Get Floor Boundaries with Spring Nodes

Finding the boundary lines of an element is something that I have been trying to do in Dynamo for a little while now. There are several different tasks that you can automate in Revit once you have the boundaries of an element. First, you can automatically draw Area Boundary Lines for your planting plans. And particularly for Floors, you can use boundary lines to create duplicate Floors.

So I was quite pleased to discover Collector.ElementSketch in Spring Nodes. Continue reading

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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

Sorting Points

As follow-up to a previous post, Plant Connector Detail Lines via Dynamo, a reader suggested that the plantings could be sorted a few different ways, including by x and y coordinate values and by distance from another point. I thought these were both good ideas, so I went ahead and made a few nodes that can do just that.

Today’s Landform update has a few new nodes, including Points.SortByDistance and Continue reading

Plant Connector Detail Lines

When annotating Planting Plans, it is a fairly common technique to use connector lines in order to show a grouping of plants that are all the same species. These connector lines are usually shown in straight lines or in arcs. Here is an example of straight lines:

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Since Revit does not really have any landscape-driven tools, there is no tool that allows you to do this automatically. But this is a perfect application for Dynamo. Continue reading