Friday, December 23, 2011

Another Great Year for LARUG, Looking for More Greatness Next Year!!!



To close the year we wish to thank everyone who has contributed to LARUG both directly and indirectly, some at the meetings, some in the blog-o-sphere (like you :-)), some in the twitter-zone and others throughout the digital world; some people we meet in person and some virtually... Others at conferences and presentations and some friends and family... plus some are all of the above (and more)...

Thanks to all the host firms, we couldn't do it without all of you!!!

More thanks to Autodesk, Microdesk, Kelar Pacific, UScad and every reader & leader that inspire and influence us from around the world: we appreciate you all!!!

The point: We Love LARUG and You are all part of that!!!

LARUG will continue to grow and amaze you (or try at least), so do be in touch!!!

A few LARUGgers have been featured in many places and one is AUGIworld, so here is their thanks and as always the image is a link... HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!!!


And finally for 2011... Join us in thanking (ourselves) the LARUG Crew: Thomas Weir, Jay Zallan, Marcello Sgambelluri, Troy Gates, Cody Nowak, Joe Mendez & Elisa De Dios and of course the 400+ members!!! Happy New Year!!!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Revit Users: "Snatch The Pebbles From My Hand" NOT "Grasshopper's"

Ian Keough does some great work and if you have ever seen Grasshopper for Rhino, yet use Revit and wish there were similar tools your wait is over (Thanks Ian!!!)... Dynamo is here...well, there (hit the images to go "there")

It is software 'in the wild' so do read up on it, as there are sure to be updates, changes as time goes on... If you add functionality please do share!!!

Check out all the posts on Ian's site, but CHECK HERE in particular to get to the Appropriate Building Coder page as well!!!

Thanks (from the Revit Community) to Ian Keough & Jeremy Tammik for the work & Troy Gates for letting us know about it...

BTW: Extra credit if you get the title's Kung Foo inference.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Friday, November 18, 2011

LARUG Show Your Power!!!

Now that @LARUG members got a new solution to model twisting & other geometries by using "rails" We ask one thing: Stuff the ballot boxes at the Revit Forum... After joining you can vote (as well as get this and many other good solutions for your Revit dilemmas...

If you don't already use RFO then you should; there's a lot of talent there!!!

So now, it's time for Revit Forum's "Favorite post of the month" voting!!!



So If you would like to help me stuff the ballot boxes (or really; if you think it's a good posting) Hit the image at left to get your voice heard... The winner gets the honor of peer recognition (giving others crap :-)).

If you haven't seen the original postings hit Fear & Loathing in a CAD vs BIM World's Blog Post and for the back-story see the following prior LARUG blog post...

After you vote that is!!! FYI: I did vote for others as well :-)

Whoever you vote for let's have a huge LARUG turnout and let the Revit world know we are here!!!


Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Storming The Gates of...Structural Analysis: LABS Does it Again

To all our Structuralists: Help make your lives (well, our lives) better!!! Support the Labs!!!


Thursday, November 10, 2011

AUGI is Evaluating Prospective New Board of Directors Members: So should you!!!

Go review the candidates information and ask them questions that you feel important for an AUGI Director to address. Voting will open soon so stay tuned. Good luck to all candidates, even LARUG's own!!!

Direct Link to the AUGI Forum RIGHT HERE!!!



Wednesday, November 9, 2011

The Structural Sound: November 2011 Los Angeles Revit Users Group Meeting

Ahhh That Structural Sound

November’s LARUG Meeting will be held at KPFF Consulting Engineers, and hosted by KPFF and Thornton Tomasetti.

Wednesday, November 16th 2011 6pm

KPFF Consulting Engineers
6080 Center Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90045
Third floor
(Across from the Howard Hughes Promenade)

Parking is available for 2$ after 4PM across the street at the Howard Hughes Promenade.

