Tuesday, March 24, 2009

REVIT Join Geometry for Window in Frost Wall

I had a great, very basic question today.
Something that all us Canadian's deal with, which is a 'frost wall'.
It is much easier to manage the adjacent frost wall condition with two seperate walls as shown below.
But when you add a window (or door) the window only penetrates one wall.
Use the 'join geometry' tool to join the two adjacent walls and the window will penetrate both walls.
Also make sure the 'material' of the two walls is different or when you 'join geometry' the two walls will try to become one monolithic wall.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

REVIT CADclip - Stair with a Winder

The REVIT video tutorial (in HD) below has several nice little tips for you.
1. How to add in stair 'winders' or split up a landing
2. How to make the top of the stair clean up better at the top riser.
3. How to use the split tool for the stair boundaries to change the stringer configuration.
* For best HD video resullts do this in the following order
a) click the Play button
b) click the HD button (wait for video to reset)
c) then click the Full Screen button.
Enjoy !

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Slower migraton to REVIT 2010 ?

Well everyone is all excited about the new REVIT interface and features. In fact I know of at least one person who is having RIBBON anxiety. His concerns are "Will all previous training material and reference go out the window?" "Will we need to re-write the entire revit training handbook?" Can I still leverage what training materials we already have?". My advice is 'relax' a little. Take your time and roll out this new release with a little more caution than you have in the past.
The new REVIT box used to show up at our door and it was instantly installed across the board without even thinking. To do so this time around will cause a little blip in your production. This time around the CAD / production managers should be a little more interested in testing things out and getting people properly trained before unleashing REVIT to the masses. My point is, don't feel you MUST install REVIT the moment you can. The walls and roofs and floors of 2009 still work just fine.
The new and improved Ribbon interface that we have all been asking for is finally here. It has been well thought out and widely tested. But just like all changes in life and technology there is going to be a few bumps in the road. True change always involves stress and anxiety. Without which there is no change.
The new interface is not going anywhere. It will be there tomorrow and the next day. The CAD production managers will eventually see their ROI but this time around it's not going to be a seamless transition like all previous REVIT releases.
This time we need to be a little more cautious with the roll out. We need to get 'comfy' with this new interface and most importantly we need to get our CAD operators trained up.
I know for a fact that the new Ribbon interface for AutoCAD 2009 was enough for many to completely avoid the release all together. I do not anticipate this for REVIT 2010 of course because we are a much more progressive group but at the same time it should not be the regular 'business as usual' installation either.
Stay tuned here at revitrocks for lots of REVIT 2010 training videos and good information to help you over this much anticipated REVIT hump !

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

CADclips free Youtube Playlist

Below is an embedded video player with many free REVIT CADclip videos all organized in a nice Youtube Playlist. The nice thing about a playlist is, as new videos get added at Youtube the dynamic playlist is always up to date.

REVIT Arch Video for Capturing and Importing Images

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

JMP Design Inc

Multi-disciplined CAD Design and Drafting Services.
Lots of CAD samples and a nice Gallery of Images.
Looks like it is headed up by John-Jun Purugganan in Hawaii.
. . . . . .I'm tired of shovelling snow . . . . I want to live in Hawaii too or at least somewhere that I can golf 12 months a year : )

Revit Zone.com

An abundance of good REVIT information at this site !


Check this site out too !


I am noticing more and more great REVIT / CAD blogs popping up. CadKicks is community driven and looks promising.

Inside the REVIT Factory

Here's a great new REVIT blog with all kinds of information about the 'nuts and bolts' of the current REVIT products.

The REVIT 2010 Ribbon - Development

Below is a great Youtube video on what to expect with the new REVIT Ribbon.
How many new icons ? 1000+ . . . . . Should be fun !

Friday, March 06, 2009

Free REVIT Walk Through Tutorial on M4V iPod

Below is a link to a 'zipped' M4V REVIT video tutorial for your iPod or iPhone.

Thursday, March 05, 2009

Free REVIT Training on M4V for iPod Podcast

The REVIT video tutorials listed below have been posted here before but I thought some people may want the M4V Podcast version so you can learn REVIT pretty much anywhere using your iPod.
This is a tutorial series on creating a custom architectural Beam as shown above. The lessons learned here can be carried forward to help solve some of your own custom family challenges.
Here are the 'zipped up' iPod formatted files.
Expect more M4V files for REVIT Training to be posted here !