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Autodesk has released several new videos showing the new features of Revit Structure 2013. We have organized them below for you enjoyment.
Revit Structure 2013 New Features
Area and Path Reinforcement Hosting Structural Rebar in Autodesk Revit 2013
Area and Path Reinforcement has been updated with new behavior that make these elements containers for hosting Structural Rebar.
More Videos after the break…
Autodesk has released several new videos showing the new features of Revit Architecture 2013. We have organized them below for you enjoyment.
Revit Architecture 2013 New Features
01-Component-Based Stair – Creating Switchback Stair
In Autodesk Revit 2013, component-based stair is now available. It provides capabilities to assemble a stair using individual run, landing, and support components.
More videos after the break…
Autodesk has release a few new videos for Navisworks. These videos cover some of the basic and new tools available in the 2013 product. We will be updating this post with any new videos that come out.
Tour of Clash Detective
This Autodesk Navisworks Learning video shows you how to navigate and understand Clash Detective. Clash Detective enables you to identify clashes between objects in your model, so that you can resolve problems at the design stage.
There are move videos after the break.
An Autodesk colleague from UK asked me to post this Ad for a position available in Saudi Arabia. If you’re interested, he can be contacted at the address included at the end of this job posting.
MEP Technical Consultant
An exciting role has just become available in the Award Winning Software Company Autodesk. We are currently seeking an individual with extensive MEP (Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing) experience. Acting as a consultant you will be providing post-sale technical and business consulting to help drive successful adoption of Autodesk AEC technologies for the (MEP) technology within the construction industry. This key contributor with Autodesk Consulting will be a leader in their domain and will provide customers with process assessments, process change consultancy, project management, facilitate customer meetings, training, implementation, mentoring, as well as create documentation and customer deliverables. He/She will work closely with the channel by providing ongoing support, training and technical advice within the industry. You must be able to work independently as well as be part of the EMEA team. The position offers a variety of responsibilities and be the regional representative for driving MEP across multiple disciplines.
Location: Saudi Arabia
- Assess customer’s current business process, recommend and implement solutions to meet customer’s needs. Work closely with customer to document and standardize their design processes.
- Recommends implementation and best practices for solutions to meet customer business needs.
- Develops, contributes and manages detailed customer implementation plans.
- Develops and conducts professional product training courses in person and via web casts, to accelerate customer adoption.
- Develop systems architecture, implementing cross-product solutions that best fit the customer’s needs.
- Writes deliverable documents including project schedules, procedures guides, flow charts, and best practices guides, agendas, and follow up memos.
- Works with new and existing customers in order to identify unrealized customer needs and promote Company solutions to drive additional revenue.
- Mentor customers to support the new solution deployment. In cases where customer purchases product implementation and support services, this person will provide ongoing consulting throughout the project lifecycle.
- Responsible for supporting sales efforts by developing proposals, writing scopes of work, and estimating resource requirements. Plays a key role in further developing current accounts by identifying complete solutions to meet additional unrealized customer needs.
- Knowledge of MEP design, drawing and detailing experience is required to be successful in this role
- Must have strong experience with leading architectural/MEP design software (i.e. AutoCAD MEP, Revit MEP, Microstation, etc.).
- Good understanding of BIM workflow process between architects and engineers.
- Must be willing to become an expert in the use of Revit MEP, AutoCAD MEP and Building Information Modeling and analysis products.
- Demonstrated ability to work in a team of technical personnel, marketing/sales people, project managers.
- Experience working in the Middle East region would be a strong plus.
- Demonstrated ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
- Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines.
- Demonstrated initiative and ability to drive decisions and get closure on recommendations and issues.
- Excellent communication and presentation skills.
- Excellent group facilitation skills.
- Project management experience. Demonstrated ability to lead a team to develop and deliver projects for acceptance within cost/schedule constraints.
- Able to travel up to 75% of the time and enjoy working with diverse groups of people with widely variable technical skills.
- Fluent in Engllish and Arabic is required for this role.
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I’m happy to announce that the 2010 Fall issue of AUGI AEC EDGE Ezine finally came out on New Year’s day (Saturday_January 1, 2011)!
