Tips and Tricks Archive

You can download the back catalog of video Revit tips and tricks from both the Manchester and Midlands (now wound up) Revit user groups from prior to meeting 8. After meeting 8, tips and tricks are uploaded on an individual meeting basis. Videos are not narrated

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Past Presentations

MRUG Meeting 32 - Thursday 3rd September 2020.
Zoom

Following the success of our previous online event in July, we took the opportunity to invite presenters from further afield, including Basingstoke, US and Australia. Many thanks to our presenters. The recordings are available to view below.


Modular template for capacity projects in Revit by Ivaylo Petrov, Ayre Chamberlain Gaunt

What strategies we used while implementing Revit across the practice. How we are using our custom template for capacity projects to aid the implementation process.

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Building Energy & Systems Analysis with Revit and Insight by Ian Molloy, Autodesk

Learn about features and workflows that provide building energy and systems analysis directly from Revit.

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Obtaining meaningful quantities from Revit models by Gavin Crump, Aussie BIM Guru

BIM models are full of quantifiable data, but packaging it into meaningful takeoffs isn't always a straightforward process. This session will explore various aspects of successful model takeoff such as scheduling, data management and modelling strategies.

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MRUG Tips and Tricks

Our ever popular segment. Thanks to Gavin Crump for sharing this excellent trick involving Schedule Keys.

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MRUG Meeting 31 - Thursday 2nd July 2020
Zoom

Our second online event was another success. With many familiar faces, and some new from as far away as Europe and the US. Many thanks to our presenters and also to those who offered their Tips and Tricks recordings, all of which are available to view below.


Revit Rendering by Mark Mountain, 3D Reid

A look over the features, benefits, and disadvantages of three of the more popular Revit rendering programs: Enscape, Lumion, and Twinmotion.

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Modelling Steelwork using the Revit Steel tab by Robert Merriman, Graitec

In this session we will be looking at the Steel tab which has been available since Revit 2019. These features allow Revit users to create steel models with a higher Level of Detail. We will show parametric connections and how they can be populated around the model, applying cuts & notches and manually modelling elements such as plates, bolts and welds.

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Top 5½ new features in Revit 2021 by Bettool Jabur, Symetri

Bettool has cherry picked what she thinks are the top 5½ new OR developed features that Revit 2021 has to offer.

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Revit Tips and Tricks

Our ever popular segment.
Thanks to our presenters who offered their recordings for sharing on this online event.

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UKDUG North Meeting 5 - Tuesday 5th May 2020
Zoom

The restrictions on public gatherings due to COVID-19 meant that we had to host our event online as a Zoom Webinar. With a higher than usual attendance and a packed agenda, the event was a success!


Dynamo for noobs by an almost noob by Laura Powell, 3D Reid

A very basic introduction to Dynamo with things I've found useful, and I hope you will too.

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An introduction to Dictionaries in Dynamo by Keith Wilkinson, JM Architects

If you understand the power of VLookup in Excel then you will love dictionaries in Dynamo! This session will look at the basics of dictionaries, how you create them and how you can use them to intelligently manipulate data within your graphs. As part of the session, we will look at a couple practical real-world examples of their application.

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Dynastandard: content management solution by Brendan Cassidy, BDP

This short presentation will highlight what Dynastandard is, how to set it up and go through what it can do to help you to distribute dynamo content to other parties from a centrally managed location.

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Dynamo Tips and Tricks

Our ever popular segment

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MRUG Meeting 30 - Thursday 30th January 2020
Eagle Lab Union, Albert Square, Manchester, M2 6LW

Site location and Topography by Ruth Clayton, Director, Grated Apple

Looking at common problems and solutions in setting up your site location and topography, including linking Revit models.

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Introduction to Cloud Based Design Workflows using BIM 360 Design & Revit by Gareth Spencer, BIM Consultant, Man and Machine

Our industry today has change massively over the last ten years and requires the current ways of working be collaborative, cloud based, while allowing us to share information faster and more effectively.

