Archive for November, 2011

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RTC and AU, My Experience

November 24, 2011

This past summer I was fortunate enough to attend the Revit Technology Conference (RTC) in Huntington Beach, CA. Carl asked me to share some thoughts about my experience. I posted my experience on my blog (which is currently a mess, unorganized and getting worked on as time permits…it’s part my New Year’s Resolution)

Autodesk University 2011 is around the corner. Yes, I will be attending…for the first time. After that event, I’ll have a better understanding of their similarities and differences. I can already tell you that some of the topics from RTC2011 and AU2011 are the same. Keep in mind that RTC is shortly after the new releases of Revit in April. AU is almost 7-8 months after that time. A majority of the people I spoke with enjoyed RTC because it was focused on the tool and the process of Revit/BIM. RTC had much smaller attendance numbers than AU. Autodesk is a partner with RTC, but RTC is organized by users, and not by Revit’s developer.

Just recently RTC announced its USA venue for next year’s event. Read about it on RevitOpEd. I’ll see you at RTC2012, and AU2011 next week!

-Kirk

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Starting View

November 24, 2011

Let’s face it. In a team environment, BIM requires communication. To support that statement, a great new feature in Revit 2012 is Starting View.

Our team has used it to much success. We developed, and loaded into our office template, a 11×17 titleblock that gives the user information upon opening the project file. We specified this sheet & titleblock to be our Starting View. Some points to about this approach:

  • Once set as a Starting View, the file will always open on this sheet (and not a 3D view that has shadows turned on)
  • This sheet is pinned, but at the beginning of a new project we temporarily unpin to enter the project information (except for the address, you still have to go to Manage> Project Information> Address)
  • Our construction documents titleblock uses a lot of the same parameters, so that information gets pushed out to all those condocs sheets from the Starting View
  • In the sheet properties, make sure you uncheck the parameter: Appears in Sheet List…that way the Starting View sheet will not be a part of your Sheet Index
  • The info off to the left includes a date stamp, file location, a template revision tracking number and the discipline of the project (our office is Arch and Struct and we all use the same template to start with)
  • We have a space in the lower half to have team member communicate upcoming deadlines, major workings or reworkings of the model elements, etc…
  • We used to save and sync-to-central from a drafting view, but a titleblock/sheet is much more effective because you can enter it right there without going to the Manage tab
  • It’s a quick glance & verification of the info before beginning your work

 

Happy Thanksgiving!

-Kirk

 

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2011 AU Classes

November 19, 2011

Did you know that your subscription service allows you to attend all the AU classes from the previous Autodesk University?   Here’s the Link: http://au.autodesk.com/?nd=au2011_event 

Just sign in with your subscription username & password (upper right of screen) and you can brush up on your Revit skills over the holidays. 


Enjoy
Carl 

 

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SARUG End of Year Meeting 2011

November 19, 2011

Greetings All,

I just wanted to extend a thanks to Ron, Dave and Victor at Schneider Structural for their presentation at our November meeting and for graciously hosting the refreshments as well.

Schneider’s office provided a very insightful look at how they are using Revit Structural and the current limitations of communication between the analytical programs they have traditionally used and Revit Structural.  It’s clear there is a lot of work to be done on Revit to facilitate a clean two way communication between these various applications that does not hinder the use of either. 

There is also a need for Revit Structural to mature as an analytical engine in order to enable the structural engineering community to develop a level of trust in its ability to handle the job.  Until then programs like RAM and RISA will continue to do the heavy lifting in the Structural office with Revit Structural being relegated to nothing more than a 3D graphical interface application implemented to appease Revit Architecture users.

One thing is very clear, Autodesk needs to seek out, listen and respond, through product development, to the end users of their products in order to prioritize and target improvements to their software.  Without that tactical approach they run the risk of client migration to another more responsive solution, (can you say “AutoCAD to Revit (pre Autodesk) circa 2000”) and will be relegated to buying innovative solutions rather than developing them and then having to deal with the two way communication issue anyway.

Conversations drifted to Autodesk’s recent foray into improving their fabrication software capabilities through the purchase of MAP and CFDesign.  Combine that with strategic alignments with FM: Systems in 2010 and you can begin to see the A-Z solution Autodesk is attempting to bring together.  That is no small AEC-FM elephant Autodesk is trying to swallow but if they pull it off and can get a seamless / error free communication stream from design to construction to fabrication to facilities management the potential is enormous.

This was our last meeting for the 2011 year as we always close shop for the end of year holidays.

I would like to thank the SARUG Blog management team Steve, Jake and Kirk for their contributions throughout the year and from Steve and myself as Co-Chairs for SARUG we wish you all the best in the coming year, happy holidays and we’ll see you in 2012.

Carl

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Controlling Floor Triangulation Lines

November 2, 2011

If you’ve ever modified the height of the control points generated on a slab, at the corners and breaks in the profile, in order to warp the surface you’ll be familiar with the triangulation lines that are generated in the slab surface.  An annoying visual that can easily be turned off.

 

Go into your visibility control (key stroke VG) for visibility graphics.  Then expand the ‘+’ symbol for floors and turn off  ‘interior edges’ to clean up your slabs.

Enjoy
Carl