Thursday, October 09, 2014

When the perception is wrong

I watched with interest a few months back around what was perceived to be a clique when referring to the hashtag #ukbimcrew. The discussion got a little heated, so it came as a bit of a surprise to me (as there are typically not secret agendas) that there was a similar perception with the London Revit User Group. Just for clarity, the group is run by a number of passionate Revit enthusiasts & we don’t always get it right. It’s what I do in my spare time, when I have some & I will still call myself an enthusiast even though I don’t get to use Revit that often these days. Exactly like the hashtag discussion, the group welcomes anybody & everybody, it’s not trying to be elitist in any way or form. In reality the #ukbimcrew & LRUG fashion similar approaches of wanting to share ideas, concepts, technology viewpoints, knowledge & thought leadership. Although I do admit we had some issues with the amount of people who wanted to attend & we had to limit numbers due to the venue sizes. To a degree this issue has been resolved, so if you are a UK Revit user, feel free to sign up.

Finally, if you have any great ideas or you want to share concepts, tips & tricks etc; just let us know as we would love to see you presenting at future meetings.

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Autodesk provides FREE access to software to students

As announced this week, Autodesk are now offering free software to school kids, teachers, students & lecturers. I have said for a long time, that educating the next generation in digital tools should be something which is not a commodity, so its exciting to see that getting access to all of Autodesk's tools is now easier than ever for those in education. For more details, go here.....

Ideate to support the London Revit User Group!


I’m pleased to announce that Ideate will be visiting the UK at the end of October & will be supporting the London Revit User Group LRUG with a event focused around Mastering the Revit [DATA] Model on the 27th October 2014 at the Building Centre, 26 Store Street London WC1E 7BT in central London.

The agenda is as follows:-

  • 5:30pm-6:00pm – Refreshments, Networking & Introductions
  • 6:00pm-6:30pm - London RUG October Meeting; what next?
  • 6:30pm-7:15pm – Auditing Your Revit Project with Ideate Explorer for Revit
  • 7:15pm-8:00pm – Mastering Your Revit Data With 
Ideate BIMLink

If you are interested in hanging out with other Revit geeks from London town, sharing ideas as well as hearing how Ideate’s tools can support your Revit workflows, be sure to sign up for this exclusive event. Details on the event & how to register can be found here.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Autodesk new Updates notification: Revit 2015

I got some useful information from our Enterprise Support team which I want to share. Its certainly worth being aware of this….

“Dear all,

Autodesk are pleased to announce new Update releases for Revit 2015.The following files will be available for download via the Autodesk Application manager:

•        2015 R2  (includes UR4 and the latest Hotfix) - Subscription Advantage Pack customers

•        2015 UR4 for regular customers where the license registration is not tied to a subscription contract

Please Note:

You have to choose from either 2015 R2  or 2015 UR4 as they cannot be installed alongside each other.

If Revit 2015 has not been registered , then you will not be presented with either update.

•        Revit 2015 R2 w/ ENU docs - is available via the Subscription Center under downloads.

By 6pm EST, September 19th:

•        Revit 2015 UR4 w/ ENU docs - will be available for download via AKN (.com)
          All remaining languages for download via Application Manager, documents in Subscription Center and AKN, will be published within the following week.”

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Autodesk 3ds team looking for Revit Users interested or using 3ds Max Design for visualizing Projects!


Autodesk M&E 3ds Max Gunslinger summit is a design-focused participatory event in Montreal (Canada) between our users and members of the Autodesk 3ds Max product management, development and design teams. The event is comprised of a series of workshops, design reviews, validation discussions, design charrettes, and more.

3ds Max and 3ds Max Design tools and technology have been used by visualization experts to tell the story of a design in dynamic presentations and won many awards in the entertainment industry.   Clients consistently respond to exploring their project or product in context, within their existing surroundings and bustling with life.  They, and other stakeholders, also find that video helps them understand complex information about the design.   This could be anything from construction logistics, complex function (such as a sliding roof), the impact of design options, or visualization of traffic, weather, stress, airflow and energy.    Cinematic storytelling techniques can convincingly evoke emotions and convey these messages with style.   Unfortunately, in the past, you’d need a large budget to deliver presentations that include these elements.   There are many ways to solve these issues but your feedback is essential.  This is why we’d like to meet with you in person.

We are looking to locate people who would be interested or available in attending.   The Gunslinger is by invitation only as we can only accommodate so many, and other than travel, all shuttles, hotel, and meals are included by Autodesk.   The meeting would be 4 days, Sept 16-19.    It is an opportunity to meet our team and influence tools that could help you improve the way you communicate your designs.  

If you are interested in the Gunslinger please let us know by completing a short survey.  We will then be reviewing the submissions for selecting users but if you are unable to attend this specific Gunslinger but are interested in future events please do fill out the survey.