Saturday, August 19, 2017

Twinmotion Dynamic Link

From the Autodesk App Store:

Twinmotion Dynamic Link allows you to synchronize instantly your Autodesk® Revit® model with Twinmotion 2018. It also exports the project in FBX if the visualization needs to be done on another computer. You can download a trial version of Twinmotion on

Dynamic Link Features:
  • Synchronize your Revit model directly and in real-time to view it in Twinmotion® 2018.
  • Make changes to the model or materials, and see those changes immediately in Twinmotion.
  • Standard materials, People and Trees are automatically converted in Twinmotion materials, People and Trees
  • BIM information is sent to Twinmotion and can be displayed in BIMmotion
  • Model optimization to reduce the number of polygons

Export Features:
  • Export models, materials and textures via FBX
  • Model optimization to reduce the number of polygons

Simply click on the eye to synchronize your Revit Model with Twinmotion 2018

Reality Capture for BIM Reshaping Industry Practices

From the AEC Magazine website:

Reality Capture for BIM reshaping industry practices 

May 25, 2017

An explosion is underway in the use of visual data collected and used in near-real-time for construction, as Randall S. Newton reports.

The contractor in charge of construction for Aris Market Square in Houston is using scan data
to monitor construction in near-real-time (Source: 3DR)

Aris Market Square is a midrise tower currently under construction in Houston, Texas, an upscale residential/ commercial building adjacent to a historic downtown park.

In a high-growth city like Houston, this could be just one more tower going up, but this particular project is breaking ground for its leading-edge use of visualisation technology for construction.

General contractor Urban Oaks Builders and subcontractor Austin Commercial are working with technology firms 3DR and Autodesk to automate construction management. Using 3DR’s SiteScan and a Sony R10C camera, the contractors used an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) – a drone – to take hundreds of photos of the building’s concrete structure, roof and exterior as it went up.

Read more on the AEC Magazine website »

Increasing Construction Layout Accuracy with Coordinated Real Time BIM Models


Increasing Construction Layout Accuracy By Means of Coordinated Real Time BIM Models

June 12, 2017
By Marc Howe

Autodesk’s BIM 360 Layout promises to enhance the construction layout process by providing contractors access to coordinated real-time point models in the field via their cloud-connected smart devices.

The software permits users to upload models with layout points directly onto their iPads from other Autodesk offerings, such as AutoCAD, Revit and Navisworks. It then improves the accuracy and efficiency of construction layout tasks by connecting these iPads to a total station, then making it easier to locate and verify point locations on the building site itself.

Cloud connectivity ensures that the coordinated models are kept both up-to-date and accessible for all project team members during the process of layout in the field, ensuring accuracy and the avoidance of errors.

The software provides real-time model navigation for performing a range of project functions, including layout, quality assurance and control, and as built-collection on the job site.

Read more on »

Aligning Text or Labels with Detail Lines Using Dynamo

From the BenchMarq website:

Revit Dynamo Graph to Align Text or Label with Detail Lines

August 3, 2017
By Tassos, our Revit and Dynamo Expert

Traditionally, when drafting text on technical drawings by hand we would use either letter stencils or write the text directly onto paper. When doing so, we would make an effort to best align the text with existing geometry such as lines, other text etc. We may have even used a ruler to improve the alignment.

Then, we started using software such as AutoCAD, and writing text became a much easier task. We were now able to access spot on accuracy and we could now align the text insertion point with the start point of line geometry. Naturally, this made us obsessed with accuracy!

Years later, Revit appeared on the scene and as it became more popular, people discovered its powerful functionalities. Revit does a lot, but one thing that it does not do is – align text with geometry, although it will align one text element with another when you try to move one.

For example, this could be useful when we create a Title Block for our company or Annotation Symbols and Tags. We create those only once and we use them over and over. It would be nice to position text within their definition spot on accurate.

Therefore, to help resolve this issue I have created a Dynamo Graph that uses a python script to gain access to Revit’s API functions, which you can download from here.

