Thursday, December 21, 2017

Happy Holidays from Revit Add-ons, Plus Bunk Bed Plans (Update #2)

We'll be away this week and next while I'm building some swanky bunk beds with wraparound shelves for my young twin sons for Christmas, and for the Christmas and New Years holidays week.

Bunk beds with wraparound shelves

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Cost Analysis Dynamo Script

From the Architect Machines website:

Cost Analysis Script v1.0

By Ryan Cameron

This script will find all the enclosed rooms in your Revit model, calculate areas by asset name (e.g. Commons, Dorms, Corridor – you create the definition)

It will calculate the square footages and feed that back into your Excel document.  The Option selection in the excel document will then update those asset types in accordance with the color/option selected AFTER hitting save and Dynamo is set to Automatic.

Download the Dynamo script from the Architect Machines website.

Free Webinar Jan 4 – BIM 360 Team & Collaboration for Revit

From the registration website:

BIM 360 Team & Collaboration for Revit

Thu, Jan 4, 2018 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM GMT

Together, Autodesk BIM 360 Team cloud service and Collaboration for Revit (C4R) revolutionize teamwork by connecting building project teams with centralized access to BIM project data. They provide a turnkey solution that enables project stakeholders from multiple companies or sites to concurrently work on, view, search, and share models via a web browser or mobile device.

Register for the webinar here.

Batch Add Shared Parameters From a Text File with Dynamo

From the DATA|SHAPES website:


By Mostafa El Ayoubi
December 11, 2017

Adding shared parameters to a project is often a pain because you can’t batch add them through Revit’s user interface.

There are a couple of workarounds online that do the job just fine, like adding them using the “Transfert project standards” function. There are also great nodes from Archi-Lab to create/add shared parameters.

But, I decided that I’d offer an alternative that allows you to use the “.txt” shared parameters file and gives a simple user interface, where you can pick the parameters you’re interested in and set the categories the parameters are bound to. It’s important to be able to refer to a “.txt” file because it’s the only way to ensure the parameters will have the same GUID, and that they will actually be “shared”.

Read more on the DATA|SHAPES website »

Dim Offset – Automatically Offset Dimension Text that Overlaps Extension Lines

From the Autodesk App Store:

A unique application that will save you a lot of time.

The application monitors all the created or edited dimensions and in case the dimensional text falls on dimensional lines, it moves the text aside!

Just run the plugin, tick the box and click the "Accept" button and your work in Autodesk® Revit® will become much more convenient and enjoyable!

Free CTB Link – Transform CAD Imports to Look Like They'd Plot from AutoCAD

From the Autodesk App Store:

This Autodesk® Revit® add-in allows you to make use of a CTB file to transform your CAD drawing before importing it.

Usually the CAD drawings are drawn in lines of different color/thickness than what they're supposed to be plotted. Thus before importing in Revit you need to have this extra step of transformation.

CTB Link does just that. Give it a CTB file, a CAD file and you will have your drawing in Revit just as you'd plot the CAD file in a PDF or printer.

  • colors transformation
  • line weight transformation
  • line type transformation

Screenshot of the user interface.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Dynamo Templates

From the Architect Machines website:

There are many ways to create a template file for Dynamo. Here are two examples on how to begin to organize, sort, color code and standardize Dynamo start files for multiple users.

Version 01A takes an input, operation, sorting and output node approach.

Version 02A takes a user selection, creation/retrieval data, process, element creation (by type) and output data organization method. It also includes a group for “Directions” on the who, what and how to use the script and any associated information needed to make it operate.

This template file will be updated periodically to provide users with the most current, useful methods available to the community.

Handling Revit Warnings with Dynamo

From the Revit Structure blog:

Handling Revit Warnings – A Tutorial with Revit 2018 and Dynamo

By lawrenceh
December 4, 2017

We have all seen the Revit Warnings dialog and as you may already know, these can be ignored and the users can carry on with the tasks at hand but what does this mean for your project health! Some of these are problematic and ignoring the warnings is not really fixing the problem. I guess we should be mindful that if Revit sees fit to warn us of these issues then we should do something to resolve the problems. In the image below you can see a typical set of warnings in an average project. These can be a real headache for the BIM manager and in the following post I will outline a way of adding these errors to the model and then assigning users to ‘repair’ the problems.

