Thursday, 12 June 2014

The standard for UK COBie use is available for comment

The standard for UK COBie use is available for comment now at this address: As it will affect all our work for some time to come, I would urge people to read it, comment and encourage others to engage in the process.
This is the only chance we will get to make our voices heard on this!

Number:BS 1192-4



Committee name:Construction design, modelling and data exchange

Review published:29 May 2014

Review end date:31 Jul 2014
Draft Scope:

This British Standard defines a methodology for the transfer between parties of structured information relating to Facilities including buildings and infrastructure. It defines expectations during the design and construction “project” stage prior to handover and acquisition and the subsequent “in-use” stage.

The aim of this standard is to aid the demand side, including employers with portfolio managers, asset managers and facility managers, to specify their expectations and information providers including the lead designers and contractors to prepare concise and accessible information.

Friday, 16 May 2014

LRUG meeting Wednesday 21st May 2014

There is to be an LRUG meeting next Wednesday with David Light presenting What's New in Revit 2015 and Daniel Mofakham presenting Level 3 BIM - how close are we? an insight into the realities of achieving a level 3 BIM and integration into an FM system.

The invites will go out over the weekend via eventbrite to all that are currently registered for attendance at meetings, including all those on the reserve list, the one person per company rule has been dropped.

Excluding those presenting and our host, there are only 60 spaces and it will be first come first served.

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

CADclips for only $10

There is a time limited offer, and worth taking up especially by those that want to learn Revit 2014


CADclips for only $10

Purchase 24 hours of full download access to all CADclip videos from this link below.



This is a limited time offer.

Friday, 25 April 2014

cadalyst CAD Crunch! - 100 Fabulous Freebies for CAD Users

The editors of Cadalyst, with help from their contributing editors who are in the CAD trenches day in and day out, have compiled a guide of 100 tools to help you get your job done better and faster without opening your wallet. “100 Fabulous Freebies for CAD Users” has something for everyone. Download their guide and you’ll soon be asking yourself, “How did I live without this?”

Originally published in Cadalyst magazine in Spring 2010, “100 Fabulous Freebies for CAD Users” has been updated for 2014. In it, you’ll find:

  • Unit converters
  • File and text utilities
  • PDF converters
  • Imaging tools
  • AutoCAD tools and AutoLISP code
  • Mobile apps
  • BIM tools
  • Tools for CAD managers
  • Sketching and visualization tools
  • and more!
The tools are free and so is the guide; download your copy today and see how valuable free can be!


Thursday, 17 April 2014

NBS 2014 BIM Survey due for release soon

70% of those using BIM believe it has given them a competitive advantage according to the fourth annual NBS National BIM Survey. The study found that awareness of BIM is now almost universal at 95% and adoption rates are accelerating with more than half of respondents (54%)now using it, up 15% on last year, and 93% predicting adoption by 2016, the Government’s deadline for BIM use on publicly funded projects.

More than 1,000 people from across the construction industry including architects, engineers, surveyors and contractors took part in this year’s survey making it the largest independent piece of research into usage of and attitudes to BIM in the UK.

Improvements in productivity, increased efficiencies, better coordination of construction information and higher profitability are among the benefits cited by adopters of BIM, with a mere 4% wishing they hadn’t begun the journey.

But while the construction industry feels more confident in its own knowledge of BIM (up from 35% in 2012 to 46% in 2013), there is still much scepticism around the wealth of information now available on the subject, with only 27% of respondents saying they “trusted what they hear about BIM”.

In addition, there is a clear need for greater standardisation with only one-quarter saying that the current levels are adequate. Further, there is still a widespread belief that the industry is still not clear about what BIM is, the figure of 73% barely a reduction on last year.

There is a clear divide between the awareness and adoption of BIM between small practices (defined as those with between one and five staff) and larger firms. In all measures, smaller practices are lagging behind their larger counterparts by around two years, with cost still being seen as a major barrier to adoption.

Given the Government’s mandate on BIM for publicly funded work, there is a risk that smaller organisations may be excluded from significant sources of revenue, however the survey does not suggest there is any great resistance to the Government’s BIM strategy with 58% agreeing that the Government ‘is on the right track with BIM’.

The survey also reveals a far more detailed understanding of BIM throughout the industry, with almost three-quarters now being aware of the different levels, up from only half last year.
51% reported having achieved Level 2 BIM on at least one project during the last 12 months, with usage of IFC – a platform neutral, open file format which allows models to be shared among the design team irrespective of software used – and COBie showing marked increases.

