Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Exiting Tags

As we all know room tags also have parameters and therefore making a tag display exactly what you need can be tricky.  We have created our own exiting tag that displays the occupant load factor (OLF), the occupancy type, and the number of occupants.  This process took us some time to figure out but at the end it was worth the time spent.  And hopefully, this can help our reader(s) too.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Why Does Revit Just Close?

Revit seems to have good days, and bad days. It seems you never know what kind of mood it will be in. We have been having problems with Revit just closing. It gives no warning (this is not the crash where you are offered the option of saving a recover) IT JUST CLOSES. We have asked anyone and everyone if they have a solution or an explanation but no one has been any help. So, I will put the question to our new blog’s reader(s?): Please help me understand why Revit does this to me- some days I take it personally.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Customizing Viewports

Creating custom viewports on sheets is no longer as simple as drawing a line with text. It's far more intelligent than that now. In our quest to mimic our old viewport settings used in CAD, we came across this family. Like everything in revit, parameters need be set, families loaded, and settings set accurately. Viewports are no different. In this post, I'll go over the process of setting up custom viewports that meet your needs.

DOWNLOAD Four custom viewports with different title settings

After downloading the family, load it onto your project. Once the family has been loaded onto the project and you have placed a detail onto a sheet, you'll have to create a duplicate viewport so that the new settings don't overwrite the existing. I'm sure we've all learned the hard way that if you change the settings on an object, it changes all that have the same instance. Therefore, duplicate the viewport. Right click, go to element properties, duplicate. Name the new viewport accordingly.

Once the new viewport has been created, under the "Title" parameter, the new loaded viewport family should appear. Select it and hit OK until all the type properties windows are closed. And you're done. Repeat this until you've created all the viewports you need.

As a note, if you'd like to create a viewport that is not on the uploaded families, just open one and customize it to fit your needs. Hope this is useful.


Another Light

People seem to really be enjoying the last light we posted, so here is another one... this one took some effort to get the double glass surround just right, but we got there and it looks great.

Manufacture: Louis Poulsen
Model: Campbell
Light Source: 1/75w modeled with photometric data



Wednesday, November 11, 2009

You Can't Always Find the Perfect Family

Some manufactures are getting on the Revit band wagon, but it seems next to impossible to find the exact lighting fixture, chair (or anything really) already modeled. More often than not we find ourselves starting form scratch to get it just right.

We will share with you family RFA's we make, boring to complex and everything in between.

Here is a light fixture we modeled:

Manufacture: Louis Poulsen
Model: Ph50
Light Source: 200w modeled with photometric data



Start With a Success

As our very first post, I thought I would start with something to show off the good parts of REVIT... This is a rendering of a project that was recently finished. There is a lot of back work here that we will bitch blog about later, but like everyone else, we want to get right to the pretty pictures.

Rendering Information:
Project: American Business Bank
File Size Out of Revit: 250kb
Render Time: 24hrs
Render Quality: High
Render Light Setting: Interior- Artificial Only
Exposure Settings