Thursday, 21 December 2017

Happy Holidays - See you in 2018!!!

Wow, 2017 has gone fast! I can barely remember what I was doing in the first half of the year! The second half has been so busy I haven't posted as often as I would have liked, but the good news is, if all goes to plan that should change in 2018 and be back to my regular postings, with maybe even a little something on YouTube!! 

It is that time of year though for my annual review of popular posts on Revit Link, but first, a gift! I found this recently and have decided to use it for my students. It is aimed at the newbies who might be reading, but even experienced users may find it useful! Enjoy! 

Click the Image to see what's inside!!!

So, here it is, a look back at Revit Link in 2017, with a new category too...

My Favourite Post: Revit User Interface - Filters Dialog Box
Best Revit Dynamo Tip for 2017: Everyday Dynamo - Esc Key
Something New: Autodesk University 2017 - Creating Intelligent Details
Finally Fixed: Browser Sorting, View Templates, and Dependent Views - Resolved
What I want for Christmas: The DJI Osmo Mobile hand held stabiliser (I got my drone a few months ago!) 

Wishing everyone a safe and happy holiday!

Sunday, 17 December 2017

Hide Categories in View Using a Shortcut

Quick tip: Do you always turn off categories in views via the Visibility Graphics? Why not use a shortcut instead?

When we select a component in Revit, we can right click for 'Hide in View' with 3 options available: Elements, Category & Filter

Now, most seasoned users will tell you, 'Hide in View > Element' is full of problems (which I agree with), so if you are using this method a lot, I would recommend learning some better methods. For me, the main problem with this method of hiding is you can't add it to a View Template. 

The next option however is more useful. This is Hide in View > Category. Using this method, is actually the same as going into your Visibility Graphics and un-ticking the box. 

This is why, when a view template is active on a view, this method of hiding is greyed out. 

There is a shortcut assigned to this right click menu combination too! VH = Hide in View>Hide Category. I find this most handy for 3D views, which don't always have view templates assigned. Simply select multiple components on various categories, hit [VH] on your keyboard, and your done! 

If you want the reverse, activate your 'Reveal Hidden Elements' window, select your components and hit [VU] for Unhide Category. 

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Column 'Construction' Properties

One of the reasons I enjoy training so much is because I have the opportunity to always be learning on the job. Take for example my most recent training session, where one of my group members came across this great little nugget on column properties. 

Below, we have an architectural column with an unconnected height set to just below the roof. If we take a look at the column instance properties, you will notice aside from a few constraint options, there isn't much else to work with...

...but, something I never noticed is that the properties actually change once columns are attached to components! Notice anything different about the properties after I attach this architectural column to the roof above it?

The Construction heading give us two new parameters when the column is attached to a surface: 'Attachment Justification At Top', with 3 drop down choices that sets the top justification condition: Minimum Intersection, Maximum Intersection & Intersect Column Midline

The other parameter is 'Offset From Attachment At Top'. This offset is best seen when the attachment justification is set to 'Intersect Column Midline'. 

Oh, and if your thinking does this also apply to Structural Columns, the answer is yes.

I did ask myself how I never came across this setting before, but I don't use architectural columns as much as I probably could (often using walls instead) and not a whole lot of the structural framing modelling I do comes down to that sort of detail. That being said, it's certainly a nice little concealed couple of parameters to know about!

Credit for this post goes to Bonnie who found these helpful parameters for the class, despite moments earlier hearing me say "I don't think you can do that"

Looks like I was wrong! Never stop learning! 

Sunday, 26 November 2017

Autodesk University 2017 - Creating Intelligent Details in Revit

The 2017 year is wrapping up fast. It has been a very busy last few months for myself as you may have noticed with my lack of blog posting recently. The good news is, I have been working on a series of posts that I hope to finish soon, but in the meantime I wanted to post some of my favourite Autodesk University presentations. 

If you didn't know, Autodesk University was held in Las Vegas not too long ago (about a week ago) and many of the presentations are posted online as part of the AU website. This site is ridiculous (in a good way), as there are hundreds of videos & presentation handouts from past events available for viewing and download, completely FREE. If you are keen on learning about Revit from the best, then this learning portal is a no brainer. 

Today I wanted to recommend a presentation "Creating Intelligent Details in Revit" by Brian Mackey. It is an excellent presentation on some tricks and ideas to getting the most out of detail components in Revit and how you might go about putting your details together in Revit. 


AS122882 Creating Intelligent Detail in Revit By Brian Mackey

Description from the AU website:
"Everyone knows that Revit software is a Building Information Modeling (BIM) program, and that it has intelligence when modeling. However, this intelligence is sometimes lost when creating details. In this session, we'll show how to create intelligent details using detail components and nested detail components. In doing this, we'll be able to keynote these elements to maintain a consistent noting procedure, and be able to send this information out to our spec writer so even the detailed items aren't missed in the specs. If keynoting isn't your choice, we'll also cover how to tag these elements so that there's consistent notation of the details on every project".

Sunday, 8 October 2017

More Revit Ideas...

I recently updated 'My Revit Ideas' with a couple of ideas that have bugged me about Revit for a while now. I was surprised I couldn't find any similar ideas, so I posted them. 

Two in particular have had steady voting since I posted them, so I thought it might be worth mentioning them here and perhaps give them an extra boost! 

'Create Similar' for Symbolic & Model Lines (in families)
Make 'Create Similar' functionality available in families for Symbolic & Model Lines. 

View Name Bold under Sheet Names (when activated)
View Names (when activated) should be 
bold text under sheets as well. 

Other ideas... 
Area Scheme displayed in Area Schedules
To be able to easily identify which Area Scheme an Area Schedule belongs to.

'Place an Image' Button (for previously loaded images)
We need a 'Place Image' button somewhere within the UI. 
We currently cannot place an image previously loaded into the project unless we find the image first and copy.  

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Browser Sorting, View Templates & Dependent Views - Resolved.

Waaaaaayyyy back, in the Spring of November, 2014 I wrote this post about the discovery of a problem with dependent views and view templates not updating parameters. 

In summary, if you applied a view template to a view and subsequently created a dependent view afterwards, changing a custom text parameter via the view template would result in the value updating in the the parent view, but not in the dependent view.

Dependent View not updating custom project parameter

I am pleased to report that a test on Revit 2018.1 today seems to demonstrate this problem as resolved! 

Finally! Now we can confidently make changes to things like browser sorting without 'left over' parameter values hanging around. 

Unfortunately though, it doesn't seem like a fix ever made it to Revit 2016 or 2017, which a number of users are still on. If you are curious, to replicate the problem, follow the below steps:
  1. Open a blank architecture template
  2. Create a text project parameter for the 'views' category (eg: For browser sorting)
  3. Apply a view template to your ground floor & type a value in the new parameter.
  4. Now create a dependent view of the ground floor
  5. Check the parameter for each view... they will match
  6. Go to view templates and change the value for the custom parameter, click apply
  7. The parent view will report the new parameter, the dependent view does not.

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Everyday Dynamo Tip - ESC Key

Here is a great little Dynamo tip I learnt recently. 

If you hold down the ESC key while in Dynamo, it activates the background!

Nice, quick & easy. I like it!