Monday, August 19, 2013

eTransmit Add-In for Revit 2014

Autodesk's Revit 2014 has recently made an eTransmit add in available.  This is very useful when trying to package your model with all CAD links and Revit links for your consultants.

With eTransmit for Revit you can:
§  Copy and detach a Revit model and associated files to a single folder for internet transmission. This removes the typical error messages when you copy central files using the operating system.
§  Locate dependent files automatically and include them in the transmittal folder, helping to reduce the possibility of error. All dependent files are automatically converted to use relative paths so the dependent files can be located by the model.
§  Choose to include related dependent files such as linked Revit models, CAD files, DWF™ markups, decal images, and external keynote files. You can transmit any Revit (.rvt) model that has been upgraded to be compatible with a Revit 2012 software product or later.  
§  Choose to Upgrade the Revit (.rvt) model and linked models to the current release.
§  Choose to remove unused families, materials, and other objects from the Revit projects to reduce file size.

§  Transmit models that are using file-based worksharing or server-based worksharing. eTransmit for Revit can also work with non-workshared Revit models.

Here’s how you go  about getting this plug-in:
  1. Download the plugin from the subscription center.
  2. This next screen will list off all the "Product Enhancement" available from Autodesk right now
  3. Scroll down a bit and click on the “eTransmit for Autodesk Revit 2014 link.”
  4. Click on the “English” button on the next screen and this will start the download process.
  5. Once downloaded you can go ahead and install the plugin.  Make sure you are out of Revit when you do this.
Once installed, open Revit 2014.  You will see a new menu item along the top titled "Add-Ins."

The eTransmit process in Revit works a little different than the AutoCAD eTransmit process.  The big difference is that you don't need to be in the model to perform the eTransmit command, unlike AutoCAD.

On the Projects/Families screen you will choose the Add-Ins menu and select eTransmit over on the left hand side.

Once you select eTransmit, this dialogue box opens up which will give you a variety of options to link Revit models, link CAD drawings, DWF Markets, Images, and Keynotes.  Essentially, everything associated with your Revit model will be linked.

There are also a couple of transmittal options here as well.  I personally use the "Transmit without opening Models" option.  This is faster and cleaner than opening up the model and saving it.  The only reason to choose the second of the two is if your model wasn't up to date.

Once you select your model, and select a location for the “eTransmitted” contents, you are ready to Transmit the model.  This may take a few minutes depending on the size of your model, and the number of links involved.

The new directory will contain the following:
  • Transmittal Report
  • CAD Links (if any)
  • Revit Links
  • The Base Revit Model.
Again, this is a great tool to use if you are packaging a Revit model for use by other consultants.  Additionally, it can be used to "freeze" your current model, and all associated links at a certain design point for archiving or other purposes.

I hope you found this information useful.  I am planning on posting frequent topics related to AEC on this blog.  If you have any ideas, questions, concerns, or comments please feel free to contact me at Prosoft (801)225-5955 or

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Uninstall Multiple Autodesk Products Quickly and Easily

If you have ever tried to uninstall an Autodesk Suite, you have probably noticed there are dozens of different products, all installed separately, they all installed together but where is the button to uninstall them all together? Unfortunately, there is not one! If you have ever sat at your desk, uninstalling each program one by one, keep reading this will save you alot of time!
I have put together a simple script using the windows utility WMIC to easily remove all Autodesk applications! Running this script will remove any and ALL Autodesk applications! 
To run this script you need to first open a cmd shell, in order for this to run properly, it must be run with elevated permissions. To do this click start -> all programs -> accessories -> Right click on 'command prompt' and choose 'Run as Administrator'. 
In the CMD window that will open type 'wmic', then hit enter. This will enter the wmic utility. Your command window should now look like this:

Next lets look at the script, and how it can be manipulated to fit your needs.
The text for the script is: "product where "vendor like 'autodesk%'" call uninstall /nointeractive" 
This makes a call to uninstall any product, with a vendor of Autodesk. This will be the case for any Autodesk product. 
You can also remotely remove applications from a machine by running this command. 
"/node:pcname1 product where "vendor like 'autodesk%'" call uninstall /nointeractive" This will run the above command on the remote machine you list in the script above by replacing 'pcname1' with the name of the remote computer you want to uninstall from. 
You can also send this command to multiple computers by creating a text file called pc.txt and placing it on the root of the c:\ drive. In this text file, list each pc name you want to uninstall from, one name per line. You do not need anything but a line break in between each name. Then run this command. 
"/failfast:on /node:@"c:\pc.txt" product where "vendor like 'autodesk%'" call uninstall /nointeractive"

This will now go through and uninstall each program, we set the /nointeractive switch above, so it will be silent, and not ask you for any further input. You should see similar to below as each removes: 

A return value of 0; means it successfully uninstalled. If you are getting a return value of 1603; check to make sure that you ran the command window with elevated permissions, not doing so will cause some applications not to remove. 
If you have any questions you can email me at

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Door & Window Schedules/Type Elevations - Revit 2014

Creating Door & Window Type Elevations - Revit 2014

This blog post is intended to provide a short workflow detailing how to create "Door Type Elevations" which are typical on a sheet with corresponding schedules.  They typically provide the contractor quick information as to the look and type of door.

