed attempts of inserting the rail system either by host or sketch, as well as editing the parameters associated with the railing families, I decided my only known option was to attempt to manually create an adaptive railing.  And the outcome is what you see in the pictures above.

This just so happens to be my first attempt ever at making an adaptive component, so I used the video above as my guide.  It is a good video, although it happens to miss some points including how to make a multi-baluster railing as well as how to make the railing in U.S. standard measurements instead of metric.  It is still a very informative video, and a good starting point for anyone who feels the need or inspiration to begin creating adaptive components in Revit.

As you can see, my railing still needs some degree of work to be done.  It is not perfect and I ran across a number of problems including the sloping of the bottom portions of the railing, as well as the irregular ellipse-like balusters.  Also, I need to be able to change the material of the railing as well, so it appearss as the standard dull, anonyomous, greyish material and I have yet to add the material change as a parameter in the family parameters.  But, still not a bad first attempt if I do say so myself.  What do you think?  Be honest.

Revit and 3DS Max Animation

Revit and 3DS Max Animation

Sunday, March 27, 2016 | By | Add a Comment

Revit and 3DS Max Animation

Yet another exciting topic in the world of Revit, is importing 3DS Max animation into the project.  This is the essential element for high-profile displays or presenting your Revit structure and it’s walkthroughs to a client for them to get the full experience of visualizing the structure from the inside and out.  Of course, you want your doors to open and your escalators to escalate when you’ve got a multi-million dollar project on the line for a potential bid out.  And it would be even nicer if the people moved and the television screens projected moving pictures too!  So, how does a project designer in Revit get his features animated?

It is all a matter of importing your Revit project into 3DS Max and doing the animation work with the animation tools in 3DS Max, and then doing your final renderings in 3DS Max as well.  But how does a Revit designer import his Revit design into 3DS Max in the first place?  The great thing about Autodesk programs is that it is very easy to link and import and export files from different Autodesk programs into and out of each program.

3DS Max is a 3D program which deals with 3D views and animation, so obviously the file that you would need to import into 3DS Max would be a 3D view of your Revit project.  Once you have selected the view that you wish to import into 3DS Max to manipulate, then you would go into 3DS Max and in the File Menu drop down you will find an Import files selection.  Once you click on this button then you will need to find the location of the Revit file you want to import and select it and open the file.  It may then give you a choice of what view of the file you wish to open the file into, such as external views, side views, or possibly internal views.  Once you have selected the view, then the file should take a moment or two to process into the program and then VIOLA…..the view should then appear before your very eyes!   Not too difficult was that now?  Take a look at the video above for more information and a visual tutorial about what we just discussed!

Revit elevation walkthroughs

Revit elevation walkthroughs

Sunday, March 27, 2016 | By | Add a Comment

Revit elevation walkthroughs

I have been working with Revit elevation walkthroughs for quite a while now and I feel I have a rather fair understanding of most of the basic program functions, at least for creating a structure and giving it a novice degree of substance.  Some of the design components of Revit have a high number of tutorials and teaching curriculum, while other components just kind of leave you guessing at one point or another.

When dealing with structure walkthroughs in Revit,  I still get baffled when it comes to trying to get anything close to what would seem like a realistic walk through the completed structure.  For those of us who have worked with Revit and know what I am talking about, one of the difficulties lies in doing elevation changes so that the viewer experiences realistic experiences like going down ramps or walking down stairs without glitching the walkthrough and ending up with extremely higher or lower elevation points where the viewer is either floating in mid-air or sinking into the ground unexpectedly.

The degree of difficulty for the solution depends on what your intention for the walkthrough may be.  If it is a matter of going up a simple ramp, then most likely all one would have to do is when placing the points in the walkthrough, adjust the offset of the camera before placing the point in the camera options bar, and then make sure the camera is facing in the correct direction at each placed point in an elevation view of the walkthrough path in edit mode (as if you were looking diagonally upward while walking up the ramp, or diagonally downward if you were walking down the ramp).

If your walkthrough on the other hand, involves climbing a flight of stairs, then you have a bit more of trickier work to do with adjusting the camera to make it appear as the individual is climbing the stairs realistically in the walkthrough.  This involves adjusting not only the direction of the camera at the placed points in the elevation view, but also the path of the placed points in the elevation view as well.  In order to switch from adjusting the camera view and the path in the elevation view, remember there is a drop down list in the camera options bar!  With a little bit of editing experience in stairway walkthroughs, hopefully your walkthroughs will one day resemble the video above!