Friday, 20 June 2014

Revisions and a little chuckle.

I am just in the middle of using Revit 2015, preparing some revisions. I stopped and had a little chuckle to myself. To think, that in 2014 we were still clicking furiously like mad people with too much coffee in our veins, trying to keep those cloud arcs small and somewhat consistent. 

Now in 2015 I draw a square and Bob's your uncle. I bet you just had a little chuckle to yourself too! 

So if you aren't aware, revisions came in for a minor make over in Revit 2015. We have the ability to draw revision clouds much the same as the regular sketching we do in Revit, with the same sketch tools. Lines, squares, circles, they are all there now. 

In the revision dialog we also have some control over the size of the random arc length pattern created. We can delete entire revisions now too. You will need to untick them as 'issued' though, before your allowed to delete them. 

It's the little things life. Oh and if you are curious, yes, revisions created in 2014 and upgraded to 2015 will take on the new changes, so you can update the arc length of revisions created in 2014 and delete them as well. Phew! 

Now, back to clouding... 

Sunday, 15 June 2014

Properties Palette Behaviour. Modifying the Revit INI file.

I recently came across, probably one of the most subtle, yet coolest changes in Revit I have discovered so far this year. What's even more amazing is, its been available since 2014! 

I came across this discovery at Revit Op Ed posted by Steve Stafford. You can visit the post here

In summary, when we make changes in the properties palette, we move our cursor off the palette and changes apply. A simple change to the Revit ini file, allows us to modify this behaviour. We can still apply changes moving our cursor off the palette, but we have to click on the screen now. Fantastic! No more floating cursor making changes to early and the best bit, that scroll bar no longer resetting itself mid change! 

Thanks to Steve Stafford and Aaron Maller for sharing this one! 

Add the line DisableMppAutoApply=1, under [User Interface].

Monday, 9 June 2014

RTC Australia

I recently attended my first Revit Technology Conference a few weeks ago and what a great experience it was!

I have been looking forward to attending the RTC for the last couple of years, but location and scheduling made this difficult to organise, so when I discovered it was going to be in Melbourne this year, this was an event I wasn’t going to miss! (Unfortunately though I was only able to attend on the opening Thursday as a one day delegate, but never the less, it was well worth it).

Let me say from the outset, this is definitely an event everyone should attend. The event is a great way to meet many like-minded people using Revit & building information workflows. There is something for everyone at RTC, from Architects to engineers, beginners to experts.

You will also find other collaborative software and technology on demonstration that is all aimed at improving the way we develop and deliver building information modelling.

The event commenced with a few introductions from the organisers and a word from keynote speaker Professor Mark Burry from RMIT University. Mark gave us a very insightful look into his work on the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Spain. He discussed how parametric design and building information modelling is by no means a new concept. The techniques used by Antoni Gaudi being proof of that. 
Those of you not familiar with the famous church should know work commenced on the structure back in 1882. (That’s not a typo either). Professor Mark Burry has been involved with the project since the 1970’s. The current anticipated date of completion is 2026, the centenary of Antoni Gaudi’s death. If you haven’t yet visited this amazing structure in Barcelona, I would certainly recommend it; it truly is an amazing piece of Architecture.

Soon after though the sessions on Revit commenced and the reason most of us were there for; getting our Revit Geek on. For me, the one session I was most looking forward to was ‘Abusing Revit Groups’ by Aaron Maller. (You can find his blog here

Aaron gave a fantastic session and some great demonstrations on his experiences working with groups on a recent hospital project. Everything from the peculiar behaviour groups can exhibit to the workarounds and solutions to best tackle this unusual behaviour. For me, this session alone made the day worth it. Finally, long awaited answers to preventing groups breaking!

The day closed with a short session on ‘gadgets’ and a catered welcome session in the evening to give everyone the opportunity to meet and socialise. Being a bit of a tech head, I enjoyed the gadgets session. It gave me the opportunity to try technologies that they had at the event; such as Google Glass, the Oculus Rift virtual reality goggles and the latest in 3D desktop printing. A representative from Autodesk also gave us a sneak peak at some of the new collaboration software coming our way soon, such as the ability to view Revit files in our very own web browsers!

The thing I liked most about the conference is the way it’s delivered. It’s an informal experience and the organisers go to great effort to make everyone feel welcome & relaxed.

This is an event by users, not companies, so it’s not a 3 day sales pitch. You get to choose which sessions you attend (and there are plenty to choose from). In my opinion, if you’re using Revit and looking to improve your professional development and productivity, then attending this event should be on your radar.

The next local event will be on the Gold Coast in 2015, but if you’re heading overseas, you will find events in Chicago, U.S.A and Dublin, Ireland.

Opening Credits

Whoever thought choosing a name for a blog would be so difficult? Well, in the end I went with 'Revit Link'. Thanks to long time colleague and friend, Devla Kabas who put forward the title suggestion! You can visit my other 'About Me' post to read a little about... you guessed it... me!