Thursday, 8 October 2015

React Structures is a free technology preview of structural analysis for BIM

Autodesk® React Structures software is a free technology preview of structural analysis software for BIM that provides intuitive tools to quickly analyze a variety of structure types within a single software platform.

Autodesk® React Structures is intuitive structural analysis software that connects to the BIM process. Download the technical preview for free.

Autodesk wants and need your feedback.  This is an early look into what they are building.  It is by no means complete and you will see things that are not enabled or maybe even missing.  Rest assured, they will be coming.
The React team will be providing frequent updates which will expose new functionality and features, incorporate your feedback, and fix issues that you identify.  They will be asking for your opinions on the things they are working on, and they might even ask you to test out a workflow or two and give them some feedback on how it went for you. 
This is the opportunity to tell Autodesk what you need from your next analysis tool.  Great customer feedback is one of the most important building blocks for a great software product.

The React Structure web site, forum and blog can be found at

More information can be found at the In The Fold Blog  


Tuesday, 15 September 2015


OK Cool Video and I have subscribed because I'm curious how useful a resource this is or is not going to be? 

Is just going to yet another social media resource like Linked-IN, Facebook and the numerous other or will it offer something new, refreshing and informative?

The test will be if you are still going back after the first month after launch as we are all being BIMmed to death! 

Get your invitation for the launch :

Here is a little more information about BIMFRIENDS that has been released to the Blogging community

BIM friends is a newcomer to this fantastic BIM world, it’s a specialized social network and collaborative platform for BIM, the purpose of this website is to connect the BIM users each other’s and offer them all contents kinds and services in one place :

Social networking section, the heart of the website, members can follow in one place all activities of the community, they can add new friends like Facebook or follow other members like Twitter, they can join local groups and be part of many sub-communities organized by software’s and fields, they can post updates and photos also like most of social platforms.

Blog section where we publish a weekly products reviews and BIM news, not only the website editors can post in this section but all members can do it and write about topics they like, news or present simply their projects or products for example.

Discussions section zone where members can start threads and ask for technical support or other members opinions, a forums like area.

Events section to gather all BIM related events, local and international, webinars, training sessions, workshops and BIM friends meetings around the world. All members can post and join events.

Gallery section, a BIM show area where members post their projects renders, a great place to see what the other members are working on, you will find videos and tutorials about BIM softwares.

Downloads section where members can share many types of contents: BIM objects (ex. Revit families), documents, applications and plugins.

Business section where we list all BIM related products, services, jobs, trainings, companies and freelancers, you can find and add with ease your own listings and get members reviews.

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Keysoft Solutions have acquired the LANDCADD software suite from Eagle Point

This is a significant step towards Keysoft solutions expanding their Building Information Modelling (BIM) solutions and responds to the growing need to visualise landscape proposals in 3D.

Mike Shilton says "The plan over the next few months is to take the best from KeySCAPE and LANDCADD to provide a single, integrated solution in the near future".

Friday, 10 July 2015

PAS1192-2 due to go to public consultation on 31st July 2015

PAS1192-2 due to go to public consultation on July 31st, this is to align the PAS with the other documentation prior to packaging the Government BIM Level 2 guidance and standards in September. Consultation period is only four weeks and the draft will be posted here:
Remember You cant complain if you don't take time to review and give feedback


Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Autodesk Ideastation - worth a look

OK I had missed this one, but now I have found it I've added it to my blog so I can remember where to find it.

Basically Ideastation is where users can go to give product enhancement ideas. You can filter the site by product as well so you can see just the ideas for Revit, AutoCAD, Inventor and any other product Autodesk offers.

You can search to see if what you were wanting has already been asked for and if it has you can give it "Kudos" basically liking it showing Autodesk how many people really want this idea. As well as see what comments have been added some are work arounds people have been using that might be helpful until the idea is implemented.

You can also see the stage it is at some ideas are in Review others have been accepted. It is a great way as a user to get your ideas or wants out there and you might be surprised how many other people want them too.

Home Page

REVIT Ideastation =

Thursday, 30 April 2015

Friday, 17 April 2015

NBS National BIM Report 2015

The fifth NBS National BIM Report - the industry's most comprehensive report on BIM – looks at how UK building design professionals are adapting to the use of BIM.

