Friday, 28 January 2011

LRUG London Revit User Group Meeting - January 2011

David Light has posted a review of the evening over on his Revit Blog, and I have to agree with his synopsis of the event, I’m sure that Laura Handler Q5/Tocci and John Tocci Jnr Gilbane went away, knowing that the UK is not that far behind them in the use of Revit and BIM as they thought we were. It was interesting to see the shock on their faces as they began the realise this.

As for Integrated Project Design or IPD, I have been very fortunate to have worked on some Partnering schemes (that’s IPD before the Yanks took it re-branded it and are now trying to sell it back to us).

The UK Revit Register, Linked-In Group and LRUG London Revit User Group have started the ball rolling in the UK with the similar groups forming in Bristol, Leeds and Glasgow, but David forgot to mention Edinburgh.

A full list of UK Revit Groups may be found on the UK Revit Register.

As you only get to see the back of the heads of the attendees on Davids’ Blog I thought I’d give you a quick view of the front of some of their heads!

A motley crew aren’t we……

Photograph taken before everyone arrived, about ten minutes before the start of the evenings events.

Sunday, 23 January 2011

Revit User Group forming in Leeds (RUGL)

Here is an email I recieved from Chris Senior of Revit Elemental, So if your in or around the Leed area, don't be shy, contact RUGLeeds  

"Dear All

We are currently forming an independent Revit User Group based in the Leeds area. Initially we are contacting the core UK users who operate in the region to develop a group formed from experienced Revit users. We will be affiliated with the London Revit User Group (LRUG), Glasgow, Edinburgh and Bristol to form a network throughout the UK and help bridge the gap in the Midlands and North of England.

We aim to hold the first meeting in Feb/March in the Brewery Wharf area of Leeds. The group would meet bi-monthly on a weekday evening for a few hours followed by drinks. Content will vary and will be provided by the users as well as guest speakers and Autodesk representatives.

Initially we are interested in finding out your interest in this group. If you or your colleagues are interested please sign-up to the Linked-in Group or Facebook Group below. Alternatively you can drop
me an email to confirm your interest.

If it is more appropriate, please forward this email to your colleagues.

We have a Revit User Group established on Linked-in and Facebook.



Kind regards

Chris Senior".


Friday, 21 January 2011

UK Being Human Series 3 - BBC3 Sunday at 9pm!

OFF SUBJECT..... I just love this series; I was hooked from the pilot!

If you have not seen it the series is about a vampire, werewolf’s, and a ghost sharing a house and as the title suggests they are trying at “Being Human” it’s a mixture of drama, humour, tragedy and horror in every episode.

Why Canada have to remake it for the USA audience god only knows, The UK cast are ab-fab darling!


Wednesday, 19 January 2011

Latest issue of AUGIWorld is now available for download.

AUGI is pleased to announce that the latest issue of AUGIWorld is now available for download.
What is Autodesk QTO? Judah Jackson describes the best little program you aren't using!

Click Here to download the AUGIWorld January/February issue

Also in this issue of AUGIWorld:

  • Find out what is in store with an AUGIWorld Q&A with the new AUGI President.
  • Big Room Drawing Health, a CAD management topic by Darren Young on proper AutoCAD DWG maintenance.
  • Bootstrap Your AutoCAD Deployments by R. Robert Bell goes into detail for custom AutoCAD deployments.
  • A BIM-less World by Christopher Fugitt dives right into visualization in Civil 3D and Navisworks.
  • The Art of Sharing with eTransmit by Jeff Bartels shows how easy it is to share your DWGs in AutoCAD.
  • One Man Shop: Consulting vs. Freelancing, Part Two, by Tom Cipolla takes a fresh look at consulting work.
  • Planned Plotting by Beth Powell returns to cover the main purpose of using AutoCAD - plotting!
  • AutoCAD’s Annotative by Ron Lohan encourages you to try something new, for a change!
  • What’s the Point of this Roof? by Felix Gonzalez puts a cap on it using Revit Architecture.
  • Wood Framing Walls by Phil Russo breaks down doing wood in Revit Structure.
  • Own the Interface by Todd Shackelford puts in you in control of your own AutoCAD ribbon.
  • Spaces in AutoCAD Architecture by Melinda Heavrin divides and conquers spaces in ACA!

Thursday, 13 January 2011

3 men in a boat ummm I mean a pub in Bristol


Announcement from BRUG - Bristol Revit User Group on linked-In

"Thought I'd let you all know we have our first informal BRUG get together at the Horts public house in Bristol on Wednesday 26th January. I will be there from 5pm onwards, some are joining a little later 6 - 6:30. Let me know if you can make it.