FORM AND STRUCTURE
Best Revit practices for the Architectural/Engineering workflow

These two structural consulting firms team up to present the engineering side of the story: to answer questions from the Architectural, Structural & MEP community concerning methods of collaboration.

  • Methods of collaboration:
*        What do you want our model to be, from the architectural perspective?
*        Level of design, authorship
*        Linking issues, who shows what , and when
*        How do we extract architectural information from their model, and vice versa?

For instance:
If I have a wave style roof what do I do? 
How do I discover in the architectural model the mass form and extract it for use in the Revit mass editor? 
How do I interact with Rhino mass shapes to best advantage importing and exporting from Revit? 
How do I best add structure to these forms in such a way that they could be edited and flexible through the design process?

  • KPFF will present a hospital project in San Diego
  • Thornton Tomasetti will show the new Rose Bowl Press Box addition
  • Other subjects of interest related to the projects:
*        Rhino to Revit Techniques
*        Masses and adaptive components
*        A short video on Buildings Skins from a structural point of view
*        When to use 3d rebar

So we’ll see you at this LARUG-Before-AU. Bring colleagues and ask a lot of questions, as this is an exciting opportunity to get solutions from some people that have been there before…Also if you are attending AU please bring any questions or comments you may have regarding that as well…we will J

Monday, October 31, 2011

BOOOOOOOOOOOOooooooooooooo

Marcello is at it again & won "The Baddest" category at Buildz...

Hit the image as always!!!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Perception, Breakthrough, Success & Help The LARUG Part

The October 2011 Los Angeles Revit Users Group meeting was a bit monumental

First we are seeing more & more new members who are jumping into this BIM thing (The inevitability is indisputable and we say welcome & it will be hard work but well worth it).

The newest member of LARUG is, coincidentally enough, Pär Sjöblom; a colleague when we worked with the Landry Design Group. There we had the pleasure to work with some great people, on only the best residential projects imaginable... can you say 50,000+ SF houses? WOW, it still blows me away that those are still called homes... "Single Family Resorts" is more apt :-)


Anyhow, I challenged Pär that since he is the newest member we would like him to give a presentation to the group within a year... There are always new people to BIM & Revit and his sharing his recent experiences will help the next generation of users greatly...

Yes, the elliptical rotunda (and the whole house) was one of my projects at LDG... OK ego aside...

Secondly I wanted this to be a trans-formative meeting; we assembled a great cast of Reviteurs to provide experienced help on questions submitted; plus I wanted to get the point across that you never know where there is gold hiding.

WTF do I mean? Well we filter a lot out of our surroundings and at times that is necessary but when trying to figure something out those filters and prejudices, preconceived notions & thoughts that "Oh I know how to do that" or "I don't know how to do that", etc. can really hinder us...even the best of us...

To get the ball rolling I gave an example from my son; who when trying to backup his iPod was having trouble finding the "backup" button...

He went to the correct spot but since he didn't 'expect' it there he overlooked it ("I can't find it Dad")... I asked him to go back to the same fly-out and read to me everything he saw only this time start from the bottom  & read up.

...I wanted to have him look with a new perspective, to see things for what they are, rather than based on 'experience' or belief, etc. There are many ways to get ourselves to see things clearly but if we don't try... Well, as Wayne Gretzky said "You miss 100% of the shots you don't take."

...OK, the first thing my son said, without even reading the word "backup" was..."Oh I see it now"...

We spoke about the fact that as humans we use a limited 'perceptual set' and he immediately understood that he was filtering out the exact thing he was trying to find...all because of his thoughts...

Why? because his internal conversation was "I can't Find It"; so once he broke free of that dialog by changing his focus from "finding it" to simply "reading from the bottom/up" the button magically appeared, where once it was apparently not!!! Voilà: Transformation!!!

As people we must learn to not take anything anyone says at face value (even yourself!!!), verify everything and then still keep an open mind...If we listen or act from a 'position' then we will limit ourselves...that is what I tried to begin to break down in the group...SO...

