How to use revit for generating animated GIFS

In this construction article, you will learn how to use revit for generating your own animated GIFs.

Animated GIFs are most effective while employing a consistent view point and modify something inside the view, as for example the clarity of the elements or the cutting plane of a section box. Here, the cutting plane of a section box is modified in order that the GIF can animate the movement of the section via the building.

Initially, generate the 3D view and activate the section box. It is the starting view and ensure that the section box isn’t cutting the building. This view is titled as a “_01” suffix. A new 3D view template is also generated and included to this view. This template will be applied to manage the clarity of the section box in all the animation views.

After completing it, replicate the view, move the section box into the building by about 20 feet and redefine the view with an “02” suffix.

The entire method of replicating the view, moving the section box, and renaming the view is continued unless the section box has moved through the whole building.

It is recommended to utilize minimum 8 – 10 images. The animation will be smoother as the numbers of images are increased.

As soon as all the views are produced, edit the view template and deactivate the section box.

Step 2 – Export Images

After generating all the images, export them using the “Export Image” dialog. Go to the Revit button, choose “Export” then “Images and Animations” and lastly, “Image”. It will introduce the “Export Image” dialog.

In the “Export Image” dialog, choose the views to export in the “Export Range” section. Suppose, you are going to utilize PNG files, then in the “Format” section, PNG for “Shaded views” and “Non shaded views” are selected. Also, arrange the image size for the images in the “Image Size” section. It is suggested to apply 600 pixels horizontal for animated GIFs.

Choose the output folder then click “OK” to export the images.

Step 3 – Load Images into Photoshop

Now, the image files are ready for the animation, these should be transferred into the GIF file and animated. It will be performed with Photoshop. The initial step is to load the individual image files as layers with the “Load Files into Stack” script. To obtain the script, go to File > Scripts > Load Files into Stack.

Each image will be shown as a separate layer in the “Layers” dialog box.

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How to use revit for generating animated GIFS

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MagiCAD 2018 UR-3 for Revit & AutoCAD

Progman introduced the new MagiCAD version for Revit and AutoCAD. MagiCAD 2018 UR-3 comes with new functions for MagiCAD Ventilation, Piping, Electrical, Sprinkler and Schematics modules.

MagiCAD 2018 Update Release 3 for Revit contains the following exclusive features:

• Generate crossings at one go with smart new functions
• Filter and manage builders work openings more competently
• Workout domestic hot water circulation flow rates
• Workout the time to attain hot water design temperature
• Measure the volume of the piping system
• Compute various design areas all at once in sprinkler design
• Produce custom cable trays in the dataset
• Identify your own circuit numbering rules
• Set up cable packet connections devoid of drawing wires
• Allot sizing methods to duct and pipe segments
• Workout the surface area of ducts and fittings

MagiCAD 2018 Update Release 3 for AutoCAD – Highlights

• New product class: LED stripes
• Workout the time to get to Hot Water Design Temperature
• Determine several design areas and systems concurrently in sprinkler design
• Reproduce text object settings with Create Similar
• Rotate symbols competently while inserting symbols to drawings
• Accumulate and deliver non-model drawings as part of projects
• Update circuit number to all cables

MagiCAD allows MEP design with Europe’s largest product model database, highlighting more than 1,000,000 actual products and product variants from 250 top manufacturers across the world. Each model inside the database is finished with perfect dimensions and wide-ranging technical data. MagiCAD provides localization for different country-specific standards, and it is very popular among contractors and designers in projects in over 70 countries globally.

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BuildingSP Launches A2P Toolkit for building information modeling management and coordination

BuildingSP, a software development firm for building information modeling (BIM) workflows, has just released beta testing for its latest software product, the A2P Toolkit.

The A2P Toolkit simplifies project collaboration by integrating Autodesk® Revit® and Autodesk® Navisworks® to Procore® ConstructionOS, the most recognized construction project management software in the globe. Data from Autodesk’s prime BIM software platforms is broadcasted to Procore’s systems, where it is updated and administrated.

The A2P Toolkit is capable of managing project data across platforms from various software providers. By leveraging the public APIs arranged by Autodesk and Procore Technologies, it is possible to make functionality required by contractors.

A2P Toolkit contains the following exclusive features:

a. Uploading Navisworks files to Procore’s document storage
b. One-click data population of Procore locations with Revit room names
c. Procore Observation formation with Navisworks Viewpoints

The A2P Toolkit, sold as an enterprise software subscription, will involve an evolving set of functionality along with integration with BuildingSP’s ClashMEP product for interactive clash avoidance and design management in Revit.

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50 essential AutoCAD Commands

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50 essential AutoCAD Commands

Autocad: It is 2D or 3D computer supported drafting software program used to make blueprints for buildings, bridges and computer chips and used in architecture, construction and manufacturing.

Operating AutoCAD is depended on some commands and people can create their own set of mostly used commands to normalize in a few steps. Here is a list of only 50 usable commands that can speed up the work game, find new shortcuts or have some easy to use tools to control the project if they forget the commands they need.

1. APPLOAD: it can loads and unloads applications and specifies the applications that need to load at startup. The Startup Suite option loads the specific application whenever the product begins.
2. AREA: the area and perimeter of the certain object are shown at the Command prompt and in the tooltip and the MEASUREGEOM command gives extra measurement options. The BOUNDARY tool can be used to create a closed region and the Properties palette can find the area.
3. Background: while choosing a background image for the work area it can be a solid in color, a gradient in color or an image from the computer.
4. BMPOUT: it is called bitmap file that contains the selected objects made by the users, the file shows what is shown on the screen. Generates a bitmap image or .bmp format after selecting a series of objects, surfaces or regions.
5. BOX: it is used to create box with a specified center point or of sides of equal length or can create a box with length, width and height specifically given.

