Thursday, May 28, 2015

Where can I get Revit 2016 Subscriber Only Apps and Addins, like the Space Naming Utility?

Try this link:
https://apps.exchange.autodesk.com/RVT/en/list/search?facet=__custom%3A%3A_subscriberOnlyApps%3A%3B__version%3A%3A2016



Although it doesn't list 2016 version on the actual download page, after downloading and installing the Space Naming Utility, I discovered that it was actually added to Revit 2016:

As per screenshot above,  the 2016 version of Autodesk Site Designer Extension for Revit is also available.

Pure speculation here, but I expect that some of these other Subscriber addins will be delivered in the same way:
  • Batch Print for Autodesk Revit
  • Autodesk Revit Model Review
  • eTransmit for Autodesk Revit 2016
  • Autodesk Revit DB Link
  • Space Naming Utility
  • Worksharing Monitor for Autodesk Revit
  • Autodesk Vault Add-in For Revit
  • Autodesk BIM 360 Add-in for Autodesk Revit
  • Autodesk Revit Extension for Autodesk Fabrication
  • Advance Steel Revit Extension


Looking for Revit Extensions for Revit 2016? Check your Application Manager...

Looks like these are delivered directly now:

Autodesk A360 Collaboration v5 for Revit 2015.

This coincides with UR8, and interestingly includes an update to Dynamo 0.8.0. I would recommend using Autodesk Application Manager to obtain this entire package.

Collaboration for Revit v5 download:
http://revit.downloads.autodesk.com/download/2015RVT_UR8/RCAO2015.msi

Personal Accelerator:
http://revit.downloads.autodesk.com/download/2015RVT_UR8/PACR.msi   




This is the packaged Dynamo installer:
http://revit.downloads.autodesk.com/download/2015RVT_UR8/DynamoInstall.msi   

Revit 2015 Update Release 8 for R2.

Download UR8 for Revit 2015:
For R2
http://download.autodesk.com/SWDLDDLM/Updates/Revit/UR8/Autodesk_Revit_2015-x64_Update8_forR2.exe   

Not for R2
http://download.autodesk.com/SWDLDDLM/Updates/Revit/UR8/Autodesk_Revit_2015-x64_Update8.exe

Enhancements List (R2):
http://revit.downloads.autodesk.com/download/2015RVT_RTM/UR8/Enhancements_List_RVT_2015_UR8_forR2.pdf

Readme (R2):
http://download.autodesk.com/SWDLDDLM/Updates/Revit/UR8/Autodesk_Revit_2015_R2_UR8_Readme.htm


Not for R2 - Readme
 http://download.autodesk.com/SWDLDDLM/Updates/Revit/UR8/Autodesk_Revit_2015_UR8_Readme.htm

Not for R2 - Enhancements
http://revit.downloads.autodesk.com/download/2015RVT_RTM/UR8/Enhancements_List_RVT_2015_UR8.pdf

Service Pack 1 for Autodesk Revit 2016.


Download:
http://download.autodesk.com/SWDLDDLM/Updates/Revit/2016/SP1/Autodesk_Revit_2016-x64_SP1.exe   

Release notes:
http://revit.downloads.autodesk.com/download/2016RVT_SP1/Docs/RelNotes/AutodeskRevit2016-SP1ReleaseNotes.html

Readme:
http://download.autodesk.com/SWDLDDLM/Updates/Revit/2016/SP1/Autodesk_Revit_2016_SP1_Readme.htm


The Status of BIM Adoption on Six Continents (Research Paper)

Sometimes I feel like there are more BIM research projects than there are actual BIM projects... but in any case, here is a recent interesting study (via Wooyoung Jung and The BIM Hub):


Direct download link

via
The Status of BIM Adoption on Six Continents | White Papers | The BIM Hub

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Get a List of Element IDs from a Row in a Revit Schedule

Here's how:
  1. Filter and group your Schedule so that it shows the elements you want on a particular row
  2. Select that Row and pick Highlight in Model
  3. After the elements are highlighed, you can start the "IDs of Selection" command. This will provide a text box with a list of every single element ID that was selected. You can then copy (Ctrl+C) and paste this into your desired application, like Excel or even a text file for consumption in Dynamo.
  4. Optional: Save the selection using typical Revit "Save Selection" option
If you do copy the IDs to a text file, you can use a simple Dynamo definition like this to convert the Element IDs to actual elements. Obviously, once you have the element list in Dynamo, you can do lots of fun things with it.


