Dynamo Basics | Training Course by DiRoots

Hey there! I trust you are well.

If you want to learn the basics of Dynamo, DiRoots have released, 2 months ago, a training course for free. On top of that, you’ll also get a certificate for completing the course. I believe it’s worth sharing to spread the knowledge to those who are new and wants to review their knowledge in the use of Dynamo. You may pick up something new from this free course if you’re already using it, who knows?

Anyway, click on the image banner below to direct you to DiRoots Training website.

Dynamo Basics | Training Course

Enjoy and happy learning.

Cheers,

Allan Cantos EngTech MICE

BSc Civil Engineering | Principal Structural Technician

Revit Application Macro

I came across ArchSmarter Toolbox where you can download a number of Revit Macro for free and one of my favourite so far amongst the list is the “Align Views”. Please watch this quick video tutorial from ArchSmarter to give you a basic understanding of Revit macro:

How to run a Revit macro

Adding one macro to your Revit application is clearly explained by the Founder of ArchSmarter Mr Michael Kilkelly HERE, but what if you have to combine two or more macros, how would you do that?

As you can see, we do not have any macro from “Application” tab and “Project1” tab.

Go ahead and download the Revit Macros that you like and transfer the first macro by following the video tutorial from the link provided above.

Please see below the sample of the macros I’ve added on my Revit Application.

Here is the test video for the Align Views macro: Test Video

Let me know by giving your comments below if you want to learn how to combine the three macros into a single application macro code and I am more than happy to create a separate article in discussing the process I did.

Have a great day.

Cheers,

Allan Cantos EngTech MICE

BSc. Civil Engineering / Principal Structural Technician

Pile Cut-off Level using Dynamo

If you are following my post, previously, I looked at exporting the pile coordinates either from Survey Point or Project Base Point and explained in details where the results are coming from with the help of diagrams. If you missed that section, you better go back to that article first before continue reading this one.

Here is the link for that article: Exporting Pile Coordinate from Survey Point instead of Project Base Point

Today, I want to give an update to my Dynamo script; to include in my final output the “Pile cut-off level” values for each individual piles on my project.

Here is the project that I’ll be looking at:

 

And I want to have the same result using the revised Dynamo script to one shown below.

Here is what the script looks like before from Exporting Pile Coordinate from Survey Point instead of Project Base Point:

And here is it now after the upgrade:

And the result when I “Run” the script and the comparison to Excitech Tools:

The first update I did was to extract the z-coordinates (Point.z node) and add 75mm (check this value with your structural engineer) for the “Embedment Length”, then round-up the result before converting the units from millimetres to meters. One thing that you need to make sure is that your pile is attached to the bottom of your pile cap. The 75mm embedment length calculation begins at the topmost level of the pile.

Another update I did was to convert the result from the “String.Remove” node to a number using the “String.ToNumber” node in order for me to convert the unit as well from millimetres to meters. As you may already know, the information provided by the “String.Remove” node is considered as a string and this is the reason why I need to convert it to a number first in order for the “Divide” node to work.

And finally, add a new item, item4, from List.Create node to include the pile cut-off level.

Now I am ready to assign this values to my Northing, Easting, and Pile Cut-off Level project parameters using my separate Dynamo script.

You can use this workflow if you don’t have Excitech Tools installed on your machine as part of your Revit Add-ins.

If you want to give it a try, please fill up a few details below and you will receive the download link.

I welcome your comments, questions, corrections and additional information relating to this article. If you know a better way, please leave your comment, by all means, let me know. Thanks.

Have a great day!

Cheers,

Allan Cantos EngTech MICE

BSc. Civil Engineering / Principal Structural Technician