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Have you ever had something selected in Revit and the temporary dimensions did not display?  Revit will typically always display the temporary dimensions when an item is selected inside of Revit.  The temporary dimension can be modified to move the item that is selected.  This works fairly well to quickly modify the dimensions just by clicking on what you want to move and then clicking on the dimension number to modify the value.     The default settings are to dimension to the center of the walls.  This can be changed to Face of Wall or Face of Core in the settings on the Manage tab.      You can also grab the blue grip and drag it to the desired location if it is not dimensioning to what you are wanting it to dimension to.  If you just click on the blue grip it will cycle through dimensioning to the center, face of wall, or opposite face of wall.                                       If you select on multiple items in ...

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 ...

Is this a standard Revit schedule?Revit does not allow for graphics to be included in a schedule.  This has been on the wish list but has not been included as of yet.  Revit does allow for special characters to be used.  Special characters can be used as long as the character is of the same font style as the font defined in the body font style of the schedule.  One example of the use of special characters would be to create a ‘dot matrix’ type of schedule where you want to show a special character as the dot.  Learn how to create this type of schedule plus many other scheduling tips in my AU session.  AB1712 - Schedules: Beyond the BasicsWednesday 8:00-9:30See you in Vegas!

Autodesk Labs have a new product to assist with coordinating Revit with Civil 3D.  This new add-in tool will allow the coordinates inside of Civil 3D be saved out as an external file, that can be imported into Revit to acquire the Shared Coordinates.  This process appears to work without having to import the actual Civil file.  A quicker, simpler way to make sure you Revit model has the correct coordinates.The add-in app is written for release 2012, but I copied it to my 2013 version and it appears to work correctly.Check it out!

Registration is open for RTC USA.I am excited to be teaching two sessions.A Whole New System in Revit MEPLab - From Dirt to Doors the LabBe sure to sign up early before sessions fill up.Mike Massey

Having a 12 year old son, I have a deep love for legos.  This is just an amazing video.Enjoy,Mike MasseyLego Millennium Falcon Stop Motion Assembly 3d from Francisco Prieto on Vimeo.