October 9, 2015

Revit MEP 2016 Circuit Sequence Options

In Revit 2016, one of the new Electrical Enhancements is Circuit Sequencing Options. This has been added to the Circuit Sequence drop down menu in the Electrical Settings dialog to provide users the ability to specify the sequence in which the power circuits are created.

In order to set the sequence:

Open the Electrical Settings window (via the Manage tab > Settings panel, MEP Settings drop list > Electrical Settings). On the left side, select General, then go to the Settings column on the right. In the Settings column, find the row for Circuit Sequence.

Under the pull down menu, users can now set the sequence to:

• Numerical (1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12): The standard way Revit has circuited elements.

• Group by Phase (1,3,5 / 2,4,6 / 7,9,11/8,10,12)

• Odd then Even (1,3,5,7,9 ,11/ 2,4,6,8,10,12)

Once the selection is made on how the circuit needs to be created, the electrical device is then selected and the circuits will be added in the way the circuit sequence is specified to help improve productivity.

Revit MEP 2016 Circuit Sequence Options
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Vasudha Dixit

MEP Application Specialist

Vasudha is an MEP Application Specialist at Ideate, Inc. based on San Francisco office. She has a Master’s degree in Energy Engineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago where she specialized in HVAC design, green buildings and energy analysis. Prior to Ideate, she interned at a few multinational companies where she performed finite element analysis for design validation of components. Vasudha provides Revit MEP training and support for various AEC firms.

October 8, 2015

The One Pipe Labeling Command That You Always Wanted In Civil 3D Has Arrived

Ever wanted to label the station and/or elevation of pipes crossing an alignment and wondered how.

Wait no more – that functionality has arrived with Civil 3D 2016.

Yes, you can now label station & elevation (see figure below for more crossing pipe labeling options) for a storm, sanitary and pressure pipes in profile.

It’s really easy - invoke the usual labeling command from Annotate tab > Add Labels. (Click on the top half as highlighted below, not the bottom half of the split icon)

This will display the Add Labels dialog box as below.

In the dialog box, select Pipe Network under feature and Single Part Profile or Entire Part Profile for Label type and, as highlighted above, you will see a new option for Crossing pipe label style in Civil 3D 2016. Click Add and pick the pipe crossing the alignment in the profile view.

And there you have it. Simple, isn’t it?

See the label I added below showing the station and elevation for outside top and bottom of storm pipe.

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Guarav Bagga

Senior Application Specialist Infrastructure 

Gaurav is a Senior Application Specialist for Infrastructure Solutions at Ideate based out of San Francisco. He has over 18 years of experience in construction and related software industry. With this extensive design technology background he helps engineering and surveying companies, federal and state government agencies, and ENR 500 firms critically analyze and improve their construction drawing production process. He implements Civil infrastructure design technology led by InfraWorks and Civil 3D and has helped Ideate grow Civil Infrastructure Services. Being an industry recognized speaker he has presented cutting edge design technology at several industry conferences such as Autodesk University. @BeGeez

October 7, 2015

Revit 2016 Place Rooms and Open Sheet Views

After a long hiatus to Afghanistan, I have once again returned to the office to find a few changes… the Portland @Ideateinc office moved to a new a location, @IdeateSoftware released a new product called “Sticky”, and of course, @Autodesk released a new version of #Revit. So where does one begin??? Let’s start by looking at two new features within Revit 2016 that have caught my eye…

The first improvement that I liked is the ability of placing rooms within enclosed spaces of your model with a single click. In previous releases, the placement of rooms within a model was a long and arduous process of picking enclosed spaces in order to add a room element. Now with Revit 2016, selecting the Room tool reveals a new Tool called “Place Rooms Automatically”. Selecting this tool will automatically place rooms in any valid enclosed space greater than ¼ square foot, on the current level selected in the Options bar. This dramatically reduces the laborious process of picking enclosed spaces individually.   

Another feature that appealed to me is the ability to locate and open a Sheet view that a view has been placed on. This includes any 3D, Section, Callout, Plan, Elevation, Drafting or Detail view. In earlier releases, I would need to look through several Sheet views to find the sheet a particular view had been placed in. With Revit 2016, right-clicking over a view name in the Project Browser reveals a new option in the context sensitive menu called “Open Sheet”. Revit will immediately locate and open the sheet. Talk about efficiency! No more scrolling through several sheet views. 

If you would like to check these new features out or see what else is new in Revit 2016, take a look at my, and my colleagues blogs on the Ideate, Inc. YouTube page.  

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Ron Palma

AEC Application Specialist

Ron has over 24 years of experience in the architectural industry as a drafter, designer, lead project designer, trainer, and a CAD manager implementing Autodesk Architectural Solutions for a residential design firm. His instructional background includes being an Autodesk Certified Instructor (ACI), trainer, support technician, educator at Portland and Clackamas Community Colleges, as well as a U.S. Army certified instructor where he was a senior instructor at Ft Lewis Washington. Ron is a member of the Oregon Army National Guard, where he is a platoon sergeant specializing in training and mentoring soldiers in their careers. Ron is a published writer and continues to author professional technical training manuals and shorts for AutoCAD, AutoCAD Architecture, and Revit. As an Autodesk Certified Instructor and Revit Architecture Autodesk Certified Professional, Ron provides Revit Architecture and AutoCAD training and support for AEC firms. @RonPalmaAEC

October 6, 2015

Sand Cinema : Leap Sand Castle Contest

This is Leap's 32nd annual sandcastle contest, which will be based on the theme "Sand Cinema" this year. This contest is unique because it brings together professionals from the building industry with local elementary schools to create giant sand sculptures. The process includes everything from mini-classroom sessions to getting the kids in the sand.

Leap's program serves over 30 schools and 7,000 students across the Bay Area with hands-on learning experiences in the arts. Leap is an organization dedicated to arts education in public elementary schools, and includes a wide range of teaching experiences - architecture, painting, sculpture, creative writing, theater, music, and dance. Leap was able to raise over $262,000 during the 2014 sandcastle contest.
Date: Saturday October 10th, 2015
Time: From 10:30 am to 4:30 pm (Pacific Standard Time)

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