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.…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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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Purge Unused Text Types

Deleting unused text types in Revit can be a real pain. Purging does not always successfully delete text types that aren’t used, so what do we do? You guessed it: Dynamo to the rescue. In a recent project, we used dynamo to try and find where rogue text types were being used. The advantage of…

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Best Practices in Revit Family Creation – Resources

At my last webinar: “Revit Family Best Practices,” I had the opportunity to constructively critique (roast?) the families and modeling practices employed in the out of the box architectural Revit sample project. There are few resources I demonstrated which I would like to elaborate and share links for: Case apps, now open source after their…

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Upcoming: Geraldine Rayner presents at BUILDEX Vancouver

Geraldine Rayner, Summit BIM Director will discuss what the goals of following a BIM process from an Owner’s perspective are, and what in turn, this means for the AEC industry. With more the 30 years of experience in the AEC industry, 10 years committed to the direct application of BIM, Geraldine has the experience and…

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Geraldine Rayner Presents: Owners’ New Expectations at CanBIM

Congratulations to Geraldine Rayner, Director, Summit BIM who presented with Larry Harder, Director of Capital Projects, Fraser Health Authority on the changing nature of owners’ expectations at the CanBIM – Vancouver Regional Session. The presentation looked at how Fraser Health moved beyond the 3D model to structured data that could be used throughout the building…

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