Thursday, 19 January 2017

'Cuttable & Non-cuttable' Families in Revit

The issue of 'cuttable' families came up again today. It's often a confusing topic of discussion and trying to explain why some categories are different to others is never a convincing argument. I posted an idea about it at the Autodesk 'Revit Ideas' Forum recently. 

The purpose of this post though, was to link you to a number of blog posts Luke Johnson from 'What Revit Wants' has written about cuttable vs non-cuttable families and expected behaviour. It may help you troubleshoot problems on the subject. Luke has also prepared an open source google spreadsheet capturing the unique properties of all the categories. 

It can all be found HERE.

Thanks Luke!!

Monday, 16 January 2017

Revit Callouts - 'Far Clip Setting'

Do you ever adjust the callout view depth? Did know you could? 
When you create a section, we can adjust the view extents, that is, how far the section or elevation view looks into the model. When the 'Far Clipping' parameter is set to 'Clip with line' or 'Clip without line', we can pull the visible arrows to adjust this depth. In the section below, the 'Far Clipping Offset' parameter indicates 8000mm

When you create a callout in one of these sections, the callout uses the same clip offset as the parent view by default. In the properties of the view, the 'Clip Offset Settings' indicates 'Same as parent view'.

The problem is sometimes your callout will look at elements you do not wish to see in your detail, model components in the foreground that are not relevant.
If you change the 'Far Clip Settings' to 'Independent', you can change the 'Far Clip Offset' value. In our plan, the door is 3000mm from our section marker, so anything less than this will ensure we don't see our door in the foreground.

In this example, the callout 'Far Clip Offset' is set to 1000mm. As you can see the view difference is clear (no pun intended), clearer views, less linework, no need to hide unnecessary model elements, better documentation. Enjoy easy detailing! 

Thursday, 12 January 2017

Autodesk Health Dashboard

Having trouble with Autodesk cloud services? You may not know Autodesk has a "health" dashboard for its cloud services. The site reports any known issues with its services and any scheduled maintenance.
If you subscribe, you can get notifications too.

Monday, 9 January 2017

Learning Dynamo - Online Handouts & Video Courses

There are plenty of places to start learning Dynamo. Early last year I posted about the Dynamo training course I completed at by Ian Siegel and just last month spoke of 'Dynamo thoughts' by Bill Devevc & Ian Siegel on YouTube. 

Well, if you are starting off 2017 keen on learning Dynamo, there are a few more places you can visit. 
Paul F. Aubin created a great handout for his Autodesk University 2016 presentation. 'Code Blocks Not Required - Dynamo for the Rest of Us'. It's aimed at beginners and starts with a break down of the interface and the basics of nodes & wires. The online class at Autodesk University can be seen here along with class materials to go with the handout.

Late last year new video courses became available at 'Pluralsight' an online training platform. Some regular contributors at the DynamoBIM forum at the Revit Forum have published some videos for beginners to intermediates. 
I haven't had a chance to go through all of these yet, but the support these guys provide on the forums is really good, so I have no doubt the videos will be helpful for beginners & intermediates. 

The Dynamo Primer introduction at is also a good place to start. You will find more resources here too. 

I regularly visit the forum & Revit Forum where everyone is always keen to help you solve any problems you may be having with your graphs!

Disable Revit Addins - Safe Mode

Late last year, Luke Johnson at What Revit Wants posted an update on a tool Stantec has developed. The tool is an addin manager effectively allowing you to start Revit in 'safe mode'. The addin manager allows you to select which addins to disable to assist in diagnosing problems.
Visit the 'What Revit Wants' post here to learn more. 

Thursday, 5 January 2017

Insight 360 Plugin Update

The insight team at Autodesk snuck in one more update before the holidays last year. 
If you are having problems with solar analysis and that all too familiar "solar analysis has expired..." message then you can access the latest update HERE

You will now notice, when you click on the lighting tool, the drop down for 'New' no longer displays. Instead, the lighting icon is now a single button that will open a dialog to start a new analysis. 

In the 'Lighting Analysis in the Cloud' dialog, the bottom left will indicate a version number. As of today, it should say v3.0.0.0.

Stephanie Egger who writes blogs at Insight 360 has written two posts that go through step by step using the new tools. Visit to read the latest. 

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Happy New Year, Welcome 2017!

Happy New Year! Yes, the Revit Link blog has received a face lift! Something new and fresh! I hope you like it, I know I really do! The small form to the right of the header you may recognise from a previous blog post; 'Curved Forms in Revit'.  

Hope you all had a great new year! I have been writing a little over the break and I am getting excited for the new teaching semester too, lots of work is going on behind the scenes to prepare. 

Looking forward to the new year! First posts for 2017 are coming soon!