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September 15, 2018

Our friend came back from holiday and (s)he is up to something rather interesting… here – so let’s see…

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God save the Queen – Under heavy Manners

September 7, 2018

Oh AutoCAD – sometimes we have to use it, in this case because the architect to the project where we provide the structural model uses it. Insult to injury – it’s AutoCAD architecture.

And the Queen – AutoCAD is clearly aging, and in our opinion the “Architecture” part is still a haphazardly attempt to achieve something even the Court of Autodesk might have forgotten why it is there.

Nonetheless – it is there and we have to live with it and make the best out of it.

So here is the workflow which turned out to be wrong – a step-by-step guide how not to use AutoCAD Architecture files as a backdrop in your BIM. and if you really need to – avoid the trap…

Step 1 – open the DWG and check:


Look at the door opening and try to remember how it looks like. Now we look at it in 3D (which takes AutoCAD some time to switch to – like 2 minutes plus…)


Its AutoCAD Architecture – we have 3D objects – hurray…

But now – due diligence – we Wblock out the part of interest to make the DWG more digestible for Revit. Using Wblock has been our standard practice to clean up DWGs for use in Revit – until this happened:


Where did the wall opening go? Got lost by Wblock.

After some research we found the way – first nuke AutoCAD Architecture and make it straight AutoCAD again – the command is AECTOACAD or -EXPORTTOAUTOCAD – this sends all AutoCAD Architecture objects to the bin (where they belong) to and leaves you with a fairly clean simple AutoCAD DWG…


Now you can clean up the resulting file to your hearts content and Revit will be happy when you link the DWG.

A happy Revit and – Life is good…

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Be careful what you wish for…

September 2, 2018

Revit 2019 is great – the new feature of levels in 3D views is great – see:


However – if you upgrade a Revit 2018 file and switch into a default 3D view you might see the following:


And the culprit sits here:


The level naming – apparently Revit gets kind of nervous when level names contain hyphens or double hyphens – like “or “…

Renaming would not resolve so there is more to be figured out – stay tuned…


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Wow, the engine is really load…

July 30, 2018

This is a great find – from our creep in the cellar. Now Revit really plays well with OpenBIM… sort of…


Some eye-candy


You got to know the tricks and… – Life is Good

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It’s been a long time…

July 22, 2018

…long lonely, lonely time…

It’s been a while since our last post – there are reasons – we sort of got thrown under the bus by an interesting problem we are still working on.

Here is the model:


Partial model in order to preserve IP on the design

The challenge: create finishes on the walls derived from a parameter in the room:

The Dynamo:


All credits here to Peter Kompolschek.

Here vis the Python:


Again – credits to Peter K. with adjustments done by LRCZ.

The result:


Alternative approach – pure LRCZ stuff:

The Dynamo


The result


Similar results, the latter needs more work to get the finishes joined to the base walls – so stay tuned.

Life is… good…

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Our best friend…

July 2, 2018

…has something to say here.

And I need to mention that I like my project looking like this:


Actually looking like this:


Me neither – and that makes life good…

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Living in vain…

June 30, 2018

The emperors clothes – let’s try to clad columns in Revit using Dynamo.

Here is the workflow:


And here is before:Capture

And after:


Happy to share…

And life is now good…

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Ton, Steine, Scherben…

June 22, 2018

Next episode in our quest to a better copy-and-monitor workflow in our BIM tool – a.k.a. Autodesk® Revit.

Let’s see if we can copy walls from one project into another empty project file…

First we are looking at a couple of walls and floors and structural framing in one project:


Then we fire up Dynamo to record the walls – literally…


That gives us an Excel file with all the determining parameter values:


Now – lets read that back into a file that we prepared with the right levels – this workflow will be posted shortly…

All levels prepared – workflow following shortly…


Now a Dynamo script to read the Excel and recreate the walls


And after running the script:


Inching in on where we want this to go.. stay tuned…

Did I mention life is good? It is…

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I am a clone, I am not alone…

June 18, 2018

Another phrase out of a song that is persistently stuck in the back of my head…

Now – next step in the saga of creating a better copy-and-monitor workflow in Revit.

Back to levels – target project (empty) in front, source project (with lots a levels in the back):


This workflow reads the levels – including their type names:


Writing it back to the target project uses this workflow:


And the result:


There is an Excel File involved in the workflow:


Which basically means that at this point of the workflow we could remap things… which IMHO opens a lot of opportunities…

Tonight, life is good (wall workflow pending for the rest of this week… first steps done)…


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June 16, 2018

A rouge idea – in Revit, the copy-monitor process is – quite honestly, I can’t really get it to work…

So – let’s reinvent it – disclaimer, this is just a start…

Dynamo – let’s record the levels of a project:


Subsequently we can recreate those levels  in a clean new project:


First step done – walls following soon, then the structural stuff – if anybody out there is interested in that kind of stuff – get me at this email.

Indeed, life is good…


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