Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Free Webinar Apr 26 – The Future of Making Things on Forge: Forge NextGen Sneak Peak

From the registration website:

The Future of Making Things on Forge: Sneak Peek at Forge NextGen (HFDM & App Framework)

Thu, Apr 26, 2018 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM GMT

Mass Customization, Personalization, Visual Configurators, CAD to Configurator and Edit CAD in Web are among of many new approaches needed to build the next gen of solutions to address the current customers’ needs.

Join us and learn how these complex approaches can be easily implemented using our new Forge NextGen technology.

In this webinar, we will introduce our new Forge Application  Framework and the IDX, Interactive Development Experience, present use cases, the benefits, list of components and capabilities.

We conclude by showing you examples illustrating some of the ideas and use cases.

Lior Gerling
Sr. Product Manager Forge Platform

Register for this free webinar here.

Exclusive: Talking With Bob Palioca, President of Ideate Inc., About Their Increased Focus on Their Products

News broke last week that Ideate and IMAGINiT had combined operations. I happened to be communicating with an IMAGINiT staffer around that time and she mentioned in passing an acquisition they'd just made. After realizing she was referring to IMAGINiT's acquisition of Ideate, I wondered what their strategy would be around incorporating Ideate Software's offerings with IMAGINiT's own stable of Revit add-ins/add-ons.

Today I reached out to one of my contacts at IMAGINiT and learned that their acquisition doesn't include Ideate Software. The Ideate operations that combined with IMAGINiT are their VAR business. In this case, VAR stands for [Autodesk] value-added reseller. That is, Autodesk product sales and services, such as training.

I next reached out to Ideate Software president Bob Palioca to get his perspective on the matter.

Palioca confirmed that he'd divested himself of the VAR assets of his business, and that Ideate Software was continuing as a separate entity. IMAGINiT owns no interest in Ideate Software.

Free MCERF Complexity Measurement Tool – Analyzes Congestion and Complexity of MEP Spaces

From the Building System Planning website:

MCERF Complexity Measurement Tool

The Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation (MCERF), the non-profit foundation of the Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA), collaborated with BuildingSP, a California-based software developer, on a building analysis add-in for the Autodesk Revit building information modeling (BIM) platform. The Revit add-in is called the MCERF Complexity Measurement Tool (CMT) and analyzes a building’s mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) spaces for congestion and complexity.

The Goals of Creating the MCERF CMT

The MCERF CMT has been created because complexity and congestion of spaces with MEP can be major obstacles, cost drivers, and schedule shifters for all construction projects. While the shift to BIM has transformed the industry, MEP subcontractors have a significant challenge to coordinate projects that are becoming more and more complex. MCERF and MCAA, like our member companies, believe that digital tools are an important and valuable part of construction. The MCERF CMT is being created to raise awareness of MEP congestion and complexity through measurable, reportable, and standardized values.

RvtSamples 2019

From the The Building Coder website:

By Jeremy Tammik
April 24, 2018

I already described how I installed Revit 2019, compiled the Revit 2019 SDK samples, migrated RevitLookup to the new version, The Building Coder samples, the AdnRme MEP HVAC and electrical samples and the AdnRevitApiLabsXtra training labs.

In the course of the last post, I forgot to mention setting up RvtSamples.

Just like the migration to previous versions, this is not a trivial undertaking.

Here are the discussions of the previous migrations to the Revit 2017 SDK and the Revit 2018.

To cut a long story short and simply share my current working RvtSamples source code for the Revit 2019 SDK, here is containing my modified files. It also includes some of the originals renamed by adding the suffix original.

Free Webinar Apri 26 – Assemble: BIM for Educational Facilities – “How to get an A+”

From the Assemble website:

BIM for Educational Facilities – “How to get an A+”

Featuring Lydig Construction

Thursday, April 26th @ 1pm CT

Assemble Webinar: BIM for Educational Facilities – “How to get an A+”

Lydig Construction, one of the largest education construction providers in Washington state, shares how BIM is transforming how they deliver projects. Today’s high tech educational institutions must fulfill a wide range of needs for both students and faculty. Renovations or Expansion of educational facilities often require tremendous coordination to avoid disrupting current school operations or student lives. Safety is another concern that is always at the forefront when it comes to educational projects.