To drive home the point of perspective/filters I gave a visual example of how our thoughts, judgements & prejudices color what we will allow in...

I was wearing black dress shoes, nice blue jeans, a black button-up/collared shirt & a black suit jacket...

I asked the group to give me one or two word answers to what style of clothes they felt I was wearing... "business casual" & "professional" were cited...GREAT SO FAR...

so I asked if they were listening to me as if I were a professional & they agreed...HERE COMES THE CURVE BALL...

I removed my jacket to reveal that my shirt was sleeveless; exposing the large tattoos on each of my biceps & upper arms...
I immediately appeared more biker than business & even though it was just seconds ago you could feel their attitudes changing...

I asked if they'd listen to this guy any differently than the one in the suit & they started to see what I was getting at...THIS IS WHERE THE TRANSFORMATION HIT... Nothing about "me" changed, only their perceptions of "me", whatever was going to be presented would not change due to my clothing, only their filtering/judgement/viewpoints... I asked that they listen from a new place: they (we) should listen from a non-judgmental, open space...no preconceived notions about anything... Just Open.

We briefly spoke about how there is no difference in a person or the value of what they say due to clothes, etc. Only in our willingness to believe them... The only difference was their filters, judgements & viewpoints... This is a fundamental flaw in humans!!! How many people get taken for billions of dollars by people who appear 'acceptable' or how many mass murderers have 'seemed' like the nice person next door... A LOT.

If perception is reality we must re-align our perception to allow real truths in, not prejudicial-truths.

Do not listen to clothes. Do not listen to how people 'appear'...(listen to people's words & actions)
Do not listen from your own points of view (you'll never truly learn new ideas)
Simply OTFU.

I explained:
If we let our inner conversations go then we will be open to the success that's right in front of us...hiding in plain sight: at all times! If you fail in an attempt (at something) keep trying until you find success: PERIOD. Never give up.  These are big parts of what separates greatness from the average: Who do you want to be: Average or Great?

On To The Real Help!!! More Transformation for all (click me!!!)


A very special LARUG Thanks goes out to Robb, Scott, Bill, Vince & everyone at Océ for hosting this great event, we really dug the space & we'll be back!!!

Small Lot Subdivision Architects Los Angeles

LARUG member Jennifer Storey (current President of the NEOrug) thought this may be interesting to us... check it out!!! Thanks Jennifer!!!

As always the image links directly...

Friday, October 7, 2011

LARUG October 2011 Meeting Information & Invitation

There's a lot to read but we feel it'll be well worth it!!!
Do you need BIM & Revit Help for a Project or Family or Workflow? If so, this will be the meeting for you!!!

·         Does BIM make your head spin?
·         Do you have a Revit Question or Headache…?
·         Do you have Revit Family &/or Project that has Issues…?
·         Do you want to know the best way to do something (in Revit preferrably)?
·         Do you think Wide Format Color Printing costs too much for CD sets?

Well, to get these & other questions answered you have three things to do:
1)    Come to the October LARUG meeting
2)    Send files to get Revit help
3)    Send files to Print

Presentations
First off:
Océ will give a brief (15 minute or so) highlight of new printing technology that dramatically reduces the costs of color printing and opens it up to BIM CD use cases; it prints on any media, even Tyvek for nearly indestructible prints!!!

Then LARUG is at it:
This will be an unprecedented meeting, where you will be able to get sage advice (and real working solutions to your questions & on your files!!!), from some of the most qualified AEC Reviteurs & BIM Authorities with Revit for Architecture, MEP, Structural Engineering or Construction.


Jay B Zallan
BIM Director
Perkowitz+Ruth Architects & Studio111

Troy Gates
Design Technologies Manager
Mazzetti Nash Lipsey Burch

Thomas Weir
Master Modeler
Thornton Tomasetti

Joe Mendez
Senior Applications Administrator
RTKL

Elisa de Dios
BIM Manager / Production Coordinator
AC Martin

Steve Stafford
CEO & Revit Consultant
AEC Advantage, Inc.