Read more on the Revit Structure blog »

Wood & Metal Framing Mid-December Release

From the AGACAD website:

NEW VERSIONS of Wood/Metal Framing in Revit: Joined Sloped Openings, Mixed Wood-Metal Frames, Rotate Assembly Views, and more

By Robert Prybyla
December 12, 2017

Over the past month or two, our Wood and Metal Framing solutions have been beefed up significantly. Even though we’ve talked about a lot of those updates in several recent blog posts, there are still some points that we haven’t gone over yet. In the latest version of these powerful solutions, you’ll find extended functionality for framing openings, view rotation, mixed wood-metal framing, and more.

To make your work faster and smoother.

JSON Exporter for Navisworks

From the Autodesk App Store:

“JSON Exporter For Autodesk® Navisworks®” exports the model to a JSON (.json) file.

It has the following features:
  1. Cumulative transformation.
  2. 4.5 version JSON format support.
  3. Supports both part and assembly models.
  4. Visibility of nodes.
  5. Face level transparency. 

What's Hot in Revit Add-ons for November 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 took a break from this series in October but return with vigor for November.

We published 106 posts in November 2017, the fifth month we've topped 100 posts per month in 2017, and received 59,000 pageviews for our efforts.

Last month, we covered Autodesk BIM 360 add-ins for the first time and spent a fair amount of time posting about them. As a result, half the posts that made the cut were related to BIM 360, including four of the top five, and the most viewed post of the month.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

CVP-SYNC for Navisworks Manage – Export Clashes and Viewpoints to iFieldsmart Platform

From the Autodesk App Store:

This plugin allows you to export clashes and viewpoints to ifieldsmart platform.

After opening a specific project file in Autodesk® Navisworks®, you must create all the Clashes and Viewpoints. You can find the plugin under Navisworks "Tool Add-ins  -> CVP-SYNC”.

The CVP-SYNC plug-in uploads the created Clashes and Viewpoints on the "ifieldsmart platform". You can glimpse the data in "".

ClashViewPointManager (CVPM) for Navisworks Manage – Organize, Extend and Speed Up the Clash Detection Process

From the Autodesk App Store:

The aim of this app is to organize, extend and speed up the clash test process after performing Autodesk® Navisworks® Clash test. It boosts the process and action after running the Clash test which includes the following actions; 'Find and Assign to trade', 'Grouping', 'Rename Clash', 'Rename ViewPoints', 'Merging and Record Time'. The complete plugin has been designed to keep the process and actions usually performed by users to scale up the Clash Test. The plugin is an integrated kit of actions: Assigned to, Grouping, Rename Clash, Rename Viewpoints, Merging and Recording. This is the default process after running Clash tests regardless of the project you are working. iFieldSmart ClashViewPointManager picks up the most and default action and put them in flow which is best to speed up the process.

  1. Assign To: This option allows you to assign clashes to respective Test Name by selecting Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing and Sprinkler trade type.
  2. Grouping: It is a feature that facilitates the grouping of elements and associated clashes for a better view and understanding, on the basis of common elements.
  3. Rename Clash: Allows users to define names for the clashes provisioning better understanding of a clash report, hence the clash report becomes more meaningful & easy to understand. You just   need to fill in a few fields like Project Name, Level Name and it will Rename the clashes for you.
  4. Rename ViewPoints: Allows you to give user defined names to the viewpoints for better understanding. The viewpoints will be more meaningful and easy to understand. You just need to fill in a few fields like Project Abbreviation, Level Name and it will Rename viewpoints for you.
  5. Merging: Merging tab allows you to merge viewpoints together i.e. Dim and Hide. This gives you a better understanding of the clash and the problems associated with it.
  6. Record Time: Record Time is an extended feature, keeping collaboration in mind and interaction with different engineers. Recording allows you to record the brainstorming & discuss the clashes to use the information for resolving the problem. This will greatly help productivity if you are working with different engineers.

