Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Revit 101 is starting 6pm, Thursday, September 1, 2011

It is a chance to start learning Revit Architecture or to review some of the things you know about the software. Eight Thursdays, 6-8pm, starting September 1, 2011.

Address: Microsoft's Seminar Facility, 201 Jones Road, Waltham, MA 02451. There is free parking.

See more about the course in in the original announcement.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

For Monday, August 29, 2011 - A Kitchen Diagram

The inspiration comes from this article about a kitchen in Design New England magazine:
How might we make such an image and list intelligently using Revit?
Here's how it could come out:
The schedule and the color scheme are both parametric and not just drawn in.

Monday, August 22, 2011

For Monday, August 22, 2011 - Phases and Design Options in Renovations

We will practice Revit's Phases and Design Option features.

The concept is a large house to apartment conversion. There is an existing building with some rooms that are getting converted into a studio apartment.

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, they may look something like this:

If we have time, we can also look at (Revit) Parts and phases. Once you make Parts from an element, you can set the phase and the demolished-in phase of the different bits of that element.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Revit 101 Offered in Waltham, Massachusetts Starting Sept. 1, 2011

Due to strong interest, another Revit 101 group class is planned. We will cover the basics of Revit Architecture over eight two-hour sessions. Thursdays, 6-8pm, starting September 1, 2011.

The venue is Microsoft's Seminar Facility, 201 Jones Road, Waltham, MA 02451. It is convenient to Routes 128, 2, and the Mass. Pike; there is free parking and wi-fi.

The fee will be $160 for the full 8-week session, two hours per week. If people want to drop-in, the fee will be $25 per session. A prerequisite for dropping-in after the first session is a familiarity with the Revit user interface.

Bring a laptop with Revit Architecture 2012 installed (and a mouse). No Revit license is needed since you will not have to save any files. Watching only (without a laptop) is an option, too.

RSVP to ; this is contingent on at least eight people committing to attend.

The plan is to model and document as much of this mixed-use building design as possible:

Friday, August 12, 2011

For Monday, August 15, 2011 - Complex Roofs

The inspiration comes from a house by John Libby:
Some of those roofs are quite challenging to make with Revit. 

We will attempt to model the different roof shapes from the photograph. We will use roofs by footprint, extrusion, and in-place. The use of voids in in-place families are required, too. 

Some tricks and odd methods will be shown. 

Monday, August 8, 2011

For Monday, August 8, 2011 - Assemblies

We will make an Assembly. Here is the help page with a video about it:

The inspiration is this awning frame from :
Let's model a simple building to put it in context. We will model the structure of the frame and at least one connector Family.
We will make an Assembly which will have its own views for documentation.
Those views can be arranged on the Assembly's sheet.

We may have to use some tricks with Parts to get the wall and floor to appear correctly in the Assembly.

If you are following with your laptop, it will absolutely require Revit 2012 -- older versions do not have the Assembly or Parts features.