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Revit 2013 eBook Update Now Available!

I just released the 2013 update to my 2012 eBook: Creating Custom Revit Architecture 2013 Families: A Practical Guide for Beginner and Intermediate Users

Join Revit users nationwide and all over the world who have discovered the valuable information in this eBook. There is nothing like this in the market right now. The eBook teaches the efficient ways to create families. It also explains the subtle little details that go with family creation that no other books explain. In response to Revit users from Australia, UK and European countries, I’m happy to announce the Metric Editions of these eBooks. They will be released on or before November 2012. They are free for those who purchase the 2012/2013 Imperial (US) editions.

Book description:

PDF format, 16 Chapters, 777 pages, over 2000 images. All the new 2013 features are explained in-depth. Download my PDF sampler (163 pages) containing the full Table of Contents (2012 & 2013), Forewords by Steve Stafford and Lonnie Cumpton, and sample images here.


Michael Anonuevo
Revit Architecture Certified Professional

New eBook Announcement


I’m happy to announce the release of my eBook entitled:

Creating Custom Revit Architecture Families 2012
A Practical Guide for Beginners and Intermediate Users

for an introductory price of $19.95. The price includes a free update to the 2013 version of this eBook (slated for release on or before October 2012) and four free Revit families from my website.

Although the book was written with architects in mind ,it is also a useful guide and resource for interior designers, recent architecture graduates, Revit MEP and Structure users, and AutoCAD users transitioning to Revit. It is also a handy reference for BIM managers and advanced users.

Book description:

PDF format, 16 Chapters, 751 pages, over 2000 images. Tutorial files are also included.
Requirement: Basic knowledge of Revit.


Download the full Table of Contents, Foreword by Steve Stafford, and sample images here.

Michael Anonuevo
Certified Autodesk Revit Architecture Professional

3Dconnexion Invasion of Planet Revit

The SpaceExplorer, SpaceNavigator and SpaceNavigator for Notebooks _ a multiple products review by Michael Anonuevo

It has been two months now since I started using 3Dconnexion’s SpacePilot PRO. Without a doubt, 3D navigation devices are definitely here to stay.

For those of you who just happened to stumble on this article, please read my previous review of the SpacePilot PRO at :

The way I use Revit has completely changed. I’ve incorporated the SpacePilot PRO and its powerful programmable buttons in my daily work. I am now automatically reaching for it with my left hand. I’ve also learned how to configure the buttons to my advantage. You’ll find out all about this at the end of this article with my follow-up review of the SpacePilot PRO.

I’m happy to tell you that I’ve gotten a tremendous amount of good feedback from readers saying how helpful my article was. And just as I had anticipated, I’ve gotten inquiries about 3Dconnexion’s other models. Well, after communicating with 3Dconnexion, they sent me the rest of their product line. And so guys, here’s the lowdown on the SpaceExplorer, SpaceNavigator and SpaceNavigator for Notebooks…

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AUGI AEC EDGE Fall 2010 Issue

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!

Michael Anonuevo
Autodesk® Revit® Architecture 2011 Certified Professional

Revit Families_Using Content Created from Autodesk Inventor Professional 2011

Hello everybody! I know it has been a while since my last post. I’ve been busy writing an article for AUGI AEC Edge magazine which is slated for inclusion on its upcoming Fall issue (to be released sometime in December 2010). In the article, I’ll be presenting a lot of practical tips and tricks in Revit family modeling. You don’t want to miss this issue. I’ll be including a few instructional videos as well as a couple of free downloads.

For today’s post, we will be looking into Autodesk Inventor 2011 as a source of Revit content. As you may know, I’m a staunch supporter of families created in native Revit geometry. However, there are some complex shapes that are extremely difficult or impossible to create using the Family editor tools. Just recently, I created a model of an electric guitar. I wanted to produce a unique Revit family where I can get to use all the tools in the family editor. Please check it out at:

Although I am very pleased with the outcome, I wasn’t able to model it exactly as I had planned to. I wanted an arched top to go along with the smooth body profile. The concept is easy enough to execute by using an arch void extrusion applied to the top of the guitar body. The problem is I could not round the edges. Revit does not allow you to do a void sweep on edges created by a void and solid extrusion (see Figure 1):

Figure 1

After a few failed attempts, I abandoned the idea of an arched top in favor of a flat top. I then decided to take a closer look at other 3D applications to see if I can create the guitar design I had envisioned. This is when I discovered Autodesk Inventor 2011. Before I explain how I got into it, take a look at how easily Autodesk Inventor created the arched top as shown in Figure 2. The top curve is also tangent to the rounded edges.

Figure 2

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Creating Complex Family Shapes in Revit: Part-1

Family Modeling in Revit Architecture 2011



This is part of a series on creating complex family shapes in Revit. In my previous post (Creating Complex Family Shapes in Revit: Introduction _June 7, 2010), the Beer Mug example was modeled in Revit Architecture 2010. However, from here on, I’ll be using Revit Architecture 2011 (RA 2011) to take advantage of its new features and enhancements.

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Creating Complex Family Shapes in Revit: Part 1 (coming soon!)

Hello everybody! I thought I’d drop by to announce a new product I’ve just added to my website.

This product is significant because it will be one of the topics on my next post which will be out hopefully by next month. Other topics will be as follows:

  1. Putting Revit Architecture 2011 to a modeling test
  2. Creating a tournament size pool table family  and its accessories
  3. Comparison of rendering speeds (Revit Architecture 2009, 2010 & 2011)
  4. Family file size in Revit Architecture 2011
  5. Rendering tips for beginners
  6. And last but not least, the specifications of my new…i7-930 processor based computer!

Please click on the image below to find out more about my new product.

Michael Anonuevo

Groups instead of Custom Families

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.

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Working with Revit title blocks from Architects

As a MEP consultant working on a Revit project, chances are the architect’s title block will be used by all disciplines. This title block is usually peppered with parameters from the architect’s shared parameters file, rendering them blank in the MEP model. Those shared parameters can be added to the MEP model’s shared parameters file, but with multiple architectural clients, the shared parameters file for the MEP model can become a bit larger and more complicated than necessary. This post will demonstrate a method to control the chaos and free the consulting engineer from the ever changing shared parameters they encounter.

The plan is simple.

  1. Create a set of generic shared parameters to replace any architect’s parameters.
  2. Replace the label in the architectural title block family to use one of the generic parameters.

The details below may make it sound more complex than it really is. Don’t give up; it’s worth the effort.

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Those Damn Leaders

If you, like me, have created a custom annotation; set up your labels and thought how cool it will be to have that information automatically populate in that annotation only to get frustrated because the leader goes to the middle of all the text instead of to the point you want it to appear. If you have asked the question; “why can’t I just tell Revit the place I want the leader to end like I can in Autocad? Then this is for you. Because I have some good news, you can tell Revit where to place the leader… it’s just not obvious how to do it.

We do a lot of military project so hexes are still required. The example will show how to have the leader terminate on the edge of the Hex. Here is an example of the issue: a standard Air Terminal Hex showing flow.
Screenshot #1

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