How to create façade lighting design with LIGHTS add-in for Revit

LIGHTS stands for a lighting design application that covers more than 70 families of lighting fixtures along with photometric web files, precise technical data, and real-life functionalities.

The LIGHTS plugin for Revit comprises of different types of lighting fixtures for various applications like industrial lights to bollard lighting fixtures for both interior and exterior. It allows its users to produce lighting design efficiently, quick and hassle-free whereas working inside the Autodesk Revit.

This plug-in allows the users to drag and drop selected lighting fixtures directly to the model and smoothly amends specifications like color temperature, beam angle or cashing color.

Step 1: Download the LIGHTS add-in for Revit.

Step 2: Explore through for choosing the right lighting fixtures for your design. The search can be done by typing or prioritizing the categories. Select the lighting fixture and press the “Use in Revit” button.

Step 3: The color, color temperature and cashing color are selected either before or after settling the lighting fixture.

Step 4: Set the lighting fixture in the architectural model.

Step 5: If required, the angles of the lights can be modified. However, the angles are limited to equal reality.

Step 6: Once the design is finished for the rooftop lighting, go to lower levels. Select a lighting fixture and press “Use in Revit” button.

Step 7: Set the lighting fixtures in the architectural model.

Step 8: Render your design.

To get more clear ideas, go through the following video tutorial.

Click on the following link to download the lights add-in for Revit

How to create façade lighting design with LIGHTS add-in for Revit

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Simplify Revit Pipework with newly launched MEPcontent Plugin

The MEPcontent product library has introduced a new Revit plugin: the Raccorderie Metalliche Product Line Placer. With this plugin, the users will be able to design with Raccorderie Metalliche metal projects more uniformly within Revit.

MEPcontent stands for an app and plugin library for engineers in the mechanical, electrical and plumbing fields, which known as “the largest BIM library for MEP engineers.”

Basically, it is compatible with part-manufacturing companies like plumbing manufacturer Raccorderie Metalliche to develop manufacturer-specific content.

The Product Line Placer functions directly on top of Revit. By applying this plugin, the users don’t have to choose the proper pipe fittings for the job manually rather they have to click and draw, and the exact fittings will be added automatically.

They will be now able to draw flexible pipe systems with special bends to facilitate them drawing in each direction, or simply switch to create advanced connections with real-world fittings inspite of Revit custom fittings. Lastly, the users will be able to work with in-app predefined schedules and order required items directly from inbuilt material lists to streamline the design-to-fabrication process.

While the plugin includes the localized content for Italy, France, Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom, it can also be utilized outside of these locations. And, while its primary selling point is pipe design, it can also be utilized for ball valves, draw-off valves, bends, compensators, reducers, and flanges.

MEPcontent is specifically designed for MEP engineers to provide practical, flexible and incessantly innovating solutions.

To download the plugin, click on the following link

Simplify Revit Pipework with newly launched MEPcontent Plugin

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Autodesk launched Revit 2019.2 with some improved features

Autodesk has launched new updated version of Revit i.e. Revit 2019.2 and comprises of new connection features for BIM 360 Design platform along with various sets of design-side features for all disciplines.

The direction with Revit facilitates to include more people as possible to take part in the BIM process for superior workflows.

With worksharing several participants can co-author Revit models in the cloud with BIM 360 Design but in version 2019.2 cloud Models for Revit, facilitates the individuals—in non-Worksharing mode—to preserve their data in BIM 360 as well. It will provide huge benefits to both Revit and Revit LT subscribers.

The process becomes faster to distribute your BIM models with others since the BIM 360 platform upgrades the models for the cloud, fundamentally simplifying them for web-based delivery and remoteness. Shared participants can then avail the BIM model data in BIM 360 with BIM 360 Docs viewer, as for instance, to view and markup Revit models from any gadget.

Other “Connect” new benefits comprise of a cloud-based way to update older projects to the most updated version of Revit, better connections among civil engineers and architects, and new design-to-fabrication method for concrete structures with new CAM export features.

