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Rent. That. Revit!

In AutoCAD Architecture, CAD / BIM Manager, Revit on September 21, 2013 at 12:01 pm

I’ve been waiting and hoping for this to happen for awhile now. For the past few months it’s been possible to do a monthly, quarterly, or annual rental of the AutoCAD Revit LT suite. I was looking at their site this morning, and see that now they offer a rental of the Building Design Suite as well! While this is not the ideal path long term (the break-even point compared to standard purchase plus subscription is about 19 months), this is a great solution for a small business trying to build capital or a company needing to do some temporary hiring to meet a staffing need for a large project.

I’ll post links below, but here are my takeaway points after reading through the FAQ:

  • Standalone Named User license only – no Network license.
  • Program is a local install, not the cloud version.
  • Cloud credits are provided, and more may be purchased.
  • There are no previous version rights, because no previous versions have been available on rental. The wording in the FAQ makes that sound like 2014 will be available as a previous version using rental plans once 2015 is released.

The main rental page: http://www.autodesk.com/buy/rental-plans

Building Design Suite (Standard, Premium, and Ultimate available): http://www.autodesk.com/suites/building-design-suite/buy

And of course, the FAQ: http://static.autodesk.net/content/dam/autodesk/www/docs/pdf/autodesk-rental-plans-faq.pdf

Topo in Section Cut – Bug?

In Revit on February 28, 2011 at 8:49 am

My standard when viewing a building section is to view *only* what the section line is cutting through – not the elements beyond. For this reason, after placing the section in plan view, I drag the bounding box line that represents the far clip offset really close (technical term) to the section line. I don’t see a way to set it to a distance of zero, so I just zoom in and eyeball it (technical term that comes from using Revit). The problem this causes is that where the section cuts through a toposurface the cut fill will not display.

When I increased the far clip offset to 1″ the cut pattern became visible. It turns invisible when the far clip offset is set to any value smaller than 0.89″ in fact. This seems to me to be a bug with the toposurface entity, since none of the other cut patterns in the model behave this way – they are consistently visible. Hopefully this tip will save somebody some time. I won’t say how much time it would have saved me because it’s just too darn embarrassing.

Outta My Way! (Interference)

In AutoCAD Architecture on July 7, 2010 at 11:54 am

Some would call this a workaround. Well, it is.

AutoCAD Architecture wall objects allow Interference Conditions.  I use this feature to show my wall boundary being cut by recessed fire extinguisher cabinets.  The block I use for the cabinets includes a mass element, which is what cuts the wall.  A problem arises when attempting to use more than one fire extinguisher on a single wall.  Apparently there is a rule with Interference Conditions that a single item cannot be attached to a wall more than once.  Even though each instance of the block has a unique handle, the mass elements within each block all are technically the same object.

This leaves two options:

1.) Break the wall into two separate walls.

2.) Create a duplicate block definition, and make sure to copy the mass element so its handle is different from the original.

Either choice should work fine, but I chose to create a new block because I didn’t want to break the wall.  Plus, I now have an extra block ready to use next time I encounter the same problem.

BIM Blog Banter

In CAD / BIM Manager on January 21, 2010 at 8:45 am
I follow a lot of blogs.  I really enjoy gaining information that will help me with the technical and procedural side of architecture, but I also like hearing things I don’t quite agree with that challenge what I think.  Greg Arkin at Revit3D.com tends to post in a way that provokes me to thought.  .-)  I read and responded to this post yesterday, and figured I would repost it here too.

At a Crossroads

In AutoCAD Architecture, CAD / BIM Manager on January 6, 2010 at 7:52 am

Choose Wisely

One of my users’ AutoCAD installations went horribly south yesterday, and we encountered this error that was just too good not to share.  The more I think about it now, however, the more I realize this question is actually being asked at an increasing rate in our industry.  It will be interesting to see what’s in store for AutoCAD over the next couple years.

A Long Time Ago…

In General on December 13, 2009 at 7:28 pm

…in a galaxy far, far way –

Old-time BIM.

BIM, they used.