CADS RC3D – Rebar for 3D Models

From the Autodesk App Store:

CADS RC3D has been designed to enhance the placement, annotation and bar marking of rebar in 3D structures. Building on the heritage of our world-leading detailing and bar listing software CADS RC / RebarCAD extends the detailing power of Autodesk® Revit®.

  • The software provides functionality to create 2D detail drawings and bar bending lists to country standards.
  • Additional annotation functions have been created to detail tapered ranges and mark rebar ends.
  • Enhanced layering tools allow rebar to be split into zones within a structure, rebar visibility can be controlled using the layer assignment.
  • Editing functions allow rebar to be copied from one structure to another.
  • Rebar can be 'joined' together to form new bar shapes.
  • Openings in the structure can be identified and trimming reinforcement added.
  • Path placement functions have been enhanced to allow the rebar to be placed parallel to another rebar in the structure.
  • Assign rebar to a structure, release and drawing sheet; manage the rebar according to these assignments.
  • The rebar lists can be placed on drawing sheets or printed using industry standard templates.
  • The bar list templates are easy to customise to company standards.

The Family Exporter

From the Autodesk App Store:

The Software
  • Is intended to simplify exporting current model families to independent content libraries.
  • Exported content is sorted into category subfolders.
  • Features content list filter and sorting functions. Filter settings are stored between sessions.
  • Displays preview image and selected family data.

The Interface
  • Topmost the info area. This area holds the family preview image and selected content data. Note, the preview image could be empty. The overwrite checkbox should be used if you want to re-export families. If left un-checked you will get an additional popup warning at export time.
  • Next you will find this model's families list. Initially this list holds all the families present in the model, sorted by category and name. The list header has one checkbox intended for quick check/uncheck of all entries in the list. It also has filter funnel symbols allowing you to filter the list both by category and family name. Each list entry has a checkbox allowing you to select single families for export. It is recommended you filter this list only to show the Revit categories relevant. You could also filter this list by family name to simplify your further selection. Clicking the header will sort the list either ascending or descending. Note, light green checkbox indicates that the family already exists at the given path.
  • The list separator line is next. Drag up and down to adjust the list sizes.
  • The lower list is intended to show the family types in currently selected family. Note, this list could be empty if no types are defined in the selected family.
  • At the bottom, you will find the currently selected output path, the set output path button and the export button. The export button is enabled when an entry in the family list is checked.

IFC Component Replacer

From the Autodesk App Store:

Working with IFC models in Autodesk® Revit® has significant limitations. Components from IFC models are difficult to manage and edit. The IFC Component Replacer app automatically replaces the simple IFC generated in-place mass element, IFC import symbols and IFC non-parametric components from an IFC model with native Revit family components so you can use the power of Revit families in your IFC Revit project.

Simply pick one of the IFC objects you want to replace. All copies of this object in the project will be selected and can be replaced with a Revit component family of your choosing. The orientation of the replacement family can be adjusted while replacing the IFC object.

The 4 simple steps:
  1. Select an IFC object instance of the type to be replaced
  2. Choose the replacement family type from a drop-down list
  3. If necessary, correct the orientation of the new component
  4. All instances of the selected IFC component in any orientation will be replaced

In Autodesk® Revit® each IFC object is typically an individual separate in-place family. Therefore they cannot be easily selected as a group and all replaced in one operation. e.g. you can’t use “Select All Instances”. You will have to find and replace each element one by one throughout the project which is time-consuming.

InsiteVR Launches Meetings Links to Easily Invite Others into VR Presentations

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Perpetual Licenses of AGACAD BIM Solutions 50% Off!

From the AGACAD website:

Thank-you Offer: Perpetual Licenses of BIM Solutions 50% Off!

Our Thank-you offer is here!

