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Monday, 13 December 2010

Final post of the Year!

Hey All,

Big thanks to everyone following my blog over the last year, this will be the last post before i take off for Christmas and new years break.

Its been a good year starting off with text tutorials moving into Video tutorials in February. I managed to get 7 chapters(different topics/details) complete, initially i was aiming for one chapter a month but in reality i didn't quite work out like that(although the 06 project chapter took away about 4 months).
We started of with '01 glazed partition' detail which was a tester for me to see how the format of the blog would come together. We followed through with 02 concrete basement, 03 parapet detail, 04 curved roof detail & 05 concrete cast insitu element which were individual details explained with a lot of detail, these were leading to the '06 Revit Project the Experiment' chapter which tied all those chapters together in one big project, the 06 project also went through some other things such as sheets and annotation of a project and including rendering and walkthroughs, the 06 project was slightly diluted in my eyes as there was such a larger quantity of objects that i could not go into as much detail as i would have liked. Saying that it appears to be the most popular chapter in terms of viewers watching the video post. Finishing up then with the '07 Sun roof patio detail'. So what's next......

I'd love to here from you about;
  • Format,
  • Topics,
  • Video length and image
  • Level of detail,
  • Ideas,
  • Areas of difficulty within revit.
  • Areas of difficulty following my blog
  • Downloads vs online watching
Any ideas or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

My plan for next year is to start off with '08 Major revision to a project', this has been requested a number of time but the amount of work it would take and the time to do it was not available this year so i plan to start it next year first thing.

Anyway enjoy you holiday break and happy new year!!



Saturday, 4 December 2010

07.05 - Sun Shade Roof Patio - Inner Gutter Detail

In this next post i model the inner gutter detail by using beams, floors, Curtain walls and Line based generic models. Note: i added text, dims and a couple of 2D lines off video about 5 minutes worth of work.


Tuesday, 16 November 2010

07.04 - Sun Shade Roof Patio - Advanced Modeling and Anno

Hey all,

In this next video;
1) we model the edge railing,
2) we learn how to do a line based generic model family(sunshade louvres)
3) some annotation, text, dims, Vapour barrier as dashed line,
4) detailed component(holding down bolt).

Above is the final output 2D detail taken from the 3D model, below is video



Saturday, 13 November 2010

Getting Started Video Tutorials for Revit Architecture 2011


Generally i don't repost other blogs but I've been in contact with Phillipp (Teamleader Autodesk Student Experts TU Graz, Austria) and they seem to be a nice bunch of students trying to spread the revit knowledge base. I thought instead of doing the standard repost i add my own notes on each video that is information i didn't even know or stuff i use to know but have forgotten. There is 3 video series, I'll do one series a week. the videos are nice and short, all being about 5 minutes each

You can move whole groups of tools on the ribbon to position as you like and the keyboard shortcuts user interface on the view tab

Copying grids or using array, i always thought you had to draw them fresh but copying seems to work as well.

When placing columns you can use the 'place at grid comand' this is a really fast way to place loads of columns. When joining objects selecting the multiple option save you time as well.

'Pasting aligned' and 'select previous' are great tools

Aligning doors or other objects that are not touching are cool

The parameter of 'opening direction' for windows is neat revit friendly trick. when offsetting linework have the copy option un-marked is another way to pickup speed

When multiple windows are open, ZA zooms all windows. Curtain Walls, the option of 'all except picked' is a time saver. If you select a curtain wall panel, then rightclick the option of 'Select panel along horizontal grid' is another time saver

Creating topo from an imported file is cool, your cad file needs to be 3D though, you also have the ability to select certain layers from the file when creating the topo

Duplicating groups in type properties.
Placing predefined rooms

Dimension options, Wall faces / Wall intersects

Wall settings, Wrapping settings
When drawing section using the split segment

When using the massing tool, showing the workplane
when working on another workplane grid 3, then tracing line form the back wall, adding edges on massing surfaces, 

That's it, enjoy the videos, the link is below, thank to the guys over at TU Graz, Austria for creating them



