SCRUG 9/21/2017 Making Money with Revit, Delivering the Promise of BIM

Sam Keville of Architects Orange was our master of ceremonies. A. Jay Holland had other matters to attend to.
Thank you to our sponsors... Kelar PacificMicrodesk, & U.S. CAD. They provided pizza from Sgt Pepperonis Pizza, Cookies and drinks. 
Thank you to Little Diversified Architectural Consulting for providing the venue, hot drinks, wine and chilled water.
After introductions of new people, Ed Tallmage showed off the latest in tech from Leica Geosystems. His was one of  40 delivered thus far. This model connects wirelessly to the Apple Ipad Pro. It is lightweight and fast. Each scan taking two to three minutes based on whether you want hi res or low res. 
Sam jumped into the meat of his presentation. It was a throwback to the early days of #SCRUG when we had everyone exploring new features and sharing how to get things done.
With so many new comers he had to review some of the basics.
BIMX - Building Information Modeling Execution Plan. We covered this a bit in the 2/2017 SCRUG mee…

SCRUG 8/17/2017 dRofus

The August 2017 SCRUG (South Coast Revit User Group) met at the Irvine California offices of Little Diversified Architectural Consulting.

Food was supplied by Super Mex. Cheese enchiladas and chicken enchiladas. Thank you to our sponsors... Kelar Pacific, Microdesk, & U.S. CAD.

Brok Howard of dRofus presented. He emphasized that his company was not trying to remake all the Revit Addins or tools inside Revit Architecture. Nor are they trying to have a huge feature set.  It can be used as a Revit content management solution and admittedly, it is clunky. 

dRofusleverages the existing tools in Revit to help designers focus on design. Their cloud based solution is a database that has bi-directional communication with Revit. dRofus can create and push shared parameters into Revit files. However, not all information needs to be in the model. The examples showed how an owner's requirements or an architectural program can reside outside Revit. With dRofus and Revit side by side one can h…

USC BIM Conference 2017, "BIM 2017: what's next?"

I attended the eleventh annual BIM conference at my alma mater. Here is what I learned:
More and more firms are bringing visualization into their design work flowVirtual Reality Augmented Reality Reality Capture is replacing site photography3d PrintingMachine Learning and Internet of Things bring valuable data to the design processGrasshopper, Dynamo, Lumion are software to leverage what computers are good at to improve design outcomesDo analysis to better understand the performance of designGrasshopper can create visually complex designs using math and small repeated elements like bricksDynamo can gather data from the design and automate repetitive tasksThe number of tech companies involved in VR and its technologies is extensive - Vive, Samsung, OculusRift, HoloLense, ...Some VR tech allows live design - move equipment in space, add objects, A virtual dissection table allows doctors to perform operations in a virtual environ…

SCRUG 5/2017

5/25/2017 SCRUG was held at the offices of LPA. Thanks for hosting.

We had a smaller group this month ~18 people. The dinner from Super Mex was provided by our sponsors. Dessert was donuts - sorry I missed the brand. Thank you Microdesk, US CAD, & Keller Pacific.

Introductions were short with only a couple of new people. Welcome to the group. Once again, A. Jay Holland, Chair of SCRUG led the discussion and introduced Brent Ramos from Assemble.

Here is the summary of what Assemble does:

It makes your Revit model accessible by people without the full software.They can view the model, sort the items, examine the parameters, group objects, save views, change display colors of objects, make limited changes to parameters that will be saved in Assemble, changes can be exported and pushed into Revit Versioning: Assemble assigns version numbers to each upload, can do comparisons, show and list what has changed.100% Cloud based. Brent had a user, Connor Burke, a senior estimator/project man…

SCRUG 4/2017

The local Revit User Group met on a day that I could attend this month! Here is the summary...
A J Holland is the current chairman of SCRUG.
He arranges the food and the guests. Thanks Jay!

Thank you to our re-seller Sponsors:
The dinner was street tacos. Your choice of Beef, Pork or Chicken.
Attendance was  ±50. There were about five first time attendees.

Scott Davis presented. He joined Autodesk ten years ago. First off, he described the development strategy going forward. Autodesk will roll out new features on a quarterly basis. The file format will remain the same. If I understand correctly it will be a huge improvement. Users may have different releases like, 2018, 2018.1, 2018.2, or 2018.3 and still be able to open the other 2018 releases!

The presentation consisted of showing the official Autodesk Revit 2018 new features videos. You may find them here...

Scott showed a few additional videos that are not posted on…

Schedule Hack in Revit

Sometimes, in #Revit you want to add something that is just a schedule. Here is a step by step way to do so...

Only works for Version 2014 and more recent. Behind the scenes what is happening is that you are adding more "headers" to the schedule.

For those that don't need as much customization, here is another way to do it...


Since 2013 I have been working with a specification authoring system known as SpecsIntact. This system uses HTML mark up.

When editing the required submittals, they fall into the following categories:

SpecsIntact Submittal categories
01 Preconstruction Submittals
02 Shop Drawings
03 Product Data
04 Samples
05 Design Data
06 Test Reports
07 Certificates
08 Manufacturer Instructions
09 Manufacturer Field Reports
10 Operations & Maintenance
11 Close Out