Monday, April 21, 2014

Bimframe Connect Add-in: Revit Data to and from Google Drive

"If you believe BIM data should live in the cloud, Bimframe is the company for you. We believe BIM needs to be in the cloud to be able to handle large and complex BIM projects, and we're all for embracing the power cloud solutions have to offer.

"Bimframe Connect is an add-in to Revit, allowing the user to export and import BIM data from Revit to Google Drive™."

There's more information available on the Bimframe website and on Bimframe's YouTube channel.

Friday, April 18, 2014

CBS Room Picture Maker Add-in for Revit

From the Autodesk Exchange Apps website...

The purpose of the CBS Room Picture Maker is to create JPG files of each room in an Autodesk® Revit® project, using a Revit view as a template, so that the graphic style can be as desired.

A standard CodeBook Project database is created during the import process. If doing a one off import, this file can be discarded. However, if retained, it can be used, with CBS RDS Maker, a tool to create Room Data sheets as DOC or PDF files, with the JPG files.

The CodeBook Project database can also be used with the CodeBook Pro software, taking advantage of the full functionality of libraries, templates and synchronization that CodeBook Pro provides.

  1. Synchronize a Project database with the Revit model containing the Revit Rooms.
  2. Define which rooms require JPG files.
  3. Open the template View in Revit.
  4. Run the Create function.

The CBS Room Picture Maker add-in may be downloaded from the Autodesk Exchange Apps website. Cost is USD 29.00.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Empowering Performance-based Design with the Sefaira Add-in for Revit

Integrates with Revit & SketchUp

Integrate with your favourite design tools using your existing models.

Compare design options

Quickly compare multiple design options and iterations to find the best designs, explore tradeoffs between options, and see whether you’re heading in the right direction. Use comparisons to set the project on the right track early, refine the design as it progresses, and test the effects of design changes (including value engineering) in the later stages.

Find the best design strategies

Sefaira’s industry leading Strategies and Bundles framework helps you identify the design strategies that will have the biggest impact on performance, so you can focus on the Strategies that matter most, and find the combinations (“Bundles”) that deliver breakthrough performance.

Parametric Analysis

Sefaira’s Response Curves can be used to optimize orientation, glazing ratios, shading devices, thermal mass, R-values, and everything in between within seconds.

Collaborate with your team

With all your sustainability data in one place, collaboration within your practice and external
consultants has never been easier. Add as many relevant team members to your chosen project as
you want.

"With Sefaira, we can run iterative analysis and test many different options early in the design process. We can see how changing specific variables changes predicted building loads — a level of detail that isn’t possible to achieve with rules of thumb." - Matt Petermann, Regional Digital Practice Manager, Perkins & Will

There's more information available on the Sefaira website.

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 (UPDATED)

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.

Update 9/1/2014: Upgrading files to Revit 2015 is now supported.

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