Cody Nowak
Technical Specialist
BIMworks 

Other Possible Panelists:
Scott D Davis
Technical Specialist
Autodesk, Inc.

Jim Balding
CEO & Revit Consultant
The ANT Group


So if you want to participate (actively) then follow these steps…

File Pre-requisites
PLEASE FOLLOW THESE GUIDELINES SO WE CAN MANAGE THE FILES & GET YOU WHAT YOU NEED J.
1)    Detach any Central Files!!!
2)    Use the following naming convention for all files sent:
·         Use your own full name in “modified sentence case”, followed by an Underscore, then the Item’s name in “Modified Sentence Case”, per the examples below… For the question files add the word “Question” at the end; for files to be printed put “Print” at the end.

File Name Examples
File to have printed:       Your Name _ Rendering_ Print.pdf

Revit Family File:           Your Name_ Awesome Table.rfa
Revit Family:                 Your Name_Awesome Table_Question.docx

Revit Project File:          Your Name _Awesome Project.rvt
Revit Project:                Your Name_Awesome Project _Question.docx

Sending Your Files to have Printed by Oce:
1)    Send or Bring files to have Océ print them on the new Océ Colorwave Wide Format Color Printer (at no cost to you)
a.    Copy your files (named per examples above) to the following Océ FTP site, with “Windows Explorer” only.
1)    Start “Windows Explorer” -basically open any window, (DO NOT use any web browsers as they will NOT work properly, or at all)
2)    On the address bar of Windows Explorer copy/paste in: ftp://tss.oceusa.com/incoming/LARUG Files/
a.    If you are not prompted with a login window then Click on
b.    On the login box enter the following (hit F5 if you did not see the login screen)
·   Username is:    ocecustomer (all lowercase)
·   Password is:    Customer1st (Mixed case)
If Copy/Paste doesn’t work just type in the Username & Password manually.

Sending Your Files to Get LARUG’s Revit Help
Copy your files (named per examples above) to the following FTP site with “Windows Explorer” only.
1)    Start “Windows Explorer” -basically open any window, (DO NOT use any web browsers as they will NOT work properly, or at all)
2)    On the address bar of Windows Explorer copy/paste in: ftp.prarchitects.com
a.    If you are not prompted with a login window then Click on
b.    On the login box enter the following (hit F5 if you did not see the login screen)
·   Username is:    LARUGOCTOBER (all CAPS)
·   Password is:    LARUGOACCESS (all CAPS)
If Copy/Paste doesn’t work just type in the Username & Password manually.

c.    To get Revit file help you can bring them on a USB drive but those will be more difficult to deal with… so please send files if at all possible J
d.    If you only have a Revit Question then you could send it as an email to the following email addresses: larug.president@gmail.com  j.b.z.wmail@gmail.com  Or even add a “comment” to your Evite response, but again, we’d prefer to get the questions sent in.
There you have it: you can get your questions answered, project issues solved (if possible J) and get some free prints… Not a bad evening, if you ask us; so we hope to see you there!!!

Day & Date
October 2011 Los Angeles Revit Users Group Meeting
Wednesday, October 19th, 2011
6:00 pm to 8:30 pm
At: Océ
1055 West 7th Street, 1st floor
Los Angeles, CA 90017

Did we mention that Océ will be providing awesome food??? We requested BBQ!!!

No beer allowed in the building but perhaps we’ll go out afterwords to bask in the warmth of both giving & receiving Revit help.

Parking
Parking in the building is available & free of charge, again, thanks to Océ
·         Park in the building’s lot, hold onto your ticket, go thru the main floor lobby & into Océ (first floor), then the folks at Océ will give you another ticket to get out of the lot (don’t forget it).

Surrounding lots & street is available if you really need to pay; as always please read any/all signs posted and leave enough time to accommodate.

