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Apr 15, 2018

Online Revit To IFC Converter

You always need to export your Revit files to IFC. A lot of great solutions run with IFC and having an efficient workflow to transfer your models to them is...

Mar 31, 2018

IFC from Revit - Part 2

In this second part of my post about exporting IFC from Revit, we will see how to export classifications, how to override the default export class and how to use...

Mar 17, 2018

IFC from Revit - Part 1

This is the first part of a two parts post summarizing all the features I wish I knew about before I started exporting IFC from Revit. I am working a...

Mar 4, 2018

BIM 42's got a brand new style

BIM 42 will be 6 years old in a few months and started to look its age. I was using WordPress to publish BIM 42 posts, but the otherwise excellent...

Feb 10, 2018

Data visualization for bimsync

Since bimsync has become my main tool for visualizing and analysing building models, I am working on expanding this tool to leverage its power. Among the long list of features...

Sep 17, 2017

Using the Revit IFC Export in your own add-on

In September 2011, Autodesk make accessible the Industry Foundation Classes (IFC) exporter for Revit as open source code, licensed through a LGPL v. 2.1 licensing agreement. In 2014, this project...

Sep 8, 2017

Revit and bimsync Just Got a Room Together!

This is no mystery that I am a big fan of bimsync. But the lack of integration with Revit make things a bit too time consuming than it should be....

Jul 3, 2017

Sloth, the online BCF viewer

I am a vocal proponent of the BIM Collaboration Format. I think issue tracking is what is missing in the building industry, and the BCF provide a standard to do...

Jun 18, 2017

VR for Revit

I recently get my hand on an HTC Vive headset, and I spend some time exploring various solutions to display a model in this headset. The HTC Vive headset There...

May 15, 2017

A new version of Group Clashes

I just updated my Clash Grouper plugin for Navisworks. The main purpose of this update was to solve some issue encountered by early adopters. The plugin should now be more...

Apr 28, 2017

Revit plugins updates and new features

As usual during this time of the year, I published the new version of my plugins for Revit. Align The big improvement this year is the ability to align any...

Mar 11, 2017

Building a Forge Web Viewer

Web-based “BIM” solutions are the last big trend, and Autodesk is among the most advanced player in this area with their API offering called Forge. Autodesk Forge is a product...

Feb 11, 2017

Modeling a neighborhood with Flux Site Extractor, GIS data and Revit

Since my last post, I kept on working on urban development. I particularly think about importing GIS data into our usual authoring tools. My experience with Infraworks was interesting, but...

Jan 15, 2017

Modeling Paris with InfraWorks

It has been a while since I wanted to play with InfraWorks, but I never had the chance, nor any purpose until recently, when I start to ponder on retrieving...

Dec 4, 2016

Linking documents to a model

These days, there is a lot of ideas around using a building information model for facilities management. Among these ideas, a recurring theme is to integrate documents, mostly technical sheets,...

Nov 26, 2016

Why I am now a bimsync fanboy

Those of you who know me know that I recently changed my employer and I am know working for a real estate developer, with a different scope of work than...

Nov 5, 2016

Group Clashes

If you have already run some clash detection, you have probably ended up with thousand of clashes, and wondering how you could find something interesting in this mess. Furthermore, finding...

Jul 16, 2016

Flux Dashboard

Since my last article, Flux has made a lot of progress. Along with their plugins for Excel, Grasshopper and Dynamo, the Flux team has recently released their connectors for Revit...

Jul 2, 2016

Room Finishes Update

I keep on working on my Revit add-ins. After Align, it is now Room Finishes who have been updated to support Revit 2017. Along with this update, I also have...

Jun 18, 2016

Align Tag Update

It is this time of the year again, and I have finally take the time to update Align on the App Store for the new version of Revit. However, there...

Jun 4, 2016

Bridge design

One of my colleague is currently working on bridge design with Revit. I have to admit, my first reaction was more like “Revit is not fit for bridge modeling, period”....

