Thursday, 17 December 2015

Satistics and Lies

OK I started to complete the NBS 2016 BIM Survey until I got to this question, then I gave up


What a loaded question, where is the Minority of Projects option?

This is not the only badly created survey sheet on the survey but in terms of usage there should be a percentage range for jobs something Like 0    <25%         26-50%           51-75%          >75%   and 100% 

Not ALL - Majority - Never and Don't Know !

Come on RIBA get real and think about what you are asking or perhaps and you are asking the questions that will give you the results your actually after and not the real picture of what is actually happening at the pointy end and not just at the major government players.

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Autodesk Project Alexandria Becomes the Commercal Package BIM 360 Docs

Autodesk Declares a New World Order in Construction Document Management
Project Alexandria Technology Preview to become new commercial offering in early 2016: Autodesk BIM
360 Docs 

Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADSK) announced today at Autodesk University, Autodesk BIM 360 Docs, a comprehensive, cloud-based service for the construction industry that provides a virtual workspace to create, access, maintain, markup and share 2D and 3D project documents, plans and models

Formerly known as Project Alexandria, Autodesk BIM 360 Docs is marketed on the basis it will help to save time, reduce risk and errors in construction projects.  BIM 360 Docs is designed to ensure that the entire project team is building from the correct version of documents and plans.
This is nothing new construction companies many of the larger ones have been using document management systems for some time, they can be a god send or a curse in equal measure. Some of them have illogical dashboards and require a couple of days to learn how to use them.


Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Autodesk Release New Structural & MEP Fabrication Suites

Announcement of two New Suites by Autodesk today Autodesk Release Structural Fabrication Suite with a annual desktop subscription price of $3,500 and Autodesk MEP Fabrication Suite with a annual desktop subscription price of $4,600, if the usual Autodesk policy works forget conversion from $ to £ use $ = £  
OK what do you get for your money? According to Autodesk
"The Autodesk Structural Fabrication Suite, which includes Autodesk Advance Steel 2016, AutoCAD 2016, Autodesk Revit 2016 and Navisworks Simulate 2016, offers tools to better connect structural design to detailing by allowing you to work more collaboratively within a BIM environment. Revit, AutoCAD, and Advance Steel together can help users streamline the detailing process by integrating steel detailing expertise alongside the design.  Advance Steel’s model based environment helps users produce accurate detailed drawings faster, helping to speed time to fabrication. The inclusion of Navisworks Simulate helps extend fabrication to the field by supporting estimation, coordination, and 4D simulation of steel projects. Models can be easily shared and viewed with contractors, improving coordination and reducing waste."
The reality is that especially in the UK not many structural engineers actually details the connections in a steel; framed building they provide the moments and shear loads and leave it to the steel manufacturers to produce. Indeed if you actually bothered the steel manufacturer would normally replace it for one of their own anyway. So in the UK I see a very limited user base for this suite.

OK so what is Advanced Steel - Its another program that Autodesk have purchased, modified and now piggyback it off Autodesk. The Video below is very informative.

Regarding the Revit and Advanced Steel workflow and connectivity there is a video below however the narrators accent plus he appears to have his head in a galvanised bucket producing loads of echo and reverberation is so strong it's detrimental to the watching experience unless your really into 'Allo 'Allo! 

Hopefully a heads up to Autodesk about accent, diction and sound quality of recordings on demo videos. 

In the UK can only really see fabricators buying this suite and most of them already have their own software, so additional copies for existing Advance Steel users maybe but very few structural engineering practices would buy this. The odd one or two like Arups and Atkins may want to buy Advanced Steel on it's own to add to their existing building design suites.    

According the Autodesk In the Fold

"The MEP Fabrication Suite is a portfolio of interoperable 3D construction software that enables MEP contractors, detailers, estimators and fabricators to move to BIM based workflows at a lower cost of entry.  The Suite offers tools to streamline your detailing and fabrication workflows, including the latest versions of CADmep, ESTmep, CAMduct, AutoCAD 2016, Autodesk Revit 2016 and Point Layout." 

So where does this leave Building Design Suite owners who only want to pick up CADmep, ESTmep, CAMduct and Point Layout already having their copies of Revit and AutoCAD  2016?.

Autodesk are seriously worried about the switch to the subscription format and these suites and the new pricing structures benefit the larger companies but not the smaller companies.

Friday, 6 November 2015

Revit & Dynamo - What Is It & How Do I Use It?

