Missing UK Localisation Hotfix for Revit Structure 2012

Just a quick reminder that if you are still experiencing the US terminology for Structural Framing usage and Notching then Autodesk have a hot fix to repair this issue. It is available for both 32 and 64bit systems at the following location:


Below is how your notching and structural Usage should look:



Tracking Drawing Changes in Revit for Free!

A fairly hot topic at the moment is with drawing revisions, specifically how to track revised changes within Revit. Currently there are no features within the Revit software to compare changes to drawings from one revision to the next; however, Autodesk Design Review 2012 does have some of the answers!

Autodesk Design Review can see the differences between 2D drawing views and uses a very simple ‘traffic light’ system to track the differences between two drawings.

There are a few exceptions to what Design review can check and I have included these in the table below.


To start checking for changes you will need to have DWF versions of the sheets before and after the changes have occurred. You can then open the original DWF version and then use the following ribbon to compare sheets.

In the image below I have made a change to the section size of a rafter and changed Level 2. Both of these have been identified within the DWF file shown below.

You could of course use this to check the differences from any 2D drawings.

Hope this helps,


AutoCAD Structural Detailing Reinforced Concrete Tutorial

Link to YouTube Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3vxf6CrTtz4

In this short tutorial I will take you through some of the AutoCAD Structural Detailing (ASD) basic tools for reinforcing a beam. You will see how to create the bar and ranges and also how to schedule and create drawing views. There is a lot to learn with this package and it is packed with features so you will need a template that creates the correct standard as well as your company’s preferred graphical standards.

Remember that ASD is included with the Revit Structure Suite and many of you will probably have this installed on your desktop but possibly configured to run as vanilla AutoCAD.

You can see below that in the Job Preferences you can set your design preference and drawing preference. The good thing here is that the data is all editable and you can edit the maximum bar lengths and limit larger diameter bars to shorter lengths to have pity on the fixers!

You will then need to create the various styles for the graphical appearance of your tags and dimensions and also determine how ASD represents ranges.

You will also see a concrete beam transferred from Revit Structure to ASD which will fully detail all the formwork and create the element and views ready for you to add bar!

Hope this helps,


Section mapping from AutoCAD Structural Detailing to Revit Structure

A quick Tip and Trick when working with Steel models between ASD and Revit Structure.

 When transferring a steel model from Revit Structure to ASD (AutoCAD Structural Detailing) your standard sections will be mapped without any problems. However, if you need to create any bespoke sections then you will need to generate these first in ASD and then the sections will appear in the Revit Structure content generator.

In the above example, you can see the custom sections shown in the Revit Content Generator (Found on the Extensions Ribbon).

Here is the same profile in ASD.

Hope this helps,