May 21, 2016

Measuring ceiling heights

I recently have to measure the actual headroom of every room in an architectural model, and copy this value in a room parameter. Instead of checking manually every room, I...

May 14, 2016

Wall Openings (again)

I am kind of obsessed with wall openings. The entire process of asking a structural engineer for holes in its beloved wall to let ducts and pipes goes through has...

Apr 26, 2016

Using Dynamo for MEP Design – Part 2

This is the second part of my article, originally published in the official magazine of Autodesk User Group International, AUGIWorld. Link between terminals and the main duct. To fully exploit Duct...

Apr 16, 2016

Using Dynamo for MEP Design - Part 1

This two parts post was originally published in the official magazine of Autodesk User Group International, AUGIWorld. Most examples of Dynamo focus on computational design and complex geometries. Many see Dynamo as...

Oct 24, 2015

MEP design and Dynamo

Most of the work we see with Dynamo involves designing complex parametric geometry. But Dynamo can also help you automate your design and make more informed decisions, even on the...

Oct 11, 2015

Details Items, subcategories and filled regions

I am currently working with multiple detail items to create a set of views for architectural detailing. These Detail Items must comply with a precise standard for color and line...

Oct 4, 2015

A360 Team

A year after my first post about Autodesk A360, I kept on testing its features as they came out. When one of my colleagues brought me an A360 Team subscription...

Sep 27, 2015

Flux

After showcasing Metro, a web-based interface for interpreting and visualizing building codes, Flux has released its new product, simply called Flux. I just had the chance to get an invitation...

Sep 12, 2015

Linked MEP systems

I am currently working on a large building complex, where multiple buildings share the same plumbing and HVAC systems. Every building is linked to a common mechanical room, pipes and ducts...

Aug 29, 2015

Time Stamper, the Add-In

There is no easy way to override the color of an entire Revit link. Since most of my work involves linking Revit model from various subcontractors, this is something I...

Aug 23, 2015

Some Thoughts About Rooms and Spaces

A lot of MEP calculations available in Revit needs analytical spaces at some point, and it is crucial to have them properly modeled. Properly placing these spaces can be a...

Jul 11, 2015

Align Tags Update

This is a long overdue update, but I finally take the time to prepare my Align Tag plug-in for Revit 2016. Along with the annual clean up and bug fixes, I...

Jul 4, 2015

Model Timestamp

As we receive models from subcontractors or partners, we need to integrate them in a coordination model. The coordination model files structure look like this. In the coordination model, we...

Jun 27, 2015

Wall openings

I came back from the first meeting of the Paris Revit User Group. Julien Benoit give us great insights on how to use Dynamo for data management and Revit automation....

Jun 20, 2015

Revit categories and classification systems

Standards for classifying building elements have been around for some times, but building information modeling gives us new perspectives for using them. There is a handful of these classifications currently...

Jun 6, 2015

DynaWorks

During my researches for improving clash detection, I stumble upon DynaWorks, a great Dynamo package built by Adam Sheather (@Gytaco). For those who haven’t heard about Dynamo (Is there is any...

May 30, 2015

Log spatial coordination

Finding and solving issues is at the heart of the spatial coordination process. But since we don’t know in advance how many issues we will have to find and solve,...

May 25, 2015

Improve clash detection

Automatic clash detection produces way too much clashes. Even when running test per level or area, I always end up with thousands of useless clash points. Tired of painfully grouping...

May 2, 2015

Grouping clash results

In any given building model, there is a number of issues to be addressed. A large part of these issues are what we call “hard clashes”, when a building component...

Apr 25, 2015

Shared family

The Shared checkbox in the Revit family editor allows us to use nested families just like the root one. Checking the Shared checkbox is only useful when this family is nested into...

Apr 19, 2015

Automatic Modeling

Most questions I encounter these days turn around using building information modeling for producing construction drawings, schedules or clash detection reports. These features are important, of course, but they remain...

Apr 7, 2015

IfcPropertySet

A very interesting feature of the IFC model is the IfcPropertySet . According to the official IFC specification, the IfcPropertySet is “a container class that holds properties within a property...

