Thursday, 31 March 2011

Revit Structure 2012 Overview Brochure US


Scouting around the Autodesk web site I found that this Revit 2012 Overview Brochure can be downloaded off the Autodesk site from the bottom of this page.


Wednesday, 30 March 2011

What's New in REVIT MEP 2012

I found this on YouTube and thought of you MEP Guys.....Enjoy

Revit MEP 2012 Whats New
Video #1 System Enhancements
Graphical Warnings
System Connector Labels

Revit MEP 2012 Whats New
Video #2 - System Enhancements
* Creating Systems *
* System Type Properties *
* Graphic Overrides *
* Turn off System Calculations *
* Add Material to System *
* Edit Rise & Drop Symbol *

Tuesday, 29 March 2011

Make St.George's Day a Bank Holiday

Sunday, 27 March 2011

New in Revit 2012: Construction Modeling & Assemblies

(Improved Audio) Uploaded by AutodeskBuilding on the 25th March 2011

New construction modeling tools support virtual construction modeling workflows with specific focus on 4D sequencing, including scheduling, visualization, documentation and coordination.

Assemblies help support the creation of assembly views for pre-fabricated building assemblies such as precast walls, columns, beams and floors.
Watch this video for an overview of the new Construction Modeling and Assemblies features in Autodesk Revit Architecture and Revit Structure 2012.

Saturday, 26 March 2011

My Blackberry Is Not Working!

This is in the same class as the classic "four candles sketch" by the Two Ronnies


Friday, 25 March 2011

Cad2assist Webinars

Here are a few Webinars from Rob Clark and those Cad2assist people

What’s New in Revit Architecture 2012
Fri, Apr 1, 2011 12:45 PM - 1:45 PM BST -
What’s New In Revit Structure 2012
Fri, Apr 8, 2011 12:45 PM - 1:45 PM BST -

What’s New in Revit MEP 2012
Fri, Apr 15, 2011 12:45 PM - 1:45 PM BST -
What’s New in Autodesk Navisworks 2012
Thu, Apr 28, 2011 12:45 PM - 1:45 PM BST -

AutoCAD Structural Detailing 2012 (Reinforcement Concrete) 
What's New – co presented with Ralph Pullinger from Autodesk
Fri, May 6, 2011 12:45 PM - 1:45 PM BST -

Inventor 2012 - What's New
Fri, May 13, 2011 12:45 PM - 1:45 PM BST -

AutoCAD & AutoCAD LT 2012 - What's New
Thu, Mar 31, 2011 12:45 PM - 1:45 PM BST -

AutoCAD & AutoCAD LT 2012 - What's New
Thu, Apr 21, 2011 12:45 PM - 1:45 PM BST -

AutoCAD & AutoCAD LT 2012 - What's New
Fri, May 27, 2011 12:45 PM - 1:45 PM BST-

Register and enjoy!

Thursday, 24 March 2011

Lock and annotate 3D views and Assemblies and Assembly views

Autodesk Revit Structure 2012 includes new features to enhance shop drawings: Lock and annotate 3D views and Assemblies and Assembly views shown here by Shruti Harve, Ideate application specialist.

Nice Video shame about the voice and the ability to breath through her ears!
First 50 second is marketing bull_ _ _t, so play from there on ;0).

Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Revit 2012 underwhelming....I can't get excited


The blogger webcast was held very, very late last night in the UK, and like Dave Baldacchino of Do you Revit? I’m taking the view that plenty of Bloggers will all ready have posted about the event, especially those that have the Lois Lane complex and need a scoop or have Revit in their DNA ;0)

David Light over at his Revit blog, as always has produced such a concise review that it’s very rare that others meet his article standard (that’s another fiver you owe me Dave)

Dave Baldacchine & David Light talk about the split between users:-

David Baldacchine saying  “there will be those that are very excited and those that are bummed. In past years, I’ve almost always been in the first camp and couldn’t understand what the rest were fussing about. However this year, I am feeling a bit disappointed about the quantity of improvements for the Architectural field.”

David Light summarising “Will Revit 2012 keep the die-hard Revit user who wants long standing items like better text tools, improved typography and site, stairs etc….happy???? hmmmmm probably not! But I would have to argue that whilst some of the improvements to big ticket modelling items have yet to appear, there is still plenty in this feature rich release to make most users content.

But a word of warning Mr Autodesk; some of these long standing requests really do need to be addressed over the next 1 to 2 releases. I see users fighting with some of the trickier tools on a day to day basis and I feel their pain. However, I have a pragmatic view on much of this now as I have come to realize that there is no utopia and Rome really wasn’t built in a day. As the Guinness Ad says, good things come to those that wait. Nevertheless, improving model quality and construction assembly by providing flexible, easy to use software tools most be the end game. Without this, there will always be an excuse by some diehards that this “BIM thing” is just not worth doing."

Like Dave Baldacchine I’m in the “feeling a bit disappointed about the quantity of improvements” Actually more in the very pissed–off, rather than the bit disappointed if I’m truthful

IMHO this year has been more about the bigger users with Bells and Whistles and not Basic fixes for all users.

Because of the NDA I can’t tell you how I’ve come to these figures yet, but one way of measuring the real improvements in Revit Structure gives me a split of:-

 58 Architecture and the All Products common platform
   5 Structure which equates to about 4%
 56 MEP

Should Autodesk be spending time improving MEP, yes but not at the expense of the other platforms.

Whist I applaud the improvements in the Analytical Modelling and Tools, we and many other Structural Users don’t round trip the Analytical Model backwards and Forwards like Autodesk seem to think we do. Hell, there are projects were we don’t connect the Analytical and the Revit Model for a variety of reasons.