Dynamo is a new way or working with Revit, its an open source application not owned by Autodesk (yet) but it has been shipped with Revit since 2015. It adds intelligence and extends the logic & functionality of Revit. It's a very visual programming language that allows you to add behaviour to the model that makes it easy to automate tasks.

Below are a couple of recent webinars that have introduced Dynamo to users.

This recorded webinar will introduce you to Dynamo, an open-source add-in for Autodesk Revit. Dynamo gives Revit users a fundamentally new way of working, with new tools to solve design problems. Learn how this easy-to-learn visual programming environment has practical uses in in your day-to-day Revit work.

Dynamo is creating waves in the industry as a visual programming tool that greatly extends the power of Revit. At the end of this presentation you will understand what Dynamo does very well and how it can help you improve quality, simplify design iterations and reduce tedious tasks in Revit.

There are going to be many videos on this subject but here are just a few to get you going from AutodeskEd keep an eye out on AU this year as there are bound to be masses of Dynamo classes

Part 1A - Getting Situated  
Part 1B - Getting Started with Nodes
Part 2A - Basic List Management
Part 2B - Nested List Management
Part 3A - Computational Logic
Part 3B - Computational Logic  
Part 4A - Parametric Assembly
Part 4B - Parametric Assembly
Part 5A - Advanced Topics - Custom Nodes
Part 5B - Advanced Topics - Python Programming

Friday, 30 October 2015

Autodesk Seek for Autodesk Revit Add-In Goes Live

After the 5 month the free* technology preview of Autodesk® Seek for Revit is nearly over and the Add-in goes live on Monday 2nd November 9am Eastern whatever that is in GMT.

Autodesk® Seek for Revit allows you to conveniently access high-quality BIM models, drawings, and product specifications for more than 66,000 commercial and residential building products, representing over 400 manufacturers, from inside Autodesk® Revit® 2015 or 2016 software.

Quickly search or browse over 66,000 products

Easily place RFA or RFAs with additional Type Catalogs

Preview product details before placement into your project

Conveniently specify the download location for your files and your search results page size preference

When seek started in 2007 the content was, shall we say very iffy, and no better than lots of other AutoCAD block and Revit family collections on the internet. As a CAD and BIM manager I didn't want users downloading and using content gathered off the web because of the problems they can bring with them.

In 2009 the Revit Model Content Style Guide or RMCSG was created .

Link to download the Revit Model Content Style Guide  If you do download it, typically Autodesk It’s all a bit catch 22 the instruction on what to do are in a readme.pdf file in the zip file that you download and extract, so here they are outside of the download for your information:-

1 Download the zip file

2. Extract the contents of the zip file to a local directory
3. Navigate to the Extract To folder you specified, and open the Revit_Model_Content_Style_Guide_v2_1 folder.

4. To begin, open the General_Guide\Revit_Model_Content_StyleGuide.pdf file. Review this document to understand the workflow and basic guidelines and standards for model creation.

5. Open the Category_Specific folder, and notice that there are subfolders for specific part types. Open a part type subfolder, and review the documents and cample content as required by your content needs.

In 2012 Autodesk actually started a QA system on the content being submitted to Seek and QA Badges are provided. To find out more about these see The Power of Badges at

The graphic below shows seeks use in providing quality content in the BIM Workflow

Despite the Autodesk QA system I suspect that a lot of BIM Managers will still want to vet anything going into their companies Revit models, until they have total faith in the Autodesk QA system and you have to face it there have been problems with Autodesks produced families in the past, and the system has to prove its self worthy of their trust.

That being said it's great to see positive steps being taken by Autodesk to improve the Seek service and quality of content. Hopefully it will mean a  faster rubber stamping by the company BIM Manager to use it. 

There are programs out there that assist BIM Managers in company content management but that's for another post on another day.

LRUG hope to be running some family creation sessions next year, and it will be good to get some feedback from members on the new Seek add-in and the quality and actual use of the content and any internal vetting systems that are in place.

Monday, 26 October 2015

Revit 2016 R2 New / Improved Feature Videos

View Underlay

View Filter

Mechanical Design

Isolate Solids Voids

Railing Preview

Thermal Zoning

Named Reference Plane

Thursday, 22 October 2015

More than 25 Updates and New Features to Revit Released Today

Great news for Autodesk Revit software subscribers.  Autodesk have released a major update for Revit today to both Maintenance Subscription and Desktop Subscription customers*.

