Archive | January, 2015

Creating an Autodesk deployment

30 Jan

Autodesk Installation: Creating an Autodesk deployment – IMAGINiT Technologies Support Blog.



Factory reset Ademco Vista 20p

28 Jan

Factory reset Ademco Vista 20p | LiveWatch Security®.

(1)Power the system down by disconnecting battery and pulling out the power transformer.

(2)Plug the transformer back in and immediately press * and # simultaneously. Hold them until you see a “20” displayed.

(3) enter #20 and the display will read out your existing installer code, scrolling it out in two-digit numbers: For example, if the code is 1-2-3-4, it will scroll 01-02-03-04. That gives you the code to get into programming again without having to power down and back up.

(4) To change the installer code, press * and the 4-digit code you want (Ex. 1-2-3-4), and * again.

(4) Return the programming to factory defaults by entering *97

(5)Leave programming by entering *99

WARNING: If you leave programming by entering *98, you cannot get back into programming with the Installer Code.  Use only *99 to exit programming.

(6) Read the Installation Manual thoroughly.

Introduction to Revit Macros | AUGI

27 Jan

Introduction to Revit Macros | AUGI.


Python for Dynamo in Revit

26 Jan

BIMethods | Spring 2014 | Class 12_P1-06.

Summary: This class completed the Dynamo script to randomize a curtain panel’s material across a surface. The Dynamo scripting technique was explained in detail and the introduction of Python Scripting to create a loop to produce a random material list was covered. In the end, the roof panel system of the Dubai Metro Station Precedent Study from the previous class was reunited with the underlying tectonic structure also developed in a previous class.



Revizto changed the way we do projects

22 Jan

Aaron Maller: Revizto has universally changed the way we do projects • Revizto.

Every industry has its leaders. Those leaders excel at speaking the particular language of the industry, to best achieve the most desirable results and outcomes for their clients.  What happens, though, when the languages spoken by the experts in one industry don’t match the languages spoken by those in another?  As design professionals, we reach out to a number of different industries, and articulate their built environments so they may best do their jobs, within the spaces we define.  Why is it, then, that we expect them to speak our language (read our drawings), interpret our syntax (understand our details), and interpret our dialects (understand our specifications)? That’s the question Aaron Maller, BIM Manager of The Beck Group faced, as his team took on Design and Construction of a New Patient Tower.

Cox Health New Patient Tower in Springfield Missouri is one of those projects.

“A couple of years ago we were starting design on a 10 story Patient Tower in Springfield,” — Aaron says. — “It was integrated architecture and construction and like every project we hear about these days it was extremely fast and extremely tight.”

The project team approached Aaron, hoping to come up with a better way to have End User meetings with the healthcare providers. “The model the team built was great, and the client and healthcare providers understood the layouts much better in perspective, and cutaway views. But setting up all of those views, and all of those sheets, to go in to a work session and mark them all up… It’s all time.”  In the end, construction plans and sections aren’t what tell healthcare providers how well the space functions for them in a critical emergency. “Doctors and nurses want to look at how efficiently they can move through a space, and what equipment is where in the room. Where are the gasses, where are the monitors? Security personnel wants to look at Access control, and where can- and cant- you go if certain doors are locked?”

Aaron came across Revizto while looking at real-time walkthrough software options. “I wasn’t looking for something that took intense post production, editing, setup, cleanup, and all of that. The team wasn’t to work on the Design until it’s time to meet with the client. They want to hit a button, and go.

“The first walkthrough in Revizto was bewildering. The project team was standing behind me, commenting on things in the model. ‘We should move this, or, that would be better if it was out of sight.’ Things that were only noticeable moving through the space in real time, had a positive effect on the outcome of the project.”

Using Revizto

The results from Revizto were a surprise, for everyone involved.

“The first walkthrough was done with zero post production,” Aaron explains. “I opened the model from whatever point the project team had it in and I hit the export button.” A few minutes later, I was walking around. “We didn’t want it to be an exercise in applying materials in another piece of software, to make it look a certain way. We didn’t want to sit for hours waiting for rendering.” A couple of days later, the project team showed it live in front of the clients, for the first time.

How was Revizto received by the hospital staff?

“The first time we showed up with it, it was great. It went how we were hoping. ‘This device would be better over there,’ and ‘hey, maybe we need to rethink this piece right here.’ “ The project teams started using it for looking around in their end-user-work-sessions. What they weren’t expecting, was what happened in the second demonstration: “They wanted to know if they could use it… Themselves.  To show other people. Perspective donors, or people interested in the new patient tower.”

The model had already been uploaded to the Revizto Cloud (a secure and permission controlled location), as the jobsite is several hundred miles from the Beck Group office.

“They didn’t realize they can run It through the web page, so they don’t need one of our high powered workstations to make it work. They can fly through, and get updates as we make them in the office.” According to Aaron, it wasn’t just another service they could add. “It’s not about that. Making a beautiful 3D model for documentation is great. But setting up a lot of 3d views, and sheets, and plotting PDF’s… It all takes time.  It’s a win-win.  They’re getting to see something more real, and were cutting out hours of sheet and view prep we don’t have to do.  Everyone is winning.”

Perspectives in using Revizto

After the first successful trial on a project, Aaron was showing Revizto to the rest of the Beck Architecture staff, in an internal Lunch and Learn.  “We talked about the Patient Tower, and I showed them how it works, walking around.”  By the end of the demonstration, other Architectural project managers were asking for it on their jobs:  Not just to show the clients, but to use internally for Quality Control reviews.

“For us, it’s here to stay.  It’s changed the way we do Architecture, and Construction. I can’t see us doing projects without it, anymore.”

The Patient Tower is almost built, now. The multi phase project wraps up Construction this year. The final phase- the new Lobby- is wrapping up Design while the Construction Team is hard at work on the tower itself. “The client came back to us when we were just starting the furniture layout of the lobby… They wanted to make sure they would get to ‘walk around’ in it before we were done. That says something.”

Aaron Maller, BIM Manager at Beck Group

BIM: Keeping up standards

21 Jan

BIM: Keeping up standards | RIBAJ.

Standards are like speed limits: you know they are there for a reason, sometimes they seem a little unreasonable, but when you break them and something goes wrong, they all begin to make sense. Some companies are better than others at following and enforcing them. What we find, time and again, is that those firms who are better have fewer surprises – and the capability to increase the workforce on any project with little fuss or complication.

Standards have evolved. In the early days of CAD it was enough to dictate the look and appearance of drawings: the annotation styles, the appearance of section markers, draw­ing borders and so on. BIM isn’t just about drawings, it’s about making the right information available to the right people at the right time.

When preparing standards, consider in addition to the technical standards for BIM (file and layer naming and spatial co-ordination), the process for moving your information through a common data environment.

Understand how your information in ‘Work In Progress (WIP)’ is developed, and the necessary procedures for sharing with the design team. Proper validation is critical to efficient data sharing and essential to collaborative design, leading to less ambiguity and more robust construction data further along the design chain.

PAS1192-2 extends the information in BS1192-2 and applies it to a BIM workflow, starting by defining exactly what the client requires of the information to be supplied. This understanding will allow you to model the right information and input the correct amount of meta-data that the client and the extended design team need, when it is needed.


BIM is a process, not a piece of software. While you still need the technical standards the process of developing information, the amount of detail you model and how you share that information is equally important. In order to deliver projects using BIM, you will need to ensure you’re following a standard (singular).

Troubleshooting Underlays in Revit

21 Jan

(Rewritten from:)

HOK BIM Solutions: Troubleshooting Underlays in Revit.

Most likely  the feature is behaving as designed.

The user wanted to use a level above as a reference for a lower level.

The walls didn’t show up, but plumbing fixtures did.

View Range settings are crucial to the behavior of underlays.

If EITHER the host view or the underlay have the View Depth set so that the views ‘cross’ each other – cut object styles will not be displayed. This usually happens when View Depth is set to Unlimited.

While this seems to make sense for an upper level that uses a lower level as an underlay, it behaves the same way in the opposite. If the View Depth of the upper level includes the lower level within the view range, Revit thinks the elements are already being displayed and does not show them in the underlay.