Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Learn how to make your Revit families move in the Autodesk Stingray Engine

I am proposing a class for 2017 both at BILT and AU.
Most Revit to Game Engine workflows that are used for visualization and real time rendering do not take full advantage of real time physics that game engines have to offer. Getting your Revit families into a game engine so they could flex and move is not that difficult. See the sample below and I will see everyone at the class!

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Find the Families in your Revit Project that have Embedded DWG mesh files. Use Dynamo BIM

Have you ever wondered if the families in your Revit project contain meshes? Families that contain meshes, most of the time, mean that they have one or more imported DWG files embedded in them.
Well, if you are slightly curious then simply open your Revit Project and place the nodes shown in the image below.

The sample shown was tested on some furniture families in a Revit Project and as shown the dining tables were made of meshes! Busted! 

Please note that some families such as topo and rpc's always have meshes in them. Also note that the method above will not find meshes that are "not visible" in a family. 

Happy mesh hunting!

Monday, December 19, 2016

Find the surface area of structural beams using Dynamo BIM!

Its easy to find the total area of each type of structural beam in Revit. Just use Dynamo!
See the image below and add the nodes shown.
I was inspired to show this workflow because a contractor friend of mine asked me how they could calculate all the surface areas from each steel beam type in their Revit project for fire proofing calculations. Why use Dynamo to do this? Well, most elements in Revit do not "report" a surface area and Dynamo could easily extract that information so why not! Good luck getting those surface areas.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Deciding on Which Classes to Propose for Conferences in 2017

I have been getting a lot of questions about which classes I will be teaching in 2017 and I thought it would be fun to show you how I decide which classes to propose each year.
It starts with me making a list of all the classes that I Previously have taught since 2012.
See the list below.

I try not to teach the same exact class at the same conference so it helps me narrow down which classes NOT to teach. Then I make a list of all the classes I WANT to teach.
See the list below

In this case I have about 35 classes in this list and I could not realistically propose to teach everyone of these classes so I have to narrow it down to some manageable number. In this case the top 6 shown in Red I have (just) proposed at RTCNA/ BILTNA2017.
How do I decide which top classes get proposed?

Well its usually the classes I am the most excited about but if you readers and the AEC community feel there is a better class to propose that is on or off this list I would be happy to hear  your input in the comments below or as a mention on twitter.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Special Extended Handouts for Autodesk University 2016

This year I have a special extended handout for #AU2016. It is two sided the images explain it all. If you want a copy attend #AU2016 or get it in the dataset on AU online in December 2016.

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Use DynamoBIM to Align with Offset for beams

I have noticed that the Revit community on more than one occasion has requested to have the Align Tool add an "offset" option. See Here for an example.
Well I am happy to report that with the new Dynamo 1.2 enhancements and the new "Element.SetLocation" node it is now least in some cases. Lets take the example of Beams that need to be offset 1' from the edge of slab.
Follow the steps in the image below and you will see that it is possible.
Note that this method is also possible with other elements and I plan to show examples if that in the future. What is nice about this method is it speeds up the align offset process, Good luck and have fun aligning with offsets!

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Create Text Note Objects using OOTB DynamoBIM Nodes

Its finally here! As far as I know is this the first annotation object that you could create in Revit using OOTB Dynamo nodes. To create the text note(s) simply follow the image below. There will be more advanced text note creation images to follow.
Note that this text note creation node is only available with dynamo version 1.1.1 and above. This blog post used a daily build (not stable build) of dynamo and therefore this node is subject to change. Enjoy it and lets all welcome annotation create OOTB nodes in Dynamo. This is the start of something beautiful. There are also create dimension nodes and create tag nodes in this version as well. Stay tuned for some images on how to create those annotation objects in my blog posts to follow. Make sure to thank and hug a dynamo developer when you see one!