Monday, January 27, 2014

Getting more out of your Revit Schedules

Have you ever wanted to get a bit more out of your Revit schedules?  If so, than here's a video for you! Schedules can be a very powerful tool in Revit--and if used correctly, can have multiple uses. For example, why not start using schedules as a design check to increase productivity? Who knows, maybe by simply unleashing some power inside Revit Schedules, you might eventually abandon that trusty calculator by your desk since you can now add parameters, create formulas based on said parameters and even add a conditional format to bring your schedules to life with colour.


In the attached video, we will figure out if we are meeting the minimum square foot requirement for our rooms in our model by:

  • Creating a custom parameter (Area Required).
  • Creating a room schedule (Number, Name, Area, Area Required).
  • Editing the Area Required parameter for each room.
  • Creating a calculated value called Area Check (Area Required - Area).
  • Adding shading (new in Revit 2014) to the Area Check column in our schedule.
  • Creating a conditional format called Area Check (Area Check > If Between -10sf to 10sf make the schedule field Green). This lets us know if we are within our specified requirement.
  • Modifying walls and watch the fields change colour.

In earlier versions of Revit, you could only shade with 1 colour through a conditional format.  It is only in the latest Revit 2014 you can add shading right from the ribbon when viewing a schedule.


If you are a Revit MEP mechanical user, why not use the same workflow to design check your air flow requirements inside of the spaces against the air flow parameter in an air terminal. For electrical users, you can check your foot candles inside your spaces against the foot candles in a light fixture. 

Enjoy this video from my colleague, Bill Wright

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Learn how LOOK Effects plans and creates visual effects for the FOX TV show "Bones".

Since the inception of the internationally popular FOX TV show “Bones,” LOOK Effects has worked closely with the show’s creative team to plan and create the visual effects using Autodesk's 3ds Max software.

Now deep into season nine, LOOK continues to turn Los Angeles into Washington, DC; extend sets into the grand rooms of the Jeffersonian; enhance practical gore and bring crazy weather to locations all over the US.

Be sure to check out this webinar which will feature VFX Supervisor Christian Cardona and 3D Supervisor, Michael Capton, discussing how LOOK accomplishes visual effects for 22+ episodes a year. Michael will continue with a detailed shot breakdown of the VES Awards-nominated tornado sequence from season seven.​

This webinar will be in English only.

Date:  January 28, 2014
Time:  4:00pm - 5:00pm EST

Register here now

Monday, January 20, 2014

Revit Daylighting

A new plug-in was recently introduced to Revit users called, Revit 2014 Daylighting Analysis plug-in (RDA), which uses

the Autodesk 360 Rendering cloud service to provide users with a very fast and physically accurate daylighting analysis from within Revit. 

Designed with users in mind, this easy-to-use tool allows Revit users to now specify the location they wish to analyze, regardless if it's a floor (single or multiple) or an entire building and can produce LEED IEQc8.1 2009 results for submittal. The RDA plug-in generates illuminance results from Autodesk 360 that are comparable to Radiance.

Since results are generated on your Revit model, users can see exactly how the daylighting is interacting with their Revit model even as they orbit or change views.  All results will appear in real-time.

Note: The RDA plug-in will only run on Revit 2014 UR2.

To view our video demonstration on how to use this tool, click here.

If you are interested in this plug-in you will need to join the Technology Preview by clicking here.
For all other inquiries, contact us today to learn more.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Be Aware that Your Autodesk Cloud Credits Changed

Autodesk Subscription and Rental Plan customers receive 100 cloud credits per seat of software that they have on Subscription contract.  These free credits make it easy for you to try out the services on Autodesk's 360 Cloud Service.  Up until December 13, 2013, companies where able to pool these credits and share them with other users with a license on the contract. As of December 13, the policy changed. First, any unused cloud credits will expire on the anniversary date of the customer's Subscription contract (ie. your renewal date).  Secondly, each user on an existing contract will automatically receive 100 individual cloud credits that cannot be shared, pooled or transferred. The idea around this is to get more users to try Autodesk 360 Cloud services instead of one or two power users using up all the firms credits themselves.

Need more cloud credits?
You can purchase more cloud credits by contacting me.   Please support your local Autodesk Reseller instead of buy directly from Autodesk - we depend on your business to survive and be here to support you locally in the future.

Did you know you can now rent Autodesk software?

Rental plans allow you to license Autodesk software for a specified period of time to meet a variety of project, budget and business considerations. Rental licenses give you short-term access to Autodesk software, with the option to renew as required. Rental licenses offer benefits similar to a perpetual license with Autodesk Subscription, including basic support and, for most products, access to select Autodesk 360 cloud services. Other benefits include:

  • Flexibility: pay as you go for access to software only when you need it.
  • Scalability: manage costs without a large up-front investment or long-term commitment.  Quickly scale up and down to manage a variety of temporary project and staffing needs.
  • Access to the latest tools-stay current with the latest releases and product enhancements.
  • Various rental plans available: monthly, quarterly or annually.

For more details on Autodesk's rental plans or for pricing, please contact us at 1-888-249-4481, ext. 223 or by submitting your details using our contact form