Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Fencing in Revit - Continuous Chain Link

Based on the following comment

Nice post! A similar approach I take is to do the chain link itself with a railing instead of a baluster panel family. Since the panel family is "fixed", it becomes a bit limiting when you place it. For example if you were sketching fencing over 60 feet with posts at 6'-0" O.C., everything would fit nice and dandy, but what if you have a section at 57'-3"? So by doing the chainlink as a railing (continuous; just a thin rectangular profile of the correct height), I have the freedom to set the posts to fit based on a maximum spacing instead, which would not require a unique family for every unique length (plus the unique type-driven baluster panel families). Hope I was clear!

found at the end of the Fencing in Revit blog post by John Tocci jr, I created the following continuous chain link railing family.



Visit John's original post and read it (try firefox if IE doesn't display the post). Then download the pattern file he created. We'll reuse the pattern since their is no reason to re-create the wheel and since it is available. Nice work John! Okay, back now? Good lets get started.

Here is how I did it:

Create a suitable material in your Project


1.) Download the pattern file or recreate it using the settings in John's post.

2.) Create a new material, by duplicating glass and then adding John's pattern as a model based custom pattern with a scale of 3.

Create the Fence Fabric Profile (Railing Profile)

1.) Create a New Family using the Profile - Railing template. You can set it up with reference planes for the sides and bottom of the sketch lines. What are the chances that you'll have to adjust the size later? Right? Do it! I set mine up as shown in the image below: 1/8" width and 5'6" height. Save this profile family as Chainlink Continuous.rfa or grab the one I created.

2.) Load the profile into your project.

Create the Railing Style

1.) Duplicate Guardrail - Pipe railing style and rename it: Chain Link Fence

2.) Assign the correct Assembly Code from the Building Site category: G2040100



3.) Lets set up the Horizontal Railings: Edit the Type Properties and access the Rail Structure settings. Leave rail 1 and rail 9, delete all the rest.

4.) Set the height of Rail 1 to 6'-0" and assign a material, I chose Metal - Steel.

5.) Set the height of Rail 9 to 0'-6" and assign the same material as before.

6.) Now Select Rail 9 and click the insert button to add a new railing. Rename it to Chain Link Continuous and select the profile you created earlier. Set the height to 6'-0", match the offset from the other rails (keeps it centered and hides the pattern at posts...you could offset so that the fencing wraps around the exterior of the posts if you wish.) Set the material to the chainlink material we created earlier.

That's all there is to it...of course you can change the post spacing if you wish, the original style has it set to 4'-0" O.C.

Hope that was helpful!

Here are the links to my example:

Chainlink Continuous.rfa

Continuous Chain Link Fence.rvt

For those of you who can't see John's original post, here are the direct links:

Revitized chain link pattern file (kudos to www.dotsoft.com for the original AutoCAD PAT file)

Chain Link Baluster Panel

Final Product (chain link fence RVT File)

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Monday, April 19, 2010

Revit Keyboard ShortCuts 2011 - Missing Isolate Element returns!

You'll be happy to know that the shortcut for Isolate Element has returned in 2011. This shortcut was present in 2010 until the Subscription Service Pack (#3) was installed.

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Friday, April 02, 2010

Navisworks 2011 is here!


I just got the notification that Navisworks 2011 is available.

Autodesk NavisWorks Manage 2011 EGJCR Commercial Product Upgrade Windows From Previous Version(s) is now available for download!

Donwloading now!

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Monday, August 17, 2009

Removing Portions of a Continuous Dimension in Revit

Want to remove portions of a continuous dimension string within Revit but don't want to delete and re-create the string? Use the grip and your Right Mouse Button (RMC). Delete Witness Lines is the command. Watch the video to learn how.

video

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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

AUGI AEC EDGE Magazine is THE Expert Resource for BIM and Revit

Do you want to deliver your projects faster and more efficiently? Then you need to read AUGI AEC Edge. It is jam packed full of industry best practices, best of class Autodesk Revit advice, and case studies and white papers from industry experts.


AUGI AEC Edge is a brand new publication dedicated to delivering mission-critical information to Architects, Engineers, Designers, and Contractors using Autodesk AEC products.




The image above is a screen capture from the AUGI AEC EDGE microsite. Check it out and download your copy today.

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Thursday, June 11, 2009

Revit Tip - Fillet with Radius

New Revit users are constantly tripped up by the ghost of AutoCAD past! It may seem logical to think that the fillet with radius command would be an editing tool in any software package. After all, the default Trim tool in Revit does a Fillet Corner for pete's sake! Rather than delete the wall and draw a new one with the "Radius" option toggled on, try this:




  1. Right-Click one of your walls and choose "Create Similar" to launch the Wall tool using the correct family.

  2. Click your Sketch Options pull down and pick "Fillet Arc" and then immediately pick your two walls.

  3. Now graphically stretch the arc into size.

You could toggle on the Radius option, but why not draw and then modify? It's all about iteration after all!




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Friday, May 08, 2009

Get the AU Online Code!