Mar 27, 2015

BCF Reader Update

This post is long overdue, but I finally take the time to update my BCF Reader. First of all, I have tested it on a larger set of BCF files,...

Mar 21, 2015

Invitation

Today, it will not be a blog post but an invitation. Next week, the BIM World event will be held in Paris. This event will gather a large panel of...

Mar 7, 2015

Insulation Tag

I am not very fond of duct and pipe insulations in Revit. If the concept is very useful, I find difficult to add and edit them. Furthermore, seeing the insulation...

Feb 28, 2015

Rooms to BCF

I am a huge fan of Tekla BIMSight. It’s powerfull, it’s free and very user-friendly. But like with many other project review solutions, I have difficulties to locate myself in...

Feb 14, 2015

Revit model management in Excel

Model management can involve some tedious tasks. Cleaning up the mess created by an unruly user when he import all categories of an old Revit model is probably the most...

Feb 7, 2015

BIMcollab

My experiences with the BCF format lead me to discover a new solution, launch by Kubus in 2014, called BIMcollab, and imagine a new workflow for solving coordination issues within...

Jan 10, 2015

Parametric Bridge

Today, I introduce you Louis-Marie Borione, one of my colleague and friend, to talk about his work with Grasshopper for civil engineering. Hi everyone, I am a BIM Manager in...

Jan 3, 2015

BFC Reader

I was talking on my previous post about creating a report from a Open BIM Collaboration Format. This format can be exported from Tekla BIMSight. I am using the Open...

Dec 9, 2014

Creating a report from a BCF file

I was talking on a previous post about BIMsight and the possibility to export its notes in the BCF format. This BIM Collaboration Format (BCF) is a common development by...

Nov 29, 2014

LazJS for Revit

I recently receive a beta version of LazJS, a Javascript editor embedded within Revit. Even if I more fluent with .NET and C#, I find the initiative quite interesting, especially...

Nov 22, 2014

Getting started programming Revit - Part 2

Last week, we started creating macros in Revit, we saw how to get the current Revit document, and retrieved every visible walls in the current view. We will see today...

Nov 15, 2014

Getting started programming Revit

I recently had some questions on how to start programing in Revit, so I will present here a simple macro created with the embedded macro editor, SharpDevelop. As an example,...

Nov 8, 2014

AutoCAD Civil 3D to Revit

I recently worked with AutoCAD Civil 3D and explored the various possibilities for creating toposurfaces in Revit from Civil 3D objects. My first impulse was to import the surface as...

Oct 25, 2014

Project Review with BIM 360 Glue

We are actively searching for a cloud-based solution for reviewing our models, and products from Autodesk were among the candidates, so I give a try to the Glue platform. Autodesk...

Oct 18, 2014

Use Grasshopper to produce fabrication drawings

I recently have to produce fabrication drawings from a set of panels covering a single curved surface. These panel were modeled in Rhino 3D, so I decide to extract their...

Oct 11, 2014

Use Navisworks Batch Utility to convert Revit files

A few days ago, I had to convert a large set of Revit files to NWC in order to create a general Navisworks File Set. I used the Navisworks Batch...

Oct 4, 2014

Autodesk Formit and Revit

Autodesk Formit is an example of how far web-based solutions have progressed. Since 3D application need heavy calculation for display, they were generally limited to the heavy client format, until...

Sep 27, 2014

Revit Options

Revit options have been a mystery for me for quite a long time, so I decide to write a few lines about it in order to better understand their possibilities....

Sep 20, 2014

Revisions and Revision Clouds

To highlight modifications or issues on Revit drawings, Autodesk provide us with one of the oldest change tracking device, the revision cloud, and a set of high tech features to...

Sep 13, 2014

Align Tags Revit Plug-In

I just release a new add-in for Revit on the Autodesk App Exchange for aligning and sorting tags on a view. This tool is based on the Align command you...