What if you have a list of line separated element IDs, like one per Excel row? You can use Dynamo to parse these to Elements, and even create a saved Selection Set too (thanks to Clockwork), like this:


Friday, May 22, 2015

Bakery for Dynamo.

Honestly, I'm not that great at Dynamo and Python and the rest... hopefully one day? In the meantime I have been helped a lot by Andreas and Konrad and Julien and a few others on the forum. I've decided to combine my currently released custom nodes into a package called Bakery that I intend to add to and maintain. You can download it through the package manager.


Also, check out this forum post for a list of Dynamo resources (thanks to Sol Amour):
http://www.revitforum.org/dynamo-bim/24005-dynamo-learning-resources.html#post136270

Upcoming Web Events for Building Design, Fabrication, Construction and Infrastructure

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Read more:
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Monday, May 18, 2015

Two ways to fix a System Classification vs System Type Error in Revit

You may have to clean up or fix up a mechanical Revit model where the Duct Fittings have become out of sync with the system they are supposedly connected to. For some reason, the System Classification and System Type may not match up. There are at least two ways to fix this:
  • drag and rejoin one of the connectors to the correct system. The system should regenerate.
  • Cut one of the problem elements, then Paste Align - Same Place. After this, you will need to use Connect Into to get the element connected with the system. You might find that doing this on one Fitting will force a regeneration on the entire system, fixing all Duct Fittings with this problem at once.

I have put together a quick screencast for each of these methods:


If you have another way of fixing these problems, feel free to comment. Thanks!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Using Copy Monitor to Extract Nested Families from Host Layouts and Create Free Instances

At various points in a BIM project, Revit models may get passed from one consultant or contractor to the next. After this handover occurs, a change in project requirements may mean that the recommended modelling practice has now slightly shifted. For example, in healthcare and hospital projects, host and nested Revit family arrangements are often used to control repeating layouts, such as in wet areas and other typical rooms.

Often, many of these nested fixture families are also Shared families, meaning they can be scheduled and accurately counted in Revit schedules.

However, what if a contractor needs access to some of these nested families in their own model? For example, what if a plumbing contractor wants to copy all nested plumbing fixtures into their own model, perhaps to add parameters or generate maintenance schedules for FM?

There are a few different ways to go here, with varying degrees of hackiness and/or gracefulness. An extremely hacky way to go might be to export IFC, open IFC to get each of these nested families as their own instances. Or, you could use Copy/Monitor. When using Batch Copy, each family gets emancipated from its original host family. It certainly should be used with care, as some things don't work especially well... Like instance parameters aren't really copied across, and you may end up with some duplicated elements. But for the most part, as a built-in Revit solution, it can do a decent job. I put together a brief workflow on how you might go about this process, and you can download it here.


As usual, test the workflow thoroughly before implementing it, and use at your own risk.

Oh, I wanted to mention yet another way this could be done... with Dynamo. I recently developed a solution that can free nested families for an entire rvt at once, including:
  • create new instances of all nested families of a desired category in correct locations
  • set original element IDs to original and new instances
  • set a parameter to determine if an element was 'original' or newly created by the script
  • rotate instances to match original
  • mirror or flip if necessary
  • copy all parameters from original elements to new instances
  • select top level elements for deletion
But that's a subject for another post... :)

What's coming up in DynamoBIM world? Check out this video...


Let's Discuss Dynamo with Ian Keough at CASE on Vimeo.

