How to perform MEP modeling in a jobsite with Revit

In this Revit video tutorial, you will learn how to use Revit for creating MEP modeling of a site office, canteen, outdoor switch room with distribution boards, transformers, diesel generator and fuel tank.

Given below, some useful features of Revit for MEP modeling :-

• Mechanical Systems: Create the design of various types of mechanical systems like duct system to fulfill the heating and cooling requirements of the building. With the use of various tools, form duct systems to arrange air terminals and mechanical equipment in a project. By applying automatic system creation tools, generate duct routing layouts to unite the supply and return system components.

• Electrical Systems: Develop electrical systems (circuits) to arrange devices, lighting fixtures, and electrical equipment in a project.

• Piping Systems: Develop piping systems with the arrangement of mechanical components in a model and attribute them to a supply or return system. Then, with the use of various layout tools, define the most recommended routing for the piping that relates the system components.

• MEP Fabrication Detailing: Arrange LOD 400 content from the Autodesk Fabrication products (CADmep, ESTmep, and CAMduct) inside Revit MEP to generate a more coordinated model. Produce a perfect model for detailers within construction firms that reflects the intended installation.

• Spaces: Arrange spaces in all the sections of the building model to preserve values applied for accomplishing heating and cooling load analysis on the building model.

• Zones: With the use of the zone tool, it is possible to identify spaces to be managed with environmental control systems like heating, cooling, and humidity control systems. It facilitates you to execute load balancing and analysis procedures on a building model.

• Use the System Inspector: System Inspector is applied to observe the properties for a selected duct or pipe system.

To learn the process for MEP modeling, watch the following video tutorial.

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Formit 360 Autodesk

Autodesk® Formit® 360 is used to capture building design concepts for the appeared ideas. Those ideas are created in a compact digital format which will be used in the real-world site information like satellite images, for orienting the designs. Real building and environmental data is used for supporting design brainstorming. Preliminary designs are changed to centralized data storage for accessing and refinement in Autodesk® Revit® software or other applications.

This Formit360 released a lot of new goodies and also released an updated version for Ipad Pro, a Windows version and integration with Dynamo. The released notes followed:

  • Internet connection is not needful for working in Formit360 when Formit360 Pro or trial is validated
    • Online works is need when it is connected to the Formit 360 services like A360 Drive, Insight 360, Real-time Collaboration, Google Maps etc. and many more
    • It can be modeled and navigated easily with the touch-enabled Windows devices with the use of the finger, stylus, mouse and keyboard
    • Scripts can be placed and flexed from Autodesk Dynamo Studio
    • The modeling tools are Shell, Filet, Mirror and many more
    • The export options are Export Visible and Export Selected
    • Exported file types are FBX, SAT, DAE, DXF
    • The files such as SKP and SAT could be opened and imported directly to Formit
    • The Visual Styles are like Monotone surface for an exquisite rendering effect
    • For removing the material easily paint is done with the use of default material
    • The area per level are viewed
    • The user need to view the nested groups to select the groups from a tree view
    • Then Ungroup All and the Model
    • High DPI screens will be seen in high resolution icons with full clarity
    • Keyboard shortcuts are Customized, Imported, Exported
    • Next add, remove and relocate the toolbars, then set the UI theme in blue or white

Release Notes for Formit 360 for iPad and iPad Pro:

  • It has the full support for iPad Pro resolution
    • Formit 360 now supports the Apple Pencil. So the user can sketch more flawlessly and can use pressure for locking into a selected axis
    • There will be some sound when anyone snapped to a point and moving along in an axis. It also disable the Settings menu
    • There are new actions for undo and redo. For undo double flick to the left is needed and for redo to the right
    • There is a new monotone surfaces for a subtle visual style
    • It has improved performance, reliability and accuracy in Insight 360 Energy Analysis
    • It has improved its performance for fixing the bugs

Release Notes for Formit 360 for Web:

  • File operations are organized for allowing local and A360 Drive access
    • There are monotone surfaces for a subtle rendering effect
    • Export options are Export Visible and Export Selected
    • Modeling Tools like Mirror, Offset Edges, Extrude Edges and many more are accessible here through keyboard shortcuts
    • It has improved performance, reliability and accuracy in Insight 360 Energy Analysis
    • It has improved its performance for fixing the bugs

Release Notes for Formit 360 for Android has improved their performance and fixed the bugs.

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Spring 2017 Updates For IdeateApps For Revit Users

Ideate Software just declared its spring 2017 updates for IdeateApps. This new update comprises of the new 2018 version of four new tools and the four current tools. Besides, there will be improved features of the 2017 and 2016 versions. These solutions are compatible with Autodesk Revit 2016, 2017, and 2018.

IdeateApps belongs to a series of tools which streamline the day-to-day activities of Revit users.

Given below, some exclusive features of the new tools. You can get an online demonstration of these tools by clicking on this link. ( 

  • Ideate SpellCheck enhances the quality control processes by examining the spelling of Text and Schedule elements inside a Revit project file. (2017 and 2018 only)
    • Three new sheet management tools simplify workflows to save time and enhance the perfectness of the model.
    • Ideate SheetManager is a robust new Revit project browser that has the ability to manage various challenges. It contains a robust search engine for filtering the Sheet and View lists and supports arranging or repositioning Views onto Sheets.
  • Ideate Align makes sure that a View on one Sheet is organized with a View on another or several other Sheets.
    • Ideate Clone facilitates the users to copy a Sheet along with its properties and arrange unplaced Views onto new Sheets that adjust with the previous Views.

