Archive for March, 2013


Revit 2014!

March 26, 2013

Thank you David for breaking this down so well!!!!!

Steven Shell


Best of the West – Revit Workshop

March 11, 2013

Looking forward to this, even though SARUG never got a mention

Best of the West 2012: Live Presentations by Top Rated Speakers in Your Area and around North America

The Southern California User Groups (BUGIE, SCRUG, LARUG and BigBIMTheory) in conjunction with RoMBIS from Colorado and the Phoenix Revit User Group will be putting on a one day event on Saturday March 23rd, showcasing some of the top rated speakers from 2012’s conferences. Speakers include Marcello Sgambelluri, Brian Mackey, John Tocci, Desiree Mackey, Scott Davis and Steven Shell.

Each group will have 2 live in person presentations along with and 4 live presentations presented remotely by the other groups, see link below for schedule and specific topics.


Pre-Registration has started for this year’s RTC – North America in Vancouver.

March 5, 2013

July 11 – 13
If you have never attended a Revit Technology Conference (RTC) or Autodesk Unversity (AU)….then maybe this one should be your first! Can you say….VANCOUVER?! What a cool place to visit and learn at the same time.
Great advanced (and guru) level classes and a great place to meet some of the most amazing Revit and BIM advocates, adopters, implementers and forward thinkers.
Oh, and I am presenting again too……
See you there hopefully!


AutoCAD in Revit – A Bizarre Linked File Approach

March 5, 2013

Sam Swegle and I recently worked through a problem he was having with linking an AutoCAD file into his Revit Project.  He specifically wanted to link the file rather than import it since the file was still being updated by the mechanical engineer.

The problem he was having was that the HVAC components needed to be located so that they appeared to be partially concealed by a lower ceiling as viewed in his (RCP-reflected ceiling plan) with a portion of the HVAC system being exposed and fully visible where there was no ceiling.

Our initial solution was to link the AutoCAD file into a separate Revit file that would then be linked into his active project.  We opened both the active project and the empty Revit file that would receive the AutoCAD file in the same instance of Revit and copied the ceiling and then pasted it into the empty file to get a registration component to which the AutoCAD file could be aligned to.  Once the AutoCAD file was linked in and registered we applied a masked region where the ceiling was and deleted the ceiling.

The hope was that the masked region would block out that portion of the ACAD file we didn’t want to see, leaving only the visible portion of the HVAC and the ceiling that was present in our active project file.

The results were that the masked region effectively covered our ceiling in the active project.  Not what we wanted.

Now I’ve done some counterintuitive things in Revit before with mixed results and thought I would test an off the wall approach.  I had Sam override the visibility setting for the masked region and make it transparent, in the linked file, and then update the link.  For some baffling reason the ceiling could now be seen and the ACAD file was properly masked where the ceiling was.

The only thing I can figure is that the override to transparency was carried through to the active project revealing the ceiling but the masked region was still seen as a masking element as it related to the ACAD file.

Go Figure.
Still Scratching my Head on This One


Interesting article about LOD: “Level of Detail” vs “Level of Development”

March 4, 2013


Thank you SARUG March Meeting

March 1, 2013

We really want to thank GLHN and Carl for hosting our first Revit User Group meeting this year!
Also, a very special thank you to Andrew Abernathy for a really informative presentation and for driving down from Phoenix!! What a trooper.
Also, thank you me……for the cookies! You’re welcome!
We hope to see you all at our next meeting in May!