How to design wall structure (material) diagram in Revit

In this Revit video tutorial, you will know how to design a little wall structure diagram or wall material diagram by applying Revit 2017.

This wall structure diagram will contain common brick, plywood & sheathing grade, light gauge steel framing, thermal air layer, gypsum wall board etc.

To know the complete modeling process, go through the following video tutorial.

How to design wall structure (material) diagram in Revit

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Tips to improve the Revit Templates

Revit Project Templates provide a beginning environment and standards for new projects and project templates are used as either the default templates or define custom templates to encourage office standards. Besides of giving a beginning point for a new project, a project template also provides view templates, loaded families, defined settings and geometry etc.

After installing Revit software in the system, it opens various templates for different disciplines and types of building projects while users can also create project templates to locate specific needs or to ensure observance to office standards. As Revit has lot of facilities and tools for the users, it has become the favorite one of the architects, designers, project managers, virtual construction modelers and BIM managers.

This article is ideal for the Revit users who want to know more about the Revit Templates and the process to improve their projects and method of work.

Use Templates in files and views: Viewer templates are very useful and the people who work with Worksets find some difficulty to configure the visibility of every Workset. So this template helps to see the limit of views, the appearance of categories, filters and many more; using templates also makes the views standard and make them faster.

1. Use Worksharing: Most of the people are not aware about the templates and still create separate models of a project and then keep them in separate files to join them together, it is a time taking work. In Revit the entire project can be developed and made with the whole team in the same time in a file; where people can do different tasks in a same time like modeling the topography, working with structures, finalizing the architecture, detailing interiors etc. Basically in Revit, people can model an entire project in a same time and can create clash detection to detect the interference.

2. Use Shared Families: When any team works on similar projects with similar benefits and have a group of families that is always together or in toilets or MEP solutions, using the shared-families will unite them all while the editing and measuring can be done separately.
3. Crete Assemblies: The worst thing in detailing things in Revit is making every view and here Montage helps to bring together families of different categories and make a single element with a list of views.
4. Group and organize the views: In Revit, designers can create separate documents, Preliminary Study, Architecture etc. organize them and filter the views as per need.

5. Allot a code for everything: When the subject matter is numeric it is better to organize, parameterize and categorized them as per order like assigning codes; it will help in filtering exactly as per the needs of users.
6. Learning to leader the phases: Phases are one of the smarter things in a project program as it help with ideas, designs and manage the difference between the old and new; also impress the customers and create numeric and tables.
7. Use the Parts: Parts can separate the walls from each other and can help to create wonderful detailed walls with separate structure, finishes, details etc. Users can hide some parts or delete parts to manage the walls.
8. Creating a board: Revit has previously made the families of boards with different sizes but it is better to have a single family of boards with different sizes mean only one family with everything.
9. Purge: As the Revit models are huge, templates help to keep them in order but unnecessary templates are a burden, the Purge command deletes the unnecessary ones.
10. The drawing options: This advantage Draw Options tool allows creating different proposals within the one Revit file.

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Tips to improve the Revit Templates

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Tech Soft 3D introduced HOOPS Communicator 2018 Toolkit for BIM & CAD professionals

Tech Soft 3D, leading solution provider for the engineering software industry, just introduced HOOPS Communicator 2018 software development toolkit (SDK). It is a robust toolkit for generating advanced web-based engineering applications.

HOOPS Communicator is now compatible with AutoCAD DWG files and point clouds to facilitate creating architectural, engineering and construction (AEC) or building information modeling (BIM) applications.

Besides, supporting IFC, an interoperable file format for construction is also supported. These tools arrange a strong environment for visualization, query and navigation of construction models.

With HOOPS Communicator 2018, it is possible to make advanced workflows like product lifecycle management (PLM) and product configurators with significant enhancements like the ability to aggregate models. Assemblies can be easily divided into their constituent parts which can be integrated when requested or instantly substituted for several adjustments.

HOOPS Communicator 2018 embraces and simplifies major complications associated with delivering advanced graphics. There are various new features like x-ray rendering mode and ability to employ materials to geometry on the client for superior visual fidelity.

To get more details about HOOPS Communicator, visit

Tech Soft 3D introduced HOOPS Communicator 2018 Toolkit for BIM & CAD professionals

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How To Produce Solar/Shadow Studies With Revit

Prior to start a solar study, organize a view to show light and shadows. Apply the following useful tips :-
• Generate a 3D view.

To show light and shadows efficiently on a project, apply 3D views of the building model. Show standard plan views like floor plans and ceiling plans, abstain from demonstrating various elements in 3D, therefore, there will be no shadows to be casted from these elements.

