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Justin Taylor

Autodesk Revit Tip - The Devil is in the Detail-ed Group

Autodesk Revit Tip - The Devil is in the Detail-ed Group
Groups in Revit are a convenient way to place common elements multiple times in a project or family e.g. hotel rooms, apartments or repeating floors. With each instance of a group that you place, there is associativity among them. For example, you create a group with a bed, walls, and window and then place multiple instances of the group in your project. If you modify a wall in one group, it chang...
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Simon Dickinson

Cutting Structural Members with Reference Plains in Autodesk Revit

Cutting Structural Members with Reference Plains in Autodesk Revit
So you are working in Revit and placing structural beams and columns, the problem is you need the end of the beam cutting at an angle, but there is no option for this in the properties. I’ve seen people try to fix this by creating model in=place element to either replace or try and cut with voids. The solution is a lot easier than you think. Reference plans can be used to cut the members. I’ll tal...
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Simon Dickinson

Revit Tip: Close Hidden Windows

Revit Tip: Close Hidden Windows
I was at a customer’s the other day and we were placing some quite large complex families, these were nested families containing all the components needed to put them together. We noticed it was taking a very long time to place them and in far it was an unacceptable amount of time. At first we believed this was down to how complex the families were. After a little thinking I had an idea and typed...
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James Parsons-Moore

How to Import AutoCAD Hatch Patterns in to Revit

How to Import AutoCAD Hatch Patterns in to Revit
OK... So 2 common conversations I have with my customers. 1. James... I don’t like the Revit Hatch Patterns. They’re too basic for my needs.2. James... I’m really struggling to get my AutoCAD Hatch Patterns into Revit. Both of these of course, are followed by “Please Help”?!?Of course I’ll help! So here we go. Most of you will have probably seen this in Revit and maybe even tried to use it... A li...
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Pat Mullins

The Revit Workaround

The Revit Workaround
Revit is brilliant in so many ways. It has some remarkable features, with each release it becomes more and more productive. But of course, like any software, there may not always be a tool for every requirement. So, sometimes we need the famous Revit ‘Workaround’. The solution that requires some lateral thinking. The way of finding a solution with the tools at hand. This often requires some invest...
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Simon Dickinson

Creating Elliptical Walls in Revit

Creating Elliptical Walls in Revit
So is it possible to create an Elliptical wall in Revit? The question seems like a simple one and on the face of it the answer most people would have is, yes it can, especially when we see Revit having the capability to draw anything we want. The Reality of it is that creating an elliptical wall is not as straight forward as it first seems, lets have a look at our options. The Obvious place to st...
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Justin Taylor

Revit Tips: Filter that Schedule or Take-off

Revit Tips: Filter that Schedule or Take-off
Scheduling in Revit is exceedingly powerful – you can pretty much pull quantities for anything you need. Trouble is Revit can sometimes list items that you don’t require and this is where applying a Filter or two can come in very handy. The example below shows a paint take-off for a specific wall only. Not only does it ignore all other walls in the model, but it also ignores materials which are wi...
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Simon Locke

Autodesk Revit News - Space Naming Utility Included in Revit 2017.1

Autodesk Revit News - Space Naming Utility Included in Revit 2017.1
In Revit, the Architecture side has rooms and MEP has Spaces. Two tools that outwardly perform the same function; but now as Revit has amalgamated, they are now in the same package. There are however differences in the two, but for the purpose of area identification in the model they do the same job. It is quite a laborious task to manually rename all of the spaces in your MEP project to match the...
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Simon Locke

Autodesk Revit News - Dynamo Player Included in Revit 2017.1

Autodesk Revit News - Dynamo Player Included in Revit 2017.1
The ability to use and re-use your Dynamo scripts is now even easier with the introduction of the Dynamo Player included in the Revit 2017.1 update. This tool allows you to easily apply previously created routines into subsequent Revit projects. Once you have updated to 2017.1 you will find the Dynamo Player on the manage tab next to Dynamo. Upon selecting the Dynamo Player, the following dialogu...
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Justin Taylor

Revit Doors for Clash Detection

Revit Doors for Clash Detection
Here’s a short and sweet little Revit tip. Have you ever needed to determine whether a door once opened will cause issues with other building objects, services or even furniture when space panning? Whilst you can see the leaf and swing in a plan view, this isn’t always adequate. A simple way to add the entire leaf opening volume to a door is by adding a rectangular extrusion to in the door family....
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