Monday, 29 June 2009

Revit Structure 2010 Shortcuts Quick Reference

There are many predefined keyboard shortcuts for Revit Structure 2010 commands.

This lists the shortcuts by Ribbon Item
I have printed out two copies, placed them back to back, then encapsulated them in plastic using a laminating machine to keep nearby as a Quick Reference Card.
This is version 2 of the 2010 Shorcuts Quick Reference

Tuesday, 23 June 2009

UK Revit Register now a Group on Linked-In

Click on the Linked-In logo to get to the UK Revit Register Group

The Group provides UK Revit Users with a Discussion Area or Forum, post News Items and the facility to advertise Jobs directly to Revit Users or Companies that use Revit.

You can subscribe to a weekly or daily email re activity on the group, or follow a discussion.

This resource will only be as good as the membership makes it.........

Don't Delay Join Today!


Sunday, 21 June 2009

Families Guide for Revit have finally arrived

Families Guide for Revit Structure 2010 have finally arrived

A guide that contains conceptual explanations, hands-on tutorials, and reference information to help you understand how to work with Revit Structure families.

Refer to the Readme for details and instructions.

English - Imperial (zip - 2516Kb) (zip - 14868Kb)

Readme (txt - 4Kb)

English - Metric (zip - 2484Kb) (zip - 14132Kb)

The Revit Families Guide is also available for Revit Architecture 2010 and Revit MEP 2010


Saturday, 20 June 2009

Getting Started with Revit Structure 2010

After what feels like and is months of waiting, Revit 2010 is here. The company I work for have finally installed Revit 2010 on the network and booked formal training, and I've bought a new PC for home that will run Revit.

As soon as I discovered about the ribbon and the change in user interface, I lost interest in playing with the trial version of Revit 2009 at home and wanted to wait until I could get my hands on 2010 plus be able to use a fully working copy. As you can't save with the trial version after 30 days, you can only go so far with learning on a trial version.

After being set up with rights to the subscription centre, I harvested all the software and supporting material so our IT guy could install on the network as we have purchased four licences.

Not naming anyone but, the companies chosen reseller sent 2009 boxes and we are still awaiting a boxed set of software for 2010 from them. In the mean time I have spoken to one of the older more established UK resellers who have very kindly sent me a 2010 trial box to my home address.

From the outside there is not a lot of difference between 2009 and 2010 the difference is what’s inside the box…..

In the 2009 Trial there is an A5 Read This First sheet and a Getting Started Manual that has a Steel Project reading from one end, turn the book over and upside down and you have a Concrete Project the other end of the book.

It was this book that I was after. Historically its’ always been available to download from the Autodesk web site (historical version are still there), But this time I could not find it on the web site for 2010.

When I opened up the 2010 box and looked inside there are now only two disks not three, as AutoCAD and Structural Detailing now being provided on a single disk but there was nothing else!

I telephone the reseller who had sent me the disk and asked had they forgotten to include the little manual and Read This First sheet, or had someone removed it before dispatch because this box is 20mm wide and has the grips to hold the missing manual.

After a little investigation they come back to me and informed me that as a cost reduction exercise Autodesk were no longer shipping the getting started manual with the trial disk!

Thinking that perhaps this individual was incorrect or misinformed, I contacted another UK reseller who has verified that it is no longer provided.

OK think I, it has to be on the CD, they are saving paper, trees and the environment and it will be in adobe format on the disk……nope not even the user manual appears to be there all you find are these:-
Autodesk, if you’re reading this, and I know you do visit the blog from time to time then this is a real backward step if you want people to have a go at flying Revit Structure, how on earth do you expect them to have a meaningful trial of the product by not including the little manual…. You are doing yourself no favours and Revit Structure and injustice.

Monday, 8 June 2009

Excitech Launches Structural Services Division

Excitech is pleased to announce the formation of its new Excitech Structural Solutions business unit which is focused on UK Structural Engineering. Nigel Rees has joined Excitech to head up this division and expand its presence in the Structural Engineering market. Nigel brings with him 9 years of technical experience of Autodesk Robot Structural Analysis (RSA) software (formerly known as Robot Millennium).

Commenting on the launch of the new division, Managing Director Adrian Atkinson said; “there has been a problem within the industry in providing even the most basic levels of support and training for the new Autodesk RSA software."

Atkinson continues by explaining that "This means that Excitech is in the unique position of being able to partner with its customers and help them realise the maximum value from their investment in the latest structural design and analysis solutions."

Friday, 5 June 2009

What's your suggested Min. Spec. for RST2010?

After many years of faithful service what was my high spec home laptop has died and needs to be replaced. Wanting to run Revit Structure at home I thought I would look at what the suggested minimum and recommended specifications for 32-bit machine to run Autodesk Revit Structure is:-

The Autodesk page at

Gives a Minimum Systems Requirements for 32-bit Autodesk Revit Structure of:-

Intel® Pentium® 4 1.4 GHz processor or equivalent AMD® processor
3 GB RAM, 1 GB if no rendering is required

But gives a System Recommendation for 32-bit Autodesk Revit Structure of

Intel® Core™2 Duo processor or equivalent AMD processor
4 GB RAM recommended

OK so it seems they are suggesting a min spec to load it and a recommended spec to run it!

Excitech have a document on their web site that recommends CAD Workstation Specifications at

Entry Level ~ Min 2.66GHz Intel® Core™2 Duo processor with 3 GB RAM

Mid Range ~ Min 3.0GHz Intel® Core™2 Duo processor with 4 GB RAM (with 3GB switch)

Power User ~ Min 3GHz Intel® Xeon processor with 8 GB RAM.

I would like to ask a couple of questions of people visiting this blog

1) What specifications of Revit workstation are you currently using?

2) Have you found that RST 2010 is running slower than 2009 and is this making consider upgrading the spec of your Revit workstations?