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The 5 BIMandments of COBie

For ten years, Summit BIM Consulting has been working with owners to achieve a fully digital handover, including data collection and transfer to CMMS. Moving into the world of COBie, and digital project delivery it’s easy for even the smartest of project teams to lose sight of the basic principles that guide the process of…

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…

BearingPlate

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…

SteelPipe

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…

ChangeaPipeFitting

How to Change the Classification System of a Pipe Fitting in Revit

There are two possible fixes that can help when a pipe fitting needs to be switched from an incorrect System Classification. The System Classification will normally be greyed out so switching directly is not possible. Disconnect the pipe from the pipe fitting and reconnect. Try re-connecting additional sides if the first side didn’t work. While hovering…

SchedulingSharedFamilyParameters

Scheduling Shared Family Parameters Through a Link in Revit

This screencast outlines the procedure necessary to schedule a shared parameter through a link using Revit. Note a family in the linked project that has the shared parameter you are hoping to schedule. Close the linked file. Open the host project and link file. Find a view, press Tab as you hover over one of the families…

WhatisLOD

Managing the data side of the BIM process

What is LOD? LOD is a system for explaining and controlling the data and geometry requirements of different objects at different phases of a project to provide clarity and control risk. Commonly known as Level of Development and Level of Detail, it is focused on the needs of design and construction teams, based on an…

CreatingExtensionsinBarJoistElements

Creating Extensions in Bar/Angle Joist Elements & Displaying the Family Member in Plan View in Revit

When using bar joists structural framing members, there is an occasional need to model extensions. This screencast describes how to use structural framing beam extensions and how to ensure the correct visibility of the extension in plan view. First, by turning on the analytical visibility from the view control bar, we are able to more easily…

Colorcodingfamilies

Color coding families in Revit: Use view filters, create a legend view, and make a view template

This screencast details how to color code a view in Revit by families. It shows how to use view filters, create a legend view and a view template which can then be applied to other views. Using the family name, we are able to create view filters to control the visual appearance of any family. Within…

Shared_ProjectParameters

Shared vs. Project Parameter Usage in Revit

Shared and Project Parameters are an important concept in Revit which can cause confusion to new users. Technically, Revit contains Built-in, Family, Shared and Project Parameters. Built-in parameters are those which can be scheduled out of the box. Family parameters are not scheduled, but may help drive parametric changes within a family and are also visible…

BulkUpgradeOldRevitFamilies

Bulk Upgrade Old Revit Families or Projects Using Dynamo

This screencast covers an easy way to upgrade old Revit projects (file extension .RVT) and families (file extension .RFA) using Dynamo (for free!). Upgrading families is a necessary step with every new release of Revit. In our consulting work, we highly recommend clients maintain a Warehouse File which has a level for each Revit Category…

RevitProjectstoNewVersion

Upgrading Revit Projects to a New Version

This article outlines best practices to follow when upgrading a Revit model from an older version. Read the release notes for the Revit version to which you will be upgrading to. If the upgrade encompasses more than one year release, read the release notes associated with all versions of Revit you are upgrading through. You…

ReportingthetypeID

Reporting the Type ID of an Element in Revit as a Project Parameter Using Dynamo

The Revit interface provides a button to report the ID of the selected element accessible under Manage tab -> Inquiry panel. However, the Type ID is not directly accessible. If we select in the Project Browser a specific Type or Family, an ID is provided but it is not the type or family ID. We…

CANBIM_Calgary

Summit to host Owner’s workshop at CanBIM’s Regional Session in Calgary

Summit BIM’s director Geraldine Rayner and Summit’s President Bob Heyman will host a workshop for Building Owners at the CanBIM Regional Session in Calgary on June 28 – 29. A two-day jam packed event, CanBIM provides valuable insights into the latest in Building Information Modelling in Canada. Utilizing lessons learned over 30-years in the AEC…

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