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Single project BIM Execution Plan: a good idea?

Construction projects always evolve over time. As it evolves the deliverables and personnel change. Not everything that needs to be done is known, nor the people who will do it. Yet BIM Execution Plans are structured as if all information is knowable at the beginning of a project....

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Revit Add-Ons: Free Revit Add-in for Copying Legends and Schedules to Multiple Sheets

Revit Add-Ons: Free Revit Add-in for Copying Legends and Schedules to Multiple Sheets | BIM WORLD | Scoop.it

From the LMNts website...

One of the frustrating things with Revit is that it’s sometimes difficult to do seemingly simple tasks. One of my colleagues asked me if I knew of a way to solve one such task: copying legends to multiple sheets. Legends are one of those rare view types in Revit that can exist on multiple sheets, but as is common with Revit it’s not necessarily easy to make sure views appear in the same location on each sheet. While it’s not a huge deal, it’s a little distracting when you’re going through the pages of a PDF and you see these similar views jumping around with each page flip.

I started by creating a quick macro that allowed you to select a legend view and then copy it to multiple sheets, making sure it stays in the same location and keeps the same viewport type. This seemed to work fine and solved the problem for that team, but macro’s are easily portable so we transitioned it into a proper Revit addin. We will often use schedules, particularly key schedules, as general notes on sheets so while we were recreating the macro as a plugin we added the ability to work with schedule views as well. Even though schedules can be copy/paste aligned from sheet to sheet, we thought having a single command to do similar actions was preferable......

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Revit Add-Ons: Panel Schedule Exporter Add-in for Revit

Revit Add-Ons: Panel Schedule Exporter Add-in for Revit | BIM WORLD | Scoop.it

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Export Electrical Panel Schedules created in Autodesk® Revit® out to individual Excel files.

Have you ever needed to work with panel schedules outside of Revit quickly or perform your own calculations, without messing with templates?

This add-in will export a project panel schedules to Excel .xlsx files on your local computer to use them the way you need to.

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Building Design | Sustainability Workshop

Building Design | Sustainability Workshop | BIM WORLD | Scoop.it

High-performance buildings use far less energy, water, and money to run them.

 

Learn or teach sustainable design and building performance analysis.

 

These free videos, tutorials and case studies will help you apply concepts like daylighting, passive heating and cooling, and energy analysis to your projects in tools like Autodesk® Revit®, Vasari, and Ecotect®.

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BIMConsortium Revit Addin Update + New Tools + 2015 Compatible

BIMConsortium Revit Addin Update + New Tools + 2015 Compatible | BIM WORLD | Scoop.it

A new update is available located here

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Addin now supports both Revit 2014 and 2015Delete Views - Added option to delete all views NOT on a Sheet

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Free Isolate Warnings Add-in for Revit: Highlight or Isolate Multiple Problem Elements

Free Isolate Warnings Add-in for Revit: Highlight or Isolate Multiple Problem Elements | BIM WORLD | Scoop.it

From the Autodesk Exchange Apps website...

[The Isolate Warnings add-in] creates new 3D views to isolate and highlight the elements in the model that have warnings to assist in debugging the Autodesk® Revit® model.


There's more information available on the Autodesk Exchange Apps website.

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Advance Steel Plug-In from Autodesk for Revit

Advance Steel Plug-In from Autodesk for Revit | BIM WORLD | Scoop.it

From the Autodesk Exchange Apps website...

With the Advance Steel Plug-in, Autodesk® Revit® users can quickly connect their models to Advance Steel using the export, import, and synchronize features to transfer the model BIM data. This interoperability allows users to rapidly produce general arrangement drawings, fabrication drawings, BOMs, and NC files for steel structures. 

The synchronization of BIM data between applications also reduces the risk of potential errors when there are modifications as users can track changes made on the same model in different applications.

The BIM data from the Revit model can be imported or exported using the Advance Steel Plug-in as well as other formats such as SDNF (Version 2.0 and Version 3.0), CIS/2, IFC, and PSS.

