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How to Model a Bearing Plate and Schedule its Elevation in Revit

How to Model a Bearing Plate and Schedule its Elevation in Revit

This screencast describes the procedures needed to model a bearing plate and schedule its elevation in Revit. Normally, you might want to create a family, but in this particular case, since we want to schedule the elevation, using a simple floor and then filtering it in a schedule is cleaner and more straightforward. Select the…

How to Connect Steel Pipe Sections to Each Other in Revit

How to Connect Steel Pipe Sections to Each Other in Revit

Joining steel pipe in Revit is an easy process. Model your structural framing elements as you normally would. In a 3d view, click on the Modify tab -> Geometry panel -> Beam/Column Joins Tool In the Options bar, you will have filtering options if you only want to see Steel or Wood framing. Blue arrows…

How to Change the Classification System of a Pipe Fitting in Revit

How to Change the Classification System of a Pipe Fitting in Revit

There are two possible fixes that can help when a pipe fitting needs to be switched from an incorrect System Classification. The System Classification will normally be greyed out so switching directly is not possible. Disconnect the pipe from the pipe fitting and reconnect. Try re-connecting additional sides if the first side didn’t work. While hovering…

Scheduling Shared Family Parameters Through a Link in Revit

Scheduling Shared Family Parameters Through a Link in Revit

This screencast outlines the procedure necessary to schedule a shared parameter through a link using Revit. Note a family in the linked project that has the shared parameter you are hoping to schedule. Close the linked file. Open the host project and link file. Find a view, press Tab as you hover over one of the families…

Managing the data side of the BIM process

Managing the data side of the BIM process

What is LOD? LOD is a system for explaining and controlling the data and geometry requirements of different objects at different phases of a project to provide clarity and control risk. Commonly known as Level of Development and Level of Detail, it is focused on the needs of design and construction teams, based on an…

Shared vs. Project Parameter Usage in Revit

Shared vs. Project Parameter Usage in Revit

Shared and Project Parameters are an important concept in Revit which can cause confusion to new users. Technically, Revit contains Built-in, Family, Shared and Project Parameters. Built-in parameters are those which can be scheduled out of the box. Family parameters are not scheduled, but may help drive parametric changes within a family and are also visible…

Bulk Upgrade Old Revit Families or Projects Using Dynamo

Bulk Upgrade Old Revit Families or Projects Using Dynamo

This screencast covers an easy way to upgrade old Revit projects (file extension .RVT) and families (file extension .RFA) using Dynamo (for free!). Upgrading families is a necessary step with every new release of Revit. In our consulting work, we highly recommend clients maintain a Warehouse File which has a level for each Revit Category…

Lumion 7.5 out now!

Lumion 7.5 out now!

Putting Beautiful Renders Within Your Reach That’s certainly true of Lumion 7.5, the latest Lumion update available from July 6th. So, before diving in, let’s take a look at what’s new! 52 New High-Definition Materials Lumion empowers architects to quickly create beautiful renders, and the Lumion 7.5 update includes a significant expansion of our extensive materials library.…

Upgrading Revit Projects to a New Version

Upgrading Revit Projects to a New Version

This article outlines best practices to follow when upgrading a Revit model from an older version. Read the release notes for the Revit version to which you will be upgrading to. If the upgrade encompasses more than one year release, read the release notes associated with all versions of Revit you are upgrading through. You…

Summit to host Owner’s workshop at CanBIM’s Regional Session in Calgary

Summit to host Owner’s workshop at CanBIM’s Regional Session in Calgary

Summit BIM’s director Geraldine Rayner and Summit’s President Bob Heyman will host a workshop for Building Owners at the CanBIM Regional Session in Calgary on June 28 – 29. A two-day jam packed event, CanBIM provides valuable insights into the latest in Building Information Modelling in Canada. Utilizing lessons learned over 30-years in the AEC…

Purge Unused Text Types

Purge Unused Text Types

Deleting unused text types in Revit can be a real pain. Purging does not always successfully delete text types that aren’t used, so what do we do? You guessed it: Dynamo to the rescue. In a recent project, we used dynamo to try and find where rogue text types were being used. The advantage of…

What’s New in Revit 2018 for Architects

What’s New in Revit 2018 for Architects

So it’s that time of year again, here are some quick updates for what is new in Revit 2018 for Architects. EXCITING CHANGES Ability to add parameters and schedule RVT Links and Model Groups Adding Parameters to RVT Links and Model Groups – Can Add parameters to both. For Model groups I see tons of potential…

[Watch] Autodesk Maintenance & Subscription: Navigating the Change

[Watch] Autodesk Maintenance & Subscription: Navigating the Change

Recently, Autodesk announced changes to maintenance on perpetual licenses allowing users to switch to term subscription. This session addresses some of the key questions asked. We will review key dates, the options available to you when your Maintenance plan comes up for renewal, and example pricing to help you decide which approach is best for…

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