Read more on the BenchMarq website »


Free Webinar Aug 22 – An Introduction to the NEW Family and Detail Warehouse

From the registration website:

An Introduction to the NEW Family and Detail Warehouse

Tue, Aug 22, 2017 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM PDT

There's more information on the registration website.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Making BIM Project Management Tools Universally Accessible via the Cloud


Making BIM Project Management Tools Universally Accessible via the Cloud

June 28, 2017
By Marc Howe

Software developers are using the cloud to dramatically expand the collaborative potential of building information modeling (BIM) when it comes to project management tasks by enabling stakeholders to contribute or participate in the work process, irrespective of their physical location or working hours.
Autodesk’s BIM 360 Team provides stakeholders with a cloud-based project management workspace that can be accessed by all team members, thus enhancing BIM’s ability to expedite collaboration on complex, multidisciplinary undertakings.

Rendering of the Brentwood Mall Residential Towers. (Image courtesy of Autodesk.)

Cloud-based project management also means that all clients, contractors, team members and stakeholders are capable of directly marking up or commenting on designs that are jointly shared and accessible, thus ensuring that everyone is up to date and on the same page when it comes to key project data.

They achieve this by means of now-ubiquitous mobile smart devices, regardless of whether they’re in the office, at a client’s location or at the point of construction.

Read more on »

Enhancing Lean Construction Planning with Cloud-Based BIM


June 14, 2017
By Marc Howe

Autodesk’s BIM 360 Plan uses building information modeling (BIM) in tandem with cloud-connected mobility to centralize and improve the process of lean construction planning.The software permits the creation of collaborative, centralized work plans by multiple stakeholders via the cloud, reducing the potential for coordination mismatches and removing the need for unwieldy paper printouts. Teams can access and update the work plan data housed centrally in the cloud irrespective of the time or location simply by using the BIM 360 Plan app on their iPads or conventional Web browsers on laptop and desktop computers.

Teams can access and update the work plan data in the cloud by using the
BIM 360 Plan app on their iPads. (Image courtesy of Autodesk.)

At a basic level, BIM 360 Plan is a centralized, cloud-based organizing tool that gives users the ability to create work plans rapidly in list, Gantt or swim lane form as well as filter their construction tasks by date, work breakdown, company, location or status. BIM 360 Plan then builds upon this foundation by adding features for enhancing the process of lean construction planning.

Read more on »

Playing with Dynamo Player – Includes 5 Free Scripts!

From the DesignTech website:


August 18th, 2017
By Sol Amour

Dynamo Player has recently (As of Revit 2018.1 Release) received some rather funky additions, namely the ability to have Inputs and Outputs.

While still, content wise, a little behind the seriously awesome Data-Shapes package (Shoutout Mostafa El Ayoubi), it gives beginners and those not particularly keen to delve into Visual Programming the ability to use tools generated by others which is a big win.

This blog post will release 5x free scripts that have been built with Dynamo Player in mind.  It will showcase a few different approaches to the use of Player, some as simply a big button, others with inputs and outputs and will also explore how you can have defaults that will save over multiple use – to effectively customise the scripts to your firms style.

Dynamo 1.3.1 was used for the generation of all available Scripts and Images. Revit 2018.1 will be required to access the Dynamo Player inputs and outputs. Most of these scripts will work with the player and default settings regardless.

Colour Non Room-bounding Elements

designtech_ColourNonRoomBoundingElements_v1.0 will allow you to simply colour (So using a non-invasive approach) any element within your open view. It colours by Elements that have the ‘Room Bounding’ box unticked and applies a Red colour override and Black line pattern.

The script is set-up to have a series of inputs that, while containing default values, allow you to input your own choice of Line Pattern, Line Weight, and Fill Pattern. It uses a name filter, so you will have to apply correct title casing to your inputs for it to correctly function: If you have incorrectly typed in a viable name for the above options it will simply default back to the original.

