So You Want to Model All Services in One Model?

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Apr 4, 2014
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..but you don’t have an all services template to start with. How do you go about setting this up? Firstly start with any one of your company MEP templates. Be it mechanical, electrical or hydraulics it doesn’t matter. Next step is to bring the families across. You can either load all the required families via […]

1.65%

1.65%

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Feb 26, 2014
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You may have noticed that when modelling pipework on grade, displaying that grade as a percentage, Revit rounds a grade of 1:60 (1.65%) to 1.67% This is due to 1 / 60 being 1.66 recurring, which Revit correctly rounds to 1.67. Regardless of if Revit is correct or not, hydraulic engineers, project verifiers and council […]

Scaling Filled Regions in Detail Items

Scaling Filled Regions in Detail Items

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Jun 28, 2013
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The secret to parametric families are reference planes. Of course, you can apply parameters that adjust the dimensions of elements without the use of reference planes, but some things just won’t work that way. One of those things is filled regions. A good example of this is an electrical distribution board symbol. Distribution board symbols […]

Modelling Pipework Bends at Less Than 5°

Modelling Pipework Bends at Less Than 5°

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Jun 27, 2013
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The question came up at work yesterday about if it were possible to draw pipes in Revit at angles of less than 5°. With a bit of tweaking, it is possible, but personally I would be wary that you would be modelling something that isn’t actually constructable as fittings at less than 5° are not […]

Problems With Tag All When Tagging Rooms in Linked Model

Problems With Tag All When Tagging Rooms in Linked Model

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Jun 24, 2013
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We discovered an interesting problem on this particular project where the tag all feature would not work. Luckily, there is a simple work around.

Quickly Annotating Vertical Elements in a Model

Quickly Annotating Vertical Elements in a Model

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Apr 17, 2013
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Have you ever had a large floor plan, covering multiple floor and have literally hundreds of risers to tag? What if all the risers are offset through the building and you can’t simply copy and paste the annotations up the building? Tag all is a great solution for which I have a little tip on […]

Using Ideate BIM Link and areas in Revit MEP for quick and easy calculation models

Using Ideate BIM Link and areas in Revit MEP for quick and easy calculation models

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Mar 22, 2013
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I was handed a dirty big piece of paper the other day by a Revit capable engineer with lines that were traced in AutoCAD, complete with manual calculations and tables calculating the catchment areas for a large project that we’re working on currently. I was asked to take the sheet of paper, a calculator and […]

Drawing cable trays at 90° to a wall

Drawing cable trays at 90° to a wall

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Mar 21, 2013
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Saying that I have been busy lately is an understatement. To make up for it, here is a quick video with a work around for drawing cabletrays at 90° to a wall.

Automatically Inserting Symbols Into Revit Schedules

Automatically Inserting Symbols Into Revit Schedules

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Jul 10, 2012
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Just a small sneak peak of something that I’ve been working on recently. Revit users everywhere would know that the one short fall of Revit scheduling is that you can not include annotative symbols within the schedule. Schedules are very powerful and are normally used to generate fixture counts, lighting schedules, pipework counts and the […]

Making Revit Work For You Using Advanced Families.

Making Revit Work For You Using Advanced Families.

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Jun 1, 2012
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Lately I have found that a lot of the buzz about Revit is 3rd party add-ins and software. Sure they’re great and save a lot of time in our workflow, but what about making Revit itself do some work for you? Earlier this week I created a box gutter sump family that replaces an Excel […]

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