A document was recently released that essentially describes differences in the way that Tekla and RST respond to changes in a linked architectural model. This document doesn't really take into account the other benefits of working in a completely Revit environment - not having to convert to and from IFC, tagging through links, scheduling, bidirectionality, and so on (I don't feel a need to keep listing reasons :-)
Interesting post by troywright on AUGI, in relation to setting up segregated links as room bounding in your Revit MEP file:
We have this issue frequently, as with major projects we will receive
different models for architectural fitout, shell and core and facades
The solution we have (in your example) is to; - Link the structural model into architectural as an overlay, set to room bounding - In your MEP model link in the structural model and the architectural model.
That's it. Essentially it is an extra step, but it means that the
architectural model knows it is bound by the structural model, even
though it is only an overlay! I think someone else mentioned this method
earlier but with worksets. I can't see a point in doing this as the
nested structural model is an overlay, so it's irrelevant.
Another issue you may have is that your spaces act up when an
architectural model has floor finishes set to room bounding that are
higher than the level they are on. To fix this just change all of your
levels to have a calculation height above that of the floor finish.
Its possible you are already using one or more of these... This list comes from Revit Modelling India:
Aconex Mobile app is used for iPads, you can capture photos, audio and
videos on project site and access and manage existing project document.
It also helps to review the images and drawings as well as view and edit
project information offline. Therefore, you are able to sync with the
platform, when a connection is available.
is a free construction app and with this we can turn gadgets into 3D
communication as well as presentation tools for the architectural
iPhone construction app makes you able to create and track the bidding
procedure with your subcontractors. The accessible info that this app
offers make it easier and timelier to bid projects.
Wheatland EMT Calc
EMT Calc, which helps contractors and engineers, is available for
Androids and iPads. For example, with this app, they can canculate the
amount they can save on twenty feet of conduit
is highly useful for real estate agents and contractors, as it has an
access to blueprints on job sites. Users can create as well as export
custom floor plans with this iPod Touch, iPhone and iPad app.
Formulator with over 200 formulas for plumbing, carpentry and
electrical calculations goes for $9.99. Besides the excavation and
concrete formulas for calculating the bricks and concrete required for a
job, this app also have formulas for steel design, parking areas and
even swimming pools.
Pro helps engineers, contractors, owners and architects access and
follow up leadership in Energy & Design credits for major
renovations and new construction projects. With this app, users can
access credit requirements and also can find out when a particular
requirement has been met.
free construction app makes the users able to create and control
punch-list items, access contacts and log time card entries and share
and store project pictures. In short, It can make the construction
management very easy.
iQuick Contract Maker
app, which costs $2.99, makes the users able to create and email
contracts to customers from iPads, iPhones, or the iPod Touch. With
this, the users can also customize contracts for a particular industry
is a free app and it allows the users to put all their project plans,
specs and photos on their iPad. Moreover, cloud-founded annotations that
instantaneously sync with colleagues is also allowed with this.
though Ustream Broad caster is not a necessary app, it can help the
construction industry in many ways. For example, It allows users stream
alive from their device, while they are on a job site or looking at
properties for future development.
As the name indicates, this free app helps the users calculate the stair length, roof pitch and rafter lengths etc.
With this app, you can set up email alert, track jobs, get the advanced bidding news and vies from all over the state.
Revit Wants you to use a good, clean, consistent technique when setting up Curtain Wall mullions for high quality detailing. Here is one way to set these up for nice corner joins - the advantage is that the curtain wall can be properly 'joined', you do not need to Disallow Joins and hack the glazing position:
When finished, and the endpoints share a common location, the corner looks like the figure below.
Why is this preferable to assigning a single mullion to one curtain wall
and leaving the adjacent curtain wall without a mullion?That
would require that the edge handle of the CW without the mullion to be
manually aligned to the edge of the mullion where it crosses the panel's
path; a feature that should be automatic in Revit.Changes to the mullion profile won't necessarily be reflected in the open-ended CW and is an opening for errors.
via Jon McFarland at CurtainwallBIM: Mullion Halves
I'm looking forward to tighter BIM 360 Glue and Navisworks integration moving forward...
All project and enterprise BIM 360
Glue subscriptions now include access to Autodesk® Navisworks® Manage
and Autodesk® Point Layout for use by the purchasing company.
Navisworks Manage 2015 and Autodesk Point Layout 2015
this new entitlement, connected office and field teams can more easily
collaborate using streamlined BIM workflows on everything from
multidiscipline coordination and material takeoff to component staking
and installation. By removing access barriers, teams can improve
information accuracy at the point of construction and help accelerate
Navisworks Manage and Point Layout may only be used by the purchasing company's employees
who have access to a BIM 360 Glue Project. These products may be used
in conjunction with BIM 360 Glue in order to do work on that specific
BIM 360 Glue Project.
order to grant access to a user to either of Navisworks Manage or Point
Layout, the employee will need to be a Host or Project Administrator on
the BIM 360 Glue project.