After running the script, there are two output nodes that showcase the Successful Overrides and Failed Overrides.

The default options are depicted below:

Read more on the DesignTech website »

Free Webinar Aug 25 – FormIt Friday! Content Creation for Design Models

From the registration website:

FormIt Friday! Episode 26: FormIt Content Creation for Design Models

Fri, Aug 25, 2017 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM PDT

Welcome back to the August 2017 episode in our FormIt Friday webinar series! Tobias will re-present his fantastic lab from the BiLT North America conference that occurred in Toronto earlier this summer. FormIt has an incredibly powerful Content Library for browsing and placing pre-made elements. In this webinar, Tobias will cover how to source existing content from SketchUp and Revit, build and  curate your own content, and use Dynamo for dynamic content.

There's more information available on the registration website.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

P&ID Modeler for Revit 2018.1 from Autodesk

From Autodesk Account:

P&ID Modeler for Revit 2018.1

Released Aug 15, 2017

Revit P&ID Modeler helps you model piping faster and more efficiently using P&IDs from a Plant 3D Collaboration project directly within Revit. It connects Revit to AutoCAD P&ID drawings and associated data stored in BIM 360 Team using cloud collaboration capabilities included in Plant 3D. Revit P&ID Modeler enables collaboration between project team members, facilitating the model creation process by leveraging information captured at earlier design stages. This helps ensure consistency between the schematic and the model, minimizes manual data entry, and helps visualize model creation progress. Revit P&ID Modeler functionality requires a subscription to Collaboration for Revit.

IFC-dotnet – A .Net Library for Working with IFC Data (Updated)

From the GitHub:


An Industry Foundation Classes (IFC) library for .NET Core.


This library is under heavy development and is not recommended for use in production applications.

There's more information available on GitHub.


  1. Changed external link to the current repository on GitHub.

MWF Summer 2017 Releases

From the StrucSoft Solutions website:

MWF Summer 2017 builds released

August 16th 2017 – All MWF modules are now available for download with Revit 2018 functionality, as well as the following improvements:

New features include:
  • Extra Stud Markers – option to rotate, align and add offset from layers (Strong Back).
  • New Sheathing Engine – The old sheathing module was replaced with a more robust one that is well integrated into the multilayer walls module. Among other improvements, it uses “Direct Shapes” instead of Parts, which gives better control on visibility and the possibility to run clash detection in other applications, since direct shapes are exported better than parts to these external applications. The tool also now has an “Edit” mode that allows more flexible edits. Sheathing members can now also be scheduled.
  • Metal builds only:
    • Box studs and Lintel in wall panels – option to include Box studs in wall panels in addition to single and back to back studs.
    • Multisystem Marker – Jacks Options – This marker now supports jacks with multiple options.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Free BIMsmith Market Launched – Access Manufacturers' BIM Content

BIMsmith has been around for a couple of years now, offering free creation of custom assembly system families (walls, floors, ceilings, and roofs) using any combination of generic and manufacturer content, all in your web browser with nothing to install. This service is called BIMsmith Forge and, if you haven't checked it out yet, you really should.

BIM Track V1.12 (Updated)

From the BIM Track website:

BIM Track™ 1.12

July 28, 2017
By Tommy Leclerc-Dubé

Based off our users’ feedback, we have introduced a new option menu in the addin where it is now possible to change the behavior of the “View in Model’ button. With this update, you will be able customize the button’s behavior depending on your personal revision needs. Additionally, we have released a new addin for Tekla 2017. It is available via our download page on

New Features:
  • An addin for Tekla 2017 is now available.
  • It is now possible to filter the issue list and reports based on the issues’ creation dates.
  • A “Keep me signed in” option was added to the login window of the addin.
  • Added various options for the “View in Model” button where it is now possible to set automations for that button depending on your revision needs. For instance, section boxes/plane & hidden elements can be automatically restored if desired. It is also possible to configure it in a way that it won’t do anything aside from recovering the camera location.
  • The “Assigned To” field was improved with a combo box that accepts auto-completion. If you have many team member, instead of scrolling down the dropdown menu, simply type in the first letter of the person and the autocomplete will narrow the results contained in the list.
  • The BCF import / export was vastly improved. Re-importing issues via BCF will no longer create duplicates, but instead update existing issues with the updated information. While this is a nice improvement for the BCF workflow, there’s a lot more improvement coming up so stay tuned!
  • Various bug fixes and minor improvements.

