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What render software to use

Costel • 2013

Hi, could anyone tell me the best render software (and that is not to expensive), as I would really like to do some professional renders for my current projects in Revit 2013.

I like Lumion. 5 More Answers

How can I create ivy that is

Roohullah, Architect • 2013

i need to create IVY that is crawling up a wall, It should be plant type where you can see the wall material behind it and plants on pergola. Please help, if it's possible

Chris, Architect

There is a free plugin for Sketchup that does this. There may also be some '2D' ivy - a picture of ivy on a transparent background. There are plenty of 2D trees available done this way. Regards, Chris

How do I get text to scale w

Charlotte • 2013

When creating a new revit model and using the stadard elevation and section arrows when putting the views on a sheet the reference gets populated, I there any way I can get this to scale within the annotation as at the moment they are too large to fit within the cir... Read More

Tips for reducing rendering

Violeta • 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

DWG into Revit? Do or don't?

PhDs • 2013

I'm wanting to import DWG files to Revit, I hear it's not the best practice according to some people. What do you think?

Revit prefers native Revit objects. It's best practice to avoid importing from AutoCAD if at all possible. If it's something like an MEP RCP, use link CAD (and consider Current View Only as well) instead of import CAD. If it's a family, you can temporarily import it to Revit to use as reference, but purge it out before loading your family int... 5 More Answers

Can you still buy older vers

Frank, Student • 2013

I know this is a random question but can you still buy older version of ArchiCAD, legally of course? Just asking as I would assume they might be cheaper than the latest version.

Sonia, Architect

You can transfer the license to your name, I think, when buying from someone but Graphisoft charge a pretty penny for that. 2 More Answers

How do we model standing sea

Adam, Architect • 2013

Standing Seam roofs drive me nuts. I have read a lot of forums. Nowhere can I find accurate information on that. Any help will be appreciated.

I guess it depends on how specific you want it to look. I use a material called Roofing - Metal Standing Seam that I set to use an ootb Relief Pattern called Standing.Seam.png to control the Render Appearance, and a simple Model Surface Pattern called Standing Seam - 16" (etc.) to control it's graphics for Plans and Elevations, and it works g...

How do I lock Revit families

Emery • 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, 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

What are the most popular BI

Thorsteinn • 2013

I have noticed that the USA seems to be dominated by users using Revit, but are other countries the same?

Scott, Architect

You are correct Autodesk Revit is definitely the dominant format in the USA. Other Countries seem to be following a similar trend (especially Asia). However other platforms such as ArchiCAD are very strong in parts of Europe and Australasia. 4 More Answers

how to make vinder step in s

mohamed, Architect • 2012

i was trying to make stair with vinder but revit not making as a smooth base for vinder i have to choose steped for vinder then its showns othervise its didnt shows

Scott, Architect

Sorry do you mean a stair with a "winder"?

Recommendations for guides/b

Werner P • 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? http://www.scribd.com/doc/35089318/Object-Making-With-ArchiCAD 2 More Answers

Which formats can I export i

Hans, Architect • 2012

I would like to put some 3ds Max objects into my Revit projects, for example, is this possible?

I would't try to import 3ds you'll be disappointed by the results as it just ends up becoming a real hassle. 2 More Answers

Who uses BIM, other than the

RAJ • 2012

Just curious to see which type of industries use BIM software other than the AEC industry.

The Food Service Industry is showing an active interest. 2 More Answers

Revit 2008 families?

Suchita, Architect • 2012

hi, I am using Revit 2008 Architecture and need some good designs of gates and interior objects. when I downloaded a rfa. file on BIM its of a higher version. can I get it converted to lower virsion .?

I'm sorry. You cannot convert objects created in a recent version REVIT to an older version. No one has been able to give us a definitive answer as to WHY! So the only thing you can do is update your version to a later version. You might check with AUTODESK and they might give you a discount to upgrade. The advantage is that the later version...

How to capture screenshot/im

Gerd, Architect • 2012

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

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

What is an 'average' file si

miked • 2012

I'm a little bit worried about my current file size, I'm at 350mb and not even finished yet! What is an acceptable file size to have?

There are many variables to consider with respect to file size - complexity of the design, size of the building, number of levels, source of the content loaded, end-user methodologies, and certainly L.O.D. To answer your question, any file size is acceptable as long as it still performs well. In my 7+ years with Revit, I've never had a projec... 5 More Answers

Communication for changes? H

mikey • 2012

Currently working on a project with multiple people and just curious if there is a great way to communicate the changes made by each person?

Werner P

I would suggest creating a template that maybe everyone fills out, e.g. stating all the changes, but not sure if that would get to complicated especially because that's quite dependant upon the number of changes and the number of people involved. 1 More Answer

Why does trace reference mak

michael • 2012

It annoys me how slow AC becomes when I use trace reference, could someone please tell me how I could speed it up?

