Sunday, October 2, 2016

Use DynamoBIM to Align with Offset for beams

I have noticed that the Revit community on more than one occasion has requested to have the Align Tool add an "offset" option. See Here for an example.
Well I am happy to report that with the new Dynamo 1.2 enhancements and the new "Element.SetLocation" node it is now least in some cases. Lets take the example of Beams that need to be offset 1' from the edge of slab.
Follow the steps in the image below and you will see that it is possible.
Note that this method is also possible with other elements and I plan to show examples if that in the future. What is nice about this method is it speeds up the align offset process, Good luck and have fun aligning with offsets!

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Create Text Note Objects using OOTB DynamoBIM Nodes

Its finally here! As far as I know is this the first annotation object that you could create in Revit using OOTB Dynamo nodes. To create the text note(s) simply follow the image below. There will be more advanced text note creation images to follow.
Note that this text note creation node is only available with dynamo version 1.1.1 and above. This blog post used a daily build (not stable build) of dynamo and therefore this node is subject to change. Enjoy it and lets all welcome annotation create OOTB nodes in Dynamo. This is the start of something beautiful. There are also create dimension nodes and create tag nodes in this version as well. Stay tuned for some images on how to create those annotation objects in my blog posts to follow. Make sure to thank and hug a dynamo developer when you see one! 

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Beware the Blue Wire! Get the True Location of the Revit Beam Curve Using Dynamo

You could  get the beam curve, or what I like to call "the blue wire", from your Revit Beams using the OOTB "StructuralFraming.Location" node.

You would expect (as I did) that the beam curve or "work line" of the beam would be located at the TOP CENTER of the beam. However, if your beam's "Z" Offset Value is NON ZERO then the beam curve or "work line" is not at the top center of the physical beam.

You have two options to correct this. You could get the true geometric top center of the beam by doing an analysis of the beam geometry using dynamo. This method is a bit complicated....... or you could use the method below.

 Also to avoid this from happening you could choose to NEVER use the "Z" offset value to move your beams in the Z direction and instead change their "Z" direction location via the "end level offset" values. For me... I use both. 

Also note that this method shown above will not work if your beam reference work plane is not horizontal. In that case you would need to change the vector input from "z" to another vector that is perpendicular to your work plane but this case is not that common.

Good luck finding those Revit Beam worklines! 

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

How to Get Geometry into GOOGLE EARTH

Have you ever wanted to show your designs in Google Earth?
Its easy, just use Sketchup
Follow the steps in the image below and you will be showing off to your friends in no time.

Do you need more in-depth explanation? Then head over to the Simply Complex Youtube Channel for a video description. Enjoy!

Saturday, July 23, 2016

SimplyComplex Is Now On Youtube!

Check out the new Simply Complex YouTube Channel for some live instructional demos and other fun stuff published on a weekly basis.

Check out the first post here!

Getting Started with Dynamo and Grasshopper

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Wednesday, June 15, 2016


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In this episode we talk about Dynamo and how the naming used on the nodes are sometimes confusing and what those confusing nodes really mean. Enjoy!

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