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Revit Tips and Tricks

Our ever popular segment

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UKDUG Meeting 4 - Monday, 28th October 2019
Eagle Lab Union, Albert Square, Manchester, M2 6LW

COBie in Dynamo by David Jennings, JM Architects

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Visual scripting best practice by Daniel Errington

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Loops in python by Luke Powell

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Dynamo Tips and Tricks

Our ever popular segment

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MRUG Meeting 29 - Thursday 12th September 2019
Eagle Lab Union, Albert Square, Manchester, M2 6LW

Acceleration of production information to optimise daily working methods and processes by Mattias Heimann, Consultant, Naviate

Focusing on a range of daily challenges to Revit users and how to address them by improving workflows, production data quality and efficiency.

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Break Out Discussions

An opportunity to discuss and learn from others, covering several questions.

Breakout sessions were not recorded

Revit Tips and Tricks

Our ever popular segment

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MRUG Meeting 28 - Thursday 4th July 2019
Eagle Lab Union, Albert Square, Manchester, M2 6LW

Revit data analysis on the cheap using PowerBI by Joaquim Agostinho, Assistant CAD/BIM Manager at Chapman Taylor

Using business analytics tools to generate insights and quick interactive visualisations from Revit data

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How to build the perfect Doors Library - Pro & Cons by Kevin Fielding, Practice BIM Lead for Sheppard Robson Architects LLP

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Breakout Session

Discussion in smaller groups, covering the following questions
• What communication tools/ways do you use with your team to ensure everyone is on the same page while working in the model?
• How do you decide the model split strategy for a job?
• How do you use Worksets to organize your model? And what are the main pros and cons?
• How do you manage the company and project content i.e. families?
• How are the teams you work on resourced and the work distributed amount the different team members?

Breakout sessions were not recorded

Revit Tips and Tricks

Our ever popular segment

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MRUG Meeting 27 - Tuesday 17th July 2018
BDP, Manchester, M1 2JB

Back to fundamentals - Schedules by David Jennings, JM Architects

The basics of how schedules work and how they can be utilised effectively for different purposes

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Filtering down time on models by Matthew Price, Elluc Projects

The use of filters on 3D views, Revit links, GAs. The new "or" system introduced to Revit 2019 that eliminates the need for multiple filters.

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Creating a site model with OS Mastermap information by Weronika Banaszewska, SPACE & PLACE

Step by step of how to import an OS MasterMap with building heights and a VectorMap local with the topography to Revit, through AutoCAD and Sketchup.

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Quick Revit 2019 What's New by Rob Clark, Excitech

A quick run through of the new features within Autodesk Revit 2019, highlighting a few of our favourites

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Revit Tips and Tricks

Our ever popular segment makes a return

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MRUG Meeting 26 - Tuesday 15th May 2018
BDP, Manchester, M1 2JB

Introduction to Revit Materials by Matthew Fuller, BDP

To produce quality visualisation outputs efficiently, you need a library of good materials to apply to your Revit models and families.

This 10 minute overview will demonstrate some basic principles and best practice for creating materials and material assets, and for sharing them with others in your organisation.

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VR/AR on the Cheap by Alex Shovelton, BDP

How to create engaging interactive VR and AR experiences without expensive software or hardware. A look at how Dynamo can be used to link drawings to VR, how to create virtual tours from Revit cloud-rendered panoramas, and different options for augmented reality on a budget.

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Realtime Rendering for Revit with Enscape by John Warburton, Fairhursts Design Group

Live first person exploration of the model is a growing trend within BIM. Why spend ages on a still rendering when you can walk around your project and explore options in real time? Enscape is not the most complete, sophisticated or beautiful rendering plug-in, but it is easily the simplest to use. This puts control of renderings and model presentation back into the hands of the designers - a most powerful advantage.

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Revit Live: Communicating Your Design to Clients by Joaquim Agostinho, Chapman Taylor

A quick sketch is sometimes enough but as technology advances at pace clients now expect to be able to stand inside their buildings while they are still on the drawing board.

