Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Are we speaking the same language?

Wasn't planning on doing another post this soon, but I ran across a blog post I just had to share. But first, a little background.

For the past couple years, I've had a pet peeve: the Ds. Specifically, things like 4D, 5D, 7D, XD, etc. when talking about BIM. You know, those hype phrases used to describe BIM uses and the information involved. When they come up, I usually go off on a small rant about them being meaningless and unnecessarily cryptic, even to most people in our industry, and that we should just say what we mean.

So, today, I came across this blog post which argues my same point, but much more eloquently, and so I share it with you now.

At the end of the day, we should say what we mean, and we'll all sleep better at night.

Monday, March 11, 2013

The Secret Life of Revit Families: Zones of Influence

Ever wonder what Revit families are doing when you're not looking? We do, too. This will be the first of several posts looking at some of the families we create here in the VDC group.

Today's family is a footing zone of influence object. We've tried a couple things to accomplish this before, but it seems that creating a simple face-based generic model with shape handles is the most flexible.

(You should also check out Myers' description of how useful these sorts of things can be over on his VDC blog for what he's doing out in Boston).

So, without futher ado, meet the family:

Once loaded up, snap it to the bottom of what ever footing needs it:

Adjust the shape handles to match the size of the footing:

And then check the type and instance parameters to make sure it is set correctly to match the conditions being represented (ie: it goes deep enough into the ground so you know where you can and can't run things near footings).

And here's a shot of the familiy in the wild (selected in blue for clarity - you can see his siblings in "clearance yellow" next to him):

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Women In Construction Week

Virtual Design and Construction is featured for Women In Construction week.
Check out the link below, which introduces you to our newest member to the Gilbane VDC team.