Archive for November, 2010


SARUG November Meeting Update

November 10, 2010

Just wanted to make sure you were aware of the date change for our November meeting.The meeting has been moved to Tuesday Nov. 16th. That’s next week.

Johnson Smitthipong & Rosamond
4067 E. Grant Rd. / Suite 203
Tucson, AZ  85712
Ph: 520 / 547-7904

JSR will be presenting their recently completed BIM project which was completed entirely in Revit and will include discussions and information about working with Revit Consulting Engineers as well as a Project Management Team utilizing Navisworks.

Also we are requesting that you bring a Revit Family which you have created, modified, borrowed or are having problems with, so that the “group” can openly work on it together. This should be a fun and exciting way to learn more about the “Family Editor” and creating (or modifying) better family components.



Virtual AU2010

November 10, 2010

Those who are not attending Autodesk University 2010 should note that you get a free pass of Virtual Autodesk University with your Autodesk Subscription.
If you are not on Subscription you should find someone who is attending AU2010 and beg, plead or steal one of their 4 free passes they have available.

AU Virtual Standard Pass – Available to any AU member

  • Provides access to a limited selection of virtual classes and product clinics with live interactive Q&A.
  • Real-time keynote viewing.
  • Insider interviews from the Las Vegas conference, roundtable discussions, industry news, interviews, and real-time networking with colleagues.
  • Cost: Free! You just need an AU Online account. Register and enjoy all the benefits of membership.

AU Virtual Premier Pass – Full access for only US$139

  • Everything included with the Standard Pass.
  • More than 200 additional classes, product clinics, and keynotes in English, Portuguese, and Spanish during the live event.
  • Access to 350+ on-demand classes from AU 2010 after the event.
  • Cost: Only US $139. Free if you are an Autodesk Subscription customer or a member of the Autodesk Student Community.

And, everyone registered for AU 2010 in Las Vegas—the physical event— automatically gets Premier-level access and four (4) more free AU Virtual Premier Passes to share with colleagues.

Once you have your pass in hand (xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx) go here to register.  The pass will be entered as the Registration Promo Code. Each pass is good for one registration.



Creating Custom Surface Patterns in Revit

November 2, 2010

Metal Roofs, Block, Tile, Brick, etc. Revit comes with a number of built-in surface patterns but inevitably you will run across the need to customize your pattern file.

Revit’s pattern files are stored in the ” revit.pat ” file located at:

   C:\Program Files\Autodesk\Revit Architecture 2011\Data

Path varies depending upon your current working version.

In explorer go to the file but don’t’ open it. You need to change it’s properties to turn off the ‘read only’ protection by right clicking on the ‘revit.pat’  file, go to properties, and uncheck ‘ read only’  This can be a pain in Vista so if you run into a problem with being able to over-write the file here’s the work around.

  1. Control ‘X’ on the file and Control ‘V’ it to a temporary location.
  2. Then save your file to the original location.

Then open the file (with notepad) and edit the code per the instructions at the beginning of the file.

Below is a code sample for a demolition lay-in ceiling.

*Ceiling-Demo 24×48, 24 x 48 Tiles
0, 0, 0, 0, 24, 2, -2
90, 0, 0, 0, 24, 2, -2

Save out this file once you are done.

Now open Revit. You will need to create a new material, in this case a demolition ceiling pattern “Ceiling Demo 24 x 48″ and then edit its surface pattern.

Select ‘Model’ then ‘new’ then ‘custom’ then ‘import’ then import the ” revit.pat ” file at this path
C:\Program Files\Autodesk\Revit Architecture 2011\Data

You will then have a number of patterns to select from, one of which will contain the new demolished ceiling pattern.

I believe the pattern generator code is not unlike AutoCAD.  We save our Revit Pattern file to our main library so its accessible throughout the office.  Frequently used patterns should be established in your template as just saving the revit.pat file to the library does not automatically make this pattern available to all your stations.  Another approach would be to load an object with the pattern attribute already assign on an as need basis for each project.


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