Getting Started Video Tutorials for Revit Architecture 2011

This tutorial is conceived to allow an easy start with Autodesk Revit Architecture 2011 and to get an extensive overview of the power of building information modeling.
Step00/14 Introduction (2:13)
Step01/14 User Interface (4:07)
Step02/14 Grid & Levels (6:50)
Step03/14 Wall, Columns, Floor Modifications (6:06)
Step04/14 Split Element, Match Properties, Attach Elements to Top (3:47)
Step05/14 Interiors Walls, Trim / Extend Elements, Doors (5:42)
Step06/14 Windows, Stairs, Shaft Opening (5:14)
Step07/14 Railing, Modification of Curtain Walls (5:29)
Step08/14 Import Site, Building Pad, Place Site Components (5:17)
Step09/14 Groups, Rooms & Rooms Tag, Color Scheme (7:05)
Step10/14 Dimensions (6:32)
Step11/14 Wall Constuction & Wall Wrapping, Schedules & Tag Elements, Section (5:45)
Step12/14 View Template, View Properties, Sheets (5:50)
Step13/14 Freeform (6:13)
Step14/14 Sun Path, Camera & Navigation Wheel, Render Properties (6:39)

Download Datasets & Handout


Philipp Mueller

Teamleader Autodesk Student Experts TU Graz
Tel: +436645226928

Thursday, 4 November 2010

Online videos are temporarily down, Downloadable links are up

Sorry my online watching of videos are temporarily out of service. I have a 200gb limit per month running from the 5th to the 5th, this month has hit its limit. Bandwidth usage will reset at approximately midnight on the 5th.

You Can download the latest 2 videos for the 07 Shunshade detail here and watch offline.
07.1 Sunshade - Part 1
07.2 Sunshade - Part 2

Online videos will resume on saturday 6th Novemeber.

Thank you.


Tuesday, 2 November 2010

07.03 - Sun Shade Roof Patio - Modeling Part 2

In this next video, we model the;

1) Sloped roof insulation and roof finish,
2) Wood decking,
3) A small steel box section,
4) Insulation board,
5) New render wall finish and
6) 2 wall sweeps for the cover flashing

We then have a small bit of tidying up work to some of the existing beams, If your following along and modeling the same detail I've made 2 wall types, 1 floor type and 1 roof type off screen, their details are

Wall 1
2" Rigid insulation

Wall 2

1" Render/Stucco
2" Rigid insulation

Floor 1
1" Wood (dark brown)

Roof 1
1/4" EDPM
1" Rigid Insulation (variable option is selected)
6" Rigid Insulation
1/4" Vapour barrier


Saturday, 23 October 2010

07.02 - Sun Shade Roof Patio - Basic Modeling

In this video we;
  1. Setup the levels
  2. Model existing walls and roof
  3. Demolish the roof.
  4. Model the concrete ring beam as a wall type
  5. Place the I beams at 6'(1800mm) centers
  6. Model a generic model for the Shims under the beams
  7. Import and the L angle and place it, rotate the cross section angle to 180
  8. Model an in-place floor stab the has ribs.



Wednesday, 20 October 2010

07.01 - Sun Shaded Roof Patio Detail - Analysis of Detail

So now that we move onto the next Detail / Chapter of my blog I'll return to the original format of 4-5 post talking about the detail which generally include; Part....
  1. Analysis of the detail (introduction to the detail, 2D free hand sketches of the detail, a list of what components i think are involved and what revit tool i think I'll use and how many System families i can use.
  2. File setup(Levels & Grids etc.) and basic modeling
  3. Advanced Modeling and Advanced Families
  4. 2D work and annotation
  5. Tips and rendering
This detail of the sun shaded roof patio is a detail i picked out of a magazine which i quite liked but thought that it would be pretty difficult to actually do it in revit. It involves an existing 3 story apartment block with a pitched roof and the existing structural walls are capable of taking the loading of an additional floor, the pitched roof is to be demolished, the top of the walls are to be made good with a concrete ring beam to help stiffen the top of the wall and make it a level base for the new steel structure. The top addition will consist of an I-beam base set at 8'-0"(2400mm) centers with a 6"(150mm) concrete slab across the entire top of the building , then on the external side it will have a roof buildup and on the internal side a lightweight floor buildup. There will be a steel handrail and sun shade system added to the edge. below are intial sketches and component list.

General Section.

Detail 1. Edge detail

Detail 2. Junction of interior/Exterior

System Family Check

Component List


Saturday, 16 October 2010

06 Project- Revit file and remaining videos for download

So this is the conclusion to the 'revit project', the experiment i was testing to see if a whole project could be done in about 15 (half hour) videos so that you could download them all and watch them in a single sitting of one day at work. Well to be honest it didn't quite work out that way, it took considerable longer, approx 10.5 hours worth of footage over 23 videos. It also took its toll on me lasting 3-4 months from start to finish, i would of preferred to get it done in a shorter time period to keep people's interest more, but finding the time to prepare and then record the videos was a little harder than expected. It a nice little project that poses different challenges and the use of different techniques to create a nice model and technical drawings, its not too small and not too big and it has the usually problems that you find working on a real project, the beauty about this project for me was i had already built this project in autocad several years ago so all the designing was effectively not an issue for me which meant i could focus on the revit modeling and exploring different techniques. I did find when you start to go to a larger scale building the detail is lost slightly as there is so much more quanties of objects and junctions, you should decide early where you are cutting your sections and make sure that area is well modeled.

