Thursday, December 18, 2014

Revit 2015 with R2 and Update 5 crashing when every file is closed? It could be one of your ApplicationPlugins ...

Here is the persistent crash - it was happening when any RVT file was closed:
View Revit 2015 Update 5 crashes when closing any file 

Here's what fixed the problem:
Renaming "C:\ProgramData\Autodesk\ApplicationPlugins" folder (this disables certain integrations)

Upon further investigation, I had to move the AutodeskSiteDesignerForRevit2015.bundle out of the ApplicationPlugins folder (in other words, delete it) to correct the issue. Then, I installed R2 (Autodesk_Revit_2015_R2.sfx.exe , Autodesk Site Designer (AutodeskSiteDesignerForRevit.msi), and UR5 for R2 (Autodesk_Revit_2015_R2_UR5.sfx.exe).




Here's what didn't work:
  • renaming uistate.dat
  • renaming revit.ini
  • renaming  "C:\ProgramData\Autodesk\Revit\Addins\2015.ren"
  • reinstalling Revit 2015 using steps below
  • applying RVT2015UR4.msp
  • uninstalling Dynamo
  • running Revit as Administrator
  • uninstalling Sundial and other Citrix Revit versions
  • renaming Revit program folder and Addins folder and reinstalling
  • making a new user profile

Reinstall steps:
  1. Uninstall Revit 2015 from Programs and Features in Windows
  2. Start Setup from your Suite media (in my case, Building Design Suite Ultimate 2015)
  3. You will need to input your serial number
  4. Ensure only Revit 2015 is ticked (gray tick), and do not install Service Packs
  5. Also untick BIM360 addin under Revit 2015 (if it finds a newer one the setup may fail)
  6. Untick BIM360 addin under Navisworks 2015 (if it finds a newer one the setup may fail)
  7. After Revit 2015 is installed, start it up to ensure activation is ok
  8. Install R2 (Autodesk_Revit_2015_R2.sfx.exe)
  9. Install UR5 for R2 (Autodesk_Revit_2015_R2_UR5.sfx.exe)
  10. Start Revit and test closing a file
How did this bug happen? I'm not entirely sure, but I think the number of  updates and the confusion around which UR5 update is for which Revit version may have resulted in Revit 2015 getting sad. But, its happy again now... and its a good lesson to remember the ApplicationPlugins folder when diagnosing Revit problems.

Something from the journal:
ExceptionCode=0xc0000005 ExceptionFlags=0x00000000 ExceptionAddress=000007FEFCDE940D 


Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Using Revit for MEP and Duct Fabrication? What are you using to make that happen?

There are lots of design tools out there that can be used to generate MEP or HVAC fabrication drawings, including spooling and integration with Vulcan or CAMduct. Some are FABmep, CADmep, ESTmep, and Sysque.

There is an interesting discussion going over on LinkedIn regarding Revit and duct fabrication. The overall message seems to be this: if you want to use Revit as an integral piece in your MEP fabrication process, you should probably be looking seriously at SysQue:

How to make a Radial Array with a value of 2 in Revit

Here comes a cool tip from Brad Strauss... He describes how you can use an Integer parameter to get Revit to allow you to apply a value of 2 to a Radial Array:

Thanks for the tip Brad!

This tip is somewhat similar to using a Repeater to allow you to have an Array of 1.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Edit Revit Shared Parameters in the Cloud using Google Sheets Add-On

I have posted about SP.Writer before, but this is the next iteration: BIMsets Cloud Writer.

UPDATE: if you want to update to the latest version of the add-in, in Google Sheets you may need to go to Add-on > Manage Add-Ons and then remove it, and then search for it and install again.

If you just want to build a new parameter file from scratch:
  1. Go to https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/bimsets-cloud-writer/mkcicdhocfdpjpdljamehafdafonfodh?authuser=1
  2. Press the Free+ button to install
  3. Say yes to all the prompts  
  4. In the new Spreadsheet, go to Add-ons, BIMsets Cloud Writer, and press Start
  5. Start filling in the form and pressing Add for each new parameter
  6. Parameters are created and you can choose to Export to a TXT file





If it keeps failing to Import for you, this will probably be the reason:
Can I use custom groups with this add-on? No. The add-on uses a specific set of parameter groups designed to be compatible with the Autodesk Seek Style Guide. If you have a parameter file that uses the same groups as the Style Guide it should be compatible. If you are starting brand new there should be no issues. If you have used the old SP.Writer Excel tool in the past, those files will also be compatible.
via
BIMsets – BIM Source

If you have any other issues you can contact the developer.

