This class will you show how to get the most out of Revit software’s powerful graphic features incorporating all of the newest features in Revit software. You will gain valuable tips, tricks, and time-proven techniques to make your drawings look great. You’ll learn to enhance nonrendered and rendered views with “out of the box” advanced graphic techniques, as well as how to visually improve trees, plants, and people used in Revit software for nonrendered views. You will learn more about adding photo backgrounds to renderings using a unique overlay approach, adding fully controllable gradient color (or photo) background behind multiple views, and you will gain tips for improving interior and exterior rendered views. Finally, you will learn how to use “old-world hand drafting” techniques to add visual clarity to make your construction documents communicate effectively. Learn how to use surface shading, profiling, transparency, and toning techniques to create beautiful and clear drawings. This session features Revit Architecture. AIA Approved
Anybody who wants their Revit drawings and presentations to look great!
Steven Shell graduated from the University of Arizona in 1982 and has had his own architectural firm in Tucson, Arizona, for over 28 years. He has been using Revit Architecture software exclusively for over 14 years, is the co-founder and co-chair of the Southern Arizona Revit Users Group, and is professionally certified in Revit Architecture. He was last year’s Top Rated Speaker (Roundtable) at Autodesk University, and he lectures at the University of Arizona and is an adjunct professor at Pima Community College. He received the Top Rated Speaker award at the RTC-Europe event in Dublin, Ireland, as well as at the past 3 BIM Workshops USA. He has presented at the Central States Revit Workshop, Midwest University, and 7 Revit Technology Conferences (RTC) events (North America, Canada, Australia, and Europe), and he’s been rated in the top 5 each time.
As a group, we will share ideas, workflows and techniques to help make for a smoother and less painful transition from AutoCAD to Revit Architecture so that others may benefit from our successes and failures. You may have heard that the only way to switch to using Revit is to just dive right in and take the plunge. Well maybe there are options to this “sink or swim” approach. How do you re-train your staff? Who should learn (or not learn) Revit? How can AutoCAD fit into a Revit office. This discussion will help answer some of your questions and address some of your fears. We will share with one another how switching to Revit has affected our office, workflow, staffing and efficiency. Share the successes and failures which you experienced making the transition to Revit. Let's help anybody who is considering, but who has not yet made the move to Revit. Together as a group, let’s share how we all made the switch while putting some common fears and myths to rest.<br/><br/>
Whether your company has a rich history with Revit software or you've recently decided to take the plunge, developing and maintaining internal training is a tall order. BuroHappold Engineering New York has developed a thorough yet practical internal training program for its offices worldwide and would like to share the outcome of the challenges that were faced along the way. With 90% of the projects in our New York office being Revit software-based, new engineers had a limited amount of time to adjust to the technology and the corresponding company standards. This demand placed an enormous amount of pressure on the Building Information Modeling (BIM) Team to create a training program that was fast, furious, and efficient. Attendees of this presentation will leave with a clear understanding of the steps necessary for ensuring that engineers are ready to hit the ground running in Revit software projects. This session features Revit and Revit Architecture. AIA Approved
Building owners are now utilizing Revit models and information created during design and construction to streamline their own operations. To successfully track and report on facilities data a method to reference “places” in the building is needed, particularly with respect to occupants and assets. By understanding the details of how space is used, facility professionals can reduce vacancy and ultimately achieve major reductions in real estate expenses. In this presentation we will discuss how Cloud-based facility management systems with real-time bi-directional integration to a portfolio of Revit models enables space planners and portfolio managers to analyze spatial performance across an entire facilities portfolio. We will also take a close look how Cloud-based Business Intelligence Tools (BI) and distributed secure access to all members of a facilities team can ensure the spatial consistency and quality of Revit model data throughout the lifecycle of a facilities portfolio.
There is a rapidly emerging market for net-zero and positive energy design and construction in the home building industry. Learn how to use Revit software and Insight 360 software along with external research sources to create trustworthy energy and solar simulations or net-zero design. Including real-world case studies and software demonstrations, this class will teach you how to utilize your simulation results in conjunction with cost-benefit analysis in determining the most economical path to zero energy, balancing energy-reduction measures with energy production. You will learn architectural methods of integrating photovoltaic (PV) panels into home design, as well as successful methods of marketing and financing net-zero and positive energy homes. You will see demonstrations and examples of Revit software techniques for design and visualization of integrated solar. This class will empower you with the knowledge and confidence to design, build, and sell net-zero and positive energy homes to an emerging market. This session features Revit, Collaboration for Revit, and Revit Architecture. AIA Approved
At this point, most Revit software users can confidently rely on using Revit software throughout every stage of a new construction project. But when the topic of using Revit software for renovation work comes up, most people cringe. Many firms use a hybrid approach with AutoCAD software and Revit software to crank out their renovation projects. Why not just do all the work in Revit software? After all, for most firms, renovation projects account for the majority of the workload. In this class, you’ll learn how to quickly add existing conditions for demolition drawings, and you’ll understand why this will help you expedite the new design work. We will also explore situations where existing conditions do not have to be completely modeled, as well as how to get your drawings to look the way you want them to look. By performing all of the work in Revit software, you will collaborate better with your colleagues and maintain your company standards, while improving productivity. This session features Revit, Revit Architecture, and Revit MEP. AIA Approved
If you use Revit software every day as your primary production tool, you may often run into tedious tasks that you wish you could accomplish more quickly and efficiently. Have you heard that the Dynamo extension can help? But what if you’re not a programmer? Far too many tutorials start by dragging nodes and then end up writing code. If you’ve been frustrated trying to learn Dynamo because it seems all you ever see are code blocks, do not fear—this class uses NO code blocks. We will explore some very practical things you can do to automate your Revit software workflow, all with existing nodes. I repeat, there are no code blocks in this session. Just nodes and wires (and some logic). So, if you want to get a solid introduction to Dynamo for Revit software and come away with some practical examples that you can do back in the office without learning a ton of code, this is the class for you! This session features Revit, Dynamo, and Revit Architecture.