We are increasingly using Revit Live and stereo panoramas to explain our designs to clients and to design and tech review projects internally.

Pro and cons of Revit live and cloud rendering and how we use the software to develop our designs and communicate them to clients.

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Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality Headsets by Alex Shovelton & Matthew Fuller, BDP

A look at Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality using headsets including Microsoft HoloLens, the developing Revit use cases. And futile attempts at live demonstration with uncooperative technology!

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MRUG Meeting 25 - Tuesday 27th February 2018
BDP, Manchester, M1 2JB

COBie? - SOS… Mayday… HELP!!! by Emma Hooper, Bond Bryan Digital

You are happily sitting at your desk modelling away and you get the request “Can I have COBie?”
Where do you start?
This presentation will start at the beginning and give an overview of the steps required to produce valid COBie outputs using Revit.
It will include information regarding:
• What is COBie?
• COBie standards
• Producing COBie
• Checking COBie

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3D Capture: Point Cloud to Revit Model by Gabriella Gerlich, Maria Rotondo & Mo Isap

Accurate plans and building information modelling (BIM) are an essential part of any new build or refurbishment project, but there are times when limited information is available on the existing building or site, which is when terrestrial 3D laser scanning can help. Fast becoming the industry norm for precision surveying, 3D laser scanning can provide detailed and highly accurate 3D data rapidly and efficiently.

Integration of the captured scan data into CAD and BIM is a fundamental to a successful workflow, the integrity and accuracy critical to a successful progression of the project life cycle. We will provide an overview of the workflows, projects, experiences and learning over 5 years of being at the forefront of adoption and application.

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Revit Tips and Tricks

Another installment of our ever popular segment!

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MRUG Meeting 24 - Thursday 23rd November 2017
BDP, Manchester, M1 2JB

Revit Model Coordination and the Principles for Making this Work by Keith Wilkinson of JM Architects

Model coordination is an area with a lot of confusion! In my presentation, we will cover

1) initial model link origin to origin, understanding what this is, where it is and how it differs from project base and survey points. Demo live in Revit.
2) setting up a 'site file' - what to look for in survey data and how to set this to global coordinates and levels.
3) publishing vs Acquiring coordinates - linking in project file and sharing coordinates.
4) how other consultants can use issued site files
5) working with multiple shared sites (time dependent)

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Check your Revit model and try again by Mike Turpin, Innovating Futures

This presentation will look at model checking, validation and verification. As models become more common place in the AEC industry we ask the question are they useful? Is your model data complete, has it been checked, is it correct, is it reliable, is it suitable. In an open discussion format we will look at the realities of checking a Revit model including the what, why and how...

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Getting the most out of your addins by Matthew Fuller, BDP

Using Revit addins can provide improved efficiency and functionality to your workflows, leading to greater productivity. This presentation concentrates on the most readily-available Revit addins.
MRUG invites you to share your addins experiences, workflows, tips and tricks at future meetings. Are you getting the most out of freely available addins?

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Revit Tips and Tricks

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MRUG Meeting 23 - Thursday 17th August 2017
BDP, Manchester, M1 2JB

How to Do Revit to IFC Properly by Kevin Fielding of Sheppard Robson

Do you need to share IFC files on your project? If so, this is an essential session for you. We will explore the importance of interoperability from Revit using IFC. Using the IFC Exporter Plugin, we will explore all the hidden settings, controls, and tricks to give you the confidence, and control as to what information appears in the IFC. You will control Rooms, Space, IFC Classes, and Zone. Not all IFC exports are equal.

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Modelling Families and Components within Revit by Matthew Price, ELLUC Projects Ltd

The basic principles of modelling families or components within Revit. The presentation will go through each of the modelling tools available and how you can produce realistic and accurate 3d information.

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Revit Tips and Tricks

Quick fire (no longer than 3 minutes each) random Revit tips and tricks. Something for everybody!

