Saturday, 29 June 2013

Autodesk University...a repeat of last year?

Ok, here is another RANT!!

Once again I was declined for my proposed session(s) at Autodesk University...
And yes even though I'm disappointed that my session wasn't accepted I understand why....simple numbers, 600 sessions 2000 + submissions!. What are the odds of not getting selected year after year??

BUT ! I take exception to the email I received from Autodesk telling me my session was declined.

We used several criteria when choosing speakers and topics - primarily conference experience, evaluations of presenters from past Autodesk University conferences, and proposed topics. Due to the large number of high quality proposals, we even had to disappoint some speakers who had excellent scores from previous AU conferences. 

Selecting past presenters over and over and over again is making AU a little stale... correction... very stale.

I understand they want to guarantee that the speakers are good, but if you want to keep it fresh you've got to mix it up some, even if that means giving new speakers opportunities. 
And speakers with unique topics... developing area's of how the software is being used as well as processes using multiple software... not to mention BIM Management !

Aghhh.... anyway, as I mentioned, I'm disappointed .. 
Not sure how many more AU's I'll be attending, it's getting tough to find high level sessions... Which is why I really enjoy RTC...which unfortunately I wont be able to attend this year   :-(

So if you do want to attend a conference with unique sessions come and visit my at this years Central States Revit Workshop (CSRW) in August.

And if you cant make it to CSRW... we'll, I guess I'll see you at RTC in 2014 or at AU latter this year... but maybe not next year... unless my session get's accepted?!    ;-)


Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Conspiracy theory

Ever noticed that the Google Drive logo is similar to the Autodesk Logo?
Autodesk Logo

Google Drive Logo

Conspiracy theorists may speculate that the two are related or are conspiring to take over the internet (aka the world)...

Seems unlikely... more like maybe Google and Autodesk use the same marketing company??
Who knows....

What do you think?


Monday, 24 June 2013

Visibility Graphics of Linked Mechanical Model

Since Revit MEP 2012 Mechanical engineers have been using “Systems” to develop their Revit models. These ‘Systems” have impacted how we can manipulate the graphics when linking into the Architectural model.

Here is how we can change the MEP model when linking it into our Architectural model.

Here is what the MEP model looks like when linked into the Architectural model.

  3D view in hidden line.

Open the Visibility Graphics dialog box (VV or VG).
Go to the Filters tab and add a new filter, create a new Filter called Mechanical.
In my template I already have a Mechanical filter created.

Modify the colour of the Projection/Surface Lines and the Cut Lines to black.
Also check the halftone box, this will change the mechanical components to halftone making it easier to distinguish the Architectural and Mechanical models on the printed drawings.

You model should now look like this….

By using Filters to control the visibility of the linked file every time we update the link the filters will apply.


Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Poche or Pooch?

This has been bugging me for ages.... firstly I didnt understand how to pronounce Poche and secondly it seemed like an unlikely word for what it is!!

I finally had to look it up on
Here is their definition...


the walls, columns, and other solids of a building or the like, as indicated on an architectural plan, usually in black.

Origin: French, past participle of pocher to make a rough sketch.

Anyway.... the reason I finally had to look it up was that I came across an issue where the "Poche" wasn't showing up in my Revit section views... as it was the issue I was having wasn't related at all...

So just to recap... the Poche base......

"For 3D views, specify the material applied to elements that are cut by a section box in coarse-scale views. Click in the Value column, click , and select a material.
In medium and fine views, the elements that are cut by a section box display the layered structure of the host.
For example, the following image shows a 3D view cut by a section box at a fine level of detail. Elements (wall, building pad, toposurface) cut by the section box show the structure or cut material."


Oh... one more thing to add...
Here's a picture of my pooch..

Monday, 17 June 2013

Using Grid Lines for Property Lines

Here is a quick tip on how to use Grid lines to represent Property lines in your project.

Duplicate your Grid Type and call it Property Line GL
Turn off the Symbol and change the Line Type to match your property line.

Using grids for your property lines you can show the Property Lines in your elevation and section views to graphically display how close the building is to the property line.


Friday, 14 June 2013

Revit frustrations !!

Here's a link to a colleagues Blog Cafe Jabbacino and her recent frustrations with Revit...

Something I think we can all relate too.. ;-)


Thursday, 13 June 2013


I had a colleague show me this nice little feature from Autodesk.
It'll look familiar if you've use AutoCAD Architecture before.

The i-drop indicator allows you to simply drag and drop content from the web into your drawing session or Revit project.

A great example of this is the furniture from Steelcase, here you can drag and drop (using the i-dropper) furniture symbols into your Revit project. 

Very handy tool which works great. You can test that it works on the Autodesk web site where you can download i-drop.


Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Who's in charge of your Revit project??

