Monday, December 15, 2014

.DWG's in Revit | Clean Them or Don't Use Them | Ever!!!


The Zen of Clean 

blog.betterlifemaids.com
Want peace? Use only clean .dwg's (if you must use them at all)... talk to some folks and be told "never use .dwg's" in their projects!!!

[Edit 12/16/2014: If one must use dwg's temporarily (not for generating a topo) then use the "Family Method". Bring the dwg into a family (GenMod(?)) and put that in the project; Revit thinks about them as a Family and acts a bit better... End Edit]

I agree but know that too many people are far too ...ummm...well... lazy to do what's right...

(FWIW: replacing the word 'lazy' in that last sentence with any other word still reads as either lazy or worse) therefore use at your own peril.

Whenever one receives a .dwg file from anyone these processes are requisite prior to any use in Revit.

If these processes are not followed do not, I repeat, DO NOT bring any external .dwg into a Revit Project, if you know what's good for the project.

Is that my opinion?
Yes! BUT it's been verified by so many, with so much evidence of it's necessity that it can safely be deemed fact.

Also understand that the .dwg invariably will have lines not on axis so you may (or are) still bringing garbage that is not just unuseful but damaging to projects, teams and braincells so please don't use them!!! That said, here is a best-case-for-a-worst-case process if you must...

If I forgot any steps please let me know and I'll adjust... Here we go:

Cleaning .dwg Files | Prior to Use in Revit

The following are procedures to accomplish for each and every .dwg (etc.) file prior to linking into or using anywhere in Revit. This will ensure (among other things) that all geometry is within 20 miles from .dwg Origin of 0,0,0.

Notes and Tips:
A)     If, during any of the “Zoom All” commands below, it appears that the screen goes all blank and you do not think you see geometry, think again ;) The geometries are so far apart that entire site (or whatever geometries you have) can appear as only one single pixel… In this case draw a line from 0,0,0 to the top/right of the current view and you should be able to track your geometry for cleaning... which are most likely at that top/right ;)

B)      If any steps are skipped then please expect to do the entire process again!
a.      Verification of the 20 mile limitation is immediate and automatic in Revit
b.      Non-Cleaned .dwg’s are never to be used in a Revit environment
c.       Non-Cleaned .dwg’s create Revit file corruptions especially if over 20 miles from origins... You have been warned!!!

1.       Who is to clean the .dwg?
Either step 1a or step 1b is to be accomplished.
a.       Civil Engineer (for example) cleans their own files | Preferred Method
                                                               i.      Communicate and coordinate this paper and processes with Civil Engineer to have their survey (etc.) be cleaned per below constraints, prior to sharing for Revit use.
b.      Other team cleans copies of Civil .dwg’s
                                                               i.      Save a copy of the original Survey file that is to be used to generate Shared Coordinates.

2.       Preparing the .dwg
a.       Turn all layers on
                                                               i.      Layon

b.      Thaw all layers
                                                               i.      Laythw

c.       Unlock all layers
                                                               i.      Via the layer manager (preferred method)
                                                             ii.      Layulk is sometimes useful for one-of’s

3.       Remove all unnecessary geometry
a.       Top View “Zoom All” (This is distinct from Zoom Extents; Zoom Extents can be told to ignore actual geometry)
                                                               i.      Verify that only the project geometry is on screen; if there is more than project geometry then complete step 3b.
b.      Delete any/all unnecessary geometry (and I mean ALL)
c.       Front View “Zoom All”
                                                               i.      Verify that only the project geometry is on screen; if there is more than project geometry then complete step 3d.
d.      Delete any/all unnecessary geometry (and again, I mean ALL)
4.       Save
5.       Purge All (This may need anywhere from one to four+ passes of purge to get rid of all ‘purgable’ items)

6.       Verify that all unnecessary geometry was truly removed
a.       Top View “Zoom All”
                                                               i.      Verify that only the project geometry is on screen
b.      If any unnecessary geometry exists go back to Step 3b and proceed from there.

c.       Front View “Zoom All”
                                                               i.      Verify that only the project geometry is on screen
d.      If any unnecessary geometry exists go back to Step 3d and proceed from there.