Autodesk Revit 2016 R2 builds on the speed and project performance improvements that distinguish Revit 2016 and includes more than 25 updates, many requested by users. With further improved software performance and scalability, plus new features, the family of  Revit 2016 R2 releases enables subscribers to more effectively and efficiently capture design intent. 
Revit 2016 R2 is fully compatible with the existing Revit 2016 releases and has no file format changes so users can install the update without disrupting existing ongoing work in Revit 2016.

Autodesk state that "this Revit 2016 R2 represents significant incremental value for Autodesk Maintenance and Desktop Subscription customers who get immediate access to the most current Revit capabilities."

At the moment there are lots of questionnaires regarding the value of  Autodesk Maintenance and Desktop Subscription being asked on the Autodesk Advisors portal and Autodesk and their Dealerships have been warning of the impending end maintenance subscriptions and migrate to a total "rental-based" model. Autodesk are not the first to do this Microsoft have already gone there with Office and I really don't know why they keep asking for users opinions as they are going to do it anyway.

The real problem as I see it, is the burden it places on Autodesk to actually perform.  When we were all herded to jump on the subscription wagon rather than upgrade when significant improvement warranted such an upgrade we were enticed with Subscription Advantage packs half way through the year.

That worked fine for the first couple of years and then the quality and return in investment dropped significantly and many users and bloggers were wondering was Revit dead. No it's very much alive but still has a crap text editor which has been high on the users wish list for some time.  

Can Autodesk keep up the quantity and quality of improvements to Revit on a regular basis, and actually give the users what they need rather than fluffy stuff, who knows but they have set themselves one hell of a target to perform, and this time they really have.     
Here is a view into just some of what the Revit R2 update delivers:     

Faster: Revit 2016 R2 features continued improvements to software performance and scalability: 

o    Orbit, pan and zoom more quickly with the new Draw Visible Elements Only option. Revit improves navigation speed by working only on displaying the visible elements of a view. This occlusion culling is especially beneficial with complex files and views in which regeneration of a significant amount of content is suppressed.  
We Bloggers had a preview of the before and after versions side by side and the speed increase is significant, especially on large models

o    Keep working during update of color schemes and the associated color fills with Color Fill Background Processing. Revit 2016 R2 updates room, space, HVAC zone, duct, and pipe color fills using multiple CPUs, which alleviates model interaction delays associated with these computations.


Revit 2016 R2 updates room, space, HVAC zone, duct, and pipe color fills using multiple CPUs. Image courtesy of Autodesk.

Smarter: Revit 2016 R2 has new and improved tools to help users better-capture and embed design intent in a model.

o    Embed design intent in a model by using project-wide parameters to drive dimension and element instance parameters with the Global Parameters feature.  A global parameter can measure dimensions and calculate formulas to drive dimensions and parameter values in other elements in the project.

Embed design intent in a model by using project-wide parameters to drive dimension and element

o    With Family Visibility Preview, get a better view of design intent by filtering out geometries that are not viewed. Work more quickly by previewing geometries and making adjustments before loading a Family into a project.

Better:  We’re always striving to improve Revit based on user feedback. Over 20 user-requested enhancements include:

o    Unload links per user to increase performance and improve memory usage without affecting other project team members

o    Copy/Paste commands in perspective views

o    Cancel print or export of multiple views and sheets with one click

o    Filter solids/voids in separate entries to more easily multi-select the geometries to make bulk changes

o    Enhanced rotation controls and insert part option in fabrication part modelling

Unload links per user to increase performance and improve memory usage without affecting other project team members. Image courtesy of Autodesk.
Autodesk state "As an incremental install, Revit R2 can be less disruptive for users and administrators by spacing out changes vs. incorporating larger annual updates. Any downtime or disruption to work processes can be more easily out-weighed by the gains in performance, usability and stability." 

Autodesk Revit 2016 R2 is available to Maintenance and Desktop Subscription customers worldwide starting today, October 22, in the following languages: Brazilian Portuguese, Czech, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish and Traditional Chinese.

*Autodesk Revit 2016 R2 is available to current Subscription customers of Autodesk Building Design Suite Premium and Ultimate, Autodesk Infrastructure Design Suite Ultimate, Autodesk Revit Collaboration Suite, Autodesk Revit Architecture, Autodesk Revit Structure, Autodesk Revit MEP, Autodesk Revit LT and Autodesk AutoCAD Revit LT Suite software

For more details and videos showing the features on an Autodesk web page follow this Link


The Autodesk Revit team has posted the Revit 2016 R2 videos to YouTube. Use this link to see the set of 20 short videos organized with what the team feels are the most important features listed at the top of the set:

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

Revit 2016 New Features

A selection of videos


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.