BIM for the Building Lifecycle

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4 Common Challenges to Implementing Lifecycle BIM

The debate on the importance of BIM is over. In fact, an Autodesk + FMI report showed that, “71% of owners indicate that capturing and retaining more data during design and construction will reduce lifecycle operations costs.” Nevertheless, many owners still struggle to define and implement a robust BIM process that includes all project stakeholders.…

Practical applications of Dynamo

Practical Applications of Dynamo

Edwin Guerra, BIM Consultant and Dynamo expert, will introduce the new features available in Dynamo 2.0 as well as some of it’s practical applications such as: Automatically generating 3D views from rooms. Exporting schedules. Automating workset assignment. Dynamo is an open-source platform that enables users to employ computational design and coding with Revit.  

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Who’s Who in an Alberta Infrastructure COBie Team

The use of COBie by Alberta Infrastructure (AI) introduces new terms that our industry may not be familiar, such as Asset Information Manager (AIM) and Asset Execution Plan (AEP). Practitioners in our industry will inevitably ask: what are these terms and why are they necessary? Perhaps more importantly, how much more work is involved? The…

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Alberta Infrastructure: COBie Unlocked

With Alberta Infrastructure’s new BIM policy now in effect, now is the time for companies that intend to bid or are working on Alberta Infrastructure projects to ensure that they can meet the new requirements. (Not sure what the requirements are? View them here). One of the major areas of change—and the one that’s been…

Upgrade old Dynamo

Upgrading Old Dynamo Files

This article describes the steps and best practices when upgrading to a new release of Dynamo. Best Practices: Name your files with a prefix that indicates what release you used (2.0 at the time of writing). If you use external packages, create a group by right clicking the node, name it the name of the…

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Exporting Multiple Revit Schedules to a Spreadsheet at Once Using Dynamo

This article describes how to use Dynamo to export multiple schedules at once. Exporting schedules can be tedious using the traditional Revit export dialog. If you have to export more than a couple of schedules at regular intervals during design, this can be a great opportunity to use Dynamo to automate. Like Google likes to…

Summit BIM’s Geraldine Rayner to speak at the buildingSMART International Summit

Geraldine Rayner, Director of Summit BIM, has been invited to present ‘Handover and Beyond’ at buildingSMART’s International Summit in Paris March 26 – 29. She will share lessons learned from guiding Owner Operators through the BIM process and managing a smooth digital handover. Geraldine will speak to: How to generate a digital data set that…

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Filtering Elements in Revit Using Dynamo and the List.FilterByBoolMask Node

Filtering is necessary when using Dynamo to select elements. For example, if we were looking for all exterior doors in a project, we would use Dynamo to grab all the doors in a project and then filter down the ones that have the type Function parameter set to Exterior. Similarly, you may want to filter…

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Using Dynamo to Access Elements Through a Linked File

A common scenario is that you would like to manipulate elements in Revit via Dynamo, but the elements you want to access or manipulate are in a linked file. To access elements through a link you will need to use external packages archilab-grimshaw and steamnodes. To review installation of an external package in Dynamo review…

DynamoAutomateWorksets

Using Dynamo to Automate Assigning Worksets by Category in Revit

Worksets can be set up to break up a large file and allow others to load only the parts they need to work on which improves software performance. For example, an architect may place all curtain walls in a workset so that Structural can create a workset with the same name and turn it off…

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Installing a Package in Dynamo for Revit

If you have downloaded a Dynamo script from someone else, it is likely that it is using an external package. Sometimes these appear as broken nodes. Ideally, the script author will have clearly noted which package is needed. In this case it is necessary to download an external package. Even if you are starting from…

Complex Roof Using Dynamo

Framing a Complex Roof Structure Using Dynamo

These days, architecture is getting bolder and more wavy. As a result many structural engineering firms are having to model in Revit against this bold architecture. To say the least, it can be quite challenging and time intensive to model curved structural framing members that correctly follow complex forms. It can be even more frustrating,…

Export Schedule

What’s the Easiest and Quickest Way to Export Multiple Schedules from Revit?

It is not uncommon these days to export schedules to share data from a Revit model. Specially now that you can schedule within links, the data can be very valuable for people who don’t use Revit, but need access to the information in the model. If you have ever had to export more than a…

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How to Model a Bearing Plate and Schedule its Elevation in Revit

This screencast describes the procedures needed to model a bearing plate and schedule its elevation in Revit. Normally, you might want to create a family, but in this particular case, since we want to schedule the elevation, using a simple floor and then filtering it in a schedule is cleaner and more straightforward. Select the…

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How to Connect Steel Pipe Sections to Each Other in Revit

Joining steel pipe in Revit is an easy process. Model your structural framing elements as you normally would. In a 3d view, click on the Modify tab -> Geometry panel -> Beam/Column Joins Tool In the Options bar, you will have filtering options if you only want to see Steel or Wood framing. Blue arrows…

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