Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Selecting Items and Switching Windows in Revit

Here's another quick tip that I suppose I've taken for granted for quite a while...

Today a colleague mentioned that he found it annoying that if you select something in one view and then want to switch to another view to work on said item(s) you have to reselect the item(s) all over again.
Well, actually you don't have to, just select in the new window, not with the left or right mouse buttons, but with the middle mouse button (your scroll wheel). Simple, most of you probably knew that right? I wonder how many people have overlooked that one though...

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Pixel Vs. Pencil - The Animation

Thought I'd post this for fun, it's a great little animation by a student named Aaron Lampert about digital versus traditional rendering - check it out, which is better the computer or the classic hand techniques?
Well who says we have to choose?

The Power of The Selection Filter

There seems to be a bug in Revit 2009 which makes it pretty difficult to select a split face element on a floor, wall or ceiling for editing (a split face allows you to paint separate areas of a face with different materials, in case you didn't know).

No matter how much you tab around the area where you are certain you created it you just can't select it! It's times like these where the selection filter is incredible handy.


Just drag a box in the area in question and click the little filter button, de-select everything else and voila you can now edit your split face.


Rate Your Revit Skills


CADsmart recently announced they've developed a fully integrated little skills assessment module for Revit which they plan to showcase during December’s Autodesk University convention in Las Vegas this month.

CADsmart has already created skill assessment tests for AutoCAD and MicroStation but this will be their first step into the world of BIM.

The first module will be for Revit Architecture but will be swiftly followed by assessments for Revit Structure and Revit MEP in early 2009.

The assessment covers 10 core areas of basic Revit skills; basic element creation, views & sheets, detailing, annotation & keynotes, component placement, dimensions & rules, importing DWG, families and parts, scheduling and coordinates & orientation.

Upon completion of their assessment, candidates receive a certificate with a full breakdown of stage scores and times, together with detailed training needs analysis. The software also has a live recording feature, so sessions can be replayed for training or support purposes afterward.

To request a free trial of the new Revit skills assessment software go to:

Simple Tweaking of Sketchup Materials

One of the biggest mistakes a newbie to Sketchup can make is to just use the default material textures as-is. For some things they work great but you can vastly increase the value of Sketchup's built in materials by simply tweaking the settings just a little bit, for example:

The Metal_Corrugated_Shiny texture works great for corrugated metal but if you bump up the default size from 4" x 4" to 10' x 10' you now have some pretty realistic Aluminum or chrome.

Easy Tweak, great effect, try this with other materials as well. You can often times create very realistic materials right in Sketchup without ever opening an image editing program.

Corrugated MetalChrome Metal