In this webinar, Clark Morgan, Virtual Construction PM at Lydig will share how they use BIM and Assemble to stay ahead of all the challenges and deliver quality learning environments effectively.

Register for this free webinar here.

Time-saving Features Big & Small in the Latest BIM Track Release

From the BIM Track website:

Fresh from the BIM Track factory, we’re happy to introduce major and minor time-saving features: because it all adds up! BIM Track is now happier than ever handling heavy models, can measure in a snap, plays nicely with Revit & Navisworks 2019, and more:

Major optimizations for large models

We’ve done quite a bit of work on the back end to make sure that BIM Track’s web viewer can handle larger models much more efficiently. For example, repeating geometries used to exponentially expand model size. These multiple geometries are now only loaded once in the memory so large models load significantly faster.

Monday, April 23, 2018

Naming Your Revit Elements with the Free Autodesk COBie Extension for Revit

From the CADD Microsystems website:

Naming Your Revit Elements with the COBie Extension

By Jason Kunkel
April 10, 2018

What’s in a name? If you are creating COBie deliverables, a lot.

Each element in a COBie spreadsheet needs to have a way to uniquely identify it. For most of the sheets, that is the “Name” field.

If you are creating a COBie deliverable from a Revit model, the best way to create and manage that data is with the Autodesk COBie Extension for Revit. The extension has a “Name Builder” feature for each COBie sheet that can be tracked in the Revit model, and it gives you a lot of flexibility when setting up the rules for creating your Revit element’s COBie names.

The Name Builder can be found under the settings for Space, Type, Component, and System under the COBie Extension Settings, and while each one can be configured differently, they all work exactly the same.

Read more on the CADD Microsystems website »

Free Webinar Apr 25 – Get Started with BIM 360 Design

From the registration website:

Get Started with BIM 360 Design

Wed, Apr 25, 2018 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM GMT

Join us to learn more about getting started in BIM 360 Design! In this session we will walk you through:
  • Project setup 
  • Permission settings 
  • Design collaboration & controlled cloud worksharing workflows 
  • Deliverable coordination & tracking via the project timeline
  • Change visualization and aggregated models 
  • Q&A with BIM 360 Design experts

Register for this free webinar here.

Dynamo Script to Rename Families in Project

From LinkedIn:

By ernesto pellegrino
Head Of R&D - Dynamo Padawan - presso La SIA srl

I've published a simple Dynamo script that allows to rename family names in the Revit model and it doesn’t require any instances to be placed. For instance, it works searching inside the project browser.

I was able to develop this script thanks to the clockwork 🙏 and data-shapes 🙏 packages, and of course all the members of the dynamobim forum.

Try, customize and share it as you like, hope it will be useful to you too,  ☮️.

download the script here

View the original post on LinkedIn here.

Advanced Revision Cloud

From the Autodesk App Store:

This add-in will help you manage your Revision Clouds with Advanced Tools.
  1. FILTER: Show Clouds only from a specific Revision.
  2. SHOW REVISION CLOUD: Now you can find all your Revision Clouds inside any View. Just pick a Cloud from the list and push the SHOW REVISION CLOUD button.
  3. DELETE REVISION CLOUD: From the addin FORM you can easily delete Clouds
  4. EXPORT TO EXCEL: Export a complete Schedule with all the information of the Revision Clouds, including GRID LOCATION, VIEW LOCATION, COORDINATES, EXTENDED DATA, and an IMAGE of the REVISION CLOUD exported from Autodesk® Revit®.
  5. EXPORT IMAGES WITH THE EXCEL FILE: You can choose to Include IMAGES of each Revision Cloud in the EXCEL report. These Images will be included as independent Files and also will be inserted into the Excel File.
  6. EXTENSIVE DATA: The addin adds 3 additional Fields of data to each Revision Cloud: RESPONSE, RESPONSIBLE and STATUS. This additional information will help you to manage your COORDINATION SESSIONS and keep track of CHANGES, STATUS, and assign a RESPONSIBLE for each query.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

The Week that was in Revit Add-ons for April 16-22, 2018

The week of April 16, 2018 was a moderately busy one here on Revit Add-ons with 19 posts published.


