BIM Help Questions

BIM/CAD Software

How can I build a railway br

zerihun-teshome, Other • 2015

A bit tricky but I need to build a railway bridge in Autodesk Revit. Has anyone done this before or know of an easy way or pre-made Revit family?

michael-jarosz, Architect

The question is impossible to answer without knowing more about the design of the bridge. There is almost no such thing as a pre-made bridge (except maybe in the military.) Every bridge is unique. Revit can model almost anything you want from it. I have been using Revit since 2003 and have never found anything it can't do if you put your mind... 15 More Answers

What is the average/reasonab

tom.schanen, Other • 2013

I would like to find out what is a good frame per second figure to produce good quality animation but not take hours and hours to render!

It takes like 5 minutes to render every frame, at least in Revit it can, so I guess work from there you don’t want to wait days. 3 More Answers

Tips for reducing rendering

violeta.marinova, Other • 2013

I know rendering normally takes a bit of time so does anyone have tips for reducing rendering time?

Really also depends on the software you are using, if you do rendering often it is probably worth buying a good rendering software. 3 More Answers

How do I lock Revit families

emerybledger, Other • 2013

Hi, I’m dipping my hand into creating Revit objects is there anyway to lock the files so no-one can edit them?

michael-jarosz, Architect

If you are in a work sharing environment, don't lock or pin anything with the possible exception of the structural grid. Later in the job, users working on CD development will waste more time on unlocking than on productive work. My experience is that users rarely think through their locking schemes. I have found work that was plainly wrong t... 5 More Answers

Recommendations for guides/b

werner.pereira, Architect • 2012

I am wanting to create some of my own objects on ArchiCAD, and since this is a community of people creating and uploading their own BIM object creations I thought this would be a great place to get started!

Found this book online, only one that was available for viewing for free so maybe it's worth a shot? 2 More Answers

How to capture screenshot/im

Gerd, Architect • 2012

I want to capture some images from BIMx, is this possible?

tbes2030, Designer

The new BIMx for AC 16 allows camera/video options, so not sure which version your using? 3 More Answers

Moving from a trial version

marcoariveros, Architect • 2012

I'm currently using an ArchiCAD trial version, if I decide to buy the 'full' version will I be able to convert/transfer my files?

I haven't done this but I have heard that when you buy the actual ArchiCAD the trial version automatically switches to 'full' version and the files you created in the trial version will be converted to your new 'full' ArchiCAD files. But this only works if you are using the same computer for both the trial and full version. Hope that helps! 3 More Answers

BIM/CAD Software

What is Open BIM

astronotbumi, Engineer • 2012

Could someone please explain to me what 'Open BIM' is please? Is it just one type of company using it?

marcelvo, Other

Hi, Check out and for details on Open BIM. Google is a great resource! Marcel 3 More Answers

Could anyone tell me good bo

camelsmith, Designer • 2012

Just wanting to have a read about BIM, how it’s best implemented, used etc. Could anyone recommend any good books, ebooks, whitepapers.

Daniel.Lang, Designer

For more the implementation side take a look at Building Information Modeling: A Strategic Implementation Guide for Engineers, Constructors and Real Estate Asset Managers. 6 More Answers

Workshops for ArchiCAD?

t_charles_t, Architect • 2012

Like my previous question, but this time for ArchiCAD, are there any workshops, seminars or webinars available? Maybe even ones run by independents?

You could start by looking at the Graphisoft website where they have many resources that can point you in the correct direction regarding education and training for ArchiCAD. The tutorials that they have are step by step with accompanying videos that teach as you go and are excellent. Beyond that if you want more, Eric Bobrow is an excellent... 4 More Answers

What is the difference betwe

alessio.perruquet, Technician • 2012

I have seen BIMx used or mentioned, but what is the actual difference between BIMx and BIM?

marcelvo, Other

Hi, You mean xBIM -go to eXtensible Building Information Modelling - although my personal interpretation for BIM would be Building Information Management. There is a lot of BUM around too :) (Bloody Ugly Modelling) Marcel 3 More Answers

Difference between CAD and B

dc2012, Architect • 2012

Just starting out and am wanting to know what the difference between CAD and BIM is.

3D CAD describes buildings by 3D views such as elevations, plans and sections. 3 More Answers

What is the general cost of

alexminculescu, Designer • 2012

I am looking at the ROI of BIM and would really like to know the costs involved with BIM, as not many businesses reveal the costs straight out.

As an example Revit displays its prices on the Autodesk website, see 2 More Answers

Difference between 3D, 4D, 5

revitus, Designer • 2012

New to BIM, so just really interested in knowing what’s the difference between 3D, 4D, 5D and 6D.

rosenoda, Other

The differences between the different levels is really the amount of information present. You start with 3D and then add levels of information with each step. 4 More Answers

Rule(s) about buying BIM sof

alexminculescu, Designer • 2012

In general what is/are the rule(s) about buying BIM software from certain companies or resellers over others.

marcoariveros, Architect

For example Revit (or AutoCAD products) is available through several resellers, but to me the resellers job here is not just offering the product (hopefully at a good price!) but assisting product usage, so if you take this view, the reseller is very important as each I think will offer you different levels and kinds of service. Good luck! 1 More Answer

What sort of software for BI

bobby.perry, Architect • 2012

Hey, I'm quite new to using BIM, what software is available for creating BIM models.

nandomogollon, Architect

There are several, and I will mention just the most populars, and you can divide them in 5 big groups depending in the Discipline: -Architectural (Revit, ArchicAD, Vectorworks, Bentley, Allplan +more) -Structural calculation (Revit, Bentley, Tekla, SAP2000, Scia, Etabs +more) -MEP (AutoCAD MEP, Revit, Bentley, ArchiCAD, MagiCAD, DDS +more) -P...

