It’s alive in The Lab! On November 20th, Autodesk Labs released the LEED Daylight Analysis add-in for Revit 2014 (Service Pack 2 required). It’s available for free for the time being, but I suspect you’ll need subscription at the very least at some point, or more likely since it’s utilizing the cloud rendering service you’ll burn Cloud Units to use it. It generates a color-coded image in your current Revit view, as well as a Room Schedule with the LEED Daylighting data generated for each room in your project.
Again, it’s free for now. Go to the “Beyond Construction” blog to read about it and download it…
Have you ever tried to get a brick material to map correctly to an arched lintel, or something similar? This seemingly impossible task is explained in the Revit Kid’s blog - it can be done!
Every now and then you run across something in a software application that just makes you wonder what kind of drugs the product designer involved was doing at the time it was developed. For example, who was the guy at Microsoft who decided it was a GOOD idea to turn off file extensions by default? And more importantly is he or she still employed?
Or did they maybe go to work for someone else? Could it be? I’m beginning to wonder…
Full disclosure here before I begin. Paul Aubin is a very good friend of mine. He and I have collaborated on several projects over the years and we’ve also co-authored a book together.
That said, I have to report that he has outdone himself with his latest effort – of the same title as this post.
What’s even better is that he’s done it while addressing a need that has been festering in the Revit world for a long, long time. Do you want to REALLY learn how to create custom families the right way? Read on…
Revit 2014 Update 2 is available for download. It’s not the easiest thing in the world to find on the Autodesk web site, and sometimes Communication Center kinda messes up on it as well, however Steve Stafford has kindly provided the links to the direct downloads for not only the Suite version of Revit, but the individual flavors as well. Go to Steve’s post on Revit Op-Ed to get the version that applies to you.
I’ve heard people talking about Glue and how they’re disappointed that it doesn’t do clash detection in the same manner as Navisworks Manage. It doesn’t have the robust reporting and clash management/tracking capabilities that Navisworks Manage has. I think this stems from the misconception they have that Glue is supposed to be sort of a “Navisworks Light” for mobile applications.
It’s not. Not even close – and it’s not intended to be. So… just what IS it for?
If you’re going to Autodesk University this year (December 3-5, The Venetian Resort and Casino, Las Vegas), I’m teaching 5 classes – come and check it out:
Even though Navisworks 2014 will allow you to open a Revit file without having first exported the NWC file from Revit, there are times when you still need to export from Revit, depending on workflow and file management practices that you may have at your firm. If that’s the case, you can download the Navisworks file exporters (which include Revit 2014) from here: http://www.autodesk.com/products/autodesk-navisworks-family/autodesk-navisworks-nwc-export-utility
However, simply installing the exporters is not enough to make them work.
Did you ever have to re-install your Autodesk software? Easy, right? Just uninstall, slap in the disk and reinstall. Or lately, download it from the Autodesk web site and install.
Not with BIM 360 Glue. Continue reading
A customer recently called with an interesting problem. He had several radial column grid lines that didn’t all extend through all of his levels. He was faced with having to create a section or elevation that was perpendicular to each and every one of them to adjust them. This was a big project so we’re talking about a LOT of sections and elevations! Instead, I suggested he try using Scope Boxes to resolve the problem: Continue reading