Discover how to implement Revit best practices along with Dynamo and Power BI to visualize and analyze BIM information

Key Features

  • Boost productivity in Revit and apply multiple workflows to work efficiently on BIM projects
  • Optimize your daily work in Revit to perform more tasks in less time
  • Take a hands-on approach to improving your efficiency with useful explanations, which will step-change your productivity

Book Description

Revit software helps architects, BIM coordinators, and BIM managers to create BIM models and analyze data to improve design and construction. Building Information Modeling (BIM) has promoted a transformation in the engineering and construction industries where information is at the core of a methodology that improves productivity, providing several benefits in comparison to the traditional 2D CAD process. This book takes a hands-on approach to implementing this new methodology effectively.

Complete with step-by-step explanations of essential concepts and practical examples, this Revit book begins by explaining the principles of productivity in Revit and data management for BIM projects. You'll get to grips with the primary BIM documentation to start a BIM project, including the contract, Exchange Information Requirements (EIR), and BIM Execution Plan (BEP/BXP). Later, you'll create a Revit template, start a Revit project, and explore the core functionalities of Revit to increase productivity. Once you've built the foundation, you'll learn about Revit plugins and use Dynamo for visual programming and Power BI for analyzing BIM information.

By the end of this book, you'll have a solid understanding of Revit as construction and design software, how to increase productivity in Revit, and how to apply multiple workflows in your project to manage BIM.

What you will learn

  • Explore the primary BIM documentation to start a BIM project
  • Set up a Revit project and apply the correct coordinate system to ensure long-term productivity
  • Improve the efficiency of Revit core functionalities that apply to daily activities
  • Use visual programming with Dynamo to boost productivity and manage data in BIM projects
  • Import data from Revit to Power BI and create project dashboards to analyze data
  • Discover the different Revit plugins for improved productivity, visualization, and analysis
  • Implement best practices for modeling in Revit

Who this book is for

This book is for architects, designers, engineers, modelers, BIM coordinators, and BIM managers interested in learning Autodesk Revit best practices. Increasing Autodesk Revit Productivity for BIM Projects will help you to explore the methodology that combines information management and research for quality inputs when working in Revit.

