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Simon Dickinson

How can Revit tell me the optimal position of the sun?

How can Revit tell me the optimal position of the sun?
We recently got asked by a customer if Revit could tell them the optimal direction to point a solar panel based on a real world location. As most of you are aware we can set the location of our building in the world and also set the rotation to true north. Once these are set we can run a solar study to see how the sun tracks across the sky. Unfortunately, this does not give us accurate data on the...
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John Bennett

Advance Steel Precision in BOM on Drawing Templates

Advance Steel Precision in BOM on Drawing Templates
Precision / accuracy of BOM lists:All material sizes are shown to 2 decimal points. This is much more accurate than needed, and so just takes up unnecessary space on the list. For the BOM on drawings, it comes from the template that is used to create the BOM lists. These are an AutoCAD DWG file made up on group and field elements, the precision of this comes from the Advance Steel Project Settings...
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Simon Dickinson

Autodesk Live!

Autodesk Live!
Wouldn’t it be nice if we could all create immersive visualisations of our Revit Designs? Give the client an opportunity to experience our designs, to better understand what we have created for them. Wouldn’t it be nice if we did not have to become masters of 3d Visualisation tools like 3ds Max and then have to learn how to move this to a games engine like Autodesk Stingray. Well now you can and i...
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John Bennett

Advance Steel 2017 on AutoCAD 2017 - Windows 10 missing Arial Narrow font

Advance Steel 2017 on AutoCAD 2017 - Windows 10 missing Arial Narrow font
If you open a prototype on a windows 10 machine and notice that the Text is messed up, check the font type under the text style. It may be the font is missing from the window system. Look under fonts in the control panel and expand the Arial font, if you don’t see “Arial Narrow”, then it needs to be added to the system. The same thing can be found under the windows font in the C drive. C:\Window...
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Justin Taylor

Autodesk Revit and Annotation in 3D Views

Autodesk Revit and Annotation in 3D Views
Here’s a nice quick tip for you Revit users out there.Did you know that you can place Wall, Floors, Columns, Door and Window Tags etc. Text, Keynotes and Dimensions in 3D Views? No? Well now you do! NOTE: you can’t use Material, Area and Room Tags or Space Tags Why would you want to do this anyway? As a designer you often need to share information with contractors and other design professionals in...
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Pat Mullins

Autodesk Revit’s Equality Dimension Display Options

Autodesk Revit’s Equality Dimension Display Options
Many people are familiar with the ability to apply an ‘Equal’ constraint to a multi-segmented dimension in Revit but did you know it’s possible to control the presentation of the value? Simply change the dimensions ‘Equality Display’ value (available in Properties) to one of three options, Value, Equality Text or Equality Formula. The last option provides the most opportunity for customisation. ...
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Nial Ball

Autodesk Advance Steel – Bolts or no Bolts in General Arrangement Drawings

Autodesk Advance Steel – Bolts or no Bolts in General Arrangement Drawings
Whether or not bolts and holes are displayed in General Arrangement (GA) drawings is a matter of personal preference – personally I like to see bolts and holes, and more importantly, my engineer likes to see bolts and holes. By default, the display of bolts and holes is turned off in many General Arrangement drawings. The following video demonstrates how to enable bolts and holes in ...
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Simon Locke

Getting more out of Revit MEP 3D Views

Getting more out of Revit MEP 3D Views
When you are working in the MEP disciplined views in Revit, the filtering of the view will make the architectural and structural elements half toned and transparent, which in some instances makes some of the other modelled elements look out of place. See below sectioned floorplan. A way of getting around this is to use some of the view enhancing features in Revit and make the model a bit more leg...
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Pat Mullins

Autodesk Revit’s Equality Dimension ‘Anchor’ Position

Autodesk Revit’s Equality Dimension ‘Anchor’ Position
Many people are familiar with the ability to apply an ‘Equal’ constraint to a multi-segmented dimension in Revit. (Determine the dimensions witness line location, select the ‘EQ’ symbol, look out for the elements as they move.) However, this blog is about how the elements move. Having applied the equal constraint, you will notice that one element will remain stationary while the associated element...
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Alan Johnson

Creating a 3D section view of a level in Revit Structure or Revit Architecture

Creating a 3D section view of a level in Revit Structure or Revit Architecture
When we are creating a 3D model we can look at a 2D plan view of a level. This could be just to check what we have modelled or to show the client what we propose. Sometimes it’s hard to visualise the components that have been placed within the model, so we are going to look at how we can create a 3D view of a floor plan. In the main 3D view, right click on the View Cube, this is usually in the t...
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