7.       Purge All (an Audit won't hurt either right about now)
a.       Yes purge again and over/over until there are no objects that can be purged.
8.       Save
9.       Close

Now one can use the cleaned .dwg in Revit (if you must)... Cheers!


Tuesday, October 28, 2014

@RTCEUR 2014 | Jay Zallan's Class Presentations and Downloads

Hello from Dublin -Yes, Ireland -Well when this publishes I will be en-route, so Hello from 35,0000' or so ;)

To get the RTCEUR 2014 thing going and to provide, for those unable to attend, a portion of 'the goods',  I am posting my class handouts, presentations and associated downloads and links.
I do hope you enjoy!!! -And get some value from them obviously :D

The video (that is obviously not in the pdf below) can be watched below or at: http://youtu.be/923jxZY2NPI 

The point of including this video is to speak to my point that 'reality' is relative to us humans and what we make of it and ourselves is really the only game we play.

I find it a wholly liberating concept that we may only be minor players, on a tiny spec in the cosmos, but that we can have large relative impact for one another!!! Therefore:
  • Let's Play Big, With Integrity and Always Strive to be The Best We Can Possibly Be!!! 
  • Liberate Your Own Greatness(es); That Will Both Inspire and Free Others to Liberate Their Own!!!


Direct Links:
Hot Models Wanted

https://www.scribd.com/doc/244150740/2014-RTCEUR-Jay-Zallan-Hot-Models-Wanted 
BIM Junkies' Life On The Lines

Monday, October 27, 2014

RTCEUR 2014 Final(?) Prep Post

https://i.ytimg.com/vi/KeMubQP4Cmc/mqdefault.jpg(My) @RTCEUR Handouts and Lab Files will post here at the time the classes run this week...

Just thought I'd put that out there ;)


See you soon!!!???
-J


Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Architects Modeling for Construction

What a novel thought... I say that due to the countless times that I have heard things like "that is the contractors' responsibility" etc. I humbly say to that: Bullshit.

The following is a draft-excerpt of the handout for a lecture that I will be doing later this month at RTCEUR in Dublin, Ireland (Download the families and addons by clicking the images of the individual families) -And providing these families is the point of releasing this snippet early, so folks going to RTCEUR can get a jump on 'things' ;)
http://rtcevents.cvent.com/events/rtc-europe-2014/event-summary-aea0d509120549508f87d75e683774cb.aspx

04 | (Hot) Modelling FOR Construction


Stud Rails, 3D Grids & Surcharge Revit Families
Modelling certain elements that are typically (read ‘typically’ as in the dead, 2D past) either left out of models or only provided as details, such as the surcharge family above.

 These surcharges for instance, take a short time to input, like 1 hour or so per building, which in the grand scheme of hot models and projects is almost nothing… BUT the impact of having these in the design BIM and onward will (yes, WILL) pay huge dividends during consultant modelling and all coordination, etc.
https://app.box.com/s/yt5h2973u44hzasmreoeIf an Architect cannot deal with spending 1 hour on these items then that shows they are further down the AECO Continuum, probably lower than they envision.
 
https://app.box.com/s/jgn1jb0ygip7ognk5is1 The Stud Rails shown come in two flavors: 2-Rail and 3-Rail and include ‘Column Width”.
These are very sneaky in their import. How many times has an MEPF Engineer or Trade Contractor tried to place a pipe, etc. too close to a concrete column-to-beam intersection and then the pipes don’t fit in reality-world, then a change order (or 10) and voilà how many thousands of dollars did that just cost?

Say you don’t care? Say “that’s the contractors’ responsibility?” Not if you want to create hot models that bring (or start to bring back) Architecture and Architects to the “master builder” level that the industry once viewed them as.

https://app.box.com/s/yt5h2973u44hzasmreoe
 The 3D Grid is purely for coordination and mostly for Navisworks, since it’s Heads-up-display (HUD) grids and levels are, well, less than optimum. The 3D Grid can be had from: http://cad-vs-bim.blogspot.com/2013/10/3d-grids-in-revit-oldie-but-goodie-done.html

PLUS!!! There are some cool addons at: http://revitcoaster.blogspot.com/2014/07/bimconsortium-revit-addin-update-new.html one of which applies these 3D Grids in the same place and length as the grids internal to Revit, as well as copies a set to each level included! Thanks Troy Gates @TroyGates for the addons :D

-BIM Consortium tools (to date):
http://revitcoaster.blogspot.com/2014/07/bimconsortium-revit-addin-update-new.htmlSo; there are 3 ‘easy’ things we can do to save literally thousands of dollars with negligible effort. 