It is the latter, which allows the design team to use a Building Information Model to embed and then deliver the information that supports the use and maintenance of a building, which enables perhaps the greatest cost savings for the client.
“What this report clearly shows is an industry in transition from the stage when the early adopters are taking the lead to a position where BIM is becoming the norm.
“In the UK, through BIM, we are at the forefront of a significant change in how buildings are conceived, designed, built and maintained. This change has the potential to bring improved efficiencies and profitability to the construction sector, and better buildings to clients, something current users of BIM have reported in this survey.
“There remain significant challenges and investment of both capital and time are needed. However, there is a wide appreciation of the benefits BIM will bring and the projections of BIM adoption tell us that the UK can be world leaders in this.” Richard Waterhouse, Chief Executive, RIBA Enterprises
The full NBS National BIM Survey will be released at BIM SHOW LIVE on 23 April 2014 and will be available on from 24 April 2014.

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

FROZEN - How it should have ended

My Daughters bought the DVD and we watched it as a family last Sunday ..... then I found this ......

Let it snow, let it snow....

Friday, 11 April 2014

Revit Structure 2015 - Reinforcement for Parts

You can see that progress is being made towards being able to use Revit for real RC detailing and scheduling in Europe & the UK. I'm looking forward to the Subscription Advantage Pack or next years release as they may be there or much nearer than they are at the moment.

After finding the video above Autodesk have posted this one


Thursday, 10 April 2014

PAS 1192-3 released and free to download

PAS 1192-3 Specification for information management for the operational phase of assets using building information modelling (BIM) is out and ready for download - Click Here to go to the download page

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Let There Be Light ..... on Revit 2015

Well his back (David Light) that is, from the void and has posted some reviews of Revit 2015, Personally I'm really glad because I know he was flamed by another blogger and as we all know he like a very large number of LRUG Members have gone over to the dark side which is Autodesk.

I've known David for quite a few years and his reviews have always been accurate and well balanced, and he is not afraid to speak his mind but always in a constructive way. Working for Autodesk will not change that, he has and always will be a glass is half full kind of guy.

Check out his posts on his Blog

Trim / Extend Multiple Elements

Revit 2015 Sketchy Lines - Some great examples - No Good for me as an Engineer mind you

Faster... Faster  Revit 2015

Revit 2015 Installation Requirements - reminder re no Windows XP support

Revit 2015

Monday, 31 March 2014

Important Name Changes in Autodesk Subscription


Got this in an email from one of the UK Resellers
Autodesk Subscription is no longer the name of the software maintenance program offered by Autodesk; it is now the umbrella brand for all of the Subscription offerings provided by Autodesk, including the following options:

Autodesk Maintenance Subscription:

Previously Known as:
Autodesk Subscription 


Autodesk Maintenance Subscription, previously referred to as the Autodesk Subscription program, allows subscribers to maximise their investment and effectively maintain their Autodesk perpetual software license
Autodesk Desktop Subscription:
Previously Known as:
Rental Plans

Desktop Subscription is what Autodesk previously referred to as rental plans. Why do they call it "desktop"? Autodesk call it "Desktop Subscription" to differentiate this option from software accessed from the cloud.  

Autodesk Cloud Service:
Previously Known as:
Cloud Services

Autodesk Cloud Service Subscription is the name of the program for customers who want to subscribe to the various cloud services that Autodesk provides.

While the name of each offering has changed, the benefits remain the same. If you subscribe to any of the Autodesk Subscription offerings you will receive access to the latest software, cloud services, technical support and certain flexible licensing right such as extra territory and home use rights.

The questions re this notification have to be
Especially If the service stays the same or you have not introduced another level of service to the customer and giving little in return
Bring Back the Subscription Advantage Packs mid year, god know there isn't enough in the annual release of Revit this year to warrant the subscription fee. 

Saturday, 29 March 2014

Whats New In Revit 2015 Video's

New Features in Revit 2015

A real shame there isn't commentary but still worth a look ...... Nice one BIMopedia


Revit 2015 Update - 29th March 2014 - Two full days after the NDA

I have agreed with Dave Baldacchino over at Do You Revit? Who also provided a link to Steve Safford's Blog Revit OpEd  and a three word simple comment

What’s new?
Not much.

I give up.

This should again speak volumes to Autodesk 4/10 can do really better

Historically there would have been dozens of reviews and opinions on blogs following a new release ..........

Listen to the silence and did anyone see that tumbleweed go by?  