Given below, some substantial improvements to Ideate Software’s currents tools:

  • Ideate ReNumber, which streamlines the method of renumbering elements, now comprises of exceptional support for Grids and Viewports.
    • Ideate XRay, that detects the reasons an element isn’t shown in a specific view, now comprises Advanced Selection Help to simplify the process to choose a hidden view.

The collection of IdeateApps tools can be accessed with a non-commercial free trial. Click to download the trial today. For more information on IdeateApps for Revit 2018, call 888.662.7238 or contact For support, contact

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How To Generate Subregion Of A Toposurface In Revit Architecture

A subregion describes an area of the toposurface where a various set of properties can be used. As for instance, material.

Toposurface subregions belong to areas which should be drawn within current toposurfaces.

One can apply subregions to sketch parking lots on a graded surface, roads, or islands. To make the process easy apply a detailed component as a template and apply Pick Lines tool available in subregion editor. It is also possible to lock the boundaries of the subregion to the picked lines of the detail component. The subregion is modified automatically while shifting the detail component.

While generating subregions, no individual surfaces are produced. In order to make individual surfaces to be edited seperately, use the Split Surface tool.

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Top 3 Features Of Revit 2017

Revit 2017 is launched and it contains some advanced features. Given below, top 3 new features of the software.

1. Depth Cueing: If one just wants to model a building in Revit keeping all default settings, placed elevations on sheets, and printed devoid of any tweaking, the drawings will not appear good. This issue now will be solved as Autodesk finally included the capability to adjust line weights on the basis of the distance.

2. Hosted Railings: It is now possible to host your railings to the top faces of floors, slabs, slab edges, walls, and roofs. Everything, like balusters, will be modified consequently. In this regard, you have to just choose your host while sketching a railing.

3. Text Editor: Finally, Autodesk is set to deliver the text editor inside Revit up to the standards of this century.

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V-Ray 3 For Revit Is Just Launched By Chaos Group

Chaos Group introduces V-Ray 3 for Revit, a professional rendering plugin that caters to fulfill the requirements of architects and designers. An intuitive interface and streamlined controls have made V-Ray 3 for Revit is considered as the most design-friendly renderer due to its user-friendly interface and smooth controls. The users will be able to produce superior quality renders directly in Autodesk Revit.

V-Ray 3 for Revit is developed on the basis of the industry-standard rendering technology that is applied by 92 of the top 100 architecture firms. The technology can be used for professional design and visualization projects, from imagery to VR. V-ray is considerably improved to manage big BIM datasets as well as maintain the reliability of the BIM database. Thus, the architects will be able to include natural lights, cameras and materials with the use of a non-destructive workflow.

With V-Ray for Revit, the users can render countless imagery and utilize it as part of the design process. The architects can explore various ideas, obtain feedback, and take decisions quickly.

V-Ray for Revit exposes visualization fit for the whole design team. Now each team member gets the ability to communicate more efficiently at every phase of the design process.

Some of the exclusive features:

• Design-Friendly Interface – Rapidly equalize quality and speed with V-Ray for Revit’s render presets. Work in draft mode for initial recapitulations and switch to superior quality for demonstrations.

• Physical Materials – Automatically transform Revit materials to V-Ray’s physically-correct format.

• Diagrammatic Materials – Smoothly generate scenes which appear as diagrammatic or like a scale model with material presets like basswood and foam core.

• Physically Based Lighting – Correct options for IES and HDR image-based lighting, along with support for Revit Sun and Sky.

• One-Click VR Output – VR cameras will be useful for the designers to check scale throughout the design process.

• Aerial Perspective – Include natural atmospheric depth with aerial perspective.

• Section Boxes – Render sections smoothly with complete support for Revit’s native section boxes.

• Denoiser – Automatically eliminates artifacts and noise, cutting render times with GPU-acceleration.

• Material Editor – Import and edit VRmats exported from V-Ray for 3ds Max, Rhino and SketchUp.

• V-Ray Swarm – New web-based distributed rendering facilitates firms to accelerates rendering times with the use of the power of all accessible desktops and render nodes.

Availability: V-Ray 3 for Revit is now compatible with Windows platform as well as Autodesk Revit 2015, 2016, 2017. The users can buy a full workstation license for $695, €500, or £430, and includes a new online licensing option.

V-Ray 3 for Revit is just launched by Chaos Group

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Some useful tips to deal with the views in the drawing area of Revit Architecture effectively

The drawing region of Revit Architecture is a vital part for the professionals who mainly deal design and construction phase. The drawing region exposes the project views of the existing project. While unfolding a view in the existing project, it may happen that the view is automatically shown in drawing area. This newly visible view is positioned on the uppermost views which are already opened in the drawing area of Revit Architecture.

In order to manage the views efficiently, the Revit users have to utilize the tools accessible inside the view tab.

Given below, some useful tricks to manage the views effectively in drawing area:-

  • While choosing to open a view which is still unopened by the users, they must click twice on the name of the view available with the project browser.
  • After double-clicking on the view name, it opens quickly and reproduces in drawing area.
  • If the Revit users prefer to recognize a list comprising all the opened views they should click on View tab, then Windows panel and lastly Switch Windows drop-down.
  • All the opened views are recorded successfully at the bottom of Switch Windows drop-down menu and the users can obtain them from Windows panel.
  • If the Revit users require a hidden view that will be shown in the drawing area, then the users have to click View tab once again for accessing Switch Windows drop-down menu and select the required view.
  • After clicking on the required view, it will be automatically imitated in drawing area.
  • If the Revit users prefer to methodically organize all the open windows in a series, they should choose‘Cascade’ from Windows panel that is approachable by users from View tab.
  • If the Revit users like to view all the opened views together, they should click ‘Tile’ from the Windows panel. The Windows panel is available within View tab.
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