Archive | March, 2014

Applied Software Blog: Revit Server Between Different Companies? It’s Do-able!

28 Mar


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Applied Software Blog: Revit Server Between Different Companies? It’s Do-able!.


RevitCat: Separating Model and Detail Lines in Revit

28 Mar

RevitCat: Separating Model and Detail Lines in Revit.

(bim)x: How to Survive Colocation

24 Mar

(bim)x: How to Survive Colocation.

Manufacturer Content – Lighting

24 Mar

Do U Revit?: Manufacturer Content – Lighting.

I originally wrote the following on the HOK BIM Solutions blog and have since received some additional comments/observations that I would like to add here before re-posting (thanks a lot to Dan Stine!):

  1. Revit does not support absolute photometry (i.e. LED IES files). This probably has to do with the format of the IES file where there is a -1 in place of the wattage value for an LED file and Revit is not currently able to handle this, which means you cannot produce renderings for LED Photometry.
  2. An IES file describes how light is emitted from a fixture and takes into account all geometry, color, reflectivity and all other characteristics of the fixture. The reflector is only required to be modeled if you’re using a light source to make the fixture look more believable, or through using a self-illuminating material on the lens (the post below will describe all this in detail). These are also invaluable for lighting calculations, not just renderings.
  3. Once an IES file is used, the family remembers the information and a link to an external file is not necessary. This is similar to the behavior of MEP families in 2014 which contain embedded lookup tables (note that even though it appears that thePhotometric Web File parameter can be connected to a custom text parameter, it does not seem to work. A support request was filed to confirm if this is a bug).
  4. Things get more complicated when doing lighting analysis such as with ElumTools, which require lighting content to be created with specific standards:
    • Nested light sources must be shared
    • Light source ignores all geometry in the host family
    • Light from nested families “sees” geometry in host family (e.g. shadows from the arms of a chandelier)
  5. Another challenge with rendering in Revit is reflectance. TheDaylighting Analysis for Revit uses a formula based on the RGB values of the appearance asset for a given material. ElumTools uses a similar technique (which can be overridden in their Material Mapping dialog) but is based on the RGB value used in the Revit Material Dialog’s Graphics tab.

AutoCAD Classic Workspace in AutoCAD Architecture | Advanced Solutions

18 Mar

AutoCAD Classic Workspace in AutoCAD Architecture | Advanced Solutions.

adding that workspace to AutoCAD Architecture.

  1. Open AutoCAD Architecture
  2. Type CUI in the Command Line and hit enter to open the Custom User Interface
  3. In the CUI select the Transfer tab
  4. In the Transfer tab under Customization in New File select ‘Open Customization File’
  5. In the Open dialog box browse to
    C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Roaming\Autodesk\ACA 2014\enu\Support
  6. In the Support folder select acad.CUIX and then select Open
  7. In the CUI you should now see the “Vanilla” AutoCAD CUI information (acad.CUIX)
  8. Select AutoCAD Classic under Workspaces
  9. Drag AutoCAD Classic to the current CUI and drop it under Workspaces
  10. Select the Customize tab to customize the newly added workspace
  11. Under Workspaces you should now see the AutoCAD Classic workspace
  12. Right click on AutoCAD Classic and select Set Current
  13. Once you have set AutoCAD Classic as current select Apply and OK to close the CUI
  14. Your workspace will blink a few times, and then AutoCAD Architecture will display the Classic view.

Closing Worksets

17 Mar

In the Worskets dialog there is a column “Opened”. You can close a workset by setting this to “No”, or by selecting the row for that workset and picking the “Close” button. Even better, when you are opening the file, in the Open dialog there is a pull-down called “Open Worksets”. Set that to “Specify”. Then click “Open”. Mark worksets closed in the subsequent dialog to keep them from being opened in the first place.

The differences between closing the workset and turning off visibility are:

– Visibility is per view, while closing the workset hides it in all views.

– Visibility is a saved setting; every subsequent time you open the file it remembers whether each workset should be visible in each view. Closing worksets is temporary — it is generally forgotten the next time you open the file (though there is a way to tell it to use the previous configuration).

– Because closing a workset hides it in all views, if you close the workset when opening the file it often doesn’t need to load most of the elements of that workset into memory, so you save a lot of memory. This can improve performance.

Generally you should use visibility if you want to permanently change the way a sheet will look when plotted. Use workset closing when you are just trying to improve performance by temporarily hiding stuff you don’t need to see in the current session.

via Closing Worksets.

(bim)x: Three Rules for Innovation Teams

13 Mar

(bim)x: Three Rules for Innovation Teams. by Laura Handler

1. Manage Creative Friction
Sounds a lot like one of the “why IPDworks” principles that Howard Ashcraft highlighted so long ago at the Autodesk Waltham kickoff. And then, he gets even more IPD:

  • Share the Experience: Include the entire team in the full ideation process. Interacting with users to understand their needs and aspirations is motivating and creates a strong sense of shared purpose.
  • Remove Communication Barriers: We think we’re removing communication barriers when we exchange models or get people together in a room. They do “social styles analyses to help people understand how their teammates tend to communicate”. Yes, we learn how to maximize our effectiveness with individuals over time, but I’d much rather do it sooner.
  • Have at It: Engaging multiple perspectives creates a better result. “Lock yourselves in the project room and engage in a passionate debate.” See colocation.

2. Bring the Creativity to the Center

According to West, a project room (i.e. colo room) is:

  • A dedicated space teams use from conception to execution
  • Setup with natural light (check), plenty of space (oops), pinup space (got it!), AV access (check)

He also indicates that “a successful project room should not isolate the team [from the company as a whole].” This is where we have some thinking to do.
When we pull multiple people out of their different company offices into a single place, we leave out the “home office”. Furthermore, individuals who work near the colo room (rather than in it) sometimes lose track of the action.

3. Stand For Delivery

“Innovation is the creation and the delivery of new value.” Yes! This is why we are using VDC –using innovation to deliver a better product. 

West also refers to the handoffs from conception (design) to execution (construction). “Make sure there is an extended team of stakeholders who have responsibility for the entire innovation process.” This is extremely critical and probably one of the biggest struggles.