Monday, August 21, 2017

2010 Cadalyst Magazine Article; Making the Switch from AutoCAD to Revit

Nearly seven years ago I wrote a two part article for Cadalyst magazine titled Making the Switch--AutoCAD to Revit. The thrust of the article still applies today for any firms who have not yet made the switch. Here are the links:

Making the Switch--AutoCAD to Revit, Part 1

Making the Switch--AutoCAD to Revit, Part 2

For this article I enlisted several experts to give their advise. Those experts are:

  • Rachel Riopel, HDR
  • David Baldacchino, HOK
  • Plamen Hristov, Capital Engineering Consultants
  • Andrew Johnson, Sebesta (NV5)
Enjoy, again.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Revit History; A Unique Creation Questioned (again)

An article was recently published by AEC Magazine rehashing the idea that Revit "is a derivative of Reflex" (quote from the embedded video in the online article). The Revit founders, Irwin Jungreiz and Leonid Raiz, have refuted this proposition over the years.

Here is a link to the article, which includes a video were Dr. Jonathan Ingram, creator or Reflex, verbalizes his opinion that Revit was based on his code; Celebrating the history of BIM. The image below is a screen capture from the video, listing nine initial points used to "prove" Revit is based on Reflex.

Screen capture (26:49) from

Friday, August 18, 2017

BILT Asia 2018; Abstract Submission Deadline Extended

Calling all speakers, and would-be-speakers! RTC Events chairman, Wesley Benn, just announced the abstract submission window has been extended for BILT-Asia 2018.

If you have never been to Singapore, you should definitely consider this conference. If you speak English and are wondering about what language the conference is in, it is all in English. Additionally, the official language in Singapore is also English. So if you only speak English, like me, you can put that question to rest.


Thursday, August 17, 2017

MEP Review of Architectural Model

You are just getting started on a project and need to familiarize yourself with the building. The architect just sent their current version of the Revit model. Consider the items in the following list to help get things off to a good start.

1. In the Options dialog, on Rendering section, set Render Appearance path to a custom “Revit Textures” folder you create on the network. Copy any texture files provided by the architect (e.g. jpg or png files). This will help with any visualization or VR you might want to do from an MEP perspective.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Simply Complex Podcast; I talk lighting with Marcello

The world of Podcasting has been steadily expanding in the AEC world. Carl Storm maintains a nice list of them on his BIMsider blog. My time to listen is when I have to drive between offices (~2.5hrs each way) once or twice a month.

I have had the privilege of being a guest on Bill Debevc's BIMThoughts podcast twice now...
Bill has a cool sticker and 3d printout of a microphone to promote is blog...

Yesterday Marcello Sgambelluri published a new episode of his Simply Complex podcast with me as guest! We mostly talk about lighting in the AEC industry... a timely discussion on the heels of a talk I gave at BILT-NA on the subject (with co-speaker Matt Kincaid from Lighting Analysts).

The Simply Complex Podcast

Marcello as has a sticker!

The image below is an excerpt from the lighting presentation handout. This will make more sense when you listen to the session with Marcello!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

gbXML Certification and Validation

Autodesk is helping to define a new, more accurate, gbXML schema to improve the way industry is documenting and sharing data; specifically: geometry descriptions, envelope descriptions, schedules and systems.
"gbXML is an industry supported schema for sharing building information between disparate building design software tools."

As a "research partner" with gbXML, Autodesk is helping define the Level 3 compliance requirements and compliance tests.

This standard and validation process...

Monday, August 14, 2017

Reflecting on BILT-NA 2017 in Toronto Canada

The BILT-NA 2017 conference in Toronto, Canada is now behind us. In this post I will share some highlights using the wonderful professional photographs provided to attendees by BILT and captured by SKYART MEDIA. If you have never been to an RTC/BILT conference, I highly recommend you get it on your radar for next year. Or even better, sign up for BILT-EUR 2017 in Aarhus, Denmark later this year (Oct. 5-6, 2017) like me!

The setting for the conference was spectacular; Toronto, at the Westin Harbour Castle, nestled along the shoreline of Lake Ontario. You have to love the ocean-like presence of the massive freshwater lakes the make up the Great Lakes... btw, I live on the even larger Lake Superior. The location was reminiscent of the previous 2013 Canadian conference in Vancouver; at a Westin, on a shoreline with a vibrant lakewalk.

I hope everyone who went had a change to...