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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Product Review – AVAIL (Version 3.1)

Concept

AVAIL is the content agnostic content management solution from ArchVision that features deep Revit integration.

Installation

I downloaded AVAIL from https://www.getavail.com/Download. The download began immediately with no need to register. The installer download was 52.9 MB in size.

After agreeing to the license terms and conditions, the installation began. Installation took about five minutes.

The AVAIL "Content Browser" that provides in-app support for Revit is a separate download of 5.6 MB. Installation took just a few minutes.

AVAIL installs as a desktop application, and has its own menu item on the Windows Start menu.


New and Improved MagiCloud Release

From the MagiCloud website:

New and Improved MagiCloud Version is here

22 March 2017 – Turku, Finland – Progman has announced that Europe’s largest BIM library, MagiCloud, has been updated to include the full product information already available in MagiCAD. The cloud-based MagiCloud includes more than one million BIM models and technical details from 230 manufacturers, used primarily by mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) designers. The tool is instrumental in developing a BIM strategy for construction projects.

Some of the latest technical features that will benefit end-users include:
  • Improved search function in MagiCloud, helping designers find products more quickly
  • Ability to search products from 40 market areas
  • Easier downloading of the 3D models, without requiring any installations
  • Improved German and Chinese localisations
  • Bookmarking, enabling users to gain quick access to their search results via a unique URL, and to share them

Free Webinar April 12, 2017: MagiCAD for Revit MEP – Common / General Revit Productivity Tools

From the registration website:

MagiCAD for Revit MEP: Common / General Revit Productivity Tools

Wed, Apr 12, 2017 1:30 AM - 2:00 AM PDT

Overview of running index, legend tool, cleanup & deliver, find & replace, sheet manager and the tag tool



Register here.

Video: Creating a Dynamo User Interface (UI) with XAML and C#

From YouTube:

Introduction on how to build a user interface for Dynamo. Get more of your team using your scripts.

This video shows a simple example of how to use the XAML tools and build the code to import into Dynamo for use with the player.





The original post may be found on the EvolveLAB website.

Dynamo is brought to you by Autodesk. Dynamo for Revit is free.

This add-in is compatible with Revit 2017, 2016, and 2015.

There's more information available on the Dynamo website.

Exporting Schedules to Excel with Dynamo

From the BIM and Others blog:

Dynamo, Revit, Excel, UI...what a wonderful day!

Introduction

Today I'll show you two examples of how to use Dynamo to export existing Revit schedules and how to compose a custom schedule on the fly, to be exported to Excel.

Both of them with a very nice graphical user interface thanks to Data-Shapes (https://data-shapes.net/) package.

Export Schedules

Let's start from the easier. The idea behind this script is to export a list of existing schedules to an Excel file, creating for each schedule a separate tab.
To be able to complete this script you'll need two packages:
  • Data-Shapes for the graphical interfaces
  • BimorphNodes to extract schedules data

Randomized Panel Facades in Revit with Dynamo

From the EvolveLAB website:

Randomized Panel Facades in Revit with Dynamo

By John Pierson

We’ve all seen them and admired their awesomeness. Yes, I am talking about random panelized facades. A quick Google search yields some awesome results.


But the question is, how do I make something like this in Revit? Like really in Revit, not a mass, none of that stuff.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Synchronize Same Viewport Location to All Sheets

From the Autodesk App Store:

This tool is designed to synchronize the viewport location in the same location in all selected sheets.

This will reduce the time used to manually adjust the viewports inside sheets especially in large project.

Instead of moving it manually, location will be adjusted automatically.


Free Webinar March 23, 28, & 30, 2017: AVAIL for Revit

From the announcement:

AVAIL for Revit Webinar

Want to know more about AVAIL for Revit? Join us as we walk through the features of AVAIL and how they can make work in Revit faster and easier!

Choose one of three webinar times:
  • Thursday 3/23 1:00pm ET
  • Tuesday 3/28  4:00 ET 
  • Thursday 3/30 11:00 ET

Hurry! Webinar spaces are limited to 25 per session!