As the end of the year approaches, we're offering perpetual licenses of BIM Solutions at 50% off the license price. This discount is only valid for orders placed by Dec 22, so take advantage of this limited-time offer of half-price perpetual licenses!

It’s our way of saying “thank you” for being our clients, followers, and trial users, for participating in our events, for being with us on this BIM journey.

See the list of discounted products below, and contact us to get the best offer of the year!

Promo Details

50% discount is valid for the individual BIM Solutions listed below. Not valid for Suites. The discount applies only to the license price. Training and yearly maintenance must also be purchased with the discounted perpetual license.

  • The yearly maintenance provides your license with updates and the version for Revit 2019 to keep it running smooth-as-can-be, year after year.
  • Training is done by our BIM experts to ensure that you can use your software to its full potential right from the start.

Free Webinar Dec 13 & 14 – Master Your BIMcollab Workflow

From the registration website:

Master your BIMcollab workflow

This webinar is offered several times. Select the date and time that works best for you.

Wed, Dec 13, 2017 9:00 AM - 9:30 AM GMT
Wed, Dec 14, 2017 3:00 PM - 3:30 PM GMT

An interactive webinar about how to master your workflow in BIMcollab®.  Do you want to learn more about the possibilities of issue management for BIM, or learn about the main functionalities? This is your chance. There will be room for questions to ask our BIMcollab-expert at the end of every webinar. Read more about BIMcollab on

Register for the webinar here.

SpaceMouse Wireless Kit Special Offer

From the announcement:

Only valid until 12.31.2017

Our wireless solution for professional mobile CAD performance. The must-have for modern engineers or designers.

Now only $179* (Save $20)

Free Webinar Dec 14 – MWF Panel Stacker

From the registration website:

Masterclass: MWF Panel Stacker

This webinar is offered several times. Select the date and time that works best for you.

Thu, Dec 14, 2017 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM GMT
Thu, Dec 14, 2017 7:00 PM - 7:30 PM GMT

Join us as we look at how MWF Panel Stacker can optimize the sequencing and transport of your MWF panels in this month's masterclass.

Learn how to:
  • Calculate panel and bundle weights.
  • Create "areas" to organize panels into stacked bundles for shipping.
  • Optimize panel stacks based on transportation constraints.
  • Produce detailed bundle reports including overall panel dimensions and  packing slips.
  • Associate panel shop drawings to each bundle & much more. 

Open Source IFC Property Viewer

From the Revit API Forum:

By GeomGym
December 8, 2017

I'm involved in an open source project that might be of interest and benefit to other Revit API developers.

It's available in an infant form at

Primarily it's a replica of the Revit property browser, when you select a single element or multiple elements, it displays the appropriate IFC properties as would be generated when exporting to IFC (Industry Foundation Class openBIM format).  An image is below.

There are many planned improvements for this project, including the ability to edit the revit parameters from the IFC properties (which permits the opportunity for some more interesting user interface controls for doing so).

Free Webinar Dec 19 – Enscape - Man and Machine

From the registration website:

Man and Machine - Enscape Webinar

Tue, Dec 19, 2017 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM GMT


 Register for the webinar here.

Free Webinar Dec 14 – ABB Busch Jaeger Switch Range Configurator

From the registration website:

BIM Insights Sessions - BIM webinars for manufacturers, engineers and designers

Thu, Dec 14, 2017 1:00 PM - 1::30 PM GMT

Join this webinar about the ABB Busch Jaeger Switch Range Configurator app for Revit, developed by MEPcontent.

The new junction boxes as well as other app functionalities will be shown in this 30 min webinar.

Register for the webinar here.

Monday, December 11, 2017

The Week that was in Revit Add-ons for December 4-10, 2017

The week of December 4, 2017 was a moderately busy one here on Revit Add-ons with 16 posts published.



From the Autodesk App StoreHanger Generator 2 is for creating hangers for pipes, ducts, cable trays and conduits, iFieldBIMdataExtracter(BDE) is is for extracting asset data from 3D views, and ReluxCAD is for calculating and placing luminaires and sensors.

