Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Revit Local User Group

The third Wed. of each month there is a Revit user group that meets at Avatech Solutions in Tampa, Florida. The upcoming meeting will be the third one and it promises to be a good one. There should be folks from the Revit development team as well as more attendees than the previous 2 meetings. There is always FREE pizza and beverages. Thanks to Avatech Solutions for supporting this group and lending space and food.

7880 Woodland Center Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33614
Phone: 813-496-8882
Toll free: 800-706-1000
Fax: 813-496-8871
e-Mail: info@avat.com

Maps by www.expediamaps.com


From the airport, head west on Veterans Expressway. Take the first exit (Waters Ave.) Head east (right) on Waters Ave, go past Anderson and the railroad tracks. Make a right into the Woodlands Office Park, and follow the road around to the back to 7880.

From Dale Mabry Highway, take the Waters Ave. exit. Head west on Waters and make a left into the Woodlands Office Park.

The Project

Fig.1: The overall building with units linked

Well here is the project (Fig.1) I have been working on for the past 2 months. This is the first real project I have done in Revit. In version 1 or 2 I did a couple of small houses. During this project I have done D&D for another small house. Our firm actually specializes in large, custom residential estate homes. This large project is new for us but we have experienced people on the team. So far I am basically the only one working on this project in "CAD". I did have help laying out the basic units but the guy isn't experienced in Revit. He is one of our top CAD guys so I feel it is only a matter of time before he starts cranking if given the opportunity.

The way I set up this project is to create the building shell in one .rvt file (Fig.1) and create the units in another .rvt file (Fig.2) and link them. We have encountered several problems that need to be addressed. More on that later...

Here are several images of the project as it currently stands. Suggestions, comments, criticisms and smart remarks are all welcome and encouraged.

Fig.2: The unit file

Below are images of the unit mix, I have tried to manage the duplicated units with groups but have lost an enormous amount of productivity farting around with that business. One of my biggest wishes for Revit is that they fix groups or provide another mechanism to handle repeated information.

Monday, June 05, 2006

Sweep Error

I tried creating a sweep along a parapet wall (Fig. 1). Granted the parapet wall has had its profile edited and there is a curved section. This should be a very simple thing to do. It is not...at least for this idiot it isn't. Revit did generate a wonderfully USELESS error message though.

Fig.1: The path is actually the heavy black line.