Tag Archives: Data

Door Handing in Revit with Dynamo update

Door Handing Sample

I’ve been getting some feedback that the Door Handing workflow I used in my post Door Swing Direction in Revit from September 2014 does not always work. I have now double checked with Konrad, tested with Revit 2015 UR5 + Dynamo, and created a working sample model and corresponding definition. The sample file uses a single Door family and it’s Comments instance parameter. It should be rather straight forward to change the sample to work with any other project setting. Download:

Door Handing Sample

Please note that I have included two Door Handing nodes; Konrad’s Door Set Handing, part of his archi-lab.net Package, and erfajo’s Door Handing node, part of the Package DanEDU Dynamo. They work slightly different, but should be able to provide the same results.

Konrad explicitly told me to forward any further problems to him directly. Check out his webpage for comments and contact details: archi-lab.net


Dynanimator released: Animating Data Changes in Revit with Dynamo

You know that feeling? When you have an idea? And you know that if you succeed, you’ll love the outcome? I have that now.

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The first time I saw someone animate data changes in a building design environment, I was blown away. I think the people responsible for the slightly embarrassing incident were Stephen Melville and he’s team’s work at Ramboll Computational Design in London. Around the same time I saw Zach Kron’s flying bird wings – a GIF animation made in Revit with Harry Mathison’s Image-O-Matic. That led me to produce a number of similar movie clips, based on Revit’s Conceptual Modeling Environment and Harry’s tool. Later, when I read Michael Kirchner’s research on creating iterative daylighting analysis workflows using Dynamo and Cloud Rendering (Part 1:Changing a Family Instance and Saving an Image), I realized that I could build my own animation workflow with Dynamo.

During Autodesk University 2014 I collaborated with Andreas Dieckmann, Julien Benoit and Ian Siegel on a Dynamo Hackathon project called Dynanimator; a set of technologies in Dynamo that creates image exports per parameter change iteration. Today we have published it. The Package is based on Dynamo version 0.7.5, but should work perfectly on 0.8.

The outcome will be a set of images. I normally create GIF’s in GIMP 2 or MP4 in Windows Movie Maker. Sometimes, when I’m in the mood, I combine multiple MP4’s with selected audio in Camtasia Studio, like I did in my post Animate design iterations in Revit with Dynamo from late in 2014.

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Check out our GitHub repository for additional information about usage, collaboration, samples, etc.: Dynanimator

Last, here’s a short video tutorial showing how I use these nodes:

In the future we want to start combining this technology with both analysis and optimization techniques. Try to visualize an animation that shows how a room gets optimized for daylighting. I think that’s a very interesting way to communicate visually what you are doing as a designer.

Now bring your models alive, and share your animations with the rest of the world!