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Pat Mullins

Autodesk Revit Tip - Visualising Revit Constraints

Autodesk Revit Tip - Visualising Revit Constraints
Building relationships between Revit elements is very common. Locking a dimension, directly or via the ‘Align’ tool allows us to define a relationship between elements and is incredibly useful. On the flip side, working out where and how the constraints are applied can sometimes cause a headache. The good news is Autodesk have provided several tools to help overcome this issue, let’s have a look a...
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Simon Dickinson

How can Revit tell me the optimal position of the sun?

How can Revit tell me the optimal position of the sun?
We recently got asked by a customer if Revit could tell them the optimal direction to point a solar panel based on a real world location. As most of you are aware we can set the location of our building in the world and also set the rotation to true north. Once these are set we can run a solar study to see how the sun tracks across the sky. Unfortunately, this does not give us accurate data on the...
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Simon Dickinson

Autodesk Live!

Autodesk Live!
Wouldn’t it be nice if we could all create immersive visualisations of our Revit Designs? Give the client an opportunity to experience our designs, to better understand what we have created for them. Wouldn’t it be nice if we did not have to become masters of 3d Visualisation tools like 3ds Max and then have to learn how to move this to a games engine like Autodesk Stingray. Well now you can and i...
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Justin Taylor

Autodesk Revit and Annotation in 3D Views

Autodesk Revit and Annotation in 3D Views
Here’s a nice quick tip for you Revit users out there.Did you know that you can place Wall, Floors, Columns, Door and Window Tags etc. Text, Keynotes and Dimensions in 3D Views? No? Well now you do! NOTE: you can’t use Material, Area and Room Tags or Space Tags Why would you want to do this anyway? As a designer you often need to share information with contractors and other design professionals in...
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Pat Mullins

Autodesk Revit’s Equality Dimension Display Options

Autodesk Revit’s Equality Dimension Display Options
Many people are familiar with the ability to apply an ‘Equal’ constraint to a multi-segmented dimension in Revit but did you know it’s possible to control the presentation of the value? Simply change the dimensions ‘Equality Display’ value (available in Properties) to one of three options, Value, Equality Text or Equality Formula. The last option provides the most opportunity for customisation. ...
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Pat Mullins

Autodesk Revit’s Equality Dimension ‘Anchor’ Position

Autodesk Revit’s Equality Dimension ‘Anchor’ Position
Many people are familiar with the ability to apply an ‘Equal’ constraint to a multi-segmented dimension in Revit. (Determine the dimensions witness line location, select the ‘EQ’ symbol, look out for the elements as they move.) However, this blog is about how the elements move. Having applied the equal constraint, you will notice that one element will remain stationary while the associated element...
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Alan Johnson

Creating a 3D section view of a level in Revit Structure or Revit Architecture

Creating a 3D section view of a level in Revit Structure or Revit Architecture
When we are creating a 3D model we can look at a 2D plan view of a level. This could be just to check what we have modelled or to show the client what we propose. Sometimes it’s hard to visualise the components that have been placed within the model, so we are going to look at how we can create a 3D view of a floor plan. In the main 3D view, right click on the View Cube, this is usually in the t...
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Simon Dickinson

Revit to Excel link

Revit to Excel link
Graitec’s Advance PowerPack for Revit 2017 has a long list of additionally tools and functionality requested by users. One particular element that has been enhanced is the Revit to Excel link. Historically the only way to link Revit schedules to excel was to use the Revit dblink, this was complex to setup and use requiring a SQL server or equivalent. The pure simplicity of our Revit to Excel plugi...
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Pat Mullins

Adding Isometric Dimensions in Revit

Adding Isometric Dimensions in Revit
Adding Isometric dimensions in Revit is a relatively simple exercise, the conventional ‘Aligned’ dimensioning tool works fine, the trick is too correctly orientate the Work Plane the dimensions are placed on. By default, the ‘Work plane’ will be positioned parallel to a level, the ‘Show Work Plane’ tool will highlight its current location with a grid. Use the ‘Set Work Plane’ tool to relocate th...
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Simon Locke

Revit Piping – Add Vertical vs Change Slope

Revit Piping – Add Vertical vs Change Slope
When you are modelling your piping or circular duct systems in Revit and need to drop into an existing run there are two useful and usually straight forward ways to do it. Add Vertical and Change Slope will give you different results and here we will look at those, using pipe as an example. We’ll start with Add Vertical as that is the option generally set as a default. The screenshot below shows a...
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