… And it looks amazing!

With Lumion, you can invite others to see the life in your designs.

Some of the new features in Lumion 10 include:

  • Fine-detail nature models
  • Displacement mapping
  • Real Skies at Night and Aurora Borealis
  • New content for creating living spaces and environments
  • Paint placement
  • And much more….

To learn more, head over to this link.

Ten versions of Lumion = A decade of reliable, intuitive rendering software.

Check out the release video playlist below:

When Revizto Stamps were first released, I didn’t fully understand how powerful they would become – but now, Stamps are probably the most widely used method of issue creation in the entire Revizto ecosystem. A Stamp is basically an “Issue Template”.  If you have a particular type of issue or problem or question that regularly comes up on your projects, you create a Stamp so that you don’t have to keep entering the same data over and over again. These stamps can be pre-tagged, prioritised, and pre-assigned, and that creates real efficiencies across your entire project team and lifecycle.

Up until now, Stamps could only be created inside the Revizto Viewer – but as of Revizto 4.11 (released today), you can now create a Stamp issue from Revit or Navisworks (or other software with the Revizto plugin).

Here’s how to do it in Revit (the workflow is similar in all platforms):

  1. Open a Revit project that is connected to a Revizto project
  2. While reviewing the model or drawings, click the New Issue button

  3. On the issue creation screen in Revizto, click the ST button (this allows you to apply the Stamp to the new issue):

  4. Select the relevant Stamp from the list:

  5. Optionally edit the pre-filled issue title to add more detail
  6. Add any desired markups with the markup tools
  7. Click Done

The above workflow can also be performed from a Revit Sheet (creating an issue on the 2D sheet that has been synced from Revit to Revizto):

If you want to adjust the Stamp pin position (for 3D issue):

  1. Go to the issue
  2. Click 3D on the far left
  3. Click Update 3D at the top

  4. Move the pin in 3D space
  5. Click Done

The above workflow to move a pin position is similar for 2D issues, but you should click on the Markup icon on the far left, and then click Edit Markup at the top of screen.

 

This new feature will further increase the already widespread use of Revizto Stamps, and in turn improve the consistency of data applied to issues… regardless of what platform you are using to review or markup your designs!

 

Also in this new version is enhanced Procore integration, and Vectorworks 2020 support. Full release notes copied below…

Revizto 4.11 Release Notes

Version : 4.11.52232 (17 October 2019)
 
Revizto app

– Direct integration with Procore RFI module. Ability to elevate Revizto issues to new or existing RFIs. Once the issue is elevated, its status will be locked – it will reflect the status of the RFI. All RFI status changes will be reflected in Revizto issue.
Important note: the integration with Coordination Issues module of Procore has been discontinued in favour of direct RFI integration.
– Ability to create stamps from plugins (Revit, Navisworks, etc). There is a new stamp button on the issue creation screen that allows converting issue to stamp upon creation.
– Enhancements for saved issue filters: ability to search by name and apply alphanumeric ordering.
– Clearing the cache for Revizto projects now has several options. For example, it now allows removing all project files to save space on the hard drive, while keeping export settings.
– Increased the character limit to 100 characters for stamp category names.

Revizto plugins

– Vectorworks 2020 support.
– Rhino 6 support.

All Revizto products

– Stability improvements and bug fixes.

Following the integration of Revizto with Procore and Box, starting today you can also connect Revizto to BIM 360 Docs and BIM 360 Team. This will allow you to browse BIM 360 hosted files within Revizto, attach them to issues, and convert hosted PDFs to sheets that you can easily markup.

Download it from here

This opens up some exciting possibilities:

  • Upload PDFs from your project into BIM 360 Docs, and then automatically sync and convert those sheets to Revizto 2D sheets. You can then markup these sheets with the Revizto issue tracker. You could even use the extremely fast ‘viewport sync’ from the Revizto Revit addin to actually enable those PDFs for 2D to 3D overlay. This potentially provides a massive performance enhancement to the existing Revizto to Revit sheet export process.
  • Store commissioning documents, specifications, and other project documents on BIM360, and then attach those live documents to issues in the Issue Tracker
  • Take the BIM 360 Docs offline to your device using Revizto, including on our iPad app. In this way, you can take the 3D model, drawings, and Documents offline to the device and take them onsite easily. All interactions with the issue tracker will ‘sync’ when an internet connection becomes available.

How Do You Enable the Revizto BIM 360 Docs Integration?

