Want to attend the Revit Implementation Bootcamp?

I got a chance to IM with Scott and got the skinny on future plans with regard to the Revit Implementation boot camp.
The Good news first:

  • The attendee count has been increased to a total of 96
  • There may be a future “tour of sorts”…
  • The format will be 2 to a computer

Here is the bad news:

  • All invitations went out to pre-registered attendees of AU2008
  • You had to be registered by 10-2-2008
  • The wait list surpasses the increased total.

All for now…

Hopefully, Scott’s idea of a tour pans out!

Revit Implementation Boot Camp Invitations are out.

You heard it here first, Autodesk will be holding a single day Revit Implementation Boot Camp during the week of Autodesk University in Las Vegas.

Date: Monday, December 1, 2008
Time: 8:30am Registration; Continental Breakfast
9:00am — 5:00pm Presentation & Workshop Sessions
Where: Venetian Hotel, Las Vegas — Lando 4301, Level 4

I hope you received an invitation and got registered. It looks like the room is all filled up. Let’s hope they receive an overwhelming number of attendees and expand the program or repeat it on a different day.

AutoCAD Architectural Schedule Formula Tip

Problem: Schedule Formula (simple area addition) does not display as intended.

Solution: Check your format for the underlying property set variables.


As you can see from the image above, the combined area of two properties is not displaying as intended. What can I do to get a simple sum that displays in square feet? Here is the executive summary.

1.) Verify that your Schedule Cell format is set to Area.
2.) Now check each variable in the formula and scroll to the right setting their format to “standard” instead of area as shown in the following image.

That’s it! Your Problem is solved!


Continue reading below for the step by step version.

Step by Step:
Step 1: Select your schedule table, right click your mouse and choose “Edit Schedule Table Style…” from the pop up menu.

Step Two: When the Style Editor dialog box appears, navigate to the offending column and select it by left clicking with your mouse. Now move your mouse to the “Modify…” button at the bottom of the dialog box and left click it with your mouse. Now find the sample values list area indicated by #3 in the image below and left click and hold your mouse button down while sliding your mouse to the right. When you can see the format column you can let go of the mouse and continue to the next step.

Step Three: Double check that your chosen data format is “Area” for the Column Properties as shown in #1 in the image below. Next move your mouse back to the sample values list and change the format value for your variables to “standard” from “Area” as shown in the image below next to #2 and #3 in the image.

Step Four: Left Click the “OK” button and verify that your schedule updates to display as shown below. You did it! Congratulations!


Hope that helps!

My Dream Workstation is now available.

I found my dream workstation in a laptop form today and just had to tell you about it. It is a 17″ desknote with a fast desktop processor, 8 GB of hi-speed (800) RAM, a solid state hard drive (SSD), and a workstation class video card (Quadro). Want to know where to get it?

Visit Eurocom and look for the EUROCOM D90xC PHANTOM-X.
You’ll find an article about it in the latest desktop engineering headlines. Look for “Server-caliber Computer doubles as a mobile workstation” or just click this link.

I clicked over to Eurocom’s site and configured a machine for Revit. Since it is a dream machine, I spec’d it for my dreams with the following items for only $4,177 USD:

Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo® Processor E8400; 3.0GHz; 1333 FSB
Video: 512MB GDDR3; nVidia Quadro FX 1600
RAM: 8GB; 2x 4GB; DDR2-800
Harddrive: 250GB Solid State Drive SSD; Read>140MB/sec Write>90MB/sec; Seek<0.35ms

It would be interesting to compare this setup against a similarly configured laptop with a conventional 7200 rpm laptop drive. Eurocom? I’m ready to test it whenever you wish to send them over!

Want to learn more about SSD drives? Checkout the Solid_state_disk article at wikipedia.