RTV Xporter Pro Update Released – Desktop App Now Supports Collaboration for Revit (C4R)

From RTV Tools eNewsletter:

We have been busy working hard to integrate Collaborate for Revit (C4R) with our RTV Xporter PRO App for Revit. It is our pleasure that we are now able to provide C4R access via the desktop application (only). At this time our Remote Processing (Server) doesn't support C4R but we are working hard to get this functionality added as soon as possible.

The updates are now availible for download from our website and can be found here:

 The following is a list of new features, updates and fixes included in the above software updates.

Video: Dynamo and Advance Steel Tutorial

From the BIM and Beam blog:

Dynamo and Advance Steel Tutorial

Tomislav Golubovic March 6, 2017

Learn how to realize the power of Dynamo for your steel frames in this Dynamo Advance Steel tutorial

Last year we released the new Dynamo Extension for Advance Steel that allows you to drive the geometry and behavior of Advance Steel elements from Dynamo. In this Dynamo Advance Steel tutorial I show users how to make a basic portal frame structure within Dynamo and have Advance Steel model the structure from the script. When the script changes, then the model changes. A bonus is that, when you add a connection to any of the joints, they will adapt if you resize the structure from the nodes inside Dynamo. Learn more by watching the tutorial:



If you haven’t yet downloaded the new Dynamo Extension for Advance Steel, read this post to learn how.



There's more information available on the BIM and Beam blog.

Webinar Video: Visualization – Making Revit NOT Look Like Revit

From the EvolveLAB website:

Want to use Revit for visualization? Bad idea, right? Maybe not. There are a whole host of visualization features that augment the beauty of the Revit rendering and visualization capability. Check out this video as we show you how to make your Revit visualization look amazing.



Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Free Webinar March 30, 2017: What's New in Advance Steel 2018

From the Autodesk website:

What’s New: Connecting Design and Detailing for Structures

Register for the March 30 Webcast

Join Autodesk and Martin & Martin as they reveal the latest features of Revit and Advance Steel 2018 for structures. During this webcast, you will learn:
  • How the latest features in Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 will help enhance your BIM-enabled structural detailing process
  • The benefits of a connected workflow between Revit and Advance Steel, and a preview of their improved interoperability
  • Understand how those benefits play out in a real-world example with Martin/ Martin
  • We promise not to use Power Point! Join this 30-minute session to understand how the new features can benefit your projects and hear best practices from a company implementing the latest technology.

Advance Steel 2018 and Steel Connections for Revit Preview

From Autodesk's BIM and Beam blog:

Autodesk Previews Enhancements for Advance Steel and Steel Connections for Revit at NASCC 2017

Udo Haedicke March 21, 2017

Autodesk Revit and Advance Steel better connect structural design and fabrication

Since acquiring Advance Steel in 2013, Autodesk continues to work towards better support for BIM-centric workflows for structural steel design and detailing. For instance, we have been working to strengthen the interoperability between Autodesk Revit design software and Autodesk Advance Steel software. In advance of tomorrow’s opening day of the NASCC conference, we’re happy to announce that the forthcoming Advance Steel 2018 release next month will now offer seamless consumption of LOD 350* Revit models.

Sheets Creator

From the Autodesk App Store:

Have you ever had the task of manually creating sheets in Autodesk® Revit® and you have been frustrated by the time it takes to create sheet by sheet? Or having made a typing mistake while doing so and you haven't realized that until you have already submitted the drawings? If that is the case then this app is for you!

With Sheets Creator, you will be able to create sheets in seconds by simply selecting an Excel file with the list of Names and Numbers for the sheets. The best thing is that you can't make mistakes while typing!


AutoExcel – "The Fastest Export/Import to/from Excel"

From the Autodesk App Store:

AutoExcel - The fastest Export / Import from Excel

With Auto Excel, you will be able to quickly export and re-import any Autodesk® Revit® project schedule to Microsoft® Excel®. The best batch tool to modify lots of parameters at once.

  1. Open any project schedule and click "export"
  2. Modify the Excel generated file
  3. Go back to the same project schedule and click on "import"