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RTC – Europe 2014 “Top Rated Speaker” Awards go to……….

February 26, 2015

Hi

Well, the last 4 months of 2014 and the start of this year have been a bit “crazy” for me and I have not been very good about updating this blog, nor my own blog & web site;   however, I just saw this in my e-mail basket last night and thought that I would share.

Nice to see some familiar faces…..even while in Europe!    Thank you to everybody who attended and took the time to vote and give us feedback!

RTC-EUR 2014 Top Speakers

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Meet Lynn Allen and some Revit Rock Stars! (Rock n’ Revit)

January 25, 2015

Hi!   Just wanted to share this with the group.

Thursday, Feb. 12th @ 3:30 pm:

Lynn Allen, from Autodesk, will be in Tucson on Thursday, Feb. 12 doing a presentation at CADsoft Consulting (see attached image).    Register soon as space is limited!

Friday, Feb. 13 @ 9 pm (After the U of A Wildcats game!):

But, if this were not enough, and you want to just relax and socialize with some really cool folks……Come out to Famous Sam’s on Golf Links and Kolb the following evening (Friday the 13th) ror a Rock’n and Revit’n good time hosted by ‘yours truly’, Steven Shell and and the band “Shell Shock”.  Enjoy a great evening filled with fun, food, drinks, music, dancing, Revit and Classic Rock!   (Not to mention, giving your significant other a great big Valentine’s smooch at midnight!)

Lynn will be there, along with my favorite Australian, Wesley Benn, who is the RTC founder (Revit Technology Conference – http://www.rtcevents.com/events.htm) along with a true Revit Rock Star….. Stephen Stafford (Revit OpEd http://revitoped.blogspot.com/).   Oh yeah, Stephen will sitting on Drums too!!!!!   You don’t want to miss that!

Fun starts at 9pm.   The U of A Game starts at 7pm and you may want to get there early for a good seat and have dinner before the show.   Also, kids are welcome to come and stay until 10:30 pm.    (Family fun!)

Hoping to see you all out!

Steven

Lynn @ CADSoft

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Just returned from another conference, the Pacific Coast BIM Workshop

October 1, 2014

I just presented 3 classes & a lab at the second BIM Workshop, held in Anaheim, CA.   (BIM Workshop – Pacific Coast)

As usual….it was amazing!   The sponsors, speakers (national, regional and local), attendees and hosts were wonderful.  And, for the second time now, Lynn Allen, from Autodesk, was the Emcee and really did a bang up job and made it fun!  (Who IS she?)  Also, Lonnie & Christina at US Cad deserve a huge round of applause for all of there efforts and hard work!

Carla Edward’s Omaha based brainchild event is growing up into a very special nationally recognized must attend conference!   Congratulations Carla!   Next year, there will be 3 BIM Workshops held in Omaha, NB, L.A., CA, and Charlotte, NC.   (By 2016, they are hoping to have 6 national events across the US.)

This conference, like the one in Omaha last month, offered several really informative and innovative classes.    At the top of the list, of those classes which I could attend (unfortunately, I presented several classes and had to miss a few.), the ones which really taught me a thing or two, or twenty, are:

Marcello’s class on Dynamo.   This new Dynamo has really impressed me.   At the last conference, I learned how it can drive the Revit geometry from within Dynamo, very ‘graphically’ and in a very intuitive manner;   however, that being said, one needed to understand and learn how to use Dynamo.      Marcello showed us another side of Dynamo.   He explained how it can also be used do “every day” simple tasks in Revit such as moving an entire set of foundations and column bases up with out having to move each one individually.    The other part of his class which I found very refreshing was that one doesn’t have to learn a lot about using Dynamo to do these kind of simple Revit tasks since you are performing them in Revit for the most part, and using Dynamo as an outside add-in just to drive it.    Well done Marcelllo!

And, the other take away was Scott Davis’ presentation on the new release of Formit!    Way cool updates!!!!   Most all of the new features are modeling tools and other useful design features.   This class updated Scott’s class I attended on Formit in Omaha last month.    Amazing what month’s time can produce!    Thank you Scott!    He also confirmed that Autodesk really did acquire Eagle Point’s amazing Site Works!!!!   This will be huge and finally addresses all of our thoughts regarding Revit’s site tools and abilities!

Well, back to work!    Next month…..RTC Europe in Dublin, Ireland!

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Just Returned from this year’s Central States BIM Workshop in Omaha, Nebraska

August 25, 2014

I just returned from Omaha, Nebraska where I presented 2 lectures, a lab and a panel discussion at the first of two BIM Workshops to be held this year. (The organizers told me that are planning 6 BIM Workshops to be held across the US by 2016.)

Carla Edwards, who started this workshop originally (Central States Revit Workshop – CSRW) and now works for US CAD, really outdid herself, along with the entire organizing staff! Well done and thank you all!

This year, Lynn Allen was brought in as the Emcee for the event and will be as well for the Anaheim, CA event in September. Hopefully, she will be at all of the upcoming planned events since she is just amazing to listen to! Great job Lynn! (Who ARE you?)

This year, my biggest ‘take – away’ items are as listed below (not in any particular order):

1. I finally have been shown how Dynamo and Grass Hopper (visual scripting programs) can really be useful in driving geometry in Revit. Thank you to both of the presenters for “dumbing it down” for me!

