Free-Form Pebbles and Rocks

While hunting around for some Dynamo resources, I recently stumbled upon an old blog post from Zach Kron’s buildz, about creating a pebble shape in Revit. I have previously attempted to do this myself (to create the form for my simple, scaleable rock), but since I have very little experience in the Massing environment, I found the process rather difficult. But as Zach shows, it can be quite simple.

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Site Settings and Custom Contour Lines

It can be easy to overlook most of the site tools because, quite frankly, they don’t do much. And it can be even easier to forget about the additional Site Settings, because they are hidden away under the Model Site section on the Massing and Site tab.

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This little dialogue is also doubly tricky, since it has some settings that you might expect to find elsewhere. But if you ever need to adjust the contour line intervals, Topo section cut graphics, or Property Line units, this is where you need to go.

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Copy/ Monitor between Site/ Electrical

Of the MEP disciplines, the landscape probably collaborates most frequently with Electrical. This is often in the form of site lighting. Depending on the work breakdown in a given firm, who drives the placement and type of lighting can vary.


In my experience, the electrical engineers/ techs are the ones who ultimately place the lights in the Electrical Revit file. This is done for two reasons: circuiting and photometrics. And while I am glad to let the electrical engineers deal with those things, having site lighting in a building-base electrical file can create 2 substantial problems:

  1. If there is any Topo/ grade change, the lights will float over or embed into the Topo (there is no way to host to Topo or Floors through a link).
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Shared Coordinates: Site to MEP

There are several different ways to share coordinates between disciplines. If you are working on a site/ landscape that does not have a building and you want to link in MEP, that can simply be done via Origin to Origin. This is how all of the building disciplines (Architecture, Structure, and MEP) link together by default and it is why Shared Coordinates are only necessary when you get out on to the site.

But if you are working with building-based MEP (or Structure), coordinates will need to be shared. If you have all of your building files (architecture, structure and MEP), then you could link them all into the site using the Site to Architecture workflow for all building files. However, this requires that all building links be moved and rotated to the correct location all at the same time. There are 2 big problems Continue reading