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September 11, 2013

The Easiest Way to Create Intrinsic Revit Elevation

Last week we received a few similar questions about Cut Opening Pro. Users of this BIM solution asked me why Cut Opening Pro does not have possibility to show intrinsic elevation of the opening. But it has! As I see not all Cut Opening Pro users know how to do this, so today I will answer to Revit user questions such as: What I am looking for is an intrinsic elevation of the Face openings above their respective reference planes. Do you provide this capability?

We also received an analogous question from Revit user from Russia: В спецификации Revit’а необходимо видеть такие значения как отметка высоты низа отверстия, как можно решить данный вопрос?

As previously mentioned, Cut Opening Pro has this possibility. I am going to explain how to use it.

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September 3, 2013

Simple Way to Show Top & Bottom Spot Elevation on Windows or Doors on a Plan View

Several days ago we received an interesting question: “Do you know any tool of tools4revit that can do a Top & Bottom spot elevation on windows, doors, etc. on a Plan view? Spot elevation works fine on pipes, walls, columns, etc. – but we need to show the top and bottom elevation on holes made in the walls”.

I decided to answer this question publicly to show the easiest way to solve this problem.

I agree that “Spot Elevation” is not good solution to show elevations on holes. However we have a solution: Read more »

August 29, 2013

How to Transfer Your Truss+ Project to Robot Structural Analysis® (RSA)

Design of structural trusses is nothing without structural analysis. So this article will explain how to transfer your Truss+ project to RSA for structural analysis of trusses.

Truss+ is designed to be interoperable with Robot Structural Analysis®.

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August 27, 2013

FAQ: How to Adjust Dimensions in Revit to Each Door Properly to the Legend View?

I would like to share some information with you that might be of possible interest to other Autodesk® Revit® users, especially for those who are already using the Dynamic Legend extension.

One of questions which I often get from my clients is:Dimensions of the detail component do not adjust properly to the dimensions of each door (it keeps always with the same shape and dimensions). How can I adjust them?”

Answer: The dimensions of the detail component do not adjust properly to the dimensions of each door, because you need to follow these two rules:

1st: Size parameters in the frame have to be the same as it is in your doors. If you use not English Revit or you have created your own size parameters, then these parameters have to be changed in the frame family.

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August 23, 2013

How to Easily Make a Window Based Distribution of Radiators in Autodesk® Revit®?


The headache I will talk about today is known to all MEP engineers. Calculation, selection and distribution of radiators in rooms become a huge hardship as the projects get bigger. Not to mention the comparability possibilities of radiators. When calculations are done and selections are made, designer sticks to on manufacturer and only few radiator models which usually exceed the design requirements by 5 to sometimes 20-30 percent. That is a huge waste of money and comfort. So that is why R-Heating application for Autodesk® Revit® is here to help you.

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August 12, 2013

New BIM Tree Manager Versions Have Been Released!

all-brands-finall-bim-treeBIM Tree Manager is innovative and powerful BIM software for incredibly speedy building design, facility management and BIM data analysis in the current or linked projects. It allows each Revit user to navigate, find or modify every element and element parameters with ease. And the best news – this excellent software is supplemented with new useful features!

BIM Tree Manager v2013.3 and v2014.2 – what’s new:Read more »

August 8, 2013

FAQ: How to Change a Header of Revit Legends?

It seems this week is dedicated for Revit extension Dynamic Legend. I have decided to write another blog post about a commonly asked question. It sounds something like that: 

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Is it possible to change the legend header «Family», «Level» etc. to other words? Or: Read more »

August 6, 2013

FAQ: How to Create a Block with Parameter Driven Text in Revit?

Dynamic Legend is a powerful Autodesk® Revit® Architecture/Structure/MEP extension that allows designers to quickly create, modify and update legends for Revit elements. It is time-saving software that is used by many Revit users worldwide. Using this add-in each Revit user can create & update intelligent legends and specifications per different legend pages. Dynamic Legends works with all Revit categories those can be added to a legend view.

From time to time we get questions about Revit app Dynamic Legend possibilities. At this time I will answer to quite a common question:“I would like to create a block that has parameter driven text, i.e. a mixture of vertically and horizontally aligned text, and for this block then to be copied downward. How to do that?”

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July 29, 2013

Automation of fire protection design in Autodesk® Revit®

Smart Sprinklers

There are always one or two headlines in daily papers about people killed in blaze. It is a great concern. These lives could be certainly saved by proper fire protection. The average death toll in the world is 10.7 people per million residents. This figure is different in various countries, e.g. it was only 2 in Switzerland and 18 in Finland by 2007. The fact is that one person is already too much.Read more »

July 19, 2013

FAQ: How to Insert Correct Size Hangers in Revit Depending on the Duct Size?

Insert Elements is an Autodesk® Revit® Architecture/Structure/MEP add-on for quick insertion of architectural, structural, mechanical elements (Furniture, Lighting Fixtures, Mechanical Equipment, Structural Connections, Areas, etc.) into predefined positions of Revit model. This Revit app uses built-in and fully customizable rules that are logically related with other objects.

Question that has reached us: “I can get the hangers to insert, but cannot get the hanger to be the correct size for the duct it is supporting.”

Answer: Read more »

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