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Summit Technologies reaches Autodesk Gold reseller status

Summit Technologies reaches Autodesk Gold reseller status

At Summit Technologies, we take pride in providing the best possible services to our Autodesk and AEC clients. Our clients trust us to provide them with all the tools they require to get the best out of their software, as well as insuring that their software gets implemented seamlessly and quickly. Recently, thanks to our…

New objects, tools and now 4K capability highlight Lumion 8

New objects, tools and now 4K capability highlight Lumion 8

  Lumion 8 is here, and a number of features have been added to make your experience better with a smoother workflow and more tools. With the new Styles feature, there’s no longer the need to combine numerous slider effect to achieve a single desired change. Now, a set of pre-loaded Styles have been built…

[Watch] Planning out your Revit families

[Watch] Planning out your Revit families

This technical presentation discusses how to create a plan for your more complex Revit families so you can create them efficiently and to the requirements of your firm. Using the creation of architectural doors as the working example, we discuss how to map out your requirements for both graphics and data to create a functional,…

Framing a Complex Roof Structure Using Dynamo

Framing a Complex Roof Structure Using Dynamo

These days, architecture is getting bolder and more wavy. As a result many structural engineering firms are having to model in Revit against this bold architecture. To say the least, it can be quite challenging and time intensive to model curved structural framing members that correctly follow complex forms. It can be even more frustrating,…

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…

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