See how Revit software can provide powerful insight to your model contents, and how your design team is building them through external data reporting. Information is most useful when presented in a format that is easy to explore and analyze. This class will demonstrate several techniques for getting information out of your models and into a format that you can more easily digest and visualize, all with the goal of helping you make better decisions. This session features Revit, Revit Architecture, and Revit MEP. AIA Approved
How does a Building Information Modeling (BIM) manager get started in the wonderful world of the Revit building design software API? More importantly, how do programmers keep from getting overwhelmed with custom add-in requests from employees at their firms? We will discuss ideas regarding how to get started programming and how to beta test your custom add-ins company wide. We will also investigate how to calculate the difficulty level for coding a specific idea, and when it is time to take your code to the next level. This session features Revit, Revit Architecture, and Revit MEP. AIA Approved
You’re a great designer. You’re Revit-software savvy. You’ve even dabbled a bit in generating some visuals for that next design review—and they’re actually pretty good. But you’re not satisfied with just pretty good—never have been, never will be. You know that in order to bring your visualizations to the next level, impress your clients, and win more jobs, you need a way to add more detail, incorporate better entourage with more-accurate materials and lighting, smooth camera paths, and maybe add a little movement to those ceiling fans. Not to mention, with all of the rendering options out there, which should you choose? Raytracing? Virtual reality? Real time? No matter your needs, 3ds Max software has you covered. Discover new techniques and some simple tools that, when added to your workflow, give you the power to make “pretty good” become “great!” This session features 3ds Max, Autodesk Stingray, and Revit Architecture. AIA Approved
Back by popular demand! Learn how to maximize productivity between designing in Revit software and rendering in 3ds Max software with NVIDIA’s Iray rendering engine. Discover all the settings and tricks you can use to properly set up a Revit model to make the transition into 3ds Max software as effective as possible. Once in 3ds Max software, all the work done in Revit software will transfer over, enabling more time for rendering and less time spent worrying about the design. The simplicity, accuracy, and speed of Iray will help the user create believable-looking renderings in the same way that a photographer would photograph a physical space. In the end, users will gain the knowledge of how to set up a seamless pipeline between Revit software and 3ds Max software in order to help streamline the rendering process across any scale of a project. This session features 3ds Max and Revit Architecture. AIA Approved
Follow a real-world case study of how one developer changed his entire process from old school to current and forward-thinking in a single project. Learn how using Revit software prototypes can help improve the financial pro-forma to optimize the site plan, unit mix, and net rentable for the building. Rapid design visualization and iterations help minimize construction cost by 10% and maximize revenue by as much as 5%. Eventually, converting a similar building from CAD to Revit software and automating the creation of construction documentation for architecture, structural, and MEP (mechanical, electrical, and plumbing) can save months of the CD timeline. Design visualization of Revit models using A360 cloud-based collaboration service and BIM 360 Docs software helped the architecture, engineering, and construction team see changes in days versus months—and in 3D on their phones versus paper sheets. Learn how a change order saved $500,000 and was implemented in one week versus 6 months. Renderings enabled rapid optimization of materials and the procurement of long lead-time items. This session features BIM 360 Docs, A360, and Revit Architecture. AIA Approved
Having worked to introduce and expand Revit software into many different offices, I have often found there is a “soft spot” for the introduction, made up of individuals wanting to learn and use Revit software. There is also a typical progression into different phases of projects, usually starting with design development, which is typically regarded as “appropriate” for Revit software. While getting this initial implementation is important, it is trickier to increase the use of Revit software by other staff less willing to give up their tools, either in early stages of design or in the more technical later stages. I have developed a variety of presentations, workshops, and strategies that have helped to increase Revit software use throughout the office and throughout project stages. This also provides the additional benefit of increasing everyone's capabilities in our central building design and development software, and it creates an environment of sharing and creation.
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