Archive for July, 2010

Breaking down the walls that blind us

Saturday, July 31st, 2010

I’m always confused by Autodesk’s reluctance to give the users of their programs control over how things should appear. For example, it took until Revit version 2009 for dimension text overrides to appear and even then it is in a forced way that still limits control. Graphical accuracy in drawings is important because a misinterpreted […]

A quicky

Friday, July 30th, 2010

Just a quick link to a blog. Harlan Brumm in his blog Revit Clinic posted an excellent article on Revits “low wall behaviour”. Revit makes walls that are low but still pass through the cut plane display differently than full height walls automatically. You can read it here.

lines versus overrides

Saturday, July 24th, 2010

I’ve used Architectural Desktop (version 2006) for a few projects. It’s the reason I like Revit as much as I do. The reasons I dislike ADT don’t belong in this post but one of the few things I did like about ADT was it’s ability to define lineweight by subdivisions. For example, being able to […]

Hidden Keys

Saturday, July 17th, 2010

Door schedules are the bane of most techs. Nobody I know likes to fill one out. While Revit does make the job simpler by automatically adding the doors as you insert them; there is another hidden tool that Revit has that can speed things up. Keys are a great way to add in commonly used […]

The colour of text

Saturday, July 10th, 2010

I was approached by an architect a few months ago to produce presentation drawings for an auto dealership he had designed. On the presentation drawings he wanted a red bar across the bottom of the page with white text declaring the name of the sheet. It sounds simple but turned out to be a problem.

Revit and Building Information Modeling