I’d say that lifts the whole floor on our teams when these processes are used.

OK, so Click Me for some keyboard shortcuts as well ;)

Thursday, October 02, 2014

RTCEUR 2014 | Hot Models Wanted | A Revit Life on the Line(Based Families)

http://rtcevents.cvent.com/events/rtc-europe-2014/agenda-aea0d509120549508f87d75e683774cb.aspx

If you are in Dublin this October and were debating on whether or not you are attending RTCEUR2014 maybe these will help your choice/decision...(remember to use the bold links herein ;)

The two sessions (that actually are three) which I am looking forward to presenting are to be:

Hot Models Wanted | ((Architecture+Engineering)+Construction)=1
Thursday October 30th, 2014


A BIM Junkie's Life on the Lines | Double Lab
Friday October 31st, 2014 -Costumes optional ;)


FWIW, I am really excited to speak with all the presenters, as there is going to be a concentration of AECO and BIM knowledge second to none :D

That said, I'd like to point out a few of the speakers (Click HERE To See All Speakers) that I am looking forward to collaborating with, while in Dublin...BTW: The names below link to these folks' twitter profiles... a follow may be in order ;)


Jay Zallan (Me :)






Wednesday, September 24, 2014

SoCAL BIM Workshops | JBZ Class Handouts

So I originally sent the wrong files to the BIM Workshops and since they already placed them on the flash drives for attendees, herein are the handouts for immediate download.

I apologize but look at it this way: Everyone who gets a flash drive gets a free and extra class on Line Based Families!

I know this doesn't solve the issue but it is what it is, it seems ;)

Download Link: 2014 Coordinate and Dominate BIM Project Success



Download Link: Reconstructing the Architectural Practice | Success in AECO, BIM & Revit


Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Pacific Coast BIM Workshops

AECO, BIM Teams throughout the West coast: See you September 25th through the 26th 2014!

The Consortium is representing with Darren Roos (@Darren_Roos), Marcello Sgambelluri (@MarcelloSgamb) and yours truly (@JayZallan)

http://bim-workshops.com/
 All the info you'll need (I presume) is available by hitting the images and links herein  :-) -Also; go follow these people (if you already don't)

Other Friends of the BIMs:
Nancy McClure
Steve Stafford
Steven C. Shell
Brian Mackey
Paul Aubin
Doug Bowers
Nicholas Zent
And:
Kelly Lubeley
Cathy Hadley
Andy Jizba
Aubrey Frederick
Luke Ferry
Chris Keck
Brenton Wilberg
http://bim-workshops.com/events/pacific-coast/sessionsschedule/Lynn Allen
Nancy Clark Brown
Joel Londenberg
Bill Debevc
Mark Hunter
-and the oft forgotten TBD



http://bim-workshops.com/events/pacific-coast/sessionsschedule/





http://bim-workshops.com/events/pacific-coast/sessionsschedule/

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Address(ing) Keynotes | Revit | Customization | CSI

Many of you may have seen the class or handout or presentation or...regarding my Bootlegging Keynotes processes... Well, a question I answered on Revit Forum finally put me into (public) action on this one, so below you will find downloadable keynote databases and the handout explaining, to some degree :-) the workflow... Do enjoy and remember, if you have Revolution Design's Keynote Manager you will love the files and their usefulness even more... Me, I still use the old text editor but I do validate in both Revit as well as KN MGR...and who knows, maybe even ArchiCAD too ;-)

Final Word: a disclaimer!!! If there are any errors or omissions in the keynote text file it is your responsibility to verify and repair. I take no responsibility for the correctness of the files, as the CSI information is a moving target. I have however taken every precaution against any errors but honestly I had no outside QC, so we are all on our own!!!

