Monday, December 20, 2010

For Monday, December 20, 2010

We'll model some of this scene from ‘House in Macinhata da Seixa’ by Nuno Brandão Costa Arquitecto. It may involve floors, a vertical opening, walls, stairs, curtain walls, mullions, railings, materials, reveals, profile family, customizing a door family, a line-based family, an in-place family, split-face, etc...

Photo and Revit rendering:

Monday, December 13, 2010

For Monday, December 13, 2010 - Collaboration -- Worksets and links

I will demonstrate how to use Worksets in Revit.
  • Enabling Worksets
  • Making new Worksets
  • Changing Worksets
  • Relinquishing borrowed elements
  • Editing Requests
  • Synchronizing with Central
Practice together -- Using Links in Revit
  • Linking origin-to-origin
  • Copy/Monitor
  • Reloading Links
  • Coordination Review
  • Adjusting Links' appearance
  • Using Linked Views
  • Linking back to other RVTs
To follow along, download the files contained here:

Thursday, December 2, 2010

For Monday, December 6, 2010

We will practice Revit's Phases and Design Option features. First, we will model existing construction, then indicate what gets demolished during the project. Next, we will show two proposed options for the renovation. Appropriate views will be put onto sheets for presentation.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Project for Monday, November, 29, 2010

We'll model the facade of Iwamoto Scott's PS House. It will involve defining curtain walls which will be embedded in regular walls. Floors, columns, roofs, materials, "disallowing wall joins". levels, grids, tracing images, etc. will be needed.

If you want to have the same images that I used for the project, I recommend downloading

Original Photo:

Revit Rendering:

Original Photo:

Revit Rendering:

Monday, November 22, 2010

Topics for Monday, November 22, 2010

By request:
  • Importing a 3D survey DWG (Please download this - )
  • Moving the DWG appropriately
  • Setting True North
  • Creating and tagging property lines
  • Creating Topo Surface from imported DWG
  • Adding contour labels
  • Specify Coordinates at a Point
  • Project vs Shared type parameter on Elevation elements
  • Using Mass to populate a building site
  • Changing Mass material
  • Spot Elevations and using them to set the height of a Mass


Monday, November 15, 2010

Rendering of Tonight's Model

This is a rendering that I made today, similar to the source image. We will be modelling this scene, tonight.

Friday, November 12, 2010

For Monday, November 15, 2010

Let's model the scene below designed by Alberto Campo de Baeza. It will involve walls, floor, roof, architectural columns, curtain wall, custom mullion profile, custom fascia profile, wall reveals, defining walls & materials, making a camera view. We can also attempt to match our camera view with the image. Please click on each image (to get the original) and download both of them to your laptop.

Render material:

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Revit Learning Club to Continue

We got a large enough commitment last night from eight-week pre-payers to continue holding Revit Learning Club.

The group's fees are now $120 pre-pay for eight weeks of meetings (which will start November 15, 2010) or $20 for drop-in.

Thank you all for keeping this going. I continue to welcome suggestions for subjects to cover.

AUGI AEC Edge - Latest Issue Published

Lots of BIM/Revit articles to view or get its PDF.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Friday, November 5, 2010

Monday, November 8, 2010 - Last meeting?

We had a good run, but attendance has been too low to make it worth it for me lately. Unless I can get at least nine people to agree to come for eight weeks with a pre-pay, we are going to stop meeting. Thanks to those of you who have attended and I hoped you were able to use some of what you learned. -- Eric Boehlke

Agenda for meeting:
Model the exterior of Mies van der Rohe's Farnsworth House. This will involve structure, floors, roof, roof fascia with profile, curtail walls, and making a custom stair.

Monday, November 1, 2010

For Monday, November 1, 2010

Model a parking lot -- import an image to trace, rotate andscale image, model elements using Floors, edit topography of "floors", load and place parking components. Review of material takeoff schedules.

Please download this image for tracing:

Monday, October 25, 2010

For Monday, October 25, 2010

Let's model a pool. That involves a topo surface, Pad, Floor, Wall, in-place model, surface pattern, custom rendering texture, a rendering, etc. We will also do a material takeoff.

Please download these files to your laptop:

Monday, October 18, 2010

For Monday, October 18, 2010

Let's model a simple building, add an image in a drafting view for the wall detail, and make door and windows schedules. Please download the wall detail image for use in the project.

Monday, October 4, 2010

For Monday, October 4, 2010

  • How to do a framing plan from model elements
  • How to do it with 2D drafting -- that's using Detail Items, Filled Regions, Text, and Tags.

Monday, September 27, 2010

For Monday, September 27, 2010

  • Making views: Duplicate with detailing or without, dependent view, sections, details, RCPs, 3D sections, legends
  • Creating an electrical plan and an electrical legend

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Self-Reporting Credit to AIA

If attendees of Revit Learning Club would like to self-report credit to AIA, here is the link: One can simply sign-in with one's AIA number and be directed to the form. Please be sure to use Eric Boehlke as the presenter, not the BSA.

For any questions questions on how to report one's credits, please ask Ms. Jennifer Rufo, Continuing Education and Operations Manager for the BSA, or 617-951-1433 x239

More links:

    Tuesday, September 14, 2010

    For Monday, September 20 , 2010

    Let's do steel structure: Columns, Beams, Beam Systems.

    For content, let's do a Face-based Family, perhaps a skylight that has a void which cuts its host.

    Thursday, September 9, 2010

    For Monday, September 13, 2010

    1. Profiles and creating them, Wall Sweeps and Reveals, adding profiles and other modifications to Wall definitions
    2. How to use voids in Families

    Tuesday, August 31, 2010

    Amazing Stair Pictures

    StairPorn is a weblog showcasing cool stairs from around the world.

    Can we model stairs like those with Revit? We can try...

    Wednesday, August 25, 2010

    For Monday, August 30, 2010

    1. Build a foundation and maybe a bulkhead to get out of it.
    2. Practice changing-out embedded Families parametrically. Example: changing leg styles under a tabletop
    Let's have a nice big group. Please tell your colleagues about it.

      Friday, August 20, 2010

      For Monday, August 23, 2010

      1. Landscaping -- Make a topo surface, split the surface into different regions like driveway and sod, place plantings, make planting schedule

      2. Create content using a Type Catalog. A Type Catalog is a comma-delimited text file that drives parameters of Revit Families when they are loaded into a project. If you have Microsoft Excel, that helps with Type Catalogs but it is not necessary. Please install Excel on your laptop if you can.

      Saturday, August 7, 2010

      Goals for Monday, Aug. 9, 2010

      • It's summertime, lets model a stoop
      • It's hot inside, let's model a ceiling fan (face-based)