Below is a link to download the revit file. Warning! I do not take any responsibility if you recycle this model without doing the correct calculations and structural assessment etc.... now that you have the file, give it a good look over, go into all the views, turn off all the worksets in a 3d view and then turn them on one by one, check out the material setting, filled regions and photos etc. have a look at the gutter, capping and railing families/profiles, review the stairs, look at the wall types and their names and type mark. review the roof, the curved roof with the ends cut off at an angle, see how the beams and foundations are done, review the amount of 2d annotation work done to each view, you'll find there is very little. I'm sure there are some small mistakes in there somewhere but please send me any comments or question you may have. One last note it is a central file so save a copy then make a local file (Requires revit 2011 to view) you'll probably find google documents cant make a preview of the document so select 'download' from the top menu when you go into each link.

Revit Model File
06 Project Central

Video Files
01)  Revit project - setup video - 42.20mins( Requires 1hr off video work to create remaining worksets, wall, floor types, etc)

02) Revit project - Structure 1 video - 30.05mins

03) Revit project - Structure 2 video - 33.28mins

04) Revit project - External walls 1 video - 29.18mins

05) Revit project - External walls 2 video - 33.33mins

06) Revit project - Walls and Site context 1 video - 28.44min

07) Revit project - Site context 2 video - 31.05mins

08) Revit project - Roofs video - 41.17mins

09) Revit project - Railings video - 20.03mins

10) Revit project - Beam systems video - 21.25mins

11) Revit project - Ceilings and Partitions video - 18.35mins

12) Revit project - Stairs video - 31.41mins

13) Revit project - Doors and windows video - 27.34mins

14) Revit project - Lift and Stair block video - 26.49mins

15) Revit project - Rooms and furniture video - 29.18mins

16) Revit Project -  Views 1 - 20.41mins

17) Revit Project -  3D views and Workset Checking - 13.29mins 

18) Revit Project -  Sheets - 19.04mins 

19) Revit Project -  Annotation Part 1 - 26.07mins

20) Revit Project -  Annotation Part 2 - 19.50mins 

21) Revit Project -  Rendering Part 1 - 35.59mins

22) Revit Project -  Rendering Part 2 - 22.49mins

23) Revit Project -  Rendering Part 3 - 21.23mins

Rendering booklets 
Total time: 10.24.17

I've started work on the next chapter, it will be a return to the original setup as per chapter 1-5 of this blogs, 1) A sketch detail and breaking down of the detail followed by 2)Basic modeling and 3)Advanced modeling and maybe 4) Extra tips, i hope to have the first part posted next week, it will be on steel, structure roof terrace/louvered area on top of an existing apartment block or something like that.


Sunday, 19 September 2010

06.26 Revit to FBX to 3Ds Max to Bad Ass Walkthrough

In this post i shown you in 20 minutes how to setup your own rendered Walkthrough by
  • Exporting a .FBX file type from the default 3D view in your revit model.
  • Then we import the .FBX file in 3Ds Max.
  • We set a new camera for the walkthrough, move it to the correct height and change the camera lens size to 28mm. 
  • The next step is  change the time configuration to have 500 frames and frame rate of 25 frames per second.
  • We then move the time slide and select autokey, once red we can move the camera and target. we repeat this five times, you can do more depending on what walkthrough path you want to use.
  • Now we enter the render setup dialogue, set the preset to Mental ray-daylighting, and render one frame to see if the preset works correctly.
  • Now we change the render settings to render all frames in the time segment, select a file name, location and file type(AVI) to be save, select the Codex to compress the video and then select render.
That's it, these walkthroughs can be setup in no time and have a great end result. Below is the setup and final output video(towards the last 20 seconds). Give 10-15 hours overnight for the walkthrough to finish. my laptop with 2gb of ram took about 14hours, my workstation of about 4gb ram will do it in about 8 hours. if you can setup a render farm at work it will reduce the time massively. 1 computer = 15Hr, 2 computers = 7.5 hours, 5 computers = 3 hours etc.


