Sunday, August 30, 2015

FormIt 360 Site Model to Revit 2016

Hey everyone!!!

I decided to illustrate my workflow for conceptual design, in Autodesk Formit360 Pro, for a typical site model and how I use that site model to analyze environmental impacts on my building designs. I then further that design development into the Revit 2016 interface which allows me to be able to use that site massing model as a guideline. This is the process I begin with after sketching, and I wanted to be able to share it with others that may be having a hard time in seeing how Revit can actually be used in the conceptual design phase. In this video I explain how you can bring your sketches into Autodesk FormIt 360 and how you can truly integrate your design process with the digital tools provided for students by Autodesk. I hope you all enjoy it! It's a straightforward process that should be easy to follow so you can integrate the process into your own workflows somehow!

Here's an example rendering of a building I designed for third year architecture school where I used this very process...

Evil Knievel's Museum suspended above downtown Bozeman. Montana. Performance Structure. Lebbeus Woods and Constant Nieuwenhuys were looked to for precedence. Revit model. Rhinoceros was used to generate the voronoi surface.

The Revit Saver

Sunday, August 23, 2015

The Revit Saver's thoughts on BIM Thoughts - Podcast by Bill Debevc, Carla Edwards, and Aubrey Frederick!

This year, at the Revit Technology Conference in Washington DC, I had the privilege of meeting Bill Debevc and Carla Edwards! After talking to Bill and Carla about my role in the Revit world, and a little bit about myself, Bill asked me to get a hold of him in the future to be a potential guest on their podcast series. What an honor! 

To be honest, I had never heard anything about BIMThoughts, so I went and looked it up after meeting Bill and having him tell me about it, and to my satisfaction found a podcast devoted to the proper application of technology in today's society that applies to BIM. 

Today I was driving home from visiting family in Boise, Idaho and decided that since it was a seven hour drive why not get started on this free podcast series and see what it was all about! I comfortably listened to the first two podcasts and can't begin to tell you what a gem it is! To be able to listen to these professionals, who actually know what they're talking about, share their knowledge to the BIM community is absolutely awesome! Their humor and their devotion towards sharing their knowledge with the BIM community is so clear, and the amount of knowledge shared in each one is beyond priceless! So go check it out and give it a chance! I assure you it is worth every second, and you won't want to stop listening! Thank you Bill, Carla, and Aubrey for your knowledge and giving this community something worth listening to, and getting this information out with facts!

I do look forward to taking you up on that offer Bill! Thank you again!

Autodesk Revit -> 3DS Max -> Stingray Workflows

Tomorrow my final semester of undergrad starts for my Bachelor's in Environmental Design, so I figured I would start investigating some new workflows to develop over the next several weeks. I found this video that exhibits some of the workflows I look forward to trying out throughout the new Fall semester. For now I'll share some of the videos that I've found, and in coming weeks the work exhibiting some of these developmental workflows!

Autodesk Stingray was just released by Autodesk, and provides a live link rendering platform to 3DS Max Models. If you load your Revit model into 3DS Max and then to Stingray you have a live link very similar to something Lumion can provide. Now even though I doubt, at this point, that it may stand a chance to Lumion's power and ease of use. It will be nice to evaluate it anyways! I'm always looking for ways to ease a workflow, so why not give it a try! Also, if you're a student like me, you can always go to and check out all the free software they have to offer! You won't be upset!

Also, if you haven't subscribed to Autodesk's youtube channel, I highly recommend it. It's kept well up to date, and there are some interesting videos that might be able to help you stay up to date with their new technology! Here's a video to some workflow tips provided by Autodesk for their new software platform Autodesk Stingray!

Here's a link to the official Autodesk Stingray website, and an overview of all it's features. Go check it out!

Monday, August 17, 2015

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Courtesy of Luke Johnson! Thanks Luke!

The Revit Saver's Screencast Group Launched!

For anyone interested in asking questions and learning more about Revit functionality, I have opened up a screencast group for You are more than welcome to send me a message through the blog for an invite. The beauty is that I will be able to answer any burning questions that you can't get answered, or be able to point you in the right direction for something that might be a little bit more helpful! Chances are if you're asking a question... someone else has already asked the same one! I look forward to seeing you all on therevitsaver's screencast group page!

Autodesk Screencast

Unifi for Revit 2016

The Revit Saver's August 2015 Add-in Review!

Note: This is intended to be a series of upcoming monthly reviews of tools, software packages, or a variety of other bits of information that I find handy in my professional workflow that others may find equally helpful in their own workflows! 

Unifi by Inview Labs!

