Tuesday, December 22, 2009

David Long, Northstar Engineering

David Long from Northstar Engineering and Technologies Ltd. has joined the Ontario Revit Users Group. He has been using Revit MEP for the last two years and has used it in some very unique ways. To see more, check out his website at http://www.nset.ca/ or call him at 705-737-7333. We have also added him to the orug network website. If you would like to be added to the revit networking website please contact Jay at jpolding@cadmicro.com.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Halcrow Yolles BIM Works

Someone has been busy and they are active members of ORUG!
See some samples of Halcrow Yolles projects at our networking site here...

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

New Revit Release Now...

Subscription Advantage Pack for Autodesk Revit Architecture 2010 The Autodesk®

Subscription Advantage Pack for Autodesk® Revit® Architecture 2010 extends the capabilities of Autodesk® Revit® Architecture 2010 software. Productivity-enhancing functionality and features better support modeling, coordination, and documentation, while improved tools help you work more efficiently within the software.

Watch this to see what it's all about... http://www.subscriptionvideos.com/subscription_rac_video.html

Monday, October 19, 2009

ORUG Ecotect Meeting Notes

Thanks to all who attended our Meeting on a rainy Oct. 7th.

We were amazed by the Ecotect presentation by Olivier Pennetier of Symphysis from San Fransisco. Olivier explained how to use the BIM model to study solar radiation, light penetration even solar collector orientation. Right to light and view was also discussed with much interest. How to properly export a Revit model was explained.
One attendee asked how Olivier was able to access his files and commands so quickly. Olivier then explained the use of scripts in Ecotect and showed a sample.
some exampled can be found here...

We welcomed some some first time attendees and hope they enjoyed themselves.

Entire Imaging brought two detailed reproductions of a Roman Coliseum.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

ORUG Meeting - Wednesday October 7: 6:30 - 9:00 PM Ecotect Presentation

ORUG Meeting - Wednesday October 7: 6:30 - 9:00 PM

Please join us for our next ORUG meeting. Details are below.
Date: Wednesday October 7, 2009

Time: 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM

Location: Alice Fazooli's, 294 Adelaide St W, Toronto ON, M5V 1P6.



Welcome and News
If you would like to become an ORUG member or attend this meeting as a guest,
please contact Jay Polding at jpolding@cadmicro.com.

Revit® Family Swap and Best Practices
A member presentation of some best practices and audience discussion. Members will bring at least one Revit family on a USB drive to share with the group.

Autodesk® Ecotect® Building Simulation Presentation
Autodesk Ecotect expert Olivier A. Pennetier will go through this exciting analysis tool with the group.

There is no charge to attend.

Monday, July 13, 2009

In-Revit Solar Radiation

Use the Solar Radiation Technology Preview to analyze the effects of solar radiation on various surfaces of your conceptual building model...


Friday, June 26, 2009

ORUG Members in Azure...

Congatulations Solares!

We are pleased to announce that one of our members newest (Revit) projects, The County Trail House, has been featured in this month’s Azure magazine!

For more information on the County Trail House, please visit their website: http://www.solares.ca/

ORUG June 24th Meeting Notes

Thanks to the 35 people who came and participated in our meeting. Here are the notes from the evening...

News and other misc topics:

ORUG member 'Solares' featured in Azure magazine.

Yankee Stadium Completed using Revit and Navisworks

New Revit content site:

New Revit Specific Magazine, featuring Steve Stafford

AEC Edge http://www.augiaecedge.com/home/default.htm

2010 Interface, 'where's my tool' flash page...

Jay started out with an Interface tour. One feature to remember is the ability to use dual screens, without workarounds.

Yogi wowed us with the blindingly new conceptual mass tools. He massed up the local Roy Thompson Hall including curtain panels.

Some topics were discussed for our next meeting:


Struct Soft-Panelizer and Robot Strucural Analysis

KPMB update

Monday, June 08, 2009

Revit 2010 - Meeting June 24

Please join us for our next ORUG meeting. Details are below.

