Summer is still hot and sunny.
I spent the last two weeks attempting to and succeeding pretty well at doing next to nothing.
Here are some things that cropped up anyway:
- BIM 360 and Forge Hackathon and Webinar Series
- Getting the building height
- FamilyBoundingBox enhanced taking instances into account
Here is some more news and motivation for this event:
This is the fifth annual online hackathon conducted by the Autodesk App Store team, from August 1 to October 31, 2017. This year, the hackathon is dedicated to apps that use the BIM 360 API.
This hackathon is a great way to quickly climb the BIM 360 + Forge API integration learning curve with Autodesk engineers close at hand (virtually) to grow your business by integrating with BIM 360. The seven web training sessions give you a head start addressing opportunities across the entire building and infrastructure lifecycle and help you discover what you can achieve by leveraging Forge APIs with BIM 360. You don't have to take part in the hackathon to attend the webinars, but registration for the webinars is required. Sign up once for the webinar series and attend any webinar you want. All webinars will be recorded:
- August 15 – BIM 360 business opportunities with AppStore
- August 16 – Introduction to BIM360 and Forge API
- August 17 – Authentication and Data Management
- August 18 – Model Derivative API
- August 22 – Viewer
- August 23 – BIM 360 Account Level API
- August 24 – Submitting BIM360 App to Autodesk AppStore
Registration for the BIM 360 Online Hackathon is open right now.
During the hackathon introduction webinar on August 15th, we’ll be talking about what you can do right now to integrate with BIM 360 and provide an early look at the API roadmap (i.e., programmatic access to Issues, BIM 360 UI integration, and more).
Another reason to work on BIM 360 integration sooner rather than later is we’ll be launching a BIM 360 app 'Showcase' on www.autodesk.com plus a BIM 360 app storefront in the Autodesk App Store in the next few weeks. Being present in the Showcase and the App Store BIM 360 storefront when they first 'open' is a great way to get maximum exposure for your business with Autodesk BIM 360 customers (while there are still just a few dozen apps, so you don’t risk getting lost in the crowd later, when hundreds are added).
For all new apps on the BIM 360 platform submitted to the Autodesk App Store and accepted for publication in the store, a reward of 500 USD will be given, for one eligible app per entrant.
Check out the full hackathon details including how to enter and the rules.
You don’t have to have an app in mind or even be a developer to participate in or benefit from the Hackathon. Join us to learn more about the opportunities to tap into the construction industry’s digital transformation by creating apps and seamless experiences that leverage the Forge APIs to extend BIM 360.
If you have any questions, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We recently discussed an issue related to
IsCreatedLocal property outputting an unexpected value.
That was resolved by the following explanation from the Revit development team:
IsCreatedLocal is currently used in the Revit Server workflow.
If a local model is created by the
RevitServerTool command line tool, the
IsCreatedLocal property in
BasicFileInfo is true.
IsLocal are mutually exclusive – when
IsCreatedLocal is true,
IsLocal is actually false.
To safely determine whether a model is local, API users can use the following:
IsCreatedLocal || IsLocal
Question: This seems simple enough, but is there an easy way to get the total height of a building?
Answer: Sure there is.
It calls the
get_BoundingBox method generated by
the BoundingBox property on
all elements in the model and aggregates their results.
You can easily adapt that to your needs.
An enhancement to the FamilyBoundingBox add-in to determine a family's extents leads to another bounding box related topic.
It is based on Kevin @kelau1993 Lau's solution to determine the bounding box of a family in the family document environment presented in the Revit API discussion forum thread on family bounding box in family document.
Here is the full description of the update in Kevin's own words:
I updated the code to compute the family definition bounding box to take into account all nested family instances in addition to the
Previously, nested family instances were ignored.
A family instance requires going through the geometry to get a tighter bounding box.
The result of calling
get_BoundingBox directly is really loose for some reason.
I looked through these sites for reference:
- LINQ DIY Transformed Geometry Bounding Box
- SetoutPoints GeomVertices.cs
- Knowledgebase article on GeometryInstances
- Example: Retrieve Geometry Data from a Beam
I also tried using this:
familyInstance .get_Geometry(options) .GetTransformed( familyInstance.GetTransform() )
However, the result was inaccurate.
Here is a sample family importnest.rfa:
It contains a
GeomCombination at the top left consisting of a void and a solid extrusion.
The rest of the geometries are nested family instances.
Notice that with the new code, the bounding box grows to include the FamilyInstances.
Here are the results in the debugger:
My images don't really show that the bounding box is right for the FamilyInstances, though. I don't know if there is a better way to get the coordinates of a vertex other than this method. You can verify the bounding box by calculating it in the UI. My way is to just place ReferencePlanes and snoop the coordinates with RevitLookup. One option to display them would be to create ReferencePlanes surrounding the bounding box in the different views or just create an Extrusion or something occupying the space of the bounding box.
Many thanks to Kevin for sharing this!