Wednesday 30 November 2016

Using the Room Calculation Point to enable schedules and dRofus

Enabling the Calculation Point function in a Specialty Equipment family allow you to specify what room the equipment is to be associated with. I recently found this to be helpful with working with dRofus wanting to populate equipment that may not site directly within a certain Room.

Here’s a brief overview of how to use this tool.

The Room Calculation Point allows you to make the element, in this case a piece of equipment, “room aware” by enabling the Room Calculation Point tool in the properties of the family and dragging the “leader” into the space you want to associate the equipment with.

We recently used this function to enable us to associate a roller shade with a room.

When the Room Calculation Point has not been enabled the roller shade (highlighted) will not be associated with the room, either in a Revit Schedule or within dRofus as the equipment geometry does not sit within the space.

When the equipment is scheduled it will not recognize the adjacent room.

By editing the family and enabling the Room Calculation Point under Properties you will be able to then pick the Room Calculation Point itself and move the point so it sits with the desired space.

Tip: Use the “Tab” key to select the point.

Drag the point into to the “room” side. Save family and reload into Project.

Now the Room Calculation Point sits within the Room Space and is recognized by the Room Space and will show up in the Revit Schedule and dRofus.

For further reference on the Room Calculation Point here is the link to the Autodesk knowledge site:

Wednesday 23 November 2016

United States Thankisgiving

Happy Thanksgiving Neighbourino.

For those of you not familiar with the North American tradition of giving thanks but eating local fowl, here's some history...

In 1621, the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast that is acknowledged today as one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations in the colonies. For more than two centuries, days of thanksgiving were celebrated by individual colonies and states. It wasn’t until 1863, in the midst of the Civil War, that President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day to be held each November.

For more history check out this link.

Friday 18 November 2016

5 Tips in 5 Days - #5 eTransmit

      Using eTransmit to share the model
The Transmit tool enables you to copy the Revit model and its dependent files to a folder for sharing with the consultants. This can be done without opening the project. There are a number of useful options as part of the Transmit functionality.

The Transmit options include.
  • Selecting files from Revit Server
  • Linked files will be included but not actively Linked, these will need to be re-linked upon receiving the project
  • Cleanup of the project including options to Upgrade, Purge as well as options on inclusion or exclusion of sheets and views.

You can save these settings for use next time you use the Transmit function.  

If you do not have the Transmit tool on your Add-Ins pallet you can download the app from the Autodesk App Store.

For additional postings and BIM information check out the BIM User Group Facebook page:

Thursday 17 November 2016

5 Tips in 5 Days - #4 Text Improvement

 Revit Text Improvements – Bullets and Numbering
You can now add bullets and numbering to Annotation in Revit. 
However this function is still limited.

Unfortunately you cannot tab and continue using another format. :-(


Wednesday 16 November 2016

5 Tips in 5 Days - #3 Options that can speed up your system


     #3 Option settings that can help speed up your system
Under Options - General make sure your default discipline is set to your Discipline.

Under Options - General deselect the analysis tools you do not need, this will help with the performance of Revit.

Tuesday 15 November 2016

5 Tips in 5 Days - #2 Selection Box

      Selecting elements to create a Selection Box
Selecting a group of items by either a crossing window or Ctrl – Pick

On the Modify ribbon that will appear, you can now select a Create Selection Box tool.

This will generate a 3D View with the Section Box enabled comprising the elements you selected.

Monday 14 November 2016

5 Tips in 5 Days - #1 View right click options

I held one of my "Revit Round Table" sessions recently where I bring together the Revit technical staff and present a brief Revit tip after which we hold palaver (sorry been reading SK's Gunslinger series... again..) err, discussion on the Revit issues they're encountering on their projects.

This is a great opportunity to bring members from all teams together to discuss issues where other team members can offer solutions or suggestions, this helps build teamwork and share knowledge.. the following 5 posts are some of the Revit 2016 tips I share to instigate discussion.  

View right click options
If you right click on a View in the Project Browser to view the “open in location” options.

Handy when you've got a rather complex project browser with many views.


Friday 11 November 2016

Remembrance Day 2016

This November 11th Remembrance Day I will be paying respect to the "traditional" Veterans we see and honor this time of year, older men and women who have served our countries faithfully in past wars. 

I will also be paying respect to today's Veterans who are still in their 20's, or early 30's. Not much older than my own two kids, being sent off to to a foreign county to fight for what they believe in. 

Veterans now include the whole spectrum of people as diverse as our community.
Remember and honor them all....Men, Women and the Children affected by war.