Monday, August 21, 2017

Duplicate Sheet Pro

From the Autodesk App Store:

This app extends the functionalities of the Duplicate Sheet add-in available at

The basic function includes:
  • Duplicate without views:
    • Duplicate existing sheets to make new empty sheets.
    • Choose a new titleblock family for duplicated sheet.
    • Set sheet number and sheet name with prefixes and suffixes.
  • Duplicate with views:
    • Duplicate views on existing sheet with duplicate option: Duplicate, with Detailing or Dependent
    • Set name of duplicated views with prefixes and suffixes.
    • Apply new view template for duplicated views.
    • Option for duplicate or not duplicate Schedule, Legend View.
  • And with the Pro version you have additional functionalities:
    • Choose which view is duplicate
    • Use new technology to duplicate sheet with very high speed (x20 times than the original version)
    • Duplicate Assembly Sheet.
    • Include dialog result
    • Duplicate dependent view system same with original dependent view.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

The Week that was in Revit and Navisworks Add-ons for Aug 14-20, 2017

Here on Revit Add-ons, during the week of August 14, 2017, we published thirty posts.


From the Autodesk App Store, we posted about Twinmotion Dynamic Link, which enables instant synchronization between Revit and Twinmotion 2018.

From around the Internet, we posted about the launch of the free BIMsmith Market for accessing manufacturers' BIM content – it's an Editor's Choice Award winner! We also posted about P&ID Modeler for Revit 2018.1 from Autodesk, which helps you model piping faster and more efficiently using P&IDs from a Plant 3D Collaboration project.


From the App Store, we posted about BIM Track V1.12 for Revit and Navisworks.

For additional App Store updates not mentioned here, please see our latest roundup.

From around the Internet, we posted about the MWF (metal/wood framer) summer 2017 releases.

Roundup – For Aug 14-20, 2017, New and Updated Revit and Navisworks Add-ins on the Autodesk App Store (Updated)

The week of August 14, 2017 was a busy one for Revit add-ins on the Autodesk App Store. Two new add-in were published and thirty others were updated.

One Navisworks add-in was also updated.

For the new add-ins, Twinmotion Dynamic Link enables instant synchronization with Twinmotion 2018.

For updated add-ins, BIM Track received relatively significant updates for both Revit and Navisworks, and Duplicate Sheet Pro is a beefed up version of the free Duplicate Sheet.



Twinmotion Dynamic Link
Twinmotion Dynamic Link allows you to synchronize instantly the Autodesk® Revit® model with Twinmotion 2018. It also exports the project in FBX | Free
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About This Version: Version 1.0.0, 8/18/2017 – This is the first version of the Twinmotion Dynamic Link

Duplicate Sheet Pro
This add-in helps you duplicate sheet with more powerful functions at very high speed | USD 60.00
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About This Version: Version 1.0.0, 8/16/2017 – Original version


FREE ArchVision RPC Entourage Starter Pack
2018 now supported! Download and Drag & Drop RPC Content into Autodesk® AutoCAD®, Autodesk® Revit® & Autodesk® 3ds Max®. Place, edit & render thousands of RPC People, Trees, Cars & Objects | Free
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About This Version: Version, 8/18/2017 – New RPC office clutter added to Objects Channel. New RPC vehicles added to Automobiles Channel. RPC Plug-ins for Autodesk® Autodesk® 2018 products added.

Setting Project Info With Dynamo

From the website (no relation to Autodesk or Autodesk University):

Consistency is Key. Setting Project Info With Dynamo

September 22, 2016
By Ryan Lenihan

Over the last 3 months I’ve been busy working hard on coordinating the BIM for an existing infrastructure study of a hospital. The site consists of everything from heritage listed sandstone buildings constructed in the 1800s where for obvious reasons there are no existing drawings to a building that’s currently in the final stages of construction and has been fully designed and coordinated in BIM. The infrastructure study involved locating assets and services that interconnected between buildings within relatively accurate space within the BIM at LOD 200 as per the BIMForum guidelines.

When it came to the BIM, we decided to work with one building per MEP model which meant we had 28 MEP building models, 28 architecture building models that were created using a series of stacked DWG files and 4 site models. The obvious problem with so many models was going to be the consistency of the data and how we would go about verifying that data. Ensuring that we had all 60 models with the same information consistent information was a mountainous task that would have taken an exorbitant amount of hours to complete if manually reviewed, even if utilising BIMLink.

Enter stage left: Dynamo.

We used Dynamo far more extensively on this project than any that I have worked on before. Normally I’d work with little snippets to process small amounts of data and automate minor repetitive tasks, but this project was a real BIM project; there were no traditional drawing deliverable which actually seemed to genuinely baffle newcomers to the project. The deliverable was the federated model and more importantly the information contained within all the individually modeled elements. A few hours on one of my Sundays and I ended up with what you see below

Read more on the website »

Getting Started with Butterfly in Dynamo

From GitHub:

Getting started with butterfly in dynamo

June 14, 2017 (6 revisions)
By Mostapha Sadeghipour Roudsari

1. Introduction

Butterfly is python library to create and execute OpenFOAM cases. This page discusses how you can use butterfly from the Butterfly plugin for Dynamo. We appreciate your comments. Let us know your thoughts on github.

