Revit 2017: Curbs from Railings

If you follow any sort of Autodesk news, you probably already know that Revit 2017 was released last week. Even though Autodesk only officially announce the release this Monday, the new features have been somewhat public for the past week since the Revit 2017 online help documentation was discovered.

Besides the change in the logo, Revit 2017 seems to be following the trends of Revit 2015 and 2016, with little fanfare and quite a few smaller changes (and no really big changes). In the architectural world, the two features that seem to have risen to the top of the list are the Text Editor and Depth Cueing.

While I can certainly appreciate those two features, as someone who is concerned with site and landscape workflows, they do not quite make the top of my list. Continue reading

Driving Shared Parameters with Dynamo

One of the simplest and most useful applications of Dynamo is driving Shared Parameters with formulas. This allows you to have a Shared Parameter as a “Calculated Value,” which is something that you cannot do in Revit without access to the API. But to do this in Dynamo, you just need a few nodes.

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Calculating Length of Curb

One of the greatest advantages to using Revit, is its scheduling capabilities. If you model your landscape and hardscape accurately, you can create schedules that pull almost any area, quantity, or value, which is great for cost estimating.

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This is easiest to do with families and parameters that Revit has by default. Floors, for example, come with an Area parameter that automatically calculates the area of any and every floor in the model. But even if a system family does not have the parameters that you want, there is often a way  Continue reading

Property Lines and Tagging Arcs

Of the few Site tools that exist, Property Line is one of the most fundamental. Almost any site, regardless of size, will have property lines. These can be a significant coordination issue with Architecture, especially on an urban site.

Creating the Segments
There are 2 ways to create a property boundary: by entering distances and bearings or by sketching. It is usually easier to sketch the boundary first, especially if it is already drawn on the survey. A sketched property line can then be converted into a table, though you will always get the following warning: Continue reading