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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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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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