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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

View Creator Add-in for Revit

The CAD Technology Center has added a new View Creator add-in to their Revit Express tools...

This Revit add-in enables users to quickly and consistently create views in their projects.
  • Create Plan and RCP views by selecting combinations of levels, view templates and phases
  • Automate consistent view naming conventions
  • Easily create and manage dependent views
  • Rapid project startup allows for more flexible Revit templates






The View Creator add-in is part of the BIM Project Suite Premium and BIM Project Suite Ultimate.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Free Bulk File Upgrader Add-in for Revit

Harry Mattison of Boost Your BIM has released a free bulk file upgrader add-in for Revit...

"This tool allows you to specify a source folder containing Autodesk® Revit® files and have every file in that folder upgraded to the current version of Revit. All files are saved in a user-specified destination folder."



Currently the add-in supports upgrading files to Revit 2014.

This free add-in is available from the Autodesk Exchange Apps website.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Free StrucCope Add-in for Revit from StrucSoft

From StrucSoft comes the free StrucCope add-in:

Automatically copes a selected beam/column with any number of intersecting beams/columns, or copes all the intersecting beams/columns with the selected beam/column and applies an offset specified by the user (supports metric and imperial input formats since version 1.0.1).




For more information, see the product page on the Autodesk Exchange Apps website.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

SuperDoor Add-in for Revit from CAD Technology Center

CAD Technology Center is excited to announce the release of a new addition to the Revit Express Tools family of products:  The SuperDoor Configuration Tool

This tool provides a graphical wizard interface that guides Revit users through the selection of door components for quickly defining various configurations of very high quality door families and then immediately placing them into the Revit project.

At the heart of the SuperDoor Configuration Tool is a collection of highly parametric Revit Families that allow for mixing and matching frames and panels to create a vast number of possible door combinations.  These families have been available from CTC as a standalone package for over 6 years, and have been proven effective by many firms on all types of projects ranging from homes to hospitals. Building on the past success, CTC's new SuperDoor Configuration Tool makes using these families much easier.





One of the great features of the configuration tool is the ability to add custom content or to change the default behavior of existing content. This allows BIM managers to conform selected configurations to existing company standards.

Network floating licenses, standalone licenses and upgrades are available.

For more information, see the CAD Technology Center website.

Monday, March 10, 2014

BIM 360 Add-in for Revit: Online BIM Coordination & Management with BIM 360 Glue, and Field Data Management, Commissioning & Handover with BIM 360 Field

Autodesk BIM 360 add-in for Autodesk Revit

The BIM 360 add-in app for Autodesk Revit supports round-trip BIM workflows between Revit and BIM 360. Use the "Glue it" feature to publish Revit models – including multiple 3D views at one time – directly to BIM 360 Glue. Use the "Clash Pinpoint" feature to isolate clashing elements from BIM 360 Glue in Revit. Update Revit models with commissioning data from BIM 360 Field to support handover, operations, and maintenance workflows.

Accessing clash reports inside Autodesk Revit, enabling quicker resolution
 
BIM 360 GLUE

BIM 360 Glue is an online BIM coordination and management service that provides anytime, anywhere access to connected project information. Accelerate multidisciplinary collaboration, reduce coordination review cycles, and improve project efficiency.

Features

One-click access to BIM

Review complex multidisciplinary project models.




Cloud-based multidisciplinary BIM coordination

Help identify and avoid potential problems.


Saturday, March 8, 2014

Free Report Groups By View Add-in for Revit from Case

http://apps.case-inc.com/
From the Case Apps website:

"This tool comes with a warning in that it may take quite a while to run on large models. In order to accurately and reliably get the groups that truly are visible in a view, it must open and activate it prior to querying the groups. The result is a CSV file listing each group along with their ElementId with the group name, group kind, and view name."



For more information, see the Case apps website.

Further reading: Free add-ins.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Tally Graduates from Autodesk Labs (03 March 2014)

From Scott Sheppard's It's Alive in the Lab blog:

Tally™, by KieranTimberlake and PE INTERNATIONAL, is a plug-in application for Revit that allows users to quantify the environmental impact of building materials for whole building analysis as well as comparative analyses of design options.

While working on a Revit model, the user can define relationships between BIM elements and construction materials from the database. The result is Life Cycle Assessment on demand, and an important layer of decision-making information within the same time frame, pace, and environment that building designs are generated.

Project Tally was a public beta where KieranTimberlake, PE INTERNATIONAL, and Autodesk were collecting feedback on the Tally technology from Autodesk customers. The technology preview has ended. Thanks to everyone who participated.

