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Tuesday, 25 October 2011

RIAI/CITA BIM Workshop - 1-4 Nov.

Check out the BIM workshop that we are currently involved in.

Book these dates in your diary:
Nov 1-4th - BIM Workshop (drop into the RIAI anytime that week to come and see “BIM in Action”, and talk to consultants involved)
Nov 25th – CITA BIM Conference (which will include a session about the BIM Workshop)

It should prove to be an interesting week.
Check out the link below

BIM Workshop - Overall Project Objectives
This project is an initiative of the RIAI Practice Committee for BIM, and the overall objective is to test and showcase the benefits of collaborative design through BIM technology, to raise the level of understanding and awareness of BIM and promote a higher level of uptake of BIM within the industry.  

Objectives of the Workshop: 
Simulate a more collaborative preliminary stage of design through BIM Demonstrate the efficiency of working in BIM, and added value that design teams can bring to the procurement process.  
Highlight the benefits of BIM to design collaboration and decision making.  
Demonstrate how BIM improves coordination and reduces uncertainty (and by implication waste and cost in construction)  

Workshop Structure/Stages: 
Starting with a brief and suite of Revit components (from the GRD model), carry out a design workshop, to collectively assemble a bespoke design layout from the brief and components provided. Using the tools available in Revit & other BIM applications, demonstrate how the design options can be “validated” in “realtime”, against programme, performance and cost requirements, to arrive at the end of the workshop with a “fully considered” design option that ready to go to planning and/or progress on to tender and construction documentation.  

Other Activities: 
Key representatives from government and industry will be invited to “walk-in” during the process and see how the design is progressing.  
On the last day, key representatives of government, industry and press will be given a presentation by the design team, describing the process, the benefits, challenges and outcomes. Hopefully these will comment on what they have learned, and endorse the benefits that BIM has brought to the process (ie get the message back to industry).  

Saturday, 15 October 2011

An Arcdox Top Tip

When placing elements in Revit, use the SpaceBar to rotate them to the orientation that you require. Also once they are placed, select the element and then press the SpaceBar to rotate the element around  its own axis. This works wonderfully well when rotating lots of objects because they all rotate around their own axis.

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The simply things are always the most enjoyable.

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Project Spark.

Project Spark was recently released to Autodesk labs. It is essentially a cut down version of Autodesk Revit Architecture. I say Architecture because it focuses on the similar tools that would be available under Revit Architecture.

Project spark can be downloaded and will be available to use until July 7, 2012.

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Obviously Autodesk are going to cut down the functionality of a free piece of software like this so let’s get the bad points out of the way first.

Project Spark is based on the Revit Architecture code base but is a newer version making it incompatible with the current versions of Revit. You can't open Spark files with Revit or vise versa, However, Revit 2012 files can be linked into Project Spark

(Eh there is view filters??)

It does not support conceptual design, analysis, rendering, advanced collaboration or API. You can’t modify sub elements in floors/roofs, Beams but no beam systems. No trusses, No transfer project standards. No Macros. No point clouds.

That’s a pretty long list by anyone’s standards, but to the less advanced user and especially to the beginner or someone who is trying to get there head around the whole BIM-volution it is a solid place to start.

You get all your basic modelling tools, walls floors roof and floors, although you can’t modify sub elements in the latter two. You can use all three types of families (system, loadable, inplace) and you also get a full family editor without the conceptual massing.

You use the same principals to create a model in Spark as you would in Revit, data rich elements logically connected. You enter sketch mode and learn the perils of creating closed loops and overlapping line. I find that sketch mode is one of the elements that new students struggle with.

You use your Visibility/Graphics and Object Styles to control your project visually or hide elements in view etc if you prefer. All good lessons to learn before you make the step up to Revit,

The procedures for creating content are the same. Duplicate and change some parameters to make a new type or create content from scratch using the family editor.

You can place windows, doors, furniture, rooms and create legends for your designs. Once your components are placed you can go ahead and schedule them. 

You get some nice essentials skills videos for beginners on start-up.

System Requirments for running spark can be found here

In summary Project Spark is a cut down version of Revit that, for now, is free in the Autodesk Labs,. It remains to be seen where Autodesk want to go with this. Will it graduate from labs to be a free version to learn Revit on? I very much doubt it. But if there is a low cost alternative I can see its real potential coming from Content Creators or manufactures.

For now though I recommend you check it out if you are new to Revit and want to practice your Revit skills in an affordable manor. For the more advanced user it will frustrated you too much if your used to Revit.

Feel free to comment below. Best of Luck.

Wednesday, 5 October 2011


I've been thinking of starting a quick set of posts just to give some quick tips to the beginner in all of us.
I will call this series "An ARCDOX Top Tip". These will be short and to the point and mainly aimed at beginners but also anyone who finds them useful, you would be surprised what even an advanced Reviteer doesn't know!!

The First ARCDOX Top TIP

Consider using the "Delete Inner Segment" option on the options bar when using the split tool. This is save you some trimming time when in Sketch Mode.

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A simple tip but a time saver just the same.