Monday, January 26, 2009

SmartBIM 3.2 to be released in February


Reed Construction Data is planning to launch version 3.2 of its SmartBIM Library content management tool for Revit in February 2009.

I wasn't even aware this product existed. Unfortunately I work for a really small firm so I doubt that we'd ever seriously look at purchasing this product, but I might just have to try out the free demo some time. It looks like it would really clean up family file organization.

Apparently this product also gives you the ability to attach files, including text documents, spreadsheets and images, to SmartBIM Objects using the drag-and-drop feature. Which would be helpful in terms of attaching spec information or product PDF's and details etc.

The company claims that version 3.2 will come pre-loaded with over 16,000 high-quality Revit product types, including 200 new generic families, I wonder how many of these are the standard families you get with Revit?

Here are some of the highlights from the website:
  • Streamlines design workflow
  • Simplifies storage, organization and location of Revit objects
  • Facilitates the generation of libraries from Revit families
  • Enables manufacturers, architects, engineers and building owners to easily share libraries of objects
If you have experience with this product please leave some feedback in a comment to let us know what you think

For more information...
http://www.reedconstructiondata.com/bim/bim-library/

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Save Locally - Save Time

Wow! Here's a pretty major and very often overlooked issue with saving files in Revit that I recently realized many people aren't aware of...

If you work in an office (or even at home with a server of some sort) you have probably always saved your Revit files the way you always did with Autocad or any other program, in the project's file folder somewhere on a local server, right?

Well Stop!

Why? Because you've probably noticed that once a project gets relatively large, say upwards of 20 Megs it gets really slow to save, it can take mutilple minutes, wasting your time, you may have even just decided that this was just one of the downsides to working with Revit's large files, it doesn't have to be!

If you save your file locally, like on your desktop even large files save fast! At the end of the day just upload the file manually to it's proper location and your fine. (Of course this is what you're doing already if you use worksets and are saving to central.)