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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.

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The One About Stairs in Revit

Stairs can be tricky little monsters, and the stair tool in Revit can reflect their tricky little monstrous nature.  Understanding the basics of how the tool works will set up the framework for building complexity and customization:

-dave.

The One About Sloped Glass and Revit

Walls in Revit like to run in the Z plane (the Z plane being strictly vertical, straight up and down, no wiggles, wiggling, or peering in the downward direction).  Designers like to push around the notion that walls shouldn’t have to on in the Z plane.  Why shouldn’t walls have their own existential crisis where they ponder their “wallness?”  Perhaps they would conclude that they are not defined by a cartesian coordinate system, but by their designed intent…Revit can help, but you have to help it help:

-dave.

btw – midterms impact the brains of all those associated with them.

The One About Ribbons and Roofs

Well…this one is a bit sloppy to be honest…but i thought i would post it anyway as a WIP (work in progress) on building complex roof forms in Revit.  There are about three options, all of which lead me to think the best option is carefully modeling the whole thing as a massing model custom component.  Perhaps though, this gets you nudged in a direction to help you with your current project.

-dave.

The One About Materials and Textures in Revit

Building a photorealistic render in Revit starts with a good design and good model, but it won’t come together without great texture maps and materials.  This (rather lengthy – sorry) video breaks down the key steps of building seamless texture maps and applying them in Revit to build quality renders.  Enjoy – and hopefully learn!!

-dave.

The One About 1/4 Model = Full Elevation

There are times when you are working in Revit where you have to remember:  Just because you can model the interior of a keyhole, doesn’t mean that you should.  Take time and look at the big picture, consider where you are at in the process, and what you need to present.  There have been many times in my career where i have over modeled, only to find myself looking at numerous changes and a massive loss in productivity.  There have also been times where i needed to move from a 1/4 complete model, to a schematic elevation in 15 minutes.  One strength that Revit has is the ability to work in 2.5D – a bit of modeling, a bit of line work, some filled region areas, and an elevation can come together from a rough massing model:

-dave.

The One About Custom Texture Maps in Revit

I am still working on picking apart the materials system in Revit, and once i have my head wrapped around it, i will try and post something comprehensive.  For now, this one will get you through custom maps on surfaces.

-dave.

The One About Complex Forms With the Mass Tools Revit

Hmm, not sure what to write here other than what the title suggests…though perhaps, i should mention that this is a part of Revit that is somewhat hidden.  When you launch the custom component tools in Revit, who knew that choosing “Mass” as the component type would open up a brand new set of tools that most people only associate with the mass family.  I suppose it is a mass family of sorts that you are making, but it is much more seamless in the work flow to make the mass in the standard Revit work space.

-dave.

The One About Scaling to a Scale

Every now and then we have a thing at the wrong size.  It may be that someone doesn’t know about modeling at 1:1 in the computer, or it might be that we have an image (raster graphics) that need to be sized to work as a background template for modeling.  This brief tutorial will cover resizing an image to a specific dimension to attain a 1:1 scale.

-dave.

The One About Breaking Down Custom Components

This video is the quick break down of each of the generic modeling custom component tools.  The next set of videos will apply the techniques to building a project that is, well, let’s put it this way:  Politely outside of the traditional use of walls, doors, and windows in Revit.

-dave.