It was supposed to come out last December but for some reason, the release was delayed. As of the date of this post, the online version is not out yet. However, you can download a PDF copy at:
On page 27, I wrote a 12-page article on creating complex family shapes in Revit. Included are Revit family tips and tricks with accompanying video clips (available on the online version). Here is an image of the front cover showing the title of my article: “Little Details Count Too”. Enjoy!
Autodesk® Revit® Architecture 2011 Certified Professional
When you are placing spot elevations sometimes you will get the no go simple on all your flat surfaces and it will only work on the edges of the object. This is a simple fix but is very frustrating when it happens. All you need to do is change “Visual Style” from “Wireframe” to any of the other options. Basically the spot elevation tool does not work unless the surface is visible. In Wireframe model the surface it not visible so the spot elevation only works on the edges.
We received an email question, asking if light families should be created in Revit MEP or Revit Architecture, or if a manufacturer should go so far as to create one version of a light for Architecture and a separate version for MEP.
Here’s an answer.
UPDATE: While you can create geometry and connectors in Revit Architecture, there are some types of electrical parameters that can only be added in from Revit MEP, including wiring and power information. To see these, go to add a new parameter, and set the discipline to Electrical and then take a look at the available parameter types:
Additionally, if you go beyond Lighting Fixtures into other families, there are a number of other types of families (mechanical in particular, in the “Family Categories and Parameters dialog box) that don’t even show up in Revit Architecture. In the end, any family that has engineering related information ought to be created by that engineering version of Revit (structure included).
Architecture on the left, MEP on the right… similar differences in Structure.
And you should only create it once.
If you create a new light family and look at the family’s “Family Category and Parameters”, RAC can only create “Lighting Fixtures”. RMEP can create “Lighting Fixtures” or “Lighting Devices”. A Lighting Fixture can have a light source in it, a Lighting Device cannot – but it does have the option to “Maintain Annotation Orientation”. If you want the light to have a generic annotation for plan graphics, and have that generic annotation remain in place as you rotate or orient the light (one possible example could be MEP representation of a wall sconce), you might need to have the family be a Lighting Device.
You would then need to nest in a Lighting Fixture with a light source only – no geometry – in the Lighting Device to have this fixture cast light.
It used to be that MEP’s lights were devices, and Architecture’s lights were fixtures, but this is not really the case any longer. If you look at the out-of-the-box content in both Revit MEP and Architecture, all of the lighting families are fixtures.
After everything I wrote here, I would recommend doing the same – make your lights as “fixtures”.
As always, email any questions or comments to firstname.lastname@example.org
This spot is going to be geared towards Plumbing BIM. I hope it applies to other disciplines, but that is a determination you will have to make.
A few months ago I sat through a webinar about how to use Revit/BIM in plumbing design and engineering. I consider myself an advanced, not quite expert, user of Revit so I am always looking for other learning opportunities. Anyways, the webinar did not go well. The presenter showed us a custom sink family he created with the P-trap, sewer line to wall, vent connection and hot and cold water connections. He then placed his family in the project, clicked on his vent connection and tried to connect it to the vent main in the ceiling… it didn’t connect and the presenter then spent the last 45 minutes of the one hour webinar trying to get the family connected to the Vent main. The problem was not the presenter or his process, the issue was strictly with his custom family, it wasn’t reading the pipe types correctly and therefore could not automatically place the required fittings. It is my contention, and the reason for this blog spot that custom families are not necessary; Revit provides everything to hook up the fixtures and plumbing equipment correctly, to speed up the process and gain consistency and ease of use I recommend creating groups. Don’t get me wrong in some instances custom families are necessary and needed, but there is no need to reinvent the wheel so to speak.
I am currently at a BIM source meeting here in Las Vegas. BIM source is a user group based on BIM. You can find BIM source at www.bimsource.org
The meeting is being hosted by US Cad at the Las Vegas office. It is a nice overall BIM presentation.
It is nice to hear architects and engineers talking about how BIM is and is not working today. Great meeting and great group.
Thanks BIM source for the meeting and thanks to US CAD for hosting.