Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Autodesk Revit 2015 R2: A Mid-Model Year Revit Release for Autodesk Subscription Customers!

I thought Revit Sundial might go this way. From the Autodesk Subscription website...

Release Date: 2014-09-17

With Autodesk® Revit® 2015 R2, Autodesk Maintenance and Desktop Subscription customers get access now to new features that add powerful capabilities, make Revit perform faster, and can improve modeling productivity. Fully compatible with Revit 2015 releases, Revit 2015 R2 installs without disrupting ongoing work in Revit 2015.

Power: Revit 2015 R2 includes new features that enable you to do more with Revit.
  • Share more accurately predicted energy performance information in custom dashboards with Project Solon integrated into Revit.
  • Use existing geometry in a linked IFC model as a reference for dimensions, alignment, snapping, and hosting of some families in a Revit model.
  • Troubleshoot models better with the Reveal Constraints mode making all dimension alignment constraints in a view visible.
  • Explore visual programming with the Dynamo interface for computational design which now installs with Revit so you can more easily enhance and extend the power of the Revit API. 

: Autodesk Revit R2 meets requests for faster software performance with the goal of making your work easier.
  • Edit and regenerate complex toposurfaces, subregions, and building pads.
  • Get better performance of the energy analytical model in Revit, with Revit R2 using less memory when analyzing large models.
  • Experience faster updates to views that contain multiple instances of families.
  • See faster display of Revit links within views.

Productivity: You’ll welcome multiple enhancements in Revit R2 designed to improve your modeling and work productivity.
  • Work in perspective views, making quick adjustments without having to change views with some modeling capabilities now available in perspective views.
  • Save more time by editing multiple wall joins together
  • Find content more quickly with Search capabilities in the Type Selector and all drop-down lists.
  • Navigate PDFs exported from Revit more quickly with hyperlinked views.
  • Experience easier interaction with structural elements through user interface improvements.
  • Improve productivity with more streamlined Rebar modeling and shop drawings creation.

For a complete list of enhancements to your product, refer to the Autodesk Revit 2015 Update Enhancements List or Autodesk Revit LT 2015 Update Enhancements List.

Subscription customers can download Revit 2015 R2 from the Autodesk Subscription website.

Site Designer: A New Autodesk Subscription Add-in for Revit!

From Autodesk comes the new subscription add-in Site Designer for Revit. It's based on Autodesk's recent acquisition of the Eagle Point Revit site add-ins SiteWorks and LandCADD

From the Autodesk Exchange Apps website...

Autodesk® Site Designer Extension for Revit® software helps architects, designers, and planners convey building site planning concepts to engineers. Site Designer runs inside Revit software and uses native families, components, and toposurfaces, so site designs become part of the overall model.  You can model alternatives for mass grading, building pads, streets, sidewalks, parking lots, and retaining walls all within the Revit environment.  More easily convert a sketched line into a street, sidewalk, curb and gutter, retaining wall or parking lot in the model.  You can manipulate Site Designer components using editing tools to change their location, elevation, grade or geometry, and Site Designer automatically updates and maintains the underlying toposurface.

  • Report and schedule areas, volumes, and cut and fill volumes to better understand the impact of site design changes on requirements to move or add fill.
  • Iterate conceptual designs and create more realistic visuals of the building site by incorporating grading features directly into the Revit model.   
  • Better communicate conceptual design ideas about the building site to engineers  who can then complete the detailed site design using professional civil engineering tools like Autodesk® AutoCAD® Civil 3D® software. 
  • Share the appearance of site plan designs for better communication with everyone involved in the project, including owners, architects, designers, planners and civil engineering firms.
  • Share a site model between Revit and Civil 3D through Land XML files, improving collaboration between architects and engineers working on a project.
  • More quickly add design elements to your site such as berms and drainage swales, minimizing the time required to mass grade a site and to try alternatives at the design development stage.
  • Special terrain families within Site Designer provide you with parameters that control widths, cut and fill slopes and other projection settings.
  • Locate hardscape components such as streets, intersections, sidewalks, curbs and walls that can follow the existing terrain and have controlled elevations and slopes - all while the toposurface is automatically maintained.

The ribbon tab

Street settings

A sample site

There's more information available on the Autodesk Exchange Apps website.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Free Rename Elements Add-in for Revit

From the Autodesk Exchange Apps website...

This is an addin for Autodesk® Revit® that provides commands for batch renaming elements such as levels and gridlines.

  • The shift command allows you to select the elements that you want to rename and shift the sequence by a given amount. For example, say you have a 100 story tower and you eliminate a few levels. All the levels above will need to be shifted down. It is a time consuming task made quick and simple by this command. 
  • The resequence command allows you to rename the selected elements to the format (base name) + (number incremented by 1 for each level). For example, you move around the levels in a 100 story tower, such that the levels are mix up and not in sequence. Or you have a 100 story tower with the levels named Level 1, 2, 3, etc. but you need to rename level 1-8 as Retail Level 1, 2, 3 – 8, level 9-45 as Office Level 1 – 37, and the rest as Hotel Level 1, 2, 3, etc. In both of these cases, the resequence tool allows you to quickly rename the levels as needed. 
  • The replace command allows you to find and replace all or part of element names. For example, find Level B1, B2 etc. and rename them to Basement 1, Basement 2, etc.

There's more information available on the Autodesk Exchange Apps website.

Free Knovel Quick Search Add-in: Search for Technical Information from within Revit

From the Autodesk Exchange Apps website...

Knovel Quick Search gives users the ability to search Knovel for best practices, trusted technical references, and material properties data selected from over 100 authoritative sources from within Autodesk® Revit®.