Thursday, 9 September 2010

06.25 Revit Project - Video Part 22 - (Rendering part 2)

In this Post we discuss
1) 3D cut section rendering,
2) Rendering exterior view with lights turned on in building

Note that each light turned on will add about 10 minute per light to a 300dpi Medium rendering(on my machine anyway, it is 3 years old after all). Below are the outputs of each render type and a really good example of where i got the internal light setting just right so you can see some of the detail on the ceiling but also a really nice reflection in the glass of the adjoining building
3D cut section render

Exterior render with lights turned on in the building
Example of good light setting in building and reflective glass

Tuesday, 7 September 2010

06.24 Revit Project - Video Part 21 - (Rendering 1)

Render Booklet Sample (above)

Basic Render (above)

2am Render(soft shadow) (above)

I've broken down this topic(rendering) into 3 video's as it takes a while to explain.

Video 1
1) A gem of a booklet that i made about a year ago on rendering,
2) Basic rendering,
3) Rendering with 2am sky(soft shadows)

Video 2
1) Rendering exterior view with lights turned on in the building,
2) 3D cut perspective renderings.

Video 3
1) FBX exporter
2) 3Ds Max Walkthrough

Below is a link to the PDF document for rendering
Rendering in Revit 1.0(final)
You can print this out as a booklet, double sided printing, bind on short edge.


Tuesday, 31 August 2010

06.23 Revit Project - Video Part 20 - (Annotation Part 2)

This post kind of finishes our project in terms of construction issue drawings by adding
1) General Notes,
2) Sheet keynotes, and
3) Legends.
The next 2 and final parts of the project will be to do with rendering and FBX exporter


Sunday, 29 August 2010

06.22 Revit Project - Video Part 19 - (Annotation Part 1)

Sample PlanSample Section

For the Annotation stage i'm splitting it up into 2 videos,
1) Basic annotation - Dims, tags, Line work and Hatch(filled regions)
2) Text, Sheet keynotes, Sheet keyote schedules etc.

In this post we do the Basic annotation - Dims, tags, Line work and Hatch(filled regions).


Friday, 27 August 2010

06.21 Revit Project - Video Part 18 - (Sheets)

In this next video we start to make the sheets and add the views to them, we look at
- New sheets
- Adding view to sheet
- Updating 'Scope boxes' to suit the sheet/view dimensions
- Sheet numbers
- Creating a 'Sheet Index' or 'Sheet list',
- Creating a custom Parameter for the sheet issues column in the 'Sheet index' 
- We talk about the view number on the sheet and its relationship to its Tag



Wednesday, 25 August 2010

06.20 Revit Project - Video Part 17- (3D Views and Workset Checking)

In this video we
- Create several 3D views (isometric, copy of the default 3d view) and apply the 'oriantate to view' setting which will match the 3D view to the cuts of all the sections and plans.
- We also create a workset checking 3D view for the BIM manager to double check the model to see all model elements are on the right workset using the 'Visibility Graphics' (VG) settings



Monday, 23 August 2010

06.19 Revit Project - Video Part 16- (Views organisation)

In the next 2 weeks i plan to post a video every 2 days to finish out this chapter up to the start of the rendering posts.

This video is the views organisation, we will
- Remake all the sections and pick certain positions,
- Duplicate the plans for printing views,
- Create a custom parameter to organise our browser
- Create a Scope Box
- Hiding Ref planes in view


Thursday, 19 August 2010

06.18 Revit Project - Video Part 15- (Rooms and Furniture)

Finally the last video for the Modelling stage of this chapter, after this we start on annotation videos which will be much shorter. I did originally thought i could get this far in about 6-7 videos but it took me 15 instead. In about 6-8 weeks I'll return to individual details again

The last few things we do in this video are place the rooms, furniture and plumbing fixtures, we also model the balcony floors and some floors around the basement/ground level area.

Below is a link to download and watch offline all the video is this project to date.

01 Revit project - setup video - 42.20mins( Requires 1hr off video work to create remaining worksets, wall, floor types, etc)
02 Revit project - Structure 1 video - 30.05mins
03Revit project - Structure 2 video - 33.28mins
04 Revit project - External walls 1 video - 29.18mins
05 Revit project - External walls 2 video - 33.33mins
06 Revit project - Walls and Site context 1 video - 28.44mins
07 Revit project - Site context 2 video - 31.05mins
08 Revit project - Roofs video - 41.17mins
09 Revit project - Railings video - 20.03mins
10 Revit project - Beam systems video - 21.25mins
11 Revit project - Ceilings and Partitions video - 18.35mins
12 Revit project - Stairs video - 31.41mins
13 Revit project - Doors and windows video - 27.34mins
14 Revit project - Lift and Stair block video - 26.49mins
15 Revit project - Rooms and furniture video - 29.18mins

Total time so far: 7.25.15


Monday, 16 August 2010

06.17 Revit Project - Video Part 14- (Lift & Stairs blocks)

In this next video post we build the Lift and Stair core for access to the apartments.