Heads-up:
https://twitter.com/MattBeNimble/status/542825879919792129
and
Download:
v2 of the Style Guide is here
and 2.1 here
http://revit.autodesk.com/Library/RMCSG/Revit_Model_Content_Style_Guide_v2_1.zip

Friday, December 12, 2014

How to make a New Default Notebook in OneNote to Fix me@onenote.com problems like "We couldn't save your email, please try again."

This is an extreme measure, but it will get everything fixed up and create a new Default Notebook for you. If you have some corruption or severe sync problems, it may break the me@onenote.com system for your account. Here's how to fix it:
  1. Make sure you have copied or moved or backed up everything from your entire Default Notebook (the one where me@onenote emails usually go)
  2. Close the Notebook in the desktop app and close OneNote 2013. I would also recommend closing this notebook on any other devices that may have it open.
  3. Open OneDrive and navigate to your Documents folder
  4. Select the Default Notebook (usually "YourName's Notebook"), rename it, and then delete it
  5. On you PC, go to the OneNote backup folder (something like C:\Users\Luke Johnson\AppData\Local\Microsoft\OneNote\15.0\Backup) and move the folder relating to your now deleted Default Notebook somewhere else
  6. Everything is basically nice and clean now. How do we get a new Default Notebook?
  7. Go to your primary email alias for Microsoft (the one you just deleted the default notebook in) and send a test email to me@onenote.com - the content doesn't really matter
  8. At this point, OneNote will create a new Default notebook for you, it will make a Quick Notes section, and it will place the email in as a new page. Everything should now be 'back to normal'.
  9. Restart the desktop app and re-open the Notebook
  10. Open the Notebook on any other devices
 Here is the full message you might get if your OneNote to email service is broken:
"We couldn't save your email, please try again."
Oops! Something went wrong.

It looks like you tried to send an email with the subject line '..............' to your notebook, but we were unable to save it. Please send the message again and we'll do our best to make sure the email gets into your notebook this time.

Still having problems? Go to our help forum to report a problem.

Thanks,
The OneNote Team

Microsoft Corporation, One Microsoft Way, Redmond, WA 98052
 
 
 
Related question:

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Struggling with Lights in Navisworks?

Sometimes it can be difficult to get Autodesk Rendering lights in Navisworks to work properly. When doing services coordination, you don't really want to have to deal with placing new lights just so you can see things in the federated model. In this situation, you could try using these 'Baseline' settings:
  1. Options - Interface - Display - Autodesk - Shader Style, set to Basic
  2. Viewpoint set to Shaded
  3. Viewpoint lighting set to Headlight

These Headlight sliders seem to work pretty well:


Personally, I prefer using Gooch and Rendered with some nice lights if I can, but this can occasionally cause problems (depending on your Graphics Card and other material settings). That is when I fall back to the baseline settings above.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Revit to Fabrication CADmep

 is included in this playlist recently uploaded by Autodesk Building (about 4 hours worth):
Fabrication CADmep - Fundamental Training Videos

Full list:

There are also some CAMduct videos:

And you can read more at:
Fabrication | Fabrication Software | Autodesk

Monday, December 8, 2014

The State of BIM Proficiency in South Australia in 2014

 was covered in this recent paper:
Building Information Modelling (BIM) Education in South Australia: Industry Needs
by
John C.H Gardner, M. Reza Hosseini, Raufdeen Rameezdeen, and Nicholas Chileshe

You can download it here



My contribution...

Friday, December 5, 2014

Revit to FBX to Inventor Publisher to 3D PDF

Here's another way to make a 3D PDF, this time with all native Autodesk products.

  1. Use Virtual Agent to download Inventor Publisher 2015 trial
  2. Export a view from Revit (or 3dsMax, or AutoCAD, or Navisworks) as FBX that you would like to make into a 3D PDF
  3. Start Inventor Publisher
  4. New file
  5. Select the FBX
  6. Orient the imported FBX in the view and use the Viewcube to Set Current View as Front or Top as appropriate
  7. On the Home Ribbon under Publish, choose Adobe PDF
  8. Select 3D PDF
  9. Save the file

It makes very decent quality 3D PDFs, with good colour representation.



