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Thursday, February 11, 2016

Better Tekla IFC Export Settings for Revit Coordination

Tekla has issued an XML file containing preset IFC settings for export to Revit, specifically for Coordination. In some cases, this may already be available on your system, but in other regions you may have to install it manually.

Here's how:
  1. Download the zipped XML at this link.

  2. Unzip the XML into this folder on all PC’s running Tekla Structures:
    Note: you may need to adjust the above path to suit your Region

  3. Once this file is included in the folder mentioned above it will be available in all projects. When the user goes to File - Export - IFC they will have a pre-saved setting named “RevitCoordination”. The user simply Loads that setting and exports the parts needed.

  4. This “RevitCoordination” setting also is setup to export additional property sets for Design Workflow data that is entered into the member properties (ie. Beam, Column etc.) in Tekla Structures.

More information at:
CUSTOMER QUESTIONS: What's the best settings to use when sending Structural BIM to Revit Architecture?
Tekla Revit BIM workflow example | Tekla User Assistance

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Free Cobie Sample Models for Download from Prairie Sky Consulting and @bondbryanBIM

COBie is a bit of mystery for some people, so any efforts like this to make it more understandable are very appreciated. I immediately opened the 'COBie export' model in Revit 2015 and was able query a lot of data from the elements:

And then I uploaded it to A360 so it could be embedded here:

Files (obtain these from http://prairieskyconsulting.com/testing.htm)

All file provided in compressed format (.ZIP).

Details on development
Rob Jackson used a publicly released set of concept design drawings to simulate the early design in ARCHICAD of one of four dormitories on a fictous site adjacent to the University of Illinois, Champaign, Illinois, USA. This model was developed as if it were being developed for a real client.

As the design developed, the COBie Plugin for bimServer.org was iteratively applied to resolve issues identified. In some cases, the issues identified were the result of modeling. Other issues required direct feedback with ARCHICAD programmers. This communication was extremely helpful, efficient, and resulted in several software change tickets for which work-arounds were applied for this project.

More information at the source:


Sunday, February 7, 2016

Moving your Windows Temp folder so that Revit doesn't Fill Up Your SSD with Temporary Files

Do you have a problem with your SSD getting maxed out by a bloated TEMP directory (%temp%) ? In Revit, you might have an issue with revittemp_ files, particularly if you are using massive federated models with lots of Revit links...

Maybe this is an 'edge case', but I've tweeted about this issue a couple of times:
To stop this problem from affecting your main, system SSD hard drive disk space, you can move your Windows Temp directory. Here's how:

Go to This PC, Properties:

Go to Advanced system settings:

Go to Advanced tab, Environment Variables:

Then for TEMP and TMP, edit the path:

And input a location on a larger, secondary hard drive:

Here are the same screenshots for TMP:

Then, restart your computer:

 After restart, you should see files showing up in the new TEMP directory:

And when you open Revit file with links, you may see the revittemp_ files starting to appear:

Note: this setting applies on a per-Windows-user basis.

Get a Free replacement AC power cord for your Surface Pro

... for all Surface Pro AC power cords sold before March 15, 2015, in the U.S. and Canada and before July 15, 2015, in other markets where Surface is sold.

To see if you qualify for a free replacement and begin the exchange process, please visit www.surface.com/powercord
How to get a replacement AC power cord for your Surface Pro | Microsoft Devices Blog

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Update 2 for Autodesk Revit 2016 Direct Download Links

This might pop up in your Application Manager soon...

Update 2 for Autodesk Revit 2016 Release 2
Update 2 for Autodesk Revit 2016 Release 2 Readme

R2 download link

New build numbers for Revit 2016 R2:

Enhancements list should (eventually) be live at:

non R2 download link:

Autodesk Revit 2015 Update Release 12 Direct Download Links

Wow, Revit 2015 is really going for the 'most updates' record!

