Thursday, April 30, 2009

Revit 2010 Text Tool Comparison

We have decided to upgrade one of our projects (mine) to Revit 2010 in an effort to fully understand the ramifications of the new user interface and help identify quirky things we would need to address in future training sessions.

One item I found early on relates to modifications to the text tool.  While no feature enhancements were implemented in this release, the cursor and shape editing functions have changed for the worse.  Take a look…

Friday, April 24, 2009

Revit 2010 Keyboard Shortcuts

Perhaps you’ve already attempted to copy your old keyboard shortcuts file from an older version of Revit into the 2010 release…if not, be careful!  If you have tried this, you’ll find that your keyboard shortcuts no longer work.  Because of the new UI ribbon, the context of the keyboard shortcuts has changed from this:


…to this:


A comparison sample might be:

  • “WA”  menu:”Modelling-Wall” (2009)
  • “WA”  ribbon:”Home-Build-Wall-Wall” (2010)

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Material Takeoffs of Painted Areas

Revit has a handy little tool called “Paint” which is used to apply materials to surfaces of objects within the project model.  While Paint is easy to use, one must apply it with care as certain ‘paintings’ may not make much sense to the integrity of your building information model.  For example, try ‘painting’ the Glass material on a face of a masonry wall…the ‘painted’ face adopts the transparency of the material while the wall in section retains its original properties.  Now try orbiting around the wall…

RVT-Paint-1   RVT-Paint-2

The next quirk of painting in Revit should probably be addressed by Autodesk as a bug.  Let’s say we have a floor or roof object onto which we’d like to paint a thin finish material – let’s say blue tile.  In the below example, I have created a 10’ x 10’ square floor which is displayed in the floor schedule as being exactly 100 SF in area. (Click the images to enlarge)


Note the Material Takeoff in the lower left does not display any materials yet because I have set the filter to exclude material names containing “Default” – which excludes Default Floor in this case.

Next, I begin to paint the top surface of the floor with the blue tile material and the Material Takeoff correctly reflects a tile area of 100 SF.


Continuing the painting on the bottom face of the floor correctly adjusts the Material Takeoff to 200 SF:


However, when I attempt to paint the edges of the floor, the Material Takeoff does not recognize these faces.  Each edge of this 12” thick floor should register another 10 SF of tile area, but it remains at 200 SF.


Please be careful when using the “Paint” tool…in the meantime, this one will be sent to Autodesk Support.

Friday, April 17, 2009

ZDLaw BIM Roundtable

zdlaw_2009-03 Just a quick note to check out Zetlin & De Chiara’s latest newsletter in which I am featured in a BIM Roundtable discussion with John Rappaport of Component Assembly Systems and William Sharples and Jonathan Mallie of SHoP Construction.  There are also several other articles on BIM and IPD.

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Thursday, April 16, 2009

BIM and IPD Success Stories

BDC-Cover_BIM-IPD Building Design+Construction Magazine features a great article this month on three BIM (Building Information Modeling) + IPD (Integrated Project Delivery) success stories.  The projects highlighted are:

The Autodesk project features quotes and contributions from the BIM blogosphere’s own Laura Handler (BIMx)

NOTE: The link to Autodesk HQ above includes the AU 2008 AEC Keynote Presentation featuring Jay Bhatt and Phil Bernstein of Autodesk, John Tocci of Tocci Construction and Scott Simpson of Kling Stubbins. Enjoy!

Friday, April 10, 2009

Magic Tool Shed with a Drunken Leprechaun

tool_shed If you haven’t been following Phil Read’s blog at, be sure to read his recent post on the new Revit 2010 user interface titled “A Well-Intentioned Road Paving.”  It’s one of the funniest I’ve read in quite some time.

AIA New York Event

Yes, it has been a hectic few months and I’ll have some more posts soon; however, if you are in the New York City area and would like to get a full-blown primer on BIM as it relates to Architecture, I will be speaking at the Center For Architecture on Wednesday April 15 at Noon.  This presentation is part of AIA New York’s “Not Business As Usual” series designed to help architects who may be between jobs get re-tooled and prepared for the future.

Click here for more details and to RSVP for the event.