Why are we doing this?
The reason we are doing this is pretty simple: We want to help on real world projects and provide real solutions to real problems…Really.

Backstory
Jay, Troy, Elisa, Joe and some good friends got the inspiration to do this after the September LARUG meeting.

LARUG regular Steve Ziesing asked us a couple of questions & for one in particular there were several answers we offered individually; each correct in different situations & for different outcomes.

One of the answers though was best for his particular situation… TaDa…

We walked away talking about how cool that was and POOF: The Idea… “We should do that at the next LARUG… and maybe more”

So we decided that we will do an LARUG & take on questions & file & project issues to give our userbase the benefit of getting one of a kind support.

In Closing
We think this will be extremely useful & expect to have more indepth working sessions like this in the future and hope to see you there.

Special Thanks to @oce

…And… Scene.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

He Said Member... Fellow LARUG member Getting Some Deserved Pub


As usual, hit the images & links for the goods!!! -BTW: Does anyone really need me to reiterate that all the time??? We do that for people who are new to this whole internet machine thing...probably unnecessary, huh??? Anyhow...

Ooooooh she's so shiny now (and even has brick on the inside)!!!

I like MS's concise reasoning in his posting to (try to) quell the haters' lack of vision & frankly a lack of fun.

You also may want to check out What Revit Wants' pub of Marcello's article that we have featured in the Revit Architecture section (that I shamelessly manage), in AUGIWorld's September Issue (beginning on page 34)... but read the whole thing!!!

Guess why Marcello wasn't at September's LARUG...
 

Welcome Donatello, the latest addition to MS's beautiful family!!!

I bet little Donatello is already using Revit too!!! ...at least to play with the cow & elephant ;-b

Talk about parametric families...


BTW: Do you have any Revit awesome or content, thoughts, projects, issues you'd like us to discuss? Send them our way: larug.president@gmail.com

Friday, September 9, 2011

September 2011 Los Angeles Revit Users Group Meeting

The September 2011 Los Angeles Revit Users Group Meeting will be at:
Steinberg Architects
523 west 6th street, suite 245
Los Angeles, CA 90014
Wednesday, September 21st @ 6PM

Preliminaries:
On-site parking is available for $10 after 3pm; On-street & other parking is available, as always pending cost & posted signs.

Security will need a list of attendee names, so if you're planning on attending & your real/full name is not part of your LARUG Evite system profile then please send both your real/full name & email address to: larug.president@gmail.com and we can get that updated.

This month will see a renewed focus on learning, not just talking!!! Actual Revit Learning: YAAY!!!

LARUGers Get Ready... Set...GO!!!

Out of the starting gate:
Jay B Zallan will teach some Annotation concepts & how-to use & abuse Keynoting; for consistency in every phase. When to use Keynotes, Tags, Symbols & dumb Text. Dimensions, Tolerances & more...

Then Suddenly: (Insert your own pun for a starting gate & Mr. Troy Gates here. XD)
Troy Gates will show how Revit Server works; it's Concepts & Functionality, etc... Big Models over the Internet Machine...Oooooo that will be good!!!

Troy will also share some proven workflows with the Revit 2012 Worksharing enhancements.

This will be a great time to hone more Revit skills & we hope to see you on the 21st!!!

-The LAR*C
Los Angeles Revit *Users Group Leadership* Consortium

P.S.
Please Note:

Due to ongoing security needs we will be purging all email addresses that do not have full/real names associated to them, so even if you can't make this meeting & you fit that bill then please send both your real/full name & email address to: larug.president@gmail.com to ensure that you won't be dropped from the LARUG invitation system.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

I Hate To Do This To The Local Resellers But...

ImaginIt's Blog has the goods...Plus some good pieces of advice (hit the image at left)... Thanks Joe!!!

If you know of some local Reseller-Techies & their contributions like this PLEASE let us know, we'll post it too!!!