Create: In the area of Create, Revit 2019.2 now facilitates the users to zoom into schedules. Now, familiar keyboard shortcuts can be applied to perform so as well. The “too small on screen” blocking error is eliminated so that the objects can be moved very small distances. Revit 2019.2 will now also apply greater resolution texture on objects while using out-of-the-box textures.

For MEP Fabrication users, Revit 2019.2 offers enhancements to work with branched connections and auto-updating connection components. It is now also possible to directly edit the top and bottom elevation properties of cable tray, duct, and conduit elements, among other similar enhancements in the area of MEP.

For online demonstration, go through the following video tutorial.

To get more detail information, click on the following link

Autodesk launched Revit 2019.2 with some improved features

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Top ten free floor plan software tools in 2019

Roomle 3D Floor Planner: Roomle belongs to a digital, 3D configurator useful for furniture designer to promote and demonstrate their stock. Roomle’s 2D and 3D room planning module facilitate real estate agents and interior designers to employ superior quality fascinating visuals for generating interactive floor plans. Roomle’s floor planner provides support to virtual walkthroughs and easy sharing capabilities.

PlanningWiz Floor Planner: PlanningWiz provides both floor plan design services and a floor planner solution. The software is useful at the time of designing both indoor and outdoor spaces. The purpose of PlanningWiz is to deal with the complexcities which particular industries may need while planning blueprints. It also provides tailored editions for designers in particular industries like property development or recreational facilities.

RoomSketcher: With RoomSketcher (previously known as RoomSketcher Home Designer) design application, the users will be able to generate floor plans and home designs in 3D. Both professionals and individuals get the ability to utilize RoomSketcher’s floor plans, 360-degree view photos, and interactive 3D walkthroughs. RoomSketcher users can depend on floor plans which are provided with exact measurements. The users will be able to render those plans in 3D and panorama, and even modify the finished home design with custom colors and textures.

Floorplanner: Floorplanner simplifies the process to generate floor plans in 2D and 3D and then distribute interactive versions of those floor plans online. Floorplanner comprises of an “auto-furnish” feature that allows you to simply decorate rooms inside your floor plan. Floorplanner produces professional and polished floor plans which are fully prepared for presentation.

Draft it: Cadlogic develops Draft it, a full-featured, 2D CAD drawing software that offers the architects with 3D modeling, drafting, and detailing tools. Draft it comprises with powerful drawing tools and supports the import of AutoCAD files and different design components and symbols.

Sweet Home 3D: Sweet Home 3D belongs to an open-source interior design application that can either be downloaded or applied in a web browser. It facilitates the users to observe the finished 2D floor plans in 3D for context and presentation. The program is compatible with Windows, Mac, and Linux operating systems.

SmartDraw: SmartDraw belongs to an org chart maker that provides an online floor plan creator for simple application, sharing and collaboration. SmartDraw’s chart and diagram templates are utilized to generate visuals for businesses which are simple to present. Anybody can utilize floor plan creator with an internet connection. SmartDraw contains various architectural design symbols and file sharing applications.

AutoCAD LT: AutoCAD LT belongs to a 2D CAD drafting and documentation software that is compatible with a Windows or Mac operating system. AutoCAD LT is the 2D version of AutoCAD, a stripped-down version with a reduced price tag. However, AutoCAD LT meets the technical diagramming and drafting requirements of contractors and construction companies.

Civil 3D: Civil 3D from AutoDesk is a BIM solution specifically created for civil engineering design and construction companies, but its features can technically be applied to generate a 3D house plan. Civil 3D comprises of a set of surveying and civil engineering tools.

AutoCAD Architecture: AutoCAD Architecture contains a toolset that’s customized to the requirements of an architect. It utilizes AEC (architecture, engineering and construction) objects (that is, walls, doors, and windows) as design components and employs those symbols to generate realistic and spatially aware, three-dimensional floor plans.

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Top ten free floor plan software tools in 2019

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New ‘BimNv’ SDK for Navisworks Files launched by ODA (Open Design Alliance)

The Open Design Alliance (ODA), a trusted solution provider in CAD interoperability and component technology, introduced its new BimNv SDK (software development kit).

BimNv belongs to the industry’s first autonomous, cross-platform toolkit for dealing with Autodesk® Navisworks® files.

