Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Quickly Apply a Revision to Many Sheets at Once with this Free Addin

"Xrev UpRev enables you to quickly apply a revision to many sheets. Simply select the Revision you wish to apply, then select all the sheets you want to apply it to, click OK and its done ..."

Functionally, I assume it goes through and ticks the "Revision on Sheet" box for you on multiple sheets.

For a non-addin method, you could use the Paste Aligned workflow described here.

Direct download links:

Register at:
Xrev Freebies � Products |


Monday, April 21, 2014

Guide to Create Revit Topography from Point Cloud Data using Civil3D as a middle man

Mark Cronin has put together a nice guide describing how to clean up point cloud data in Civil3D, make a surface and then import that into Revit for topography creation.  This is an alternative to using ScanToBIM for topography creation from point data, and if you already have Civil3D it might be the better route.

Read the detailed guide at:
Generate Revit Topography from Point Cloud Data | betterREVIT

My previous posts about Civil3D and Revit:
Using Civil3D to increase your Topography resolution in Revit

Simple methods to help with Civil 3D and Revit interoperability

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Revit Extensions for Autodesk Revit 2015

You will need to login to Subscription site to download:

extend the capabilities ... in key areas, including structural analysis, modeling, reinforcement, interoperability and
construction documentation. This download contains a portion of all
previously released Revit Extensions (some content has been migrated to
Autodesk Exchange Apps as separate installations or is no longer

Please note that the multi-language executable file
contains the following language versions: Brazilian Portuguese, English,
French, German, Japanese, Polish, Russian, and Simplified Chinese.

Revit 2015 software is only available as part of the Autodesk® Building
Design Suite 2015 Premium and Ultimate Editions and Autodesk®
Infrastructure Design Suite 2015 Ultimate Edition.


Multiple Languages (exe - 224406Kb)


Revit Extensions for Autodesk Revit 2015

Adding New Avatars to Navisworks

Avatar locations (put an NWD in a folder inside here):
C:\Program Files\Autodesk\Navisworks Simulate 2013\avatars

C:\Program Files\Autodesk\Navisworks Manage 2015\avatars\SOMEFOLDER\something.nwd

Some examples for download:
Download NWavatars
Read more:

Friday, April 18, 2014

SketchUp Pro 2014, IFC and BIM - what are the implications?

Some thought-provoking stuff from the shoegnome blog: 
"SketchUp was a disruptive force when it appeared so many years ago. It democratized and simplified 3D modeling. Anyone could model anything in SketchUp. And now there are 3.5 MILLION models in the 3D warehouse. SketchUp can now attach IFC data to elements. Connect those dots.
In 2014 SketchUp became BIM. And I think we’re all in for a whole new thing."

Read Jared's whole article at:
SketchUp Pro 2014 and IFC: welcome to the new world of BIM


Automatic Numbering of Elements using Element Position Extension

Interesting post by Dennis Collin on using the Element Position - Naming function in Revit Extensions to renumber elements:

Read the whole post:
Automatic Numbering of Elements Within Revit - Blog - CADline Community


Thursday, April 17, 2014

ScanToBIM alternative for Sketchup Users? Trimble Scan Explorer Extension now available

The Trimble Scan Explorer Extension dramatically reduces the time required to generate a SketchUp Pro 3D model from scan data. Streamlined tools and one-touch features allow users to quickly extract construction points and lines that are used as a guide to simplify and expedite the modeling process. Automated plane extraction tools further increase modeling efficiency, particularly when modeling building interiors and facades.


Read the news release:
Trimble News Release


How BIM is Transforming the Global AEC Industry: McGraw Hill Presentation by Stephen Jones at NYC RUG

How BIM is Transforming the Global AEC Industry in Revit User Community on Vimeo

Autodesk product Webcasts On Demand from Hagerman & Company, Inc.

Check them out at:

Webcasts On Demand - Hagerman & Company, Inc.

Revit Zero is not the same as Project Base Point

Often, it is.  But if Project Base Point has ever moved in the life of the Revit project, then it probably won't be.  Revit Zero affects things like FBX and NWC export (I think IFC too) when using Project Coordinates.

One way to find it is to make a DWG file with a couple of lines at 0,0,0 and link in Auto - Origin to Origin.  Another way is to make a Spot Coordinate that reports based on the "Relative" option.

