Revit makes it very easy to produce a LOT of drawings. This can result in a large deliverable. In one recent case, our Tender Issue of drawings consisted of 132 A1 sheets. Using CutePDF (with a couple of handy tweaks), we printed these to a PDF file of around 48 MB.
Depending on your email size policy, a file of this size would take anywhere from 5 to 16 emails to transmit.
To avoid this eventuality, I have explored various options for uploading large files and making them available to our colleagues. FTP seemed to be the answer, but one of our Clients is behind a proxy or firewall system that doesn’t allow FTP access – even with an anonymous account! So it was back to the drawing board…
Therefore, I decided to setup a HTTP server for file access. I downloaded Apache 2.2 (for Windows, without SSL). I took the following steps:
- Allowed a port through our firewall and directed it to the PC running Apache. We have a static IP, so I could now access Apache by typing in xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx:portnumber.
- Ensured that the opened port setting matched the Apache port in the httpd.conf file
- Disabled the ‘Indexes’ feature for a subfolder of the Apache ‘root’ folder (in my case this was C:Program FilesApache Software FoundationApache2.2htdocsFILES).
- Created a password for this folder using htpasswd.exe
- Enabled password access to the same folder using the following text in httpd.conf
AuthName “Restricted Files”
# (Following line optional)
# AuthBasicProvider file
AuthUserFile “C:/Program Files/Apache Software Foundation/Apache2.2/password/.htpasswd”
Now I can login to the PC running Apache, copy any file I want to serve via HTTP to the password protected folder, and then send a link to any of our colleagues that I want to gain access to this file.I also setup Filezilla FTP Server on another PC in our network, and forwarded port 21 through our router to this PC. I setup a user for a folder on this PC, and disabled all rights apart from ‘read’.I can now send an email that contains two hyperlinks to any large file we wish to transmit, one for FTP and one for HTTP. Both of these links are password protected.And all of this is done using free, open source software!
In the interest of collaboration, I have started a thread for BIM Standards and BIM Example Drawings Sharing at http://forums.augi.com/showthread.php?t=111047
If you need FTP access to upload data you would like to share, please contact me and I will make this available to you.
No doubt you would agree that our ‘attitude’ can have a big effect on our lives. If we look at things with the right outlook and viewpoint, we are more likely to feel successful and satisfied. So how does this relate to Revit?
There are a number of ways to approach Revit as a software platform. Consider some examples:
- “Revit is a modeling tool, and I want it to be able to easily model any form I can conceive.”
- “Revit is a drafting tool, and I want it to be able to draft quickly and easily, and I demand absolute graphic control over every single visible 2D element.”
- “I believe Revit should be intuitive and easy to use. It should be able to guess what I want and deliver the result that I seek.”
- “I have to use Revit because it is becoming the industry standard. I don’t have to like it or understand how it works.“
- “I want to understand What Revit Wants, so that I can use it in a productive and appropriate manner.”
I would say that the first 3 are basically impossible, for any software tool. However, in some ways Revit can deliver the results that you seek when approaching it with the attitudes of 1, 2, or 3. It is capable of many things, but it does have limitations. Attitude Number 4 is a problem though. Why? Because you MUST understand, at least to some degree, how Revit works. Otherwise you will never succeed, and you will face a lot of frustration.
Yes, you must grasp What Revit Wants. You must try to think in the same way that Revit thinks.
- Why is it trying to join the walls this way?
- Why is object A masking object B?
- What is causing Revit to show this line dashed instead of solid?
Instead of getting frustrated and angry, and instead of uttering unrepeatable phrases directed at ‘Autodesk’, just try and understand WHY. It is a little bit like meeting someone you don’t know for the first time. You may choose to judge them from first impressions. Or you may try to understand them, and why they act the way they do. If you come to understand them, you may be able to have a rewarding relationship with that person.In conclusion, give Revit a chance. Try to understand. Try not to judge or lose your patience. Don’t be afraid to find out What Revit Wants.
I have created a list of Revit Blogs using Google Sites. Have a look at:
Please feel free to comment. If you would like your blog to be added (and it isn’t on the list), please send me your details.
This may be useful for you if you are travelling and don’t have easy access to your normal RSS reader – you can easily use this webpage to read the latest posts from these popular Revit, CAD and BIM related blogs.
The AIA provides a Integrated Project Delivery Guide at this location.
There is some very handy BIM resources located on the Indiana University website at http://www.indiana.edu/~uao/iubim.html
Among other things, you can download the IU BIM Guidelines and Standards for Architects, Engineers, & Contractors document.
There are also some very handy links to other BIM resources.
Thanks to James Van of ArchTech for posting this one.
If you are having problems with the ‘Copy Spreadsheet’ utility, it is likely because you are running 64 bit Revit or you have recently updated Revit. If you haven’t heard of this tool, it is a simple program made in Autohotkey, and it automates the ‘copying’ of data from a spreadsheet into a Revit schedule. The Revit schedule will need to be a key schedule, and you will need to add the columns and rows before starting the utility.
Head over to http://forums.augi.com/showpost.php?p=950435&postcount=1 for the updated version.
Direct link http://www.nichitecture.com/downloads/Copy%20Spreadsheet%20for%20Revit%202010.zip
You may need to login to AUGI to access the above.
Okay, I may be WAY behind everyone else, but I didn’t know about the Autodesk Youtube Channel until today!
It appears that I may have been stuck in some kind of inanimate stasis for the last, well, I don’t know how long.
In any case, if you too were confined in the 1950’s jazz holodeck program while the Bynars stole your spaceship, head on over to:
The Autodesk Youtube Channel
In the Revit 2010 Subscription advantage Pack there is a issue with using extended characters in a keyboard shortcut in the new UI.
(Reposted from the Autodesk RSS Feed I subscribe to)
To get access to the Autodesk RSS Feeds, follow the instructions on this page.
A Note Block schedules the instances of a Generic Annotation (Symbol) in your project. They are useful for repetitive tagging of detail elements. I say ‘detail’ elements, because I feel that the use of tags should be in the following order of preference:
- Tag of appropriate type for tagged element (eg. Door Tag)
- Keynote Tag by Material where 1 is not possible
- Note Block and Generic Annotation where 1 and 2 are not possible
(The above is based on the fact that you should be trying to make your Model as intelligent as possible – detail lines and text should be the exception when using Revit, not the rule).Here is a crash course in using Note Blocks:
- Create a basic Generic Annotation family.
- Add Labels for Family Parameters to into the Generic Annotation family (for example, Note Number and Note Description).
- Load the family into the project.
- Create a Schedule – Note Block, and choose the family you just loaded. Add the parameters to the Schedule that you added in step 2.
- Go to a view and place a ‘Symbol’ – use the Generic Annotation family you just added. Make sure to choose at least 1 leader for the note.
- Type value/values into the Generic Annotation family.
- Have a look at your ‘Note Block’ and you will see the values starting to fill.
- If you change the schedule, it will change the notes (this is Revit, remember).
The Revit documentation shows this in use. You can label things with ‘numbers’ and then use the Note Block to refer these numbers to the appropriate text or note.This Note Block can then be placed on a sheet, just like any schedule.It is an interesting little tool, and it may be just what you need to solve that little problem that has been annoying you!