August 25, 2016

Revit 2017: Trim and Extend, and Quick Connect!



Thanks to the enhanced functionality of Trim and Extend, and Quick Connect in Revit 2017 MEP designers can now fill in the gaps in a Revit Fabrication model for ductwork, pipework, and electrical containment.

With the Trim and Extend tool you can fill gaps between two straight runs of duct, pipe, cable tray or conduit. And, similarly, the Quick Connect tool allows you to fill gaps between a fitting and a straight run where no additional fittings are needed.

Here is a short video demonstrating how to use both Trim and Extend, and Quick Connect with Revit Fabrication Parts. 


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Senior Application Specialist MEP/AEC Solutions
Bill has over 25 years experience in applying MEP & AEC design solutions for large commercial companies, this has led to actively develop Autodesk® Revit® implementation strategies, techniques, and procedures for architectural and MEP companies. He has worked for TEECOM Design Group, GTE/GTEL, Greg LeDoux and Associates, and Scottish Power in England. Bill is an Autodesk MEP Implementation Certified Expert, and has been the Lead Designer for several multimillion dollar communication sites which have included structural, electrical, HVAC, conduit, cable plans and equipment layouts. He graduated from the Pasadena Institute of Technology and has a Sustainable Design Certification from the University of California at Berkeley.

August 23, 2016

Visiting our History

Today we raise a glass in honor of the 50-year anniversary of The National History Preservation Act (NHPA), which created the National Register of Historic Places, the list of National Historic Landmarks, and the State Historic Preservation Offices.

We are proud to provide BIM consulting, training, and support to firms that advance the goals of the NHPA, including Page & Turnbull. This California-based firm was founded shortly after the NHPA. It brings together architects, conservators, architectural historians, and planners to help our communities realize the aesthetic, cultural, economic, environmental, and historical benefits of preservation.

Page & Turnbull is headquartered in San Francisco, with branch offices in Los Angeles and Sacramento. Those familiar with San Francisco will know some of the buildings Page & Turnbull has worked on: The Exploratorium at Pier 15, the Ferry Building, and the Walt Disney Family Museum. Here are a few details of some of its other preservation projects that they work on around the country:

Royal Presidio Chapel, Monterey, CA

Page & Turnbull was part of a team that rehabilitated this chapel, which was designed in 1792 and completed in 1795. It is the oldest existing stone building in California and one of the country’s earliest national landmarks.


Meyer-Buck Estate, Stanford, CA

Built in 1920, this Stanford University building stood in ruins after the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. It underwent full rehabilitation in 1999, and nearly every surface of each structure received restoration treatment. 

Desert View Watchtower, Grand Canyon

The original design of this 1932 watchtower allowed for deterioration, resulting in cracking and water intrusion. A 3D laser scan identified crack locations, crack monitors analyzed movement, and hidden expansion joints were introduced to support subsequent repairs. 

Without the NHPA, Page & Turnbull, and other historic preservation firms and conservation organizations, we may not have these and thousands of other structures to enjoy. As we celebrate NHPA’s 50-year anniversary, we toast the work that has been done to save these beautiful, interesting, and important historic structures. 

August 22, 2016

e-Learning - Upcoming Revit, InfraWorks, and Ideate Software Classes

Join the Ideate Tech Experts for eLearning – live online classes that provide your entire organization with easy access to premium education.
8.23::Revit 201:
View Properties - Controlling Visibility
8.25::Ideate Software:
Simplify Revit Model Management with
Ideate BIMLink
8.26::Infrastructure 201:
Intro to InfraWorks
8.30::Revit 201:
Worksharing Best Practices
9.1::Ideate Software:
Audit Your Revit Projects with
Ideate Explorer
9.2::Revit 201:
Making Titleblocks and Drawing Lists
9.8::Ideate Software:
Streamline Revit MEP Workflows with
Ideate BIMLink
Each class is designed to give you specific, improved results in a particular topic. You can interact with the instructor right from your own office, while eliminating travel time. Because the class schedule rotates, you can easily select your topics of interest and choose the day which best meets your schedule.

Click here for class descriptions, times and registration link. Questions? Contact education@ideateinc.com.

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Revit Architecture Fundamentals
9.8-9.9::Seattle
Revit MEP - Electrical Fundamentals
9.9::San Francisco
Revit Architecture Families
9.13-9.15::Portland
Revit Architecture Fundamentals
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Revit Architecture Fundamentals
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