Our plugin allows you to complete a basic search from within Revit, review results with text snippets, and then access Knovel when a result is selected. With the plugin you will have access to all of your current Knovel subscription entitlements.

Knovel is a cloud-based application integrating technical information with analytical and search tools to drive innovation and deliver answers engineers can trust.

There's more information available on the Autodesk Exchange Apps website.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Revit Credit Manager for LEED on Autodesk Labs

From the Autodesk Labs website...

The Revit Credit Manager for LEED® will allow you to automate calculations for your LEED Daylighting and Views IEQ 8.1 (Daylight Option 1 Simulation and Option 2 Prescriptive) and IEQ8.2 (Views) credits as well as streamline the submittals conveniently from inside Autodesk® Revit® 2014 software.

There's more information available on the Autodesk Labs website.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Cadac Organice: Manage Revit Files in SharePoint

From the Cadac website...

Are you looking for a solution to manage your Revit designs (RVT, RFA) in SharePoint?

Cadac Organice
Cadac Organice integrates Microsoft SharePoint with Autodesk Revit, providing an integrated solution for engineering document management and Building Information Modeling in SharePoint. RVT and RFA files that are stored in SharePoint can directly be opened in Revit. And through the Cadac Organice toolbar that is installed in Revit, RVT and RFA (designs)files can directly be saved and stored into the SharePoint document environment. Cadac Organice also supports the 'load family' function, whereby all the components (so also the designs) that belong to a family and that are stored in SharePoint are loaded into Revit.

Architects, engineering and construction companies (AEC)
Cadac Organice focuses on project driven engineering industries like architects, engineering and construction companies (AEC), supporting these organizations in the full building process from first design, through construction, up and till project maintenance. Through the integration with Autodesk Revit and AutoCAD, Cadac Organice provides a comprehensive engineering project management and collaboration environment fully based on SharePoint for the AEC market.

There's more information available on the Cadac website.

EZTSPoints Add-in for Revit: Easily Export Points to TotalStation

From the Autodesk Exchange Apps website...

EZTSPoints enables you to place points in drawings and families, and export them to TotalStation in Trimble or Sokkia format.
  • Easy to use.
  • Easy to place and export layout points from inside or outside of families.
  • Easy to customize your point description text.
  • Easy to export points for Sokkia or Trimble.
  • Inexpensive, versatile and uncomplicated.

No complicated menus.
  • One “Place Points” button and one “Export Points” button.
  • One pop-up “Save As” menu (when you click “Export Points”), where you can choose .txt for Trimble or .csv for Sokkia export format.
  • One place to type in a point description that shows up in the drawing and in the export file (“Properties/POINT TAG”).

EZTSPoints retails for USD 5.00.

There's more information available on the Autodesk Exchange Apps website.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Rhynamo: Rhino to Revit Via Dynamo

From the Case website...

Rhynamo is a set of nodes for Dynamo (0.7) that lets you read Rhino files (3dm) into your Dynamo model and onwards into Revit.

Our alchemist, Nathan Miller, has worked out how to turn Rhino files into Dynamo “DesignScript” equivalents. We're almost ready to release Rhynamo into the wild and we want to gather a couple of noble people to test drive it.

Spots are limited. Sign up to become one of the first Rhynamo users.

There's more information available on the Case website.

X-RAY Material Extraction Tool: Quantity Takeoffs for Revit

From the Autodesk Exchange Apps website...

The X-RAY Material Extraction Addin works inside Autodesk® Revit® to allow Key Measurements to be extracted from the Revit model ready for input into  BIM Pipeline, a Constructech 2014 Top Product.

X-RAY is a rule based Key Measurement Take-Off application created for Revit. X-RAY is designed to extract consistent quantity information from Revit files to streamline the Take-off process. Without using schedules, X-RAY helps to expose relevant Take-Off objects within a Revit file that can’t easily be seen or quantified.

While segmenting +/-quantities within Design Options, X-RAY can publish an entire Design Option Enabled Revit file directly to Pipeline® for integrations with various back office systems or this comprehensive Take-Offs can be sent to Microsoft Excel™. X-RAY’s rule statements are extremely flexible and can simplify Take-Off results that would otherwise be complex using Revit scheduling capability.

X-RAY Benefits:
  • Links Autodesk Revit Key Measurements
  • CG Visions' BIM Pipeline Cloud Based Estimation
  • Can export to CG Visions' BIM Pipeline or Microsoft Excel
  • Sorts Quantities by Design Option
  • Preview & Validate your results through Model Highlighting
  • Extremely Flexible & Powerful Condition Statement Development
  • Manage Condition Logic in Microsoft Excel
  • Automatic Door Handing Management


X-RAY is a critical part of an automated estimation workflow. By managing Take-Off quantities for each option of a home plan, an X-RAY supported workflow will provide a true understanding of the +/- impact to construct for of each plan or each option. By leveraging X-RAY, the information rich Revit model being used to create predictable Key Measurements will now allow builders to connect these designs to relevant Purchasing information which results in a Builder being able to make more sound business decisions.

There's more information available on the Autodesk Exchange website.

Free Align Add-in for Revit

From the Autodesk Exchange Apps website...

The Align tool allows you to align or distribute selected tags along the axis you specify.

The Align plug-in for Autodesk® Revit® can help to save time while producing complex drawings with large sets of annotation.

Just select a few tags and the Align tool will sort them for you.

Tag locations before using the Align tool

Tag locations after using the Align tool

The interface

There's more information available on the Autodesk Exchange Apps website.