Revit Tutorial: Setting Survey Points and Project Base Points

by EVstudio AEP November 30, 2018

Every Revit project has a Survey Point and a Project Base Point.  Elevations in Revit can be measured from either of these points.  Often, we need some elevations to be measured from USGS elevations and other times we need elevations to be measured from 0’-0” […]

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McDwiff is an Option for Opening DWF Files on a Macintosh

by Sean O'Hara, AIA, LEED AP March 27, 2018

We make use of the DWF file format for sending drawings to clients for review or print shops to print. It is a significantly better format for sending drawings than PDF. Not only are the files a fraction of the size, but they are also […]

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Top 10 Important Rendering Tips in Autodesk Revit Architecture

by Dean Dalvit, AIA, PE February 14, 2018

I’ve been working on a number of Autodesk Revit Architecture renderings, and am coming to find that with the right combination of settings, you can get reasonably good output in relatively little time. 1.) Make sure that you’re running Revit with more memory than the […]

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Solving the Revit Countertop and Sink Hole Conundrum

by EVstudio AEP April 28, 2016

There are many out of the box families that come with Revit including a standard countertop and also a sink.  One might reasonably assume these are the families to use when modeling a standard drop-in type sink in a countertop.   But you will end up […]

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Parametric Conceptual Design Made Easier

by Kayla Harmon, Associate AIA October 22, 2015

Another efficient learning tool for designers to use is a new software called Dynamo. Dynamo, created by AutoDesk, can be purchased as a stand-alone software called Dynamo Studio, or as a free plugin for Revit Architecture. It is a new parametric conceptual design tool that […]

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OSMODE System Variable in AutoCAD – How to Reset Your OSNAP Settings With a Number

by Sean O'Hara, AIA, LEED AP October 1, 2015

There will come a time when Autodesk’s AutoCAD will forget your object snap settings. Sometimes a poorly written lisp routine will reset them and occasionally they just change for no apparent reason. Thankfully there is a very easy way to get them back without going […]

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Revit Tip – Purge the Un-purgeable

by EVstudio AEP September 24, 2015

I’ve been working on organizing our Revit Template which is used when we create a new project.  It should have a lot of the standard information used for most projects –typical text styles, dimension styles, filled regions, legends, etc.  Additional styles that are not used […]

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.DWF an Excellent Format for CAD Drawing Review

by Dean Dalvit, AIA, PE June 1, 2015

You’ve got to hand it to Autodesk. With AutoCAD, they’ve managed to become the major worldwide force in the design community, developing the drafting platform for nearly every discipline in the AEC industry. Their BIM product, Revit will likely follow suit as the standard for […]

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Revit Tip #8 – Moving Elevation Tag Without Moving Associated Viewport

by Kacy Landsittel March 25, 2012

To the beginner or novice, Autodesk Revit sometimes has a way of having unintentional consequences. Because many of the features of Revit are smart in the sense that they automatically coordinate different portions of the project within the sheet set which take much of the […]

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Autodesk Announces AutoCAD is Coming to Mac OSX

by Sean O'Hara, AIA, LEED AP August 31, 2010

Autodesk has finally announced that their AutoCAD software is coming back to the Macintosh. At this point its just straight AutoCAD , no Architecture or Revit but a big step for those of us who have been forced to use Parallels as a solution. Prior […]

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EVstudio is Upgrading to AutoCAD Architecture 2009 and Revit Architecture 2009 – Why Support Both?

by Sean O'Hara, AIA, LEED AP October 30, 2008

EVstudio is upgrading to the latest versions of AutoCAD Architecture and Revit Architecture. We currently use a previous version of AutoCAD on the majority of our projects and Revit on select projects. There is a lot of debate on the advantages of one software program […]

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