Could we laser scan the world, make a big point cloud, and then import it into Revit?  Well, one day we might be able to accomplish that on a small scale (then again, maybe not).  In the meantime, try this process:

  1. Make the point cloud from existing geometry using this guide
  2. Use GreenSpider (more info at this link) to bring the points into Revit (and ‘maybe’ make a form using splines)

I’m sure results will vary… please comment if you try it out.

    Just in case you missed it, Update Release 3 is available for all 4 Revit flavours (links below).

    Key fixes (as per documentation):

    • Improves stability when using Hardware Acceleration, Graphics Mode.   
    • Improves stability when opening projects which utilize Extensible Storage.
    • Improves visual fidelity between canvas and printed output.   
    • Improves visual fidelity of hidden lines, MEP pipe centerlines and haloed gaps when not using Hardware Acceleration, Graphics Mode.   
    • Improves Structural family data integrity during upgrade of project.
    • Improves data integrity when canceling Save As operation.
    • Improves interaction between Revit Server 2013 and Riverbed compression.
    • Enables users to browse Revit Server Networks when a bound workstation cannot contact the Domain Controller.  

     Dave Baldacchino informs us that this update includes the Hotfix that fixes some nasty non-WYSIWYG bugs (when printing in vector):
    Anyway, I also checked that the recent Update 3 (for OneBox)incorporates this hotfix as well, so just skip it altogether and install Update 3 as fast as you can. There are separate downloads for the stand-alone packages.

    Link for RVT (Onebox):

    Link for RAC:

    Link for MEP:

    Link for RST:

    I guess the fact that we are receiving a significant update to 2013 after getting 2014 will be a further warning to some users to delay the 2014 rollout…

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    A recent article on describes the basic tools used for coordination between disciplines in Revit.  Its worth a read for “Revit coordination beginners.” 

    It covers the three primary coordination tools in vanilla Revit:

    • Copy / Monitor
    • Coordination Review
    • Interference Check

    Here are a few little gems from the article:
    The elements that can be included in the copy/monitor process include: Levels, Grids, Columns, Walls, Floors, and Openings

    Coordination Review actions:

  1. Postpone: take no action on the element
  2. Reject: makes no change to the element in the host file
  3. Accept Difference: Accepts that a change has been made between the monitored elements but no change is needed between the elements
  4. Modify/Rename/Move: If the element is renamed/moved, this option will rename/move the element to match the monitored element
  5. via

    Heads-up: Daniel Hughes on LinkedIn

    Ever wanted to get a Tag to pick up the hardcoded Elevation value given to a nested Family?  Then check out this great little thread and cool answer by Julien!

    You need to set a SP in the nested family.
    Make the plate geometry attached to ref planes that are not the 2 from the template. Assign a SP to the distance between the RP at center of geometry and the RP that defines origin. SP will be by instance. Beware of directions for correct behavior when loaded in the host.
    In the host family, add the same SP, select the plate, and in properties palette, look for the tiny button on the left. Click and choose the SP you’ve added. The insert point of the plate must be set to the ref level of the host.
    Now you have the elevation of the plate driven by a SP in the host. Create a tag for this SP. You’re done. 

    By Julien Benoit at
    How can I get this parameter into a tag?