Thursday, August 17, 2017

P&ID Modeler for Revit 2018.1 from Autodesk

From Autodesk Account:

P&ID Modeler for Revit 2018.1

Released Aug 15, 2017

Revit P&ID Modeler helps you model piping faster and more efficiently using P&IDs from a Plant 3D Collaboration project directly within Revit. It connects Revit to AutoCAD P&ID drawings and associated data stored in BIM 360 Team using cloud collaboration capabilities included in Plant 3D. Revit P&ID Modeler enables collaboration between project team members, facilitating the model creation process by leveraging information captured at earlier design stages. This helps ensure consistency between the schematic and the model, minimizes manual data entry, and helps visualize model creation progress. Revit P&ID Modeler functionality requires a subscription to Collaboration for Revit.

IFC-dotnet – A .Net Library for Working with IFC Data (Updated)

From the GitHub:


An Industry Foundation Classes (IFC) library for .NET Core.


This library is under heavy development and is not recommended for use in production applications.

There's more information available on GitHub.


  1. Changed external link to the current repository on GitHub.

MWF Summer 2017 Releases

From the StrucSoft Solutions website:

MWF Summer 2017 builds released

August 16th 2017 – All MWF modules are now available for download with Revit 2018 functionality, as well as the following improvements:

New features include:
  • Extra Stud Markers – option to rotate, align and add offset from layers (Strong Back).
  • New Sheathing Engine – The old sheathing module was replaced with a more robust one that is well integrated into the multilayer walls module. Among other improvements, it uses “Direct Shapes” instead of Parts, which gives better control on visibility and the possibility to run clash detection in other applications, since direct shapes are exported better than parts to these external applications. The tool also now has an “Edit” mode that allows more flexible edits. Sheathing members can now also be scheduled.
  • Metal builds only:
    • Box studs and Lintel in wall panels – option to include Box studs in wall panels in addition to single and back to back studs.
    • Multisystem Marker – Jacks Options – This marker now supports jacks with multiple options.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Free BIMsmith Market Launched – Access Manufacturers' BIM Content

BIMsmith has been around for a couple of years now, offering free creation of custom assembly system families (walls, floors, ceilings, and roofs) using any combination of generic and manufacturer content, all in your web browser with nothing to install. This service is called BIMsmith Forge and, if you haven't checked it out yet, you really should.

BIM Track V1.12

From the BIM Track website:

BIM Track™ 1.12

July 28, 2017
By Tommy Leclerc-Dubé

Based off our users’ feedback, we have introduced a new option menu in the addin where it is now possible to change the behavior of the “View in Model’ button. With this update, you will be able customize the button’s behavior depending on your personal revision needs. Additionally, we have released a new addin for Tekla 2017. It is available via our download page on

New Features:
  • An addin for Tekla 2017 is now available.
  • It is now possible to filter the issue list and reports based on the issues’ creation dates.
  • A “Keep me signed in” option was added to the login window of the addin.
  • Added various options for the “View in Model” button where it is now possible to set automations for that button depending on your revision needs. For instance, section boxes/plane & hidden elements can be automatically restored if desired. It is also possible to configure it in a way that it won’t do anything aside from recovering the camera location.
  • The “Assigned To” field was improved with a combo box that accepts auto-completion. If you have many team member, instead of scrolling down the dropdown menu, simply type in the first letter of the person and the autocomplete will narrow the results contained in the list.
  • The BCF import / export was vastly improved. Re-importing issues via BCF will no longer create duplicates, but instead update existing issues with the updated information. While this is a nice improvement for the BCF workflow, there’s a lot more improvement coming up so stay tuned!
  • Various bug fixes and minor improvements.

Copyright 2017 BIM Track™

There's more information available on the BIM Track website.

Free Webinar Aug 22 – Electrical Concept Design to Detail Design with MagiCAD

From the registration website:

Progressing Electrical Concept Design to Detail Design with MagiCAD

Tue, Aug 22, 2017 1:30 AM - 2:00 AM PDT

Showing the relationships and processes between early stage design and detail design using the electrical and productivity tools within MagiCAD for Revit

There's more information available on the registration website.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Milestone: 2 Million Pageviews!

We recently ticked over 2 million pageviews here on Revit Add-ons!

Revit Add-ons has been rewarding to us, the authors, in many ways, and when we see that the site receives about 2,500 pageviews per day, we know that our efforts are valued by the community. Thank you for that!

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For Vendors, Bloggers and News Sites – How Revit Add-ons Handles Copyrighted Material

Recently, the author of a couple of articles we re-posted on Revit Add-ons contacted us to ask that we remove approximately 80% of his content from our site and link back to his site for the balance. This was the first time in our 6+ years that someone contacted us with what could be interpreted as copyright concerns, and it prompted us to formally define our approach to copyrighted material.