Wednesday June 24, 2009Time: 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Alice Fazooli's, 294 Adelaide St W, Toronto ON, M5V 1P6.
Click here for map. For those taking the TTC, it is conveniently located near both Osgoode and St. Andrew stations on the Yonge-University-Spadina line.
Introductions, Welcome and News
New features in Revit Architecture, Revit MEP, and Revit Structure 2010
Revit 2010 Interface Tour
Tour through the hotly debated new "ribbon" interface in Revit 2010
Revit 2010 Massing Tour
If you would like to become an ORUG member or attend this meeting as a guest, please contact Jay Polding at jpolding@cadmicro.com. There is no charge to attend.

Monday, June 01, 2009

June 24th ORUG Meeting


How does this sound for the next meeting?...

Wed. June 24
Alice Fazooli’s

Revit 2010 What’s New
Revit 2010 Interface Tour
Revit 2010 Massing Tour

If we don't hear anything back we'll book the room and send out invitations by Friday, June 5th.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Revit API Meeting of the Minds

Greetings ORUG members,

Hope all is well. We are currently planning our next meeting for June 2009. If you have any suggestions for topics please let me know.

In the meantime...

Are you a programmer at heart or in practice? Are you struggling to crack open and work with the Revit API? If so, you are invited to a lunch-meeting sponsored by CAD Microsolutions. We will be discussing how best to get started on the Revit Application Programming Interface and how we can best support each other while we learn.

Date: Friday, May 8th
Time: 12:00-2:00pm
Location: CAD Microsolutions, 65 International Boulevard Toronto ON M9W 6L9
Lunch will be provided


Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Autodesk Software Assistance

This is nice news. If you are out of a job in the design industry there is an opportunity for you to get free software and maybe even training within the next few months. Please read the full press release here...

A little extra,
If you are in Ontario, Canada and need a business loan or grant check out this site...


Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Revit 2010 When and How

The Revit Architecture 2010 release is fast approaching.

The when is the middle of April.

The how is a little more difficult...
Subscription customers must choose how they would like their software upgrades to be delivered this year (in Canada).

The delivery options are:
1. Do nothing. Your 2010 Autodesk software DVD / CD will automatically be shipped to you in 30 days. (add on top of this the delivery time which can take anywhere from a few days to weeks)
2. Download your 2010 Autodesk software using the Autodesk Subscription Center.
3. Login to the Autodesk Subscription Center to request a DVD / CD copy of your 2010 software and Autodesk will ship your DVD / CD after you submit your request.

If you need full instructions to get into subscription center call your reseller.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Get Paid to Play with Newport!

Greetings all Ontario Revit users! Having a say in Autodesk product development is a unique opportunity that we enjoy in this city. Having done some testing myself I can assure you that Newport is going in the right direction. It's also nice to see how seriously the developers take our opinions...

If you are interested in participating contact Ian Hooper at ux.tester@autodesk.com .

Thursday, March 12, 2009

March 4th Meeting Photos

Thanks to the 40 people who attended and participated last week! Our three main topic tables were busy with conversations. The ideas were flowing like wine. Jay opened the

meeting with a little preview of Autodesk's 2010 offerings. Then Caesar Ruest from Autodesk let us in on a few RFPs and current Revit projects.

The AIA Document E202 - 2008 (shown above) provides a concise outline for a BIM based contract.

Project managers discussing contract, legal and other issues.

BIM managers talking API and more API...

More notes to follow...
Special guest...Darth Caesar (pictured below)

Monday, March 09, 2009

Revit Wishlist and Meeting Notes Update

Hello All,

Thanks coming and participating last week. There were many good ideas which came out of it. We are working on compiling your notes, photos and presentations and will post them this week.

In the meantime, maybe you would like to vote on the Revit Architecture Wishlist...

Autodesk does pay attention to the results of this.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Game Engine for Architects

This may be of interest....