Prerequisites:

  • you should be a BIM 360 Account Admin to install the Revizto BIM 360 app
  • if you wish to install this integration for BIM 360 Docs / Document Management, you must have access to the Apps tab in BIM 360 Account Admin. From Autodesk website:
    Note: If you are on an enterprise plan and the Apps or Custom Integration features are not enabled, send an email to bim360appsactivations@autodesk.com to request access. You can also contact support for further help and information.
  1. Install the new version of Revizto (4.10)
  2. Login to BIM360 in your browser to confirm you are a BIM 360 Account Admin
  3. Install Revizto BIM 360 app here – go to Apps tab
    > Select Revizto

    > Click Add to BIM 360

    > Authorise

    > The app should now be Active

  4. Login to Revizto with an Email Address that is also the BIM 360 Account Admin as shown above
  5. Go to Docs in Revizto and Connect Project to BIM 360:
    Follow prompts in Web browser:

  6. Allow Access:

  7. Select your Hub and Project (if you didn’t enable the BIM 360 Docs app, you will only see BIM 360 Teams hubs here):
  8. You should receive this message:

Your BIM 360 Docs connection to Revizto should now be active!

 

Go to this link to find Revizto on BIM 360 App Store

There are some other nice enhancements in Revizto 4.10, you see the full Release Notes below.

Release Notes:

Version : 4.10.51843

Revizto app

– New integration with BIM 360 Docs and BIM 360 Team for Revizto Documents. It includes the ability to browse BIM 360 hosted files within Revizto, attach them to issues, convert hosted PDFs to sheets.
– 2D gallery: visual indicators for sheets hosted on Box/Procore/BIM 360.
– 2D gallery: new sheet filter by the number of total issues.
– Image viewer in Issue Tracker attachments and Docs: ability to open any image as 360 panorama.
– Docs: checkboxes for group operations moved to the left side + some other visual tweaks.
– New setting in Cache Management: ability to set max file size for issue attachments downloaded using “Download for field” button.
– Terminology change: Revizto Revisions renamed to Versions to eliminate ambiguity with Revit sheet Revisions. Project -> Revisions dialog is now called Project -> Versions.
– Tooltips in the UI will now show up quicker.

Navisworks plugin

– Export Scheduler now has an option to choose between 2 types of Navisworks licenses: AdLM and BIM 360. Scheduled task will run Navisworks in selected licensing mode.
– Removed the ability to export sheets from Navisworks.

All Revizto products

– Stability improvements and bug fixes.

 

Other Notes:

Emails sent to Autodesk to get BIM 360 Apps enabled:

I am Account Admin for XYZ – please enable the Apps and Custom Integrations panels as per:
Note: If you are on an enterprise plan and the Apps or Custom Integration features are not enabled, send an email to bim360appsactivations@autodesk.com to request access. You can also contact support for further help and information.

 

Response:

Hi Luke,

I have enabled your Developer Account; you’re all set!
– you should now see the APPs & Custom Integrations tabs in BIM 360 Account Admin.

Would you mind sharing which integration is of interest? Or perhaps you’re planning to build a new custom integration?
– It’s helpful for us to know what folks are trying to build/solve.
– You can explore our existing partner integrations here, or in the APPs tab.

For technical questions about Forge APIs, feel free to reach out to the Forge Team.

Please let me know if you have any other questions.

Thanks,

 

I’ve recently had the chance to put the new Lumion 9 through it’s paces.

Why Lumion

At Virtual Built Technology amongst the many BIM services we offer, we also create construction visualisations and animations.

Virtual Built Construction Animations

This video is a mashup of various Construction Animations we’ve done over time. Contact us for more information: virtualbuilt.com.au

A Demo Reel / Mashup of some recent work…

Over the years we’ve played with many software solutions to get the kind of results our clients are after. Each time we do this kind of work it’s slightly different, either a client will require something different, there’s all sorts of budgets, a client might want to focus on a specific area, and what we can get our hands on in terms of models etc, is always different. In the past we’d model in Revit and Sketchup, federate and visualise in Navisworks or 3DS Max, animate in Navisworks or 3DS Max and then post production in iMovie or Motion and Final Cut. A complex high end animation, might see us jump in and out of several different applications several times over before completion.

However, since Lumion has come along, we’ve been able to significantly increase our output by simplifying the often many different steps we’d need to take. And whilst it isn’t quite a one stop shop, it is definitely made life a lot easier.

How we use Lumion

Firstly we define the clients requirements. Is it just images, or is it an animation? Then we define what are we trying to show in the images or the animation –  Is it the different stages of construction, the site setup, the greater site context (say a busy city street), the architectural finish? The animation might become more complex if there’s something specific that the client wants to demonstrate in detail (say safety, traffic, or a lifting sequence) In this case, we’re not just rigging up a camera, we might also be keying and animating objects.

