Friday, November 23, 2007

Avatech Revit Utilities

Another little gem found in the AUGI forums - Revit Extensions

Avatech’s Revit Utilities for Autodesk Revit 2008 have developed a variety of applications, namely...
  • Room Renumber
    This utility allows a Revit Architecture user to easily renumber existing rooms into an order defined by selection. In addition, rooms can be inserted into an existing series of rooms with the subsequent room numbers “shifted” to make space for the inserted room number.
  • Change Case
    Does your company (or your client) have standards or preferences on whether rooms or views are named with UPPER CASE, Title Case or lower case? If so, this tool will save you lots of time! The tool can scan your model, and automatically fix “case issues” to whatever standard you would like.
  • Door Mark Update
    Should your Door Marks refer to the room that the door swings into? This utility interrogates all doors and rooms to determine what the proper mark should be for each door, allows the Revit Architecture user to inspect and override the suggested marks, and updates the marks.

So far, whilst I've installed all 3 extensions, I've only used the "change case" utility with no dramas... A little bit limiting with only Rooms Names or View Names able to be changed but its a step in the right direction. I may just have to take a look at the API as well - time to learn a new language!

In case you missed these notices... New Builds... & Revit Estimating

(1) As mentioned in many Revit blogs and in the AUGI Forums, there are new builds for Revit Architecture, Revit Structure and Revit MEP.

They can be downloaded from here.

(2) In Daryl Gregoire's blog, "REVIT Rocks", he has posted information about an Autodesk White paper on BIM Modelling & Estmating and details of a new product, entitled "eBusiness Software - A Revit Esitmating Demo Site"

Looks promising... nice find!

AUGI BoD ~ End of Term

Wow doesn't time fly when you're having fun... As I'm gearing up to attend Autodesk University 2007 in Los Vegas, USA, next week, my term of office is nearing its end with the AUGI Board of Directors. Directors are elected for two-year terms, and mine finishes on December 31, 2007.

People often ask, why I do it? I believe it's an honour and privilege to serve on the AUGI Board and I volunteered to be involved, to learn new things, to meet new people. I am grateful to have had this experience, to have met so many interesting people from all over the world, with different experiences, different outlooks. It never ceases to amaze me how vast our experiences are, yet how similar.