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

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How to use Action Recorder in AutoCAD to automate various AutoCAD tasks

Jaiprakash Pandey, the renowned CAD Corporate Trainer, has provided some useful cad tips on Action Recorder in AutoCAD.

Various CAD tasks can be automated with AutoLISP tool but Action Recorder is also very useful for automating recurring tasks of AutoCAD devoid of applying LISP at all.

With Action recorder, it is possible to record some of the recurring tasks in AutoCAD as action macro and it can be recalled when recorded.

As for example, if you require a specific type of array in several drawings and reluctant to generate array by hand in each of those drawings then just record your actions in one of the drawing and easily run that action for all drawings.

Recording Action: In order to begin recording actions, click on record button available in action recorder panel. This button will be substituted with stop button and your cursor will now abide by a stop icon. Now generate a circle with any radius and form a rectangular array with three rows and five columns.

As soon as it is completed with array click on stop button on action recorder panel, an action macro window will come up.

Now provide name and description of this action and click OK to save it. This macro will be saved with .actm extension in this path C:\Users\\AppData\Roaming\Autodesk\AutoCAD 2015\R20.0\enu\Support\Actions.

Now close your drawing and open a new session of AutoCAD, go to manage action recorder panel under manage tab and discover a drop down menu with your action scheduled there. Choose that action and click play button that is situated over that menu. You will get an array with equivalent configuration drawn instantly.

If it is necessary for action recorder to notify you for putting values similar to coordinates of the center of circle and radius of the circle then modification can be done in action macro. To modify it, choose the action from the drop down menu and spread out the panel to locate an action tree and the radius value and right click to choose pause for user input from the contextual menu.

Now your action macro will notify you to provide the radius of the circle each time you play it. The same method is applicable to a number of rows and columns as well.

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New features in Revit 2018

Autodesk introduces new Autodesk Revit 2018. In this latest version lots of new tools are added to make multidisciplinary design and detailing to fabrication superior. There is also a new multi-story stair tool.

This new tool is specifically aimed at AEC disciplines as well as fabrication and construction.

Revit 2018 adheres to the public roadmap published by Autodesk in the recent past. The roadmap defines forward-looking themes that help guide and prioritize development of Revit features and functionality with input coming directly from end users via the Revit Ideas Page.

Revit 2018 facilitates the new designers and engineers to produce more precise design intent models and empowers the detailers to create models to a superior level of fidelity for fabrication and installation purposes.

Benefits for engineers: Revit 2018 brings some advanced features for MEP and structural engineers. It provides supplimentary controls for steel connections, improved workflows for engineering to steel detailer collaboration as well as assist in minimizing errors and making estimating and detailing more precise.

Given below, some of the exclusive features with new engineering or engineer-centric tools:

• Revit users will be able to generate steel connections among column, beam, and bracketing with any Revit family, along with custom user-defined
• Steel Connections for Revit add-in brings in over 100 new connections
• Now, it is possible to arrange rebar perfectly into curved or complex concrete shapes
• New SAT file and Autodesk InfraWorks
• Enhancement in fabrication modeling —model fabrication-ready elements
• Energy requirements in initial phase is obtained for user-definable space and building types

Availability: Active subscribers to Revit, suites containing Revit or the AEC Collection can avail all updates launched during their subscription term and can avail the new 2018 release through their Autodesk Account.

Revit 2018 is accessible worldwide for subscribers to Revit, or through a subscription to the Autodesk Architecture, Engineering, and Construction Collection. Revit 2018 is available in English, German, Spanish, French, Italian, Russian, Polish, Portuguese, Czech, Russian, Japanese, Chinese, and Korean.

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MagiCAD 2018 UR-1 for Revit

MagiCAD Schematics, a new schematic design module that can perform in synchronisation with Revit models.

By linking, mapping and synchronizing the schematics with the model, it enables better design workflow and ensures that data is everywhere the same and within the Revit environment.

It produces perfect schematic diagrams on Revit technology. MagiCAD Schematics allows synchronisation and data sharing among the schematic drawings and the model. Besides, generating schematic drawings, it also connects symbols in the schematic drawing with the subsequent devices in the project, and synchronises parameter values among the symbol and the device. If the property values are synchronised among symbols and devices, the information remains updated during the course of the project in diagrams, plan drawings, etc.

MagiCAD Schematics saves huge time of the designers and accelerates project delivery by arranging ready-made, localised symbol libraries in Revit. Custom symbols or lines and templates with parameters provide a new level of flexibility for project setup. Besides, MagiCAD Schematics produces drawing seamlessly via an user-friendly tool palette for line drafting and drag & drop placement of symbols. MagiCAD for Revit and AutoCAD facilitates world-leading, data-packed Building Information Modelling for HVAC and electrical design with rapid and user-friendly tools.

The new MagiCAD Schematics module for Revit makes the process simple to set up symbols into the schematic drawing and preserve symbol definitions into the dataset. The symbol definitions facilitate you to determine parameters with default values contained in the family when the symbol is set up. Symbols are arranged to user-configurable groups to produce the perfect symbols which are available in the new symbol installation tool palette. To set up symbol and line drawing, just drag and drop the symbol to the schematic drawing from the tool palette.

