Archive for August, 2010


2011 Revit Technology Conference – USA

August 27, 2010

The 2011 Revit Technology Conference – USA will be held at The Hyatt Huntington Beach, Thursday – Saturday, 23 – 25 June 2011. This Conference is much like a User Group Meeting on Steroids.  Organized by Users for Users the information provided at these conferences is targeted to solve problems, address efficiencies and help with production as it relates to BIM related technologies with specific emphasis on Revit.

To find out more check out the RTC Newsletter.

Enjoy Carl


Optimizing Loads from the Revit Library

August 27, 2010

As many of you seasoned Revit users know you make repeated trips to your Revit Library when working on a project.  This is a time consuming operation, navigating through the directory structure, reduces your production efficiency. 

To reduce this time consuming process the first step will be to make sure Revit points to your Library.

To set the program to look at your Libaray location select the,
Purple ‘R’ > Options > File Locations Tab > Places > Imperial Library
Then just set the path to you upper level Revit Library Folder by clicking in the path field to the far right.


The next step in optimizing your Revit project is to put the most commonly used families in your Revit Project Template.  These would be items that would be used on every project like titleblocks, tags, typical details, etc.  I would recommend removing all items from your template that are not otherwise required to create the skeleton project.

You may have noticed that when you load a family you can only load multiple items from a single directory folder forcing you to have to drive back down through your directory structure when you need to load another item from a different folder.  Sometimes I think I spend more time getting to my Library content than doing the project.

One strategy is to build a Library (Project Type) Family Folder with duplicates from your main Revit Library.  For example you might have a Burger King Restaurant Folder that would contain all the typical objects used in a Burger King copied from your main Library.  Open the folder, select all contents and load to your template.  Of course if you haven’t upgraded your Library 2010 versions to your Revit 2011 you might as well take a coffee break as the program will have to update all your content during the load operation.  I’ll cover updating your Library content later.  The down side of this approach is that your Library size will grow quickly and whoever is managing the Library will need to revisit these Project Type Folders to update any content that has been updated in the main Library.  Also upgrading your Library to a new version will take additional time but that is an automated process which only requires machine time.

A software approach to accessing your Revit Library can be found in the Kiwi Family Browser a nice little add-on from our brothers, almost down-under in New Zealand, that pulls the Library Directory structure forward into the Revit application and provides visual icons for the family objects.  It takes some time to initially set up but once done it appears you can migrate the configuration to other systems. 

Enjoy Carl


SARUG – Meeting Aug 17, 2010

August 13, 2010

Our August meeting is scheduled for this coming Tuesday. 
We will be at Breckenridge again and EEC has volunteered to host refreshments.

I’ll be covering how to set up and create an animation and Steve will hit some RAC2011 highlites.   

I’ve been in contact with Dan Russell with Sundt’s SIMCON Department and he has volunteered to give a presentation on the GC’s BIM perspective, which we will try and schedule for our October meeting.

September’s meeting is shaping up to focus on the Civil aspects of BIM and I’m talking with Sharon Gaul at Eaglepoint about possibly doing a live webcast of their LANDCADD product “Siteworks for Revit”. If this program does what the video suggests you’re going to love this application. This just went on my Christmas list, a must have.

If you can’t wait and want to find out more I’ve included Sharon’s correspondence to me below with contact info.

Dear Carl,

Since Eagle Point released its LANDCADD for Revit product nearly a year ago, the single most requested feature we have heard from Revit users, AUGI, and Autodesk is the ability to easily manipulate a toposurface inside Revit. Whether it is to conceptualize a site, edit an incomplete toposurface or for visualization purposes, it has always been a challenge for Revit users to easily edit the toposurface. So much of a challenge in fact, that many users we speak to have mentioned they have given up trying and either outsource the work or do the editing outside of Revit.

I am excited to let you know that Eagle Point is releasing Siteworks for Revit to address the challenges that Revit users have in manipulating and editing toposurfaces directly inside Revit. With Siteworks for Revit, you can easily model the site, create streets, parking lots, retaining walls, sidewalks and curb and gutter, all while managing the toposurface. Visit for more information.

I would like to schedule a call with you to learn more about how you are using Revit and to better understand how Siteworks may benefit your organization. Call me today at 800-678-6565 ext. 3147 to learn more about Siteworks for Revit and the promotion we have going on through the end of August.

Sharon Gaul

Eagle Point Software Corporation
4131 Westmark Drive
Dubuque, IA 52002
800-678-6565 ext. 3147

Autodesk Authorized ISV Partner
Autodesk Authorized Developer
Autodesk Authorized Government Partner


Teaching Integrated Project Delivery

August 10, 2010

This article about teaching Integrated Project Delivery comes from Pavel Getov, a Visiting Associate Professor at The University of Arizona’s College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture. He provides a teacher/practitioner’s point of view.

The rapid development of digital technologies, the increasing importance of considering a building’s environmental impact, and the intertwining of the design and construction processes – these are factors that demand a new kind of architectural education. This must be an education that prepares graduates for a rapidly changing profession by addressing how it is actually practiced outside of the lecture halls.

I took upon the residency of visiting professor of critical practice at College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, University of Arizona after their search to bring practicing architects to the faculty. The subject matter of the two courses that I taught during Spring 2010 – a design studio and a seminar – drew from my experience with advanced methods of project delivery gathered while acting as a project architect for the Caltrans Headquarters in Los Angeles and the New Academic Building for the Cooper Union, New York, during my tenure as a Director at Morphosis Architects, Santa Monica, California.

One of the challenges of teaching Integrated Project Delivery is fighting the existing educational tendency to breed future architects as single practitioners. These lone individuals aspire eventually, with a lightning stroke of genius, to envision spaces worthy enough for the front cover of some internationally distributed publication. Instead, my over 20 years of professional experience has led me to believe, time and again, that today’s original and progressive architecture is delivered through team collaboration that involves all of the parties participating in the design and construction process from early on. Therefore both the studio and the seminar that I was asked to teach were devised to stimulate student interaction and collaborative effort. Through lectures, assignments, discussions and research, students developed:

● An understanding of the leadership role of an architect in the building design and construction process regarding the issues of sustainability, aesthetics, constructability, cost control, and social awareness.
● An understanding of the basic principles of professional practice organization in the context of the trends that affect it, such as globalization, project delivery, outsourcing, diversity, new design technologies (such as BIM), and new construction methods.
● The ability to study, analyze and integrate relevant precedents into design or urban project and/or into the design process.
● The ability to develop research skills by accessing, gathering, recording and applying relevant information in an architectural project.
● The potential to recognize the varied talent in a particular team, and work in collaboration with other students as a member of the design team.

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