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BIM Technical Manager at Graitec, has over 12 years with Revit and BIM, as well as over 16 years CAD experience. As an Autodesk Certified Professional and Instructor, Simon specialises in Revit, Navisworks and 3ds Max. He also works as a consultant on many projects large and small helping design practices and manufacturers to implement BIM - from setting up new BIM standards, to solving complex design issues with the software, and making sure that the customer gets early and lasting benefit from their investment in BIM technology. Simon is a pure enthusiast, who is always more than willing to share his enthusiasm and knowledge of BIM.
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Autodesk Revit - Easy Peesey P-Traps

Autodesk Revit - Easy Peesey P-Traps
On a recent job I need to create server P-Traps, these were big ones on 120mm pipe, but the way the default family works in Revit is not easy and you cannot Automate the way in which they are placed, but with a little modification you can create a p-trap that works on a routing system. The first thing to do is to create your pipe work, in this case a 40mm waste from the bottom of the sink and then...
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Introducing FormIt 360

Introducing FormIt 360
Do you think SketchUp is great and one of the best conceptual design tools out there? Such a shame the workflows between conceptual design and development of drawings are lacking. Step aside Sketchup and give way to Formit 360, Autodesk’s multi-device, multi-operating system, conceptual design platform. Whether you want to run it as a desktop app through a web browser or on your mobile device or t...
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Hardware Acceleration In NVidia Mental Ray

Hardware Acceleration In NVidia Mental Ray
Mental Ray is no longer shipped with 3ds Max 2018, but can be downloaded from the NVidia Website (Read about it in my previous post). The good news is that in 2018 we now have Hardware acceleration for Mental Ray. Just a couple of things that you need to know in order for it to work. Fist make sure you have selected you Graphics card at the bottom of Processing tab in the Mental Ray setup. As you...
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3DS Max 2018 - Where’s My Mental Ray Gone?

3DS Max 2018 - Where’s My Mental Ray Gone?
So you’ve installed your 2018 version of 3ds Max, you’ve opened an old project only to find you no longer have Mental Ray as a renderer option. Autodesk no longer ship 3ds Max with NVidia Mental Ray. But all is not lost, as long as you are happy to render locally. If you need to network render that you will need to buy NVidia Mental Ray render nodes. But, if you are happy just to render locally yo...
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Populating Visualisations with 3ds Max

Populating Visualisations with 3ds Max
Working in the architectural industry I love to see the fantastic visualisations that my customers create from their designs. From concept models to full photorealistic visuals of something that does not yet exist. Getting your visuals to look more functional means adding more than just a building. We need to give our buildings a purpose. Adding characters to these scenes gives the ...
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How To Get Affordable Point Cloud Data

How To Get Affordable Point Cloud Data
So, you have an object / building and you need to digitise it. Either you need a Mesh or you need the data for use in your Project. Getting accurate design data from the real world into the digital world can be costly and expensive. Whether you are an Architect and Engineer or even a games developer, point cloud data has traditionally been expensive. But it does not need to be. There are quite a f...
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Cut and Fill in Revit

Cut and Fill in Revit
So, is Revit a civil engineering package? Basically, the answer is no, but it does not stop it from having a few tricks up its sleeves. Cut and Fill is one of those little gems. Autodesk Revit has some great phasing features which we can use for renovation and retrofit work. The cut and fill features are based on this fundamental function of Revit. We start by creating an existing topographic surf...
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The New Features of Revit 2018

The New Features of Revit 2018
Another year has passed and we now have the release of the 2018 product range from Autodesk. I’d like to concentrate in this post on the new features of Autodesk Revit 2018. There are quite a few amazing new features and yet again we see the product mature. I’ve been using Revit since 2001 and have seen quite a few changes over the years from the introduction of the Revit Structural and Revit MEP ...
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Cloth Modifier in 3ds Max

Cloth Modifier in 3ds Max
You’ve modelled your scene, building, product in your chosen design product and now you want to add an extra level of realism in 3ds Max. Imagine you want to model a realistic looking table cloth, or a flag that appears to be blowing in the wind. You may even be looking at creating an animation where you uncover your product from under a cloth as it is pulled clear. This is where the Cloth Modifie...
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How To: Finding Overridden Dimensions in Revit using Dynamo

How To: Finding Overridden Dimensions in Revit using Dynamo
I was recently asked during a customer meeting if it was possible to override a dimension in Revit with a different value: Although possible, I refused to give them the answer and told them to find out through other medium if they definitely wanted to do it. I would never recommend overriding a dimension in any design software as this is a slippery slope that can lead to expensive mistakes being ...
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