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.
Revizto, a Virtual Design and Construction Manager’s dream and a project team’s tool of choice they once didn’t know they could live without! Instantly convert your model to be able to coordinate in real-time in virtual reality. Next provide instant feedback and a seamless connection between, Revit, Navisworks and AutoCAD models using Revizto Issue Tracker. Lastly, provide your client with a model T-up for augmented reality so they can use it for years to come. After a 25 minute overview of Revizto 4.3 we will hear from 2 of our surprise guests. Our guests have worked on some of the most innovative projects in the country and will share their Revizto workflows and best practices.
A good model is important in a Building Information Modeling (BIM) workflow, and equally important is generating a good set of construction documents, complete with detail drawings. After mastering basic modeling in Revit software, many users hit the wall and struggle with this vital aspect of project delivery. This class will teach you how to bridge the gap between modeling and detailing, taking full advantage of the 3D model and adding 2D embellishments combined with display modification to create your construction details. This session features Revit Architecture. AIA Approved
If you've ever designed the zoning of a building, any building, you know that functionality of spaces can be more important than anything. The more standardized operation and maintenance is, the more organized are the set of rules you have to take into consideration. Examples have been given in the past regarding stadiums, airports, and terminal stations. Generative design is the way of translating into computer language that which happens in your mind: a set of conditions that needs to be respected in order for your project to work. A hotel room is one of those distinctively rule-based spaces—there are a group of standardized key factors that govern its exact configuration. Once you determine those rules, you can use them to create the framework for a rapid generative exploration of alternatives, highlight discordances rapidly between brief expectations and the given boundaries, and check and double-check your ideas against operational routines. This class will show you how. This session features Revit Architecture and Dynamo Studio. AIA Approved
This lab will cover the interoperability workflows that enable teams to use the right tool for the phase of design and each team member’s expertise and skill sets, enabling their imagination to be the limit of their designs rather than the required toolsets. We will cover 2 different methods for importing geometry into Revit software as native content to produce drawings. With the first method, attendees will learn how to use FormIt 360 software to translate SketchUp models into native Revit content. In the second, attendees will be provided with and instructed on how to apply a premade, easy-to-use Dynamo script that will enable importing Rhino software-generated geometry into Revit native content. The techniques in this lab have been developed and tested on a range of project scales, from large transit projects to residential high-rises to small tenant improvement projects with overwhelming success and quantifiable increases in team productivity and efficiency. This session features Revit Architecture, Dynamo Studio, and FormIt 360. AIA Approved
Modeling strategy is the key to the success of a project, especially a megaproject. This is a case study of a project with 9 plots. Each plot has a podium and more than 3 towers on top of it. As a multifamily residential project, the design is based on typical unit types and prototype floors repeatedly placed on levels of the towers. With more than 40 structures, more than 30 unit types, and more than 20 prototypes, floor plans are scattered in more than 30 towers across the entire site. How can we manage a project with so many models linked together? How can we maintain numerous unit types and prototype floors as design keeps changing during the design process and development? We will explore group, link, and family strategies, and we will develop an innovative method to face the challenge. This session features 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.
Attendees of this workshop will learn how to manipulate and create custom materials for their next photorealistic rendering. The presenter will highlight how material maps (such as bump, self-illumination, and cutouts) can give mental ray renderings added definition and appeal. Attendees will learn how to import images to create custom materials, and learn best practices for material image preparation—as well as how to scale and tile material maps. Attendees will gain insight into the various techniques used to apply materials, including surface painting and family properties. This session features Revit Architecture. AIA Approved
How many times have you heard somebody talking about implementing a Building Information Modeling (BIM) team in an architectural practice? Well, this is a different kind of story. This is the story of what happens when a whole multidisciplinary firm goes full BIM, from the concept girl to the coffee guy. Installing Revit software and Navisworks software on top of traditional tools is just the beginning of a landslide that will steamroll over the way contracts and deals are made, the time people spend training and researching, the way you’ve always dealt with consultants, the way information technology gets managed, and much much more. It's a story of adventure, conflict, passion, and resilience. And there’s a happy ending, too. This session features Revit Architecture. AIA Approved
Maybe you know the power of Revit software’s Family Editor but you’ve avoided it or it has intimidated you until now. Wait no more. This session will introduce you to the basics of Family Editor. Once you get past being intimidated, you will find that while Family Editor is extremely powerful, it can actually be great fun. In this short introduction to Family Editor, we will create a Revit component family complete with constraints and parameters. Don’t worry if you don’t know what a constraint or parameter is—we’ll cover that too. Whether you’ve never worked in Revit software before, or you’ve used Revit software for a while but you’ve simply avoided Family Editor, this class will teach you the basics of the family editor in a simple step-by-step fashion. (The session uses architectural examples, but the concepts apply to all of the flavors of Revit software, including Revit LT software.)<br/><br/>This session features Revit Architecture, Revit, and Revit LT. AIA Approved
The Zhuhai Opera House project has high complexities, as there are many aspects to consider, such as curtain wall, steel structure system, auditorium, internal support structure, pipeline layout, and so on. The universality and convenience based on Revit software ensure practicability at every stage of design. And the close contact and feedback mechanism with different specialties are maintained. We aim to provide a precise visual model to various specialties by utilizing Building Information Modeling (BIM) system within the full lifecycle of architectural design, and construct a comprehensive information mode on the same platform, which is an initial attempt to handle large and complex architectures on the BIM system platform. This session features Revit Architecture, AutoCAD, and Maya. AIA Approved
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
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/>
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