December 5, 2011

Multi Tag Devices Circuited on Same Panel

I had a request from a client on the following. Devices on same floor need to be tagged differently. One tag indicates device is circuited to panel on same floor and other device would have a different tag being circuited to same panel from different floor.

This can be difficult to achieve with Revit MEP because Panels have only 1 parameter called Panel Name that typically is added automatically to the device circuit tag if you have the Circuit Naming parameter set.

Video shows an added shared parameter for the naming of the panel and changing the Circuit Naming parameter properly so that 2 custom tags can display the proper information.

Example: Branch Panel 1 on first floor would read "BP.1-BP1" Device cicuited on same floor would tag "B1-1" and device circuited from a different floor to BP1 would tag as "BP.1-B1-1"

Hope this video can help many others in the Electrical world. Cheers

Video Here use full screen mode if viewing video below

September 28, 2011

Revit 2012’s Update 2 released

Revit Architecture 2012 update 2

Revit Structure 2012 update 2

Revit MEP 2012 I could not find an update on Autodesk's website and my product says it’s updated but that was update 1. Maybe Autodesk has not issued RMEP update 2 yet

Autodesk Cloud Offerings

Now are available through Autodesk Subscription

Autodesk Cloud Rendering website link. Also all of Autodesk Cloud offerings

Autodesk has launched a number of cloud services for subscription customers. What you get as a subscription customers depends on what products you have on subscription and if you have a standard, premium or ultimate suite.

In the end not every subscription customer will get all the cloud service options. Good or bad I guess time will tell.

You can read here about the finer details and how you can register below. You will find core benefits, select benefits, videos and be able to compare the services. Learn More Here

Here is another link to all of Autodesk Cloud offerings for example.

- storage, sharing and viewing of files
- DWG Editing in the cloud using AutoCAD WS
- Mobile Viewing with Design Review Mobile App
- Rendering in the Cloud
- Optimization with Autodesk Inventor coming soon
- Energy Analysis with Autodesk Revit Conceptual Energy Analysis
- Green Building Studio
- Collaboration with Autodesk Buzzsaw Mobile

Learn More Here

September 13, 2011

Revit MEP Pipe Fitting Annotation Scale

Simple video regarding pipe fitting annotation scale within Revit MEP and benefits of turning the check box off vs. leaving the box on. Video HERE

April 18, 2011

Autodesk WikiHelp

I wanted to point out a great web resource for users of Autodesk software called Autodesk WikiHelp.

Autodesk’s WikiHelp contains over 20 products of information along with almost 10,000 users and many contributors that publish videos, comments and additional information when it comes to Autodesk products.

Revit 2012 WikiHelp was just updated with 2012 product information


SugarSync Thank you

I would like to thank all the people who used my Sugar Sync referral link and signed up. I now have 10GB of storage space. I could always use more but why be greedy lol. Yet again why not, so if you still have not signed up here check out this post.

SugarSync Blog Post Here

April 14, 2011

Autodesk Showcase 2012

Straight from a Labs email. Take a look at the video well worth 5 mins.

Autodesk Showcase 2012 real-time 3D presentation and rendering software, which is now available!

Try it now and see how quickly and easily you can turn your Autodesk Revit Architecture and AutoCAD designs into compelling imagery, movies, and immersive presentations for interactive design reviews, stunning marketing materials, and convincing sales pitches.

Watch our demo video.

Try it now for free!

For more information about Showcase, visit

Showcase 2012 can be purchased as a stand-alone product or as part of one of our suites, such as Autodesk Design Suite or Autodesk Building Design Suite.
Learn more at

April 8, 2011


This post is a bit off topic then usual. But if you are looking for an online storage account that can monitor windows or mac folders and keep them in sync with the cloud. Similar to that of DropBox then you should look into SugarSync.

SugarSync gives you 5GB of free storage compared too DropBox that is 3GB more and has plenty more features like streaming music photos videos right from SugarSync cloud to any mobile device way better than Dropbox.

I will post my referral link here if you all sign up for an account through my link you will receive an extra 500mb of storage and I will too.

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April 4, 2011

Autodesk Video Goes Viral

Straight from Auto News Bulletin email. I am just reposting link to video here. Join the students at Huntley Boarding School as they meet their new teacher, Mr. McCluskey. Learn how Mr. McCluskey's unorthodox teaching methods educate and inspire the next generation of artists, engineers, architects and designers”

Great Video hope Autodesk continues to make more like this.

RMEP 2012 What’s New Video #5

Video #5 is a bit of a recap from a few features in the previous videos along with some new tweaks to existing features. In this video I will show the following.

* Change Type of Run *
* Inherit Elevation / Size *
* Insulation & Lining *
* Interference Check Insulation *
* Copy / Monitor Improvements *

You can view the video here on YouTube or see below.

RMEP 2012 What’s New Video #4

Video #4 is actually a continuation from Video #3. I meant to put this video in behind #3 but forgot.

So here is a video on the what's new feature when it comes to generating duct and pipe placeholders using the generate layout command. Placeholders can be used in interference check as well.

List of Features

* Generate Duct Placeholder Layout *
* Visibility & Graphics Placeholders *
* Interference Check Placeholder *

I have kept my videos short instead of one long video, figured it’s easier to follow this way. Let me know below in the comments or with the like buttons in YouTube if these videos are helpful. I plan on releasing more videos in the future. Some simple and some more in depth.

You can view the video here on YouTube or see below.

March 31, 2011

RMEP 2012 What’s New Video #3

This video I show the new Duct & Pipe placeholder functionality. I discuss how you can create and modify tag and schedule these placeholders.

Another great feature of this tool is to use it for single line duct layout, since you can tag the placeholders (single lines) So not only can you generate the lifework to 3D geometry but utilize for single line designs.

Features List:

* Create & Modify Placeholders *
* Convert Placeholder Layout *
* Tag & Schedule Placeholder *

In my next video tomorrow I will show the generate placeholder duct layout tool and interference check duct and pipe placeholders.

You can view the video here on YouTube or see below.

March 29, 2011

RMEP 2012 What’s New Video #2

This video still has to do with system Enhancements but on the side of creating systems and the enhancements adding to this tool. You will see how each system can have their own graphics, material, abbreviation and rise drop symbols, also a new way to create systems.

Features List:

* Creating Systems *
* System Type Properties *
* Graphic Overrides *
* Turn off System Calculations *
* Add Material to System *
* Edit Rise & Drop Symbol

No longer do we need filters to control said features we can just use the type properties of a system. These new features will be a big time saver. You can view the video here on YouTube or see below.

In my next video and post I will show you the new duct and pipe placeholders feature. (think single lines)

Be sure to click the FULL SCREEN button, sometimes the blog cuts off the video.

RMEP 2012 What’s New Video #1

Over the course of the upcoming week I will be posting short videos on some of the new features within Revit MEP 2012. Some of the features work within all the Revit platforms and most within other disciplines in RMEP. For example I will be showing most features using ductwork but piping, cable tray, conduit work the same.

Features List:

* Graphical Warnings *
* System Connector Labels *
This first video has to do with System Enhancements I will be touching on graphical warning and system connector label enhancements. You can view the video here on YouTube or below.
In my next video I will show the enhancements within creating systems.
Be sure to click the FULL SCREEN button, sometimes the blog cuts off the video.