Hans, Architect

I know many people have this problem but the slowness may also be down to your computer. 1 More Answer

Legal issues around BIM?

Rachel, Architect • 2012

As the adoption of BIM (Building Information Modeling) is happening faster and faster, what legal issues have people found around it? For example: -Who owns the model? -Who takes ultimate (legal) responsibility for its accuracy?

oldtexas, Architect

with all this talk about sharing models... the sale pitch for bim... i find that no one wants to share due to liability...thus unless you can find a legal way around your sharing of your model.... don't count on others wanting to take on that liability....i find bim useful strictly as an inhouse tool.... the give the paper to the rest of the... 2 More Answers

BIM/CAD Software

ArchiCAD and Cinema 4D or Ar

Daniel • 2012

I want to produce some high end renders from my ArchiCAD models so am looking for a piece of software to achieve this. I've got it down to either Cinema 4D or Artlantis but can't decide, what have others used?

If you want the easy road, Artlantis is the way to go. Cinema 4D offers more features than Artlantis, but Artlantis is easier to learn & use and runs super fast. You can do quick radiosity renderings using the Artlantis rendering engine (which, in many situations, may be all you'll ever need to do), plus in Artlantis you've also got the o... 1 More Answer

What is the Revit schema?

Robbie, Architect • 2012

I just went to open a model I was working on earlier in the week and got a message stating that the file has an incorrect "schema". What is a schema? How did I cause this and most importantly how can I fix it?

Franco, Architect

yes 1 More Answer

BIM/CAD Software

IFC import into Revit 2012

Bobby, Architect • 2012

I'm trying to import an IFC file from my engineer into my Revit 2012 project, however it is coming through as a mess. The IFC file is being exported from Tekla, does anyone know of any best practises around this?

jack, Student

i dont know but could you make a zonda and a mclaren p1? (my email is [email protected], email me in response to my request) 3 More Answers

Bosch Appliance families for

Emily • 2012

I've been using the Miele Appliance Revit families available here on bimstop: http://www.bimstop.com/profile/miele/ I have a project where we are going to be using Bosch Appliances, does anyone know where/if these are available for download?

Modlar, Modlar Administrator

We don't currently have Bosch Appliance families available for Revit sorry, we will get in touch with Bosch though and see what we can do - so stay tuned!

Decent car objects for Archi

michael • 2012

I have a presentation to do to a client next week and want to show some nice realistic cars in the project's garage (both in 3D & 2D). The client isn't going to be excited by the box shaped ones currently in the ArchiCAD 14 library!

Modlar, Modlar Administrator

Hi Michael, there are a few ArchiCAD cars on our network already. If you search via the ArchiCAD/cars tag: http://www.bimstop.com/bim-content/tag/archicad-cars/

Hosting a Revit family to a

miked • 2012

As far as I remember you can host a ceiling hosted lighting fixture to a ceiling in a linked model. Is my memory correct and is that still possible? Because I can't seem to accomplish it. We're able to put a face-based fixture in the linked model ceiling, but can't... Read More

BIM, Architect

Scott is correct. If you want to use a linked ceiling as host, you have to use a 'face-based' family, not ceiling-based. 1 More Answer

Revit family?

Tyrone • 2012

Does anyone have a Revit family for arrows that adjust to any scale. I want to use it to show bar the ranges for reinforcement detailing as a 2D detail. Currently I have done a family but I can't get the family to scale.

BIM, Architect

It won't scale if you've created it with 'Generic Annotation' category. You need to build a 'Detail Component', that would change its size according to the view scale. 1 More Answer

Moving from a trial version

Marco Antonio, 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?

Rachel, Architect

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

Raditya, Engineer • 2012

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

Marcel, Architect

Hi, Check out www.openbim.org and www.graphisoft.com/openbim/ for details on Open BIM. Google is a great resource! Marcel 4 More Answers

Could anyone tell me good bo

Michael S • 2012

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

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?

Tom, 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?

C2Architect, Architect

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, Student • 2012

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

Marcel, Architect

Hi, You mean xBIM -go to www.openbim.org 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

Daniel, 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

Alex • 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 http://usa.autodesk.com/revit/how-to-buy/ 2 More Answers

Difference between 3D, 4D, 5

Scott • 2012

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

Marco Antonio, Architect

4D = adding time to 3D 5D = adding of costs, e.g. costs of materials 6D = adding things such as the project life-cycle 4 More Answers

Rule(s) about buying BIM sof

Alex • 2012

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

Marco Antonio, 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, Architect • 2012

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

Hernando, 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 • 2012

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

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!

????????, Architect • 2012

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

????????, 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

????????, 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 • 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