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Quantitative Lighting Analysis with Autodesk Insight 360 - Daylighting Analysis for Revit Plugin.

Quantitative Lighting Analysis with Autodesk Insight 360 - Daylighting Analysis for Revit Plugin.
This is the second in a series of blogs that explore Autodesk’s Energy Analysis solutions. Using daylight in your building is a key strategy for passive design. Letting sun into your building impacts visual and thermal comfort. To determine the right balance, we need to consider the visual needs of the space & how we could efficiently use the Sun’s light to meet those needs. Illuminance and Da...
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Use Autodesk’s Cloud Rendering Service to Understand the Quality of Daylight Within a Space.

Use Autodesk’s Cloud Rendering Service to Understand the Quality of Daylight Within a Space.
This is the first in a series of blogs that explore Autodesk’s Energy Analysis solutions. Here we explore Daylighting. The goal is to provide a passive design that provides natural daylight to help achieve ideal lighting conditions so that demands are decreased significently for electrical lighting and greater environmental comfort is reached because more occupants are experiencing natural light. ...
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Moving Files from SketchUp to Revit

Moving Files from SketchUp to Revit
This blog is going to show you a new workflow for importing SketchUp Components into Revit while still retaining material textures and with the ability to predefine a Revit ‘Category’. There are numerous methods for converting SketchUp into Revit but they all have limitations, namely, material textures are ignored and you must accept that you will end up with a Revit ‘Mass’ Family. But now th...
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Ready, Set, Go Revit! How to Control the Visibility of Multiple Objects

Ready, Set, Go Revit! How to Control the Visibility of Multiple Objects
Realistic renders and animations from your models can maximise the impact of your project and help secure contracts. A landscape architect recently asked about controlling the visibility of multiple objects within Revit, such as a set of traffic lights. Everyone knows the sequence of traffic lights – right? RED – Stop. RED/AMBER – Prepare to go. GREEN – Proceed. AMBER – Prepare to stop. Eas...
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How to control Scaling for Revit MEP Symbols

How to control Scaling for Revit MEP Symbols
Revit can display the content of a view with more or less detail based upon the status of the ‘Course, Medium or Fine’ display icon. This is a really useful feature that can save a lot of time, but it sometimes requires adjustment to make it display the symbolic representation of MEP families correctly. Specifically, the size of the symbols whilst in ‘Course’ level of display may be too large, or ...
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Revit’s Hidden 2D Symbols.

Revit’s Hidden 2D Symbols.
You could be forgiven for not realising that Autodesk Revit has lots of 2D symbols preinstalled, because there not that easy to find. Technically, they belong to the Category ‘Detail Item’ so that’s what we should be searching for when we use the ‘Load Family’ command. Use this path to see what’s available – Look in the ‘Entourage’ folder. Once you’ve loaded the ‘Detail Items’ into you proje...
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Why Use Revit "Stacked Walls"

Why Use Revit "Stacked Walls"
I had an interesting question raised recently: Is it possible to model period buildings with Autodesk Revit?  The answer is, of course, yes. Going beyond the basic answer I wanted to expand to what's the technique to achieve this and how much effort is required?  This got me thinking about defining different wall types and I thought I’d spend some time discussing the possible optio...
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Using Revit MEP Rise and Drop Symbols

Using Revit MEP Rise and Drop Symbols
A recent tech support call concerned defining Rise and Drop symbols with Revit pipe and ductwork, so I thought I would share the process. Just a few steps are required: Firstly, determine the ‘System Type’ used. Armed with this information, expand the ‘Families’ heading within the Project Browser, drill down until you find ‘Piping’ or ‘Duct’ Systems (whichever is appropriate) depress your mouse r...
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The Revit Workaround

The Revit Workaround
Revit is brilliant in so many ways. It has some remarkable features, with each release it becomes more and more productive. But of course, like any software, there may not always be a tool for every requirement. So, sometimes we need the famous Revit ‘Workaround’. The solution that requires some lateral thinking. The way of finding a solution with the tools at hand. This often requires some invest...
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Discover the Anatomy of a Revit Family

Discover the Anatomy of a Revit Family
Autodesk Revit is a very powerful application and to get to fully understand the range of functionality available sometimes it is simply a case of getting your hands dirty so to speak, diving in and exploring what you can and cannot do. Fortunately Autodesk provide a number of sample families when Revit is installed. The purpose of these files is to demonstrate potential, inspire and educate. One ...
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