Weekly Roundup – 2015.41


The week that was in the world of BIM and other Techie fun stuff –  for the week of Oct. 11th – Oct. 17th, 2015.

I will start this week’s Roundup off with the 3rd (and final) post in a series of posts about Revit Families (and doing them on a budget) from BIM BOOM BAM.

PART 3 – BUDGET FAMILIES (Part 1, Part 2)

Lets get this party started with some Grasshopper and Kangaroo……yup we are going to the zoo, and the Parametric Monkey is taking us.

Catenary curves

Have you ever wondered what Contractors want from a Revit model? The Revit Kid did.

 What are Contractors look for in your Revit models?

The ConAppGuru has also thought about this and he too posted about this topic this week.

Contractors Guide on how to get started with BIM

This next tip is good to know, just in case your gbXML export options goes missing in Revit, learn more in the cadline BIM Blog.

Revit 2016 – Missing export to GBXML format function in Revit

While you are over at the cadline BIM Blog, check out their Whitepaper for creating a chamfered column.

Revit Architecture 2016: Create A Chamfered Column Component

Lets take a few moments to check out all the awesomeness that was the post from What Revit Wants this week.

Autodesk Shared Reference Point for Autodesk Revit 2016 and Civil3D 2016

How to Force Local Upgrade to Office 2016 using the Office Deployment Tool

Working with Revisions on Sheet using @dynamobim

Use OneDrive or Google Drive to Store all of your Autodesk Updates for Automatic Sharing without a LAN

What Is So Good About the 3Dconnexion CadMouse? Find Out Here…

More blog awesomeness is everything you need to know about the world of RTC, from the RTC News Blog.

Budapest Insider

We’re Number Two!

Strategise, Plan, Succeed…

Chairman’s Review: RTC Asia 2015

RTC Asia 2015 Top Speakers

Refugee Crisis update

Something to know if you are making the switch to Windows 10, learn more over at Microsol Resource Blog.


Check out the new podcast (and season) from BIMThoughts.


Now lets make some pebbles in Revit, learn more over at the landarchBIM Blog.

Free-Form Pebbles and Rocks

And don’t forget to sign up for Lauren’s (of landarchBIM fame) class at RTC Europe yet? well after reading this post about it you will want too.

RTC Europe is 2 weeks away!

Now for some magic, Revit, and automation in 3 different flavors………now that I’ve got you hooked head over to ArchSmarter for more.

Getting Started with Revit Automation

Here is another post from BIM BOOM BAM, this time more of an OpEd piece about how BIM is used.

Upside Down BIM

I don’t get to post about a lot of book reviews on here, but this week we have a book review from AECbytes Blog.

Building Information Modeling: BIM in Current and Future Practice (Book Review)

Lets keep going with the Book reviews, this one is from It’s Alive in the Lab.

Book Review: Elon Musk by Ashlee Vance

Sometimes the only way to get your point across is with a healthy dose of sarcasm, and this post by Scott from the BIM Jedi is dripping with it…….but it really does get the point across.

Dear Architect… Please don’t adopt BIM

Speaking of Sarcasm, I guess Revit can have it now and then too? Check out this post from Revit OpEd.

When Upgrading is a Downgrade

This next post is full of good reasons (10 of them) to use Revit MEP for your MEP coordination, learn more over at XS CAD Blog.

10 Reasons to Use Revit MEP for MEP Coordination

For those in Construction, or if you use Newforma, then this next post might be of interest to you, from Extranet Evolution.

Newforma goes Lean

Another post about the new Autodesk offering for Structure, this time from Revit a Structured Approach.

Introducing Autodesk React Structures – New Structural Analysis BIM Software

Now its time for a Bluebeam Tip, from the Hagen Business Systems Blog.

Bluebeam Revu Tip: Take a Photo and Mark It Up

Here is some more great Revit and Dynamo content, this time it even comes with a dataset! Head over to Revit beyond BIM to learn more.

Automatic Element View Generation in Revit with Dynamo

Here is another look at the same info above, this time from BIM Toolbox.

