BIM Workshops

BIM Workshops 2014

Paul is the author of many CAD and BIM book titles including the widely acclaimed: The Aubin Academy Mastering Series titles and Revit video training for lynda.com. Paul is an independent architectural consultant who travels internationally providing Revit® and AutoCAD® Architecture implementation, training, and support services. Paul’s involvement in the architectural profession spans over 20 years, with experience that includes design, production, CAD management, mentoring, coaching and training. He is an active member of the Autodesk user community, and has been a top-rated speaker at Autodesk University for many years and has also spoken at the Revit Technology Conference (RTC) in both the US and Australia. His diverse experience in architectural firms, as a CAD manager, and as an educator gives his writing and his classroom instruction a fresh and credible focus. Paul is based in Chicago and is an associate member of the AIA.

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Central States BIM Workshop:
August 21 – 22, 2014

Create a Parametric Ionic Column from Start to Finish (Lecture)

August 21, 2014
1:00PM – 2:30PM

Are you tired of boring box families? Ever heard anyone say “you can’t do that in Revit®?” Well in this lab, we are going to model a complete Ionic column capital from start to finish. We’ll look at planning the family and breaking it down into its constituent parts and pieces. We will then create the profiles required for the volutes and scrolls. These will become sweeps and swept blends defining the overall forms. But we won’t stop with just modeling these forms. This will be a fully parametric family that is scalable and leverages coarse, medium and fine levels of detail. I like the challenge of building most of this geometry in the traditional family editor, but we will also discuss some ways to incorporate the completed family into adaptive components to leverage unique features like divide and repeat. If you want to kick your family editor modeling skills to the next level and break out of the basic box, come join us for this hands-on session!

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Create a Parametric Ionic Column from Start to Finish (Lab)

August 21, 2014
2:50PM – 4:20PM

Are you tired of boring box families? Ever heard anyone say “you can’t do that in Revit®?” Well in this lab, we are going to model a complete Ionic column capital from start to finish. We’ll look at planning the family and breaking it down into its constituent parts and pieces. We will then create the profiles required for the volutes and scrolls. These will become sweeps and swept blends defining the overall forms. But we won’t stop with just modeling these forms. This will be a fully parametric family that is scalable and leverages coarse, medium and fine levels of detail. I like the challenge of building most of this geometry in the traditional family editor, but we will also discuss some ways to incorporate the completed family into adaptive components to leverage unique features like divide and repeat. If you want to kick your family editor modeling skills to the next level and break out of the basic box, come join us for this hands-on session!

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The Autodesk Revit Theory of Relativity: Understanding Shared Coordinates

August 22, 2014
2:50PM – 4:20PM

If you are new to Revit®, and particularly if you are coming to Revit® with an AutoCAD®
background, the approach Revit® takes to coordinates, positioning and origin points can be a little baffling. On the surface, it appears that Revit® simply does not have a “zero” point, or any way to input precise coordinates. As with many things, appearances are not always what they seem. Revit® does indeed have an origin and the ability to input with precision. The trick is that in Revit®, coordinates, movements and measurements are always relative to something else. In this class, we will explore the “Revit® theory of relativity” (AKA “Shared Coordinates).You will learn how to set up Shared Coordinates, link files with Shared Coordinates, and maintain the relationship as the project progresses. If you have let your AutoCAD experience ruin you or have just not been able to get your head around Revit® coordinates, this session is here to help! You should have familiarity with Revit® essentials.

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Pacific Coast BIM Workshop:
September 25-26, 2014

The Autodesk® Revit® Theory of Relativity: Understanding Shared Coordinates (Lecture)

September 25, 2014
1:20PM – 2:50PM

If you are new to Revit®, and particularly if you are coming to Revit® with an AutoCAD® background, the approach Revit® takes to coordinates, positioning and origin points can be a little baffling. On the surface, it appears that Revit® simply does not have a “zero” point, or any way to input precise coordinates. As with many things, appearances are not always what they seem. Revit® does indeed have an origin and the ability to input with precision. The trick is that in Revit®, coordinates, movements and measurements are always relative to something else. In this class, we will explore the “Revit® theory of relativity” (AKA “Shared Coordinates). You will learn how to set up Shared Coordinates, link files with Shared Coordinates, and maintain the relationship as the project progresses. If you have let your AutoCAD experience ruin you or have just not been able to get your head around Revit® coordinates, this session is here to help! You should have familiarity with Revit® essentials.

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Create A Parametric Ionic Column from Start to Finish (Lecture)

September 26, 2014
8:55AM – 10:25AM

Are you tired of boring box families? Ever heard anyone say “you can’t do that in Revit®?” Well in this lab, we are going to model a complete Ionic column capital from start to finish. We’ll look at planning the family and breaking it down into its constituent parts and pieces. We will then create the profiles required for the volutes and scrolls. These will become sweeps and swept blends defining the overall forms. But we won’t stop with just modeling these forms. This will be a fully parametric family that is scalable and leverages coarse, medium and fine levels of detail. I like the challenge of building most of this geometry in the traditional family editor, but we will also discuss some ways to incorporate the completed family into adaptive components to leverage unique features like divide and repeat. If you want to kick your family editor modeling skills to the next level and break out of the basic box, come join us for this hands-on session!

Download Paper (5.2MB) Download Presentation (3.3MB)

Create A Parametric Ionic Column from Start to Finish (Lab)

September 26, 2014
10:55AM – 12:25PM

Are you tired of boring box families? Ever heard anyone say “you can’t do that in Revit®?” Well in this lab, we are going to model a complete Ionic column capital from start to finish. We’ll look at planning the family and breaking it down into its constituent parts and pieces. We will then create the profiles required for the volutes and scrolls. These will become sweeps and swept blends defining the overall forms. But we won’t stop with just modeling these forms. This will be a fully parametric family that is scalable and leverages coarse, medium and fine levels of detail. I like the challenge of building most of this geometry in the traditional family editor, but we will also discuss some ways to incorporate the completed family into adaptive components to leverage unique features like divide and repeat. If you want to kick your family editor modeling skills to the next level and break out of the basic box, come join us for this hands-on session!

Download Dataset (27.8MB)

The Consultant

Paul F. Aubin has been providing training, implementation and support services to architects and other AEC industry professionals for over twenty years.

Specializing in Revit Architecture, Paul is committed to helping clients achieve success in their software implementation. Paul offers a variety of Revit services from essentials training to specialized implementation assistance and hands-on project team coaching and collaboration.

The Author

Paul F. Aubin is an accomplished author of several books and training videos on Autodesk building industry software such as Revit and related BIM software tools and procedures.Paul’s books and videos are tutorial based and emphasize proven best practices. With several years’ experience in architectural practice, Paul focuses heavily on the process of using the software to create architecture and perform architectural tasks. Since his first book: Mastering Autodesk® Architectural Desktop, published in 2002, Paul’s books have received abundant praise and remain brisk sellers in the BIM, CAD and Drafting markets. You can see his latest offerings here.

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