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    Revit Easter Eggs

    Hello Revit Forum,

    I am writing to ask if anyone has left objects hidden within their Revit models - the equivalent of an "easter egg" in other kinds of media. If so, could you post a screenshot in this reply along with a caption or description?


    many thanks,


    Sam

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    Quote Originally Posted by ss5184 View Post
    If so, could you...
    Oh come now Sam, they wouldn't be much of an easter egg if we told you where they were!

    (I do it all the time BTW)

    Welcome to the forum!

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    There used to be one that would bring up a list of the developers but the last instance of it I'm aware of was quite a while ago (c. 2004)

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    Quote Originally Posted by cellophane View Post
    There used to be one that would bring up a list of the developers but the last instance of it I'm aware of was quite a while ago (c. 2004)
    yeah, back in the day, finding easter eggs in .dwg files was quite the thing (and in code too). Back in my early AutoCAD days I was doing a project at UC Berkeley that had an indoor pool. In the Architect's CAD plan that I was using for a background I added a rubber duckie in the pool. When my drawings came back they were approved as noted and the only note on the dwgs from the Architect is a rev cloud around the duck with a note to make it a certain Pantone color (yellow). Pretty funny stuff!
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    Here's why I asked:

    I am interested in the ways that BIM has transformed architectural work and departed from older, two-dimensional forms of representation.

    We could say that when one draws in BIM, one is representing much more than what one sees on the screen. Each line or component is instantly reproduced in other views, and carries with it an extraordinary amount of information- more information than the draftsperson can possibly possess on their own, or that a builder would necessarily need to know (although the knowledge of the draftsperson and the demands of the builder are also changing to meet these new conditions of production).

    What was formerly implied in two-dimensional drawing sets is now shown in three-dimensional models, even if these excess areas of a project are never seen- one still looks at and presents a BIM model through a series of selected two and three-dimensional views rather than an exhaustive survey of the model (please let me know if this is your experience as well).

    And so, my question is, what happens within these surplus, and hidden, spaces of architectural representation? Do they function like the margins of medieval illuminated manuscripts, where monks would leave illustrations and complaints to one another in periods of boredom during their long hours of transcription? There is a more established history of this kind of reflexive activity in the film and television industries- think of 30 Rock, for example, where the dynamics of the writers room become the entire premise for the show.

    I suspect that these sorts of insider jokes play out in architecture as well, and that Building Information Modeling presents a new kind of venue for this discourse. This is why I have introduced this hypothesis within the "out there" section of this software forum- where else could one find out the answer to this question?
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    There was lore at Boeing about a guy that was putting in break lines on his details in the silhouette of a naked woman... Thought the folks in my group were kidding until I was working on some 737 details and found a few. Needless to say they were updated.

    Oh...that guy was terminated once upper management found out about it.

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    In my student work years ago, my internal elevs got 2 flying ducks on the wall of the bathroom above the bath, and a small rubber duck on the edge of the bath. I used buzzphraser.com to fatten up my general notes a bit.. And my last client got the revit cow of course on their farm job.
    Drafters and modellers are very much like animators, who are renowned for their little additions. Its makes the world go round, creates a smile for someone you may never know. And with this world the way it is, we need as much of that as possible. Now, how do i annotate a duck? Duck wood male speckled 200mm secured to deck with webs at 20mm ccs. See fauna note F2------>
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    totally misread this the first time around... I leave things laying around all the time. Off the top of my head:
    For renderings: I have myself as an RPC (legit 3D scan, converted to an RPC), I put my name on cars license plates if I'm using RPC cars, I've included a Batmobile (the Tim Burton variety),and the A-Team (van & actual members). If I remember to do it I'll include things in CD's but it is a little harder to figure out inclusions there without being totally obvious
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    Quote Originally Posted by biff View Post
    2 flying ducks on the wall of the bathroom above the bath, and a small rubber duck on the edge of the bath.
    Try an undressing lady in an elevation of an ensuite bathroom for a project for a (lady) client who happened to be the head (buyer) of an international fashion house...

    (as it is, we still use 2No. perfume bottles 'of-discernible-pedigree' as our bathroom group 'widgets')


    Quote Originally Posted by cellophane View Post
    totally misread this the first time around...
    An #EasterEgg speciality surely?

    Quote Originally Posted by cellophane View Post
    a Batmobile (the Tim Burton variety)
    = The only variety.
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    I could see Maller hosting a presentation in one of the conference rooms on his walkthroughs in Revizto...lol...
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