Archive | June, 2014

Display of Demolished Ceilings in Revit

30 Jun


Display of Demolished Ceilings in Revit | Applying Technology to Architecture.


Revit Families – Endless combinations with nested families and the Family Type parameter | A Word on BIM

27 Jun

Revit Families – Endless combinations with nested families and the Family Type parameter | A Word on BIM.

The Solution – Create a Family Type parameter and use it to drive your family Label

After you’ve created your parent family, load up all the nested families that represent the options you want to have available. It’s important that these families be as identical as possible. They won’t be completely identical, of course, but you should create them from each other, keeping the reference lines in the same place to ensure that when one family gets swapped out for the other, things don’t jump around on you and constraints don’t break.

The next step is to create a new Parameter that is configured as a “Family Type” parameter.

Family Type parameter

Here I’ve named it “Door Panel Type”. You then need to choose which Category of families you want to be available to that Parameter. We’ve created our panels as Generic Models, so I choose this category.

How to Quickly Enhance 3D Views in Revit

27 Jun

How to Quickly Enhance 3D Views in Revit « HMN.

One of the major benefits of Revit is that it is inherently a three-dimensional approach to drafting which means a user should be able to quickly and efficiently produce three-dimensional drawings for a wide range of purposes including:

– Helping a client visual a space or building – Coordinating design with consultants – Identifying potential construction or detailing issues early on

Part of this process involves accurate modeling of information; the other part involves actively “thinking” in 3D.  Three-dimensional views should be referred to often while working in Revit.  It allows you to visualize the model outside of a flat 2D view such as a plan or elevation.  The issue is that Revit often seems to make 3D inherently cumbersome or visually unattractive.

Revit now included the napkin-sketch appeal feature but lacks of the glossy polish of a 3DS Max rendering.  Revit itself has been upgraded massively over the years in terms of its built-in rendering engine, so it is now possible to create presentation quality renderings.

Sometimes you just want the ability to quickly show an image to a client that will convey a design in an aesthetically pleasing manner but takes little time to produce.  The following are some easy steps to create graphically enhanced three-dimensional views within Revit.

CREATE YOUR VIEW/CAMERA When you create a new 3D or camera view in your Revit model, chances are that it will look something like this:

Set your project location and time. and solar study to “still”.

Size it up: