Monday, July 19, 2010

End of the line (sort of)

In case you haven't noticed... I haven't done much with this blog lately. That's been due to a lot of reasons. A) I was kinda busy for awhile. B) By the time I got around to posting something lately, someone else had beat me to it. Why just parrot what others have already pointed out or talked about? Finally C) We've been planning to start a blog at my place of business for awhile, and now we have.

So... I'm putting this one to rest. I may still post here from time to time, but it will be on completely off-topic stuff. So if you want to read about the high adventures of Boy Scout Troop 285 and other esoteric things (we're going on a 6 day sailing trip in a few days...BTW), then stay tuned.

But for more Revit, ACA and BIM stuff, follow me to our new D|C CADD Building Solutions Blog. You can also follow the RSS Feed HERE.


Tuesday, March 02, 2010

The Mysterious Missing Tutorials

I get this call all the time. Read on and see if it's happened to you...

You click the "Tutorials" item on the Help menu. The Revit Help window comes up with a link to go download the tutorials for free from the Autodesk web site. (See, Autodesk figured out that 99 percent of us don't do the tutorials - even though they're actually quite good for getting a newbie started - so they don't install them by default anymore). You click the link and download the appropriate tutorial and diligently follow the instructions as to where to install them.

Then you launch Revit and go to the tutorials again, only to find "Navigation cancelled". Huh???

Relax. It's just Microsoft looking out for your safety. Isn't that nice of them? (Sort of like the guy that decided that turning OFF file extensions by default is a good idea - is that doofus still employed???).

Here's how you fix it. Bring up Windows File Explorer and go to the folder that you put the CHM file that you downloaded in - most likely C:\Program Files\Autodesk Revit Architecture 2010\Program. Find the file "TutorialsArchitectureImpENU.chm" (or "TutorialsArchitectureMetENU.chm" if you downloaded the metric tutorials). Right click on the file, click "Properties", then click "Unblock" on the dialog shown in the figure below.

(Note: if you've downloaded tutorials in another language, the "ENU" part of the file name will be something else...).

That's it. Relaunch Revit afterwards and try the tutorials again...

Friday, January 22, 2010

Revit MEP - WTF Department...

I don't know why I've never noticed this before, but I recently dealt with this for a Revit MEP customer.

He had a Revit Architecture model linked into his Revit MEP model, and any time he placed an air device or light fixture in his model, after moving it to the ceiling elevation, in the ceiling view he couldn't select it except with a window selection and he couldn't align it to the ceiling grid unless the flow arrows were turned on.

I verified the same behavior on a test file of my own. WTF??? As long as you're not in a view that shows the ceiling grid, you can do whatever you want with the device - but you need the grid visible to align it!!!

Here's the workaround - simple really - in the ceiling plan, simply set the Model Graphics Style to Wireframe and all will work normally.

But one has to wonder - WHY?


Monday, August 31, 2009

Recent Interview with Phil Bernstein at AIA Convention

ArchDaily's David Basulto cornered Autodesk's Phil Bernstein at the recent AIA Convention and interviewed him for about 15 minutes on a variety of topics centered around BIM and Revit, including implementation, adoption, future directions, etc. In it he also addresses a lot of attitudes and struggles I see in people who are sitting on the fence when it comes to implementing a BIM solution. Catch the interview below or you can visit the ArchDaily page to see this and other interviews with industry professionals.

AD Interviews: Phil Bernstein from ArchDaily on Vimeo.

Friday, August 14, 2009

It's official - Texas mandates BIM on all state projects

But don't take it from me. Here's the official announcement and an accompanying video.

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Take the BIM ROI Survey

A "friend of a friend" is a student at USC involved in a research project on Building Information Modeling. She is conducting a survey on BIM's ROI. Info and the link is below - the survey ends on Friday, so don't delay - it should take about 10 minutes, and in return you will be sent a copy of the survey results:


As part of a research project at the University of Southern California on the quantifiable Return on Investment (ROI) for the use of Building Information Modeling (BIM) in AEC projects, the survey below has been prepared. The research team believes that an increase in the availability of fiscal information on BIM's ROI will be significant because it can guide the entire industry to more efficient and practical solutions. The results will be published in an academic report, which will also be distributed to the survey participants. Please note that any specific respondent information will be kept anonymous.

The survey takes about 10 minutes and can be completed by clicking on the link below. The last day you will be able to take the survey is May 8, 2009. Please feel free to forward the survey if someone else in your firm is responsible for this topic.

Thank you for your time and willingness to help with this research project.

Link to Survey

Friday, April 03, 2009

My College Buddy is Hitting the Big Time

I got an email from a college buddy today - he's been living in Boston for the last 20 or so years, doing well with his own residential renovation business, playing music on the side. His band, Santa Mamba is going to be opening for Los Lobos in June. Gary plays percussion. Check out this video from You Tube:

From a critic:

"For over 10 years, Santa Mamba has been igniting venues all along the East Coast with their spicy blend of Latin Jazz, hip-shaking salsa, driving rock n' roll guitar, swaggering bass funk and smooth merengue beats. Their energy and musicianship guarantee an entranced audience and a packed dance floor, as the band's sizzling world rhythms and fiery passion continue to attract new fans and surprise old ones."

If you like the music, you can download their latest album on iTunes.

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Before you freak out...

Don't get all worked up over the ribbons in Revit when you see it. First, you can't turn them off, so you might as well deal with them. Second, I think if you'll give them a chance you'll see that a lot of thought was put into them. They "flow" very well. My first reaction to the ribbon when I saw it was predictable: "Oh, great. How do you turn them off?" And then after about an hour of working with them, I decided that I liked them better than the current Design Bar, Pull-down menu, toolbar combination.

Try it, you'll like it.

Ve haff vays of makink you cooperate. Und if you do not cooperate, punishment vill be svift und severe!

Monday, March 30, 2009

A New Blog in Town

My good friend, Paul Aubin, has started a new blog - in which he promises to relate the process and experiences of writing a book. Having collaborated with him on a book a couple of years ago myself, I can tell you that it's nothing like what you might think. It's complex, time consuming, and ... fun...

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Space Naming Utility for Revit MEP

Some time back I posted an article with a tip for making the space tag reflect the actual room name from the underlying architectural model. Several people have commented (correctly) that this does not actually change the space name, which must still be done manually.

For subscription users (and if you're on the Revit platform, you REALLY should be on subscription) there is a new space naming utility available for download from your Autodesk Subscription website, as reported by Scott Brisk in his Revit MEP blog. This will automatically name the spaces according to the architectural room name.

There, better now? :-)