From around the Internet, Stabicad For Revit is BIM Software for the MEP engineer, the free Stabicad Recesses App is for clash management integration for non-Stabicad users, and Stabiplan Export and Import Excel is self-explanatory.

BIM 360

From the Autodesk App Store, the free Account Data Export is for exporting BIM 360 data to PDF, and Plex.Earth360 is for collaboration for BIM 360 with augmented reality.

Roundup – For December 4-10, 2017, New and Updated Revit Add-ins on the Autodesk App Store

The week of December 4, 2017 was a moderately busy one for Revit add-ins on the Autodesk App Store, with two new add-ins published and another seven updated, including two we hadn't posted about previously.

For new add-ins, iFieldBIMdataExtracter(BDE) for Revit, is for extracting asset data from 3D views, and the free Account Data Export, for BIM 360, is for exporting data to PDF.

Apparent updates that we hadn't covered before, both for Revit, were Hanger Generator 2, for creating hangers for pipes, ducts, cable trays and conduits, and ReluxCAD, for calculating and placing luminaires and sensors.

Other updates included BIM Track and Enscape, each of which received a relatively significant refresh.



iFieldBIMdataExtracter is a smart plugin that extracts assets data from Room 3D view | USD 99.00/M
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About This Version: Version, 12/5/2017 – Initial release.


BIM Track™
BIM Track™ is a web-based collaboration platform that empowers your team with better coordination workflows. It provides a central hub for all coordination information from design to construction | Free
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About This Version: Version 1.14.0, 12/8/2017 – For release notes, see this post

BIM Track™ v1.14.0 for Revit and Navisworks

From the Autodesk App Store:

About This Version

Version 1.14.0, 12/8/2017

New Features:
  • Clash spheres can now be displayed as billboards tag instead of spheres in the 3D Viewer.
  • Clash pin points can now be selected. 
  • The issue number will now be displayed when mouse hovering a clash sphere or a camera icon in the 3D Viewer.
  • The BCF now support hidden elements. 
  • New options were added to the 3D viewer to adjust the 'fit to selection' section box buffer in the option menu. 
  • It is now possible to create a section box around a clash sphere in the 3D Viewer. 
  • Various bug fixes and minor enhancements.

We hope you enjoy the new features. Don't hesitate to contact us if you want a Demo!


BIM Track™ is a web-based collaboration platform that empowers your team with better coordination workflows. BIM Track™ provides a central hub for all coordination information from design to construction. With information at your fingertips, you can get access to your data anytime, anywhere, either from a desktop or mobile device. Charts and graphics help understand data and your management performance through precise metrics. We promote Open BIM workflow solutions by supporting IFC (Industry Foundation Classes) and BCF (BIM Collaboration Format).

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Free Stabicad Recesses App For Clash Management

From the Stabiplan website:


For an optimal cooperation in a BIM project you need clash detections as an essential part of the BIM workflow. A common used feature for this is the Recesses application in Stabicad. This application automatically generates and imports recesses requests. In Stabicad for Revit the Recesses application also integrates the workflow of the recesses requests. This means that the approval of architectural parties and the process of recesses changes in architectural model are automated.

With the Stabicad Recesses application non Stabicad users can adopt recess requests. This Add-in BIM tool is free to download and updates are posted on this website. So from now on architectural parties can simply and directly communicate with partners in a BIM project and apply recesses requests.

Go BIM LIVE and download the Stabicad Recesses application.

A manual is available for the Recesses application. You can download it here.

Stabicad For Revit – BIM Software for the MEP Engineer

From the Stabiplan website:


Autodesk Revit is rapidly developing into a powerful design platform worldwide. Stabicad for Revit is going along for the ride. The handy Stabicad features are a great addition to the standard Autodesk Revit functionality and provide great value in design efficiency and usable output. More importantly: Stabicad supports your workflow from concept to detail with the desired level of information at any time for the adviser, installation company and building manager. Stabicad for Revit is the best choice when your specification prescribes BIM, Autodesk Revit and/or IFC.