We’ll quickly model
- New reference planes to set everything out
- New externals walls
- Internal wall to host the lift
- Place the Lift component
- Model ground bearing slab and suspended slab on upper level
- Extend the Foundations
- Cut back the existing road and external walkway slab and railing.
- Modeled a new curved roof and gutters
- Place a couple of doors
- Model a new stair and rail
- Join and tidy any columns and other junctions

Only one more modeling stage video after this before we move to the annotation stage videos.


Monday, 9 August 2010

06.16 Revit Project - Video Part 13 (Doors and windows)

What a difference a few windows and doors make, below is an image of each door and window family used.
Note: I like to rename my door names to include the type number in their name, There are a few thing i do to the windows such as change the Offset from External Parameter to an Instance type, i delete the architraves from the doors etc.

Sorry i think i say the wrong dimensions a few times in the video, i think i mixed up 48" and 84" a couple of times

There are 3 Window families and (4 type in total)
- Sgl Plain (Revit Content library)(27"x42") Type 1
- Dbl Plain (Revit Content library)
(54"x54") Type 2
(70"x54") Type 3
- Parametric_Operable_sliding_window_6387 (Revitcity)
  (120"x78") Type 4

There 4 Door families and (9 Door types in total.)
-Certain Wall-Store Front-Dbl (Revit Content library)
 Type 1 (takes the size of the curtain panel)

- IntSgl (1) (Revit Content library)
(36"x84") Type 2
(32"x84") Type 3
(28"x84") Type 4
(40"x84") Type 5

-ExtSgl (6) (Revit Content library)
(36"x84") Type 6
(48"x84") Type 7
(24"x84") Type 8

External Door Double Steel (Self Built)
(70"x84") Type 9
Image of Families
- Sgl Plain
- Dbl Plain
- Parametric_Operable_sliding_window_6387
-Certain Wall-Store Front-Dbl (Revit Content library)

- IntSgl (1) (Revit Content library)


- External Door Double Steel

Typical 3D Plan & 2D Plan
Rear View 3D

Front View 3D

Monday, 2 August 2010

06.15 Revit Project - Video Part 12- (Stairs)

Above is stair type 1- The typical riser and thread with the upper floor acting as the last step

Above is stair type 2 - The monolithic solid concrete stairs

So in this video i model 2 different kinds of stairs,

The first is the typical thread and riser type, note i always have selected in the type properties ' end with riser' this always uses the floor as the last step which i like, the other thing is you always need to setout a reference plane for the start of the 1st step and also one for the exact center of the stairs otherwise it does not snap to any sensible point(i wish stairs could be left or right justified not just center justified). Point to note, for advanced modelers it is important to close all the gaps such as the side of the floor around the stair opening, the ceiling bulkhead in the larger room to the north etc. see video for process to close these gaps.

The second stairs is a monolithic concrete stairs, apologies for the confusion in the video but i forgot to model the floor finish in the lower retail unit so the stairs appears not to fit quite correctly but it does.

Be sure and check out 'Inside the factory' for their recent stairs questionnaires which hopefully will be released in next years product.


Thursday, 29 July 2010

06.14 Revit project - Video part 11 (Ceilings and internal partitions)


In this video we place the internal partitions and ceilings for the apartment units. we run the partitions up to the underside of the floor joists, then place the ceiling in at 8'-0" which sits perfectly under the joist/rafters.



Sunday, 25 July 2010

06.13 Revit Project the Experiment - Video Part 10- (Beam Systems)

In this post we place the floor joist in the apartment units and also the ceiling joists for the upper level. We use a beam system to evenly space the joists over the footprint. To help reduce the beam depth which effect the over all floor to floor inter height i place 2 steel beams to cut the span of the joist to around 14'.

Another point to note from one of my followers is for the roof purlins(2 posts ago) where i individually spaced the beams and then individually raised the height of each beam to match the curve of the roof, it can actually be done by using the beam systems tool, you must select the new 3D option setting in the instance properties and the use the pick support instead of drawing the foot print, this should evenly space the beams and also raise them to the correct height also.