Monday, May 23, 2011

RUGLeeds, Meeting No.2 July 12th

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The next RUG Leeds event has been scheduled for


12th July 2011, 6 for 6:30pm start


Mott MacDonald, 2 Brewery Wharf, Kendell Street, Leeds, LS10 1JR



6:00pm – 6:30pm:
Arrive, refreshments


6:30pm – 6:45pm:
Welcome and Introduction


6:45pm – 7:30pm: Neil Munro, Opus International Consultants, New Zealand – presenting -
Protocols & Standards where do I start?

This presentation will help highlight some of the important protocols & standards that all practices using Revit should have in place, these will help guide your Revit users into your company standards and best practice methods.


7:30 – 7:45pm: Break


7:45pm – 8:30pm: Chris Senior, Revit Factory, UK - demonstrating –
Content Studio Software for Revit Family Management

Content Studio is a new software application for managing Revit files. The demonstration begins with an introduction to Best Practice Content Creation along with some tips and tricks. Methods for establishing a company-wide libraries will be demonstrated along with the benefits Content Studio brings for creating, managing, sharing and using content on a daily basis.


Wrap-up & Evening Drinks/Networking

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Revit 2012 - Country Specific Terms

It has been brought to my attention that in the 2012 release of Revit, Autodesk, in their wisdom, decided to remove the much hyped localisation enhancements. (Country specific terms)

See the example below. (From the Revit Structure Learning Curve)

USA Term ......................UK Term

Joist ................................Secondary
Horizontal Brace ............Plan Brace
Purlin ..........................Tertiary (I am actually quite happy with Purlin)
Coping ........................ ....Notching
Coping Distance ............Notching Distance
Remove Coping .............Remove Notching
Coped ......................... ....Notched

It seems there is a "revolt" against Autodesk, and I have been asked to post this to generate support, and exercise UK Revit User Power on the Revit Development Team in the USA.

Ralph Pullinger's email has cropped up amongst all of this, I can only assume he is in support of the UK Specific terms, and is looking out for our feedback. (Don't quote me on that)

This Link to email Ralph.

The link generates a subject matter that Ralph can harvest and then if he gets enough he can submit the emails as proof that UK users are not happy.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

ABC+D BIM Article

Our copy of Architect-Builder-Contractor+Developer came through the post this morning, on page 4, titled 'Hot Topic' there is an article by Mark Lewis of Autodesk discussing why he thinks BIM will change the construction industry.

Here is a great quote from the article;

"Adopting BIM can be a climb.But the view from the top when you get there is more than worth the effort."

For those who don't subscribe, follow this
Link to read the article online.

Monday, May 9, 2011

UK BIM Report

This morning I read over at
Revit Structure Learning Curve about a BIM report released by NBS, Alan host's a link to the pdf which upon reading, I found very interesting.

Below is what is says on the
NBS Website

"......Richard Waterhouse, Chief Executive of RIBA Enterprises, introduces the Building Information Modelling Report March 2011. This in-depth research was conducted by NBS to discover the extent to which BIM is already used within the UK construction industry, what people think of it, and its future development and use.

This is the first 'NBS BIM Report' in what will be a series of reports on the adoption of what we currently call 'BIM' or Building Information Modelling. These reports will track changes in attitudes towards BIM as well as implementation within the industry. They will act as a reference point for the industry to share success and to highlight areas of developmental need. Ultimately, they will also strip away much of the hype and hysteria around BIM to provide detailed answers to important issues including Return on Investment.

Searching for a definition of BIM, it is clear that there are many views as to what BIM is. Incorrectly seen as a technological solution to CAD integration, BIM places the effective use and exchange of 'Information' at its heart. As a result, BIM will have an impact on most areas of business management and operation. It will revolutionise methods of working and fundamentally redefine the relationships between construction professionals. It will challenge current thinking on contracts and insurance and most importantly, it will support the integration of the design and construction teams.

Whilst such fundamental changes should be high on the agenda for all professionals, the NBS research indicates that this is not the case. There are distinct areas of expertise developing in many organisations and they are already challenging current methods of working. However, there is a risk that many others will be left behind as other organisations fail to achieve the returns required for investment in both technology and training.

For organisations looking to justify investment in this area, they would be well served by looking beyond their own systems to those of their partners. As the sharing of data increases, standardisation of systems and processes will become more important. They should also look at the services they can offer. Costs of investment could be more than covered as the information systems allow for other new service options to be provided. The latter issue on training has been covered by a small number of forward thinking universities. These agile academic institutions will provide many of the experts that the industry will need to evolve.

So where does NBS fit into this new world? Our aim is to focus on the centre of BIM, placing 'Information' at the heart of the construction process. We will show that there is much more to BIM than enhanced visualisation and automatic scheduling! We will provide the information needed to improve decision making at each stage of the construction and operation process, as well as developing libraries of data that will support this information revolution. We will also be providing guidance and links to other published sources of knowledge that will support the idea of 'getting it right first time'. In all its forms, both graphical and textual, information will be central to the new models of building!......"

You can download the pdf

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

UK Government - BIM

Towards the back end of last year I read a post at
Revit Structure Learning Curve about the U.K government planning on following in the footsteps of the U.S with regards to BIM and IPD.

I also read a similar story at
BD Online

So, I have been keeping my eyes open since March for the outcome of this report, and any public announcements.

I have since read that there will be a 3 month delay in this process, taking us back to at least June.

Once again thanks to Alan at Revit Structure Learning Curve

Here is what Alan writes.

"........The roll-out of Building Information Modelling across all public projects has met with difficulties after a government response to a report on its effectiveness has been delayed by three months. Paul Morrell, OBE FRICS HonFRIBA, UK Chief Construction Advisor to the UK Government, has confirmed it will be released in June........."

We all know what the U.K government is like, if we are lucky we might see the findings of this report this side of Christmas.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

(not so) New Job.

So, my blog posts have been few and far between in recent weeks, I have been busy with RUGLeeds, securing venues and speakers, as well as finishing up at my previous employer, and returning to a not so new job.

My contract was coming to an end, having been taken on primarily to complete a 650 tonne steel framed building, modelling both primary and secondary steelwork. I was contacted by my ex employer, an international multi-discipline consultancy, who's head office is in New Zealand, and asked to come on board in the U.K, and head up the Revit use in the U.K business.

My role will involve working on projects that are both in the U.K and in New Zealand, as well as supporting and facilitating the growth and development of Revit Structure within the U.K business.

Exciting times ahead, this is a challenge I am looking forward to, and it is surely a step in the right direction.

I will shortly be back on track with the blog posts.

Revit 3D Detailing - Video

In response to a number of requests in recent weeks, here is a very short video, showing a very simple beam to column connection and how I go about detailing steelwork in 3D.

This relates to the following posts.

3D Detailing Final Images

3D Detailing for Chris

Apologies for the watermark, I had to use a free video converter to compress the file.

I haven't annotated the beam in this video, the file size was big enough as it is. With the release of Revit 2012, and 3D tagging, this makes annotating these types of detais much easier.