Developing the Revit Panel Selection and Optimize Add-On [FREE TO USE]
Developing the Revit Panel Selection and Optimize Add-On [FREE TO USE]
Developing the Revit Panel Selection and Optimize Add-On [FREE TO USE]
Developing the Revit Panel Selection and Optimize Add-On [FREE TO USE]

 ? So we decided to take a shot on the Revit API and utilize some of the Revit 2011 sample API code in order to create a generic Revit Add-On which will allow the user to map the Image analytical data onto the panel components of a Revit Divided Surface. Most will agree that the nice thing about Revit is that 60-70% of the hard work is done by designing the parameters of the ?Pattern-Based? family component in a way to react to values changes in the parameters.

So, myself and my collage Mike Hodge decided to look at the sample code with Revit 2011 API. We basically connected the Add-On User Interface with buttons and menus that activates the commands on the sample codes that came with Revit.

 

The images above explain some of the key ideas that helped us designing the Add-On. We especially tried this tool on a Tower Project competition to exemplify real design requirements for a project. We won the first Prize!

 IT IS FREE: It will be great to get some feedback from users about the Revit ?Patterning Tool? Add-On. Please EMAIL ME so I can email you the Add-On and a few notes on how to use it. Sorry, I do not have the documentation created now as this is an on-going development process. Please share your thoughts and it will be great to get your input.

Application of Patterning on Tower Schemes ?
Application of Patterning on Tower Schemes ?
Application of Patterning on Tower Schemes ?

The interesting about this data-driven approach to configure the surface is that with Revit family the user can specify a generic parameter (e.g. width, thickness, height, rotation, etc.) and the Image acts as an input data that manipulates the components parameters. Think of the image as an analytical data such as:

-          Ecotect solar exposure.

-          Structural analysis constraints.

-          Visibility chart of a horizontal or vertical surface.

-          Etc.

 

These images show a tower skin whereby we altered the individual thickness of each precast panel based on using an assumed structural analysis pressure image. Notice how the precast panels are thicker at the bottom of the tower and thinner at the top of the tower.

 

Credits for working on this scheme goes to my friends Vincent Poon and Mike Hodge from Perkins + Will.

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The Beginning... Image Mapping on Revit Surface
The Beginning... Image Mapping on Revit Surface
The Beginning... Image Mapping on Revit Surface

Here are a few examples of images showing how to alter the configuration of a simple box components family to change its ?Height? parameters in order to map an Image pattern the divided surface.

This was created using the standard C# Code I got used from the Revit 2011 SDK sample snippets. The sample is called [...Samples\Massing\ParameterValuesFromImage].

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