Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Race with RPC cars !!!!

I haven’t really needed RPC cars for rendering purposes ….YET.
However when I wanted to render a car (Other than the yellow beetle), I got horrible smudge marks all the way down the side of it.

So by going to the Properties of the RPC Car and editing them,

you can adjust the speed of the car, the Viewing height etc.
I also noticed that the car wheels do not have to be straight. You can adjust the steering.

Cool finished product

Monday, January 16, 2006

View Templates – A Revit time saver

Basic Explanation

To be able to control your visibility graphics at the click of a mouse, I would encourage Revit users to use a view template.

I will try to explain this with a few basic examples.

Let’s say you have a floor layout that has been dimensioned, annotated and all in all looks like a complete construction document. Your visibility graphics settings would have most categories selected.

ie. You would want to have dimensions, annotations, rooms tags, etc “switched on”

You are also required to do either a lighting / electrical layout on a separate plan.
Duplicate the plan view where all info is already completed on a “main model”.

You can create a new view Template in 2 ways.
1.) Go to Settings > View templates

1.1) This will bring up a dialogue box very similar to View Properties
You will have standard Template names (which you could then save to your own Revit Template).

1.2) Duplicate a standard name and edit the visibility graphics to show your drawing needs. (for example you would not want to see construction annotations on a presentation plan.
1.3) NB. Remember to name these view templates in such a way that you will be able to re-use them.

The other way of creating a view template follows: (the quick way I usually do it.)

2.) Duplicate a view, adjust your visibility graphics on the view you are working on. Either by editing view properties, then visibility graphics, or just by using the shortcut “VG”.
2.1) You would now have a “typical view template” set up.
Right click on the view in the Project Browser and select Save as View Template.

2.2) You will be prompted to enter a View Template Name. This is very similar to the process from point 1.1 to 1.3.

2.3) You can now apply this view template to other views, by right clicking on them and applying a view template.

2.4) You will be prompted to select a created view template.

This is helpful when dealing with large projects, it will be particularly helpful when using design options. (Tutorial to follow)

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

REVIT: To Wrap or not to Wrap

When you want to use the wall wrapping function, specifically for a wall finish or a cavity wall make sure you do the following:
Wall Finish Wrap
Move the wall finishes outside of the boundaries.

Change the function to Finish 1 & Finish 2, so that you can manipulate the line thicknesses if need be.
You would obiously adjust the material and material thickness.
You have a separate function for wraps, by default when you insert new wall layers these will check the “wrap box”
Make sure that the Default wrapping is adjusted to how you want the wall to behave.
I usually set the “At inserts” to Both. This means that for example if you insert a window/door, the wrap will take both finishes around the end to meet at a specific point.

The “Ends” Exterior wrapping means that you will wrap it on the Exterior face of the wall.

Cavity Wall Wrap
Move the wall finishes and wall structures to the outside of the boundaries. Repeat the above process.
The dialogue box will look like this:

Insert wrap