Sep 6, 2014

Beam Annotations

An article from Line Shape Space drive me to the Beam Annotation tools, and the various possibilities to automatically tag a set of beams. The first idea when having to...

Aug 23, 2014

From Rhino to Revit

My previous post was describing how I use Grasshopper to modify a complex ceiling surface in Rhino. Once this surface is correctly modeled by taking into account constrains set by...

Aug 16, 2014

Coordination with Grasshopper

I recently coordinate a complex ceiling with the concrete structure and mechanical equipment. This ceiling is composed of flat panels, with no particular pattern or general repetitive shape. These panels are...

Aug 9, 2014

Room Finishes Update

A new version of my Revit plug-in Room Finishes is available on the Autodesk App Exchange. This major update integrate a new feature for creating floor finishes. The main idea...

Aug 2, 2014

Drawings in Navisworks

One of the main complain I heard from Navisworks is to only be able to see a 3D view of the model and not the drawings created from it. It...

Jul 26, 2014

Trying out Autodesk 360

I was recently searching for a web-based collaboration platform to quickly exchange models between people from different organizations, and since Autodesk had just release its new flavor of Autodesk 360...

Jul 19, 2014

Revit Tracking

My previous post about Revit performance highlighted the need for precise feedback from user about starting and synchronizing time. This is important when dealing with many users, with potentially different...

Jul 12, 2014

Revit Performance Tips

A regular complain about Revit is its slowness. If this can be a psycological problem coming from people used to the quick reaction time of AutoCAD, it can also become...

Jul 5, 2014

Revit Phases

Phases are a very interesting feature in Revit, allowing us to place our project in time. Phase can also become a major headache when not used properly, so in order...

Jun 28, 2014

CASE Design, Inc. Add-Ins

As Case Inc update their set of tools for Revit 2015, I write a few words about them. CASE Inc. is a Building Information Modeling consultancy based in New York...

Jun 21, 2014

Managing linked worksets

A pretty powerful function in Revit is the ability to manage worksets in a linked Revit file. In the Manage Link window, selecting the Manage Worksets open a list of...

Jun 14, 2014

Understanding View Range

Setting up view range regularly came with great stress, and “why I can’t see this particular element” shouts. To explain it to myself (and maybe other), I write a few...

Jun 7, 2014

Autodesk Screencast

Implementing BIM software across a company implies to communicate in-house procedures or best-practices to a potentially large audience. We also have to keep it mind than our public is generally...

May 29, 2014

Revit Database

It has been a while since I want to export a whole Revit project to a database. I had a few prior experiences with MySQL and the SQL management software...

May 13, 2014

The great mystery behind shared coordinates

To make thinks clear for myself and for some of my colleagues, I play with some models in order to understand how Revit coordinates works. Here is the result of...

Mar 2, 2014

My version of the Living Cube

Designed by Till Ewert Koenneker, The Living Cube is an assembly of shelves, storage space and a bed. Tightly integrated in an ergonomic cube, its timeless design allows it to...

Feb 9, 2014

Modelling skirting boards

One of my current project at work is to develop an application for the creation of a set of detailed drawings for each room of a building. This set includes...

Mar 24, 2013

Tekla BIMsight

As a regular user of Autodesk product, I am using Navisworks as my main coordination and project review software. But recently, one of my client ask for BIMSight, a solution...

Feb 13, 2013

Revit linked models visibility

A recent request from a client make me think on the different possibilities for displaying a linked MEP model in a general coordination model. In this project, each discipline is...

Jan 23, 2013

From Revit to Tekla Structure

After a long absence, I am back wishing you all the best for 2013, a year full of opportunities and crazy BIM projects. During a meeting dedicated to a BIM...

Nov 21, 2012

Level Of Development

One of my current project made me think of talking about the so-called LOD of a building model. The LOD (Level Of Development or Level Of Detail) was first described...

Nov 4, 2012

My Revit experience

I previously dealt with some issues regarding the use of Digital Project. These problems arrose mostly because CATIA is not suitable for the AEC industry. Even if Digital Project is...