First and foremost, we appreciate the hard work of originators of content in our thriving Revit add-ons community, and we recognize that their materials, including descriptions, images, etc, are their sole property. We do our best to clearly and properly source this material when we use it. Still, if  we re-post some of your content and you'd like it removed from Revit Add-ons, or to have it altered in some way, please let us know and we will immediately comply with your wishes.

Of course, our original content is under our copyright. As long as others properly source it, we're okay with that – with the notable exception of improperly appropriating trademarked items like our logo, header and whatnot.

We source content from three types of sites:
  1. Vendor's websites
  2. Blogs
  3. News sites
From now on, we're going to handle these three sources a little differently.

Practical Dynamo – Moving Views Based on Another View

From the website:


August 15, 2017
By Ryan Lenihan

Okay, so we’re on a roll with practical Dynamo usage. Last week we looked at placing views centrally on our sheets, but what if you didn’t want the view centrally placed? What if you wanted views placed in the same location on all sheets maybe in the top left of the page?

As always with Dyanmo, there is a solution for that. Again we’re going to be using the Rhythm custom node package to get the work done. This method requires one sheet to be used as a template that all the following sheets are based on.

In our example this time around, where we want the view located is in the top left (shown on the left) but by default Dynamo places our views in the bottom left (shown on the right)

This workflow can be easily integrated into our previous graph where we created new sheets in Dynamo using Excel however for this example we’re going to create a standalone graph. For this example though, it’s assumed that this time around though that you already have all the sheets and views required created.

First we start by taking all of our sheets, we do this simply by using Categories and then All Elements of Category, after that we get into our Rhythm nodes.

Read more on the website »

Practical Dynamo – Moving Views on Sheets

From the website:


August 8, 2017
By Ryan Lenihan

For those of you that read through my previous post last week on creating sheets using Dynamo, you might have come to the end of the post only to realise that the views haven’t placed where you want them to be on the sheets.

For example, my sheet with the automatically placed view now looks like this

The first method I’m going to use nodes from both the Rhythm and Lunchbox packages which you can download from your package manager. Simply install the latest version.

Read more on the website »

Practical Dynamo – Generate Sheets from Excel

From the website:


August 2, 2017
By Ryan Lenihan

I was discussing Dynamo workflows with good old Captain BIMCAD the other night and we got to the topic of project setup.

Personally I don’t use Dynamo in my everyday project setup workflow, I use Ideate BIMLink, Omnia Scope Box Synchroniser and Sheet Duplicator but if you don’t have access to this software; especially BIMLink as it’s a bit pricey, Dynamo is definitely a viable option. Here’s how to get it done.

First we need to create a list of sheets in Excel with Name and Number information. Starting with a blank workbook in Excel, create a list with sheet numbers in column A and sheet names in column B.

Read more on the website »

Free Webinar Sep 19 – Choosing the Right Revit Content Management Platform

From the UNIFI website:

Event Information: Choosing the Right Content Management Platform for YOUR Digital Building Content

Date and time: Tuesday, September 19, 2017 9:00 am Pacific Daylight Time (San Francisco, GMT-07:00)

Duration: 1 hour

Description: Choosing the right content management system for your firm is very important. AECO organizations face unique challenges when managing digital content - whether you are a global firm, a 2-person shop or somewhere in between. Plus, there are a variety of conflicting products, and opinions, to deal with, so how can you make an informed decision?

Luke Johnson, author of What Revit Wants and an Autodesk Expert Elite member, conducted an in-depth study where he evaluated the industry’s major Content Management solutions based upon a host of features & functions, even support levels. Join him on Tuesday, September 19th at 9amPT where he’ll review his results during this webinar which will help you to make a considered, accurate, and proper choice. If you can’t attend the live event, then be sure to register and we will send you a recording.

Anticipation: FenestraPro Premium V4.0

From the FenestraPro website:

Coming Soon – FenestraPro Premium for Revit Version 4.0

August 11, 2017
By Kimmy Tuttle

FenestraPro Premium Version 4.0 sees huge advancements in the façade design tool, while still maintaining our core mission to allow all designers design better performing buildings easily, quickly, and dynamically within the Revit platform.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Revit Python Wrapper V1.3 – A Python Wrapper for the Revit API

From the Revit Python Wrapper website:

Revit Python Wrapper

Version: 1.3.0

A Python Wrapper For the Revit API

Revit Python Wrapper was created to help Python programmers write Revit API code.

Wrapper classes make the interaction with API objects less repetitive, and more consistent with Python’s conventions.

It also provides a few convenient shortcuts:
  • Initializes all common variables such as document handling variables (doc and uidoc) so you can reuse code across platforms with no change to your import code.
  • Imports clr, and adds RevitAPI.dll + RevitAPIUI.dll assemblies, and other common .NET types such as List.
  • Adds Reference the IronPython Standard Library to your sys.path (for Dynamo).
  • Easy to use WPF Forms so you can request additional user input with little effort.

There's more information available on the Revit Python Wrapper website.

Beta Testers Wanted for Dynamo Package that Interacts with Cloud Services

From Twitter: