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[Watch] Dynamo, Revised

[Watch] Dynamo, Revised

The development of Dynamo continues accelerating, becoming an integral part of Revit. Edwin Guerra, Summit’s resident Dynamo expert, reviews what changed in Dynamo in 2016. This video highlights the exciting new possibilities Dynamo offers, including: Direct manipulation – push pull functionality; Improved list management – improved interpretation of node data types; and, Direct shape enhancement…

Dynamo Delete Node

Dynamo Delete Node

After careful inspection of the out of the box nodes available in Dynamo, many users wonder why there isn’t a delete node included. Perhaps, it was too risky for Autodesk to take any liability for the accidental deletion of hundreds of elements. Luckily, there are a few custom nodes available which accomplish the deletion task.…

[Watch] 5 BIM Metrics for Owners

[Watch] 5 BIM Metrics for Owners

BIM authoring and review tools have been adopted and used by Designers and Contractors. Building owners are beginning to recognize new opportunities that result from implementing a BIM process. By using just five simple metrics, building owners can realize a significant process improvement that will help them reduce risk and operate their buildings better and…

BIM Metrics for Owners – References

BIM Metrics for Owners – References

In my recent webinar, I outlined five simple metrics that can help building owners better prepare and implement BIM requirements and workflows as an organization. A few links of interest which were mentioned during the webinar are included below for reference. I mentioned WeWork, a co-working startup who has focused on model-centric workflows augmented with real time…

Downstream Uses of BIM

Downstream Uses of BIM

We held a great BIMbc Vancouver meeting last week. Simon Yew, CAD/BIM Specialist with IBI Group, shared workflows that use publicly available Geographic Information Systems (GIS) data from the City of Vancouver Open Data Portal to get topography without having to wait for an official survey. Simon emphasized the value of getting information that is good enough to…

Using Revit Categories in Dynamo

Using Revit Categories in Dynamo

In my previous Dynamo webinars and in my recent presentation to the San Francisco Dynamo User Group (SFDUG), I emphasized that when it comes to selecting elements, I like using the API built-in category names. The benefit is that you don’t have to scroll through a long node after closing and re-opening a Dynamo definition. For…

Autodesk Seek: Load Revit families quickly

Autodesk Seek: Load Revit families quickly

Autodesk Seek has a new addin for Revit at the App Exchange. It represents a valuable upgrade from the traditional built-in search box in Revit that kicks you out into a website so you can download manufacturer-specific content for Revit (after you log in). The Autodesk Seek addin allows you to more easily search, download…

Owner-driven BIM

Owner-driven BIM

Building owners have important post-construction needs that are often poorly addressed with legacy paper-based workflows. This presentation demonstrates how owner-defined BIM standards can help streamline data management throughout the life cycle of a building. Viewers will be able to: List current challenges in “template” Project Execution Plans and workflows Understand the components of an owner-driven…

eTransmit for Revit

eTransmit for Revit

It is not uncommon to have to share Revit model files as part of a milestone submission. If you have linked DWGs/custom keynotes it can be a challenge to put together all the files and keep the links properly pathed. There is a useful add-in by Autodesk that helps simplify this situation called eTransmit for…

PDF hyperlinks from Revit 2015 and later

PDF hyperlinks from Revit 2015 and later

A little publicized feature of Revit 2015 R2 is the ability to generate hyperlinked PDF document sets when using a hyperlink compliant PDF writer like Adobe Reader or Bluebeam Revu. See 2015 R2 PDF Export Enhancements Sample Document Set (.pdf) – Generated from a modified version of the Open Source Metal Building. Try it out and experience enhanced document…

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