First look at Sketchy Lines in this Autodesk Revit LT 2015 Overview Video by Autodesk


Thursday, 27 March 2014

Let the Revit 2015 Reviews Begin

There will be no review from David Light this year as he is extremely busy - but they have started see Steve Stafford blog post HERE 

Still no fix and a Basic Text Editor that works! i.e. subscript and superscript text, the list of new significant features is very small. A few years ago say 2010 Revit got legs and started to walk and then it ran for a couple of years, but over the last couple of years the pace of developments and improvements has declined. It feels like the runner is knackered and struggling to maintain the lead it had in the BIM Market place. 

I suspect that it's because they have taken the original product as far as possible with bolt-on's and patch up's and they really need to re-write significant portions of the programme, we known that's true of the text editing and word processing within the package, which has been on the user wish list and lets face it even AutoCAD has had a viable text editor for many years. 

I also think that the Architects and Structural users are suffering because so much time and effort has been spent over the last few years in the development of the Mechanical and Electrical side of Revit.

It's only a few years ago that there was the six month in from release Annual Subscription Advantage Pack, i.e. there was an incentive merit in paying for annual subscription. Now they have most users on Subscription it's like they don't feel like they need to perform.

IMHO from a small practice point of view Autodesk have shot their selves in the foot by no longer selling Revit as a stand alone package to get small businesses on the BIM and Revit ladder. Revit Lite Suite is not a real option due to the limitations with families, if you want to do anything serious with the package.

Although there are additional features added to RC detailing until shown otherwise RC detailing in Revit is still appears to be little more than a 3D TOY - Now there is a challenge for someone from Autodesk to come and present at LRUG showing us how we can get real UK and Europe designs and schedules within Revit easily. 

A few years ago we bloggers were given early demonstrations and information so we could blow the fanfare on what's New in this years version, perhaps Autodesk have become embarrassed by how little there is on offer as it didn't happen this year.  

There is a review of new features in Revit 2015 at CADline


Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Waiting for the Revit 2015 NDA to end and information to become public

In the mean time in the CAD and BIM World we live in

GRAPHISOFT’s Brand-new BIMcloud Announced at Exclusive Tokyo Press Event

TOKYO, March 25, 2014 – GRAPHISOFT® announced today its upcoming BIMcloud® Solution in the presence of selected international journalists and top Japanese AEC companies. The exclusive event took place at the prestigious Roppongi Hills Club of Tokyo with live connections to GRAPHISOFT’s Southeast Asia headquarters in Hong Kong as well as its global headquarters in Budapest.

Press Release Here

SketchUp 2014 is Here

If you were planning on holding your breath for another year and a half, we’re happy to say that it’s time to exhale: a new version of SketchUp is now available for download in ten languages. SketchUp 2014 is here, and there’s quite a bit to explore.

Trial Versions ready for download of AutoCAD 2015,  Navisworks Manage 2015 & Navisworks Simulate 2015 See What Revit Wants for Links

Thursday, 9 January 2014


Ok I've been way too busy to post anything for a month but I have to share this

In space they can't hear you scream but apparently they can hear you fart!

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Greenpeace 1 - Gazprom 0 - Champions League Video

You just have to love the guys at Greenpeace,  I love this 60 second video exposing oil giant Gazprom, the company behind the detention of the Arctic 30. It’s Greenpeace 1 - Gazprom 0.

Gazprom spend millions sponsoring the Champion’s League - the world’s most watched annual sporting event. At last night’s press conference, cheeky Greenpeace activists snuck in and exposed the Russian energy giant in front of a scrum of international media.

No banners were detained or charged after the making of this video

Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Trimble Acquires CSC, Maker of Structural Analysis Software

Interesting times ahead, especially as Trimble have those companies & brands in bold below already 

Extract from Press Release

Trimble Buildings, a part of Trimble's Engineering and Construction Segment, is a world leader in construction project optimization across the design-build-operate (DBO) lifecycle. By providing intuitive software and field solutions that span the brands of Meridian Systems, Plancal, SketchUp, Tekla, Trade Service, Vico Software and WinEst, Trimble is dedicated to helping building owners and AEC service providers improve productivity, increase efficiencies and maximize profitability of construction projects across the entire workflow from simulation to renovation. Used in over 141 countries around the world and supported by a global dealer and distribution partner network, precision Trimble technology is a mainstay of the building industry. Trimble Buildings' leading technology platform, Trimble DBO, draws on unparalleled expertise from across the entire continuum to provide building professionals with a comprehensive solution that responds to their specialized needs while benefiting from an understanding of the total workflow at every step.