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MRUG Meeting 22 - Thursday 25th May 2017
BDP, Manchester, M1 2JB

My favourite things (in Revit) by Laura Powell, FDG (Fairhursts Design Group)

Own keyboard shortcuts, hiding those stubborn irritating lines in a view, view templates, colouring in using colour schemes, and the finger pointing button (worksharing model updates).

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What's New in Revit 2018 MEP by Joe Lally of BDP

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What's New in Revit 2018 Architecture by Joaquim Agostinho of Chapman Taylor Architects

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What's New in Revit 2018 Structures by Neil Robertson of Arup

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Revit Wish List - Interactive Session, partipication from full audience

What would you really like to see added to Autodesk Revit? Here is your chance to put your ideas forward. First we start with an ideas wall, and then we all proceed to voting on the most popular ideas

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Revit Tips and Tricks

No MRUG would be complete without them!

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Dynamo User Group North Meeting 1 - Thursday 16th March
BDP, Manchester, M1 2JB

List Management by David Wood

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Dynamo UI, making Dynamo user friendly by Brendan Cassidy, BDP

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Advanced Facade Geometry by Sam Higgins, Stride Treglown

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Practical Breakouts

45-60 mins practical roundtable workshop sessions in smaller groups

Breakout sessions were not recorded

Tips and Tricks

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Meeting 21 - Thursday 16th February 2017
BDP, Manchester, M1 2JB

Model Management - Maintaining a healthy model by Kevin Fielding of Sheppard Robson

To BIM authors using Revit, the health of the model is critical to the delivery of contract documents, downtime is expensive. This session will explore processes and techniques for maintaining the health and performance of the Revit model, and do and don't on projects.

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BIM & Smart Cities, just more buzzwords by Alistair Kell, BDP

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Autodesk University 2016 - Revit 2018 Roadmap and Project Quantum, among others by Rob Clark, Consultant for Excitech

Autodesk University was the best yet. Autodesk have released a lot of information into the industry on direction and the \"whats next\", including a published Roadmap for Autodesk Revit, and an exciting new \"next generation BIM authoring system\" called Quantum, which we are only just starting to learn about. This presentation will summarise what we found out at the event.

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The Ever Popular Revit Tips and Tricks

No MRUG would be complete without them!

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Meeting 20 - Thursday 6th October 2016
Manchester Conference Center>

An Introduction to new users by Lawrence Hooker, Excitech

In this 45 minute presentation you will see how you can use Dynamo to automate everyday tasks such as drawing sheet creation, data extraction, management and manipulation as well as interaction with other software such as Microsoft Excel and design software like Robot Structural Analysis.

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Dynamo - there's something for everyone, by Mike Hudson, Flanagan Lawrence

Dynamo is a versatile tool, and can be used in manner facets of a project lifecycle. Mike will provide an overview of several Flanagan Lawrence projects that have been improved by the use of Dynamo. He will focus on Form Creation, Optimisation, Data Management and linking Dynamo and Revit to Navisworks to improve Clash Resolution processes, this is a session not to missed!

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Revit and Dynamo Tips and Tricks

The ever popular tips and tricks, with a Dynamo twist!


Dynamo User Group Kick Off and Wrap Up by Kevin Fielding, Sheppard Robson

For those intrested in contining to learn about Dynamo and network with others on the same learning path, we will set out how to join the new Dynamo user group


Meeting 19 - Thursday 14th July 2016
Manchester Conference Centre

Work faster/smarter with model groups by Tim Lane of Brookes Architects

A demonstration of the hidden power of using external projects files as model groups and links to manage large projects with repetitive elements.

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\"All in the Family\" by Joaquim Agostinho of Chapman Taylor

Family creation techniques to improve workflow and documentation output

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The Ever Popular Revit Tips and Tricks

The ever popular tips and tricks!

