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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Datakit expands its BIM offer with a Revit format reader

Datakit, a leading company in CAD data exchange, unveil its brand new interface: a library to read Revit files (*.rvt), the native format of the well-known Autodesk’s BIM software.

This new interface expands Datakit’s BIM offering, begun in January 2017 with an IFC reader.

“Following our arrival into the BIM world one year ago, and following the positive feedback from our customers regarding our IFC reader, we have decided to expand our offer in order to also satisfy their native BIM data import needs.”, Explains Olivier Rigollet, CEO of Datakit. « As Revit is the most popular BIM software presently, it was natural to complete our range with this format. After one year of work, we are now able to provide a first version to our customers. »

As the other Datakit’s interfaces, this reader is independent of any external API, so it does not require a Revit license to work.

This new interface has been integrated into CrossManager, the standalone software of Datakit. CrossManager’s users are thus able to convert .rvt files to IGES, STEP, PRC and 3DPDF. New combinations will be available in the future.

Datakit expands its BIM offer with a Revit format reader

A Revit file, converted in 3DPDF with CrossManager. The file can thus be opened in Adobe Acrobat Reader™ to be viewed. The instances list of the original model is accessible.

Software vendors can also take advantage of this new interface in order to provide their users with interoperability with Revit format.

This is possible thanks to CrossCad/Ware: a SDK that can be integrated in a third-party software. By integrating CrossCad/Ware in their own application, software vendors benefit from Datakit’s technology, enabling them to access to Revit format data. They can thus read geometrical data along with colors and instancescontained in Revit 2017.x files. The API integration is easy and is seamless for end users.

Datakit expands its BIM offer with a Revit format reader

CrossCad/Ware enables to support Revit files in your own application.

This tool is ideally suited to BIM software vendors, Indeed, It will enable them to offer their users to work from models initially designed with Revit.

But it is also intended to all other fields’ software vendors who want to offer their users the ability to import Revit data.

Many software vendors already have confidence in the robustness of CrossCad/Ware. Already more than a hundred of software from different fields of activity (CAM, ERP, PLM, visualization, simulation, control, metrology, BIM…) rely on Datakit’s technology to read 3D data.

To try Revit files conversion with CrossManager, or to get more information about the software integration possibilities, you can visit or contact Datakit at +33 478 396 369.

You will also be able to meet Datakit team during its visit to BIM WORLD event, in Paris on March 29th, 2018.


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How segmentation of precast walls are done automatically in Revit

This Revit video tutorial sheds light on automatic segmentation of precast walls in Revit. With split command it is possible to obtain wall parts, lifters, bushing and connections grouped automatically into a precast assembly.

Segmentation of precast walls is performed automatically or manually. Prior to start the automatic segmentation, the Configuration Settings should be examined and modified.

The Configuration settings are imported or exported through XML files to distribute the rules over various users without any difficulty, functioning on the similar or various projects.

Lifters, Bracing Inserts and Connections are arranged on the part tab. Here, the types of elements to be utilized and their positions inside precast assemblies are determined.

All the connections and built-in parts belong to Revit families and can be adjusted as per the needs of the project.

On the Segmentation Tab, the rules for splitting are set on the basis of fabrication, transportation or other functional requirements.

For the segmentation of walls, all the walls should be selected and split command should be pressed to form the precast wall assemblies. Lifters, bushings and connection are formed as per the rules from the Configuration settings.

Once the wall segmentation is completed, both the original components and parts (which are just formed) are visible.

The parts are demonstrated to review the effect of the Split in an efficient manner.

Evaluate the original components at any time by toggling among various LODs (Level of Development) smoothly.

For more information, go through the following link

How segmentation of precast walls are done automatically in Revit

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How to perform quantity takeoff in Tekla with a Revit IFC

In this Revit video tutorial, you will learn how to apply a Revit IFC in Tekla structures to generate a quantity takeoff report.

By doing this, import will go to ad model in the reference models list and look over for that IFC file.

The video will teach you the following lessons :-

1. Import an IFC Model as a reference model.
2. Find out its properties to view IFC object information.
3. Download Tekla Warehouse content that comprises of Organizer categories and templates to be utilized with a Revit IFC.
4. Apply the organizer to create custom reports and accomplish quantity takeoff directly with the IFC.
5. Export information to Excel.