Thursday, 21 November 2013

Daylighting Analysis for Revit Now Available on Autodesk Labs

The Revit Daylighting Analysis plug-in uses the Autodesk 360 Rendering cloud service to provide very fast and physically accurate daylighting analysis from within Revit. It was specifically designed for architects to be able to use without learning the difference between types of sky models, or topics like direct normal incident or direct horizontal radiation. Instead you just specify if you want the whole building analyzed or just one or more floors and kick the analysis off.

Read more HERE

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Change to Autodesk Cloud Credit Allocation

 Change To Autodesk Cloud Credit Allocation

On the 13th December 2013, Autodesk will be changing the way existing Subscription, Rental Plan and standalone Autodesk cloud service customers get provisioned their cloud credits.  Each named user will receive 100 distinct and user-specific cloud credits, rather than all of the credits being pooled on the contract and shared between eligible users. Any existing Cloud units that are assigned to the contract will expire when your subscription contract is due for renewal. 
Source Excitech Newsletter

Friday, 8 November 2013

PAS 1192-3 out for Comment Until the 2nd December

PAS 1192-3 Draft Scope:

This PAS specifies requirements for achieving BIM Level 2 in relation to the operation and maintenance of assets (buildings and infrastructure).

It covers the data transfer processes to inherit asset information from the project information model (PIM) or to create an asset information model (AIM) for an existing asset or portfolio of assets, to use it to support organizational requirements, to revise it as the asset changes, and to hold it as a resource for the owners, operators and maintainers of the asset.

This PAS does not cover data content but does cross-refer to broad headings and documents which define data content.

This PAS is for use by organizations and individuals responsible for the operation, maintenance and strategic management of assets. In particular, it is of use to individuals involved in transferring data from the PIM to an AIM utilised by the organization.

NOTE An organization may apply this PAS without necessarily needing to use BIM Level 2. However, an organization required to apply BIM Level 2 to the operational phase of an asset would need to apply this PAS.
To download a copy for review click Here


Thursday, 7 November 2013

Autodesk Provides 3D Design in a Browser, an Industry First

Collaboration with Amazon Web Services, OTOY and NVIDIA Enables Developers to Access Powerful 3D Modeling from Anywhere, Anytime, with Any Device Using a Simple Web Browser




SAN FRANCISCO, Nov 05, 2013 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Autodesk, Inc. customers will now be able to access Autodesk Inventor, Autodesk Revit, Autodesk Maya and Autodesk 3ds Max design tools via a web browser. For the first time ever, customers can access full-fledged 3D design, engineering and entertainment work in a browser without sacrificing performance, power or functionality.
Read more HERE It's going to change the shape of using and buying software.....
It starts to make one think, what about poor souls who don't have good stable fast internet connection?
What happens if your broadband goes down?
What is it going to cost for existing customers with software and subscription and new customers?

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Tekla have released an Educational version of their software

It's interesting that Tekla have released an Educational version of their software. below are details that you get to see once registered. In some way's as a Revit User I'm half tempted to download and use this resource to see how the other half live.

It has to be said, being made redundant and deciding to set up as a one man band Limited company has brought home to me just how expensive BIM software actually is. Hopefully NanoCAD are looking at NanoBIM and ultimately we will be able to source 3D parametric modelling BIM software at a reasonable price.

Knowing Tekla increases your opportunities to land a job you like. Register for Tekla Campus now.

You can still get educational versions of Autodesk software from Here

Tekla Structures Learning is educational student configuration of Tekla Structures BIM software. Tekla Structures Learning includes the functionality of Tekla Structures full configuration, excluding the steel and precast fabrication functionality. The licensing terms limit the usage of Tekla Structures Learning for educational use only. Production use is prohibited.

Tekla Structures Learning configuration produces educational output:
  • Building information models created or saved with Tekla Structures Learning are educational models. They are compatible with Tekla Structures Educational configuration, but they cannot be opened in commercial configurations of Tekla Structures.
  • Drawings created or saved with Tekla Structures Learning display a watermark stamp inscribed with Tekla Structures Educational text.
Tekla Structures Learning installation package contains a ready-to-run 32-bit test version of the software with the default settings. Additional country-specific settings for Tekla Structures Learning are available for installation at the Tekla Campus website. Tekla supports the latest version of Tekla Structures Learning. The supported hardware and operating system setup for Tekla Structures Learning is listed as follows:
  • Windows 8, Windows 7 SP1, Windows Vista SP2, Windows XP SP3
  • 3 GB RAM - Graphics card with Open GL support
  • Mouse with middle-button scroll
  • Internet connection
Tekla Campus user account acts as license key for Tekla Structures Learning configuration. Tekla grants registered Tekla Campus user a 4 month student license to use Tekla Structures Learning configuration and Tekla Campus web service for educational purposes.

