Autodesk University 2012


November has been hectic, but I promise I will be back in December with more advice on things you didn’t know you were interested in.

In the meantime, if you are in Las Vegas this week, I’ll be co-presenting a couple sessions at AU.

AB3910-L - Coding Autodesk® Vasari: Scripting for Conceptual Design

Nathan Miller , CASE Inc
Zach Kron , Autodesk
Matt Jezyk , Autodesk, Inc.

This hands-on lab will introduce participants to the fundamentals of Python scripting and visual programming within the Autodesk Vasari conceptual design environment. Custom code gives users the ability to efficiently automate many design tasks while also enabling new generative design capabilities. This lab will demonstrate how to compose useful Python scripts with the RevitPythonShell add-in and Dynamo Visual Programming for Autodesk® Revit® software and Autodesk Vasari. The lab will provide users with resources and step-by-step examples for automating geometry creation, adjusting family parameters using external data, and sharing information with different design platforms.

Additional Information
Wednesday, Nov 28, 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM– Mandalay Bay H, Level 2
Key Learning Objective 1: Explain the basics of Python scripting in the Autodesk Vasari design environment
Key Learning Objective 2: Automate conceptual form creation
Key Learning Objective 3: Drive family parameters programmatically
Key Learning Objective 4: Take advantage of external data to create geometry and drive parameters
Professional Credit:AIA Approved
Class Type:Hands-on Lab
Class Length:1h 30m

AB2410 - Echo Chamber: Complex Parametric Arrays in Autodesk® Revit®

Andreas Dieckmann , RWTH Aachen University
Zach Kron , Autodesk

To a large extent, buildings consist of repetitions of identical or sufficiently similar elements. In its previous versions, Autodesk Revit software already included a number of tools that allow for repeating elements, albeit with some geometric or category-specific limitations, such as arrays, divided surfaces. The new Divide & Repeat workflow of Autodesk Revit 2013 offers a more open and versatile functionality that can be used in a host of different contexts. This class discusses various patterns for creating Divide & Repeat rigs consisting of a combination of reference points, divided paths, and divided surfaces. We will take a detailed look at each pattern and its practical application in architectural design by examining examples of iconic buildings and identifying how certain aspects of those buildings could be created with the Divide & Repeat functionality. The class also touches on the methodological implications of creating rigs and components for the discussed patterns.

Additional Information

Tuesday, Nov 27, 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM– Palm D, Level 3
Key Learning Objective 1: Identify repetition strategies based on design intent
Key Learning Objective 2: Devise rigs for Divide & Repeat based on repetition strategy
Key Learning Objective 3: Devise repeater components based on repetition strategy
Key Learning Objective 4: Explain repetition in the context of case studies of iconic existing buildings
Professional Credit:AIA Approved
Class Type:Lecture
Class Length:1h 30m


  1. I would love to attend that class or any Revit tutorials.

  2. Is there a chance to get the dataset-zip-file? - on the AU-Homepage there is an error by downloading...

  3. Dear Zach,

    Can you please make the video recording of the Complex Parametric Arrays class available soon? I just want to watch it so so so so badly :(


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