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Bridge Design in Revit….no Really!

Bridge Design in Revit….no Really!
It always amazes me when lady coincidence collides in front of me. On the same day I had a client ask me about bridge design in Revit, I was later chatting to one of my colleagues about a non-related topic over lunch, when he mentioned he needed to get back to the class he was running…wait for it…. On bridge design in Revit. Now whilst bridge design it not in my realm of expertise, I can at least ...
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Revit And Complex Linetypes

Revit And Complex Linetypes
Sometimes you just have to accept a work-around every now and then and that’s the case when it comes to complex linetype in Revit. It’s a question I always get asked by users migrating from AutoCAD, where both text and symbols can be incorporated into the linetype definition. For those of you who have created your own basic linetypes in Revit you will be familiar with the Line Pattern dialog box. ...
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Revit Selection Options

Revit Selection Options
There are several ways to select multiple objects in Revit – See how many you know from the list below: 1. Click on the first object and then Ctrl+click on additional elements to add to the current selection. 2. Shift+click to remove an element. 3. Draw a Selection Box by placing the cursor on one side of the elements to be selected and dragging it diagonally to form a rectangular boundary. To se...
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Revit to Navisworks – Constructability Parts

Revit to Navisworks – Constructability Parts
Part elements in Revit support the construction modelling process by letting you divide certain elements from the design intent model into discrete parts. The idea of dividing components into parts is for scheduling, tagging, pour sequencing, delivery planning (logistics) and installation sequencing. For example, dividing up a floor slab for the different concrete pours, or walls which will be pre...
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Wrapping Revit Wall Sweeps

Wrapping Revit Wall Sweeps
When placing Wall Sweeps / Reveals did you know that you can wrap them around the ends of the walls and into openings? Simply select the sweep and choose Modify Returns. Then, with your cursor (which now looks like a little scalpel) pick the end profile of the sweep you wish to extend and wrap. This will extend the sweep and also gives you a blue node (Drag Wall Sweep End), which you can drag to...
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Revit And Nesting Hosted Families: How to Remove The Hosting Of A Family In Revit

Revit And Nesting Hosted Families: How to Remove The Hosting Of A Family In Revit
This is another useful little tip which comes directly off the back of some on-site Revit consultancy with a client. The issue was that they were creating a bed system with backboards, lighting and electrical points for a hotel chain and when they came to placing one of the existing  Autodesk Revit electrical families, they were met with the No Entry symbol. The reason for this is that t...
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Revit's Trick For Rotating Objects - The Magic Space Bar

Revit's Trick For Rotating Objects - The Magic Space Bar
How are you flipping your walls, doors and windows in Revit? And what about content like furniture? Well here’s a little gem of a tip for new users. You might already know that if you select a wall or window and press the Space Bar, that Revit will flip the element in the same way that it would if you click on the Flip Arrows. The same applies to doors, only it will cycle through flipping the door...
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Resolving an issue with Revit Window Reveals

Resolving an issue with Revit Window Reveals
Us technical consultants just love being put on the spot and that’s exactly what happened to me this week whilst onsite (Thanks – you know who you are!) The issue: in Revit, the standard windows all have a single size opening; Interior and Exterior structural openings are the same. My client works with a certain hotel chain whose windows have a smaller external reveal so that the outer brick crea...
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A handy but not widely known tip for Revit Selection Box (BX)

A handy but not widely known tip for Revit Selection Box (BX)
It’s funny when sometimes you just assume that everyone knows about a certain feature or tool, only to have them say ‘How did you just do that? Do it again.' Let’s see how many Revit users out there don’t know about this one, which is a much easier way of accessing Selection Box than going to a 3D view, checking the Selection Box is on in the view properties, and then trying to drag the ...
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Take your Rendering even further with Enscape for Revit v 2.0

Take your Rendering even further with Enscape for Revit v 2.0
You have to laugh – just as I posted my blog all about real-time rendering with Enscape for Revit, the Enscape team release their latest version, and it’s packed with so many new and enhanced features that I had to write a second blog straight away! If you haven't already, download and install a trial of Enscape. So, what’s new and improved? Firstly, there’s the lighting. The reflections and indir...
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