The sun path and shadows can be accessed in all 3D views devoid of those applying the Wireframe or Consistent Colors visual style. In 2D views, the sun path can be accessed in floor plans, reflected ceiling plans, elevations, and sections.

Note: The sun path’s on-screen controls can’t be edited in perspective, walkthrough, or rendered 3D views.

• Rotate a view to True North to perfectly demonstrate the position of the sun concerning the project through solar study.
• While creating a lighting solar study, state the location of the sun corresponding to the view.


How to produce solar/shadow studies with Revit

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BricsCAD Shape – A handy tool for designers and architects

Bricsys, the leading developer of cad software, has introduced a new 3D conceptual modeling tool that is specifically designed for architects to improve the speed of their 3D design work.

With this conceptual modeling tool, the architects and engineers can simplify their schematic design work.

The multi-functional “Shape” tool is applied to generate walls, slabs, structural elements and more. Direct modeling features allow you to drag, connect, push/pull and extrude as per your choice. Wall connections are automatically mitered for you.

With BricsCAD, the designer can create their ideas in 3D easily with a series of common architectural components and materials together with straightforward shape generation tools. BricsCAD employs the similar parametric and modeling engine (ACIS) that is found in Bricsys’ BricsCAD Platinum CAD software.

BricsCAD Shape files can be opened directly in Bricsys’ BIM platform, BricsCAD BIM to speed up the BIM workflow. BricsCAD Shape is totally free to use.

It comprises of a library of materials, textures and pre-built 3D components. The included collection of doors and windows can be utilized separately. The users can also generate their own custom versions. Form your model according to your preference with the Visual Styles panel in Shape.

Shape is only compatible with Windows (later on it will work with macOS and Linux). It is necessary for the users to sign up for a Bricsys account and download the program to test it. Not just for this reason, BricsCAD offers more material and library content as compared to the free version of FormIt.

To learn more about BricsCAD Shape, go through the following link

Bricsys introduced Mac OS X version of BricsCAD V18

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How to use Revit for creating model of a Parametric Tensile Canopy

In this Revit video tutorial, you will learn the process for making the model of a Parametric Tnesile Canopy. As the model will be a parametric family, it is possible to modify everything via parameters. It will be modeled as conceptual mass.

To create the model the following processes are followed :-

Initially, arrange the reference planes and include all the dimensions to attribute the parameters.

After that start modeling the construction poles and lock them in proper position.

In the end, model the fabric portion and save the file.

To speed up the modeling process, the following shortcuts are used :-

UN denotes Project Units
CS denotes Create similar
RP denotes Reference Plane
Al denotes Align

To get the detail modeling processes, go through the following video tutorial.

How to use Revit for creating model of a Parametric Tensile Canopy

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How BIM provides great benefits to MEP engineers through 3d building system design

Building Information Modelling (BIM) facilitates MEP engineers to visualize building systems precisely before the commencement of actual construction which result in taking more informed decisions in advance in the design phase. So building system design becomes more perfect as well as organized from concept through construction.

A BIM model includes coordinated and reliable information which help in communicating designs as well design alterations evidently with MEP engineers and their project team members. Thus project team members can fulfill their goals.

BIM facilitates project team members to take sustainability initiatives by carrying out energy analysis, assessing system loads, generating heating and cooling load reports.

A BIM model aids in maintaining coordinated design data, reducing errors & omissions, and increases collaboration amid engineering and architecture teams. All model information is preserved inside a solo, coordinated database. Any modification and revision to information is updated automatically all through the model.

On the basis of workflow and project requisites, MEP engineers get the ability to collaborate and interact successfully. BIM allows project team members to lessen design clashes through real-time clash and interference detection.

BIM reproduce real-world MEP system performance for having superior overview of cost, scheduling, and environmental impact.

BIM offers more authentic and coordinated construction documents for whole MEP design team. BIM automatically produce plan, section, elevation, detail, and schedule views which reveal design information in a perfect way. All model views are synchronized from a universal database facilitating more reliable, coordinated change management.

Engineers will be able to make HVAC systems with mechanical functionality and offer 3D modeling for ductwork, plumbing and piping system and revise the model by dragging design constituents onto the screen in more or less any view. Modeling can also be performed together in section and elevation views. If some alterations are taken place to the MEP model, all model views and sheets are updated automatically. This results in preserving more perfect, coordinated designs and documents.

How BIM provides great benefits to MEP engineers through 3d building system design

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