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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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Justin Taylor

A handy tip for Section Shapes in Revit Structural Framing and Columns

A handy tip for Section Shapes in Revit Structural Framing and Columns
Here’s an interesting and useful tip for your Autodesk Revit Structural Framing and Columns. When you read it, the first thing you will ask is ‘why isn’t this setup like this by default?’ well… I’m guessing because the feature I will be using only came into Revit a couple of years back, and the shipped content in Revit has never been updated (I stand to be corrected). Ever needed to calculate...
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Alan Johnson

How to add 'Checked by' to your Revit Revision Schedule

How to add 'Checked by' to your Revit Revision Schedule
Here’s a quick tip for adding a Checked By field to an Autodesk Revit Revision Schedule, which can be applied in Revit Architecture or Revit Structure. We start with a very basic revision schedule with Rev, Description and Date: We are going to add a 'by' and a 'checked' column to our schedule. Select Revision Schedule in the Project Browser and then in Properties we go in to Fields, and add ‘Is...
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Justin Taylor

Modifying your Revit Walls to extend layers

Modifying your Revit Walls to extend layers
On the topic of Autodesk Revit Walls, I frequently get asked whether there is a way to have a portion (one or more layers) in a compound wall extend beyond the bottom or top of the wall. In fact, this is very straightforward to do, and I shall outline how in this blog. The trick to making this work is to modify the structure of the wall in a section view. You also have to unlock the...
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Justin Taylor

Revit - But I Want White Text On My Title Sheet!

Revit - But I Want White Text On My Title Sheet!
Sometimes you just have to accept a work-around, recolouring your text white in Revit is just a great example of one of those times. You see black = black and white = black and that’s just the way it has always been. So, what if you want text to be white so that it stands out on a coloured title sheet border like this: Well there are two ways to achieve white text (without inserting an image). 1....
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Justin Taylor

Revit Sheet Composition

Revit Sheet Composition
Printed output in Revit is What You See Is What You Get (WYSIWYG), with a few exceptions: The background colour for the print job is always white. By default, reference planes, work planes, crop boundaries, unreferenced view tags, and scope boxes do not print. To include them in the print job, in the Print Setup dialog, clear the corresponding Hide options. The print job includes elements that ha...
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Simon Dickinson

Autodesk Revit - Easy Peesey P-Traps

Autodesk Revit - Easy Peesey P-Traps
On a recent job I need to create server P-Traps, these were big ones on 120mm pipe, but the way the default family works in Revit is not easy and you cannot Automate the way in which they are placed, but with a little modification you can create a p-trap that works on a routing system. The first thing to do is to create your pipe work, in this case a 40mm waste from the bottom of the sink and then...
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Alan Johnson

Adding 2D Detail in Revit Tutorial

Adding 2D Detail in Revit Tutorial
Are aware you can show information in Revit in a variety of ways, from 3D views to plans, sections and elevations. In each case the geometry is typically modelled based on design intent, meaning the goal isn’t to model everything but model enough to demonstrate what the building is going to look like. It then becomes necessary to add 2D details to bridge the gap between the design and building rea...
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Pat Mullins

Analyse Solar Radiation In Revit

Analyse Solar Radiation In Revit
This is the fourth in a series of blogs that explore Autodesk’s Energy Analysis solutions. Read the first part: "Use Autodesk’s Cloud Rendering Service to Understand the Quality of Daylight Within a Space" part two: "Quantitative Lighting Analysis with Autodesk Insight 360 - Daylighting Analysis for Revit Plugin" and the third: "Improving Building Performance Using Revit and Insight 360" Ever...
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Simon Locke

Powering Your Model With Revit Circuits - Part 2

Powering Your Model With Revit Circuits - Part 2
Circuits in Revit can take many forms. Power, Data and Fire Protection to name but a few, whatever the circuit you wish to create, the process is very similar and relatively simple once you’re familiar with it. Naturally you need to have the correct equipment loaded into your project to create circuits, the default Autodesk content is generally set up well enough to begin with. The benefits of cir...
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