Is Manufacturer BIM Content Usable?

Manufacturers are beginning to provide more and more content of their product lines for Autodesk Revit® and other Building Information Modeling (BIM) users, but is the content really usable?  I applaud their willingness to spend the money and effort to provide BIM users with this content, but the content must be usable or it is useless.

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BIM Adopted in Texas for State Projects

The Texas Facilities Commission (TFC) announced this week that it is adopting Building Information Modeling (BIM) for state design and construction projects.  The announcement speaks about the advantages of BIM for the various members of the project team, including the architect, engineer, contractor, and owner.  I applaud the TFC for desiring to move into the new era of using BIM and desiring to take advantage of the capabilities of BIM.

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Halftone Improvements in Revit 2010

 Autodesk has improved the halftone capability in their Revit 2010 release.  This seems to be an enhanced feature that I have not seen promoted, but can be a huge improvement that many companies will find highly beneficial.  In previous releases, a common complaint was that the halftone information printed too light on many plotters and was very difficult to see.

Information that many companies want to show with a halftone effect includes backgrounds on code sheets, electrical plans, and plumbing plans.  The usages for halftoning are almost unlimited, since almost anything can be set to the Halftone effect in the VisibilityGraphic Overrides dialog box.

The big enhancement in the halftone is the ability to adjust the brightness of the halftone.  There is a slider to adjust the brightness from invisible to full darkness and anywhere in between, along with a box to enter a numeric value.  This is a project setting, so it affects all halftoned items in the project file.

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