Autodesk® Project Newport - real-time 3D story building technology for architectural visualization and presentation. With game-engine technology and breakthrough ease-of-use, Project Newport enables architects to show their design in context, rapidly explore design options, and create vivid and immersive 3D presentations. Newport brings architectural designs to life by expressing design intent at every stage of a project.

If you want to join the beta testing...


Friday, February 20, 2009

ORUG Summit March 4,2009

ORUG Summit - Wednesday March 4th 6:30 - 9:00 PM

Please join us for our first ORUG Summit. We will have three topic discussion tables: CAD Manager Issues, Project Manager Issues, and Miscellaneous Topics.
Date: Wednesday March 4, 2009Time: 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM.

Location: Alice Fazooli's, 294 Adelaide St W, Toronto ON, M5V 1P6. Click here for map.

For those taking the TTC, it is conveniently located near both Osgoode and St. Andrew stations on the Yonge-University-Spadina line.

Guest: Charles Simco is a Toronto Litigation lawyer at Shibley Righton LLP who will be available to offer his opinion at the Legal Contract issues discussion table.

Introductions, Welcome and News

Jay Polding will update us about Revit 2010 and what's been going on for the past four months.
If you would like to become an ORUG member or attend this meeting as a guest, please contact Jay Polding at jpolding@cadmicro.com. There is no charge to attend.

Topic Discussion Tables

CAD Manager Issues


Office Standards and Templates

Project Manager Issues

*Integrated Project Delivery

*Legal Contract Issues
Miscellaneous Topics

*Revit 2010*Tips and Tricks

*There will be 1 moderator at each table and 2 note takers. Notes will be posted to the ORUG Blog at http://www.orug.ca/.

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Revit 2010 Build Checker

Looks like this might be useful...

The Beside The Cursor Revit Build Checker has been updated to support Revit 2010 products when they are available. No need to launch Revit and search for the build number...just launch my script to get a report on installed versions of Revit from Release 9.1 through 2010.Also works with 64 bit Windows XP and Vista. Also works with Revit MEP and Revit Structures.


Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Useful links on various forms of the IPD Contracts docs

Pierre Hoppener from Autodesk sent me this very interesting email and wanted to share it with the group...

The following are websites where customers can find examples that illustrate the current American Institute of Architecture thinking and suggested implementation of an IPD leveraging BIM.

AIA California Council Docs

IPD Working Definition:

IPD Guide:

Level of Detail Matrix:

March 4th Meeting Topics

Here is some great input from our members on topics for the next meeting. There is a poll on the sidebar of this blog in order to vote for topics which interest you. Please send Jay Polding an email if you have other topics or would like to present something yourself.

'Today I was working on the site plan and realized that it takes a long time to develop the skills to to a good site plan in revit, from importing contours from cad to taking cut/fill values, even how to draw curbs. You could do one meeting on site plan and another on stairs. Get some people to present samples of work and step-by step tips on development. You should followup with a blog summary for all to share the notes...'

'I think we should attract New comers to Revit meetings by spending half an hour or around that telling everybody new tips and tricks in Revit. Even sometimes the Basics of Revit so the novice would also think of coming to the meetings.'

'Revit & Integrated Project Delivery
Solid Modelling & best practices for custom family creation.
Revit - Material and Cost Estimating
Templates and Office Standards'

'Well, it could be anything that supplements the building design but I'm thinking specifically about structural and mechanical.
There is a promise there that I don't think is being lived up to, at least in my limited experience. It would be interesting to hear from people who have had some (hopefully better) experience trying to make it work.'

'I’d like to see some examples of how people are using the Revit API and .Net to automate processes.'

Monday, January 05, 2009

Try Ecotect for Free

Autodesk has recently purchased Ecotect and is making the software available for free (trial basis) on this site...


Ecotect is an environmental simulation software.

Revit 32 and 64 Hardware Benchmarking

Towards our ongoing conversation regarding hardware I found this blog which is benchmarking with Revit(32 and 64).