Original post:
Dynamo Now, Dynamo Next | CASE

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Workarounds for Gluing problem models, and Direct Links to updated BIM 360 Add-Ins

If you are having trouble getting a particular NWC uploaded to Glue, here are some steps to try:
  • you can open it in Navisworks, export to DWF and try Uploading that using the Glue client
  • you could open it in Navisworks 2015 and then Glue It from there. Unfortunately, there is no 'Glue It' addin available for Navisworks 2016. As I understand it, the new Glue sync features in 2016 mean that a simple Glue It button for Navisworks will not be available in Navisworks 2016.
Also, there are new addins available today (11 May 2015):


Go to this link to download BIM360 addins (you will need to sign in to Glue first, then use the link below):
https://b2.autodesk.com/downloads/unknown



More at: To Install BIM 360 Add-Ins | BIM 360 Glue | Autodesk Knowledge Network

Monday, May 11, 2015

Access Backups for A360 Collaboration for Revit Models using "Manage A360 Models"

From microsolresources:
Select your project, and you will get a list of cloud-enabled models. Please note you will not see other data, such as Word documents or non-cloud enabled models.

When you click on the icon that resembles a floppy drive, you will have an option to View Versions.



Each of these Versions refers to an instance of Sync to Central.

On the far right column, we see Actions. If you click on the clock icon, you can roll back to a previous STC. You should exercise caution whenever rolling back to an earlier version. ALL NEWER VERSIONS WILL BE DELETED WHEN YOU ROLL BACK. In addition, anyone currently working on that model will lose their work, and any changes will be orphaned.


Read the whole post at:
Backing Up A360 Collaboration for Revit Models | microsolresources

Free Revit Shared Parameter File Viewer

Spiderinnet has posted a free shared parameter file viewer (download).
  1. Extract the zip
  2. Run RvtSPFViewer.exe
  3. Click the open door and select your Shared Parameter file

"... help view Revit shared parameters in a nice window, we created the Revit Shared Parameter Viewer (RvtSPFViewer.exe).
SampleUI

It can be downloaded below.
Revit Shared Parameter Organizer"

Original post:
Revit Shared Parameter Viewer - RevitNetAddinWizard & NavisworksNetAddinWizard

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Selectively Tag Linked Elements in Revit

Let's say you want to tag Duct Accessories in a linked Revit model. That's easy, because Revit can Tag All... Linked Elements by Category. Just tick the box in the dialog below:

But what if you only want to Tag certain Duct Accessories, like those that actually have a value in a given parameter? What we need to do is limit the view to only showing what you want to tag, and then run the Tag All Not Tagged command as above.

Here's how:
  1. Duplicate the view you are working in
  2. Hide all unnecessary Links
  3. Use View Filters to hide the elements you don't need, by using the parameter you actually want, something like this:
  4. After you have hidden off these elements, run the Tag All command in this view
  5. Select all of those new tags (right-click on one of them, Select All Instances - Visible in View)
  6. Copy
  7. Switch back to the original view and Paste Aligned to Current View
So What does Revit Want? For you to think about how it works, and then use it accordingly. In this case, we realised "hey, Revit tags only what it sees..." Then, we can develop the workflow above to solve the problem.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Did you know... you can Select Connected Nodes using Tab after selecting a Node in Dynamo?

From Dynamo developer Ian Keough on github:
When a node is selected, try pressing Tab. This will expand your selection by one connection. Pressing Tab again, by two. Etc...
Wish: Select Connected Nodes · Issue #4313 · DynamoDS/Dynamo

Here is a short Screencast of the feature:
 

Automatic Grouping of Clashes in Navisworks with Free Addin

Simon Moreau has shared a nice addin for Navisworks that allows the automatic grouping of clashes. From his blog:
"This plug-in enables a lot of possibilities for sorting clash detection results in a meaningful report, and will become a full-time member of my coordination toolbox.

To install this plug-in, you can copy-paste the ClashDetective.ADSK.dll file available here in a new ClashDetective.ADSK folder in C:\Program Files\Autodesk\Navisworks Manage 2016\Plugins. You can also see my edited version of the example code here."


Original post: Grouping clash results | BIM 42
Heads-up from Michael Clothier

Here is what the installation folder looks like:

And the addin ribbon in Navisworks Manage 2016:


You can also download the Navisworks SDK from here:

  Navisworks 2016 SDK (Updated April 7th) (exe - 207 Mb)
  Navisworks 2015 SDK (Updated July 1st) (exe - 193 Mb)
  Navisworks 2014 SDK (exe - 217 Mb)