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Jonathan Hand

Installing the Precast Add-on for Revit 2018

Installing the Precast Add-on for Revit 2018
The new structural precast extension for Revit 2018 now gives users the ability to model and detail precast elements within their Revit projects. In the below video guide, I show how to download and install the Add-on to your Revit Software. This new add-on offers a range of tools for modelling and detailing precast elements. Driven by a range of predefined parameters, users can automatically ...
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Jonathan Hand

Add a gradient background to a 3D view in Revit

Add a gradient background to a 3D view in Revit
Did you know that in Revit, you can add a background gradient color to a 3D view?. The gradient will be a blend between the horizon color and the sky or ground color. This can be configured by following the below simple steps:1. Open the 3D view from the Project Browser.2. Click the View tab > Graphics panel- (Graphic Display Options). This can also be accessed by the Keyboard shortcut (GD) 3...
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Justin Taylor

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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Justin Taylor

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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Justin Taylor

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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Justin Taylor

Enhance your Rendering with Enscape for Revit

Enhance your Rendering with Enscape for Revit
Enscape has to be one of the coolest add-ins for Revit, as it makes real time rendering as easy as 1, 2, 3! BREAKING! - Version 2.0 of Enscape for Revit has been unveiled today; for all the info you need follow the link to my blog on the latest enhancements! In the meantime, this blog is still a handy overview of the main features of the software, so do read on. First things first, download and in...
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Simon Locke

Personalise the Revit Panel Schedule Template

Personalise the Revit Panel Schedule Template
Revit comes already pre-loaded with several panel schedule templates for Branch, Switchboard and Date circuits. Customising these templates allows you to personalise your finished panel schedule and ensures that you only include information you wish to show. One of the branch panel templates is based on the design of a UK BS7671 distribution board (DB) schedule, and we will look at editing this on...
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Jonathan Hand

The strange language of Revit explained!

The strange language of Revit explained!
Having used Revit for several years now, I sometimes forget that the language used within Revit is quite obscure and a bit geeky. For those new to Revit I have created a quick blog explaining 11 key terms. Annotation CropAn annotation crop region fully crops annotation elements when it touches any portion of the annotation element, so that no partial annotations are drawn. The annotation crop can ...
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Simon Locke

Re-use and Recycle with Revit Transfer Project Standards

Re-use and Recycle with Revit Transfer Project Standards
Like with most other things, the less repetitive work you have to do in Revit, the better things seem. Whilst working on a project you will undoubtedly create or amend system families, set up view templates and other items which reside in your project, family or template file. Revit has a useful built in feature called ‘Transfer Project Standards’ which allows you to transfer settings, system fami...
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Alan Johnson

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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