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A Robust and Versatile Dynamo

A Robust and Versatile Dynamo | BIM WORLD | Scoop.it

f you have not heard the word Dynamo before in relation to Autodesk® Revit®, it is about time you did. It is the newest, most amazing add-in to hit Revit. It is literally the future of Revit and other Autodesk software. It’s hard to explain what Dynamo is because it does so much. For the purposes of this article Dynamo will be kept in the context of being used as an add-in for Revit. Of course, Dynamo could also be used as a standalone program or used as an add-in for other Autodesk programs.

 

Yes, it is an Autodesk program that is open source and free!

 

The software can be downloaded from http://dynamoBIM.org, and source code is at  https://github.com/ikeough/Dynamo. It is currently available for Revit 2013, 2014, and 2015...

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Ten Best Practices for Better Revit Performance | AUGI

Revit performance is critical if you want to stave off the slow syncs, sluggish openings, and jittery model displays that can so often creep into a growing Revit file. But knowing how to achieve better performance is difficult, particularly when there is so much misinformation and superstition surrounding the issue. HP and CASE have taken a serious look at Revit’s performance (HP through its HP Performance Advisor tool, and CASE through the auditing of BIM models for AECO clients). The result is 10 tips that will undoubtedly lead to better Revit performance.....

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Another OBJ Exporter for Revit - addin for download

Another OBJ Exporter for Revit - addin for download | BIM WORLD | Scoop.it

A long while back, I posted about an OBJ Exporter for Revit by Jeremy Tammik. Looks like there is another way of doing this now, and it has been released for Revit 2014 and 2015. The purpose behind this addin is to allow easy import to Blender for rendering - but it could be used for many other things too.....

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Revit Add-Ons: Project Solon - Building Performance Dashboards for Revit

Revit Add-Ons: Project Solon - Building Performance Dashboards for Revit | BIM WORLD | Scoop.it

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Now you can personalize the building performance analysis experience in Revit by defining a dashboard with charts and results that are important to you. The central web-based Solon management environment allows you to create charts and configure dashboards for all of your company Revit users from a central collaboration environment in Green Building Studio .

Project Solon Dashboards for Autodesk Revit is a discussion project for existing technology to customize the display of your energy analysis results in Revit. Though this feature has been released  to the public, we have not publicized it widely so that we can share it first with the Labs community. We created this project on Autodesk Labs to give you an easy starting point to learn how to manage your custom dashboards and to provide you a way to give us feedback and get personalized help using this new feature.

Access to the features of this Autodesk Labs project has no additional cost to you. To access the cloud-based capabilities of Solon and Green Building Studio through Revit and GBS Web, you will need to have a subscription to a Revit or a Building Design Suite Ultimate or Premium product, have a Flex license, or a GBS Trial as part of your Autodesk 360 account. You can get a trial by signing in to Autodesk 360 or by going to gbs.autodesk.com.

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Workset Browser Revit Add-in from Case

Workset Browser Revit Add-in from Case | BIM WORLD | Scoop.it

This is a handy tool that you can use to browse elements by their workset assignment. You can also browse by category or element class. You can then select multiple items from the tree and then click the "Select Elements in Model" button to select them for further editing purposes.

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Direct Analysis Method in Autodesk Robot Structural Analysis Professional

Designing for stability is a critical requirement for all steel structures, but implementing the latest stability analysis
methods into engineering workflows can be challenging and have significant negative effects if done improperly.
With the release of the AISC Specification for Structural Steel Buildings (AISC 360-05) in 2005, AISC introduced
the Direct Analysis Method and imposed new requirements for stability analysis and design. These changes
represent a fundamental shift in how engineers consider destabilizing effects, shifting the accounting of these
effects from member capacity calculations to member demand (analysis) calculations. Utilizing the Direct Analysis
Method results in greater accuracy, simplified member capacity calculations, and greater applicability to more
types of structures.....

