Archive for January, 2010

Autodesk Simplified Upgrade Pricing

I just posted info about the Autodesk Simplified Upgrade Pricing change that is coming on my CADDManager blog.

You need to read up on this.

Revit Architectural Keyboard Shortcuts

Ever forget one of those Keyboard Shortcuts

The extensive list of shortcuts can be daunting when you first start using Revit. Some of the commands are easy to remember, but others may not stick in your mind as easily.

I put together this list to help you get the most out of that keyboard you use every day.

Revit Arch ShortCuts sorted alphabetically with location

Revit Arch ShortCuts sorted alphabetically – Quick View

Revit Arch ShortCuts sorted by where they appear on the interface

Revit Arch ShortCuts that appear on the Ribbon

Revit Arch ShortCuts sorted by Tool Name

What should Plumbing Model?

What is needed in the model from Plumbing?

My starting points:

  • Piping including specialty gas, and equipment 2″ or greater. Smaller conduits, if in ganged runs, will be modeled. Pipes will be modeled to the outside diameter of the pipe or the pipe insulation, whichever is greater.
  • Pipe slope will be incorporated in the model. Fittings and connections will not be modeled.
  • All plumbing equipment will be modeled as generic forms to its overall height, width and depth.
  • All valves and clean outs will be modeled as general shapes along with all access to valves/cleanouts.
  • Any access zone requirements will be modeled.

More?  Less?  Let me know…

What should Electrical Model?

Table of contents for What should be Modeled?

  1. What should the Architect Model?
  2. What should Structural Model?
  3. What should HVAC Model?
  4. What should Electrical Model?
  5. What should Plumbing Model?

Electrical – what should they model? How about this as a starting point?

  • Conduits 2″ or greater or, smaller conduits if in ganged runs.
  • Ganged runs shall be modeled as a mass.
  • Cable tray, access zones, and equipment to be included in the model.
  • Light fixtures, locations and space requirements.
  • Any access zones requirements will be modeled.
  • Minimum clear space above electrical panels shall be modeled

Not enough? Too much?

What should HVAC Model?

I am not HVAC or Mechanical so this list may not reflect what people are doing, but I submit it as a starting point.

  • All ducts and air handling equipment.
  • Equipment will be modeled to its overall height, width and depth.
  • Any piping associated with the mechanical equipment. 2” diameter and larger pipes will be modeled to the outside diameter of the pipe or pipe insulation (whichever is greater).
  • Fittings and connections will not be modeled.
  • Identify Minimum clear space with solid placeholder clearance object for: access issues, code issues, and/or construct-ability.

What do you think? More? Less?

What should Structural Model?

Table of contents for What should be Modeled?

  1. What should the Architect Model?
  2. What should Structural Model?
  3. What should HVAC Model?
  4. What should Electrical Model?
  5. What should Plumbing Model?

I am not extremely familiar with structural needs for Revit, but do have a list of what I think a project needs from the structural team.

I offer this as a starting point:

  • All cast-in-place and precast concrete, including all penetrations and openings identified in the record documents
  • All foundations systems
  • All primary and secondary structural steel members including standard steel member sizes, trusses, gusset plates and braces. Reinforcing steel and embeds will not be modeled. (Embeds and or reinforcing as necessary)
  • Concrete decks will be modeled as the overall thickness of the slab; ribs in metal decks will not be modeled.
  • Bolts, clip angles, etc. will not be modeled. Miscellaneous metals such as elevator hoist beams, rails and intermediate rail support steel for the elevator.
  • Identify reinforcing or penetration “no-fly” zones as applicable.
  • Load Bearing Masonry and Non-Load bearing CMU.

What do you think?  More?  Less?

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