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eVolve’s 3D Move tool One of the best tools for Revit you aren’t using   The 3D move tool takes a family selection and places it to another point. This works much like a snapping tool and gets you right where you want to be. In this example I will take a strut and place 2 families at the very top of the strut using this tool. The strut is at a different elevation than the other 2 families. In a 3D vie lets snap these two items in place. Run the 3D move by selecting it or using the shortcut. Select a point on the wire-way. Next select a location on the strut. The wire-way will now snap to that location. It will snap just like the picture below placing it on the top of the strut. Now we will do the same for the conduit and place it on the top of the strut. Begin by start by selecting 3D Move, and then the base of the conduit.  Be sure to be aligned with the outside edge and the red centerline.    Then select the face of ...

How did our predictions seven years ago for Building Information Modeling fair? Let’s take a look back seven years to 2009, when the concept BIM had become common parlance in the AEC community, and see if and where we’ve fallen short of, met, or exceeded expectations for our beloved BIM. How you define the acronym BIM depends on when the one claims BIM came into being. According to WikipediA, BIM was first used in papers in the mid-1980s, and the term 'Building Information Model' first appeared in a 1992 paper by G.A. van Nederveen and F. P. Tolman.[7] However, the terms 'Building Information Model' and 'Building Information Modeling' (including the acronym "BIM") did not become popularly used until some 10 years later. In 2002, Autodesk released a white paper entitled "Building Information Modeling,"[8] and other software vendors also started to assert their involvement in the field.[9] [1] For the purposes of this essay, I will pick it up in June 2007 which is when I started working at Autodesk as an MEP Technical Specialist. In 2007, BIM was the buzzword at ...

This tutorial will cover how to utilize flex and conduit on a group. This is an approach that I have implemented at the workplace and it presents some creative work-arounds to the lack of content for MEP in Revit. This also is a means to consider when speeding up your modeling efforts. I believe you can use this method in numerous capacity no matter what your discipline.   For a base point I am starting with a family that is hosting 2 separate types of connectors. One of which is a "Conduit" connector as well as a "Piping" connector. This will allow for us to model flex from one end and conduit parts from the other. We are in fact building a transitional assembly.  I will begin in by making the flex fitting family. This is just a straight fitting for going from EMT to Steel flex.(FMC) very common in the electrical trade. We will just use a static part and model the geometry. You can R.E. one in house. Or pull content from the web. Start with a generic family template ...

Revit MEP will allow you to indicate double home runs when circuiting electrical fixtures.  This can be done by simply dragging a home run arrow from one electrical circuit to a fixture that is on a different circuit. The result will show a double arrow head on the home run and the circuit tag will call out both circuits.Two Single Home RunsDouble Home RunThe one thing that has always bugged me about this is that Revit would also still show the home run arrow head tying the two circuits together.  Every time I taught this, I was asked how do you get rid of the arrow head tying the two circuits together?  Up until today, I did not think you could.  I have now found a way and it is very simple.All you have to do is to duplicate the plan using the Duplicate with Detailing.As soon as the plan is duplicated the arrow head goes away.Double Home Run Without Extra Arrow HeadThe only downside is that the duplicated plan must remain in the project.  If the plan goes away ...