Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Options bar moving my objects......

This is a problem I posted on AUGI towards the end of last year

When I start up Revit and click on an object the Revit Options bar duplicates and physically moves the object I clicked.

The video below is a screen capture of what happens and the video is real time (meaning no, it hasn't been sped up, as suggested on my initial AUGI post)

I lodged the problem with autodesk and received the usual helpful response - "this is a known issue, we are working on the issue, blah blah blah"

Autodesk have since added a page to the online support with "solutions" to the problem.

Disable press and drag - this works, but it isn't a solution, it is more a work around. Why disable a tool that is there to be used?

Reset the Revit registry - FAIL. This doesn't solve the problem.

I suspected it maybe hardware related, I was running a windows XP 32-Bit operating system when I first encountered the problem.

I have since upgraded to Windows 7 64-Bit, and still face the same problem time and time again.

The best fix I have found.

If you do not click on an object you won't see the objects move.


If you open Revit or are working in Revit and when you click one of your objects the Revit Options bar duplicates and physically moves the object you clicked, click undo, then keep clicking around the screen (away from your objects) and 9 times out of 10, after a couple of clicks the options bar will stop duplicating.

Failing that - save, close and restart Revit.

Not the best solution I know!

Monday, June 28, 2010

Interference Check - Structure and MEP

I for one think the clash detection tools in Revit are underestimated. Especially the clash detection between a Structural model and a Services model.

Take the project below for example, there are over 500 Structural framing members in this building, with a large number of Mechanical and Plumbing fixtures.

The use of Revit's built in interference check saved valuable time when coordinating the Structural design with our Building Services team, and the models were soon talking perfectly with each other.

The clash detection will save you those embarrassing RFI's from site, and help keep the Services guys happy.

Make sure this is a tool you use, and not one of the things that is left in the background while you concentrate on producing those 2D documents to meet your managers deadline!

We are using a BIM program remember, not AutoCAD.....

Sorry guys, the image above is a high resolution image.... but for some reason will not let you click and enlarge it.

Empty Promises and Broken Dreams

So..... I got up at 2am to watch the most anticipated match of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, and while I can admit England played awful, the decision by the match officials to disallow Frank Lampards goal was a shocker!

I am left wondering about how gold the "Golden Generation" really were? and worrying who will be in the starting 11 in Brazil in 2014.

Fabio Capello will leave a happy man, he will get a golden hand shake for leading England to their worst World Cup loss in history.

Another interesting fact is this - Since 1966 we have never beaten any team of any quality at the knockout stage of a World Cup. Our only successes have been against the might of Paraguay, Belgium, Cameroon, Denmark and Ecuador.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Slab Edges and Composite Floors

Ever tried to do this with a slab edge and composite floor:

But only end up with this:

The solution is in the order the elements are joined and by default, when you place a new slab edge in Revit, the slab edge joins with the slab in the wrong order.

To get a slab edge to display correctly:

First place the new slab edge by picking the top edge of the slab (maybe in a 3D view), not the bottom, otherwise the slab edge will attach to the underside of the composite layer as shown in figure 3.

Note - if the composite layer extends below the depth of the slab edge you will get a warning that says the slab edge is completely inside the floor - ignore this.

Then go to the element properties of the slab and apply a vertical offset to match the floor thickness.

The result will be a slab edge that is cut by the composite layer, as shown in figure 2.

To join the slab edge to the floor slab correctly, you must first unjoin the slab edge from the slab by using the Unjoin Geometry tool and selecting the slab egde.
Then rejoin the slab edge to the floor slab using the Join Geometry tool. Making sure you select the Slab Edge first, then the Floor Slab.

The end result will be a slab edge with the composite layer(s) below cropped to suit.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

High Resolution Image test.

Sorry about the poor quality images in my earlier posts, I will replace them with high resolution image files shortly.

In the mean time, enjoy the image below. A tea producing factory in NZ. The steelwork was fabricated in Taiwan, so I had fun creating the framing families. To top it off, the main rafters were curved.

All in all, a nice little project, always good to collaborate with the MEP team.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

The Ability to tag in 3D views.

As an addition to the post below, I call on all Revit users to vote for the ability to tag in 3D views on the AUGI post below.

You will notice I posted this thread almost 12 months ago!

I don't think it is too much to ask, we are using a 3D package, we might as well produce 3D details in addition to the usual 2D views of the model.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Revit Top 10 Wishlist - Results

The voting is over, and the wishlist is decided.

Click the link below to see the top 10 wishes for the next release of Revit, as voted for by AUGI members.

Unfortunateley the wishlist is geared more towards Revit Architecture.

One wish I have, and have had for the last 3 releases, is that we are able to tag in 3D views. It takes a considerable amount of time to detail steelwork as shown below, having to use text in the 3D view. Not to mention the manual coordination of any changes that take place during the design process.

Autodesk, if you are reading this. Please take note!

Saturday, June 19, 2010


So, it is the start of the FIFA World Cup and the end of the domestic football season.

I thought what better way to start my blog than sharing a post showing the badge of my home town football club, Leeds United. Created in Revit by my good friend in England J.P.

Thanks J.P.