Big Project Commandments

Last year I was working on a large, multi-phase, multi-discipline project at an architectural firm. These are some notes I took. Please consider this advice: Everybody, including people sending in RVTs from other disciplines, must have the same update release of Revit. The “Application Manager” that installs with Revit 2015 may falsely indicate that the […]

Turning artwork to mesh for import to Revit

This is a tutorial on making meshes for the Mesh Import app, which lets us bring meshes into Revit’s project environment. This is one way of making a mesh. The free online app, Tinkercad, lets one import an SVG and turn it into a solid. Tutorial Find or make an image and turn it into SVG format. http://image.online-convert.com/convert-to-svg is […]

Photogrammetry Mesh into Revit as Point Cloud

I made a photogrammetry mesh of a building facade in the free version of Recap 360 from about 50 images. It came out really well, even though all of the photos were taken from ground level. From there, I downloaded the files as a ZIP, which contains the mesh as OBJ. Its “materials” are also included, but using them […]

Sketchy Lines In Revit 2015

This is an improvement, especially when one is trying to imply that one’s design is still in the conceptual stage. People often see things produced on computers and take them for the literal outcome. I have observed that sketchy lines do not affect arcs in views, which limits the usefulness of the feature. Text is […]

Cleaning Up The Disks

Just found an open-source utility that maps out disk usage: WinDirStat <http://windirstat.info> You let it run and it shows an overview of all of your disk usage. It also lets you delete selected files — nice! The largest rectangles in the drive map are the largest files, click on one and it shows you its […]

Beware the Disjoin

When we do a Move command in Revit, on the Option Bar there is an option for Disjoin. this option stays as it was set for every Move and even stays set from session-to-session. When Move is done with Disjoin, it is as if we’d copied the selected element(s) and the deleted the original selection. This […]

How to Get a Color From Your Screen into a Revit Material

Someone has shared a very nice color picker utility called Colorette, which was written in AutoHotKey. The app description is at http://www.autohotkey.com/forum/topic69559.html and the EXE itself is http://www.autohotkey.net/~sumon/apps/colorette/Colorette.exe . For an example of how to use Colorette with Revit, save the EXE to your Desktop and run it. Find a web page with the color you want to find, like http://www.jameshardie.com/homeowner/colorplus-palette.shtml , hover your mouse over the color […]

3D Detailing in Revit

Revit 101 June 13, 2011, 4pm  We will explore views, sheets, details, and printing. Revit Learning Club June 13, 2011, 6:15pm The inspiration is this roof detail from a website about keeping water out of a building:Here it is, interpreted in Revit: We can also examine methods of using keynotes, dimensions, notes, and tags in 3D views.