Thursday, January 18, 2018

AVAIL Update Enables RPC Access; AVAIL to Ultimately Replace ArchVision Dashboard

From the ArchVision website:

Accessing RPC using AVAIL

January 18, 2018 by ArchVision, Inc

We have some exciting news to share! The RPC platform is preparing for major changes. We are already delivering new RPC content and giving you tools to create your own content but that’s only the beginning. We are also in the process of replacing the ArchVision Dashboard with AVAIL. Dashboard was our first content manager designed to help you be more successful. Our goal was to give you a tool to access, manage and create your RPC content quickly and easily. In short, Dashboard is one of the main inspirations driving AVAIL. So, what’s the big news?

RPC content can now be accessed via AVAIL!

As part of our first phase of development, we have made the majority of our RPC content accessible through the RPC | All Access Marketplace channel in AVAIL. See the instructions below for getting started. Moving forward we will continue to move current RPC content over to AVAIL as quickly as we can. We will continue adding brand new content as well. If you are using RPC’s then most likely you are a visual person. AVAIL’s easy-to-use interface makes finding ALL of your content faster. To see a full list of AVAIL features visit the AVAIL website.

Product Roundup – Add-ins from HotGear Project

From the Autodesk App Store:

HotGear Project

This Project is founder by Johnes Hou, who began start to use Revit in 2014 as a BIM Modeller. After doing the repetitive work day after day, Johnes began looking for the automation solution and start developing the tools for his daily works.

Consulting Services 

Custom Development

HotGear Project - Element Merger
Quickly Join / Unjoin / Switch / Cut / Uncut each elements on Autodesk® Revit® selection. Join all selected category elements in document | Free
 (9 reviews)

HotGear Project - Family Extractor 
This app can easily extract all the opened or linked Autodesk® Revit® project document families by category | Free
 (1 review)

HotGear Project - Parameter Explorer
Parameter Explorer is used for filtering, modifying and checking Elements parameters, including synchronizing data with Excel, override colors and temporary isolate specific elements | Free
 (1 review)

HotGear Project - Wall Join Controller
Quickly change the wall join type for each Wall in an Autodesk® Revit® selection | Free
 (4 reviews)

HotGear Project - Parameter Explorer – Filter, Select, Check and Modify, now Free!

From the Autodesk App Store:

About This Version

Version 1.2.0, 1/15/2018
  • HotGear Now is Free For Everyone.
  • Refresh Data will not clear the FilterTree anymore.


Parameter Explorer is used for filtering, modifying and checking Elements parameters, including synchronizing data with Excel, override colors and temporary isolate specific elements.

  • Access all Elements which have a Category within a document.
  • Quick Select Elements on Autodesk® Revit® by parameters & category filter.
  • Read all Elements data instantly on the table.
  • Edit data more efficiently.
  • Excel Export and Import (easy charts creation with Excel).
  • Visualization Elements data on view by color override.

Free HotGear Project - Element Merger – Join, Unjoin, Switch, Cut, and Uncut Elements

From the Autodesk App Store:

Quickly Join / Unjoin / Switch / Cut / Uncut each Elements on Autodesk® Revit® selection.

Join all selected category elements in document.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Comparative Review: From Revit to Virtual Reality

From the AECMagazine website:

Review: From Revit to VR

February 3, 2017

Greg Corke gets hands-on with three Virtual Reality (VR) applications that work seamlessly with Autodesk Revit, weighing up their capabilities and assessing how well they combine with the HTC Vive and workstation GPUs

Desktop mode in Autodesk LIVE

Virtual Reality (VR) is one of the most exciting technologies to hit the AEC market in years. Architects, engineers and clients alike can experience a realistic virtual prototype of a building long before it is built.

A fully immersive VR experience gives you a sense of scale, depth and spatial awareness that simply cannot be matched by a rendering, walkthrough or physicalscale model. The feeling of presence – of existing inside the 3D model – is quite incredible. Users have the freedom to explore a building at their own pace, to understand how it will feel and function. Walking across rooms, teleporting through doors, peering around corners – it’s all possible with a fully tracked roomscale experience.

The impact on the design process can be huge – but only if VR can be used at the precise moments where it adds most value.

Read more on the AECMagazine website »

Free Webinar Jan 25 – MagiCAD for Revit - Mechanical Services New Features in version 2018 UR-2

From the registration website:

MagiCAD for Revit - Mechanical Services New Features in version 2018 UR-2

Thu, Jan 25, 2018 9:30 AM - 10:00 AM GMT

Demonstration of hightlighed new features in our current version of the software. This will include access panels for ducts, extended flow analysis, and standard connection for rectangular segments.

Register for the webinar here.

Minecart – Transform Building information into a ‘Big Data’ Resource

From the Proving Ground website:

Transform your building information into a ‘Big Data’ resource.

Building information has been a central component to building design and delivery for years. However, once a building is complete the models, drawings, and information will often be archived or  discarded. Minecart is a new technology that enables businesses to transform their building information into ‘Big Data’. The data becomes a resource for businesses to identify trends in a market, manage building assets, or benchmark a portfolio.

Use Minecart to…

  • Capture building data from multiple projects into a single, searchable database.
  • Benchmark your building portfolio and identify trends in your built environments.
  • Manage digital building assets to support your facilities and operational processes.
  • Combine building data with other business resources, such as enterprise planning.