Detailing and producing useable RC Details and UK/ Europe Bar Bending Schedules within Revit is currently a joke, It’s a 3D Toy that many Structural Engineering companies are not using, again for a variety of reasons

Dave Baldacchine  My feeling is that it’s quite light this year. That doesn’t mean however, that you won’t be thrilled with the new improvements, especially if you’re in the Engineering and Construction disciplines.”

Nope Dave…… Definitely not thrilled

Monday, 21 March 2011

AEC (UK) BIM Standard for Revit ~ Review One Year On....


Last year saw the launch of the AEC (UK) BIM Standard for Revit. As we approach the first anniversary of its release, we take a look at how the standard has been received in the market, as well as the next steps in updating the content and expanding its market penetration, writes committee member Paul Woddy.

An interesting read, pop over to

Sunday, 20 March 2011

The World Is Going MAD!

Is it me or is the World including the UK going mad?

I don’t normally do politics, but It has to be the Victor Meldrew coming out in me as I turned 53 last week.

In February the BBC Reported that the" £4bn fleet of new RAF Nimrods were being scrapped thus creating a "massive gap" in British security” but somehow saving money!

2nd March the Daily Mail reports that “Hundreds of British servicemen and women currently risking their lives in Afghanistan face the sack within a few months, the Ministry of Defence admitted last night.”

Now in March we are off to monitor the Libya “no fly zone” to stop Gaddafi bombing his own people, and we have just scrapped our new spy planes. Yesterday I watch one of Gaddafi’s plane being shot down outside the opposition stronghold of Benghazi on the TV.

RAF Tornado jets, which are also due to be de-commissioned along with the sacking of their pilot, have joined in the operation to enforce a no-fly zone over Libya as the international community swung into action against Muammar Gaddafi.

The Ministry of Defence confirmed Stormshadow missiles were launched from Tornado GR4 fast jets, which flew 3,000 miles from RAF Marham in Norfolk and back.

The UK government is going to make, Hundreds of Servicemen, Policemen, Firefighters, Local Authority Employees and Teachers etc. redundant to save money and fix the economy.


All these people will be looking for work during the “credit crunch” which the new term for a world wide recession, and will be claiming unemployment benefit.

Governments and Local Authorities have never understood the bigger picture when it comes to financial matters, and can’t see that what they are doing to save money from one area or budget, is only going to cost them more in another area or budget.

And now that the UK has rushed in because of the, “special relationship” that the UK is supposed to have with the USA, and the Black Gold in that Area of the world.

The UK will now be at even more threat from terrorist attack and a prime target next year with the Olympics.

Buy hay, they will just keep reducing the police force and other emergency services…… it's not as if we might actually need them some time soon!
The  World will say it "Team America" all over again.....Mr President

"I have an idea, we will get the French and the Brits to go in first!"

Friday, 18 March 2011

Autodesk Special Media Webcast ~ And Bloggers Day


Autodesk provided the graphics but not with embedded hyperlinks ,so click here to Preregister:

As part of the Blogger Webcast Series in an effort to keep bloggers up-to-date with the latest Autodesk release news.  Many of us have  been invited to a series of webcasts on March 21st and 22nd!

To kick-off the Blogger Webcast Series an "open to the public" webcast will be hosted by Amar Hanspal on March 21st at 5p Eastern Daylight Time. We Bloggers then get to see what's coming in Revit 2012 and are allowed to report on it for you.

Most of the Bloggers also beta test, so we kinda know what to expect, but it's always interesting to attend these functions and have confirmation.

Don't forget to support Comic Relief

Wednesday, 16 March 2011

LRUG London Revit User Group is a Year Old

The inaugural meeting of the London Revit User Group (LRUG) took place on the 17th March 2010, with 26 Revit Users from various companies based in London.

Tonight we are holding our 7th meeting, with 60 people due to attend and 104 members of the LRUG web site found at

A special thanks to David Light of HOK and Carl Collins of Arup Associates for working with me to get LRUG off the ground in the first place, and for those members that have joint the committee and have presented or assisted by supplying venues for the meetings. As a result of your generosity so far we have been able to provide the events at no cost to the members.

Following on the wings of LRUG we have also seen the birth of

I would remind the newer members, that you are only going to get out of LRUG what you are willing to put into it.

If you would like to become a member of LRUG please email me


Tuesday, 1 March 2011

RUGLeeds Inaugural Meeting 23rd March

Over at REVIT ST Glenn Jowett is pleased to announce the date for the first Revit User Group Leeds meeting which is the 23rd March. Buro Happold have kindly offered their Leeds office as the first venue.

Details of the event including agenda for the first meeting can be found by following the links below.

RUGLeeds Meeting No.1 Facebook

RUGLeeds Meeting No.1 Linkedin

Members of the RUGLeeds Linkedin page are encouraged to RSVP via the above link so we can gauge interest. If you are in or around the Leeds area then make sure you sign up with the group.

Details of the event are below.

Time: 6pm for 6:30pm Start. Duration: 2hrs. Refreshments kindly provided by Buro Happold

Welcome (5 mins) Introduction to the User Group (20 mins)

Open floor Discussion – What do YOU want from RUGLeeds? (30 mins)

15min Interval

Presentation – Guest Speaker (45mins) – Space Architecture.

James Austin and Adam Ward from Space Architecture will be demonstrating how they have used their BigBim ( approach in designing, manufacturing and constructing the _spacehus modular eco home. Focusing on how parametric modelling techniques have enabled the process.

Any Other Business – Drinks / Networking (Pub/Bar TBC)

Have a great meeting guys!