I'll buy you a packet of crisps, flavour to suit your preference, if you make the effort to come along! (How can you turn an offer like that down???... if I'm feeling extra flash I may stretch to pork scratchings or scampi bites.) "  Mark Fox

      Mark Fox         !        Rob Clark         !  Craig Howell Jones

So support your forming Bristol Revit User Group and meet up with these three Likley Lads.
( Photographs so that you know who you are looking for, not to scare you away! ) 

This is similar to how the LRUG ~ London Revit User Group got started.  There were three of us, Dave Light, Carl Collins and I that wanted to make it happen.

We planned an informal meet up with a few more interested parties. Next thing we knew we were having our first formal meeting and there were thirty of us, and now a year later we number 80 Registered Members of the web site and 58 on the invite list.

Good luck chaps….

If you want to find out more about BRUG visit their Linked-in Group, or email Mark Fox


Wednesday, 12 January 2011

Simple Component Family Creaton Video Tutorials

Roger Cusson of Random Knowledge Studios has created a series of video tutorials and uploaded them to his Youtube Channel,  (unfortunately they don’t have sound but they are scripted with comments, so may be more suitable for deaf users, rather than those of us that can hear)

In this series Roger created a Simple Component Family, the family used is the humble coffee table, which is often used when training about family creation

The family has a flexible geometry, so that it can be resized dimensionally and the materials used can be altered by the user.  

Tuesday, 11 January 2011

Revit MEP Essential Skills Video Tutorials

Here are a bunch of Revit MEP Essential Skills Video Tutorials From: AutodeskBuilding  that were uploaded to Youtube on the 6th January 2011 and the 13 December 2010.

Revit MEP and IES for Part L
See how to use Autodesk Revit MEP for heating and cooling load calculations to meet local UK standards. In this short video Autodesk Customer Success Engineer, Gary Ross introduces how to perform heating and cooling Part L load calculations to meet UK standards from within Revit MEP as well as within IES software by exporting the model via gbXML 

Revit MEP 2011: Placing Pipe [1:32]
Provides an overview of the procedure and introduces the tools used to place pipe and generate a layout

Revit MEP 2011: Placing Duct [2:10]
Provides an overview of the procedure and introduces the tools used to place pipe and generate a layout.

Revit MEP 2011: Placing Conduit [ 1:20 ]
Provides an overview of the procedure and introduces the tools used to create a conduit layout.

Revit MEP 2011: Placing Cable Tray [1:07]
Provides an overview of the procedure and introduces the tools used to create a cable tray layout

Revit MEP 2011: Displaying Systems with the System Browser  [1:53]
Demonstrates how to use the System Browser to display systems and find elements not assigned to a system

Monday, 10 January 2011

Links to the re-established AUGI Revit Forums

                                                         What it says on the tin!

On the lef hand panel half way down you will find the AUGI Forum Links. These have been re-set to the original list.

Sunday, 9 January 2011

More Toposurface Video Tutorials

Here are a bunch of Toposurface Video Tutorials From: AutodeskBuilding  that were uploaded to Youtube on the 17 December 2010, In typical Autodesk format they have said these are for Autodesk Revit Architecture, but they equally apply to Revit Structure. Enjoy if your still learning about Toposurfaces  

Autodesk Revit Architecture: Creating a Toposurface  [ 2:06 ]
Demonstrates how to create a toposurface in Revit Architecture by importing contour data from a DWG file

Autodesk Revit Architecture: Site Settings [ 2:00 ]
Demonstrates how to access the Site Settings dialog in Revit Architecture in order to label and control the display of contours and the sectional qualities of the toposurface.

Autodesk Revit Architecture: Creating a Toposurface by Defining Points [ 1:59 ]
Demonstrates how to create a toposurface in Revit Architecture by placing multiple points and illustrates that contours are generated based on triangulation.

Autodesk Revit Architecture: Adding Site Components [ 2:04 ]
Demonstrates how to load site component families in Revit Architecture, such as a parking space and a planting object from the library, and how to change the component type while placing the object

Autodesk Revit Architecture: Creating a Building Pad [ 1:46 ]
Demonstrates how to use a DWG underlay file and sketching tools to add a building pad to the site in Revit Architecture, and shows how the toposurface adjusts to the pad

Autodesk Revit Architecture: Creating Topographic Subregions [ 1.37 ]
Demonstrates how to use sketching tools to create a subregion in Revit Architecture and how to assign alternate materials to the subregion