Architextures : Unleashing Creativity!

Architextures is more than just a texture library; it’s a comprehensive solution aimed at boosting creativity, improving efficiency, and fostering collaboration within the design process. A must-have in the toolkit of every architect and designer.

Unlocking Design Potential with Architextures

In the realm of architectural and design projects, the quest for photo-realism and precise material depiction is ever-present. This journey, however, often encounters a roadblock: the acquisition of high-quality textures. Whether it’s the cost, time, or effort involved, the hurdle of finding or creating the right textures can significantly impede creativity.

Enter Architextures – a cutting-edge solution designed to seamlessly integrate into the workflows of architects and designers. With its robust features, Architextures stands out as an indispensable tool for the modern design professional.
Architextures web app allows designers to create custom materials compatible with CAD/BIM software and download their design as a seamless texture, bump map or hatch.

Key Feature 1:

Revit and SketchUp Integration: Effortlessly apply textures and 2D hatches directly onto your models, ensuring a smooth blend with your existing workflow.
Screenshot of the Architextures interface integrated within Revit software, showing a selection of materials including wood and concrete textures.
Screenshot of the Architextures interface integrated within Revit software, showing a selection of materials including wood and concrete textures.

Key Feature 2:

Extensive Texture Library: Gain instant access to a vast collection of ready-to-use, high-quality textures that will elevate your designs.
User interface of Architextures for Revit displaying a selection of materials categorized by type, such as Wood, Stone, and Concrete.
Extensive Texture Library: Gain instant access to a vast collection of ready-to-use, high-quality textures that will elevate your designs.

Key Feature 3:

Custom Textures: Upload your own images to create unique textures, adding a personal touch to your projects.
Material selection interface showing options for Solid Fill (Tint), Upload function, and custom uploaded materials like black marquina and two shades of beamwood oak.
Custom Textures: Upload your own images to create unique textures, adding a personal touch to your projects.

Key Feature 4:

Team Collaboration: Build and share a texture library with your team, enhancing collaboration and ensuring consistency across projects.
A detailed view of the texture customization panel in Architextures with options for texture type, pattern layout, material properties, and sharing features.
Interface of Architextures showing a 'Collections' page with options to create new collections and previews of existing projects like 'Cafe Project' and 'Apartment Project 1'.
Team Collaboration: Build and share a texture library with your team, enhancing collaboration and ensuring consistency across projects.

Key Feature 5:

Dynamic Tools: Transform images into tiles, paving, and more with a single click. Automatically generate essential maps like hatches, bump maps, and normal maps for any uploaded texture. Additionally, adjust finishes, edges, profiles, and add multiple materials to a pattern with ease.
The interface of Architextures in Revit showing an alternating fish scale pattern of ash and black marble textures with editing tools for customization.
Interface showcasing a selection of masonry patterns available in Architextures against a background of black marquina marble texture.
Resize or adjust finishes, edges and profiles and Add multiple materials to a pattern
Comparison of a colorful fish scale texture pattern above and its corresponding black and white hatch pattern below in a design software interface.
Hatch automatically generates for patterned textures.

Architextures is more than just a texture library

Architextures is more than just a texture library; it’s a comprehensive solution aimed at boosting creativity, improving efficiency, and fostering collaboration within the design process. With Architextures, designers are equipped to unlock their full potential, making it a must-have in the toolkit of every architect and designer.

Manage Multiple Revit Files

Drawing Manager from RTV Tools may take away some of your pain.

RTV Tools is best known for its RTV Exporter for dealing with weekly document deliverables, allowing your to save presets for Sheets so it becomes a one button exercise (after your visual check). There are many other hidden gems in this Revit Plugin. 

If you have worked long enough on any project with Revit as your main modelling tool, there will be times when you wished some of these mind numbing tasks would just go away. Don’t you wish you could manage all your drawing sheets, your revisions, and transmittals in one place?

Drawing Manager from RTV Tools may take away some of your pain.

RTV Tools is best known for its RTV Exporter for dealing with weekly document deliverables, allowing your to save presets for Sheets so it becomes a one button exercise (after your visual check). There are many other hidden gems in this Revit Plugin. 

RTV Tools Drawing Manager can help streamline managing multiple Revit project files in one location. 

At it’s core is an SQL Database which adds a layer of “protection?” to the Revit database. You will need to Sync with the Revit Project file to commit changes made in Drawing Manager. Which is not a bad thing, allowing for some flexibility for reversing unintentional mistakes.

The other neat tools includes: Long complex numbering systems (which are unavoidable for infrastructure projects, health projects and defense projects..) Revision requirements for construction (with history reports) and Transmittals (that lets you work with complex numbering systems. To name a few.  If you find this is the space you are in why not have a chat with us.

Wish I could do that!
Manage multiple Revit files in one place.

Revit Survey Levels: 4 easy steps

Moving from Autocad to Revit, this and the previous tutorial (Survey Files in Revit in 4 easy steps) is for you.

Survey Levels in Revit in 4 easy steps.

If you are moving from Autocad to Revit, this is for you. (refer previous tutorial Survey Files in Revit in 4 easy steps)

This is the second of a series of tutorials to help you setup your Revit Projects quickly and painlessly; allowing you to work (or display) between Project Levels and Survey Levels.

During Sketch Design phase, detail or feature survey information are seldom available. In this phase we work with project based (Revit Terminology) levels. The numbers are smaller and easier to comprehend.

Come Design Development phase, we receive more detail survey information. We now have Planning requirements. In this phase we set up levels in Revit to show survey levels, while retaining project levels.

Learn to set up levels, using the Relocate Project tool in the Manage tab. 

If you need further explanation about the above method, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Survey Levels in Revit in 4 easy steps.

An easy way to set up Survey Levels in Revit without compromising Project Base Levels.

Survey Setup: 4 easy steps

This method will be handy for medium to smaller practices where you don’t have a BIM Manager or Design Technology Lead to rely on.

Finally a Survey Setup in Revit in 4 easy steps.

This is the first of a series of tutorials to help you setup your Revit Projects quickly and painlessly. You do not have to modify the Survey files but you do need to check the units used by your Survey. The units tend to be in meters but it’s good to check. The other issue is deciding on where the project origin point is. You may have already selected a point in your Project. But if you haven’t we recommend using the bottom left hand corner of your site, this is a good practice for the benefit of your team member who will be using Dynamo (for now) for any programming done to your project. That is any coordinates they work  with will have positive numbers (don’t think it’s critical but certainly will make it easier).

This method will be handy for medium to smaller practices where you don’t have a BIM Manager or Design Technology Lead to rely on.

The final result is a Revit Project File with Shared Coordinates with the Survey File. This is also a Mapping Grid coordinate. Which will help when working with Point Cloud surveys or updates to feature survey files.

If you are unclear about any of the steps mentioned in the Video, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Survey Setup in Revit in 4 easy steps.

No modification to Survey files from Surveyor required. The final result is a Revit Project File with Shared Coordinates with the Survey File. This is also a Mapping Grid coordinate, which has big implications down the track.