Archive | May 15, 2013

What’s the Crunch? – BIM Crunch

You have probably all noticed a fantastic new site which was launched at BIM Show Live 2013 called BIM Crunch.

What's the Crunch

BIM Crunch is a BIM news and views portal bringing you the latest and most up to date information on all that is happening within the BIM community. From interviews, opinions, pictures, videos and much more! You will also find my BIM Diary embedded on the site as under the events category.

BIMcrunch brings together the latest thoughts, opinions and news from the top thinkers in BIM. Creating a place that shares the latest blogs, tweets, news articles and events alongside our own in-depth feature interviews and opinion pieces, BIMcrunch is the place to go for what’s trending in BIM.

The BIM community is fast-paced and has some exceptional thinkers and innovators with insightful views and opinions, plus there’s the construction projects that are pushing BIM boundaries and the latest technology advances – we’ll cover them all at BIMcrunch.

Powered by _space group but produced by an independent team of staff writers, contributors and industry bloggers we want to share your BIM news and thoughts so if you’ve got a story, guest column or idea tell us at Remember, the BIMcrunch community goes wider than our thoughts, see what’s being talked about on our Forum or join the conversation on Twitter and Facebook etc…

Make sure to check back over the coming weeks as all the presentation materials, photos and videos from the excellent BIM Show Live 2013 will be uploaded exclusively to BIM Crunch! You will already find some fantastic articles from some of the biggest names in BIM available to view, and the best thing is; it’s completely free!

Point cloud or linked file not appearing in Revit – Shared coordinates

If you are having troubles seeing imports / links or possibly point clouds when imported into Revit. The main reason (presuming it’s nothing to do with visibility settings / overrides) is most likely to be that the link is a very large distance away from the model space.  

The reason this happens is down to the coordinates imports in your Revit project. For instance your model center point which would be at 0m, where as your link or point cloud import may be thousands of km’s away. This will of course leave you in a situation where, if you zoom to fit, you will see neither your original file or the linked file, as they are so far away from each other that they become invisible unless zoomed into. 

It may also be difficult to locate where each file / import is. A good work flow I have been using is to import your point cloud, zoom to fit. Highlight from the bottom left of the screen all the way to the top right. Use the filter option in Revit to filter the elements. Select ONLY the point cloud / linked file which you wish to be imported on top of your model. 

Isolate this the selected element and then use the zoom to fit option. Now you should be able to see your point cloud / import in the center of the screen. You can now create a section through the import and then split it up by levels and add elevations etc. You will now be able to acquire coordinates from your import and use them as the project base coordinates