Tekla Structures Learning license limits the usage of Tekla Structures Learning into one concurrent online session at a time. For occasional offline use, Tekla Structures Learning works without active internet connection for 24 hours at a time.

Tekla Campus discussion forum is the primary support channel for Tekla Structures Learning configuration. Tekla experts are available to help at the forum, and all Tekla Campus users are allowed and warmly encouraged to help each other here. The language of the Tekla Campus forums is English.

Thursday, 3 October 2013

Autodesk aquires Structural Detailing and Fabrication Software from Graitec

SAN RAFAEL, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK) has signed a definitive agreement with the shareholders of Graitec to acquire certain technology assets, including Graitec’s Advance Steel and Advance Concrete product lines, and associated employees. The acquisition will enhance Autodesk’s current offerings for structural engineering and expand its portfolio of technology for Building Information Modeling (BIM) for structural fabrication and detailing. Through the proposed acquisition, Autodesk will continue to lead the industry’s migration to BIM and evolution of model-based workflows for structural engineers, detailers, fabricators and contractors who provide modeling, analysis, detailing, and production services. The transaction is expected to close in the 4th quarter of fiscal year 2014 and is subject to customary closing conditions. The financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
“Autodesk continues to extend Building Information Modeling across the building lifecycle. The proposed acquisition of the Graitec technology will provide our customers with a more seamless structural engineering workflow, from design to fabrication and to construction, with enhanced offerings for structural steel and concrete detailing,” said Amar Hanspal, Autodesk senior vice president of Information Modeling and Platform Products. “We look forward to welcoming Graitec employees, customers and partners to the Autodesk community.”

Graitec is a global provider of CAD and engineering software for structural engineering, civil engineering and building construction headquartered in France. Graitec’s Advance Steel and Advance Concrete products offer modeling, detailing, and fabrication solutions to support BIM-based steel and reinforced concrete workflows. Graitec will to continue to sell and support Advance Steel and Advance Concrete, as well as sell, support, and develop its remaining products for structural engineering.

"Autodesk's acquisition of the Advance Steel and Advance Concrete products in support of its BIM strategy is a testament to the expertise of the Graitec team and the quality of our steel and concrete detailing solutions," said Francis Guillemard, CEO, Graitec. "Graitec continues to develop dedicated BIM software and services that are complementary to Autodesk, and together we look forward to maximizing the efficiency and performance of the global construction industry."

Business Outlook
This transaction is expected to have no impact on guidance issued today, October 2, 2013.

Safe Harbor Statement
This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties, including statements regarding: the impact of the acquisition and acquired technologies on Autodesk's product and services offerings, the impact of the acquisition on end-user functionality and workflow integration, and Autodesk’s acceleration of the adoption of BIM in structural engineering. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially include the following: Autodesk’s ability to timely close the acquisition of Graitec and integrate Graitec technologies and employees; costs related to the proposed acquisition; whether certain market segments grow as anticipated; the competitive environment in the software industry and competitive responses to the acquisition; our success developing new products or modifying existing products and the degree to which these gain market acceptance; failure to successfully manage transitions to new business models and markets, including the introduction of additional ratable revenue streams and our continuing efforts to attract customers to our cloud-based offerings; difficulty in predicting revenue from new businesses and the potential impact on our financial results from changes in our business models; general market and business conditions; the timing and degree of expected investments in growth opportunities; pricing pressure; failure to achieve continued cost reductions and productivity increases; changes in the timing of product releases and retirements; failure of key new applications to achieve anticipated levels of customer acceptance; failure to achieve continued success in technology advancements; interruptions or terminations in the business of our consultants or third party developers; the expense and impact of legal or regulatory proceedings; and unanticipated impact of accounting for acquisition.

Further information on potential factors that could affect the financial results of Autodesk are included in the company's annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended January 31, 2013, and Form 10-Q for the quarter ended July 31, 2013, which are on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Autodesk does not assume any obligation to update the forward-looking statements provided to reflect events that occur or circumstances that exist after the date on which they were made.