Shape Editing Tips

Shape edited slabs are the foundation of modeling a landscape in Revit. And while they can be a bit tedious to model and grade, here are some tips and tricks that I have found that make the process a bit easier. And because there are always new things to discover about Revit, a couple of these I learned fairly recently.

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ASLA 2019: Session Dataset

Some of you may know that I presented at ASLA in San Diego this past November. The session was Zero to One: Open Your Practice to the World of BIM.

My portion of the session was a live demonstration of Revit, plus some Dynamo. Here is a link to download the session data set, which includes a Revit file, a few AutoCAD files, three Dynamo scripts, and associated Dynamo packages.

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1uC63f1XFX2-zajr7bMjO8eWPeBtwJVIY

File Requirements:
• Revit 2019
• Dynamo 1.3.3

I plan to do a series of posts over the next few weeks that will recap what I covered in the session. Stay tuned!

Renumber Viewports with Dynamo

Since I have been doing a lot more documentation work in Revit these days, I have become significantly more interested in how Dynamo can automate certain documentation tasks. One task that can always drive me crazy (especially in Revit) is renumbering viewports on sheets.

There are several different ways you can renumber viewports. I decided to use a simple ‘pick’ method so I wouldn’t have to do any reordering in Dynamo. This method works well with Continue reading

Establish Coordinates: Acquire Coordinates from a CAD Link

I recently started a new project file at the office, and looking back over the archives, I figured it was a good time to revisit some of my workflows for file set up. At some point since I last posted about establishing coordinates, I discovered on Revit OpEd that you can actually acquire coordinates from a dwg file. Acquiring coordinates is by far the superior method for establishing coordinates. Not only is it more efficient but it is also more accurate and leaves less room for human error.

Steve’s post goes into some good detail about how to clean up your dwg file and also how you can link subsequent CAD files via Shared Coordinates once you establish coordinates. So I would definitely recommend reading his post, but if you are unfamiliar with either the Survey Point or Shared Coordinates, here is the step by step process. Continue reading