My Autodesk Revit Live Experience

Today I’ll talk about my Autodesk Go-Live experience from installation to uploading my Revit model.

For more information, please visit the Autodesk website at https://www.autodesk.com/products/revit-live/overview

Out of my curiosity, I decided to document the process of bringing my Revit model to Autodesk Go Live. So let’s begin.

I started by visiting the link I provided above and signed in using my Autodesk account. If you haven’t got one, you’re free to create one by clicking on the “Create Account” button.

Type in my username

Type in my password

And I can begin to download the 30 days free trial of Autodesk Revit Live by clicking on the “Begin Download” button.

Next is to read the terms and conditions that will pop up on the screen

I’m happy with all that is written, as if I have any other choice, tick the box required and click on “Continue”

The setup file is now downloading and once done, I’ll click on the downloaded file on the lower left-hand corner and select “Run” to start the installation.

You may need to ask your IT to have it installed on your machine if you do not have admin rights.

 

Just click “Yes”

Next is to click “Install” to begin the installation

Tick the “Accept” button after reading the “License and Services Agreement” and click “Next”. No other choice than to accept it anyway if I want it to be installed on my machine.

Since I have it installed already previously, I’ll cancel the installation. However, click on the “Install” button to continue with the installation process if you don’t have it installed yet on your machine.

Once the installation is finished, I can see a new plugin on my “Add-ins” menu options called “Revit Live” on my Revit panels tab.

Here is the Revit model I would like to upload on Autodesk Live.

Click on “Go Live” button under “Revit Live” panel.

Revit Go Live will try to list down any problem with the model, it will be listed here if I have some. I have to fix those problems first before moving on to the next step. In this example, I’ve got a “Visual Style” warning only and therefore I can carry on sending my structural model to Revit Go Live. Now click on “Save and Go”.

Good to see that is it working. Uploading begins…

The Revit Live service is preparing my model to be available to view in Revit Live.

The model is being sent back to me under .lvmd file extension

I received a confirmation email of what to do next once the file is downloaded on my machine.

Now I am ready to open my .lvmd file to “Autodesk Live Editor”.

This window will pop up, just click on the “x” button on the upper right-hand corner.

Autodesk Live Editor is now loading.

Now we are at the “Project Area” where all previous file you worked on will appear here. To open that .lvmd file, you can click on “Select file” or just drag and drop on the box I highlighted in “Red”.

Importing Step 1 of 2

Importing Step 2 of 2

The file is now in Autodesk Live. Happy to see its working.

Video link for Autodesk Go Live test on my structural model:

And here is the link with Architectural model attached. I realized that architectural walls were missing from the Architectural Revit model, I made a wrong choice of sample model, nevertheless, I’m happy that it works.

Thanks for dropping by.

Cheers,

Allan Cantos

Revit Plan Region for Beginners

In this article, we are going to look at Revit’s “Plan Region” tool. This is for beginners, however some experienced technicians still don’t know or haven’t used this tool since they have started using Revit and may have forgotten about it. I ‘ve created this article to share with people who may have questions about how to deal with a view range problem with which the “Plan Region” tool could be an answer. This is one of the Revit tools under the “View” menu options and “Create Panel” Tab which can be useful if you know how to use it. I’ll demonstrate the type of problem that the “Plan Region” tool was created to solve.

For instance, we’ll use one of the projects that I’m working on. There are two buildings, side by side, that are of different structural slab level or SSL. We first set up the cutting plane with reference to the building at the right where the SSL is higher than the building on the left.

I have highlighted the yellow area shown below because I would like to have it hatched like the building on the right and the only way for me to do this is to apply a “Plan Region” on that area. So, what exactly is a “Plan Region”? Well a “Plan Region” is a small section of a plan view that has its own specific “View range” settings. Another way to think of it is a method of applying “View Range Overrides” to an area of our plan.

To add one, under “View” menu options, go to “Create” panel tab and click on “Plan Views”.

Then select “Plan Region”

Upon doing this, we are immediately put into “Sketch Mode”. Go ahead and draw a boundary around the core in question.

Trace the boundary using one of the icons under “Draw” panel tab.

Once done, accept the traced boundary by clicking the green tick icon labelled “Finish Edit Mode”.

But still the wall isn’t hatched yet! That’s because we need to override the “View Range” by clicking on “Edit”.

 

We may need to play around with the levels especially if we have set up a level for the building on the right, another level for the building on the left and another level which both buildings can use to create your plan.

Click “Apply” and “OK” to accept the changes and we should be able to see those walls hatched similar to the building on the right.

Then we go to the next floor level above and add another “Plan Region” so we’ll be able to show the Lift Overrun Structural Slab or Structural Capping Slab. We can copy the one below to make sure that it aligns on both levels.

Then we’ll paste it to the current view which will be the floor above.

Update the “View Range” settings until you reach your desired result. A sample shown below.

By default, we will be left with a dotted magenta line showing the boundary of the “Plan Region”. If you’d prefer not to see the boundary, just uncheck the “Plan Region” under category on the “Annotation Categories” tab of the “Visibility Settings” panel.

“Visibility/Graphics” can be accessed under “View” menu options or by typing “VG” on the keyboard.

Go to “Annotation Categories” tab and uncheck “Plan Region”

Here is the section of the building running through both those buildings elevator shafts.

There are not as many differences in terms of levels and these can be resolved by just hiding the elements. However, some buildings have a level difference of up to 1000mm and using Plan Region will be a big help if we want to override the view range for just a specific view on the plan.

Here is another section from a different building where Plan Region can be of help to make your plan look consistent in terms of showing a hatched wall.

That should be it and thank you for dropping by.

Cheers,

Allan Cantos

Dynamo Hackathon Challenge 01: And the winner is…..

Recently, I posted about Dynamo Hackathon Challenge we are having in the company which you can find HERE.

And the winner is…..

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Here are the entries submitted:

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Entry 01

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Entry 02

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Entry 03

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Entry 04

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Entry 05

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Entry 06

As you can see, each group have their own way of modelling this simple structure. One group made it a bit different.

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And here is my Dynamo Graph.

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.

Unless you try
to do something beyond
what you have already mastered,
you will never grow.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

(1803 – 1882, American essayist, lecturer, and poet)

 

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Have a great day!

Cheers,

Allan Cantos