Autodesk Revit 2015 R2 Update Release 12
Autodesk Revit 2015 R2 Update Release 12 Readme

R2 Download link:

New build number for Revit 2015 R2:

Enhancements list should (eventually) be live at:

non R2 download link:

A note on C4R Update 9 and Revit 2015 Update 12:
Users of A360 Collaboration for Revit may experience an error on Revit startup if they install the Revit 2015 R2 Update Release 12 but not the corresponding A360 Collaboration for Revit update, version 2015.9.
The error dialog will reference the following: File name: 'Autodesk.RevitServer.Versioning.Client,.....
  • To continue using A360 Collaboration for Revit, close all sessions of Revit, then download and install the Collaboration 2015.9 update and restart Revit.
  • To stop using A360 Collaboration for Revit, uninstall this program via the Programs and Features functionality of the Windows Control Panel.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Two Ways to Solve the "Can't edit the element until 'problemUser' resaves the element to central..." Revit Worksharing Issue

I'm sure you have probably seen this message before:
Can't edit the element until 'problemUser' resaves the element to central and relinquishes it and you Reload Latest

This may be caused by one of your team members not syncing with Central, and then experiencing a crash, or just logging out and going home. Before you send off an angry email, perhaps you could use one of these methods to get rid of the element locks and keep being productive. Method 1 is a bit more disruptive to a large team, while Method 2 is a bit more 'hacky'. Important: Both methods will mean that 'problemUser' has lost their work and will have to redo it.

So, maybe Method 0 is 'call problemUser on the phone' and see if they want to come back into the office to try and sync their work back to Central... but if that isn't an option, you may have to use one of these methods:

Method 1 - Recreating the Central File:
  1. Notify all team members to Sync with Central and Close Revit
  2. Make a copy of your current Central file and _backup folder and put it somewhere for safekeeping
  3. Detach from Central
  4. Save As Central - overwrite the same file
  5. Notify your team members to open the model again, using 'Create New Local' tickbox

Method 2 - Using a Known User Name to Relinquish Element locks

First, make a note of the user name that has the lock. In the image below, it is 'rds check3':
 Open a new Revit instance and set that as the user name in Options:

Open the model normally (Create New Local) under that user name, and immediately click 'Relinquish All Mine'...

... and then Synchronize with Central. The element locks should now be gone.

In one of the other model instances (ie. your own user name), you can now Sync with Central... (or Reload Latest)
 ... and you can successfully modify the element that was previously locked.

As usual, the best idea is to do What Revit Wants and Sync with Central regularly so that lost work is minimized.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Decompile and Browse DLL Resources for Free

Here's how:
  1. Install JetBrains Dotpeek from http://www.jetbrains.com/decompiler/
  2. Open Dotpeek
    (if you can't find it %appdata%\JetBrains\Installations\dotPeek04\dotPeek32.exe)
  3. Open a DLL
  4. Browse the resources

Friday, January 22, 2016

ArchSmarter Toolbox - Revit Renamer v2 Macro for download (Room and Sheet Names, Numbers, Views renaming)

Information from Michael Kilkelly at ArchSmarter:
This macro easily renames room names and numbers, sheet names and numbers, and views. To run the macro, first download the ZIP file and extract the RVT macro files. There's a RVT file for Revit 2014, 2015, and 2016. Open the macro file then make active the file containing the elements you want to rename. Go to Manage > Macro Manager to open the Macro Manager dialog. Select the "RunRenamer" macro from the list then click the run button.

Enter the text you want to replace in the "Find" field. Enter the new text in the "Replace with" field. Select the type of element you want to search in the "Scope" field. If you want the "find" text to only consider text with matching case, check the "Match case" check box. If you only want to search for whole words that match the "find" text, check the "Match whole word only" checkbox. Click the "Replace" button to rename the elements.

Download at http://archsmarter.com/download/revit-renamer-v2/#
(press download)


You can sign up for email updates, and get access to the Toolbox at:
ArchSmarter Toolbox - Arch Smarter


Using IFC Export on iConstruct 2016

IFC version 4 (IFC4) is now supported.

Here is a very basic how-to on the steps to take to set this up in iConstruct 2016, running on Navisworks 2016:
  1. iConstruct -> IFC Configuration
  2. Select top node of an NWD
  3. Get NW Props
  4. Drag and Drop to set mappings
  5. Save Template
  6. Export...

    Wednesday, January 20, 2016

    Tuesday, January 19, 2016

    Adding Lightbox Style Image Zoom to a WordPress.com Site

    Guess what? Wordpress.com is different to Wordpress.org. Wordpress.org is self hosted and you can do things like install plugins. Wordpress.com is hosted by, uh, Wordpress and you can't install plugins. But the com version is very easy to set up and use and everything kinda just works.

    But have you ever tried to get a Lightbox style 'click to zoom' effect in Wordpress.com? Its not immediately obvious, so after figuring it out I wanted to share it.

    Firstly, go to your admin dashboard and tick the "Display all your gallery pictures in a cool mosaic" option.