It is possible to import IFC models as reference models and pull out information instantly with the Organizer. Alternatively, the imported IFC objects can be transformed into Tekla Native objects. The imported IFC reference models can also be utilized for clash checking and scheduling.

How to perform quantity takeoff in Tekla with a Revit IFC

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GRAPHISOFT introduces Grasshopper – ARCHICAD Live Connection 2.0 to simplify the BIM workflow

GRAPHISOFT recently launched Grasshopper – ARCHICAD Live Connection 2.0. This newest version facilitates the Rhino and Grasshopper users to be associated with a supreme BIM software package on both the Mac and Windows operating systems.

The combination of Grasshopper and ARCHICAD unveils new world of opportunities, by means of design, form-finding, optimization, and management of complicated projects.

With Rhino – Grasshopper – ARCHICAD (RGA) connections, the architects can experience the benefits of three powerful software environments to close the gap in the design process at the initial design phase. Algorithmic design workflows in Rhino and Grasshopper provide groundbreaking capabilities sustained behind the biggest community of algorithmic design enthusiasts and critical third-party developers expanding the Grasshopper development platform.

The latest 2.0 release of RGA radically develops new levels of smart workflows for ARCHICAD users and similarly Rhino and Grasshopper users in architecture. With the inclusion of the new “Deconstruct” function, the architects will be able to utilize their BIM models as a sort of building apparatus or “backbone” for their design; applying the RGA architects add algorithmic design logic to Grasshopper that can bring drastic changes to building elements (floors, roofs, walls, openings, etc) in due course.

Basically, this method allows the designers and architects to set up elementary design logic in BIM (in AC), for example the base geometry of the building, and spread that with intelligent design details to be available later but more significantly abides by changes in the core design.

Another useful feature is the capacity to employ Grasshopper to generate custom GDL Objects and then arrange them in their ARCHICAD project right away.

The newly-generated library parts are arranged in ARCHICAD’s Embedded Project Library and all the probable modifications in design which are created Grasshopper will be immediately delivered through the ARCHICAD project.

To get more information about RGA and the Grasshopper-ARCHICAD Live Connection, please visit:

GRAPHISOFT introduces Grasshopper – ARCHICAD Live Connection 2.0 to simplify the BIM workflow

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Learn to add light & lighting effect in Revit Architecture 2018

Watch this exclusive revit video tutorial to learn how to insert light as well as provide lighting effect in Revit Architecture 2018.

To start with, go to architecture tab, then components and click on place a component and then load family and choose lighting.

In Revit, lighting fixtures belong to model elements which are described through families.

Revit comes with various lighting fixture families, which are applied in projects or as the basis for custom lighting fixtures. To produce or adjust a lighting fixture family, use the Family Editor.

Go through the video to learn the complete process.

Video Source: KITE Tutorials

Learn to add light & lighting effect in Revit Architecture 2018

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Revit Architecture 2018 for Designers – An exclusive e-book for architects and interior designers

Douglas R. Seidler, an Assistant Professor of Interior Design at Marymount University, USA, has written an exclusive e-book for Revit professionals. The book is available in paperback version. The book contains 312 pages.

Revit® Architecture is the widely accepted software package in the BIM marketplace. Revit® Architecture 2018 for Designers is intended for architects and interior designers to simplify the transition process from CAD to BIM.

The book starts with the building blocks of BIM modeling (walls, windows, and doors), then the text advances through dynamically produced 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional views to superior features like photorealistic rendering, custom title blocks, and exporting drawings to AutoCAD® and SketchUp.

This new edition also focuses on the recent modifications in Revit® Architecture 2018. Instructions are briefly demonstrated with the purpose of making an easy transition to the BIM environment for all designers. Clear, brief, and above all visual, this is the perfect Revit® guide that is written distinctively for interior designers and architects.

The book includes the following features :-

1 Introducing Revit Architecture

PRESENTATION DRAWINGS: 2 Floor Plan Basics, 3 Advanced Floor Plans, 4 Reflected Ceiling Plans, 5 Perspective and Isometric Drawings, 6 Elevations and Sections, 7 Roofs and Site Plans

CONSTRUCTION DOCUMENTS: 9 Schedules and Lists, 10 Enlarged Plans and Details

ADVANCED MODELING AND RENDERING: 11 Advanced Modeling, 12 Photorealistic Rendering

To purchase the book online, click on the following link

Revit Architecture 2018 for Designers – An exclusive e-book for architects and interior designers

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