Copyright 2017 BIM Track™

There's more information available on the BIM Track website, and on the Autodesk App Store.

  1. August 19, 2017 – Added link to the Autodesk App Store.

Free Webinar Aug 22 – Electrical Concept Design to Detail Design with MagiCAD

From the registration website:

Progressing Electrical Concept Design to Detail Design with MagiCAD

Tue, Aug 22, 2017 1:30 AM - 2:00 AM PDT

Showing the relationships and processes between early stage design and detail design using the electrical and productivity tools within MagiCAD for Revit

There's more information available on the registration website.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Milestone: 2 Million Pageviews!

We recently ticked over 2 million pageviews here on Revit Add-ons!

Revit Add-ons has been rewarding to us, the authors, in many ways, and when we see that the site receives about 2,500 pageviews per day, we know that our efforts are valued by the community. Thank you for that!

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For Vendors, Bloggers and News Sites – How Revit Add-ons Handles Copyrighted Material

Recently, the author of a couple of articles we re-posted on Revit Add-ons contacted us to ask that we remove approximately 80% of his content from our site and link back to his site for the balance. This was the first time in our 6+ years that someone contacted us with what could be interpreted as copyright concerns, and it prompted us to formally define our approach to copyrighted material.

First and foremost, we appreciate the hard work of originators of content in our thriving Revit add-ons community, and we recognize that their materials, including descriptions, images, etc, are their sole property. We do our best to clearly and properly source this material when we use it. Still, if  we re-post some of your content and you'd like it removed from Revit Add-ons, or to have it altered in some way, please let us know and we will immediately comply with your wishes.

Of course, our original content is under our copyright. As long as others properly source it, we're okay with that – with the notable exception of improperly appropriating trademarked items like our logo, header and whatnot.

We source content from three types of sites:
  1. Vendor's websites
  2. Blogs
  3. News sites
From now on, we're going to handle these three sources a little differently.

Practical Dynamo – Moving Views Based on Another View

From the website:


August 15, 2017
By Ryan Lenihan

Okay, so we’re on a roll with practical Dynamo usage. Last week we looked at placing views centrally on our sheets, but what if you didn’t want the view centrally placed? What if you wanted views placed in the same location on all sheets maybe in the top left of the page?

As always with Dyanmo, there is a solution for that. Again we’re going to be using the Rhythm custom node package to get the work done. This method requires one sheet to be used as a template that all the following sheets are based on.

In our example this time around, where we want the view located is in the top left (shown on the left) but by default Dynamo places our views in the bottom left (shown on the right)

This workflow can be easily integrated into our previous graph where we created new sheets in Dynamo using Excel however for this example we’re going to create a standalone graph. For this example though, it’s assumed that this time around though that you already have all the sheets and views required created.

First we start by taking all of our sheets, we do this simply by using Categories and then All Elements of Category, after that we get into our Rhythm nodes.

Read more on the website »

Practical Dynamo – Moving Views on Sheets

From the website:


August 8, 2017
By Ryan Lenihan

For those of you that read through my previous post last week on creating sheets using Dynamo, you might have come to the end of the post only to realise that the views haven’t placed where you want them to be on the sheets.

For example, my sheet with the automatically placed view now looks like this

The first method I’m going to use nodes from both the Rhythm and Lunchbox packages which you can download from your package manager. Simply install the latest version.

Read more on the website »

Practical Dynamo – Generate Sheets from Excel

From the website:


August 2, 2017
By Ryan Lenihan

I was discussing Dynamo workflows with good old Captain BIMCAD the other night and we got to the topic of project setup.

