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 s...etting 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. More
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Best Practices For Saving, Backing Up And Archiving Your Revit Projects

Best Practices For Saving, Backing Up And Archiving Your Revit Projects
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It is vital to remember that data is a valuable resource and can cost your business thousands if lost or corrupted with no available backup for recovery. Standard RVT Files By default, when you save an RVT file Revit will have set the number of ...
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Autodesk Revit - Easy Peesey P-Traps

Autodesk Revit - Easy Peesey P-Traps
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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-...
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Introducing FormIt 360

Introducing FormIt 360
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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-devi...
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Hardware Acceleration In NVidia Mental Ray

Hardware Acceleration In NVidia Mental Ray
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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 ...
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3DS Max 2018 - Where’s My Mental Ray Gone?

3DS Max 2018 - Where’s My Mental Ray Gone?
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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 r...
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Populating Visualisations with 3ds Max

Populating Visualisations with 3ds Max
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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 l...
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How To Get Affordable Point Cloud Data

How To Get Affordable Point Cloud Data
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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 a...
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Cut and Fill in Revit

Cut and Fill in Revit
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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 ren...
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The New Features of Revit 2018

The New Features of Revit 2018
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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...
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Cloth Modifier in 3ds Max

Cloth Modifier in 3ds Max
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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...
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