Looking for Beta Testers for FOREground

We are currently in beta testing for FOREground, a Revit application designed to assist with site and landscape modeling and documentation. We are specifically looking for landscape architects that have experience with Revit. So if you are a landscape architect that would be interested in beta testing an awesome new toolset for Revit, please get in touch by filling out this contact form.

Interested to read or see a bit more about FOREground? You can check out a preview at the bottom of this AECbytes article and I periodically post updates on twitter (preview of the planting tools).

Topo Align App

While browsing through a Revit Forum post, I noticed that someone mentioned an app that could align Topo to Slab Edges. A quick search on the Autodesk Exchange turned up the Topo Align app.

I have not yet had the chance to test it out myself, but even after just briefly looking at its features, it seems like a very worthwhile Revit add-in. And for a cost of only 1.99 USD, it is also a really good deal. If you frequently work with Toposurfaces, I highly recommend that you check it out.

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Making Topo Follow Hardscape

Several weeks ago, I came across an interesting post by Paolo Emilio Serra at Punto Revit. He had found a video by Mustafa Khalil at Architecture for Humanity. The video demonstrated a Revit Add-In that was developed to make Topography follow a shape-edited Floor (or Roof). Serra then proceeded to make and share an API code that also makes Topo follow/ align to a Floor.

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LandCADD, An Unecessary Revit Add-In

UPDATE: As of summer 2014, LandCADD is no longer being offered as a Revit Add-In.

With Revit’s paltry site tools, there are always questions about and interest in EaglePoint’s LandCADD add-in. After extensive experience using LandCADD in Revit 2013, I came to the conclusion that it was an unnecessary tool. Read on for more detail.

There are two(2) tool groups, planting and hardscape, which you can see on the ribbon:

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Hardscape

Three of the hardscape tools (fence, parking, and component) simply place components through an extra dialogue box and are essentially slightly more robust array tools. The fence tool was really the only one of these three that I used frequently, after switching to using parking bays (and not individual spaces).

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