Friday, August 31, 2007

How Do You Add a Revision Schedule?

Adding a Revision Schedule to a Custom Titleblock

1. Click File menu> New Titleblock.

2. Select the appropriate titleblock template, and click Open.

3. Sketch borders, and then add text as desired.

4. Sketch a border for the revision schedule area.

5. Click View menu> New Revision Schedule.

6. In the Revision Properties dialog, add the fields you want included in the schedule. The data for the available fields comes from the revision clouds that you add to the project.

7. Apply any sorting, formatting, or appearance parameters to the schedule. For more information on these tabs, see Specifying Schedule Properties.
8. Click OK to create the schedule.

9. In the Project Browser, expand Sheets.

10. To open the sheet view, double-click the node under Sheets.

11. In the Project Browser, expand Schedules.

12. Select the Revision Schedule, and drag it to the desired location.

13. Save the titleblock family and load it into the project.

Monday, July 2, 2007

How to Create a Zone Color Fil...

Zone Properties:

1) Create a Project Parameter as such:

Don‘t forget to assign the Zone to the Room Category…

Note the Parameter is now part of the Room Element Properties:

You need to duplicate a sub-category within the Rooms Category:

Zone will be part of the Color Scheme Definition…however, until you enter in Zone Numbers within the Zone Parameter in the Element Parameters of the Rooms, there will not be any Values associated to the Color…

Friday, June 1, 2007

Revit Structure 2008 Crashes

Are you having issues with Revit Structure 2008 crashing when importing or exporting DWG files? Nicolas Mangon has posted a fix for the following build numbers:

DVD Build is: 20070324_1700
Web Build is: 20070404_1700

After some inquiry, he found that the reason was because an older version of DWG TrueView is located somewhere on the computer. Below should resolve the issue:

1) Uninstall DWG TrueView
2) Upgrade the latest free version of DWG TrueView available at .

After the upgrade of DWG TrueView, RST2008 should be able to import/export DWG files properly.

For more of Nicolas Mangon and Wai Chu's Blog on Revit Structure 2008, click on the following link:

Friday, May 4, 2007

Revit MEP 2008 and EIS

Even with the improvements with Revit MEP 2008, some of the wish list items I hear from MEP Engineers have not been met. However, now that Autodesk has partnered with IES , MEP Engineers have the abilitly to work on their analysis within Revit MEP itself, rather than having to rely on a third party software to do so. I recently took a look at the IES website, and found the following information:

Revit & the IES
There is now a direct link between the 3D modeling platform Revit and the IES . Jointly developed between IES and Autodesk, it represents a revolutionary change for design teams working from a common model. Not only does IES software calculate heating & cooling loads within Revit MEP, but the suite can be launched in order to carry out the full range of sustainable design analyses. Dedicated toolkits have been developed to make these analyses more accessible to users who are new to the field.

The Toolkits make it extremely easy for Revit users to undertake a range of building simulation analyses from the earliest stages of design which will greatly assist the sustainable design process. The Toolkits are available to Revit MEP 2008 through a direct link. Revit MEP has an interface that enables the user to assign information to the building and individual rooms. This information is then passed through the IES and the Toolkits are displayed.

The Sustainability Toolkit
This is the first of the toolkits to be launched within Revit MEP 2008. IES have developed a LEED Toolkit which is free upon request to all Revit users until its release in October 2007. The Toolkits could not be easier to use. Select any button and the Toolkit will run the chosen analysis by using the model transferred from Revit and automatically running the analysis, interrogating the results and creating an html report of relevant information.

Currently the Sustainability Toolkit consists of the following three tools & the following informaiton is provided by each report:

ASHRAE Loads calculation:
> System Heating Loads
> Room Heating Plant Loads
> System Cooling Loads
> Room Cooling Plant Loads
> Room Sensible Cooling and Air Flow Rates with engineering checks.

ApacheSim: Dynamic Thermal Simulation:
> Building Systems Energy Consumption for each month
> Monthly CO2 emissions for the building.
> Peak Hourly Room Loads plus cooling checks.
> Room Environmental Conditions including Comfort Measurements for occupied period
> Room Environmental Conditions including Comfort Measurements for all periods.

FlucsDL: Daylighting Assessment:
> Percentage of area above 25 fc.
> Average illuminance in each room.
> Average weighted percentage of area above 25 fc.

A series of Revit animations have been created to help demonstrate the integration of Revit MEP 2008 & the IES . Take a look, they are a great learining tool!

Friday, April 20, 2007

Autodesk Tech Camp 2007

I just got back from the Technical Camp Autodesk puts on every year for the Channel. This was my first year attending the camp; last year I worked as a proctor for Revit Structure. From the grapvine, I heard it was much better than last year. I was on the BSD Architectural Structural Track, and definitely learned more about the Structural Analysis aspect of the program, as well as small tid bits of information I did not know before. We also had one class on 3D VIZ and I gained some valuable information on how to incorporate a discussion of visualization during my pre-sales presentations.

Overall, I felt Tech Camp was valuable to us as Channel Partners, although there is always room for improvement. I had many discussions with Autodesk AE's on how they can improve the camp for next year, as well as with other AE's throughout the Channel. Many of us agreed that separating the BSD tracks between Architectural, Structural and MEP Engineering would be beneficial, as well as separating the tracks between intermediate and advanced AE's. Lastly, we talked about converting the camp into a campus style organization, simlar to AU. This way, AE's can chose the classes which will be most beneficial to them, depending on their current knowledge of each product.

Friday, January 5, 2007

Greetings, this is my first Blog...

I want to welcome everyone to my newely created Blog. My purpose is to write about Revit Issues, help with Tips and Tricks, and answer questions. I hope you find it informative and helpful.

What are my qualifications? Well, I graduated from Milwaukee School of Engineering with a degree in Architectural Engineering. I specialized in both Structural and Environmental Engineering. From there, I worked in the industry. First, I spent time as a Reserve Analyst, analyzing buildings and their systems, creating physical and financial reports. I then worked at a MEP firm, working as a drafter, and moving up to a Project Engineer, in charge of all the Walgreens projects. Before working at MasterGraphics, I worked at Autodesk, as a Technical Specialist. I focused my time on the Building Solutions Division, working with Revit Building, Revit Structure, and Autodesk Building Systems.