Autodesk Revit 2018 Architecture Fundamentals – Imperial (1st Edition) – An exclusive reference book for Revit users

The Autodesk Revit software is a powerful Building Information Modeling (BIM) program that works the way architects think. The program streamlines the design process through the use of a central 3D model, where changes made in one view update across all views and on the printable sheets.

Autodesk Revit 2018 Architecture Fundamentals – Imperial (1st Edition) is an exclusive reference book for Revit professionals that briefly focuses on the Autodesk Revit functionality to be applied efficiently during the design process.

Initially, the book explains the user interface and basic drawing, editing, and viewing tools. Then you will be familiar with design development tools together with how to model walls, doors, windows, floors, ceilings, stairs and more. At last, you will be introduced with the processes to transform the model to the construction documentation phase.

The book will facilitate the students to generate complete 3D architectural project models and arrange them in working drawings.

The book includes the following topics :-

  • Perception of the objective of Building Information Management (BIM) and how it is used with the Autodesk Revit software.
    • Administering the Autodesk Revit workspace and interface.
    • Dealing with the fundamental drawing and editing tools.
    • Generating Levels and Grids as datum components for the model.
  • Making a 3D building model involving walls, curtain walls, windows, and doors.
    • Inclusion of floors, ceilings, and roofs to the building model.
    • Generating component-based and custom stairs.
    • Inclusion of component features like furniture and equipment.
    • Arrangement of sheets for plotting with text, dimensions, details, tags, and schedules.
    • Production of details.

Click on the following link to download the book

Autodesk Revit 2018 Architecture Fundamentals - Imperial (1st Edition) – An exclusive reference book for Revit users

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Functionality of annotative dimensions lines in AutoCAD

This is an exclusive autocad tutorial video that teaches you how to add annotative dimension lines in an autocad drawing.

The annotative dimension lines are ideal while going to print a drawing with viewports in various scales.

Fundamentally, the sizes to be edited in the dimension style manager, is same as that will be provided in the paper while printing.

With dimension style manager, it is possible to generate new styles, arrange the existing style, rectify styles, set overrides on the existing style, and compares styles.

A dimension style belongs to a named collection of dimension settings that manages the look of dimensions like arrowhead style, text location, and lateral tolerances.

The objective of dimension styles is to indicate the format of dimensions instantly, and to make sure that dimensions comply with industry or project standards.

The video focuses on the following topics :-

-Edit annotative dimensions
-Produce a special layer for dimension lines (command DIMLAYER)
-Draw annotative dimension lines -scale 1:100 -scale 1:30
-Display and hide annotation objects

To get more details, watch the following video.

Functionality of annotative dimensions lines in AutoCAD

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Why Revit 2015 content libraries take a long time to install? And Solutions …

Sometime Revit 2015 needs a long time to be getting installed. It happens especially when the users are trying to install Revit content libraries. Some may also spot that library folds are vacated.

The reasons:-

  • The installer downloads the Revit contents when you run the installer.
  • Depending on the internet link, speed and the contents that are selected, it can take hours to complete the installation.
  • Some people find this rather annoying, even after downloading a huge installer sometime it still need to download the content.
  • There is no straight download link so we can download Revit contents separately. I found that using browser download is much more reliable.

Adding or reinstalling the contents: If the users find that the library is not complete or they want to add default content, then the users can see how to do it in this Autodesk knowledge base page.

Make sure that the users have good internet connection when they do this. Probably the best time is before leaving office and just leave the computer on overnight.

Installing on multiple computers: Downloading the contents on single computer is tedious. Nevertheless, when you require doing this for multiple computers, then it is trying user’s patience. Please avoid downloading the Revit content libraries.

Copy/share the content from other computer: The suggestion is please install the contents only on one computer. If you have all the contents on USB drive, and when you need to install Revit contents you just copy it from there. When you require to install it on other computer, unplug the network cable or disable the internet connection. When the installer can’t connect to Autodesk server, it will continue to install the other items.