From the Autodesk App Store, we posted about Automatically Offset in Ceiling_2017 for automatically placing floating elements on ceilings, the self-explanatory Extract Family Names from Folder_2018NavVis IndoorViewer Add-In for Autodesk® Revit® for integrating BIM models with NavVis reality capture technology, and the free Sketchfab for publishing Revit models directly to Sketchfab, the free online platform for 3D models.

From around the Internet, we posted for the first time about the free/pay what you want open source Online Revit To IFC ConverterCloud Services for Keynote Manager for keynote sharing across networks and locations, Infraworks to Revit Interoperability Add-in from Autodesk for showing InfraWorks property values in Revit, and Project Virga, which uses machine learning and A.I. to create parametric system families from your previous projects.

Roundup – For Apr 16-22, 2018, New and Updated Revit Add-ins on the Autodesk App Store

The week of April 16, 2018 was a fairly busy one for Revit-related add-ins on the Autodesk App Store. 4 new add-ins made their debut and another 12 were updated. 20 apparently false updates were also published.

For the new add-ins, Automatically offset in Ceiling _2017 is for automatically placing floating elements on ceilings. Extract family names from folder_2018 is self-explanatory, NavVis IndoorViewer Add-In for Autodesk® Revit® is for integrating BIM models with NavVis reality capture technology, and the free Sketchfab is for exporting Revit models directly to Sketchfab.

For updated add-ins, BIMcollab® BCF Manager for Autodesk® Revit® and BIM Track™ each received relatively significant updates.



Export to Sketchfab directly from Autodesk® Revit® | Free
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About This Version: Version 1.0.0, 4/18/2018 – Initial Release

BIMcollab® BCF Manager for Autodesk® Revit® v4.0 r3

From the Autodesk App Store:

About This Version

Version 4.0 r3, 4/18/2018

The new Revit plug-in now available in four of the world’s most commonly used languages: French, German, Spanish, as well as English.

New features and improvements
  • Multilanguage available for the entire BIMcollab ecosystem (WebApp, BCF Managers, ZOOM).
  • Different languages allowed per user within one project, for international cooperation.
  • Improved hotkey functionality in ZOOM when using non-US keyboard layouts
  • Improved import of non-compliant BCF files.
  • Bug fixed when creating Excel report from activity list.
  • Bug fixed of incorrect status in PDF reports.
  • Various small bugfixes and user interface improvements.
  • Improved performance and reliability.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Project Virga – Uses Machine Learning and A.I. to Create Parametric System Families

From the BuildingSP website:

Your Firm's DNA 

The architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry is often described as "fragmented." Nothing typifies this description better than our past project CAD files. These files, which were created with much care and at significant cost, are haphazardly stored on hard drives throughout your enterprise.

As a whole, they are your firm's DNA - they describe what you've delivered to projects. (When graphically displayed, it literally looks like DNA.)

The Building Coder Samples and ADN Samples for Revit 2019

From the The Building Coder blog:

I already described how I installed Revit 2019, compiled the Revit 2019 SDK samples and migrated RevitLookup to the new version.

I now migrated some other basic samples and utilities:

The Building Coder Samples for Revit 2019

The migration of The Building Coder samples to Revit 2019 was just as trivial as RevitLookup.
  • Update the .NET framework target version to 4.7
  • Point the Revit API assembly references to the new DLLs.

No code changes were needed.