Monday, December 7, 2015

Upgrading Files to 2016

Upgrading Content to Revit 2016

If you are one of the many caught out by Autodesk not supplying an upgrade tool with Revit 2016
go ahead and let them know.
In the interim, you can buy some of the tools on the Autodesk Appstore
They range from 10-100$ not too bad but still annoying for something we got free for years.
Amazingly I stumbled over a free solution from my old colleague Jason Howden, that beats all the others by functionality and price.
Actually free, if  you use the RTVXporter already
Cheap as chips if not as you can buy it for 9.99$

What's so great? It can upgrade all file types including Family Templates.
So if you have a set of company standard, Family templates this was in the past a mind-numbing task. Not anymore
Upgrading you Projects you got a set of useful extra options.
Give it a go

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Australia to get BIM Library

Great News
Its been about time
I am delighted by the fact that Natspec is involved and a consulting approach is taken instead of reinventing the wheel.
Lets hope the best brains in the Industry get picked.
And we really starting to collaborate

Information to populate the hub is being collected by NATSPEC, a not-for-profit organisation which runs the national specification system for building and construction.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

New Revit Families from ACO BIM Library

Drainage products supplier ACO Technologies now has building information modelling (BIM) files available for its civil engineering and infrastructure range.
Get directly to it via
My Family Links

Sunday, March 30, 2014

My take on Revit 2015

The cat is out of the Hat

A lot of Revit users will bag the Revit 2015 release for its apparent short list of new features.

I would like to make some comments on the bigger picture…for the folks who think this improvements are very very few.
Yes Revit 2015 looks mainly like a cleanup and prepare for future type of release.
Not many NEW or changed  features but…
Foundation stones are laid for a much better collaboration system
IT will soon be much happier with introduction of better subscription management.
Behind the scenes system changes for better things to come in 2016.
This may not be the upgrade we and you where longing for but, there have been substantial system-changes for future implementation and therefore

my initial impression Upgrading Projects will take longer but performance on BIG projects are again improved.

My thumps-up would go

  • the ability to adjust Family Parameter order so parameters can make much more sense and be grouped
  • Interior will love the ability to use images in schedule fields even though is implementation is maybe only 30% of what it should or hopefully will be
  • IFC Linking and extra schedule parameters for the Model managers  
    Again 30% of what it should or hopefully will be

So where does this leave us...Is Revit development death ?

Well i don't think so some improvements are just not sexy
I did not see any glowing reviews on the Citrix implementation of Revit
although it opens the door for dramatic changes in parallel with nvidia GRID.

Citrix XenDesktop with NVIDIA GRID™ vGPU™
HP and Citrix
Amazon Adds Nvidia Grid GPU Instance To EC2 Cloud

Changes like this are big picture changes and rarely get the applause they deserve.
I hang out in lots of Forums i have not seen anyone asking for it...this was foresight.
Or to say it in Henry Fords words.
“If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses.”

Sean Burke summed it up in a way i would broadly agree with.

Give it a read   is-Revit-dead

An please be kind with the your "autodesk altar boy" flames

Friday, March 14, 2014

Collaboration and Work-sharing with MEP and Structure Consultants

First my appologies for not posting for ever...
There has been just toooooo much going on...
But ...i have been presenting a lot...
So here is a presentation from last weeks WARUG meeting

Collaboration and Work-sharing with MEP and Structure Consultants

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Final BIMforum LOD Specifications released

2013 LOD Specification
A great addition to your BIM Execution Plan
The best LOD reference I know

Expanding the BIM frontier

Autodesk seems to have an increased focus to expand BIM into Infrastructure andConstruction.  
Seems like exiting times ahead.

Point Layout Software
Will be interesting to see how this will perform in real life.
It promises to be a workable solution for set out of geometry and verification of as build models.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Monsters of BIM

As you may have noticed I am part of the Band who organises the Bim Day Out

What started as an innocent idea” wouldn’t  it be nice” to have a small BIM event right here in Perth.
The overwhelming response to our innocent idea has taken us all by surprise.
This has become a little BIM Monster that kept on growing.
for a moment we contemplated to change our Event to the “Monsters of BIM
Anyhow we have now an huge selection of who is who in the  BIM Zone and you would hate to miss out.
So if you are a Student, Architect, Builder, Consultant, QS, Specification writer, or sell flowers to construction workers
You know where you should be on the 18th and 19th of July
Sign UP