With just months to go until the mandated use of Level 2 BIM on public sector projects in 2016 this year's report acts as an essential barometer for the construction industry's readiness.
Essential reading for those adopting – or considering adopting – BIM and available completely free to download.

Friday, 10 April 2015

NBS Toolkit in 90 Seconds

The NBS BIM toolkit designed to help users complete projects to Level 2 BIM moved its public beta phase on Wednesday 8 April at BIM Show Live in Manchester. This allows the industry to begin trialling the toolkit and giving valuable feedback for the final stages of development, before it is officially launched in the summer.

Comprising a new unified classification system and digital plan of work, the NBS BIM Toolkit public beta is free to use and is now available for construction professionals to use on Level 2 BIM projects. Users will benefit from step-by-step support, enabling them to define, manage and verify responsibility for information development and delivery at each stage of the asset lifecycle.

Friday, 27 February 2015

BIM 2016... Are you REALLY Ready?

If you missed it or fell asleep during it you can now catch up at;postID=3661572422200864759

So according to Mervyn who has made a really good living off BIM, and just as everyone has discovered it we are now loosing the B and it's all about IM ;0)

A series of 4 traning BIM Webinars, in readiness for Level 2 BIM Government Target in 2016.

Charlton Recruitment introduces “BIM 2016.. Are you REALLY Ready” a must see webinar series for anyone involved in Government construction projects as the Government's own 2016 deadline looms ever closer. Charlton Recruitment will train the market place by bringing BIM Industry experts in an open accessible forum.

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Drone Photoscan

I'm looking at getting a Quadcopter with camera for Christmas but this is a
high level drone not the boy toy I'm going to be playing with

Bridge photoscanned to 3d pointcloud. Clip shows surface model in Memento,
pointcloud in Revit and VR-model in Lumion

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Digital BIM Toolkit

IStructE Newsletter says:-

Project is a key enabler of the move to deliver Level 2 BIM on central Government procurement from April 2016.
The Institution of Structural Engineers and six other professional bodies covering design, construction, operation and management in the built environment are supporting NBS, part of RIBA Enterprises, in its development of a free-to-use digital BIM tool for the BIM Task Group. BIFM, CIBSE, CIOB, ICE, RIBA, RICS and the Institution are all providing cross-industry support and technical advice to the project, which is a key enabler of the move to deliver Level 2 BIM on central government procurement from April 2016.

The free online tool will help collaborative project teams define, manage and validate who is responsible for what at different stages of the asset lifecycle. Supporting this will be a pan-industry classification system, well defined levels of graphical detail and system information as well as a comprehensive set of product information templates.

Richard Waterhouse, Chief Executive of RIBA Enterprises, said: “This initiative was always about doing something which helps the entire industry, so to have these organisations part of  our project steering group will be a fantastic support and will help ensure we have essential pan-industry engagement’.

Sarah Fray, Director: Engineering & Technical Services for The Institution of Structural Engineers said: “The Institution and its members are delighted to support the BIM toolkit project. Broad industry engagement will be a critical element in delivering a free-to-use digital tool to help structural engineers bring about a BIM enabled industry. We are looking forward to seeing real benefits delivered to all through collaborative project work across the industry.”

Anne Kemp, Chair of ICE’s BIM Action group, said: “ICE’s aim is to develop and support the world’s best digitally enabled civil engineers and provide thought leadership and direction to the way BIM is implemented throughout the industry. We are delighted therefore to be playing a part in developing a modern, relevant digital tool which facilitates a more consistent approach across the industry. We look forward to continuing this collaboration, helping to ensure the tool reaches - and is embraced by - all those at the forefront of BIM.”
Eddie Tuttle, Public Affairs and Policy Manager for The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) commented: “CIOB is pleased to be involved in a project that is at the vanguard of the approach to be taken in ensuring that we have a collaborative movement to BIM for the good of the wider industry. “

Mark Powell, Executive Director at RICS commented:  “RICS is delighted to be involved in the development of such an important project; we see this as a major step forward in helping project teams to collaborate to achieve level 2 BIM. For the first time, project teams will have free access to a best practice design management toolkit and a common classification system that, where possible, will help link design objects with our existing measurement standards and industry benchmarked cost data from our BCIS products.”