How do I make doors and wall

william.mendez, Technician • 2012

How can I make the windows and doors always appear this way.

mikey, Other

However if you’re using AC 10 or lower try 3D Window Settings > Effects > Transparency in Shading, then select off. 1 More Answer

I lost my office standards!

523311.523311, Architect • 2012

I've just upgraded and lost all my old office standards! How can I get them back

McclouD, Architect

I wouldn’t import your Work Environment from your old AC as you'll get a duplicate of your old custom palettes/menus etc. 2 More Answers

I'm looking for ArchiCAD add

McclouD, Architect • 2012

What are some great ArchiCAD add-ons and which ones should I be using.

SketchUp, Google Maps, Google 3D Warehouse for Archicad (“The Google Earth Connections add-on package”), Piranesi and Cinema 4D, are all add-ons for ArchiCAD. 1 More Answer

BIMx: how to share?

amado_sanchez, Technician • 2012

I want to show my clients my BIM models, is BIMx the easiest way to share it with them.

Additionally, the BIMx Community Site provides means for you to post it on there. 2 More Answers

In ArchiCad is there such th

ramanefer.rodrigues, Architect • 2012

Is there a tracking command in ArchiCAD and how can I use.

kero, Architect

To be it a bit more clear to enter your distance; if you want to your chair to be 10" from the horizontal wall and 3" from the vertical wall, then type y 0-10+, type x 0-3- and hit enter. 1 More Answer

In ArchiCAD how do I reduce

francoisswanepoel, Architect • 2012

My ArchiCAD project file is getting very large, are there some quick ways to reduce it?

523311.523311, Architect

You can use “compress file” when saving 2 More Answers

Can I zoom in a particular e

anthony.pope, Architect • 2012

How can I select and zoom into a specific element in my Revit BIM model

dc2012, Architect

You could try to select “Group”, isolate in “View” and then “Zoom Extents”, not sure if this is what you wanted? 2 More Answers

Could anyone recommend any R

barraganarq1, Other • 2012

What Revit add-ins are people using and how much time do they save you?

revitus, Designer

Got to have eTransmit for Revit. Depending on the project and number of links, it saves a ton of time when sharing files with others. 3 More Answers

What to use for Clash Detect

anthony.pope, Architect • 2012

What tools are best for BIM clash detection.

dc2012, Architect

Really depends what clashes you want to detect, different software’s are better at detecting certain types then others. 2 More Answers

How do I get my Revit model

victor.guerrerolinares, Engineer • 2012

How can I easily export my Revit model to a PDF file to share with others.

les, Architect

Print as pdf with Nuance PDF Converter Professional or adobe or any other pdf writer 5 More Answers

Can anyone tell me some time

StellaMorisH, Other • 2012

I'm getting better at Revit but what are some good time saving shortcuts?

revitus, Designer

I apologize on behalf of my previous (supposed) reply - I think I was hacked. I always import my custom Keyboard Shortcuts file and continue to revise and refine them to accommodate the latest features. I don't use numbers or symbols as that post suggests. Sorry. 4 More Answers

Why can't I adjust my model

michaelcameron, Other • 2012

I can't edit in 3D view? I thought you can. What am I doing wrong.

I have the same problem since the first time i installed revit two month ago. i can edit whatsover in elevation and plans but not in 3d view. ive confirmed that it is already in default 3d view i can view it but nothing are able to be edited in that view. the rotation works just fine. can anyone solve this problem? 3 More Answers

Making one wall invisible?

rosenoda, Other • 2012

Pretty simple I'd like to make one of my walls invisible, is it possible to do this in Revit?

nandomogollon, Architect

there are different ways of achieving this. It all depends on what is the purpose of it: You can "hide" a wall or any other element by view. Just select it, right-click, choose "hide in view", then element. You can also demolish the element, or move it to a Phase, or even make it part of a design option. Again, it all depe... 4 More Answers

How do I zoom so I can see a

gregco, Other • 2012

I'd like to change Revit to the view so I can see all windows, how do I do this?

F3, it will zoom all the tiled windows to their extents (to fit). 3 More Answers

Changing family templates. I

sangheon.park, Architect • 2012

I want to edit one of the Revit family templates, how can I do this?

JayZallan, Architect

in RVT 2013: 1) Create a new family from the desired family template 2) Edit as needed to get to your desired new family template 3) Save as a family (in the Templates folder or other appropriate location) 4) Change the extension from .rfa to .rft (accept the file extension change warnings) 4 More Answers

Are there regular seminars o

t_charles_t, Architect • 2012

I'm looking for a place running regular Revit seminars, I'd potentially be happy to pay if it was going to kick start my learning of Revit and BIM.

adam.hayes, Architect

Well AutoCAD has something called Autodesk® Authorized Training Center (ATC®), so depending where you live these might be helpful. Not sure how much it costs though! 6 More Answers

Just started using Revit 201

kylewilsonhagerman, Technician • 2012

I've just begun teaching myself Revit 2013 and wondered if there were any good books out there for beginners. Some example projects would be handle too, to see how others are using BIM.

miked, Other

Mastering Revit 2013 is a really helpful book. 5 More Answers