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Meeting 18 - Thursday 12th May 2016
Manchester Conference Centre

Barriers to the adoption of BIM workflow processes by Rob Clark, Consultant for Excitech

A recent survey of over 60 AEC businesses globally has identified current barriers to the adoption of BIM work flow processes. Differences in opinion according to geographic location and job role will be reported, as will recent trends in the use of Revit versus other BIM authoring platforms.

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Revit 2017 Update By Kevin Fielding, Sheppard Robson

This session will take you through what improvements Autodesk have made to the latest release of the Autodesk Revit software

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Classification Manager Kevin Fielding, Sheppard Robson

Kevin will talk us through the new free Classificiation Manager that Autodesk have released

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Photogrammetry to Revit - Making point cloud magic from UAV’s and photos by Mike Turpin, Capita and Rob Clark, Excitech

Surveying for the AEC industry, what do we need, how much is too much, can we use new tech to improve the process? These are the questions we are looking to answer. This presentation will discuss a real life case study of how we used standard digital photos collected by a UAV drone to generate a pointcloud comparable to any laser scanner. We will also explain how the resulting point cloud can be used to enhance your 3D design modelling. By using photogrammetry on this project we have managed to do things quicker, safer, more accurately and with less cost than we have ever been able to do before. Our presentation will run you through the practical uses of photogrammetry on a real life project including live demonstrations of some of the processes involved.

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Revit Tips and Tricks

The ever popular, Revit tips and tricks!

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Meeting 17 - Wednesday 10th Febuary 2016
Manchester Conference Centre

Autodesk Revit Apps by Rob Clark, Consultant for Excitech and Audience Members!

In this presentation we had look at what third-party applications are available for Autodesk Revit, what they do and how good they are. It's amazing how much time and effort can be saved on a project with the installation of a relatively inexpensive and sometimes free bit of software.

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Problem! by You! the MRUG attendees

In this session, we looked at a few common, and some less common, Revit problems that we have faced on projects. We took a look at how these problems were solved, or the workaround used at the time.

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Solved! by You! the MRUG attendees

As explained above.

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Revit Tips and Tricks

The ever popular, Revit tips and tricks!

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Meeting 16 - Thursday 15th October 2015
Manchester Conference Centre

Using Excel to Create Family Type Catalogs by Matthew Fuller of Halliday Meecham

Family Catalogues allow the users to easily filter and select from a long list of pre-defined types when loading families into their projects. Using Excel as part of a work flow to create extensive type catalogues provides greater flexibility and is an easier way to manage parameter data for many types.

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Problem! by You! the MRUG attendees

In this session, we looked at a few common and less common Revit problems that we have faced on projects. We took a look at how these problems where solved, or the workaround used at the time.

Presented live, no video.

Solved! by You! the MRUG attendees

As explained above

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An Introduction to 3D Printing by Ian Innes of Canon

Ian will cover what can (and can’t) be achieved by 3D Printing. Applications and reasons where 3D models would be used, as well as top tips for exporting Revit files for successful 3D printing.

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Revit Tips and Tricks

The ever popular, Revit tips and tricks!

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Meeting 15 - Thursday 6th August 2015
Manchester Conference Centre

Whirlwind tour of some of the next generation of Autodesk products by Lee Mullin is the Construction Technical Specialist for Northern Europe, Autodesk

Cloud technology has quickly gone from buzzword to a key part of day to day work for many. With fast developments in this area from Autodesk, Lee Mullin gave a whirlwind tour of some of the next generation of Autodesk products that will affect Revit users, with live demonstrations of BIM 360 Glue to aid coordination and BIM 360 Layout to show how the model can be used for layout in the Field.

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BIM with Object Recognition and Automated Feature Extraction by Rob Clark, Consultant for Excitech

Quick fire presentation. Let’s be honest, developing a Autodesk Revit model from a point cloud is quite painful. Architecture is difficult enough, but structures and building services can be very challenging. We used to joke, “I can’t wait for the day you press a button and it will draw it for you!” Object recognition is here and developing a fast pace. Seeing is believing. No PowerPoint, no smoke and mirrors, just live workflow. We take point clouds produced by Topcon, through ClearEdge Edgewise to Autodesk Revit to produce models.