Nick Mead, CIBSE President Elect said: “As the professional body for energy using systems in buildings, CIBSE supports the development of the digital BIM tool to cover all aspects of buildings and the wider built environment. For the tool to successfully support the delivery of Level 2 BIM for the whole built environment it is vital that the professional institutions continue to work together to ensure that the tool is fit for purpose for all our respective members.”

NBS also plans wider engagement with the industry via other professional bodies and institutes. Discussions, workshops, presentations and beta testing sessions will be happening over the coming months.

More details about the project are available here.

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Has the BIM Bubble finally burst?

Go back a few years and these kind of events were over subscribed and seats went really quick, interesting that I'm still receiving emails touting seat are available for this bsi one.

Lets face it most of the information presented at these events is available on the web these days, and if you have only just heard of BIM where have you been for the last four years or more?

Or is it just the price that is putting people off?

Public sector rate: Book now
  • Members £125.50
  • Non-members £251.00
Standards rate: Book now
  • Members £157.00
  • Non-Members £314.00
Earlybird prices valid until 1st November 2014

    Public sector rate:
    • Members £139.50
    • Non-members £279.00
    Standard rate:
    • Members £174.50
    • Non-Members £349.00

    Friday, 7 November 2014

    Moving onto BIM - Planning and Building Control Today

    Planning and Building Control Today can be downloaded as an adobe file from here in the current issue there is an article on BIM.

    "Moving onto BIM, we were thrilled to be able to interview Malcolm Taylor, Head of Technical Information for Crossrail Ltd. In the interview he outlines what BIM means for this huge project and praises the BS: 1192 as it set the scene for BIM as we know it today. David Philp of the UK BIM Task Group also makes a welcome return with an article outlining how BIM can help industry"

    Wednesday, 5 November 2014

    What's New In Revit 2015 Subscription 2 Update

    I received the Redstack E-News Birthday edition and noted this little gem so decided to share the link.

    Who are Redstack?  Well they were IMAGINiT but 12 months ago they evolved from Technologies to Redstack according to the newsletter. Sounds like a company takeover or buyout to me, but hay ho.

    To celebrate their birthday they have a special offer:

    Mention Redstack's first birthday and receive a 20% discount on all scheduled training classes booked and paid for by December 19 and I'm sure subject to conditions

    In the mean time here is that Link to Whitepaper

    Wednesday, 29 October 2014

    FREE BRE London BIM Networking Event

    Join BRE's free BIM Networking Event
    See how BRE can help you and your business
    become BIM Level 2 ready
    By 2016 all Government procured buildings will have to be BIM level 2 compliant. 
    Is your business ready for this change? 
    Find out how BRE can help you and your business achieve this target with offerings from our specialists within the UK's leading BIM certification, training, and consultancy teams. 
    Tuesday 11th November 2014
    The Building Centre
    Store Street
    WC1E 7BT
    1.30pm Registration and Coffee
    2pm Welcome and Introduction
    2.15pm Are you BIM Level 2 Ready? (Paul Oakley, Associate Director, BRE BIM)
    An overview of the requirements to get your company BIM Level 2 ready.
    2.45pm Business Certification (Stephen Farrow Certification Manager BRE)
    Benefits and process to get your business Certificated for BIM Level 2.
    3.10pm Case Study BDP Business Certification (Alistair Kell BDP Director of Information and Technology)
    BDP take you through the journey to get BRE BIM Business Certification scheme.
    3.30pm Coffee and Network session
    3.45pm Getting to grip with your BIM authoring tools (Dave Dalton and Nigel Guy CAD Spec).
    An Autodesk Authorised Reseller and Training Centre take you through the tools, training and support required.
    4.05pm Delivering a Common Data Environment
    An overview of the delivery of a Common Data Environment and how crucial it is to the BIM Level 2 strategy.
    4.25pm Training Requirements for BIM Level 2. (Mike Jaggs Associate Director, BRE Academy.)
    This session provides an overview of the BRE training and education programmes needed to understand the scheme standards, methods and processes for BIM level 2 certification.
    4.45pm Questions and Answer Session
    5pm Close
    For further information on the event and to discuss the BIM services BRE offer Click Here.
    Best Regards
    BIM Team
    BRE, Building 1, Bucknalls Lane, Watford WD25 9XX

    T 0845 8630014 E

    Tuesday, 28 October 2014

    Autodesk FREE BIM Pilot Deployment Workbook

    Crazy I know but there are companies out there that are just getting there first taste of BIM and Autodesk recently sent me an email which I would like to share here. Shame they don't provide a Word Version of the document that could be used directly.

