Friday 28 March 2014

New release announcements

Information is starting to trickle out on the new 2015 Autodesk software...which means there will once again be an abundance of blogging on each of the new releases.

Once things start to settle down and people start actually using the software I'll probably start blogging on how to sue some of the features. In the mean time if you need your "tech fix" on the new releases here are some great blogs to find out more information on the latest for ACAD 2015 new releases. Autodesk's Shaan Hurley has a great list of blogs: Between the Lines

For Revit 2015 I think we can expect features such as the ability to do "sketch lines" (actually I can confirm this feature as I've seen it already) which will be great for presentations, both in 2 or 3D.  Linking IFC's and the better display of IFC geometry. Improved scheduling capabilities in Revit. Improved revision clouding and improved energy modeling...

But I'm just speculating... we will find out early to mid April...stay tuned.

I dont thing there are going to be any "Earth Shattering" new features but just consistent improvements on the previous version. 


Thursday 13 March 2014

BPA Community: Feedback for product development

As part of the Building Performance Analysis community I am often asked to take surveys.  The insights and data Autodesk get from these surveys provide immediate feedback to the product development teams.

This is a great way to engage the BPA Community by providing feedback for product development.

We’re hoping to start a dialogue around BPA product development with you all. 
If you are interested, you can take the survey at the link below.

Please complete the survey by Friday, March 23rd. If you complete the survey by then, you’ll be entered to win one of 5 $100 Amazon giftcards from Autodesk.

The results from this survey will be compiled and then shared with an informal “focus group” for further analysis.

Be a part of your BPA community and fill out the survey!



Wednesday 12 March 2014

Minn-U, RTC and BIM Workshop

I've got a busy speaking schedule this year.

Minn-U I'll be presenting at Minn-U On March 21st to 22nd.

"Minnesota University is a Midwest Professional Development conference for Autodesk users seeking opportunity to learn, connect and explore the industry they influence. Explore the latest Autodesk software, network with peers and learn from industry experts."

I believe this is the first of it's like here and I think it's going to be like a mini AU.

RTC I was also recently notified that one of my proposed presentations to RTC has been accepted.
RTC will be in Chicago this year from June 29th to 21st.

This is a great venue to rub shoulders with some pretty Revit savvy people!

Latter this year (September or October) I hope to be presenting at the BIM Workshop in San Francisco.

The BIM Workshops are held throughout the US so check out their web site to fine a BIM Workshop near you. 
I presented last year and it was great!

Hope to see you at any of these events!


Friday 7 March 2014

Going for Gold

I'm fortunate to live nearby quite an inspirational person.

Ever seen a guy on a sit ski do a back flip? 
Check out Josh Dueck's website and watch the YouTube video of Josh's epic back flip....

In brief (quoted from Josh's web site);
I spent several years pursuing my dream to be an Olympian.  That goal was forced into retirement due to financial constraints; I then redirected my energy into coaching.  It was while I was coaching that I sustained a spinal cord injury, leaving me paralyzed from the waist down.  Life as I knew it no longer existed.
It’s hard to digest the gravity of such profound change; even to this day.  Experiencing such a powerful personal transformation opened me to some beautiful realizations about life, love and how deeply connected we are on so many levels.  I am eternally grateful for the people in my life that teach, encourage and inspire me to life a life of purpose and service.  
Life is a gift and it’s meant to be shared.
Josh is a Dad now, I often see Josh with his family (including the dog) going to the park.
Check out his web page and keep and eye out during the 2014 Paralympics for Josh.
All the best Josh, stay safe and enjoy the Olympics. We'll be cheering you on!
Here is Josh's schedule (care of Silver Star Mountain)

Update: Josh won Silver for the Mens Downhill.
Today (March 14th) Josh won Gold in the Super G.


Wednesday 5 March 2014

Expert Elite Announcement

I'd like to announce that I have been accepted into the Expert Elite Program.

Scott Chatterton joins Autodesk Expert Elite Program 

Expert Elite Program for their knowledge and expertise in use of  Revit and Building Information software.

Autodesk’s Expert Elite Program recognizes individual community members who have made 
extraordinary contributions with helping the community by sharing knowledge, providing 
community leadership, and exemplifying an engaging style of collaboration that drives a healthy and valuable Autodesk community. 

“The goal of the Expert Elite program is to empower our super-users to better share their 
knowledge, assist their peers, and support the Autodesk community,” said Katinka Sante, Expert  Elite Program Manager, Autodesk.  “We have selected Scott Chatterton because of their regular and responsive participation in Autodesk discussion forums and social media channels, advanced knowledge of Autodesk and its products, and leadership in the user community.” 

For more information on the Autodesk Expert Elite program, visit


Monday 3 March 2014

Capture your environment as a 3D model

This is pretty cool, Bobby Harris from wr7productions put me onto this.

"Structure SDK" is a device you can attach to your ipad that will allow you to capture your environment... not only as an image but as a 3D model.... think about that for a minute!

"Capture dense 3D models with the push of a button. Structure allows you to capture dense geometry. This enables you to simulate real world physics. The possibilities are incredible."

You can use this device to scan a room and accurately measure it's dimensions or an object such as a table and virtually (are we talking about augmented reality here?) place that table in your room using your ipad!

Architecturally and for interior design the possibilities are endless! Oh and it can also be used for gaming...

"The Structure Sensor enables games where virtual objects can actually go behind real world objects. It’s going to get hard to know where reality ends and imagination begins."

Check out the video, this device is affordable and easy to use.... I want one! BAD!