Perhaps we could use different marketing approaches: less marketing for boxes o' software & subscription & more marketing of helpful documentation &...



Friday, August 26, 2011

More Greatness & Great News From RTC USA 2011

Congrats to everyone who spoke & attended the inaugural RTC USA 2011 in Beautiful Huntington Beach; it was a great conference and will only get better!!!

... PLEASE HAVE IT IN SOCAL EVERY YEAR...

Well on to the real point of this posting:

3 of our local Revit super geniuses were recognized as tops in the presentation game!!! 

Great job Thomas Weir, Marcello Sgambelluri & Scott Davis: 3 of SoCal's own Revit Awesomeness Generators. LARUG is proud to call you our own!!!






1.     Paul Aubin (Still Not Sharing Your Coordinates?)
2.     Brian Mackey (LAB: Nesting Families)
3.     Thomas Weir (LAB: BIM for Wood Structures)
4.     Robert Manna (Panelize This! Techniques for Designing and Documenting Panelized Wall Systems in Revit)
5.     Paul Aubin (Detailing in Autodesk Revit Architecture)
6.  Marcello Sgambelluri (LAB: A Special Application of the Adaptive Component Family: Changing Family Parameter Values Using Only Mouse Drag or the Arrow Keys )
7.     Solomon Smith (Revit for Residential Design)
8.     David Haynes (Revit + Ecotect - A Green Relationship)
9.     Scott Davis (Whats New in Revit 2012)
 10.    Steven Shell (Revit Graphic Tips, Tricks and Techniques to Help Make Your Drawings Look and Communicate Better)

Thursday, August 18, 2011

BUGIE & Vasari & Ecotect Oh My... Get on it, if you haven't yet!!!

Our Revit, BIM friends Inland (Empire) are doing a special session on Vasari in September... All Designers who are Revit Haters should especially go!!! Well; in addition to anyone who wants to, yet hasn't already gotten a good start with Project Vasari...This is a good opportunity to learn from two of the best-est!!! Without further ado, here's their invitation to us...

Come join BUGIE for our third quarter all day hands on lab training session on Saturday, September 17, 2011.

Matt Jezyk and Scott D. Davis from Autodesk will be presenting conceptual design and analysis in Vasari (Vasari is Free from Autodesk Labs) and Ecotect. This is the perfect class to send the Revit can't do "X" skeptical designers in your office to.

See the attached flyer for more information.

Please RSVP to the Meet Up site and feel free to contact us if you have any other questions.
- The BUGIE Presidents
     http://www.meetup.com/bug-ie

BTW: that's a new one "Revit can't do "x"" I have always modeled X's in Revit!!! LNOL (Laughing NOT Out Loud)

Thursday, August 11, 2011

August 2011 Los Angeles Revit Users Group Meeting

We are pleased to be having the August 17th, 2011 LARUG at USC!!!
Please go to
http://www.usc.edu/visit/upc/ and http://www.usc.edu/visit/upc/driving_directions/
to find your way... As always read all street signs &/or park on campus... $8 is reasonable IMHO...

This month we will have Kimon Onuma presenting a bit of the work he has been doing with the California Community College district, where he uses program requirements in OPS (Onuma Planning Systems), takes it out to SketchUp (???) and takes that into Revit and post it back to OPS... Nice round-trip? I wonder... Come to see for yourself :-)

After that we will have an Open Discussion about... Open Standards, IFC & more, so bring your opinions & expertise, as we will encourage a spirited debate, as always with possible solutions as a result... BTW: Have you been tweeting it up with @OpenRevStds ??? There is a lot of dialog and a lot has already been done toward open standards in our industry, so let's forward the cause!!!

Thanks to Karen Kensek at USC & Cody Nowak for helping work it out; Way to step up!!!

See you there!!!
-The Presidents

Jay B Zallan & Thomas Weir

Sunday, July 24, 2011

St. Lucia: a suburb of Los Angeles (Revit Users Group)

What does this have to do with Revit??? The mental Hospital near the Revit User (visiting our site) can perhaps tell us... Or the image spells it out...

