Five Steps to Safely Open Revit Models

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As a contractor, we see Autodesk Revit models all the time from design partners, precast detailers, electrical contractors, engineers, and many others. If we get a Revit model (.RVT), we try to use it as much as possible. However, while the Revit format is easy to open, files provided by external sources often generate error messages, corrupt files and other unwelcome dialog boxes that can make working with these models a challenge. Fortunately, many headaches can be avoided by paying attention to how you open a file.  Continue reading…

Why You Should Be Modeling in Decimal Units

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Modeling for the field and/or layout demands more precision than your standard visualization model. If you’re based in the US, this is especially important. In Revit, for example, the units may be set to show up to 1/16 or 1/8 inches of precision. This means any dimension less than 1/8 of an inch will simply round up – a nice plus if you’re creating sheets but a shock to anyone using a model for layout.  Continue reading…

How to Clash Scan Data

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Autodesk Navisworks was mentioned in a previous post as our primary clash detection tool. Aside from simply bringing in the point cloud and visually confirming the models match, we can also use the Clash Detective window within Navisworks to coordinate what’s been built versus what’s about to be installed with significantly more intelligence than a walk-through of the model. Continue reading…