Take the Zune off the list – Arch Design with Maya, and Inventor

I just removed the Zune from my wishlist. This morning I was greeted with an unexpected package of tools from Autodesk (Thanks Carl!). I was planning to integr-8 some new tools into my workflow. I have just been motivated to explore Maya and Inventor. But today, I will watch the videos pre-loaded on my new Apple Ipod Touch.

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Scripting a REVIT 2009 Local Copy Startup Routine

For those of you curious about how the new “starting page” might impact your scripted copy/startup routine you can rest assured that they should continue to work as before. The video shown below will provide an example of a vbscript based local copy startup that works with Revit 2009. FWIW, it took all of 10 minutes to modify the hta based code to get it work with all three Revit 2009 products. (Architecture, MEP, Structure)

This routine shows a Revit best practice of launching a local copy of a central model that is completely automated. The html application (hta) file provides a gui front end on a vbscripted solution to allow the user to choose a revit flavor and then choose a project to work on. The routine transparently, copies the central model to the local harddrive, renaming the file by appending the logged in users name to the file name.

Revit 2009 Enables Selection Feedback

One of the things that was always difficult for Ex-AutoCAD users when migrating to Revit was the inability to know exactly what had been selected. In AutoCAD it was easy, simply go to the properties dialog box or watch your command line and you received meaningful feedback as you made selections. This was not the case in Revit until the latest release, 2009!

If you look at the lower right corner of your interface, you will see the familiar “filter” icon (see image below) on the status bar with a number displayed next to it. This is your “NEW” selection indicator providing heads up display information you can use while working.


So what is even better than than? The fact that they have now added the number of elements selected to list box available in the standard filter dialog box as shown in the image below. Love it!

BIM Management Article – BIM as a C-Level Position…

Have you read AECbytes Viewpoint #35 yet? BIM is going big time with the suggestion that there should be a CBO or Chief BIM Officer in place at Design firms and a BCO or BIM Construction Officer as the natural counterpart in a construction firm. It is a very interesting time to be involved in BIM.

Love the new Revit 2009 “Review Warnings Export” button.

Now, built into Revit 2009 is the ability to export an html report of the warnings generated by Revit. As seen in this image below.

I clicked the export option when this warning was displayed when I was first opening a file created in a previous release. Notice the name of file is not displayed in the html report or in the filename itself…

Once the file is saved, the exported report is correctly named…apparently this behavior only occurs when opening an older file (requiring an upgrade) as once the file is saved in the current release, it correctly exports even on initial file open. Do you notice any different behavior? Leave a comment below.

CityGML standard hopes to improve BIM interoperability

Click the title (above) to download and comment on the proposed CityGML standard.

Press release copied below:
Wayland, Mass., February 19, 2008 – The Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc. (OGC) is requesting public comment on the candidate CityGMLEncoding Standard. CityGML [http://www.citygml.org/] is a GeographyMarkup Language 3 (GML3) application schema for the storage and exchange of virtual 3D city models.

CityGML is a common information model for the representation of 3D urban objects. It defines the classes and relations for the most relevant topographic objects in cities and regional models with respect to their geometrical, topological, semantical and appearance properties. Included are generalization hierarchies between thematic classes, aggregations, relations between objects, and spatial properties. This thematic information goes beyond graphic exchange formats and allows users to employ virtual 3D city models for sophisticated analysis tasks in different application domains such as simulations, urban data mining, facility management, and thematic inquiries.

Activities that would benefit from the richness of CityGML data include city planning, real estate, insurance, architectural design, environmental simulation, mobile telecommunication, disaster management, homeland security, facilities management, vehicle and pedestrian navigation, training simulators and others. CityGML will play an important role in the use of Building Information Models (BIM) to improve interoperability among the information systems used in the many domains of activity that involve design, construction, ownership and operation of buildings and capital projects.

The RFC can be downloaded fromhttp://www.opengeospatial.org/standards/requests/47. Comments are due by March 20, 2008.

The OGC® is an international consortium of more than 345 companies, government agencies, research organizations, and universities participating in a consensus process to develop publicly available geospatial standards. OpenGIS® Standards support interoperable solutions that “geo-enable” the Web, wireless and location-based services, and mainstream IT. OGC Standards empower technology developers to make geospatial information and services accessible and useful with any application that needs to be geospatially enabled. Visit the OGC website at http://www.opengeospatial.org/.

Revit 2009 Interface Changes – Web Content Library

Dwane Lindsey correctly identified the new location for the Revit Web Content Library as seen in the graphic below.


Dwayne commented on a previous post, “Yes, the Web Library button has been removed. There is now a link on the new Start-up Page for Revit.” Check out Dwayne’s blog by clicking on his name in the above post.

Revit Build Checker Updated for 2009 Products

Revit Build Checker has been updated to support Revit 2009 products when they are available.
No need to launch Revit and search for the build number…just launch my script query the system and report on installed versions of Revit from Release 9.1 through 2009.

  • Also works with 64 bit Windows XP.
  • Also works with Revit MEP and Revit Structures.

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Feed Fixed…Links to missing posts since October

While my rss feed was completely hosed some of you (who only participate via RSS) might have missed some of my posts…I’ll provide links below:

  1. BIM Manager Tool – Identify Revit Builds without launching Revit
  2. Updated for 2008: Routine to Copy Layer Keys Between Layer Key Styles
  3. Speed up file browsing – LAN, WAN, and via WAFS devices
  4. Change the pathing type of linked files
  5. Revit Uses Relative Links on Network

Revit 2009 Interface Changes – Open

Autodesk Revit 2009 changes the equation from the start…

Accessing the “Open” dialog reflects some changes in the interface beyond the “landing page” look of the drawing window on first launch. As seen in the image below, the option toggles have been relocated from the right side to the bottom below the file type selector. Also relocated are the “workset” initial open selections from a combo box on the right to an option button immediately adjacent to the “Open” button.

A nice feature of the new open dialog is the ability to add the current folder to the list of “places”. Need to restore the standard folders? That option is also available in the “tools” command button.

Of course, the default has not changed from “Last Viewed” and although this ensures consistency, it sure would be nice to store that setting and recall it per user rather than a global “he who saves last knows best” setting.

Did you notice something missing? Post a comment with your answer.