Friday, June 22, 2012

Revit Family Not Cutting Wall Properly

Ran into a case the other day where a wall hosted family (a towel dispenser in this case) that was cutting through the stud wall just fine, but wasn't cutting through a veneer wall (tile in this case) that was placed along side the stud wall.

If you run into a similar scenario, check the "Unconnected Height" of the wall.  If the unconnected height is less than 6'-0", the wall will behave different from other walls.

From the help file:
"Walls shorter than 6 feet are not cut, even if they intersect the cut plane.
The 6 feet are measured from the top of the bounding box to the bottom of the primary view range. ... When the top of the wall is less than 6 feet, the entire wall shows as projection even where it intersects the cut plane. This behavior always occurs when the Top Constraint property for the wall is specified as Unconnected."

So, to avoid this undesired behavior, simply "Attach" the top of the wall to the floor level or the level above and adjust the offset as needed.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

LAST CHANCE TO REGISTER!!! Come join us for the 3rd Annual ProSoft PowerLaunch in Salt Lake City!!!!!

Registration for ProSoft's PowerLaunch 2013 featuring AUTODESK'S LYNN ALLEN is now available online.  Whether you're looking into converting to BIM or just want to see the new features in AutoCAD 2013 this unbelievable no-cost event is a day you don't want to miss!!

Register here:

Choose From Over 15 Incredible Breakout Sessions:
PowerLaunch Agenda & Workshop Sessions
ProSoft Welcome – 8:45 to 9:30
Intermountain West's most dynamic Autodesk support, sales and solutions team welcomes you.
Keynote by Autodesk's Lynn Allen – 9:30 to 10:30
Join Autodesk Evangelist Lynn Allen as she discusses Autodesk 360—Enter the Cloud.
Session 1 – 10:45 to 11:45
Lynn Allen
60 AutoCAD Tips in 60 Minutes
Angel Espinoza
Civil 3D Workflows that WORK!
Gabe Cottam
Revit MEP Space Schedules
Scott Davis
[Executive Track] Visualization is More than a Pretty Picture!
Lunch (Provided) – 12:00 to 1:00
Lunch in the Main Hall
Session 2 – 1:00 to 1:50
Harold Monk
Benefits of Autodesk Plant Solutions: AutoCAD P&ID
Shawn Herring
Civil 3D Pressure Pipes
Scott Davis
Power of Building Design Suites
Angel Espinoza
[Executive Track] AIM for Executives
Session 3 – 2:00 to 2:50
Panel Discussion
[Executive Track] Executive Panel Discussion
Angel Espinoza
AIM for Modelers
Harold Monk
Benefits of Autodesk Plant Solutions: AutoCAD Plant 3D
Shawn Herring
SSA for Highway Design
Session 4 – 3:00 to 3:50
Shawn Herring
Using Civil View for Civil 3D and 3ds Max Design
Gabe Cottam
Future of Data Interaction
Scott Davis
What's New in Revit 2013

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Project Artoo: Geospatial cleanup utility for AutoCAD Map 3D

The cleanup tools in Project Artoo help you correct common errors that can be introduced during digitizing, importing, surveying, scanning, and drafting. With Project Artoo, you can perform cleanup operations on FDO-connected data stores, including SDF, SQLite, Esri® SHP, and geodatabase files, as well as Microsoft® SQL Server® and Oracle®databases.

Using Project Artoo, you can perform the following actions to help clean up geospatial data:
  • Break Crossing Objects
  • Delete Duplicates
  • Extend Undershoots
  • Apparent Intersection
  • Snap Clustered Nodes
  • Zero-Length Objects
  • Erase Dangling Objects
  • Erase Short Objects
  • Dissolve Pseudo Nodes
  • Simplify Objects
  • Weed Polylines
  • Sliver Polygon Removal
  • Re-form Polygons
  • Correct Duplicate Points
After installation, in AutoCAD Map 3D, type mapgisclean at the command prompt to invoke the Geospatial Clean Up wizard.
Download it here: