12 April 2014

The use of Scope Box in Revit

Maybe you will think I am old school.
Do you know that most of the newbies do not know the purpose of scope box, the most powerful Revit tools in editing for a document presentation?
I recommend that you use scope box instead of a callout for documenting a portion of your project. Scope box will control the extent of any datum element such as grids, reference planes and levels. It is very handy to control the extents of the views, speaking in 3D wise.

27 March 2014

Autodesk Vault Basic 2014 add-in for MS Office 2013

Release Date: 2014-03-14

Autodesk Vault is fully integrated into Microsoft Office 2013 ( Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook).

The integration provides the ability to manage all of the supporting information for your Digital Prototype.
This includes email correspondence, specifications, calculations, and presentations enabling the entire workgroup to collaborate more effectively and get to market faster.

Available as Product Enhancements in Autodesk Subscription.

Source: Autodesk Site

21 February 2014

Synchronizing problem with Revit Server

Have you ever experience synchronizing problem with your Revit Server and you get this pop-up message "Operation could not be completed" -> "File not saved"?

There are many reasons that can cause this issue, to name a few:

- it can be due to network access. Ping your Central Server and check if the latency is more than 200ms. Probably the process could be timing out.
- file access issues.
- model changes may create conflict too.
- connectivity issues between office networks.
- network bandwidth issue and the network is saturated due to video conferencing, YouTube etc.
- Revit server needs a dedicated 1 mbps for a good performance.
- local hardware can also be an issue like docking station malfunctioning creating disruption between Revit and the Revit Server.

27 January 2014

File Naming Conventions

One of the basic requirement in Data Management is a good standard File Naming. It is a good idea to name and organize your files in a descriptive and consistent manner in order that other users can find the specific data they are looking for.

I suggest that you consider including in your project file names:

- Project Number
- Document type (preliminary design, CD-contract doc., etc.)
- Plan, section or detail
- Other unique identifier

Tip :
Try not to make file names too long since long file names might pose some problem in other type of software.

When using a sequential numbering system, use leading zeros for clarity and to make sure files sort in sequential order. For example, use "001, 002, ...010, 011 ... 100, 101, 200, 201 etc." instead of "1, 2, ...10, 11 ... 100, 101, etc."

Do not use spaces. Instead, use underscores between words, e.g. file_name. Camel case may also be used to avoid spaces and make file names easier to read, e.g. FileName.

Be consistent with the number of characters in the file name for your drawings.

Avoid using special characters such as $ % * etc.