Typically when editing Revit families, if you want to deal with arrays and stop them breaking when the count is 1, you set up some IF() formulas in Revit. However, a recent comment by David over on Revit Beginners describes another possible method: Thank you Luke. Another possible solution is to nest the element into an adaptive component family, then nest the adaptive onto a conceptual mass family surface and use the repeater tool which can have an array count of 1.
Moustafa Khalil has freely released an Android app and a Revit listener addin that essentially accomplishes a site-to-Revit connection for RFI input into Revit. Essentially, you install the Revit addin, setup the FTP connection, login on the Android app and then take some pictures of RFIs from site. You then add some comments and data to the photo submission, and this is automatically captured into Revit through the FTP site and Revit addin.
Its an interesting approach to this problem. Amazing what someone can accomplish when they think a little outside the box and connect a few different technologies. Nice work.
There are lots of ways to share and track tasks among teams, and this is probably one of the most rudimentary (ie. least feature packed). But I have tested it, and it does actually work. Basically, you install a script from the instructions below, and it allows you to share a given Google task list with selected people.
The View "Discipline" setting in Revit is a high level visibility control that can have some significant consequences on how a view actually looks. Amongst other things, it works as a high level switch for Hidden Lines.
As the online Help demonstrates: In view properties for 2D views and 3D views, set the Show Hidden Lines parameter to By Discipline to display hidden lines based on the assigned discipline of the view.
For all views, the default value for Show Hidden Lines is By Discipline, with the following results:
If Discipline is set to Architectural or Coordination, do not display hidden lines.
If Discipline is set to Structural, show hidden lines.
If Discipline is set to Mechanical, Electrical, or Plumbing, show hidden lines.
Revit Properties is now available within the CTC BIM Project Suite download, and runs outside of Revit. This user interface provides access to basic data about Revit project files, family files, project template files and family template files.
See the version of Revit that last saved the file
View worksharing information about project files
This is a free tool that does not have licensing requirements
"Revit makes available the following IFC-specific files:
IFC Metric Template.rte. This file allows you to create new projects that are already set to the IFC standard.
Parameter Upgrade.rvt. This file enables you to upgrade an existing
project to contain IFC parameters by reading the instructions contained
in the IFC Parameter Upgrade.rvt file.
Shared Parameters.txt. This file contains the shared IFC parameters if
you want to manually update an existing project to contain all or some
of these parameters.
It is recommended that you use the IFC Parameter Upgrade.rvt file. If
you use IFC Shared Parameters.txt, you must add parameters one at a
time, setting the correct categories for each. If you use IFC Parameter
Upgrade.rvt, you can use the Transfer Project Standards tool to add the
parameters in one operation."
It hasn't shown up on Exchange yet, but it is already available for download on the Sourceforge page. There is an update to IFC 2015 (the one that is really robust, fast and accurate for Import and Export), and also some updates to 2014 IFC addins.
Some of my testing:
30% file size reduction in RVT when using Link IFC on 85mb steel model from Tekla v16.1
v15.1.0 = 297mb
v15.2.0 = 210mb
66% file size increase in IFC when using export IFC to all proxies:
v15.1.0 = 288mb
v15.2.0 = 478mb
Some key Export improvements from the readme (I've underlined points of interest): - The functionality for creating and using user-defined property sets has been greatly enhanced. This includes: - Added a "DefaultUserDefinedParameterSets.txt" file to allow a user to create user-defined property sets for any setup, including the in-session setup. - Added the "IFC2x3 Extended FM Handover View.txt" user-defined property sets file to the installation. This also fixes a typo in the original version. - Allow the user to specify any file as a user-defined property set file, instead of being forced to use the default name and location. - Increased the types of fields that can be used from the original 4. The full list is detailed in the DefaultUserDefinedParameterSets.txt file. - The Setup dialog for the export alternate UI has been split into 3 tabbed pages to make it easier to find and understand the export options. - Significantly improve performance when trying to export a highly-tessellated geometry. New Import Functionality:
- Add an "IfcMaterial" field that contains the material name(s) associated with the element. - Add an "IfcSpatialContainer" field that contains the name of the project, building, building story or space that contains the element. - Create multiple layers for simple cases of elements where IfcMateralLayerSetUsage is defined. - Import IfcGrids. There are some fundamental differences between IFC and Revit Grids, most notably that IFC grids are per-view, and Revit Grids are per-model. As such, there may be cases where some grid lines show up in more views than initially designated in the IFC file. - Improve healing and logging of imported solid data that is slightly dirty. This should result in fewer missing objects.
Import Bug Fixes: - Fix "missing" faces when elements were cut by openings and the IfcOpeningElement sub-category had its visibility turned off. - Handle unbound circles used for profile definitions in certain cases.