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 23. Thursday 17th August 2017
BDP, Manchester

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

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 presented by Joe Lally of BDP

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Architecture presented by Joaquim Agostinho of Chapman Taylor Architects

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Structures presented 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 of March
BDP, Manchester

David Wood - List Management

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Brendan Cassidy - Dynamo UI, making Dynamo user friendly

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Sam Higgins - Advanced Facade Geometry

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Practical Breakouts - 45-60 mins practical breakout workshop sessions

This session was roundtable and therefore not recorded

Tips and Tricks

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Meeting 21. Thursday 16th Febuary 2017
BDP, Manchester

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 "what's 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!

Presentation video to be uploaded soon - 07/10 RC

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

Presentation video to be uploaded soon - 07/10 RC

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

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Meeting 18. Thursday 12th May 2016
Manchester Conference Centre

Barriers to the adoption of BIM workflow processes

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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Break

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 will look at what 3rd 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 will look at a few common and less common Revit problems that we have faced on projects. We take a look at how these problems where solved, or worked around at the time.

Maybe you have a better suggestion of how the issue could have been resolved? All attendees will have an opportunity via a form on your seats to make suggestions on alternative ways to resolve the problem. After the break, the committee will read these out. Providing your happy to we may call upon you to explain your suggestion further and you can, if you feel up to it even demonstrate the solution!

The committee would very much welcome submittal of problem that we can use for this session, simply email us on committee@mrug.co.uk

The committee are trying to make the group more interactive. This is a participation activity, we'd appreciate your support.

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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 will look at a few common and less common Revit problems that we have faced on projects. We take a look at how these problems where solved, or worked around at the time.

Maybe you have a better suggestion of how the issue could have been resolved? All attendees will have an opportunity via a form on your seats to make suggestions on alternative ways to resolve the problem. After the break, the committee will read these out. Providing your happy to we may call upon you to explain your suggestion further and you can, if you feel up to it even demonstrate the solution!

The committee would very much welcome submittal of problem that we can use for this session, simply email us on committee@mrug.co.uk

The committee are trying to make the group more interactive. This is a participation activity, we'd appreciate your support.

Presented live, no download

Solved! by You! the MRUG attendees

As explained above

Presented live, no download

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 will give 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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Networking Break. A light dinner with tea and coffee served

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

Quick fire presentation (15 minutes or less). 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

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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 for Mouchel Services Engineering

The presentation will be 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 of 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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Meeting 13. January 22nd 2015.
Manchester Conference Centre

Structural : Revit & Structural Analysis: by Jon Frost, of 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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Networking Break. A light dinner with tea and coffee served

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

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Meeting 12. October 22nd 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 - a light dinner and refreshments are provided

Each table will be chaired and discussion points provided. Table chair people will summarise the discussion on the table

Revit Tips and Tricks

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Meeting 11. July 17th 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

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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

Break

Networking break with food and drinks provided

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

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Meeting 10. March 19th 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. November 13th 2013.
Manchester Conference Center

5.30pm - Networking

Tea, coffee and water provided. A pay bar is available in the attached hotel

6.00pm - Welcome

Welcome and house keeping from the MRUG committee

6.10pm - Revit and Off Site Construction by Andy Woods, BDP

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6.30pm - BIM Maturity by Paul Coats, Infra Projects

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7.00pm - Break

Tea, coffee and water provided. Sandwiches, scones and wedges provided. A pay bar is available in the attached hotel

7.30pm - Revit Content, Standards and Management by Chris Senior, Content Studio

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8.00pm - Revit Tips and Tricks

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

Meeting 8. August 28th 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 June 19th 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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With refreshments supplied including a light snack

Autodesk Recap by Jon Frost, BIM Applications Specialist at 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 at 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. March 27th 2013. BDP, Manchester

David Light of CASE on Extending Revit using apps including CASE's own applications.

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Carl Colins of Arup Associates on SPIE (Specifiers Product Information Exchange). How does it effect the BIM workflow

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

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

Revit Tips and tricks with Joe Stott, Aedas and Jon Frost of Cadassist and David Wood of AFL

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Meeting 6. December 12th 2012. Ramboll, Manchester

Industry – "Cloud Porn", Introduction and update on Autodesk's cloud offerings, by James Austin, Autodesk

Getting it done – The Wakfield Orangery: From point cloud to virtual reality using Revit by Neil Matthews - DLA & Glenn Jowett - Opus

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Tips and tricks – David Wood, Jon Frost and guest

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Roundtable – BIM collaboration

Pushing the Boundaries – Inventor to Revit by Adam Ward of BIM.Technologies

Meeting 5. Wednesday 20th June 2012. BDP, Manchester

Industry presentation from John Henderson, Director and Stefan Mordue of RIBA Enterprises on NBS Create and National BIM Library

Getting it done presentation from Paul Woddy of White Frog on Template and Content Management

Round table on the subject of Content Management in a BIM environment. Please review the important notice below for information on how this will work.

Round table summaries chaired by Peter Taylor, BDP

Tips and tricks with Rob clark, Excitech, Joe Stott, Aedas and Paul Woddy of Whitefrog as guest

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Pushing the boundaries, David Wood of AFL Architects on using Dynamo plug-and-play parametrics in Revit and Vasari

Meeting 4. 19 September 2012. BDP, Manchester

Graham Stewart will present a case study centring around the use of Laser Aided Modelling (LAM) which Ramboll UK has a trademark to show the benefits of laser scanning existing structures to form the basis of an accurate record of a building. He will demonstrate 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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Scott Grant of Soluis | interact will give us a presentation entitled, Improving Stakeholder Engagement - Connecting clients and communities to the value of BIM. This will discuss 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 will demonstrate the effectiveness in supporting critical design-led presentations and also highlight the success that this approach brings to contractors during the bid stage.

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

Tips and Tricks Committee members plus Graham Stewart of Ramboll

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Pushing the Boundaries William Lopez Campo of HOK will present Family Creation in Revit using Python scripting.

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

WYG Update, Balazs Trojak, WYG

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Revit MEP Presentation, Martin Bignell, Uponor

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Autodesk Labs Presentation, Autodesk

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

Revit Tips & Tricks and Technical News, Joe Stott, Aedas, Jon Frost, Capita, Rob Clark, Excitech

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Site Coordinates in Revit, Balazs Trojak, WYG

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Meeting 2. 26 October 2011. Old Fire Station, Salford Uni

Networking with name badges provided

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

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BIGBIM presentation by Space Group

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Introduction to ClassofYourOwn by Alison Watson

Revit Hints and Tips and Technical News by Rob Clark, Cadassist and Joe Stott, Aedas

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Rob Dehaney of Cundall on BIM for Building Services using Revit MEP

Meeting 1. 24th August 2011. BDP, Manchester

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

Technical presentation – 5 top Revit tips presented by Rob Clark, Cadassist

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Forum chaired by MRUG committee