I Love the internet...bringing our worlds closer & closer every day... LA is beautiful but the Caribbean is great as well... Hit the images & other links for some surprises...
I was once told that the lowest temperature around St. Lucia (since we began recording those things, at least) was 69°, the hottest: in the low 100°'s... that's niiiiice!!! 

Unfortunately vacationing across the continent +, from LA seems redundant, so I may not get out there again, any time soon :-(

When I lived in NY I did go down to The Caribbean and it was fantastic... snorkeling in the biggest natural fish tank, that is the Caribbean... Glad I took off my earrings at the time, since the Barracuda could easily (and would have loved to) take off an ear or two for some shiny food... (DE LA BARRACUDA not withstanding :-D) I thank the Captain for that tidbit of advice... 
BIM Teams Unite!!!


Friday, July 15, 2011

Thursday, July 14, 2011

July 2011 Los Angeles Revit Users Group Meeting

The image links to the Evite, if you wish to RSVP and show up!!!

This month’s LARUG will be an exciting and jam-packed one & graciously hosted by Leo A Daly Architecture... We will have a full BIM plate so be ready!!!

1)    The Leo A Daly team headed up by Jude Aten & Randy Rush will be presenting “PHASEr’s SET TO STUNning!” Planning for, setting up and using phasing on Revit projects.
Then suddenly:
2)    RTCUSA 2011 Round Table Recap (sans table?). Planned guests include some of the innagural RTCUSA presenters from our membership;

Marcello Sgambelluri, Thomas Weir, Jay Zallan, Brian Anderson & (Perhaps) Nicholas Kramer, Steve Stafford, Jim Balding & William Troak.
But wait, there’s more!!!
3)    A New Technology Demonstration of CADFASTER. Tuomas Holma & Juulia Tarma will be showing CADFASTER & looking for our input!!!
A unique software (& iPad app!!!) developed for the real-time annotation and CO-viewing of 3D CAD models in the design process, specifically for Autodesk Revit.
(remember CAD is simply “Computer Aided Design”, not drafting!!! -JBZ)
•          No other software needs to be installed
•          Files are compressed, small enough to email and view on low power laptops
•          Real time format-free 3D file sharing & collaboration
•          Allows fast sharing and annotation in ad-hoc situations
•          Secure – models cannot be modified in exe format

So we will see you at Leo A Daly’s Downtown Offices Wednesday, July 20th 6pm (sharp :-)), at: 550 South Hope Street, 27th Floor,  Los Angeles, CA 90071.
Elevators get tricky after 6:30 so get there early, even though we will have some elevator assistants...assisting… Parking is all around the area and is pay-to-play, so read the street signs, etc. or better yet take the train!!!

Did someone say beer??? :-)!!! Thanks to all of our resellers that help support us each month (Microdesk, USCAD, Kelar Pacific, Aec Factory) and Autodesk & their own Charles (Chuck) Keeley!!!

LARUG Presidents: Tom Weir & Jay Zallan

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

More Content Every Day (From Somewhere)

Has some Revit, BIM objects for your perusal...
Go get you some by hitting the images...
(BIM Content: image above, Product Catalogs: image below)

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Jane, Stop This Crazy Thing!!!













So in order to not cross post (any longer) and provide unique information on this LARUG Blog, as well as the Fear and Loathing In a CAD vs. BIM World Blog please take note of the following... I will not be posting links to items on the  Fear and Loathing In a CAD vs. BIM World Blog any more... you can find those links implicitly on this Blog regardless, so a bit less redundancy is in order.

(Obviously) Use (one of) the links on the right side of this blog for other pertinent information (actually these items are on the right side of this Blog if you use a good browser like Mozilla Firefox that is!!!) ...FYI: The email address is not a link, it needs to be copy/pasted in your email client...