MEPcontent Product Line Placer for Valves

Editor's Note: Yesterday we posted about 6 new apps forthcoming from MEPcontent. Today the first of these apps was commercially released.

From the MEPcontent website:

BIM App for designing and placing Valves in Revit 

January 17, 2018

Today, we add another app for MEP engineers, the MEPcontent Product Line Placer for Valves. A great stand-alone app for Revit which can also be combined with the MEPcontent Product Line Placer for Piping. Easily filter on manufacturer, diameter, valve category, or technical properties. Select and place valves in your Revit project and work directly with localized and up-to-date manufacturer specific products.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Anticipation: 6 New Apps from MEPcontent

Editor's Note: MEPcontent has created an app pilot user group. Members gain access to up to 6 new apps, as detailed below.

From the MEPcontent website:

Product Line Placer for Valves 

The PLiP valves gives you access to localized valves of leading manufacturers. Choosing a valve is easy through the relevant filters and search box. Another highlight of the app is the placing functionality, valves can be placed in open space or  on a pipe. When the valve is placed on a pipe, the system stays connected and the right fittings are added.

From MEPcontent: Join App Pilot User Group and Get Early Access to 6 New Apps

From the MEPcontent website:

Join the pilot user group and get first hand free access to 6 new MEP apps and functionalities

January 15, 2018

Dear MEP engineer, BIM specialist or installation designer,

We would like to invite you to join our exclusive pilot user group and be the first to try out one of the 6 new MEP apps and functionalities for Revit and AutoCAD, planned to be launched in the upcoming weeks. This will give you first hand access to one (or more) powerful BIM tools developed by our team of experienced professionals in the MEP sector.

All New CL3VER Presenter

From the CL3VER website:

Model to 3D interactive presentation in no time

Real-time, dynamic, interactive presentations to increase productivity in AEC, building design and construction

Deliver dynamic interactive 3D presentations to clients and other stakeholders to better explain, design, plan, share and sell ideas, products, and projects.

Quickly and easily turning your 3D models into a 3D slide presentation

What is CL3VER Presenter?

An interactive 3D presentation tool that lets users create multi-step and multimedia custom presentations for use online, offline and in VR.

Free Armacell BIM Insulation Tool

From the Autodesk App Store:

The plug-in greatly simplifies the planning of technical insulation with BIM: unlike sanitary objects, for example, insulation has to be designed for equipment (e.g. pipes or ventilation ducts) which has already been planned. As the selection of the specific insulation material depends on various parameters (e.g. the diameter), it has to be entered actively by the user. Here errors often occur, because the data has to be looked up in the catalog and then entered manually.

In contrast, the new Armacell BIM plug-in accesses the data required directly in the model and supports the user in selecting and configuring products. Export from the Armacell product database allows the design process to be automated and the user does not need to make any manual entries. This makes the planning and design process simpler and faster and also reduces errors.

Free Macro to Batch Relinquish from Multiple Revit Files

From the What Revit Wants website:

Free Macro to Batch Relinquish All Mine from Multiple Revit Files

By Luke Johnson
January 10, 2018

If you have gone through a process of saving Central models, and you have forgotten to ‘Synchronize with Central’ before closing them for the first time, you may find that your user has all User Created Worksets checked out in those files. A quick recap:

  • Workshared Revit files use a persons Revit user name (sometimes linked to an Autodesk SSO login) to determine if things are checked out
  • If someone has a User Workset checked out, you won’t be able to edit it until they Relinquish. (Note: you can Detach and recreate the file but that is dangerous if you have multiple people working on something)

Basically I had a bunch of Revit files that had all User Worksets from certain usernames checked out. They were upgraded and they were Central files. All that was needed was a simple Open and Relinquish. As I didn’t want to do this manually, I sourced some macro code from here and adapted it for my situation.

Read more on the What Revit Wants website »

Monday, January 15, 2018

Super Clash for Navisworks Manage

From Emanuel Favreau's website:

Super Clash

Run multiple clash tests instantly with 29 predefined selection sets distributed over 4 disciplines:
  • Architectural
  • Structural
  • Mechanical
  • Electrical

What's Hot in Revit Add-ons for January 2018

Here on Revit Add-ons, with What's Hot, at about the middle of each month, we take a look back at the preceding month to see which posts published during the month received the most pageviews.

We published 45 posts in December 2017, and received 47,554 pageviews for our efforts.

With the top four most viewed posts, Dynamo ruled the month. A special shout out to Ryan Cameron of Architect Machines, who held the top two spots. Great job Ryan!

Here are links for the posts that made the cut, along with the originators:
  1. Dynamo Templates by Ryan Cameron of Architect Machines
  2. Cost Analysis Dynamo Script by Ryan Cameron of Architect Machines
  3. Batch Add Shared Parameters From a Text File with Dynamo by Mostafa El Ayoubi of  DATA|SHAPES
  4. Handling Revit Warnings with Dynamo by Lawrence Hooker of Revit Structure
  5. Dim Offset – Automatically Offset Dimension Text that Overlaps Extension Lines from ModPlus
  6. Free CTB Link – Transform CAD Imports to Look Like They'd Plot from AutoCAD from Efficient BIM
  7. BIM Track™ v1.14.0 for Revit and Navisworks from Virtual construction and technology BIM One Inc.

Congratulations and thanks to all the content originators!