Thursday, February 18, 2016

Formit Friday!

Join fellow FormIt users or just find out more tomorrow February 19 at 12:30 PM ET for the next installment of FormIt Friday.  The team will talk with Mike Engel, who will recap his highly rated AU class: Bringing the Sketch into the Model—Integrating Sketching into the BIM Process . Register now with this link:   -  Give your AIA number during registration to get 1 Learning Unit. 

HERE is a little teaser of Mike’s process.

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I've started playing with Fusion360, whilst I will admit I am very much a novice in this technology, its very exciting, addictive & incredible easy to pick up. In fact, if you understand some of the principles of family editing you will pick it up in no time. I'm interested to see whether Fusion360 can ultimately sit within a BIM workflow, whether that's design or fabrication. This is my personal interest. So  once I have something more interesting to show I'll report back. oh btw...did I say you can run it on a mac! :-)


Not particularly BIMie, but ultimately extremely cool technology, take a look at Project Monolith. Its a free technology preview of a voxel-based modeling engine for multimaterial 3D printing. If you want to get involved sign up here.{E0AAC560-15FC-41DB-9D82-576293FE49F7}

This video is pretty cool & will also give you some insight.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Improving your skills

Ok, so this is not necessarily directly BIM or Revit related, however, I thought I'd share this website with you. If you are trying to drive BIM through your organisation you are going to need different skills which consider leadership, communication and strategic approaches. Its more than just being good at using & teaching the technology or being the go to person to answer Revit or BIM problems. By its very nature if you have nailed your name to the BIM flag pole you are going to need as much support as possible & sometimes its more than just a BIM seminar.

The Mindtools website has some excellent articles & resources which I believe will help you on your quest. I started my career on the drawing board & I never lose sight of that. However, some how I was drawn by new technologies which can drive better outcomes moving from 2d CAD, 3d CAD, Revit & then BIM.  I didn't do any fancy MBA to build my skills, but through research and continued on the job learning I have built a far wider set of skills, some which are described on the Mindtools website. I personally believe being adaptable is crucial to a successful career. Also, being able to transcend between technology, management & strategic approaches is a very useful asset as well. Hopefully you will find it a useful resource.

Monday, February 08, 2016

COBie Extension for Revit

This could be useful, but here is the latest link to the Revit COBie plugin.

Also, check out these free tools for Model checking, Model checking configurator,  COBie Extension, Classification. Haven't tried them my self, but I have been reliably informed they are extremely useful.

Project Expo

Interested in taking Revit models to realtime environments? I am reliable informed that this year will be huge for realtime environments, VR headsets etc; using this type of technology not only for design review, but for safety, training etc. Project Expo is an Autodesk beta solutions to address this requirement. The technology has recently moved from an early trial to beta state, so if you are interested in testing, be sure to sign up at

AEC Magazines' review of AU2015

For an assuming, but useful summary of AU2015, make sure you read Martyn Days review of last years BIG bash in Las Vegas.

Saturday, February 06, 2016

BIM360 Docs

One of the big announcements at Autodesk University 2015 was BIM360 Docs, the Autodesk stab at a common data environment to align with PAS.1192 (Level 2 BIM) requirements. There is free unlimited use on one project, unlimited storage, unlimited users. I sat in on the announcement during AU & have also spoken to a number of contractors who are pretty excited about this technology. It should be noted that it supports all file types!

TBI Holdings at Autodesk University 2015

One of the accounts I work with is TBI Holdings in the Netherlands. I was able to work with the Autodesk innovation leadership last year to get TBI to present at the Innovation Forum during AU2015. If you are interested to listen how TBI's Voorbij pre-cast factory is using technology to change the design to fabrication process make sure you review part 4 of this video. Jos Mulkens and Jeroen Pat from TBI will explain how the concept has become reality & Revit is very much centric to the process.

London Revit User Group - A new home

Hi, its been a long time! No! I haven't disappeared off the planet, just been really busy. I recently attended the London Revit User Group, even after all this time it was great to see the group is still getting regular attendees. The group now has a new site location, head over to this blog for more details if you are looking for a user group where you have a chance to meet with like minded Revit users.