Check out the following page to revisit the report. You can download interviews in mp3 format to listen to at your leisure.

In essence: “One of AIA’s 2009 Integrated Practice Discussion Group’s (IPDiG) projects involves revisiting the “Report on Integrated Practice” released during the 2006 AIA National Convention in Los Angeles…”

Thanks to Eddy Krygiel at ArchTech. are offering a free ‘Paint’ plugin for Revit 2010.

The features are:

  • Import and automatically create Revit paint materials from existing AutoCAD Color Book (.acb) files.
  • Search and filter hundreds of Revit paint materials by colour name.
  • Manage hundreds of manufacturers paint materials in Revit with ease, including Resene and Sherwin-Williams.
  • Paint for Revit 2010 – Beta (download page)
    RTV Paint ver 2010 – Windows 32 bit Installer
    RTV Paint ver 2010 – Windows 64 bit Installer, coming soon…

    I had this great idea this morning – why can’t we do a ‘search by sketch’ of images or other data?

    In other words, you draw a small sketch of something, and then the search engine returns results that are similar to or related to that sketch.

    First I thought ‘quick, I better blog about this, before someone else does!’, but then I thought, ‘I better see if this exists yet…’

    And, it does. Have a look at retrievr. I did not have great results when trying this out, as it is ‘experimental’.

    If you want to search through some 3D models using a 2D sketch and keywords, have a look at Princeton 3D Model Search Engine.

    There is a paper written on the subject. It is called 3D content-based search using sketches.

    The next logical question is – is there some software that I can download that can perform this search on my own images?

    Check out the vid below:

    For more information, check out

    I foresee a time (in the not too distant future) when a full blown image search engine will be available, that takes either a sketch or uploaded image as input, and returns a list of images in order of similarity. Perhaps you can also specify a ‘tolerance’ value, that filters out the least similar and simply does not show them.

    If you know of any technology or software similar to this, please comment.

    There is a great video on View Range by Paul Aubin at the link below here:

    It is very well explained and I learned some things I had no idea about, like the ‘tolerances’ associated with various elements when using View Range. After using Revit for so long, I’m surprised this piece of important information had ‘slipped through’! I did some searching, and these tolerances are listed in the Revit online help at this link and hinted at in the support information here.

    For your convenience, I have copied the information from the Revit help page below:
    Additional View Range Rules

    • Model elements located outside of the view range generally are not shown in the view. The exceptions are floors, stairs, ramps, and components that stay or are mounted on the floor (like furniture). These are shown even when slightly below the view range. In addition, fascia, gutters, and edge slabs are shown when their bottoms are within a tolerance of the primary view range bottom.
      Floors located outside the view range use an adjusted range that is 4 feet (approximately 1.22 meters) below the bottom of the primary range. Floors are drawn with the Beyond line style if the floor exists within this adjusted range.
    • Elements that are strictly below the cut plane, but are at least partially within the view range, are shown as viewed from above. Components display according to Family Element Visibility Settings for Plan/RCP. See Managing Family Visibility and Detail Level
    • Walls shorter than 6 feet (approximately 1.83 meters) are not cut, even if they intersect the cut plane.
      The 6 feet are measured from the top of the bounding box to the bottom of the primary view range. For example, if you create a wall with a sloped top face, when the top of the wall is 6 feet away from the bottom of the primary view range, the wall is cut at the cut plane. When the top of the wall is less than 6 feet, the entire wall shows as projection even where it intersects the cut plane. This behavior always occurs when the Top Constraint property for the wall is specified as Unconnected.
    • There are a few categories for which an element located above the cut plane but partially below the top clip is shown in plan. These categories include windows, casework, and generic model. These objects are shown as viewed from above.
    • Visibility in RCP views is similar to plan views with the exception that objects are presented as viewed from below and mirrored.

    You can view Paul Aubin’s site at:

    I received the information about the screencast from Fear and Loathing in a CAD vs BIM World at

    We were given the ‘Slanted Column’ ability when some of the Structural tools were recently incorporated into Revit Architecture. If you have been pulling your hair out trying to place one of these slanted columns in a Plan view (where the tool is greyed out), the answer is simple. Go to a Section, Elevation or 3D View to place them!

    You will likely need to set an appropriate workplane to ‘draw’ these slanted columns on.

    The Brace tool is also quite cool – have a go at the ‘3D snapping’ capability in the Options bar (try it in a 3D view, obviously).

    If you are interested in reading further, check out:

    Revit is a very acceptable OOTB (out of the box) tool. If you are using Revit OOTB, there are really only two variables that determine your productivity. Assuming you have zero customised content, these variables are:

    • your own skill and ability
    • the performance of your computer

    We are all working to try and keep our skills on the cutting edge. But is your hardware keeping up its end of the bargain? Our company made a significant investment into some middle to top-of-the-line workstations a few months ago, for which I am very grateful. If you are looking to purchase a new system, or upgrade an existing one, you should definitely review the
    Model Performance Technical Note (you may have accessed this via Subscription, but this is a direct link to the PDF).

    The following AUGI forum links may also be of assistance to you:

    Revit 2010 – Graphics Cards that work (and those that don’t)

    Happy with your hardware?

    Video card D3D compatibility – Revit 2010 on Vista / Win7

    Revit Running on Intel Mac

    Non-Mac hardware benchmarks using the 2009 benchmark journal

    Rendering speed in Windows 7 64 & Revit 2010 64bit

    Feel free to comment if you have any thoughts or recommendations.