First Off The Keynote Database w/ Custom portion AND CSI (Based on the MasterFormat) w/ a highly customized and rationalized Organization...you're welcome!!!;-)

Next up Bootlegging (Using) Keynotes For Good, Not Evil (NOT JUST SCHEMATIC EITHER!!!)

Friday, October 04, 2013

3D Grids In Revit | An Oldie But Goodie Done Again

So I need (or want :-) to use a Grid represented in 3D in Revit and while Navisworks can now visualize the levels and grids in 3D, alas Revit cannot (still/yet?) -Insert smily of choice, I prefer to simply say that's typical...

Anyhow, I hoped to find John Raiten's 3D grid (I know he had a nice one from our Gensler days), but since I can't find it or don't have it in my dropbox folder I bounced around the Revinternet and the first one I stumbled on was in Russian...

Well no, it wasn't in Russian, though the author's name is, so credit him by hitting his post too... but although it is a nice posting he did talk about a method to use Autocad data as one method for grid representations and that to a lot of folks, me included, can be thought of thus: "Any Autocad data in Revit is the worst thing one can do to a Revit Project!" So there :-P

Additionally I want one to do a bit more, so I just made my own that you can d'load Right Here!!!

I am not going to do a full how-to, since it is ready to go for you but I will go into a few things that one needs to be aware of for 'proper' use (AKA: Not blowing it up), So on with the show...

The top-left most image is what the 3 types of the Line Based Generic Model of 3D Grids look like ...in 3D obviously.

I made the "line" portion quite thick and grey, so it pops but is distinct from other graphics.
 
The 'circle' is an extrusion with thickness and material control... Size should not be messed with except by experts and should only be done at the family level, not from the project!
 
The 2nd image on the left is what it looks like in the family environment's 3D'ness...
 
The image right shows them in plan with a standard OOTB grid. The Type Names are specified in blue tags.
 
I realized a bit of a naming gotcha... I should have Type-Named "One Letter" something like 'One Letter and Two Numbers' but since it also works with many (not all) pairs of double letters... AND it was already finished when I realized that, so it is simply Type-Named "One Letter". Though as you can see it IS still useful for double numbers and some double letters...
 
 The "Text Only" Type is really my preference so you can all consider the ones in 'bubbles' as a gift :-)
 
The parameters are quite formulaic ;-) -naa it's just that they do rely on some basic formulas as you can see below...
 
I am not mentioning (hey I am just about to :-) the "Two Letters" Type very much since, in order to fit the larger letters in pairs (if needed) like 'MM' and 'WW', etc. the bubble needs to be too big for my taste; but there you go anyways...choices: always choices...
 
As you can possibly guess if you change the sizes of the bubbles or the number of bubbles from the project (instead of simply choosing the correct Type) you will probably blow these up!!! So either don't do that or if you do please send all complaints to The Senate!!!

Finally the final image below is of the Object Styles, Sub-Categories from the project environment. I set these up from the family to allow easier, more flexible choices for the glass materials I built them with...
 

So if you want to mess with your own copy of these; feel free to download, use, share, complain about, etc...
-Cheers!!!
 

Friday, August 30, 2013

Coordinate and Dominate BIM Project Success | Virtual Reality Q & A

I received the following questions and thought it most effective to post the answers here, so more people can get (more) informed... Following the questions and answers you will also find the link and embedded class handout, so do enjoy. You can also find the class recording on the Autodesk University website but the audio is horrible due to their lacking internal technical setup, so I am not posting that...too bad also, since it was a great session...-maybe next time ;-)


Hello Jay,
I was reading your AU2012 presentation and have a question for you.  On page 25, there’s an augmented reality of the drawing.  I’ve been playing with augmented reality for a bit, but was wondering what you used to create that?  I was thinking a great idea would be to print one of these tags on the sheet, but not sure how easy it is to align the scale of the model with the drawing and location of the drawing.  If you could share what you used to get that (software/plug-ins/app) and any issues you had, I would appreciate it. Thanks in advance for your thoughts…

Thank you to C. O. for the questions and glad it seems to be getting out there and helping...here are the answers:

-Thanks again Darren Roos (the VR were part of his portion), Marcello Sgambelluri and Troy Gates for all their help and input in making this a quite useful session for BIM & AECO!