Author: Jim Cowan Revit, Showcase

At Ideate, we often are asked about the 'other' products that are included in Building Design Suites. One of the un-sung products is Autodesk Showcase.

PROBLEM: How do I show my Revit model in a more realistic environment? Plus I want to not show the whole model; How do I show a section cut through the model to illustrate how the architectural spaces interact?

ANSWER: Use interoperability within the Building Design Suite – with the use of Autodesk Showcase. Section Box functionality within Revit and interoperability with Showcase gives AEC firms new workflow options.

A section box can be used in Revit to limit the visibility of objects, especially useful in a large project! As part of the Autodesk Building Suite with its new workflow options, you can now use the section box to quickly cut through a model, take it into Showcase and produce fast renderings. Very cool!

Watch my video on interoperability to see an example.

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          Jim Cowan
Jim Cowan
AEC Senior Application Specialist

Jim Cowan’s extensive AEC design industry experience, Autodesk design solutions expertise, and status as an Autodesk Certified Instructor have made him a sought after university curriculum developer, instructor, and presenter. Jim’s areas of expertise include eLearning, interoperability between solutions, and overcoming barriers to the adoption of Building Information Modeling (BIM). Educated in Architecture at Edinburgh College of Art/Heriot–Watt University and in Landscape Architecture at the University of Manitoba, Jim has a special focus on sustainability issues: daylight analysis, sun studies, lighting analysis, modeling buildings, and conceptual energy modeling (models with shading devices). You can learn more from Jim on his YouTube Channel.