Oct 15, 2012

Walls in Geometry Gym

A recent webinar about interoperability between Grasshopper and Revit make me look again on these tools, particularly for importing walls, In fact, I generally test these kinds of tools with...

Sep 24, 2012

Dreaming of a new drawing table

As BIM software has greatly improved over the last few years, there is not much change  on the interface side. Since the beginning of the concept of BIM, we have...

Sep 10, 2012

Parts Management in Digital Project

Because of its industrial origins, Digital Project give all its power in pieces-oriented construction project where the building can be divided in a bunch of small parts easily manageable one...

Sep 1, 2012

Parametric modeling in Revit

There is a trendy topic on the Grasshopper forum these days about links between Grasshopper and Revit, and this refers to a more general subject : How to generate parametric...

Aug 19, 2012

From Grasshopper to Tekla

I keep on trying the Grasshopper Plugin Geometry Gym, and one of our current projects made me search more extensively in the Tekla export module. It presents itself as a...

Jul 29, 2012

4D planning

A 4D construction, or planning simulation, include everything referring to the integration of time-related data directly into a 3D building model. One of the most broadly used functionality of this...

Jul 24, 2012

Navisworks Optimization

Since I have been using Navisworks for clash detection, I have tried to find out how to optimize my results, in order to avoid sorting manually thousands of irrelevant clashes,...

Jul 21, 2012

BIM is spreading

BIM 42 is growing, and it has its very own name by now. You can now follow me at bim42.com.

Jul 16, 2012

Geometry Gym

I was talking on a previous article about the Grasshopper plugin develop by Jon Mirtschin called Geometry Gym. This set of tool for building modeling firstly came as a plugin for...

Jul 9, 2012

About Tekla Structure

I just came out of a week of training on Tekla, and I feel like talking about it. As you might expect, Tekla Structure is a BIM application mainly oriented...

Jul 1, 2012

Digital Project Automation

Aside from a lot of features, CATIA, and so Digital Project, comes with powerful automation tools. Knowledge Templates is a programming language interface, tightly integrated into CATIA, allowing adding rules...

Jun 25, 2012

Using Digital Project

As Franck Gehry was designing is extraordinary museum in Bilbao, he had to use the only 3D modeling software available at this time, CATIA (Computer Aided Three-dimensional Interactive Application). This...

Jun 17, 2012

Virtual Environments

Virtual environments are a trending topic among our clients these days. Owners don’t want only pretty pictures of their future building anymore, but also videos, and lately, whole 3D environments....

Jun 10, 2012

About Navisworks

Navisworks is the 3D design review software included in the Autodesk BIM solution. I’m working with it for some times now, and I have finally found it pretty useful, especially while...

Jun 4, 2012

Industry Foundation Classes

Anyone who has worked in the BIM field may have eared something about Industry Foundation Classes. Yes, you know, this little logo… Generally, it appears when we try to export...

May 18, 2012

Justification planes for beam families

I am still baffled in front of some functionality in Revit families. One of these is the possibility to create our own justification axis for positioning a beam. As an...

May 12, 2012

About Grasshopper

Did you ever try using Rhino? I know, I know, it’s not a BIM software, it’s just able to make pretty 3D drawings and nice pictures. But, as I have...

May 8, 2012

Inside Revit 2013

In any BIM related department, Christmas came generally in May. And with my heart full of joy and wonder, I have downloaded the new version of Revit, hopping to finally...

Apr 28, 2012

But what the hell BIM is ?

This video, found via (bim)x, and made by Graphisoft, seems a good introduction to the Building Information Modeling. And the rendering is pretty, which is still the best way to sell BIM...

Apr 22, 2012

About my job

As a part of the building information systems department, I’m involved in the development and implementation of BIM in our design process. This implies various tasks, from finding new software...

Apr 20, 2012

Why a new blog about Building Information Modeling ?

First of all, welcome to the BIM 42 blog, dedicated to Building Information Modeling and some related subjects. Following advices from WordPress, I try to answer a few questions about...

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