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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…

Summit Technologies at BUILDEX Vancouver

Summit Technologies at BUILDEX Vancouver

Be sure to mark your calendars for February 24-25, when AEC industry leaders from British Columbia and beyond will be on-hand to inform and educate at the BUILDEX Convention at the Vancouver Convention Centre. Bob Heyman, President of Summit Technologies, will be moderating a panel of experts in a discussion on how to address broken…

Lumion 6.0 Now Available

Lumion 6.0 Now Available

Image quality is what distinguishes a great presentation from a good one. That’s why materials, reflections, shadows and lighting have been taken to a new level in Lumion 6. These features and hundreds of other improvements have been enabled by a major overhaul of Lumion´s render engine. The results are now more compelling and realistic…

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…

Revit 2016 R2 Release New Features

Revit 2016 R2 Release New Features

It’s that time of year again and Autodesk has released their mid-cycle update to Revit.  We should get used to this new release cycle in that Autodesk has told us that this is how they are rolling out new features for the foreseeable future. Speaking of the roll out it appears that they are exclusively…

How to get the most out of a model review

How to get the most out of a model review

This presentation will go through the process of how to review models completed in Revit. It will look at how to present the model review to the project team, utilize the data to narrow down employee training needs, and compare the model against current office modeling standards. This presentation addresses: The process of completing a…

5 Goals of a BIM Manager

5 Goals of a BIM Manager

Are you starting out as a BIM Manager or wanting to enhance your management role? Join us for a peek into the five goals that will help you achieve success within your firm. Based on real-world experience, these are the goals Laura Kay Smith, BIM Manager at Kasian Architecture Interior Design and Planning has set…

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…

Revit tips & tricks you didn’t know or didn’t remember

Revit tips & tricks you didn’t know or didn’t remember

Have you ever been sitting at your computer, working away at a Revit model and thinking to yourself “There has got to be a better way to do this”? Well, there likely is. This rapid-fire session will show you a number tricks and tips that you may not know or, somewhere along the line, you…

Dynamo sample scripts

Dynamo sample scripts

At the recent Dynamo webinar I promised a few scripts to share: Simple  Door category count – You really wouldn’t need this, but it is a good starting point to get familiar with commonly used nodes for reading information from a project as demonstrated in the next two scripts. Export to Excel – Potential workflows…

Planning for Digital Operations Data

Planning for Digital Operations Data

In a world where contact information is available at the click of a button and we seamlessly transition data between devices, Geraldine Rayner, Director of Summit BIM asks why we still use paper in the AECO industry. Published on the FacilityCare website, the article – Planning for Digital Operations Data – outlines how to plan…

Dynamo: Unlocking further power in Revit

Dynamo: Unlocking further power in Revit

Dynamo is creating waves in the industry as a visual programming tool that greatly extends the power of Revit. At the end of this presentation you will understand what Dynamo does very well and how it can help you improve quality, simplify design iterations and reduce tedious tasks in Revit. This presentation is designed for…

Horizontal Mullions on a Curved Curtain Wall

Horizontal Mullions on a Curved Curtain Wall

Welcome to Technical Tuesdays! Today we’re going to look at how you create horizontal mullions that are parallel to the ground on a curved curtain wall with a sloped top. If, for example, you applied a curtain system per face, you may find yourself with some sloped mullions. Not the expected or desired output. Whereas…

Engraved Text on a Curved Wall

Engraved Text on a Curved Wall

Applying three-dimensional text on a surface is a great feature in Autodesk Revit. However, there is a constraint, model text can only be applied on a flat surface. So what do you do when you would like to apply a 3D embellishment to a curved surface – say a curved gateway? There are a few…

Analytical Boundary Errors

Analytical Boundary Errors

Recently we were auditing a Revit model and ended up stuck in a the unfortunate cycle of trying to click through hundreds of errors to complete an Ungroup task. These errors were referencing various floors and complaining along the lines of: “Boundary edge lines intersect each other. Boundary contour must not be distorted.” After attempting…

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