Personally I don’t use Dynamo in my everyday project setup workflow, I use Ideate BIMLink, Omnia Scope Box Synchroniser and Sheet Duplicator but if you don’t have access to this software; especially BIMLink as it’s a bit pricey, Dynamo is definitely a viable option. Here’s how to get it done.

First we need to create a list of sheets in Excel with Name and Number information. Starting with a blank workbook in Excel, create a list with sheet numbers in column A and sheet names in column B.

Read more on the website »

Free Webinar Sep 19 – Choosing the Right Revit Content Management Platform

From the UNIFI website:

Event Information: Choosing the Right Content Management Platform for YOUR Digital Building Content

Date and time: Tuesday, September 19, 2017 9:00 am Pacific Daylight Time (San Francisco, GMT-07:00)

Duration: 1 hour

Description: Choosing the right content management system for your firm is very important. AECO organizations face unique challenges when managing digital content - whether you are a global firm, a 2-person shop or somewhere in between. Plus, there are a variety of conflicting products, and opinions, to deal with, so how can you make an informed decision?

Luke Johnson, author of What Revit Wants and an Autodesk Expert Elite member, conducted an in-depth study where he evaluated the industry’s major Content Management solutions based upon a host of features & functions, even support levels. Join him on Tuesday, September 19th at 9amPT where he’ll review his results during this webinar which will help you to make a considered, accurate, and proper choice. If you can’t attend the live event, then be sure to register and we will send you a recording.

Anticipation: FenestraPro Premium V4.0

From the FenestraPro website:

Coming Soon – FenestraPro Premium for Revit Version 4.0

August 11, 2017
By Kimmy Tuttle

FenestraPro Premium Version 4.0 sees huge advancements in the façade design tool, while still maintaining our core mission to allow all designers design better performing buildings easily, quickly, and dynamically within the Revit platform.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Revit Python Wrapper V1.3 – A Python Wrapper for the Revit API

From the Revit Python Wrapper website:

Revit Python Wrapper

Version: 1.3.0

A Python Wrapper For the Revit API

Revit Python Wrapper was created to help Python programmers write Revit API code.

Wrapper classes make the interaction with API objects less repetitive, and more consistent with Python’s conventions.

It also provides a few convenient shortcuts:
  • Initializes all common variables such as document handling variables (doc and uidoc) so you can reuse code across platforms with no change to your import code.
  • Imports clr, and adds RevitAPI.dll + RevitAPIUI.dll assemblies, and other common .NET types such as List.
  • Adds Reference the IronPython Standard Library to your sys.path (for Dynamo).
  • Easy to use WPF Forms so you can request additional user input with little effort.

There's more information available on the Revit Python Wrapper website.

Beta Testers Wanted for Dynamo Package that Interacts with Cloud Services

From Twitter:

What's Hot in Revit Add-ons for July 2017

Here on Revit Add-ons, with What's Hot, at about the middle of each month, we take a look back at the preceding month to see which posts published during that month received the most pageviews.

We published 38 posts in July 2017 and received 49,892 pageviews.

The release of the Autodesk Structural Precast Extension for Revit 2018, dubbed "the future of automatically making structural things," was big news and easily topped our list.

Here's a hyperlinked list of all the top charting add-ins:
  1. Structural Precast Extension for Revit 2018 brought to you by Autodesk
  2. pyRevit V4.4 brought to you by Ehsan Iran-Nejad
  3. VRay for Revit V3.5 brought to you by Chaos Group
  4. IFC V18.2 and V17.4 brought to you by a group of contributors and Autodesk
  5. Enscape V2.0 brought to you by Enscape
  6. AUGmentecture brought to you by AUGmentecture
  7. Sheet Manager Expert brought to you by Harrison-Dean

Congratulations to all the add-in authors!

