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Alan Johnson

Showing New Render Material On Existing Brick Wall In Revit Architecture

Showing New Render Material On Existing Brick Wall In Revit Architecture
I came across this question recently, how to show a new render finish on an existing brick faced wall and still use phasing to show the existing brick wall in one view and the new rendered wall in another view. The wall also has existing windows and doors but one window will be blocked up. My first thought was this is not going to be easy. Here is my solution, first thing I created a brick fa...
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Justin Taylor

Wrapping Revit Wall Sweeps

Wrapping Revit Wall Sweeps
When placing Wall Sweeps / Reveals did you know that you can wrap them around the ends of the walls and into openings? Simply select the sweep and choose Modify Returns. Then, with your cursor (which now looks like a little scalpel) pick the end profile of the sweep you wish to extend and wrap. This will extend the sweep and also gives you a blue node (Drag Wall Sweep End), which you can drag to...
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Grant Dott

BIM 360: When Does The Construction Site Resemble More Of An Assembly Plant

BIM 360: When Does The Construction Site Resemble More Of An Assembly Plant
Since Autodesk introduced us the concept of the Future of Making Things (FOMT) which is now the Current of Making Things (COMT), the typical construction site is adapting to a new way of life. Let me explain. I discuss BIM 360 products, workflows and integrations with many different types of companies. In the early days of BIM 360 you were predominantly either a General Contractor managing the pro...
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Simon Dickinson

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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Justin Taylor

Revit And Nesting Hosted Families: How to Remove The Hosting Of A Family In Revit

Revit And Nesting Hosted Families: How to Remove The Hosting Of A Family In Revit
This is another useful little tip which comes directly off the back of some on-site Revit consultancy with a client. The issue was that they were creating a bed system with backboards, lighting and electrical points for a hotel chain and when they came to placing one of the existing  Autodesk Revit electrical families, they were met with the No Entry symbol. The reason for this is that t...
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Justin Taylor

Revit's Trick For Rotating Objects - The Magic Space Bar

Revit's Trick For Rotating Objects - The Magic Space Bar
How are you flipping your walls, doors and windows in Revit? And what about content like furniture? Well here’s a little gem of a tip for new users. You might already know that if you select a wall or window and press the Space Bar, that Revit will flip the element in the same way that it would if you click on the Flip Arrows. The same applies to doors, only it will cycle through flipping the door...
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Alan Johnson

Editing Stair Railings In Revit

Editing Stair Railings In Revit
I recently came across the following issue whilst talking to someone. They were modelling a building where the stairs split off near the top going in two opposite directions, creating the stairs wasn’t the issue but adding the handrail was. The stair tool in Autodesk Revit has some useful features, one of which is the option to add hand/guardrail, this is where their issue began. The stairs they ...
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Alan Johnson

Change The Alignment Reference Of Beam End Geometry In Revit Structure

Change The Alignment Reference Of Beam End Geometry In Revit Structure
Sometimes when we place structural columns and beams in Revit Structure the way they connect doesn’t exactly look how we want, luckily for us there are many tools to help us edit our structure and how it looks. When we select a beam, the ribbon changes to the Modify Structural Framing Tab. On this tab we get several structural modifying tools such as changing the justification and end join. This t...
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Aleck Giles

Advance Steel – Drawing Style Customisation

Advance Steel – Drawing Style Customisation
We all have a preferred way of working and visualising projects – Ask many draughtsmen to draw something and each will create different drawings. Therefore, by their nature any drawings created by Advance Steel “as delivered” will be a compromise trying to meet the needs of different people. We understand that you won’t necessarily want to change your way of working, and that manually updating the...
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Alan Johnson

Adjust Cutback Geometry at End Joins in Revit Structures

Adjust Cutback Geometry at End Joins in Revit Structures
Something you may not be aware of in Revit Structure, there are 2 types of beam end joins: square-off and mitre. By default, the longer beam will be cut back from the shorter one, the Beam/Column Joins tool can adjust both by removing or applying the visible cutback of the beams. Adjusting cutback with the Beam/Column Join tool will not reset or change default extension settings in Element Propert...
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