    Then, go to a post that has a plain image and start Editing it:
    Position your cursor above the old image, then click Add Media.
    Important: select Multiple Images here and you will get a Continue button:

    In the next screen, click Edit and then use the X to remove any superfluous images, so you can just have one image in the 'gallery' if you like:

    Set your Layout to Tiled Mosaic and Link to Attachment Page:

    After inserting this gallery, you will see that there is a new Gallery object above the old image:
    Now, you can delete the old image:

    And Update the post:

    Now, when you go to the post and click on the image, it will 'zoom' to the image like this:

    Here is a live Wordpress.com page with the Carousel 'lightbox' enabled:
    Rooms to Polycurves – dynamoworks

    And here is a link to some documentation:
    Galleries and Slideshows — Support — WordPress.com

    Sunday, January 17, 2016

    Will anyone ever Solve the Problem of BIM Content? The Building Content Summit suggests we can... if we do it Together

    I tweeted about the Building Content Summit last year, and I'm happy to report that BCS 2016 looks like it will be even bigger and better. Here's a few words from their website on the current 'state of BIM content':
    • Designers often discourage the use of manufacturer based content and prefer to invest considerable resources into the development of generic models. Designers rarely communicate their needs to manufacturers
    • Manufacturers, looking for ways to differentiate their products, create content for customers but frequently fail to achieve a medium that all users can be happy with. Manufacturers struggle to know the requirements of their customers
    • Creators of content or software platforms struggle to create tools or content that are accepted by designers as a whole. Providers fail to understand the needs of Designers and/or lack product related knowledge
    Do you agree or disagree with the above points? Would you like to be a part of BCS, helping shape the discussion for the whole industry?

    Then check out the links below: there is a link to a survey where you can suggest topics of discussion, and also a nomination form where you can nominate a 'thought leader' of BIM content to become one of the BCS50.

    Topic Survey:

    The BCS50 recognizes 50 leaders from the worlds of Building Product Manufacturers, Architects, Engineers, Contractors, Owner-operated Practitioners, and Software & Service Providers who are actively engaged in innovation and thought leadership related to BIM content. BCS50 is hosted by the Building Content Summit (BCS), an event dedicated to the ever-changing ecosystem of BIM-related content.

    Do you know someone who belongs on this list? Nominate them now to recognize their hard work and dedication to BIM-related content.

    Main site:
    Building Content Summit 2016 - Summary | Online Registration by Cvent

    Other links:
    BCS | RTC News & Articles

    Latest News from Archvision (including Detail Warehouse available on Revit App Store)

    Archvision has a great reputation for providing quality Entourage RPC content and extensions to Revit, historically to assist you in creating more impressive presentation images and renderings. More recently, they have branched out to focus more on being a BIM content leader, including the development and release of their DETAIL WAREHOUSE app and content. This has been improved with recent updates, including the provision of DWG versions of this detail library.

    A couple of months ago, Archvision partnered with AXYZ Design to now provide more high quality 3D people as part of the RPCs available to Archvision users (but purchased under a separate license). The official name of this product is "AXYZ Design 3D Human Characters Collections".

    For more information on the AXYZ partnership, DETAIL WAREHOUSE App Store release, and DWG availability, please see links, images and embedded press releases below.

    AXYZ Partnership

    AXYZ Press release:

    Detail Warehouse on App Store

    Get it here:


     Press release:

    Detail Warehouse in DWG Format

    Press release:

    Using Office Lens, a Windows Phone and Surface Pro 3

    Office Lens is an amazing app for scanning documents or even whiteboard images directly to images, PDFs, even OneDrive and Office documents. The smoothest way is straight to OneNote. However, it doesn't run natively on a Surface Pro 3, partly because the Surface Pro 3 just has a fixed focus camera so it doesn't offer great fidelity when taking a photo of a document.

    However, many Windows Phones have great cameras (I use a Lumia 930, with 20-megapixel 1/3” PureView sensor with Carl Zeiss optics). And obviously, they do run the Office Lens app. So, how do we scan a document and get it across to the Surface Pro 3? Well, if we have easy internet access we could just use the integrated OneDrive or OneNote cloud storage. But what if we don't want to use our mobile data plan?

