Tips and Tricks

What's New in Revit 2021

Autodesk has just released the 2021 version of Revit, and Dan Stine, architect, author, and Revit expert, returns to tell us about the many new features in this release including slanted walls, linked images and PDFs, Generative Design in Revit, BIM 360 Design servers in Europe, and worksharing changes for MEP systems.

Data Management with Navistools for Navisworks

This article provides an overview of Navistools, a plugin for Autodesk Navisworks that allows users to easily link, access and manage their project data between Navisworks and external databases and spreadsheets, enabling them to share and exchange model information with other project stakeholders.

Modeling a Waffle Structure in Rhino and Grasshopper

Mark Loomis, Principal at MP Studio, shows how to use a Grasshopper script to model a waffle structure, using its algorithmic design capabilities to automate the process and allow parameters such as the spacing and the width of the ribs of the structure to be adjusted just by moving a number slider.

Managing Polygons and Object File Size in ARCHICAD

In this article, Tom Simmons of ARCHVISTA Consulting shows how to control the detail level of native ARCHICAD objects, review a model’s polygon count, third-party options for managing the number of polygons, and how to reduce an object’s file size.

From the AECbytes Archives

Sutter Medical Center Castro Valley: Case Study of an IPD Project

While IPD is still more of a goal than a reality for most of the AEC industry, there are a few ground-breaking projects that are already using this new collaboration and delivery method. This case study explores one such project.

CORENET e-PlanCheck: Singapore's Automated Code Checking System

This article provides an overview of the CORENET project—an initiative that was launched in 1995 in Singapore to "propel the construction and real estate sector into the new millennium"—and takes an in-depth look at its automated code checking module, e-PlanCheck.

Labor-Productivity Declines in the Construction Industry: Causes and Remedies (Another Look)

In this article, Dr. Paul Teicholz takes another look to see what, if any, changes in labor productivity can be detected from the national statistics about the industry.

The IFC Building Model: A Look Under the Hood

A broad overview of the IFC model without delving too deeply into its technicalities, intended to provide a better understanding of it to the AEC practitioner interested in interoperability.