Lumion is more then capable of all of the above, but more importantly it’s able to do it all with ease. The software is intuitive and simple. And since this type of work is very susceptible to ‘scope creep’, and client whims, this kind of simplicity and ease adds up to hours and hours of time saved.

Building a model (a typical example)

We primarily use Revit for developing a lot of our initial model content. Often we’re able to get our hands on the consultants models (or we build up our own), then we add some context like neighbouring buildings, streets, pathways etc. (Lumion can also do this with OpenStreetMap data) Then we add other content like cranes, concrete pumps, people, fences etc. This particular part requires some thought, because there’s a couple of ways we can arrive at the end result. Firstly Lumion provides a lot of really good content (People, cars, trees, cats, etc) and we can add this in Lumion (saving a few steps in the process), however, there isn’t a lot of “Construction” content or the right content, so we often need to get that elsewhere. Sketchup Warehouse is an example of a good source. Getting content from Sketchup Warehouse, we can either bring it directly into Lumion, or go via Revit into Lumion.

Back in Revit however, we can utilise the LiveSync option to quickly generate content and see it populating Lumion. I’ve created a tutorial of the LiveSync tool below.

Lumion Live Sync

This video is about Lumion Live Sync

In the more complex projects, we will use many 3D views to export different ‘scenes’ to Lumion. With each 3D view’s content being controlled by Worksets or Phases. Lumion has layer control (20 max) that can control the visibility of content. So, the different views in Revit might then correspond with different layers in Lumion.

The layer manager is pretty limited however, and one area Lumion could improve on.

Lumion Layer Manager

Lumion also has a feature called Variation Control that allows another layer of management to model variations

This particular feature is great for different phases of the same model. (ie construction phasing) You bring this feature into play particularly when you’re animating a sequence where you want a model to change over time. It is limited a little in its fine tune control, for example you cannot “fade” the different phases in, it’s just one at a time.

Images and Animations

Once my model is sufficiently built up and materials applied we can now begin composing images and animations. Lumion provides three different outputs. Photo, Movie, and feature called 360 Panorama.

Photo

In the Photo tool, you simply navigate your viewing window to a desired location and Store the camera. Then it’s simply a matter of adding a Style or adding various effects. Then hit Render and you’re done… It’s really that simple!

The camera location and Effect is stored, so, as you change your content (at your clients whims) you can very quickly fire off an updated rendering that reflects the changes.

Movie

I’ve created a tutorial on how to create an animation in Lumion.

Lumion Animation

This video is about Lumion Animation

360 Panorama

This tool is great and is something we’re doing more of. It provides something that is a more interactive.

Here’s an example of how it can be used

Lumion 9’s new features

There’s a number of improvements and updates Lumion has made over the previous release. You can see them here.

Lumion 9: New Feature Medley

Lumion 9 is available now! See what’s new here: https://lumion.com/what-s-new.html In this “New Feature Medley,” we’ll quickly walk you through a mix of new features, including: – Automatic file recovery (0:15) – Updated eye-level camera (0:22) – New materials (0:35) – Furry materials (0:46) – New objects (0:55) – Updated cluster mass placement (1:12) – Save groups (1:21) – Updated OpenStreetMap (1:33) – Updated import edges (1:45) Get involved with the Lumion community at https://forum.lumion.com/.

Summary

Lumion is a certainly a fixture in our animation and image rendering workflow. It’s a great tool that has significantly increased our speed and output.

Because the visualisation is so good even in the building/editing environment, we’ve been using it live in client presentations and meetings.

A great product.

What technology stack should you use when managing and collaborating on a significant and complicated design-build infrastructure project?

Stantec recently shared their workflow on their Ideas website – and it has Revizto right in the middle of it.

Here are a few quotes to get you started:

“The team decided to implement Revizto early in the design phase. It’s an easy-to-use, secure, file-neutral, cloud-based, model-review solution. Model files were published to Revizto, unattended, every night. Each day, the design-build team and Sound Transit could visualize the current design in all areas of the facility. We saw a vast improvement in collaboration and engagement because the model was accessible to anyone, from anywhere, at any time.

Revizto’s issue tracker became a one-stop shop for model-issue and clash management. Typically, a team might use Revitzo to coordinate a single building model. But our team took that a step further by using it for the entire site—multiple buildings, the site, the tracks, and the underground utilities.

This is a process we intend to implement across our suite of transit projects going forward, changing the way we do work by building it into our mindset from the start. By using Revitzo at the very early stages of design, we were able to facilitate a level of teamwork and collaboration that was instrumental in helping us to meet deadlines, stay on track, and stay in lock-step as a project team.

the ability to visualize and identify issues early and across the entire facility saves thousands of dollars in change orders and construction delays.”