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How to Improve Cost, Scheduling and Coordination of Building Project

How to Improve Cost, Scheduling and Coordination of Building Project | BIM WORLD | Scoop.it
The Need for BIM 4D Modeling Jun 5, 2014 -- Building information services is a key for architects to help them achieve their design-centric tasks. It also provides various benefits including enhanced BIM coordination, constructability analysis, cost estimation and scheduling of building project. Gantt chart, used to observe project progress against time constraints, is named after Henry Laurence Gantt, an American mechanical engineer. Though it was a useful process for …
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Revit Add-Ons: Excel2R Add-in for Revit: Import Spreadsheets to Tables

Revit Add-Ons: Excel2R Add-in for Revit: Import Spreadsheets to Tables | BIM WORLD | Scoop.it

From the Autodesk Exchange Apps website...

Excel2R imports MS Excel spreadsheets to Autodesk® Revit® Architecture / Revit® MEP / Revit® Structure projects with its design settings. Such data can be synchronized with the original MS Excel spreadsheet at any time.

This Revit plug-in significantly speeds up Revit project documentation process:

Keeps stable & strong link between MS Excel and Revit project;Creates/updates table in Revit drafting view according to the selected MS Excel table settings. Location of the imported MS Excel file is stored in Revit project;Can update MS Excel data;Can use Revit text fonts instead of those that are created in MS Excel;Can map Text and Line Styles between MS Excel and Revit project.


Excel2R helps make sure you always have up-to-date data in your Revit projects.....

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What Revit Wants: Want a powerful, new way to Share, Store and Search Your Revit Content? Your Families may have a new home...

What Revit Wants: Want a powerful, new way to Share, Store and Search Your Revit Content? Your Families may have a new home... | BIM WORLD | Scoop.it

....a way to store all of your Revit families in a secure location online.

You just batch upload all of your current family library, and Unifi then goes ahead and indexes all of the important family related data. Then, you can do fast and intelligent searches of your entire content library whenever you want to find and load specific families into your Revit projects (using the Unifi addin for Revit).....

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Simplify Structural Engineers’ Workflow with Add-ons | AUGI

Simplify Structural Engineers’ Workflow with Add-ons | AUGI | BIM WORLD | Scoop.it

In this article I will present some third-party add-ons that are used in Revit Structure to increase the performance of professionals who prepare structural engineering projects. Since 2009, I have been furthering the development of AGA CAD applications for Revit. These apps are being developed and continually improved due to the high number of Autodesk Revit platform users who are willing to step up and facilitate project preparation work.

 

I would like to describe some of the AGA CAD 28 different productivity enhancing tools vital for Revit users. Properly speaking, the functionality of those applications was expanded so much that we call these ultra-high-performance products “BIM solutions” because, according to their volume, they do not correspond to the notion of “add-ons.”

 

So, what are the products I am talking about? I will focus on two BIM solutions that address the most painful design processes for structural engineers: Modeling of wood or metal framework and shop drawing of reinforced concrete assemblies.

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Collaborative clash resolution with BIM 360 Glue

Collaborative clash resolution with BIM 360 Glue | BIM WORLD | Scoop.it

Last week there was a big new update to BIM 360 Glue, Joan Allen, Senior Product Manager for BIM 360 Glue talks to us about it in more detail. One of the many advantages of using cloud-based products and services is the immediate, automatic access to product updates.

The Autodesk BIM 360 product team thrives on providing regular, timely updates, often based on direct feedbackfrom customers. The latest BIM 360 Glue update - designed and developed in response to customer feedback - provides powerful new clash resolution capabilities, so that you and your team can more efficiently and effectively manage the collaborative project coordination process.

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BIM Dictionary

Dictionary about BIM concepts and terminology created by Bond Bryan Architects
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Vertical/Horizontal Brace Generator Add-in for Revit

Vertical/Horizontal Brace Generator Add-in for Revit | BIM WORLD | Scoop.it

From the Autodesk Exchange Apps website...

