My favorite tools for Revit productivity

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It should be no surprise to anyone that I am a pretty big Revit enthusiast. Not a day goes by without me buried deep in the trenches of the software learning, exploring, and trying to be better at what I do. That being said, I’ve had a lot of time to explore some of the great add-ins that make Revit even awesome-er.

Here are a few of my favorites:

01 Worksharing Monitor

If you work on projects that require multiple team members in the same Revit model, Worksharing Monitor is an absolute must. From a long list of merits, Worksharing Monitor provides a list of all other team members working in the project file and provides an alert to users if they are working in a local copy of the file or the central file itself.  It also provides real-time synchronize progress, time-tracking since last synchronize, editing requests for “borrowed” model elements, and system performance updates.

I know what you’re thinking: that’s sooo Big Brother-ish. And it is, but Worksharing Monitor is a great tool for working in a team environment nonetheless.

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02 eTransmit

eTransmit is a packaging tool that (with just a few clicks) allows users to prepare Revit files for transfer to consultants or outside parties. This tool streamlines a lot of the best practices I encourage users to get into the habit of implementing, including detaching the file from central, purging unused elements, and getting rid of extraneous links, views, and sheets. If you engage in some form of regularly scheduled transfer, your custom settings can even be saved for future use.

The best thing about it? The Revit file never has to be opened; simply launch the add-in, point to the appropriate file, and “transmit” the model. This is a huge time saver.

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03 Model Checker

As BIM manager for my firm, the Autodesk Model Checker is my best friend. It can run checks against your Revit model – all of which are fully customizable – to validate compliance of information within the model. The resulting report is an easy-to-read breakdown of information that can be rated as “Pass” or “Fail” depending on the criteria built into the check.

Even the simplest general check, which can look for purgeable elements or total project warnings (to name a few), can really help with monitoring model fidelity and ensuring that your project files are performing as they should.

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As a side note, and I won’t go into much detail here, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that CAD Technology Center (better known as CTC) also has a plethora of really great tools that help to automate some of the most mundane tasks in Revit. If they aren’t already, these should absolutely be on your technology radar.

Happy Revit-eering.

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