Watch the live demonstration of MagiCAD Schematics module for Revit by going through the following video.

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Autodesk App Store BIM 360 Hackathon

The scene of construction technology is changing everyday and the separation can be seen all around us. In the Autodesk BIM 360 Hackathon, Autodesk help the users to get a good start with new technologies for addressing the opportunities across the building and infrastructure lifecycle.

Autodesk has proudly announced about the Autodesk® App Store BIM 360 Hackathon which is a virtual and web based development. It is a nice way for quickly climbing the BIM 360+ Forge API integration learning curve with the Autodesk engineers virtually. There are some new features in the BIM 360 and it is a wonderful time for starting work on integration and to create the folders in BIM 360 using Forge. Anyone can now easily and quickly build a “presence” for his/her company and the data of apps within the use of BIM 360. The usefulness of it is described here.

The Autodesk® App Store BIM 360 Hackathon has two divisions:

  1. A series of web training sessions which are related to the Autodesk Forge platform and BIM and available for everyone who is interested in learning about these APIs.
  2. There is an online hackathon where developers can develop new apps which integrate with BIM 360 for the submission to Autodesk App Store. Reason for participating: The Hackathon will be work as a helpful hand for the users to get manual with the Autodesk cloud service BIM 360 which is built on the Autodesk Forge platform. There is the Autodesk Forge API for developing apps that will help in the construction management and enabling access to project data for all time, everywhere within the building construction lifecycle. Autodesk Forge is mainly the developer platform which is used by Autodesk for creating software for design, engineering, construction and manufacturing.

Participating in the online hackathon the participant would get a reward but there is a cost price. At first the participant has to create an app that will go with BIM 360 and then it had to submit in the App Store. The other reason of participating in BIM 360 is that there is going to be launched a BIM 360 app “Showcase” in the Autodesk App Store.

Autodesk App Store: By publishing the creative apps in the Autodesk App Store, and user could get fast access to the Autodesk customers who might be looking for the benefit from the solution. The Autodesk App Store is the best online source for millions of Autodesk customers for browsing and downloading or purchasing their needed apps.

Autodesk: Autodesk is for them loves creation and make creative things. Behind a high-performance car, an admired towering skyscraper, a smart phone or a great film there are chances to appreciate the works of the millions of the Autodesk customers as it gives the power to make anything.

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How BIM was applied in £150M Royal Hospital for Sick Children and Department of Clinical Neurosciences project

The £150M Royal Hospital for Sick Children and Department of Clinical Neurosciences is considered as the single largest project that was designed by HLM Architects. To carry out this complex project, the project team had implemented UK Building Information Modelling (BIM) Level 2 from the beginning of the project.


The project team had embraced a “full BIM Level 2” working surroundings and gradually formed a ‘Project Information Model’ or PIM all through the design and construction phases.


That PIM comprises of structured graphical and non-graphical information which are preserved in a Common Data Environment (or CDE); a common online space that is available to all concerned parties.

HLM Architects substantiated their graphical information models in ARCHICAD. The information model of the project was formed recurrently over time. HLM’s Model Manager received a graphical information model files from across the design team and supply chain on a twice-a-week basis, afterward integrate or ‘organize’ them into a single model for evaluating in design co-ordination meetings.

All the project related drawings are generated in the 3D model, in ARCHICAD. The mass [of the data] is then exported as PDFs or Excel spreadsheets and uploaded to the CDE.”


By utilizing PDF or Microsoft Excel format, the information was made available to all sections of the supply chain.

In the project, there were advanced mechanical and electrical installations and huge amounts of equipment. Besides, a very data heavy project information model is also required for the project. To resolve this problem, the team seldom loaded-up the complete federated model rather than they divided it into controllable sections, only looking at the specific information they needed to at any one time.


By producing the comprehensive design in a BIM surrounding, a robust information model is formed for being analyzed on site.

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Benefits of BIM for employers

BIM is now commissioned on all government projects. BIM can get lots of benefits ring to your projects.

Given below, some vital points to show how you reap the maximum benefits with BIM

What can BIM do for you?

  • BIM is a captivating technology. It facilitates visualisation and ‘fly-throughs’, and empowers you to explore with the design so as to obtain the optimum possible design for your purchases.
  • Contrary to CAD, BIM employs ‘objects’ like doors and windows, which contain various properties like size, weight, thermal efficiency and quantities associated with them. BIM software helps in updating these objects, and relevant drawings automatically as soon as the design is updated.
  • Application of supplementary software like 4D programming and 5D costing tools will help in making analysis to enhance the project scheduling and financial estimating.
  • BIM improves the efficiency significantly. If your main objective is to curtail costs or fulfill the programme, BIM facilitates accomplishing ‘clash analysis’ in the digital phase, saving significant time on site and reducing the requirement for restructure.
    • While going to operate the asset, BIM facilitates you to model energy plans to make prediction on the operational costs and authorizes you to acquire a model that can be applied for the asset management stage which comprises of lifecycle data implanted in the models.
  • BIM can also be used for cross-project data analysis, it becomes complicated to obtain data from other sources.
    • As BIM is a digital tool, it also defies the fundamental norms of organizing a project. For employers, the highest advantages from the BIM application emerge from the design team who are involved formerly than may be the case on non-BIM projects.

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