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Revit Tips and Tricks

The ever popular, Revit tips and tricks!

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Meeting 14 - Thursday April 30th 2015
Manchester Conference Centre

M&E Experiences and Lessons Learned by Mark Donkin, CAD & Revit Technician, Mouchel Services Engineering

A brief overview of the evolution of my M&E project experience with Revit.
I will be outlining what we initially thought the software would be doing compared to what it actually is and the direction it is going in. Lessons learned including limiting the level of detail and better collaboration with the Structural and Architect teams.
The importance of learning family creation rather than just being able to drive the software using generic library’s. Developing Templates and techniques to aid in the export of model to QS and estimation software and the pitfalls that presented.

I won’t be going over the usual problems with Revit as I’m sure we’re aware of them, it’ll be a more positive presentation on how we got round them and how projects run a lot smoother after the initially steep learning curve.

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IFC for Revit Users by Rob Clark, Consultant for Excitech

IFC works! Its not a simple export and import process unfortunately and it certainly needs some 'de-geeking' to work on a large scale but it works. It needs to be implemented and understood. You need to educate internally to its requirements and you need to test. Its key to the sort of quality assured open model delivery process that we will start to see a lot more of.
In my presentation, I will avoid technical jargon and speak in plain English around the challenges IFC poses, including some of the technical issues we have seen and solved. I will talk about what an MVD is and how this relates to UK standards, more importantly, where you can locate it in Revit and how you and your colleagues can easily make use of it.

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Railings made easy! by Kevin Fielding, AEW Architects

Creating good railings in Revit is something of a painful and tedious task, however subtle changes in Revit have opened up the opportunity to create railings in a more intuitive manner. This session demonstrates the workflow, and explores ways of integrating adaptive components for a faster, more flexible approach.

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Revit Tips and Tricks

The ever popular, Revit tips and tricks!

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Meeting 13 - January 22nd 2015.
Manchester Conference Centre

Structural: Revit & Structural Analysis by Jon Frost, BWB Consulting

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An overview of using Revit for structural analysis and design including:
- Analysis within Revit Structure
- Bi-Directional Links with 3rd party analysis software
- Introducing visual programing for structural engineering


MEP: Why are MEP always the last to pick up on BIM? by Gary Ross, Principle Consultant for Excitech Ltd

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Architectural: Practical Dynamo by David Wood, Practice CAD/BIM Manager, Chapman Taylor

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Dynamo is now included as standard in Revit. Is it just for creating funky forms, or can it help with everyday chores as well?
This session demonstrates some practical ways of automating Revit tasks with Dynamo.


Revit Tips and Tricks

The ever popular, Revit tips and tricks!

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Meeting 12 - Wednesday 22nd October 2014.
Manchester Conference Centre

Contractor requirements by Steve Rudge, Principle Consultant at BIM2FM

What is required by the contracting team for more effective project delivery. With 3D upto 8D to consider. And ultimately what the client requires.

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BIM: the journey so far – a main contractor’s perspective by Michaela Ellis, BIM Co-ordinator at BAM Construction Ltd

An open and honest presentation and discussion about the experiences BAM as a main contractor have had in implementing BIM (both internal and external challenges) and how we as an industry need to move forward collaboratively.

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Roundtable Discussion on Working with Contractors

Each table was be chaired and discussion points provided. The chair people summarised the discussion on the table.

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Revit Tips and Tricks

The ever popular, Revit tips and tricks!

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Meeting 11 - Thursday 17th July 2014
Manchester Conference Centre

Autodesk Revit Adaptive Components, by Jon Frost of Cadassist

An overview adaptive components, their creation and use. Including creating complex geometry, automating component placement and complex facade design...

