Monday, November 23, 2009

Year's end, Paul Rudolph and Revit

I've been busy and this blog has certainly not been cared for enough; but I plan on changing that, though until I finish the ARE I'm not going to be very focused on updating.

I am currently working on the renovation and addition of the Paul Rudolph-designed Claire T. Carney Library at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth campus and last Friday was our first milestone: 70% Schematic Design. We're in charge of the renovation side of the project; using Revit for documentation and design.

The building is a bit of a beast (see the rendering of the Revit model above); beautiful, but a beast nonetheless. I've certainly had to push my knowledge of Revit and last Friday was no exception. We needed to get a complete drawing list in the set; I wanted to use Revit's drawing list tool but was running into problems sorting the sheets properly. The problem is that the set organization does not follow a strict alphabetical or numerical order (which Revit wants)--it follows a fairly typical construction document order as follows:
  • Title (T-xx series)
  • Civil (C-xx series)
  • Landscape (L-xx series)
  • Demolition (D-xx series)
  • Architectural (A-xx series)
  • Structural (S-xx series)
  • Mechanical (M-xx series)
  • Plumbing (P-xx series)
  • Fire Protection (FP-series)
  • Electrical (E-xx, EL-xx, EP-xx and FA-series)
  • Technology (TC-xx series)
I was pulling my hair out trying to figure out how to get the set list to sort properly. I was quickly running out of time when it dawned on me to add hidden parameters to each sheet that would trick Revit into sorting and displaying the sheets properly in the drawing list. I ended up adding three parameters:
  • "Discipline" that would act as the heading for each series, but would not be used for sorting
  • "Set Order", a letter that would be used as the top-level sorting option (the Title series is "A", Architectural series is "E", etc.) and is hidden in the schedule view.
  • "Sheet Order", a number (also hidden) that was needed to insure that the sheets in each series were ordered properly based on their floor level and not the sheet number. The project has a matchline splitting the building into north and south with each plan sheet having an "N" or "S" suffix to the sheet number. The building's basement (1.0N and 1.0S), and a basement mezzanine (1.0M) sheets were not sorting correctly with the 1.0M sheets always before the 1.0N and 1.0S sheets. The "sheet order" parameter solved this.
It may not be the most elegant method, but it got the job done…

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Sexy Paint, no seriously

Found this whilst taking a break at work.

Probably the sexiest paint ad ever. Wonder how they did it: cg, physical…either way it would be tricky


Wednesday, April 15, 2009

On the verge of being positively gooey…

I've found some tutorials that go over Revit2010's new modeling capabilities on David Fano's site: designReform

This actually makes me quite happy as it's starting to get some serious parametric modeling tools. I used to want it to be a cross between Rhino and MAX, now it seems it's getting to be a bit like Inventor/Solidworks…

can't wait to get my hands on this

now if they only upgraded the drafting/text tools (ever try to line up drawings between sheets??) and got rid of the ribbon…