Free Webinar Aug 24 – BIM 360 Glue and Navisworks for Pre-Construction Coordination

From the registration website:

Online Course: Effective Coordination in Pre-Construction

Thu, Aug 24, 2017 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM PDT

Register now for our online course in Effective Coordination in Preconstruction.

Learn how to leverage BIM 360 Glue and Navisworks to streamline your project reviews and coordination workflows.

This course will give you the opportunity to learn about Autodesk solutions for pre construction while engaging with subject matter experts.

  • Review tailored learning content including short videos,  articles, and how-to’s
  • Test what you have learned through a series of quizzes after completing your assignments
  • Engage with your peers and subject matter experts through BIM 360 forums and live webinars
  • Share your requirements and ideas with the Product Teams

Sunday, August 13, 2017

The Week that was in Revit Add-ons for Aug 7-13, 2017

During the week of August 7, 2017, here on Revit Add-ons, we published sixteen posts.


From around the Internet, we posted about InsiteVR, the self-styled "Complete VR Platform for AEC."


For Autodesk App Store updates not mentioned here, please see our latest roundup.

From around the Internet, we posted about the free COBie Extension Jun 28, 2017 Update, and the free Model Checker and Model Checker Configurator for Revit Jul 24, 2017 Updates, both from CADD Microsystems and Autodesk.

Roundup – For Aug 7-13, 2017, New and Updated Revit Add-ins on the Autodesk App Store

The week of August 7, 2017 was a quiet one for Revit add-ins on the Autodesk App Store. No new add-ins were published. Six add-ins were updated, primarily for Revit 2018 compatibility.


3D Printing App for Autodesk Revit
Optimize your Autodesk® Revit® model for 3D printing. Compare materials, 3D printing services & prices | Free
 (3 reviews)
About This Version: Version 1.2.0, 8/11/2017 – Enhanced UX experience with progress status information

Kubity Exporter
PLAY & SHARE your Autodesk® Revit® models on any device, anywhere | Free
 (1 review)
About This Version: Version 4.0.0, 8/10/2017 – This plugin enables the “Export to Kubity” option in Autodesk® Revit® that seamlessly transfers models to the Kubity app.

Round-Tripping Revit to Excel with Dynamo

From the EvolveLAB website:

Crossing The Data Drop Chasm – Revit To Excel and Back Again Using Dynamo

July 17, 2017
By Bill Allen

It is sometimes desirable or necessary to push data from Revit to Excel, and back again.  One such example I can think of is when working with a door hardware consultant.

The door hardware consultant may not have access to Revit, little lone your Revit model.  You have a few options.  You could export your data to Excel, have him/her populate it, and then re-enter the data once it is back in Revit OR you could export it to excel using Dynamo, and then re-import the data from excel to Revit.

Free BIMxHTML Version 0.0.8 Released – More Custom Nodes to Generate Google Charts

From the BIM Extension website:

BIMxHTML v0.0.8 – More Custom Nodes to Generate Google Charts

August 10, 2017

It looks like there has been some interest in the BIMxHTML Dynamo package and its encouraged me to develop some custom nodes to simplify the display of Google Charts using pure Dynamo.

The Custom Nodes

Download the sample files below to get a good example of how to use these nodes. Essentially, they output an entire web page and as of today the intent is to use them in the iframes of a dashboard.

Read more on the BIM Extension website »

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Free COBie Extension Jun 28, 2017 Update

From the CADD Microsystems website:


Jun 28, 2017
By Jason Kunkel

The Autodesk COBie Extension for Revit is the best way to collect, generate, and export COBie data in your Revit model to a COBie spreadsheet. There’s been an update recently, with some bug fixes and tweaks requested by users.

  • The Parameter Mapping has been cleaned up a little for those running the English version of Revit.  Some extra “built-in” parameters that weren’t doing anything have been removed from the list of possible parameters to select.
  • You can now properly see the filename for models linked from Revit Server.
  • Zones in Zone Manager now allow you to type in a category, in addition to the predefined drop-down.
  • Some other minor bug fixes.