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 

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Rock on Perth 

Is now live

The BIM Day Out celebrates collaboration and difference. Have a great time, socialise, explore, collaborate and learn… move outside comfort zone and experience new things… embrace change Excuse for a party?!… well, yeah maybe.

Saturday, March 30, 2013

RPC's not working in Revit Architecture 2014?

unless you pay….. does not sound like good news…..

In 2014 or later you will need to have a new ArchVision Software License for Revit. The ArchVision Software License will give you access to every RPC ever made. The cost for the node-lock version is $249/year.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Autodesk Updated Terms of Services for the Cloud

There have been lengthy discussions in cyberspace about ownership, safety and many more concerns about the Autodesk Cloud services.
Autodesk seems to have listened and updated their therms of service so mere mortals can understand it.
Somebody seems to get it……don’t let the lawyers go wild.

The BIM Day out

Its coming closer
soon to be revealed
be the first to hear
Sign up to The BIM Day Out

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

WorksetExplorer Revit Add In

You may remember i wrote about An Epic Thread on Revit Worksets and Worksharing

now Dima the originator of the thread came back and created this great little tool on his Blog.

Thanks a lot Dima this makes cleaning up and checking so much easier.

WorksetExplorer Whats ON Your Workset


WorksetExplorer, Revit API Add In, dp Stuff Utilities

Saturday, March 16, 2013

New Revit Plugins from Spain

The Revit Room

In find information about applications, features, video demonstrations, tutorials, reviews of other users and demo versions 100% operating freely for you to evaluate their usefulness.

Our applications, both in the interface, such as tutorials and user manuals are available in English and Spanish in response to an unstoppable, global and growing community of users of Revit.

Right now we already have three applications that we consider useful and hopefully help you in your daily work with Autodesk Revit:

  • TRR Dimensions is a free application that lets you create dimensions simply designating a point in a plane. You can select which categories you want to limit (walls, columns, floors, etc..), in which position the dimension axes and if you want to dim all items, or only the separation between them, etc.
  • TRR Windows , is a commercially licensed application that lets you create a wide range of families of windows using very little the Family Editor. Simply describing the rows and columns of the window, the size of hinged parts, frame, sill and blind, and each hinged part type (fixed, swing, etc.,) you have in just over a minute, a windows family ready to be inserted into your projects.
  • TRR Carpentry is another commercially licensed application that lets you map with the doors and windows of the project with one click, because Revit does not provide such functionality. This is a simple application with which you will save a lot of time in the documentation phase of your projects.

Friday, March 15, 2013

IFC4 has been finalized, and it is officially released

After over 6 years of development and over 1100 issues being resolved, on 12. March 2013 buildingSMART international has finally released the new generation of IFC schemas - IFC4. It will now be the basis of future work of establishing new open BIM enabled work flows by defining new IFC4 based model view definitions. The official IFC4 release includes both the IFC4 EXPRESS schema to support current STEP-based IFC exchanges, and the ifcXML4 XSD schema to support new simple ifcXML transactions.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

BIMdates - for the mad BIMer

Jason Howden put this funky BIMers Beer-drinking Guide for Australasia together....... very usefull in this dry country.

Cheers Jason

Saturday, March 9, 2013

An Epic Thread on Revit Worksets and Worksharing

63 comments on this Linked in thread may be to much to digest on a weekend but worth a look .

Some thoughts on Revit Worksets and Worksharing

The different thoughts of respected and experienced users on this subject may be an eye-opener for some.

If not only for this read the comment by Kyle Bernhard, he is the Product Line Manager, Building Design Suite for Autodesk. A good Insight form the Factories and the past of this feature .

here his reply.

1. The Role of Worksets in Modern Revit

In order to understand how Worksets fit into Revit today, you need to understand how they got there in the first place.
Worksets were our our first foray into the realm of true Worksharing in Revit (one model, multiple users). Initially, you had to make a whole Workset editable to make any changes, effectively locking out the rest of the team from making any changes to those elements. The Visibility control functionality for Worksets was implemented as means to help identify what Elements were on what Workset.
Recognizing that Worksets alone were not flexible enough to facilitate productive collaboration in many cases, we implemented Element Borrowing. This enabled the transparent borrowing of elements when a user operation required them to be editable, without the need to explicitly "check out" of the entire Workset that contained them.
So Element Borrowing is really the implementation of Worksharing in modern Revit. Worksets were never deprecated, since many existing users at the time still used them for their original purpose. Even today, we see the pre-Element Borrowing understanding of Worksets discussed and implemented in the market. Ultimately, that's our fault for not communicating as effectively as possible with the Revit community.
With their original use usurped by Element Borrowing, Worksets today are mainly a means to apply an additional Classification of Elements in the model. There are certainly lower-frequency use cases where they are still used as originally designed, but that is the exception rather than the rule.
So, it's not the least bit surprising to see all sorts of different uses for them out in the market, given Revit's horizontal nature these days, and the needs to classify thing on a model.

2. Worksets, Visibility, and Memory

Turning off the visibility of a Workset in a View does not unload it from memory. It's the same thing as toggling a Category in a View -> Those hidden Elements, and their 3D faces visible in the current View Extents, aren't parsed by the graphics system, resulting in View loading and manipulation improvements.

3. Worksets and Memory

Revit loads all elements in a model into memory at load, at least in a serialized form, regardless of whether their Workset is loaded. We do this because we need to know their relationships to other Elements during Model Regeneration, in case they need to be updated as a result of a change in other model Elements. If such a circumstance occurs, they get fully "parsed" into memory and modified as the change propagates. The only way to completely unload Elements, as astutely pointed out earlier in the thread, is to place them in a linked model and unload that model.
Unloading a Workset effectively ensures that the Elements it contains are never fully loaded into Memory, unless Model Regeneration requires them to do so. It's kind of like a master switch next to the toggles we have for visibility in each individual View in the model.

4. The Future of Worksets

I really can't publicly go into any significant detail on where we are headed with Worksets - or Worksharing, visibility control, scheduling control, and the many other uses they have today - but I can say that we consider this a critical piece of Revit functionality, and one that's not fundamentally flawed in a significant way. Yes, as many have articulated, there are areas for improvement, and those improvements are part of the many areas we consider as we chart the future path of the product.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Saturday, February 2, 2013

“Free COBie in the Cloud” module: COBie Basic

EcoDomus, is releasing a free version of its EcoDomus PM online software application called EcoDomus COBie Basic, which will help design and construction teams simplify the COBie deliverable process.
The EcoDomus COBie Basic software functionality enables:
• Data export from Autodesk Revit to a secure online database
• Online data entry and editing for all COBie entities (“worksheets”)
• Uploading and attaching documents to BIM objects
• Import and export of COBie Excel files
EcoDomus releases “Free COBie in the Cloud” module: COBie Basic
COBie Basic - EcoDomus /