After the installation is completed, you can copy the contents from the first computer to other computers. The default location for Revit 2015 contents is C:\ProgramData\Autodesk\RVT 2015. Copy the whole folder to the new computer. After you copy the files, you need to change the file location settings to the contents folder.

The choice is to copy the contents to server and set the Revit file location to that shared folders.

Upgrade your old contents if you have older version of Revit you can just improve the old default contents to Revit 2015 version. Therefore, you do not need to download the contents at all. You will need to do this for your custom contents anyway.

Unfortunately, you can’t upgrade RFT (Revit family template). There are two ways to do this easily.

Content Batch Utility: Revit provides content batch utility to allow you upgrade multiple files automatically. Revit will open the file and save it without you need to do the operation for each file.

You can find the utility in the installation folder below:

C:\Program Files\Autodesk\Revit 2015\en-US\Utilities\ContentBatchUtility

You can find how to use this utility by reading the readme file provided in that folder.

Bulk File Upgrader: You can also download Bulk File Upgrader from Boost Your BIM. This plugin do exactly the same with Content Batch Utility, but provides UI to allow you do it easily. It works flawlessly when I try to upgrade the whole RVT 2014 folder to Revit 2015 version.

Conclution: Autodesk does not comprise Revit 2015 contents in the installation media. You will download the files during installation. Therefore, if you find it takes a very long time to finish the installation, it is normal. Especially if you choose many contents to install. This however, is not fun when you need to install on multiple computers. It is better to install Revit without internet connection, so it will skip downloading the files. You can copy and configure the file location later, which is much more faster than downloading it on each computer.

Revit 2015 content libraries


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Render Revit Architecture by Lumion

Lumion is a quick way to render 3D model of Revit Architecture. Revit Architecture designs the building. 3D objects are designed in 3Ds Max.

You can rent the castle and spend weekend with your family or friends. You can walk in the park there, have dinner in the dining room, reading a book in the library in the afternoon. In the evening, you can watch TV, listen to piano music. You can make a party in the backyard and relax in the cozy bedroom at night. In the morning, you can have breakfast on the fresh air.

Irina Zotkina, is the the maker of the video.


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Some CAD tips and tricks to create your own custom hatch

Edwin Prakoso presents an exclusive article for cad professionals. The article focuses on how one can create their own custom hatch.

Inside AutoCAD, there are default hatch patterns. But the users always require custom hatch for smooth workflow. One can download custom hatch pattern from various resources. But one can also make personalized custom hatch.

One can take help from AutoLISP program to generate simple hatch effortlessly. You can check this tutorial.

Hatch Maker: One can access this free AutoLISP program from Cadalyst. One can follow the simple process to produce a pattern graphically. After uploading the LISP program, the following two new commands will be visible.

Drawhatch: The users can apply this command to produce 1×1 rectangle at coordinate 0,0. Just sketch following your choice of pattern. Only lines and points can be used. The users should have to sketch new entity rather than copying object to this location and transferring it.

Savehatch: Once the making of the objects is completed, this command can be run. After you finish creating the objects, you can run this command. Choose objects inside the rectangle then save the pattern file.

But in case of a very complicated pattern, the process may not be effective. The users have to recreate it after modifying it.

Obtain pattern from an AutoCAD drawing: Suppose you obtain a drawing having custom hatch pattern inside it and you want to apply the hatch pattern, but there is no pat file. Then what will be the process for producing the pattern?

You can just capture the hatch definition and save the pattern to your local drive. There is one firm like Tee Square Graphics who can write a LISP program for creating the .pat file.

One can avail the GETPAT LISP code here. It’s a raw code and prior to apply it, just save it to lisp file.

Saving and using AutoLISP program: If you are not aware about how to save and load LISP program,read how you can do it here.

Some cad tips and tricks to create your own custom hatch


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