Spend time to save time

Investment. Many people imagine buying properties, stocks or gold. But there is one commodity, which has much higher value. A commodity that is extremely hard to buy. A commodity that is usually insanely expensive. Everyone has more or less the same amount at birth, and we are spending it every second. Time. Do you wonder why rich people take a helicopter from the airport to city centre? Does it seem like an unnecessary luxury to you? They know they can make more money, the time is, however, merciless. Both rich and poor are spending it at the same rate. And that is why rich people try to save as much of time as possible. Nobody can get the time back.

However, there is a way to save time. And we are getting back to the first sentence. Investment. What if I tell you there is a way to save time? It is not a secret. But it takes some time now, to save some time in the future. I will give you an example. I spent last few days making templates. Many different types. This semester we calculated required sizes of beams and columns. It takes between 15 to 30 minutes to calculate one. And I spent one afternoon (3 hours), making an excel spreadsheet, which reduces this time to around 2 minutes. By a simple calculation we can assume that after calculating twelve beams, I have my investment back. I invested 3 hours in saving many minutes next semester. This also allows me to try different sizes of beams in a quick succession and that can result in more efficient design.

Yesterday, I spent the evening making my own custom Revit template. I looked back to this semester project Revit file. Looked for things I spend a long time adding and arranging. Line styles, hatching patters, reinforcement bars. And I added those to my template. Changed few things that help with readability of drawings. And I am planning to further upgrade it when it will be necessary.


This rule can apply to many things which follow the same algorithm every time. Next time I could improve my U-value excel calculator, heat loss calculator or anything else that I might use in the future. Also, our structural design teacher made many useful templates for calculating self-weight, wind loads and snow loads. So we do not have to calculate it by hand. There is also many useful software which can help you every day. For me, this software is Beamax for beams, Finnwood for light floor partitions. Calculating many things by hand would be impossible. However, someone has spent many hours creating a computer software. And their hours are saving you many hours.Výstřižek

In general, the rule is simple. Always think ahead. Whenever you do something, try to do it that way, so you do not have to ever do it again. At least not for the same time. Automatization is the key. Spend time to save time.







Revit 101 – Roof by extrusion

Roofs might very often be a hard nut to crack, especially when you have a little more complicated floor plan. The trick is to break the whole roof to a smaller parts and also make the roof as an extrusion.


Above you can see a fairly simple floor plan and our aim is to make roof which has gable on the west, east and south wall. Our mission starts at East Elevation.

Here we can see the east wall of our project. Architecture-Build-Roof-Roof by extrusion.1You will be asked to pick a working plane. Choose Pick a plane and click on the east wall.


Now you can sketch the desired pitch of the roof.3Once you click on Finish edit mode, it should look similar to this.4And in 3D view.5Now go to South Elevation and repeat the process.6In 3D view, it looks like this. But I guess we do not want to have the dormer on the other side, so for a final touch Modify-Geometry-Join/unjoin roof.7And select the edge of a small gable first and plane of the bigger roof second.8Final result.final

Hope I helped



Revit 101 – Wall structure

If you ever needed to edit the structure of the wall, look no further, I can help you with that. In the picture below you can see two types of walls. The former is so called full brick wall, which has both the inner and outer leaf made of bricks, with a cavity filled with insulation, the latter has outer leaf made of bricks and inner leaf made of concrete, again insulation is placed between inner and outer leaf. Wall 1.PNG

When we want to make our own type of the wall. We can simply select an existing wall and at the properties browser choose edit type.

As a next step, I would suggest duplicate, in order not to overwrite the existing type. When you choose duplicate, you will be asked to name your new wall. You can address this in different ways (I might eventually cover this in posts to come) but always try to be persistent and logical in naming.

In the type properties, click on Edit structure. Edit structure

Here you can see different layers which make the whole wall. I opened the former type of the wall. Here you can see the layers as I listed them above. So you are now able to change the material/thickness/order or assign a function to them.

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On the picture above, you can see the new type of wall I made from the old one. This one consist of inner and outer leaf made of concrete, with 125 mm insulation filled cavity. Now just confirm with OK and you can play with your new wall.

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