|Hey, it’s Michael from ArchSmarter,|
|I’ve been developing a lot of custom Revit add-ins lately, which naturally has me thinking about automation. There are a some tasks in Revit which are ripe for automation. Getting and setting parameters, exporting to Excel, creating geometry from specific inputs. These are all good examples. Typically, tasks that are well defined and require very little thought to complete are great candidates for automation.
And there are other tasks that are definitely NOT good candidates. These are tasks that are not well-defined, have a number of different conditions that could apply, or require a lot of human judgement. Things like ensuring code compliance, checking clearances between model elements, and even dimensioning are difficult to automate. I’m not saying that you can’t automate these tasks. It’s just that the automation will likely be very complex or only work in very specific instances.
There’s a desire to automate away a lot of the complex work. But oftentimes, this just creates more complexity. This comic from xkcd perfectly sums up the trouble we sometimes get can ourselves into when we start down the automation path. The trick is to make the complex task simpler without adding any additional complexity elsewhere. Sometimes that’s a seriously tall order!
I can assure you, the following links were definitely selected manually. No automation here. Here are five things to check out this week. Enjoy!
#1: Generative Design is Doomed to Fail
#2: iPad for Architects: Do You Really Need One?
30×40 Design Workshop has created an insightful review of the use of iPad for architects. Beautifully created, this 20-minute video offers four in-depth and insightful use case examples of different tablets, hardware and apps to give you everything you need to make your own decision as to whether or not you need to run out and get an iPad. Thanks Eric!
#3: The Power of Interactive Tools
Morphocode has put together a fantastic trip back in time to the start of computer graphics and how the early beginnings of interactive technology can give us better insights into the tools we use today. Chock filled with interesting diagrams, images and video clips, this is a great article to dive into today!
#4: Where Did the Good Drawings Go?
Jeffrey Potter of Let’s Fix Construction puts forth his musings and concerns on the declining quality of design drawings and what the architects and architecture schools are doing wrong. What do you think? Do you see a similar decline in quality? If so, what can we do about it?
#5: Build, Build, Build, Build, Build
NIMBY or YIMBY? Where do you fall in the development debate? This timely and important article sheds some light on the housing crisis in the US and how a developer’s proposal had wide-reaching impact on one California suburb’s residents and its city manager. A must read!
Question of the Week:
How do you organize multiple buildings in a Revit project? Do you create a single model with all the buildings or create a model for each building and link them together? That’s this week’s question. ARK member Bryce Lien shares his approach to organizing projects and want to know more about how you structure links for various models.
That’s all from me. Hope you’re having a great week.