Monday, June 12, 2006

Green Autodesk?

Autodesk has launched a green building website with some interesting information.

They've also sponsored an in-depth PBS documentary about the subject featuring Brad Pitt as narrator. This is also available to be downloaded as audio or video/audio.

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Architecture Competition-Importing Sketchup

Use Google Sketchup, Google Earth and Revit (OF COURSE) to design one of three projects.
  • Everest Base Camp
  • UNDP World Waters Embassy
  • Thames Opera House
This is a great opportunity to see how you can join the Google Earth-to-Sketchup-to-Revit revolution. You can get fairly accurate site slopes etc. and build your design right on top! Revit Building 9 has a direct import of Sketchup files (.skp). This works best when you import the skp into a mass or mass family. You can convert most of the surfaces to walls etc. Just type sketchup in Revit Help and you'll find a good explanation.

Here's the competition site:

Let's show them how Revit can really kick it up a notch!

Friday, June 02, 2006

Revit Builds

Revit is in ongoing development. The developers read the forums at and respond to bug reports etc. These builds are not advertised as thoroughly as they should be. That means that as users we should keep an eye on the Revit forum at because that is usually where it's posted first. The builds are coded so we know which one is the latest. You can find out what version you have by going to Help-About Autodesk Revit. Build 20060518_2300 has just come out and addresses mainly area plan calculations; there is a full discussion of this topic here