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Alan Johnson

Using the ReConstruct tool in the iConstruct Navisworks Extension

Using the ReConstruct tool in the iConstruct Navisworks Extension
When we open/append models in Navisworks, the models sometimes contain geometry for model items that are not required. Fortunately, the iConstruct Navisworks Extension comes with a number of configurable tools and one of those is ReConstruct, a simple but powerful tool which allows us to select any item or items within the model and then re-construct them in to a new Navisworks .nwd file. We ...
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How to use Thickening with the Revit Structure Slab Edge tool

How to use Thickening with the Revit Structure Slab Edge tool
The Revit Structure Slab Edge tool allows us to create thickened portions of slabs which are typically located at the boundaries of floors. A slab edge type is composed of a profile family and a material assignment. It is important that the material assignment of the slab edge matches that of the floor to which the slab edge is applied, as this ensures proper joining of geometry. Once a foundation...
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Adding 2D Detail in Revit Tutorial

Adding 2D Detail in Revit Tutorial
Are aware you can show information in Revit in a variety of ways, from 3D views to plans, sections and elevations. In each case the geometry is typically modelled based on design intent, meaning the goal isn’t to model everything but model enough to demonstrate what the building is going to look like. It then becomes necessary to add 2D details to bridge the gap between the design and building rea...
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Resetting File Units for Navisworks Models

Resetting File Units for Navisworks Models
When we open or append Navisworks models each model file will have its own default scale unit associated with it, and Navisworks understands the concept of whichever scale unit the scene is presented in. This is useful when measuring items and setting tolerances for clash detection. There is a single scene unit that is set from the global options editor and it is used throughout as appropriat...
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Repositioning a Door in a Stacked Wall in Revit

Repositioning a Door in a Stacked Wall in Revit
Walls in buildings, especially external walls, are often composed of multiple wall types and materials, with different widths stacked on top of each other. These are known as stacked walls in Revit. For example,if we place a door into a stacked wall, with different width block and brick stacks, the door will position itself as in the image below, using the thicker blockwork stack as the primary ho...
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Clash Detection - Re-locating Models In Navisworks

Clash Detection - Re-locating Models In Navisworks
We know that Navisworks is a very powerful tool for collaboration, combining models and clash checking amongst other things, but for the clash checking to work correctly and accurately the appended models need to be in the same location. By this I mean origin location and rotation angle. If they are not in the exact same position, we need to be able to change the origin and/or ...
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How To Create A Spiral Wall With Reducing Height In Revit

How To Create A Spiral Wall With Reducing Height In Revit
Have you ever wanted to create an object in Revit for which you cannot just utilise the standard tools, no matter how good these are? Occasionally, there will be elements of a design which will not fit the standard features of Autodesk Revit, thankfully, this flexible and powerful program enables you to create custom objects for your design. I recently had a request from a customer for guidance on...
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Placing Coping On Top Of A Wall In Revit

Placing Coping On Top Of A Wall In Revit
You might already know that walls in Revit are system families, which means they exist in a project but can’t be saved as individual families (RFA). And you might already know the Wall tool in Revit allows us to edit and duplicate to create different wall types with different make up, materials and thickness. What you might not know is we can also edit any wall type to contain extra features such ...
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Showing New Render Material On Existing Brick Wall In Revit Architecture

Showing New Render Material On Existing Brick Wall In Revit Architecture
I came across this question recently, how to show a new render finish on an existing brick faced wall and still use phasing to show the existing brick wall in one view and the new rendered wall in another view. The wall also has existing windows and doors but one window will be blocked up. My first thought was this is not going to be easy. Here is my solution, first thing I created a brick fa...
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Editing Stair Railings In Revit

Editing Stair Railings In Revit
I recently came across the following issue whilst talking to someone. They were modelling a building where the stairs split off near the top going in two opposite directions, creating the stairs wasn’t the issue but adding the handrail was. The stair tool in Autodesk Revit has some useful features, one of which is the option to add hand/guardrail, this is where their issue began. The stairs they ...
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