Idea via:
http://forums.autodesk.com/t5/revit-architecture/3d-pdf/td-p/2843148

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Revit 2015 Update Release 5 (build 20141119_0715) for Revit 2015 R2 download link

Note: If you install the non-Subscription Update Release onto an R2 Revit, you will probably find that the nice extra things like Site Designer disappear. If this happens to you, reinstall R2 from the Subscription page and your new features should come back. The Autodesk_Revit_2015_R2_UR5.sfx.exe should hopefully not 'break' your R2 install.
More at:
http://knowledge.autodesk.com/support/revit-products/downloads/caas/downloads/content/autodesk-revit-2015-update-release-5.html

Direct link:
http://download.autodesk.com/SWDLDDLM/Updates/RVT/UR5/Autodesk_Revit_2015_R2_UR5.sfx.exe


Readme:
http://download.autodesk.com/SWDLDDLM/Updates/RVT/UR5/Autodesk_Revit_2015_R2_UR5_Readme.htm

Enhancement List:
http://revit.downloads.autodesk.com/download/2015RVT_RTM/UR5/Enhancements_List_RVT_2015_UR5_forR2.pdf



EDIT: More links from Revit Clinic:
Direct links:
Revit 2015 UR5
Revit Arch 2015 UR5
Revit MEP 2015 UR5
Revit Struct 2015 UR5
Revit LT 2015 UR5
Installation Readme files and Enhancements Documentation are available on each product page.




UR5 enhancements:
Improvements made in Update Release 5 build (20141119_0715):
 

Autodesk® Revit® Architecture 2015 Updates
Improves resolving of the Revit Server saved paths.*
Corrects the behavior of placing families in a project when the family type selector is expanded.
Improves stability when loading families that contain data created by add-ins.
Improves stability when ungroup a group.
Improved stability when filter a schedule.
Improved stability when opening projects with bad dimensions.
Improves stability when making edits in the Sun Settings dialog.
Improves stability when deleting parts while modifying division.
Improves stability when canceling new label creation in family environment.
Improves stability when editing materials in families in a workshared environment.
Improves stability when clicking the Macro Manager tool in the Family Editor.
Improves stability when multiple users load families and undo their actions in a workshared file.
Improves stability when two users loaded families of the same name.
Corrects an issue with ceiling-hosted lights that caused the lights to be deleted when the ceiling was moved or copied.*
Corrected an issue related to placement of face-based families on certain part elements.*

Autodesk® Revit® MEP 2015 Updates
Improves stability when editing a conduit temporary dimension in an elevation view.

Autodesk® Revit® Structure 2015 Updates
Improves stability when exporting multi-rebar annotation into DWG format.*
Corrects an issue with incorrect warning and error messages for groups in design options with a group containing structural framing elements or columns.*
Fixed an issue with the generation of the analytical surface for a vertical floor and slab.

Autodesk® Revit® API 2015 Updates
Allows the ability to offset the end of a wire when it is connected to other elements.

Autodesk Application Manager Version 4.0.66.0 released

Direct link:
download.autodesk.com/SWDLDDLM/Updates/AppManager/4_0_66_0/AdApplicationManager-installer.exe


Wednesday, December 3, 2014

The Difference between A360 Drive and A360 (Project or Team) including direct links

A360 Drive (previously known as Autodesk 360 Sync) is a file storage tool that syncs with your Desktop and makes your files accessible on the web, you can access your files here:
https://360.autodesk.com

A360 (or A360 Team, or A360 Project) is a project and team collaboration tool, you can access it here:
http://autodesk360.com/
and your project 'hub' is here:
https://myhub.autodesk360.com/portal/

You can copy something from your A360 Drive to A360 by using this drop down list option:

You will then be allowed to choose an A360 project. This creates a copy, there is no real link between the A360 Drive version and A360 version of that file. Obviously, the viewing and discussion capabilities are more collaborative in A360, so you may wish to take advantage of that feature if you are an A360 subscriber.

Turn off or Batch Delete Light Sources when Exporting from Revit 2015 to NWC and Appending to Navisworks 2015

The problem - Appending a given NWC creates hundreds of lights in your NWF, as they were exported with light sources from Revit:

Update: scroll to the bottom of the Autodesk Rendering, Lights pane and select the last entry. Press and hold the Delete key on the keyboard - it will rapidly delete lights out of the Navisworks model.

One way to get rid of all these light sources is to use a macro recorder to delete them all. This is because Navisworks 2015 does not allow you to delete multiple light sources at once (sadface), and it doesn't allow you to "Clear Palette" like Presenter did.

The immediate workaround is to use Shaded mode with Headlight only, as this ignores Light sources. Not pretty.

You could also down-save to 2013, delete the lights in Presenter, then save-up to 2015, but that seems a little too hacky, even for me.