    Get your free BIM Pilot Deployment Workbook
    Building Information Modeling (BIM) helps firms like yours reduce rework, improve efficiency, and win new projects. Launching and running a BIM pilot project is the first step to firm-wide adoption. Stop wondering about BIM, and start seeing the benefits on real projects.
    The Autodesk® BIM Pilot Deployment Workbook can help you move your firm to BIM. It all starts with selecting the right BIM pilot project, leadership from you, and a solid plan. The free workbook takes a step-by-step approach to help you realize the benefits of BIM sooner.
    Find resources that can help you launch and run a successful BIM pilot project.

    Tuesday, 21 October 2014

    New BIM+ Website of the Chartered Institute of Building

    BIM4Housing plans workshops around real-life case studies The BIM4Housing work group, set up by the government's BIM Task Force earlier this year, is launching a a series of introductory BIM workshops for the house building sector around the..

    Read More

    Thursday, 16 October 2014

    Revit 2015 Detail Component Reference Guide

    I normally review and produce a reference guide to what has been added and subtracted from the families library and it's structure for each version, but with setting up my own company, life the universe and everything else I have not produced one for 2015 and it seems unlikely to happen for 2016.  

    Lawrence Hooker over at Autodesk Revit Structure however has produced a 30 page PDF document that outlines each detail component and where it is located within the folder system. Which will assist new users in locating 2D detail items from the standard Autodesk Revit 2015 library. I have uploaded a

    Revit 2D Detail Items

    Visit Lawrence's blog to download Click Here

    Wednesday, 15 October 2014


    Received an email from Cadalyst about the white paper just as I'm involved on a job where they are about to use 3D model printing
    Fused Deposition Modeling™ (FDM®) and PolyJet® are two of the most advanced and effective additive manufacturing (AM) or 3D printing technologies available.  They span the range from budget-friendly, desktop modeling devices to large-format, factory-floor equipment that draw from the capital expenditure budget, and can produce a range of output from precise, finely detailed models to durable production goods. While there is crossover in applications and advantages, these two technology platforms remain distinct and bring different benefits.
    Learn more about the differences between these two technologies to select the right one for your application, demands and constraints.

    Friday, 10 October 2014

    BIM ebook from Autodesk

    I've just received an email from Autodesk re BIM so looks like they are not pushing the cloud all the time and have decided to push a bit of BIM again. I am truly amazed that there are still people out there attending seminars about what BIM is or isn't and now they are even paying for the privilege!



    Wednesday, 8 October 2014

    LRUG / Ideate Inc Meeting 27th October - Master the Revit [DATA] Model

    Join Ideate Software, in support of LRUG, for an evening seminar dedicated to those who want to step up their Building Information Modeling with Revit. Best in class BIM means mastering not just the design and the 3D modeling, it also requires mastering the data. This seminar is designed for BIM Managers, Project Engineers, Architects, and anyone responsible for the bottom line on Revit projects.

    To be held at the Building Centre 26 Store Street London WC1E 7BT

    Registration at

    5:30pm-6:00pm – Refreshments, Networking & Introductions

    6:00pm-6:30pm - London Revit User Group

    6:30pm-7:15pm – Auditing Your Revit Project with Ideate Explorer for Revit

    7:15pm-8:00pm – Mastering Your Revit Data With 
Ideate BIMLink


    Monday, 29 September 2014

    Too Busy to Blog

    Some of you may have noticed that I have not been posting material on such a regular basis.

    When you have an allotment and you set up your own company with a workforce of one there is not a lot of time left for other outside interest. With the end of the growing season I will endeavour to post at least twice a months but no promises.


    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.