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Autodesk Certified Instructor.
Training Revit Architecture, Revit Structures, Revit Family Creation & Navisworks Manage.

With 5+ years experience in software training and 20+ years experience in the construction
industry covering; Architecture, Structural Engineering , Civil Engineering and Demolition.

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Alan Johnson

Scheduling Room Information in Revit

Scheduling Room Information in Revit
In Revit, a schedule is just another way to represent or look at a project. A schedule is a tabular display of information, extracted from the properties of the elements in a project, we can create schedules for any modelled category item. You can create a schedule at any point in the design process. As you make changes to the project that affect the schedule, it automatically updates to reflect t...
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Overriding Colours to Identify Structural Elements in Navisworks

Overriding Colours to Identify Structural Elements in Navisworks
We know that Navisworks is a very powerful tool for collaboration, combining models and clash checking amongst other things. But when we open, a dataset in Autodesk Navisworks we could be relying on how someone else has set up their model and everything could be a very similar colour. This can make it very difficult to visually identify different elements, for example in a structural mod...
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Revit Project Browser Organisation Without Using Browser Organisation

Revit Project Browser Organisation Without Using Browser Organisation
Recently I was visiting a customer, providing some on site Revit consultancy, they had a question on how to organise the Project Browser, Revit allows Browser Organisation by right clicking to top level View (all) folder. After showing the Browser Organisation filters and sorting/grouping options for organising the Project Browser they thought it was complicated and not exactly what they wanted. I...
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Roofs on Irregular Shaped Buildings in Revit

Roofs on Irregular Shaped Buildings in Revit
We know that Autodesk Revit offers several methods of creating roofs. Roof by Footprint, Roof by Extrusion, Roof by Face and even Model in Place. We choose the method that best meets the needs of our design. But which method do we use when we have irregular shaped buildings and we have certain constraints like we need the ridge line to be a constant level. I had a customer ask me about this very s...
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Creating a Bay Window in Revit Architecture

Creating a Bay Window in Revit Architecture
Whilst training an essentials Autodesk Revit course I had someone ask how to place a bay window, so we downloaded a bay window family and placed it in a wall. The problem was the bay window family wasn’t anything like what they wanted, because it was an essentials training course I didn’t want to overload them with too much info on family creation so needed an easier way to create a bay window tha...
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Automated Level and Grid Creation in Revit Structure

Automated Level and Grid Creation in Revit Structure
Two initial things you might need to set up when you start a Revit Structures project would be a Grid Layout and Levels, setting these first will make creating and editing your structure much easier and quicker. They are not difficult tasks but can be time consuming, luckily for us there is a free tool for us to download (subscription only). The tool we want is part of the Autodesk Revit Extension...
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Configuring IFC Export tool from the iConstruct ‘add in’ tool in Navisworks

Configuring IFC Export tool from the iConstruct ‘add in’ tool in Navisworks
I have previously written about how quickly and easily we can get an IFC file out of Navisworks using the iConstruct Smart IFC Export. In this paper, I will go in to more detail of how we can configure the IFC export tool so as well as exporting model geometry it includes item properties and the type of object from the Navisworks BIM model to be identified in other CAD packages. What are the benef...
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Revit tip - Use cloud-based Structural Analysis for Revit on an analytical model

Revit tip - Use cloud-based Structural Analysis for Revit on an analytical model
Structural Analysis for Revit enables users to quickly and inexpensively perform cloud-based structural analyses directly. Results are displayed, and can be explored on the Autodesk 360 Structural Analysis website. To use the Analyse in the cloud feature, firstly the Structural Analysis Toolkit add-in must be installed; you will need to login with your Autodesk ID within the current Revi...
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Using the IFC Export tool from the iConstruct add in for Navisworks

Using the IFC Export tool from the iConstruct add in for Navisworks
As we know, .IFC is a very useful, widely supported file format. For example, if we wanted to take a model from Navisworks in to Revit, the IFC format would be ideal. Unfortunately, Navisworks has only a small number of export options, and IFC export is not available out of the box. However, we now have a way of exporting an IFC out of Navisworks, thanks to iConstruct, the brilliant add in so...
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How to use the iConstruct Dynamic Label Tool in Navisworks

How to use the iConstruct Dynamic Label Tool in Navisworks
When using Navisworks sometimes its handy to tag or Label an item or number of items so we identify them without having to select them and check the properties. We can use the Navisworks tag tool and add comments or use the redline text tool but there is another option. iConstruct comes with a number of standard tools and one of those is Dynamic Label. This simple tool allows us to add our own cus...
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