Aesthetics in data visualization – HOK MissionControl

MissionControl is a web application presented by Konrad K Sobon at Autodesk University 2017 that allows you to access Revit data from a web browser. It brings important data from Revit models right at your fingertips in a clean and responsive format:

MissionControl has some nice features like:

  • Dashboards for data visualization
  • Revit add-in with model health report and tasks list
  • Live link between Revit models and web dashboars
  • Task manager

And the greatest feature is that HOK MissionControl has recently been open sourced:  https://github.com/HOKGroup/MissionControl

Here is the full Konrad’s presentation from AU2017: https://www.autodesk.com/autodesk-university/class/Web-Based-Project-Management-2017#presentation


Rhino inside Revit is live on GitHub

It’s been a month since I wrote about the work-in-progress McNeel’s technology called “Rhino Inside”:  Will Rhino 7 run inside Revit? And now it is live on GitHub!

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The Rhino Inside technology allows Rhino and Grasshopper to be embedded within other products, including Revit and AutoCAD. This repository contains all the sample developer code for loading Rhino inside other 64-bit Windows applications.

Note that you’ll need to download Rhino WIP version to be able to play with Inside technology.

Download LOD 2018 Specification draft

This summer, the BIMForum released the 2018 Public Comment draft of its Level of Development (LOD) Specification. The previous version was introduced way back in 2016 and is also available for download from the BIMForum website.
The Level of Development (LOD) Specification is a reference that enables practitioners in the AEC Industry to specify and articulate with a high level of clarity the content and reliability of Building Information Models (BIMs) at various stages in the design and construction process.
This year’s update includes:
  • Part I – Added content (Escalators)
  • Part II – Attribute tabs have been modified

(click here to view the LOD Spec 2018 release notes)

The LOD Spec 2018 draft can be downloaded for free from the BIMForum website:
download part I (including the guide), download part II.

 

 

Revizto 4.8 released with a bunch of new features

Revizto is a real-time BIM issue tracking software that uses game engine to create interactive 3D environments for collaboration. Revizto supports Revit, Navisworks, AutoCAD, ArchiCAD, Civil 3D, Tekla, SketchUp, Rhino and IFC files converted into Revizto viewer.

And the recent update brings the following list of the new features:

  1. Issue Stamps. Accelerate your markup workflow with Issue Stamps. This new feature will enable you to identify project issues with a single click and automate the reporting and management of those issues.
  2. OBJ Import. Easily import your reality capture models into Revizto with the new OBJ Import tool.
  3. Bi-directional clash status synchronization with Navisworks. Enhance your clash detection process with bi-directional clash status synchronization between Revizto and Navisworks.
  4. Export to IFC. Ability to export Revizto projects to IFC format.
  5. High res images in the Issue Tracker. Revizto Issue Tracker now supports high resolution images up to 4K – including markups over both 3D and photos.
  6. Ruler in VR. Explore and define issues accurately with our new Ruler tool in Virtual Reality.
  7. Toggle between grids and levels of sub-models. Navigate your model even easier with the ability to toggle between grids and the levels of the sub-models in your project.
  8. Hebrew support for text input.

 

Check out the full article at the official Revizto blog.

What’s better than clash detection? Live clash detection!

We’ve been doing iterative clash detection in out projects for years. This is an old-fashioned and time-consuming process, which consists of repetitive manual or semi-automatic tasks:

  1. Convert each discipline model into the Navisworks / Solibri file formats.
  2. Update project federated model.
  3. Run multiple clash tests.
  4. Publish results.
  5. Introduce results to the design team.
  6. Next hour/day/week/month repeat steps 1..5

Wouldn’t it be great if we could spend our time in a more effective manner? There are actually a couple of software platforms that offer live (real-time) clash detection inside Revit environment.

BuildingSP ClashMEP

Read more about ClashMEP here

MagiCAD for Revit 2019

Read more about MagiCAD for Revit 2019 here

Both of these Revit add-ins use the same concept: they provide you with clash detection in real time, while you build your model. There is no need to iteratively run clash tests, and you can visually see the conflicts in views and schedules. You can see the full process in these videos above.

The future of clash detection is coming!

Autodesk published IFC Manual for Revit users

Revit IFC Manual is a 52-page document, which describes all of the available options for using IFC format within the Revit environment. This is definitely a handy document for everyone working with Open BIM.

This document is intended to serve as a guide for Revit users handling IFC data and providing a better understanding of the settings available in Revit, discussing the way they can influence the quality and the content of the IFC file.

The Revit IFC manual therefore sets out the basics of IFC and explains in detail how to export, link and open IFC files in Revit.

Revit IFC Manual

The Revit IFC Manual is available for download from the official Autodesk website (direct link). I also suggest you to check out a series of articles by Simon Moreau from BIM42 about Revit IFC exporter settings:

You may also need to update your Revit IFC exporter to the latest version: download from Sourceforge

Continuous orbit in Navisworks

This tip shows how to present Navisworks model in a merry-go-round style. Open Navisworks menu (the “N” application button) > Options:

Navis_options_ToggleTurntable

In options menu, open “Interface” > “Display” sublist and select “Navigation Bar” item. Make sure the “Use classic Constrained Orbit (Turntable)” option is checked, then click “OK” to close Options menu.

While in 3D view, hover the Orbit tool in the floating panel, press the small arrow below and toggle “Constrained Orbit”:

Navis_view_ToggleConstrainedOrbit

Notice that the mouse cursor has changed and now shows the turntable.

Finally, click and hold left mouse button somewhere in 3D view, and “push” your model in desired direction. The model starts constantly spinning around the pivot:

Navis_view_AnimatedOrbit

Note that rotation speed depends on the strength of your mouse “push”.

How to sort Navisworks selection tree?

Navisworks interface is somewhat overwhelmed with features and buttons. That’s why some really useful things like sorting become overlooked for years. So here is how you can make your Navis tree look cleaner:

NavisworksSelectionTree_Unsorted

Open an *.NWF file with unsorted selection tree, select the ‘Standard’ option from the drop-down list. Then right-click on any item in the tree, and select ‘Scene’ > ‘Sort’:

NavisworksSelectionTree_Sort

Navisworks will notify you that this operation can’t be undone. You can save your file if you want, then click ‘OK’:

NavisworksSelectionTree_Warning

That’s it! Now your selection tree looks clean and structured:

NavisworksSelectionTree_Sorted

 

Using Dynamo to send WhatsApp messages (proof of concept)

Today a lot of companies and AEC professionals use cloud messengers and productivity tools to organize projects and enhance collaboration. Some of these tools have an API to interact with (Trello, Slack, Asana, for instance), making them suitable for instant information delivery. If you use one of the above mentioned tools, you’re lucky! Dynamo community has already introduced a couple of packages that may streamline your data flow:

But what about WhatsApp? Unfortunately, it doesn’t provide us with the official API, but it has a web version that recognizes special URLs. These URLs could be compiled inside Dynamo in  appropriate format, and used to notify your teammates of some significant project issues!

Using Dynamo to send WhatsApp messages (proof of concept)