    Here's one way:
    1. Using Bluetooth, pair your Windows Phone with your Surface device
    2. On the Windows Phone device, start Office Lens and scan the document
    3. Click share this image...
    4. On the Surface device, use Windows+R (Run), then type fsquirt
    5. Click Receive files...
    6. The Surface is now waiting
    7. Back on the Windows Phone, choose Bluetooth
    8. Select the computer name of the Surface device
    9. The image should transfer as a JPG, and you will be prompted to save it
    The limitation with this particular method is you have to do one image at a time, it doesn't transfer multi-page documents as one file. For that, you will probably have to use the OneDrive or OneNote integration... and your data plan or wifi.

    Using Elk for @DynamoBIM to Import Maps and Topography into Revit from Web

    Brian Nickel recently sent through a link to the very Elk package for Dynamo, that essentially opens up web geographical data access to Dynamo and thus through to Revit for topography creation and similar.

    It was already an established plugin for Grasshopper, but developer Timothy Logan has released a port for Dynamo which can be accessed through the Package Manager.

    Elk HKS site:
    Elk Mapping Plugin | HKS LINE

    Heads-up from:
    The Revit Saver: Dynamo - Elk for DynamoBIM by Timothy Logan

    Quote from The Revit Saver:
    Thank you to Timothy Logan for making Elk available to Dynamo users!

    Here are his two videos for how to use the OSM data and Topographical data.

    Elk for Dynamo - OSM from Timothy Logan on Vimeo.

    Elk for Dynamo - OSM from Timothy Logan on Vimeo.

    Some of the links referenced in the above videos:


    Friday, January 15, 2016

    Revit Shared Parameter File Editor for Download

    spiderinnet.typepad.com recently posted a release of their Shared Parameter File Editor / Organizer. It has quite a few useful features including:
    • Open Shared Parameter File
    • Close Editor
    • Build New Shared Parameter File
    • Save Shared Parameter File
    • Save As Shared Parameter File
    • Export As PO.txt
    • Export As PO.csv
    • Change View
    • Merge Shared Parameter Files
    • Separate Chosen Shared Parameters Out to File
    • Add New Shared Parameter
    • Erase Chosen Shared Parameters
    • Examine All Shared Parameters

    It can be downloaded below:
    Revit Shared Parameter File Organizer

    Source: Revit Shared Parameter File Editor (RvtSPFEditor.exe) Finally Came Out - RevitNetAddinWizard & NavisworksNetAddinWizard

    Other portal at:

    Tuesday, January 12, 2016

    Learn How to Convert Inventor File to Revit (RFA) with this Free Interactive Tutorial

    What it does:
    The Inventor to Revit (RFA) Interactive Tutorial runs inside the Inventor application and leads you through the tutorial with step by step videos, supporting text and model files, and in-canvas visual clues linked to the text.

    Check it out and download it for Inventor at:

    List of All Revit Build Numbers and Updates from Revit 2012 to Revit 2016

    Do you sometimes get lost in the sheer amount of updates that come out for various Revit versions from year to year? When it comes to managing a team, you often want to make sure everyone is on the same build, but then how can you figure out which Update to install to get that Build Number?

    Thankfully, there is now a Autodesk Knowledge Network page for this at:
    How to tie the Build number with the Revit update. | Revit Products | Autodesk Knowledge Network

    For an example of what you will find over there, check out this list for Revit 2015:

    First Customer Ship Build: 20140223_1515
    Update Release 1 Build: 20140322_1515
    Update Release 2 Build: 20140323_1530
    Update Release 3 Build: 20140606_1530
    Update Release 4 Build: 20140903_1530
    Release 2 Build: 20140905_0730 (Subscription only release)
    Update Release 5 Build: 20141119_1515
    Release 2 Update Release 5 Build: 20141119_0715 (Subscription only release)
    Update Release 6 Build: 20150127_1515
    Release 2 Update Release 6 Build: 20150127_0715 (Subscription only release)
    Update Release 7 Build: 20150303_1515
    Release 2 Update Release 7 Build: 20150303_0715 (Subscription only release)
    Update Release 8 Build: 20150512_1015
    Release 2 Update Release 8 Build: 20150511_0715 (Subscription only release)
    Update Release 9 Build: 20150702_1515
    Release 2 Update Release 9 Build: 20150704_0715 (Subscription only release)
    Update Release 10 Build: 20151007_1515
    Release 2 Update Release 10 Build: 20151008_0715 (Subscription only release)

    If you ever need to audit a bunch of RVTs for their build number, you might consider doing something in Dynamo.

    Heads-up from:
    Phil-osophy in BIM: Revit Build Number