Author: Purvi Gandhi Irwin

CADD ON THE ROAD – BILT NA 2017 Edition (formerly RTC)

The best way to attend a conference – submit a paper (or 3) and have one accepted! Jump with joy, then stop and go, oh no…now I actually have to put together a presentation! All those feelings ran through my head when I got my acceptance email to speak at BILT NA 2017. I’ve been dreaming of going to this conference since I first heard about it over 5 years ago and now I finally had my chance. On top of that, it was in a place that I had never been before – Toronto! I packed my bags...

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View Types – Standardize views, organize your project browser, clean up your views….and much more!

As we all know, with an entire project being in one Revit file, the number of views in a project can get out of control. There are different ways to organize views within the project browser, and the one I want to talk about today is creating different types of sections, elevations, and callouts. By doing so you can organize your views, use filters to hide certain view types in other views, and automatically assign view templates based on the use of the view. Let’s first start by creating new view types. I’m going to use sections as the example...

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Using Technology to Present about….Technology

You may remember a post I did last fall about the Association for Preservation Technology Documentation Workshop, that I’ve been a part of since 2014. If you haven’t read that post, you can see it here. For this post, I want to focus more on the technology that we used to make the presentation happen. I was unable to attend the last stop on the Workshop’s road trip at the end of April. After talking with the organizers, we thought that it would be great to give the presentation jointly, with my colleague, Brandon Friske (who was there in person)...

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Masking Regions and Symbolic Lines in Families

Have you noticed that in the plan view of the standard Revit casework families (countertops and cabinetry), the 3D elements are hidden and there is a masking region over their extents? I have always wondered why this is so, and recently figured it out and wanted to share with you! First, a little background…. I was trying to host a face-based soap dispenser on a countertop in a plan view, and was not able to find the horizontal host. This is because in the family, the 3D geometry was set to “not visible” in plan/RCP view. I went into...

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Super Drawing Sheet List!

Common scenario – you are the prime on a project and your major consultants are all working in Revit. Each of these consultants is creating sheets in their own models, models that they are sending to you regularly. Wouldn’t it be great if you could just tap into their sheets from those linked models and have them show up, in the master sheet list, in the correct order? This can be done with just a few easy steps. The first step is to configure the main drawing list the way that you want. I typically do this with a working...

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