Monday, March 3, 2008

Max-imize your Revit Project

Visualization with Revit Architecture to 3ds Max 2008
In this web-session we will show how to take a existing developed building model in Revit Architecture with applied materials and other model settings into 3ds Max for final rendering. We will develop the scene for rendering by creating camera and environments. Improve your overall quality of your renderings by using the Mental Ray rendering engine and produce realistic images with the use of these customized tools. Learn how to save time by effective use of both Revit Architecture and 3ds Max. Please note that this is a general overview session not intended to be used as in-depth training.


Sunday, March 2, 2008


Ok, it has been over a month since I have said anything. The news in the Autodesk world has gone crazy it seems. So I will be spending the next few weeks catching up on everything. Hold on... I promise that I will get back on track now that March has arrived.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Welcome RoboBAT

Autodesk Completes Acquisition of Robobat
Acquisition Extends Autodesk's Leadership in Structural Engineering
SAN RAFAEL, Calif., Jan. 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK) today announced that it has completed the acquisition of Robobat for approximately $42.5 million in USD cash subject to a working capital adjustment. On November 15, 2007, Autodesk announced an agreement to acquire Robobat, a privately-held company based in Grenoble, France, that provides software for structural engineering analysis, design, and steel and concrete detailing. The acquisition complements Autodesk's current structural engineering software offerings and will help Autodesk provide a more complete set of well integrated solutions to the structural engineering industry.
Autodesk's acquisition of Robobat supports the company's vision for building information modeling (BIM) and will enable Autodesk to develop structural analysis and detailing solutions that leverage the information at the heart of BIM, from design to fabrication. Autodesk plans to continue support for current Robobat products while working to develop new solutions for structural engineering, detailing and analysis that incorporate both Robobat and Autodesk technology.

get the whole story here...

I have no idea what this means for me as an Autodesk reseller but I have to believe that it is going to be good. I am excited to see how this is going to impact the Structure front. Hang on... it is gonna be a fun ride!

pssst... know some dirt people who need to understand the "finer points"

ASI is hosting a PDH (Professional Development Hour) for the Civil folks. I know it isn't Revit but you might want to share this info with those that are dirt minded. Susan Palazzola is doing the PDH and here is her invite...

Join me Friday, January 18th for: Taking Advantage of Points. Not only are points used by Surveyors for mapping and construction staking, but they are widely used as a design tool by Engineers as well. In this demonstration, you will grasp the concept of both Point Styles and Point Label Styles. I will show how to import and export points from Civil 3D and the mysterious world of the “Create Points” toolbar. I will also uncover the many settings available under Point Command Settings that can be adjusted to help increase workflow and productivity! Let’s not forget about Point Groups and Description Keys…we will examine both functionalities. If your organization has battled with using Point Groups over Description Keys, this will help you to make an informed decision! Join me in talking about Points from A to Z!
The webinar begins at noon and goes to 1pm Eastern time! You can come into the Plymouth, Michigan office and watch me live, or view it from the comfort of your office.
Click here to sign up.

Monday, January 14, 2008

The factory has been working overtime

The crew over at the factory has been working overtime it seems. Everytime I think I have it all caught up, they go and release another build or additional content. If you have subscription, log in and download the latest content release for structure. There are some new columns including 7 light guage steel, a Double C-Channel steel, and 3 new concrete ones. There are also connections like base plates and gusset plates YEAH!!

Here is the information on the latest build as posted on BIM AND BEAM (

New Build 20080101_2345 to address the Y2K8 issue
We just posted a new build (20080101_2345) of Revit Architecture 2008, Revit Structure 2008 and Revit MEP 2008 that fixes this problem:
It is still considered Web Update #3 because replacing the existing file was the fastest method of delivering it to the public. Therefore, the executable file names are the same as the previous SP3 builds (20071109_2345 or 20071209_1300).
We have updated the Web Update Enhancement Lists to add the following items:
· Improves stability when editing groups, saving views/groups to the library or creating a new project with template set to “None”.
· Improves stability when upgrading or linking a project from Autodesk Revit Building 8.1/Revit Structure 2 or older.
I would also like to inform everyone that we are only releasing this fix in the English version. Because of the time necessary to localize the update for the other languages, it would not be ready before February 1st, 2008 when the problem will go away.
The Web Updates can be downloaded by going to:

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

what build are you?

see the update below for Structure users

I find it amazing how often we get behind on our builds. I include myself in this mess. I think that we just forget to check in and see what the latest build number is when we are busy. I just checked it it appears that SP3 build (20071109_2345) is still the latest build. I would think that we are good until after the first of the year.

For those who are unfamiliar with how to check your build: Go to the Help pulldown and look for the Product and License area. Once this is selected you will see your license info and at the very top is your current build number.

If yours is older that 1109_2345 go to the Autodesk website and under Products, you will be able to download the latest and greatest. You will also find a listing of what has been changed in this build. Here is a link:

Happy Reviting....

STRUCTURE USERS UPDATE!! THEY GOT ME AGAIN! Those crazy people at the factory snuck another build out already! The latest and greatest is.... SP3 build (20071209_1300). Be sure to check out what has changed prior to loading this build. According to the Bim and Beam blog If you are NOT developing or using any API tool with this “beams creation with NewFamilyInstance” with Revit Structure, you don’t need to download this Updated SP3 new build (20071209_1300) and you can keep using the previous SP3.

Happy Reviting....

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Revit Ramblings.. in the begining

I do not have anything profound about Revit that I need to shout from the mountaintops. I just have some random Revit thoughts that I would like to share.