Archive for: October, 2009

Revit Families 103 – Formula Basics

by Tim Alatorre

  Update: 4/12/11 for Revit 2012 and added more examples. I love formulas, they let you do some really fun things.  The formula I mentioned in my last post calculates the overall width of a family taking into account if the family has one or two loops toggled to be visible.  Formulas let you create…



Revit Families 302 – Naming and Grouping Parameters

by Tim Alatorre

I started a post a couple weeks ago on tips for creating families in Revit but I didn’t get very far.   Our friends over at Inside the Factory are more disciplined bloggers than I and beat me to it. Erik Egbertson put together a great post of Family Editor Tips.  He talks about flexing a family, placing…



Revit Families 301 – The Struggle of the BIM Manager

by Tim Alatorre

Okay folks, this is a 300 series course.  We’re not messing around anymore.  Families are one of the most powerful and dangerous things in Revit and I think they deserve some discussion. One of the greatest challenges I have as a BIM manager is the management of Revit Families.  I’ve tried a number of different…



Revit Mental Ray Renderings in Design Development

by Tim Alatorre

In the “old” days of architecture, the Architect, a skilled artist in his own right, would sketch a perspective view of a room or the building as a whole early on in design process.  As the concepts and visions evolved these sketches were revised or redrawn numerous times.   This combined with a mountain of floor…