The brace generator Autodesk Revit add-in is designed to automatically create horizontal or vertical braces between columns and beams.

Workflow:

Select the beams and columns to be bracedSpecify settings for generating bracing (e.g. type of brace, connection details, and size and position of connection parts)Specify brace plane and position in space     


The brace settings can be modified after bracing is generated.

The generator can create two types of geometry: one cross brace or two. For vertical connections between columns, the generator creates appropriate spacers...

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ArchiCAD 18 rendering: World Cup 2014 Ball

ArchiCAD 18 rendering: World Cup 2014 Ball | BIM WORLD | Scoop.it

A lot of people (users and non-users) are curious about ArchiCAD 18′s new rendering engine. Here’s a video showing a quick ArchiCAD 18 rendering and celebrating the approaching end of the 2014 World Cup. Not too shabby, eh?

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Smart Bricks - A New Way to Build

Kite Bricks is developing a revolutionary product that will change the way we build houses, buildings, bridges and sidewalks. From now on structures will be real thermal, much more stronger and very cheap & fast to build.

Smart Brick is a revolutionary brick and the basis of a new construction system covered by issued and pending US patents.

The brick is amenable for building houses, buildings, bridges and more.. The block is constructed of high-strength concrete with unique properties that allow for the building of truly ecological structures, with large savings in electricity expenses associated with seasonal heating and cooling. The block allows for faster, cheaper, more precise, and stronger building than is available through traditional building methods.

Bricks are designed to be easily joined together, with open internal spaces for insulation and infrastructure elements to be run through the bricks and allow for easy access to these elements.

Floors, walls, and ceilings are all constructed by appropriate bricks to allow for facile, solid construction with little mess and significantly reduced construction costs.

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Revit Add-Ons: Krisp Wall Join Manager Revit Add-in

Revit Add-Ons: Krisp Wall Join Manager Revit Add-in | BIM WORLD | Scoop.it

"Krisp Wall Join Manager provides a way to allow (or disallow) wall joins on many walls at once.

"The wall join status can be applied to one end or both ends, to all walls in the entire project or all walls in the current view. You can also select to only apply changes to walls of specified types."

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It's been a while since Google sold SketchUp to Trimble

It's been a while since Google sold SketchUp to Trimble | BIM WORLD | Scoop.it
Who won when Google sold SketchUp to Trimble? Or more importantly what does it mean that Google didn't want SketchUp anymore?
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Easy Keynoter 2015 Revit Add-in from Kiwi Custom Solutions

Easy Keynoter 2015 Revit Add-in from Kiwi Custom Solutions | BIM WORLD | Scoop.it

Easy Keynoter for Autodesk Revit 2015 is not just another glorified keynote text file editor. Easy Keynoter can do that plus so much more.

The main features of Easy Keynoter are:

Fully integrated into the Revit UIAll Keynote data stored within a Database. No reliance on Revit reading txt files or the need to have intermediary xml files. This means that there are no issues of multiple users editing the keynotes at the same time as with other systems.Add Edit and remove keynote changes are reflected immediately in the Revit project. No need to manual Load/Reload operation from within the Revit UIDrag and Drop Keynotes from the Palette directly onto Revit Elements to keynote those elements.Super fast search function. Easy keynoter will display all search compliant keynotes in seconds. We have tested this on a keynote file with over 20,000 keynotes and the results displayed within 1 second.Easily Import/Export your existing old Keynote.txt files into and out of the Database.User management. Create user groups and assign who is allowed to add/edit/remove keynotes from the database.
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Autodesk Navisworks 2015 PDF Reader

Add 2D PDF sheets to your Navisworks project with Autodesk Navisworks 2015 PDF reader.

Take off quantities and review your project using 2D sheets and 3D models in a single project environment.

 

You receive project documentation as 2D PDF and want to use it for quantity takeoff and general project review. Autodesk Navisworks PDF reader helps you add these 2D sheets directly to your Navisworks project.

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