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Training Revit Architecture, Revit Structures, Revit Family Creation & Navisworks Manage.

With 5+ years experience in software training and 20+ years experience in the construction
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Alan Johnson

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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Change The Alignment Reference Of Beam End Geometry In Revit Structure

Change The Alignment Reference Of Beam End Geometry In Revit Structure
Sometimes when we place structural columns and beams in Revit Structure the way they connect doesn’t exactly look how we want, luckily for us there are many tools to help us edit our structure and how it looks. When we select a beam, the ribbon changes to the Modify Structural Framing Tab. On this tab we get several structural modifying tools such as changing the justification and end join. This t...
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Adjust Cutback Geometry at End Joins in Revit Structures

Adjust Cutback Geometry at End Joins in Revit Structures
Something you may not be aware of in Revit Structure, there are 2 types of beam end joins: square-off and mitre. By default, the longer beam will be cut back from the shorter one, the Beam/Column Joins tool can adjust both by removing or applying the visible cutback of the beams. Adjusting cutback with the Beam/Column Join tool will not reset or change default extension settings in Element Propert...
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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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Alan Johnson

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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