Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Challenges with Revit 2010 massing environment !!


Many of you will know that I am very passionate about Revit and you will have noticed over the last 9 months, since the release of 2010, I have been a big fan of the new conceptual massing tools. However, these new tools are not without their challenges! I have watched long term Revit users in our office try to grapple with the new concepts; some have been successful, others have failed. In most cases the overriding complaint is the lack of sketch mode. Long term Revit users fell in love with this approach; the ability to create a sketch and then extrude, with the added bonus of going back to the sketch to change it when required…it became the fundamental to the way you worked with Revit. Now the in 2010 we have lines or reference lines, whilst reference lines go some way to match the sketch mode process, they still fall short. Lets hope Autodesk see fit to reintroduce this powerful approach in a future release.

So if you to hunger for the “old” sketch mode in 2010, what to do in the meantime?

One possible solution is to create a series of mass families in 2009 and then use these in 2010. This will retain the sketch mode facility but editing will have to be done in the family editor and then the family reloaded back into the project. This can be problematic when trying to align buildings with site context.


An alternative solution is to start in Revit 2009, create a series of inplace masses. Then migrate the project over to Revit 2010. Copy these masses around and you will find that you can edit the sketch in 2010 as you would have done in Revit 2009.



A more complicated solution if you have already started your project in Revit 2010 is to do the following; start another project in Revit 2009 create a series of inplace masses and then save the project. Then migrate this project up to Revit 2010. Next link this upgraded project into the project you originally started. Then bind the linked file, which will turn the link into a group; ungroup the bound masses and then you will be able to use the inplace masses in your project where you will once again be able to use the sketch mode on these masses.


Please don’t think that I am criticising this new way of working, far from it. I have always consider these new tools a first step and it will take a couple of releases before we get them working exactly how we need them to……over to you Autodesk. :-)

Monday, December 21, 2009

A Very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year !

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I would just like to wish those of you that follow my blog a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! It been an interesting yet difficult year. The downturn has introduced new challenges; Revit 2010 has excited some, disappointed others, yet its popularity seems to go from strength to strength. I look forward to 2010 and the next release of the Revit story, it looks set to be another exciting rollercoaster year! :-)

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

AU2009 – Tuesday the 1st

Class starts in a few hours, but before that we will have the AU2009 keynote speech……

However, for me, the cut and paste design slam will be the highlight of the day. William Lopez Campo (winner of the Berlin design slam) will go head to head with two other Revit contestants, in a slam entitled Dangerous Liaisons. They will be required to create a design on an existing 18th French neoclassicism site….and I have a good feeling about this one.

AU 2009 – Monday the 30th

Got up early to attend the second Design Symposium events hosted by Robert Aish. To be honest, it was a little slow in the morning, but the afternoon session was better. The guy who showed the Maya plugin development and the principles absolutely rocked! Algorithmic design is the future, without doubt, trust me….


Went to the AEC mixer in the evening and saw so many faces who I communicate with virtually, but only get to see once a year when I attend AU. Steve S was on form; spent time with Jeffrey McGrew and his wife Jillian Northrup plus his “whole” company discussing allsorts… discussions ranged from Ian Flemming to the state of French sewers.:-)

Off to bed early…..big day Tuesday, first time assisting in a class…….