Minnesota University: March 20-21, 2014

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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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Throw your Family a Curve

March 20, 2014
10:15AM – 11:45AM

Have you ever tried to control the shape of a curved form parametrically in the Family Editor? If so you have no doubt discovered that flexing them sometimes throws you a curve ball. In this session, we will explore several techniques to tame your unruly parametric curves. We will look at examples of circles, arcs, quarter round, half round, arches and even throw in some splines. We will look at both simple and compound curves. We will work primarily in the traditional Family Editor but will discuss how techniques apply to the massing Family Editor environment as well. We will explore curvature, rotation and throw in some trigonometry for good measure. After this session, I cannot guarantee that you will never have another misbehaving curve in your family content, but what I can promise is that you come away with several useful tools to help you tame them when curve mischief strikes!

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Parametric Classical Orders – a journey with the Revit family editor

March 21, 2014
10:15AM – 11:45AM

Years ago, I began exploring the possibilities of creating the classical orders of architecture in today’s CAD/BIM software. Initially I tried to faithfully reproduce the form and proportions of one of the orders using source materials drawn from many of the historical masters. It wasn’t long before the project morphed into a more detailed exploration leveraging the possibilities that parametric modeling could lend to the exercise. What if a set of fully parametric classical orders could be devised? Parametric families are the cornerstone of Revit and this project presented an ideal way to push the family editor to its limits. The project was not without its challenges, but there were plenty of successes along the way as well. Enough so that I published a book detailing the process used to create each of the orders step-by-step in the Revit family editor. This session is part case-study (on the journey I took to go from original ideal all the way to publication), and part tutorial (to show the “nuts and bolts” of how the families were built) demonstrated directly in the Revit software. In this session I’ll talk about scaling, reusing content, profiles, moldings, formulas, nested components, and complex forms in both the traditional and adaptive component family editors. I’ll show both the final successful versions and a few not so successful earlier versions as well. So if you are interested historic architecture, classical form, or just like pushing the family editor to extremes, then this session is sure to please.

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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.