You can theoretically  have 3 different coordinate records for a single geometric point, as this image shows:

You can read a bit about this at Revit Landscape.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

RevitLookup for Revit 2015 - compiled version for download

Jeremy Tammik has upgraded RevitLookup for Revit 2015.  I compiled the latest version and have provided it here - please note it comes with no guarantees, but it worked for me.
  1. Download this and extract
  2. Run the .bat file, which will copy the .addin and .dll to your ProgramData addins folder
Or, you can manually download and compile from:
  1. Use github link above and click Download Zip
  2. Extract it
  3. Open the RevitLookup.sln in Visual Studio Express 2013 for Windows Desktop
  4. Add C:\Program Files\Autodesk\Revit 2015\ to Reference Paths
  5. Build > Build Solution (note - this should automatically copy to Appdata folder, so you should be good to go...), or
  6. If you want to use ProgramData instead, copy RevitLookup.addin and RevitLookup.dll to:
    C:\ProgramData\Autodesk\Revit\Addins\2015 and remove them from:
  7. Open Revit 2015 and test
Original post:

The Building Coder: RevitLookup for Revit 2015

Monday, April 14, 2014

Etransmit enhancements for Revit 2015 - nice!

Steve picked up some very interesting points from Revit Help about updated Etransmit, including:
  • eTransmit for Autodesk Revit 2015: When you transmit a model, you can now select to:
    • include supporting files such as documents and spreadsheets
    • disable worksets
    • delete sheets
    • include only views that are placed on sheets
    • include or exclude types of views such as detail views or sections

Interestingly, it is now recognized as a valid way to cleanup and archive models, as per this page:

Common uses for eTransmit for Autodesk Revit 2015:
  • Internal archiving
  • Sending deliverables to clients
  • Model exchange between consultants/partners
  • Model cleanup
  • Sharing models between disciplines
  • Upgrading models
Steve's post:

Revit OpEd: Revit 2015 Help is Online

Revit 2015 SDK Direct Download Link

Revit 2015 SDK (Update April 11, 2014) (msi - 242779Kb)


Autodesk - Autodesk Developer Network - Autodesk � Revit, Autodesk� Revit� Architecture, Autodesk� Revit� Structure and Autodesk� Revit� MEP

Updated Tekla to Revit 2014 and Revit 2013 test installers for download


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Auto NWC View Exporter (realtime watcher addin) for Revit, by Kyle Morin

In the past, some users have automated Revit to NWC export to happen overnight using customized journal files. Kyle Morin has now created an addin that monitors model changes and automatically keeps your NWC up to date, essentially in "real time".

You can download it for Revit 2014 here, and view / contribute on the open source page here.

Check out his post at:
Revit to Navisworks: Auto NWC View Exporter – Blog


Workaround to fix "Explorer.EXE cannot run because there is no registered version of Autodesk Inventor..." caused by Navisworks 2015 installation

I experienced this error after installing Navisworks Manage 2015:

Basically, a right-click shell extension for ZIP files was looking for Inventor and not finding it. I logged it with Autodesk and was notified that it was a genuine, repeatable issue.

To fix it on my system, I did this:
  1. Download and install ShellExView
  2. Run it
  3. Click Options, Filter by Extension Type
  4. Only select Context Menu and click OK
  5. Look for the 5 results with Description "DtBridge", all starting with Autodesk Inventor...
  6. Select them and right-click, Disable Selected Items
  7. Click Options, Restart Explorer
The right-click menu for ZIP files no longer shows the error.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Copy a Directory Tree to a single Folder (copy flat) with this script

Have you ever wanted to copy a directory tree of family files to a single directory? Once you do this, you can load them all into a Revit instance in a single "Load Family" operation - just go to the directory and then Ctrl+A to select all, then click Open.

The following script will copy a directory tree to a single directory - essentially discarding the directory structure. It also filters by file type and only includes RFA files. Copy the code to Notepad, save as CMD or BAT.

dir "sourcedirectory" /A:D /B /S > tempListOfDirs.txt
For /F "tokens=*" %%A IN (tempListOfDirs.txt) Do (
If Exist %%A* (
XCOPY "%%A\*.rfa" "targetdirectory" /Y /R
del tempListOfDirs.txt

Once you have a single directory of RFA files and have loaded them all into Revit, you could then use the categorizer to sort them all into directories by Category... its really an automated and free way to upgrade and sort your family library.

Note: I had previously posted a similar script using Robocopy at

What Revit Wants: Copy a Directory Tree "Flat" - all files into one folder, no subfolders

This code modified from:

Commerce Server Guy: Tree-To-Flat Copy Using XCopy

Friday, April 11, 2014

Autodesk Application Manager is already helpful - Revit 2015 Update Release 1

Depending which Revit 2015 installer you used, you may need to install this. More info at:

Revit 2015 Update Release 1 Enhancements documentation:

Autodesk® Revit® Platform 2015 Enhancements
  • Improves data integrity when editing nested families.
  • Improves stability when editing nested families. 
  • Improves stability when editing when expanding schedule columns.
  • Improves upgrade of projects which contain rebar elements.
  • Removes format constraints for assembly codes.
  • Improves data collection when Customer Involvement Program is enabled

Just remember - the application manager will by default store downloaded packages in:
C:\Users\USERNAME\Documents\Autodesk Application Manager\