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Friday, July 31, 2015

#RTCNA 2015 – Presentation Data Sets

The datasets have now been uploaded to the RTC website and I have also made them available here.


If you download the data set from the link above, you get a bonus Rhythm for Dynamo commercial that has been modified to include someone who is very passionate about the subject. (Caution it has sound)

The original video of this person is here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nuHfVn_cfHU

I hope everyone finds the materials useful and we’ll see you at the next one!



Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Fun with #DynamoBIM Web Request Node

A while back on twitter there was a joke regarding the hashtag, #theresanodeforthat.

Jolstein Olsen made a joke by creating a Mother Teresa node called “TeresaNode”. This started to make me think, “What if we created a node that pulled quotes from somewhere?”.

Enter the web request node.

2015-07-29_13h54_09This node allows us to grab a website and view its source. This is pretty awesome if you see replicated info and can make it variable.

Initially I began making quote nodes from various people.


But I soon made it searchable!


What the definition basically does is get the home page of quotes for the searched individual and pulls all of the quotes. This is pulling from http://www.brainyquote.com/ by the way.

After removing some of the extra junk we can then get a random index of the list, producing a random quote.

Check out the animation and graph below and have fun! And of course this is now in Rhythm.



Another thing I thought of is this isn’t necessarily a waste of time, because this represents the power we have to read data from external resources with DynamoBIM!


Tuesday, July 28, 2015

#RTCNA 2015 Innovation Project Video

Upon registration for RTC this year there was one simple question added regarding something you did that was innovative this year.

Considering I had just learned Dynamo at AU2014 and just released the Rhythm package for Dynamo in February, I considered that the most innovative thing I did.

When all of the submissions were narrowed down and videos created, there were eight finalists.

My video was one of them and was allowed to be played at the Gala dinner.

Unfortunately I didn’t win, but it was some amazing advertisement for both DynamoBIM and Rhythm.

After the “commercial” aired, I had Matt Jezyk and Zach Kron ask me if the video was available anywhere. You can now view it below and thank you everyone for interest in Rhythm and DynamoBIM! (Note: there is no sound in the video because they requested it purely be text. (They did play it with AC/DC’s “Back in Black” playing in the background though)



Monday, July 27, 2015

Post #RTCNA 2015 Rhythm Updates

After a great week at RTCNA, (both attending classes and presenting workflows) I have a couple of updates.

I attended a great class by Marcello Sgambelluri called Design Script for Dummies. He is a great presenter and really makes everything understandable to everyone.

One thing I noticed is he has a common gripe regarding the case sensitive nature of getting and setting parameters in Revit with Dynamo.

After some thought (in a dream) I realized, “Hey, we have all of the nodes to do this already!”

So now we have the ability to use this regardless of text case. See below for the graph.

2015-07-27_08h29_52This is now included in Rhythm as a single node for getting and setting parameters.

2015-07-27_09h24_46  During our presentation on Saturday, I showed how to get the percentage of glazing per wall direction using Dynamo. This is a super complicated and annoying process otherwise. (Filled Regions, Manual Calculation, Curse Words, etc) See below for one of the reactions I received.

2015-07-27_09h35_28 Luckily now I bundled this node into Rhythm for everyone to use. This does assume you use curtain walls for windows and you have your exterior walls set to “exterior” function.


This was a great conference to attend and I look forward to seeing you all at the next one!


Friday, July 24, 2015

RTCNA 2015- Optimize|02_LAR Floor Plan Tweak

Live from RTC..
After using the Lighting Analysis for Revit I realized very quickly that it did not apply to additional views at all.

After much frustration I stumbled across a workflow that enables us to add the analysis grid to more views!

See the video below for details.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

RTCNA 2015- Optimize|01_LAR Settings with Dynamo

Previously I mentioned that I will be sharing some workflows for our RTCNA presentation on Saturday.

Below I show how to set the “Include in Daylighting” Parameter for typical room types by name.


Monday, July 20, 2015

RTCNA 2015- Optimize| Dynamo for Building Performance


This week I will be posting detailed explanations of graphs I will present at RTCNA 2015. The reason I will be posting these is for everyone to be able to break them down and figure them out. This also allows for them to live somewhere if we run out of time on Saturday during Session 3.4| Implementing A Building Performance Optimization Workflow.

If you can do this.


With some thought, you can do this.



Wednesday, July 15, 2015

RTCNA 2015 Class “Implementing a Building Performance Optimization Workflow” aka iBPOW!

Long title, but it represents a lot of information.
Next week at RTCNA 2015 my BIM manager and I will be teaching a class on optimizing your workflow for building performance. (Session 3.4, Saturday July 25th, 2:30pm)
We are going to start out by showing everyone a lot of helpful hints and tricks on how to adapt this workflow for every project you do. We will then wrap up with some very helpful optimization tips using DynamoBIM. This will be about the last 15-30 minutes of the presentation.
The Dynamo workflows shown are something a beginner or intermediate Dynamo user can begin to recreate and expand upon.
I have been using Dynamo since AU2014 after taking Marcello’s beginner classes and have came up with the workflows over the last 6 months. This is why I fell like the average Dynamo user can start to interpret the workflows. Dynamo is something that can help us be more efficient and streamline mundane processes.
See you all in DC!

Friday, July 10, 2015

Some Help in Revit with Rhythm

There’s a new update for Rhythm today. I included some pretty useful stuff that includes OS functions and some help (Ayuda)

2015-07-10_12h40_15These nodes also open up the possibility to skip file path nodes to determine various things in the current file.

Have fun!


Thursday, July 2, 2015

Better Screenshots in Dynamo

Currently when you want to share an image of a large Dynamo graph with other users you have a couple of options. You can zoom out and capture the whole thing but begin to lose image quality. Or, you can take several screenshots and stitch them together which isn’t great either.
The other day I was sharing a graph with a user over at the DynamoBIM forums and realized I should stretch the canvas over both monitors to capture more of the graph and then screenshot from there.

Here’s a screenshot we often see taken on one monitor.
And here’s the screenshot across both monitors.
I know it’s a simple observation, but hey it can save some frustrations until there is a proper export command.