It is now possible to include Navisworks file support to the suite of BIM interoperability toolkits. The ODA members will now be able to import data from Navisworks files into any application, or visualize this data in 3d from desktop, mobile or web applications by applying complementary Visualize technology.

The ODA’s latest SDK facilitates the developers to read and interoperate with Navisworks files. Besides, Navisworks, IFC, Revit and .dwg and .dgn files are integrated in a 3D view and clash detection can be run on the model.

Besides, providing the support for Navisworks files, it is also possible to incorporate files of various formats to generate a whole-project view of a model. Supported formats comprise of .dwg, .dgn, Autodesk Revit® files, IFC, and more. Clash detection can be run on the combined model in 3D to identify interferences.

One can avail a free 60-day trial version from

New ‘BimNv’ SDK for Navisworks Files launched by ODA (Open Design Alliance)

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A position is vacant for Revit Designer in NY

New York based Focus Lighting, a fast-growing, innovative, and award-winning architectural lighting design firm is inviting application for a full-time Revit Designer. The prospective candidate has to take the responsibilities to create beautiful architectural projects.

Besides, the candidate is liable for supporting successful project delivery for all the stages of Revit modeling.

Duties and responsibilities:

1. Generate initial Revit model setup on the basis of individual project BIM Execution Plans and Focus Revit standards.
2. Coordinate BIM process with outside collaborators to maintain smooth and trouble free process.
3. Content formation (i.e. fixture families) along with custom lighting fixture families as required.
4. Make, edit, and control detailed design drawings through all design stages with Revit.
5. Help in arranging, compiling and despatching project deliverables.
6. Help in the incessant enhancement of company Revit standards and modeling protocol to fulfill and overcome current industry best practices.
7. Assist with recruiting new hires with Focus Revit standards, and hands on Revit training.
8. Troubleshooting as required.

Qualifications Include (but are not limited to the following):

1. Atleast 4 years of professional work experience with Revit.
2. BIM Management Experience
3. 4-year degree in Architecture, Technical Theatre / Theater Design, Engineering, Construction or related field.
4. Sound knowledge AutoCAD, Microsoft Office (especially Excel) and Adobe Suite and capability to learn new software easily.
5. Working knowledge with other 3D Modeling software like Sketchup, Rhino and 3ds Max.
6. Must have experience in hospitality or retail design industry.
7. Experience in theatrical or architectural lighting design.
8. Outstanding written and oral communication skills.
9. Be highly organized and detail oriented.
10. Ability to deal with several projects all at once, work both independently and cooperatively, and cope up with the pressure.

Remuneration package will include salary and other benefits like paid vacation, medical and dental insurance etc. Send your resume to careers@focuslighting.comalong with cover letter and salary.

To apply online, click on the following link

A position is vacant for Revit Designer in NY

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How to import AutoCAD files into Revit

In this exclusive Revit tutorial, you will get some useful tips to import DWG or AutoCAD files into Revit. You will be able to convert any AutoCAD project, 2d plans into a 3D model into Revit.

Initially, you will learn how to set up the file in CAD prior to put it on Revit to get rid of any trouble with the file for working with it. Then you will learn the proper procedure to import as well as how to perform all the setups, place it and lock in exact location.

Then, you will be guided to setting all visibility graphic and how to set up entire view to view your floor plan in AutoCAD properly as well as how to apply this plan efficiently to model your revit file.

To download the project file, click on the following link.

How to prepare your DWG file :

1. Open the file in AutoCAD.
2. Verify xrefs (externally referenced DWG files). If some exist, connect them to the drawing, with the Insert option to get rid of excess layers.
3. Run SETBYLAYER to eliminate any color, linetype, or lineweight overrides from objects.
4. Run PURGE to eliminate any leftover layers, linetypes, blocks, and styles.
5. Freeze any unnecessary layers.
6. Apply SAVEAS to save a copy of the file in your “CAD Links” folder (or wherever your standard linked file location is).

To learn the complete method for importing CAD files to Revit, go through the following tutorial.

Video Source: Balkan Architect

How to import AutoCAD files into Revit

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