Archive for February, 2012

Sustainability Workshop with Autodesk

Posted: February 29, 2012 by WFRUG in General Posts
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For those of you that are interested in Sustainability and the software out there that brings the digital world together with the built world. You might like the Sustainability Workshop page by Autodesk. Click here:



Posted: February 27, 2012 by WFRUG in General Posts

Visit the Page labeled jobs at the top of the blog. I will post new job postings as they come my way. A new job was posted today!

Draftsman (North Salt Lake)

North Salt Lake based architectural firm seeks draftsman. Strong computer skills are required along with the ability to work well in a team environment. Some experience with Microsoft Access and Excel is desired; knowledge of Revit 2012 would be valuable too.

Furthermore familiarity and understanding of building components/systems and construction methods/materials is desired. Position is full-time temporary and available immediately. Travel may be needed 15% of the time. Position is a local based and will not allow for telecommuting. Compensation rates will be hourly and based on knowledge and experience.

Please email resume and references to Robert at

This hotfix improves product stability when working with large datasets.

Make sure that Update Release 2 has been applied prior to adding the hotfix. Verify that the build number of Revit 2012 is 20110916_2132.
NOTE: This hotfix applies to the 64-Bit release of Autodesk Revit 2012 only.

The Readme contains the latest information regarding the installation and use of this update. It is strongly recommended that you read the entire document before you apply the update to your product. For your reference, you should save the Readme to your hard drive or print a copy.

To download this Hotfix from Autodesk click here


Posted: February 21, 2012 by WFRUG in General Posts

Thank you to Michael Mizuno with QuickPen & Brent Wallace with Monsen Engineering for presenting at our February Meeting hosted by Jacobsen Construction. Thank you also for those who did make it, and for those that couldn’t make it, it was a great presentation discussing Trimble’s new plugin for Revit called Point Creator for Revit. 

Click here to be directed to Trimble’s website discussing this plugin 

Keep your eyes out for the March Meeting!




Design Review mobile

Posted: February 15, 2012 by WFRUG in General Posts
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Good News for Android Users! Android users can now download Autodesk® Design Review mobile from the Android Market. Be sure to uninstall the Beta before installing the app from the Android Market.

Expedite the design review process by viewing and redlining design files while in the field or out of the office. Autodesk® Design Review mobile app enables you to review Autodesk 2D and 3D design files directly on your Android Phone or Tablet. View and mark up drawings on the spot, reduce the need to carry around over-sized paper drawings, and enjoy an all-digital design review workflow on your mobile device.
• Open and view 2D and 3D DWF files from your Autodesk Cloud documents account
• Use multi-touch gestures to zoom, pan, and rotate drawings
• View meta data and other details about elements within your technical drawings
• Use simple redlining and intuitive mark up tools to communicate changes
• Add text or comments using familiar callouts

Revit Visibility Hierarchy

Posted: February 10, 2012 by WFRUG in General Posts

This Post was copied from the Revit Clinic:

Revit Visibility Hierarchy

Revit gives the user a number of ways to override the display of an element. It may not always be clear which method “wins” over another method, but there is a visibility hierarchy. This list may not cover every possible scenario but does include common overrides.

10 being the lowest and 1 being the highest using walls as an example:

1. Line Work Tool
2. Override Graphics in View > By Element > Halftone
3. Graphic Display Options – Silhouette Edges
4. Override Graphics in View > By Element
5. View Filters
6. View Depth – “Beyond” Line Style
7. Phasing Graphic Overrides
8. Visibility / Graphic Overrides > Override Host Layers > Cut Line Styles
9. Visibility / Graphic Overrides > Projection \ Cut Lines
10. Project Object Styles

Here is a graphical example using walls:

Another example to this:

There is a Visibility/Graphic Override for the wall category in the view
The wall has an override by element
The view uses a phase graphic override
There is a view filter applied overriding the graphics of walls over a specific thickness
When all 4 of these overrides are in place, by default the Override Graphics in View

By Element is visible since it is highest up the chain at #4:

Remove that override and I now see my view filter:

Remove the view filter and I see the phasing graphic override:

And lastly, change the phase filter of the view and I will see my Visibility/Graphic Override:

WFRUG February Meeting

Posted: February 8, 2012 by WFRUG in General Posts
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One week from today we will be kicking off 2012 with a bang! Trimble will be presenting their Workflow to BIM from Revit including their New Trimble Point Creator for Revit. The Meeting will begin at 6:00pm and go roughly until 7:30pm. We hope everyone can make it, the more the better.

Jacobsen Construction is at
3131 West 2210 South Salt Lake City, UT 84119

Come see the new point creator tool for Revit, and Revit to Field Work Flows presented by Trimble ©

I found a very useful Connector issue on “Inside the System” blog and thought I would pass on the link to you.

Recently, I was asked how one might constrain a connector width in an instance parameter to be less than the width of solid it is hosted on. In the specific case, there are two solids, one representing the main body of the equipment, and the duct ‘collar’ on which the connector is hosted. The duct size must match the collar, and the collar must stay smaller than the equipment.

The formula below to control the collar size works just fine… however, when you select the family instance in the project, you can use the blue numerical control to set the connector width to something larger than the geometry… as you can see from the formulae, there is are no constraints on the actual duct connector sizes.

To read the entire article click here: “Inside the System”


Supported Applications

Level Generator for Revit Architecture
This plugin generates multiple adjacent levels with one command.

  • Revit Architecture 2012
  • Revit Architecture 2011
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