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In order to use butterfly you need to install OpenFOAM for Windows separately before installing butterfly. If you already haven't installed OpenFOAM check the installation page for OpenFOAM and come back here once you have OpenFOAM installed.

2.1. Installing Butterfly

You can install butterfly from Dynamo package manager. In Dynamo click on Packages tab and select Search for a Package....

Read more on GitHub »

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Twinmotion Dynamic Link

From the Autodesk App Store:

Twinmotion Dynamic Link allows you to synchronize instantly your Autodesk® Revit® model with Twinmotion 2018. It also exports the project in FBX if the visualization needs to be done on another computer. You can download a trial version of Twinmotion on

Dynamic Link Features:
  • Synchronize your Revit model directly and in real-time to view it in Twinmotion® 2018.
  • Make changes to the model or materials, and see those changes immediately in Twinmotion.
  • Standard materials, People and Trees are automatically converted in Twinmotion materials, People and Trees
  • BIM information is sent to Twinmotion and can be displayed in BIMmotion
  • Model optimization to reduce the number of polygons

Export Features:
  • Export models, materials and textures via FBX
  • Model optimization to reduce the number of polygons

Simply click on the eye to synchronize your Revit Model with Twinmotion 2018

Reality Capture for BIM Reshaping Industry Practices

From the AEC Magazine website:

Reality Capture for BIM reshaping industry practices 

May 25, 2017

An explosion is underway in the use of visual data collected and used in near-real-time for construction, as Randall S. Newton reports.

The contractor in charge of construction for Aris Market Square in Houston is using scan data
to monitor construction in near-real-time (Source: 3DR)

Aris Market Square is a midrise tower currently under construction in Houston, Texas, an upscale residential/ commercial building adjacent to a historic downtown park.

In a high-growth city like Houston, this could be just one more tower going up, but this particular project is breaking ground for its leading-edge use of visualisation technology for construction.

General contractor Urban Oaks Builders and subcontractor Austin Commercial are working with technology firms 3DR and Autodesk to automate construction management. Using 3DR’s SiteScan and a Sony R10C camera, the contractors used an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) – a drone – to take hundreds of photos of the building’s concrete structure, roof and exterior as it went up.

Read more on the AEC Magazine website »

Increasing Construction Layout Accuracy with Coordinated Real Time BIM Models


Increasing Construction Layout Accuracy By Means of Coordinated Real Time BIM Models

June 12, 2017
By Marc Howe

Autodesk’s BIM 360 Layout promises to enhance the construction layout process by providing contractors access to coordinated real-time point models in the field via their cloud-connected smart devices.

The software permits users to upload models with layout points directly onto their iPads from other Autodesk offerings, such as AutoCAD, Revit and Navisworks. It then improves the accuracy and efficiency of construction layout tasks by connecting these iPads to a total station, then making it easier to locate and verify point locations on the building site itself.

Cloud connectivity ensures that the coordinated models are kept both up-to-date and accessible for all project team members during the process of layout in the field, ensuring accuracy and the avoidance of errors.

The software provides real-time model navigation for performing a range of project functions, including layout, quality assurance and control, and as built-collection on the job site.

Read more on »

Aligning Text or Labels with Detail Lines Using Dynamo

From the BenchMarq website:

Revit Dynamo Graph to Align Text or Label with Detail Lines

August 3, 2017
By Tassos, our Revit and Dynamo Expert

Traditionally, when drafting text on technical drawings by hand we would use either letter stencils or write the text directly onto paper. When doing so, we would make an effort to best align the text with existing geometry such as lines, other text etc. We may have even used a ruler to improve the alignment.

Then, we started using software such as AutoCAD, and writing text became a much easier task. We were now able to access spot on accuracy and we could now align the text insertion point with the start point of line geometry. Naturally, this made us obsessed with accuracy!

Years later, Revit appeared on the scene and as it became more popular, people discovered its powerful functionalities. Revit does a lot, but one thing that it does not do is – align text with geometry, although it will align one text element with another when you try to move one.

For example, this could be useful when we create a Title Block for our company or Annotation Symbols and Tags. We create those only once and we use them over and over. It would be nice to position text within their definition spot on accurate.

Therefore, to help resolve this issue I have created a Dynamo Graph that uses a python script to gain access to Revit’s API functions, which you can download from here.

Read more on the BenchMarq website »


Free Webinar Aug 22 – An Introduction to the NEW Family and Detail Warehouse

From the registration website:

An Introduction to the NEW Family and Detail Warehouse

Tue, Aug 22, 2017 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM PDT

There's more information on the registration website.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Making BIM Project Management Tools Universally Accessible via the Cloud


Making BIM Project Management Tools Universally Accessible via the Cloud

June 28, 2017
By Marc Howe

Software developers are using the cloud to dramatically expand the collaborative potential of building information modeling (BIM) when it comes to project management tasks by enabling stakeholders to contribute or participate in the work process, irrespective of their physical location or working hours.
Autodesk’s BIM 360 Team provides stakeholders with a cloud-based project management workspace that can be accessed by all team members, thus enhancing BIM’s ability to expedite collaboration on complex, multidisciplinary undertakings.

Rendering of the Brentwood Mall Residential Towers. (Image courtesy of Autodesk.)

Cloud-based project management also means that all clients, contractors, team members and stakeholders are capable of directly marking up or commenting on designs that are jointly shared and accessible, thus ensuring that everyone is up to date and on the same page when it comes to key project data.

They achieve this by means of now-ubiquitous mobile smart devices, regardless of whether they’re in the office, at a client’s location or at the point of construction.

Read more on »

Enhancing Lean Construction Planning with Cloud-Based BIM


June 14, 2017
By Marc Howe

Autodesk’s BIM 360 Plan uses building information modeling (BIM) in tandem with cloud-connected mobility to centralize and improve the process of lean construction planning.The software permits the creation of collaborative, centralized work plans by multiple stakeholders via the cloud, reducing the potential for coordination mismatches and removing the need for unwieldy paper printouts. Teams can access and update the work plan data housed centrally in the cloud irrespective of the time or location simply by using the BIM 360 Plan app on their iPads or conventional Web browsers on laptop and desktop computers.

Teams can access and update the work plan data in the cloud by using the
BIM 360 Plan app on their iPads. (Image courtesy of Autodesk.)

At a basic level, BIM 360 Plan is a centralized, cloud-based organizing tool that gives users the ability to create work plans rapidly in list, Gantt or swim lane form as well as filter their construction tasks by date, work breakdown, company, location or status. BIM 360 Plan then builds upon this foundation by adding features for enhancing the process of lean construction planning.

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Playing with Dynamo Player – Includes 5 Free Scripts!

From the DesignTech website:


August 18th, 2017
By Sol Amour

Dynamo Player has recently (As of Revit 2018.1 Release) received some rather funky additions, namely the ability to have Inputs and Outputs.

While still, content wise, a little behind the seriously awesome Data-Shapes package (Shoutout Mostafa El Ayoubi), it gives beginners and those not particularly keen to delve into Visual Programming the ability to use tools generated by others which is a big win.

This blog post will release 5x free scripts that have been built with Dynamo Player in mind.  It will showcase a few different approaches to the use of Player, some as simply a big button, others with inputs and outputs and will also explore how you can have defaults that will save over multiple use – to effectively customise the scripts to your firms style.

Dynamo 1.3.1 was used for the generation of all available Scripts and Images. Revit 2018.1 will be required to access the Dynamo Player inputs and outputs. Most of these scripts will work with the player and default settings regardless.

Colour Non Room-bounding Elements

designtech_ColourNonRoomBoundingElements_v1.0 will allow you to simply colour (So using a non-invasive approach) any element within your open view. It colours by Elements that have the ‘Room Bounding’ box unticked and applies a Red colour override and Black line pattern.

The script is set-up to have a series of inputs that, while containing default values, allow you to input your own choice of Line Pattern, Line Weight, and Fill Pattern. It uses a name filter, so you will have to apply correct title casing to your inputs for it to correctly function: If you have incorrectly typed in a viable name for the above options it will simply default back to the original.

After running the script, there are two output nodes that showcase the Successful Overrides and Failed Overrides.

The default options are depicted below:

Read more on the DesignTech website »

Free Webinar Aug 25 – FormIt Friday! Content Creation for Design Models

From the registration website:

FormIt Friday! Episode 26: FormIt Content Creation for Design Models

Fri, Aug 25, 2017 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM PDT

Welcome back to the August 2017 episode in our FormIt Friday webinar series! Tobias will re-present his fantastic lab from the BiLT North America conference that occurred in Toronto earlier this summer. FormIt has an incredibly powerful Content Library for browsing and placing pre-made elements. In this webinar, Tobias will cover how to source existing content from SketchUp and Revit, build and  curate your own content, and use Dynamo for dynamic content.

There's more information available on the registration website.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

P&ID Modeler for Revit 2018.1 from Autodesk

From Autodesk Account:

P&ID Modeler for Revit 2018.1

Released Aug 15, 2017

Revit P&ID Modeler helps you model piping faster and more efficiently using P&IDs from a Plant 3D Collaboration project directly within Revit. It connects Revit to AutoCAD P&ID drawings and associated data stored in BIM 360 Team using cloud collaboration capabilities included in Plant 3D. Revit P&ID Modeler enables collaboration between project team members, facilitating the model creation process by leveraging information captured at earlier design stages. This helps ensure consistency between the schematic and the model, minimizes manual data entry, and helps visualize model creation progress. Revit P&ID Modeler functionality requires a subscription to Collaboration for Revit.