We have already seen a couple of interesting contributions by Ritchie Jackson of the Adaptive Architecture and Computation programme at UCL, the University College London:
- Blends, Hermite splines and derivatives
- Complexity versus constructability
- The Autodesk Project Vasari API
- Flattening a non planar extrusion profile
Here is another topic, an introduction to the Revit API for programming novices for the London Revit User Group LRUG. Knowing Ritchie, it includes a couple of novel aspects:
- Focus on VSTA macros.
- Comparison of manual versus API approach.
- Focus on geometry generation.
The source code snippets cover the generation of some extremely simple shapes whilst the sample projects Ritchie presents feature the API workflow in more advanced examples:
- A single line.
- A simple box extrusion.
- A box with a cut-out.
- Iteration to generate a series of boxes with cut-outs to represent a boardwalk.
- An amphitheatre set-out:
- A roller-coaster reception with all its elements and materials:
- A curved truss with all its elements:
- A conceptual high-rise model including
- Façade set-out
- Façade panels
- Façade materials
- Floor plates
- Beam materials
The presentation includes more details on all of these items, obviously, descriptions of the workflows, and a detailed quick start guide for creating VSTA macros. Some of these samples were also mentioned in Ritchie's previous contributions.
Here is Ritchie's complete Revit API Introduction Presentation with the accompanying Notes and Source Code samples. Very many thanks to Ritchie for sharing this with us!