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The COBieNATOR: The MRUG Cut, by Rob Jackson of Bond Byran Architects

Following an introduction to provide background, the main part of the presentation will be a demonstration using GRAPHISOFT ArchiCAD and Solibri Model Checker to create a COBie output. The session aims to provide a practical explanation of how a model is structured in IFC and how a COBie export is created from the IFC. Whilst ArchiCAD is the model authoring tool being demonstrated, the presentation aims to provide REVIT users with a greater understanding of both IFC and COBie in an entertaining and informative way.

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Taking Revit to the construction site and back, by Paul Walker, Autodesk 360 Product Manager

Paul from Autodesk discuss a few of the workflows that link the office and the field more closely than ever possible before. From initial survey to frequent construction milestones, use of laser scanning is becoming a common currency in the built environment, this talk and demo will highlight key workflows from site to office and discuss how the specifications of the survey data you ask for can influence the outcome and give some common tips on working with point clouds in Revit. Measurement on site has also progressed from manual traditional paper, ruler and tape measurement methods to automated BIM based workflows, Paul will talk how these work in practice and some of the tools available to do this.

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Revit Tips and Tricks

The ever popular, Revit tips and tricks

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Meeting 10 - Wednesday 19th March 2014
Manchester Conference Center

Case Study on Smithfield Phase 6 Project by John McDermott, Merebrook

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Shared Families in Revit by James Savage, Pozzoni

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Real World BIM Coordination by Rob Clark, Excitech

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Revit Tips and Tricks

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Meeting 9 - Wednesday 13th November 2013
Manchester Conference Center

Revit and Off Site Construction by Andy Woods, BDP

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BIM Maturity by Paul Coats, Infra Projects

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Revit Content, Standards and Management by Chris Senior, Content Studio

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Revit Tips and Tricks

Quick fire tips and tricks from Jon Frost (Cadassist), David Wood (Chapman Taylor) and Andy Brahney (Ramboll)

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Meeting 8 - Wednesday 28th August 2013
Manchester Conference Center

Pecha Kucha Presentations

The format, which keeps presentations concise and fast-paced, is 20 seconds per slide, max 10 slides!


BIM4Real by Rob Clark, Consultant at Excitech

Summarising the BIM4Real event including consensus items, suggestions and challenges. BIM4Real was a workshop held on 19th June 2013 at Ramboll’s offices in central London. Around 60 people attended and were split into 5 different tables. Each table was chaired. These chair people both guided the discussion and summarised each session. The event was attended by some of the most technically competent people from the UK Construction industry. These represented everyone from sole traders, through small enterprises to large consultancies. In this mix were structural engineers, architects, building services engineers, managers, contractors, clients and consultants. The workshop focused on the delivery of a sample project, in this case a Hardware Store in the city of Shrewsbury in the UK. The project and client were completely fictional. For more information including the full summary, visit bim4real.co.uk

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Autodesk Recap by Jon Frost, BIM Applications Specialist, Cadassist

Autodesk® ReCap™ delivers powerful and easy to use workflow on the desktop and in the cloud to create intelligent 3D models from laser scans and captured photos. Rather than beginning with a blank sheet, Autodesk ReCap now enables any designer, architect or engineer to add, modify, validate and document their design process in context from existing environments


Parametric Modelling by Andy Brahney, Northern Lead BIM Coordinator, Ramboll

As BIM technology has evolved, so has the clients and Architect’s desire to create evermore intricate geometries. This ‘getting it done’ presentation shall cover a couple of problems encountered on projects and how we created families, including tapering buildings and complex trusses, which simplified the overall modelling process.


Revit tips and tricks.


Meeting 7 - Wednesday 27th March 2013
BDP, Manchester

Extending Revit using apps by David Light of CASE

Including CASE's own applications.

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SPIE (Specifiers Product Information Exchange) by Carl Colins of Arup Associates

How does it effect the BIM workflow

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Moving Information from Revit to FM systems by Andy Compton of Excitech

Round table on the subject of Delivering Client Expectations, including COBie


Revit Tips and tricks

From Joe Stott (Aedas), Jon Frost (Cadassist) and David Wood (AFL)

See Tips and Tricks Archive (at top of page)

Meeting 6 - Wednesday 12th December 2012
Ramboll, Manchester

Industry: 'Cloud Porn' by James Austin, Autodesk

Introduction and update on Autodesk's cloud offerings.


