Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Disappearing 1560 Trapelo Rd, Waltham, MA

I am starting to wonder whether Autodesk have introduced a new cloaking device to evade the competition down at the “Factory”? Now you see us, now you don’t!

Student Showreel 2011 TU Graz

I got an facebook message from Philipp Müller yesterday. Phil is a student expert team leader from the TU graz in Austria. He & his team have just created a new youTube video show reel which showcases projects created in Revit & 3ds projects from student experts and the students that where taught at the TU Graz in Austria. Be sure to check it out, cos there is some great work here!

Simply Complex Blog



After RTCUSA, Marcello Sgambelluri (he of Revit elephant fame) dropped me a note to say he has started a blog. He has started his blog site to be able to profile projects and Revit families that incorporate complex geometry. Be sure to check it out…


Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Revit 2012 - Reporting Parameters in CW Panels

I must admit, I don’t why I hadn’t picked up on this one before, but at RTC USA there was an interesting discussion that took place as well as being highlighted by Harlan Brumms in his class on solving common Autodesk Revit Architecture problems on using reporting parameters in curtain wall panel families.
This got me thinking, if reporting parameters can indeed be used in curtain wall panel families, they should be able to drive the depth of panels. If you can report the width & height of a panel, this will provide you with an area value. This could then be used in conditional formula which will parametrically alter the overall depth of individual panels.
For this exercise I started with a curtain wall panel.rft
Next I drew a very simple extrusion in the front elevation plan & locked the extrusion sketch to the reference planes.
I then dimensioned the vertical & horizontal reference plans. Its important you dimensions the reference plans & not the level embedded in the family.
Then select the horizontal dimension you just created & pick the label feature to turn the dimension into a parameter. Name the parameter to something like “width”, set it to an instance parameter & ensure you check the Report Parameter radio button.
Repeat what you did for the width parameter, turning the vertical dimension into a reporting parameter labelled as “height”.
Go to the Ref. Level view, select the extrusion; in the Properties Palette, locate the Extrusion End parameter, hit the Associate Family Parameter button.
This will open up the Associate Family Parameter dialogue box. Hit the Add parameter button & create a new instance parameter called “depth”. This doesn’t need to be a reporting parameter.image
Go to the Family Types dialogue & create a new Area parameter as a instance.image
Go back to the Family Types dialogue box & do the following; in the formula for the Area parameter we will multiply the width X height to give us our Area.
Next we will add a conditional formula to the depth parameter. So we will use this formula as a test example.
if(area < 4 m², 1200 mm, if(area < 6 m², 600 mm, 100 mm))
What this conditional parameter will do formula is allow the depth of the panel to change based on the resulting area value of the panel. If is less the 4m squared it will be 1200mm thick, less the 6m & it will be 600mm, else it will be 100mm thick,
Next save your panel family with a suitable name. Start a new project, load your newly created panel family into the new project. Using the wall tool draw a straight segment of curtain wall. With the curtain wall selected, go to the Properties Palette, pick the Edit Type button, this will open up the Types Dialogue box for the Curtain Wall.
Set the Curtain Panel to your new loaded curtain wall panel. The cw system will automatically file with the new panel. Finally, using the Curtain Grid tool, start to divide up the curtain wall.
As you divide the curtain wall, depending on the panel size, the area of the panel will be calculated in turn informing the depth of the panels.
The values I added to the conditional formula are not cast in stone, you can easily modify them to get different results or even make a more complex  conditional formula. I have quickly knocked up a youTube Video which supports the above workflow, although I don’t follow it from start to finish, but it should reinforce what I did.

Saturday, July 09, 2011

An open Revit Standard?

There has been much discussion on Twitter recently amongst the Revit community about an Open Revit Standard. Now their are many standards out there, but nothing really free or open for the new Revit user. The New Zealand and Australian standards go a long way, so do the AEC UK Revit standards, but nothing typically open source which can be tweaked to you needs. Therefore, be sure to follow the discussion at ....!/search?q=%23OpenRevStds

if you want to get involved in this project truly global project.

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Friday, July 01, 2011

Lock profiles in Revit / Vasari conceptual massing


This came up a couple of times during RTC USA, but it seems that some people, whilst they are aware that the sketch profile feature got re-introduced in Revit 2011, they are not aware that you could lock the top & bottom sketches. This concept will only work with forms created from model lines; take a look at the attached youTube for more details. Sadly no audio, but you should get the general concept.