Families

Is there a wrong way to use Autodesk® Seek?

In the middle of the design process, families are needed instantly at the click of a button.  Seek seems like the answer, because it is right there, on the ribbon (Insert tab).  And Seek claims to have 65,000 Revit® families from hundreds of manufacturers.

Let’s run an experiment.  I am working on a project that requires a door that is not in my firm’s standard family library.  I type “door” into Seek’s search field and scan the results. 

Why was BlueBryk created?

My day is filled with interruptions.  “Can you show me how to use Revit’s Phasing?”  “My Revit model just crashed.  Can you help?”  “Every time I place the furniture in the plan, it just disappears.  What’s wrong with Revit?”  “I need a light fixture like the one on this cut sheet.  Can you make the Revit family for me?  It is this last request that got BlueBryk started.  Here is what happened.

Why was BlueBryk created?

My day is filled with interruptions.  “Can you show me how to use Revit’s Phasing?”  “My Revit model just crashed.  Can you help?”  “Every time I place the furniture in the plan, it just disappears.  What’s wrong with Revit?”  “I need a light fixture like the one on this cut sheet.  Can you make the Revit family for me?  It is this last request that got BlueBryk started.  Here is what happened.

Revit Content - What I Want

When it comes to Revit content, no one has what we need. In the middle of the design process families are needed instantly at the click of a button. But, I want more than that. What I want is a massive library of high quality, consistent and free content. No one provides that today.

I’ve deliberately used aspirational terms like “massive”, “high quality”, “consistent” and “free”. We will never have the possibility of getting what we want if we can’t articulate what it is. Let me try to define these terms so you know what I’m talking about.

Revit Content - What I Want

When it comes to Revit content, no one has what we need. In the middle of the design process families are needed instantly at the click of a button. But, I want more than that. What I want is a massive library of high quality, consistent and free content. No one provides that today.

I’ve deliberately used aspirational terms like “massive”, “high quality”, “consistent” and “free”. We will never have the possibility of getting what we want if we can’t articulate what it is. Let me try to define these terms so you know what I’m talking about.