The One About Revit, Google Maps, and Scales

Sometimes you just need a quick background plate in Revit – giving you basic locations, sizes, and etc. – to be roughed in for schematic design. This video will do its best to walk you through that process: Grabbing an image from Google Maps, Importing and Scaling in Revit, and beginning to translate that into line work and models.

-dave.

The One About Revit and Rendering

At times I find myself trying to find and build tutorials on complex workflows to help elevate designers to realize lofty concepts in digital design thinking. At some point in time though, i also realize that there is always a massive demand for an overview of some very basic things…everyone is not on the same BIM journey at the same time. As such, this is an introductory look at rendering and compositing in Revit, from the basics of setting up a camera to adding the rendering into a background plate with entourage in Revit:

-dave.

The One About FormIt and Fabrication

The following tutorial covers isolating and exporting files in FormIt for 3d printing. This builds on a simple system to quickly generate both a virtual and physical site context model:

-dave.

The One About Photo-Modeling in FormIt.

This video covers the use of a satellite image to build a base for a context model and using Street View to begin adding detail to elevations with a photo-modeling process. It also covers using street view to build an accurate(ish) guess on existing building heights.

 

And one more on establishing output scales from FormIt:

 

-dave.

The One About June

Gad…i haven’t posted since June!! That doesn’t mean that i haven’t been working. I have a series up and coming on Stingray and VR in architecture, and another new series in Revit as well. For now, i will begin posting a set of new videos i am working on with FormIt. Video one – right here:

-dave.

The One About Presentation Elevations

In this clip i walk through the process of moving a basic Revit model into Photoshop to begin the process of creating presentation graphics:

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The One About the CNC

Well…it isn’t a perfect world for fabrication from architectural software yet…as noted by the following process. That said, this method will reveal – at least emotionally, where the interconnectivity between the virtual and real can go in an architectural process. The following video grabs contours from SketchUp, turns it into topography in Revit, scales and displaces the geometry in Max, and then stops at the file format (*.stl) needed for most CNC machines.

-dave.

The One About FormIt and Insight…both in 360.

So…jumping back into things again as i prep and build lessons for Intro to Digital Design. One of the big areas of emphasis for me has always been pre-design building simulation, and FormIt 360, as well as a new product/project Insight 360, are really ramping up the ability to work intuitively with data at the pre-design phase of an architectural process. My quick lesson is here:

-dave.

The One About Putting Swayze in the Corner…

Great little read about the new challenges being presented regarding how we will communicate in VR. Love the issues, and love the honesty in admitting the unknown:

https://storystudio.oculus.com/en-us/blog/the-swayze-effect/

-dave.