Automatic Element View Generation in Revit with Dynamo

I always enjoy the post from the RevitCat, and this next post is no exception.

Weird Stair Stuff – part 4 – Stair Subcategory Overrides

The fine folks over at BIMscape are getting ready to role out a 100% FREE beginner’s training course (online) for Revit Architecture. To learn more check out this blog, and sign up for the BIMscape newsletter to stay informed.

“The Complete Beginner’s Guide to Revit Architecture”: Course Itinerary announced!

Here is your weekly dose of the Guru’s Gatherings, from the ConAppGuru Blog.

The Guru’s Gathering: A Collection of Blogs for Construction Oct 16, 2015

I’ve run in to this issue (on both sides of the fence) and this article addresses it nicely, check it out in the AUGI Library (Jay Zallan is the Author)

Architects Modeling for Construction

If you are (or plan to be) a user of Advanced Steel, this post about it’s 2016 Revit add-in might be helpful. (IMAGINiT Building Solutions Blog)

Advance Steel Extension for Autodesk Revit 2016

After a couple of weeks in preview for the new A360 interface, Autodesk reasled an update last week to fix some of the issues user had been having. (A360 Blog)

Oct 9 Web Release Updates

Here is a neat post for you Structural Revit types that like a little Dynamo on the side, learn more over at All things, Revit, Dynamo and Python.

Ammo: Sheet piles with Revit and Dynamo

Some more love for the great Dynamo, this time about image management, from Konrad and arCHI-lab.

Image management with Dynamo

If you live in the UK, and are getting ready for the BIM level 2 push next year, then this post about Revit Parameter mapping will be of interest to you. (Beyond Design)

Revit parameter mapping ready for maintenance and FM

Here is a post with a video with some more information about the new React Structures program, post is from BIM and Beam.

Supports in React Structures 

Next is a post from BIM 42 with a little code at the end if that’s your thing.

Details Items, subcategories and filled regions

If you are looking for a tool to make the grid tool in Revit a little better, than check out this post from cadline BIM blog.

Revit 2016 – Useful Level and Grid editing Toolkit for all versions

If you are looking for a good class at AU in Vegas this year (aside from mine) check out this post from Kimberly over at CAD PANACEA about her class.


FormIt Friday #8 now online for viewing, and signup for #9 now live, check it out at FormIt 360 Blog.

FormIt Friday #8: How to Start a FormIt 360 Project

So is there a difference between an Artist and a Designer? Find out what they think over at It’s Alive in the Lab.

Artist versus Designer: Is there a difference?

There was also a new video from Lynn Allen this week about AutoCAD text boxes (frames) on her blog (Lynn Allen’s Blog)

3 Ways to Put a Frame Around Your Text in AutoCAD

Daryl over at Revit Rocks has been busy this week adding lots of Video content to his site about Revit Massing, Stairs, and even an overhead beam framing tip.

REVIT Overhead Beam Framing Tip

Free REVIT Videos on the 2015 New Features

Free REVIT Training Videos on Stairs By Component

Free REVIT Training Videos on Massing

Free REVIT Video Tutorials on MEP HVAC

Free REVIT MEP ‘Electrical Power Project’ Video Tutorials

Revizto has release it’s latest update – 3.7, learn more on the Revizto Blog.

Revizto 3.7 is out with 8 language localization!

Here is another post from Shades of Grey about his ongoing input to the Project Soane effort.


Here a few posts from The Revit Saver, about Revit and Dynamo.

Dynamo – Activate or Remove View Clipping Tool

Harvey’s Plumbing and Heating Fabrication Update!

Dynamo – RFI Sheet Generator Tool

Now for some “Dorkness”……the Mistress of Dorkness that is!

AutoCAD 2016 impressions in pictures

I will end this weeks Roundup, with another post about the new Microsoft Surface pro 4, but this post is about the possible option out there instead of the Surface pro. (laptop magazine).

Best Surface Pro 4 Alternatives



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