From the Tally website:

What is Tally

Tally is a Revit application that allows architects and engineers to quantify the environmental impact of building materials for whole building analysis as well as comparative analyses of design options. While working on a Revit model, the user can define relationships between BIM elements and construction materials from the Tally database. The result is Life Cycle Assessment on demand, and an important layer of decision-making information within the same time frame, pace, and environment that building designs are generated. As a Revit application, Tally is easy to use and requires no special modeling practices

Why Tally

The task of quantifying the embodied environmental impact of building materials involves performing a Life Cycle Assessment—a relatively new and confounding practice for many architects and engineers. The results of such assessments are typically not available to designers, as most are conducted on whole buildings and building components after construction is complete. In principle, building information modeling (BIM) ought to provide designers with the detailed bill of materials necessary to perform a Life Cycle Assessment during project delivery. But in practice, elements in BIM models often do not reflect the actual volume of materials, and this requires a more refined definition of architectural products than expected.

Motivated by the desire to leverage Revit to provide users with life-cycle impact information for building materials throughout the design process, KieranTimberlake began developing Tally in 2008. In response to growing industry awareness of life-cycle considerations, KieranTimberlake partnered with Autodesk Sustainability Solutions and PE INTERNATIONAL to create a comprehensive, easy-to-use tool that brings accurate life-cycle data to the design process.


For more information, see the Tally website.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Free Room Finishing Add-in: Automatically Create Skirting Boards

From BIM 42 comes the free Room Finishing add-in:

Creating architectural details for shop_drawings can be particularly long and tedious when it comes to modeling every detail in a room.

The Room Finishing application allows you to automatically create a skirting board all the way around any architectural room.

Just create a type of wall to be used as a baseboard, select a set of rooms or a single room and the application will create the skirting board with the proper height.

Interface

Room selection


Creating a skirting board

This free add-in may be downloaded from the Autodesk Exchange apps website.

Updated Daylighting Analysis for Revit Technology Preview Now Available (18 February 2014)

From Scott Sheppard's It's Alive in the Lab blog:

The Daylighting Analysis for Revit (RDA) plugin uses the special 3d view called ‘LEED 2009 IEQc8.1 Daylighting’ to define some of the view settings for the analysis rendering, such as included geometry (section box, phase filters, visibility graphics settings) and type of lighting (sun and/or electric/artificial). These settings are automatically reset by default each time you click Run Analysis.

Some advanced users have requested control over these settings to be able to disinclude parts of the building using the section box and to include special light fixtures for such things as SolaTubes.

To enable this advanced functionality, we created a new version of the plugin, now available in the Downloads section, that has a config file where you can set whether these parameters are automatically reset when you run an analysis.

After you install, you will find a new LightThresholds.dll.config in the install directory. If you open it in a text editor, you’ll see this:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8" ?>
<configuration>
  <appSettings>
   <add key="Override3DViewLightingScheme" value="1"/>
   <add key="Override3DViewBackgroundStyle" value="1"/>
   <add key="Override3DViewSectionBox" value="1"/>
  </appSettings>
</configuration>

Any of the View properties you don’t want changed automatically by the plug-in, set the config value to 0. It is read every time you invoke the analysis, so you can run the analysis with the default values and then set the value to 0 and run the analysis with the settings you set yourself in the ‘LEED 2009 IEQc8.1 Daylighting’ 3d view without having to close and reopen Revit.

If you don’t log in as Administrator, Windows may not let you open the file where it is installed, edit it and save it. To work around this, copy the to a writable directory, modify it and then copy it back to the install location. We recommend that you save a version of the file in its default state in case you accidentally make mistakes in editing the file.

For more information, see Scott Shepard's It's Alive in the Lab blog.

Updated Daylighting Analysis for Revit Technology Preview Now Available (12 February 2014)

From Scott Sheppard's It's Alive in the Lab blog:

"Light, light, light — everybody needs the light." — Led Zeppelin, 1975.

With this release we have implemented a ton of new features and bug fixes that will make your LEED and daylighting design analysis workflows much easier and smoother. Here are some of the new features:

'Daylighting’ floor plans are automatically created for all Levels with Rooms that are 'Include in Daylighting’. The floor plans will show results only for Rooms where the parameter 'Include in Daylighting’ is checked (equivalent to the LEED 'Regularly Occupied’ designation, as outlined in the EQ Space Matrix). Look for these new floor plans in the Project Browser with the suffix '- Daylighting’.


Orthographic 3d views (like 'default 3d’ and 'LEED 2009 IEQc8.1 Daylighting’) behaviour is unchanged, and those views will always show results for all floors analyzed whether the areas are 'Include in Daylighting’ or not.

In all AVF photometric views (orthographic 3d and plan views), you can view results for either 9am or 3pm on 9/21. To do this, select the AVF photometric surface



then choose the desired time to display on the surface from the Properties window.

The results in the 'LEED 2009 IEQc8.1 Room Schedule’ now show combined results from 9am and 3pm. Per LEED guidelines, both 9am and 3pm must have 75% of regularly occupied spaces (see: EQ Space Matrix) meet the thresholds, so the results are for the worst of the two cases and only are shown for Rooms that are checked as 'Include in Daylighting’.