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Monday, January 9, 2017

Get a #Revit View’s Section Box with #DynamoBIM

I discovered this a little while back while building the interior elevation tool and forgot to reveal the secret to the community.

Luckily, my buddy Aaron Maller needed the workflow and this reminded me to share. : )

As you can see below a 3d view’s section box is simply –1 of the 3D views Element ID, (Also thanks to ArchiLAB Grimshaw package for the select by ID tool). So far this seems to hold true for the views we have tested on, (3d and interior elevations).

Pretty slick huh?

2017-01-09 15_59_31-Dynamo

Have fun using this!


Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Override #Revit Interior Elevation’s Crop with #DynamoBIM

This is an update to an existing workflow previously discussed here, http://sixtysecondrevit.blogspot.com/2015/11/framing-interior-elevations-in-revit.html

Basically, it is faster and more stable!


This node takes an input search string of elevation types (interior), a line weight for all views and a Boolean to run.


Part of the reason I haven’t updated this in a while is because the workflow was a beast! Initially the node was looking for the elevation marker in every view, seeing if it exists, replacing it and finally committing the override. Now it just finds the crop region as it relates to the interior elevation (investigate the node to see what I finally realized, I won’t reveal it here).

So far I have tested this on a healthcare project that had over 350 interior elevations! It did take a moment to run, but it completed the change!


Please keep in mind that this completes this process for all interior elevations in the model. I f there is an interest, I will make a specific one that allows the user to choose sheets.

Have fun!


Monday, December 5, 2016

Color Picker in #DynamoBIM using #Revit API

For a long time now I have wanted to look into building a color picker for Dynamo. Primarily because the previous package I utilized, hasn’t been updated for the latest version of Dynamo. This was of course the great UI++ package from the badmonkeys. (This package is awesome by the way. Adam, please update with Konrad’s code ASAP Smile)

After much research and investigation, I stumbled upon this API method in the Revit API.


This was a revelation! Finally I can create a color picker without importing a bunch of Python libraries. Even better is, that this supports Revit color output as well.

I can’t wait to see what people use this for, especially with mandrill and dynamo player.


Have fun!


Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Rename #Revit Views with #DynamoBIM Player

Since Dynamo player launched a few weeks ago, I have been having a lot of fun with it! Mostly because Python nodes support User interface additions!
Recently, a colleague needed to rename elevations based on level and room location. Very quickly I realized this needed to be done by isolated the elevation heads (views).
That’s when I went ahead and created this little gem (now available in Rhythm).
Isolated Pick Model Elements
This node allows the user to pick a category to isolate, and select objects of that category by a crossing window or individually.
And here it is in action with Dynamo Player.
Have Fun!

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

#AU2016 - Day 1

Well, here I am on day 2 writing about day 1. Day 1 was awesome. Once again I met all sorts of great people from the dynamo community. I also had the privilege of being a lab assistant to the famous Colin Mccrone.

Oh and this happened. I will write a post on what I did soon.