In a recent side by side testing of COBie exporters by buildingSMART, the Autodesk Revit COBie add-in won comfortably over the competition. You can find more at the "Inside The System" blog and you can download the Revit add-in at the "Autodesk Solutions for Building Owners" page.
Last summer, KieranTimberlake’s Research Group—building on an existing Revit-based workflow—partnered with the Sustainability Solutions team through the Autodesk Developer Network to build a plug-in that calculates embodied environmental impacts through all phases of project delivery. Recognizing that design moves fast—and all flavors of sustainability analysis have to keep up with that pace to provide actionable feedback—KieranTimberlake have created an early version of the Real Time Environmental Impact Tool (or RTEI™ for short).
I just found out that Harry Mattison who is an expert Revit API developer has been running a very prolific blog called Boost Your BIM dedicated to developing on top of the Revit API. This is a good complement to the great The Building Coder blog run by Jeremy Tammik. Harry has also got a free Revit Add-in on Autodesk Exchagne Apps called Image-O-Matic. (Any product with "O" in the name is worth a look-see if you ask me.) Check it out and tell us what you think.
New versions of the Revit 2013 IFC Exporter (v2.7) and IFC Exporter UI (v1.7) are now available.
If you're not familiar with the open source IFC exporter for Revit you can learn more in a previous post. The project is located in SourceForge.
IFC Exporter New Functionality
Consistent support across elements of Name,
Description, and ObjectType overrides. Added a Tag override and some
entity specific parameter support (e.g. CapacityByWeight,
CapacityByNumber, LandTitleNumber, SpaceElevationWithFlooring).
Consistent usage across element types of
ApplicableOccurence and ElementType overrides.
IFC property names can now be localized, based on the
language of the Revit project file. See PSet_WallCommon as an example.
Support better interface for inputing IFC File Header
and Postal Address data. This is in conjunction with v1.7.0 of the UI.
IFC Exporter Bug Fixes
Fix issue for some slabs that had their inner and outer
Include IfcSite boundary information when there is only
one Revit Site element.
New In IFC Export UI
Added new "FMHandOver" view configuration.
Added UI for specifying FILE_HEADER and
IfcPostalAddress information. This infomration is used by Exporter v2.7.0.
ecoScorecard by SMARTBIM: On my last day at AU I had a chance to talk to a few people from SMARTBIM who are working on the ecoScorecard product. This is quite an interesting product that can link to Revit. ecoScorecard is a web-based platform for manufacturers to host product content for architects to search with various filters. The add-in for Revit allow users to “tag” model elements with manufacturer data, and then evaluate models against building certification prescriptive thresholds. If you need to do LEED certifications this tool may help you out with a portion of that work.
Take a look at both products and tell us what you think. If you have already used either of them we are interested to know how you use them. In the mean time, have a great holiday season.
Atir Engineering Software Development Ltd. and
Structural Integrators, LLC have teamed up to create SI
Xchange™ for Revit® Structure and STRAP. Buildings modeled in
Revit Structure can now be easily sent to STRAP for analysis and design. Read more.
There are new versions of the Revit 2013 IFC exporter(v2.6) and IFC Exporter UI (v1.6) available. For those of you who may not be familiiear with the project you can learn more in the previous post. Project home is located in SourceForge.