Here's the clicky mouse macro method:
  1.  Install MouseController (I used choco install mousecontroller)
  2. Open the problem NWF
  3. When it "Can't resolve external references" for each .ies file, just click Ignore All
  4. Set up a macro to delete lights (see the Screencast below)
  5. My best result was using Time Stretch 3.0x and Repeat every 0.8 seconds
  6. Set it and walk away from your PC for a bit



Some other things to try:
  1. Look for a light source subcategory in your NWC export view
  2. Turn it off
  3. Re-export
  4. Append to a brand new NWF and see if the lights show up in Autodesk Rendering
Another thing to try:
  1. Navisworks Exporter settings/File Reader/Revit
  2. Untick "try and find missing materials". Make sure that box is NOT checked.
  3. Also turn off light source as in step 1 above.
  4. Re-export
  5. Append to a brand new NWF and see if the lights show up in Autodesk Rendering
Some of the bugs that might show up:
Missing IES file references

Regenerating thumbnail image ...

The only real fix (at this stage) is to open each Lighting Family and untick Light Source. Obviously, this is not really an option if you are doing lighting analysis or using the lights for rendering in Revit or 3dsMax etc:


Related forum links:
http://forums.augi.com/archive/index.php/t-98820.html

http://forums.augi.com/showthread.php?133133-Revit-light-fixture-light-source-geometry-won-t-go-away/page2

Visible Light Source - Autodesk Community

Monday, December 1, 2014

Upgrading Revit files using eTransmit if you are faced with "central model could not be reached" error

Why does this happen? Because the Bulk File Upgrader doesn't work if it is trying to upgrade a Local and it can't find a Central (I believe this is a Revit API thing)... and you may get this error:
filename.rvt could not be upgraded: The file-based central model could not be reached, because e.g. the network is down or the file server is down. 

The core problem here is that someone has probably given you a Local copy, when they should have given you a Central or Detached copy to link into your project.

If we want to upgrade lots of these "local-type" linked files, how can we get around this batch upgrade limitation? We will need to to use eTransmit - twice. Let's say we are upgrading from Revit 2013 to Revit 2015:

  1. Make a blank 2013 RVT project
  2. Link in all the 2013 version files you want to upgrade
  3. Save the host file in 2013 and close it
  4. Transmit the host using Revit 2013, including Links and tick the 'Open and Save models in the active version of Revit' option (this places the newly saved linked models into a transitory state, where you can choose to save as central or work with this model temporarily)
  5. Open Revit 2015
  6. Addins - Transmit a Model
  7. Choose the output eTransmitted 2013 host file from step 4
  8. Make sure to tick the "Linked Revit models" and "Cleanup" boxes
  9. Click Transmit Model and wait for all of the files to be upgraded (yay)
  10. Remember to discard the host file before transmitting or copying the files



Note: using the "Add Files" option in eTransmit and adding RVTs manually will not upgrade them.

Here's the link for eTransmit for Autodesk Revit 2015.

Also, you *might* have to press ok after each if you get this error (Easy Keynoter?)

Friday, November 28, 2014

Automatic and Free way to Add RSS Feed to OneNote Notebook (plus bulk forwarding from Gmail to OneNote)

OneNote is becoming a bit of an obsession lately. Its one tantalising step closer to a paperless life.

My latest project was to feed a large RSS reading list from Inoreader into OneNote (for offline use, archiving, searching etc). Inoreader has a paid version that can do this, but I'm always search for the free option...

The short version:
  1. Subscribe to an RSS feed with your Microsoft account
  2. Set up a rule to forward to me@onenote.com
The longer and more powerful way:
  1. Set up a new Microsoft account (so we can use Quick Notes default notebook freely)
  2. Make a Google account (if you don't already have one)
  3. Make the Google account an alias of the Microsoft account, and enable it for OneNote
  4. Burn the RSS feed you want with Feedburner (I am using a large list from Inoreader, so I take that folder and burn it so I can use Email Subscription)
  5. Subscribe to it via email with the Google account
  6. Set up forwarding from the Google account to the Microsoft one. (I use the Google account so that I can do another thing later...)
  7. Forward emails matching Subject line of subscribed RSS feed to the Microsoft email address
  8. Make sure the Microsoft account is an approved alias for OneNote (step 3)
  9. In Outlook email rules, forward emails matching the FROM address of the Google account to me@onenote.com
  10. Share the default notebook from this newly created Microsoft account to your 'real' one.
Now, why do we use the Google account (step 6)? So that we can use this Google script to grab lots of stuff (from that Google account) and forward it to the OneNote Notebook and populate it with lots of interesting data. In my case, I had a few years worth of these daily RSS digest emails, and I applied a label to them in Gmail and then used the script to forward them to the Microsoft account. As the rule was set up in step 9 above, these are automatically forwarded to me@onenote.com and then added to the OneNote Notebook.