Table of Contents

  1. Increasing Autodesk Revit Productivity for BIM Projects
  2. Contributors
  3. About the authors
  4. About the reviewer
  5. Preface
    1. Who this book is for
    2. What this book covers
    3. To get the most out of this book
    4. Download the example files
    5. Download the color images
    6. Conventions used
    7. Get in touch
    8. Reviews
  6. Section 1: Enhancing Your Productivity in Revit with Data Management and Templates
  7. Chapter 1: Introduction to Productivity in Revit
    1. What you should know about Revit productivity
    2. Computer maintenance
    3. Always use the same Revit update release
    4. Revit's recommended settings
    5. File size
    6. Family creation
    7. Model groups
    8. In-place families
    9. Arrays
    10. Constraints
    11. When using a worksharing environment
    12. Splash screen
    13. Choosing the right tool
    14. What is the best workstation for Revit?
    15. Desktop or laptop?
    16. A fast processor
    17. The best graphics card
    18. Computer memory (RAM)
    19. A fast hard drive
    20. Overview of BIM implementation
    21. BIM and the Revit training scheme
    22. Assessing staff knowledge
    23. Identifying the current training process
    24. Determining the training obstacles
    25. Defining the training budget
    26. Identifying in-house experts
    27. Establishing a process to measure progress
    28. Identifying resources
    29. Training customization
    30. Summary
  8. Chapter 2: Project Data Management
    1. Critical data to start a BIM project
    2. Appointment or Contract
    3. Exchange Information Requirements (EIR)
    4. BIM Execution Plan (BEP)
    5. BIM Execution Plan (BEP) – Pre-contract
    6. BIM Execution Plan (BEP) – Post-contract
    7. Digital data to start a project
    8. BIM documentation overview
    9. Client documents
    10. Project team documents
    11. BIM standards and guidance
    12. Project functions
    13. Appointing Party (Client)
    14. Task Team Manager
    15. Task Information Manager
    16. Information authors
    17. Interface managers
    18. Information Management
    19. AEC UK BIM Protocol
    20. Strategic – BIM Management
    21. Management – Coordination
    22. Production – Modeling/Authoring
    23. Asset Management
    24. COBie
    25. Interview with George Stevenson, Managing Director at ActivePLAN
    26. Establishing an Action Plan to start a BIM project
    27. Action Plan to manage project data
    28. Summary
  9. Chapter 3: Revit Template and Standards
    1. Technical requirements
    2. How to create a Revit template
    3. Starting a Revit template
    4. General settings
    5. Views and sheets
    6. Graphic standards
    7. Annotation standards
    8. Model content
    9. Summary
  10. Section 2: Setting Up Revit Projects Efficiently and Exploring Core Functionalities
  11. Chapter 4: Starting a Revit Project Efficiently
    1. Technical requirements
    2. Overview of Revit coordinate systems
    3. Revit internal origin
    4. Challenges of coordinate systems
    5. Starting a Revit project and setting up the project coordinates
    6. Setting up the Revit project and coordinates
    7. Summary
  12. Chapter 5: Core Revit Functionalities
    1. Understanding schedule management
    2. Basic Workflow
    3. Advanced Workflow
    4. Keynote for the project specification
    5. Keynote types
    6. Annotating drawings with Keynote
    7. Design Options
    8. Revit Phasing
    9. Phase Filters
    10. Phase – Graphic Overrides
    11. Displaying multiple phases from Linked files
    12. Using Scope Boxes
    13. Rotating a Scope Box
    14. Worksharing
    15. How to create a Revit Central file
    16. How to create a Revit Local file
    17. Best practices for Worksharing
    18. Drawing production
    19. Summary
  13. Section 3: Adding Visualizations and Dashboards to Your Data
  14. Chapter 6: Visual Programming with Dynamo
    1. Technical requirements
    2. Introducing Dynamo
    3. Working with Dynamo
    4. Expanding Dynamo
    5. Dynamo packages
    6. Expanding Dynamo with Python
    7. Automating sheet creation
    8. How to use Dynamo Player
    9. Best practices
    10. Summary
  15. Chapter 7: Dashboard Analyses with Power BI
    1. Technical requirements
    2. Introduction to Power BI for Revit
    3. Installing Microsoft Power BI Desktop
    4. Starting Microsoft Power BI
    5. Working with Microsoft Power BI
    6. Exporting and importing data from Revit to Power BI
    7. Connecting Revit to Power BI: An introduction to visualizing model data
    8. Analyzing Revit data with Power BI
    9. Analyzing Revit data with useful workflows in Power BI
    10. Summary
  16. Section 4: Collaborating with Consultants and Plugins and Improving Revit Performance
  17. Chapter 8: Collaborating with Consultants
    1. Strategy for collaboration
    2. Interview with Ricardo Farinha, Marzia Bolpagni, and May Winfield
    3. Technology for collaboration using Revit
    4. Copy/Monitor and Coordination Review
    5. Coordination Review
    6. Shared Views
    7. Design coordination and clash management
    8. Clash management
    9. Summary
  18. Chapter 9: Enhancing Productivity with Plugins
    1. Managing Revit plugins
    2. Revit Autodesk App Store
    3. Let's learn about security!
    4. Removing Revit plugins
    5. Creating Revit plugins
    6. Revit plugins
    7. Productivity plugins
    8. Visualization plugins
    9. Summary
  19. Chapter 10: Improving Performance
    1. Revit modeling best practices
    2. CAD import best practices
    3. Views and sheet management
    4. Modeling
    5. Revit content management
    6. Third-party families
    7. Overmodeling families
    8. CAD formats imported into families
    9. Avoiding complex shape modeling
    10. Defining element visibility settings
    11. Flexing families
    12. Optimizing Revit's performance
    13. Keyboard shortcuts
    14. Warnings
    15. Compacting a Revit file
    16. Auditing a Revit file
    17. Disabling plugins in Revit
    18. BIM 360 best practices
    19. Summary
    20. Hey!
    21. Why subscribe?
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