Getting it Done: The Wakfield Orangery by Neil Matthews, DLA & Glenn Jowett, Opus

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From point cloud to virtual reality using Revit.


Pushing the Boundariesby Adam Ward of BIM Technologies

Inventor to Revit.


Roundtable – BIM collaboration


Revit Tips and tricks

From David Wood (AFL), Jon Frost (Cadassist) and guest.

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Meeting 5 - Wednesday 20th June 2012
BDP, Manchester

NBS Create and National BIM Library by John Henderson & Stefan Mordue, RIBA Enterprises

Industry presentation.


Getting it Done by Paul Woddy, White Frog

Presentation on Template and Content Management.


Content Management in a BIM environment chaired by Peter Taylor, BDP

Round table discussions.


Pushing the boundaries by David Wood, AFL Architects

Using Dynamo plug-and-play parametrics in Revit and Vasari


Revit Tips and Tricks

From Rob Clark (Excitech), Joe Stott (Aedas) and Paul Woddy (White Frog)

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Meeting 4 - Wednesday 19th September 2012
BDP, Manchester

Laser Aided Modelling (LAM) by Graham Stewart, Ramboll

Graham presented a case study centring around the use of Laser Aided Modelling (LAM) to show the benefits of laser scanning existing structures to form the basis of an accurate record of a building. He demonstrated how this technology can be applied to asset management. Going beyond just point cloud surveying; LAM and BIM technologies combined offer us a realistic method to use BIM processes beyond design and construction for the lifecycle of any building asset.

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Improving Stakeholder Engagement: Connecting clients and communities to the value of BIM by Scott Grant of Soluis | interact

This presentation discussed a number of methods for enhancing key stakeholder engagements and highlighting how the inherent value in BIM data (both models and information) can be selectively exposed to a non-technical or senior audience. This session demonstrated the effectiveness in supporting critical design-led presentations and also highlighted the success that this approach brings to contractors during the bid stage.

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Getting It Done by Rob Clark of Excitech

Site coordination between AutoCAD / Civil 3D, Revit and Navisworks. A technical presentation using software live to compliment the presentation that Balaz of WYG did for us at the last meeting.


Pushing the Boundaries by William Lopez Campo, HOK

Family Creation in Revit using Python scripting.

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Revit Tips and Tricks

From Committee members plus Graham Stewart (Ramboll)

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Meeting 3 - Wednesday 28th March 2012
Imperial War Museum, Salford Quays

WYG Update by Balazs Trojak, WYG

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Revit MEP by Martin Bignell, Uponor

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Autodesk Labs Presentation by Autodesk


Class Of Your Own Appeal by Alison Watson, Class Of Your Own


Site Coordinates in Revit by Balazs Trojak, WYG

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Revit Tips & Tricks and Technical News

From Joe Stott (Aedas), Jon Frost (Capita) and Rob Clark (Excitech)

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Meeting 2 - Friday 26 October 2011
Old Fire Station, Salford Uni

Welcome to University of Salford and University's BIM activities by Arto Kiviniemi & Patricia Tzortzopoulos Fazenda, University of Salford

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BIGBIM presentation by Space Group

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Introduction to ClassofYourOwn by Alison Watson


BIM for Building Services using Revit MEP by Rob Dehaney, Cundall


Revit Hints and Tips and Technical News

From Rob Clark (Cadassist) and Joe Stott (Aedas)

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Meeting 1 - Wednesday 24th August 2011 BDP, Manchester

Challenges of BIM implementation by BDP

Presentation from BDP on the challenges of BIM implementation as met so far.


5 Top Revit Tips by Rob Clark, Cadassist

Technical presentation

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Forum chaired by MRUG committee