Saturday, May 27, 2017

SCRUG 5/2017

5/25/2017 SCRUG was held at the offices of LPA. Thanks for hosting.

We had a smaller group this month ~18 people. The dinner from Super Mex was provided by our sponsors. Dessert was donuts - sorry I missed the brand. Thank you Microdesk, US CAD, & Keller Pacific.

Introductions were short with only a couple of new people. Welcome to the group. Once again, A. Jay Holland, Chair of SCRUG led the discussion and introduced Brent Ramos from Assemble.

Here is the summary of what Assemble does:

  • It makes your Revit model accessible by people without the full software.
  • They can view the model, sort the items, examine the parameters, group objects, save views, change display colors of objects, make limited changes to parameters that will be saved in Assemble, changes can be exported and pushed into Revit 
  • Versioning: Assemble assigns version numbers to each upload, can do comparisons, show and list what has changed.
  • 100% Cloud based.
Brent had a user, Connor Burke, a senior estimator/project manager from McCarthy, explain how they are using the website/software in the design/build and IDP part of their business. 
  1. McCarthy tested many software packages and web services before choosing Assemble.
  2. They add data to the model, like pricing, RFIs
  3. "If the model is built correctly, it cuts estimating time from two weeks to two days."
  4. They use it for coordination, QTO, QC, daily trending of changes to the model, 
  5. The saved views become a template for future projects. 
  6. It is a different work flow from Navisworks.
  7. Models can be assembled in Revit then exported as a single model to Assemble or Assemble can combine the exported models. McCarty prefers the first method. 
The market for Assemble is General Contractors, Building Managers, and Building Owners. For design teams it seems like another layer of work and yet it can be  a communication tool. Designers can see what the contractors see, they can use it for quality reviews and tracking of comments in an online solution. 

Sunday, April 23, 2017

SCRUG 4/2017

The local Revit User Group met on a day that I could attend this month! Here is the summary...
A J Holland is the current chairman of SCRUG.
He arranges the food and the guests. Thanks Jay!

Thank you to our re-seller Sponsors: 


The dinner was street tacos. Your choice of Beef, Pork or Chicken.
Attendance was  ±50. There were about five first time attendees.

Scott Davis presented. He joined Autodesk ten years ago. First off, he described the development strategy going forward. Autodesk will roll out new features on a quarterly basis. The file format will remain the same. If I understand correctly it will be a huge improvement. Users may have different releases like, 2018, 2018.1, 2018.2, or 2018.3 and still be able to open the other 2018 releases!

The presentation consisted of showing the official Autodesk Revit 2018 new features videos. You may find them here...

Scott showed a few additional videos that are not posted on

Here is the new features list.

Autodesk has been incrementally working on the font rendering. The goal was to get fonts to have consistent heights between Autocad & Revit. Revit 2017 received many font complaints on With the 2018 release, there is only one gap - fonts in dimensions. Once they update dimensions, the font rendering will be consistent across all text entities (schedules, symbols, labels, text, dimensions).

Last but not least, Scott showed some "coming soon" features:

  1. Schedules Browser - allows filters and sorting of schedules in the Project Browser.
  2. Collaboration 4 Revit - allows linking of DWG files.
  3. Formit - quick material creation and improt to Revit.
  4. Multi Monitor Support - tabbed views, drag & drop to second monitor, better manual window arranging.

Want to influence future Revit releases? Try these websites...

FYI:There is contact information for some of the actual developers.

Revit Tip: use etransmit to upgrade a Revit file with all its links at the same time.

Chat afterwards... Now is a great time to join a firm. There are many looking for talent.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Schedule Hack in Revit

Sometimes, in #Revit you want to add something that is just a schedule. Here is a step by step way to do so...

Only works for Version 2014 and more recent.

For those that don't need as much customization, here is another way to do it...

Tuesday, February 14, 2017


Since 2013 I have been working with a specification authoring system known as SpecsIntact. This system uses HTML mark up.

When editing the required submittals, they fall into the following categories:

SpecsIntact Submittal categories
01 Preconstruction Submittals
02 Shop Drawings
03 Product Data
04 Samples
05 Design Data
06 Test Reports
07 Certificates
08 Manufacturer Instructions
09 Manufacturer Field Reports
10 Operations & Maintenance
11 Close Out

Recent Architectural Projects

  • 2013-2017 NASA Fuel Farm ~$4m
  • 2016-2017 Yuma Range Towers
  • 2015-2017 SBIAA Hangar 763 improvements ~ $3.5m
  • 2016-2017 Beale AFB Building B1210/B1214 2nd floor ~2.2m
  • 2015-2016 VBA Wilshire 2nd floor, GSA ~$4m