6. BURST: it expands a block or an object but keeps the qualities same, this is a highly essential tool.
7. CHSPACE: the selected objects are scaled automatically in the new space, objects can be moved from the layout to the model and conversely.
8. CLOSEALL: it opens up all the closed AutoCAD windows and if there are any kind of changes to any files is done which is not saved then this command will ask users to save.

9. COLOR: sets the color for new objects, a layer color can be chosen for future objects, lines and surfaces.
10. DIMALIGNED: shows the In-Place Text Editor that can be used to edit the dimension text and the displayed measurement is represented with angle bracket and a dimension can be created aligned with a circle or arc.
11. DIMBASELINE: it creates a linear, angular or coordinate dimension and the work starts from a baseline of an earlier dimension.
12. DIMRADIUS: it creates a radius dimension for circles and arcs.
13. DIMTEDIT: this command is used to change or restore the location of the dimension line.

14. EDGESURF: creates a mash between four adjoining edges or curves.
15. EXPLODE: breaks a compound object into its component objects while modifying the components separately.
16. ID: shows the coordinates of any point on the worksheet.
17. LIGHT: controls lights and its effects on 3D models.
18. LINETYPE: creates, manages and selects line types.
19. MATLIB: it can import and export materials from and to a library.
20. MLINE: creates multiple parallel lines.
21. MLEDIT: it edits the lines.
22. MULTIPLE: continues next command again and again still stop.
23. MVSETUP: fix the layout of a drawing.
24. OOPS: restores the recent deleted items.
25. OVERKILL: goes through the entire model and deletes the duplicate and overlapping items to make the model smooth.
26. PAGESETUP: defines the page layout and adds more to the plotting device, paper size and other settings for every new layout.
27. PFACE: creates a 3D mesh height by height.
28. PREVIEW: shows the model before printing.
29. PURGE: it deletes unused objects in the drawing through a series of filters.
30. QDIM: after select any object it can create a dimension quickly.
31. QLEADER: creates a leader and a leader annotation fast.
32. QSAVE: it auto saves the file while working and gives a name to the unnamed files.
33. QSELECT: it can select objects quickly as per list of filters.
34. RECOVER: regains a damaged file.
35. RENDER: creates a render of the current model.
36. REVOLVE: makes revolved solids by moving 2D objects around a user defined angle.
37. RULESURF: creates a surface to join two previously defined curves.
38. SAVEALL: automatically saves all drawings.
39. SHOWMAT: shows a set of information for a selected object.
40. SKETCH: makes a series of freehand drawing things.
41. SPELL: checks the spelling.
42. SUBTRACT: creates a region from a solid and region by subtraction:
43. TABLET: adjusts a tablet.
44. TIME: shows a statistics table of the recent file with every time of updating, editing and making.
45. U: undoes the mistakes.
46. UNDEFINE: undoes the deleted command.
47. VPORTS: controls AutoCAD windows for 2D and 3D models.
48. XLINE: makes an eternal line.
49. 3DSOUT: export files consistent with 3D studio.
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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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Beck Technology introduces DESTINI Estimator 2018.1.0 compatible with BIM 360 from

Beck Technology, the dominant software solution provider and service firm toward the commercial design and construction industry, has introduced the latest version of its integrated estimating software: DESTINI Estimator 2018.1.0.

This newest construction program contains various new innovative features and among them the most significant one is consolidation with Autodesk’s BIM 360 platform.

The users get the ability to connect to BIM 360 from inside Estimator and obtain data from models hosted on BIM 360. The data is used to working estimates in Estimator devoid of opening supplimentary software programs or leave the estimating platform.

It facilitates the users to apply one platform to professionally avail existing project data, devoid of exporting and importing external files, as well as maintain real-time precision within integrated teams. DESTINI Estimator is considered as the only trustworthy integrated estimating platform for progressive preconstruction teams.

“Cost estimating is a vital factor of preconstruction and the success of a project is dependent on the perfect implementation of estimating in initial phase. With this consolidation, a robust solution is developed for constant and seamless knowledge transfer from planning through buyout.”

DESTINI Estimator’s integration of its quantity takeoff (QTO) system arranges a single application feel which contains embedded LMV to permit estimators to interact with BIM 360 models directly in the Estimator platform.

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How to generate custom floor patterns in Revit

This revit tutorial provides brief instructions on how to use Revit for producing a custom floor plan with the help of split element and create parts tools.

The following revit shortcuts are used in the tutorial:

UN – Project Units WA – Wall CS – Create Similar RP – Reference Plane Al – Align TR – Trim/Extend AR – Array CO – Copy

In this tutorial, you will learn how to cut up the last layer of the floor and generate custom pattern as well alter the material of various floor tiles.

Split elements: Split elements are used to cut an element (like a wall or pipe) at a specified point, or eliminate a segment among 2 points. In Revit LT 2018, go to the “Modify” menu and opt for the “Split” tool.

There are 2 versions of the Split tool like “Split Element” and “Split with Gap “. Go ahead and choose split element” tool from the drop-down menu. Once it is activated, it should be noticed that the cursor has been changed to an icon of a knife / scalpel blade. Just hover over the element that you want to split and Revit will demonstrate a blue line to specify where the split will be done. Go ahead and left-click with your mouse. Revit then splits the element at this point.

Create Parts: It is possible to create a part from an element that has been chosen in the drawing area, either in the existing project or in a linked model.

In the case of elements containing layers or subcomponents, like walls, individual parts will be generated for those layers. For other elements, a single part element is formed. In either case, the consequential part or parts can then be separated into smaller parts.

To learn how to create the custom plan, watch the following video tutorial.

How to generate custom floor patterns in Revit

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