Interior of Sound Transit OMF East (image from Stantec post)

Read the whole post at:

https://ideas.stantec.com/design-technology/merging-design-technologies-helps-fast-track-transit-project-in-fast-growing-seattle-area

It is extremely easy to reduce the size of a point cloud dataset using Recap. “Decimation” is the process of discarding points from the data to improve performance and reduce disk usage.

With the release of point cloud support in Revizto, you can now bring a point cloud into the Revizto platform in a number of ways:

  • Export from Navisworks
  • Export from Revit
  • Import points directly in RCP or RCS format

Once the reality capture model has been added to Revizto, you sync it to the cloud. From there, you can download and view the point cloud on your iPad, and of course you can start creating issues that relate to the captured condition on site. You can even overlay 2D drawings onto the reality capture data.

The decimation process is very easy :

  1. Open your Recap file (add scans and index first if necessary)
  2. Click Export
  3. Give your file a name

  4. Click the settings button
  5. Move the slider to adjust your point decimation – you might use around 50mm decimation for a lot of site applications.

  6. Save the file

There are other considerations, such as:

  • How can you set up coordinate systems to work with Revit, Navisworks and Revizto?

These will be considered in more detail in another post.

Experienced Navisworks Coordinators typically have a very solid workflow in place for grouping clashes into clash groups. Some prefer to do that part manually (with selection and filters), so they can observe and determine which items should be grouped together. Others will use an auto-grouping tool, like bim42 Group Clashes, or iConstruct.

If you are using iConstruct and you wish to use the Navisworks clash group data downstream, you may wish to preserve existing clash groups at each subsequent clash run, and only group the ‘new ungrouped’ clashes. The bim42 Group Clashes tool has a tickbox for this, and iConstruct 2019 provides a filter. If you are using iConstruct 2018 or older, you may be wondering how to preserve existing clash groups and only “push” the grouping rules for clashes that are currently not grouped.

 

Here’s how:

  1. Run the Clash Manager from iConstruct
  2. Find the list entry without a name
  3. Versions:
    • iConstruct 2019 has a filter for “Show Ungrouped Clashes”
    • iConstruct 2018 – select only the ‘unnamed’ Clash Group: ,
  4. Then click “Create Clash Detective Group”
  5. iConstruct will immediately create the relevant groups from only the ungrouped clashes
  6. You can then go ahead and Sync to Revizto, or use the data downstream in some other workflow

 

Here’s a video from Robert Gadbaw that clearly demonstrates this workflow:

This workflow will allow you to use iConstruct to group your clashes, and preserve those groups when Syncing with Revizto. Revizto has a very solid and customisable connection to Navisworks that includes the ability to sync the clash results with Revizto Issues in both directions.

We have been using HoloBuilder to capture as-built conditions on a huge hospital project, in order to maintain the federated BIM dataset (BIM to FM / Asset Information Management). 360 photos are a very quick and easy way to capture the context of building elements, but not their geometry.

 

This tip comes from one of our local HoloBuilder experts, Lisa Verschoor:

How to move across an updated drawing/sheet in HoloBuilder and have the already existing waypoints attached to the earlier version carry over automatically

    • Open HoloBuilder
    • Select sheet you want to replace (in example pic below I’m replacing sheet 020-H-003)
    • Click on the “Exchange this sheet” button (two opposing arrows)

 

    • Prompt will ask “Do you really want to replace the current Sheet with a new one?”
    • Click Ok
    • Now drag and drop updated sheet
    • Select High Res option
    • Ok
    • All done! 🙂

You may have noticed that Revizto notifications now provide a direct link to Open that issue in Revizto. This special hyperlink will prompt to open Revizto, and it will jump to the correct issue in the Issue Tracker.

The special link is made of a few parts, notice the project number and issue ID in bold below:

https://api.sydney.revizto.com/v4/region/redirect?url=revizto%3A//viewer/50789/issue_tracker/44

Using the predictable syntax above, you can use your own Revizto regional server, project number and issue ID to create these hyperlinks yourself, either in Excel or programmatically.

You can leverage this mini-api in a number of ways:

  • you can paste these links into the Revizto Issue Tracker to allow you to jump between issues in Revizto
  • paste the links into Word or Excel or other emails as part of a larger report or conversation
  • inject these links into another BIM platform such as a Revit URL field, so that you can jump from a specific item in Revit to the related Revizto issue
  • use these special links in a project portal or project management system

This is just the beginning for a new era of connectedness between the Revizto Issue Tracker and other platforms… watch this space!