Category Archive: Tips & Tricks

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Digitizing the Construction Site with Bluebeam

Before breaking ground on a construction project there are many months, and possibly years, of planning and conceptualization of the final vision for completion. Models have been designed and planned carefully by the owners, architecture, and engineering teams, and the...

Consider These Points When Planning Your Company’s Drone Flights

As representatives of 3DR technology, initial.aec is often asked for advice - not only on how to use the 3DR SiteScan technology and UAS platform (either from 3DR or DJI), but, advice on how to prepare a safe, well-organized flight...

How to get a BIM Manager Without Hiring One

“The on-site and on-demand BIM support services initial.aec provides RNL allows our design teams to get past the inevitable technical obstacles in order to focus on  the design task at hand.” Carl Hole, AIA Principal | RNL Design In the...

Dynamo – Beginner’s Guide

Learn how to get started navigating the user interface, basic table setups and the concept of coding with nodes. Watch as Justin walks through how you can begin to incorporate automation and scripting for routine design processes. Contact us if...

Updating Revit 2016 Shortcuts in Revit 2017 | Crash!

So I ran into a weird bug within Revit 2017. Many clients are changing their shortcuts in Revit 2017 to commands they are familiar with. I had one client import their shortcuts from Revit 2016 and wanted to modify the...

AutoCAD 2017 Fails to Launch After Install

Current Issue*: When attempting to launch AutoCAD 2017 for the first time the application opens to the drawing editor and displays a “License Error” message, “The License manager is not functioning or is improperly installed. AutoCAD will shut down now.”...

FormIt 360 – Layers, Scenes and Materials

Layers to Control Visibility Select lines, objects, groups, or images – assign them to a layer… then turn that layer on or off! Simple. Powerful. Necessary. Obviously, this is handy when you want to create a more complicated model, or...

Copy Elements from a Linked File

In this click saver I want to talk about something that a client recently brought up about working with linked Revit models. I work with quite a lot of multi- discipline firms these days so internally they will be sharing...

Revit Floor/Slab Edge

In this click saver I want to talk about something that a client recently brought up about displaying a Floor/Slab edge a certain way. In a plan view they wanted to create a view for documentation and coordination on where...

Solving the Revit Floor Tag Area Issue

So when working in Revit I get asked if there is a way to create a floor tag that sees the area and adds it to the tag. Unfortunately out of the box this can't happen for whatever reason but...
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