29 January 2015

Guide Grid in Revit

Since the introduction of Autodesk Revit 2011, there is the possibility of inserting a guide grid to align views across the sheet set. This "Guide Grid" command is available under the View tab and on the Sheet Composition panel. By selecting this option a light blue grid object will be inserted on your sheet. You can choose to give it an unique name such as "A1" Guide Grid, and under Properties, you can set the spacing to your requirement such as 25mm.

To insert the same grid with the same location on another sheet, simply open that Sheet View and from the Properties menu, under Guide Grid, select the "A1" Guide Grid that you just created.

With the Revit Guide Grid, you can align your all floor plans, by using the same intersection of the guide grid lines you created. You can resize the Guide Grid bounds to suit your needs. Several guide grid types can be created to align different type of views, such as sections, plans, details, elevations, etc.

Please take note that the alignment snapping works only for Grids, Levels, Reference Planes and view Crop boundaries. It will not work for other entities.

22 December 2014

Override a Dimension to show it as a blank value

Have you ever needed to show a dimension string without a value or text? To achieve this, select the dimension and then proceed to override it with text. In the text field; Hold down the "Alt" key and type 030, then select OK. 

You now have a blank dimension.

Note: ALT030 will not show in the text field when you type it. The field will remain blank.

20 November 2014

US Structural Content Extension for Autodesk Revit 2015, Autodesk Revit Architecture 2015, and Autodesk Revit Structure 2015

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Release Date: 2014-11-19

The US Structural Content Extension for Autodesk® Revit® 2015*, Autodesk® Revit® Architecture 2015, and Autodesk® Revit® Structure 2015 provides the latest AISC standard 14.1 hot rolled structural steel shapes. 

Content is available in English only. 

Autodesk Revit 2015 software is only available as part of the Autodesk® Building Design Suite 2015 Premium and Ultimate Editions and Autodesk® Infrastructure Design Suite 2015 Ultimate Edition.

28 October 2014

Autodesk Site Designer Extension for Revit 2015

Release Date: 2014-09-17

The Autodesk® Site Designer Extension for Revit® 2015 software helps architects, designers, and planners convey building site planning concepts to engineers. Site Designer runs inside Revit software and uses native families, components, and toposurfaces, so site designs become part of the overall model. You can model alternatives for mass grading, building pads, streets, sidewalks, parking lots, and retaining walls all within the Revit environment. More easily convert a sketched line into a street, sidewalk, curb and gutter, retaining wall or parking lot in the model. You can manipulate Site Designer components using editing tools to change their location, elevation, grade or geometry, and Site Designer automatically updates and maintains the underlying toposurface.

- Report and schedule areas, volumes, and cut and fill volumes to better understand the impact of site design changes on requirements to move or add fill.

- Iterate conceptual designs and create more realistic visuals of the building site by incorporating grading features directly into the Revit model.

Better communicate conceptual design ideas about the building site to engineers who can then complete the detailed site design using professional civil engineering tools like Autodesk® AutoCAD® Civil 3D® software.

Share the appearance of site plan designs for better communication with everyone involved in the project, including owners, architects, designers, planners and civil engineering firms.

- Share a site model between Revit and Civil 3D through Land XML files, improving collaboration between architects and engineers working on a project.

- More quickly add design elements to your site such as berms and drainage swales, minimizing the time required to mass grade a site and to try alternatives at the design development stage.

- Special terrain families within Site Designer provide you with parameters that control widths, cut and fill slopes and other projection settings.

- Locate hardscape components such as streets, intersections, sidewalks, curbs and walls that can follow the existing terrain and have controlled elevations and slopes - all while the toposurface is automatically maintained.

Content is available in English only.

Source: Autodesk Subscription