2. Formit 360 and Infraworks 360 are two of the coolest and most useful ‘early design’ tools I have seen in a long time. Both of these new programs are simply amazing tools for design, evaluation and validation as well presentation of early design concepts. Well done Scott and Autodesk. Also, thank you to Scott’s mystery co-presenter on the phone with the booming deity like voice,

I just want to add that I always enjoy the opportunity to catch up with all of the ‘usual’ presenters, including Paul Aubin, Stephen Stafford, Lynn Allen, Scott Davis, Andy Jizba and Brian Mackey (we missed you Desiree!). Great seeing you all and laughing so much while still learning! Nothing better than hanging with really smart and funny people.

See you all in Anaheim in September at the BIM Workshop – Pacific Coast!
Steven Shell

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Revit 2014 performance with VMware

July 27, 2014

I’ve been running Revit on a Mac for some time now. I run it though VMware Fusion and every once in a while things don’t go as smoothly as I would like. Revit 2013 for example had such poor performance I skipped using this release in it’s entirety.  2012 worked just fine and I was elated to find that 2014 worked just as well as 2012.  For the most part I attribute the hit in performance to the emulated video drivers that VMware provides.  Autodesk Revit does not recognize this generic driver as an acceptable video card to run Revit with the “Use Hardware Acceleration” setting.

At some point I played with tweaking the Revit.ini and possibly another file to override some of the settings.  I don’t recall exactly what it was but it made performance even better.

Now, just recently Revit 2014 issued Update Release 3 and I figured no harm could come from what will likely be the last update for 2014.  Well, I was wrong.  I installed it and started working on projects but the program took another performance hit.  Zooming, panning, selecting were all slower.  This lead me to think that my Revit.ini was reset to factory settings.

After digging around for a few minutes on the internet I ran into this post on the What Revit Wants Blog. I followed the instructions to rename the specified file and bam! the performance is now back. I can even turn on “Use Hardware Acceleration”.

I will likely try the same settings for Revit 2015 in the near future.

Your results may vary, I am currently using:
OSX 10.9.4
VMware Fusion 6.0.4
Revit 2014 UR3
Windows 7 Pro Service Pack 1

Revit 2014 hardware acceleration

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LAY-IN CEILING TRICK

June 14, 2014

So you have a 2’ x 2’ lay-in ceiling with 2’ x 4’ light fixtures and that ceiling grid line runs right through the fixture. How do you get rid of it? Now this may sound like that joke about whiteout on the computer screen but in Revit that’s doable.

So your grid lines are probably a #1 thickness so create a #2 white line and place it right over the line crossing your light fixture. You’ll never notice the white line break on your light fixture. Now let just see if it prints right.

I can’t stop white’g about Webit!

Carl

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Shared Parameter – Aligning Older and Newer Content

June 14, 2014

Ever get that stubborn shared parameter that seems to have a dual personality. This is especially true if you’ve inadvertently used a shared parameter in some families, deleted it from your shared parameter list and then started using it again. It’s also common when you get a file with a shared parameter name that is the same as one you are already using. A common occurrence with manufacturer’s content or consultants content. Consequently you will probably have to reconfigure any incoming content parameters to your shared parameters to get your schedules to read them.

The problem is that Revit assigns the parameter a unique GUID (Global Unique ID?). So your schedule column is looking to match the GUID assignment it has with the various families you are bringing in, not the parameter name.

I believe the default shared parameter file is located at:
C:\Program Files\Autodesk\Revit Architecture 2014\IFC Shared Parameters.txt

You can read this txt file by just double clicking on it and MS-Notepad should open it. You’ll notice the second line “# Do not edit manually” Good advice if you don’t know what you’re doing. For some of us this is like throwing down the gauntlet of a challenge. A challenge I was willing to take and was successful enough to write this post about.

I had a lot of complex content I didn’t want to reconstruct just for a single parameter so I wanted the version of the parameter that was in my shared parameter file to align with my older content’s GUID of the same parameter. The following procedure assumes you haven’t created a lot of content with the parameter that is currently in your shared parameter file. If you have then you will have to go back and delete this parameter and add the new version to that content.

> So let’s start with the schedule and use the GUID it is looking for as the baseline value we want.

> Now we need to find a family that has the parameter that is working in this specific parameter column of your schedule. That will assure us that the family has the corresponding GUID that the schedule is looking for.

> Once you find one, open the family and export the shared parameter to your share parameter file. Place it in the ‘Exported Parameters’ folder. If you need help on exporting a file try this, http://revitoped.blogspot.com/2012/01/export-shared-parameter.html

> Now open the .txt file for the Exported Parameters folder and scroll down till you find the parameter name you just exported. To the left will be the good GUID you want.

> Now open the .txt file where you were originally pulling the shared parameter of the same name. Scroll down till you find the parameter and you should see that the GUID is different.

> Select copy the GUID from your shared parameter folder for this parameter and paste it into a Word document just in case you need to back out of this procedure. This way you can return the .txt file to its original value if necessary.

> Select copy the GUID from the ‘Exported Parameters’ folder and overwrite the GUID in the shared parameter folder. Save the .txt file.

This shared parameter will now be aligned to content the schedule could not read and you can use the new version of this shared parameter in your new content by deleting the parameter and adding the new version of the shared parameter.

In this image you can see the ‘Exported Parameters’ file has the older GUID for the ‘A’ parameter and the ‘Equipment Properties’ and another family which I exported its parameter of the same name to ‘General’ are using the newer version of the GUID for ‘A’. I over wrote the ‘Equipment Properties’ GUID with the ‘Exported Parameters’ GUID to align my content and schedule.

GUID's

I typically keep my shared parameters in a folder with my Revit library content so if you are doing the same then the path I gave you earlier in this post will not be applicable. Just go to that location you are currently using for your shared parameters instead.

Hope this helps.
Carl

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