Thanks for checking in Revit world!!!

Oh; and about the title... BIM can seem kinda like that sometimes!!!

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

USC School of Architecture & their BIMposiums (my word)

LA Area folks (and others who wish to travel here this summer) check this out from Karen Kensek and the USC BIM team...










(yes hit the images)...

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Keynotes Managed Yet? KM 10.1 Is Out ...To Make 'It' Easier

Go get Keynote Manager 10.1...NOW!!!

Free or Pay... Either way!!!

Image links to the features page... you can find the Downloads page there as well.


Friday, May 20, 2011

Revit & What you can & Can't do in it: a Preview

Image (left) showing the Nucleus' Physics being applied to native Revit/Vasari Objects: The cloth is in the midst of being draped over the head.

Marcello Sgambelluri said that it is often asked of him "why" does he create things like the head (above) or the Cow (below), etc. and he has some wonderful answers but something dawned on me...

When; at the May 2011 LARUG meeting someone who is looking to start down the Revit/BIM path was telling me what they heard about what Revit cannot do... BOOM, it hit me!!! THAT IS WHY Marcello!!!

These complex models speak to a lot of things but the main answer may simply be Inspiration!!!

When people say I can't do something I (also) like to show them I can... Kind of like every athlete that's told they are too small or slow or whatever therefore they 'won't make it'... I don't have to mention the countless people who have and continue to prove those pieces of advice to be totally crap; do I???

Perhaps there needs no better reason than for people to see that anything is possible in Revit, if we are only open to it!!!

Closed minds can still use AutoCAD & Microstation...

I often get asked about what one can & can't do in Revit; if it's from a new user or someone looking to get started there are probably hurdles to answering that question... I say that because a lot of people say a lot of things like: Revit can't do detailing or Revit can't do documentation, or Revit can only do detailing or Revit can only do documentation, on and on... I have heard so much bullshit about what Revit can or can't do it's laughable...

Here's a bottom line to remember:
ANYTHING THAT HAS BEEN ABLE TO BE DONE IN ANY PREVIOUS SOFTWARE, FOR BUILDING DESIGN & DOCUMENTATION, CAN BE DONE IN REVIT... PROBABLY BETTER, STRONGER & FASTER.

If anyone says that Revit can't do 'this' or 'that' then they may very well not be a Revit expert (or even casual user!!!) ...would you trust a horse and buggy manufacturer or driver to give you advice about what a Ferrari can or can't do???

Advice is very suspect... Don't even take what I say as truth until you verify it for yourself... Then I will take cash or checks for being correct :-) Don't waste time believing people who don't use Revit, yet find it necessary to comment on it's functionality.

I once posted a training video and found that the ArchiCAD folks saw it and created a section on their user forums saying how boring the video was and hated on the tone of my voice, etc... then after a few pages of other nasty comments one of their own ArchiCAD people finally asked them if they actually understood what I was showing and if they realized that ArchiCAD had no such functionality and they wish it did!!! If you like; the video is HERE... Hate on AutoCAD, Microstation, ArchiCAD, Sketchup...!!!

I was once even told that Revit can't create schedules!!! And if you don't know Scheduling is possibly the most powerful part of Revit!!! Though that's only my opinion :-)

Another thing that people have said (in the past; me included) was that Revit can't model complex or organic shapes. The key word there is: didn't... now it does... actually for a while; but I digress...

As a preview of a larger article I am starting that will profile some of our west coast/Los Angeles Revit Stars; below is an image of a 100% Revit object. Well a few objects since the horns are nested Revit families of their own :-).

The objects in these images were STARTED, MODELED & EVERYTHINGED in Revit & Vasari (Revit's free testing ground of tools to hit Revit).


Oh, you can host walls to the cow too!!! Thanks Marcello, I can hardly wait to finish the article on this and the other extraordinary things you, we & others ARE doing in Revit in Los Angeles and the World!!!

-JBZ