Many of you have attended Autodesk University and know the value of this fantastic training and networking event. But I know that many of you don't get an opportunity to attend for many reasons. Since I have access to the training materials, I thought I would share the code with those who've never attended.

Here's the deal: Send me an email stating why you want to experience AU through the online portal. I'll select five people and then send them a link that will let them register and gain access to the thousands of classes, handouts, and screencasts. Don't delay. This deal expires on June 1st, 2009.

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Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Key Schedules a potential fix for Jumpy Text

Did you catch Donnia's class at AU? If so then you know what key schedules can also be used for in Revit. If not, then Dave B has a good blog post that covers it. Go read his post.

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Friday, February 27, 2009

I learned something new about 3DSMax and Backburner today

Although 3DS Max 2009 can submit backburner render jobs to both 32bit and 64bit machines, it cannot submit to both at the same time. There is a toggle in the Advanced Tab of the network render dialog box see below:


This toggle allows you to send your job to either option but not both at the same time. You also don't want to mix and match render jobs on both 32bit and 64bit if you are creating an animation as you may introduce a noticable flicker in the final animation.


Thanks to Matthew Sulhoff at Incipio Technologies for providing the screen shot and some of the above information.

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Wednesday, April 30, 2008

VSTA for Revit Architecture Install - (Think VBA's replacement!)

I installed the recently received Autodesk Revit Architecture 2009 application on my laptop the other day. In browsing the DVD, I noticed a folder titled VSTA. If you want to install the Visual Studio for Applications for use with Revit, pick the bottom installer option for tools and utilities as shown below.



I didn't see any mention of this in the documentation, readme, or the installer for the basic product. I did see reference and tutorials in the SDK install, but one has to know to look for these. I found a cryptic mention of this in the New Features Workshop. If you look in the Revit Architecture Help file, you'll find mention of "Creating Macros with Revit VSTA"...grab Gregory Arkin's pdf version using the link below.

Install Steps:

  1. Install the Revit Product First
  2. Go back to first page of installer and then install the VSTA tools.
The install is much improved in this release...much faster too!

Now lets see how it runs.....

Note: The product install forces an install of Design Review 2009. This may impact those of you running the BIM Smart Library by Reed Construction Data. If you create a deployment, you can potentially modify the installation.

Links: Looks like other sites have more info on this.
Check out

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Thursday, January 10, 2008

Under the Radar indeed...isn't this SP4?

Don't get me wrong, I'm happy that the "January incident" is fixed, but giving this latest build the identity of SP3 leaves the original SP3 build of 20071109_2345 lost to history. I celebrated that build because of the things it fixed and because it was the first time that I didn't have to wait for the MEP release to be posted. If you saw my blog on November 19th, you'll remember the party that was thrown!

Nevertheless, the "Failed to open document" error is no more with the latest release, so create your deployments and announce them to your users. Now get back to work!

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Wednesday, January 09, 2008

The January Fix for REVIT Products is In...under the radar!

Looks like the fix for problems associated with the Jan 2008 bug are now available. Had problems recently opening older files? Trouble editing schedules or groups?...Install the latest build 20080101_2345 to fix these problems and more! It is definitely time to upgrade and install the latest Revit Builds! Learn about and download the latest builds using the links below.

Click on the Web Update Enhancement List links below to read about the changes and fixes provided in the latest builds.

Want to download the latest English builds directly? Get it/them at Autodesk by clicking on these links:

Don't forget to read up on the content changes. I'll include this important reminder until the next full release.

Thank You Autodesk for understanding the need to release all the disciplines tools at the same time!...

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Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Stagger your STCs, use High Speed LAN, Face Based Families and more

Fifo - (First in First Out) -Here is an example of what the user sees when attempting to work with others connected to the central file who beat them to the punch.




It is the primary reason for the following recommendations:


  1. High Speed LAN Required - 100mbs is just not enough...standardize on 1GB LAN...Anyone working with black fiber?

  2. Stagger STC for Teams - Ensure that Save to Centrals are done on set intervals at different times for each team member.

  3. Provide Dedicated Server for BIM/Revit Projects

  4. When using multiple disciplines in a single model, ensure that hosted families are used only where necessary...otherwise Face based is the choice du jour.

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Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Revit Uses Relative Links on Network

Did you know that by default Revit uses relative links when importing other files? While this may or may not be news to you, it does require you to think when moving or copying files to new destinations on your network.



Lesson: Don't assume that Revit will remember the full path and filename of linked files.





Sidenote: This opens up possibilities for remapping drive letters, using dos subst commands etc.

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Monday, November 19, 2007

New SP3 Revit Builds Available - All co-released! (20071109_2345)

It has happened. All three releases on the same build at the same time! It is definitely time to upgrade and install! Learn about and download the latest builds using the links below.

Click on the Web Update Enhancement List links below to read about the changes and fixes provided in the latest builds.


Want to download the latest English builds directly?
Get it/them at Autodesk by clicking on these links:

Be sure to read up on the content changes. I guess the renaming wasn't complete when they released the last build. Hopefully this will be the last.

It is a party now that all disciplines are on the same build....

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