     As mentioned in earlier blog posts, I had the pleasure of attending the Revit Technology Conference North America this year in Washington DC. It was an absolute blast and an overall enriching experience. One of the highlights of the experience was the exhibition hall! A lot of the tools that I've read about and researched were there exhibiting their software packages. One that truly stood out above the rest was Unifi! I had the pleasure of meeting Parley Burnett, Steve Germano, and Bryan Novotny! The three guys were AWESOME! Not only were they easy to talk to without feeling pressured to purchase something, but they truly were interested in getting to know me as an individual and what I did in the professional world and how their tool could be implemented. I explained my profession to them and the work flows that we have in our office and they showed me how I might be able to use their service in my office. They were at first a bit apprehensive at how we would be able to use this in a smaller office, but I had a better plan to use the service as a visual tool for our owner to communicate the systems he wanted integrated in the homes we design.
     After spending just five minutes with the demonstration I was able to see the value for our firm, and how we could use the tool to not only manage our content by backing it up to a cloud, but to be able to help us for upgrading our files for each release with ease! After I got back from RTCNA 2015, I jumped on the trial and began to test it out! After uploading, I had all of our plumbing assemblies loaded into Unifi, and began snapping pictures of our groups. This integration was able to help our owner use the software without knowing how to use Revit. Essentially picking and placing the geometry based on specified locations without having to have difficulties explaining design intent. After uploading to the cloud, I am able to drag and drop my families into all my projects with ease, and I'm able to utilize them remotely from home. This functionality alone covers it. One might suggest opening up a dropbox and hosting their content in the cloud. Yeah, sure, you could do that, but can drop box overlay Revit and be a part of your Revit interface!? No, It can't. The value in this is that you are able to work remotely without copying and pasting server files back and forth between your office and home. Sure, you could connect remotely, and access your files that way but I assure you it isn't as fast as having the ability to access your content within a familiar interface.

Go get your free trial 14 day trial up and running today!
Harvey's Plumbing and Heating DWV Assemblies 

"Harvey's Plumbing and Heating has integrated this process to be internally used on one machine with one Revit license. This allows the owner to specify the drawings he wants the groups to be placed on, and coordinates this data with the mechanical designer. The mechanical designers task is expedited, and laid out efficiently for him to focus on branch, waste and vent piping. This process has paid for Unifi and ensures secure content in the cloud in case of a network breach."*

*Note: The content is used internally for private use on one computer. This means that it is strictly used for management of our content, for security in case of a network breach, and communication within one license of Revit. This content is not shared, under any circumstances, with any other licenses of Revit or any other users. Period.

Instance vs Type Parameters

Difference between Instance Parameters and Type Parameters Explained
(Explanation of Shared Parameters Included)

            Have you started working with Revit families and wondered when making parameters what all the different options really do? Well here is a straightforward explanation with some useful images.

Note: I will not be covering how I made these families or the proper techniques for applying parameters to families. A couple great resources for this however are, specifically “Revit Architecture: The Family Editor”, the Revit Help Bar, or many different videos on YouTube about the subject.

·        Instance Parameters
o   After clicking the Family Types button while editing a family (upper left button in the “Create” Tab that looks like this…(Image 2)

o   The popup (image 1) appears, and then once you click “Add” under Parameters on the right side, the front tab of image 1 comes up. Here you have the option to select the Parameter Type and Parameter Data.
o   If you select Instance, then that parameter you have created will only apply to an “Instance” of the placed family (only one). This means you can change this parameter in another “instance” of family without it affecting the original family.
o   The other grand thing about Instance parameters is that they appear and can be edited inside the Properties Tab in your project.
§  This means no having to open the family to edit the parameter, it is available immediately!

o   The highlighted parameters are Instance Parameters I created inside HarveysShower Family. Now I can change these parameters inside my project without the original family changing.
§  However, whatever is input into those parameters inside the family is the “Default”, meaning that when the family type is placed, those are the original parameters it will have.

o   And voila! I input the new size of my HarveysShower (Family Type:) HPH 36” x 60”, and it is now 7’ Deep and 10’ Wide in this instance. Now if I placed a new instance of that family using the Component tool, Dragging out of the project browser, or a different family insert tool, that HarveysShower HPH 36” x 60” would be the same as image 3, as that is the “Default”.

o   Instance Parameters are great for items that change parameters (size, text, or otherwise) a lot and need to be edited in almost every instance.

·        Type Parameters
o   Type parameters are parameters that hold true for every instance of that Family Type. This means when you place multiple families and edit instance parameters, the type parameters are not edited.

o   The highlighted parameters are type based. This means when you a place an instance of a Family Type, these are always consistent of the Type.
o   Type parameters are very useful to keep families clean and problem free in the project (as editing some parameters in certain ways “destroy” the geometry of a Family), and are best used when using multiple Family Types (Type Catologues). Making this involves clicking New… under Family Types in the Family Types pop up (as seen above). This way you can have a family with multiple options for Type Parameters. These options will be available inside the project when you are placing components…

o   As you can see, the multiple types of the HarveysShower Family I have created are visible on the left under the Properties Drop down.

o   Type Parameters and Family Types can be useful as they can fill in schedules for you later on (instance based parameters also fill in schedules, but often have to be retyped to change things, where type families can be organized to include all information for specific types of a Kohler Bathtub for example).

(If there is any incorrect information or information that pertains to the subject that should be added, feel free to comment and let us know!)