I've commonly seen architects and BIM modelers creating elevation views of a door. These elevation views not only show the door, but also the surrounding walls and other elements. After creating this view, it is required to then adjust the boundary to only show the door.  The problem with this approach is that it is not only tedious, but if the door happens to move or get deleted all together, then the view must be updated.
Let's look at a more efficient way of doing this and the process involved.

Creating the Door & Window Type Elevation:

Use Legends to create these elevations.
  1. This process makes use of the Legend Tools under the View Menu-->Create Tab.  Click on the Legends Button to start the process.
  2. A dialogue box opens asking for a Legend Name and Scale.  I entered "DOOR TYPE A," and kept the scale the same as the floorplan, in my case 1/4"=1'-0" for residential.  For commercial, I would typically use 1/8"=1'-0".
  3. In the Project Browser, you will notice a new view titled "DOOR TYPE A" listed under the Legends area.
  4.  Scroll down to the family area in the Project Brower and expand the Doors heading.  This will list all doors in the project you are currently working on.
  5. Pick one and drag it into your drawing area. By default, it comes in oriented in a plan view.  On the Options bar that comes up, you will see there is a button to change the orientation to Elevation front or back.
  6. Change the orientation to Elevation Front and then pick a place somewhere on your screen.
  7. Within this view, feel free to place dimension annotation where needed.  Text can be added as well, but unfortunately, these elevations can’t be labeled using parametric information.  So we are basically adding dumb text to this view.  Obviously you need to be aware of this when making changes/updates to the model later on.
  8. The process for windows is exactly the same as the door.
Storefront and Curtain Walls

Is the process the same to create Storefront and Curtain Wall elevations?

Unfortunately, Revit 2014 hasn’t addressed the need to elevate curtain walls, and storefront in the same manner as doors and windows.  The procedure I use which is the most common is to generate elevations of each storefront and adjust the surrounding boundary within that view.  It is certainly more tedious than the previous “Create Legend” approach, but it gets the job done.  Additionally, remember, if there are any modifications to these elements as far as positioning, the boundary will need to be adjusted.

  1. Under the View menu, click on the elevation button and place a marker where necessary.
  2. In your Project Browser, you will see a new elevation created.  Here you can rename it to be something related to your Storefront.
  3. In the view, pick the bounding  box grips, and scale your window around the storefront piece.
  4. Fortunately, you can annotate this view with dimensions and text similar to the door or window legend.

So there you have a quick and simple method for creating these necessary views for a set of architectural drawings.  Practice it a bit, and let me know how it goes.  If you find, or know of a better way of doing this let me know and I'll pass on the info. to all.

If you have any questions about this blog or have any ideas for future blogs, email me (David Barker) at

Friday, August 9, 2013

Autodesk® InfraWorks ™ 2014 R2 Enhancements

Out now for subscription customers only, you can download the latest enhanced Infraworks R2!!!

Autodesk® InfraWorks™ 2014 R2 software delivers several enhancements to Autodesk InfraWorks 2014.
Create better designs for roads and highways projects with:
Improved pipeline capabilities:
  • edit pipelines and pipe connectors as a connected network
  • better support for IMX import of pipe connectors from Civil 3D structures
Improved intersection capabilities:
  • create junction geometry based on design standards
  • more support for a variety of curb return geometry
  • easily edit intersection geometry with a user friendly interaction model
  • support for both 4-way and T-Junctions
Improved documentation services with the ability to:
  • share InfraWorks models with users through cloud services and view documentation via Autodesk® 360
General products enhancements:
  • Terrain grading updates including the ability to streamline the creation of level sites for efficient site planning and preliminary design
  • Improved piping abilities including the addition of height properties
  • Link to the Autodesk InfraWorks data catalog on

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Autodesk Introduces Breakthrough Technology for Infrastructure w/ Autodesk InfraWorks 360 Pro

SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--As part of an ongoing effort to drive the adoption of Building Information Modeling (BIM) within the infrastructure industry, Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK) announcedAutodesk InfraWorks 360 Pro. Autodesk InfraWorks 360 Pro offers the latest 3D modeling, visualization and cloud-based collaboration technologies to help efficiently close the estimated $30 trillion gap worldwide between desperately needed infrastructure and the funding required to deliver it.................

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Thank you!!

Monday, August 5, 2013

FREE Infraworks Demonstration @ WFRUG – August 15th

Come join us all at the Wasatch Front REVIT User Group on August 15th

Shawn Herring from ProSoft will be demonstration the Autodesk Infraworks software.

Speed The Planning & Design Process
Quickly and easily create 3D models to perform civil infrastructure design and planning with Autodesk InfraWorks software (formerly Autodesk Infrastructure Modeler). Accelerate the design process, and streamline decision making. Generate data-rich proposals to better predict how design alternatives may perform in the existing environment, and more effectively communicate with stakeholders.

Whether you're a land planner, architect, GIS guy or civil engineer, this topic will be sure to get your creative juices flowing. We will create a full 3D model of existing buildings and infrastructure and do multiple proposals. We will also look at some cloud/presentation options as well.

The Presenter is:

Shawn Herring

Sr. Civil Application Engineer
Training & Support Manager

Date & Time:

August 15th

12:00 - 1:15pm
Layton Construction
9020 South Sandy Parkway
Sandy, UT  84070