Slowly but surely, this Notebook is filling up with thousands of pages of research that can be searched, taken offline and shared.


Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Workarounds for "No suitable geometry found when exporting from Revit to Navisworks 2015"

On latest R2 version of Revit 2015, with Navisworks 2015 SP3 and Navisworks Exporters R3, there remains a Navisworks export bug that affects some projects after upgrade from previous versions of Revit.

Error: documented at http://knowledge.autodesk.com/support/revit-products/troubleshooting/caas/sfdcarticles/sfdcarticles/Error-No-suitable-geometry-found-when-exporting-from-Revit-to-Navisworks-2015.html

Workaround: You can use the selection method to Export and the error does not seem to occur:
  1. Open the 3D view to export 
  2. Select all visible objects 
  3. Go to Addins ribbon, 
  4. choose External Tools - Navisworks 2015 (Exporter) 
  5. In the settings, choose "Selection" (see attached screenshot) 
  6. Name the file and export as usual

Other suggested workarounds (did not work in this instance):
  1. Turn off Detail Items
  2. Try exporting again
or
  1. Remove View Template
  2. Set Level of Detail of view to something other than Fine
  3. Set Level of Detail of categories in V/G to the setting you desire (can be Fine)
  4. Try exporting again 
or
Try turning off categories one at a time to find out which Category the problem geometry resides in.

or
using "uncut" in the Family Editor to uncut the voids from everything, and then using 'cut' to cut them again. after reloading back through into the project, this also allowed the export to continue.

or
some other way...
The log file reports:
Autodesk.Revit.Exceptions.ExternalApplicationException: Object reference not set to an instance of an object.
   at Autodesk.Revit.DB.CustomExporter.Export(View3D view)
   at NavisWorks12.LcIRevitBase.Export3DView(View3D view_3d, StateDictionary state_dict)
   at NavisWorks12.LcIRevitBase.ExportDocument(String& return_message, ElementSet elements, LcIRevitParameters* params)


Related forum:
v2015 - Navisworks Can't Import Revit - Autodesk Community

Download beta Excel sheet to build and manipulate Revit IFC mapping tables

Teun De Vries shared an: "Excel document (download), with which you can build the mapping tables that Revit can use when importing from, or exporting to IFC. It is still a b├Ęta. You can use it or even change it, but at your own risk of course. And if you do so, Teun would love to know what your experiences are. The RevitGG is also using this tool to help build some parts for in the Dutch Revit Standard the DRS."

Original post:
Ik Leer BIM: A tool to build Revit's IFC mapping tables

Looks pretty interesting?



Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Dynamo tutorial presentation dataset for download

BIM Troublemaker has kindly shared his Dynamo tutorial dataset, including the presentation slideshow and related resources including Dynamo definitions. Thanks!

Download it here



Read the original post:
http://bimtroublemaker.blogspot.com/2014/10/dynamo-tutorial-presentation.html

Monday, November 24, 2014

Changing Pipe from One System to Another (and Undefining MEP Systems). Plus upgrading Systems to Revit 2015...

To change the System Type for the connected run, Tab-select until you have the System, then change the Type. You can also change the name here.

To completely undefine pipes, tab-select the system, then delete it. Pipes will become undefined. Start Draw Pipe command from one end and a new name will be automatically created. Apply System Name and System Type as above.


via
Changing Pipe from One System to Another

and here is how you can break systems up by using a custom family with multiple connectors:


via
Breaking up Pipe Systems

Note on upgrading: we discovered an interesting thing in the Design Office recently. When upgrading Revit 2013 files containing Systems (in this case Pipe) to Revit 2015, it is highly advisable to install the latest update (preferably R2, which is roughly equivalent to Update 4) prior to upgrading. If you use the 'initial release' version of Revit 2015, it will come up with lots of warnings if you have systems with duplicate names. However, it appears that the R2 version will automatically go through and un-duplicate the System names for you, making them all unique. Obviously, there may be a situation where this is not desirable (tagged systems linked to quantity takeoff or something), but for the most part it is nice to have all of those errors / warnings fixed during the upgrade to 2015.

Also some related into at:
Re: Pipe System to same Pipe System of a different... - Autodesk Community

Entourage Workshop will allow you to override individual RPC styles in Revit (by Archvision, new feature coming soon)

UPDATE: If you want to register for the beta, go here http://www.archvision.com/entourageworkshop

It allows for greater stylistic control of RPC elements, and facilitates a greater level of artistic style in native Revit visualization.


Check out the video: