Monday, May 24, 2010

Notes on Keynotes

Some things that I'll talk about tonight.

The default Keynote file is at C:\ProgramData\Autodesk\RAC 2011\Imperial Library\RevitKeynotes_Imperial.txt

The Help says "Changes made to the keynote table are not available in the current project session of Revit Architecture" but that's not true, I could just Browse for Keynote File again and the keynotes were updated.

Keynote format -- from Revit's Help:
Keynotes are defined in a tab-delimited text file. The first portion of the text file is reserved for major headings/categories (the parent values). The remainder of the file is for sub-headings/categories (the child values). A tab-delimited file requires the use of the Tab key to create spaces between data entries.
Changes made to the keynote table are not available in the current project session of Revit Architecture. Changes are available when the project is closed and reopened.
You can use Microsoft® Excel or a similar spreadsheet application to manage the data, then export it to a tab-delimited file format.
Sample Keynote Text File
CSI Main Category/Heading (parent value)
11000 [tab] Division 11 - Equipment
CSI Master format sSb-Category/Heading [tab] Sub-Category/Heading Description [tab] CSI Masterformat Main Category/Heading Value (parent value)
11060 [tab] Theater and Stage Equipment [tab] 11000
11061 [tab] Acoustical Shells [tab] 11000
For sub-categories of sub-categories
11060.A1 [tab] Counter-Weight Rigging [tab] 11060
Sample User Keynote Text File
For User Keynotes you can place them in front of the CSI structure by using the following format:
Main/Heading/Parent Category
00000 [tab] Division 00 - User Notes
00001 [tab] User Note 1 [tab] 00000
00002 [tab] User Note 2 [tab] 00000
For sub-categories of sub-categories
00001.A1 [tab] User Note 1a [tab] 00001 

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Our Venue

This is our location -- KI (a furniture showroom) -- 115 Broad Street, Boston, MA. Enter under where it says "115 Broad", walk straight through the foyer on the ground floor.
I have always found parking to be easy to find nearby. The meters are active until 8pm. If you park at 6pm, you'll need 10 quarters (for two hours) to park for the rest of the night.

The lobby outside door locks at 6pm, so come around the corner to the gate on Wendell Street and knock for entrance. (The mouse cursor in the image below is indicating the gate.) for an interactive view.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

For May 17th , 2010

  • How to make compelling elevations
  • How to make perspective views
  • Shadow casting
  • Making a rendering
Please ensure that you have Revit Architecture 2011 installed and running on your laptop. Demo mode is okay for this group.

PS: There will be no meeting on Memorial Day, Monday, May 31, 2010

Sunday, May 9, 2010

For May 10th, 2010

I'm thinking:
  • First half: Site -- topography and Pads. Import topo surface from DWG.
  • Second half: Schematic design with massing -- make mass, divide into levels with floors in the mass, make a gross floor area schedule with totals.