Who's in charge of your Revit project??

Really! You may have a team of people working on your Revit project but who's in charge? 
Well, the Architect of course.... Wrong! 

Sure the Architect may be in charge of the project but who's managing your Revit project? 
It's not the Architects, he's too busy dealing with client meetings and the contractors etc...

There may be a number of people in the office working on the project but unless there is a defined hierarchy of the Revit project team you may not be working efficiently.

That's what I have found, and have since created a structure for Revit project teams.
 By structuring your team and assigning roles you create efficiency in time and productivity. Structure like this helps people concentrate on their task at hand, it also reduces overlap of work and provides some consistency in project standards, content and responsibility. Kind of takes the pressure of the projerct Architect if the Revit project is managed well.

Here's what I've implemented:

Job Captain
  • Lead role in preparing contract documents
  • Oversees creation and development of the CD’s
  • Design construction details
  • Coordination junior members of project team
  • Organizes project team coordination and work meetings
  • Oversees the project team and work schedule, Team Whip.
  • Reviews drawings and identifies changes
  • Completes a periodic review of the drawings using the DWG project checklist
  • Coordinates other consultants (non-model specific)
  • Assists with Tender
  • Drawing Organization and Quality control
  • Reviews and identifies changes required by the project (may be a result of client or consultant meetings)

BIM Captain
  • BIM Modeling only
  • Prevent “over modeling” by others
  • Manages the “I” in BIM. Information in the families and model elements.
  • Defines schedulable information
  • Manages family content

Detail Captain
  • Coordination off drawing standards between consultants and internal staff
  • Manages the CEI drawing standards
  • Manages the CEI drawing process
  • Works with the Job captain on what details need to be included
  • Layout/sequence of sheets 
  • Organization of project browser views, legends etc.

Project Support Technician
  • Assist with design development
  • Assist with contract documents
  • Draw marked changes
  • Produce detail drawings from sketches
  • Research materials and finishes
  • Assist with Tender
  • Assist with Contract Administration
  • Assist with Contract close out

By better defining the roles that are assigned to people we can manage the workflow of a project creating better efficiency.

With the addition of the BIM Captain and the Detail Captain, along with additional definition of the Job Captain, we can better manage the staffing resources assigned to a project. By clearly assigning roles and responsibilities of each team member of a project it reduces confusion over who is responsible for specific tasks.

Multiple roles can be assigned to specific people.
For example a project may only require four key people:
Project Architect
Job Captain
BIM Captain
Detail Captain

The Project Architect will attend meetings, and deal with the client etc…. The Job Captain can work closely with the Project Architect and the consultants as well as overview the development of the CD’s. The BIM Captain develops the Revit Model and works closely with the Detail Captain who manages the development of the Revit  file and organization of the sheets etc. Both the BIM Captain and the Detail Captain take on the role of the Revit Techs.

On smaller projects the BIM Captain and Detail Captain may be assigned to the same person.
On larger projects each role will be assigned to specific individuals.

Depending on the scale and scope of the project the skill level and experience of the person will play a factor on what role will be assigned. This gives less experienced staff the opportunity to experience each these roles.

So far this has been working out pretty good!!


Wednesday, 5 June 2013

SiteWorks and LandCad

Have you ever looked at EaglePoint tools for site development for Revit?

We bought a license or Siteworks and LandCad years ago to work on a specific project where we had a Revit model that had a lot of development and it worked great.... have since forgot about it till recently where we will use it again on a highly developed Revit site.

Ever had to develop a Revit site model with roads, landscaping, manipulate the grade'll know how time consuming it can be...Siteworks make it sooo much easier!

Check it out, it'll be worth it...

I'm going to develop internal training on the tool since we have a network license of the program, and will probably buy a few more licenses once everyone is familiar with how to use it. I expect once they see it it'll be quite popular in the offices.


Sunday, 2 June 2013

BIM for Construction Leaders

Just a reminder about the “BIM for Construction Leaders” seminar to be held at the Sidney Pier Hotel on Vancouver Island on June 7th.

Building Information Modeling is changing the construction business.

Join Morinwood and its partners on June 7, 2013 for a free seminar is for Developers, Architects, Engineers, General Contractors and Subcontractors who want to understand the impact of this technology, and the opportunities it presents for our changing construction industry.
Guest speakers include:
  • Greg Baynton · Vancouver Island Construction Association | Construction Trends
  • Richard Brown · VIHA | The Owner’s Perspective
  • Scott Chatterton · CEI Architecture | Business Value of BIM
  • Tom Morin · Morinwood Mfg Inc | Subcontractor Experience
  • Steve Dean · Autodesk | BIM in 5 Years
Should be a great event and a fantastic networking opportunity.
You can register to attend at the link above…

See you there!