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Simon Locke

Revit Circuit Referencing Using Dynamo

Revit Circuit Referencing Using Dynamo
One of the things I get asked regularly whilst teaching the electrical section of a Revit MEP course is whether you can re-format the circuit references for 3 phase circuits so that they look more like the UK standard. Autodesk Revit circuit referencing uses the US format for the 3 live phases which are A, B & C, whereas in the UK we use L1, L2, L3. Therefore, when you create electrical c...
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Alan Johnson

Revit Tip - How To Add To/From Room To A Door Schedule

Revit Tip - How To Add To/From Room To A Door Schedule
Have you ever created a building layout in Autodesk Revit and needed your door schedule to show either ‘to room’ or ‘from room’? When you start adding the required fields to the schedule you won't be able to find the ‘to room’ or ‘from room’ fields. However, these field options are available if you know where to look. Let’s say you have already placed the rooms and created your door sche...
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Alan Johnson

A Quick Tip For Revit Floor Finishes

A Quick Tip For Revit Floor Finishes
You can apply Revit floor finishes in a variety of ways. Most methods are based on the thickness of the finish material. For example, a thin finish such as a carpet might be applied with the split face and paint tool, whereas a thicker finish such as mortar-set stone tile might be a separate floor. As with most things Revit, either method can be used for either finish type, with neither way b...
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Alan Johnson

Revit Drawing Sheets - Alternate Parameter Options For Controlling Drawing Status

Revit Drawing Sheets - Alternate Parameter Options For Controlling Drawing Status
When creating drawing sheets in Autodesk Revit we have an option to use Project Information (Manage Tab) to fill in predefined parameters which then automatically fill in the text in the title box on all the sheets that we create. One of the parameters is Project Status, where we can type in whatever we want to show for the Status - for example Tender Issue, Preliminary, Construction or As Built. ...
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Alan Johnson

A Quick Tip For Revit Room Volume Computation

A Quick Tip For Revit Room Volume Computation
Have you ever created a room in an Autodesk Revit floor plan and tagged it to get the area and volume, but for the volume it shows as ‘Room Volume is Not Computed’? This is because volume computation may affect Revit performance, so we enable it only when we want to prepare and print schedules or other views that report volumes. To see room volumes on the Properties palette, in tags, and in room ...
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Pat Mullins

Revit's Magic Spacebar does so much more than flip and rotate doors

Revit's Magic Spacebar does so much more than flip and rotate doors
Many people know that it’s possible to flip and rotate Doors with the Spacebar while using Autodesk Revit, a principle that works with most standalone elements (Columns, Area Reinforcement, Electrical and Mechanical Equipment, Furniture etc).But you can use the Spacebar for so much more, what follows are some of the lesser known uses. General uses include: • While using the Middle Mouse Wheel to ...
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Alan Johnson

A quick tip on how to use Revit File User Tracking History

A quick tip on how to use Revit File User Tracking History
If you want to see a history of who has been actively working on an Autodesk Revit file, you can find that information in the project history. For any project, if you open the file or a local file, go to Collaborate tab> Manage Models panel> Show History Then select the file you want to see the history of, and you will get a dialog box showing the history. This won't tell you what was ...
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Alan Johnson

How to run a Revit Interference Check

How to run a Revit Interference Check
Did you know that you can run an Autodesk Revit Interference Check as a basic clash check? The Interference Check tool can find intersections amongst a set of selected elements or from all elements in the model. If desired, you can select the required elements in a view. To get it started, click Collaborate tab> Coordinate panel> Interference Check drop-down> (Run Interference Check). Wh...
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Alan Johnson

How to use a Parameter to control Drawing Status on a Revit Drawing Sheet

How to use a Parameter to control Drawing Status on a Revit Drawing Sheet
When creating an Autodesk Revit drawing sheet we have an option to use the Project Information (Manage Tab) to fill in predefined parameters which then automatically fill in the text in the title box on all the sheets we create. One of these parameters is Project Status, which allows us to type in whatever we want to show for the Status - for example Tender Issue, Preliminary, Construction or As B...
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Alan Johnson

A handy tip for Autodesk Revit Custom Roof Editing

A handy tip for Autodesk Revit Custom Roof Editing
Sometimes when using Autodesk Revit we will come across some detail or element we want to model, but can’t figure out how to get Revit to actually do it. Recently a customer contacted me with such an issue. They had created a roof which had an awkward detail, and couldn’t figure out to how extend a section of roof. After a bit of consideration, I thought roof by extrusion would be the best w...
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